The editorial board of The Crimson, Harvard Faculty’s newspaper, has endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction motion and “a free Palestine,” and asserts that its stance will not be antisemitic.
In an editorial, revealed Friday, the board explains that it was prompted by programming and demonstrations organized by the Harvard Faculty Palestine Solidarity Committee, and refers to 2 current rights teams’ experiences which have accused Israel of working towards apartheid.
“In at least one regard, PSC’s spirited activism has proven successful: It has forced our campus — and our editorial board — to once again wrestle with what both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called Israel’s “crimes against humanity” within the area.
“Palestinians, in our board’s view,” the editorial reads, “deserve dignity and freedom. We support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement as a means to achieving that goal.”
The editorial additionally defends the board in opposition to “accusations” that its views will not be anti-Jewish. Although it doesn’t specify the supply of these accusations, many on social media descried the editorial as antisemitic.
“In the wake of accusations suggesting otherwise, we feel the need to assert that support for Palestinian liberation is not antisemitic,” the editorial reads. “We unambiguously oppose and condemn antisemitism in every and all forms, including those times when it shows up on the fringes of otherwise worthwhile movements. Jewish people — like every people, including Palestinians — deserve nothing but life, peace, and security.”