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The Duke Student Government (DSG) recently “chartered” a chapter of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), only to uphold its president’s veto of the organization days later.
The Chronicle reported that the Nov. 10 approval followed SSI’s stated intention to be “clear and confident pro-Israel voice on college campuses and to support students in grassroots pro-Israel advocacy.”
Five days later, however, the outlet reported that the DSG president, Christina Wang, vetoed the body’s approval of SSI over a now deleted social media interaction reportedly between the group and an individual that did not conform to expected conduct for a student organization.
One day later, the nonprofit organization Stop Antisemitism characterized the incident as an “academic fiasco” on Twitter. Antisemitic fiasco at @DukeU as Student Government President Christina Wang attempts to pull ‘Students Supporting Israel’ chapter @SSI_Movement from the school.
Wang vetoed the Club’s chapter yesterday.
Why is this vilification of Jewish clubs allowed to happen @UpdateDuke pic.twitter.com/YyS0O7qlL0 Alanna Peykar, co-president of Duke’s SSI chapter, told Campus Reform , “I don’t think the veto can directly be called antisemitism. I have spoken to Christina Wang and I know those were not her intentions. However, by ignoring the antisemitism in the student’s remark [the veto] is allowing the perpetuation of anti-Zionist remarks such as this one.”
Campus Reform also spoke with a member of the DSG. The senator, who requested anonymity, suggested that the social media exchange in question may have been misinterpreted.
“In their post, they seemed to be inviting her rather than ostracizing her…(mentioning) she was welcome in their organization to discuss and debate the stance,” the senator said.
One Duke student told Campus Reform that the entire that SSI may have been treated unfairly due to its mission.“This intensive level of scrutiny and harsh consequences over such a naive mistake that was apologized for and corrected tends towards a double standard that makes Israel supporters (including Jews) more afraid to speak up about their opinions,” said the student, who requested anonymity.The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent a letter Nov. 17 to the Duke DSG requesting that the student body “overturn Wang’s veto and ensure […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
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