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In Monday’s opinions piece entitled “Photo published of ‘die-in’ shows inappropriate bias,” Abeerah Wasti writes that during a recent anti-Israel demonstration put on by the Rutgers-New Brunswick chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine at Brower Commons, “Zionist organizers made fun of people lying on the ground, placing pamphlets on their bodies and placing their feet near their faces.” As someone who was present at the event from the beginning to the end, I can tell you first-hand that this is a blatant lie and never occurred. Furthermore, Wasti writes that pro-Israel students were dancing to celebrate the death of Palestinians. This is a gross misinterpretation of their intentions, which were merely to celebrate their love for Israel, not the death of anyone. You would be hard-pressed to find a single pro-Israel student who does not find the death of innocents on either side tragic.
In late 2013, the American Studies Association, a scholarly organization comprised mainly of American Studies professors across the United States, elected to boycott Israeli universities and academic institutions. The organization argued that an academic boycott of Israel would help ease Palestinian suffering and help lead to a peaceful resolution. The American Studies Association counts a number of Rutgers professors as members.
As a high school student, my views on the Arab-Israeli conflict were as negative and gloomy as they come. I read newspaper articles about exasperating peace talks, Israeli military raids on Palestinian villages and terrorist suicide bombings and rocket attacks. I believed peace was simply impossible. However, a year spent studying in the region radically changed my views.
President Barack Obama stood before the United Nations Assembly in late September and firmly stated, “Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained.” The international community faces one of its greatest security challenges as Iran moves closer to nuclear weapons capability.
BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice will hold events this week for “Israeli Apartheid Week” on the University campus. “Israeli Apartheid Week” is closely related to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.