The pro-BDS event which is about to take place at UMass-Amherst must be stopped. BDS is a movement whose main goal, as clearly stated by its founder Omar Bargouti, is the destruction and delegitimization of Israel and the Jews through economic boycotts.
The ADL says BDS is anti-Semitic, discriminatory and promotes bigotry. Why would a public university which claims it is committed to dignity, respect and rejects all form of bigotry consent to allowing this to take place?
This is not a First Amendment issue! The First Amendment does not support hate speech which creates a clear and present danger and incites violence. Roger Waters, an avowed anti-Semite, and Linda Sarsour, are just two of the panelists. Sarsour has clearly stated her opposition to Israel’s existence. She supports and advocates what can only be defined as genocide of the Jewish people. There are Jewish and Israeli students on campus. This event is an incitement to violence and clearly puts them at risk. Would UMass permit a racist anti Black group to use its facilities to promote its agenda? What if the program were “Reparations NO! Repatriation YES! Stop Affirmative Action”?
Call and write to President Marty Meehan and Chancellor Subbaswamy and insist they not allow UMass to be used as a platform for the advocacy of terrorism against Jews and Israel.