I, together with a whole bunch of different Jewish college students at Stanford, awoke final weekend to the earth-shattering information that over a thousand of our brothers and sisters in Israel had been senselessly slaughtered by Hamas terrorists. Like lots of my fellow college students, I instantly appeared to the information to seek out related details about the fear that befell.
The New York Instances, Wall Avenue Journal and Washington Submit all supplied the horrible particulars of the assaults and on-the-ground testimonies of infants slaughtered, girls raped and lifeless our bodies paraded within the streets of Gaza. After I appeared to The Each day, nevertheless, I noticed a entrance web page op-ed titled “From the Group | Stanford College students for Justice in Palestine” written by SJP management rationalizing the assaults. The op-ed acknowledged the significance of placing the “assault” in “context” “because the world witnesses the atrocities dedicated in Palestine.”
Authoring this text within the aftermath of the current terrorism shouldn’t be solely emotionally tone deaf but additionally morally reprehensible for failing to acknowledge the lack of life and as a substitute attributing blame to the victims. I received’t state the SJP chief’s title who signed the article, however I don’t must. His title, together with the article, is (as of this morning) nonetheless revealed on The Each day’s web site.
As a regulation pupil, I rejoice open discourse. I take pleasure in discussions about hotbed points and hunt down opinions totally different from mine. However writing this text earlier than the blood of harmless kids dries is appalling. It shows no humane mutual respect and shouldn’t be endorsed by The Each day or some other group. I’m positive that the chief of SJP doesn’t converse for all SJP members. In truth, his assist and his rationalizing of Hamas’ actions this weekend doubtless point out that he’s not the best individual to be main a company that’s purported to worth human rights. He ought to salvage any remaining shreds of his dignity by stepping down from SJP and issuing an apology for his offensive article. His lack of empathy shouldn’t be solely directed towards a individuals who, simply two generations in the past, fought for his or her existence, but additionally towards his fellow classmates who aspire to foster an surroundings of respect for human life and the destruction of evil.
Palestinians don’t deserve to hold the identical destiny as Hamas terrorists. Misguided statements insinuating that Hamas acts as a “resistance” for the Palestinian folks weakens the Palestinian trigger. It dangers creating affiliation between helpless Palestinians and Hamas, which is an authoritarian terrorist group beholden to Iran. SJP doesn’t have to face alongside child murderers and rapists to assist the Palestinian trigger, and even when they select to, they definitely ought to have sufficient self-awareness and customary decency to nonetheless acknowledge the horrible lack of life that befell final weekend. The time has come for leaders who serve their constituents and never their very own egos. I name on SJP management to resign instantly, apologize for final week’s op-ed and acknowledge that they weren’t talking for all of their members after they issued their assertion.
Adam Lifshitz is a first-year J.D. MBA twin diploma candidate at Harvard Regulation Faculty and Stanford’s Graduate Faculty of Enterprise.