Campus Monitor - University of Georgia

Student Voices

  • February 9, 2017 – University of Georgia Jewish Student (Rachel) “On Jan. 20, I fell asleep with a heavy heart. I stood in solidarity with my fellow UGA students during the Day of Inclusion, but in reality, the Day of Inclusion excluded me. The Progressive Action Coalition’s “Points of Unity” rightfully embraced intersectionality, but what do these points mean? What does it truly mean to be “for equality” or ‘indigenous rights’? What does it mean to ‘stand against racism’ or ‘ableism’? What does it mean to ‘stand against…Zionism?’ The answer may surprise you: Zionism is the liberation movement seeking the self-determination of the Jewish people in their indigenous homeland Israel.”  Read more
  • March 16, 2016 – University of Georgia Jewish Student (Rachel) “Normally when we table, they’ll come over…block our table so people can’t talk to us, they’ll yell at us…So a demonstration like this, coming to our event, especially with such a strong showing, is scary.” Read more
  • March 16, 2016 – University of Georgia Jewish Student (Paula) “…several of the younger Jewish girls began to cry from the fear and tension in the room…Everyone I think was a little bit shaken” Read more
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    ClassificationDate-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/6/17 – UGA Progressive Action Coalition issued a public commendation of SJP’s and UGA’s purposeful disruption of a Dawgs for Israel event. The statement falsely accused Israel of “colonial violence and a system of apartheid” and stated that the Dawgs for Israel event was an “attempt at whitewashing and sugarcoating the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.” PAC stressed that the walkout disruption “marks the first direct action that PAC has officially endorsed and participated in,” and stated, “PAC and SJP disrupted this event because we do not believe in giving a platform to oppressors.”
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    DEMONIZATION
    2/21/17 – SJP staged a walkout of a Dawgs for Israel at UG event called, “Beyond the Headlines: Israeli Soldiers Tour.” A few minutes into the talk, a man hurried to the front of the room and yelled, “In 2014, Israel killed more than 500 Palestinian children!” Afterwards, 15 or so other students stood up, denounced Israel and walked out, distributing images of dead children on the tables and around the room while walking out. SJP justified the disruption stating, “We will not allow justification of ethnic cleansing, occupation, and murder on UGA’s campus.”
    DISCRIMINATION;
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    1/20/17 – UGA Progressive Action Coalition held a “Day of Inclusion” based on the coalition’s “Points of Unity.” The “Points of Unity” stated, “We stand against racism…colonialism, and settler-colonial ideologies such as Zionism…We stand for the rights and self-determination of indigenous peoples everywhere, including the right of indigenous peoples to resist against settler colonialism; from occupied Palestine to occupied Kashmir.” A Jewish student published an op-ed in the student newspaper to express how excluded she felt due to the inclusion of “Zionism” in the “Points of Unity.”
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY 2/22/16 – An event sponsored by a Hillel-sponsored group, Dawgs for Israel, which featured two Israeli soldiers speaking about their experiences, was disrupted by an SJP member shouting, “as students of the University of Georgia, we do not support this!” Following the SJP member’s lead, a group of about 25 people got up and walked out of the program.
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    4/19/15 – Athens for Justice in Palestine attempted to block a resolution providing for an increase in study abroad opportunities to Israel, which was passed by the Student Government Association’s senate. Blocking Israel Abroad programs is part of the academic boycott of Israel.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION:DEMONIZATION9/28/17 – SJP held the event, “Palestine 101: Onward Towards Liberation.” The description for the event demonized Israel, stating, “This is our annual, in-depth overview of the history of Zionism and the displacement, ethnic cleansing, and plight of the Palestinian people and what YOU can do as an SJP at UGA member to make a difference.”
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    DEMONIZATION
    4/24/17 – An article in the student newspaper covering an on-campus SJP “Israeli Apartheid Week” event with a JVP guest speaker quoted a student demonizing Israel, saying, “The entire premise just points to the fact that the establishment of Israel was conceptualized as a white supremacist state overall.” In addition, the author of the article concluded, “By establishing the ways in which oppressive states work, we can begin to dismantle them. We cannot begin dismantling the state before addressing the problems inherent in every step of this hierarchy. Therefore, to discuss the Israeli occupation meaningfully, we must discuss it in its entirety.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION4/18/17 – SJP screened the film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” a film which delegitimizes Israel with false comparisons to South African apartheid.
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    4/7/17 – According to an article in the school paper, SJP protested the Dawgs for Israel event, “IsraelFest,” with demonizing and delegitimizing chants including, “stop the killing, stop the hate, Israel is a racist state” as well as responding “shut it down” to statements such as “the whole damn system,” “white supremacy” and “the apartheid laws.” The SJP President was quoted in the school paper defending the protest, stating, “I am here because IsraelFest is an attempt to celebrate Israel as a democratic state, when in reality, Israel is an apartheid state that was founded upon the ruin of the indigenous Palestinian people. We’re protesting to make the statement that we are not going to fall for it, that we’re going to make the student body know how deceptive it is to be celebrating a racist colonial apartheid state.” Another SJP member was quoted calling for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, claiming, “If these things [right of return] don’t happen, then we can’t really achieve equality in the end. Right now, as it is, Israel is a racist state, is a Zionist state, is oppressing Palestinians every day.” A video of the protest showed a speaker with a megaphone yelling, “they won’t tell you that Palestinians are killed by an apartheid system…they won’t tell you that Palestinian indigenous resistance is justified.”
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    2/16/17 – An article in the school paper written by the president of Students for Justice in Palestine to defend the anti-Zionist stance of the the Progressive Action Coalition’s “Points of Unity” denied Jews self-determination as well as demonized and delegitimized Israel with false accusations. The article, entitled “To support Zionism is to support apartheid,” stated that “PAC opposes Zionism because it is a nationalistic political ideology which called for the establishment of a European Jewish-majority state in Palestine in which indigenous Palestinians already resided. To establish Israel in 1948 and to ensure its Jewish demographic majority, the Zionist leadership ordered the ethnic cleansing of Palestine… Even many Jews oppose the false definition of Zionism as a liberation movement. Liberation movements do not colonize, occupy and expel other peoples… Moreover, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is characterized by the routine killing and mass imprisonment of Palestinians, including children… The only intersectional thing about Zionism is that it is intersectionally oppressive.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    11/27/16 – SJP at UGA published a statement in response to a Students Supporting Israel at UGA’s piece in the student newspaper on a recent UNESCO resolution. SJP’s statement delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing the state of “apartheid,” and called for support for the BDS movement, stating, “As called for by Palestinian civil society, we will continue to promote boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the settler-colonial apartheid state of Israel…”
    DEMONIZATION4/7/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week”, Athens for Justice in Palestine and Christians United for Palestine co-hosted “Christian Zionism and the Palestinian Christian Narrative” and discussed the implications of “faithwashing”, i.e. malevolently using religion to whitewash Israel’s “crimes,” by claiming that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a result of longstanding Jewish-Muslim enmity.
    DELEGITIMIZATION4/6/16 – As part of Apartheid Week, Athens for Justice in Palestine hosted the event “Right to Education: The Impact of Colonization on Education in Palestine” which, according to the advertisement for the event, connected “indigenous persons actively experiencing Israeli occupation and apartheid to their allies in the United States.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION4/4/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” Athens for Justice in Palestine hosted the viewing of a documentary, “Roadmap to Apartheid”, in order to examine “the parallels between South Africa and Israel as apartheid nations.”
    DEMONIZATION2/24/16 – An Athens for Justice in Palestine member held a sign on campus accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing.
    HISTORICAL;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/18/15 – Athens SJP hosted a screening of the movie Occupation 101. The film contains several antisemitic themes, including that Israel is guilty of “ethnic cleansing;” that Israel’s actions against the Palestinians are a form of colonialist agression; and that Jews in America wield excessive power over American foreign policy.”
    BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS9/20/17 – SJP put up a large poster display on a walkway outside a campus building, which included, “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.”
    BDS EVENT2/15/17 – SJP held the event, “Taking Back the Narrative: Let’s Mobilize.” The description stated that the first half of the event was dedicated to “delv[ing] into the University of Georgia’s complicity in the Israeli Occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, whether through investment in unethical companies & corporations or by appeasing Zionist organizations on campus.”
    CALLS FOR BDS 8/16/16 – Christians United for Palestine and Athens for Justice in Palestine tabled at the Student Involvement Fair. A display on the table called for BDS.
    CALLS FOR BDS4/7/16 – Athens for Justice in Palestine tabled on campus, where one of the posters (the same one that was used last year) called for BDS.
    CALLS FOR BDS3/16/16 – A school newspaper’s article about an Athens for Justice in Palestine’s disruption of a Jewish event quotes a AJP member stating, “We hope we are planting the seeds for a divestment campaign on campus”.
    BDS EVENT2/11/16 – SJP at UGA held the event “General Body Meeting,” at which, according to the advertisement for the event, BDS was discussed.

     

    In the News ?

    April 24, 2017:
    Red and Black – OPINION: Multiple levels of discrimination exist in Israel

    April 9, 2017:
    Red and Black – Student group protests Israeli culture festival

    April 6, 2017:
    Red and Black – OPINION: Israeli and Palestinian students should come together

    February 26, 2017:
    The Algemeiner – Members of U of Georgia Students for Justice in Palestine Removed From Talk by IDF Soldiers for Disruption, Dropping Photos of Dead Children at Speakers’ Feet

    February 24, 2017:
    Atlanta Jewish Times – Pro-Israel Crowd Soldiers On at UGA

    February 16, 2017:
    Red and Black – OPINION: To support Zionism is to support apartheid
    (Description note, “PAC opposes Zionism because it is a nationalistic political ideology which called for the establishment of a European Jewish-majority state in Palestine in which indigenous Palestinians already resided. To establish Israel in 1948 and to ensure its Jewish demographic majority, the Zionist leadership ordered the ethnic cleansing of Palestine… Even many Jews oppose the false definition of Zionism as a liberation movement. Liberation movements do not colonize, occupy and expel other peoples… Moreover, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is characterized by the routine killing and mass imprisonment of Palestinians, including children… The only intersectional thing about Zionism is that it is intersectionally oppressive.”)

    February 8, 2017:
    The Red&Black – OPINION: Supporting inclusion requires supporting Israel
    (Description note, “What does it mean to “stand against…Zionism”?”…It is to stand against the only citizens in the Middle East who enjoy the recognition and celebration of same-sex marriage, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and freedom to assemble, resist, criticize and petition against the government. It is to stand against a society that was the third in the world to be led by a female head of state and currently boasts a higher percentage of women in parliament than in Canada, France and the United States. It is to stand against a people who indiscriminately give humanitarian aid to those in need. Over 39 countries have received aid from Israel, including Haiti, Japan, Nepal and the United States. It is to stand against Save a Child’s Heart’s team of Israeli, Ethiopian and Palestinian doctors who have operated on over 4,000 children. Half of these children are Palestinian children from Gaza and the West Bank. It is to stand against a people who crowdfunded over $350,000 in a week for the benefit of Syrian children; a people who are the first faces Syrian refugees see when they wash ashore; and a people who have opened their homes and their hospitals to heal over 2,000 Syrian refugees for free.”)

    November 21, 2016:
    The Red & Black – Students for Justice in Palestine protest Dakota Access Pipeline
    (Description note, “Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Georgia stood against the pipeline construction with about 10 members in the beginning of the night, which grew some as the protest continued. Osama Mor, a senior biology major from Augusta, headed the protest as the president of SJP. Mor is Palestinian and has family who has faced hardships from Zionists in Palestine. According to the SJP website, members believe “it is our duty to promote liberation and educate other specifically about the plight of the Palestinians.” Mor said they were protesting for Standing Rock as an act of solidarity because he sees parallels between colonization in Palestine and colonization in the United States.”)

    September 22, 2016:
    Arutz Sheva – Georgia Jewish students riled by homecoming on Yom Kippur

    April 20, 2016:
    Atlanta Jewish Times – Facebook Fraud Targets Hillel Staffer
    (Description note, “A fake Facebook profile purporting to be the account of the engagement director for Hillel at UGA was used to spread anti-Israel propaganda at the University of Georgia.  According to an article, “Rabbi Shulkes said it was the third time within two months that the pro-Israel community at the university felt unsafe, attacked or harassed. For example, members of Athens for Justice in Palestine shouted at Israel Defense Forces veterans brought to UGA by StandWithUs, then staged a walkout from the Dawgs for Israel event.…Price [is] our most high profile Jew on UGA’s campus…we just had our most successful Israel Festival evet at UGA, and I suppose the anti-Israel community at UGA wanted to punish and intimidate us for our success. So, we are sadly not surprised that Mara was singled out to be attacked.” ) 

    March 16, 2016:
    TheRed&Black – Tensions rise between pro-Israel, pro-Palestine student groups

    February 24, 2016:
    Thoughts Behind the Blue Eyes – The Growing “Anti-Israel” Following
    (Description note – A Jewish student described an incident where, at an event where two Israeli soldiers came to speak about their experiences in the IDF, during the middle of one of the soldiers speaking, an SJP member stood up and interrupted the soldier saying, “as students of the University of Georgia, we do not support this!” After which, a group of about 25 people got up and walked out of the program.)

    April 20, 2015:
    Red&Black – Athens for Justice in Palestine respond to potential Israeli study abroad options
    (Description note, “The student group Athens for Justice in Palestine has spoken out against a resolution that passed the Student Government Association’s senate in February providing for an increase in study abroad opportunities to Israel….  However, studying in and contributing to Israel’s universities right now presents certain moral quandaries, according to AJP…AJP presented these issues during a senate session last month, and the group plans to begin working on a counter resolution to the current resolution – such as opportunities in Jordan or the United Arab Emirates. For Brown and other senators like her, it was an eye-opening experience. “I was just ignorant about the situation, and had I known I definitely would not have supported the resolution,” Brown said. “At the time, we thought there was no need to debate for a resolution for studying abroad.”)

    January 8, 2014: Georgia regents denounce academic boycott of Israel

     

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    A planned SJP walkout and disruption of a Dawgs for Israel event. Source Credit: SJP Facebook, February 21, 2017

     

    Source Credit: Daniel Ortiz and Amena Abbas hold signs at a rally in support of Palestine at the Arch on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Brayden Robinson) 

    Source Credit: Daniel Ortiz and Amena Abbas hold signs at a rally in support of Palestine at the Arch on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Brayden Robinson) 

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    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 2
    SJP;
    Christians United for Palestine at UGA

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 3

    1. Nik Heynen
    2. LeAnne Howe
    3. Ed Pavlic

     


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