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To whom it may concern,
The Tufts American Israel Alliance has spotted a factual error on your website, and we are deeply
troubled by Adam Rapfogel’s inclusion on the Canary Mission. Mr. Rapfogel is the Parliamentarian of the
TCU Senate, the student government body at Tufts University, which unfortunately heard and passed the
BDS resolution to divest from four specific companies on April 6th, 2017.
The profile on Canary Mission incorrectly portrays Rapfogel as complicit, at best, and an active
participant, at worst, with the BDS movement and the passing of the resolution. It even goes as far as to
list him as affiliated with SJP– all untrue claims. The overview claims that he “worked closely” with SJP
to “rush the divestment resolution to a vote” and “worked to schedule a surprise anti-Israel divestment
resolution.” Both of these claims are untrue, and have dangerous implications for our pro-Israel
community on campus.
In fact, Adam expressed concerns with the fact that the resolution had been proposed so close to Passover,
a time when many Jewish students would not be on campus. He strongly urged SJP leaders to propose the
resolution at a later time. When they refused to do so, he responded by trying to find a way to hear from
those who could not be on campus through a Google Form. The idea of a Google Form was not
something that Mr. Rapfogel happily jumped to at the beginning; however, it was a last ditch effort that he
and other members of the Tufts pro-Israel community thought of to combat SJP’s abhorrent refusal to
propose the bill at the next meeting after Passover by allowing for more Jewish voices to be heard.
As the Senate Parliamentarian, Adam is tasked with making sure all submitted resolutions are viable
(properly written and formatted) before they make it to the senate floor for debate, and eventually, a vote.
Adam does not support BDS, had no involvement with the content of this BDS resolution, and most
certainly did not participate in drafting it. He did the same with the BDS resolution as with any other
resolution, as is his constitutional duty. He is required to be impartial in all proceedings, unlike the other
senators. Mr. Rapfogel did not have a vote on this resolution nor the ability to publicly voice an opinion in
the meeting.
The only “evidence” on the profile that backs up most of the collusion and affiliation claims is the
situation surrounding the Google Form, which is completely misrepresented. Despite the fact that the
Google Form is not ideal, it's fair to say that Adam did the best he could given his position and the
circumstances he was thrown into. Mr. Rapfogel’s actions in no way endorse the BDS movement nor the
resolution in the TCU Senate that day. Adam Rapfogel is a respected and active member of the Jewish
community here at Tufts, and a close friend and ally of our pro-Israel movement. We fear the
misinformation and misrepresentation of our campus’ unfortunate situation and the inclusion of his name
may damage potential relations and collaboration between the pro-Israel community and the TCU Senate
this coming year.
We respectfully request his name and profile be removed from the website and that Canary Mission fixes
the inaccuracies in the recounting of the Tufts BDS meeting. We would like to work with you in an effort
to ensure that a factual account of the Tufts BDS situation is present on Canary Mission, as we do find it
important that the public has accurate information. The information on Adam’s profile is not at all related
to him, his views, or his actions. However, much of the information that is misattributed to Adam should
remain up under other pages dedicated to specific relevant Tufts students, the TCU Senate as a whole, or a
page on the 2017 Tufts BDS Resolution. We appreciate the work and dedication it took to write these
detailed profiles and create a transcript of the meeting’s audio stream. Thank you and Am Yisrael Chai.
Ben Shapiro & Spencer Zeff
Co-Presidents of the Tufts American Israel Alliance (TAIA)
Campus Leaders in the Anti-BDS Movement

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