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Tikvah Talking Points on Divestment -- WHY ALL OUR SPEECHES SOUND THE SAME!
Talking points distributed to oppose UC Berkeley divestment bill.
Anti-Divestment Bill: Unifying Strategies for Our Jewish Community
The message: The bill is an attack on our Jewish community. It silences our voices.
DO include in your speech
**End your speech with "Don't Silence Me" This will have a powerful, unifying impact.**
Keep it very short, about a minute
Unfairly choosing a side, under false pretense, is to shut down a productive and meaningful
discussion. This can only cause more tensions and conflict. It takes away OUR voice.
Make it personal, include personal experiences and emphasize feelings of personal attack.
BE EMOTIONAL. Don't be afraid to show how you feel (angry, sad, etc.)
There will always be dissenters; they don't represent the voice of the Jewish community.
WE are the voice of the Jewish community at Cal (can refer to all the Jewish student groups that
are against the bill - which collectively represent over 500 Jewish students on our campus).
If the issue is so clear, why is it so divisive? This may be one of those occasions when it's not
appropriate for you (the ASUC senators) to decide something for everyone on campus.
The Bill is out of context and based on questionable sources (no need to go into detail). Thus,
the bill is in fact an attack on the JEWISH COMML]NITY.
An unjustified attack on Israel is an attack on my Jewish identity. It is attacking ME.
The ASUC and our university have been hijacked by an extremist agenda, through this bill.
A small group of partisans are trying to leverage the reputation of UC Berkeley for their own
narrow political purposes. These partisans have NO concern for the bitter divisiveness they have
caused on campus.
The voices of the general student body are telling you (through thousands of emails, etc.) - loud
and clear - that there is no student consensus outside of these partisan supporters for this
bill. The supporters of the bill are demanding that you choose between them and the other 99%
of the students you (the ASUC senators) represent.
The ASUC Senators didn't campaign on this issue so they cannot claim to have an electoral
mandate, and every source of data (news stories and opinion pieces in the paper and associated
comments, the e-mails they have received, the high-pitched debates) attests to the fact that they
cannot claim to be representing a campus consensus or majority.
DO NOT include in your speech
DON'T mention that Israel is being singled out (don't mention crimes committed by other
countries). Don't suggest divesting from other countries. It is a weak argument and implies that
Israel has committed war crimes.
DON'T try to deconstruct the bill. DON'T focus on addressing the fallacies/specifics of the bill.
Instead, focus on how it is an attack on the Jewish community.
AVOID a debate on the Middle East. Supporters of the bill would like to argue on this platform.