Ever since starting here at Sussex I couldn’t help but notice the absence of certain products like Coca-Cola and Pineapples in our union shops and the campus co-op. It never occurred to me that it was due to a petition signed a few years back banning Israeli products until I was told by a friend.
I understand that Sussex is a politically involved university and is sensitive to what is going on around the world but there is a time and place where we, as outsiders, should take a stand back from what is quite frankly an external affair far from our concern. I am sure many societies, students and academics of the university may oppose my standpoint in this however the ban on Israeli and Israeli funded products should be abandoned. It does not just limit our choice of goods as a consumer but it is a racist and unjust.
No matter how much we may detest the Palestinian- Israeli conflict, and regardless of whose side we may stand on; Sussex University as a place of learning and as a community should be racially impartial. The private and individual perspectives of this conflict should be channelled through other means such as petitions, awareness campaigns and debates not through funnelling the ideologies of a set few onto the entire university.
Hence, I feel a referendum should take place to abolish the ban on Israeli goods on campus.
If you would like to say otherwise, write a letter back. Nothing better than a lively debate!