Campus Monitor - Columbia University/Barnard College

Student Voices

  • May 3, 2017 – Columbia University Pro-Israel Group, Aryeh, Statement “The mock checkpoint scene that took place today is not in the slightest representative of the security measures that must be taken by Israelis to prevent the murder of their innocent friends and family — to reduce the number of terror victims they commemorate annually. That this slander took place on Yom HaZikaron is consistent with CUAD’s history of defamation and bigotry on this campus, and serves as yet another example of how CUAD’s activity alienates and isolates scores of their Jewish peers on campus — many of whom mourned loved ones today.” Read more
  • May 3, 2017 – Columbia University SSI President (Rudy) Rochman —(As written in the article) “Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) purposefully timed the display in which ‘IDF soldiers’ — students dressed in fatigues and holding fake guns — harassed ‘Palestinians,’ with a single goal in mind: ‘to demonize us [pro-Israel and Jewish students] on campus.’” Read more
  • April 24, 2017 – Columbia University Student (Albert) “When Jewish student after Jewish student speaks out as to how CUAD’s anti-Israel activities marginalize them, we should pay attention and ask ourselves if we would countenance any other movement that marginalized students of any other identity.” Read more
  • March 6, 2017 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Leeza) “[The] ‘Zionism is Racism’ flyer [was] both false and a bigoted attack on the many students on this campus who identify as Zionists.” Read more
  • March 5, 2017 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Assaf) “When I got to campus, I decided to see for myself what BDS was really like and went to the first BDS event. We were told that all audio and video recordings were strictly forbidden. The facilitators then gave a presentation that was nothing short of propaganda and indoctrination. We were told that Israel was established by “colonialist Jews” who destroyed the existing Palestinian state. One of the organizers, from Students for Justice in Palestine, told us that terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens were justified, adding that “this is what you get when you choke a people for 69 years.” All around me, the crowd of about 50 students clapped and cheered. I left the lecture shaking, terrified. I knew that BDS spread lies and misinformation about Israel and Jews, but it was the first time I had witnessed firsthand a dynamic group of educated and ambitious young people cheering and celebrating the murder of innocent people.” Read more
  • March 5, 2017 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Assaf) “The BDS movement claims that it opposes violence, yet has no qualms about attacking pro-Israel groups and students. Pro-Israel signs have been vandalized on campus grounds, defaced with graffiti such as “Zionism is Racism” and “Apartheid State.” Events hosted by Students Supporting Israel (SSI) are disrupted, its speakers heckled and attendees harassed. When Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Mr. Danny Danon, came to speak at an SSI event, BDS activists blocked the entrance to the auditorium, physically preventing people from entering and intimidating those who managed to get in. During the ambassador’s 25-minutes speech, the BDS activists disrupted him seven times with calls to Boycott Israel. The ambassador kept speaking, undeterred, but the BDS activists’ message was clear: The only freedom of speech worthy of protection is their own. Those who disagree, or dispute their view of the world, would be violently disrupted. While there are brave pro-Israel student groups willing to stand up to the harassment of the BDS movement, such as SSI, they do so alone with almost no assistance…We must do everything in our power to reverse the damage done and make universities campuses safe for all students, and return them to being the institutions of free speech and academic achievement that they are meant to be.” Read more
  • February 27, 2017 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Aaron) “Do you [Columbia College Student Council] all want to be on the record endorsing an event called ‘Zionists are Racist’ calling hundreds of your constituents racist?” Read more
  • Columbia University Jewish Student (Elle) “…[The Social Justice Fellowship] (SJF) tried to work with a variety of activist groups on campus, such as Students Organize for Syria (SOS) and Black Students Organization (BSO), but no organization would work with SJF as long as they were backed by Hillel. [I] was even told by one organization that they did not want to work with Hillel’s ‘dirty money.’… An additional six major activist groups, including No Red Tape and Columbia Divest for Climate Justice, have adopted an anti-normalization policy in alliance with Columbia Apartheid Divest’s BDS Campaign that prevents them from engaging with Hillel International and its affiliates. The ramifications for Columbia Hillel activists are clear: working with Hillel means isolation from the rest of the activists on campus.” Read more
  • December 8, 2016 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Daniella) “…while CUAD was quick to take issue with SSI’s event due to what they labeled an “erasure” of Palestinian identity and a failure to recognize Palestinian claims to the land, they never recognized Jewish claims to the land, engaging in an erasure of their own.” Read more
  • September 18, 2016 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Aaron) – “I realized then that our two years in college had made us less willing to engage with each other’s ideas. SJP does not engage with pro-Israel student groups because it is part of a national organization that has an “anti-normalization” policy, which means the group officially will not cosponsor events or engage in formal discussion with pro-Israel groups. The BDS movement alienates moderates in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, strengthens extremists on both sides, and exacerbates a march away from peace.” March 3, 2016 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Jackie) – “By endorsing BDS without acknowledging that many pro-Israel adherents feel that it actively seeks to “demonize Israel and attack pro-Israel students,” the mock apartheid wall perpetuates the notion that Israel does not have the right to exist—a modern and, perhaps trendy, version of anti-Semitism disguised as social justice.” Read more
  • February 22, 2016 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Amalia) – ““When “long live the Intifada” was posted on Facebook by the Barnard Columbia Socialists—a group officially recognized by the University—I felt exposed and unprotected. “Intifada,” or “armed uprising,” has historically referred to an ongoing period of violence against Israeli civilians. For me, the word “Intifada” stirs up memories that I want to leave behind—memories of bombings from my childhood during the Second Intifada and of shootings and stabbings from two months ago when I last visited home. These were memories I thought I had done away with by coming to Columbia” Read more
  • February 22, 2016 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Amalia) – “To call for Intifada is to bring the reality from which we all left here to Columbia. To call for Intifada is to make me and so many others walk around this campus feeling like we are back to living in fear. Moreover, to allow the call for Intifada go unanswered is to legitimize the very violence for which it calls. And to call for violence is only one step away from actually conducting it.” Read more
  • February 10, 2016 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Marissa) – “…the divestment campaign’s push for intersectionality leaves many Jewish students feeling marginalized. It’s an extremely divisive campaign.” Read more
  • February 3, 2016 – Columbia University Jewish Student (Alexandra) – “The professors who support us have said they can’t come out publicly on our side, because they’re afraid it would jeopardize their careers.” Read more
  • March 2015 – Jewish Barnard College Student (Daniella) “The flyer campaign, entitled “Speak The Truth,” was intended to combat Israel Apartheid Week, an annual campaign criticizing Israel and promoting Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), which began Monday on college campuses across the U.S. “We’ve had our flyers vandalized and removed; it’s been more vicious and disrespectful than we’re used to,” said Daniella…a sophomore at Barnard and a board member of Aryeh (formerly LionPAC), the largest Israel advocacy group on campus.” Read more

 

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ClassificationDate-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF:SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
2/13/17 – 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.”
SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
DEMONIZATION
12/6/16 – Protesters at Columbia University staged a walkout of a Students Supporting Israel (SSI) event, right as a Jew addressed the room to describe his connection to the land of Israel. The protesters held demonizing signs stating, “Israel is built on land theft, displacement and ethnic cleansing” as well as “Settlers are not indigenous” and “Zionism is racism.”
DENIGRATION;
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION
12/6/16 – Columbia University Apartheid Divest and a collection of 24 other campus groups published a statement that denigrated a pro-Israel group on campus and demonized Israel by falsely accusing it of “ethnic cleansing.” The statement accused the group Students Supporting Israel (SSI) of supporting, “Israel’s active project of ethnic cleansing” and “co-optation of indigeneity” for organizing an event entitled “Indigenous People Unite.” The statement then goes on to identify Palestinians as “indigenous people of Palestine since 1948,” in an attempt to deny Jews any historical connection to Israel before 1948, and to negate Zionism itself as the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland.
DENIGRATION;
HISTORICAL;
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
11/12/15 – Columbia SJP was one of 10 local SJP chapters endorsing an advertisement for a rally that contained several classic and contemporary antisemitic tropes: it called CUNY’s leadership “the Zionist administration” and claimed that the administration “reproduces settler-colonial ideology throughout CUNY through Zionist content of education”; it suggested that the administration’s ties to israel were responsible for tuition hikes; and it claimed that the birthright trips and study abroad programs in Israel were in “occupied Palestine,” effectively denying the existence of the Jewish state. In addition, one of the endorsers’ demands included on the advertisement was that CUNY “divests from Israel, companies that maintain the Zionist occuption.”
DENIGRATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
3/24/15 – Columbia University Black Students’ Organization (BSO) issued a statement condemning a flyering campaign of Aryeh: Columbia Students Association for Israel, accusing them of using “the image and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in favor of their Zionist views” and their “co-optation of Black liberation struggle for the purposes of genocide and oppression.” The statement also falsely accused Israel of apartheid and said that “zionism has no place in our solidarity.”
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION:DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
10/3/17 – 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”.
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
8/28/2017 – 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.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
8/27/2017 – 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.
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
5/1/17 – SJP displayed a mock “apartheid wall” on Yom Hazikaron that said in large letters, “End Israeli Apartheid” and engaged in demonizing theatrics of a “mock checkpoint,” recoded on a student’s video. Demonizing theatrics included CUAD members holding up signs saying, “I was arrested for speaking Arabic” and “I’ve been waiting for 14 hours” with one student pretending to be a pregnant woman in labor who was forced to get “back in line” and impeded from delivering by “IDF soldiers.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
4/24/17 – 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.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
4/19/17 – 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.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
4/18/17 – 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.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
3/6/17 – 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.”
DELEGITIMIZATION3/2/17 – 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.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT);
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/1/17 – 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 referrels to the state as “colonial” and “settler-colonial,” diminishing Jewish indiginous 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.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
2/28/17 – 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.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
2/27/17 – 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.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
2/27/17 – 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.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
2/27/17 – 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).”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
2/25/17 – 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.”
DELEGITIMIZATION2/17/17 – 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.”
DELEGITIMIZATION12/4/16 – Columbia University Apartheid Divest held the event, “Hear It From Your Peers.” The advertisement for the event delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing Israel of apartheid.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
11/22/2016 – SJP held the event, “Incarceration & Apartheid.” The advertisement for the event demonized and delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing Israel of “regular campaigns” of “gassing” Palestinians, and engaging in “Zionist supremacy” through the use of “apartheid laws.”
DELEGITIMIZATION10/28/16 – SJP co-sponsored the event, “BOOM CLAP SHHH: Queer Anti-Zionist Performance.” The advertisement for the event delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing the state of apartheid.
DELEGITIMIZATION10/18/16 – Columbia University Apartheid Divest held the event, “Grassroots Jerusalem: Fayrouz Sharqawi” at Barnard College. The advertisement for the event delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing the state of an apartheid system.
HISTORICAL10/6/16 – An individual held a sign and walked around the campus gates that said, “Google it!!! Jews financed black slavery.” The same individual has appeared at Columbia numerous times in the past with antisemitic signs.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
4/28/16 – Columbia University Apartheid Divest, a campaign launched by Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine and Barnard/Columbia Jewish Voice for Peace submitted a proposal to the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing asking the body to “divest its stocks, funds, and endowment from companies that profit from the State of Israel’s violations of international law and Palestinian human rights through its ongoing system of settler colonialism, military occupation, and apartheid” in order to address, “the dissonance between Columbia’s ideals and and its current investment in Israeli settler colonialism.”
CONDONING TERRORISM;
COMPARING JEWS TO NAZIS;
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
4/21/16 – The Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute held the event, “The Politics of Life and Death: Symposium.” During the event’s first session, entitled “Post/Decolonial Encounters – Palestinians Kashmiris and Tamirs,” Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh of Birzeit University delegitimized Zionism, claiming it is a “settler colonial movement” and referred to Israel as the “settler-colonial State of Israel.” He referred to the separation barrier as the “apartheid wall.” He denied Jews self-determination by expressing support for “how to create the right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. Finally, he condoned terrorism, referring to terrorists as “freedom fighters,” and “martyrs.” During the second session, entitled “Counter-memory and Resistance,” Richard Shapiro gave a talk reviewing the paper “Deleuze’s Nietzsche in Palestine,” which compared Jews to Nazis, claiming, “the Israeli perpetrator ruler mistreats the Palestinian as the Euro-Christian master mistreated the Jew.” Shapiro also delegitimized Zionism as a “settler-colonial state.”
DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
4/20/16 – The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University held the event “Extraordinary Rendition American Writers on Palestine” with Bruce Robbins, Duranya Freeman, Marilyn Hacker, Nancy Kricorian, Lawrence Joseph and Eileen Miles. During the event, Robbins demonized Israel, accusing the state of “deliberately” bombing “densely populated areas” and called for BDS. Freeman demonized Israel, accusing it of “systematic destruction of [Palestinian] lives” and called for BDS. Kricorian and Hacker also called for BDS.
HISTORICAL;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
4/13/16 – An event was held on campus entitled, “Palestine in Focus: Raji Sourani, Shawan Jabarin & Rashid Khalidi in Conversation”, sponsored by Columbia University Center for Palestine Studies; Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute; International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH); Institute for Policy Studies; CODEPINK; National Lawyers Guild, and the National Lawyers Guild-International Committee. In his talk, Raji Sourani demonized and delegitimized Israel accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing”, “apartheid” and stating that Palestinians, “are killed in total inhuman unmerciful way by criminal gangsters that call themselves state.” Shawan Jabarin delegitimized Israel accusing the state of apartheid. Prof. Rashid Khalidi gave way to historical allegations of Jewish control explicitly remarking about the “political and financial muscle wielded by a lobby which is in the unique position of wielding this power and then of intimidating those who point out they have this power by smearing them as anti-Semitic. If you say there is a lobby that exercises influence on Capitol Hill you’re either a self-hating Jew you’re an anti-Semite. It’s a self-evident fact. These people write the legislation.” Khalidi also supported BDS. In the Q & A period, Sourani further demonized Israel claiming that Israel would “want” Gaza to turn into ISIS because it, “wants that to have more excuse to kill and destroy and to commit more crimes.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
4/11/16 – SJP and JVP co-sponsored the event, “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.” During the event, one speaker called on Columbia University to divest from Israeli “Apartheid.” Numerous calls for BDS, including supporting an academic boycott, were made by speakers.
CONDONING TERRORISM;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
4/7/16 – Columbia University Apartheid Divest held the event “Intifada: The Palestinian Uprising” to discuss BDS and the justification of armed uprising (intifada) against Israelis.
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
4/6/16 – The Center for Palestinan Studies hosted an event entitled “A Constitution for a Non-State: Or how to do things with law ( Palestine 1993 – 2015),” which consisted of a talk by Emilio Dabed that was introduced by Rashid Khalidi and responded to by Katherine Franke and Brinkley Messick. Three of the speakers delegitimized Israel: Dabed called Israel “a colonial regime,” Franke referred to “the colonial project of Zionism,” and Khalidi called Israel “a classic settler colonial system.” In addition, Dabed demonized Israel, falsely accusing it of “ethnic supremacy.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
4/4/16 – The Center for Palestine Studies held the event, “Being Palestinian Personal reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora: A book launch with Yasir Suliemon in conversation with Hamid Dabashi, with moderator, Rashid Khalidi.” During his talk, Suliemon delegitimized Israel by falsely referring to the “apartheid wall.” In addition, Hamid Dabashi advocated on behalf of BDS.
DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT) 3/28/16 – The Center for Palestine Studies held the event, “There is a Field’: Post Play Discussion.” The event was co-sponsored by the African American policy forum in Columbia and the Center for Intersectionality at the Law School, as well as Adallah. Brinkley Messick, a Professor of Anthropology and part of the Center for Palestine Studies introduced the event favorably mentioning that the Center for Palestine Studies has events on BDS. During the discussion, Abu Aseel demonized Israel stating, “We’ve fought against the racist Zionist regime with all the tools we have.”
COMPARING JEWS TO NAZIS;
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
3/4/16 – SJP hosted the event, “Why is Palestine Still the Issue in 2016? with Dr Ilan Pappé,” During his talk, Pappé denied Jewish self-determination, calling for the “one-state solution” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. He demonized Israelis and compared Israelis to Nazis by asking, “you have to ask yourself how come people who were victims of human brutality [in Europe] can become so brutal that they have no problem of eliminating another [the Palestinians]?” He delegitimized Israel calling it an apartheid state and a settler-colonial state. He further called for BDS.
DELEGITIMIZATION3/6/16 – SJP erected a mock apartheid wall that falsly accused Israel of Apartheid stating, “End Israeli Apartheid.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/3/16 – A Barnard College freshman published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator falsely accusing Israel of being an apartheid state and promoting the Columbia University anti-Israel divestment campaign and BDS more broadly.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
3/3/16 – No Red Tape, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Columbia University Apartheid Divest hosted the event, “Analyzing Violence, Demanding Accountability Feminist perspectives on Israeli Apartheid and the Campus Sexual Assault Crisis with Dr. Simona Sharoni” where Dr. Sharoni accused Israel of being an apartheid state and claimed US campus sexual assault had many similarities with “Israeli apartheid.” She also called for BDS.
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
3/1/16 – SJP erected a wall on campus that contained the phrase “Right of Return,” which would effectively eliminate the Jewish state.The wall also delegitimized Israel stating, “END ISRAELI APARTHEID.”
DEMONIZATION2/19/16 – The Barnard Center for Research on Women posted a summary of a talk with Reina Gossett to its blog that demonized Israel. The blog post discussed pinkwashing and published a definition as “the branding strategies [sic] used by the Israeli government to market itself as LGBTQ-friendly and distract from its violent military occupation of Palestine” where the word pinkwashing was then hyperlinked to a pro-BDS site called pinkwashingIsrael.com.
CONDONING TERRORISM;
DEMONIZATION
2/11/16 – The Center for Palestine Studies hosted a lecture by Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh entitled “Palestine Re-Covered: Reading a Settler Colonial Landscape.” In his talk, al-Shaikh repeatedly referred to Israeli politicians Shimon Peres and Ariel Sharon as “war criminals,” and called a former Israeli minister of tourism a “fascist”. In order to illustrate “a Palestinian audio-visual response to the Zionist project,” al-Shaikh showed a music video that condoned terrorism against Israel and included the words, “Oh motherland, these are your sons. They rose to fight the occupiers…The resistance will win. And victory will come and Al-Aqsa will be free.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALL FOR BDS)
2/1/16 – CU Apartheid DIvest produced a pamphlet entitled, “BDS 101.” The pamphlet falsly accused Israel of apartheid, and reiterated support for BDS.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
2/1/16 – Columbia University SJP and Columbia/Barnard JVP teamed up to form “Columbia University Apartheid Divest” and announced the launch of an anti-Israel divestment campaign, as well as a petition in support of divestment entitled, “CU Apartheid Divest Petition”, which falsely accuses Israel of “apartheid”.
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
12/4/15 – The Center for Palestine Studies and the Institute for Research on African-American Studies sponsored a panel discussion entitled “The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement: Struggle and Solidarity,” which was moderated by Columbia Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj and included presentations from UCLA Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, and Birzeit University Professor Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh. All three professors used antsemitic tropes in their talks. In introducing the panel, El-Haj claimed that Zionism was racist from its inception and continuing through the establishment of Israel until today. She also claimed that BDS was an important tool in raising awareness of Israel’s racism. Kelley, introduced as a founder of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, falsely accused Israel of “racialized state violence,” of committing “one of the greatest colonial crimes of the 20th century,” of a massive theft of land, of “setter colonialism” and “apartheid”. He also called for the full right of return of Palestinian refugees, which effectively means an end to the Jewish state, and he said that “there is no future for a Jewish state in the region” and that he personally wanted “to overthrow the apartheid state [of Israel] and bring to bear a new society.” Rahim al-Shaikh said that Israel is “settler colonialism par excellence” and “evil;” he accused Israel of “invading the land, replacing the aboriginals with immigrant settlers, and constructing a fabricated history and culture to replace that of the native;” and he challenged “the Zionist idea of a Jewish state.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
11/17/15 – SJP members held a rally protesting a pro-Israel event sponsored by the pro-Israel group Aryeh, by holding signs that accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and apartheid.
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION11/13/15 – Center for Palestine Studies, Adalah-The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, The Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality and The Columbia Center for Oral History Research co-sponsored the event, “Palestinian Futures: Remembering the Nakba.” During the event, Dr. Eman Abu Hanna-Nahhas shared the support of those interviewed, and her own support, for the “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, stating, “Why should a person a Jew who came from [a] European State come…to Palestine and live on my own land…it’s their own right…the right of return…the Palestinians have the right, it is their homeland.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
11/11/15 – The Center for Palestine Studies and School of the Arts held a screening of the film “The Wanted 18,” followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker, Amer Shomali and James Schamus. During the event, Shomali delegitimized Israel, saying, “What’s happening in Palestine… [is] a classical form of colonial apartheid system.” He further expressed support for BDS and delegitimized Israel again, stating, “BDS is giving the chance for people around the world to be involved in the same sense they got involved in ending the apartheid state in S. Africa, they can also join the BDS to end the apartheid state in Palestine… BDS is the only tool left with us as human beings around the world to bring Israel to sanity.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
10/29/15 – The Center for Palestine Studies and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race held the event, “The Native and the Refugee,” with filmmakers and producers Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny as well as Dr. Audra Simpson and Nidal Bitari. During the event, a short movie was screened where one of the individuals interviewed called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. Nidal Bitari additionally supported the right of return during the discussion period that followed the movie screening. Dr. Audra Simpson, in speaking on behalf of Native American studies, expressed “great support” of BDS.
CONDONING TERRORISM;
DENYING SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
8/18/15 – Columbia University Black Students’ Organization was among the signatories to the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine, a statement which included language which demonizes and delegitimizes Israel, supports BDS, condones terrorism, and denies Jews the right to self-determination: The statement falsely accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “brutality,” a “one-sided slaughter”, “injustice and cruelty,” “racism,” “settler colonialism” and “apartheid”; the statement also endorsed the BDS movement, claimed that terrorism is legitimate “resistance” to acts of “anti-Palestinian violence,” and called for the return of “7 million” Palestian refuguees to “their homeland in present-day Israel,” which is effectively a call for the elimination of the Jewish state.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/23/15 – SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” during “Israeli Apartheid Week” in order “to raise awareness about the unjust apartheid policies of Israel and to bolster support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.”
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT4/8/17 – JVP hosted the event, “Shabbat Discussion:Our Jewish Case for BDS.”
BDS VOTE4/2/17 – 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.
CALLS FOR BDS2/27/17 – 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 EVENT11/4/16 – The Center for Palestine Studies promoted an off-campus BDS event, “Palestine, BLM and Boycott in the Arts,” on the center’s University-hosted website, in tacit approval of the event and BDS. The advertisement stated, “In recent years, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has made significant headway in the United States despite intensive, and unconstitutional, efforts by pro-Israeli forces to stop its spread…the Movement for Black Lives declared its support for BDS in its official platform…provid[ing] a new level of moral legitimacy to BDS…How can we, as artists, cultural producers and workers, embrace boycott in the arts as an act of solidarity and revolutionary love?”
BDS EVENT9/29/16 – Columbia University Apartheid Divest (formed by SJP and JVP) held the event, “BDS 101” for participants to “learn why we are demanding that the University divests from Israeli Apartheid and understand what that means!”
CALLS FOR BDS8/31/16 – A “Disorientation Guide 2016” was produced by a new hub called Disorientation 2016, which was shared with students as a resource for activism on campus and progressive spaces. Pages 36 & 37 covered the campus organizations of Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine, both of whom called for BDS on their respective pages.
CALLS FOR BDS4/26/16 – 601 undergraduate students, 190 graduate students, 103 alumni, 75 faculty, and 12 staff members signed petitions in support of BDS.
CALLS FOR BDS3/2/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week”, SJP tabled near its apartheid wall structure with a large banner “Boycott Israel” and gave out handouts on BDS.
CALLS FOR BDS2/29/16 – 40 faculty signed a petition supporting Columbia University Apartheid Divest.
BDS EVENT2/29/16 – In honor of Israeli Apartheid Week, SJP and JVP hosted the BDS event, “The Case for Academic Boycott: a panel conversation with Nadia Abu El-Haj, Katherine Franke, and Neferti Tadiar.”
BDS EVENT2/18/16 – Columbia/Barnard JVP held the BDS event “Is BDS Anti-Semitic?”, which was co-sponsored by Columbia University Apartheid Divest and Students for Justice in Palestine.
CALLS FOR BDS2/11/16 – A Barnard College senior and a core organizer of the Barnard/Columbia chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator promoting the Columbia University anti-Israel divestment campaign and BDS more broadly.
BDS EVENT2/11/16 – Columbia University Apartheid Divest held a follow-up second event, “BDS 101” for only Colubmia students to learn about BDS.
BDS EVENT2/4/16 – Columbia University held an event, “BDS 101” as the first event of “CU Apartheid Divest” to learn about BDS.

 

In the News ?

May 15, 2017:
World Israel News – Columbia University ‘Nakba Project’ promotes BDS

May 3, 2017:
The Algemeiner – ‘Mock Checkpoint’ Stunt on Israel’s Memorial Day Condemned by Columbia University Zionist Student Groups

May 1, 2017:
Facebook – Yom Hazikaron at Columbia University

April 24, 2017:
Daily Columbia Spectator – If you support peace, don’t support BDS

April 5, 2017:
JNS.org – Columbia University student council overwhelmingly rejects BDS resolution

April 5, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Muslim Bedouin IDF Veteran: Wrong, Embarrassing for Jews to Spread Lies About Israel

April 4, 2017:
Forward – Columbia U. Student Council Kills BDS Referendum

April 4, 2017:
The Times of Israel – Columbia student council votes down BDS referendum

April 3, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Columbia student council votes down adding BDS referendum

April 3, 2017:
BWOG – After Four Tense Hours, CCSC Votes Down Proposed Apartheid Divest Referendum

April 3, 2017:
Columbia Daily Spectator – With over 100 in attendance, CCSC votes down Israeli divestment ballot measure

March 8, 2017:
Heatstreet – Ivy League Campus Seethes With Anti-Israel Events During ‘Israel Apartheid Week’

March 6, 2017:
The College Fix – Jewish students fight back against ‘Zionism is Racism’ events at Columbia

March 5, 2017:
The Jerusalem Post – WE MUST SPEAK LOUDER THAN EVER AGAINST BDS

February 28, 2017:
Columbia Daily Spectator – Divest from fossil fuels and private prisons, student coalition urges USF

February 27, 2017:
BWOG – CCSC Debates Israeli Apartheid Week Cosponsorship, Hosts The Deans

February 27, 2017:
The Columbia Daily Spectator – No neutrality in apartheid
(Description note, “We, members of Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), were left asking: why should recognition of intersectionality exclude Palestinians? How could one, in good conscience, ignore racism, sexual violence, environmental racism, and colonialism in the context of Israel/Palestine? When students are made aware of this double standard, they will often say that they simply don’t know enough to take a stance. This widespread belief—that entitlement to an opinion requires exhaustive knowledge of the Israeli occupation of Palestine—keeps many students out of the conversations we in CUAD try to encourage on campus…  Either afraid of negotiating or believing themselves unable to negotiate these polarizing stances, students retreat to a position of presumed “neutrality,” a non-stance amounting to little more than tacit support for the status quo: occupation, dispossession, and apartheid. “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 discourse about Israel/Palestine at Columbia is in need of dramatic recalibration… As part of our work this Israeli Apartheid Week, CUAD will present a resolution to CCSC calling for divestment from companies that participate in Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the government’s continued human rights abuses. Education and dialogue during Israeli Apartheid week are essential to the resolution vote…This is our way of honoring the Palestinian call to BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions). BDS, with its three simple demands, is an effective tactic for pressuring the Israeli government into abiding by international law. It is a tangible way to empower everyone, from consumer to politician, to end apartheid.”)

February 27, 2017:
The Washington Free Beacon – Columbia University Hosts ‘Zionists Are Racists’ Forum

February 20, 2017:
The College Fix – Columbia students shout down Israel’s ambassador to UN because he’s a ‘cheerleader for Trump’

February 15, 2017:
Alternet – Students Protest University Talk by Far-Right Israeli Ambassador Known For Inciting Against African Refugees

February 15, 2017:
Columbia Daily Spectator – Students debate Israel-Palestine conflict at activist group panel

February 14, 2017:
Columbia Daily Spectator – Israeli U.N. ambassador Danny Danon speaks at Columbia amid student protests

February 14, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Columbia U Protesters Call for Elimination of Jewish State During Speech by Israel’s UN Ambassador

February 10, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Columbia University Forces Organizers of Upcoming Event With Jewish State’s UN Ambassador to Slash Number of Pro-Israel Attendees

February 9, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Student Activist: Columbia University Feels Like ‘War Zone’ Ahead of Scheduled Lecture by Israel’s UN Ambassador

January 23, 2017:
Campus Reform – Prof warns pro-Israel people will ‘infest’ Trump admin

January 18, 2017:
The Tower – Columbia Professor: Pro-Israel People “Are Going to Infest Our Government”

December 27, 2016:
Forward – Columbia Unbecoming – Then and Now

December 20, 2016:
New Voices – Between Politics and Religion: Jewish Activism at Columbia

December 17, 2016:
JP Updates – Neo-Nazi application found at Columbia disguised as Thomas Hardy classic

December 16, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Jews at Columbia U ‘Profoundly Disturbed’ by Discovery of Neo-Nazi Recruitment Forms Disguised as Classic Thomas Hardy Novel

December 9, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Academic Freedom Proponents Slam BDS Policy of ‘Anti-Normalization,’ Non-Engagement With Israel, Supporters

December 8, 2016:
Columbia Daily Spectator – Israel and Palestine on campus: Where do we go from here?
(Description note – David Duke comment on this Jewish student’s article, “This is the ‘deplorable’ David Duke you mentioned, in the flesh, are you shaking in your boots? The main reason I am so hated is because I expose the absolute hypocrisy of you Zionists and the Zionist State of Israel. 1) You are a Jewish supremacist state based on one overriding factor, Jewish ethnic genetics. Jews anywhere in the world can immigrate to Israel whether religious or not, a state that in the lifetime of the Palestinians had 600,000 ethnically cleansed because they were of the wrong genetic lineage. Israel is a state that forbids marriage of a Jew to a Gentile. Israel is a state that has tortured according to their own courts, well over 100,000 Palestinians, and just recently massacred and maimed thousands of men women and children in Gaza. You Jewish supremacists are able to get away with all this because you own most of the media conglomerates and because your people are taught to be radical Jewish racists by your religion and your secular ideology of Jewish chosenness. The idea that somehow God chooses you over every other race on Earth is the height of racial supremacism in a true sense. While Christmas nativity scenes have been banned, in America, your control over our politics shows in that Giant Menorahs can put up on public land in front of the White House. Jewish institutions say the whole Hanukkah celebration is about a Jewish Isis-like massacre of Jews and Greeks who loved each other, thereby stopping “Jewish assimilation”. Interesting, that most Jewish organizations work against assimilation for themselves but promote assimilation for every other people. Why, maybe, because with everybody else atomized, they don’t dare stand up to what David Brooks of the NY Times refers to as the Jewish takeover of America.” (2005 The Chosen by David Brooks NYT) Those who have a shred of intellectual courage should read my books, including Jewish Supremacism, the most read book on the planet exposing Zionism. Good Luck and Happy Hanukkah! Nah no happy celebrations of massacres will be promoted by me. I would rather say Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men! Therefore I say Merry Christmas. Dr. David Duke www.davidduke.com.”)

December 6, 2016:
Bwog – Student Coalition Condemns SSI Event On Indigenous Narratives
(Description note, “However, many groups on campus are not so certain that this is the case. This morning, we received a statement from 25 ethnic, national, and cultural campus groups that “stand in solidarity with indigenous people”, including CU Apartheid Divest, Columbia Queer Alliance, Black Students Organization, Chicanx Caucus, and Columbia Divest for Climate Justice. These groups condemn the event, on the basis that “there can be no common interests and no principled solidarity between indigenous people and those who defend and aid Israel’s active project of ethnic cleansing and colonization of the Palestinians and their land.” The statement goes on to claim that “this event masks the catastrophic impact that the state of Israel, with its theft of Palestinian land and lives, has had and continues to have on the indigenous people of Palestine since 1948.” The statement concludes with a resolution from its signatories to “reject colonialism in every form,” and “call upon the greater Columbia community to recognize the past and present oppression of Palestinians and all indigenous peoples around the world.”)

November 7, 2016:
The Tower – Anti-Israel Activists Take the Stage at Columbia University Law School

October 27, 2016:
The Wall Street Journal – Bashing Israel Trumps Helping Gays

October 13, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Activists Blast Inclusion of Student Group’s Anti-Israel Events in Columbia’s LBGT Awareness Month

September 20, 2016:
Columbia Daily Spectator – SJP op-ed: Genocide is not justice, and its advocates don’t belong on our campus

September 18, 2016:
Columbia Daily Spectator – The virtue of conversation
(Description note, “I realized then that our two years in college had made us less willing to engage with each other’s ideas. SJP does not engage with pro-Israel student groups because it is part of a national organization that has an “anti-normalization” policy, which means the group officially will not cosponsor events or engage in formal discussion with pro-Israel groups. The BDS movement alienates moderates in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, strengthens extremists on both sides, and exacerbates a march away from peace.”)

August 17, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Bringing Campus Battle Skills to Front Lines of Jewish State, US College Grads Enlist in IDF

August 4, 2016:
The Tower – Columbia Faculty’s Pushback Against Anti-Israel Hate Groups Preserves Free Exchange of Ideas

April 29, 2016:
Columbia Spectator – Columbia University Apartheid Divest Submits Proposal to ACSRI Calling for Divestment
(Description note, “Columbia University Apartheid Divest submitted a proposal to the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing on Thursday asking the body to recommend divestment from companies that “profit from the State of Israel’s violations of international law.” The proposal is the latest development in an ongoing debate over Columbia’s ties to Israel—in March, a volley of petitions signed by faculty, students, and alumni circulated campus, both in condemnation and in support of divestment.   The proposal, published on CUAD’s website, puts forth that the University must address a “double standard posed by the dissonance between Columbia’s ideals and and its current investment in Israeli settler colonialism.”)

April 20, 2016:
The Algemeiner – ‘Intersectionality’: BDS Professor Links Campus Rape to Israel

April 18, 2016:
Alternet – Why Feminists Should Care About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

April 4, 2016:
The Tower – Columbia Faculty’s Pushback Against Anti-Israel Hate Groups Preserves Free Exchange of Ideas

April 3, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Breaking the Silence Demonizes Israel at Columbia University Hillel

April 1, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Columbia University Gives Platform to Anti-Israel Blasphemy

March 23, 2016:
Commentary – It’s Not Impossible to Beat BDS

March 23, 2016:
The Wall Street Journal – March Madness, the Anti-Semite Bracket

March 22, 2016:
Forward – READ: The Letter Signed By 235 Columbia Professors Decrying BDS

March 21, 2016:
The Wall Street Journal – Divesting of Campus Outrage

March 20, 2016:
The Algemeiner –  Columbia Faculty Members Release Letter Supporting University’s Ties to Israel, Following Petition by Colleagues Backing BDS

March 20, 2016:
BWOG – Over 200 Columbia Faculty And Administrators Sign Statement Against Divestment From Israel

March 16, 2016:
The Jewish Week –  Laying Low On BDS At Columbia

March 3, 2016:
Columbia Spectator – Over 600 students, faculty, and alumni sign petition condemning CU Apartheid Divest

March 3, 2016:
Columbia Spectator –  The writing is not on the wall
 
March 3, 2016:
The Times of Israel- Apartheid’ Week and BDS: Columbia University, UC Davis & the World

March 2, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Pro-Israel Installation at Columbia U Featuring 12-Foot Pinocchio Forced Down by Student Government

March 2, 2016:
BWOG- Over 600 Students, Alumni, And Faculty Sign Declaration Condemning Apartheid Divest’s Intifada Statement

March 1, 2016:
JTA – 40 Columbia profs sign BDS petition
 
March 1, 2016:
Columbia Spectator – 40 faculty sign petition in solidarity with Columbia University Apartheid Divest
 
February 29, 2016:
Columbia University Apartheid Divest – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK – FACULTY PETITION (In support of Divestment)

February 22, 2016:
Columbia Daily Spectator – There’s no place here for the language of Intifada
(Description note, “When “long live the Intifada” was posted on Facebook by the Barnard Columbia Socialists—a group officially recognized by the University—I felt exposed and unprotected. “Intifada,” or “armed uprising,” has historically referred to an ongoing period of violence against Israeli civilians. For me, the word “Intifada” stirs up memories that I want to leave behind—memories of bombings from my childhood during the Second Intifada and of shootings and stabbings from two months ago when I last visited home. These were memories I thought I had done away with by coming to Columbia…To be sure, I recognize that Palestinians and Israelis alike want to create a better environment in which to raise our children. They need a state of their own, and we need to feel safe in the one that already exists. But I also deserve to feel safe on an American university campus…To call for Intifada is to bring the reality from which we all left here to Columbia. To call for Intifada is to make me and so many others walk around this campus feeling like we are back to living in fear. Moreover, to allow the call for Intifada go unanswered is to legitimize the very violence for which it calls. And to call for violence is only one step away from actually conducting it.”)

February 11, 2016:
Daily Columbia Spectator – Letter to the editor: Pro-Palestinian activism and the press
(Description note, “Only three of the eight businesses that we have included on our list are Israeli. It is important that the student body know that our campaign does not merely call for divestment from Israeli business but all business that participates in the oppression of the Palestinian people through occupation, militarization, and inequality under the law. In following the international call for BDS coming from Palestinian civil society, we are focusing on the ways in which we, as Columbia students who benefit from the investments of our university, are implicated in the complicity of a large variety of different companies, many of which exist outside of Israel.”)

February 10, 2016:
The Jewish Week – First student-led divestment effort meets with pushback.
 (Description note, “Over the past 10 years, only 18 schools, or .009 percent of all American universities, have approved a BDS resolution, according to research conducted through The Jewish Week’s Investigative Journalism Fund. Of the 70 total votes that have been taken on BDS measures at American universities, 64 percent of resolutions were defeated…Marissa Young, a member of the executive board of Aryeh, said that the divestment campaign’s push for “intersectionality” leaves many Jewish students feeling marginalized.“It is an extremely divisive campaign,” she said. As a senior graduating in the spring, she said it is “scary” to leave campus knowing that people “really do see this as a liberal cause.”)

February 4, 2016:
The Algemeiner – BDS Event to Be Held by Columbia Students Demanding The University ‘End Investments in Israeli Apartheid’
(Description note, ““CUAD is happy to announce that Barnard Columbia Socialists will be cosponsoring this event with us!”)

February 4, 2016:
Columbia Spectator – CU Apartheid Divest divests from peace

February 3, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Student Israel Advocates Leading Anti-BDS Effort at Columbia: ‘It’s Considered Cool to Oppose Zionism’ (INTERVIEW)

February 1, 2016:
Columbia Spectator – New student group demands divestment from companies benefiting from Israeli occupation of Palestine

February 1, 2016:
BWOG – BREAKING: Columbia University Apartheid Divest Launches University BDS Campaign
(Description note, “tudents for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, student organizations that rally around Palestine activism, are calling for Columbia’s divestment campaign from companies that benefit from or provide funds for the continued presence of Israeli homes, business, and infrastructure in the West Bank. The two organizations are operating as Columbia University Apartheid Divest when working in conjunction on the campaign.”)

February 1, 2016:
CU Apartheid Divest – CU Apartheid Divest Petition
(Description note, “We demand that Columbia University end its investments in Israeli Apartheid. We call upon the Columbia community to support Palestinian human rights. We stand united for justice.”)

January 13, 2016:
Frontpage Mag – FROM BDS TO FERGUSON: COLUMBIA U. PANEL TAKES AIM AT ISRAEL – Profs declare: ‘There’s no future for a Jewish state.’

December 8, 2015:
Columbia Spectator – Over 80 students debate politicization of possible SGA endorsement of No Red Tape petition

December 4, 2015:
Center for Palestine Studies – EVENT – “The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Struggle and Solidarity” Panel

December 1, 2015:
Columbia Spectator – SGA should think twice before supporting No Red Tape
(Description note, “Beginning this semester, No Red Tape has officially taken on an anti-Israel stance. It publicly denounces Israel on social media and collaborates with anti-Israel student groups, such as Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine. …by making anti-Zionism a primary tenet of its platform, No Red Tape has disqualified itself from being our school’s much needed supportive group and community for students across the board. In elevating its political agenda over the needs of survivors, it’s reneged on its promise to be “survivor-centric.”)

November 23, 2015:
The Times of Israel – The Ivy League’s Israel Problem
(Description note, “Columbia University, the birthplace of anti-Israel scholarship that Edward Said inaugurated decades ago, offers a course with a similar political agenda this semester. The course, entitled “Israeli Society and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” aims to “acquaint students with Israeli society through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Despite this ostensible objective, however, the course does not wrap up with a discussion of contemporary societal trends in Israel. Rather, the class culminates with a series of polemical readings condemning the Israel lobby and United States’ support of Israel. The Columbia professor assigns a Noam Chomsky essay denouncing the US government’s alliance with Israel, along with John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s 2006 article in the London Review of Books. In the article, the authors argue that the Israel lobby was responsible for the US invasion of Iraq, among many other nefarious plots. While the assigned criticism of the Walt-Mearsheimer thesis is quite mild, the recommended reading list includes Rashid Khalid’s Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. Khalid’s book reinforces the course’s not-so-subtle message that the US government, influenced by the Israel lobby, is culpable for the absence of a peace settlement.”)

October 14, 2015: The Jewish Week – BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network
 

October 5, 2015: The Columbia Chronicle –  Lack of religious absence policy inexcusable
(Description note, “A clear and accessible policy outlined by Columbia’s administration about religious absences would benefit both students and faculty.”)

September 24, 2015: The Times of Israel – How to Fight Anti-Semitism on Campus: A Shocking New Method (Description note, “Last Monday night Leonard Jeffries came to Columbia, and I went to hear him speak. Seldom have I experienced such a welling-up of nausea, such an onslaught of disgust, such a feeling of helplessness in the face of unbounded ignorance, such a feeling of hopelessness for the predicament of my people, as I did that night. Yet strange to say, all those gut-wrenching, heart-searing emotions converged upon me beforethe esteemed professor began his demagogic discourse”)

September 16, 2015: No Red Tape, a sexual assault organization, aligns with SJP and moves the organization to taking a political, aggressively anti-Zionist stand, alienating many members and leaders.

August 18, 2015:
Black Solidarity with Palestine – 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine – 1,100 Signatories, 39 Groups
(DEMONIZATION, SUPPORT FOR BDS, DELEGITIMIZATION – Description note – UCLA Afrikan Student Union, BlaQue UCLA, Black Student Alliance at Yale, Black Student Alliance Executive Board – St. Louis University, Black Student Union at UC Berkeley, Columbia University Black Students’ Organization, Spoken Word Alliance at Tufts, Tufts Pan-African Alliance, and Stanford NAACP Executive Committee are among the signatories of a letter that demonizes, supports BDS and delegitimizes Israel with statements of, “Our support extends to those living under occupation and siege, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the 7 million Palestinian refugees exiled in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. The refugees’ right to return to their homeland in present-day Israel is the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians….US and Israeli officials and media criminalize our existence, portray violence against us as “isolated incidents,” and call our resistance “illegitimate” or “terrorism.” These narratives ignore decades and centuries of anti-Palestinian and anti-Black violence that have always been at the core of Israel and the US. We recognize the racism that characterizes Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is also directed against others in the region, including intolerance, police brutality, and violence against Israel’s African population. Israeli officials call asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea “infiltrators” and detain them in the desert, while the state has sterilized Ethiopian Israelis without their knowledge or consent. These issues call for unified action against anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and Zionism. .. We wholeheartedly endorse Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and call on Black and US institutions and organizations to do the same. We urge people of conscience to recognize the struggle for Palestinian liberation as a key matter of our time…We offer this statement first and foremost to Palestinians, whose suffering does not go unnoticed and whose resistance and resilience under racism and colonialism inspires us. “)

June 22, 2015: Channel3000.com – Columbia University to divest from prisons (Description note, “The decision means the Ivy League school — with boasts a roughly $9 billion endowment — will sell its estimated 220,000 shares in G4S, the world’s largest private security firm, as well its shares in the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison company in the United states…Student activists also targeted G4S, a British firm, which has supplied a prison in the West Bank and checkpoints in Palestinian territories…he added that a 17-month investigation by the OECD’s United Kingdom contact point had not found any human rights violations in G4S’s operations in Israel — and said the company would not renew its contracts in Israel once contracts there expired over the next two years.)

May 11, 2015: The Columbia Chronicle – Palestinian women conquer struggles (Description note, “Hosted by Columbia’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine on May 6 at Collins Hall in the 624 S. Michigan Ave. Building, the panel consisted of Rasmea Odeh, an associate director of the American-Arab action network, Faten Dabis, an attorney passionate about civil rights and human justice, Rania Salem, a sophomore at Loyola University and Sahar Halabi, a physician who works with various Palestinian organizations…Iymen Chehade, SJP’s faculty advisor and an adjunct professor in the Humanities, History & Social Sciences Department, said the panel helped humanize the Palestinian issue of what happened 67 years ago in Palestine and the same struggle that continues today. “)

May 6, 2015: SJP hosted an event entitled “Existing and Resisting: Palestinian Women Tell Their Stories” with Rasmea Odeh, Fateh Dabis, Rania Salem, and Sahar Halabi.

April 9, 2015:
Columbia Spectator – Barnard designates banner space after last year’s Students for Justice in Palestine banner debate
(Description note, “The Governing Board at Barnard College announced  in an updates newsletter on behalf of Barnard Student Life that newly approved, designated Barnard Banner Space – the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Diana Center – is now available for student clubs to hang banners. This development comes after last year’s debate regarding a Students for Justice in Palestine banner that the group received approval to hang outside of Barnard Hall during Israeli Apartheid Week. The banner, which depicted Israel without internal borders,  sparked controversy. The banner was removed a day after it was put up, and Barnard announced student groups would no longer be able to hang banners while it reviewed its policy. Barnard President Debora Spar would later release an op-ed justifying the removal of the banner.”)

April 3, 2015: Columbia Spectator – Reflecting on a culture of intimidation (Description note, “On Tuesday, March 24, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine held a panel discussion entitled “Media, Solidarity, and Palestine.” The event, hosted in recognition of Israeli Apartheid Week, was moderated by professor Hamid Dabashi and allowed Rania Khalek, Alex Kane, Joe Catron and Janine Hassan -four American and Palestinian journalists- to discuss their views and experiences writing on the topic of Israel/Palestine…These messages are only a small peek into the larger culture of intimidation that members of CSJP, or more largely, those who speak of Israeli injustices, constantly face on this campus and around the globe. One incident that exemplifies this very trend transpired last Monday. Members of Aryeh, the pro-Israel student group formerly known as LionPac, flyered all of campus with images that capitalized on the tragedies of the Syrian humanitarian crisis, appropriated Black figures, and underscored issues unrelated to those of Israel/Palestine through a racist conflation of Arab societies…”)

April 2, 2015: Columbia Spectator – NEWS ANALYSIS: What’s next for divestment campaigns on campus (Description note, “”Beginning with its first divestment request in 2000—a proposal to divest from corporations that export weapons to Israel—ACSRI has played a vital role in advising the Trustees in handling divestment campaigns. To most students involved with divestment campaigns, the issue is not merely grounded in Columbia’s investment situation, according to Dunni Oduyemi, CC ’16, a leader of Columbia Prison Divest and the former editor in chief of The Eye.“Across the world, in poor communities for undocumented people, for Palestinians living under Israeli apartheid, all are being affected by private prison companies who really only want to maximize profit and reify existing social hierarchies,” Oduyemi said.”)

April 1, 2015: Columbia Spectator – Depolarizing the “dialogue” surrounding Israel and Palestine Description note, “The first is the naïve and often inflammatory activism of other Jewish voices on campus. In Aryeh’s op-ed “Undress the truth,” the words “Gaza,” “settlement,” and “occupation” were never mentioned. How can there be productive dialogue about the conflict if we are not honest about the facts on the ground? Aryeh’s annual denunciation of the apartheid label remains hollow, as Ayah Zaki, BC ’15, and Sumaya Awad, CC ’16, pointed out in their op-ed, “Apartheid requires facts, not perspectives,” this Monday. Regardless of what we call it, something in Israel is very wrong.”)

March 30, 2015: Columbia Spectator – Personal experience and public discourse Description note, “ Many Jews both on and off campus feel as if critiques of Israel are often infused with anti-Semitic language or sentiments, and some certainly are. But critics of Israel are right to point out that one can take issue with the nation’s actions and not hate Jews. Just because something feels anti-Semitic doesn’t make it anti-Semitic. While we need to acknowledge and consider how we feel, it is equally important to realize that we cannot always trust our feelings, that what we feel is not always true.”)

March 30, 2015: Columbia Spectator – Apartheid requires facts not perspectives

March 29, 2015: Arutz Sheva – Op-Ed: Hatred of Israel on US Liberal Campuses

March 27, 2015: EVENT – The First Annual Palestinian Cultural Night: Existence is Resistance

March 26, 2015: Columbia Spectator – Engage, don’t alienate (Description note, “”But if we do not casually throw around the term genocide in those cases, why do we do so in the case of Israel? This is not just hypocrisy— it is the tortured use of a term for discriminatory purposes with the consequence of perpetuating anti-Jewish hatred, while unnecessarily poisoning the conversation surrounding Israeli-Palestinian relations at Columbia.”)

March 26, 2015: Columbia Spectator – We are not waiting (Description note, “For the first time ever, there is a Jewish voice standing in solidarity with Students for Justice in Palestine at the annual Israeli Apartheid Week on College Walk…We [Jewish Voice for Peace] unequivocally support and echo the Palestinian civil society call for a boycott of, divestment from, and sanctions against the State of Israel until it ends its oppressive policies against Palestinians and certainly until it stops using our Jewish identity to justify them. At our table on College Walk, we’ve set out to discuss issues that have not been fairly considered in the Jewish community, such as the Palestinian right of return, to speak for themselves and the fact that Israel is an apartheid state.”)

March 26, 2015:
Columbia Spectator – President Spar weighs in on SJP banner removal
(Description note, “Traditionally, Barnard has allowed student groups to use the spaces on either side of the Barnard banner to promote upcoming events. It was never our intent to use that space to advocate for any political position or opinion. Yet, by Tuesday morning, it had become clear that this [SJP Banner of Israel without any border, replaced with Palestine] banner’s placement on the main building had inadvertently created the appearance of official Barnard endorsement. And once this perception was afoot on our campus and in our community, we felt compelled to remove the banner and to halt the hanging of all banners on this site.”)

March 25, 2015: Bay Area Intifada- Black Student Union Condemns Campus Zionist Group, Reaffirms Solidarity with Palestine (Description note, “…we understand that zionism has no place in our solidarity and, thus, we cannot and will not excuse the actions of the Israeli state and their acts of discrimination, segregation, and genocide”)

March 24, 2015:
The Jewish Week – Bibi Complicates Jewish Student Life
(Description note, “The flyer campaign, entitled “Speak The Truth,” was intended to combat Israel Apartheid Week, an annual campaign criticizing Israel and promoting Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), which began Monday on college campuses across the U.S. “We’ve had our flyers vandalized and removed; it’s been more vicious and disrespectful than we’re used to,” said Daniella Greenbaum, a sophomore at Barnard and a board member of Aryeh (formerly LionPAC), the largest Israel advocacy group on campus.”)

March 24, 2015: The Jewish Week – Bibi Complicates Jewish Student Life (Description note, “This year, in a first on the Columbia campus, no pro-Zionist student group has a table near SJP to protest its stance, according to Greenbaum. In past years, a member of Aryeh has stood near the Columbia library at the center of campus waving an Israeli flag and protesting the makeshift wall SJP erects, echoing the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank. SJP booked both spots with Columbia administration far in advance, Greenbaum said. Though Hillel requested one spot to balance the conversation, SJP instead gave the spot to Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which promotes BDS and considers Israel an apartheid state.”)

March 24, 2015: The university’s Black Student’s Organization condemned Aryeh (the pro-Israel group on campus) while stating their support for and solidarity with SJP.

March 24, 2015: EVENT – CSJP IAW: Media, Solidarity, and Palestine

March 24, 2015: Columbia Spectator- Undress the truth

March 23, 2015: Columbia Spectator- Israeli Apartheid Week 2015: Mock Apartheid Wall

March 23, 2015: Jadaliyya- Israeli Apartheid Week at Columbia University (23-27 March, New York)

March 23, 2015: EVENT – Israeli Apartheid Week 2015: Mock Apartheid Wall

March 12, 2015: An SJP member was invited to speak at a rally dedicated to survivors of rape and instead of speaking about the issue at hand, SJP used the platform to preach their agenda and chant, “Free, free Palestine,” leaving attendees confused and upset.

March 12, 2015: Columbia Daily Spectator – Left and Lefter (Description note, “Dana…a survivor of rape. In October, Dana attended No Red Tape’s Carry That Weight National Day of Action rally, where a member of SJP was invited to address the crowd, connecting the causes of Palestine and campus rape. When the SJP member started his speech, she felt confused. Following the chants of “Free, free Palestine” after the speaker was finished, Dana and her friends left the rally. “I felt like this was a safe space to talk about campus sexual assault issues. There is so much on this campus that is about Israel and Palestine, but this was finally a place that wasn’t. But then it was,” she said.”)

March 12, 2015: The Jewish Press – Anti-Semitism Alive And Well On New York’s College Campuses

March 4, 2015: The Jewish Link of New Jersey- Fighting for Israel on the Battlefield and the Campus

February 27, 2015: EVENT – The Middle East, North Africa, and the World, 1907-2008

February 25, 2015: The Times of Israel – Conservative group: Columbia, Cornell among ‘worst anti-Semitic’ campuses

February 24, 2015: The Jewish Daily Forward – Columbia and Cornell Make Top 10 for ‘Jew Hatred’

February 24, 2015: Orlando Sentinel – Top 10 anti-Semitic colleges

February 23, 2015: The Algemeiner – Columbia Leads List of America’s Top 10 Colleges ‘With Worst Antisemitic Activity’

January 19, 2015: The Times of Israel – Students for Justice in Palestine Hinders Intellectual Discourse at Columbia

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

December 18, 2014: Campus Watch – ‘Palestinian Rights Activism’ Panel Turns Perpetrators into Victims

December 7, 2014: EVENT – Race, Violence, Resistance: From Gaza to Ferguson (photos) (videos)

December 6, 2014: Mondoweiss – Israel has no answer to BDS, Barghouti tells packed hall at Columbia – See more

December 4, 2014:
Columbia Spectator – Freedom of expression is a right in all spaces

December 3, 2014:
Truth Revolt – Barnard College President Delivers Introductory Remarks At SJP Event
(Description note: “Barnard President Debora Spar delivered the opening remarks at an event, titled “Race, Violence, Resistance: From Gaza to Ferguson,” hosted by Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine… we worry that her active presence could be taken as a tacit endorsement of the event’s message.”)

December 3, 2014:
Columbia Spectator – Spar’s presence at SJP event raises questions

November 26, 2014: SAUF Columbia Youtube Channel – Statement # 1 in an ongoing series on Police Brutality and Violence against people of color.

November 25, 2014: Columbia Spectator – SJP “Right 2 Education” is misguided

November 19, 2014: EVENT – Comparative Indigeneities: Dispossession, Belongings, and Human Rights in Palestine and Puerto Rico

November 17, 2014: EVENT – Right 2 Education Week 2014

November 17, 2014: Gatestone Institute – Dutch Officials Demonize Israelis

November 16, 2014: San Diego Jewish World – The Ivory Tower’s Attempt to Nazify Jews

November 1, 2014: Columbia Spectator – Letter to the editor: SJP, wait your turn (description note – SJP inappropriately interrupted a rally against sexual assault by shouting “free, free, Palestine”)

September 11, 2014:
Columbia Spectator – Inaction on the banner policy

September 9, 2014:
Columbia Spectator – Barnard remains without concrete banner policy

August 31, 2014: American Thinker- Hamas’s Academic Apologists (Description Note: “Similarly, Rashid Khalidi, who teaches modern Arab Studies at the Columbia University, maintained that, ‘By parroting deceitful Israeli talking points about ‘self-defense’ and ‘human shields,’ they — US and its allies — make themselves complicit in what may well amount to war crimes.’ Joseph Massad, professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, imagined in characteristically lurid detail, ‘The carnage that Israeli Jewish soldiers and international Zionist Jewish brigades of baby-killers are committing in Gaza (and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, let alone against Palestinian citizens of Israel).’ Employing a grossly ahistorical comparison to the Holocaust, Hamid Dabashi, who teaches Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University, likened Israelis to Nazis and Gaza to Auschwitz:’After Gaza, not a single living Israeli can utter the word ‘Auschwitz’ without it sounding like ‘Gaza.’ Auschwitz as a historical fact is now archival. Auschwitz as a metaphor is now Palestinian. From now on, every time any Israeli, every time any Jew, anywhere in the world, utters the word ‘Auschwitz,’ or the word ‘Holocaust,’ the world will hear ‘Gaza.’”)

August 27, 2014: Commentary Magazine- Columbia Boycotts Israel?

August 26, 2014: Mosaic – “Gaza = Auschwitz” Holocaust inversion—the claim that Israelis are the new Nazis and Palestinians the new Jews—has come to the American university campus.

May 1, 2014: Frontpage Mag – Rashid Khalidi’s False Narrative of Israeli History

April 25, 2014: StEVEN SALAITA TWEET – I think of all the pain Israelis have caused, their smugness, their greed, their violence, and yet I smile, because it’s all only temporary.

March 26, 2014:
Columbia Spectator – SJP banner removal implicitly backs pro-Israel view

March 11, 2014:
Tablet Magazine – Barnard Yanks Pro-Palestinian Banner

March 11, 2014: Columbia Spectator – Students for Justice in Palestine banner removal sparks debate on free speech, display policy

January 23, 2014: Jewish Journal – Omar Barghouti at UCLA: No to BDS, no to occupation

January 16, 2014: Jewish Journal – Omar Barghouti at UCLA: A speaker who brings hate

December 29, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT –  President Debora Spar’s Response to the ASA Resolution

thumbs-up December 28, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – President Lee Bollinger rejects American Studies Association boycott of Israel

thumbs-up December 27, 2013: PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT – President Lee Bollinger rejects American Studies Association boycott of Israel

September 23, 2013: Dag Hammarskjöld Program Vimeo – Omar Barghouti- Strategies for change

 

Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

February 13, 2017 – Protest of SSI event with Danny Danon. Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook

February 13, 2017 – Protest of SSI event with Danny Danon. Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook

 


 

Source Credit: The Jewish Press (February 14, 2015)

AThe Jewish Press (February 14, 2015)”

Source Credit: (March 3, 2015)

Anti-Israel students at Columbia University erected a mock “apartheid wall” in front of the iconic Low Library steps during Israel Apartheid Week, March 3, 2016. (Uriel Heilman)

Source Credit: As part of

As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week”, SJP tabled near its apartheid wall structure with a large banner “Boycott Israel” and gave out handouts on BDS. Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook page, 3/3/2016

Source Credit: A wall, mocking Israel’s security barrier, erected at Columbia University to mark Israel Apartheid Week.

Source Credit: A wall, mocking Israel’s security barrier, erected at Columbia University to mark Israel Apartheid Week. (October 14, 2015)


Source Credit: Twitter - Posters advertising a speech by Dumisani Washington were torn down at Columbia University (April 26, 2015)

Source Credit: Twitter – Posters advertising a speech by Dumisani Washington were torn down at Columbia University (April 26, 2015)


Source Credit: Columbia SJP organized a mock Israeli Checkpoint, Mint Press News April 1 2015

Source Credit: Columbia SJP organized a mock Israeli Checkpoint, Mint Press News April 1 2015


Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, March 27 2015

Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, March 27 2015


Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, March 23 2015

Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, March 23 2015


Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, March 23 2015

Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, March 23 2015


Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, Feb 20 2015

Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, Feb 20 2015



Source Credit: Columbia Spectator, November 1 2014

Source Credit: Columbia Spectator, November 1 2014


Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, Sept 17 2014

Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, Sept 17 2014


Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, Sep 11, 2014

Source Credit: Columbia SJP Facebook Page, Sep 11, 2014


Columbia University Students for Justice Right to Education Week 2012

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BDS Tracker

April 2, 2017 – Student Government – Failed – 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?” failed with a vote of 26 against putting the question on the ballot, five for and one abstention.


BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


STUDENT BDS

Student Group(s) Promoting BDS:8

  1. SJP
  2. Barnard JVP
  3. Columbia JVP
  4. Palestine Solidarity Committee
  5. LUCHA
  6. Columbia University Black Students’ Organization
  7. Barnard Columbia Socialists
  8. Columbia University Apartheid Divest

FACULTY BDS

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 38

  1. Lila Abu-Lughod
  2. Vanessa Agard-Jones
  3. Gil Anidjar
  4. Akeel Bilgrami
  5. Brian Boyd
  6. Partha Chatterjee
  7. Zoe Crossland
  8. Hamid Dabashi
  9. Ann Douglas
  10. Nadia Abu El-Haj
  11. Kevin Fellezs
  12. Katherine Franke
  13. Steven Gregory
  14. Stathis Gourgouris
  15. Wael Hallaq
  16. Marianne Hirsch
  17. Elizabeth Irwin
  18. Rebecca Jordan-Young
  19. Rhoda Kanaaneh
  20. Rashid Khalidi
  21. Mahmood Mamdani
  22. Joseph Massad
  23. Brinkley Messick
  24. Timothy Mitchell
  25. Gary Y. Okihiro
  26. Elizabeth Povinelli
  27. Anupama Rao
  28. Bruce Robbins
  29. Prantik Saha
  30. George Saliba
  31. James Schamus
  32. David Scott
  33. Audra Simpson
  34. Gayatri Spivak
  35. Neferti Tadiar
  36. Mick Taussig
  37. Gauri Viswanathan
  38. Paige West

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