Campus Monitor - State University of New York at Albany

Student Voices

  • April 13, 2016 – SUNY Albany Jewish Student (Alex) – “Last year, [on November 14, 2015, my school] had the ‘From Ferguson to Palestine’ rally and my friend put up a sign that said, ‘Jews believe Black lives matter, too’ or something like that, and [anti-Israel students] took a picture of it and made a meme out of it saying ‘Zionists be like lives matter. What a joke.’ And it immediately blew up. It had thousands of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Israel comments, racist comments, bigoted comments, and that was a great shock for me, because my university is 28 percent Jewish. I never expected anything like that to happen at my university.” Read more

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    Classification Date-Description
    11/14/15 – During the SUNY Albany “From Ferguson to Palestine” protest, a Jewish student who wished to join the protest wore an Israeli flag and held up a sign saying “Black Lives Matter.” The protestors forbade him from joining and according to one account, demonized Israel accusing the country of “hating Africans and not valuing Black lives.” Anti-Israel students then took a picture of the Jewish student and his sign and made a meme out of it saying “Zionists be like: We like Black people” which garnered numerous antisemitic statements.
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 5/2/16 – The Palestinian Rights Committee- Upper Hudson Peace Action sponsored a talk by Jeff Halper entitled, “War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification.” During his talk, Harper called for BDS.
    BDS EVENT 4/29/17 – 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.”
    CALLS FOR BDS 4/25/16 – An email from Great Danes for Israel and Hillel, among other signers, to the University at Albany community expressed concern that the Anthropology Department sent an email on April 25th to the campus community promoting an upcoming Jeff Halper talk, and included in the email their own statement promoting the American Anthropology Association’s proposal for an academic boycott of Israel.
    BDS EVENT 5/4/15 – UAlbany for BDS held a discussion on campus to talk about BDS.


    In the News ?

    April 13, 2016:
    Jewish Journal – Conference in Los Angeles details strategies to combat BDS

    May 4, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – I’m not White, I’m Jewish!


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