UMass SJP open letter to chancellor on statement attacking BDS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

UMass SJP open letter to chancellor on statement attacking BDS

Open Letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy:

The UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine read your statement on October 21st, 2019 regarding the November 12th panel event titled: “The Attack on BDS [Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions] & American Democracy.” We were appalled that as Chancellor of a University which prides itself on being “revolutionary” you would use your position of power to alienate students and provide false information regarding the reality of the non-violent, non-anti-Semitic, Palestinian-led BDS movement.

Chancellor, your statement did not even include a link to the website of BDS so students could research the movement for themselves and come to their own conclusions. It is not only extremely troubling that you used your powerful and influential position to control the narrative of BDS, but it is also contradictory to your advocacy of the “free exchange of ideas.” How can these ideas be freely exchanged if you are controlling the information that students have access to thus keeping them from engaging in free rational deliberation that our democracy desperately needs and which both SJP and BDS strongly support?