Campus Monitor - Brandeis University

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Classification Date-Description
9/25/17 – Small swastikas were found drawn on message boards outside two rooms in the same residence hall.
11/12/16 – A driver threw a cup of beer at a student and shouted an antisemitic slur at him on campus.
11/3/16 – A quarter-sized swastika was found on a door in the men’s bathroom of the campus library.
4/3/16 – A swastika was drawn on a house where several students live in the campus’ vicinity, and where an unofficial event hosted by a Jewish group was being held.
9/10/17 – 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.”
DEMONIZATION 11/3/16 – SJP held an event, “Apartheid is Not ‘Green’: Greenwashing and Palestine,” which falsely accused Israel of “apartheid” and “greenwashing,” a term implying that Israel is malevolently portraying itself as being progressive on environmental issues in order to hide its “crimes” against Palestinians.
DEMONIZATION 3/8/16 – Brandeis SJP held the event “Presentation & Discussion on Pinkwashing.” The term “pinkwashing” is a demonizing term that insinuates Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide its “crimes” against Palestinians.
10/24/15 – Brandeis SJP sponsored a talk by Gideon Levy and Suhalilieh at Brandeis. In his talk, Levy falsely accused Israelis of not thinking of Palestinians as human; of exploiting the Holocaust and a victimhood mentality to commit crimes against Palestinians; and of creating a “brutal,” “totalitarian,” “colonialistic,” and “apartheid” regime. Levy promoted BDS as a way to bring international pressure on Israel, as well as a “one-state” solution, which would necessitate an elimination of the Jewish state.
7/14/15 – Brandeis 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.
4/26/15 – MIT Professor Noam Chomsky gave a talk entitled “Activism from Vietnam to Palestine.” In his talk, Chomsky demonized Israel, calling it “vicious, brutal and criminal” and accusing it of “shocking crimes.” In the Q & A after the talk, Chomsky said that he did not believe that Israel had the right to be a Jewish state. He also dismissed as out-dated the Hamas charter calling for the murder of Jews worldwide, and he justified Hamas’ terrorism as a reasonable response to Israeli violence. The event was hosted by the Brandeis Department of Sociology, and was sponsored by the Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP) Program and Brandeis’ Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program (PAX).
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 3/24/15 – Brandeis SJP and JVP at Brandeis hosted a talk by Professor Sa’ed Adel Atshan entitled “On Heroes and Hope: Nonviolence and Resilience in Israel/Palestine. In his talk, Atshan promoted BDS.


In the News ?

September 28, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Brandeis residence hall vandalized with swastikas

September 28, 2017:
The Times of Israel – Brandeis residence hall vandalized with swastikas

September 26, 2017:
The New York Jewish Week – Anti-Semitic Vandalism Strikes Brandeis Campus

August 23, 2017:
Cleveland Jewish News – Brandeis University temporarily closed after email threat

August 23, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Brandeis University reopens after bomb threat

November 14, 2016:
The Justice – Student targeted with anti-Semitic slur and cup of beer in Saturday night incident

November 7, 2016:
The Justice – University Police look into library vandalism and spate of off-campus incidents

(Description note, “Campus police are also looking into a “quarter-sized marking described as a swastika” that was found on a door in the men’s bathroom on Nov. 3, according to an email to the campus from Interim University Librarian Matthew Sheehy.”)

November 3, 2016:
In Focus – Criticize David Myers’ Evaluation of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

April 5, 2016:
The Justice – Vandals target AEPi house with swastika graffiti

April 3, 2016:
Haaretz – Swastika at Brandeis Frat Is Latest Incident to Rattle Boston Jewish Community

March 28, 2016:
The Justice – Apartheid week is met with student dissent

November 24, 2015:
The Justice – Student demands limit intellectual discourse on campus

September 10, 2015:
The Jewish Advocate – Brandeis University hires scholar with history of anti-Israel activity
(Description note, “Brandeis University in Waltham has appointed Pascal Menoret, a scholar with a record of anti-Israel activism, to the Renee and Lester Crown Chair in Modern Middle East Studies. Menoret joined the Brandeis faculty this year.”)

August 19, 2015:
Voice Of Israel – Uncovering the Hidden Anti-Semitism on Campus

July 28, 2015:
Haaretz – Three-quarters of North America Jewish college students exposed to anti-Semitism, new study reports
(Description note, “More than three-quarters similarly defined opposition to Israel’s existence as anti-Semitism. A much smaller proportion— 27 percent—defined criticism of Israeli policies as anti-Semitic.”)

July 9, 2015:
The Jewish Week – In Combatting Anti-Semitism On Campus, Lets Learn More From Jewish Students’ Experiences

April 28, 2015:
The Justice – Chomsky gives lecture on current and past foreign political issues
(Description note, “Should we be concerned that we are providing support for [Israeli policies]?” Chomsky said. “Should we be concerned that the press is keeping this quiet?” Chomsky said that “Israel used to be one of the most admired countries in the world,” but now, according to Chomsky, it is “one of the most feared and hated countries in the world,” with the U.S. as its most supportive ally. Chomsky said that this is not due to an increase in anti-Semitism but is a reaction to Israeli policies toward Palestine, which he described as “vicious, brutal and criminal.”… The event was sponsored by the Sociology department, the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies program and the Social Justice and Social Policy program.)

March 17, 2015:
The Justice – Students request renewal of partnership at meeting
(Description note, “”According to Stewart, Lawrence “made clear” throughout the meeting that he had no plans for restoration, and when asked if he could support future student dialogue initiatives and help in bringing students from Al-Quds to Brandeis, Lawrence replied that he could offer no help. Stewart also voiced her frustration that Lawrence was not in his office during this Friday’s event, despite the fact that it occurred during Lawrence’s student office hours.”)

March 10, 2015:
The Justice – Students push for dialogue
(Description note, “”Last Friday, 15 students and alumni gathered outside University President Frederick Lawrence’s office to demand a meeting to discuss the renewal of the Brandeis University – Al-Quds University partnership”)

February 11, 2015:
The Jewish Voice – Was Embattled Brandeis University President Fired?

February 5, 2015:
The Times of Israel – Amid freedom of speech scandal, Brandeis head steps down

February 2, 2015:
JNS – Embattled Brandeis University president stepping down

January 21, 2015:
The Jewish Week – Amid Threats, Jewish Blogger Returns To Brandeis

January 15, 2015:
Breitbart – Longtime Leftwing Activist Professor Leaves Brandeis: ‘I Just Could Not Tolerate Anymore’ Conservatism

January 12, 2015:
The Jerusalem Post – Brandeis University: Both Pro-Israel and Pro Free Speech

January 7, 2015:
The Jewish Voice – Is Brandeis U Still Safe for Jewish Students???

January 4, 2015:
American Thinker – The Brandeis University Debacle

January 7, 2015:
The Times of Israel – Brandeis ‘whistleblower’ stirs up new hornets’ nest


Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine's post in What is Apartheid?

Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine’s post in What is Apartheid?

SJP Facebook Page Post, Jan 23 2014

SJP Facebook Page Post, Jan 23 2014

Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine Facebook Page,  August 20, 2012

Source Credit: Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine Facebook Page, August 20, 2012

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BDS Tracker

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BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 2



Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 2

  1. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman
  2. Silvia Marina Arrom