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  • April 28, 2016 – University of Houston Jewish Student (Tatiana) – “It is constantly one-sided. When Israeli soldiers came to speak on campus they were compared to Bin Laden. Something should be done.” Read more
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    ClassificationDate-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION11/2/17 – Protesters disrupting a speech by David Horowitz, sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, chanted, “Zionists off our campus….Zionists off our campus…Free, Free, Free Palestine.”
    HARASSMENT;
    HISTORICAL
    9/12/17 – A student found dozens of posters from the group “Vangaurd America” on campus. One of the posters had a black skull with a Jewish star in red on its forehead with text reading, “Beware the International Jew.” Background text read, “hedonism, rape, genocide, prostitution, white guilt, poverty and indoctrination.”
    HARASSMENT;
    DENIGRATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    3/27/17 – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) hosted a discussion at the University of Houston (UH) called “The Black Radical Tradition and Palestine” with Dr. Gerald Horne, chair of African-American Studies at UH as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.” During the event, Dr. Home called for BDS, stating, “Just as we enlist more black organizations into the BDS movement, boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement..it would…give a direct boost to BDS if we had the Palestinian forces and their allies internationally speak out more on police terrorism.” An article covering the event boasted how “Zionists were driven away.” The article detailed how a group of Zionist students spoke during the question and answer session and were trying to speak to students outside the auditorium. “When this was discovered, all the students left the lecture hall and shouted them down with ‘Free, free Palestine! Occupation is a crime.’ The Zionists tried to have a confrontation, but their words were drowned in a sea of loud chanting. This continued for over ten minutes, until the students finally drove them out of the building and off campus.” A student who attended the event said, “I couldn’t believe the Zionists in the discussion who were defending Israel. It reminded me of people who deny the existence of racism and then find all sorts of ways to justify it.”
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION
    3/27/17 – SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week 2017.” One panel said, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free,” which is effectively a call to eliminate Israel, and another panel demonized Israel, saying, “If you want to find a safe place in Gaza, do not stand near a child,” implying that Israel intentionally targets Palestinian children for harm.
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    3/8/17 – SJP held the event, “BDS 101,” whose description stated, “Israel is occupying and colonizing Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes.” The “right of return” would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/3/17 – SJP released a “Statement on Bigotry & Anti-Semitism” that denied Jews self-determination and delegitimized Israel while purporting to be against antisemitism, stating, “We are committed to building a world that values justice and equality, not oppression and apartheid…we oppose Zionism and Israel’s discriminatory policies, and we condemn anti-Semitism.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    2/29/16 – SJP hosted “Israeli Apartheid Week 2016” in order to, according to the advertisement for the event, “raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.”
    HISTORICAL;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    3/31/15 – UH SJP and BDS Houston co-sponsored an event with Remi Kanazi entitled “Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine.” During the event, Kenazi utilized historical antisemitic tropes of Jewish power saying Jewish students who stand up for Israel want “domination not dialogue.” He demonized Israel saying Israel is “carrying out ethnic cleansing.” He delegitimized by referring to “Israeli apartheid” and that there should be “no normalization with a settler/colonial state.” He also promoted BDS saying “F*&! Zionists, Boycott Israel!”
    BDS ACTIVITY:BDS EVENT10/27/17 – The 2017 National SJP Conference was held on campus. According to the advertisement of the conference, BDS workshops were held. Furthermore, according to Washington Free Beacon, the program guide detailed how a number of organizations would provide BDS support to students to start BDS campaigns. The coalition of groups called the “Campus Palestine Support Network” includes the American Muslims for Palestine, Palestine Legal, the American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, the U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
    BDS EVENT10/19/16 – SJP held the event “Palestine and #BlackLivesMatter,” at which BDS was discussed, according to the advertisement for the event.
    BDS EVENT3/3/16 – SJP hosted the event, “Spoken Word with Remi Kanazi: Resistance and Palestine,” in which Remi Kanazi advocated for BDS.
    BDS EVENTS11/5/15 – HU SJP hosted a meeting to discuss BDS and how to promote it on campus.
    BDS EVENTS2/12/15 – The UH SJP chapter announced plans to initiate a BDS campaign. The group sponsored a pro-BDS demonstration on their campus that day when the campaign was announced.

     

     

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    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 2
    Students for a Democratic Society
    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 5

    1. Hosam Aboul-Ela
    2. Margot Backus
    3. Gerald Horne
    4. Rachel Afi Quinn
    5. Auritro Majumder

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