To the Editor:
The college of the Cornell Coalition for Justice in Palestine stand for Palestinian human rights, sovereignty, liberation and the suitable to withstand.
On the eve of a genocidal floor invasion of Gaza, and in mild of the refusal of Cornell College’s administration to acknowledge the ache and struggling of the Palestinian individuals, we unequivocally condemn the continued genocide of Palestinians, in addition to the racism and Islamophobia which have formed the narratives of the media, U.S. officers and Cornell College directors.
Whereas we abhor any focusing on of civilians, our collective represents a variety of views concerning the techniques of the Palestinian wrestle. But we unite in unwavering opposition to apartheid and to the continued occupation, displacement, degradation, collective punishment and slaughter of Palestinians.
We acknowledge that the shortcoming of Cornell directors to utter the phrase “Palestine” or to acknowledge Palestinian struggling displays the violence of erasure and the denial of human equality — the very premises of colonial oppression that have introduced the world to this tragic second.
The essence of racism is that some individuals matter whereas others don’t. The college’s uneven therapy of scholars and indifference to the ache of Arabs and Muslims is symptomatic of the racist logic that underlies settler-colonialism.
Our Palestinian, Arab and Muslim college students, college, workers and their households have watched the world enact inhumane violence, at the same time as their very being has been denied.
The racist and Islamophobic surroundings that each silences and neglects Palestinian, Arab and Muslim college students, and that limits their entry to sources, additionally fuels the doxxing and harassment of members of these populations and their allies.
The smothering of the dignity and aspirations of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim college students, college and workers betrays the “Freedom of Expression” preferrred that Cornell directors endlessly invoke. This double-standard mirrors the hypocrisy of Western powers that proclaim liberal democratic rules whereas gagging expressions of solidarity with Palestine.
Constructing a simply and democratic Cornell means combating the entrenched bigotry that renders invisible the grief and dignity of any member of our neighborhood.
Sustainable options to the violence that engulfs Palestine-Israel should relaxation upon ending apartheid and occupation.
Cornell Coalition for Justine in Palestine