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As many are aware, this past Monday, a resolution was proposed to BU Student Government to dissolve Senate and rewrite the constitution, since some felt they were not fairly represented in Student Government. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain to all readers what it was like for a Jewish student, such as myself, to attend this vote.
I felt harassed and unsafe. The meeting was attended mostly by (other than SG members), members of BU Students Against Silence. For those who are too naïve to see, this movement is just another name for BU Students for Justice in Palestine. The truth of the matter is that it is a movement founded and built upon hatred and it seeks to destroy SG, not fix it.
At the meeting, I was personally harassed and victimized by members of this movement.
Truthfully, the entire situation felt very reminiscent of the conflict between Israel and Palestine in which Israel seeks peace, and the Palestine Liberation Organization seeks more land. SG offered an amendment to the resolution that would allow for the Senate to continue running until a new constitution is ratified, but those who proposed the resolution essentially wanted all or nothing.
I’d like to end this article with a simple question: why are students only now feeling misrepresented when only two members of the more than 40-member SG were removed? Is it because they happened to share the same political views as you and now you want your votes back?
Ariel Lavi, [email protected]