Op-Ed: Letter to the Michigan community

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 7:48pm

A letter to the Michigan community,

During this already polarized and emotional post-election time in our country and on our campus, we reflect on our values as Wolverines. At this moment when so many people feel distraught and targeted, we need to come together as a broad community committed to the University’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan, in which “all campus community members are welcomed and supported.” The current divestment resolution, which will be voted on by the members of Central Student Government this Tuesday, divides our campus at a time when we should be strengthening our ties and supporting one another.

We stand in solidarity with all people who are victims of hate both on campus and afar. We assert that we value the safety and well-being of both Palestinians and Israelis. As students who support the state of Israel, we want CSG to know that this resolution does not represent us, nor the values of our Michigan community. It demonizes Israel while marginalizing the pro-Israel community on campus. This resolution assigns absolute blame to only one side of a complicated conflict. Both the Palestinian and Israeli narratives have value — only one is presented in this resolution.

We appreciate CSG’s tireless efforts to represent a vastly diverse student body and its ability to listen to all voices and narratives. We hope that the signatures on this petition demonstrate that this resolution is not representative of the campus community as a whole. Passing this resolution would only further divide and polarize students on this campus at a time when we need to come together for positive change.

The petition can be found here:

https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/raCmt4uMTjV9HE0k8FiILQ

LSA senior Natalie Bloom

LSA junior Josh Flink

LSA junior Natan Gorod

LSA freshman Alex Harris

LSA senior Zara Mellits