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ClassificationDate-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
4/23/17 – Nazi recruitment posters were found on campus to promote the website “IronMarch.org” that contained a swastika and “Join your local Nazis! The Atomwaffen Division.”
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION:CONDONING TERRORISM;
DEMONIZATION
9/26/17 – Penn Law Palestine Solidarity hosted a screening of the film, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
4/17/17 – In a student newspaper article covering an upcoming “Israeli Apartheid Week,” an SJP member was quoted as saying: “We make it very clear that we’re anti-Zionism, which is the political ideology of an ethnocentric … State of Israel”. He also falsely accused Israel of “the crime of apartheid.”
DELEGITIMIZATION4/17/17 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP held the event, “Solidarity in the Face of Apartheid.”
CONDONING TERRORISM;
DEMONIZATION
3/22/17 – SJP screened the film, “”The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
DEMONIZATION11/30/16 – The Chair of SJP published an article in the school paper which demonized Israel, accusing Israel of using house demolitions as “a tactic of ethnic cleansing used against Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, which indiscriminately affect children and civilians” as part of “underhanded land-grabs.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 4/21/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP erected a mock apartheid wall and called it, “The Israeli Apartheid Wall.”
CONDONING TERRORISM;
DEMONIZATION
4/19/16 – As part of “Israeli Aparthied Week,” SJP held a screening of the film, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 2/10/16 – An article in the student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, falsely accused Israel of apartheid.
BDS ACTIVITY:CALLS FOR BDS3/30/15 – Penn Divest from Displacement, made up of Penn SJP and 7 other student groups, announced the launching of a divestment proposal that will target “corporations that profit through practices that displace people,” but is seen by Jewish student groups as an anti-Israel divestment proposal.

 

In the News ?

April 26, 2017:
Penn Live – Neo-Nazi fliers posted around Pa. college campus; report says anti-Semitism on the rise

April 24, 2017:
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Gutmann: Racist and anti-Semitic flyers posted across campus are ‘vile and reprehensible’

April 17, 2017:
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Students for Justice in Palestine holds ‘Israel Apartheid Week’

February 16, 2017:
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Students stand against anti-Semitism in midst of vandalism of Jewish graveyards and bomb threats at community centers

November 30, 2016:
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Rashad | What is left of a demolished home
(Description note, “House demolitions are a tactic of ethnic cleansing used against Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, which indiscriminately affect children and civilians in bouts of vindictive collective punishment and underhanded land-grabs.”)

October 26, 2016:
34th Street Magazine – The Chosen Ivy: Why Antisemitism is Comparatively Rare at Penn

October 11, 2016:
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Alessandro van den Brink | Suggestions wanted
(Description note, “Many others have pushed the notion that BDS is an anti-Semitic movement and because of this, it is extremely difficult to have a productive dialogue about how the United States should support Israel. I personally do not have an opinion on the matter, but dismissing anybody who believes in divesting from Israel as anti-Semitic and then passing legislation to economically hurt people with those positions is simply antithetical to freedom of expression. It is inarguable that many BDS supporters hate Jews and are anti-Zionist, but you don’t have to be hateful of Jews or even of Israel to disapprove of its actions and not want the U.S. to continue funding Israel.”)

October 11, 2016:
The Statesman – Penn Students Memorialize Terrorists
(Description note, “The 2,251 number, which the student group has used in their memorial, includes all lives lost in operation Protective edge,including terrorists. Even by the most anti-Israel standards, experts agree that this number includes members of Hamas killed in the bombing and invasion…This evidence begs a question: Why is a student group memorializing the lives of terrorists? We do not memorialize the life of Nazis in Holocaust museums or the 9/11 hijackers in our memorials.”)

December 29, 2015:
Star Tribune – College activist groups unite to pursue demands, win influence over campus investments
(Description note, “Coalitions created this year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and the University of Pennsylvania have pressured their institutions to drop investments in fossil fuels and prisons and in companies that have ties to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, demands that students previously pursued separately. At Tufts University near Boston, divestment groups against fossil fuels and Israel banded together with a coalition opposing investments in private prison companies.”)

April 6, 2015: Legal Insurrection – University of Pennsylvania Anti-Israel Students Try Backdoor Divestment Ploy (Description note, “I will give the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement credit for one thing: It is highly adaptive…The purpose of these divestment motions is to raise the profile of the anti-Israel movement, and to occupy everyone’s time arguing over how bad Israel is…It was only a matter of time that BDS tried to co-opt a larger issue to use against Israel. Some anti-Israel groups at the University of Pennsylvania seem to think they have found a broader theme: Divestment from companies causing “displacement” of people.”)

April 6, 2015: The College Fix – PUSH TO DIVEST FROM THOSE THAT ‘DISPLACE’ PEOPLE WORRIES PRO-ISRAEL STUDENTS

April 6, 2015: The Daily Pennsylvanian – Controversy sparks over Penn Divest from Displacement (Description note, “The final point is where much of the controversy begins. The Penn Divest for Displacement proposal [by a coalition of student groups – Penn Arab Student Society, Penn for Immigrant Rights, Penn Students for Justice in Palestine, Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation, Penn Amnesty International, Penn Non-Cis and the Student Labor Action Project] has elements similar to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movements, or BDS, which has sparked controversy across campuses nationwide. In response to the movement, members of the Think Peace Coalition — a group of pro-Israel student leaders — have begun to vocalize their concerns about the proposal. “[The] divestment resolution about global displacement blames Israel wholly for the current conflict,” College junior and President of Israel@Penn Daniela Jinich said. “The fact that four … companies specifically target divesting from Israel shows that this is not an unbiased divestment proposal of global displacement struggles … [it] takes a simplified stance on complicated and polarizing issues, ignoring valid narratives and pragmatic solutions, and thus promotes more separation in the Middle East and on our campus.”)

April 1, 2015: Facebook – Penn Divest from Displacement

March 30, 2015: The Daily Pennsylvanian – Guest column by Jade Huynh and Lauren Ballester | Penn divest from displacement (Description note, “Corporations profit from displacing people …designed to restrict the movement of marginalized communities both at home and abroad — immigrants in the U.S., and Palestinians under occupation.”)

March 18, 2015: The Daily Pennsylvanian – Guest column by Liza Bernstein | Dialogue won’t stop BDS

January 21, 2015: Jewish Exponent – Penn Students Work to Ease the Campus Conflict

January 28, 2015: Jewish Exponent – Penn Justified in Revoking Hedges Invitation

December 30, 2014: The Times of Israel – Penn group nixes speaker who compared Israel, Islamic State

December 30, 2014: The Jerusalem Post – Ex-New York Times reporter banned from UPenn conference after comparing Israel to ISIS

December 29, 2014: The News Hub – Is Chris Hedges being denied his freedom of speech?

December 29, 2014: JTA – Penn group nixes Chris Hedges as speaker following Israel-ISIS comparison

December 28, 2014: Haaretz – Journalist Chris Hedges disinvited from U. Penn over Israel-ISIS comparison

December 28, 2014: The Jewish Daily Forward – Journalist Chris Hedges Barred by University of Pennsylvania Over Israel Dig

November 19, 2014: The Daily Pennsylvanian – Palestinian university students tell Penn peers, ‘We are violated’

December 2013: University of Pennsylvania opposes the academic boycott of Israel.

February 10, 2012: Youtube – BDS Professor at Penn explains how to teach anti-Israel propaganda to students

January 5, 2012: JTA – Penn distances itself from BDS conference (Description note – “The University of Pennsylvania has clearly stated on numerous occasions that it does not support sanctions or boycotts against Israel,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “Indeed, Penn has important and successful scholarly collaborations with Israeli institutions that touch on many areas of our academic enterprise.”)

 

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BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


STUDENT BDS

Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 8

  1. Penn Arab Student Society
  2. Penn for Immigrant Rights
  3. Penn Students for Justice in Palestine
  4. Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation
  5. SJP
  6. Penn Amnesty International
  7. Penn Divest from Displacement
  8. Penn Non-Cis and the Student Labor Action Project

FACULTY BDS

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 11

  1. Nancy Bentley
  2. David Eng
  3. Amy Kaplan
  4. Suvir Kaul
  5. David Kazanjian
  6. Ania Loomba
  7. Anne Norton
  8. Adolph Reed
  9. Melissa Sanchez
  10. Robert Schuyler
  11. Chi-Ming Yang

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