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Classification Date-Description
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
11/8/17 – Students for a Democratic Society at University of Rochester held an event entitled “The Intersection of Black Lives Matter and Palestine” that featured a talk by activist Khury Petersen-Smith, with responses from the Director of Genessee NYCLU Iman Abid, and community activist Danielle Ponder. In his talk, Petersen-Smith demonized Israel, stating, “Israel’s day to day existence is premised on the subjugation of the Palestinian population, and that has been true since its inception. It therefore has quite a lot of knowledge to lend to other states that are interested in subjugating their subject populations as well.” He also called Israel’s War of Independence “a war of terror against the civilian Palestinian population” that involved “massacres of civilians and mass rapes,” and he called the 2014 Gaza war a “one-sided…slaughter of children.” Petersen-Smith further argued for the elimination of the Jewish state and the creation of “one state for all its citizens,” which he claimed was at the heart of the BDS movement, and he promoted BDS as an “important strategy” and “an entry point for solidarity.” Ponder also demonized Israel, saying: “The Palestinian people, created by the Creator, were given value, were given humanity, and the Israeli government… everyday decides to take that away…that is one of the most deplorable, the most disgusting things you can do to a human being, to say, ‘You are not human.’ What allows Israel to do what they do to the Palestinian people is that belief that they’re not human beings.” Abid strongly promoted BDS as a “powerful” tool and said “shame on the governor” for supporting anti-BDS legislation.The talk was co-sponsored by University of Rochester NAISA, SADACA at the University of Rochester, Douglass Leadership House, and Christians Witnessing for Palestine.
DEMONIZATION 11/9/16 – A SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) member published an op-ed in the school paper to defend SDS’ role in bringing anti-Zionist events to campus, such as the recent film screening of an anti-Zionist film with antisemitic expressions, “The Occupation of the American Mind.” In her op-ed, she demonized Israel, falsely accusing the state of committing “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” and “murder[ing] more innocent civilians than Hamas could ever hope to.”
DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
11/8/17 – Students for a Democratic Society at University of Rochester held an event entitled “The Intersection of Black Lives Matter and Palestine” that featured a talk by activist Khury Petersen-Smith, with responses from the Director of Genessee NYCLU Iman Abid, and community activist Danielle Ponder. In his talk, Petersen-Smith demonized Israel, stating, “Israel’s day to day existence is premised on the subjugation of the Palestinian population, and that has been true since its inception. It therefore has quite a lot of knowledge to lend to other states that are interested in subjugating their subject populations as well.” He also called Israel’s War of Independence “a war of terror against the civilian Palestinian population” that involved “massacres of civilians and mass rapes,” and he called the 2014 Gaza war a “one-sided…slaughter of children.” Petersen-Smith further argued for the elimination of the Jewish state and the creation of “one state for all its citizens,” which he claimed was at the heart of the BDS movement, and he promoted BDS as an “important strategy” and “an entry point for solidarity.” Ponder also demonized Israel, saying: “The Palestinian people, created by the Creator, were given value, were given humanity, and the Israeli government… everyday decides to take that away…that is one of the most deplorable, the most disgusting things you can do to a human being, to say, ‘You are not human.’ What allows Israel to do what they do to the Palestinian people is that belief that they’re not human beings.” Abid strongly promoted BDS as a “powerful” tool and said “shame on the governor” for supporting anti-BDS legislation.The talk was co-sponsored by University of Rochester NAISA, SADACA at the University of Rochester, Douglass Leadership House, and Christians Witnessing for Palestine.
CONDONING TERRORISM;
DEMONIZATION
11/2/16 – Students for a Democratic Society 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.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
DEMONIZATION;
PROMOTE BDS
9/24/15 – A talk by Rev. Graylan Hagler entitled “Connecting the dots: From Ferguson to Palestine” was sponsored by Student Association for the Development of Arab Cultural Awareness, The Association for the Development of Interest in the Indian Subcontinent, Black Students Union, Muslim Students Association, and Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity. In his talk, he delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing it of being an “apartheid” state. He demonized Israel stating, “All through this experiment called Israel is laced with racism, racism.” Finally, he promoted BDS.
DEMONIZATION 3/23/15 – The University of Rochester Students for a Democratic Society hosteed a panel discussion which featured panelists who falsely accused Israel of “pinkwashing , i.e. malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”

 

In the News ?

November 9, 2016:
Campus Times – SDS is unapologetic about Palestine Awareness Month
Description note – A SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) member published an op-ed in the school paper to defend SDS’ role in bringing anti-Zionist events to campus, such as the recent film screening of an anti-Zionist film with antisemitic expressions, “The Occupation of the American Mind.” In her op-ed, she demonized Israel, falsely accusing the state of committing genocide and ethnic cleansing and “murder[ing] more innocent civilians than Hamas could ever hope to.” She additionally noted, in a direct brush off to Jewish and Israeli concerns that, “SDS is not sorry if acknowledging genocide makes you uncomfortable. SDS is not sorry if discussing the suffering of others makes you feel attacked…they should be burning with rage toward the Israeli government, the government that they consider theirs.”)

November 7, 2016:
The Jewish Press – Clashes with Pro-Israel Students at Rochester’s SDS Anti-Israel Event

November 7, 2016:
Campus Times – Tensions flare at Palestine Awareness Event

November 1, 2016:
Campus Times – Palestinian Awareness Month is one-sided and misguided

January 2, 2014: Democrat and Chronicle – UR rebukes Israeli college boycott

December 30, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – President’s Statement on Academic Boycotts

 

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