On April 9, 2017, on the eve of the Jewish Passover holiday, several Tufts Community Union (TCU) student senators submitted a surprise BDS resolution that demonized Israel and called on the university to divest from four companies that do business with Israel. The resolution was authored by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
SJP was rightly blamed for their role in scheduling this surprise BDS vote on the eve of Passover. They ensured that Jews would not be present to defend themselves against an anti-Semitic attack on the right of Jews to self-determination.
To hide their shame, they also ensured the vote was held as a secret ballot.
The pre-Passover vote was yet another in a series of scandals for SJP. SJP and its leader Hatem Bazian have been exposed so often for its bigotry and racism that it is no longer seen as a serious player by University administrations and even former members.
However, on closer examination, the entire episode was only made possible by the fringe extremist organization Jewish Voice for Peace (a name that is false advertising on many levels).
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) planned the entire vote.
JVP leader, Hannah Freedman revealed that the resolution authors chose not schedule the vote for the previous week’s senate meeting because “many of us were away at a conference last weekend when we had had [sic.] the resolution ready — and so we decided to put it this weekend.” Freedman omitted that the “conference” was the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) National Member Meeting (NMM).
By scheduling the vote on the eve of Passover, when most Jews would not be around to vote, JVP deliberately undermined the Jewish community at Tufts – in favor of giving themselves more time to strategize against Israel.
It gets worse…
At least Seven (7) SJP Tufts leaders took part in the JVP conference – during which they made a presentation and collaborated with senior JVP officials. This included Parker Breza who admitted that Tufts SJP did not consult with any other student group other than JVP during the resolution drafting process.
In summary, JVP prioritized a huddle with known anti-Semites over the democratic rights of Jews on campus.
Jewish Voice for Peace is neither a mainstream Jewish voice, nor is it interested in Peace.
For more details read the complete Canary Mission Report on Tufts University (December 2017).