Campus Monitor - University of Utah

Antisemitism Tracker

Total Antisemitic Activity:

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Classification Date-Description
4/3/18 – SJP held the event, “Zionism from the Standpoint of Its Victims.” The description for the event demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Come join SJP on our second day of Israeli Apartheid week; Tuesday, April 3rd at 6pm, for a presentation on Zionism–the political movement that led to the establishment of the state of Israel and the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. This presentation will examine Zionism from the standpoint of its victims. It will explore the material considerations confronting earlier Zionist settlers in their quest to establish a state on another people’s homeland. #coogsagainstapartheid.”
DEMONIZATION 4/3/18 – SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus. One panel said, “Founders of Israel…Founders of Genocide.”
2/27/18 – UofU Students for a Democratic Society held the event, “Justice Abroad! Justice For Palestine!” at the academic library of the University. The description for the event stated its purpose was for participants to “[j]oin Students for a Democratic Society in demanding that the University of Utah implement an academic and economic boycott of Israel. In 2017, Israel was classified as an apartheid state by the UN. By purchasing and using the products listed below and by collaborating with universities in Israel, we hold that the U is collaborating with the illegal occupation and colonization state of Palestine. The University cannot claim to be safe and diverse while supporting apartheid, brutal colonial occupation, and ethnic cleansing in Palestine. We demand the U divest from and end contracts with Hewlett Packard Company, Caterpillar Inc., and Sabra Dipping Company LLC, and begin an academic boycott of Israel.”
2/20/18 – Students for a Democratic Society erected a BDS art display for two days in the Utah Union lobby, which described the University’s “support for the apartheid state of Israel.” The center of the display had large lettering saying, “End Israeli Apartheid.”
2/19/18 – Students for a Democratic Society issued a statement demanding that the University engage in “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions [of] Apartheid Israel.” The statement demonized and delegitimized Israel, claiming, “These demands are not made to promote religious sectarianism, but with the conviction and evidence that Israel is an apartheid state, as described by the UN, and the result of 100 years of settler colonialism. By purchasing and using the products listed below and by collaborating with universities in Israel, we hold that the University of Utah is acting in compliance with the state of Israel. The University cannot claim to be safe and diverse while supporting apartheid, brutal colonial occupation, and ethnic cleansing in Palestine.” Demands included asking the university to stop purchases from Hewlett-Packard Company as well as Catepillar, and to remove Sabra Hummus from dining shelves. Additionally, the demands called on the University to “ban University placed Israeli flags on campus” because “by displaying the Israeli flag, the University is recognizing and supporting the Israeli state’s occupation of Palestine.” Finally, SDS demanded the University engage in an “academic boycott of Israel. This includes removing study abroad programs that send students to study in Israel, and a ban on any future collaboration with universities and professors from Israel. By collaborating with universities and professors in Israel the University of Utah is actively cooperating with and whitewashing the State of Israel.”
11/15/17 – University of Utah Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held an event entitled “Rally Against Trump’s Agenda of War and Hate” outside Marriott Library. The description for the event stated that Trump “is covering for and providing military aid to the colonial apartheid state of Israel…Join SDS in commemorating one year of struggle against Trump’s administration and say…No to Israeli Apartheid!” During the event, members held banners that read “No to Israeli apartheid.” According to Fight Back News, “The goal of the event was to build publicity for the beginning of their anti-war effort, starting with a demand for the university to boycott of Sabra and Bobcat – two corporations that are complicit with the Israeli apartheid regime.”
1/21/16 – Talib Kweli gave a talk on campus in honor of Martin Luther King day. During the Q & A portion, an SJP member asked about solidarity, two which, according to SJP, Kweli’s reply “noted the impact the BDS has on curbing the apartheid.”


In the News ?

February 19, 2018:
Facebook: UOFU STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY – Students for a Democratic Society Demands Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Apartheid Israel

January 24, 2018:
The Daily Utah Chronicle – SDS Holds Rally in Recognition of One Year of Resistance Against Trump (Description note, “The University of Utah’s chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally on Saturday Jan. 24 — one year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration — outside the Wallace Bennett Federal building in downtown Salt Lake City to commemorate a year of resistance against the administration’s policies and rhetoric…Speakers advocated for the boycott of and divestment from institutions funding Israeli military operations. Chants such as, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” further expressed the group’s opposition to the president’s agenda. Trump recently announced that the United States would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, essentially recognizing it as the capital of the country despite Palestine’s claims to the city.’ I think American intervention is wrong,’ said Shirley Reyes, a student at the U and SDS member, of the move. ‘[Jerusalem] was Palestinian land before Israelis came over.’ A large banner reading ‘No to the Border Wall’ and ‘No to Israeli Apartheid’ was held up facing State Street.”)

February 12, 2016:
Good4Utah – University of Utah Students Say Utah May be Opening Doors for Apartheid

September 9, 2015: The Daily Utah Chronicle – Palestinian Rights Activist to Speak at Hinckley Institute of Politics (Description note, “Susan Abulhawa, a Palestinian-American writer and a human rights activist, will host the next installment of the Hinckley Institute’s Pizza and Politics..Noman Khan, a U graduate and member of Students for Justice in Palestine, said he thinks this lecture is a good way for the U to show another side in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and their neutrality in global politics. “Americans always stand for freedom and justice but, on the other hand, support Israel for its occupation and inhumane treatment of Palestinians,” Khan said. “It is important to raise awareness at the U and show them the Palestinian side of the story.”… Thirty-two countries in the United Nations do not recognize or interact with Israel as a country. Conflict in the area emerged when European powers founded Israel in 1948; Israelis claimed the land was promised to them by God, and Palestine maintained the settlers were invading the land they had lived on for centuries… “As a Pakistani,” Khan said, “we have always supported Palestinian people, peace in Palestine and always advocated for the return of Palestinian people back to their land.”)


Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

UofUtah BDS Art Display

Students for a Democratic Society erected a BDS art display for two days in the Utah Union lobby Source Credit: Facebook (February 20, 2018)


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BDS Tracker

No divestment vote has taken place.

BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


Student Group(s) Promoting BDS:1
UofU Students for a Democratic Society



Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 2

  1. Shireen Khazeni
  2. Diana Leong


AMCHA Activism

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