Campus Monitor - Michigan State University

Student Voices

  • February 11, 2016 – Michigan State University Jewish Student (Brad) – “I was with my friends leaving a lecture hall and they found out I had driven to class. So they began asking me for a ride back to their homes and I said I couldn’t do it because I had other things to do. One of the kids got visibly upset by this and stormed off and, as he was walking away, muttered under his breath that, ‘he’ll save a spot on the train to Auschwitz’ for me.’” Read more
  • February 11, 2016 – Michigan State University Jewish Student (Jesse) – NOTE: describing an incident when the Jewish fraternity house (AEPi) was broken into and their composite — the collection of portraits showing current members of the fraternity — was vandalized with drawn-on Hitler mustaches and swastikas. – “It was just kind of the shock that it happened to me, to us as a chapter. When it actually set in that we were the target of anti-Semitism, that was the hardest part to accept.” Read more
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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION;
    DEMONIZATION
    11/16/17 – SJP protested outside the MSU Hillel, Jewish Student Union and Associated Students of Michigan State University cultural event, “IsraelFest.” In organizing for the protest, SJP’s promotional material stated, “Israelfest is an annual event put on by MSU Hillel, an organization that does not believe in general human rights for Palestinians.” SJP’s Vice President demonized Israel further in the student paper, stating, “In reality they [Jews] came to a civilization and burned down hundreds of villages, exiled two million Palestinians and killed thousands of people in order for their desert to bloom.” At the protest, the protesters chanted a demonizing chant of, “Netanyahu what do you say, how many kids have you killed today” and handed out fliers claiming that “the Israeli Defense Force killed many Palestinian children and used poison gas.”
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    DEMONIZATION
    11/16/16 – SJP members protested an MSU Hillel event, “Israel Fest: Blooming the Desert.” Protesters demonized an Israeli leader shouting, “Netanyahu what do you say, how many kids have you killed today.” According to an article in the school newspaper, protesters additionally handed out demonizing flyers that “claimed the Israeli Defense Force killed many Palestinian children and used poison gas.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION 4/17/17 – SJP screened the film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” a film which delegitimizes Israel with false comparisons to South African apartheid.
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 11/7/17 – SJP held the BDS event, “Occupation and BDS 101.”

     

    In the News ?

    November 17, 2016:
    The State News – Palestinian student group protests Israeli cultural event on campus

    March 23, 2016:
    The State News – Jewish students talk about anti-Semitism on campus

    February 11, 2016:
    The State News – Students and faculty hold forum to discuss anti-Semitism on campus

    February 26, 2016:
    Michigan State University – The Rise of Anti-Semitism on Campus: What Can Universities Do To Fight This Trend
    (Description note, “The US Department of State’s “Working Definition of Anti-Semitism,” if adopted by universities, would help protect Jewish students while protecting freedom of speech. In the meantime, universities like Michigan State can incorporate education about anti-Semitism into their freshman orientation or mandatory diversity programming. Anti-Semitism needs to be appropriately addressed on campus in order to maintain an open and safe environment for everyone.”)

    December 4, 2014: Lansing State Journal – Prof denied job after criticizing Israel to talk at MSU

    July 2, 2014: The Worst Campus Anti-Semitic Incidents of 2013-2014

    January, 2014: The President opposed the ASA’s academic boycott of Israel.

     

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    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 5

    1. M. Jamil Hanifi
    2. Salah D. Hassan
    3. Joseba Gabilondo
    4. Monir Moniruzzaman
    5. Malea Powell

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