Duke student government president vetoes pro-Israel club recognition over social media post

Sabrina Conza
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Excerpt: When Duke’s student senate approved a chapter of Students Supporting Israel, the club’s members thought they had finally earned university-recognized status. After the senate twice extended the questioning period and senators probed how the group would communicate with those with whom members disagree, SSI’s members were happy to be recognized — until the one student who stood in their way, Duke student government president Christina Wang, vetoed SSI’s recognition, citing a solitary social media post.

On Nov. 13, a Duke student shared an article about the student government’s recognition of SSI, complaining that recognition shows Duke “promotes settler colonialism.” SSI, responding to their critic, posted a screenshot of the tweet to Instagram. Wang said she vetoed SSI because of this post, stating that the group “singled out an individual student on their organization’s social media account in a way that was unacceptable for any student group.”