Campus Monitor - State University of New York Buffalo

Student Voices

  • March 29, 2016 – University of Buffalo Jewish Student (Andrew) – “I’ve never seen any form of anti-Semitism like that before. I’ve seen swastikas in the past, but that is nothing compared to this..the most horrific and derogatory term [used against Jewish people].” Read more
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    Antisemitism Tracker

    Total Antisemitic Activity:

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    ClassificationDate-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    3/23/16 – Anti-Semitic slurs were written on a men’s restroom stall in Capen Hall that said, “Kill all Kikes.”
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    HARASSMENT;
    DENIGRATION;
    DEMONIZATION
    4/3/15 – According to a member of UB Hillel, on the first day of Passover, members of UB SJP stood in front of a mock wall display and shouted “come learn about ethnic cleansing” and other anti-Israel and antisemitic comments that created concern about Jewish security on campus. One SJP sympathizer, when offered a pro-Israe flyer, refused to take it and explained that he didn’t want to become a Jew. In addition, SJP members called the campus police and asked them to remove those who questioned the validity of the mock wall.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    3/10/17 – UB-Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) hosted an event with Miko Peled on campus that was co-sponsored by the UB Student Association (UBSA). According to an article, during the event, Mr. Peled falsely accused Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid,” as well as wore a BDS pin in support of the BDS movement.

     

    In the News ?

    March 13, 2017:
    The Spectrum –  Miko Peled, son of Israeli general, speaks out for Palestine
    (Description note, “Palestinians are allotted 3 percent of the water supply while Jewish settlements, just across the street, have unlimited access, Peled said. ‘If you’re going to kill someone, other than shoot them, or choke them, you deny them water,’ he said. ‘If you look at the [United Nation’s] description of the crime of genocide and you compare it to the list of policies and actions by the state of Israel over the last seven decades, it’s not identical but it’s almost identical,’ Peled said. Surya Rajan, a second year graduate student of chemical and biological engineering, said he is a supporter of peace and came to the talk because he didn’t have a lot of knowledge about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ‘From the question I asked him, I can safely come to a conclusion that racism is behind such a big issue,’ Rajan said. ‘I thought that there should be some kind of political motive as well, but the deep cause seemed to be the racism.’ Peled said he thinks the U.S. has been complicit in the act of genocide over the last several decades by supporting and selling arms to the state of Israel. He said that over the next decade, Israel will be getting close to $4 billion a year from its allies. Peled wore a button that read, ‘BDS,’ which stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, a nonviolent resistance looking to raise awareness in the fight for Palestine. Israel considers BDS terrorism and U.S. state legislatures are looking to criminalize BDS involvement, according to Peled. ‘That’s what Apartheid is,’ Peled said. ‘Apartheid is when you have different people live under different sets of laws, governed by the same government.’”)

    April 4, 2016:
    The Spectrum – UB President Satish Tripathi’s statement on anti-Semitic incidents on campus

    March 31, 2016:
    AMCHA – Anti-Semitic graffiti at U of Buffalo threatens violence against Jews
    (Description note, “Meanwhile, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, fliers that appeared to promote Nazism were found on campus, The Associated Press reported. According to reports citing the school’s newspaper, Mace & Crown, the fliers were discovered over the weekend on monorail poles between the engineering and education buildings. One flier carried an invitation to join a local Nazi group and included a swastika, Mace & Crown reported.”)

    March 31, 2016:
    The Times Of Israel – SUNY Buffalo campus graffiti threatens to ‘kill all’ Jews

    March 31, 2016:
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Anti-Semitic graffiti at U of Buffalo threatens violence against Jews
    (Description note, “Meanwhile, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, fliers that appeared to promote Nazism were found on campus, The Associated Press reported. According to reports citing the school’s newspaper, Mace & Crown, the fliers were discovered over the weekend on monorail poles between the engineering and education buildings. One flier carried an invitation to join a local Nazi group and included a swastika, Mace & Crown reported.”)

    March 29, 2016:
    The Spectrum – Jewish students, UB administration respond after anti-Semitic slurs found on bathroom stall

    April 5, 2015: SJP erects an “Apartheid Wall” on the Friday of Erev Pesach.

    September 18, 2014: The Spectrum – StandWithUs brings Charlotte Korchak to UB to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Description note – not antisemitic in nature. Posted for informational purposes of documenting the event. Also, quote from article of relevance, “Our discussion was productive, where people were engaging with each other rather than shouting people down, like we’ve seen on many other campuses”)

    December 31, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Statement on boycott of Israeli academic institutions

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: Anti-Semitic graffiti found in a men's bathroom stall at the the State University of New York at Buffalo campus that threats to

    Source Credit: Anti-Semitic graffiti found in a men’s bathroom stall at the the State University of New York at Buffalo campus that threats to “Kill all kikes” on March 23, 2016 (Courtesy/Hillel of Buffalo) 

    Source Credit: UB for Israel April 5, 2015

    Source Credit: UB for Israel April 5, 2015 

    Source Credit: UB for Israel April 5, 2015

    Source Credit: UB for Israel April 5, 2015 

    Source Credit: UB for Israel April 5, 2015

    Source Credit: UB for Israel April 5, 2015 

    (Description: “This past Friday, on erev pesach, the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) erected an “Apartheid Wall” outside of the student union. The wall included fabrications and fallacies about the state of Israel…A UBI board member saw this wall at 11:30AM. By noon, we had convened across the street to hand out homemade Israel “fact sheets”.. We did not actively engage with SJP. On two occasions, an SJP board member stormed across the street to yell and swear at our members…he even threw a hard candy at one of us. Another SJP board member called the university police to have us arrested. Three officers arrived at the scene to see that we were acting professionally and calmly, and then they drove away.”)

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    BDS Tracker

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    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 3

    1. Alyssa Mt. Pleasant
    2. Paige Sarlin
    3. Cynthia Wu