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The editorial board of the Harvard University student newspaper published a editorial last week, stating that he supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, as well as a “free Palestine”.

The Harvard Crimson editors wrote in the editorial that “Palestinians, in the opinion of our board of directors, deserve dignity and freedom”, stating that “we support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as a means of ‘reach this goal”.

The editorial states that current policy in Israel is pushing Palestinians towards “indefinite statelessness”.

“Israel’s current policy is pushing Palestinians toward indefinite statelessness, combining ethnonationalist legislation and a continued assault on West Bank sovereignty through illegal settlements that makes the prospect of a two-state solution difficult; it deserves a strong and unwavering international response,” the editorial said. council wrote.

The board says arguments against the BDS movement “could have been and indeed were once made against South Africa”.

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Harvard banners hang outside the Memorial Church on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., Friday, September 4, 2009.
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Responding to the inevitable claims that the editorial would be perceived as anti-Semitic, the committee wrote that “support for Palestinian liberation is not anti-Semitic”.

“We unambiguously oppose and condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, including when it manifests itself on the margins of otherwise valid movements. The Jewish people – like all people, including the Palestinians – deserve nothing. other than life, peace and security,” the editorial states.

The council concludes by declaring that it is “proud of finally, finally [sic] lend our support to both Palestinian liberation and BDS. »

“We do not take this decision lightly. BDS remains a heavy-handed approach, which has the potential to backfire or cause collateral damage in the form of economic harm. But the weight of this moment – ​​rights violations of human and international law by Israel and Palestine crying for freedom – demands this step. As a Board of Directors, we are proud to finally [sic] lend our support to both Palestinian liberation and BDS – and we call on everyone to do the same,” the editorial board wrote.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference in July 2021 that the Biden administration “rejects” the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement.

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This November 13, 2008 file photo shows the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass.  Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery.

This November 13, 2008 file photo shows the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery.
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“We strongly reject the BDS movement, which unfairly stigmatizes Israel,” Price said. “While the Biden-Harris administration will always and fully respect the First Amendment rights of our citizens, the American people, the United States will be a strong partner in countering efforts around the world that potentially seek to delegitimize Israel and will work tirelessly to support Israel’s continued integration into the international community.”

Price’s comments came after Ben & Jerry’s announced that the company would no longer sell ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

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A seal hangs above a Harvard University building in Cambridge, Massachusetts November 16, 2012.

A seal hangs above a Harvard University building in Cambridge, Massachusetts November 16, 2012.
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Roz Rothstein, co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs, an educational organization that fights anti-Semitism and supports Israel, told Fox News Digital that the student newspaper’s editorial board “displayed ignorance at best and misconduct at worst. journalistic professionals.

“The Crimson did justice to neither Israelis nor Palestinians, and undermined its own credibility as a newspaper more than anything. By omitting any context regarding terrorism against Israel, from the stabbings to the launching of thousands of rockets, and the Palestinian leadership rejecting every major peace proposal since 1937, the editorial board demonstrated ignorance at best and journalistic malpractice at worst. campaign to end the existence of Israel will certainly hurt many Jewish students on campus,” Rothstein said.

Fox News contacted the Harvard Crimson.

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.