The tide is turning…
Posted by lchaimlover on April 30, 2007
Picture from the Spartan Daily
So last week, my favorite group at SJSU, Students for Change, decided to sponsor Israeli Style Checkpoints on Campus. So my boyfriend donned a shirt that said “If I were a suicide bomber, you would be dead by now,” and headed to campus “cross the border”. He ended up in a shouting match with students who were sponsoring the checkpoints. At Foothill College, Hillel of Silicon Valley helped to sponsor a concert of Israeli rappers. An AEPi brother and a student claiming to be a Palestinian almost came to blows as anti-Israeli students came to boo the performers and cause general havoc at the event. There are rumors of a wall, supposedly explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict, going up at Santa Clara University. What is going on?
Campuses once plagued by apathy are now seeing an alarming rise in anti-Israel (and sometimes anti-Semitic) events. As students at SJSU tried to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut, the campus newspaper The Spartan Daily published an article on Thursday about the “apartheid wall” of Israel. Students who walked away from the checkpoint are now under the impression that Israeli soldiers routinely brutalize, blindfold, hand cuff, and detain citizens who cross checkpoints. And the goal of all of this? Supposedly to spark “intellectual debate on campus”. I must wonder how shouting matches and near fist fights are intellectual debates? I must wonder how propaganda will truly help the people of Palestine.
When my boyfriend was telling me about crossing the checkpoint, he said he shouldn’t have responded when students began to argue with him. “I should’ve stood silently.” He said. “What suicide bomber actually argues with soldiers about pulling the trigger?”