April 11, 2019
Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness
917-512-4585, [email protected]
Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) applauds student leaders for defeating a hateful divestment resolution at Cornell University.
In rejecting hate and division, the Student Assembly (SA) discussed the divestment resolution for over 10 hours throughout the night, leading to a vote of 14 in favor, 15 against, and 1 abstention. With this vote, SA has ensured that all student voices, including those of Jewish and Pro-Israel students, would be heard.
“Pro-Israel students on campus were incredibly brave in standing up to bigotry and we are proud of their hard work to end discrimination,” said Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director of ACF. “We hope that this will allow these students to know their voices have been heard and hate and bigotry didn’t prevail.”
ACF recognizes that this divestment resolution, as part of the larger BDS movement, not only contributes to an environment of anti-Semitism, but actively promotes anti-Semitism through the demonization and delegitimization of Israel, the nation state of the Jewish people. Part of ensuring student success requires a commitment to protecting all campus communities from hate and isolation, including the Jewish and pro-Israel community. We will continue to stand by our campus as a marketplace of ideas where anti-Semitism shall be never be accepted. ACF is proud to support the Jewish and Pro-Israel communities at Cornell University.
ACF appreciates the hard work that Cornell Hillel and our other campus partners on the ground put in to support students and stand up against hate and division at Cornell University. We will continue our work to counter anti-Semitism and ensure safe and open dialogue for all at Cornell University.