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Students and Professors Rebuke The Transnational Solidarity Wall Statement

The response to the model wall erected on Paresky lawn has proven quite interesting. A freshman, motivated by concerns that the demonstration overstepped its critique of the Israel state from reasonable observations to outright antisemitism,  has penned his own rebuttal. Most importantly the student has allowed others to sign the letter in a show of solidarity.

The current signers cover a surprising amount of diversity. Some are Jews; some are Asians; some are Catholic; some are atheists; some are conservatives; others are progressive. About the only thing common among the signers is their status as either freshman or sophomores, but there are professors and seniors signers as well.

I know many of the signers, and I know that they aren’t apologists for everything Israel does. It’s a genuine display of solidarity against what they perceive to be antisemitism. While I’m not signing it, the significant presence of people willing to open themselves to possible backlash supporting a controversial position is a comforting thing, to me. It shows that there is still some intellectual diversity left in this campus.

Access the letter here, and please spread it. Whether you agree or disagree with its position, the community of Williams College ought to know that this wall has two different sides.

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#1 Comment By JCD 📌 On April 25, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

Glad to see that Professors Chris Gibson and Steve Miller – both Republicans – are supporting these concerned students. (I take away anything negative I ever said about Miller.)

I am struck that so many juniors and seniors failed to support this counter protest. It may be that young people who come of age in the Trump era will have a slightly different perspective about the worthiness of the Palestinian/Muslim cause and more confidence that their pro-Israel views are okay to express on campus. Good for them. This is winning.

#2 Comment By Dick Swart On April 25, 2018 @ 10:41 pm

“The wall must stay”

The Fantastics

Longest running musical ,,, 62 years, 17,262 performances, Harvey Schmidt music,Tom Jones lyrics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fantasticks

#3 Comment By amunzer On April 27, 2018 @ 7:35 am

It’s great to finally hear of people defending Israel from exaggerated attacks that appear to have become standard liberal doctrine on many college campuses.

Long live free speech and academic freedom!

#4 Comment By PTC On April 28, 2018 @ 4:38 pm

“The response to the model wall erected on Paresky lawn has proven quite interesting…”

Is the wall still up? I’ll take a walk and check it out if it is.

If not, do you have any pictures of it?

It is hard to comment without any sense of the imagery. If there are no pics, please at least describe it.

Thanks,

Cleave

#5 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On April 28, 2018 @ 6:25 pm

See this post for photos.

#6 Comment By PTC On April 28, 2018 @ 9:51 pm

Hey thanks Dave. It’s all good. Yeah, it is controversial, and definitely only telling one side of the (hi)story.

My question is, would something equally controversial from a pro Israel security perspective be allowed?

If you are going to allow speech, and open the forum to this kind of content, then you should not suppress any particular viewpoint.

#7 Comment By Solomon On May 2, 2018 @ 11:18 am

The final version of this article is here:

http://williamsrecord.com/2018/05/02/standing-in-solidarity-with-israel-addressing-campus-discourse-around-zionism/

Apparently it got around 65 signatories. Discuss?

#8 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On May 2, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

Yes! We should spend next week on this topic, splitting up the discussion into bite-sized chunks.