If we want to see this campus be a place of productive, compassionate dialogue on this issue, all students, and especially those who belong to affected communities cannot be made to feel afraid to share their feelings and their story. By cheering on antisemitic harassment, Professor Gustafson is sabotaging those efforts.
Washington University’s Dialogue Across Difference (DxD) department hosted 12 facilitated dialogue spaces throughout November to help students process the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine.
It should be clear that any attack on any human is injustice; it is our moral obligation to free ourselves from these narrow walls, to recognize the humanity in one another and raise our voices against all forms of violence.
We, people who wish to see Israel exist as a healthy democracy, have to confront the reality that Israel has undergone an incredibly alarming rightward shift in recent years, and that Palestinians have paid the price for it.
We all should be wary of efforts to use legitimate grief and fear over the war to advance an old agenda that aims at the freedom that makes academic life so valuable.
There is no reason the U.S. should be aiding Israel and abetting war crimes. Yet the massacre of innocents goes on.
I expect WashU students to condemn when dangerous rhetoric is spread, regardless of who it’s from.
I found the faculty letter to be dishonest in its treatment of Crosby’s tweets, manipulative in its use of social justice terms to gain blind support for “freedom fighting,” and ignorant in its obsession with free speech and neglect of the patterns of anti-Jewish violence.
Washington University students walked out from their classes at 10:15 a.m. to gather with community members on Mudd Field to show support for Palestinians on Oct. 25th.
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