Petition to Boycott Book Culture
We, the undersigned students, alumni, faculty, and affiliates of Columbia University, demand that Book Culture retract their statement of condemnation for the children’s book P is for Palestine. We pledge to boycott the store until they comply with this demand and reaffirm their commitment, as a progressive independent bookstore, to representing and publicly supporting all marginalized voices in literature.

On November 28, congregation leaders from the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (SWFS) asked Book Culture to publicly rescind their support for Dr. Golbarg Bashi’s children's book P is for Palestine. The subsequent statement by Book Culture co-owners Chris Doeblin, Annie Hedrick, and Rick MacArthur, published on the SWFS website, offers an apology for “the pain and distress” the children’s book has apparently caused in the community. They conflate the term “intifada” with “terrorism,” doing a gross disservice to the complexity of the first and second intifadas as periods of massive grassroots mobilization against Israeli apartheid, occupation, and ethnic cleansing. We support the efforts of Dr. Golbarg Bashi to bring attention to the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and for this reason we call on Book Culture to retract their statement and issue an apology.

We call on the greater Columbia community to boycott the bookstore until it meets these demands. This boycott includes both a refusal to patronize the store, and, if possible, a refusal to send course materials, such as textbooks, to Book Culture for student pickup.

Read the full statement here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aOLL1hBJMqFB3J_af4mxRpc_4wdsWgHPFQocRZZ0YfY/edit?usp=sharing

Signed,

Faculty:
Rosalind Morris, Anthropology
Wael Hallaq, MESAAS
Katherine Franke, Law/Gender & Sexuality Studies
Shamus Khan, Sociology
Lynne Segal, Psychosocial Studies
Brinkley Messick, Anthropology
Joseph Massad, MESAAS
Hamid Dabashi, MESAAS/ICLS
Gil Anidjar, Religion/MESAAS
Marwa Elshakry, History
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities
Premilla Nadasen, History
Nora Akawi, Columbia GSAPP
Clara Mattei, Economics
Blake Turner, Psychiatry
Naor Ben-Yehoyada, Anthropology
Steven Gregory, Anthropology
Michael Taussig, Anthropology

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows:
Jeff Jacobs
Rana Baker
Sayori Ghoshal
Nasser Abourahme
Emily Tu
Niyati Shenoy
Conor Dempsey
Basma Radwan
Jan Tarnowski
Danielle Carr
Sarandha Jain
Thaer AlSheikh Theeb
Navid Zarrinnal
Sohaib Khan
John Halliwell
Ibrahim Elhoudaiby
Takaya Uchida
Jared Sacks
Tania Bhattacharyya
Shaunna Rodrigues
Ban Edilbi
Harlan Chambers
Anais Maurer
Geoffrey Aung
Sayantani Mukherjee
Cassandra Coste
Sophia Mo
Wendell Marsh
Dominic Walker
Bud Gankhuyag
Virginia Cooper
Dilip Ravindran
Kate McIntyre
Ahmed Adam
Howard Taylor
Yayra Sumah
Blase Provitola
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

Undergraduate Students:
Zachary Aldridge
Jonathan Ebhogiaye
Aryn Davis
Yasmeen Abdel Majeed
Sulema Arellano
Naye Idriss
Mai Morsy
Yosan Alemu
Jack Snyder
Rachel Deal
Alimatou Demba
Victoria Alvarez-Rendueles
Jeevan Farias
Laura Peñaranda
Meghan Brophy
Nomuundari Batdelger
Makaria Yami
Maximilian Bottinger
Chadwick Macmillan
Ciara Keane
Harmony Graziano
Nasreen Abd Elal
Aaliya Hong
Yasmina Ibrahim
Megnot Mulugeta
Sophie Edelhart
Akash Singh
Lucy Danger
Izzi Sibbers
Isaiah Feldman-Schwartz
Sarah Seidman
Aya Ouais
Marla Solow
Vyoma Sahani
Virginia Mayo
Bryn Evans
China Braekman
Daniel Schapiro
Jessie Rubin
Kelvin Ng
Gemma Sahwell
Erik Helstrom
Talal Toukan
Jennifer Neuman
Omaymah Harahsheh
Benjamin Coombs
Sofia Park
Soraya Beheshti
Salim M'jahad
Alya Al-Sager
Mikayla Petchell
Christopher Taktak
Abigail Kempf
Max Tamola
Jazilah Salam
Zoha Qamar
Yvette Kleinbock
Priscilla Maccario
Ayah Eldosougi
Jean Kim
Grace Sandoval
Emma-Inemesit Richardson
Isra Eldosougi
Kelsey Decker
Adriana Montalvo Holguin
Janine Abuyuan
Caroline Oliver
Matt Martin
Hannela Jane
Celine Bacha
Najaad Dayib
Robert Gardner
Sarah Barlow-Ochshorn
Brendan O'Connell
Yeliz Sezgin
Emma Letcher
May Abiad
Claire Klinger
Tiffany Dimm
Sarah Hazem
Yiu Wong

Alumni:
Anthony Alessandrini
Miles Hilton
Jordyn Simmons
Eva Kalikoff
Urooj Khan
Ella Every-Wortman
Mazhar Syed
Stephanie Schwartz
Alia Massoud
Ashley Arana
Elana Sulakshana
Elisabeth Tschurtschenthaler
Metin Turgut
Nissy Aya
David Klion
Caroline Doenmez
Farida Begum
Yousr Shaltout
Ana-Maria Szilagyi
Darializa Avila Chevalier
Shaina Low
Hal Levy
Virgilio Urbina Lazardi
Erin Quinn
Jason Zhao
Myra Hyder
Casey Primel
Ferhan Guloglu
Paco Martín del Campo
Janet Capron
Johanna Lee
Cindy Gao
Abdulrahman Khoshaim
Matt Swagler
Clement Gelly
Julia Carmel
Ibrahim Bechrouri
Jannine Salman
Amanda Perry
Caleb LoSchiavo
Susan Ochshorn
Cassandra Munoz
Jad Mourad
Tyler Dingman
Xinyu Guan

Other Community Affiliates:
Craig Willse
Sarina Romero
Rachel Beaty
Michael Goldberg
Everett Pelzman
Ernesto Moreno
Julia Shpirt
Keith Prokup
Feyza Basoglu
Karla Ruiz
Alan Essner
David Bragin
Maria D'Amelio
Georgia Guida
Michael Robin
Sandra Turner
Francine Perlman
Ellen Isaacs, MD
Riwa Saab
Shannon Morrison
Mateo Correa
Naila Malik
Andrew Miller
Patricia Clough
Richard Morrison
Anna Berg
Ann Shirazi
Sereena Karsou
Alexander Wang
Millie Christie-Dervaux
Wajih Murad
Mohammad Hamad

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