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Student Voices

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  • May 4, 2016 – UC Santa Cruz Jewish Student (Spencer) “You can’t be visibly pro-Israel on this campus without getting dirty looks…I wanted to get involved in those sort of [progressive] spaces here too. But as soon as I told people I had been on Birthright, it really turned them off. It was like, ‘How could you step on that soil?’ and it really drove a wedge between us.” Read more
  • May 4, 2016 – UC Santa Cruz Jewish Student (Adam) “There’s pressure here not to act Jewish…[For]  example…a member of [my]Jewish fraternity, one of the few students on campus to regularly wear a yarmulke, recently removed it from his head. ‘He didn’t feel comfortable walking around with it anymore.’” Read more
  • January 19, 2016 – Jewish UCSC Student (Stanley) – “I condemn the divestment vote because it has already brought upon an Anti-Semitic climate to UC Santa Cruz. I have seen posts on social media after the vote was passed such as ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’ as well as various other Holocaust-associated ‘jokes’.” Read more
  • November 30, 2015 – Jewish UCSC Student (Daniel) – “I wish that [my] being subjected to anti-Semitism was a shocking new occurrence. But the truth is that I’m not shocked. I’m not shocked because this hatred and ignorance has followed me everywhere. I’m not shocked because Jewish students have been targeted with this vile racism all over the [University of California] UC system for years, and especially since BDS became a major issue of discussion. Anti-Semitism … has … become an inseparable part of campus politics right here at UC Santa Cruz and across the UC system.” Read more
  • November 25, 2015 – UCSC Jewish Student (Daniel) – “The implication that I, as a Jewish student and leader in the Jewish community, should not be allowed to vote on an issue that so deeply impacts the Jewish community, and that I should abstain because I cannot be trusted due to an alleged ‘Jewish agenda,’ echoes the racism Jews have faced all over the world throughout our history.” Read more
  • November 23, 2015 – UCSC Jewish Student and Vice President of Slugs for Israel (Stanley) – “there was a strong Anti-Semitic sentiment behind the divestment vote….I condemn the divestment vote because it has already brought upon an Anti-Semitic climate to UC Santa Cruz. I have seen posts on social media after the vote was passed such as ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’ as well as various other Holocaust-associated ‘jokes.’… I personally feel embarrassed to be a Jewish student of a university with a student body that has stated it doesn’t support my homeland as well as that of the Jewish people.” Read more
  • November 20, 2015 – UCSC Jewish Student (Daniel) – “The climate on campus has changed. Constituents from my own college have told me to abstain because of my Jewish agenda. So I am being personally discriminated against.” Read more
  • May 17, 2015 – UCSC Jewish Student (Amanda) – “It feels like we’re being punished for our heritage. It’s like, whatever is going on with these things in Israel is bad, and those who are connected and associated with it are bad. I see it as an animosity campaign.” Read more


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Classification Date-Description
12/10/17 – A white swastika was spray-painted on the concrete near the East Remote Lot.
5/2/17 – During a Hillel event on Quarry Plaza to celebrate Israeli Independence Day, a protest led by the African/Black Student Alliance filled the Quarry and purposefully blocked Hillel’s tables from being accessed for over an hour. Jewish students were, on three separate occasions, subjected to protesters yelling, “Free Palestine” and “F*** Jewish Slugs.” One of Hillel’s Israeli flags was also torn down. The ABSA called for protesters to stand in solidarity with their Palestinian brothers and sisters.
8/17/16 – Antisemitic fliers with swastikas were printed on networked campus printers that were similar to antisemitic fliers printed earlier this same month and back in March. However, this flier differed in that it was extremely graphic and appeared to tell a fictional story of a man reveling in murdering and raping “filthy Jews” at a synagogue. The flier mentioned words and phrases such as “kike demon,” and “I know you f***ing Jews control the f***ing media anyway.”
8/1/16 – Antisemitic fliers with swastikas were once again printed on networked campus printers that were similar to antisemitic fliers printed in March.
3/24/16 – A flier with swastikas on it was printed to several printers on campus including Housing Educational Services and Kresge. The flier said, “White Man are you Sick and Tired of the Jews Destroying Your Country through Mass Immigration and Degeneracy? Join Us in the Struggle for Global White Supremacy at the Daily Stormer.”
DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY 12/9/15 – A flyer with a large Star of David on the office door of a UCSC Jewish professor was intentionally ripped and defaced.
11/17/15 – A Jewish member of the student government was warned to “abstain” from voting on an anti-Israel divestment resolution because he was the president of the school’s Jewish Student Union and was “elected with a Jewish agenda.”
11/6/15 – SJP members interrupted a Slugs for Israel tabling event showing solidarity with Israeli victims of terror by holding a die-in, in which several students dressed in black lay motionless on the ground, representing Palestinians killed by Israelis. In addition, the “dead” students put signs on themselves saying, “Resistance is Not Terrorism,” an expression which justifies violence against Jews.
4/21/15 – A talk by two Israeli soldiers promoted by Slugs for Israel was disrupted by anti-Israel protesters, who shouted down the speakers and demonized Israel by accusing Israel of terrorism. As the protesters left the room, they yelled “Free, Free Palestine.”
3/4/15 – SJP set up mock checkpoints on campus insisting that students show ID cards before entering the library during finals week. The event demonized Israel by portraying Israeli soldiers as brutal and barbaric. In addition, Jewish students complained about being targeted and harassed.
1/27/15 – At a Hillel-sponsored event, “Being Queer in Israel,” a group of anti-Israel protestors, both students and faculty, unsuccessfully attempted to use intimidation to cancel the Hillel-sponsored event, and several students later disrupted the program by entering the program bearing signs with slogans that demonized and delegitimized Israel, such as ”JEWS AGAINST APARTHEID” and “QUEERS AGAINST PINKWASHING” and disrupting the talk by reading a prepared statement “denounc[ing] this co-optation of queer struggles to support the Israeli apartheid state and the genocide of the Palestinian people” and declaring “Long live the intifada!”, expressions which demonize and delegitimze Israel and condone terrorism against it. Jewish students who had organized the event reported feeling “violated” and “attacked” by the protestors.
1/25/15 – A flyer for an upcoming Hillel-sponsored event, “Being Queer in Israel,” was defaced with the phrase “Fuck Zionist Pink Washing,” which demonizes Israel and its supporters by accusing them of malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes,” and the phrase “Free Palestine.”
4/26/18 – An article in the student paper covering an SJP protest used language that denied Jews self-determination, stating, “Since 1948, Israel has annexed more than 4.2 million acres, about 6,500 square miles, of Palestinian land.” The article ended with a quote from an SJP leader stating, “This is our rightful land, we have the keys to our home.”
3/16/18 – The Center for Race and Ethnicities Studies (CRES) sponsored the BDS event, “Boycott! Palestinian Freedom, Academic Activism, and Campus Repression with Sunaina Maira.” According to an attendee, during the event, Maira demonized and delegitimized Israel throughout claiming Israel is built on “settler-colonialism [and] apartheid” that privileges the “supremacy of [its] Jewish citizens” and that the “racist logic of Zionism” would be disabled should BDS succeed. She stressed that BDS calls for the “right of refugees to return to their homes and properties” and included USACBI postcards with this call for attendees that additionally stated, “As educators and scholars of conscience in the United States, we support this call.” Maira claimed BDS “challenges the foundational narratives of the Israeli state,” and the cultural boycott is “crucial to drawing attention to Israeli apartheid.” She also made explicit support for an academic boycott during her presentation, claiming this type of boycott “encourages academic freedom of U.S. scholars…[and] enlarges academic freedom,” is part of “decolonizing the academy” as well as “exposes the core settler-colonial logic of Zionism.” She further claimed Israel engages in “pinkwashing, brownwashing, greenwashing…they destroy all the trees.” She ended her presentation with a recommendation that anti-Zionist activists, “must keep our eyes on study abroad programs on campus [that are] on stolen Palestinian land…[students] wouldn’t go to Johannesburg during apartheid so why are they going to Ben Gurion University?”
DELEGITIMIZATION 2/20/18 – SJP tabled at Quarry Plaza to draw awareness to Ahed Tamimi. Signs at the tabling event included, “UC invests in Apartheid” and “Stop Colonialism.”
3/9/17 – SJP created a mock checkpoint on two locations on campus, one of them at the McCabe Library. One sign read, “UC Invests in Apartheid.” A statement outlining the reason for the mock checkpoint falsely referred to Israel as the “settler-colonial state of Israel,” as well as falsely accused Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid.”
4/27/16 – 5 UCSC departments including Anthropology, Politics, Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies co-sponsored an event with Students for Justice in Palestine titled, “Legacies of Ethnic Cleansing” as part of SJP’s “Israeli Apartheid Week.” The Q & A format of the event included speakers Lara Kiswani and Ilan Pappe, with Lisa Rofel asking the questions. According to an attendee, both speakers falsely accused Israel of ethnic cleansing, settler colonialism and apartheid and equated Zionism to racism/inhumanity. Kiswani justified violent resistence (ie: terrorism). She further stated that “dialogue [with Jewish Zionists] is not the solution,” that BDS is employed correctly if one is “disrupting the Zionist narrative everywhere ” as well as remarked that “BDS is the denormalization of Zionism.” Pappe stated “Zionism has manipulated Judaism for its own purposes”
2/20/15 – Steven Salaita delivered a talk entitled “Silencing Dissent: Palestine, Academic Freedom, and the New McCarthyism,” that was part of a national speaking tour on more than 10 campuses. In his talk, Salaita demonized Israel, falsely accusing it of barbarity, brutality and depravity, and of perpetrating war crimes and mass slaughter, and he delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing it of settler colonialism. Salaita also stated that he opposed Zionism and the notion of a Jewish state, and he falsely accused Zionists of making “phony claims of antisemitism” to mask Israel’s war crimes and shut down all criticism of Israel. In addition, Salaita touted his role as a founder of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and a promoter of the academic boycott at the American Studies Association meeting at which the boycott was endorsed. Salaita’s talk was presented by Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Labor and the IHR Cultures in the Crisis of Capitalism Research Cluster, Students for Justice in Palestine, UAW 2865, the Santa Cruz Resource Center for Non-Violence, and the Palestine-Israel Action Committee.
1/28/15 – 15 UCSC faculty members affiliated with the Feminist Studies department, including the department chair, sent a letter to the head of the LGBTQ center protesting her partnering with Hillel to host the event “Being Queer in Israel.” The letter demonized Israel by accusing it of “genocide” and “racism,” and it urged the head of the LGBTQ center to host an event promoting BDS.
1/28/15 – Anti-Zionist Angela Davis was the keynote speaker at the UCSC Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, with a talk entitled, “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine.” In her talk, Davis demonized Israel by accusing it of “pinkwashing,” i.e. malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”; Davis delegitimized Israel by accusing it of “settler colonialism”; and she condoned terrorism against Israel by claiming that Israel falsely labels Palestinians as terrorists.
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 11/23/15 – UCSC SJP held a meeting to discuss anti-Israel divestment at UCSC as well as a presentation about the recent academic boycott vote of the American Anthropological Association.
BDS VOTES 11/17/15 – The student senate passed an anti-Israel divestment resolution 28 – 5.
CALLS FOR BDS 3/6/15 – 2 professors from UCSC were among the co-authors of an op-ed supporting the anti-Israel divestment resolutions on UC campuses: Christine Hong and Lisa Rofel.


In the News ?

*See UC Student Testimonials from 2015 – present here

April 26, 2018:
City On A Hill Press – Students for Justice in Palestine Holds Die-In in Quarry Plaza

March 16, 2018:
The Algemeiner – Anti-Israel Students at UC-Santa Barbara Endorse ‘Armed Resistance,’ Share Images With Pistol, AK-47

March 16, 2018:
The Algemeiner – American students have a duty to advocate for refugee funding

December 14, 2017:
Santa Cruz Sentinel – Swastika painted at UC Santa Cruz, marking 11 anti-Semitic incidents this quarter

December 12, 2017:
UCSC News Center – East Remote parking lot graffiti

August 15, 2017:
UCSC News Center – No place for hate at UCSC

May 24, 2017:
Santa Cruz Sentinal – Jewish community condemns ‘intolerance,’ demands UC Santa Cruz response

May 17, 2017:
Santa Cruz Sentinel – Letter: UCSC students learning a disturbing lesson

May 16, 2017:
Santa Cruz Sentinal – Editorial, May 17, 2017: UCSC’s troubling abdication amid, and after, building takeover

May 9, 2017:
City On A Hill Press – Submission: Letter from UCSC Jewish Studies Faculty

May 8, 2017:
Santa Cruz Sentinel – UC Santa Cruz concessions to student group called civil rights violations

May 6, 2017:
Legal Insurrection – UC Santa Cruz Students Occupy Building, Shout Anti-Semitic Slurs, Admin Caves In to Demands

strong> May 4, 2017:
Santa Cruz Sentinel – UC Santa Cruz agrees to demands of students who occupied Kerr Hall
(Description note, “In addition, during the rally that preceded the occupation of Kerr Hall on Tuesday at Quarry Plaza, members of the Afrikan Black Student Alliance verbally attacked Jewish students, according to Santa Cruz Hillel Director Sarah Cohen Domont. ‘Our students were, on three separate instances, subjected to protesters yelling, (expletives and anti-Semitic insults) and one of our Israeli flags was torn down,’ wrote Cohen Domont in a public statement. ‘The ABSA called for protesters to stand in solidarity with their Palestinian brothers and sisters.’ Tuesday was Israel Independence Day. Santa Cruz Hillel and its “pro-Israel partners” had gathered in Quarry Plaza to celebrate.”)

May 2, 2017:
Afrikan Black Coalition – Black Students at UC Santa Cruz Protest Hostile Campus (re: Palestine)

August 24, 2016:
Accuracy In Academia – Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Behind New Batch Of Anti-Semitic Flyers

August 3, 2016:
Jadaliyya – Interview with University of Santa Cruz Students for Justice in Palestine
(Description note, “We have only ever focused on broader anti-Zionist politics, because our group politics are further left than the broader Palestine solidarity movement. We have never been in a situation where we have to eschew a broader critique of Zionism in favor of just highlighting the occupation…. On our campus, student organizing has been so successful that the student body broadly supports anti-Zionism, especially in the UCSC Student Union Assembly… The power dynamic switched last fall, and due to tireless organizing around this issue and others, SJP became very powerful. To give one example, last winter a pro-Israel group proposed an anti-divestment bill to the student union assembly for consideration. They were immediately lambasted for not engaging in dialogue with SJP. Furthermore, our objections to the bill were used as evidence by people that their bill was “divisive” and not conducive to peace…. Our political stance is anti-Zionist and anti-imperialist. We have been having discussions about where anti-capitalism fits into this. Our reference points are the three points of unity decided by the National SJP in 2011: 1) end the entire occupation (not defined explicitly) 2) right of return and 3) supporting Palestinian political rights within Israel… We have observed a split within the administration. The “internal” administration, which comprises the Dean of Students and other lower-level administrators, are tacitly supportive of SJP. On the other hand, the “external” administrators, such as the Chancellor, are stridently against SJP, the academic boycott, and divestment. We have directly observed that administrators are divided on this and work to use this to our organization’s advantage. We do not just ignore the administration. We attempt to differentiate between those who will be reasonable in dealing with us and those who are against us.”)

February 1, 2016:
City on a Hill Press – Q&A with Chancellor Blumenthal and EVC Alison Galloway
(Description note, “CHP: “What’s your response to student criticism of the campus civility email following SUA’s divestment appeal, specifically including Student Justice for Palestine calling for your resignation?” Blumenthal: “I did send out an email at the time of the SUA vote, and I’m sorry if it wrongly implied what the vote was about. The vote was one of divestment, it was not the divesting vote per say, but the implication was there. One of the criticisms of that email, was that it picked out one group and talked about that one group rather than the broader issue of tolerance on campus. That’s a fair criticism. There are many groups on campus that face issues of tolerance, issues of being accepted, and it certainly was not my intention to pick out one group. It was my intention to use that as an example of a broader set of issues.”)

December 11, 2015:
Santa Cruz Sentinel – Jim Atkins and Jocelyn Robinson: Chancellor should be commended for letter to the community

December 4, 2015:
Monterey Herald – Stephen Zunes: Chancellor’s opposition to student resolution problematic
(Description note, “There are also concerns the chancellor’s decision to express his opposition to the SUA [divestment] resolution in such a public way could be intimidating for non-tenured faculty and others who might support this and other initiatives in support of human rights, international law and corporate responsibility. Indeed, the letter warns of how such efforts “can exacerbate tensions and contribute to what some experience as a hostile environment”)

November 25, 2015:
J Weekly – Two local student governments say ‘yes’ to divestment

November 23, 2015:
Campus Reform – UCSC student gov’t votes to divest from Israel, pressures Jewish rep. to abstain

November 20, 2015:
KSBW – Controversy brewing on UC Santa Cruz campus

November 20, 2015:
City On A Hill Press – SUA Appeal Overturns 2014 Divestment Nullification
(Description note, “With a 28-5-7 vote, the Student Union Assembly (SUA) approved Students for Justice in Palestine’s (SJP) appeal of former SUA Chair Shaz Umer’s controversial decision to nullify a divestment resolution passed in May 2014. The University Socially Responsible Investment Resolution (USRIR), which calls for the UC to divest from companies “complicit in the severe violation of Palestinian human rights” is in effect as of SUA’s meeting on Nov. 18…Stevenson College SUA representatives said they will discuss their next steps during their senate meeting this week. Their main option to overturn this decision would be to propose a new resolution that nullifies USRIR, which would have to pass through SUA.”)

November 19, 2015:
UCSC News Center – Campus civility in the midst of turmoil
(Description note – in response to a recent BDS vote and the subsequent antisemitic activity that accompanied it, Chancellor Blumenthal releases a statement, “In student government, as is their right, the Student Union Assembly this week voted to reinstate a resolution urging the University of California to divest from Israel. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has generated passionate opinions on both sides. I’m concerned this resolution will have a chilling effect on individuals within our campus community. However unintentional, its passage may create an environment in which some of our Jewish students feel alienated and less welcome on our campus. We have a commitment at UC Santa Cruz to engaged, respectful dialogue. The free and open exchange of ideas is a pillar of our Principles of Community. I am convening my Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Council to discuss the climate for Jewish students on campus. The council has advocated for African American students, LGBT students, and the disabled members of our community, among others, and I want to be sure our campus community welcomes and supports Jewish students, faculty, and staff. I will share my thoughts about that conversation as it unfolds. Universities are microcosms of our complex, diverse global society. With so many differences, the opportunities for division are endless. Instead, let us make the conscious choice to seek common ground, to forge understanding, and to cultivate compassion. By doing so, we will model the way for the world-a laudable and fitting goal for UC Santa Cruz.”)

November 19, 2015:
The Algemeiner – UC Santa Cruz Student Warned to Abstain From Pro-BDS Vote Due to His ‘Jewish Agenda’

November 18, 2015:
JNS – UC Santa Cruz student warned to abstain from BDS vote over ‘Jewish agenda’

October 5, 2015: EVENT –  UCSC Students for Justice in Palestine General Interest Meeting

October 2015:
AMCHA – UC Student Testimonials about Antisemitism on Campus, October 2015 to Present

September 18, 2015: Indybay – On UCSC Move-In Day, Activists Greet Students with Message: Free Speech For Palestine

May 28, 2015: EVENT – Decolonial Resistance Between Palestine, Kashmir and Khalistan
(The Sikh Student Association is collaborating with Students for Justice in Palestine to host an event discussing the colonizations occupations of Kashmir, Palestine, and Punjab under the Israeli and Indian states. The Indian and Israeli states are founded upon and held together by neocolonial violence and the normalization of this violence. )

May 17, 2015: Venus In Fuzz – STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE SET UP MOCK CHECKPOINTS (Description note, “An announcement was made loud and clear just before noon in front of McHenry Library: “This is a checkpoint. If you want to get through, show your ID.” The voice came from a student carrying a megaphone. Behind her, 30 students, most dressed in black, linked arms to form a line that stretched across the entrance to the library. The checkpoints, organized by UC Santa Cruz Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), also took place in Quarry Plaza, Science Hill and Porter College’s quad… Two students dressed as IDF soldiers stood at each entrance with a strip of duct tape that read “Israeli Defense Force” across the front, and cardboard rectangles slung over their shoulders with “GUN” and “property of IDF” written on them. “You walk to McHenry Library, people have their hands linked, it’s obviously portrayed as something bad, an obstruction, harassment, etc.,” said Jewish studies major and Leviathan Jewish Journal editor Amanda Botfeld. “The natural reaction as a student is to think, ‘Well, the way we fix it is to get rid of these checkpoints,’ without understanding why these checkpoints are in place.” Botfeld recognized there are issues with the way the IDF conducts themselves and the lack of advancement within Palestinian society, but said that as a student, it’s hard to want to work while feeling attacked. “It feels like we’re being punished for our heritage,” she said. “It’s like, whatever is going on with these things in Israel is bad, and those who are connected and associated with it are bad. I see it as an animosity campaign.”)

April 30, 2015: – Santa Cruz Hillel hires person to work solely on BDS, anti-Israel issues

March 12, 2015: Jweekly – Pro-Palestine ‘justice’ group sparks injustice on campus (Description note, “On March 4, members of Students for Justice in Palestine at U.C. Santa Cruz dressed in mock Israeli Defense Force uniforms and blocked the entry of students to McHenry Library until those wanting to enter the library produced “proper identification.”… physically preventing any student from entering the library at a time when most of us are studying for upcoming final exams is wrong, especially when the protest spreads ignorance…. If SJP wants justice, it should stop spreading ignorance, perpetuating injustice, silencing students and disrupting our attempts to study. Instead, it should join other students, such as those in the campus group Slugs for Israel, in a productive dialogue. Then we can educate each other and discuss how we can work together to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace and justice for both peoples. That would be the just way to handle this.”)

March 8, 2015: The Guardian – What You Need to Know about Divestment

March 6, 2015: The Daily Californian – Statement from UC faculty on divestment from Israel

March 5, 2015: Response to SJP mock Israeli checkpoint

March 5, 2015: City On A Hill Press – Students for Justice in Palestine Set Up Mock Checkpoints (Description note – “SJP member Boian Boianov said that the checkpoints were also organized to remind students that UCSC and the UC system invests in companies that do business with the Israeli government and military — like General Electric and Lockheed Martin — which they feel contribute to the violation of human rights of Palestinians. “We’re directly profiting from and benefiting from the oppression of other people,” Boianov said. Though the demonstration took place during “96 Hours of Action,” Boianov explained the two are technically separate.”)

February 27, 2015: The Algemeiner – SPME BDS Monitor: A Busy Spring for Anti-Israel Activities on Campus

February 20, 2015: EVENT – Inter/Nationalism from the New World to the Holy Land: Encountering Palestine in American Indian Studies

February 20, 2015: EVENT – Palestine, Academic Freedom, and the New McCarthyism

February 5, 2015: Jweekly – Israel’s gay-friendly message not welcome in Santa Cruz (Description note: article on student disturbance at “A Wider Bridge” talk, “We believe effective dialogue includes building personal connections between the people of Israel and North America, and we firmly oppose those, including U.C. Santa Cruz’s Students for Justice in Palestine, who seek to intimidate students with simplified political statements on cardboard signs.”)

February 4, 2015: Santa Cruz Sentinel – Angela Davis has sullied MLK’s legacy (Description note – Letter by Chloe Valdery, “As a young and proud Black woman, I am disturbed that the legacy of Martin Luther King has been sullied by the likes of Angela Davis…It pains me that UC Santa Cruz chose to honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner with a speech by someone who supports discrimination against Jews…Dr. King recognized that anti-Zionism was just a new form of anti-Semitism over 40 years ago.”)

February 2, 2015: A Wider Bridge – Israel Detractors Fall Flat at UCSC

January 31, 2015: Santa Cruz Sentinel- Editorial, Jan. 31, 2015: Angela Davis, and her critics, have the right to be heard

January 29, 2015: Jweekly – An open letter to U.C. Santa Cruz Chancellor Blumenthal

January 27, 2015: Israel Thrives – UC Santa Cruz invites Angela Davis to Defame Israel

January 27, 2015: San Jose Mercury News – Santa Cruz Jewish community responds to upcoming Angela Davis talk

January 26, 2015: Santa Cruz Sentinel – Santa Cruz Jewish community responds to upcoming Angela Davis talk

January 22, 2015: UNIVERSITY RESPONSE – Chancellor’s office response to the UCSC alumni letter regarding the MLK Convocation

January 24, 2015: Santa Cruz Sentinel – UCSC alumni: Angela Davis’ upcoming speech an affront to Jewish alums

January 22, 2015: UCSC Alumni Letter to Chancellor Blumenthal Re: Angela Davis and Antisemitism to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2015: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Higher education and free speech

January 19, 2015: The Times of Israel – Anti-Zionist civil rights activists dishonor Dr. King’s legacy

December 31, 2014: Important message from the UC Student Association (UCSA) Board Chair Kevin Sabo regarding moving discussion on BDS to Feb 7-8 Board Meeting at UCLA

November 11, 2014: Santa Cruz Sentinel – Former UC Santa Cruz professor edits Middle East politics book

November 10, 2014: The Daily Californian – UCSA postpones divestment resolution at Saturday meeting

August 25, 2014:  Times of Israel- An Academic Union Mobilizes Against Israel

August 21, 2014: Fox News – Watchdogs raise alarm after student-teachers union takes stand against Israel

August 21, 2014: – Student-teachers union takes stand against Israel as anti-Semitism concerns arise

August 14, 2014:  J Weekly- Letter warns U.C. president of union’s ‘anti-Israel propaganda’

thumbs-downAugust 12, 2014:  COMPILED LIST –  Supporters of UAW 2865 Resolution Calling for Academic Boycott of Israel (Description note – contains the names of graduate students, teaching assistants, readers, etc who exclaimed public support of the antisemitic Student Union Worker’s BDS resolution, which stated the need to “educate” others on the “settler-colonial” and “apartheid” nature of the Jewish state).

June 17, 2014: Inside Higher Ed – Middle East Conflict, U.S. Campuses

June 5, 2014: J Weekly – Divest-from-Israel vote at U.C. Santa Cruz under investigation, results on hold

June 5, 2014: Forward – Santa Cruz Students Back Israel ‘Occupation’ Divestment by 22-14 Vote

May 29, 2014: IndyBay – Committee for Justice in Palestine Divestment Resolution Passed at UC Santa Cruz

thumbs-upDecember 31, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Chancellor’s statement on ASA boycott of Israel


Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

UCSC Rally for Ahed

SJP tabled at Quarry Plaza to draw awareness to Ahed Tamimi. Source Credit: UCSC SJP Facebook (February 20, 2018)


Source Credit: A flyer found printed to several printers on campus (March 24, 2016)

Source Credit: A flyer found printed to several printers on campus (March 24, 2016)


Source credit: UCSC Hillel, A Star of David on a UCSC professors' door was intentionally defaced (December 9, 2015)

Source credit: UCSC Hillel, A Star of David on a UCSC professors’ door was intentionally defaced (December 9, 2015)


Source Credit: Posters found on UCSC Campus, November 2015. Source Credit: CAMERA on Campus

Source Credit: President of the Jewish Student Union was warned to “abstain” from voting on a pro-BDS resolution because he was “elected with a Jewish agenda.” (November 19, 2015)

Source Credit: President of the Jewish Student Union was warned to “abstain” from voting on a pro-BDS resolution because he was “elected with a Jewish agenda.” (November 19, 2015).


Slugs for Israel hold American and Israeli flags and pose while demonstrators lay motionless in Quarry Plaza (November 8, 2015)

Slugs for Israel hold American and Israeli flags and pose while demonstrators lay motionless in Quarry Plaza (November 8, 2015).



Defaced flyer advertising the “A Wider Bridge” event

Defaced flyer advertising the “A Wider Bridge” event

Source Credit: Slugs for Israel Facebook Group –“On Tuesday, January 27th, in Merrill Classroom 003, five students disrupted a Slugs for Israel event with signs, a speech, and a final chant of "Long Live Intifada!" Some of their signs read, "No Pride In Apartheid", "Long Live Intifada", and "Queers Against Pinkwashing."

Source Credit: Slugs for Israel Facebook Group –“On Tuesday, January 27th, in Merrill Classroom 003, five students disrupted a Slugs for Israel event with signs, a speech, and a final chant of “Long Live Intifada!” Some of their signs read, “No Pride In Apartheid”, “Long Live Intifada”, and “Queers Against Pinkwashing.”

Source Credit: UCSC SJP, January 28 2015. UCSC Merrill College Provost Elizabeth Abrams is featured in this SJP video, blocking protesting students from attempting to loudly disrupt the “Queers in Israel” event sponsored by Hillel. As SJP admits, upon gaining entry, the students did just that by reading out loud a statement, succeeding in disrupting the event.

SJP set up mock Israeli checkpoint
Source Credit: UCSC SJP Facebook Page

Source Credit: UCSC SJP Facebook Page

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BDS Tracker

11/17/2015 – UCSC Senate: PASSED – In a 28 – 5 vote with seven abstentions, the student senate reversed a veto on appeal, thus reinstating the original passed divestment resolution.

5/18/2014 – Student Government: PASSED – Divestment resolution passed 22-14.

5/1/2014 – Student Government: FAILED – Divestment resolution passed, then investigated, and ultimately failed due to a technicality.

6/1/2013 – Student Government: FAILED – Rejected resolution in a 17-19-3 vote.

BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty



Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 2
Committee for Justice in Palestine



Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 22


  1. Mark Anderson
  2. Anjali Arondekar
  3. Neda Atanasoski
  4. Jonathan Beecher
  5. Nancy N Chen
  6. Chris Connery
  7. Angela Davis
  8. Gina Dent
  9. Jennifer Derr
  10. Mayanthi Fernando
  11. Carla Freccero
  12. Camilo Gomez-Rivas
  13. Jody Greene
  14. Christine Hong
  15. Amanda Lashaw
  16. Kimberly Lau
  17. Marcia Ochoa
  18. Lisa Rofel
  19. Danilyn Rutherford
  20. Nancy Stoller
  21. Anna Tsing
  22. Patricia Zavella


AMCHA Activism

May 18, 2017 – Letter to Chancellor Blumenthal from 133 UCSC Stakeholders and Santa Cruz Jewish Community Leaders 

January 26, 2017 – LETTER FROM 47 GROUPS – The Regents Principles Against Intolerance Remedy for Increasingly Polarized Campus

October 2015 – UC Student Testimonials about Antisemitism on Campus, October 2015 to Present

January 27, 2015 – TAKE ACTION – UC Santa Cruz Chooses Anti-Zionist Angela Davis to Speak on “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine” at Major Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Event Tomorrow

January 27, 2015 – LETTER – Letter to UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal Regarding Concern for UCSC’s selection and university sponsorship of Angela Davis as speaker for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation

September 8, 2014 – UNIVERSITY RESPONSE – UC Provost Dorr responds with a letter, confirming that the “Universities position regarding as to the conduct of ASE’s in the classroom is rooted in its academic policies, including the UC Regents Policy on Course Conduct, referenced in your letter.” The letter further states, “We will ask the campuses to remind all the ASE’s about these policies and their obligation to adhere to them.”

August 15, 2014 –VOICES – Community Responses to UC Academic Student Workers Union (UAW 2865) Statement of Intent to Bring Antisemitic Propaganda and BDS to UC Classrooms

August 12, 2014 –Letter to UC President Napolitano regarding Union of Student Workers statement of intent to bring BDS and antisemitic progaganda to UC classrooms

August 12, 2014 – ACTION ALERT: 12 Groups Ask UC President Napolitano to Ensure Antisemitic Propaganda and BDS Are Not Brought to UC Classrooms by Union of Student Workers