Campus Monitor - University of Toledo

Student Voices

  • April 2015, Jewish University of Toledo Student (Jacob)(Author note, “Jacob Richart, a freshman at UT, said during the March 3 meeting he felt that SG decision [overturning ruling that BDS resolution was unconstitutional] was a result of manipulation”) “What these past two weeks have taught me is that bullying is an accepted form of currency at UT. What these past two weeks have taught me is to expect intimidation and manipulation of my peers at UT.” Read more
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    ClassificationDate-Description
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION3/27/17 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the film screening event, “Pinkwashing Exposed.” “Pinkwashing” is the notion that Israel malevolently represents itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION3/22/17 – SJP created a large banner for display during the upcoming “Israeli Apartheid Week” that said, “Israeli Apartheid Week March 27 – 31”
    DEMONIZATION4/24/16 – SJP held the event, “Water as a Weapon” with Nidal Al-Azraq where he expanded onto his claims previously expressed in the promotion for the event that, “Israel restricts the amount of water Palestinians can have for their needs, because the Israelis want Palestinians to move out of Area C.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION3/29/16 – SJP held an “Israeli Apartheid Week” Teach-In event with Robbie Abdelhoq and Derek Ide that included a discussion on falsely accusing Israel of Apartheid and the links to that of South Africa.
    BDS ACTIVITY:BDS EVENTS3/5/16 – SJP held the event “Know Your Rights Student Activism Workshop with Palestine Legal” which, according to the promotion for the event, entailed discussing, “legal issues related to BDS campaigns”.
    BDS VOTES4/26/15 – A campus-wide divestment referendum was voted on. The vote failed as the threshold for approval was not met.
    BDS VOTES3/3/15 – The student government passed an anti-Israel divestment resolution 21 – 4. A proposal had been debated on Feb. 17, but it was thrown out after being deemed “unconstitutional.”

     

    In the News ?

    September 28, 2016:
    The Blade – EDUCATION Physician to give speech over Gaza Strip violence

    April 28, 2015:
    Cleveland Jewish News – Israel divestment resolution defeated at University of Toledo
    (Description note, “A proposed divestment resolution at the University of Toledo has failed after a threshold for approval was not met during a campus-wide referendum. Of the 1,929 students who voted in the online referendum, 57.13 percent voted in favor of the referendum while 43.87 percent voted against it, according to an email sent by Clayton Nostestine, president of student government at UT. In order for the divestment resolution to pass, 67 percent of students would have needed to vote in favor of the resolution.”)

    April 21, 2015:
    The Jewish News – Israel divestment vote underway at Toledo
    (Description note, “Students began voting on a referendum for the proposed divestment resolution April 20. The vote, which is taking place online through students’ MyUT Portal, will end at 11:59 p.m. April 26.”)

    April 19, 2016:
    Independent Collegian – ‘Water as a Weapon’

    April 8, 2015:
    Cleveland Jewish News – University of Toledo students closer to divestment vote
    (Description note, “Students at the University of Toledo may soon have the chance to vote on a divestment resolution. Members of the university’s student government approved a referendum for the proposed divestment resolution during a senate meeting March 31 on campus. The dates for the vote have not been scheduled, according to Meghan Rose Cunningham, assistant director for media relations at the University of Toledo…The University of Toledo student government approved a divestment resolution March 3 – the first such resolution that has been passed by a university student government in Ohio. Student government initially voted on Feb. 17 that the proposed resolution was unconstitutional. But after students voiced frustration, student government decided to hold an open forum meeting March 3. During the meeting, student government voted 21 to 4 to pass the divestment resolution. Nagi Naganathan, interim president of the University of Toledo, and Brenda Lee, president of the University of Toledo Foundation, issued a joint statement after the referendum was approved. ‘As we have previously stated, the University of Toledo and UT Foundation do not support divesting from companies that engage in business with Israel,’ the statement reads. ‘Free speech and dialogue about complex issues are at the core of the college experience. We appreciate the input from students engaged in these constructive and civil conversations.’”)

    April 7, 2015:
    The Daily Princetonian – News & Notes: Concerns arise over divestment movement at University of Pennsylvania
    (Description note, “Students at the University of Toledo may soon have the chance to vote on a divestment resolution. Members of the university’s student government approved a referendum for the proposed divestment resolution during a senate meeting March 31 on campus. The dates for the vote have not been scheduled, according to Meghan Rose Cunningham, assistant director for media relations at the University of Toledo…The University of Toledo student government approved a divestment resolution March 3 – the first such resolution that has been passed by a university student government in Ohio. Student government initially voted on Feb. 17 that the proposed resolution was unconstitutional. But after students voiced frustration, student government decided to hold an open forum meeting March 3. During the meeting, student government voted 21 to 4 to pass the divestment resolution. Nagi Naganathan, interim president of the University of Toledo, and Brenda Lee, president of the University of Toledo Foundation, issued a joint statement after the referendum was approved. ‘As we have previously stated, the University of Toledo and UT Foundation do not support divesting from companies that engage in business with Israel,’ the statement reads. ‘Free speech and dialogue about complex issues are at the core of the college experience. We appreciate the input from students engaged in these constructive and civil conversations.’”)

    thumbs-up March 4, 2015:
    The Blade – UT does not back resolution calling for divestment from firms tied to Israeli occupation
    (Description note: “Interim President Nagi Naganathan and UT Foundation President Brenda Lee issued a joint, written statement today expressing disagreement with the divestment action called for in a resolution approved by the student senate in a 21 to 4 vote Tuesday. “Just like at many universities and colleges across the nation where during the last 15 years this debate has taken place, the University of Toledo and the UT Foundation do not support the divestment called for in the Student Senate resolution,” they stated”)

    March 4, 2015:
    The Independent Collegian – Divestment passes – Resolution gains majority vote, campaign continues
    (Description note: Reverses previous decision to find resolution unconstitutional; student government passes BDS resolution with vote of 21-4)

    March 4, 2015:
    Cleveland Jewish News – Toledo student government passes first BDS resolution in Ohio

    February 26, 2015:
    Jweekly – 2 divest measures at Midwest universities

    February 25, 2015:
    The Independent Collegian – Editorial: Close vote closes debate

    February 19, 2015:
    The Blade – Resolution to divest firms tied to Israel thrown out

    February 18, 2015:
    St. Louis Jewish Light – U of Toledo student government finds Israel divestment resolution unconstitutional

    February 18, 2015:
    Haaretz – Uni. of Toledo students rule Israeli divestment ‘unconstitutional’

    February 18, 2015:
    The Independent Collegian – SJP resolution ruled ‘unconstitutional’ by University of Toledo SG

    February 18, 2015:
    The Blade – UT student senate tosses divestment proposal

    February 18, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – Toledo students decline to vote on BDS measure

    February 17, 2015:
    The Blade – UT student senate considers call for Israeli divestment

    February 16, 2015:
    The Blade – UT student senate considers divesting from companies tied to Israeli occupation of Palestine

    October 29, 2014:
    The Independent Collegian – Apartheid wall raises awareness for Palestine

    March 17, 2014:
    EVENT: UT SJP Presents: Israeli Apartheid Week 2014
     (description note:  UT SJP Presents: Israeli Apartheid Week: the event will include: ISRAELI PROPAGANDA PANEL DISCUSSION Monday, March 17th @ 5:30 pm BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS TABLING @ Student Union tables on Monday; Screening of film, “Paradise Now”)

    December 23, 2012:
    The Independent Collegian – Community Voices: An Interview with Students for Justice in Palestine

    December 1, 2012:
    EVENT: Volunteer training for We Divest (TIAA-CREF) at UT!
     (description note: Volunteer training for “We Divest at UT”: “Join UTSJP as we prepare student volunteers to take part in a nationwide campaign launched by Jewish Voice for Peace at WeDivest.org. The campaign involves getting faculty, staff, students and the UT community to call on TIAA-CREF (one of the US’s largest pension fund organizations) to divest from its holdings in companies that profit from human rights and international law violations related to the ongoing occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.”)

     

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    Source Credit: University of Toledo Students for Justice in Palestine, March 15, 2014

    Source Credit: University of Toledo Students for Justice in Palestine, March 15, 2014

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    April 28, 2015 – Defeated – Campus-Wide Referendum fails; threshold for approval not met (67% needed, 57.13% garnered)

    March 4, 2015 – Passes – Student Government reverses previous decision that resolution is unconstitutional; passes divestment resolution with vote of 21-4

    February 17, 2015 Student Government finds resolution unconstitutional because it is “one-sided”


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 2

    1. Ovamir Anjum
    2. Peter Linebaugh