Campus Monitor - St. Olaf College

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Classification Date-Description
5/12/17 – After racist notes were found on campus (one of which was later deemed a hoax), protesters responded with a list of demands delivered to the President that included “the removal of Arne Christenson from the Advisory Board of The Institute for Freedom & Community” due to his “position as the Managing Director of Policy & Politics for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC]….St. Olaf risks his influence upon the speakers brought to the school, the educational offerings, faculty development workshops, and scholarships sanctioned by the Institute.” The demands went on to state that the “justification for the removal of Arne Christenson are present in the Remove AIPAC Exec Chrisenson from Olaf’s Institute for Freedom and Community Advisory Board by Oles for Justice in Palestine.”
5/10/17 – Oles for Justice in Palestine created a petition asking the College to remove Arne Christenson from the Advisory Board of the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf College, claiming that “his continued leadership in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)” poses “a serious threat to academic freedom at St. Olaf College.” The petition further states, “Mr. Christenson’s ability to assess the handling and distribution of finite resources in an unbiased manner is almost certainly compromised….It should thus be clear that the removal of Mr. Christenson from the Advisory Board reclaims the liberties promised to students and faculty without infringing upon the rights of any other member of the St. Olaf community.” Carleton SJP (the chapter at nearby Carleton College) further shared this petition, stating, “Arne Christenson is a key member of the Apartheid lobby and an outspoken Christian Zionist. He ought to have no position at any institute for “freedom” or “community” and certainly no position at St. Olaf.”
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 1/15/18 – The keynote speaker at a campus Martin Luther King Day event, Andrew William, expressed support for BDS during his talk, “Epistemologies of Healing: Race, Reconciliation, and Radical Hope in Higher Education.” The event was organized by the Center for Multicultural and International Engagement (CMIE).


In the News ?

January 17, 2018:
Campus Reform – MLK Day speaker promotes BDS to counter ‘pressure’ from right

June 3, 2017:
Star Tribune – Controversial collection of Nazi propaganda posters finds home at St. Olaf College

May 17, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Former Congressman Defends St. Olaf College Adviser as Anti-Israel Students Demand His Ouster Due to AIPAC Affiliation

October 31, 2016:
Northfield – Author explains influence of Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy at St. Olaf on Nov. 12
(Description note, “Author Grant F. Smith will discuss one of the most influential of these, the Israel lobby, 7-9 p.m., Nov. 12, 2016, Tomson Hall 280, St. Olaf College. Smith’s presentation, The Israel Lobby’s Impact on America, will address the origin, growth and influence of the lobby on U.S. Middle East policy. The program is free and open to the public. In his presentation, Smith will address several key questions, including: Where did the Israel lobby come from? How does the lobby punish its opposition? Why does the United States give more aid to Israel than any other country? Does the lobby represent the American Jewish community? How is the lobby opposed in the United States? Smith will answer audience questions after his presentation. Smith founded the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) in Washington, D.C., in 2002 and has written eight books about the Israel lobby. His latest, “Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby moves America,” examines how thousands of U.S. nonprofit organizations coordinate with the lobby to pass legislation beneficial to Israel. Smith argues that the result is a flow of money and intelligence that supplements U.S. foreign aid to Israel. Influential blogger Philip Weiss says, “The best investigative work is being done by Grant Smith at IRmep.” The program is the joint effort of St. Olaf’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the St. Olaf Middle East Studies program and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel (NJP). It is endorsed by Oles for Justice in Palestine and Carleton Students for Justice in Palestine.”)


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BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
Oles for Justice in Palestine


Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 2

  1. Scott Anderson
  2. Linda Mokdad


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