Tell SSSP To Oppose

Hateful BDS Resolution

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) has a long and storied tradition as a serious academic association dating back to its founding nearly 70 years ago. Now, SSSP risks destroying its hard-earned reputation by endorsing a hateful, divisive campaign that runs counter to its mission and the best interests of its membership.

The Society will vote over a two-week period following the SSSP meeting on Friday, August 7 on a controversial resolution to join this controversial Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. If the vote succeeds, SSSP will put itself on the record opposing all collaboration and cooperation with Israeli Jews and Jewish institutions in Israel.

Discriminating against fellow academics on the basis of race, religion, or national origin is morally wrong. It runs counter to the basic principles of academic freedom and expression. It’s also counterproductive toward its supporters’ stated goal of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

If SSSP really sees a role for itself in solving this complex geopolitical issue, it should focus its time and energy on enhancing academic partnerships and strengthening the bonds between people of different cultures. The goal should be to bring people together, not drive them apart by discriminating against their Jewish and Israeli colleagues.