A Case for Supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement
UIndy Students for Justice in Palestine Position Statement
We are compelled to respond to the needs and demands of the Palestinian people. In recognition of our position as a solidarity organization, we look to Palestinian civil society to determine the course and direction of our work. (1) Therefore, we adopt the following demands from the 2005 BDS call as guidelines for our campaign:
- Ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands as established in 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
- Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
As stated in our UIndy Statement of Values and Principles, our campus community embodies integrity, community, social justice, respect, and responsibility. As students that strive to exemplify integrity, we respond to the Palestinian call in order to fulfill our moral obligation to stand for truth in all dealings. As citizens of a global community, we are called to stand in solidarity despite our diverse religions, races, and nationalities. As members of this community that stands for social justice we call on our classmates and colleagues to act as allies for the struggle against the injustice and inequality that Palestinians face. Our respect extends past the boundaries of our campus community and to all citizens of the world, especially those most disenfranchised. Therefore, we accept a high level of responsibility and believe we must act when called upon for a moral and just cause. We are called to uphold these values and encourage others to do the same. All of these values inform our support for the Palestinian solidarity movement and drive our desire to respond as conscientious campus citizens. (2)
Our response to the BDS call is based on moral principle, but also a belief in the upholding of international law for the preservation of human rights. Israel has consistently failed to comply with international law and has violated more than 77 UN resolutions, including UN Res. 194, which guarantees the right of refugees to return to their homes in Israel. It’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is illegal according to UN Res. 242, the International Court of Justice, Geneva Convention Article 49, and the EU, all of which have demanded that Israel withdraw its armed forces. Israel is also in violation of its own human rights laws, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its persistent detention, abuse, isolation, and torture of children. While international law has been clear on the illegality of Israeli occupation, denial of right of return, and denial of Palestinian rights, it will take a collective response to the BDS call, among other actions, to see effective change.
Finally, no struggle against oppression is divorced from any any other: in order to resist structural oppression, we must embody the principles and ideals we envision for a just society, and we must be vigilant in upholding ethical positions against homophobia, sexism, racism, bigotry, classism, colonialism, and discrimination of any form, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. (1)
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