Israeli Propaganda: What it is and How to Spot it

Editor’s note: Under normal circumstances, The Phoenix does not allow groups to publish letters as a collective and requires individuals to submit on groups’ behalf. The Phoenix has decided to make an exception to this policy on account of individual members of


The Board Is Not Our Friend

In the spring of my freshman year, I met with two Board members and a variety of administrators about a resolution that garnered over one thousand signatures and ultimately passed our Student Government Organization. The resolution called upon Swarthmore to divest from

Israel Needs Change but BDS is not the Answer

Since Israel’s 1967 capture of Gaza and the West Bank, seemingly little has changed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The territories remain under military rule and peace seems no closer. The Oslo Accords of 1993, where Israel and the Palestinian Authority recognized each

On Shame, Empathy, and Israel-Palestine

I proudly supported the two-state solution from the moment I realized my Jewish day school had indoctrinated me on the discussion of Israel and Palestine. I was repeatedly told that Israel was my home for all nine years of my Jewish education.

Surprise visit disrupts SGO vote on BDS resolution

Two weeks ago, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) approached the Student Government Organization (SGO), proposing a SGO resolution in support of the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) campaign. SJP launched the campaign in October 2018, which calls the Swarthmore College to divest

Omar’s Critics Do More Harm Than Good

Congressional Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is currently facing large pushback for her recent Twitter posts, which many claim to be antisemitic. While I acknowledge there is a case to be made for linking her comments to certain classic, antisemitic tropes, I believe

On Birthright

Controversy regarding Birthright, a free trip to Israel for Jewish individuals aged 18-26, has become very public in recent years. This past summer, a number of individuals associated with IfNotNow, a left-wing Jewish organization that protests the Israeli military occupation of the

On the Palestinian Question

The question with which Israel consistently grapples is: what should we do with the land between the river and the sea? I claim the state’s actions with regards to this question are perpetuating the principles of apartheid. Karl Marx’s piece “On the

SJP Announces New BDS Campaign

On October 9, Students for Justice in Palestine hosted a rally and teach-in at Parrish Hall to announce their new Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign at Swarthmore. SJP is calling on the college to divest from seven companies, including Caterpillar, Hyundai, and

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