MADISON – Tonight, March 29th, the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) will vote on a piece of “Ban, Divest, and Sanction” (BDS) legislation at their council meeting. BDS legislation targets the state of Israel and all who participate in the state’s great democracy. The legislation aims to help Palestinians and Arabs living in Israel but only harms all parties involved. BDS legislation will damage the university’s image to the world, deter internship programs on campus, hurt Arabs living in the state of Israel, and create a hostile environment to students on campus who stand with Israel.
The College Republicans at the University of Wisconsin-Madison call for a response to this egregious resolution. First, that the university immediately condemn such hateful legislation and rhetoric that is entirely unproductive. Second, ASM either withdraws or rejects this piece of legislation. And third, students across campus stand together against ASM’s radical and horrible legislation.
Chairman of the College Republicans at UW-Madison, Jake Lubenow, issued the following statement:
“I've spent the past four days in Washington DC learning about the bipartisan fight to maintain our strong alliance with the one true democratic middle eastern state of Israel. BDS legislation should not and will not be tolerated by our activist student government. BDS is an anti-Semitic, hateful, and poorly thought out movement that hurts Israelites, Americans, Arabs, and students at UW.
The College Republicans at UW-Madison will do everything in our power to continue to be a strong ally of the state of Israel and do our part to defeat this horrible legislation. We call on the university officials as well as students to take a strong stance against BDS legislation.
Our organization is sick and tired of ASM pushing a radical, progressive agenda that does not represent the student body. It is not hard to imagine why only 9% of students participate in their elections.”