To the Editor:
I was a participant in the Dec. 2 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Practices. I do not believe that those, such as myself, who spoke against the motion as it was then constituted were disrespected. I felt we were treated courteously. Being given only 15 minutes to state our case and then not being offered the opportunity to respond to criticisms, however, seemed unfortunate for deciding such an important issue for our campus. I did not attend to represent a Zionist position. Much of the rising anti-Semitism in the world is occurring because of the connection made between Judaism and Zionism. I know of students who are marginalized here and on other campuses just because they are Jewish. I attended in hopes that ACCRIP would include an acknowledgement of the significant human rights violations of other countries. Otherwise, the motion is an asymmetrical act which could inadvertently cause harm to members of the Brown community. And by its exclusive focus, it could also inadvertently create a dampening effect on campus conversation of human rights violations committed throughout the world.
Professor of History and Classics