Campus Monitor - Boston University

Student Voices

  • May 3, 2016 – Boston University Jewish Student (Marlo) – “How can someone like this be on campus? It’s really scary. As a Jewish student, I’m very concerned.” Read more
  • January 27, 2016 – Boston University Jewish Student (Hannah) “I’m a member of the Students for Israel and [I’m] a Jew. When I got here, [I was] surprised to feel the animosity on campus.” Read more
  • November 19, 2015 – Boston University Jewish Student (Ariel) “I felt harassed and unsafe…At the meeting, I was personally harassed and victimized by members of this movement. One person sitting in the row in front of me had the audacity to take a picture of me and write the caption, “A product of white male privilege” before he posted it on his Snapchat Story. I heard others whispering, “That’s the Jew!” when certain BU SG senators spoke.” Read more
  • November 19, 2015 – Boston University Jewish Student (Ariel) “When I told them that it was anti-Semitic to say such, they responded by hideously asking, “So now everyone is an anti-Semite?” Read more
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    Antisemitism Tracker

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    ClassificationDate-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF:GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    1/17/17 – 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.
    DENIGRATION5/3/16 – Nazi recruitment posters were found on campus. One poster said, “Join your local Nazis at ironmarch.org. The Nazis are coming! The Nazis are coming! The Atomwaffen Division Massachusetts” with an image of a swastika. Another poster said, “Boston University. You have been visited by the Atomwaffen Division. Join your local Nazis” with an image of a swastika.
    DENIGRATION;
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    CONDONING TERRORISM;
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION
    4/17/16 – Approximately 30 members of Boston Students for Justice in Palestine protested a Boston University Hillel and BU Students for Israel event, “Israel Indie Freedom Fest.” One protester had a sign saying “Zionism = Racism” and another accused Israel of ethnic cleansing. Protesters condoned terrorism chanting, “Resistance is justified when people are occupied.” Protesters additionally accused Hillel of Islamophobia in printed pamphlets entitled, “Is Boston University Hillel Islamophobic?” which claimed that BU Hillel backs Islamophobic beliefs. The pamphlet stated, “One of several prime examples of BU Hillel’s Islamophobic connection is vis a vis … [Committee for Accuracy on Middle East Reporting], a known Islamophobic organization … that plans events through [BU’s] campus” where the pamphlet then cited a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    DENIGRATION;
    HISTORICAL
    3/24/16 – An antisemitic flier was distributed to networked printers throughout Boston University’s Charles River Campus. The flyer had swastikas and said, “White Man are you Sick and Tired of the Jews Destroying Your Country through Mass Immigration and Degeneracy? Join Us in the Struggle for Global White Supremacy at the Daily Stormer.”
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/ASSEMBLY/MOVEMENT3/15/15 – According to an article in the Daily Free Press, “At BUSI’s [BU Students for Israel] Wednesday panel regarding Arabs volunteering in the Israeli army, about 20 of the 50 attending students staged a walkout to express disagreement with the presentation.” According to The Daily Free Press, a student who walked out says the reasons were, “we walked out to show disapproval of Yoav Levin’s presentation… we don’t agree with him presenting on our campus. More so, we don’t agree with him discussing the topic of Arabs in the IDF. And frankly, we are not trying to make it okay that an IDF soldier was here…”
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION4/7/17 – 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.”
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/19/17 – 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.”
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    9/28/16 – SJP and UMOJA: BU’s Black Student Union held the event, “Imprisonment of a People: From the U.S. to Palestine.” According to an op-ed in the school newspaper, support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement was openly expressed. A separate article mentioned that a panelist stated, “I think it is really easy to look at the U.S. and Israel, They are authoritative and fascist states.” The event was with Oren Nimni (The United People Of Color Caucus — National Lawyers Guild), Shaun King (Senior Justice Writer for the New York Daily News and a Black Lives Matter Activist), Yamila Hussein (Clinical Teacher Educator) and Carl Williams (ACLU Staff Attorney — National Lawyers Guild). According to video footage, during the event, Yamila Hussein accused Israel being a “settler-colonial state” that “sets out to eliminate [Palestinians],” which “tests its weapons on Palestinians and the way it sells them is saying these weapons have been tested…We [Palestinians] are Israel’s ground to test their weapons.” She further defined Israel as occupied stating, “Israel is officially and legally an occupation” and additionally called for the right of return and BDS. Williams accused Israel of “stealing water” and “white supremacy” and suggested that it’s impossible to tell whether “the Israeli lobby control[s] the United States government” or it’s the other way around. Nimni accused Israel of “genocide,” and “white supremacy.” King called for BDS.
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    7/19/16 – SJP posted a cover photo on Facebook of a protest that occurred on BU’s campus, which included visible signs that demonized and delegitimized Israel such as “Zionism = Racism”, “AIPAC promotes Ethnic Cleansing”and “No Conversation Under Israeli Apartheid” near a larger sign of “Hey Terriers! Free Palestine”. The caption SJP included with the picture was the demonizing and delegitimizing chant, “Displacing lives since ’48, there’s nothing here to celebrate” and tagged the image with the location of Boston University.
    CONDONING TERRORISM;
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    4/19/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week”, SJP erected an “apartheid wall” on campus, which had three panels, one that condoned terrorism with a phrase used to support violent resistance of “to exist is to resist”, one panel that denied Jews self-determination by calling for the “right of return” (which would effectively eliminate the Jewish state), and one panel that demonized with, “Zionism is Racism” and called for BDS.
    DEMONIZATION4/9/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Darkmatter: Pinkwashing” that demonized Israel, accusing Israel of “Pinkwashing.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION4/7/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Apartheid: South Africa’s History, Palestine’s Reality” which falsely accused Israel of apartheid.
    DENYING SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    12/10/15 – BU SJP held a panel discussion entitled “Zionism & Judaism: Separating Political Ideology from Religion with Norman Finkelstein, Lina Morales and Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari. The three panelists are well-known or self-described anti-Zionist Jews, making it clear that the purpose of the event was to deny that Zionism is a core Jewish value held by most Jews. During the discussion, Morales said: “When I’m talking about Zionism I’m talking about a colonial ideology.”
    DEMONIZATION;
    CONDONING TERRORISM
    10/22/15 – 18 members of BU SJP held a “die-in” in Marsh Plaza, holding signs and Palestinian flags. During the die-in, a BUSJP member continuously chanted, “Hey Israel, what do you say? How many kids have you killed today?” In response, SJP activists one by one dropped to the ground and were symbolically wrapped with caution tape to signify death. Posters held by BUSJP members read the names and ages of specific people who have died in the ongoing clash, many of whom had perpetrated acts of terror against Israelis, as well as statements such as, “We mourn all lives lost to state terrorism,” falsely implying that Israel is commiting state terrorism.
    CONDONING TERRORISM10/20/15 – BU SJP published a statement condemning the BU Students for Israel (BUSI), and calling on others to condemn BUSI, for their use of the word “terrorism” to describe the recent spate of Palestinian attacks against Jewish Israelis.
    JEWS EXAGGERATING HOLOCAUST;
    DEMONIZATION
    8/17/15 – BU SJP posts an antisemitic cartoon on their Facebook page which depicts an Israeli soldier pretending to be a Holocaust survivor and preparing to send a nuclear bomb “to Palestine,” while a smiling “Uncle Sam” presents a paper to a tearful “World” which reads: “Prevent Another Holocaust – Bomb Palestine”.
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    7/14/15 – BU SJP was one of 9 Boston area student groups that published a Youtube video falsely accused Israel of “crimes against humanity” being an “apartheid state” and urges viewers, especially students, to take action by organizing in their respective communities and joining the BDS movement.
    DELEGITIMIZATION2/25/15 – BU SJP kicked off a week of events entitled “Israel Apartehed Week 2015.” Organizers described the week as an opportunity to “meet and engage with other interested students, faculty, and speakers who devote their lives to try to…end the Israeli apartheid”.


     

    In the News ?

    March 19, 2017:
    The Daily Free Press – Party for Socialism and Liberation hosts forum, addresses liberation movements
    (Description note – 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 has saying to the newspaper, “Palestine is occupied by a settler colonial parasite, the State of Israel, unjustly and illegally.” The article then went on to detail the topics covered at the event, including that “PSLBoston member Hersch Chaim followed up by presenting a promotional clip from AIPAC, explaining that watching the opposition’s propaganda can be a valuable exercise. ‘It’s clear that AIPAC’s central mission is to actively maintain and strengthen the two-party system’s adherence to Israel’s control over Palestine.’” The student article further stated, “Several people in attendance said they found the forum to be an educational experience.”)

    February 1, 2017:
    The Daily Free Press – Anti-Semitic printouts spotted by BU employees

    February 1, 2017:
    Mass Live – Hacker sends anti-Semitic fliers to Boston University printers

    October 3, 2016:
    Campus Reform – Israel, America both ‘fascist states,’ Boston U panelist claims

    September 29, 2016:
    Daily Free Press – OP-ED: We all want justice

    September 29, 2016:
    Daily Free Press – Students, residents gather to learn about injustices, at home and beyond
    (Description note, “More than 500 students and residents from the Boston area filled the Boston University Law Auditorium Wednesday night with the same question for the panelists at Imprisonment of a People: From the U.S. to Palestine…To further answer this question, King said that mass incarceration in the United States and Palestine stems from a lack of compassion because “some people want to make pain politically incorrect.”…Moderated by two BU students, the four panelists discussed the connection between the Black Lives Matter movement and the Palestinian liberation movement.”)

    May 3, 2016:
    FOX 25 – Posters recruiting for Nazi movement found on BU campus

    April 19, 2016:
    The Daily Free Press – Palestinian student advocates protest festival celebrating Israel Independence Day

    March 31, 2016:
    The Daily Free Press – Anti-Semitic flyers reported across the BU Charles River Campus

    November 20, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press – OP-ED: A Student Government proposal riddled with anti-Semitism
    (Description note, “I felt harassed and unsafe….At the meeting, I was personally harassed and victimized by members of this movement. One person sitting in the row in front of me had the audacity to take a picture of me and write the caption, “A product of white male privilege” before he posted it on his Snapchat Story. I heard others whispering, “That’s the Jew!” when certain BU SG senators spoke….)

    November 3, 2015:
    VIDEO – SJP chanting on campus

    October 29, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press – SARNA: Does food appropriation exist?
    (Description note, “This article got me thinking of food appropriations around the world, and about how sometimes it’s not all hunky dory when another country decides to call your food its own. For instance, from “hummus” and “falafel” to “baba ganoush” and “labneh,” Israel has been found guilty of slapping its trademark on foods that are anything but Israeli in origin. The list goes on to include several Turkish and Egyptian delicacies as well, heightening Israel’s ignorance and an almost blunt disregard for others’ traditions and cultures.”)

    October 25, 2015:
    San Diego Jewish World – SJP wants ‘free speech’ for itself, not for others

    October 23, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press – Palestinian advocacy group stages die-in, faces opposition from Israel activists
    (Description note, “Eighteen BUSJP members formed a line in front of the statue dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. in Marsh Plaza, holding signs and Palestinian flags. During the die-in, a BUSJP member continuously chanted, “Hey Israel, what do you say? How many kids have you killed today?” In response, BUSJP activists one by one dropped to the ground and were symbolically wrapped with caution tape to signify death. Posters held by BUSJP members read the names and ages of specific people who have died in the ongoing international clash, as well as statements such as, “We mourn all lives lost to state terrorism.” Additionally, a hand-painted sign tacked to the MLK statue depicted a Palestinian flag and read, “Hey Terriers, Free Palestine.”)

    October 20, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Statement by Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine Regarding “Victims of Terrorism” Vigil
    (Description note, “The deliberate use of the word “terrorism” to refer to the Palestinians is an attempt to dehumanize them. This serves to divide our campus by triggering families and students at BU, who are deeply connected to Palestine and the experiences of living under the ongoing occupation. We are calling for a condemnation of this inexcusable political agenda that cannot coincide with the mission of inclusivity and cultural diversity at BU. We urge BU students, professors, and administration to foster an inclusive environment and prevent outside organizations from propagating toxic rhetoric that destructs the common ground this community is built on.”)

    July 2, 2015:
    Arutz Sheva 7 – Boston U Makes Pro-Hamas Workshop a Requirement

    May 19, 2015:
    jns.org – Major Jewish groups: school workshop has anti-Israel bias, flawed pedagogy
    (Description note, “Both AOH’s website and Boston University (BU) officials say that AOH is now inactive, and that Hobert currently directs a new global literacy program within BU’s School of Education…An email obtained by JNS.org that was signed by BU President Robert A. Brown, and addressed to a concerned alumnus who asked to remain anonymous, also stressed the principle of moral equivalence—seemingly in defense of AOH’s moral equivalence regarding Israel and Hamas. “I need to reiterate that the workshop as currently taught has evolved significantly from what was shown in the [‘Axis of Bias’] video,” Brown wrote. “What has not changed is the underlying premise of this particular program, which is that conflict arises from mutual misunderstanding. And, at least implicitly, there is the premise that all parties to a conflict (nation-states or territorial entities) are morally equivalent”…”For a Jewish student to be placed in the role of having to articulate the position of Hamas, which is an organization dedicated to killing Jews, I’m not sure that exercise fulfills the pedagogic goal of the program,” said Trestan. “We need to be vigilant to make sure that when we teach kids about conflict resolution and the Middle East in particular, we need to look at every aspect of it and also be sensitive to how the kids are going to do [workshops].”)

    May 17, 2015:
    The College Fix – PROF’S ‘WHOSE JERUSALEM?’ COMMON CORE LESSON TEACHES STUDENTS TO SUPPORT HAMAS
    (Description note, “A “Whose Jerusalem?” workshop created by a Boston University professor (Professor Carl Hobert) that’s been taught in many high schools in recent years and was added to the Common Core-approved national curriculum has come under fire by critics who contend it whitewashes terrorism, promotes an anti-Israel and anti-American political agenda, and encourages young people to sympathize with Hamas.”)

    April 23, 2015:
    JNS.org – New film: Boston University-affiliated high school workshop promotes anti-Israel agenda

    April 23, 2015:
    Stop Mis-education – Boston University Workshop for High Schools Whitewashes Terrorism, Encourages Jewish Students to Empathize with Hamas, Promotes Palestinian State

    March 25, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press – Panel offers religious perspectives on Middle East conflict
    (Description note, “”Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine hosted a discussion-based panel called “Palestine 101: #NotAReligiousConflict” on Tuesday evening in the College of Communication…The panel consisted of Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders, who spoke on behalf of their respective religions. Each speaker noted that despite their religious differences, all panelists regarded human rights in similar ways.”)

    March 18, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press – LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why we chose to walkout and why BU students should know
    (Description note, “BU Students for Israel (BUSI) hosted a presentation on Arabs in the IDF given by Yoav Levin. About half of the attendees walked out following the first 10 minutes of the presentation in an effort to..protest any association of Boston University to the Israeli Defense Forces… we walked out to show disapproval of Yoav Levin’s presentation… we don’t agree with him presenting on our campus. More so, we don’t agree with him discussing the topic of Arabs in the IDF. And frankly, we are not trying to make it okay that an IDF soldier was here…”)

    March 5, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press – Students host awareness weeks to address Middle East conflict
    (Description note, “At BUSI’s Wednesday panel regarding Arabs volunteering in the Israeli army, about 20 of the 50 attending students staged a walkout to express disagreement with the presentation….“It wasn’t polite,” he [Hochburg]  said. “These are the exact same people we invited to the food festival, and so it’s kind of ironic that we invite them to this and they proceed to come to my next event and totally sabotage it. It’s sort of a double-edged sword.”)

    February 23, 2015:
    The Daily Free Press – Students, experts fight campus anti-Semitism at summit

    January 11, 2015:
    The Algemeiner – What Type of Zionism is Acceptable?

    December 10, 2014:
    JTA – Boston U. Hillel votes to accept J Street U as affiliate

    December 9, 2014:
    The Daily Free Press – BU Hillel Student Board approves J Street U as a student group

    December 2, 2014:
    Truth Revolt – Student Board of BU Hillel Set To Vote On J Street U

    February 25, 2014:
    Jewish Press – ‘Safe Hillel’ Wants the Jewish Campus Group to be Safe for All

    thumbs-up December 23, 2013:
    UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Brown Rejects Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

    March 1, 2012:
     ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: At a BU Students for Israel event, SJP demonstrators put duct tape over their mouths and walked out in unison during the presentation.

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: BU SJP’s Facebook page (July 19, 2016)

    SJP posted a cover photo on Facebook of a protest that occurred on BU’s campus, which included visible signs that demonized and delegitimized Israel such as “Zionism = Racism”, “AIPAC promotes Ethnic Cleansing”and “No Conversation Under Israeli Apartheid” near a larger sign of “Hey Terriers! Free Palestine”. The caption SJP included with the picture was the demonizing and delegitimizing chant, “Displacing lives since ’48, there’s nothing here to celebrate” and tagged the image with the location of Boston University. Source Credit: BU SJP’s Facebook page (July 19, 2016)



     

    Nazi recruitment photos on Boston University’s campus, May 3, 2016. Source Credit: Fox News


     
    Source Credit: Daily Free Press (April 19, 2016)

    Source credit: Daily Free Press – A member of Boston SJP protests the Israel Indie Freedom Fest in Marsh Plaza.



     
    Source Credit: SJP stages a “die-in” on campus (October 22, 2015)

    Source credit – Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine Facebook Page, August 17, 2015. Falls under Demonization and Jews Exaggerating the Holocaust categories of antisemitism.



     
    Source Credit: SJP stages a “die-in” on campus (October 22, 2015)

    Source Credit: SJP stages a “die-in” on campus (October 22, 2015)


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    BDS Tracker

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    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 7

    1. Norman Bennet
    2. Allison Blakely
    3. Catherine Caldwell-Harris
    4. Jeff Coulter
    5. Irene Gendzier
    6. Assaf Kfoury
    7. Sanjay Krishna