Bangladesh suffered years of oppression before being granted the freedom its civilians rightly deserved. The occupation of British and Pakistani army officials in Bangladesh led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and the raping and torturing of women. A countless number of children were left without family members or parents and were robbed of the right to any hope of a normal childhood. War and oppression brings about no solution; the only outcome is the dehumanization of millions of individuals who will never be able to move past the atrocities they witnessed. The issues that Palestinians face may not affect our daily lives as students in Los Angeles, but the unjust activities happening against innocent civilians, hit home.
We are deeply disappointed and appalled that our university has been complicit in the targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians for police interrogation, sanction, suspension, and potential expulsion. BSA recognizes that this discriminatory treatment is both unjust and illegal, and we support all those who are committed to bringing change. As students with family members who were deeply affected by oppression, we know that the freedom of speech, expression, and association is crucial to advocating for the liberation of our diverse communities.
For all of these reasons, we are united in our full support of University of California, Los Angeles’s Students for Justice in Palestine and its members. We demand that the school re-evaluate and amend any business associations with companies who are complicit in violent acts against humanity.
Bengali Students Association