The goal of a university is to have reasoned discourse. UMass-Amherst falls far short of that if it provides the setting for a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions event. Previous BDS diatribes have had the sole purpose of condemning Israel. No debate, no balance, no reasoning here, just pure invective against the Jewish state.
And the Palestinian people get little benefit from the BDS furor. There is nothing connected to this strident propaganda movement that improves Palestinian life. BDS will have negligible effect against the strong Israel economy, but it can cost jobs for Palestinians and can be faulted for what it does not do.
There is a much nobler, positive cause for the money and energy that backs BDS. The lives of Palestinians can be brought out of the shadows with some variant of a two-state solution. The point here is that the future statehood for Palestinians should be the point of discussion, of rallies, of political effort. The worthy goal for the leaders of BDS is the uplifting of the Palestinians, not the condemnation of Israel.