Statement of Solidarity for BDS from Swarthmore's YDSA
We, the Swarthmore chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, stand in solidarity and put forth our full support for Students for Justice in Palestine’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. We join their call for Swarthmore College to divest from seven companies (Lockheed Martin, Elbit Systems, Boeing, Caterpillar, Hyundai, Bank Hapoalim, and Hewlett Packard) that directly support the IDF.
For Palestinians living under occupation, access to basic resources, such as water, is extremely limited. Rampant economic and racial inequality, checkpoints inhibiting freedom of movement, and the systematic use of violence and prisons in an effort to break the will of the Palestinian people stand in direct opposition to our basic values as Democratic Socialists. We believe that it is not sufficient to have basic needs met, though that is a necessity. It is not enough to survive, individuals must be able to truly live—this means access to the things that make people’s lives meaningful: art, music, passion. To quote socialist feminist and labor activist, Rose Schneiderman, “the worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.”
The struggle for Palestinian liberation does not end with the right to live and the right to water, that is only the beginning. And it is a beginning that we must reach. We are incredibly proud to affirm our support for SJP’s BDS campaign.