Campus Monitor - George Washington University

Student Voices

  • April 26, 2018 – George Washington University Jewish Student (Noah) “All students, at any college campus, should be treated equally. Clearly, at GW, this isn’t a priority. Jewish students, according to these 10 senators, are not equals…My disappointment with the SA cannot be quantified. My disappointment with the number of senators that are complicit with anti-Semitism at GW cannot be quantified.” Read more
  • April 24, 2018 – Former SA Senator & Jewish Student (Joe) “I watched the Senator silence students by keeping them off the Senate just because they were Jewish and pro-Israel during the Senate vacancy process.” Read more
  • April 24, 2018 – George Washington University Jewish Student (Shanni) “Two ‘whereas’ clauses were introduced into the bill: one reaffirms Israel’s right to exist while the other affirms that both Palestinians and Israelis have the right to safety, security, and self-determination. Yet, five senators opposed this addition and two abstained. This should have been unanimously supported. Just because one disagrees with the actions of a government does not mean the state should not exist. Nobody claims the United States should cease to exist because they disagree with President Donald Trump’s policies.” Read more
  • April 24, 2018 – Former SA Senator & Jewish Student (Joe) “I want you to look in the face of every single one of the students in this room and tell them that you did not vote to protect them when an anti-Semite who was supposedly a leader at this University spoke anti-Semitic rhetoric. Shame on you.” Read more
  • April 24, 2018 – George Washington University Jewish Student (Noah) “As a politically active black, Jewish student, I find most aspects of this bill problematic. It provides a biased narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and promotes a campus climate that is exclusive to students who seek a more balanced perspective…When I attend meetings for progressive organizations and people hear of my Jewish identity, the first question they always ask is for my opinion on Israel. When I respond that I support the Jewish right to self-determination, people stop engaging me and treat me differently.” Read more
  • April 12, 2018 – George Washington University Jewish Student (Shanni) “[SJP] have also unintentionally increased awareness on campus of how Jewish students are affected by anti-Zionism. Students who are otherwise comfortable with their Jewish and Zionist identities at GW are being scared into silence and shunned from certain social circles on campus. No student should feel intimidated, uncomfortable, or targeted by student organizations, and just because groups like SJP claim that they aren’t anti-Semitic, doesn’t mean they actually aren’t… the students at GW deserve to learn the truth and not to be fed anti-Semitic hate from SJP.” Read more
  • April 10, 2018 – George Washington University Jewish Student (Erick) “Anti-Semitism on this campus did not begin with March 26. Many of us feel that we cannot vocalize our concerns because we will be waved away or ostracized from our other circles if we share how we’re feeling.” Read more
  • March 27, 2018 – George Washington University Student (Olive) “It troubled me that a candidate for vice president running on a platform of inclusivity appears to care so little about making sure Jewish students feel included on campus. His decision to single out the Jewish Student Association out of all the other groups involved in the Faith and Environment Panel and Multicultural Winter Formal felt far removed from his platform.” Read more
  • March 27, 2018 – George Washington University Student (Hillel) “There is a clear difference between valid criticism of Israeli politics and placing collective responsibility on all Jewish people. Boycotting events because Jewish organizations are present is anti-Semitism.” Read more
  • March 27, 2018 – George Washington University Former SA Senator (Joe) “As a member of the Governance and Nominations committee, I was in the room during the vacancy filling process earlier this fall. I witnessed Senator Forrest and other members of the committee manipulate the agenda and influence decisions based on efforts to remove any Senator affiliated with pro-Israel organizations. I watched as he messaged members of the committee encouraging them to speak out against candidates who had an affiliation to pro-Israel groups. When I spoke up and asked whether there was a relationship between the candidates they were opposing and their affiliation with pro-Israel organizations, I was quickly shut down, screamed at for accusing them of what they called ‘antisemitism,’ and the meeting was quickly ended. This committee, filled with the same Senators that led the effort to remove me, will now be responsible for filling the vacant seat. Brady Forrest has been an outspoken support of the BDS movement on this campus and across the country. He was instrumental in the efforts to pass the resolution last year, and has made efforts on this year’s Senate to facilitate the passage of a future divestment resolution.” Read more
  • March 27, 2018 – George Washington University Former VP of Student Activities in SA and Jewish Student  (Alisa) “In September 2015, I was nominated by President Andie Dowd to serve as the VP of Student Activities in her cabinet. I was warned by a number of Senators that due to my involvement in Jewish life on campus, I would likely face resistance from Senator Forrest. I was involved with GW Hillel and the Jewish Student Association, the two organizations that Senator Forrest referenced when he called for a boycott of the Multicultural Winter Formal in 2014. Senator Forrest showed resistance to my nomination throughout the process, citing concerns about the lack of transparency involved in the nominations process. I reached out to Senator Forrest the week prior to my confirmation vote so that I could better understand his concerns, yet he declined to respond to my email. While all other Senators voted to approve my nomination on the basis of my platform and qualifications, Senator Forrest abstained from voting. Given Senator Forrest’s consistent efforts to exclude Jewish students from the Student Association and the recent Overheard post that reveals Senator Forrest’s attitude towards two major Jewish student organizations on our campus, I can’t help but wonder if Senator Forrest’s resistance to my nomination was due in-part to my involvement in Jewish life on campus.” Read more
  • March 27, 2018 – George Washington University SA presidential candidate (Imani) “While we may have strong political stances that may cause divisions, we cannot let those stances be tainted with anti-Semitism. When we question the inclusion of the Jewish Students Association and GW Hillel in the Multicultural Formal, we deny Jewish students the right to feel safe in our community.” Read more
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  • January 23, 2018 – George Washington University Former Student Senator (Joe) “It’s not a surprise to me that the senators most closely aligned with the BDS movement on campus have made it their mission to remove an openly pro-Israel student from the senate in an effort to silence an opinion.” Read more
  • December 7, 2016 – George Washington University Jewish Student (Noa) “Passing by Kogan Plaza during the anti-Trump rally held November 15th, I was struck for the first time with the feeling that I may not be safe at GW. At a rally supposedly about love for one another, I was shocked to hear anti-Semitic rhetoric, hate, and demonization coming from my peers.” Read more
  • November 29, 2016 – George Washington University Jewish Student (Sara) “The flag is a symbol of an organization that can promote values that make other groups of students, especially Jewish students, feel unsafe and unwelcome. For many Israel advocates, the flag is representative of an active and mobilized group against their homeland and their values. Students shouldn’t have introduced this controversial symbol in a place where students were meant to feel safe.” Read more
  • March 2015, Jewish George Washington University Student (Rachel) Following three swastikas drawn on residence halls, the University is criticized for it’s response to Jewish concerns. According to the GW Hatchet, “Rachel Schwartzman, a resident in the hall, said the University was “not treating the students as adults” or responding to their concerns quickly. Schwartzman, who is a member of the historically Jewish sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi, which has members housed on a floor in the building, said officials did not formally acknowledge the vandalism until a meeting with residents on Wednesday – four days after the initial report. That, she said, made her and other residents feel like the incident was being “swept under the rug.” Students had to ask their parents to call the University Police Department because reports about the anti-Semitic symbols were not initially taken seriously, she said.” Read more

 

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Classification Date-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
3/25/18 – A hand-written note containing swastikas and “offensive language” was found near the Science and Engineering Hall. It is unclear what the offensive language contained.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
12/4/17 – Nazi symbols and inflammatory statements about gender discrimination were found handwritten on signs and posters in the Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (JBKO) Residence Hall.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
INTIMIDATION;
HISTORICAL
2/21/15 – Three swastikas were found drawn inside a campus dormitory where numerous sororities and fraternities are housed.
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
4/24/18 – JVP released a statement to the community that delegitimized Israel, saying, “We are…proud that the [BDS] resolution named Israel as an apartheid state.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
4/23/18 – The Student Association Senate approved a BDS measure in an 18-6 vote, with 6 abstentions, in a secret paper ballot. During the voting process, two “whereas” clauses were introduced into the bill: one reaffirms Israel’s right to exist while the other affirms that both Palestinians and Israelis have the right to safety, security, and self-determination. Five senators opposed this addition to include Israel’s right to exist, and two abstained. The resolution quoted Baleka Mtebe as saying that Israel is “far worse than apartheid South Africa” and Mandla Mandela’s claiming that “Israel is the worst apartheid regime.” The resolution went on to claim, “Israel has used the F-16 to deliberately kill Palestinian civilians.” The resolution concluded by stating that “the Senate calls on the university to begin the process of divestment from The Boeing Company, Caterpillar Inc., CEMEX, Elbit Systems Ltd., General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Northrop Grumman, and The Raytheon Company within the 2018-2019 academic year.” The resolution was endorsed by “Queer Radicals, GWU Students for Justice in Palestine, GWU Muslim Students’ Association, Jewish Voice for Peace GWU, Young Democratic Socialists of America GW, GWU Students for Indigenous and Native American Rights, Association of Queer Women and Allies, No Lost Generation GWU and GW Arab Student Association.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
4/10/18 – An upcoming divestment bill was promoted by Divest this Time GW. The resolution quoted Baleka Mtebe as saying that Israel is “far worse than apartheid South Africa” and Mandla Mandela’s claiming that “Israel is the worst apartheid regime.” The resolution went on to claim, “Israel has used the F-16 to deliberately kill Palestinian civilians.” The resolution concludes by stating that “the Senate calls on the university to begin the process of divestment from The Boeing Company, Caterpillar Inc., CEMEX, Elbit Systems Ltd., General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Northrop Grumman, and The Raytheon Company within the 2018-2019 academic year.” The resolution was endorsed by “Queer Radicals, GWU Students for Justice in Palestine, GWU Muslim Students’ Association, Jewish Voice for Peace GWU, Young Democratic Socialists of America GW, GWU Students for Indigenous and Native American Rights and the Association of Queer Women and Allies.” An article claimed, “At least three of the four GW Student Association members that introduced the resolution are in the schools’ Students for Justice in Palestine charter.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
3/23/18 – Promotional materials for the Divest This Time at GW campaign released to the campus community included the creation of a video that demonized and delegitimized Israel throughout with accusations of “apartheid,” “pinkwashing,” “ethnic cleansing,” as well as that Israel is “absolutely horrible.” Supporters additionally took photographs of themselves on campus holding similar signs as the sentiments expressed in the video including one that denied Jews self-determination, stating, “#DivestThisTime because supporting Israel as the only ‘Jewish State’ is not harmonious with my Jewish Values.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 3/22/18 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Palestine 101: Israeli Apartheid” where participants learned, “why the treatment of Palestinians should be referred to as an apartheid.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/19/18 – SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.” Large letters spanned the top of the wall stating, “Israeli Apartheid Wall,” and one of the panels called for BDS.
DEMONIZATION 3/6/18 – The same fliers from the alt-right Richard Spencer organization “Operation Homeland” that were found on American University’s campus two weeks ago appeared on the George Washington University campus. The fliers stated, “No more wars for Israel. #AIPACgohome,” implying that Israel manipulates America to fight in wars on Israel’s behalf.
DEMONIZATION 4/13/17 – SJP held the event “Tel Aviv Night Clubs & West Bank Check Points// Sa’ed Atshan” to discuss, “pinkwashing,” i.e malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/29/17 – SJP staged a “die-in” on campus as part of their “Divest This Time” campaign, advertised as “GW failed South Africa. Don’t Fail Palestine.” Their promotion of the event called on the George Washington University “to divest from these corporations to end our complicity in this horrific violence, which the university failed to do during apartheid in South Africa.” One of the “dead” had a sign that said, “I could not visit my family in Jerusalem because of the apartheid wall created with cement produced by Cemex.”
DEMONIZATION 3/27/17 – SJP, the GW Black Student Union, and the GW Feminist Student Union held the event, “GWU SJP Palestine Awareness Week Keynote – Angela Davis.” During her talk, entitled “Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Why Movements for Social Justice Should Support Palestine,” Davis demonized Israel, stating, “We say no to Israel’s ethnic cleansing strategies…the racism of the state of Israel…This is supposed to be the dismantling of the era of Israeli occupation of Palestine…if we call the U.S. a prison nation Palestine under Israeli occupation is certainly the worst possible example of a carceral society. Palestine is the largest open air prison.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/10/17 – According to an article in the school paper, SJP sent a letter to President Knapp that included a list of 13 companies, including Hewlett-Packard, General Electric and Boeing, that SJP claims are “complicit in and profiting from apartheid policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.” The letter asked President Knapp to respond by March 22 to confirm that the University invests in any of the named companies. SJP also circulated a petition for students to sign in support of divestment.
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
2/21/17 – SJP held the event “Palestine 101 Part 4: Checkpoints and the Apartheid Wall” to learn about “the Israeli apartheid wall and racist checkpoints manned by the IDF.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
11/15/16 – Students protested President-elect Trump on campus and delivered a list of demands to administrators. The demands included the demonizing false accusation that Israel is perpetrating a genocide of Palestinians, stating that GWU must “increase the acceptance of Palestinian international students in order to protect its Palestinian students from the escalating [Israeli] state-sanctioned genocide” as well as the delegitimizing false accusation of apartheid in a BDS call, demanding that “the University must divest from unethical corporations that profit from human rights abuses against people of color…[including] colonialism and apartheid in Palestine.”
HISTORICAL 3/1/16 – A series of leaked Pi Kappa Phi chapter emails revealed many containing antisemitic statements calling members “Jewish” or “Jews” for not participating in philanthropy events. In March of this year, an email was sent that read, “Guys stop being so Jewish and donate some pennies for f*&^s sake.”
BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 4/12/18 – JVP published an op-ed in the school publication, The Rival, that supported an upcoming divestment bill.
BDS VOTE 5/1/17 – A divestment resolution was discussed and voted on. The resolution failed 15-14-1.
CALLS FOR BDS 4/26/17 – The group “Divest this Time GW” submitted a resolution to the student government that asks the school’s Board of Trustees to divest from corporations that do business with Israel. The companies include Boeing, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Lockheed Martin.
BDS EVENT 3/28/17 – SJP held the event “Why Divest?” to discuss the launch of their new “Divest This Time” campaign.
BDS EVENT 10/3/16 – SJP held the event, “SJP General Body Meeting: BDS” to discuss, according to the advertisement for the event, “the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Movement and how you can do your part to advocate for Palestinian rights through non-violent resistance.”
BDS EVENT 2/25/16 – SJP held the event, “Free Hummus Night and Teach-In about Sabra” where participants learned about boycotting Sabra Hummus as part of the boycott campaign launched.
CALL FOR BOYCOTT 2/17/16 – SJP launched a campaign to boycott Sabra Hummus on campus.

 

In the News ?

April 24, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – Student leaders denounce SA Senate’s failure to censure senator accused of anti-Semitism

April 24, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – LeBlanc rejects SA Senate’s call for divestment from companies doing business with Israel

April 24, 2018:
The Algemeiner – BBB

April 24, 2018:
AAA – George Washington University Senate Votes to Divest From Israel, Fails to Censure Student Leader Accused of Antisemitism

April 24, 2018:
GW Today – Message from President LeBlanc on Student Association Resolution

April 24, 2018:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – George Washington U student Senate passes Israel divestment resolution

April 18, 2018:
The Algemeiner – George Washington University Students to Vote on Anti-Israel Divestment, Despite Initial Cancellation

April 10, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – SA Senate removes pro-tempore accused of anti-Semitism from leadership role

March 29, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – SA Leaders Condemn Senator Accused of Anti-Semitism

March 28, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – Nearly 70 student leaders call for SA senator accused of anti-Semitism to resign

March 27, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – Note containing swastikas, ‘offensive language’ found near SEH

March 27, 2018:
The Rival – Reactions to “Overheard” post before SA election voting – Facebook post sparks divestment and anti-semitism debate

March 27, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – EVP candidate accused of anti-Semitism for past criticism of Jewish student groups

January 23, 2018:
The GW Hatchet – SA Senate kicks out senator for missing committee meetings

October 17, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Palestinian Activist on US Tour Says Talk at GWU Cancelled by SJP Over Antisemitism Concerns

October 14, 2017:
Dissident Voice – If you work for Justice in Palestine, why won’t you let Palestinians speak?
(Description note, “Most recently, we were informed by the SJP group at George Washington University in Washington, DC that our October 19 talk would be cancelled because we were ‘anti-Semitic’.”)

May 15, 2017:
The GW Hatchet – Divestment referendum would marginalize part of the student body

May 5, 2017:
GW The Rival – The SA Senate voted against call to divest SR-S17-14

May 3, 2017:
JWeekly – S.F. State’s Jewish problem: faculty and local leaders decry worsening climate

May 2, 2017:
The GW Hatchet – SA Senate rejects pro-Palestinian divestment resolution that stirred campus-wide debate

May 1, 2017:
The GW Hatchet – Amid controversy, SA Senate considers pro-Palestinian divestment resolution

April 30, 2017:
George Washington – Submission from director of communication for GW for Israel

April 26, 2017:
Campus Reform – ‘Palestine Awareness Week’ leads to BDS proposal at GW

April 26, 2017:
The Daily Caller – Students Demand Divestment From ‘Problematic Companies’ That Trade With Israel

April 6, 2017:
The Hatchet – Students call for divestment from companies that support Palestinian occupation

March 31, 2017:
Campus Reform – Angela Davis attacks Israel, prisons in speech at GW

December 7, 2016:
In Focus – SJP and Anti-Semitism at George Washington University

November 30, 2016:
The GW Hatchet – Palestinian flag had no place at student walk-out
(Description note, “The flag is a symbol of an organization that can promote values that make other groups of students, especially Jewish students, feel unsafe and unwelcome. For many Israel advocates, the flag is representative of an active and mobilized group against their homeland and their values. Students shouldn’t have introduced this controversial symbol in a place where students were meant to feel safe.”)

November 22, 2016:
The College Fix – GWU students: Campus police protection an ‘act of violence’ — because cops support Trump
(Description note, “Additional demands include: GWU must ‘increase the acceptance of Palestinian international students to prevent their genocide at the hands of Israel’…Divestment from ‘unethical corporations’ that deal with fossil fuels, private prisons, ‘colonialism and apartheid in Palestine.’”)

November 22, 2016:
The Washington Times – George Washington University students demand creation of ‘sanctuary campus’
(Description note, “The Nov. 15 demand letter, which coincided with a student walk out on the same day, also says the university cannot harbor “structural Islamophobia” and must “increase the acceptance of Palestinian international students to prevent their genocide at the hands of Israel.”)

November 15, 2016:
Issuu – Demands for Our Campus by Concerned Students

September 26, 2016:
The GW Hatchet – Leaked Pi Kappa Phi chapter emails detail potential violations
(Description note, A series of leaked Pi Kappa Phi chapter emails revealed many containing antisemitic statements calling members “Jewish” or “Jews” for not participating in philanthropy events. In March of this year, an email was sent that read, “Guys stop being so Jewish and donate some pennies for f*&^s sake.”)

May 28, 2015: The American Bazaar – George Washington University rescinds suspension of Jewish student who displayed the Hindu swastika symbol

May 28, 2015: The Times of Israel – University cancels suspension over swastika (Description note, “George Washington University canceled the suspension of a student who displayed a swastika on the bulletin board of a campus dormitory. The student, a member of the predominantly Jewish fraternity Zeta Beta Tau, said he had hung the swastika in order to educate his fellow students about the symbol’s meaning of auspiciousness and good fortune, which he learned about during a trip to India. The Metropolitan Police Department and University Police Department launched and later closed a hate crimes investigation into the incident, which occurred on March 16. The suspension was recently overturned after Hindu, interfaith, and Jewish groups wrote to University President Steven Knapp, to educate him about the significance of the swastika for Hindus.”)

April 27, 2015: The GW Hatchet – National Hindu Organization Criticizes Knapp’s Response to Swastika Postings

April 27, 2015: Inside Higher Ed – Swastikas, Hate and Confusion (Description note, “Some Jewish organizations have criticized some colleges and universities for not responding strongly enough (in the view of these groups) to swastika vandalism. Nineteen organizations wrote to GW President Stephen Knapp, saying he had not done enough, in March, after the first round of swastikas on campus this year.”)

April 5, 2015: The Jerusalem Post – George Washington campus response to false claims against Israel

March 31, 2015: The Jewish Daily Forward – George Washington Students Want Security Boost After Swastika Incident

March 31, 2015: The GW Hatchet – SA passes resolution for more security cameras following swastika incidents (Description note, “In the aftermath of swastikas found in a residence hall, the student senate at George Washington University asked the university to install more security cameras in dorms. The Student Association Senate passed a resolution Monday calling for the extra security measures in public spaces, such as near elevators and in residence hall lobbies, the student newspaper The Hatchet reported Tuesday. The proposal came in response to the posting of swastikas twice in three weeks at the university’s International House, which houses members of nine fraternities and sororities.”)

March 21, 2015: RESPONSE FROM PRESIDENT KNAPP TO 19 GROUPS THANKING HIM FOR HIS ACTIONS AGAINST ANTISEMITISM

March 18, 2015: The Algemeiner – Swastika Found at George Washington University for Second Time in Recent Weeks

March 18, 2015: The Washington Post – Another swastika at GW. This one was posted by a Jewish student. (Description note, “A letter to Steven Knapp read, in part: ‘…we believe it is imperative for you to take the following steps… Publicly acknowledge that a swastika is an antisemitic symbol associated with genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people.’ The letter asked for a public affirmation that the university would investigate this and all similar incidents as hate crimes… It was signed by AMCHA Initiative… Knapp told the campus community Monday that the incident from February would also be referred to D.C. police’s hate crimes unit. His statement went on to say: ‘…Our entire community should be aware of the swastika’s association with genocide perpetrated against the Jewish people and should be concerned about the extremely harmful effects that displaying this symbol has on individuals and on the climate of our entire university community. The university will embark on a program of education to ensure that all members of our community understand the damage that symbols of hatred do to us all.’”)

March 17, 2015: DC Inno – GW Fraternity Member Says He Posted Swastika in Campus Dorm

thumbs-up March 16, 2015: GW Today – Message From George Washington University President Steven Knapp (Description note, “All of us were shocked several weeks ago by the discovery of swastikas in International House… In light of that event, we were dismayed to discover this morning a new posting of a swastika, once again in International House, on the bulletin board of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity…A member of Zeta Beta Tau has now admitted posting the swastika, which he says he acquired while traveling in India over Spring Break. While the student claims his act was not an expression of hatred, the university is referring the matter to the MPD for review by its Hate Crimes Unit… A member of Zeta Beta Tau has now admitted posting the swastika, which he says he acquired while traveling in India over Spring Break. While the student claims his act was not an expression of hatred, the university is referring the matter to the MPD for review by its Hate Crimes Unit.”)

March 12, 2015: The Indianapolis Star – Kenneth Marcus: Bigotry common on college campuses

March 11, 2015: Thank You to GWU President Steven Knapp

March 6, 2015: Second Response from GWU President Steven Knapp Regarding University Response to Swastikas

March 6, 2015: 19 Groups Respond to GWU President Steven Knapp’s Letter Reply Regarding University Response to Swastikas

March 5, 2015: Knapp responds to concerned Jewish advocacy groups (Description note: “The AMCHA Initiative, the Jewish student advocacy group backed by another nearly 20 supporting organizations, responded to Knapp on Friday at about noon.”)

March 4, 2015: GWU President Steven Knapp Responds to 19 Groups Regarding University Response to Swastikas

March 4, 2015: 19 Groups Write to GWU President Steven Knapp Regarding University Response to Swastikas

March 4, 2015: The GW Hatchet – National organizations rally against GW’s response to swastika drawings

March 4, 2015: EVENT – Miko Peled: Palestine Beyond Zionism – Hope for Peace and Co-Existence

March 2, 2015: The GW Hatchet – As GW investigates swastika vandalism, student leaders scrutinize response (Description note: “Rachel Schwartzman, a resident in the hall, said the University was “not treating the students as adults” or responding to their concerns quickly. Schwartzman, who is a member of the historically Jewish sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi, which has members housed on a floor in the building, said officials did not formally acknowledge the vandalism until a meeting with residents on Wednesday – four days after the initial report.That, she said, made her and other residents feel like the incident was being “swept under the rug.” Students had to ask their parents to call the University Police Department because reports about the anti-Semitic symbols were not initially taken seriously, she said.”)

February 26, 2015: The Washington Post – Swastikas and other vandalism at a GW dorm worry students (Description note: “Three swastikas were drawn inside a George Washington University dorm housing a number of sororities and fraternities.”)

February 26, 2015: The GW Hatchet – Swastikas reportedly drawn in International House

November 12, 2014: new voices – Is there an Open AEPi in the Works?

November 3, 2014: The Times of Israel – If Not You, Then Who?: An Open Letter to the Pro-Israel Campus Community

May 18, 2014: ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: SJP planned and disrupted an off-campus Jewish event. Quote from article, “Students for Justice in Palestine and Students Against Israeli Apartheid from Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, (DMV-SJP & SAIA; George Washington SJP, American University SJP, George Mason SAIA and Georgetown SJP, University of Maryland SJP) decided to crash a pro-Israel street festival.”

November 3, 2014: Commentary Magazine – A Smoke Screen for Palestine-Pushers (Description note: “Nathan Brown, a political scientist at George Washington University and current president of the Middle East Studies Associations (MESA)… recently issued a letter to MESA’s members effectively imploring them not to drag the organization into a BDS debate.”)

December 25, 2013: The GW Hatchet – GW rejects academic boycott of Israel

 

Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism


Campaign video for Divest This Time GW that demonized and delegitimized Israel. Source Credit: Divest This Time GW Facebook (March 27, 2018)

GW_divestthistime

Facebook, Source Credit: Divest This Time at GW – #DivestThisTime because supporting Israel as the only “Jewish State” is not harmonious with my Jewish Values. (March 23, 2018)


 

SJP at GWU apartheid wall

On the first day of Israeli Apartheid Week at the George Washington University, a mock Apartheid wall is being displayed in Kogan Plaza. Source Credit: SJP at GWU Facebook (March 19, 2018)


 

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BDS Tracker

5/1/2017 – Student Government: FAILED – A divestment resolution was discussed and voted on. The resolution failed 15-14-1.


BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


STUDENT BDS

Student Group(s) Promoting BDS:
7

  1. Association of Queer Women and Allies
  2. Jewish Voice for Peace GWU
  3. GWU Muslim Students’ Association
  4. Queer Radicals
  5. GWU Students for Indigenous and Native American Rights
  6. GWU Students for Justice in Palestine
  7. Young Democratic Socialists of America GW

SENATE RESOLUTION SR-S18-21

 

FACULTY BDS

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 9

  1. Mona Atia
  2. Erin D. Chapman
  3. Ilana Feldman
  4. Dina Rizk Khoury
  5. Andrew Zimmerman
  6. Barbara Miller
  7. Shira Robinson
  8. Robert Shepherd
  9. Ayanna Thompson

 


Each of the faculty above has signed one or more petitions for the Academic Boycott of Israel.