The Harvard Crimson, the Harvard university’s newspaper, published an article titled ‘In Support of Boycott, Divest, Sanction and a Free Palestine’ endorcing the BDS movement on Friday 29th of April.
The article features a straight to the point legitimization of the BDS movement. a legitimization that has not been the offered by the ivy league before as declarations as early as 2020 by the Uni signified that they were not on board with the methods and practices of the BDS calling it a blunt tool and deeming unknowledgeable of the “nuances” of the Palestinian situation enough to be making such judgments.
The paper condemned the Human rights violation’s done by the Israeli occupation. The paper’s board expressed pride in supporting the Palestinian liberation and the BDS movement.
The Editorial described its shift of beliefs as “righting past wrongs” and taking a chance. They rectified its prior ambivalence towards the Boycott movement
“Palestinians, in our board’s view, deserve dignity and freedom. We support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement as a means to achieve that goal.”
in further elaboration on the change of heart the paper added,”In the past, our board was skeptical of the movement (if not, generally speaking, of its goals), arguing that BDS as a whole did not “get at the nuances and particularities of the Israel-Palestine conflict.” We regret and reject that view.
The board followed by saying, “we are no longer inclined to police the demands of a people yearning to breathe free.” demonstrating an acceptance and belief of the righteousness of the Palestinian demand for freedom
The editorial followed by saying that supporting the weaker power was something they had to do in a situation where power imbalances are present and as the continuous occupation of the Palestinian territories is standing in the way of the internationally long-awaited two-state solution
“It is our categorical imperative to side with and empower the vulnerable and oppressed. We can’t nuance away Palestinian’s violent reality, nor can we let our desire for a perfect, imaginary tool undermine a living, breathing movement of such great promise.”
The editorial made a point of explaining that supporting the BDS movement doesn’t in any way link to antisemitism saying, “We unambiguously oppose and condemn antisemitism in every and all forms.”
The Crimson praised and acknowledged the work BDS has done in the past and its role in achieving African liberation and hoped that the same would be the fate of the Palestinians as well. the paper adjoined the Israel atrocities and the Palestinian cry for liberty and concluded the piece by encouraging others to take a similar stance
“This moment–of Israel’s human rights and international law violations and of Palestine’s cry for freedom — demands this step. As a board, we are proud to finally lend our support to both Palestinian liberation and BDS — and we call on everyone to do the same.”