Campus Monitor - University of Wisconsin Madison

Student Voices

  • October 4, 2017 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Jewish Student Experience Liaison (Phoebe) “I think that anti-Semitism in Madison is uncovering itself. Seeing swastikas in Madison and on campus is alarming, and it’s a way of us knowing that there are people who don’t think we belong. There are people who think we should be obliterated.” Read more
  • October 4, 2017 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Jewish Student (Ariela) “The feeling definitely is that there has been an uptick in the incidents themselves. I know when I go places and I wear my Jewish star, and I wear it proudly, I do get looks. I expect that every once-in-a-while, unfortunately, someone is going to say something. I’ve heard a Heil Hitler a few times on this campus directed at me.” Read more
  • May 18, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Ariela) “They were trying to intimidate me personally. They were trying to make it abundantly clear that should anyone else speak up or voice a similar position or try to defend me, that would be their fate too. So how could I not show up, if what was at stake was the freedom to speak?” Read more
  • May 10, 2017- University of Wisconsin Madison ASM Student Judiciary Summary Judgement  “This vote occurred after two actions which violated the constitutional rights of Jewish students…There can be no doubt that this vote was the product of a blatant disregard for the Constitution and Bylaws that Student Council representatives are sworn to uphold. The panel notes that the actions taken by the 23 rd session may not have been malicious in intent. Nevertheless, multiple constitutional violations occurred at the April 12 th meeting and Jewish students were the subject of discrimination by their elected representatives. This is unacceptable, and future sessions are warned that the Judiciary will not tolerate the hypocrisy of a student government that claims to be a voice for students, while simultaneously discriminating against and silencing their constituents.” Read more
  • May 3, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Zoe) “The incredible tolerance of anti-Jewish rhetoric, and the direct harassment of Jewish students, on the part of ASM and the UW student population is a heartbreaking reminder of our provisional acceptance on campus.” Read more
  • April 29, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison College Republicans Group President (Jake) “We will do everything in our power to end ASM, as all they seem motivated to do is attack students on campus who disagree with them. ASM’s blatant anti-Semitism will not be tolerated by our organization.” Read more
  • April 28, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Gordon) “As a Jewish student at UW, I was deeply hurt on April 12, when myself and 12 percent of the student body (approximately 5,000 students) were excluded from the democratic process.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student & the Only Jewish Member of the University’s Student Government (Ariela) “They have trampled on and harassed us for more than a month. They have worked very hard to exclude Jewish students from this process.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Zoe) “This student body acted in a way that repeatedly excluded the Jewish community. As a Jewish student, I feel let down by the students that are supposed to be representing me.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Ariela) “This is now the second time the Jewish community has been excluded. This is because [ASM] members … knew full well that there would be amendments and [the student body] did not know that — and that is undemocratic.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Ariela) “It was undemocratic to hold a vote knowing full well that people would not be there in attendance. Nobody on this body gets to decide at what point that information stopped being relevant to the Jewish community. Nobody…On a personal note, I think from watching what happened in that room tonight, it was quite obvious that they had individual targets, myself included. I felt like my Jewish identity didn’t count—for anything. I take great pride in my Jewish identity. I definitely felt targeted as a Jew in that room, and that’s pretty shameful.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Ariela) “We’re pretty horrified. This has been now a systematic excluding of our voices. This was premeditated and frankly its undemocratic.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Unidentified) “Frankly I believe that (Student Council) owes the Jewish community an apology.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – University of Wisconsin Madison Jewish Student (Yogev) “It was a very intimidating crowd. There was no respect anywhere.” Read more
  • April 16, 2017 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Student (Julia) “The open forum section of the [divestment] meeting was marked by a devolvement from discourse into jeering, cheering and social blunders. Speakers on both sides of the issue presented damaging claims, whether it was disregarding minority groups with repeated proclamations of ‘all lives matter,’ to holding Jewish students responsible for Israel’s conduct and refusing to acknowledge its right to exist as a nation.” Read more
  • “This seems really vicious considering this legislation is … of great importance to members of the Jewish community, and they are not here because they are observing a holiday for themselves. And I am just disgusted by that action.” Read more
  • March 30, 2017 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Jewish & Israeli Student (Yogev) “As an Israeli student who has found a home here in Madison, I am hurt. I will be the first one to say, I don’t agree with everything Israel does … But with this [divestment] bill, you would just make Madison a non-inclusive community for me and for the 7,000 Jewish students who feel deeply connected to Israel.” Read more
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  • March 30, 2017 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Jewish & Israeli Student (Ariela) “I am deeply hurt, offended and disappointed by this resolution. It will not contribute to a solution, and will only seek to divide students on campus.” Read more
  • April 21, 2016 – Jewish UW Madison Student (Hilary) “…based on what [I] witnessed in California [at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine], [I’m] afraid the situation on campus could deteriorate if BDS becomes a stronger force at UW–Madison. “ Read more
  • February 25, 2016 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Jewish Student (Jonathan) – “There is anti-Semitism lurking under our society.” Read more
  • February 23, 2016 – University of Wisconsin Madison Student (Charlie) – “Ultimately, the administration failed the Jewish community on this campus.” Read more

 

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ClassificationDate-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
5/3/17 – A student published an op-ed in the student newspaper in support of divestment that accused the campus’ Zionist community of adopting the slogan, “All Gentiles Are Anti-Semitic” due to their expression of concerns about antisemitism. The op-ed goes on to demonize and delegitimize Israel, stating, “Taking Israel to task for its violent apartheid policies is a challenge to the Zionist ideology, not an insult to the Jewish faith…Zionists founded the state of Israel in 1948, violently displacing the Palestinian people native to the area and establishing an apartheid state that persists to this day.”
DISCRIMINATION;
SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
DENIGRATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
4/26/17 – The University of Wisconsin Associated Students of Madison debated for 5 hours and then unanimously approved a watered-down divestment proposal with a 24-0-2 vote. The new proposal initially removed all references to Israel to become essentially a broad ethical investment responsibility bill. Prior to its passing, however, and after public comments were closed, language critical of Israel was then added back in. This immediately sparked anger from Jewish members of the student body, prompting two student council members to walk out from the meeting. One of the members, Rep. Ariela Rivkin, said Jewish students were left out of the resolution because they were under the impression that the body would focus on corporations, rather than Israel. At a March 29 meeting to discuss divestment, hundreds of pro-Israel Jewish students reportedly attended and the measure didn’t pass, 12-13. This time, only a handful of pro-Israel students were present, since Israel was not on the meeting agenda. Rep Rivkin exclaimed, “This is now the second time the Jewish community has been excluded. This is because [ASM] members … knew full well that there would be amendments and [the student body] did not know that — and that is undemocratic.” During the vote, the chair of the Student Council shouted “(expletive) white supremacy” after a Jewish representative spoke in support of Israel and Jewish inclusion. The Jewish representative also saw her name on a sign and felt targeted. The representative further explained, “We’re pretty horrified. This has been now a systematic excluding of our voices. This was premeditated and frankly it’s undemocratic.” Another student council member exclaimed, “It feels really premeditated to me.”
DISCRIMINATION;
SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
4/12/17 – The authors of the failed divestment initiative in March proposed that a new subcommittee on ethics and finance be created, a proposal which was debated and voted on during Passover. Several student representatives — at least one of them offended at the timing on behalf of absent Jewish students — reportedly walked out. Before the Student Representative walked out he exclaimed, “This seems really vicious considering this legislation is … of great importance to members of the Jewish community, and they are not here because they are observing a holiday for themselves. And I am just disgusted by that action.” The measure passed but was then later blocked from taking effect by a student court.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
10/21/16 – Around the same time that two mezuzahs were ripped off two apartment doors, a Nazi symbol was carved into the wall by the elevator door on the same floor of the building. Date of incident is approximated from article.
DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY10/20/16 – A mezuzah was ripped off two separate apartment room doors on campus. Date of incident is approximated from article.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
9/28/16 – Neonazi/ White Supremacist stickers were found on UW Campus and Around Greek Row.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
9/11/16 – Swastikas were drawn on whiteboards on three different dormitory room doors.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
4/27/16 – More wolfsangel symbols are found throughout campus, bringing the total to nine antisemitic symbols found. Additional new sightings included a wolfsangel symbol on the back of Agriculture Hall, another outside of Walgreens on East Campus Mall and another near the Campus Village Apartments on Mills Street and one on a rock. Previously, three had been found in UW’s Greek life community, one on the University Bookstore and one near Engineering Hall.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
4/25/16 – Fliers advertising a Tuesday night event titled “Leftist Diversity: Excluding all Ideas except their own” were defaced. One flier was vandalized with the Wolfsangel, a symbol connected to the Nazi party.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
4/25/16 – Three men vandalized two parking signs at a sorority house on Langdon Street with anti-Semitic symbols, according to an email sent to members of the UW-Madison chapter Kappa Alpha Theta. The symbols were described as “particularly hateful and anti-Semitic in nature,” according to the email.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
4/22/16 – Two “wolfsangel” symbols (similar to a swastika in that it is also a Nazi symbol used to express genocidal intentions) were found on campus, one near Engineering Mall and another near the University bookstore.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
DENIGRATION;
HISTORICAL
3/25/16 – Antisemitic fliers were distributed to networked printers on campus. It was reported that the flier was the same as was seen at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Princeton University, Brown University and the University of Southern California, among others. The flier had swastikas and said, “White Man are you Sick and Tired of the Jews Destroying Your Country through Mass Immigration and Degeneracy? Join Us in the Struggle for Global White Supremacy at the Daily Stormer.”
DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY;
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HARASSMENT;
HISTORICAL
2/17/16 [day exposed, but occurred two weeks prior] – Five swastikas and multiple images of Adolf Hitler were deliberately taped over the dorm room of a Jewish student.
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
3/29/17 – The student government held an open forum on a divestment resolution that accused Israel of operating “an apartheid legal system” and called on UW-Madison to cut ties with companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman, which have ties with the Israeli government. After six hours of heated debate, the University of Wisconsin Associated Students of Madison voted 13-12-1 to indefinitely postpone the divestment resolution. During the debate, one student demonized and delegitimized Israel, stating, “Our school must take a stand against apartheid, racial discrimination and genocide. Divestment is a peaceful and simple measure our campus can take…” another stated, “Israel…is an occupied apartheid state period.” A self-identified member of SJP compared Israel’s actions towards Palestinians to pogroms, claiming, “the Israeli government is not only culpable for heinous crimes and for implementing an apartheid state but I would like to argue…Israel is anti-Semitic as well as racist and discriminatory to the core…Zionism came about in the early 1900’s after waves of pogroms targeted Eastern Europe. These pogroms have striking similarities to the tactics used by the Israeli government today, including killing, destruction of homes and land confiscation. The Israeli state was founded using the same nationalistic and exclusive principles that exploited Jews in Eastern Europe. This foundation built Israel to be as oppressive as the countries that destroyed Jewish homes, lives and pushed them out of Eastern Europe. Israel in its inception is not a Jewish idea but a European one.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/29/17 – In anticipation of an upcoming BDS referendum vote in the student government, SJP released a student petition in support of the resolution that stated, “we demand the administration draft a public statement condemning all forms of racism including the Occupation of Palestine and the Apartheid Regime of Israel…”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
11/22/16 – The Facebook promotion for a campus SJP event, “American complicity in Israel-Palestine” contained antisemitic imagery and text. While the event was ultimately cancelled, the promotion for the event falsely accused Israel of “apartheid.” The advertisement also contained a demonizing image of an arm with a Jewish star (not “Israel”), and an arm saying “USA” performing a handshake which appears to be crushing a kefiyyah-clad man to death, suggesting that America and The Jews are colluding to crush Palestinians to death.
DEMONIZATION10/6/16 – SJP held the event, “Pinkwashing: Israel-Palestine and Queer Issues” where the film, “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!” was screened. According to the advertisement for the event, the film involves “queer activists fighting against Israeli pinkwashing propaganda.” Pinkwashing is a demonizing term that means malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
DELEGITIMIZATION5/5/16 – In an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series and co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine-UW Madison and Jewish Voice for Peace – Madison, Jeff Halper spoke on campus and falsely accused Israel of being an apartheid state.
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
4/8/16 – TAA-Palestine Solidarity Caucus held a demonizing event on campus with SJP members speaking titled, “Pinkwashing Israel.” The advertisement for the event delegitimized Israel falsely referred to Israel as containing an “Apartheid wall.”
HISTORICAL;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
3/18/15 – 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: BDS EVENT3/31/17 – SJP and Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics held the event, “Spoken Word Justice: Remi Kanazi.” According to an article in the school paper entitled,”Students for Justice in Palestine speaker on postponed divestment proposal: ‘Vote yes,’” at the event Kanazi advocated for BDS, including an academic boycott.
CALLS FOR BDS3/29/17 – SJP published an open letter in the school paper that stressed support for divestment and shared their divestment petition for students to sign.
BDS VOTE5/19/16 – During a two-week vote distributed to all union members, the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA/AFT Local 3220) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the oldest graduate student labor union in the United States representing over 9,000 graduate workers and students, voted (with 81% of voting members) in favor of adopting a resolution to divest from Israel. The resolution also called on the TAA’s employer, the University of Wisconsin System, and parent international, the AFLCIO, to divest from the state of Israel.

 

In the News ?

October 4, 2017:
Forward – Did One Man Cause A Spike In Anti-Semitism At The University Of Wisconsin?

September 11, 2017:
The Badger Herald – ASM needs to move past their anti-Semitic rhetoric in 2017

September 8, 2017:
The Cap Times UW-Madison Student Council adopts anti-Semitism resolution, code of conduct

September 8, 2017:
The Times of Israel U of Wisconsin student leader apologizes for vote on anti-Israel resolution

September 6, 2017:
The Badger Herald New ASM chair apologizes to Jewish community for actions in previous session

September 5, 2017:
Associated Students of Madison, Facebook ASM unanimously passes a resolution regarding anti-Semitism 

May 25, 2017:
Jewish Chronicle – Student court rules discrimination against Jews is unacceptable

May 18, 2017:
Jewish Standard – Fighting intersectionality, one meeting at a time

May 12, 2017:
The Daily Cardinal – Open Letter in Response to ASM Actions on Divestment

May 12, 2017:
The Algemeiner – University of Wisconsin Anti-Israel Bill ‘Voided’ by Student Judiciary, Leaders Behind Passover Vote Sanctioned

May 11, 2017:
Forward – University Panel Orders Student Govt. Reps To Apologize For Passover BDS Vote

May 10, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Student Judiciary voids approval of bylaw change for creation of financial transparency, ethics subcommittee

May 10, 2017:
Associate Students of Madison – ASM Student Judiciary Summary Judgement

May 3, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Divestment challenges Zionist occupation, not Jewish faith

May 3, 2017:
The Algemeiner – The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Jewish Problem

May 1, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Divestment isn’t anti-Semitic, but ignoring members of Jewish community is

April 29, 2017:
The Daily Cardinal – College Republicans Call to End ASM [Over Divestment Vote]

April 28, 2017:
The Badger Herald – A plea to ASM: Student government needs impartial leadership, competitive chair elections

April 28, 2017:
Jewish United Fund – Anti-Israel divestment resolution passes at UW-Madison following procedural irregularities

April 28, 2017:
JNS.org – Univ. of Wisconsin student measure faults Israel for US police violence against minorities

April 28, 2017:
The Jewish Press – Jewish, Christian Educators Protest Tuft’s BDS Endorsement on Passover

April 28, 2017:
Forward – Blamed Israel For Police Violence, Intimidated Jewish Students

April 27, 2017:
GOP USA – University of Wisconsin-Madison Takes Stand Against Jews

April 27, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – University of Wisconsin student resolution blames Israel for police violence against African-Americans

April 27, 2017:
UW Hillel – Hillel Statement on BDS Vote

April 27, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Student Leader: University of Wisconsin BDS Activists ‘Cleverly Manipulated’ Jewish Community to Pass Anti-Israel Resolution

April 27, 2017:
The Badger Herald – ASM unanimously approves contentious divestment proposal to mixed reactions from campus

April 27, 2017:
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle – Students: Ethics aside, Madison Student Council criticizes Israel

April 26, 2017:
The Daily Cardinal – ‘Concerned members’ of ASM, campus groups demand Chancellor Blank step down
(Description note, “This demand comes after ASM passed legislation Wednesday night calling on the university and its foundation to divest from a variety of companies, including specific arms manufacturers, fossil fuel corporations and banks that “oppress marginalized communities.” The administration’s statement in response to this focused on the contentious part of the legislation, which came with an added amendment naming Israel. The university’s response to legislation—which was quick to clarify that there will be no changes to UW-Madison’s policies or practices—said they are “concerned” with some of the actions during last night’s Student Council meeting. University officials said they “have heard clearly from the Jewish community how targeted they feel by the actions of the last month.” The response from members of ASM—which was also signed by five other campus groups—said “the Chancellor refuses to acknowledge our genuine concerns regarding [university’s] involvement in the oppression of our communities.”)

April 18, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Future of divestment proposals uncertain as groups struggle to compromise

April 18, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Future of divestment proposals uncertain as groups struggle to compromise

April 16, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Missteps on both sides of divestment legislation must be addressed

April 13, 2017:
One News Now – University students postpone anti-Israel vote

April 3, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Anti-BDS ideas are latest in long trend of oppression

April 3, 2017:
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle – UW-Madison feels safe and can be a Jewish bubble, with exceptions

April 1, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Students for Justice in Palestine speaker on postponed divestment proposal: ‘Vote yes’

March 30, 2017:
The Daily Cardinal – ASM legislation to divest from Israeli ties draws debate, condemnation

March 30, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Divestment proposal is dangerous and needs to be kept out of UW

March 30, 2017:
The Badger Herald – ASM indefinitely postpones divestment resolution after hours of heated debate

March 29, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Proposal asks for UW divestment from corporations participating in human rights abuses

March 29, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Proposal asks for UW divestment from corporations participating in human rights abuses

March 29, 2017:
The Daily Cardinal – ASM proposal asks to divest from Israel, draws blowback

February 22, 2017:
The Cap Times – Incidents at UW-Madison contribute to spike in anti-Semitic incidents in 2016

February 21, 2017:
Shepherd Express – Ugly Acts of Anti-Semitism Surface in Milwaukee

January 31, 2017:
The Badger Herald – Speakers discuss reality of youth activism across borders
(Description note, “Speakers came to Madison Monday to speak up about issues facing underrepresented youth from U.S. to the middle east. The 19-city speaker tour, “No Child Left Behind Bars — Living the Resistance from U.S. to Palestine,” featured an assembly of local and international female activists at their stop at the Urban League of Greater Madison…Alix Shabazz, local activist and member of Freedom Inc., conveyed specific instances in which the system had shown its bias against people of color. She said there is a need for local action during the new presidency to make sure the power of decision still lies with the people.”)

January 30, 2017:
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle – Opinion: Take UW-Madison off worst colleges list for Jews

October 18, 2016:
The Cap Times – UW-Madison looks to gather information about campus climate with student survey
(Description note, “The initiatives — education, information sharing and enhanced resources — followed a sharp spike in incidents of bias reported last spring. Reports of such incidents more than tripled in the first six months of 2016 from fall semester 2015, from 18 to 66. A handful of incidents that were made public by those targeted — a swastika taped to the dorm room door of a Jewish student at Sellery Residence Hall, a dorm-mate spitting in the face of an African-American student, and mocking war whoops during a solemn American Indian ceremony at DeJope Hall — made headlines and intensified concerns over campus climate for minority students.”)

October 14, 2016:
Wisc News – Discrimination reports more than tripled at UW-Madison in first half of 2016
(Description note, “Incidents reported to UW-Madison included anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on university buildings, as well as what officials described as “racial insults” and “intense, disrespectful, threatening and controversial” posts online.”)

September 13, 2016:
Wisconsin State Journal – Swastikas drawn on dorm white boards, UW-Madison officials say

September 13, 2016:
The Daily Cardinal – Anti-semitic graffiti found in Sellery Residence Hall

September 13, 2016:
The Badger Herald – [UPDATED] Anti-Semitic graffiti reported in Sellery Residence Hall 

August 9, 2016:
The College Fix – University’s new student training looks to curb ‘disrespectful speech’

May 19, 2016:
Facebook – UW Madison TAA Endorses BDS Movement
(Description note – During a two-week vote distributed to all union members, the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA/AFT Local 3220) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the oldest graduate student labor union in the United States representing over 9,000 graduate workers and students, voted (with 81% of voting members) in favor of adopting a resolution to divest from Israel. The resolution also called on the TAA’s employer, the University of Wisconsin System, and parent international, the AFLCIO, to divest from the state of Israel.)

May 18, 2016:
Wisconsin State Journal – UW-Madison suspends fraternity, citing members’ use of racial slurs
(Description note, “UW-Madison has suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and ordered its members to take part in diversity training after an investigation found students in the chapter repeatedly used racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs, then ostracized a black member who told them to stop, officials said Tuesday.”)

May 5, 2016:
The Badger Herald – Political activist thinks he has solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
(Description note, “A political activist since the Civil Rights Movement, Jeff Halper has lived in Israel since 1973….This state is not equal, Halper said. Palestinians are trapped into a “warehouse,” or apartheid state, he said. This apartheid state — the “second option” — is what Israelis and Palestinians currently find themselves in, he said. In this state, Palestinians have been excluded from making any real decisions, and are confined to small fragments of “one” state where their rights as citizens have ultimately been dismissed, Halper said.”)

April 29, 2016:
Wisconsin State Journal – Three arrested in anti-Semitic graffiti incidents – Update: 1 graffiti suspect to be charged with hate crimes, Madison police say

April 27, 2016:
The Badger Herald – Community leaders respond to new instances of anti-Semitic graffiti

April 26, 2016:
The Daily Cardinal – Anti-Semitic graffiti continues with new instance late Monday night

April 22, 2016:
The Badger Herald – Two new instances of anti-Semitic graffiti found on UW campus

April 21, 2016:
Wisconsin Gazette – Pro-Palestinian campaign divides Jewish community

March 29, 2016:
University of Wisconsin Madison News – Hate flyers appear on UW campus printers

March 14, 2016:
The Cap Times – UW-Madison officials beefing up anti-hate programs as a new Sellery Hall incident reported (Description note, “Students pasted swastikas and a picture of Hitler on a Jewish student’s door in Sellery Hall on Jan. 26….The student who put up the Nazi images was disciplined by UW-Madison officials, but not required to move out of Sellery Hall. Some 200 students attended a “town hall” discussion on the incident, which the director of the campus Hillel student organization said should prompt scrutiny of anti-Semitism on campus.”)

February 25, 2016:
The Cap Times – UW-Madison Hillel director: Swastika incident should fuel scrutiny of campus anti-Semitism

February 24, 2016:
Forward – U. of Wisconsin Holds Town Hall on Anti-Semitism After Nazi Dorm ‘Prank’

February 23, 2016:
The Daily Cardinal – Anti-Semitic incident raises questions of administration

February 23, 2016:
JTA – At Rutgers, Wisconsin and Vassar, anti-Semitic incidents prompt different responses

February 19, 2016:
Channel3000.com – UW officials say swastikas taped to dorm room door was prank gone wrong

February 18, 2016:
The Badger Herald – UW officials respond to swastika ‘bias incident’ in campus dorm
(Description note, “University of Wisconsin-Madison officials held a press conference Thursday to address the Jan 26 hate crime of students taping swastikas and a picture of Hitler onto a Jewish student’s door in Sellery Hall…Immediately after the swastika incident, UW-Madison officials sent an email to all Sellery residents explaining the behavior was unacceptable. The letter also contained information about ways students may report instances in which they feel targeted because of their identity and information on a forum where students can ask questions and voice their frustrations.”)

February 18, 2016:
NBC 15 – UPDATE: Students react to anti-Semitism on UW campus

February 18, 2016:
WKOW – ONLY ON 27 NEWS: Victim of anti-Semitic dorm incident satisfied with UW response

February 18, 2016:
Journal Sentinel – UW-Madison to hold anti-Semitism town hall after swastika ‘prank’

November 19, 2015:
WORT – UW Students Build Coalition For Underrepresented Communities On Campus

February 17, 2016 (Exposed):
Facebook –  Swastikas and Hitler Images Taped to a Jewish Students’ Dorm Room Door.

April 9, 2015:
nsautoblog – Students For Justice In Palestine – UW Madison (Description note, “Join us in hearing independent journalist Rania Khalek speak about how Israel uses Palestine as a laboratory to test and refine weapons and methods of domination”)

March 13, 2015:
The Badger Herald – Tale of two lectures: Jewish and Palestinian student groups passively conflict over guest speakers (Description note, “”The University of Wisconsin Hillel, a center serving Jewish life on campus hosted Deborah Lipstadt for a talk on anti-Semitism and the Students for Justice in Palestine, a pro-Palestine student organization, hosted Norman Finkelstein for a talk on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”)

March 13, 2015:
The Badger Herald – Scholar addresses anti-Semitism in relation to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
(Description note, “He argued that because only 2 percent of the population is Jewish yet both Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania are 40 percent Jewish, they have become beneficiaries of reverse discrimination…With the new anti-Semitism campaign reemerging in association with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Finkelstein expressed his fear that the new widespread support of Palestinian rights on college campuses could be extinguished.”)

January 2014:
UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Academic boycotts are counter to UW values

April 27, 2005:
The Electronic Intifada – Statewide Academic Union Calls for University of Wisconsin Israel Divestment
(Description note, “The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals (TAUWP) has adopted a resolution that calls on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to divest from companies that provide the Israeli Army with weapons, equipment, and supporting systems. TAUWP is a statewide local of the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin representing faculty and academic staff from 25 University of Wisconsin campuses. The resolution was passed at the TAUWP delegate assembly on April 23rd by a vote of 24 to 2, with four abstentions.”)

 

Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism


Wolfsangel symbols are found throughout campus (April 27, 2016)


 

Source Credit: Young Americans for Freedom-University of Wisconsin (April 26, 2016)

Source Credit: Young Americans for Freedom-University of Wisconsin (April 26, 2016)

 

Source Credit: screenshot of news story from Channel3000.com (Exposed: February 17, 2016)

Source Credit: screenshot of news story from Channel3000.com (Exposed: February 17, 2016)

 

Source Credit: April 22, 2016

Source Credit: Two “wolfsangel” symbols (similar to a swastika in that it is also a Nazi symbol used to express genocidal intentions) were found on campus, one near Engineering Mall and another near the University bookstore. Source Credit: Badger Herald, April 22, 2016.

 

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April 26, 2017 – Passed – Associated Students – Wisconsin Associated Students of Madison debated for 5 hours and then unanimously approved a watered-down divestment proposal with a 24-0-2 vote. The new proposal initially removed all references to Israel to become essentially a broad ethical investment responsibility bill. Prior to its passing however, and after public comments were closed, language critical of Israel was then added back in.

March 29, 2017 – Failed – Student Government – After six hours of heated debate, the University of Wisconsin Associated Students of Madison voted 13-12-1 to indefinitely postpone the divestment resolution.
 
May 19, 2016 – Passed – Graduate Student Union – During a two-week vote distributed to all union members, the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA/AFT Local 3220) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the oldest graduate student labor union in the United States representing over 9,000 graduate workers and students, voted (with 81% of voting members) in favor of adopting a resolution to divest from Israel. The resolution also called on the TAA’s employer, the University of Wisconsin System, and parent international, the AFLCIO, to divest from the state of Israel.


BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


STUDENT BDS

Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
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FACULTY BDS

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 5

  1. Samer Alatout
  2. Johanna Almiron
  3. Lesley Bartlett
  4. Leslie Bow
  5. Mary Layoun