George Washington would be ashamed of the students at his namesake university who called on Monday evening for the university’s administration to divest from Israel, the only true democracy and the Jewish State, which was founded after the Holocaust following centuries of persecution — a ramification of America’s founding.

As an alum of George Washington University, I don’t blame him.

In his letter to the Jews of Newport, Washington assured the Jews that they would be treated equally under the Constitution. He wrote, “For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support” [bolded emphasis mine].

Apply Washington’s sentiment to the idea of university and society itself.

The anti-Israel resolution that passed at the schools’ student association – with 18 “ayes,” 6 “nays” and 6 abstentions – sought “to support the divestment of all of the investments in the George Washington University’s endowment profiting from violation of international law and human rights affecting Palestinians, but also other communities globally.”

“The community’s voice was silenced tonight, once again showing why this campaign of hate has no place on campus,” Ben Brownstein, the Mid-Atlantic Campus Director for the Israel education group StandWithUs, said in a statement.

The GW resolution’s passing comes a week after Barnard College’s student government passed a similar measure.

Companies that are targeted include: The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Elbit Systems Ltd., Caterpillar Inc., CEMEX, General Electric, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Raytheon Company, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

The resolution exemplifies bigotry against the only Middle East nation where Arabs can have the same rights as Jewish-Israelis. For example, there is an Arab-Israeli on the nation’s supreme court. It is the only Middle East nation with LGBTQ rights. It is the only Middle East nation with women’s rights.

After the SA failed to censure Brady Forrest, a student who was impeached from his SA leadership position for anti-Semitic posts on Facebook, GW students against the resolution walked out of the meeting in protest.

GW Students Walkout After Student Association FAILS to Condemn Anti-Semitism

‪#GWU students against #BDSAtGWU walkout of Student Association session debating the resolution, disgusted the SA failed to censure anti-Semitic former SA leader Brady Forrest. Forrest made anti-Semitic posts on FB, announcing he'd boycott a multicultural event on campus co-sponsored by the Jewish Student Association because of the JSA's affiliation to Israel (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2200533447/permalink/10157218843848448/).BACKGROUND: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/red-alert-politics/round-2-bds-resolution-introduced-at-george-washington-university-for-second-consecutive-year

Posted by The National Discourse on Monday, April 23, 2018


I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors. This resolution isn’t about criticizing, rather demonizing the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. A Jewish state which was founded after the Holocaust after centuries of oppression. A Jewish state where the Northern Ziv Hospital treats victims of Bashar-al-Assad’s genocide in Syria, which this BDS resolution, like any other, refuses to condemn, alongside the other true atrocities in the world from South Sudan to Tibet to the Rohingya Muslims in Burma.

For both refusing to censure Forrest and defeat the resolution, to slightly paraphrase Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who spoke out against the 1975 UN resolution which declared “Zionism is racism”: The GW student government “joined the jackals.”

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