Campus Monitor - Earlham College

Antisemitism Tracker

Total Antisemitic Activity:

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Classification Date-Description
11/13/16 – A swastika was drawn on a white board outside a dorm room.
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION 3/8/18 – Earlham Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine held the event, “Sa’ed Atshan Lecture on Israeli Pink washing.” “Pinkwashing” is a demonizing term implying that Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
2/23/18 – Earlham Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine held a “BDS Resolution Rally” on campus. A sign placed on a building above where the rally was being held said, “Genocide is Not a Quaker Value” with a large banner at the rally that read, “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions…Sign up Here to Join the Fight.” Another banner read, “Earlham Fund Israeli Apartheid.” The rally promoted SPJP’s BDS resolution titled “Support Earlham Divestment”.
2/18/18 – Earlham Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine created a BDS resolution entitled “Support Earlham Divestment.” Text in the resolution demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Since 1948 Israel has denied Palestinians their basic rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation.” The resolution further calls for the “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
DELEGITIMIZATION 2/15/17 – SPJP held a film screening event for “Roadmap to Apartheid,” a film which delegitimizes Israel by falsely accusing it of being an apartheid state.
4/1/16 – SJP put up a flier near Sabra Hummus in the dining area that stated, “Boycott Sabra Hummus…Show Earlham College you won’t buy into Occupation and Apartheid.” A separate sticker nearby said, “Free Palestine. Boycott Divestment Sanctions. Earlham College.”
3/1/15 – Earlham SJP and BDS Earlham hosted a week of events entitled “Israeli Apartheid Week.” According to promotional materials, the purpose of the week’s events was to “raise awareness about Israeli Apartheid policies” and to “build support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) global campaign.”
3/1/15 – BDS Earlham published a zine entitled “Earlham Beat: Israeli Apartheid Week,” which promotes the BDS movement and falsely accuses Israel of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” and ” terror”.
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 3/6/18 – Earlham Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine held the event, “Palestine Awareness Week – Study Break.” The description for the event encouraged attendees to come in order to “learn about the BDS resolution.”
BDS EVENT 11/10/17 – Earlham Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine held the event “BDS 101.”
CALLS FOR BDS 5/4/16 – BDS Earlham announced in a Facebook post that following “a series of events organized by SPJP and BDS during Israeli Apartheid Week [that] emphasize[d] the injustices that Sabra Hummus is complicit in as a company” sales dried up. The university stated that, “…sales of Sabra products slowed down as demand dried up. We do not intend to reorder Sabra.” BDS Earlham claimed that, “After this recent success of Earlham’s boycott campaign, we now hope to focus our efforts on divesting from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and HP.”
CALLS FOR BDS 1/16/16 – SJP posted a Facebook message encouraging students to divest from Israeli products stating, “Welcome back to a new semester at Earlham! Find out how you can get involved in BDS Earlham by reading up on what products to boycott on campus here” then linked to the BDS Movement’s site.
BDS EVENTS 10/23/15 – BDS Earlham hosted an event to educate about and promote BDS.
BDS VOTES 4/22/15 – The Earlham Student Senate passed by consensus an anti-Israel divestment resolution presented by BDS Earlham after three weeks of deliberation.


In the News ?

February 28, 2018:
SPJP’s BDS Resolution – SPJP’s BDS Resolution – Support Earlham Divestment

November 14, 2016:
Pal-Item – Swastika drawn outside Earlham dorm room door
(Description note, “A swastika was drawn outside a dorm room at Earlham College this weekend, leading to the perpetrator being banned from the campus. On Sunday, Earlham public safety officers were alerted to a swastika being written on a dry erase board hanging outside a room where two students are living. The officers, along with personnel from the college’s Department of Student Life, conducted a full internal investigation and offered support for all students affected by the incident, according to a statement released Monday night by Brian Zimmerman, Earlham’s director of media relations. After the investigation, the responsible individual was identified and action was taken, including banning that individual from visiting campus in the future. The responsible individual isn’t a member of the Earlham community, Zimmerman said.”)

April 30, 2015:
The Jewish Week – Earlham College Student Senate Passes Divestment Resolution

April 29, 2015:
JTA – Earlham College Student Senate Passes Divestment Resolution

April 27, 2015:
AMCHA – Press Release by BDS Earlham
(Description note, “On April 22, following three weeks of deliberation, the Student Senate of Earham (sic) College passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. The resolution, presented by Boycott Divestment Sanctions Earlham (BDS Earlham), calls for divestment from three major companies profiting from the Occupation: Motorola Solutions, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar. This Senate Victory was a unique one. As opposed to a voting-based model, the Earlham Student Senate utilizes a consensus-based decision making model… BDS Earlham approached the Student Senate on two separate occasions prior to this most recent presentation of the student resolution. In the interaction with the Senate in the spring of 2013, the Senate agreed to take a poll of students’ opinions regarding divestment, and then agreed to hold an all­student meeting the following fall. However, in the fall the Senate chose to drop the meeting out of fear of not remaining “neutral” on a controversial issue. “Our support for the resolution stems from our continuous commitment to our school’s mission and the Principles and Practices that guide Earlham’s decision making process as inspired by the Quaker testimony. Earlham’s Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement clearly states that, as a college community, ‘we seek to promote the presence and voice of groups that have been historically oppressed.’ Supporting the resolution is part of our attempt to live up to the values that shape who we are as a community,” said Co­Presidents of Earlham Student Government, Claire Welsh and Hashem Abu­Sham’a… We are also excited to be the 21st college to have a Student Senate endorse divestment from Occupation of Palestine. We believe strongly that every small victory is impactful for the larger BDS movement.”)

September 13, 2012:
The Electronic Intifada – Student activists at Earlham College say Sabra boycott win only the beginning


Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

Earlham Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine held a “BDS Resolution Rally” on campus. Source Credit: Earlham SPJP Facebook (February 23, 2018)

Source Credit: Facebook: Remi Kanazi sharing a picture from Earldom SJP, March 31 2016

Source Credit: Facebook: Remi Kanazi sharing a picture from Earldom SJP, March 31 2016

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BDS Tracker

4/22/2015 – Student Government Senate: PASSED – Divestment resolution passed using a consensus vote.

9/5/2012 – Student Government: PASSED – Earlham College boycotts Sabra. Student activists say this is only the beginning.

BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 2

  1. Earlham Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine
  2. BDS Earlham



Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 2

  1. Joanna Swanger
  2. Charles L. Yates

AMCHA Activism

There are currently no AMCHA Initiative campaigns for this campus.