Yale student council okays statement on Israeli ‘genocide, apartheid’

Written by on July 1, 2021

Two Jewish groups on campus condemned the statement authored by a campus pro-Palestinian group as having “antisemitic overtones.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA  

JULY 1, 2021 21:46

Old Campus at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, November 28, 2012 (photo credit: REUTERS)

Old Campus at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, November 28, 2012

(photo credit: REUTERS)

Yale’s student council approved a statement authored by a campus pro-Palestinian group accusing Israel of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid.

Two campus Jewish groups condemned the statement as having “antisemitic overtones.”

The Yale College Council, the undergraduate student government, approved the statement on Sunday first authored by Yalies 4 Palestine, in an 8-3 vote with four abstentions, the Forward reported.

“As Yale students, we condemn the injustice, ethnic cleansing and genocide occurring in Palestine,” it said.

The statement also likened Israel’s actions during the conflict to police violence against Black Americans.

“Just as Israel’s military imposes the apartheid system against Palestinians, the US police enforces the system of white supremacy against Black Americans,” it said. A number of left-leaning campus groups subsequently endorsed the statement. A group of anti-Zionist Jewish students and alumni released their own statement endorsing the Yalies 4 Palestine statement.

The campus Hillel rallied against the resolution and, once it was adopted, condemned it as having “antisemitic overtones.”

“It characterizes the Jewish state as an agent of the world’s most reprehensible forces and guilty of the most unspeakable crimes — in other words, demonically,” the Forward quoted the Hillel response as saying. “This genealogy may be invisible to its authors and adherents because the outsized perfidy they ascribe to the Jewish state is formulated in distinctly contemporary terms — but is clear, terrifying, and familiar to us.”

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