Campus Monitor - Syracuse University

Student Voices

  • April 25, 2018 – Syracuse University Associate Professor (Miriam, following the disruption of an event on campus) – “Jewish students told me they are shaken by what happened [and] fear expressing even mild support for Israel on campus.” Read more
  • March 20, 2018 – Syracuse University Jewish Student (Justine) – “Last month, I was passing through the lobby of my dorm when a jarring poster, prominently placed on the wall, stopped me in my tracks. Emblazoned for all to see was an all too familiar image: the Star of David being crossed out. I suddenly recalled stories of how my great grandfather had to walk by very similar posters in Poland, as the Nazi movement swept across Europe during World War II. My initial impulse was to figure out why something so blatantly antisemitic would randomly show up on our dormitory wall. And I thought that a residence staff member could help me. To my surprise, this ‘adult’ was the person who taped up the poster.” Read more


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Classification Date-Description
4/24/18 – A planned disruption (advertised as, “We protest against the University’s policies of defending Zionist Neocolonialism”) of a speaking event with Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, ended in one of the protesters being physically removed after disruptive chanting went on for several minutes just outside the event that made it hard to hear the speaker, and two activists interrupted inside the event. Protesters held signs that demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Zionism = Racism, Where’s my Birthright?,” BDS until…Refugees Right to Return,” “NO to Islamophobia and White Supremacy,” and “End Israeli Apartheid, End the Occupation.” A Syracuse associate professor of political studies at the Maxwell School claimed, “Jewish students told me they are shaken by what happened [and] fear expressing even mild support for Israel on campus.”
2/21/18 – According to a 20-page report by the community group “Stop BDS on Campus,” during an Academic Senate meeting of 150+ faculty from across the SU campus, a small group of pro-BDS and anti-Israel faculty “openly challenged the issuing of an honorary award to SU donor Mr. Marvin Lender on the grounds that he is a ‘supporter of the racist, apartheid state of Israel.’…not a single faculty member stood up to condemn the claim made by their colleagues that his being a Zionist made Mr. Lender unworthy of a SU honor.”
DISCRIMINATION 8/31/16 – Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan was disinvited from showing his film at an upcoming conference on campus because, according to M. Gail Hamner, the professor who sent the disinvitation, “the BDS faction on campus will make matters very unpleasant for you and for me if you come” and “I will lose credibility with a number of film and Women/Gender studies colleagues.”
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL 4/18/18 – Videos posted on a secret Facebook group for Theta Tau fraternity at Syracuse, which caters to engineering students, depicted antisemitic statements. One sketch was of student replying to the question “Do you know what you signed up for,” with, “I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n—-rs, sp–s and most importantly the f–kin’ kikes (deragatory term for Jews).” Another included a fraternity member saying “You f–kin’ k—s, get in the f–kin’ showers.” The University President suspended the fraternity in response. Incident date shown is suspension date of the fraternity.
2/2/18 – A Jewish student found an image of an Israel flag crossed out and the words, “Free Palestine, Boycott Israel” bordering the crossed out Jewish star in her residence hall. When she confronted a residence staff member about it, the staff member replied that it had been placed by staff in honor of Black History Month. Date of incident is approximated from article.
9/22/16 – The school newspaper published a letter signed by 35 Syracuse professors, alumni and students that delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing the state of apartheid. The letter additionally called for BDS and claimed that the “institutional partnership with Tel Aviv University [is] in direct violation of the Palestinian call for boycott.”
4/25/15 – The Maxwell School hosted a talk by Norman Finkelstein. During his talk, Finkelstein condoned terrorism, stating that Hamas has “the right to fire rockets” and demonized Israel by accusing it of “massacres” and “merciliess periodic assaults” on Palestinians.


In the News ?

May 22, 2018:
One News Now – Addressing ‘repeated, deliberate’ anti-Semitism on campuses

April 25, 2018:
The Algmeiner – Students, Activists Disrupt Talk by Israeli Ambassador at Syracuse University

April 24, 2018:
The Daily Orange – DPS official removes anti-Israel protester from Eggers Hall

April 20, 2018:
The Algmeiner – Fraternity says oath pledging to hate blacks, Hispanics and Jews was satire — of a Republican

April 19, 2018:
The Algmeiner – Syracuse suspends fraternity as racist, anti-Semitic video found

March 20, 2018:
The Algmeiner – Mindless Antisemitism at Syracuse University

November 21, 2016: – Anti-Israel boycott prevents peace, assaults Jewish identity (Commentary)

October 19, 2016:
Daily Orange – BDS movement at Syracuse University thrust into the spotlight

October 4, 2016:
Legal Insurrection – Syracuse U Pro-BDS Faculty Issue Call to ‘Resist’ Events Co-hosted with Israeli Institutions

October 1, 2016:
The Daily Orange – SU faculty express concern about BDS letter, movement

September 23, 2016:
The Daily Orange – SU community members outline BDS movement’s goals

September 9, 2016:
The Tower – Syracuse Professor: Canceled Invite of Israeli Filmmaker Shows New Tactics of Boycott Campaign

September 7, 2016:
AMCHA – Academic Freedom/BDS statement

September 6, 2016:
Legal Insurrection – Syracuse University pro-BDS faculty circulating Petition denying pressure to disinvite Israeli filmmaker

September 6, 2016:
The Tower – Report: Rescinded Invite to Israeli Director Shows BDS’s “Chilling Effect” on Free Speech

September 6, 2016:
Inside Higher Ed – Uninvited for Being Israeli

September 5, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Syracuse U Professor Slams ‘Hypocritical’ Colleagues for Succumbing to BDS, Rescinding Invitation to Israeli Academic/Filmmaker (INTERVIEW)

September 5, 2016:
The College Fix – Syracuse cancels Israel film screening: Will offend ‘BDS faction,’ gender-studies faculty

September 2, 2016:
Syracuse University – Statement from M. Gail Hamner, Professor of Religion
(Description note, “I deeply regret the embarrassment the decision I made and my poor choice of words have caused my department, my colleagues and my fellow faculty. Overly concerned about how others would react, my email to Shimon Dotan stressed my fears of sparking activism on campus over a highly complex and emotional Middle East issue, settlements on the West Bank. That email triggered media coverage that questioned my own and my university’s commitment to academic freedom, and also led me to overstate concerns expressed by some of my colleagues. I was equally concerned at the time that I had not viewed Professor Dotan’s film yet, which I realize now is standard protocol. These mistakes were the result of bad judgement and my inexperience planning conferences. I allowed my own fear of controversy to rule over good judgment and good teaching. This was a valuable learning moment for me – both professionally and personally.”)

September 1, 2016:
The Atlantic – How Political Correctness Chills Speech on Campus

September 1, 2016:
Legal Insurrection – Israeli filmmaker disinvited at Syracuse U: “BDS faction on campus will make matters very unpleasant”
(Description note – Letter of disinvitation to an Israeli filmmaker reads: “Dear Professor Dotan, I know you have been in contact with my Omaha colleague, Bill Blizek, about screening The Settlers and serving as plenary speaker at a religion and film conference in Syracuse in March, 2017. I am the convener of that conference and I found Bill’s description of your work, and the reviews I read of it exciting. I now am embarrassed to share that my SU colleagues, on hearing about my attempt to secure your presentation, have warned me that the BDS faction on campus will make matters very unpleasant for you and for me if you come. In particular my film colleague in English who granted me affiliated faculty in the film and screen studies program and who supported my proposal to the Humanities Council for this conference told me point blank that if I have not myself seen your film and cannot myself vouch for it to the Council, I will lose credibility with a number of film and Women/Gender studies colleagues. Sadly, I have not had the chance to see your film and can only vouch for it through my friend and through published reviews. Clearly I am politically naive. I also feel tremendous shame in reneging on a half-offered invitation. I do want to stress that my colleague who Chairs our SU Jewish Studies program, Zak Braiterman, was fully willing to strongly support your coming, even though he too has not yet screened your film. Obviously, my decision here has nothing to do with you or your work, and nothing to do with Bill, who contacted you in good faith. I feel caught in an ideological matrix and by my own egoic needs to sustain certain institutional affiliations. I sign off in hopes that I do have the chance to engage your work one day, and in prayer that you’ll forgive me. My sincere apology and best wishes, M. Gail Hamner, Professor, Religion Department, Affiliated Faculty in Women and Gender Studies, Affiliated Faculty in Film and Screen Studies, Syracuse University”)

December 28, 2015:
The Algemeiner – How Anti-Israel Professors Indoctrinate Their Students
(Description note, “The setting was a history course centered around modern pop culture in the Middle East. The professor stood at the front of the class, reciting the same idea over and over again: Israeli society is unequal, with the Ashkenazi majority pitting their white supremacy over the Mizrahi minority. The class sat, taking notes, but never questioning the ideas being put forth. She talked about the ‘occupation’ and the ‘oppression’ that the Israeli government exerts upon the Palestinians, never once mentioning the atrocities of the Palestinian Authority — Palestinians’ own government. She referred to all Zionists as settlers. The list foes on an on. I would sit in my seat, trying to contain my simultaneous laughter and rage…When asked about presenting an Israeli perspective of history, she quipped that the man who wrote our textbook was Israeli. In fact, he is. Ilan Pappe was a professor at Haifa University until he called for a boycott of his own university and other Israeli academics and academic institutions. When I mentioned this, the professor told me to “look deeper” into the readings.”)

October 13, 2015:
The Daily Orange – Professors discuss State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism, hate speech on college campuses

November 10, 2014:
Truth Revolt – Syracuse University Tables Resolution Supporting Anti-Semitic Professor At University Of Illinois

November 9, 2014:
Legal Insurrection – Syracuse Univ. Faculty Senate Tables Pro-Salaita Resolution…Again

October 8, 2014:
The Daily Orange – Senators to vote on academic freedom resolution Wednesday in wake of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign firing

October 7, 2014:
NCC News Online – Combating Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

January 13, 2014:
Daily Orange – SU rejects ASA boycott against Israeli universities

January 7, 2014:
UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Statement from Interim Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina Regarding Boycotts of Israeli Academic Institutions

November 22, 2013:
J Post – President of Syracuse University cuts ties between Syracuse and Al-Quds university following antisemitic rally


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Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 21

  1. Crystal Bartolovich
  2. Himika Bhattacharya
  3. Dana Cloud
  4. Pedro DiPietro
  5. Carol Fadda-Conrey
  6. Tula Goenka
  7. Cecilia Green
  8. Roger Hallas
  9. Ken Harper
  10. Matt Huber
  11. Amy Kallander
  12. Eunjung Kim
  13. Dana Olwan
  14. Jackie Orr
  15. Tom Perreault
  16. Gwendolyn Pough
  17. Minnie Pratt
  18. Robin Riley
  19. Mara Sapon-Shevin
  20. Chandra Talpade-Mohanty
  21. Susan Wadley


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