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New York, NY 10003

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M: 917 226 3155


Resolution on the Limitations of Global Mobility using Tel Aviv as a Case Study

WHEREAS, the university has an obligation to work to guarantee all NYU students and faculty access to sites throughout the global network, inclusive of helping them challenge visa decisions;

WHEREAS, the university has adopted the AAUP principles of academic freedom throughout the GNU and ought to be proactive in addressing any violations of these principles.

WHEREAS, there is a long history of NYU students expressing the right to support and criticise the policies of various Nation-States, inclusive of Israel;

WHEREAS, the State of Israel released a list of twenty organizations whose members are denied entry into the country because of their endorsement of the Palestinian call for BDS (Boycotting, Divesting from, and Sanctioning Israel) (See Appendix A for the full list of banned organizations);  

WHEREAS, Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine, two of the organizations banned from entering the State of Israel, are all-square clubs at NYU;

WHEREAS, Students for Justice in Palestine, an organization banned from entering the State of Israel, is a recognized club at NYU Abu Dhabi;

WHEREAS, students who are members of the aforementioned clubs are likely to experience ideological discrimination and immigration restrictions that may prevent them from entering the State of Israel and studying at NYU Tel Aviv;  

WHEREAS, students at NYU who hold Palestinian passports also are barred from attending the NYU program in Tel Aviv;

WHEREAS, in 2014, the United States Department of Homeland Security and State stated that they “remain concerned with the unequal treatment that Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel’s border and checkpoints, and reciprocity is the most basic condition of the Visa Waiver Program”;[1] 

WHEREAS, Israel maintains its discriminatory treatment, as it has not yet been included in the Visa Waiver Program;[2]

WHEREAS, the Department of State’s website warns that “some U.S. citizens of Arab or Muslim heritage (including Palestinian-Americans) have experienced significant difficulties and unequal and hostile treatment at Israel’s borders and checkpoints. U.S. citizens who have traveled to Muslim countries or who are of Arab, Middle Eastern, or Muslim origin may face additional questioning by immigration and border authorities”;[3]

WHEREAS the Department of State’s website warns that “upon arrival at any of the ports of entry, Palestinians, including Palestinian-Americans, may wish to confirm with Israeli immigration authorities from what location they will be required to depart. Some have been allowed to enter Israel or visit Jerusalem but told they cannot depart Israel via Ben Gurion Airport without special permission, which is rarely granted. Some families have been separated as a result, and other travelers have forfeited airline tickets”;[4]

WHEREAS, NYU’s nondiscrimination policy prohibits any bias “based on race, gender and/or gender identity or expression, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or citizenship status”;[5]

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, NYU must upgrade its commitment to ensure equal access to GNU sites and to appeal decisions of denial of entry within the Global Network;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, we demand NYU centralize the particular prohibitory laws and procedures across the Nation-States of our Global Network for full clarity and transparency;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, we demand NYU render its commitment proactive by issuing  a formal memorandum to the State of Israel to remove its barricade of entry for NYU Students for Justice in Palestine and NYU Jewish Voice for Peace;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, we demand NYU conduct a fully transparent review of its nondiscrimination policies for Palestinian, Middle Eastern and other affected students traveling to the State of Israel and attending NYU Tel Aviv;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, we demand that NYU upgrades its commitment to nondiscrimination across the Global Network and introduce new procedures to protect students and faculty from prejudicial treatment;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, we demand NYU act in a similar fashion by formally requesting more equitable and inclusive policies and protocols to the relevant State officials in all countries that host GNU sites.

Appendix A: 20 Organizations Banned from Entering Israel (Source: Washington Post)

AFPS (France-Palestine Solidarity Association)
BDS France
BDS Italy
ECCP (The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)
FOA (Friends of al-Aqsa)
IPSC (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
Norge Palestinakomitee (The Palestine Committee of Norway)
Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (PGS-Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden)
PSC (Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
War on Want
BDS Kampagne

United States
AFSC (American Friends Service Committee)
AMP (American Muslims for Palestine)
Code Pink
JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace)
NSJP (National Students for Justice in Palestine)
USCPR (U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

Other groups
BDS Chile
BDS South Africa
BDS National Committee

As Proposed by Senator-at-Large and Jewish Voice for Peace President, Rose Asaf, GCOMMS Director of Advocacy, Izzy Khoufaify, Senator-at-Large and Dream Team President, Hüsniye Çöğür, Nursing School Senator and Black & Brown Coalition Chair, Tyla Leach

March 1, 2018

[1] Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “State Dept.: Israel's Discrimination Keeps It out of Visa Waiver Deal.” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 25 Mar. 2014, www.jta.org/2014/03/25/news-opinion/politics/state-discrimination-keeps-israel-out-of-visa-waiver-deal.

[2] United States, Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. “Visa Waiver Program.” https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html

[3] United States, Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. “Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.” 8 Dec. 2017. https://www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/IsraeltheWestBankandGaza.html

[4] Idib.

[5] “Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Students.” NYU, www.nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/non-discrimination-and-anti-harassment-policy-and-complaint-proc.html