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Antisemitism Tracker

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Classification Date-Description
10/25/17 – A swastika drawn in chalk was found on a fifth floor hallway wall of Simmons.
SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY 4/20/15 – Palestine@MIT tried to cancel a celebration of Israeli Indepence day organized by MIT Friends of Israel and MIT Hillel, by issuing a public letter to the MIT Community demanding that the student government rescind its support for the event because it makes some students feel “unsafe”.
4/23/18 – The Center for International Studies held the event, “70 Years: Israel-Palestine – Reflections & Forecasts.” During the first panel, entitled “Looking Back,” panelist Salim Tamari of Birzeit University supported a letter that he quoted from concerning an event at MIT “commemorating 70 years of Nakba and 70 years of the declaration of Israel.” The letter that was quoted contained statements that demonized and delegitimized Israel, including, “surely you [Israel] should be proud of your achievement. You’ve established your state on land that belongs to the Palestinians. You were not satisfied to share their land with them, so you had to evict them to have your own Jewish state. You did that by resorting to brutal force and in some cases, massacres.” During the second panel, entitled “Looking Ahead,” panelist Leila Farsakh of UMass Boston claimed that “[Oslo] redefined Israeli colonization. It did not end it. It redefined it and created an apartheid reality as you can see from this map. I don’t think Israel ever wanted to create an apartheid reality. It ended up creating it because it wanted a land without a people but there was no place to get rid of the Palestinian people. So this apartheid reality is a reality that we are now in a one-state reality.” Farsakh further claimed, “[Israelis] excuse the Nakba because of the Holocaust. It [the ‘apartheid reality’] also implies that Israelis have to face the challenge that Israeli [sic] cannot be both Jewish and democratic.” Finally, Farsakh expressed support for BDS, stating that “the Palestinians …have embarked…on a non-violent resistance…they [during the Gaza March for Return] are just burning tires and they are trying, and they reconnected with the right of return…What I find most impressive is that over the past six years there has been a policy of non-violent resistance whether with the BDS movement or [with the march] in Gaza.”
4/5/18 – Answer Coalition Boston held the event, “Put Israel on Trial, Not Ahed & Palestine!” The description for the event demonized Israel, stating, “Israel incarcerates hundreds of Palestinian children like Ahed for simply resisting colonial extermination.” The event further discussed “why a two-state solution cannot be a viable answer to the question of Palestinian Liberation. We charge Israel! Drop the charges on Ahed! Release her and all political prisoners of the settler reigme! Uphold the right to return! Free Palestine!”
DELEGITIMIZATION 11/8/15 – Palestine@MIT and the Arab Students Organization at MIT hosted a talk by Professor Noam Chomsky and Dr. Mads Gilbert. During the talk, Israel was falsely accused of “apartheid” and “colonialism”.

3/13/15 – Palestine@MIT signed a statement in support of Northeastern University’s anti-Israel divestment resolution.


In the News ?

November 9, 2016:
The Tech – Students, faculty discuss hate crime prevention after swastika found in Simmons

January 21, 2016:
MIT Center for International Studies EVENT – Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, and the Foundations of U.S. Policy in the Middle East

November 8, 2015:
EVENT – Israeli Impunity and the Palestinian Reality
(Description note, “Israeli Impunity and the Palestinian Reality” panel with Prof. Noam Chomsky and Dr. Mads Gilbert hosted by Palestine@MIT and Arab Students Organization.)

April 23, 2015:
Legal Insurrection – MIT Students Claim Israel Celebration Makes Them Feel “Unsafe”

February 23, 2015:
In These Times – Chomsky, Lears and Elia Debate Whether an Academic Boycott of Israel Can Work

December 30, 2013:
Arutz Sheva – MIT Head Rejects ASA’s Boycott of Israel

December 27, 2013: President Reif issues statement on ASA boycott of Israeli academic institutions


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BDS Tracker

No divestment vote has taken place.

BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: Palestine@MIT


Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 5

  1. Noam Chomsky
  2. Stefan Helmreich
  3. Heather Paxson
  4. Abha Sur
  5. Christine Walley


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