[ View the story "Activists bring Palestinian evictions to Harvard dorms" on Storify] Activists bring Palestinian evictions to Harvard dorms Debate after Harvard students post mock eviction notices on campus for 'Israeli Apartheid Week'.
The Stream· Mon, Mar 11 2013 11:44:41
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The Stream spoke to Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee member Eliza Nguyen about the controversy.
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Many on social media reacted to
posted with false allegations that the notices targeted Jewish students.
Israeli Apartheid Week is here. At Harvard, this amounts to posting mock eviction notes on Jewish students' doors. Open debate? Please.Adam Meikle
Race baiting inaccurate article MT @Algemeiner: Jewish Students at Harvard Harassed by Palestine Solidarity CommitteeZaid Jilani
Others discussed whether the tactics of Israeli Apartheid Week at Harvard were "effective" in promoting dialogue.
“I feel like [Israeli Apartheid Week] goes against what Harvard stands for as a place for open academic dialogue, open thoughts, and open intellectual activity,” said Tricanowicz. “I find it kind of concerning that an event is going on in a way that promotes polarization and closed-mindedness.”thecrimson.com
@avimayer these groups are taking it too far. Everyone can voice their opinion but should respect others as well.Sarah Alexandra
What do campus "dialogue" groups on Israel/Palestine do to stop Palestinian fisherman from being terrorized every day? Nothing. #BDSRemi Kanazi
One of the campaign organisers, Alexander Shams, responded:
“We weren’t too worried [about offending people] because the kind of events we’re hosting are the reality in Palestine,” Shams said. “If you’re going to be offended by it, be offended by the policies, not paper notices we use for advertising.”thecrimson.com
The media coverage of the events has seen controversy as well. Harvard's student newspaper, The Crimson, published the mock eviction notice as well as an editorial criticising the tactic.
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Papering dorms with eviction notices, erecting a wall reminiscent of the separation barrier along and within the West Bank, and referring to the whole event using a word as fraught with painful history as “apartheid” may provoke thought for students who have not yet come to hardened positions on the conflict in the Middle East. But these acts seem even more likely to cause a knee-jerk, negative reaction among groups who necessarily make up an essential element of any peace process.thecrimson.com
Palestine Solidarity Committee members say The Crimson has not allowed them to
to articles comparing campus activism with anti-Semitism, or to publish a response justifying the use of the term "apartheid".
By not allowing us to respond to the numerous mischaracterizations that have been leveled against us by the Editorial Board and other students, we wonder if The Crimson Board is attempting to contribute to the stigmatization of our solidarity community on campus. We have had positive working relationships with past Crimson Boards, and we do not appreciate the current attempts to police how we articulate our struggle and the oppression we face.harvardpolitics.com