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  • April 13, 2018 – Tufts University Jewish Student & Co-President of Tufts Friends of Israel (Spencer)  “Tufts FOI is concerned about actions that are a part of Israel Apartheid Week that make the pro-Israel and Jewish communities feel vulnerable and unsafe on campus. We believe everyone is able to have discussions and their own opinions. However, we condemn any actions that negatively impact the lives of those with pro-Israel opinions.” Read more
  • October 3, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Ilyssa) “That [the argument posed in the Disorientation Guide] would then be calling Hillel an anti-Semitic organization…Additionally, if they’re claiming Israel is a white supremacist state, they’re calling the state of Israel anti-Semitic.” Read more
  • October 3, 2017 – Tufts University Hillel Student Executive Board President (Paulina) “I, along with many other students, was uncomfortable and disturbed by the fact that the Disorientation Guide called Tufts Hillel an organization that promotes a white supremacist state. These words are false and I believe that they were harmful and hurtful to many students on campus.” Read more
  • September 8, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Sabrina) “For freshmen who are Jewish, who support Israel, I think it [the ‘Tufts University Disorientation Guide’] will make them feel unwelcome or uneasy. I know it definitely made me feel uneasy [on campus].” Read more
  • April 11, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student and Co-President of Tufts Friends of Israel (Jenna) “If education and dialogue were a priority, there would have been more campus dialogue about this specific [divestment] resolution. I take issue with the fact that [the introduction of this resolution] was done so clandestinely…There’s not the kind of opportunity … to really come to an understanding about all of the narratives that play into this.” Read more
  • April 11, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Eva) “…debates over the use of ‘the occupation of all Arab lands’ gives the sense that the goal of the movement is the destruction of the state of Israel. And whether or not that was the intention of this resolution, that is some of the language that was included because that’s the language that’s attached to the BDS movement as a whole.” Read more
  • April 11, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Nesi) “The language of that resolution, that was deliberately vague enough to allow for an interpretation that meant there should not be a state of Israel, is anti-Semitism.” Read more
  • April 10, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Oren) – “On Sunday night, the Jewish community would be preparing for Passover: finishing work before the holiday or travelling home for Seder. I knew that when the resolution was proposed, I would be on a plane, unable to communicate on the matter. We wanted to share our stories, but we were not going to have a chance to have our voices heard. In the morning I awoke to the updates that despite many Jews’ grave concern about timing, the resolution was on the docket for Sunday, and that it would not be moved for Passover. While the timing of this vote was not done with the intention of marginalizing Jewish voices, it effectively did so. Many people on both sides advocated tabling it so as to foster real discourse on the matter and asked those who proposed it to move it, yet they were unwilling to do so. In this action, they silenced many of the most passionate voices on this issue. In the end, there was a chance for those who would not be there to fill out a Google Form read at random for a period of 30 minutes. For a matter this important, we deserved to be in the room, and we had neither the time to plan or process it. A Google Form is not a substitute for our voices…in passing a resolution that calls Israel an apartheid state while not recognizing its existence and necessity, the resolution acts as a powerful symbol against Israel rather than against Israel’s actions. In the resolution’s inability to separate the two, it works to delegitimize Israel’s existence.” Read more
  • April 10, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Oren) – “This resolution worked to undermine Israel’s existence and silence Jewish voices on campus.” Read more
  • April 9, 2017 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Keren) “The pro-Israel community has really come together over this [divestment resolution vote right before Passover], and I’m impressed by how quickly people have mobilized. Yesterday, the morning we found out, we already had some 50 people emailing senators asking to postpone the vote, expressing to their senators that they want the opportunity to have a voice on this issue.” Read more
  • August 3, 2016 – Tufts University Jewish Student (Anna) [Quote follows explanatory text that ‘whenever Friends of Israel or Hillel staged a lecture or event, it seemed, S.J.P. was there. There had been die-ins (students had to step over bodies on red cloths signifying blood) and checkpoints (mock Israeli soldiers conducted security checks around campus). Friends of Israel had already requested campus security at programs, but after the food festival they filed a complaint with Tufts’s judicial affairs office.’] –“It’s bullying masquerading as social justice.” Read more


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Classification Date-Description
8/27/17 – A widely shared student activist-created handbook entitled “Tufts University Disorientation Guide” described Hillel as “an organization that supports a white supremacist state” which “exploit[s] black voices for their own pro-Israel agenda.” The handbook was posted by students on two official Class Facebook pages. In defense of publishing the guide, one co-author stated, “Israel is certainly implicated in systems of white supremacy. The fact that many white Jewish people feel favorably toward the Jewish state and the occupation of Palestine comes from a desire to preserve whiteness in the way it is unfolding in Israel and Palestine.”
4/9/17 – A divestment resolution was discussed and voted on the night before the Jewish holiday of Passover. The resolution passed, 17-6-8. The resolution falsely accused Israel of being “an apartheid regime,” endorsed the full BDS movement call including the right of return which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, as well as cited four specific corporations that do business with Israel for divestment including Elbit Systems, G4S, Northrop Grumman and Hewlett Packard Enterprises. Prior to the vote, about 50 people associated with the Jewish community on campus had asked their Senators to postpone the vote, expressing to their senators that “they want the opportunity to have a voice on this issue.”
DENIGRATION 3/4/16 – A Tufts SJP facebook post targeted the student organization, Students Supporting Israel, by stating, “Students Supporting Israel (SSI) is literally a hate group.”
10/28/15 – Members of Tufts SJP disrupted “Taste of Israel,” an annual event hosted by Friends of Israel to introduce students to Israel culture and food. SJP members distributed flyers and held signs that had language delegitimizing Israel, including: “Taste of Israeli Occupation, “Don’t dip into Israel apartheid.”
3/28/15 – A swastika was painted on a vehicle at the rear of a Tufts fraternity house.
3/2/18 – A letter that was circulated by SJP for students to sign (initially drafted by Associate Professor of Anthropology Amahl Bishara) was delivered via email to President Monaco from Professor Bishara. Thirty nine faculty and staff members, 111 students, 47 alumni and four community members signed the letter, which condemned the decision of Tufts University to send Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire on a nine-day trip to Israel for a National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) training. The letter stated, “Adoption of Israeli approaches to security would endanger our students, staff, and faculty…it is not the time for Tufts Police to be taught by institutions like these that routinely disregard civil and human rights. Furthermore, these joint trainings lend ideological and financial support for Israel’s repression of Palestinians.” The University responded by stating “The seminar was a valuable source of information that will enhance the university’s readiness to address emergency situations.”
DEMONIZATION 2/18/18 – SJP disributed a letter for students to sign directed at President Anthony Monaco, Provost David Harris, Dean James Glaser, and Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire that condemned the decision of Tufts University to send Director of Public and Environmental Safety Kevin Maguire on a nine-day trip to Israel for a National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) training. The letter stated, “Adoption of Israeli approaches to security would endanger our students, staff, and faculty…it is not the time for Tufts Police to be taught by institutions like these that routinely disregard civil and human rights. Furthermore, these joint trainings lend ideological and financial support for Israel’s repression of Palestinians.”
12/11/17 – The same student who wrote an op-ed in November wrote another op-ed in the Tufts Daily. This op-ed delegitimized and demonized Israel, stating, “Israel is a European colonial settlement established by the British government and now sustained by imperialism and neo-colonial powers… The supporters of the Zionist movement around the world have no legal or historic right to immigrate, confiscate and claim lands that belong to the only indigenous people of Palestine…The concept of community settlement is just one example of the same kind of segregation and apartheid that existed in South Africa…In occupied Palestine, even water is used as a tool of domination…Fletcher students know now better than any time in the past, from an Israel supporter, that claims of impartiality and balance in these programs are state of denial or hallucination and that the government of Israel is deliberately targeting them for the service of its well-documented agenda of occupation and domination.”
11/15/17 – A student wrote an article in the school paper protesting the “Fletcher Spring Break Israel Trek” that denied Jews self-determination and demonized Israel, stating, “These kinds of programs give a dominant Israeli narrative of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The assumption here is that Israel must remain a Jewish state, that the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland is unmanageable, that Israel is the only prosperous, multicultural democracy in the Middle East and that its continuous occupation of Palestine is necessitated by security concerns… I urge you to think critically about such initiatives and the motives behind them so that the name of our school and its students don’t serve the purpose of occupation and supremacy.”
DEMONIZATION 11/4/16 – As part of a Palestine Advocacy Project campaign, large stickers appeared on campus that pulled quotes from Jews and Israeli leaders out of context in order to demonize Jews, Israeli leaders and Israel. One sticker contained an image and name of Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan next to the text “Palestinians ‘are beasts, they are not human.'” Another sticker is an image of Prime Minister Netanyahu next to the text, “beat them up not once, but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it’s unbearable. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on how to deal with Palestinians.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 10/23/16 – Tufts SJP published a statement in the student newspaper that delegitimized Israel stating, “The only thing that will stop our work is the end of Israeli apartheid.”
9/26/16 – An op-ed in the school newspaper demonized and delegitimized the Jewish state and called for BDS stating, “Someday, Israeli apartheid will fall, just like the racist legal regimes in South Africa and the southern United States. When that happens…Jewish Israeli artists and scholars will be able to offer their talents and insights without their speaking engagements being deployed as weapons in the war for Israel’s legitimacy. Until then, we boycott.”
4/21/16 – In a zine entitled “Whose Birthright” produced by Tufts JVP, Israel is falsely accused of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid,” and “settler colonialism.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION 4/2/16 – An article in the school newspaper called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish country.
DEMONIZATION 3/10/16 – Tuft’s SJP hosted an event as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” titled “Greenwashing Displacement in Israel and the West Bank: Water Rights and the JNF,” in which Israel was falsely accused of “greenwashing,” i.e. promoting its “green” environment practices to hide the injustices it perpetrates against the Palestinians.
3/10/16 – SJP held a demonstration on campus as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” where a publication called “Zintifada” was also distributed. This publication condoned terrorism, stating that ‘violence is acted upon by the powerless by the powerful. Let us not only recognize the right of the oppressed to defy, but let us also stand as allies in their struggle.” The publication also accused Israel of carrying out “ongoing ethnic cleansing.”
8/18/15 – Two Tufts University student groups, Spoken Word Alliance at Tufts and Tufts Pan-African Alliance, were among the signatories to the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine, a statement which included language which demonizes and delegitimizes Israel, supports BDS, condones terrorism, and denies Jews the right to self-determination: The statement falsely accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “brutality,” a “one-sided slaughter”, “injustice and cruelty,” “racism,” “settler colonialism” and “apartheid”; the statement also endorsed the BDS movement, claims that terrorism is legitimate “resistance” to acts of “anti-Palestinian violence,” and called for the return of “7 million” Palestian refuguees to “their homeland in present-day Israel,” which is effectively a call for the elimination of the Jewish state.
3/5/15 – Tufts SJP hosted a panel entitled “Faculty Perspectives on Gaza and Jerusalem.” Two Tufts professors spoke, one of them, Thomos Abowd, using language that deligitimized and demonized Israel by falsely accusing it of “apartheid,” “colonialism” and “racism”.
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 4/10/18 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” events, SJP held the event “Mass Against HP @Tufts” in order for participants “to hear from local activists working on the Mass Against HP campaign right here in Massachusetts to push the state to divest from Hewlitt Packard…Find out what’s going on, some local history of the boycott movement, and how YOU can get involved!”
CALLS FOR BDS 4/14/17 – Tufts JVP members published and promoted an article defending the recent BDS vote that occurred right before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which meant that many Jews couldn’t attend the vote.
BDS EVENT 3/1/16 – Tufts SJP held the event, “Refusing to be Complicit: The Question of Palestine and Non-Violent Resistance with Prof Nada Elia.” The description page of the event stated that Prof Elia will discuss criticisms of BDS as well as, “connections between Palestine, settler colonialism, gendered violence, and non-violent resistance (BDS!)”
CALLS FOR BDS 2/2/16 – Tufts SJP held a GIM meeting where the advertisement for the event included support for BDS.
BDS EVENTS 3/3/15 – Tufts SJP host a talk entitled “History, Tactics and Future of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week”.
CALLS FOR BDS 3/3/15 – Tufts University SJP signed a statement in support of Northeastern University’s anti-Israel divestment resolution.


In the News ?

February 14, 2018:
The Tufts Daily – Op-Ed: TUPD brings ‘Deadly Exchange’ to Tufts

December 4, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Watchdog: Jewish Voice for Peace ‘Masterminded’ Divestment Vote Targeting Israel at Tufts University on Passover

October 3, 2017:
The Tufts Daily – Tufts Disorientation Guide content, removal spark backlash from Tufts community

April 25, 2017:
The Tufts Daily – Op-ed: Reactive Citizenship
(Description note, “David Westby and I argued in an April 13 op-ed that concerns raised about the process of the April 9 resolution distract from the un-democracy of Israeli political reality. This is a position we would continue to defend, but I believe that even this line of critique distracts from the rampant un-democracy on campus, which is related to a national state of un-democracy. Discussions that bring concern about the process of the TCU Senate to the foreground inevitably fail to register the appalling and demonstrable lack of democratic power extended to students by the Board of Trustees and by Ballou…Ballou can well afford, as Dolan points out, to reaffirm that our university “must remain an incubator of ideas, knowledge and perspectives” precisely because the Board of Trustees has zero obligation to act on any moral imperatives to which the pursuit of ideas, knowledge and perspective might point, whether it be divestment from Israel and fossil-fuels, or the humane treatment of university staff.”)

April 20, 2017:
The Tufts Daily – Letter to the Editor: Dean Solomont ignores double standards for dialogue
(Description note, “Solomont, in his concern for the “climate on this campus” which he finds is “discouraging open dialogue,” seems to point the finger squarely at Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for our recently successful Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate resolution. This sophomoric analysis ignores systemic barriers to cherished “dialogue” and fails to even flirt with the concept of power…Where was Solomont to decry the “climate on this campus” that was “discouraging open dialogue” when tactics of intimidation were used in “suppressing some voices,” namely those of SJP students? Instead, he has chosen to transfix on a far from perfect Senate proceeding, yet one that followed Senate procedures and included hours of rigorous debate.”)

April 20, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Tufts Trustees Announce They Will Not Support BDS, After ‘Ambush’ Resolution Passed by Student Government

April 20, 2017:
Campus Reform – Tufts chairman shoots down demands for Israel boycott

April 18, 2017:
The Tufts Daily – Op-ed: Is this civic engagement?

April 11, 2017:
The Tufts Daily – Passage of divestment resolution sparks strong reactions, emotions

April 11, 2017:
The Washington Times – Tufts University senate ripped for holding anti-Israel vote on eve of Passover

April 10, 2017:
Office of the President – Statement on TCU Senate Resolution regarding Divestment

April 10, 2017:
Forward – Tufts Student: BDS Resolution Vote Marginalized Jewish Voices

April 10, 2017:
Fox News – BDS resolution is Passover surprise for Jewish students at Tufts University

April 10, 2017:
Tufts University – Statement on TCU Senate Resolution regarding Divestment
(Description note, “We are concerned that the supporters of this resolution chose to place it on the Senate agenda immediately before Passover, a time when some students interested in this issue were away from campus, and opposed a motion by some members of the Senate to table the resolution in the interest of further understanding of its context and ramifications.”)

April 10, 2017:
Anti Defamation League – Resolution Calling on Tufts University to Divest From Israeli Companies Shameful and Hostile, ADL Says

April 10, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Tufts student senate passes Israel divestment resolution

April 9, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Jewish Community at Tufts University ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by Surprise BDS Resolution Brought for Vote Days Before Passover

April 9, 2017:
Legal Insurrection – Another sneak Passover Divestment attack, this time at Tufts University

October 27, 2016:
The Tufts Daily – Op-Ed: A response to FOI’s Taste of Israel event
(Description note, “We — Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — are writing in regards to Tufts Friends of Israel’s (FOI) Taste of Israel event planned for today, Oct. 27…an intentional delinking of Israeli culture from the ongoing military occupation of Palestine…when Israel is currently occupying Palestine and affecting its people, while erasing Palestinian history and resistance, the power dynamics between Israel and Palestine cannot be ignored…We challenge FOI to explore and acknowledge that Palestinian history and culture, as well as the continued military occupation and settler colonialism in Palestine, are inherently linked to the cuisines presented at this event. Culture is not apolitical, and neither is food. FOI’s choice to claim historically Palestinian/Arab foods as Israeli is a form of cultural colonialism. We invite students who are thinking about attending FOI’s Taste of Israel event to instead come with members of SJP to a movie…this film pushes the audience to be critical of viewing Tel Aviv as the “gay haven” it is often seen as for queer Palestinians.”)

October 23, 2016:
Tufts Daily – A statement from Students for Justice in Palestine
(Description note, “The only thing that will stop our work is the end of Israeli apartheid.”) 

September 29, 2016:
Tufts Daily – Alt-J offers alternative Jewish space on campus

August 10, 2016:
The Jewish Advocate – Study finds anti-Semitism spiking on campus
(Description note, “”A Tufts spokesperson said the university is committed to creating a welcoming and safe environment for all students. ‘While Tufts University remains committed to open dialogue on campus, as President Monaco has repeatedly stated, we will not tolerate speech or conduct that involves threats, intimidation or harassment or interferes with the rights of members of our community to participate in campus life. Acts of anti-Semitism contradict our fundamental values of inclusion and violate the respect due to all members of our community. A single such incident at any university is one too many,’ spokesperson Kimberly M. Thurler said. ‘The Office of the President, the Dean of Students Office, the University Chaplaincy, Tufts University Police, and our faith- and culture-based centers are among those who work closely together to ensure that all our students feel respected, included and safe. Incidents of anti-Semitism or other hateful acts are quickly and thoroughly investigated,’ Thurler added.”)

August 5, 2016:
Nonprofit Quarterly – In Search of A Civil Conversation—An Experiment on the Tufts Campus

August 3, 2016:
The New York Times – The Middle East Conflict on Campus

March 10, 2016:
The Tufts Daily – Students for Justice in Palestine hold demonstration as part of Israeli Apartheid Week
(Description note, “Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) staged an educational demonstration yesterday on the Tisch Library Patio as a part of its annual Israeli Apartheid Week. The demonstration involved four stations focusing on the city Hebron in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and a Bedouin community in the Negev Desert. Each station represented an area of Israeli occupation, according to SJP member Sophia Goodfriend. Two of the stations featured tents that represented illegal Jewish occupation on Palestinian land. Israeli flags were hung near the tents to reflect Israeli encroachment.”)
March 10, 2016:
issuu – Zintifada Publication by Tufts SJP

December 29, 2015:
Star Tribune – College activist groups unite to pursue demands, win influence over campus investments
(Description note, “Coalitions created this year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and the University of Pennsylvania have pressured their institutions to drop investments in fossil fuels and prisons and in companies that have ties to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, demands that students previously pursued separately. At Tufts University near Boston, divestment groups against fossil fuels and Israel banded together with a coalition opposing investments in private prison companies.”)

October 30, 2015:
The Tufts Daily – SJP members disrupt annual ‘Taste of Israel’ event with signs, flyers
(Description note, “At approximately 6:20 p.m., 20 minutes after the event began, SJP members walked into theCarmichael lounge with signs that read “Taste of Israeli Occupation” and “Don’t dip into apartheid,” among other phrases. “The disruption of this event is the purpose,” Aliff, a junior, said. Students from SJP distributed flyers titled “Israeli Culture is not Apolitical!” to people at the event, as well as chocolates whose wrappers contained facts about Israel.”)

August 18, 2015:
Black Solidarity with Palestine – 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine – 1,100 Signatories, 39 Groups
(DEMONIZATION, SUPPORT FOR BDS, DELEGITIMIZATION – Description note – UCLA Afrikan Student Union, BlaQue UCLA, Black Student Alliance at Yale, Black Student Alliance Executive Board – St. Louis University, Black Student Union at UC Berkeley, Columbia University Black Students’ Organization, Spoken Word Alliance at Tufts, Tufts Pan-African Alliance, and Stanford NAACP Executive Committee are among the signatories of a letter that demonizes, supports BDS and delegitimizes Israel with statements of, “Our support extends to those living under occupation and siege, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the 7 million Palestinian refugees exiled in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. The refugees’ right to return to their homeland in present-day Israel is the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians….US and Israeli officials and media criminalize our existence, portray violence against us as “isolated incidents,” and call our resistance “illegitimate” or “terrorism.” These narratives ignore decades and centuries of anti-Palestinian and anti-Black violence that have always been at the core of Israel and the US. We recognize the racism that characterizes Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is also directed against others in the region, including intolerance, police brutality, and violence against Israel’s African population. Israeli officials call asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea “infiltrators” and detain them in the desert, while the state has sterilized Ethiopian Israelis without their knowledge or consent. These issues call for unified action against anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and Zionism. .. We wholeheartedly endorse Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and call on Black and US institutions and organizations to do the same. We urge people of conscience to recognize the struggle for Palestinian liberation as a key matter of our time…We offer this statement first and foremost to Palestinians, whose suffering does not go unnoticed and whose resistance and resilience under racism and colonialism inspires us. “)

April 8, 2015:
The Algemeiner – Group Says String of Swastika Attacks on Boston Area Campuses Are Unrelated (Description note, “The spate began on March 29th when swastikas were found spray painted on several cars at a fraternity house at Tufts University campus on Packard Avenue. It was the fourth antisemitic incident at the university in less than two years. A day later, a swastika was found drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm of Northeastern University. President Joseph Aoun called the incident a hateful act of antisemitism…. Then, on Sunday April 2nd, barely 20 miles away, on the campus of Framingham State University, a student reported finding a swastika carved into his vehicle. The incident was at least the second time this school year that a swastika has been found on the campus, the local WCVB TV reported. ‘It is an indication of what Jewish students are facing on campuses across the country,’ [ADL’s] Terestan said. ‘The concern is that anti-Israel sentiment is leading to this type of antisemitic activity.’”)

April 1, 2015:
Campus Watch – Tufts Prof Thomas Abowd: Jews Colonial Usurpers in Jerusalem

March 30, 2015:
The Tufts Daily – Time to retire the term ‘townie’ (Description note, “Early Saturday morning, the Tufts community once again found itself victim of an incident of anti-Semitic graffiti. This time, the vandalism took place behind Theta Delta Chi Fraternity (more commonly known on campus as 123). According to an email sent out by the Tufts University Department of Public and Environmental Safety, the perpetrators painted on several cars, defacing one with a swastika. This act of hatred is deplorable, and it is incredibly frustrating to hear about anti-Semitic graffiti happening on campus over and over again. “)

March 30, 2015: – Swastikas found spray-painted on Tufts campus (Description note, “School officials said the swastikas were found on several cars at a fraternity house on campus on Packard Avenue. This is the fourth anti-Semitic incident at the university in less than two years.”)

March 9, 2015:
Accuracy in Academia- Tufts University’s Israeli Apartheid Week has Black and Palestinian Queer Workshop

March 5, 2015:
The Tufts Daily – Faculty participate in Israeli Apartheid Week panel (Description note, “Tufts professors Souhad Zendah and Thomas Abowd discussed their perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last night at Faculty Perspectives on Gaza and Jerusalem, the fifth event hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) during Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). … Abowd reinforced the idea that Palestinians are controlled and restricted by Israeli governing. He said he felt that the power exerted by Israeliswas more than political; it was also cultural. , “You can see very clearly that colonialism is not just about sheer power dominance and depth,” Abowd said. “It is a cultural project of control, and it has always been in every context. Colonial dominance is solidified through ideologies … and mythologies through Bible stories or the interpretations of sacred texts.”)

March 5, 2015:
The College Fix – It’s Tufts Israeli Apartheid Week featuring ‘Connecting Black and Palestinian Queer Struggles’

March 4, 2015:
Wicked Local Medford – Medford, Somerville teens confess to Medford anti-Semitic graffiti spree

March 3, 2015:
The Tufts Daily – Bibi Netanyahu’s one way street

March 2, 2015:
The Tufts Daily – Students for Justice in Palestine hosts fourth annual Israeli Apartheid Week

December 18, 2014:
J Weekly – Tufts University vandalized again with swastikas

December 16, 2014:
5 Towns Jewish Times – Anti-Semitic Grafitti at Tufts University Investigated by Police

December 15, 2014:
The Boston Globe – Tufts police investigate swastika graffiti

December 15, 2014:
JTA – Tufts University vandalized again with swastikas

December 15, 2014:
The Algemeiner – Anti-Semitic Grafitti at Tufts University Investigated by Police

December 15, 2014:
Somerville Patch – Police Investigating Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Tufts

December 15, 2014:
Truth Revolt – Police Investigating Swastikas on Tufts Univ. Campus

November 7, 2014:
Tufts Daily – Open Hillel dialogue reaches Tufts campus

November 6, 2014:
Mondoweiss – Tufts students challenge university’s complicity in Israeli violence (Description note – “Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine is calling on Tufts President Anthony Monaco to cancel Shamir- Borer’s speaking engagement so that apologists for Israeli war crimes are not honored on our campus.”)

November 6, 2014: – Petitioning Tufts University President Anthony Monaco: Cancel IDF Lt. Col Dr. Eran Shamir-Borer’s Speech at Tufts (Description note – SJP trying to disrupt freedom of assembly of Jewish & pro-Israel students)

October 31, 2014:
The Michigan Citizen – NSJP 2014: Moving beyond solidarity

October 29, 2014:
The Washington Times – Anti-Israel speaker at Tufts University uses N-word to describe Palestinians

October 27, 2014:
The Times of Israel – Bastardization of black feminist theory propels Israel-bashing on campus

October 24, 2014:
The Washington Free Beacon – Tufts University Hosting Islamists to Train Students in ‘Direct Action’

October 23, 2014:
Anti-Defamation League – Tufts University Hosting National Students For Justice In Palestine Conference (Description note, “Among the invited speak­ers are J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Stud­ies & Anthro­pol­ogy at Wes­leyan Uni­ver­sity and an advi­sor to the U.S. Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel (USACBI); Muham­mad Desai, the coor­di­na­tor of BDS South Africa who was seen singing the words “shoot the Jew” at a 2013 anti-Israel protest; Sara Ker­sh­ner, a co-founder of the Inter­na­tional Jew­ish Anti-Zionist Net­work; and sev­eral stu­dent activists from var­i­ous SJP chapters.”)

October 24, 2014:
The Tufts Daily – SJP National Conference to take place at Tufts this weekend

October 6, 2014:
The Tufts Daily – TCU Senate Update (Description note – Students for Justice in Palestine was allocated $5,880 to host the SJP conference Oct 24 -26)

June 12, 2014:
Tufts University Office of the President – Medford Campus Graffiti Incident (Description note – statement from the President, “Early Saturday morning, one or more vandals spray painted graffiti on the Medford/Somerville campus that included a swastika on the exterior of the Granoff Family Hillel Center. Tufts Facilities Services immediately responded to remove the graffiti and the Tufts Police Department began an investigation in collaboration with the Medford Police Department. To date, this appears to be an isolated incident. Anti-Semitism and racism are abhorrent and antithetical to the values of our university community. I know that many of you will find this incident painful and deeply offensive, as do I. Rabbi Summit, in collaboration with the University Chaplaincy and others on campus, will be organizing programming this fall examining contemporary anti-Semitism and how to most effectively respond to such acts of prejudice and hatred in our society. I have asked the Tufts Police Department to keep me apprised of the progress of the investigation into this incident and will share any significant developments with the community.”)

April 8, 2013:
Huffington Post – Swastikas, Hate Speech Graffiti Afflicts Tufts University Campus, Medford (VIDEO)


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Students for Justice in Palestine perform Direct Action at Tisch Library (mock checkpoint)
Posted: September 8, 2015

Source Credit: Tufts SJP

Source Credit: Tufts SJP Facebook page: Israeli Apartheid Week 2014 (March 7, 2014)

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Source Credit: The Algemeiner (Dec 15, 2014)

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4/9/2017 – Student Senate: PASSED – A divestment resolution was discussed and voted on the night before the Jewish holiday of Passover. The resolution passed 17-6-8. The resolution falsely accused Israel of being “an apartheid regime,” endorsed the full BDS movement call including the right of return which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, as well as cited four specific corporations that do business with Israel for divestment including Elbit Systems, G4S, Northrop Grumman and Hewlett Packard Enterprises. Prior to the vote, about 50 people associated with the Jewish community on campus had asked their Senators to postpone the vote, expressing to their senators that “they want the opportunity to have a voice on this issue.”

BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1


Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 9

  1. Thomas Abowd
  2. Amahl Bishara
  3. Matthew Hooley
  4. Kareem Khubchandani
  5. Lisa Lowe
  6. Kamran Rastegar
  7. Christina Sharpe
  8. Saul Slapikoff
  9. Greg Thomas