Antisemitism Tracker 2017
Organized in Reverse Chronological Order

Updated: 11/17/17

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The incidents below have been compiled from media accounts, student testimonies and eyewitness reports, and organized into the following categories:

  1. Targeting Jewish Students and Staff – Incidents that directly target Jewish students or other Jewish
    members of the campus community for harmful or hateful action.
  2. Antisemitic Expression – Language, imagery or behavior deemed antisemitic by the U.S. State Department definition
    of antisemitism, or wholly consistent with that definition.
  3. BDS Activity (for more information about BDS and antisemitism, click HERE)– Petitions, statements, meetings, events and rallies in which the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment, sanctions movement is promoted, supported, discussed, or voted on.

Each incident has been further classified according to its specific antisemitic content using criteria derived from the U.S. State Department definition of antisemitism. For more information on the subcategories of classification, click HERE.

Note for Students and Faculty: If you are aware of any antisemitic incidents from 2015 or 2016 that are not contained on this list, please let us know at “Report an Incident.” It is important to us to keep as complete a list as possible.
 



 

Recent Campus Antisemitic Activity:


November 15, 2017 – GERGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
Georgetown SJP and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies held a film screening event, “Gaza in Context: Film Screening & Discussion w/ Professor Noura Erakat.” In the film, Erekat demonized Israel, falsely claiming that “[Israel] is guided by two primary policies: 1) To obtain the maximum amount of Palestinian land with the minimum number of Palestinian people and 2) To concentrate a maximum number of Palestinians onto a minimum amount of land.” She further went on to state, “Even if Hamas were to disappear, Israel’s policies towards the tiny coastal enclave would go uninterrupted… The Gaza Strip represents the most vivid and grotesque form of Israel’s settler-colonial ambitions.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST –
SJP painted a mural on campus that said, “End Settler Colonialism, Resist White Expansion, Stand with Indigenous People, UMass SJP,” with an image of the Palestinian flag and a fist raised.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND –
The student government discussed and voted on a divestment resolution. The resolution failed with a 1-21 vote with three abstentions. Legislators debated on whether to overturn the decision, and the body failed to overturn the report in a 23-13 vote with one abstention. Twenty-nine campus groups, including the Behavioral and Social Sciences College, ProtectUMD and the University Senate had signed a petition of SJP’s to support divestment alongside 200 individual signatures. More than 1,000 undergraduate students signed a petition against BDS, organized by Terps for Israel, J-Street UMD and Mishelanu.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
November 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF UTAH –
University of Utah Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held an event entitled “Rally Against Trump’s Agenda of War and Hate” outside Marriott Library. The description for the event stated that Trump “is covering for and providing military aid to the colonial apartheid state of Israel…Join SDS in commemorating one year of struggle against Trump’s administration and say…No to Israeli Apartheid!” During the event, members held banners that read “No to Israeli apartheid.” According to Fight Back News, “The goal of the event was to build publicity for the beginning of their anti-war effort, starting with a demand for the university to boycott of Sabra and Bobcat – two corporations that are complicit with the Israeli apartheid regime.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
November 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
A swastika was found drawn on a bathroom stall in the second-floor men’s bathroom in the Modern Language Building around 3 in the afternoon. A divestment vote was held the evening before until 3 am.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
November 15, 2017 – TUFTS UNIVERSITY –
A student wrote an article in the school paper protesting the “Fletcher Spring Break Israel Trek” that denied Jews self-determination and demonized Israel, stating, “These kinds of programs give a dominant Israeli narrative of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The assumption here is that Israel must remain a Jewish state, that the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland is unmanageable, that Israel is the only prosperous, multicultural democracy in the Middle East and that its continuous occupation of Palestine is necessitated by security concerns… I urge you to think critically about such initiatives and the motives behind them so that the name of our school and its students don’t serve the purpose of occupation and supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION)
November 14, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
A divestment resolution was debated for 8 hours and voted on. The resolution passed 28-7-9 with a secret vote. The resolution called for the university to divest from companies that “presently, or in the future, profit off of the human rights violations committed by Israel and that aid in the occupation and apartheid system that Israel maintains against the Palestinians.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGIMITIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))
November 14, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
JVP published an op-ed in the student paper in support of divestment, entitled,”Op-Ed: To fight white supremacy, support divestment.” The op-ed demonized Israel, stating, “Supporters of Israel often say it [Israel] represents Jewish self-determination…This is not Jewish self-determination. It’s white supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
November 13, 2017 – HARVARD UNIVERSITY –
Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee erected a mock wall on campus, one of whose panels showed an airplane tailing the message “Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
November 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
At an SSI event with Hen Mazzig, SJP members verbally assaulted the presenter with the demonizing accusation of ‘pinkwashing’ even though he was telling his own personal story of coming out, and disrupted the talk with sustained chants of, “Free Palestine.” The SJP protesters held signs of “Fascists off our campus,” and “Israel Occupation Forces.” SJP members also openly laughed when Mazzig was telling the story of his grandmother finding the body of his grandfather who was killed “in Iraq in 1951 after being accused of being a Zionist spy, just because he was Jewish.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; VERBAL ASSAULT; DENIGRATION; DEMONIZATION)
February 12, 2017 – WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
A 12″ x 12″ swastika drawn in condensation was found on a window in the Fairhaven Complex. The student was caught. Records indicated that there was no administrative action or consequences for this incident. According to a report issued by the Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism, eleven cases of antisemitism, including hate speech and the use of swastikas, were reported on campus from spring 2016 to winter 2017.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
November 11, 2017 – CUNY HUNTER –
A new group, “Apartheid Divest at CUNY,” launched a divestment campaign with a petition, which stated: “We, a diverse group of students at the City University of New York (CUNY), have launched our CUNY: Apartheid Divestment campaign to call upon the respective Undergraduate Student Governments of each educational institution as well as the University Student Senate (USS) to urge all universities to financially divest from companies presently complicit in, or profiting off of, the State of Israel’s ongoing system of military occupation, apartheid, genocide, and other human rights violations in Palestine/Israel.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
November 10, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
A member of SAFE published an article in the school paper advocating for BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
November 10, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
According to the Police Blotter for the campus, “[b]etween 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 8:20 p.m. on Nov. 12, an unknown suspect drew graffiti on tables, a wall and a wall clock in Classroom 150 in the Green Earth Sciences Building with blue and black ink markers. The graffiti included multiple phallic symbols and one swastika drawn on a classroom table.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
November 9, 2017 – ECKERD COLLEGE –
Three males, in their early to mid-20s, set up an information table between the Alpha complex and the cafeteria with anti-Israeli propaganda. The group reportedly shouted antisemitic slurs such as, “This is the only way! Save yourself! Jews shouldn’t be alive!”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
November 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING –
For the second year in a row, fliers calling the Holocaust a hoax were posted in a number of campus buildings. The timing coincided, as it did last year, with the University’s commemoration of the Holocaust. According to the Star Tribune, the fliers “call the Holocaust a ‘criminally fraudulent’ claim and direct readers to an outdated website peppered with adverbs like ‘wizardly,’ claiming to be an organization of forensic historians.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: ACCUSING JEWS OF INVENTING OR EXAGGERATING THE HOLOCAUST)
November 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall,” with a large-letter heading of f “END ISRAELI APARTHEID.” The wall contained an image on the left of all of Israel covered in a Palestinian flag.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 9, 2017 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY –
JVP authored a letter opposing the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life’s “NYU Israel Experience” trip. The letter demonized Israel with false accusations of “ethnic cleansing” and was signed by 20 student groups. The letter stated, “Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank since 1967, and Arab residents of historic Palestine have been subject to over 70 years of displacement and ethnic cleansing.” The full list of signers included: Arab Student Union (ASU), Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Asian Heritage Month (AHM), Incarceration to Education Coalition, International Socialists Organization at NYU (ISO), Democratic Socialists of America at NYU, Disability Student Union, Latinos Unidos Con Honor y Amistad (LUCHA), Mosaic: The Interfaith Students of Color Coalition at NYU, NYU Against Fascism, NYU College Democrats, NYU Disorientation, NYU Dream Team, NYU Freedom For North Korea, NYU Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), NYU Muslim Students Association, NYU PorColombia, NYU Students Against Expansion and Displacement, NYU Student for Justice in Palestine (SJP), NYU Sanctuary Student Taskforce, Pakistani Students Association at NYU, Student Labor Action Movement USAS #44 (SLAM), T-Party at NYU, Queer Union — NYU
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
November 9, 2017 – WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY–
An article in the school paper discussing an SJP speaker delegitimized Israel with false accusations of apartheid, stating, “The construction of the apartheid wall in 1994 made it more difficult for Palestinians to access their land…SJP is going to have a mock apartheid wall from noon to p.m. at Gullen Mall on Thursday, Nov. 9.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
November 8, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND –
The student government discussed a divestment resolution to be voted on at the Nov 15 meeting. The resolution urges the university to divest from companies “profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
November 8, 2017 – ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY –
SJP advertised the erection of a wall on campus, saying, “The Apartheid Wall is officially up!”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 8, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
The event “Palestine 101: an overview with SJP” was held as part of “Israeli Aparhteid Week.” SJP advertised the event with demonizing false information presented as fact, claiming, “In 1967, Israel forced 300,000 Palestinians off their land in a violent act of ethnic cleansing.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” billed as a series of events “demanding an end to Israeli Apartheid,” SJP held the event, “Pinkwashing: The Fight For Queer, Palestinian Liberation.” Pinkwashing is a demonizing term implying that Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
About 250 individuals formed a ring around the Diag during a student government meeting to show support for an anti-Israel divestment resolution (the 13th iteration on campus).
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
November 6, 2017 – BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY –
Idaho Media Initiative sponsored a film screening of “Occupation of the American Mind” as part of Media Literacy Week in the Boise State Special Events Center. In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION)
November 3, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
SAFE created a “Statement of Solidarity to Support Divestment.” The Statement delegitimized Israel, accusing it of maintaining “an apartheid system…against the Palestinians.” The Statement goes on to end with, “Do not let the University of Michigan invest in oppression and apartheid.” According to the Michigan Daily, the Statement was signed by more than 30 organizations. A post by SAFE specified who the organizations were.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS) )
November 2, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON –
Protesters disrupting a speech by David Horowitz, sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, chanted, “Zionists off our campus….Zionists off our campus…Free, Free, Free Palestine.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION)
November 2, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
SJP held a “Vigil for the 100 Year Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration” event on campus. The advertisement for the event demonized Israel with accusations of “systematic ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.” During the event, a woman with a megaphone delegitimized Israel, calling it the “ever expanding settler-colonial state that is Israel.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 2, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND –
SJP published an article in the school paper titled, “BDS is the right way to combat Israel’s human rights violations.” The article advocated for BDS as well as demonized and delegitimized Israel, claiming colonialism and apartheid are “just samples of the flagrant, widespread human rights abuses the Israeli government has committed.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
November 2, 2017 – FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY –
An event at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU to commemorate the Balfour Declaration was cancelled due to a threat to “raise havok” made against it made by an FIU student. While the student was being interviewed, an FIU police dog identified possible explosives in his car, causing the evacuation of the FIU parking garage.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: PHYSICAL ASSAULT)
November 2, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP organized a protest of a Hillel event with Israeli soldiers. The advertisement for the protest was titled “No War Criminals at NEU: Protest ‘Israeli Soldiers Tour’.” The advertisement further stated, “Israeli soldiers are coming to Northeastern on Nov. 2 as part of a speaking tour meant to distract from and whitewash Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians…Inviting the forces of an occupying army onto our campus community is unacceptable.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
November 2, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY–
 SJP held the event “Faithwashing: A Panel Discussion.” The description for the event contained a quote by Sana Saeed that demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Faithwashing is about changing the cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (or, rather, Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine) from a mid-20th century Euro-American settler-colonialist project to a non-existent centuries long enmity between Jews and Muslims.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
November 2, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE –
SJP held the event “The Balfour Declaration at 100 Years.” The description for the event stated, “Balfour pledged the support of the British metropole to the Zionist settler-colonial project, providing sponsorship for the colonial domination and ethnic cleansing that continues on a century later.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
November 2, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE –
Columbia/Barnard JVP denigrated the SSI group on campus and their event, “Hebrew Liberation Week,” as well as denied Jews self-determination and demonized and delegitimized Israel in a statement reading, “Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace wants to draw attention to SSIs Hebrew Liberation Week…Let us be clear: SSI uses the language and imagery of multiple indigenous communities to promote a revisionist ‘liberation’ narrative. They also use the tactic of brown-washing, presenting the so-called diversity of Israeli society as an apparent remedy for ongoing racist violence against the very populations they use to display their ‘tolerance’…For the past year SSI has attempted to capitalize off the very real struggles of Native Americans in order to paint the Zionist occupation of historic Palestine as the return of ‘indigenous’ Jews to the Land of Israel. They present a vastly oversimplified picture of Jewish history in which Zionism is an innocent return to a Jewish homeland instead of the violent colonization of Palestine that it actually is…SSI attempts to flip history on its head by accusing Palestinians of colonizing, occupying and building on Jewish land for centuries. This ignorant statement makes a disgusting mockery of the 700,000 Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed from their land at the founding of the State of Israel…Additionally, SSI continually exploits the images of Black and brown people to cover up Israel’s racist violence. SSI uses images especially of Palestinians and Ethiopian Jews to paint a picture of a ‘vibrant’ and ‘diverse’ Israeli population. This is offensive considering the long history of racist violence that the Israeli government has inflicted…To claim their existence in Israel as justification for occupation and apartheid is one more of their racist lies. SSI’s blatant racism and utter ignorance of history should not be welcome on our campus. They consistently present twisted and misleading views of history, and do unforgivable violence to the sacred struggles of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. Their brown-washing and appropriation of indigeneity speak loudly for the racist political values they hold. SSI does not stand for anyone’s liberation. They stand for the occupation and ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people in support of an ethno-nationalist state which has little to do with a just future for anyone.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 1, 2017 – REED COLLEGE –
Reedies Against Racism occupied administrative buildings for over a week in protest of Reed College’s financial ties to Wells Fargo, which the protesters believe is “infamous for being one of the primary investors in private prisons, immigration detention, the Dakota Access Pipeline, police foundations and the Israeli Apartheid (among other oppressive institutions), as its main operating bank.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
November 1, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
SJP held the event, “Remembering Balfour: 100 Years of Zionist Colonization.” The description for the event stated, ” We are excited to host Dr. Hatem Bazian, Dr. Hisham Ahmed, and Jennifer Mogannem on this panel moderated by Cal alum Taliah Mirmalek… [The Balfour letter] paved the way for Zionist colonization of historic Palestine, leading to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians known as al-Nakba, the establishment of an ethnic-exclusive settler-colonial state, and an ongoing military occupation.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
November 1, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
SAFE set up a wall on the Diag to represent the security separation wall in Israel. According to the Michigan Daily, one of the primary goals of setting up the wall was to encourage discussions about divestment.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
October 31, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
At a student government meeting, an upcoming divestment referendum was discussed.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
October 31, 2017 – CSU NORTHRIDGE –
A swastika and a derogatory statement that had been drawn in purple paint was found on the walkway between the USU and the Rainforest.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 31, 2017 – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY –
Palestine@MIT was a co-signer of a letter, organized by Northeastern SJP, to protest the “Israeli Soldiers Tour” at Northeastern University. The protest letter demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 31, 2017 – SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY –
Suffolk SJP was a co-signer of a letter, organized by Northeastern SJP, to protest the “Israeli Soldiers Tour” at Northeastern University. The protest letter demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 31, 2017 – BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY –
Brandeis SJP was a co-signer of a letter, organized by Northeastern SJP, to protest the “Israeli Soldiers Tour” at Northeastern University. The protest letter demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 31, 2017 – WELLESLEY COLLEGE –
Wellesley SJP was a co-signer of a letter, organized by Northeastern SJP, to protest the “Israeli Soldiers Tour” at Northeastern University. The protest letter demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 31, 2017 – TUFTS UNIVERSITY –
Tufts SJP was a co-signer of a letter, organized by Northeastern SJP, to protest the “Israeli Soldiers Tour” at Northeastern University. The protest letter demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 31, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST –
UMass SJP was a co-signer of a letter, organized by Northeastern SJP, to protest the “Israeli Soldiers Tour” at Northeastern University. The protest letter demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 31, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP Northeastern organized a letter protesting the “Israeli Soldiers Tour” for organizational and individual signatories to make a statement that they “believe it is dangerous and misleading to normalize and put a friendly face on a brutally oppressive occupying military force.” The statement further demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy.” The letter was co-signed by Northeastern SJP, Northeastern Progressive Student Alliance, Northeastern University Students Against Institutional Discrimination, University of Massachusetts SJP, Tufts SJP, Wellesley SJP, Brandeis SJP, Suffolk SJP, Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston and Palestine@MIT.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 29, 2017 – RUTGERS UNIVERSITY – NEW BRUNSWICK –
A large black swastika surrounded by a red circle with a red line through the swastika was found on an exterior wall of Stonier Hall. According to The Tab Rutgers, the swastika was found by itself, while the red circle was added later to cross it out.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 29, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
SAFE published an op-ed in the student newspaper to announce the launch of their “2017 #UMDivest campaign.” The op-ed delegitimized Israel, stating, “This is a clear-cut case of apartheid: a regime of racial segregation, oppression and violence similar to the old regime of South Africa…#UMDivest calls upon the University to divest from companies that supply Israel’s apartheid regime.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
October 27, 2017 – MACALESTER COLLEGE –
A swastika was found drawn on a bulletin board in the east wing of GDD Residence Hall
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 27, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON –
The 2017 National SJP Conference was held on campus. According to the advertisement of the conference, BDS workshops were held. Furthermore, according to Washington Free Beacon, the program guide detailed how a number of organizations would provide BDS support to students to start BDS campaigns. The coalition of groups called the “Campus Palestine Support Network” includes the American Muslims for Palestine, Palestine Legal, the American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, the U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
October 26, 2017 – FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY –
Members of SJP confronted members of Noles for Israel at a Noles for Israel booth asking about their shirts which somewhat resemble the IDF logo with “Noles for Israel” text above, saying, “Why do you guys have IDF shirts…It signifies the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.” SJP members further distributed a pamphlet that said, “Faces of Israeli Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 25, 2017 – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY –
A swastika drawn in chalk was found on a fifth floor hallway wall of Simmons.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 24, 2017 – UC RIVERSIDE –
SJP organized a “Silent Protest Against The Occupation Of Palestine” on campus. During the protest, one member held a demonizing and delegitimizing sign that said, “End Occupation, Genocide, Oppression, Colonialism, Apartheid.” Another member held a different demonizing sign saying, “Palestinian Genocide IS RAEL.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 24, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
At a student government meeting, SAFE urged the student government to support divestment.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
October 24, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES –
At a Students Supporting Israel a href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/280267475807499/”>event, a protester walked up and down the aisle of the room for 10 minutes calling out slurs at the Israeli Arab speakers of “rats” and “cowards.” The protester claimed to have been a former student who came to hear, “the genocide apologists.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; VERBAL ASSAULT; DEMONIZATION)
October 24, 2017 – BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was drawn on a sticky note that was found on a lounge window in Digman Hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 24, 2017 – EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY –
A letter to the editor published in the student newspaper written by SJP delegitimized Israel, stating, “The language used in pro-Palestinian discourse is anti-colonial and anti-imperialist in nature – the ‘Israeli-Palestine’ conflict, is not a conflict, but rather apartheid. We call it how it is – it’s a black and white issue that does not have room for normalization…[The] U.N definition of apartheid includes murder, displacement, torture, and persecution on ethnic or racial grounds, all of which Palestinians experience in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israeli Occupied Palestine…While colonialist narratives claim that this is a security measure, which implies that all Palestinians are inherently violent and a security threat to Israel (an ahistorical and orientalist claim) the Apartheid Wall serves no purpose other than to stratify Palestinian people and land – it does not act as a security measure. Israel, a settler-colonial entity, has established its existence through the subjugation of the indigenous Palestinian population and the Wall serves as a reminder of that.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 23, 2017 – PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY –
The co-president of a student group called CHAI, the Cultural and Historical Association for Israel, was told on social media by a student senator in response to her raising concerns about the use of the word ‘genocide’ in anti-abortion marketing on campus, “As a reminder, the correct definition of genocide is clearly exemplified by the State of Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians. I hope that before you object [to] such a cruel statement, you recognize the one you make by the systems you do support.” Additional comments of, “no Zionists here” followed.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; DENIGRATION; DEMONIZATION)
October 23, 2017 – CORNELL UNIVERSITY –
Antisemitic posters were found on several campus buildings and on Stewart Avenue. The posters contained a modified swastika next to the text of “Solar Cross Society, Join the White Gang,” along with a snake appearing to choke the globe and a Jewish star over the image, with the text, “Just say no to Jewish lies!”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 21, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
A swastika drawn with a blue grease pencil was found on a building pillar on the Graduate School of Business campus.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 20, 2017 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY –
The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies held the event, “Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency & Cultural Production,” to discuss “A New Book edited by Kareem Estefan, Carin Kuoni, and Laura Raicovich.” The description for the event stated, “Cultural boycott is an essential tool for activists around the world, including those advocating Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel, a campaign inspired by the international movement to end apartheid in South Africa…To mark the publication of ‘Assuming Boycott,’ this conversation will focus on the BDS movement and the cultural boycott of Israel, the lessons that BDS activists can learn from the anti-apartheid struggle and other, contemporary boycott campaigns, and the challenges that activists face in the form of anti-BDS legislation, censorship, and the rise of the far Right in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere. The discussion will feature Kareem Estefan, co-editor (with Carin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich) of Assuming Boycott; Sean Jacobs, editor and founder of Africa Is A Country and a contributor to Assuming Boycott; and Radhika Sainath, a staff attorney for Palestine Legal. Helga Tawil-Souri, director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center, will moderate.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
October 20, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
SJP held the event “The Qibya Massacre: A Teach-In” on campus. A speaker with a megaphone demonized and delegitimized Israel, and called for BDS, stating, “It is a conscious political [goal] of the state [to] see the continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians… It is an essential part…of the long-term Zionist project to eradicate the Palestinian nation, write it out of history…the eradication of Palestine, the erasure of Palestine…and the elimination of Palestinian selective memory by the Israeli state are no less violent than the ethnic cleansing in 1948…Zionism like all other European colonial settler movements uses cultural and historical steps as key weapons in its war of elimination against the indigenous Palestinians…We will join Palestinian activists and campaigns for BDS, boycott, divestment, and sanctions…It’s time we recognize what’s happening in Palestine is a genocide…We resist every massacre that the Israeli regime has done on Palestinian communities.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT) )
October 20, 2017 – TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY –
Fliers advocating white supremacy were found on campus. The fliers directed users to “bloodandsoil.org.” The phrase “Blood and Soil” originated with the Nazi party and was symbolic for antisemitism.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
October 20, 2017 – CORNELL UNIVERSITY –
An article in the school newspaper covered an SJP event entitled “Palestine 101.” The article stated that SJP “announced Wednesday at an event that it would continue boycotting the Cornell Tech’s partnership with the Technion Israel Institute of Technology… students also said they would renew [their] boycotting efforts against other companies present on campus which students said contributed to the illegal occupation of West Bank and Gaza by Israel — including Sabra Hummus and Caterpillar Construction Vehicles.” The article quoted an SJP member stating that the companies are “complicit in human rights violations in the Israeli apartheid.” The article further quoted another SJP member saying, “Settler colonialism is the framework to approach this conflict.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT) )
October 20, 2017 – OBERLIN COLLEGE –
According to the Oberlin Review, “Anti-Semitic posters advocating the end of ‘Jewish privilege’ were discovered outside of Warner Center, the Science Center, Carnegie Building, and East Hall by Safety and Security officers Oct. 20.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
October 19, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “SJP General Meeting: Israel and the Pseudoscience Of Eugenics.” The description for the event stated, “Join Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine this week as we delve into a discussion about the Zionist movement, and the historically instrumental role eugenics played within it. We will address both historical Zionist participation in eugenic practices, as well as current policies held by the Israeli state that further this history.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
October 19, 2017 – FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was on a t-shirt worn at a Richard Spencer event on campus. According to the Gainsville Sun, “[o]ne white nationalist…taunt[ed] the marchers, chanting ‘blood and soil’ — a Nazi slogan.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 18, 2017 – WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY –
Antisemitic, racist, homophobic, islamophobic and mysogynist graffiti was discovered scrawled in campus restrooms twice in the last two weeks. The antisemitic graffiti read, “Jews go home.” Incident date is reported date. <
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT)
October 15, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
An op-ed in the school paper was full of antisemitic statements claiming, “the original inhabitants [of Israel] were ethnically cleansed to create a jewish [sic] majority state..Zionism can be seen as inherently racist, ethnocentric and colonial. The atrocity of Zionism is that it uses the tragedy of Holocaust victims as a prop to bolster its manifest destiny agenda…The brutal destruction and ethnic cleansing of Palestine is whitewashed through biblical stories of the ‘promised land’…Learn more about the Israeli apartheid…Endorse the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement. Culturally boycott organizations which stifle academic freedom to advance Zionist agendas such as AIPAC, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, Jewish Community Relations Council, Christian United For Israel, Stand With U.S., Zionist Organization of America, Jewish National Fund, Israel’s embassies and consulates.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
October 15, 2017 – SWARTHMORE COLLEGE –
A small pumpkin defaced with a swastika and an “ethnic slur” was left on a post of the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 14, 2017 – MACALESTER COLLEGE –
A swastika was also discovered carved into a room door in a residence hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 13, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
Wesleyan JVP published a response article in the school paper that supported BDS, stating, “Wesleyan’s JVP chapter is currently working with a nationwide campaign not only to stand in solidarity with Palestinians by boycotting the corporations that fund their oppression, but also to stop the exchange of policing tactics between American police officers, FBI, border patrol agents, and the IDF. This campaign, called the Deadly Exchange, denounces the brutality enacted by law enforcement in both countries and challenges the idea that police violence in the name of ‘security’ is acceptable. We aim to disrupt these inhumane exchanges by raising awareness about the practice, and by pressuring the individuals and organizations that facilitate some of these exchanges (such as the ADL and Taglit-Birthright), to end their involvement. We invite you to join us in this campaign.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
October 13, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
A demonizing cartoon was published in the Daily Cal that depicted Alan Dershowitz’s head inside a cut-out of his book, “The Liberal Case for Israel” with him smiling, a rainbow, and children. The cartoon depicted his body behind the cut-out stepping on a person who had been carrying a Palestinian flag, flattening the person, and his hand was holding up an IDF soldier with a large gun standing over a dead person with blood around the body and blood dripping off his hand. The cartoon was created by a member of the editorial staff.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
October 12, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
SJP held the event “Palestine 101” with Dr. Lila Sharif, Professor Kenneth Cuno, and Alumna Stephanie Skora. During the event, all three speakers engaged in antisemitic rhetoric. Dr. Sharif falesly claimed there is “an apartheid regime that is modeled after South Africa…it’s not a fence. It’s an apartheid wall…that has a sort of structural architectural design that came straight out of South African apartheid in fact Israel collaborated with the apartheid regime of South Africa in order to create this apartheid system in the West Bank” as well as stated, “structural racism…fed into this ideology of Jews being the chosen people sort of high jacking the Jewish faith in order to institute an ideology of white supremacist Jewry that was going to take citizenship over in historic Palestine…the occupation as well as the ideology that needing to keep populations separate in order to maintain a pure race.” Dr. Sharif also advocated for BDS. Professor Cuno falsely accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” and advocated for BDS. Skora delegitimized Israel with accusations of “apartheid” and “pinkwashing,” a demonizing term implying that Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.” She further elaborated that Israel’s “pinkwashing” included “Islamaphobia,” “anti-Arab racism,” and Jewish exceptionalism…the idea that Judaism is uniquely friendly to queer and trans people, these ideas place the Israeli state over other states…place Jews culturally and spiritually over other religions not just in the region but worldwide in relation to queer and trans people. And pinkwashing at the end of the day is not just a form of racism or homophobia and transphobia but it is essentially a way to mobilize queer and trans bodies to justify the murder of Palestinians because of tourism.” Skora further falsely accused Israel of being “currently engaged in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians regardless of faith and this includes the Jewish Palestinians.” Skora also falsely claimed that speaking on behalf of Palestinians “is a form of anti-Semitism, it’s not often named as anti-Semitism because what that does is it silences Jews who are speaking out as Jews in their practice of Judaism, which is literally anti-Semitism.” The moderator of the event asked participants to “join our divest campaign that we just launched to help us try to pass BDS.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
October 12, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO–
A vandal tagged several swastikas inside Church Fine Arts’ graffiti stairwell along with text above the biggest swastika reading “[is] this political enough for you?”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 12, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Does Israel Believe Black Lives Matter?” A description for the event stated, “From the Israeli regime helping apartheid South Africa secure nuclear weapons to Israel’s active role in strengthening apartheid South Africa’s military, a convincing case will be made for why boycott and divestment from the settler-colony of Israel is long overdue.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
October 12, 2017 – COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY –
An image was posted to the Durward Snapchat showing a student in Durward Hall with a swastika painted on her arm giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 12, 2017 – CUNY CITY COLLEGE –
SJP held the BDS event, “Boycott Divestment Sanctions: History, Present, and Future.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
October 11, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
A flier on the law school bulletin board advertising an event with Alan Dershowitz was found vandalized with a swastika drawn over Dershowitz’s face.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA –
The lead organizers of the Women’s March, including Linda Sarsour, came to speak on campus, hosted by USF divest. An advertisement for the event stated they will speak about “intersectionality and divestment.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
October 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA –
SJP held a Palestinian Cultural Night. A large display accused Israel of “apartheid” and a smaller display insinuated ethnic cleansing showing discredited map images of the region and the heading, “Is this ethnic cleansing?” with accompanying text.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 10, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE –
A poster with antisemitic remarks was found outside Kirkbride Hall. The poster showed two hands, one representing Jews (with the image of a red Star of David) and the other representing communists (with the image of a Hammer and Sickle) taking over America with accompanying text of “Defend your nation” scrawled on the map. The poster concluded by directing viewers to a “Blood and Soil” URL which does not exist. The phrase “Blood and Soil” originated with the Nazi party.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
October 10, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA –
USF Divest hung a banner in anticipation of an upcoming event with the Women’s March organizers, including Linda Sarsour, that said, “United We Divest.” USF Divest had formerly been involved in a petition that advocated divesting from companies invested in “human rights violations in Palestine,” and the upcoming event was set to discuss “intersectionality and divestment.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
October 9, 2017 – RUTGERS UNIVERSITY NEW BRUNSWICK –
SJP held the BDS event, “BDS: SHOW me how to RISE” with Lamis Deek and Taher Herzallah as a “highlight event of the semester, celebrating BDS.” According to the Daily Targum, “Deek said that the importance of BDS is that it rejects the legitimacy of Israel, thus preventing the normalization of Israel in the world order…We are winning in the sense that to this day it is Israel that continues to ask for legitimacy.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
October 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK –
A swastika and an unspecified “offensive phrase” was found in the men’s bathroom of the North Campus Dining Hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 7, 2017 – OBERLIN COLLEGE –
Oberlin JVP and the Oberlin Jewish Student Union co-sponsored a screening of “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back.” The film delegitimized Israel with speakers that falsely accused Israel of apartheid and colonialism. One speaker also accused Israel of being founded on the “genocide of the Palestinian people.” The film further promoted BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
October 5, 2017 – TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY –
An article in the university paper entitled, “The Israeli occupation of Palestine is terrorism” demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “strategic ethnic-cleansing made way for the Jewish state” and “currently, Israel maintains a regime of apartheid against Palestinian people.” The article further called for BDS, stating, “In just the past 10 years, students have successfully called for their universities to divest …Sooner than later, students at Texas State should take it upon themselves to evaluate whether they want their tuition dollars to contribute to the oppressive Israeli state.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
October 5, 2017 – CORNELL UNIVERSITY –
Professor Russel Rickford was quoted in the school newspaper demonizing Israel, saying, “The colonial occupation of Palestine remains one of the world’s most visible campaigns of white supremacist violence.” He further delegitimized Israel, stating that claims of antisemitism in relation to one of his past statements is “an attempt to silence the millions of Jews around the world who condemn Israel’s apartheid policies.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 4, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY –
A swastika was etched into a table on campus. Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 4, 2017 – MACALESTER COLLEGE –
Two new swastika markings were found on the second and fourth floors of Neill Hall. Date of incident is reported date.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
October 3, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE –
SJP held the event “Palestine & BDS 101” to understand, “Why do you call it [Israel] apartheid?” and to “learn about the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement as well as our divestment campaign calling on the university to divest its funds, stocks, and endowments from companies that profit from Israeli apartheid, illegal occupation of land, and violations of Palestinian human rights”.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
October 3, 2017 – OBERLIN COLLEGE –
Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Oberlin JVP co-hosted the event, “Ali Abunimah: How to End Israeli Apartheid” on campus.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 3, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST –
SJP wrote an op-ed in the student paper defending its sponsorship of a Thomas Suarez talk. The op-ed stated, “Zionism, in the words of Suárez, ‘is to assert implicit ownership over all Jewry,’ and thus he concludes by saying that Zionism is not Jewish self-determination, rather it is the theft of Jewish self-identity for the benefit of a settler state.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
October 2, 2017 – CORNELL UNIVERSITY –
According to the Cornell Sun, “a student posted an anti-semitic joke on a shared Google Doc that referenced the Holocaust.” Date of incident is approximated from article.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
October 1, 2017 – COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY –
Two separate antisemitic incidents occurred in on-campus residence halls. The first involved a wireless network being renamed “F**k Jews” in Durward, and the second occurred in Laurel Village when a Jewish student’s whiteboard was vandalized with the term “Hail Hitler” (sic) next to a Star of David decoration. The date of these incidents is approximated from the article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
September 29, 2017 – OHIO UNIVERSITY –
A swastika and the word “Clinton” was painted inside Glidden Hall on the day Yom Kippur began on sundown. Another swastika was found on a sidewalk on campus as well.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 29, 2017 – MACALESTER COLLEGE COLLEGE –
An op-ed written by the MacSUPER Board delegitimized Israel, stating, “The most recent leveling [of Gaza] in 2014 is only the most recent attempt by Israel, a state of tremendous military might, to achieve its settler-colonial ambitions.” The op-ed further demonized Zionism, stating, “With gaping holes in intersectionality and representation, [the Wonder Woman film] can only be viewed as a representational win for white women who choose to either ignore or support white supremacy in all its forms. We recognize that Gadot’s publicized Zionism is ultimately weaponized to further the oppression of Palestinians globally.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
September 28, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
SJP held the event, “Palestine 101: Onward Towards Liberation.” The description for the event demonized Israel, stating, “This is our annual, in-depth overview of the history of Zionism and the displacement, ethnic cleansing, and plight of the Palestinian people and what YOU can do as an SJP at UGA member to make a difference.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
September 28, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE –
SJP distributed a pamphlet on campus which, according to Hillel Milwaukee, “mocked Hillel, Jewish students and [a] pro-Israel program. The pamphlets contained a cartoon strip that used classic anti-Semitic stereotypes to depict Jewish students on campus and mocked them for promoting open discourse, coexistence, and peace.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL)
September 27, 2017 – APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY –
A student discovered two antisemitic stickers on light poles behind Hoey and Lovill halls. The stickers depicted a drawing of a Jewish man with a black curly beard wearing a kippah who was hunched over and clasping his hands together as if planning something sinister. The Jewish man was wearing the mask of what appears to be another person, insinuating that hidden behind the facade is a sinister Jew lurking. A red “X” was drawn over the image. The image utilizes historical antisemitic tropes of Jewish power, manipulation, and control.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
September 27, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK –
A swastika was found spray-painted on a trash cart at a campus dormitory.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 27, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was discovered in an LXR bathroom, drawn in lipstick, along with the words “B**ches Beware.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 27, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
According to the Wesleyan Argus, during a campus club fair, “SJP handed out pamphlets that urged students to refrain from purchasing Sabra products. The pamphlet cited the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement as a way for people to internationally support the Palestinian quest for freedom.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
September 27, 2017 – GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY –
GMU Students Against Israeli Apartheid held the event, “BDS 101 Workshop” for students to “learn more about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement for Palestinian human rights.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
September 26, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA –
Penn Law Palestine Solidarity hosted a screening of the film, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION)
September 26, 2017 – MACALESTER COLLEGE COLLEGE –
Multiple swastikas were discovered on bulletin boards on the first floor of Neill Hall between September 15 and September 26. The first swastika was discovered September 15 and the second and third incident occurred on September 25th and 26th.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
September 25, 2017 – BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY –
Small swastikas were found drawn on message boards outside two rooms in the same residence hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 23, 2017 – SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY –
Christopher Bollyn spoke at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, which is jointly run by SJSU and the city of San Jose, at an event apparently sponsored by the 9-11 Awareness Group. The event was advertised on SJSU’s event calendar and nearly two dozen people attended. According to Algemeiner, during the event, Bollyn “accused Israel of carrying out the 9/11 attacks with UN complicity and then blaming the attacks on Muslim terrorists to launch a fraudulent ‘War on Terror’ and reshape the Middle East.” Bollyn further “claimed that the ‘Israeli military command’ controlled Washington’s public response to the 9/11 attacks — choosing to push a false narrative that radical Islamic terrorists were responsible for them — and created fake histories for hijackers.” According to Bollyn, this charge was advanced with the help of the Project for the New American Century, a now-defunct conservative think tank…and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and their allies, the ‘Jewish neo-cons’ in the US and Israeli governments.” Bollyn also talked about the “Zionist Freemason Organization” yet claimed that, “accusations of antisemitism are wrongly used to stop discussion of these alleged events.” Bollyn is described as a “raging anti-Semite” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to one first-hand account, Bollyn further claimed, “Pre 9-11, Israeli terrorists come to power and still run Israel,” that Israel had a “master plan to dominate the Middle East,” the “Rothschild family [was] almost always involved somehow”.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL; DEMONIZATION)
September 21, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
A second, similar act of vandalism involving a swastika and misogynistic threats was discovered in the same restroom at LXR the next day, making this the fourth swastika incident on campus in the month of September.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 21, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “SJP’s 2nd General Meeting!” The description for the event stated, “Come out to our 2nd General Meeting of the semester, where we’ll be introducing BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and how it relates to two companies: Sabra and Tribe. Non-apartheid related hummus will be available!”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
September 20, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
A swastika and a misogynistic threat was discovered in the restroom of a campus residence hall, LXR. It is the third swastika found on campus this month.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 20, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
SJP put up a large poster display on a walkway outside a campus building, which included, “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
September 10, 2017 – BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY –
The Crown Center for Middle East Studies held the event, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 100 Years of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.” Session 2, entitled “Debating the Future of Palestine,” contained antisemitic statements made by George Bisharat. In his talk, Bisharat called for the right of return and for a one-state solution, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, saying, “The Palestinian opposition to Zionist colonization [includes] the denial of the right to return that we call the Nakba…I’ve publically supported a one-state solution for a very long time.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION)
September 19, 2017 – EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY –
SJP members chanted the delegitimizing chant of “hey hey, ho ho, the apartheid has got to go” in front of a mural they painted on campus containing “the names of children who died by the hands of the Israel Defense Forces.” An additional mural had “End Apartheid” on it. Earlier in the day, SJP members tabled, and a sign near the table said “End Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
September 18, 2017 – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was drawn on “The Hedgehog and the Fox” sculpture by Lewis Library two days before Rosh Hashana. It was drawn with a white waxy substance and was approximately 18 inches by 18 inches.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST –
An event with Thomas Suarez to review his book, “State of Terror: How terrorism created modern Israel,” was held on campus. The event was co-sponsored by Jewish Voices for Peace, Interlink Publishing, Media Education Foundation and Students for Justice in Palestine. According to a review of the talk in the school paper, Suarez “explained that Zionism, a movement originally for the the re-establishment and now protection of a Jewish nation—currently Israel—is not Jewish self-determination but actually the exact opposite… in the attempt to make Israel purely Jewish, Palestinians were forced out of Israel in vicious ways. It was a time where it was seen as worse to raise your kids in a non-Jewish home than it was to be a murderer.” Suarez further stated, “The fact is that the agency placed Zionists’ need for ethically-correct settlers above the lives of the people.” The review says that Suarez “explained that while it may feel like the situation’s intensity calmed after the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, the notion is false; zionists, ethnic cleansing and terrorist attacks are still relevant.” The advertisement for the event itself summarized his book as, “In this meticulously researched book, Thomas Suárez demonstrates that its cause [the Israel-Palestine conflict] is not the commonly depicted clash between two ethnic groups — Arabs and Jews — but the violent takeover of Palestine by Zionism, a European settler movement hailing from the era of ethnic nationalism. Tapping a trove of declassified British documents, much of which has never before been published, the book details a shocking campaign of Zionist terrorism in 1940s and 1950s Palestine that targeted anyone who challenged its messianic settler goals, whether the British government, the indigenous Palestinians, or Jews. Today’s seemingly intractable quagmire is that terror campaign’s unfinished business, an Israeli state driven by unrequited territorial designs and the dream of ethnic ‘purity.’”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
September 17, 2017 – IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY –
Iowa State Police found a poster attached to Wallace Hall that said, “Are you sick of bankers, biased media, pol. establishment? Join the movement,” with a web address to the white nationalist site “The Right Stuff.” The words “bankers, biased media, pol. establishment” were each surrounded with three sets of parentheses, or “echoes,” which are an antisemitic identifier of Jews. Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
September 17, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
Fliers bearing the image of Adolf Hitler, the slogan “finish what he started,” and a swastika appeared at the campus’ Multicultural Center. The URL, “aryanunderground.com” was also displayed on the flier.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 17, 2017 – DRAKE UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was carved inside the Olmsted elevator.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 16, 2017 – PURDUE UNIVERSITY –
Tables were found arranged into a swastika in a study space at Purdue University’s Honors College and Residences.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK –
An offensive phrase and a swastika were found on a balcony ledge of the fifth floor of the plant sciences building.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 12, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON –
A student found dozens of posters from the group “Vangaurd America” on campus. One of the posters had a black skull with a Jewish star in red on its forehead with text reading, “Beware the International Jew.” Background text read, “hedonism, rape, genocide, prostitution, white guilt, poverty and indoctrination.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
September 11, 2017 – CSU CHICO –
An outside group, Chico Palestine Action Group, put up an anti-Israel poster display next to the Arts & Humanities building on campus that included posters calling for BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
September 7, 2017 – WILLIAMS COLLEGE –
Two students vandalized a dorm room by painting a swastika and “I like beer.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI –
An op-ed published in the student newspaper advocated for students and the University to adopt BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS )
September 6, 2017 – FORDHAM UNIVERSITY –
A Resident Assistant reported the presence of a swastika in a Tierney Hall restroom on September 6. An investigation revealed the symbol was present since at least August 27.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
September 6, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
Two swastikas were were found painted in red on the inside of an LXR Hall elevator.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
September 6, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
According to an email from Hillel@Stanford, the outer wall of one of the campus residence halls was defaced with a modified swastika. Police believe it could be the same person responsible for 23 other graffiti incidents at various campus locations with images resembling swastikas since December 2016.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
September 5, 2017 – BOWDOIN COLLEGE –
A swastika and homophobic language identifying two individuals were among graffiti, including the word “FUKKK,” discovered on three whiteboards in the Bowdoin College Visual Arts Center.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF:
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
September 5, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
At the rally “Smashing Fascism: Radical Resistance Against White Supremacy,” co-sponsored by SJP, an SJP representative said that “white supremacy and Zionism are birds of a feather…Therefore, if one opposes white supremacy, one must also oppose Zionism.” The same SJP member then led the crowd in chants of, “No Zionists, no KKK, resisting fascists all the way.” A flag of Israel with the word “Genocide” on it, that was covered in bloody hand-prints, was held during the speaking, then marched throughout campus. Prior to the rally, SJP released a statement defending the rally that demonized Zionism and delegitimized Israel with the false accusation of “apartheid,” stating, “We, the collective organizers of the ‘Smashing Fascism: Radical Resistance to White Supremacy’ rally, are disgusted with the preemptive backlash our event has received. This opposition highlights the unholy union of American fascists, white supremacists, and Zionists which seeks to weaken and destroy intersectional movements for mass liberation…violent resistance–whether it is a black bloc or full-scale armed conflict–also has its place. The struggle for liberation must exist on multiple levels and scales–it cannot, and will not, be confined…These charges of anti-semitism are toothless and based in a conflation of anti-semitism and anti-zionism. Criticism of the state of Israel and its practices is totally separate from attacks on people of the Jewish faith and heritage. The former is a political position based in opposition to state sponsored violence, apartheid, and settler-colonialism; the latter is a form of hatred that has no place in any movement for liberation…Additionally, pro-Israel campus groups have maintained contact with and may have requested an increased presence of campus and area police…The police, at all levels, represent white supremacy and the preservation of a racist, classist, and sexist society…Such actions show that Zionist campus groups do not have a commitment to fighting for justice and have no problem siding with and introducing oppressive forces within radical spaces.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION )
September 5, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
9/5 /17 – A swastika was found carved into the interior of a Village C West elevator.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL
)
September 1, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
Two swastikas and “I hate Jews” were found scrawled on the doors of the bathroom in Altgeld Hall. Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
September 1, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
SJP promoted a rally it co-sponsored, titled “Smashing Fascism: Radical Resistance Against White Supremacy” by discriminating against Zionists and demonizing Zionism, stating, “Join SJP and other amazing, radical organizations on campus at this rally next week. There is no room for fascists, white supremacists, or Zionists at UIUC. Tuesday, September 5th @ 11:30am, Alma Mater. #SmashingFascism #NoJusticeNoPeace”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; DEMONIZATION )
August 31, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON –
A student found a swastika drawn on the doors of the elevator in Jefferson Hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
August 31, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT –
A Jewish student was wearing a Kippah and walking away from a Hillel event when a car pulled up, rolled down the window, and a woman in the car yelled, “Go to the f**ing ovens!” at the student.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: VERBAL ASSAULT; GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
August 30, 2017 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY –
Student activists published a “NYU Disorientation Guide” for NYU students. Page 34 details SJP’s stance, which included calling for BDS and stating, “Given Hamilton’s view on staying true to NYU Principles, one would expect him to echo SJP’s call for the shutdown of NYU Tel Aviv….we call on the University to…shut down its study abroad site in Tel Aviv.” Page 41 details Jewish Voice for Peace’s stance on Israel which included the delegitimizing statement of, “We reject the conflation of Zionism and Judaism and call for an end to Israel’s decades-long…apartheid…” as well as a call for BDS stating, “we heed the call of Palestinians by participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
August 27, 2017 – TUFTS UNIVERSITY –
A widely shared student activist-created handbook entitled “Tufts University Disorientation Guide” described Hillel as “an organization that supports a white supremacist state” which “exploit[s] black voices for their own pro-Israel agenda.” The handbook was posted by students on two official Class Facebook pages. In defense of publishing the guide, one co-author stated, “Israel is certainly implicated in systems of white supremacy. The fact that many white Jewish people feel favorably toward the Jewish state and the occupation of Palestine comes from a desire to preserve whiteness in the way it is unfolding in Israel and Palestine.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; DEMONIZATION )
August 27, 2017 – WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY –
About a dozen white nationalist posters that contained racist and antisemitic comments were found on campus.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
August 27, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
SJP and JVP participated in producing a “Disorientation Guide 2017,” a zine made by students at Barnard and Columbia to welcome incoming students in August 2017. Pages 12-13 introduced SJP and JVP and their campaign, “Columbia University Apartheid Divest.” Language on the pages delegitimized Israel with false accusations of “apartheid” and calls for BDS, stating, “We organize in accordance with…Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine and dismantles its apartheid state.” Language further promoted the “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state and deny Jewish self-determination, if put into practice.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
August 25, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIORE COUNTY –
Four separate cases of swastikas occurred on campus throughout August. Three of the cases involved swastikas drawn in permanent marker in bathrooms located in the Fine Arts and Public Policy buildings. The fourth incident was a swastika etched into a classroom desk. Date in Tracker is approximated, as incidents occurred throughout the month.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF:
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
August 21, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND –
Antisemitic graffiti was found on a bike rack near Thompson Hall. The graffiti reportedly said, “Jewry is the cause of all racism.” The graffiti is one of three antisemitic vandalism incidents reported over the months of July, August and September.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
August 21, 2017 – WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY –
Several swastikas and the word “bomb” above the time “1 am” were scratched into the dorm walls of Stimson Hall, prompting an evacuation.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; INTIMIDATION; HISTORICAL)
August 14, 2017 – AVILA UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was found chalked on the exterior of Dallavis Hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
August 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA –
About 100 white nationalists marched on the campus carrying tiki torches and chanting Nazi slogans, including “Sieg heil” and “blood and soil” and giving the Nazi salute. There were reports of at least one t-shirt containing a slogan from Adolf Hitler. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the white nationalists “were marching through the heart of the campus, out of view of the [University] president’s residence, stomping the ground and chanting, ‘You will not replace us’ and ‘Jews will not replace us.'”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
June 17, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES PITZER –
Claremont SJP released a “Statement on Board of Trustees’ Revocation of BDS Bylaw” to the campus community. The statement demonized Israel and reiterated calls for BDS, exclaiming, “we refuse to give legitimacy to the Board’s statement…The actions of the Pitzer Board of Trustees and its absurd desire for “neutrality” serve as an endorsement of the Zionist occupation of Palestine which effectively enable the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians through support of Israeli companies and institutions…we encourage students of the Claremont Colleges to continue to support the BDS movement.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
June 12, 2017 – PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY –
SUPER and the Student Animal Liberation Coalition co-hosted the event, “Dirty Laundry: Exposing Brand Israel.” The description for the event claimed that “Brand Israel” is an attempt to discredit the BDS movement’s “campaign to end Israeli apartheid,” whose result is “a powerful, militarized, and oppressive colonial nation-state that has been pink-washed, green-washed, and even vegan-washed.” The event also entailed “Learn[ing] how to resist Brand Israel and organize in support of the BDS campaign…[and] stand[ing] in solidarity with PAL as a means of resisting Brand Israel’s campaign of vegan and humane-washing that erroneously paints Israel as the most progressive nation on the planet in terms of animals and veganism as a means of erasing the Palestinian relationship with the land and its animals.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
June 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
UofC Divest delivered 300 letters to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees demanding divestment from “Israeli apartheid” and the “creation of a Socially Responsible Investment Committee” as well as mailed a divestment letter and the original divestment resolution to each Investment Committee member’s business or personal address.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
June 6, 2017 – EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE –
The Attomwaffen division uploaded a video of themselves on YouTube showing members posting fliers on campus that contained a swastika along with the text, “Marxists…Niggers…Kikes…Nowhere to Run or Hide. We are everywhere.” Another poster said “Evergreen State College…The Attomwaffen Division” and contained a swastika.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
June 6, 2017 – CUNY JOHN JAY COLLEGE–
A “Teach-in on Palestine at the 2017 Left Forum” was held with varying sponsors of three events: a film screening and discussion and two panel events. One panel of the day was titled, “Teaching Palestine: Pedagogies Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice” with Michelle Hartman, Khury Peterson-Smith, Susan R. Greene and Rabab Abdulhadi. The panel was sponsored by the Left Forum of the Sociology Department at CUNY Graduate Center and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative of the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. During this panel, demonizing and delegitimizing antisemitic language was used. Pererson-Smith demonized Israel with accusations of the “ethnic cleansing of Palestine” and how a series of maps that were shown to him while he was in school “tell a story about ethnic cleansing and dispossession and racist violence.” Peterson-Smith and an audience member delegitimized Israel with accusations of “apartheid.” Hartman stated that when her son gets to school he “looks for Palestine” and “crosses off the Israeli flag.” Abdulhadi endorsed crossing Israel off the map, stating, “I love the fact that your son crosses out the Israeli flag.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
June 3, 2017 – CUNY JOHN JAY COLLEGE –
The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, the SFSU College of Ethnic Studies, the Center for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and the Communication Studies Department at California State University, San Bernardino all co-sponsored the event, “1948 Nakba Creation, Catastrophe and Resilience-Film Screening and post-screening discussion” as part of the Left Forum 2017. During the discussion period, Professor Abdulhadi spoke favorably about academic BDS, saying, “it’s important to… have a perspective on things… when we discuss the academic boycott, it’s like “what happens to Israeli scholars?” and we say, well, what happens to Palestinian scholars, and teachers and education institutions and so on?” The event advertisement demonized Israel, falsely accusing it of “ethnic cleansing.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
June 3, 2017 – CUNY JOHN JAY COLLEGE –
The Left Forum and the Sociology Department at CUNY The Graduate Center co-sponsored the panel, “Resisting the Corporate University: Academic Freedom, Islamophobia and Palestine” as part of the Teach-in on Palestine at the 2017 Left Forum. During the event, one panelist started off by asking Zionists in the audience to identify themselves: “I just want to ask if there are any members of law enforcement to please identify yourself for everyone, and anybody from any Zionist organization? Alright good.” Additional panelists further delegitimized Israel with false accusations of “apartheid” as well as calls for BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
June 2, 2017 – HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY –
SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi organized the talk, “Indivisibility of Justice and Global Solidarities: From Palestine to Standing Rock, Puerto Rico to Missouri,” as part of the Teach-In on Palestine: Colonialism, Resistance and Justice at The Berkshire Conference, held at Hofstra University. Panelists included Rabab Abdulhadi, Elizabeth Castle, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Shariana Ferrer, Robyn Ceanne Spencer, Pauline Park and Simona Sharoni. During the talk, Abdulhadi delegitimized Israel with accusations of “settler-colonialism,” while Park delegitimized Israel with the accusation of “pinkwashing,” demonized Zionism itself stating, “Zionism as an ideology of…ethnic cleansing,” and delegitimized Israel with false accusations of engaging in “apartheid.” Sharoni delegitimized the state as being a “settler-colonial state.” Sharoni further explained, “the settler-colonialism framework is important to expose the past, to challenge the narratives that exist…the apartheid analogy helps us to challenge the present and the success of the BDS campaign shows that resonates.” Spencer denied Jews self-determination by calling for the “right of return for Palestinian refugees,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. Ferrer and Park both additionally mentioned support for BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
May 25, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
An article in the Stanford Review discussed comments made by Aarab Barghouti, the son of convicted murderer Marwan Barghouti, at an SJP event entitled “Aarab Barghouthi on Palestinian Dignity Hunger Strike.” Marwan Barghouti is serving a term of life imprisonment in Israel after being convicted of 5 murders and 2 attempted murders. At the event, his son, Aarab, brushed off the murders as a form of legitimate “resistance,” described his father as a “freedom fighter” and stated that he himself was “against killing civilians, but in resistance, of course we are going to.” He further refused to condemn the designated terrorist group Hamas when asked by an audience member.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM)
May 24, 2017 – UCLA –
The event, “A Talk by Saree Makdisi: Ecological Injustice and the Landscape of Denial in Palestine,” was held at the UCLA Humanities Building. The description for the event stated, “This paper explores what we might think of as the Israeli greenwashing of ethnic cleansing, which can be seen to play an integral dual role in Israel’s reinvention of the Palestinian landscape after 1948…A draft of the paper will be pre-circulated to encourage in-depth discussion.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
May 19, 2017 – VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY –
An article in the Vanderbilt Political Review delegitimized Israel with false accusations of “Israeli apartheid” as well as called for BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA ASHEVILLE –
UNC Asheville’s Department of Political Science, the Palestinian/Jewish Egalitarian Team of Asheville, and Just Peace for Israel/Palestine of Black Mountain co-sponsored a film screening of “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION)
May 17, 2017 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “A Lens on Injustice” with Rebecca Pierce as part of “Israel Apartheid Week.” The event was co-sponsored by The Buffett Institute for Global Studies, African American Studies department, the Africa Seminar and the Ethnic Studies Graduate Colloquium. According to the Daily Northwestern, during the event, Pierce accused Israel of “brown washing” and “black washing” i.e., showcasing diverse individuals in order to hide Israel’s “racism.” Pierce additionally demonized Israel, stating, “Within the Jewish community is this question of, should we have a Jewish state or shouldn’t we? There also needs to be discussion of what kind of Jewish state is Israel, and right now, it’s a white supremacist one.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
May 17, 2017 – UC SAN DIEGO –
As part of, “Justice in Palestine Week 2017: To Exist is to Resist,” SJP held the event, “Student Activism and BDS with Nora Barrows-Friedman and Dr. Nasser Barghouti.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
May 17, 2017 – SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus which had panels entitled “Israeli Apartheid.” One of the panels additionally called for BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 16, 2017 – UCSD –
MSA and SJP held a weeklong series of events entitled “Justice in Palestine Week 2017: To Exist is to Resist” that included a mock “apartheid wall.” According to an article in the school paper, the wall contained statements about what it means to be a Zionist that claimed, “the three basic characteristics of Zionism are: racism, expansionism, settler colonialism” and comparisons that likened Israel to an “apartheid state.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
SUPER UW put up placard displays on campus in commemoration of the “Nakba.” One of the placards said, “Nakba. The ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
May 15, 2017 – UC RIVERSIDE –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus and one of the panels stated, “apartheid is real” and another called for divestment.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 15, 2017 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP invited convicted PFLP terrorist Rasmea Odeh to speak on campus for an event entitled, “When you come for Rasmea you come for all of us.” According to an article in the Forward, during the event, Odeh told audience members, “Aside from Israel, this is the main front in the battle for Palestinian rights. You must continue to fight American Zionism.” Odeh further called for the “right of return” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
May 14, 2017 – JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Palestine: A Workshop on Divestment.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
May 12, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held a demonstration on campus in solidarity with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike during Spring Fling that included a large sign saying, “Solidarity with Dignity Strike, Boycott Sabra.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
May 12, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE –
At least nine swastikas were found drawn in black marker on the wall of a stairwell in Stoke Hall, the largest dorm on campus. The swastikas appear to have been written backward.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
May 12, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
SAFE participated in the “salt water challenge” to drink salt water in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. According to an article in the Michigan Daily, “the group chanted ‘Down with apartheid, free Palestine’ as they drank.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 11, 2017 – UC IRVINE –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus as part of “Anti-Zionism Week: On this Land.” According to video footage of the wall, one panel said, “Resistance is justified when people are occupied,” and another panel called for BDS. A speaker additionally called for BDS and falsely accused Israel of perpetrating genocide.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 11, 2017 – CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK –
SJP members disrupted the Q & A portion of an SSI event with Israeli Ambassador Dani Dayan. Protesting audience members hurled hostile accusations of “ethnic cleansing, apartheid, forced sterilization, and genocide” as well as repeatedly disturbed Ambassador Dayan when he would try to answer a question, then finally ended the disruption with loud chants of “No Justice, No Peace” and “Free, Free Palestine” before leaving.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 11, 2017 – DEPAUL UNIVERSITY –
SJP held a small demonstration on campus explaining their participation in the “Salt Water Challenge” that included a large banner saying, “Because: Arresting activists & children, forcing confessions, and physical sexual abuse in prison is what Israeli apartheid looks like.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 11, 2017 – UC DAVIS –
UAlbany for BDS and the Queer Palestinian Empowerment Network hosted the event, “BDS 101 what it is and what it is not” as a “Humanities 114 round table discussion on BDS.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
May 10, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
SJP delivered a second batch of over 100 letters signed by individual Wesleyan University students asking President Michael Roth to remove all Sabra products from Wesleyan dining facilities. They gave President Roth four hours to answer their demands and remove Sabra Hummus from campus dining. Part of the countdown campaign involved a large banner saying, “4 Hours to Remove Sabra” and, using a projector, projected a countdown of the hours. President Roth responded that he would not remove Sabra Hummus.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
May 10, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
Student protesters delivered a list of demands to President Conoley to make CSU a “sanctuary campus” that also included demand demonizing Zionists and promoting BDS: “Develop a mechanism to address Zionist, Islamophobic, anti-Arab, and anti-immigrant racist behavior exhibited both by faculty and students of this campus in a post 9/11 and Trump context” and “Divest from DHS; Boeing, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Verizon, Sevatec, Raytheon, G4s, General Electric Company, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Dell.” The aforementioned companies are frequently cited in BDS resolutions as well as noted in the campus newspaper as asking that “CSULB divest from various business firms that are linked to Israel.” The image on the demands petition list also included a row of images, including a woman in the center of the images holding a sign saying, “Stop Zionism,” with the caption under all the images reading: “We are CSULB.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 10, 2017 – UC SANTA BARBARA –
The student government discussed and voted on a divestment resolution. The resolution failed with 0 yes, 15 no and 7 abstentions.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
May 10, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
The student government discussed and voted on a third and final reading of a divestment resolution to divest from companies doing business with Israel. The resolution passed 15-7 with one abstention. According to the school newspaper, during public comments at the meeting, one student demonized Israel and its supporters saying, “I support this resolution because it is the right thing to do as a human being. If you actually believe that Israel ever intends for peace, your entire cognitive development is a disaster, disaster! They are trying to justify genocide!”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))
May 10, 2017 – SAINT OLAF COLLEGE –
Oles for Justice in Palestine created a petition asking the College to remove Arne Christenson from the Advisory Board of the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf College, claiming that “his continued leadership in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)” poses “a serious threat to academic freedom at St. Olaf College.” The petition further states, “Mr. Christenson’s ability to assess the handling and distribution of finite resources in an unbiased manner is almost certainly compromised….It should thus be clear that the removal of Mr. Christenson from the Advisory Board reclaims the liberties promised to students and faculty without infringing upon the rights of any other member of the St. Olaf community.” Carleton SJP (the chapter at nearby Carleton College) further shared this petition, stating, “Arne Christenson is a key member of the Apartheid lobby and an outspoken Christian Zionist. He ought to have no position at any institute for “freedom” or “community” and certainly no position at St. Olaf.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; DISCRIMINATION)
May 10, 2017 – UC IRVINE –
The Q & A of an SSI event with Israeli reservists was disrupted by about 40 protesters. According to video footage, after a verbal confrontation between protesters and participants, a protester denigrated a participant of the event who had started to cry, by screaming multiple times, “You don’t deserve to cry!” before the rest of the protesters started breaking out into loud, sustained chants that included, “Israel, Israel you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide,” “Israel, Israel what do you say? How many people have you killed today?” “Hey hey, ho ho, these colonizers have got to go” “When people are occupied, resistance is justified” and “When people are occupied, disruptions are justified.” The leader of the chants then said, “You people who are colonizers and occupiers, you should not be allowed on this f*cking campus….F*ck you!” Chanting and protesting then continued outside in the hall, blocking the main exit with chants of “No justice, no peace,” “They think it’s a game, they think it’s a joke” “F*ck the police,” “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free,” and “Intifada, Intifada, long live the Intifada,” among other chants. Some of the protesters wore “UC intifada” t-shirts. The Israeli reservists and the audience that came to hear them were escorted out by campus police.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DENIGRATION; DISCRIMINATION; CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 9, 2017 – UC SANTA BARBARA –
A pro-peace mural by SSI and Artists4Israel was vandalized twice within 5 days with “Free Palestine,” with the first vandalization occurring within 24 hours after being erected. The second vandalization was irreparable, and the entire mural was repainted over again with a new message explaining the vandalization. SSI explained in a statement, “The anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Apartheid Wall was made 12 years ago and has survived traveling to many campuses. Our pro-peace, pro-love wall was vandalized twice in 5 days.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY)
May 8, 2017 – DEPAUL UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the delegitimizing event “Wall to Wall: Life Under Israeli Apartheid” in the quad so students could “learn about Israeli apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 8, 2017 – OBERLIN COLLEGE –
JVP erected a large banner display in support of Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine’s settlement protest display of little houses. Text on the banner supported “the right of return for Palestinian refugees,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
May 8, 2017 – OBERLIN COLLEGE –
Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine posted little houses on a lawn on campus as a protest of settlement construction, where part of the explanatory language for the protest included, “Fight for investment transparency. Support the right of return and Palestinian call for BDS.” The right of return would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 7, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
Antisemitic graffiti that included a death threat was found in a restroom adjacent to the Makom Jewish Gathering Space.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
May 5, 2017 – UC RIVERSIDE –
SJP took part in a “salt water challenge” on campus. At the conclusion of the challenge, SJP members chanted numerous times, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free,” which is effectively a call for the elimination of the Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
May 4, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Discussion on Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike and BDS” to “show solidarity with those participating in the Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike, and learn about the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions Movement!!!!”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
May 4, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
SJP published a letter to the editor in the school paper that called for BDS and for the removal of Sabra Hummus products from Wesleyan’s dining options.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
May 3, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE –
SJP protested Israeli Independence Day with a “die-in” and signs saying, “Celebrating Genocide,” and “Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 3, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON –
A student published an op-ed in the student newspaper in support of divestment that accused the campus’ Zionist community of adopting the slogan, “All Gentiles Are Anti-Semitic” due to their expression of concerns about antisemitism. The op-ed goes on to demonize and delegitimize Israel, stating, “Taking Israel to task for its violent apartheid policies is a challenge to the Zionist ideology, not an insult to the Jewish faith…Zionists founded the state of Israel in 1948, violently displacing the Palestinian people native to the area and establishing an apartheid state that persists to this day.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 3, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK –
A student wrote an op-ed in the student newspaper that delegitimized Israel with a false accusation of apartheid as well as called for BDS, stating, “As conscientious students and citizens, we should show solidarity with Palestinians by advocating for the Palestinian-led academic, economic and cultural boycott movement against Israeli apartheid initiated in 2005.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 2, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
The Associated Students Senate discussed and passed on its second reading a divestment resolution from companies doing business with Israel. The resolution passed in a roll-call vote with 12 senators voting in favor, seven voting against and three abstaining.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
May 2, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
SJP circulated a petition for students to sign to support divestment.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
May 2, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
SJP and the Muslim Student Organization organized and carried out a “CSULB Divest: Teach In” event, discussion and march on campus to support divestment, that included handmade posters, small badges, stickers and chant pamphlets handed out to students.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
May 2, 2017 – STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY –
SJP published a statement condemning Stony Brook University MSA for collaborating with “Zionist Hillel” on an event to benefit Syrian refugees, saying, “The MSA could have done a Syria fundraiser by themselves, but still with our club informing them, decided to work with the Zionist group.” The statement continues, “We believe that Zionism should not be on campus…Zionism is a racist nationalistic ideology which has led to genocide, ethnic cleansing, military aggression, apartheid etc. MSA has shown that they do not believe in boycotting or divesting from Zionism.” The statement pulls various quotes from SJP members in New York, with one saying, “As an active Muslim member of MSA at CUNY, I believe it is our duty as Muslims to condemn any forms of collaboration with Zionist organizations. These associations brainwash us into thinking that the discrimination and ethnic cleansing of an indigenous population is justified”.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 2, 2017 – WILLIAMS COLLEGE–
An Israeli Independence Day kosher barbecue sponsored by Ephs for Israel was disrupted by anti-Zionist students who dropped a series of banners around the event, one of which said “End Israeli Apartheid” and passed out information sheets.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/ MOVEMENT/ ASSEMBLY; DELEGITIMIZATION )
May 2, 2017 – UC SANTA BARBARA–
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” in the Arbor that contained a panel supporting BDS, as well as another panel that demonized an Israeli leader by distorting a historic quote. In a panel that headlined with “In their Own Words” the first quote said, “We must expel the Arabs and take their places.” This quote is attributed to David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister. The actual quote, lifted from a 1937 handwritten letter, said, “We do not want to and we do not have to expel Arabs and take their place.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 2, 2017 – UC SANTA CRUZ –
During a Hillel event on Quarry Plaza to celebrate Israeli Independence Day, a protest led by the African/Black Student Alliance filled the Quarry and purposefully blocked Hillel’s tables from being accessed for over an hour. Jewish students were, on three separate occasions, subjected to protesters yelling, “Free Palestine” and “F*** Jewish Slugs.” One of Hillel’s Israeli flags was also torn down. The ABSA called for protesters to stand in solidarity with their Palestinian brothers and sisters.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; VERBAL ASSAULT)
May 2, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK–
SJP, the Muslim Political Alliance and other student organizations carried out a boycott protest of the Jewish Student Union-sponsored event “IsraelFest,” at which they asked people “to turn away from the festival [IsraelFest] and not participate in any of the festivities.” A large make-shift gray wall was present, which was painted with phrases including “Israeli Apartheid” and “Free Gaza.” “End Israeli Apartheid” was also painted on the statue of the school mascot.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 2, 2017 – AMERICAN UNIVERSITY–
Students held a walkout following racist incidents on campus. According to a video comment, part of the walkout included demands that included “calls on the university to divest from companies involved in Israel’s occupation and violation of Palestinian human rights.” The demands also referred to Israel as the “Israeli Apartheid State.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
May 1, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
A student published an op-ed piece in the school newspaper that expressed support for a BDS resolution.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
May 1, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE–
SJP at UCSB, along with SJP chapters at UCLA and UCB, held the event “Thinking Palestine 1967 & Beyond” on the UCSB campus. One of the speakers, Richard Falk, delegitimized Israel, stating, “I hope we can shift from ending the occupation to ending apartheid” as well as made statements supportive of BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
May 1, 2017 – CORNELL UNIVERSITY –
About 20 SJP members disrupted a Hillel-sponsored event for Israeli Independence Day with a “die-in” and a large banner that read, “Celebrating 69 Years of Genocide” as well as handing out fliers claiming, “…the modern day Jewish state was founded on the expulsion of the indigenous population.” Protesters gained access to the event only after promising police and organizers that they would not disrupt the event.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DEMONIZATION)
May 1, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
A divestment resolution was discussed and voted on. The resolution failed 15-14-1.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
May 1, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF DENVER –
Six parked cars had swastikas and “KKK” scratched into them. The cars were all parked across the street from the Merage & Allon Hillel Center at the University of Denver.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 30, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – PITZER –
The student government discussed an amendment to the budgetary bylaw that was introduced on April 23 which modifies an April 16 passed budgetary bylaw that stated student funds would not be used on “payments on goods or services from any corporation or organization associated with the unethical occupation of Palestinian territories, as delineated in the boycott list maintained on bdsmovement.net/get-involved/what-to-boycott.” The amendment changed the language to say that student funds would not be used for “payments on goods or services from the following corporations and organizations associated with the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, as first delineated by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement: A. Caterpillar B. SodaStream C. Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories D. Hewlett-Packard E. Sabra.” The updated amendment passed.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
April 29, 2017 – SUNY AT ALBANY –
UAlbany for BDS and the Queer Palestinian Empowerment Network hosted the event, “BDS 101 what it is and what it is not” as a “Humanities 114 round table discussion on BDS.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 28, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE –
Noura Erekat was the keynote speaker of the panel conference event, “6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time,” hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in conjunction with similar centers at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. During the keynote, an image during the presentation delegitimized Israel with a headline accusing Israel of “apartheid.” Additionally, during the Q & A of the keynote, a question arose about BDS, to which Erekat answered favorably to BDS as a tactic that “normalizes the politics of delegitimization.” Prior to the keynote, Joel Beinin, Smadar Ben Natan and Leena Dallasheh held a panel discussion with Noura Erekat as discussant and moderated by Emily Gottreich. During the Q & A of the panel discussion, Leena Dallasheh denied Jews self-determination, stating, “I will say it right out. Israel has no right to exist as a Jewish state just like America has no right to exist as a white state or as a Protestant state which it was established as.” Joel Beinin demonized Israel, stating, “If the question was posed, is Jewish supremacy in Israel/Palestine legitimate? Probably not too many people would say yes.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
April 28, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
The Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) hosted a panel discussion event entitled “6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time.” According to a report from an attendee, during the Q & A period, a woman said she had spent many years trying to figure out “who is a Jew,” and the only people who seemed to have figured it out were the Nazis. None of the panelists refuted her statement, and in fact condoned it by agreeing that identifying who is Jewish is difficult. In addition, one of the panelists, Professor Dallesheh, responded to a question about Israel’s right to exist by confirming that she believed Israel did not have the right to exist as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL; DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
April 28, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
SJP held its first “Palestine Awareness Week,” at which one of the events held was titled, “Let’s talk Pinkwashing.” The term “pinkwashing” is a demonizing term implying that Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
April 28, 2017 – UC SANTA BARBARA –
SJP at UCSB, along with SJP chapters at UCLA and UCB, held the event “Thinking Palestine 1967 & Beyond” on the UCSB campus. One of the speakers, Richard Falk, delegitimized Israel, stating, “I hope we can shift from ending the occupation to ending apartheid” as well as made statements supportive of BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
April 27, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – SCRIPPS –
SJP held the event, “Neoliberal Colonization and Israeli Apartheid” with Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Andy Clarno.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 27, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK –
SJP and the Muslim Political Alliance called on the entire campus community to boycott “Israel Fest,” an annual celebration of Israeli culture sponsored by a student group on campus, claiming that “there was a great deal of frustration among students and faculty alike that this event continues to take place on our campus.” The call to the campus community goes on to say that by having the festival at all, “we are encouraging the celebration of an apartheid state….we normalize and entrench support for Israel.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
April 26, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP and SDSU Native American Student Alliance co-sponsored a film screening of “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION)
April 26, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON –
The University of Wisconsin Associated Students of Madison debated for 5 hours and then unanimously approved a watered-down divestment proposal with a 24-0-2 vote. The new proposal initially removed all references to Israel to become essentially a broad ethical investment responsibility bill. Prior to its passing, however, and after public comments were closed, language critical of Israel was then added back in. This immediately sparked anger from Jewish members of the student body, prompting two student council members to walk out from the meeting. One of the members, Rep. Ariela Rivkin, said Jewish students were left out of the resolution because they were under the impression that the body would focus on corporations, rather than Israel. At a March 29 meeting to discuss divestment, hundreds of pro-Israel Jewish students reportedly attended and the measure didn’t pass, 12-13. This time, only a handful of pro-Israel students were present, since Israel was not on the meeting agenda. Rep Rivkin exclaimed, “This is now the second time the Jewish community has been excluded. This is because [ASM] members … knew full well that there would be amendments and [the student body] did not know that — and that is undemocratic.” During the vote, the chair of the Student Council shouted “(expletive) white supremacy” after a Jewish representative spoke in support of Israel and Jewish inclusion. The Jewish representative also saw her name on a sign and felt targeted. The representative further explained, “We’re pretty horrified. This has been now a systematic excluding of our voices. This was premeditated and frankly it’s undemocratic.” Another student council member exclaimed, “It feels really premeditated to me.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DENIGRATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))
April 26, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
A divestment resolution that was scheduled for a second reading was discussed and tabled for a week because one of the authors was out of town. The reading follows a letter by the President sent to ASI that expressed how passing the resolution would likely send a negative message to Jewish students that does not promote inclusion rather than have an impact on situations in the Middle East. The meeting’s public comments were focused on BDS according to the school paper.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
April 26, 2017 – HARVARD UNIVERSITY –
Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee held the event, “Omar Barghouti: BDS & the Struggle for Palestinian Rights.” During the event, Barghouti delegitimized Israel, referring to it as an “apartheid country” that is “…in part a more evolved and sophisticated and brutal form of apartheid than is South Africa,” as well as endorsed calls for BDS, including an academic boycott, stating, “all Israeli institutions, academic and cultural, are involved in Israel’s violation of human rights to varying degrees. All of them, and that’s why we target them.” He further stated that Israel “took a page out of South Africa’s apartheid regime’s propaganda,” by offering trips to Israel that “try to project an image of Israel as if it’s a liberal dynamic society, to cover up its minor problem of occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism. So it’s really a form of white-washing, pink-washing, green-washing, all kinds of washing and one thing all this washing has in common is a lot of dirt to wash away.” He further claimed, “Jewish communities have thrived under Arab rule” and called for the “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Jewish self-determination and Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
April 26, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
The group “Divest this Time GW” submitted a resolution to the student government that asks the school’s Board of Trustees to divest from corporations that do business with Israel. The companies include Boeing, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Lockheed Martin.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
April 26, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
As student clubs were tabling as a part of GAAP Weekend, members of GU F.R.E.E. carried around signs that said “Boycott Divest Sanction” and “Follow the Money.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
April 26, 2017 – MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY –
The student government association (SGA) discussed and voted on a bill calling for the SGA to endorse boycotting Israel. The vote failed 11-1, with six abstentions. An earlier survey aimed at gauging student support for the measure found that 64 percent of students at the school were opposed. According to NJ Jewish News, “the proposal asked not only for a boycott of goods from Israel, but also threatened study abroad programs and academic exchanges between Montclair and any Israel-affiliated entity, including the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Rothberg School at Hebrew University, and Kibbutzim College — institutions with ties to MSU.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
April 25, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
UofCDivest held the event, “BDS 101: #TellTheTrustees”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 25, 2017 – ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY –
A swastika and the words “Sieg Heil!” were found in the University library a day after Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, was commemorated.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 25, 2017 – SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY –
GUPS held the event “GUPS Nakba Commemoration.” The photo accompanying the event promotion said, “1948, Never forget, Never forgive” with additional promotional text that falsely accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and of being “a terrorist state.” A photograph of the event showed signs accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and calling for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish country.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION)
April 25, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
Stickers depicting a Nazi-era Der Stürmer caricature of a Jew were pasted over Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist posters throughout campus by the “Michigan TRS [The Right Stuff] Crew,” who advertise themselves as “counter-Semitic.” The leader of this group explained on Twitter the rationale for pasting the Jewish caricature images on the posters, stating, “Of course, we all know who’s really the brains behind the anti-White madness.”

(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
April 24, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA –
SJP held the event, “Al Nakba Remembrance Day.” T-shirts sold at the event called for the “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish country.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
April 24, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
As part of “Palestine Awareness Week 2017,” SJP held a “teach in” titled, “Let’s Talk Occupation.” According to an article in the Stanford Review based on attendee accounts, during the event, Israel was falsely accused of “apartheid” and compared to S. African apartheid, as well as demonized with false accusations of “ethnic cleansing.” The “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, was also called for at the event.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 24, 2017 – SUNY PLATTSBURGH –
Antisemitic Neo-Nazi fliers appeared on campus on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
April 24, 2017 – KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY –
An antisemitic poster was found on campus on Holocaust Remembrance Day that was similar to a poster found at the University of Illinois at Chicago earlier in the year. The poster said, “Ending White Privilege…Starts with Ending Jewish Privilege” and included a pyramid diagram with Jews at the top (identified with Jewish star icons) and reading, “Is the 1% straight, white, male or is the 1% Jewish” and “If there were 1000 people in the United States…10 of them would be in the top 1%, 20 of them would be Jewish.” The pyramid also identified the “99%” as “*goyim not drawn to scale.” The poster was found on a telephone pole on the east side of Ahearn Field House near 17th Street.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL)
April 24, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
At least one antisemitic flier was found along with anti-immigrant and racist fliers posted around campus. The antisemitic flier was posted on the corner of Church and High Street and said, “11% of the worlds billionaires are Jewish despite only 0.1% of the world’s population being Jewish. [Jewish star image] #JewPrivilege.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL)
April 24, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE –
CU Apartheid Divest held the event “The Road to Freedom: The BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights and the Struggle Against Apartheid” with Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, Rebecca Vilkomerson, and Premilla Nadasen. A large banner saying “Boycott Israel” hung prominently in front of the table of panelists. In keeping with the topic of the talk, all panelists expressed support for BDS. During her talk, Nadasen further delegitimized Israel with comparisons of Israel to South African apartheid. Vilkomerson called for greater “anti-normalization,” while Barghouti demonized and delegitimized Israel with accusations of “ethnic cleansing,” and “apartheid” as well as denied Jews self-determination by calling for the “return of refugees to their homes” otherwise known as the “right of return” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 24, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
An article in the student newspaper covering an on-campus SJP “Israeli Apartheid Week” event with a JVP guest speaker quoted a student demonizing Israel, saying, “The entire premise just points to the fact that the establishment of Israel was conceptualized as a white supremacist state overall.” In addition, the author of the article concluded, “By establishing the ways in which oppressive states work, we can begin to dismantle them. We cannot begin dismantling the state before addressing the problems inherent in every step of this hierarchy. Therefore, to discuss the Israeli occupation meaningfully, we must discuss it in its entirety.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; DEMONIZATION)
April 23, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA –
Nazi recruitment posters were found on campus to promote the website “IronMarch.org” that contained a swastika and “Join your local Nazis! The Atomwaffen Division.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 23, 2017 – YALE UNIVERSITY –
A Connecticut group called, “Promoting Enduring Peace” held an awards event on campus to give an award to BDS founder Omar Barghouti. The event was co-sponsored by SJP. At the event, Barghouti began his speech by dedicating his award “to the heroic Palestinian political prisoners in apartheid dungeons.” He further discussed support for BDS, stating that the “inclusive” movement asks people “to especially target institutions and Israelis who take part in the injustices against Palestinians or help with Israel war-making” and accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
April 23, 2017 – UC SANTA BARBARA –
On the evening prior to Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), UCSB Divest launched a new BDS campaign, including a BDS resolution. The resolution accused Israel of “apartheid policies currently taking place” and targets corporations doing business with Israel. UCSB Divest’s announcement of the launch headlined with “Call to the Associated Students of the University of California, Santa Barbara to Divest from Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
April 20, 2017 – TEMPLE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Lamis Deek: The Oslo Accords & NGO’s in Palestine.” During the event, Deek denied Jewish self-determination, as well as demonized and delegitimized Israel throughout with remarks such as, “There is a distinct difference between settler-colonialism and Zionist settler-colonialism… Zionist settler-colonialism… was inspired by white racist colonialism so it was both racist and colonial…[and] had to be an exclusively Jewish population… And it’s important when we think about it that way, that we then deal with what it means to dismantle Zionism. So from its inception, Zionism actually required a final solution for the Palestinians.” Deek referred to Israel as the “Zionist entity” throughout her talk, explaining that she “cannot recognize Israel” because “for me when you say Palestine I mean all of historic Palestine.” Deek further defined her vision for Palestinian liberation as the complete end of Israel and Jewish self-determination stating that liberation means, “….first and foremost the return of every Palestinian refugee and their descendants to their original homes and not just, yeah you have the right to return, but the implementation of that…which means that the people residing in the homes of Palestinians would be given a notice and that notice gives them 6 months to decide what to do…so the return and relocation of Palestinian refugees to their original homes, lands businesses and factories and of course, the dismantling of every Zionist institution, Zionist educational institutions…all of that. And, Palestine being restored to its original geographical integrity, Palestine 1948, able to control all of its borders…able to integrate into the Arab region. That would be what we consider Palestinian liberation with Jerusalem as its capitol.” Deek finished her talk by demonizing Israel further saying that, “re-centering Israeli torture and exportation of those practices….to the US and internationally is critical” and that “they [Israeli’s] are such little monsters, right, that there were Israeli civil society organizing barbeques outside of the prisons.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 20, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON –
A known local white nationalist and antisemite, Jimmy Marr, and an associate self-proclaimed white nationalist came to campus in Marr’s swastika-emblazoned truck with the message on its tailgate saying, “No more terror. No more war. America, stop being Israel’s whore” to celebrate the “birthday party for Adolf Hitler” by spreading antisemitic messages to students from the truck, including the promotion of a holocaust denial film. His colleague walked around with a sign saying, “No more wars with Israel” on one side and “(((Da Goyim Know)))” on the other. The demonstration lasted approximately 45 minutes in front of the Erb Memorial Union and attracted around 60 to 80 students, many in opposition.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL; ACCUSING JEWS OF INVENTING OR EXAGGERATING THE HOLOCAUST; DEMONIZATION)
April 20, 2017 – MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY –
The student government association (SGA) had a discussion about an upcoming bill calling for the Student Government Association (SGA) to endorse boycotting Israel. The discussion was sparked by a survey that will be distributed to students about the bill.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
April 20, 2017 – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY –
Fliers promoting the white nationalist organization “Vangaurd America,” containing antisemitic, anti-immigrant and racist language, were found in at least four areas of the campus including on the door to the main entrance of the campus Center for Jewish Life. The fliers stated, “HITLER brought to you by Vanguard America: Jews are 10% of Princeton students, an overrepresentation of 500%…80% of the first Soviet government was Jewish.” The fliers also contained an image of Adolf Hitler with a birthday hat on.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 19, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE –
Columbia University Apartheid Divest held the event “BDS 101” in order for participants to “learn about the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement as well as our divestment campaign calling on the university to divest its funds, stocks, and endowments from companies that profit from Israeli apartheid, illegal occupation of land, and violations of Palestinian human rights.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT) )
April 19, 2017 – KENYON COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the BDS event, “Boycott Presentation and Discussion.”.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 19, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall,” consisting of decorated sheet panels. One of the panels said in large letters, “What is BDS,” and included explanatory text endorsing BDS. The promotional text said students could come “learn about Israeli apartheid!”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
April 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND –
SJP and the Muslim Political Alliance held the event, “The BDS Movement: A Conversation with Yousef Munayyer” which, due to complications, was held with Taher Herzallah from American Muslims for Palestine.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 18, 2017 – KENYON COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP erected an “apartheid wall” on campus that contained a sign saying, “The borders crossed us! Latinxs against Israeli apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT –
A flier found on a bulletin board on campus contained demonizing and delegitimizing false “facts” about Israel that included, “Israeli ‘defense’ forces regularly, systematically and brutally kidnaps….and tortures Palestinian children,” “….’Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people'” “the 2008 war (read: massacre)…”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
SJP screened the film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” a film which delegitimizes Israel with false comparisons to South African apartheid.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 18, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
CU Apartheid Divest tabled in support of their anti-Israel divestment petition. Signs held by students included: “Do you like Apartheid? If not, sign the petition,” “I support CUAD because Genocide is f*ck*d up” and “I support CUAD because Apartheid must go.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
April 18, 2017 – DRAKE UNIVERSITY –
Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance held “Israeli Apartheid Week” events on campus. The advertisement for the week’s events stated, “Apartheid Week is a part of international efforts at universities and cities that aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people…To highlight the issue of Israel-Palestine each day MEPPA will host events highlighting different aspects of the struggle against the colonization of Palestine by Israel. ..Tuesday, April 18th: Stop by our Mock Wall in Helmick Commons to learn more about how South African Apartheid continues today in Israel and Palestine.” The mock “apartheid wall” erected consisted of a large banner that said “End Israeli Apartheid,” as well as map images of Israel saying, “this is apartheid” above them.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 17, 2017 – UCLA –
SJP held the event, “A Talk on Palestinian Prisoners Day” with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi and Henry “Hank” Jones, moderated by Dr. Robin D.G. Kelly. During the event, Abdulhadi delegitimized Israel, referring to it as a “settler colonial state,” and Jones expressed support for BDS, claiming it is “the biggest weapon they have.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
April 17, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Solidarity in the Face of Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 17, 2017 – MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP screened the film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” a film which delegitimizes Israel with false comparisons to South African apartheid.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 17, 2017 – DRAKE UNIVERSITY –
SJP advertised its upcoming “Israeli Apartheid Week” events on campus by stating, “Apartheid Week is a part of international efforts at universities and cities that aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people…To highlight the issue of Israel-Palestine each day MEPPA will host events highlighting different aspects of the struggle against the colonization of Palestine by Israel. ..Tuesday, April 18th: Stop by our Mock Wall in Helmick Commons to learn more about how South African Apartheid continues today in Israel and Palestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 17, 2017 – HARVARD UNIVERSITY –
Palestine Solidarity Committee held the event “Israeli Apartheid: The Censored UN Study” with one of the authors of the study, Professor Virginia Tilley.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 17, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA –
In a student newspaper article covering an upcoming “Israeli Apartheid Week,” an SJP member was quoted as saying: “We make it very clear that we’re anti-Zionism, which is the political ideology of an ethnocentric … State of Israel”. He also falsely accused Israel of “the crime of apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 17, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
UofC Divest tabled at Reynolds in support of their anti-Israel divestment petition.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
April 17, 2017 – KENYON COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” Kenyon SJP screened the film “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION )
April 17, 2017 – KENYON COLLEGE –
Kenyon SJP sent an email to the campus community about the mock “apartheid wall” the group had erected on campus. The email said the wall was meant to draw attention to “the larger system of Israeli apartheid of which it is a part,” and concluded by saying, “We are complicit in upholding a system of apartheid, and must act to end this policy immediately.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 16, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – PITZER –
The Pitzer College Student Senate unexpectedly voted and passed a budgetary amendment on Easter Sunday and the sixth day of Passover that prohibits Student Activities Funds from being used for payment on goods or services from any corporation or organization associated with Israel as outlined on the bdsmovement.net website, which includes major brands such as Sabra Humus, Ahava Dead Sea products, SodaStream, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard (HP). Many student senators were not present and were therefore unable to vote, due to their observance of Easter and Passover, with 14 senators absent from the meeting. The vote was 22 yes, 0 no’s with 4 abstentions. One senator present said that there was one hour of discussion that followed the amendment’s sudden introduction, but the few dissenting voices in attendance were “intimidated into silence.” According to Jewish students who organized a petition following the sudden vote, “there was no advance warning given about the BDS vote.” The amendment effectively forces the treasurer to scrupulously review student groups’ activities to ensure the senate does not cover purchases made from any of the blacklisted companies.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE) )
April 16, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
A handful of fliers containing a swastika and advertising a white supremacist website and group called “Aryan Underground” were found posted around campus on three separate buildings over two days. According to the article, the “Aryan Underground’ advertises itself as “a National Socialist and Fascist organization dedicated to absolute resistance against the Zionist Occupied Government.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 14, 2017 – TUFTS UNIVERSITY –
Tufts JVP members published and promoted an article defending the recent BDS vote that occurred right before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which meant that many Jews couldn’t attend the vote.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
April 14, 2017 – GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE –
The description for Students for Justice in Palestine at Green Mountain College posted on the college’s website “Clubs & Activities” section explicitly called for an “end to Zionism” and stated, “Students for Justice in Palestine at Green Mountain College (SJP@GMC) is…focused on building solidarity with the Palestinian struggle…[t]hrough this work we uphold the right of return for Palestinian refugees everywhere and an end to Zionism, settler colonialism, racism, and apartheid in occupied Palestine.” Date of incidents is date discovered, the exact date it was posted to the College’s website is unknown.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 13, 2017 – UNIIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA –
SJP held the event, “Noura Erakat: Palestine in the Trump Administration.” During her talk, Erakat delegitimized Israel, claiming it is an “apartheid reality” and made supportive statements of BDS, including listing academic organizations who “have all endorsed the academic boycott of Israel.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY)
April 13, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event “Tel Aviv Night Clubs & West Bank Check Points// Sa’ed Atshan” to discuss, “pinkwashing,” i.e malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
April 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event “Workshop: Justice Under Apartheid,” which was advertised as an event to learn about “what it means for Palestinians to enter the justice system under Israel’s Apartheid Rule.” SJP also erected a mock “apartheid wall.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 13, 2017 – GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY –
A new group on campus, GMU Muslim-Jewish Alliance, clarified their stance that “what is not up for debate (i.e. argument) are the three calls for justice from Palestinians: the right of return, an end to the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, and equal rights of Palestinians and Israelis.” These calls are the three tenets of the BDS movement, where the right of return would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state and deny Jewish self-determination.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
April 12, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON –
The authors of the failed divestment initiative in March proposed that a new subcommittee on ethics and finance be created, a proposal which was debated and voted on during Passover. Several student representatives — at least one of them offended at the timing on behalf of absent Jewish students — reportedly walked out. Before the Student Representative walked out he exclaimed, “This seems really vicious considering this legislation is … of great importance to members of the Jewish community, and they are not here because they are observing a holiday for themselves. And I am just disgusted by that action.” The measure passed but was then later blocked from taking effect by a student court.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))
April 12, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
UofC Divest launched a BDS petition for students to sign that is addressed to Investment Committee Members, entitled “Petition to UofC Trustees: Divest & End Our Complicity in Apartheid.” The petition claims that the University is “likely invested in companies that support Israeli crimes” and calls on them to “end the shameful legacy of unethical investment by our institution by implementing the demands laid out in the Resolution to Divest University Funds from Apartheid, passed by College Council in April of 2016.” The petition is part of UofC Divest’s”#TelltheTrustees” campaign.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
April 12, 2017 – HARVARD UNIVERSITY –
Palestine Solidarity Committee participated in the on-campus collaborative public art project #wallofresistance. One of the panels called for BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
April 12, 2017 – VASSAR COLLEGE –
The Editorial Board of the school newspaper published an article in opposition to a student’s position against the Vassar Student Association becoming political and engaging in BDS. The editorial board piece argued that VSA is already, and should remain, a political entity, and BDS is justified because it “improves the lives of” students on campus, stating, “arguing that the VSA should be apolitical because of the possibility of a BDS debate resurfacing minimizes the experiences of people of color and other marginalized communities on this campus who need a political student government that can actually improve their lives on campus.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
April 12, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – POMONA –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP screened the film, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION)
April 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER –
SJP Auroria erected a mock “apartheid wall” on the Auroria campus as part of “Palestine Awareness Day.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES –
SJP UMN held the event, “Panel: Justice Under Apartheid” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 11, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
The Center of Contemporary Arab Studies, GWU Students for Justice in Palestine, Andy Shallal, Samar and William Langhorne, Arab Studies Institute and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights co-sponsored the event, “Michael Bennett: On Silence, Justice, and Sports” for NFL player Michael Bennett to discuss his refusal to go on a trip to Israel in response to the call from the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights to pull out of the trip because “initiatives like this were geared at normalizing the Israeli state’s trend of violence against the Palestinians.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 11, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – PITZER –
SJP held the event “Pinkwashing 101 Workshop.” The workshop was co-sponsored by Scripps’ Queer-Allied Student Union and promoted by the Pitzer Student Government with demonizing and delegitimizing language that included: “[I]sraeli pinkwashing is a fundamental structure of apartheid and integral to the lives of queer Palestinians today. Pinkwashing is a deliberate marketing campaign that Israel uses to project an image of queer-friendliness in order to cover up its atrocities of apartheid, genocide, and ethnic cleansing against Palestinians.””
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION )
April 11, 2017 – HARVARD UNIVERSITY –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” the Palestine Solidarity Committee held the event, “Women & Resistance: Lessons for Organizing in Palestine” to discuss “supporting grassroots action in the Middle East, local and international movements (Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions).”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 10, 2017 – BROWN UNIVERSITY –
WANA Heritage Series, Students for Justice in Palestine, Black Heritage Series, and the Middle East Studies Department co-sponsored the event, “Co-struggling towards Liberation: Black-Palestinian Solidarity.” The description for the event stated that Dr. Maya Alhassen “will talk about her own experience with the Dream Defenders delegation to the West Bank, and discuss how we can connect BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) to Black Lives Matter.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 10, 2017 – MAYFIELD COLLEGE –
A white supremacist group called “Aryan Underground” posted a flier containing a swastika on at least one wall on campus.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 9, 2017 – TUFTS UNIVERSITY –
A divestment resolution was discussed and voted on the night before the Jewish holiday of Passover. The resolution passed, 17-6-8. The resolution falsely accused Israel of being “an apartheid regime,” endorsed the full BDS movement call including the right of return which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, as well as cited four specific corporations that do business with Israel for divestment including Elbit Systems, G4S, Northrop Grumman and Hewlett Packard Enterprises. Prior to the vote, about 50 people associated with the Jewish community on campus had asked their Senators to postpone the vote, expressing to their senators that “they want the opportunity to have a voice on this issue.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))
April 8, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
JVP hosted the event, “Shabbat Discussion:Our Jewish Case for BDS.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 7, 2017 – BOSTON UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Pinkwashing: a conversation with Sa’ed Atshan.” The term “pinkwashing” is a demonizing term implying that Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
April 7, 2017 – AUBURN UNIVERSITY –
A group calling itself the “Auburn White Student Union” posted antisemitic fliers on campus. The group was formerly called “Whites of the Alt-Right Educating Auburn Gentiles for Liberation and Empowerment,” or WAR EAGLE. One flier reads, “Will you disobey the anti-Christian, top secret, Noahide Laws?”, which refers to the seven Laws of Noah that are part of the Jewish faith. Another poster apparently shows propaganda images claiming to be from a “confidential, not for gentiles” handbook, claiming the Jewish faith seeks to oppress any “non-Jews.” The website of the Auburn White Student Union states that the group expects “to be able to find common ground with secular Arabs who oppose Zionism.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL)
April 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
According to an article in the school paper, SJP protested the Dawgs for Israel event, “IsraelFest,” with demonizing and delegitimizing chants including, “stop the killing, stop the hate, Israel is a racist state” as well as responding “shut it down” to statements such as “the whole damn system,” “white supremacy” and “the apartheid laws.” The SJP President was quoted in the school paper defending the protest, stating, “I am here because IsraelFest is an attempt to celebrate Israel as a democratic state, when in reality, Israel is an apartheid state that was founded upon the ruin of the indigenous Palestinian people. We’re protesting to make the statement that we are not going to fall for it, that we’re going to make the student body know how deceptive it is to be celebrating a racist colonial apartheid state.” Another SJP member was quoted calling for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, claiming, “If these things [right of return] don’t happen, then we can’t really achieve equality in the end. Right now, as it is, Israel is a racist state, is a Zionist state, is oppressing Palestinians every day.” A video of the protest showed a speaker with a megaphone yelling, “they won’t tell you that Palestinians are killed by an apartheid system…they won’t tell you that Palestinian indigenous resistance is justified.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 7, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – PITZER COLLEGE –
An article in the school paper (for all the Claremont Colleges) promoted “Israeli Apartheid Week” by demonizing Zionism, stating, “Zionism does mean racism and should be treated as such.” It further described the week’s upcoming events by demonizing Israel, stating, “The events fall anywhere between a workshop on pinkwashing (a strategy employed by Israel that attempts to cover up the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by focusing on Israel’s seemingly open gay life) to a Shakedown Sounds about Borders and Walls.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
April 6, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
Wesleyan Students Against the Fossil Fuel Industry published an article in the school paper in support of SJP’s “Israeli Apartheid Week” that demonized and delegitimized Israel throughout the article. The article stated, “In its occupation, Israel also perpetuates an apartheid state that discriminates against Palestinians. Apartheid extends from decreased legal, political, and economic rights for Palestinians, to the denial of access to basic needs, such as land for agriculture and water. In this way, the Zionist state project may also be seen as enacting a type of climate colonialism, or the practice of organizing environmental and climate damage to happen in colonized places and to people affected by normalized colonial violence. Indeed, Israel’s climate colonialism includes the extraction and usage of coal in occupied lands; the overexploitation of water at the expense of Palestinians’ access to water for drinking and agricultural use; the taking or degradation of arable Palestinian lands; and the dumping of garbage and toxic industrial waste on Palestinian lands, contaminating both water and soil. Furthermore, the impacts of climate change exacerbate those of Israeli settler colonialism, and vice versa… In addition to eliminating Palestinians and dispossessing them of their lands, Israel enacts domination through the overexploitation and contamination of Palestinian water and lands.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 6, 2017 – SEATTLE UNIVERSITY –
A drawing of a swastika was slipped under the door of an undocumented immigrant’s student housing unit.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 6, 2017 – SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY –
In support of SJP’s divestment campaign, SJP held a BDS event called “CSUS Divest: Workshop.” According to an article in the school paper, the next step in the divestment campaign is that “ASI will be putting out a student survey in which students will answer whether or not they are in favor of divestment” in the coming weeks.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 6, 2017 – HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE –
A swastika was found carved into a couch on the third floor of the library.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
April 6, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – POMONA –
A Zionist student and President of the Claremont Progressive Jewish Alliance went to SJP’s “apartheid wall” to take pictures. One SJP member took a Snapchat picture of the student at the wall and captioned it, ‘Her name is Kate ______ and she is a proud racist’ and posted the harassing message on Twitter, where it was favorited and retweeted by other members of Students for Justice in Palestine. SJP then continued their targeted harassment of the Zionist student by stealing one of her Facebook profile pictures that had a pro-Israel message and making it their intro slide in a Powerpoint presentation about imperialism, which was given publicly in a café on campus. SJP has also refused to submit opinion pieces to the school paper because the student who was harassed by SJP is an editor at the paper, as their club has an anti-normalization policy that forbids them from working with or speaking to Zionists.The student victim went on to outline a number of other acts of harassment of Jewish and/or Zionists students on campus during “Israeli Apartheid Week,” that included a member of SJP attempting to publish a “satire” piece for the student newspaper’s annual joke issue that attributed fake racist quotes to the harassed student, SJP tearing down college-approved CPJA pro-Israel posters within 24 hours of them being put up (publicly and right in front of members of CPJA) and replacing them with unapproved SJP posters, taking and then throwing out cupcakes given out by CPJA with Israeli flags on them, stealing one of the chairs from CPJA’s table and yelling, “Think of this as reparations!”, accusing a Jewish student in a class who couldn’t find a paper of stealing it, exclaiming, “You people steal land,” and making an obscene gesture with a middle finger to members of a Jewish fraternity while they conducted a Holocaust remembrance event. Additionally, an Israeli student was cornered by an individual wearing a “Nazi Hunter” shirt and called a “colonialist and occupier.” Finally, the harassed Zionist student mentioned earlier was told by a friend that the friend had overhead two students asking why the harassed student was a Zionist although she was not Jewish, and one of them pointed out that one of her grandparents was Jewish and the second student joked, “That’s enough for Nuremberg!”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; DENIGRATION)
April 6, 2017 – CLAREMONT COLLEGES – PITZER –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus, where one panel called for BDS. In response, someone hung an Israeli flag from the roof of Pitzer’s McConnell. SJP released a statement in relation to the Israeli flag that demonized and delegitimized Israel and Zionism, stating, “The supporters of this action only stand to prove the point of Israeli Apartheid Week #IAW. This flag shows the ideological underpinnings of Zionism, a settler-colonial project to lay claim to Palestinian indigenous land without acknowledging the human rights abuses, the violence, the massacres, the apartheid, and the walls that are necessary to sustain this project…We hope that throughout the rest of IAW this year you attend our events, listen to our message, and think critically about this 20 foot flag that was hung in an attempt to cover up the horrors of Zionist violence.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
April 6, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “The Politics of Academic Boycott and Anti-Normalization” with J. Kehaulani Kauanui, as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 5, 2017 – FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Zionism and it’s logic.” During the event, a speaker demonized and delegitimized Israel and Zionism with false accusations of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” and claimed Zionism is a “colonialist, imperialist ideology.” A speaker further demonized Jewish Zionists, stating, “Zionist Jews… want to seize all means of production” and “the Zionist purpose” is “essential truth of Jewish mind over Palestinian matter. In a nutshell the real aim of the Zionist strategy is mastering the Palestinians.” Christian Zionists were demonized as well as Zionist Jews with statements such as: “Christian Zionists today see that the death and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians as a sacrifice coterminous with Jewish and therefore messianic conceptions of redemption… therefore Christian Imperialist and Zionist Imperialist today are one and the same.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
April 5, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GAINESVILLE –
Pride Student Union of UF pulled support for an event with an Israeli gay speaker that was co-sponsored with the student group This is Israel UF, claiming that it was “out of respect for and support for the Palestinian community” and justifying it because “supporting a political agenda plagued with violence and racism is antisemitic. Choosing not to support such an agenda represents solidarity.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY)
April 4, 2017 – WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held an event with Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies, who spoke about “Crimes of Apartheid: A UN Report on Israel, BDS and the Backlash.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
April 4, 2017 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY –
JVP Chicago held an event on campus titled, “Palestinian Right of Return: Why It Is Just, How It Can Happen” to advocate for the “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
April 4, 2017 – PURDUE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Palestine and the BDS Movement with Ali Abunimah and Wael Elsady.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 4, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Using BDS to Combat South African Apartheid” to “learn a lot about how to best apply the practices of BDS” towards “pressur[ing] the Israeli government to end its human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 3, 2017 – JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “The History of BDS.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
April 2, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
The student government discussed for four hours, and voted on, a motion to include a referendum in the ballot for the upcoming general elections, which would read, “Do you support Columbia University Apartheid Divest’s campaign as part of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement?” The motion failed with a vote of 26 against putting the question on the ballot, five for and one abstention.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
March 31, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON –
SJP and Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics held the event, “Spoken Word Justice: Remi Kanazi.” According to an article in the school paper entitled,”Students for Justice in Palestine speaker on postponed divestment proposal: ‘Vote yes,’” at the event Kanazi advocated for BDS, including an academic boycott.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 30, 2017 – GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY –
Muslim-Jewish Alliance held their first meeting with Taher Herzallah from American Muslims for Palestine. During the meeting, Herzallah delegitimized and demonized Israel, stating, “American Imperialism is tied to the US relationship to Israel which also adds another layer of complication in dealing with the Jewish community as an ally fighting against white supremacy. It’s only the US interest currently to support Israel and its imperial interests.” He additionally denied Jewish self-determination, claiming that with “any Muslim Jewish partnership” there has to be “a disavowal of Zionism.” When a student asked, “Can I identify as Jewish and Zionist and develop relationships with Muslims?” Herzallah replied, “Zionism in reality means the cleansing of the Palestinian people…Jewish liberation doesn’t necessarily have to be manifested in Zionism…the preservation of the Jewish people and their history and their heritage and their language, all that…that’s totally fine [and doesn’t include Jewish self-determination].” Demonizing material on “faith-washing,” defined by Herzallah as an “attempt by many Zionist organizations in the US to pull in the Muslim community and sort of organize them and use them as a way to normalize Israel’s actions,” was passed out as well during the meeting.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 30, 2017 – BELLEVUE COLLEGE –
A student found fliers tacked onto cork message boards near the campus cafeteria promoting the group “Vanguard America” that had antisemitic and islamophobic messages. The antisemitic flier said, “TAKE YOUR COUNTRY BACK. Look around, white man. Is this the nation your ancestors died for? This land is soaked in white European blood and it’s heritage and culture is being ripped away for the benefit of global finance. Should your children grow up a tiny minority in their own country? Have you had enough of the lying, Jewish media’s indoctrination? Take a stand, for your people, for your country. Join the Vangaurd for race and nation!” The Islamophobic fliers said, “Imagine a Muslim-Free America.” Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL)
March 29, 2017 – GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Community Discussion with VTJP” to address “questions people may have over what is the purpose of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, and to discuss the section of the list of demands that involves BDS (such as taking down the Israeli flag), and the purpose of Students for Justice in Palestine.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 29, 2017 – OBERLIN COLLEGE –
Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine (SFP) held the event, “Palestine 201 Teach-In” in part to promote the academic boycott of Israel. According to SFP, attendance at the event counted for “OSCA Privilege and Oppression Training.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 29, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON –
SJP published an open letter in the school paper that stressed support for divestment and shared their divestment petition for students to sign.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
March 29, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
Palestine Solidarity Committee erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus. One of the panels called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
March 29, 2017 – FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP tabled on campus with a sign that demonized Israeli leaders by taking their quotes out of context. SJP promoted the tabling, saying, “Did you know that Israel’s government harbors war criminals and genocidal politicians who are eugenically inclined? Come learn more at Market Wednesday every week at the FSU SJP table!”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
March 29, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON –
The student government held an open forum on a divestment resolution that accused Israel of operating “an apartheid legal system” and called on UW-Madison to cut ties with companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman, which have ties with the Israeli government. After six hours of heated debate, the University of Wisconsin Associated Students of Madison voted 13-12-1 to indefinitely postpone the divestment resolution. During the debate, one student demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Our school must take a stand against apartheid, racial discrimination and genocide. Divestment is a peaceful and simple measure our campus can take…” another stated, “Israel…is an occupied apartheid state period.” A self-identified member of SJP compared Israel’s actions towards Palestinians to pogroms, claiming, “the Israeli government is not only culpable for heinous crimes and for implementing an apartheid state but I would like to argue…Israel is anti-Semitic as well as racist and discriminatory to the core…Zionism came about in the early 1900’s after waves of pogroms targeted Eastern Europe. These pogroms have striking similarities to the tactics used by the Israeli government today, including killing, destruction of homes and land confiscation. The Israeli state was founded using the same nationalistic and exclusive principles that exploited Jews in Eastern Europe. This foundation built Israel to be as oppressive as the countries that destroyed Jewish homes, lives and pushed them out of Eastern Europe. Israel in its inception is not a Jewish idea but a European one.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))
March 29, 2016 – SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY –
GUPS held an event as part of Palestine Awareness Week titled “Political Discussion and Film Screening.” A large banner at the event read, “Zionism is Racism.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
March 29, 2017 – GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY –
GMU Students Against Israeli Apartheid held the film screening event, “Gaza In Context Discussion.” In the film, Erekat demonized Israel, falsely claiming that “[Israel] is guided by two primary policies: 1) To obtain the maximum amount of Palestinian land with the minimum number of Palestinian people and 2) To concentrate a maximum number of Palestinians onto a minimum amount of land.” She further went on to state, “Even if Hamas were to disappear, Israel’s policies towards the tiny coastal enclave would go uninterrupted… The Gaza Strip represents the most vivid and grotesque form of Israel’s settler-colonial ambitions.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 29, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
SJP staged a “die-in” on campus as part of their “Divest This Time” campaign, advertised as “GW failed South Africa. Don’t Fail Palestine.” Their promotion of the event called on the George Washington University “to divest from these corporations to end our complicity in this horrific violence, which the university failed to do during apartheid in South Africa.” One of the “dead” had a sign that said, “I could not visit my family in Jerusalem because of the apartheid wall created with cement produced by Cemex.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 29, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN –
The student paper published an opinion piece by SJP members that reiterated SJP support for a recent divestment bill that had passed, stating, “In the resolution we recently passed with the UM-Dearborn Student Government, we listed the corporations that invest in the subjugation of Palestinians through apartheid…As our word spreads, humanity becomes aware of the cruelties that occur by the hands of Israel…At SJP…We condemn the existence of the panoptic Israeli state in Palestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 29, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON –
In anticipation of an upcoming BDS referendum vote in the student government, SJP released a student petition in support of the resolution that stated, “we demand the administration draft a public statement condemning all forms of racism including the Occupation of Palestine and the Apartheid Regime of Israel…”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 28, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTES AMHERST –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Deconstructing the David Project” because, as explained in the advertisement for the event that delegitimized Israel, “UMass SJP opposes such trips, as they normalize and whitewash the apartheid reality of life for Palestinians.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 28, 2017 – AMERICAN UNIVERSITY–
SJP held the event, “The BDS Movement: Contexts, Developments, and Future Visions” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 28, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event “Why Divest?” to discuss the launch of their new “Divest This Time” campaign.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 28, 2017 – SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP published a letter to the editor in the school paper that reiterated the club’s support for its divestment bill that “asked our institution to divest from CAT construction for their role in destroying Palestinian homes on native land and to boycott Sabra Hummus for having companies built on illegal settlements.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
March 28, 2017 – FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was spray-painted on the sidewalk near the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house on Copeland Street, adjacent to Florida State’s campus.There was reportedly another drawn near the Fine Arts Building.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 27, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week 2017.” One panel said, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free,” which is effectively a call to eliminate Israel, and another panel demonized Israel, saying, “If you want to find a safe place in Gaza, do not stand near a child,” implying that Israel intentionally targets Palestinian children for harm.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION)
March 27, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
SJP, the GW Black Student Union, and the GW Feminist Student Union held the event, “GWU SJP Palestine Awareness Week Keynote – Angela Davis.” During her talk, entitled “Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Why Movements for Social Justice Should Support Palestine,” Davis demonized Israel, stating, “We say no to Israel’s ethnic cleansing strategies…the racism of the state of Israel…This is supposed to be the dismantling of the era of Israeli occupation of Palestine…if we call the U.S. a prison nation Palestine under Israeli occupation is certainly the worst possible example of a carceral society. Palestine is the largest open air prison.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
March 27, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON –
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) hosted a discussion at the University of Houston (UH) called “The Black Radical Tradition and Palestine” with Dr. Gerald Horne, chair of African-American Studies at UH as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.” During the event, Dr. Home called for BDS, stating, “Just as we enlist more black organizations into the BDS movement, boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement..it would…give a direct boost to BDS if we had the Palestinian forces and their allies internationally speak out more on police terrorism.” An article covering the event boasted how “Zionists were driven away.” The article detailed how a group of Zionist students spoke during the question and answer session and were trying to speak to students outside the auditorium. “When this was discovered, all the students left the lecture hall and shouted them down with ‘Free, free Palestine! Occupation is a crime.’ The Zionists tried to have a confrontation, but their words were drowned in a sea of loud chanting. This continued for over ten minutes, until the students finally drove them out of the building and off campus.” A student who attended the event said, “I couldn’t believe the Zionists in the discussion who were defending Israel. It reminded me of people who deny the existence of racism and then find all sorts of ways to justify it.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; DENIGRATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 27, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the film screening event, “Pinkwashing Exposed.” “Pinkwashing” is the notion that Israel malevolently represents itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
March 26, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM –
UC students who are members of SJP chapters within SJP West (the coalition of SJP groups on the West Coast) wrote an open letter to President Napolitano objecting to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the University of California and the Israel Innovation Authority. The letter included objections to a disregard for the “student, worker and faculty voices of dissent that have voted repeatedly to end all normalization with the Israeli state and its institutions,” and went on further to criticize Napolitano directly for “making deals with Israeli institutions that are the architects of global repression and represent all that is antithetical to public education…Democratic ideals mean nothing to you when it comes to your blinding allegiance to Israeli institutions and Zionist organizations in the US. We do not want to partner with Israeli institutions.” Finally, the letter accused Israel supporters of “[supporting] a settler-colonial project that has ethnically cleansed us from our homeland.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 23, 2017 – KENT STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “IAW Speaker Event: From South Africa to Palestine” with Dr. John Trimble. During the event, Trimble alluded to historical tropes of Jewish control, stating, “a lot of the apartheid economic power is in the hands of Zionists…the power that they wield is apparent in the different things that are happening. This is a key example. On the one hand the Jewish student union is telling the president of the university, you need to get rid of this person…because he put something on his facebook admiring Hitler and any time you say something about Hitler that’s like [laughs] you’re ex-communicated whatever so this was interesting experience and I raise this with some of the activists and they say yes it’s really a reality in terms of the Zionist power.” He further went on to say, “it’s only Zionism that had that type of insidious Zionist machinery globally,” to which an audience member stated “Yeah, and don’t forget the media” and Trimble replied, “That’s part of that Zionist operation.” Trimble additionally demonized and delegitimized Israel, as well as denied Jews self-determination throughout, stating, “the Israeli community and the Israeli state was built on apartheid…I think there are four ways of apartheid in Israel. First, history: they faked the history, they faked it back…They are concentrating on that right that they have a right to be there and it is a lie…the construction of Israel was based on injustice and apartheid. They took the land from Arabs, from Palestinians…” and “Zionists want to take all of Palestine and more…so it’s that insidious nature as an ideology that is backwards that it has to be opposed.” During the Q & A, Trimble further claimed, “we have to define Jewish people [he uses the quote/end quote hand gesture when saying “Jewish people”] …I don’t ‘see that there is a Jewish people…there is nothing called Jewish people.” Furthermore, one audience member questioned of another, “Do you see parallels between Zionism and white supremacy?” to which the audience member replied, “Well, it’s one and the same. There’s no separation. Zionism is just an aspect of white supremacy, you can’t make a separation.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL; DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 23, 2017 – CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE –
Palestinian Solidarity Alliance held the event, “Global Feminist Resistance: Reports from the Frontline.” During the event, a student speaker demonized Israel with false claims that Palestinians “are having genocide waged against them.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
March 23, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
Bears for Palestine held the event, “Resistance Through Art: A Night of Spoken Word.” Concluding remarks included calling for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
March 23, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL –
An open letter published in the student paper, the Daily Tarheel, which was written by an alumni, lauded SJP chapters that are “raising awareness of Israel’s criminality in maintaining the Occupation and Apartheid system, as well as [bringing] attention to the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement which (is) a peaceful program to send a message to the Israeli government that it must obey international law or consequences.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 23, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
SJP re-enacted a “mock checkpoint” near an “apartheid wall” in the background that read in large letters, “Israeli Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 22, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA –
SJP screened the film, “”The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION)
March 22, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN –
Mock parking tickets were placed on the windshields of cars in a campus lot, which threatened to tow and demolish the cars. The mock ticket advertised two campus events on “illegal settlements and Israeli apartheid,” hosted by SJP and accused the Jewish state of being a racist colonizer guilty of ethnic cleansing and apartheid.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 22, 2016 – FORDHAM UNIVERSITY –
An SJP group not sanctioned by the university, together with the Comparative Literature program, the English department, the Modern Languages department, the African and African American Studies department, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department, the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, and the department of Sociology and Anthropology, all sponsored an event titled, “BDS at Universities”. Additional clubs that co-sponsored the event included The Law Coalition of Concerned Students, Feminist Alliance, SAGES, Fordham Students United, and the Muslim Student Association.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 22, 2016 – HAVERFORD UNIVERSITY –
Bi-Co held the event, “Poetic Injustice: Bi-Co SJP Presents Remi Kanazi” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.” According to an article in the school paper, at the event, Kanazi, “informed his audience that colleges often invest in companies that support Israel, and he stated that students have a right to know where their tuition dollars go. and the goal of the [SJP] club will be to inform the student body of Haverford’s investments in these companies.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 22, 2016 – BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was found in a bathroom stall in the Bartle Library on campus. Date of incident is approximated from announcement.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 22, 2016 – BRYN MAWR COLLEGE –
According to an article in Haverford College’s student paper (Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College access the same paper, as well as have a joint SJP called Bi-Co SJP), “The next major project for SJP will be a Boycott-Divest-Sanction (BDS) campaign against Israel. This movement is currently underway at Bryn Mawr…This undertaking will also include an attempt to remove Sabra Hummus, an Israeli company, from The Coop and Uncommon Grounds.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
March 22, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO –
SJP created a large banner for display during the upcoming “Israeli Apartheid Week” that said, “Israeli Apartheid Week March 27 – 31”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 22, 2017 – KENT STATE UNIVERSITY –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP erected an “apartheid wall” where one panel had the delegitimizing heading, “End Israeli Apartheid,” and another panel said, “Join the Movement. BDS. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 22, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA –
SJP held the event, “Sjp@IRIS: Queer Palestinian Activism and Solidarity TeachIn.” The advertisement for the event was the image of a banner that delegitimized Israel, stating, “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 22, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
Palestine Solidarity Committee planned and executed a protest of the student organization Texans for Israel’s event, “Israel Block Party.” The advertisement for the protest stated: “The Israel Block Party normalizes ethnic cleansing, military occupation, apartheid, and settler colonialism and whitewashes Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people…Every year, the Palestine Solidarity Committee leads a protest across from the East Mall in order to hold the campus Zionists accountable for their erasure of the Palestinian experience.” According to an article and image in the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, protesters held demonizing and delegitimizing signs of “Zionism is Racism,” and “Why Are You Celebrating Apartheid?” as well as “A Proud Zionist? Yikes,” “Israeli Death Forces,” and “Gaza is a Concentration Camp.” One student and self-identified Zionist, Daniel, who attended the protest was “told by several PSC members that he was unwelcome.” One student protester was quoted in the student newspaper saying, “If you’re supporting Zionism, you’re supporting racism and engaging in a racist ideology…Certain ideas, like racism…are not up for discussion.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DENIGRATION; DISCRIMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 21, 2017 – ITHACA COLLEGE –
SJP invited the community to join them for a discussion on “pinkwashing,” a demonizing term implying that Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes,” as well as to discuss “the (momentary) UN claim that Israel has established an apartheid regime.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 21, 2017 – NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNANDALE –
A white supremacist group called “Aryan Underground,” (a spin-off group founded by disgruntled members of Vanguard America), posted fliers containing a swastika on tables and around campus.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 21, 2016 – BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY –
Two swastikas were discovered scratched into the elevator of Village C West. A Jewish student found and reported one of the two swastikas and another swastika was then discovered in the elevator as well.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 21, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
SJP held a “die-in” on campus. Two of the “dead” held posters saying, “Zionism is Racism,” and another held a sign saying, “Stop Israeli Occupation Forces from Killing Palestinian Children in Cold Blood.” A large banner read, “White men building walls, re-writing history, sound familiar?”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
March 21, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
Palestine Solidarity Committee screened numerous parts of the film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” which delegitimizes Israel by falsely accusing it of being an apartheid state, in order to “compar[e]the many similar laws and tools used by both Israel and apartheid-era South Africa…[to form] a complete picture as to why the [apartheid] analogy is being used with increasing frequency and potency.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 21, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
An article in the school paper demonized Zionism, stating that it is “an ideology rooted in hate through the displacement of a native people,” and called for BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 21, 2017 – KENT STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held a screening of “Roadmap to Apartheid,” a film which delegitimizes Israel by falsely accusing it of being an apartheid state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 20, 2017 – KENT STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “IAW. A Night in Palestine: Two Perspectives” to “define Apartheid using real life examples of the difference between a Jew and a Palestinian visiting Palestine under the control of Israeli Occupation.” During the event, the two speakers both delegitimized Israel with accusations of apartheid, including saying, “Apartheid, what we mean by apartheid, is not just the difference between white Jews in Israel and Arabs in Israel, but the difference between all that Israel controls which includes Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza…” as well as stating, “I want to see in the near future of the wider acceptance of the recent UN report that was put out declaring that Israel is an apartheid state. Then putting increased pressure on Israel to give equal rights to Palestinians like why the [expletive] not? ‘Cuz any loser in the Jewish majority is…get over it. Nationalism should have died with Nazism.” Additionally, a speaker promoted BDS stating, “My message would be BDS, Boycott Israel. Apartheid in South Africa was able to be defeated by boycotts and sanctions. The same thing would happen with the apartheid regime in Palestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 20, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” events. According to an article in the school paper, one panel on the wall read, “Zionism is a racist political ideology formed in 1897,” while another panel had a map of California universities that have voted to divest from Israeli companies. According to a video of the wall made by the school paper, a third panel explicitly called for BDS, and a fourth panel accused Israel of “apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 20, 2017 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” (in this case, a decorated sheet) on campus that called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. The wall display launched a week of “Israeli Apartheid Week” events, where the advertisement for the week’s events stated that, “Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and its apartheid system over the Palestinian people, and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement…This year’s IAW marks 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, as represented by the Balfour declaration.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 20, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Palestine 101: A History of Colonialism and Apartheid” with Professor Eve Spangler.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 20, 2017 – SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP and MEChA held the event “From Mexico to Palestine: A Night of Solidarity.” The advertisement for the event falsely accused Israel of having an “Apartheid Wall separating Palestinians from their families.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 20, 2017 – CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” Palestine Solidarity Alliance of Hunter College held the event “Divestment 101” to learn “about CUNY’s first divestment campaign from Israeli Apartheid.” The advertisement also falsely accused Israel’s military of “committing genocide.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 20, 2017 – CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE –
Palestine Solidarity Alliance at Hunter College tabled on campus as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.” A large tri-fold display on the table called for BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
March 20, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
As part of “Palestine Solidarity Month,” SJP held the event “Understanding the BDS Movement.” Video footage of the event shows multiple slides depicting Israel as an apartheid state being used during the panel presentation, as well as a slide that had an image of signs saying, “Boycott Racist Israel,” “Israel: Apartheid Terrorist Regime” and “Isolate Apartheid Israel” repeatedly shown throughout the event. Additionally, the event opened with an unnamed student expressing at the podium that, “the Palestinians asking us to boycott, divestment and sanction Israel until it…allow[s] Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed from their land to return ultimately.” Panelist Curtis Marez further replied to a question asking, “a lot of times you’ll here people say Israel is the only Jewish nation on earth. Do you think that argument holds any validity to it, any basis?” with the reply, “…that would be sort of like saying the United States is a white state. You could say that but then I would come back and say well that’s a racist exclusionary basis for the state”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 19, 2017 – BOSTON UNIVERSITY –
BU’s student newspaper published an article interview and review of an event hosted near campus by the Greater Boston branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. The article quoted the organizer as saying to the newspaper, “Palestine is occupied by a settler colonial parasite, the State of Israel, unjustly and illegally.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 18, 2017 – VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY –
About 100 leaflets with hand-drawn swastikas were found strewn across the lawn of the campus Chabad Jewish Student Center on Saturday by the center’s co-Director, Rabbi Zvi Zweibel. The incident came a day after the center announced it would bring Holocaust survivor Rabbi Nissen Mangel to campus for an event April 24 designed to honor professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor killed in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, when he blocked the door of his classroom so students could escape.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
March 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO –
More antisemitic fliers were found at the campus library for the second time in a week. The new fliers, while using the same font and type as the previous fliers, were different in messaging as they used language that denied the Holocaust, accused Jews of receiving preferential treatment at U.S. universities because of wealthy Jewish donors, and compared the Gaza Strip to Auschwitz, as well as included “#BlackLivesMatter,” “#WeAreAllMuslim” and “#StandWithPalestine.” Dozens of the posters were found. One poster with the headline of “Nazism versus Zionism” contained comparison images of a concentration camp and Gaza and the words: “The largest Concentration Camp in the world today is owned and operated by Zionists. Standing up for Palestine is not anti-semitic. It is not defamatory. It does not insult anyone. It is Social Justice. #BlackLivesMatter #WeAreAllMuslim #StandWithPalestine.” Another poster said, “You are allowed to believe…We never went to the moon, the Queen is a shape shifting reptilian, and ‘the Globalists’ put chemicals in the water to make the frogs gay…But when you question the 6 million [referring to the number of Jewish deaths in the Holocaust] they put you in jail in 17 countries. Believing crazy things is not a crime. Expressing a dissenting opinion about history is not a crime either. It is a human right.” A third poster entitled “Who is Steven Salaita?…And why does the University of Illinois not want YOU to hear him? Steven Salaita was unhired from the University after Tweeting about the ongoing genocide in Palestine. He lost his tenure and his house. Chancellor Phyllis Wise met with a wealthy Jewish Donor in Chicago before the decision to dump Salaita….The University of Illinois payed $875,000 to settle the case…Maybe Jewish ‘donations’ to the University come at too high a price. Questioning the influence of the university donors is not anti-Semitic. It is not defamatory. It does not insult anyone. It is social justice.” The poster included the hashtags “#BlackLivesMatter #WeAreAllMuslim #IStandWithSteven.” The last posterm, titled “Ending White Priviledge…”, contained the text: “Privilege is the special rights and advantages that are available only to a person or group or people. If Jewish Americans make up 2% of the Jewish population…Why do they get a special Privilege when it comes to top universities? [which is then followed by a graph showing the percentage of Jewish students at top universities.]…Ending White Privilege…Intersects Ending Jewish Privilege. Challenging White Privilege and Jewish Privilege is not anti-Semitic. It is not defamatory. It does not insult anyone. It is Social Justice #BlackLivesMatter #WeAreAllMuslim #WhitePrivilege.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL; COMPARING JEWS TO NAZIS; ACCUSING JEWS OF INVENTING OR EXAGGERATING THE HOLOCAUST; DEMONIZATION)
March 17, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
The LGBTQ Center held an event entitled “Coffee Hour: Let’s Talk About Homonationalism” to discuss “pinkwashing” i.e., the notion that Israel malevolently represents itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
March 17, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
G.U. FREE hung a large banner on a campus building that demonized Israel by including the message: “Divest from Violence…Funding Israel Funds Racism.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 16, 2017 – SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP released a divestment resolution targeting companies that do business with Israel as well as Sabra Dipping Co (for the Hummus being sold on the campus EcoGrounds) and included as well companies involved in private prisons and the Dakota Access pipeline. Student government asked SJP to take a student survey and hold a public forum on the issue prior to a vote.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
March 16, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN –
At a Board of Regents Meeting, Fiana Arbab, the UM-Dearborn Student Government President began an unscheduled discussion over a resolution to divest from Israeli companies. She noted that the student government had “unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to divest from businesses and companies that allegedly violate Palestinian rights.” Arbab said she would be following up with a packet of information about the resolutions the assembly has passed and she encouraged the regents to promote the “principles of equality and justice.” Regent Mark Bernstein (D) thanked Arbab, and then spoke out against BDS calling it an “intellectually bankrupt, morally repugnant expression of anti-Semitism.” In response, during the Public Comments section Dearborn junior Susan Jenin defended the student government’s resolution and asked the board to reconsider forming a divestment committee to investigate investments by the University that may violate Palestinian rights. She claimed, “When we asked to end this funding of human rights violations against our families, we are told we must consider the feelings of privileged student on campus whom this would have no impact on.” She then verbally accosted Bernstein for having said he would “never divest,” stating his “personal interest” and stakes in Israel are “well-documented.” Bernstein asked what “documentation” Jinen was referring to, claiming the meeting marked the first time he had spoken publicly on the matter. Bernstein suggested it seemed the speakers had made the inference that, because he was Jewish, he was unable to view the situation objectively.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 15, 2017 – WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS –
An antisemitic voicemail message was left for a librarian at the university. The message came after the librarian helped organize an exhibit on the Holocaust at a local museum. According to a transcript of the call in Huffington Post, the unidentified male caller accused the librarian of “white genocide,” called the Holocaust a “f*ck*ng lie” and said Jews “maybe better run for the exits because people are finding out you’ve been extorting money and extorting Palestine for a century” and accused Jews of running the “slave trade.” In the transcript the caller said there was “no evidence of gas chambers, no evidence of mass graves. The Nazis just wouldn’t have had the resources to dig up these mass graves, pound them into dust, and then scatter it everywhere. They were fighting a war on three fronts…It’s ridiculous…[inaudible]… you use [the Holocaust] as a club to bash white people over the head. You openly advocate for white genocide and you’re not silenced on that but any contradictions to the ‘Holohoax’ and you go apeshit. hey were fighting a war on three fronts. It’s ridiculous…[inaudible]… you use this as a club to bash white people over the head. You’re flipping your shit all over the cage and everything, screaming “anti-Semite” and “Nazi” and all this other f*ck*ng stupid shit. It’s all a f*ck*ng lie and it’s being exposed and I think maybe you guys maybe better run for the exits because people are finding out you’ve been extorting money and extorting Palestine for a century. So it’s all over. We need to get these Holocaust studies stopped because they’re f*ck*ng lies, just like Jews ran the slave trade. You said whites ran it but you’re not white, and Jews aren’t white, and you ran the slave trade. So it’s all coming to bare. So I would get really nervous if I was you.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: VERBAL ASSAULT; DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL; ACCUSING JEWS OF INVENTING OR EXAGGERATING THE HOLOCAUST; DEMONIZATION)
March 15, 2017 – DE ANZA COLLEGE –
The DASB Senate discussed and then passed a divestment resolution advocating the Foothill-De Anza Foundation’s divestment from four companies doing business with Israel and allegedly “profiting from human rights violations,” including Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Motorola Solutions and G4S. The bill was brought by De Anza Students for Justice, and the co-chair gave a presentation to the senators in which she falsely accused Israel of “apartheid.” The vote passed 12-1 with four senators abstaining. The Student Government president was the single dissenter because he wanted those opposing the resolution to have time to prepare a presentation and explain their view.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))
March 15, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event “Settler Colonialism from America to Israel” as part of “Palestine Solidarity Month.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 15, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held an event to demonize “Birthright” entitled, “So You Wanna Go on Birthright?” Prior to the event, SJP promoted an op-ed from 2014 pulling quotes from it that stated, “To us, Birthright is the erasure of our right to our homeland, and it promises our homeland to one in four students at this university…. It offers tourists a chance to ‘reconnect’ with a country to which they have never been, and often times, to which they have no immediate familial ties.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION)
March 14, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO –
A poster found in multiple places throughout campus, including the library, said, “Ending White Privilege…Starts with Ending Jewish Privilege” and included a pyramid diagram with Jews at the top (identified with Jewish star icons). the poster read, “Is the 1% straight, white, male or is the 1% Jewish” and “If there were 1000 people in the United States…10 of them would be in the top 1%, 20 of them would be Jewish.” The pyramid also identified the “99%” as “*goyim not drawn to scale.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL)
March 14, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
A panel event entitled “Solidarity: Fighting Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia Together” was hosted by the Muslim Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and J Street U, among others, although the Jewish groups Stanford Hillel and Chabad were not present, and the Jewish Students Association (JSA) was hesitant to attend. According to the Stanford Review Staff article covering the event, during the Q & A section, the JSA representative was assailed after he said that members of “the mainstream Jewish community” often perceive attacks on Israel as antisemitic. JVP used the event as a platform to reiterate support for the BDS movement and accused the Hillel at UCLA of exploiting a discriminatory incident against a Jewish student on campus in order to portray Jews as victims and further a pro-Israel political agenda.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: VERBAL ASSAULT; DENIGRATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 14, 2017 – WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was found carved into a wall of a bathroom in Bond Hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 13, 2017 – ORANGE COAST COLLEGE –
A former student who was banned from campus due to aggressive behavior was caught “vandalizing two campus-safety vehicles with obscenities, including a swastika and racial slur, and slashing their tires.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 13, 2017 – CSU LONG BEACH –
At least one flier was found on campus that featured a swastika and a phrase disparaging Jewish people which said “No Kikes, No Problems” and “Aryan Underground.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN –
An anti-Israel divestment resolution passed unanimously in the Student Government.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
March 13, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
SJP erected a display on campus that falsely accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” as part of the first event scheduled for “Israeli Apartheid Week,” which was called “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.” The advertisement for the Israeli Apartheid Week included the words “100 Years of Settler-Colonialism,” and had an image of a person holding a sign saying “BDS.” The advertisement for the ethnic cleansing event itself delegitimized and demonized Israel and called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, stating, “Since 1948, there has been an active Zionist mission of revisionism that has obscured the historical reality of Israel as a settler-colonial state predicated on the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians…Why is it important to center the founding of Israel, its creation of a mass class of refugees, and the right of return in our activism today?” According to an article in The Hoya, at the event itself, the speaker, Osama Abu Irshaid claimed that Jews are “an invented people” with no ancestral connection to the Biblical ancient Israelites and said that pro-Palestinian activists must help dismantle “this enterprise called Israel.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 13, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
The students who had submitted an anti-Israel divestment proposal to the Committee on Investment and Social Responsibility (CISR) published a delegitimizing and demonizing statement expressing their disappointment at CISR’s decision not to divest from companies who do business with Israel. In their statement, they defined Zionism as “support for an apartheid state built on the theft of Palestinian land and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people,” as well as accused Israel of “mass murder.” The statement also reiterated support for divestment.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HASTINGS –
A mezuzah (a Jewish object containing Hebrew verses from the Torah) on a Jewish student’s front door in McAllister Tower was partially set on fire by a vandal in an investigated hate-crime.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; HARASSMENT)
March 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON –
SJP erected a mock wall on campus in the Kennedy Union Ball Room. Large letters at the top of the wall delegitimized Israel with the words “End Israeli Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
The student body voted on a student advisory referendum calling on the University of Illinois to divest from companies linked to human-rights violations (including divestment from companies that do business in Israel). The referendum failed with a vote of 56.8 to 43.2 percent.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
March 10, 2017 – SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY –
GUPS held the event “Israeli Policies in Relation to the Trump Era.” The description for the event demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Since the settler colonial project of Israel was established as a state in 1948, the Israel government has used ‘security’ as a pretext to further oppressive and racist policies and practices against the Palestinians. This include[s]… building an Apartheid Wall…a racist ID system… and torture, resulting in the policing, and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 10, 2017 – OBERLIN COLLEGE –
Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine (SFP) held the event, “The BDS Movement in Oberlin and Beyond.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 10, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY –
SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” events. According to an article in the school paper, one panel on the wall read, “Zionism is a racist political ideology formed in 1897,” while another panel had a map of California universities that have voted to divest from Israeli companies. According to a video of the wall made by the school paper, a third panel explicitly called for BDS, and a fourth panel accused Israel of “apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 10, 2017 – SUNY AT BUFFALO –
UB-Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) hosted an event with Miko Peled on campus that was co-sponsored by the UB Student Association (UBSA). According to an article, during the event, Mr. Peled falsely accused Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid,” as well as wore a BDS pin in support of the BDS movement.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 10, 2017 – UC LOS ANGELES–
The Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Department of History, Critical Race Studies Program (CRS) at UCLA School of Law, and American Indian Studies Center co-sponsored the event, “A Conference on Race, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism,” which contained a panel called, “Settler Colonialism in Comparative Perspective 1: Palestine and North America.” During the event, panelist Saree Makdisi supportively reviewed and/or quoted demonizing and delegitimizing statements made by Patrick Wolfe, such as saying, “Zionism constitutes a more exclusive exercise logic of settler elimination than we encounter in the Australian and US examples,” “As for Palestinian Muslims and Christians or at least those that survived the… ethnic cleansing of their homeland in 1948…” and “We’re talking about a specifically settler colonial state, a racial state.” Panelist Lorenzo Veracini further delegitimized Israel, claiming, “Zionists are not indigenous to the land… Zionists have nothing but historical claims and therefore [Zionism] is not an indigenous movement… Zionism has built a colonial European settlement in the Middle East.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION, DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 10, 2017 – UC SANTA BARBARA –
An op-ed was published in the school paper entitled “The Role of Jewish Spaces,” in which the author delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing the state of “apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 9, 2017 – WELLESLEY COLLEGE –
Wellesley JVP held the event, “Palestine 101” to “talk about…the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), solutions to the conflict, and more.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
A man was caught putting up antisemitic and bigoted fliers on campus. The fliers depicted Nazi imagery and according to an article in the Chicago Maroon, “anti-Semitic slurs.” One posted flier image contained what appears to be a man in a Nazi uniform blended with a white American man with text, “White Revolution does not start a thousand miles away. It starts with you. The Atomwaffen Division. Find us at ironmarch.org.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 9, 2017 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY –
SJP and JVP held an event with Michael Sfard at NYU’s Law School. According to an article covering the event, Sfard indicated support for BDS, “which he thinks is of critical importance.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 9, 2017 – UCLA –
Students and staff at UCLA held a town hall meeting on campus in an effort to make the campus and its medical centers a sanctuary campus. At the meeting, a list of demands created by the UCLA Sanctuary Campus coalition were presented. Demand number 11, entitled “Ethical Investments,” states, “​Ensure that the University is not invested in corporations that profit from colonialism, occupation, violence and racism committed by Israel in Palestine; De-shelve products on campus belonging to corporations that profit from Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians; Make a public statement or press release condemning Israeli apartheid given that Palestinian students have a right to feel protected by the University.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT); BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 9, 2017 – UC SANTA CRUZ –
SJP created a mock checkpoint on two locations on campus, one of them at the McCabe Library. One sign read, “UC Invests in Apartheid.” A statement outlining the reason for the mock checkpoint falsely referred to Israel as the “settler-colonial state of Israel,” as well as falsely accused Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 9, 2017 – JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY –
Hopkins SJP defaced a statue on campus by painting “End Israeli Apartheid” over a Palestinian flag on the statue.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 9, 2017 – AMERICAN UNIVERSITY –
A student found a swastika etched into a desk. Date of incident is publicized date.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
A professor on campus paused during his delivery of a calculus lecture to share “his favorite way they murdered Jews (during the Holocaust).” Other students in the class later attempted to justify his behavior. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes the incident happened in recent weeks.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
According to Texas Hillel, “While walking up the West Mall, a student wearing a T-shirt identifying a Jewish fraternity was called a ‘baby-killing Jew’ by a student who was tabling. Another student at the table admonished his colleague — not for engaging in a hateful verbal attack but because he should ‘not say those things in public'”. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes this incident happened in recent weeks.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: VERBAL ASSAULT)
March 9, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
A divestment initiative drafted by OSU Divest: Buckeyes for Human Rights (including anti-Israel divestment with Human Rights issues) went to a campus wide vote. The initiative failed with 4,084 votes against and 3,843 votes in favor.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
Jewish students attempted to table to raise funds for an Israeli non-profit called “Save a Child’s Heart” but were unable to do so effectively when two other student groups moved their tables to flank them. They began to yell, chant and wave a flag over the Jewish student’s heads, drowning out their calls for donations. The Jewish students relocated to another part of West Mall, but their pursuers followed them and continued to prevent them from tabling. This pursuit continued for a period of two days. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes the incident happened in recent weeks.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; VERBAL ASSAULT; HARASSMENT)
March 8, 2017 – SMITH COLLEGE –
SJP spoke at a rally on campus, stating that SJP stands for “an end to apartheid” and is against the “apartheid wall,” falsely implying Israel engages in apartheid, and falsely accusing Israel of “settler-colonialism.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 8, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON –
SJP held the event, “BDS 101,” whose description stated, “Israel is occupying and colonizing Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes.” The “right of return” would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 8, 2017 – TRINITY COLLEGE –
Trinity College SJP tabled to promote, as well as hosted, an event titled, “Palestine-Israel and the Politics of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” with Wesleyan Professor Kehaulani Kauanui.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 8, 2017 – PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY –
A backward swastika and the phrases “Huwyte PWR” and “Heil Trump” appeared in the men’s restroom on the third floor of Neuberger Hall. According to the PSU Vangaurd, “the term ‘huwyte’ is a loose reference to white nationalist Jared Taylor, editor and founder of American Renaissance, a magazine self-described as a ‘race-realist’ publication.” Jared Taylor responded to the graffiti on Twitter, calling it “improbable” and “surely a hoax.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 8, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
During a student government debate about BDS, an unidentified person yelled a violent comment of “bomb them” at the time when an A.S. presidential candidate was asked about his position on BDS and he took a stand against the BDS movement, calling it an “unfair, unethical tactic.” The same anti-BDS candidate had drawn “boos” from the audience at times throughout the debate for his position against BDS.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; VERBAL ASSAULT; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 8, 2017 – BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held events for “Apartheid Awareness Week” consisting of an open-mic event, a scavenger hunt and a movie night. An article in the student publication highlighted the events and quoted the SJP President as saying, “There are a lot of people who personally have families who are going through the apartheid, so raising awareness about what’s going on is very important.” According to SJP, they “concluded Apartheid week with a short video and great discussion about the meaning of apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
A blue swastika was found drawn on an exterior wall of the Undergraduate Library.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 8, 2017 – DREXEL UNIVERSITY –
There were two separate bias incidents in a week during which swastikas were drawn in public areas of Race Hall. Date of incident recorded is date AMCHA was forwarded documentation of the incidents.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 7, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
As part of Palestine Solidarity Month, SDSU Divest held the event, “Border to Border with Dr. Roberto D. Hernandez,” during which Dr. Hernandez expressed support for BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
A university employee reported that someone had drawn a blue swastika on the exterior wall of the English Building.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 6, 2017 – DREXEL UNIVERSITY –
A Drexel staff member reported having noticed that someone had drawn a swastika on a wall in a common area.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 6, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
JVP members published an op-ed in the student paper that falsely accused Israel of “apartheid’ and “ethnic cleansing” and stated that “Judaism could flourish without the need for ethnonationalism—the supremacy of Jewish ethnic identity in the State of Israel—or racist apartheid policies.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 6, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
OSU Divest held the event, “FacebookLIVE Q&A hosted by OSU Divest” to answer the campus community’s questions regarding a divestment resolution.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 6, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
UGA Progressive Action Coalition issued a public commendation of SJP’s and UGA’s purposeful disruption of a Dawgs for Israel event. The statement falsely accused Israel of “colonial violence and a system of apartheid” and stated that the Dawgs for Israel event was an “attempt at whitewashing and sugarcoating the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.” PAC stressed that the walkout disruption “marks the first direct action that PAC has officially endorsed and participated in,” and stated, “PAC and SJP disrupted this event because we do not believe in giving a platform to oppressors.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 3, 2017 – TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY –
A handful of antisemitic posters were found on campus that contained two swastikas and text that read: “White man are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneration … join us in the struggle for global white supremacy at the Daily Stormer.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
March 3, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
OSU Divest held the event, “The Case for Divestment,” which was billed as “a collaborative event put on by OSU Coalition for Black Liberation, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Jewish Voice for peace.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 3, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON –
SJP released a “Statement on Bigotry & Anti-Semitism” that denied Jews self-determination and delegitimized Israel while purporting to be against antisemitism, stating, “We are committed to building a world that values justice and equality, not oppression and apartheid…we oppose Zionism and Israel’s discriminatory policies, and we condemn anti-Semitism.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 2, 2017 – BROWN UNIVERSITY –
The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs sponsored the event “Palestine-Israel in the Trump Era,” with speakers Rashid Khalidi, Sherene Seikaly, Omer Bartov, Catherine Lutz, J. Brian Atwood and moderator Beshara Doumani. During the event, Seikaly delegitimized Israel with false accusations of Israel being an “apartheid” state. Bartov also falsely accused Israel of being an apartheid state and “a settler colonial system.” Seikaly further supported BDS exclaiming, “…the kind of BDS campaign that you guys did in the American Anthropological Association was a model…for creativity, and innovation, and bravery, and courage.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
March 2, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP’s Palestine Solidarity Month flier went up on all the digital displays in the student union. The poster listed two delegitimizing titles of events, including “Mock Israeli Apartheid Wall” and “Settler-Colonialism from America to Israel,” and included a “Free Palestine” banner.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 2, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP and JVP erected an “apartheid carpet” due to wind issues (the “apartheid wall” was laid down this year instead of upright). One of the panels said, “END ISRAELI APARTHEID.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
March 2, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “The Case for An Academic Boycott: A Discussion with [Professor] Mark Lance.” The advertisement for the event stated, “Join Georgetown Students for Justice in Palestine and Professor Mark Lance for a conversation on the merits and necessity of an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. Mark Lance is a professor of philosophy and professor of justice and peace at Georgetown University.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 2, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
An article in the school paper argued in favor of an upcoming divestment resolution by demonizing and delegitimizing Israel stating, “If you find personal stake in the fight against racism, imperialism and settler-colonialism, voting “Yes” on Issue 2 is in your best interest…If you are​ against racism, you must be anti-occupation.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 2, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
SJP and UIUC Divest held the event, “A Jewish Case for Divestment.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 2, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Northeastern SJP Presents: Hummus and BDS!” The description for the event stated that SJP “will be hosting an educational and food event about our campaign to remove Tribe and Sabra hummus from local grocery stores. Both of these companies profit off of the continued humanitarian crimes committed against the Palestinian people, particularly in the bulldozing of Palestinian homes and land to make way for farm space to grow chickpeas….With this in mind, SJP has decided to try and push grocery stores around campus, like Symphony Market, to take Tribe and Sabra off their shelves.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT; DEMONIZATION)
March 2, 2017 – KENYON COLLEGE –
Kenyon Solidarity Boycott held the event, “Why should you boycott Sabra Hummus and Hewlett-Packard?”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
March 2, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
The Committee on Investment and Social Responsibility (CISR) discussed a proposal submitted by students and released a memo with their recommendations. The student proposal had stated, “We … propose to the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility and the executors of the endowment that they…divest from companies that knowingly and consistently enable and profit from the violent Israeli occupation of Palestine.” In the memo response, CISR replied, “Regarding the second item, CISR concluded that divestment would not be an effective tactic to end hostilities or promote a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In reaching this conclusion, the Committee took into consideration the views of University community members, many of whom are deeply concerned about this conflict and have many different perspectives and ideas on how to address it. CISR supports the goal of a peaceful resolution that ensures the safety of both peoples and respects the dignity and human rights of all. Moreover, CISR encourages the Georgetown community to use the resources of our university – academic research, teaching and learning, co-curricular programming, and community-based service – to create dialogue, foster understanding, and explore peaceful solutions to this conflict. For these reasons, the Committee has determined that the proposal does not merit further consideration by the Board of Directors.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
March 1, 2017 – CUNY STATEN ISLAND –
SJP held the event, “Revitalizing the One State Solution” to advocate for the one-state solution, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
March 1, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “50 Years of Occupation: The 1967 Nakba with Prof. Rashid Khalidi.” The description for the event demonized Israel with false accusations of “ethnic cleansing” and “regular civilian massacres by the occupation forces.” The description also called for BDS, stating, “Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel [is] a call we hope to honor by pressuring Columbia’s administration to divest its $10 billion endowment from companies that profit from the occupation.” During the event, Prof. Khalidi delegitimized Israel with constant referrals to the state as “colonial” and “settler-colonial,” diminishing Jewish indigenous claims as “opportunism” in the Q & A portion. He further delegitimized Israel stating, “What Israel does to the Palestinians is increasingly being seen as akin to Jim Crowe, as akin to apartheid, and the call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions are regarded as comparable to earlier boycotts in Montgomery, in Greensboro, and of course, South Africa.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT); BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
March 1, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
Bears for Palestine launched a “Nakba 2017” platform and hub for the campus community “in hopes of cementing awareness for the call of a free Palestine, challenging Zionist occupation and apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 29, 2017 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Open Air Prison: Gaza From The Inside With Wajeh Abuzarefah,” which demonized Israel with false accusations of Israel having a “policy of incremental genocide” against Gazan citizens in the advertisement for the event.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
February 28, 2017 – SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY –
Event organizers of an information fair on human rights called “Know Your Rights,” at which GUPS was one of the organizers, secretly changed the registration cut-off date in order to exclude Hillel from participating. After being approved for the event, Hillel then received an email saying, “Dear community organizer, thank you for your interest. We are at capacity.” While at the event however, Hillel was told there were “plenty of tables.” According to an expose in Jweekly, “days earlier, the event’s organizing committee, with S.F. State personnel looking on, had quietly moved the goal posts, arbitrarily cutting off registration for the express purpose of excluding Hillel.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/ MOVEMENT/ ASSEMBLY)
February 28, 2017 – HAVERFORD COLLEGE –
Several students found in their first-year dorm anonymously-posted messages on small scraps of paper, folded and placed behind construction paper covering a quote board. One of the scraps contained a drawing of a left-facing swastika. It was unclear to the dorm residents how long the messages had been there. Date of incident is reported date.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 28, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS –
Swastikas and a threatening message against the Jewish community were found on a utility pole in an off-campus area where many students live, which is less than 2 miles from the AEPi Jewish fraternity. It was found by a student and fraternity member, and publicized by the fraternity.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 28, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI COLUMBIA –
Two students harassed a Jewish student with antisemitic messages that were both oral statements and written notes, as well as an incident of physical assault. The harassment had been going on since August. According to an article in the Columbia Missourian, the Jewish student “was nicknamed ‘f—ing Jew’ by his roommate and another student and was harassed by them for months after asking them to stop…[the perpetrators] were arrested after posting anti-Semitic quotes in the room the victim shared…including on the ceiling [above the Jewish student’s bed]…in addition [the non-roommate perpetrator] is accused of throwing a water bottle from a vehicle at the [Jewish student’s] head as he was walking on a sidewalk on campus. The bottle hit the [Jewish student’s] head, and [the perpetrator] shouted a slur from the car window.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: PHYSICAL ASSAULT; HARASSMENT)
February 28, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BARNARD COLLEGE –
CU Apartheid Divest held the event, “No Peace on Stolen Land: From Standing Rock to Palestine.” The event was co-sponsored by LUCHA Columbia University, CQA: Columbia Queer Alliance, and GendeRevolution. During the event, both CU Apartheid Divest members and the speaker, Maile Hampton, falsely accused Israel of “apartheid” and called for BDS. One CU Divest member called Israel “a colonial settlement regime.” Maile Hampton further distorted and demonized what Zionism is, stating, “people like to say when you stick up for Palestine you are being anti-Semitic but that has nothing to do with Judaism. That’s saying Zionism has anything to do with Judaism! That’s saying when people are chanting ‘death to Arabs,’ bombing others…carrying out violence acts and saying it represents Judaism that’s anti-Semitic because that’s not what Judaism is about.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION)
February 28, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA –
SJP tabled in front of Marshall. A sheet on the table said, “Why do I boycott Israel?…Aparthied: We don’t buy it!”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 27, 2017 – WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Resisting Trump’s Foreign Policy” with Phyllis Bennis. During the event, Bennis delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing it of engaging in “apartheid” as well as endorsing the idea that Israel should not be a Jewish state, exclaiming, “…then you wouldn’t have Israel as a Jewish state. Yeah. Right. Why is that such a weird idea?” She further called for BDS.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
February 27, 2017 – DREXEL UNIVERSITY –
According to a campus crime report, a Drexel staff member reported that someone drew a swastika on a notepad that was left in a common area.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 27, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Zionists are Racists.” The description for the event demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating: “In November, 1975 the United Nations passed the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379, a resolution that declared ‘Zionism is Racism.’ With the support of newly liberated African nations, the bill recognized the supremacist ideology of the Israeli nation-state that had predicated its settler colony upon racial apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Come learn about Israel’s racist and imperialist policies and…discuss what the BDS struggle looks from the perspective of South Africa.” According to SJP, speaker Barney Pityana from the Black Consciousness Movement and the South African Students’ Organisation delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing the state of “apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
February 27, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
SJP launched its “Israeli Apartheid Week” in order to promote BDS throughout the week and promote the delegitimizing notion that Israel is founded as a settler-colonial project marking “100 Years of Settler-Colonialism” since the Balfour Declaration, as well as educate on the “apartheid policies of Israel.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
February 27, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
CU Apartheid Divest (a coalition of SJP and JVP) published an article in the school newspaper titled “No Neutrality in Apartheid,” that falsely stated that the status quo in Israel includes, “apartheid” and demonized Zionists stating, “‘Neutral’ silence has become a powerful tool wielded by Zionists in their effort to bolster the hegemony of Israeli apartheid and dissuade dissenting voices. From hard-right Zionist groups such as AIPAC to student Hillel chapters…” The article promoted a divestment petition, stating, “As part of our work this Israeli Apartheid Week, CUAD will present a resolution to CCSC calling for divestment…If 10 percent of the CC student body signs our petition supporting the resolution, CCSC will be obligated to put the resolution to a vote..This is our way of honoring the Palestinian call to BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions).”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 27, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
CU Apartheid Divest published a petition to “demand that Columbia University end its investments in Israeli Apartheid….Sign our petition and demand Columbia divest from apartheid!”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 27, 2017 – GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY –
GMU Students Against Israeli Apartheid held the event “BDS 101.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 27, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
The President of JVP published an article in the school paper entitled “Opinion: The Jewish case for Ohio State divestment.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 27, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY –
The International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) Department promoted SJP’s “Palestine Awareness Month” event schedule, which included events entitled “Settler Colonialism from America to Israel,” “Understanding the BDS Movement” and “Mock Israeli Apartheid Wall.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 27, 2017 – UC LOS ANGELES –
The Center for Near Eastern Studies held the talk, “Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule” with Tufts Professor Thomas Abowd. During the talk, Abowd delegitimized Israel, stating, “Unlike British colonial rule in Palestine from 1917 to 1948, Israel rule since 48…should be seen not just as colonialism but as settler colonialism…the ideal is to…eliminate the native population.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION:
DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 27, 2017 – WELLESLEY COLLEGE –
Students from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Justice for Palestine (JFP) and the Wellesley Arab Women Association (WAWA) held a silent demonstration of an event hosted by the Political Science Majors Council with speaker Miri Eisin, a former spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). One sign demonized the speaker, stating, “How many Palestinian Women had to die for you to be heard?” and “Chemical Weapon =War Crime. Womanhood does not excuse you.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
February 25, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
An individual broke a window at the Texas Hillel in West Campus, and the police investigated it as a case of vandalism.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY)
Febryary 25, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
The Center for Palestine Studies held the event, “The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine – Ben Ehrenreich in conversation with Colm Tóibín,” which was co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism School and the Heyman Center for the Humanities. During the event, Mr. Ehrenreich demonized and delegitimized Israel with false accusations of Israel being “as clear an apartheid, an instance of apartheid, as one can find,” as well as stating, “Israel is a settler colonial society and the one thing a settler colonial societies have in common is that they follow a genocidal logic.” He also falsely accused Israel of “incremental genocide.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 24, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO –
Swastikas were found in the Camino first floor bathroom and the Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice. Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 23, 2017 – ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE INDIANA –
SJP tabled to fundraise for an event, and on the table was a large display about SJP which included, “We endorse BDS.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 22, 2017 – FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: An Introduction.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 22, 2017 – DRAKE UNIVERSITY –
An antisemitic slur was carved into a wooden seat in Meredith Hall. (Date is reported date).
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
February 22, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN –
SJP held an event to create pro-divestment signs to display on campus.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 22, 2017 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY –
The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies held the panel event “When I See Them, I See Us: Black Palestinian Solidarity in an Age of Struggle,” which was co-sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study and the NYU Chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. According to an article about the event, speaker Noura Erakat demonized Zionism, saying that it “internalizes some of those Orientalizing tropes that exclude Jews from humanity.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
February 21, 2017 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERISTY –
SJP held the event “Palestine 101 Part 4: Checkpoints and the Apartheid Wall” to learn about “the Israeli apartheid wall and racist checkpoints manned by the IDF.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 21, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
SJP staged a walkout of a Dawgs for Israel at UG event called, “Beyond the Headlines: Israeli Soldiers Tour.” A few minutes into the talk, a man hurried to the front of the room and yelled, “In 2014, Israel killed more than 500 Palestinian children!” Afterwards, 15 or so other students stood up, denounced Israel and walked out, distributing images of dead children on the tables and around the room while walking out. SJP justified the disruption stating, “We will not allow justification of ethnic cleansing, occupation, and murder on UGA’s campus.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DEMONIZATION)
February 21, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
The USG Judicial Panel approved the petition signatures tallied by OSU Divest, and the divestment resolution entitled “An Initiative to Divest from Companies that Profit from Human Rights Violations” is scheduled for a campus-wide vote on March 6-8.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
February 21, 2017 – WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS –
The Student Union president filed a report to the Office of Campus Life and the Constitutional Council regarding four members of the Student Union who allegedly made antisemitic and sexually inappropriate remarks.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
February 20, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO –
Swastikas were discovered throughout the week in Mother Rosalie Hill, Copley Library, and the Student Life Pavilion. All incidents occurred in male bathrooms.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 20, 2017 – PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY –
Penn State Writers Organized to Represent Diverse Stories and Students for Justice in Palestine co-hosted the event “Voices of Resistance” with Remi Kenazi and other performers. According to the school newspaper, Kenazi held a “discussion on the massacre on Gaza” which demonized Israel with a false accusation of massacre.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
February 21, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND –
According to an article in the school’s independent Jewish newspaper, SJP “issued a letter to President Loh at the beginning of the semester, urging the discontinuation of particular Israel Fest activities.” Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY)
February 20, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND –
An article in the school paper demonized Israel, stating that it was “a country established by the forceful grab of land and a brutal manner of conquer.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
February 19, 2017 – RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN –
A swastika made of human feces was found in a dormitory bathroom.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 19, 2017 – DE ANZA COLLEGE –
Several posters and stickers espousing antisemitic messages were found in three locations, including the S Quad, two in the L Quad and one near the Campus Center. According to a letter by the President to the campus community, “A message on two of the posters repeated the historic lie that has long been the staple of white supremacists and anti-Semites: the astonishing claim that the Holocaust did not happen.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL; ACCUSING JEWS OF INVENTING OR EXAGGERATING THE HOLOCAUST)
February 19, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES –
An antisemitic flier was found taped to at least three locations on campus. The flier, marked with two swastikas, read: “White man are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneration … join us in the struggle for global white supremacy at the Daily Stormer.” This is one of at least seven cases of antisemitic graffiti or propaganda reported to the university’s Bias Response and Referral Network since the beginning of December.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 17, 2017 – KENYON COLLEGE –
Posters hung around campus claimed that “Kenyon Boycotts” a number of products, listing products that the group of students who produced the poster, part of the “Solidarity Boycott,” feel should be boycotted because of labor practices (Starbucks, Driscoll’s, Wendy’s), climate change denial (Keystone Light, Koch Industries), or ties to Israel (Sabra and HP).
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 17, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
OSU Divest collected 2,391 signatures – more than the required amount – to put their divestment initiative on the upcoming election ballot. The petition signatures were submitted to the Undergraduate Student Government for verification.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 17, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
Columbia University Apartheid Divest held the event, “Yasser Qous: Afro-Palestinian Identity & Life Under Apartheid.” The description of the event delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing it of apartheid, stating, “Several members of the Afro-Palestinian community actively participated in defending Jerusalem from the Zionist occupation during the 1948 war and have historically played a large role in resisting Israeli apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 17, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
A pro-Israel education display promoting peace that was set up by the Coalition of Husky Allies for Israel (CHAI-UW) was vandalized when an individual with a hoodie on ran up to the display, yelled “F*** you guys” at the Jewish students, ripped the poster and then ran off. The vandalism occurred the same week that an attempt to have the display removed from campus failed.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; HARASSMENT)
February 17, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
Neo-Nazi fliers with swastikas promoting the AtomWaffen Division were found in several spots on campus. One of the posters said, “Look out! The Nazis have come to town!” and another said, “Where will you be when the race war begins? When the world burns? Join your local Nazis. Congregating near you.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 17, 2017 – CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY –
A man handed out neo-Nazi fliers on campus. The fliers had Nazi symbols and the terms “American Nazi Party and Symbol of White Power.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 16, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
SJP held the event, “Divestment 101.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 16, 2017 – RUTGERS UNIVERSITY NEW BRUNSWICK –
At an event entitled “Access Week: Lecture by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill,” sponsored by Student Access and Education Equity as part of a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, Dr. Hill explained his support for the BDS movement, including an academic boycott.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 16, 2017 – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY –
At an event entitled “Is Zionism separable from Judaism?”, co-sponsored by the Project’s Board, the Program in American Studies and the Princeton Committee on Palestine, speaker Norman Finkelstein reportedly “equated Zionism with ethnic cleansing, called Zionism a denial of historical truth and compared Zionist endeavors to Stalin’s.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
February 16, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES –
A swastika was drawn on a desk in a public part of the 17th Avenue Residence Hall. It was reported by police to have been drawn by a university student.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 16, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
SJP disrupted a Hillel-sponsored event. During the event, a protester unfurled a large Palestinian flag, stood up and stated,”There are not many opportunities for me to look my colonizers in the eyes with their hands bare of weaponry to tell them [that] what they are doing to Palestine and Palestinians is wrong…and so Palestine will never be taken away, it will never disappear and Palestinians all across the world are ready to return. They will return one day…Free Free Palestine (chant).”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 16, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
An article in the school paper written by the president of Students for Justice in Palestine to defend the anti-Zionist stance of the the Progressive Action Coalition’s “Points of Unity” denied Jews self-determination as well as demonized and delegitimized Israel with false accusations. The article, entitled “To support Zionism is to support apartheid,” stated that “PAC opposes Zionism because it is a nationalistic political ideology which called for the establishment of a European Jewish-majority state in Palestine in which indigenous Palestinians already resided. To establish Israel in 1948 and to ensure its Jewish demographic majority, the Zionist leadership ordered the ethnic cleansing of Palestine… Even many Jews oppose the false definition of Zionism as a liberation movement. Liberation movements do not colonize, occupy and expel other peoples… Moreover, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is characterized by the routine killing and mass imprisonment of Palestinians, including children… The only intersectional thing about Zionism is that it is intersectionally oppressive.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 16, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
A student found an antisemitic flier in front of Magnuson Health Sciences Building that said “WE MUST BOYCOTT (((KOSHER TAXATION))). Avoid food brands with these labels [shows all Kosher symbols]. Should 98% of the population pay tribute to an overrepresented, elitist (((2%))) ?”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 15, 2017 – EARLHAM COLLEGE –
SPJP held a film screening event for “Roadmap to Apartheid,” a film which delegitimizes Israel by falsely accusing it of being an apartheid state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
SJP held the event, “Taking Back the Narrative: Let’s Mobilize.” The description stated that the first half of the event was dedicated to “delv[ing] into the University of Georgia’s complicity in the Israeli Occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, whether through investment in unethical companies & corporations or by appeasing Zionist organizations on campus.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA –
A campus vendor on Trousdale Parkway was selling merchandise with swastika symbols.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 15, 2017 – CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE –
Palestine Solidarity Committee released a press release to announce the re-launch of a divestment campaign stressing that the organization, “continue[s] to call upon the Undergraduate Student Government to pass a resolution urging the university to financially divest from companies presently complicit in, or profiting off of, the State of Israel’s ongoing system of military occupation, apartheid, genocide, and other human rights violations in Palestine…We look forward to bringing the resolution this semester…Just as there should be no Apartheid Wall to separate indigenous Palestinians from Israelis on stolen Palestinian land, there should be no separation wall on the U.S.-Mexico border…#HunterApartheidDivest #FreePalestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 15, 2017 – CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE –
Palestine Solidarity Alliance at Hunter College held the event, “On Religious Solidarity: Interfaith Action for BDS.” During the event a panelist stated that Zionism was created on “racist…supremacist ethos…using their own people as subjects to create their own so-called state of Israel” and falsely accused Israel of apartheid, “ethnic cleansing,” and “genocide” and that “Israel as the Zionist movement have not given up on eliminating the natives of Palestine” as well as that the “plan is to take over the whole of Palestine.” He reiterated that BDS was the “first moral step in liberating Palestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
February 15, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO –
A swastika was found in a first floor bathroom of Camino Hall. Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 14, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO –
A swastika was discovered in the male bathroom of Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 14, 2017 – ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY –
The campus library was defaced with swastikas. (Date of this incident is approximated from the article.)
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
SUPER-UW unsuccessfully tried to have a pro-Israel education display promoting peace that was set up by the Coalition of Husky Allies for Israel (CHAI-UW) removed from campus. SUPER-UW members complained repeatedly that the pro-Israel display was “too close to SUPER-UW’s display,” despite being set up prior to SUPER-UW’s display, as well as that the pro-Israel display was offensive and “triggers” them. A representative of the UW Student Activities Office arrived and told the Jewish students to pack up and move, stating that they had been inundated with dozens of complaints by SUPER-UW and allies. The Jewish students refused citing, free speech and spreading a message of co-existence. The Office of Student Activities then backed down.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; HARASSMENT)
February 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
SUPER held the eventIsraeli Apartheid 101 Lecture” as part of Palestine Awareness Week to “introduce us to the idea of Israeli Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
SUPER erected a mock “apartheid wall” in honor of Palestine Awareness Week. Painted at the top in large letters were the words “Israeli Apartheid Wall” with explanatory text stating: “This wall represents the Israeli Apartheid wall built by Israel in order to restrict the movement of Palestinians from the West Bank and separate them from their land and families.” Lettering at the bottom of the middle panel said: “THIS IS APARTHEID.” Another panel asked, “What is BDS?” with explanatory text calling for BDS and noting the University’s refusal to comply. At the bottom were large letters spelling, “TO EXIST IS TO RESIST.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 13, 2017 – UCLA –
A cartoon was published in the school newspaper, The Daily Bruin, that included demonization based on classic antisemitic tropes that Jews are inherently mendacious and blood thirsty and that suggested the Israeli government was willfully changing the tenets of the Jewish faith to promote its political agenda. The image said, “Israel passes law legalizing seizing any Palestinian land” over an image of the Ten Commandments with “6: Thou shalt not steal” having an “X” over the word “not” and “7: Thou shalt not kill” with a depiction of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying, “#7 is next.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL; DEMONIZATION)
February 13, 2017 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/ BARNARD COLLEGE –
In response to an SSI event with Danny Danon, Columbia University Apartheid Divest held a protest entitled “Racists Not Welcome: Protest the Israeli Ambassador at Columbia.” The description for the protest demonized Israel with false accusations of “savage ethnic cleansing of the original inhabitants” that “besieged and bombed the Palestinian people since its inception” and stated, “We do not welcome virulent racists on our campus.” At the protest itself, demonizing and delegitimizing chants of “Stop your murder, stop your hate, Israel is an apartheid state!” and “No peace on stolen land! Justice is our demand!” were heard as some protesters tried to, and eventually succeeded in, breaking into the lecture hall. They were later removed. Additional chants included, “Racists not welcome,” “Danny Danon you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide” and “One, two, three, four, occupation’s gotta go. Five, six, seven, eight, Israel’s an apartheid state.” One sign at the protest called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. According to the Columbia Spectator, Danon was interrupted seven times by protesters in the audience. Protesters stood and chanted phrases such as, “From Palestine to Mexico, border walls have got to go,” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” while holding signs reading similar statements. One group of protesters left the room with a large banner that read, “Boycott Israel.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND –
According to an article in the school newspaper, SJP began circulating a petition and tabling on Fridays to promote the petition for students to sign in order to bring a BDS resolution to campus.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 12, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
According to a Campus Police report, “[b]etween 12:45 p.m. Feb. 8 and 11 p.m. Feb. 12, someone used their finger to draw a swastika, “KKK” and the N-word on the condensation of the windows of a car parked outside of Wilbur Hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 9, 2017 – PURDUE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Intro to BDS,” with Professor Bill Mullen. The advertisement for the event called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT))
February 8, 2017 – SUNY AT CORTLAND –
Antisemitic and racist graffiti was posted in a bathroom of an academic building.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL)
February 8, 2017 – SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY –
A swastika was drawn on the wall of one of the stalls in the men’s bathroom near the Living Room of the Sharwan Smith Student Center.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 8, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES –
A Jewish student at the University of Minnesota found an antisemitic message on a whiteboard inside his dorm room. The message read “Nazi’s Rule,” and was accompanied by a swastika and a drawing of a concentration camp.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
February 8, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN –
UM Divest promoted a divestment petition to the campus community. A delegitimizing sign at an on-campus table promoting the petition read: “Sign the Petition to Divest from Investing in Apartheid.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 8, 2017 – CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY –
A Valentines Day card with antisemitic messages was passed out to students during and following a College Republican Meeting. A former student printed out a meme from online, and put them into Valentine bags of candies and messages that were distributed to members. One member later gave his bag away to other students, who discovered the message. The card had an image of Adolf Hitler and read, “my love for u burns like 6,000 jews [sic]”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 7, 2017 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY –
A letter to the editor published in the student newspaper demonized Israel with a false accusation that Israel committed “settler-colonial ethnic cleansing” as well as delegitimized Israel, falsely referring to the state as being based on an “apartheid system.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –
At least three antisemitic and racist emails went to students under a professor or his PhD student‘s name in an apparent hack. One email had the subject “Jewish Student Diversity” and read, “Hi you f—ing filthy jews, I just wanted to say the SS will rise again and kill all of your filthy souls. Die in a pit of eternal fire! Sincerely, Dr. Alex Halderman.” Another email titled “African American Student Diversity,” read: “Hi n*****s, I just wanted to say that I plan to kill all of you. White power! The KKK has returned!!! Heil Trump!!!!”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 7, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA –
A petition entitled “USF Divest From Fossil Fuels, Private Prison and Companies Complicit in Human Rights Violations,” that urges the USF Foundation to divest from “companies complicit in human rights violations,” among other issues,” was being pushed for placement as a referendum on the Student Government (SG) election ballot. The petition includes companies investing “in human rights violations in Palestine and Yemen” but doesn’t name specific companies. Last spring, the SG Supreme Court ruled that an SG Senate resolution specifically discussing divestment from companies investing in Israel was unconstitutional and not within the Senate’s jurisdiction.A similar referendum made it to the ballot in 2013, which only discussed divestment from companies that were allegedly complicit in human rights violations. Legal counsel at that time had advised that the referendum was inconsistent with Florida Statutes and USF policies.This appears to be an attempt to skirt around these rulings.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 6, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
An article in the school paper focused on the upcoming Palestine Awareness Week, previously known as Israeli Apartheid Week. The article covered a delegitimizing SUPER UW event, “Israeli Apartheid 101,” and quoted from SUPER leaders who called for BDS and falsely “likened the segregation of Israelis and Palestinians by Israeli government to the past apartheid in South Africa.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 6, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
UIUC Divest started the circulation of a BDS petition for UIUC students and advertised that 2,000 signatures would be needed to get the BDS referendum on the ballot in March.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
February 5, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON –
A handwritten message containing a swastika and “Attention fa**ots!! We could live next door” was found on the bulletin board in front of Madison Hall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 3, 2017 – RICE UNIVERSITY –
A swastika and the word “Trump” were scrawled in chalk on a statue commemorating the founder of the University.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 3, 2017 – GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY –
A Jewish student found the “I <3 Israel” bumper sticker on the students' car covered by a sticker with the image of Hitler.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
February 2, 2017 – PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “Voices of Resistance: A Slam Poetry Show Linking Local to Global” with Remi Kenazi and other poets. During the introduction to his first poem, Kenazi demonized Israel with false accusations of carrying out “waves of ethnic cleansing throughout” as well as delegitimized Israel with the false accusation of “apartheid today.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 2, 2017 – RUTGERS UNIVERSITY NEW BRUNSWICK –
A swastika was drawn on a dry erase board in the first-floor study lounge of the George Street residence hall, a widely visible public space.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
February 2, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
UIUC Divest launched its divestment campaign at a UIUC Divest Launch Party event. This is a broad-based divestment platform to “withdraw the University’s investments from companies which violate human rights locally and globally–including companies which are complicit in, enable, or carry out the suppression of oppressed and marginalized communities,” including companies “that support the marginalization of Palestinians.” The campaign is sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, along with Black Students for Revolution, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA), Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support (CUTES), UIUC Beyond Coal, United Muslim Minority Advocates, Gharbzadegi Art Collective, Mixed Student Union, Students for an Arab Cultural Center, Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation–Central Illinois, Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), Arab Student Association, Illini Progressives, and Students Against Sexual Assault. According to an Algemeiner article, “In a video of the event posted on Facebook, MJ Oviatt — co-president of environmental justice group UIUC Beyond Coal, a sponsor of the BDS campaign — is seen describing Zionists as ‘murderers,’ accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ and mocking Jews’ claims to Israel as ‘their birthright’ as being ‘built on empty religious rhetoric.’…’This disgusting domination has never been about living on the land, and if it was, that would imply living as one with the Palestinians,’ he said.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 2, 2017 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held a BDS event with Mass Against HP, entitled “Teach In- Why are we Boycotting HP?”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 1, 2017 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY –
At a #NoMuslimBanNU demonstration on campus, two students crawled out of a second-floor window and unfurled a banner that covered other banners hanging from a campus building. This new banner stated, “If you support Israeli apartheid you support a Muslim ban.” When an assistant dean inquired about the event being co-opted, he was told it had been “planned from the beginning by the students who organized the demonstration.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
February 1, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE –
The student senate discussed and voted on a bill to ban Sabra Hummus from campus. The bill passed 13-0 with one abstention. According to an attendee of the meeting, arguments made in favor of the resolution demonized and delegitimized Israel with false accusations including that “Israel was built on the ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people, that Sabra funds the IDF, and that the sale of Sabra drives apartheid and murder.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS VOTE)
February 1, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN –
At a campus anti-Trump rally co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine along with other groups, an Israeli flag covered in bloody handprints was featured prominently behind a rally speaker.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)
February 1, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
GU F.R.E.E held the event, “Get Free: GU Free Interest Meeting” to learn about their anti-Israel campaign.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 1, 2017 – UCLA –
SJP held a kick off meeting that delegitimized Israel, discussing the “Apartheid Wall, its impact, and its global implications.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
January 31, 2017 – VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY –
Vanderbilt Students in Solidarity with Palestine held the event, “Stories of Apartheid: From South Africa to Palestine.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)
January 31, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
What appeared to be a swastika was drawn with black grease on a stop sign on Palm Drive near Campus Drive.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 31, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE –
At a campus anti-Trump rally, a speaker called for the denial of Jewish self-determination, asking protesters to be against Zionism by stating, “I want you guys to be about anti-Islamophobia; I want you guys to be anti-Zionism; and I want you guys to be anti-Israel because Trump didn’t come up with these things on his own, he got the idea of the wall from Israel.” She then led students in a chant of “from Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
January 30, 2017 – BELOIT COLLEGE –
A swastika was painted on a campus wall.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 28, 2017 – GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE –
SJP held the event, “Alianza para Justicia y Liberacion: Mexico y Palestina,” which included a presentation “of BDS Campaign Political Artwork by Vermonters for Justice in Palestine.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
January 27, 2017 – ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY –
A small swastika was drawn in a residence hall. (Date is approximated from article.)
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 27, 2017 – ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY –
A Jewish student returned to her apartment near campus one evening to find her mezuzah “maliciously torn” from her door. (Date of this incident is approximated from the article.) (Date of this incident is approximated from the article.)
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; HARASSMENT)
January 27, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
What appeared to be a swastika was drawn with a black grease pencil on the south exterior wall of Maples Pavilion.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 27, 2017 – BELOIT COLLEGE –
An antisemitic note was placed under the same student’s door who had a swastika drawn on the dry erase board of the students’ dorm two days earlier. The note read, “Kike, You should be gassed for what you say & do on this campus. Be worried CUNT.” A large swastika was drawn alongside the note’s text. The act coincided with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 27, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GAINESVILLE –
A second man was seen prominently displaying a swastika on his clothing on campus. In this case, the man wore a black leather jacket with a large swastika symbol painted on the back and walked around campus. He was seen the same day as the “Liberation Rally” event was taking place, which commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 26, 2017 – WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS –
SJP circulated a New Member Application which stated that the organization’s “purpose at Wash U is to demand accountability for institutional Zionism.” The application included SJP’s Points of Unity, which deny Jews self-determination by calling for an end to Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands,” including current day Israel, and for the right of return to Israel of millions of Palestinians and their descendants, which would result in an end to the Jewish state.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
January 26, 2017 – PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “The World in One Room: Capitalism and You.” According to a promoter of the event, SJP gave a presentation on BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
January 26, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GAINESVILLE –
A man wearing a Nazi armband returned to campus and, after verbally assaulting a Rabbi and executing the Nazi salute at a Jewish student on his way to synagogue, stood on a bench in the center of campus at Turlington Plaza. While being surrounded by about 150 protesters shouting “no more Nazis ever again,” the man executed the Nazi salute another time.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: VERBAL ASSAULT; GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 25, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
What appeared to be a swastika was drawn on the entrance to Rains Apartments between Buildings 229 and 232.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL )
January 25, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO –
SJP held the event, “BDS 101: Trump and Palestinian Human Rights” to “learn more about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement!”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
January 25, 2017 – BELOIT COLLEGE –
A swastika was drawn on the dry erase board on the door of a student.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 25, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY –
A new divestment campaign, The GU F.R.E.E (Georgetown Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment) Campaign officially launched on Facebook and with a petition students can sign. The campaign stated, “We condemn, and expect Georgetown to condemn, state violence as it occurs within the private prison industry and the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine by committing to divestment from companies involved in these forms of systemic injustice….We intend to disrupt business as usual at Georgetown until the University lives up to its commitment to faith as justice.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
January 25, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
Antisemitic fliers were printed to various networked printers located in offices throughout campus following an apparent cyber-attack. According to University police, the fliers contained a swastika.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 24, 2017 – AMERICAN UNIVERSITY –
SJP held the event, “AU Students for Justice in Palestine BDS Teach-In.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
January 24, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GAINESVILLE –
As members of the Jewish Student Union were packing up following tabling to educate about Jewish Heritage Month, a man rode his bike nearby wearing a swastika armband reminiscent of the ones worn by the Nazi party.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 23, 2017 – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY –
An orange swastika about 10 to 14 inches long was spray-painted on a large sculpture on campus. Since 2015, there has been at least one other incident of swastika graffiti discovered on the statue.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 22, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
Another rash of swastika-like symbols were discovered on campus (see previous entry 1/3/2017).
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 21, 2017 – OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY –
OSU Divest began collecting undergraduate student signatures in order to put a BDS initiative on the ballot so that the undergraduate student body at large will be able to vote on the issue later in the semester.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
January 21, 2017 – BOWDOIN COLLEGE –
SJP held the event, “BDS 101: Trump and Palestinian Human Rights” to “learn more about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement!”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 20, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA –
UGA Progressive Action Coalition held a “Day of Inclusion” based on the coalition’s “Points of Unity.” The “Points of Unity” stated, “We stand against racism…colonialism, and settler-colonial ideologies such as Zionism…We stand for the rights and self-determination of indigenous peoples everywhere, including the right of indigenous peoples to resist against settler colonialism; from occupied Palestine to occupied Kashmir.” A Jewish student published an op-ed in the student newspaper to express how excluded she felt due to the inclusion of “Zionism” in the “Points of Unity.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION; DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
January 20, 2017 – PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY –
According to an article in the school newspaper, the second key speaker at a campus anti-Trump rally expressed support for BDS as well as delegitimized Israel calling it an “apartheid regime.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
January 20, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN –
At an anti-Trump protest with 400 students, a speaker, Andie Flores, listed a set of demands for UT. Among the demands was, “UT divestment in companies complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.”
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
January 19, 2017 – CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY –
CWRU Radical Student Union re-screened the film, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION)
January 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE –
The student senate discussed a bill to ban Sabra Hummus (SR W17-007), which was tabled as it had not yet passed through the legislative review committee. After being tabled, the resolution was discussed on the floor.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)
January 17, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
Two neo-Nazi recruitment fliers were found by a student outside of Raitt Hall, who voiced concerns to a professor in class about them. The professor then advised students to go and check out the posters. Upon seeing the signs, students tore the posters down. The professor who had advised students to go check out the posters wrote about his experience on Facebook and was subsequently harassed, receiving threatening Facebook messages, e-mails, and phone calls as part of a campaign of online harassment, apparently by Neo-Nazis who were upset that the posters were torn down. His cell-phone number, which was publicly available online, was posted on the Daily Stormer, a well-known Neo-Nazi website.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)
January 17, 2017 – BOSTON UNIVERSITY –
Antisemitic fliers were printed out on campus networked printers. According to BU police logs, the letter head on the fliers contained ‘samiz.dat’ and was bracketed by two swastikas. The fliers made reference to Jews killing Christ. There were at least 8 separate reports of the printed fliers from Jan 17 to Jan 18.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 16, 2017 – VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY –
Printers in some offices throughout campus printed out antisemitic fliers that were similar to the rash of fliers in March 2016 printed on dozens of campuses after being hacked. The fliers in March 2016 contained a swastika and antisemitic messages. According to police, these fliers “appear[ed] similar.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 15, 2017 – UC BERKELEY –
Antisemitic fliers containing a swastika were printed via open source printers/fax machines that were legally accessed from the internet.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 15, 2017 – BOWDOIN COLLEGE –
An unknown individual defaced the Osher Quad with a swastika and satanic imagery. Date of incident is approximated from article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 14, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY –
Antisemitic slurs and drawings were found throughout the Information Technology and Engineering Building, where multiple surfaces in the building, along with posters and fliers containing images and names of faculty members, were covered with hate-speech and symbols directed at the Jewish faith. The word most frequently used by the perpetrator was “Jew,” including in the expression ‘Jew propaganda,’ and numerous Stars of David and a reverse swastika were drawn.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON –
A swastika was painted on the building of The Wesley Club, a LGBTQ-affirming campus ministry. Date of incident is approximated from the article.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE –
An article in the campus online paper Niner Times demonized Israel, stating that “Israeli retaliation is political, seeking to control, corral, and eliminate an occupied population” and accused Israel of settler-colonialism, remarking that “this ‘conflict’ is a heavily-tilted process of settler-colonialism. Settler-colonialism, according to Patrick Wolfe, necessarily seeks the elimination of the native – in this case, the Palestinian.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)
January 12, 2017 – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY –
NYC SJP held a “Palestine Winter School” on New York University’s campus which included a series of 5 events. At the first event, “Palestine 101,” participants endorsed a global campaign to “#Free Ahmad Saadat,” the former general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist organization for its role in deliberate attacks on civilians such as the 2014 killing of four Jewish worshippers while praying and a Druze police officer who rushed to the rescue at a Jerusalem synagogue.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM)
January 9, 2017 – SWARTHMORE COLLEGE –
A swastika was found drawn on the wall inside a bathroom stall of McCabe.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 3, 2017 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY –
Swastika-like symbols were reported to have been drawn sometime over the winter break in seven locations on campus. The graffiti was part of a spate of cases of antisemitic vandalism in the vicinity of the school. One of the symbols off-campus was accompanied with the words “No Jews allowed,” leading police to believe the swastika-like symbols were indeed meant to mimic the Nazi symbol.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
January 3, 2017 – HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION –
A swastika was spray-painted on the HUC sign at the entrance to the Clifton Avenue campus.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)