Campus Monitor - Vassar College

Student Voices

  • September 6, 2017 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Jesser) “These dynamics are seen here at Vassar as well. My freshman year, the debate over the BDS movement led to rampant anti-Semitism that the Vassar Student Association failed to adequately address, in which Jewish students felt unsafe being on campus. This year, in the wake of Charlottesville, it will likely be brought back.” Read more
  • October 26, 2016 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Anonymous) – [When asked about his stance on the Vassar’s chapter of BDS] – “I don’t think it’s the answer considering that its members have bullied peo­ple and excused fashionable antisemitism among their ranks. They deny the exis­tence of a Jewish culture, peoplehood and eth­nicity too, which some people get irked by. And often they don’t actually know that much about Israel at all when you talk to them.” Read more
  • March 30, 2016 – Vassar Jewish Student (Jesse) – “BDS supporters took every opportunity to imply that opposing their brand of activism is racist; while every time antisemitism was mentioned it was met with laughter and mockery. Multiple at-large members were in tears while reading statements on how the debate has affected them, and were met with BDS supporters pointing and laughing. While it was not loud enough to interrupt their statements, it was noticed and commented on by members of the audience…. I do think that there is a great deal of antisemitism embedded in the BDS movement and in Students for Justice in Palestine…” Read more
  • March 15, 2016 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Jason) – “In my three years at Vassar College…I have watched Jewish friends bullied into silence by aggressive anti-Israel activists who call the Jews racists. I have seen many anti-Semitic comments from fellow students on social media. Although I have had many good experiences at Vassar and have made many friends, it can be uncomfortable to be Jewish here, especially if one supports Israel.” Read more
  • March 15, 2016 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Jason) – “They did not stay away because they were busy or because Vassar lacks anti-BDS students. They stayed away because they were afraid of pro-BDS students who have, over the past two years, pursued an aggressive campaign of intimidation at Vassar.” Read more
  • March 15, 2016 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Jason) – One Jewish student talked about how the BDS campaign had invoked every anxiety nightmare she had ever had. She was crying as she spoke. Pro-BDS students laughed at her.” Read more
  • March 2, 2016 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Jesser) – “The reason that Jewish parents are afraid to send their students to Vassar isn’t because they’re conservative, it’s because they’ve seen what effect movements like this [BDS] have at similar college cam­puses throughout the country, and they’re afraid that something like that can happen at Vassar. Frankly, so am I.” Read more
  • February 26, 2016 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Sophie) – “…many times at Vassar anti-Israel sentiment has crossed that line, and it has become harder to differentiate nuanced criticisms of Israel and anti-Semitism much less the arguments for an end to Israel as a Jewish state in any form.As a student I am disappointed by the unwillingness to have a two-sided dialogue on BDS or the anti-Semitism permeating much of this issue.” Read more
  • February 17, 2016 – Vassar Jewish Student (Sara) – “Be­cause we are the only pro-Israel organization on campus, we are demonized.” Read more
  • February 11, 2016 – Vassar College Jewish Student (Jesse) – “The activities and language of pro-Palestinian groups on campus goes above and beyond cri­tiquing Israel into demonizing opposition.” Read more
  • February 11, 2016 -Vassar College Jewish Student (Jesse) – “When organizations such as SJP make broad statements condemning all Zionists as racists, not only are they attempting to mar­ginalize and demonize their opposition, but they are sending a message to the community that it is okay to think less of a Jew who defends Israel’s right to exist.” Read more
  • May 2014, Jewish Vassar College Student, as Quoted in the Comments Section (NK) – “This year, SJP has made Vassar an unsafe environment for me and for other Jewish students. From their harassment of students participating in the spring break trip, to the Nazi incident and anti-Zionist rhetoric about ethnic cleansing that verges on blood libel, SJP has done everything in its power to make Vassar an unsafe space for Jews.” Read more
  • September 2014, Jewish Vassar College Student (Sarah) “My Israel identity is important to me. It is super intimidating to walk into the College Center and feel that that my core identity is being questioned. It’s really difficult to come to terms with hearing that a place you call your homeland shouldn’t exist.”  Read more
  • September 2014, Jewish Vassar College Student (Samantha) “A few weeks ago, I was invited to a pro-Palestinian rally…[O]ut of concern that the event would have placed all of the blame on Israel while excusing Hamas and glossing over the moral complexities, I resisted my temptation to attend. [N]ow I am returning to my college campus, an environment where the Israel-Palestine discussion is hugely polarized and devoid of nuance. Many students label themselves “pro-Israel” or “pro-Palestine” and close their eyes to the other’s humanity and right to self-determination. ”  Read more
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    ClassificationDate-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT4/20/16 – The BDS Coalition publicized a Bias report by a J Street member that was supposed to remain anonymous to protect the student involved. By doing so, the BDS coalition resorted to an ad hominem attack on a Jewish student.
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    4/6/16 – A swastika was found on a sign on a student’s door.
    HARASSMENT;
    DENIGRATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
    3/6/16 – Vassar Student Association (VSA) voted to pass the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution by a vote of 15 in favor and 7 opposed. The organization did not pass the concurrently submitted BDS amendment, which would have amended the student association bylaws to prohibit the use of student funds to purchase goods from Israeli companies or companies that support Israel. This amendment needed a 2/3 majority but failed by a vote of 12 in favor to 10 opposed. A Jewish student who attended the BDS vote outlined antisemitic activity by pro-BDS students during the meeting, stating, “One Jewish student talked about how the BDS campaign had invoked every anxiety nightmare she had ever had. She was crying as she spoke. Pro-BDS students laughed at her.” The student also remarked that at the meeting, “another Jewish student talked about Israel’s founding in the wake of the Holocaust. He was immediately accused of using the Holocaust as a political tool to justify the “genocide” of another people.” The student says that at the meeting’s conclusion, “one non-Jewish council member said she felt ‘very complicit in the anti-Semitism that was occurring tonight.'”
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    2/18/16 – A carving of a swastika was found on a resident’s door in Noyes House.
    VERBAL ASSAULT;
    DEMONIZATION;
    HISTORICAL
    2/5/16 – Statements posted on YikYak were antisemitic. One user commented “f*ck Jews” on a post defend­ing Israel. A Jewish student expressed in an op-ed that there were other statements said by users such as, “your just a retard and so are Zionists” and “Zionism is a plague of mankind. These Jews stand around throwing this is antise­mitic and that’s antisemitic” and “I’ve never met a Jew who didn’t think Israel is their home land. Jews through terrorism have kept Palestinians locked like animals in their home.” The Jewish student also said that the same commenter insinuated that the Jews, and the Jewish student personally for being a Jew, should evaluate what we “do wrong in Palestine and oth­er places.”
    DENIGRATION;
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION
    11/18/15 – An op-ed published in the student newspaper by a Vassar student denigrated the Taglit-Birthright program which Vassar Jewish students participate in by calling the trip “racist,” accused students who go on the trip of committing “a crime,” and encouraged students to sign an open statement entitled “Renounce Birthright,” which falsely accuses Israel of “apartheid” and racism, denies the relationship between Zionism and Judaism, rejects Zionism, and calls for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, which would effectively mean the end of the Jewish state.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION9/28/16 – Professor Joshua Schreier published an op-ed in the school paper that demonized Israel, accusing it of being an “oppressive and racist regime” and it’s supporters, including invited speaker Bret Stephens, of “pinkwashing.” Pinkwashing is a demonizing term that means malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION9/22/16 – SJP held the event “Reflecting on Bret Stephens: A Talk Back with Professor Schreier.” The advertisement for the event delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing it of “state violence and apartheid.”
    DENY JEWS SELF DETERMINATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
    4/28/16 – The Student body voted on a divestment resolution that endorsed the right of return which would effectively eliminate Israel as well as a spending bill to boycott spending on Israeli products. The resolution was sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. The BDS resolution was rejected 573 Against, 503 For. The spending resolution was defeated 601 Against, 475 For.
    DENY JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALL FOR BDS)
    4/20/16 – Jewish Voice for Peace published an article in the school newspaper entitled, “BDS vital step toward colonial resistance.” In the article, the authors accused Israel of “ongoing colonization of Arab lands” and called for the right of return of Palestinians which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    4/1/16 – The BDS Coalition launched a referendum to reiterate their reasons for supporting BDS explaining “if Vassar students support BDS, then we should support it entirely: we should withhold VSA funding from companies and products that contribute to the expansion of settler-colonialism.” They published a petition for individuals to sign and show support for the referendum. The referendum stated, “VSA monies cannot be used to purchase items from Sabra, Tribe, Ben & Jerry’s, Hewlett-Packard Company, Ahava, General Electric, Eden Springs, Motorola, Caterpillar, G4S, and Elbit Systems.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    2/17/16 – SJP distributed pamphlets entitled, “Boycotts Work: An Interview with Omar Barghouti,” which contained an interview of Barghouti that appeared in Electronic Intifada. In the interview, Barghouti delegitimized Israel, calling it an “apartheid state” based on “settler colonialism,” and he endorsed the academic boycott of Israel.
    CONDONING TERRORISM;
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION
    2/11/16 – SJP at Vassar adverstised in a Facebook post that they will be selling t-shirts with an image of convicted hijacker Leila Khaled holding a gun with the caption “Resistance is not Terrorism” among other apparel by a company called Existence is Resistance where all proceeds will go towards supporting “resistance.” The message of the SJP Vassar Facebook post stated, “Check out our friends at Existence is Resistance!!! They will be selling sweet fucking antiZionist gear at our events. 100% of profits goes towards organizing Palestinian resistance #ExistenceisResistance”
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    2/11/16 – The Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics (GAAP) released a statement endorsing BDS stating, “The Israeli State and its occupation of Palestinian homelands violates basic human rights such as the right to self-determination and nationality, perpetuates horrific violence on both state and interpersonal levels, and continues the historical tradition of racist imperialism (amongst other atrocities). We support BDS as a means to express our solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle against an oppressive force.”
    CONDONING TERRORISM;
    DEMONIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    2/3/16 – Women and Gender Studies Professor Jasbir Puar gave a lecture titled “Inhumanist Biopolitics: How Palestine Matters.” She began by encouraging the college to boycott Israel and saying, “We need BDS as part of organized resistance and armed resistance in Palestine as well.” She further expressed demonizing statements against Israel, including that it “assassinates” teenagers, harvests organs, and deliberately prevents resources from reaching Gaza in order to “maim” and “stunt” the growth of Palestinians. The talk was sponsored by a number of departments, including Jewish Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as Africana Studies, English, and Women’s Studies.
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINIATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    2/1/16 – SJP and JVP combined with other student groups to create a coalition, the Vassar Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Coalition, and launched a divestment resolution campaign that calls on Vassar “to boycott and divest from the main colonizing force in Israel/Palestine, Zionism, until such an agreement is reached.” By targeting Zionism for BDS, this resolution engages in denying Jews self-determination. Furthermore, the resolution states that no student funds shall be used in the puchase of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream because the company sells to Israeli Jewish settlement customers in the West Bank “while apartheid ensues in historic Palestine.” By falsly accusing Israel of apartheid, the resolution delegitimizes Israel.
    DEMONIZATION11/12/15 – Prof. Yehezkel Landau, Associate Professor of Interfaith Relations and Director of the Building Abrahamic Partnerships program at Hartford Seminary (CT), and Imam Abdullah Antepli, adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, gave a joint presentation on November 12 described as a “Conversation about Israel/Palestine.” This event was sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL), the RSL Forum for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Africana Studies, Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion. At the event, according to one attendee, the Iman remarked that to Muslims, “Zionism is a painful form of racism.”
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/5/15 – As part of the SJP-sponsored Israel Apartheid Week, students stood near an “End Israeli Apartheid” presentation and held up signs that read “Zionism is Racism” and “Another Jew Acknowledging Apartheid.”
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    3/3/15 – SJP hosted a talk by Professor Sa’ed Atshan, entitled “On Hope and Heroes: Nonviolence and Resilience in Israel/Palestine,” as part of Israeli Apartheid Week at Vassar. During his talk, Atshan falsely accused Israel of being an “apartheid” state, advocated for the elimination of the Jewish state and its replacement by an Arab state, and promoted the BDS movement, emphasizing it as “the most effective form of non-violence.” The talk was co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace at Vassar College, Middle Eastern Students Collective, Political Science Department, Religion Department, International Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Asian Studies Program, Africana Studies Program, Middle East Crisis Response, and Mid-Hudson BDS.
    BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS4/12/17 – The Editorial Board of the school newspaper published an article in opposition to a student’s position against the Vassar Student Association becoming political and engaging in BDS. The editorial board piece argued that VSA is already, and should remain, a political entity, and BDS is justified because it “improves the lives of” students on campus, stating, “arguing that the VSA should be apolitical because of the possibility of a BDS debate resurfacing minimizes the experiences of people of color and other marginalized communities on this campus who need a political student government that can actually improve their lives on campus.”
    CALL FOR BDS4/20/16 – Jewish Voice for Peace tabled on campus in support of BDS, and shared material supporting BDS.
    BDS EVENT4/18/16 – SJP held the event, “Know Your Rights: Legal Workshop with Palestine Legal” where, according to the advertisement for the event, participants learned about the legalities of boycotts.
    CALLS FOR BDS3/5/16 – SJP held the event, “There is a Field.” The advertisement for the event stated that after the event SJP and JVP would host a talk-back to discuss, “the student body’s deliberations about endorsing the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.”
    BDS EVENT3/2/16 – SJP, Poder Latinx de Vassar and MeChA held the event, “Understanding Colonial Occupation: POC Engaging with the BDS Resolution and Palestine” to learn about the “reasons for BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions)”
    BDS EVENT2/28/16 – Student government debates BDS resolution in anticipation of the March 6 vote.
    BDS EVENT2/23/16 – SJP held the event, “The Case for BDS” to learn about Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions from Israel.
    CALL FOR BDS2/17/16 – SJP and JVP hosted the event, “Concerning Violence: Resisting Occupation and Colonization” which involved a movie screening of the film “Concerning Violence.” The Facebook page advertisement for the event included a call to BDS stating to, “Read about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Coalition working toward decolonization at Vassar: http://vsa.vassar.edu/orgs/vassarsjp/”
    BDS EVENT2/4/16 – SJP held the event, “BDS and Pizza–FRESHMEN HANGOUT” to talk about BDS.
    CALLS FOR BDS10/1/15 – Vassar SJP claimed victory after receiving an email from a Campus Dining official promising that the Retreat will stop selling Sabra Hummus. However, the university administration said that the ban on Sabra Hummus was “a mistake,” and that there would be no ban of that brand of hummus.
    BDS EVENT9/16/15 – Angela Davis delivered a talk at Vassar College, and at the end of her talk she promoted BDS and encouraged Jewish students to join Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Zionist organization which champions the BDS movement. Davis’ talk was sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the Office of the President, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, English, Film, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology; the Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, International Studies, and Urban Studies; and by the ALANA, LGBTQ and Women’s Centers.
    BDS EVENTS4/30/15 – Vassar SJP and JVP hosted a panel promoting BDS. The event was co-sponsored by the departments of Africana Studies and Geography and several student groups.

     

    In the News ?

    April 12, 2017:
    The Miscellany News – Despite Recent Objections, VSA Must Remain Political

    October 12, 2016:
    Miscellany News – Israeli LGBTQ rights must not overshadow state violence

    October 5, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Claims of ‘pinkwashing’ rely on toxic, antisemitic tropes

    September 28, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Bret Stephens’ ‘pinkwashing’ ignores Israeli state violence

    May 29, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Students vote against BDS resolution

    May 18, 2016:
    The Jewish Voice – Vassar Students Ask Advocacy Groups for Help, Report Anti-Jewish Hostility

    May 16, 2016:
    Campus Safety – Jewish Groups Urge Vassar President to Respond to Anti-Semitism

    May 13, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – BDS Spreads Anti-Semitism Across U.S. Campuses

    May 13, 2016:
    American Thinker – Jihadi hate group privileged at Vassar

    May 12, 2016:
    The Independent Sentinel – Vassar Students Ask Advocacy Groups for Help, Report Increased Anti-Jewish Hostility

    May 12, 2016:
    Legal Insurrection – Dozens of groups support plea for help from Vassar Jewish students

    May 12, 2016:
    San Diego Jewish World – Jewish students feel unsafe at Vassar College

    May 4, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Evaluating BDS in aftermath of referenda

    May 3, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Pro-Israel Alumnus Calls Defeat of BDS Resolution at Vassar a ‘Watershed Moment’

    April 29, 2016:
    Legal Insurrection – Vassar student body REJECTS Israel boycott

    April 27, 2016:
    Vassar Info – Vassar College and the BDS movement

    April 26, 2016:
    Legal Insurrection – Vassar students start voting on anti-Israel referenda

    April 21, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Letter to the Editor – Regarding Swastika

    April 20, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – BDS vital step toward colonial resistance

    April 13, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Workshop series to focus on diversity and oppression
    (Description note, “Spanning April 7 through 25, the Office of Campus Life and Diversity invited several experts to hold a workshop series on intersec­tional antisemitism, intersectional racism and Islamophobia. The series was designed to di­rectly engage up to 75 students in discussions about the relationships between those three forms of oppression and the broader socio­cultural meanings of those interactions. These workshops are especially relevant given recent campus climate conditions, epitomized in the controversy surrounding BDS. Workshop leaders Talia Cooper and Sonia Alexander presented the session on intersec­tional antisemitism, the first event in the se­ries. Cooper reflected, “I think we really got the message that students did not feel that they were being heard around a lot of topics that were affecting their lives and that students, when they talk about it, want to be supported by the Administration. It sounds like continu­ing to have some of these conversations will be really great for the campus.”)

    April 7, 2016:
    AMCHA – Email to the Campus Community Regarding Swastika on Student’s Door

    March 30, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – VSA should be depoliticized in wake of BDS vote

    March 23, 2016:
    The Tower – Vassar Professor: Anti-Semitic Campus Activism Causing “Long-Term Effects”

    March 23, 2016:
    Indy Bay- Non-Jewish Pro-Israel Vassar Professor Says ‘Anti-Jewish Atmosphere’ on Campus ‘Starting to Have Long-Term Effects’

    March 23, 2016:
    Campus Watch – Vassar Professor: Anti-Semitic Campus Activism Causing “Long-Term Effects” [incl. Jasbir Puar]

    March 22, 2016:
    Socialist Worker – Challenging Vassar’s attack on BDS

    March 21, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Secretive Group Releases New Report on Anti-Israel, Antisemitic Activity at Vassar College, Amid Complaints of Campus Radicalism

    March 20, 2016:
    Forward – Vassar Through the Eyes of a Non-Jewish Zionist Professor
    (Description note, “I have been called a “f—king fascist,” “Zionist” and “idiot” for speaking out against Vassar’s BDS resolution and speaking up for Israel and for U.S. policy. I have seen Jewish students profiled and singled out at a BDS meeting. I have felt the icy silence that reigns in some departments…Given these patterns, I find it random, facetious and, yes, anti-Semitic, that so many at Vassar choose to engage in political activism by means of a barrage of discourse about boycotting Israel….Anti-Jewish speech off and on campus is very real, and it is starting to have long-term effects.”)

    March 15, 2016:
    Forward – How Jewish Students Like Me Got Bullied at Vassar BDS Vote

    March 10, 2016:
    The Tower – Scholar Who Gave Anti-Israel Lecture Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Publishes Transcript

    March 8, 2016:
    The Times of Israel – Vassar College student government passes BDS resolution: Administration says it will not honor the resolution, will consider taking control of student fees

    March 7, 2016:
    Forward – Vassar Students Vote 15-7 for BDS Measure

    March 7, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – BDS Suffers Setbacks at 3 US Campuses in Single Week
    (Description note, “In a single week, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel suffered setbacks on three American campuses: Vassar College, Northeastern University and the University of Indianapolis.”)

    March 6, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Faculty show support for VSA vote

    March 4, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – VSA statement regarding BDS vote

    March 4, 2016:
    Legal Insurrection – Vassar student gov’t may lose control of funding if passes BDS resolution (Update)

    March 2, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – MESC, SJP-sponsored speaker explores identity via theater
    (Description note – The school paper publishes a student’s remarks that include, “There is a clear power dynamic between Zionist students and Middle East and North African students on campus, in that Zionist students have clear ad­ministrative support, which is troubling to me given the erasure and discrimination against Arab and Muslim voices that is inextricably linked with the political ideology and colonial project of Zionism. The main problem in terms of administration, and even amongst the student body, is even having Arab voices heard when it comes to issues of racism against us, which is a privilege many students at this school already possess.”)

    March 2, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – VSA hears all sides of BDS debate

    March 2, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – SJP ignores nuances of BDS resolution

    February 26, 2016:
    Daily News – Scaredy cat bomb-thrower: Israel-basher Jasbir Puar hides from Fordham sunlight
    (Description note, “On Thursday, Puar was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Fordham on “the biopolitics of debility in Gaza” under the sponsorship of the university’s Graduate English Association. Prompted by an inquiry by the Daily News Editorial Board, school administrators discovered that Puar had again set a no-recording condition. Although Fordham President Rev. Joseph McShane has made clear that, as an institution, the school condemns much of Puar’s outlook on Israel, the university had granted her a podium as a matter of free expression. Security was on hand for the talk. But, upholding “academic transparency,” McShane properly would not facilitate Puar’s attempt to limit the wide dissemination of her ideas. Noting that the lack of an official recording at Vassar opened Puar to mischaracterizations, he directed aides to inform Puar she could speak only if she was recorded and the recording was made public. Puar bagged it. What’s she afraid of?”)

    February 26, 2016:
    The Wall Street Journal- Vassar, the Palestinians and Free Discourse
    (Description note – President of Vassar, Catharine Hill, stated, “Just as I resoundingly rejected the call to boycott Israeli academic institutions from the American Studies Association, I will defend the faculty’s right to bring speakers of their choice to campus. However, along with many others, I am dissatisfied with the range of perspectives being presented on this campus regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We are working to fill this gap.”)

    February 24, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Student-sponsored screening investigates mass violence

    February 24, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Admin has responsibility to effectively counter hate speech

    February 24, 2016:
    Inside Higher ED – Vassar Accused of Tolerating Anti-Semitism

    February 24, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Human rights activist outlines goals of Israel divestment
    (Description note, “I don’t believe that the BDS is going to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I don’t believe that the Students for Justice for Palestine will bring any kind of justice for the Palestinians because the only one who can bring justice for the Palestinians is the Palestinians themselves,” Eid remarked. He added that more than 90 percent of Palestinians do not know what BDS is, let alone believe in the cause. He suggested that the solution to the conflict should be solved by the Israelis and the Palestinians with the intervention of the outside forces. “I think that we the Palestinians also should have to take responsibility towards our own future. I think that we the Palestinians are still holding the key for a better economic future for our moment.” He went on to assert that instead, through economic growth, the state will be able to solve its conflicts.’)

    February 23, 2016:
    J Space News – Report: Fighting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

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

    February 21, 2016:
    Daily News –  Hatred on the Hudson: Vassar needs to combat venomous, anti-Israel, borderline anti-Semitic rhetoric on cam

    February 19, 2016:
    The Tower –  Vassar Administration and Faculty Called On to Confront “Wave of Anti-Semitism”

    February 17, 2016:
    The Miscellany News –  BDS discourse should be more accessible for students
    (Description note, “We at The Miscellany News believe that Vassar has the resources to promote a less polarized dialogue surrounding BDS …”)

    February 17, 2016:
    The Miscellany News –  Orgs split on how to show Israel-Palestine solidarity

    February 17, 2016:
    The Washington Free Beacon –  Vassar Students Sell Terror T-Shirts to Raise Money for ‘Palestinian Resistance’

    February 17, 2016:
    The Wall Street Journal –  Majoring in Anti-Semitism at Vassar
    (Description note, “These events are transforming a prestigious institution into a parody ripe for ridicule—a place embarrassing to prominent alumni and worrisome for prospective Jewish students.”)

    February 15, 2016:
    Legal Insurrection –  Blaming the messenger: Vassar Pres says social media mischaracterizes campus anti-Semitism

    February 12, 2016:
    The College Fix – Vassar students sell T-shirts praising terrorist to raise money for ‘Palestinian resistance’
     

    February 10, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – BDS Coalition to reach broader audience through art

    February 10, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – Antisemitism present in antizionist rhetoric
    (Description note, “Last Friday, Feb. 5, an email was sent out to the student body regarding antisemitic comments posted on Yik Yak. Most notably, one user commented “f*ck Jews” on a post defend­ing Israel… But that wasn’t all. Later on in the same con­versation, that individual clarified that they didn’t mean f*ck all Jews, just the ones who support Is­rael, and fully embraced that this somehow made their comment acceptable. That same day, another commenter on Yik Yak used similar antisemitic language, engaging in statements such as “your just a retard and so are Zionists” and “Zionism is a plague of mankind. These Jews stand around throwing this is antise­mitic and that’s antisemitic” and “I’ve never met a Jew who didn’t think Israel is their home land. Jews through terrorism have kept Palestinians locked like animals in their home.” That same commenter insinuated that the Jews, and me personally for being a Jew, should evaluate what we “do wrong in Palestine and oth­er places.”)
     
    February 10, 2016:
    The Miscellany News – BDS resolution stifles student activism, erases complexity

    February 10, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Vassar Sponsors the Demonization of Israel…Again

    February 9, 2016:
    Israel National News – US professor: Israel assassinates teens, harvests organs
    (Description note – Women and Gender Studies Professor Jasbir Puar gave a lecture titled “Inhumanist Biopolitics: How Palestine Matters.” She began by encouraging the college to boycott Israel and saying, “We need BDS as part of organized resistance and armed resistance in Palestine as well.” She further expressed demonizing statements against Israel, including that it “assassinates” teenagers, harvests organs, and deliberately prevents resources from reaching Gaza in order to “maim” and “stunt” the growth of Palestinians. The talk was sponsored by a number of departments, including Jewish Studies, Political Science, and International Studies, as well as Africana Studies, English, and Women’s Studies.)

    February 5, 2016:
    Commentary Magazine – Vassar’s Alums Step Up

    February 4, 2016:
    The Hill – Never Neverland at Vassar College

    February 3, 2016:
    Campus Reform – Liberal students want to ban liberal Ben & Jerry’s from campus over Israeli ties

    February 3, 2016:
    Vassar Info – EVENT – Inhumanist Biopolitics: How Palestine Matters. Lecture by Professor Jasbir Puar
    (Description note, “Further, the saturation of spatial and temporal stratum in Palestine demonstrates the use of technologies of measure to manufacture a “remote control” occupation, one that produces a different version of Israeli “home invasions” through the maiming and stunting of population. If Gaza, for example, is indeed the world’s largest “open air prison” and an experimental lab for Israeli military apparatuses, infrastructural chaos, and metric manipulation, what kinds of fantasies (about power, about bodies, about resistance, about politics) are driving this project?”)

    February 1, 2016:
    Vassar BDS – Vassar Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Resolution
    (Description note – SJP and JVP combine with other student groups to create a coalition, the Vassar Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Coalition, and launch a divestment resolution campaign that includes, “We call on Vassar to boycott and divest from the main colonizing force in Israel/Palestine, Zionism, until such an agreement is reached.” By targeting Zionism for BDS, this resolution engages in denying Jews self-determination. Furthermore, the resolution states that no student funds shall be used in the purchase of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream because the company sells to Israeli Jewish settlement customers in the West Bank “while apartheid ensues in historic Palestine.” By falsly accusing Israel of apartheid, the resolution delegitimizes Israel.)

    December 7, 2015:
    JTA – Vassar student gov’t approves J Street U funds after Zionism-is-racism concern

    December 5, 2015:
    J Street U Vassar Facebook page – J Street U explains Vassar U’s student government holding funding because of belief that “Zionism is racism” and could contradict anti-racism rules

    November 12, 2015:
    JNS – The perilous position of being Jewish and pro-Israel at Vassar College

    November 11, 2015:
    The Miscellany News – Dialogue delves into interreligious conflict
    (Description note, “Students for Justice in Palestine, however, disagreed. “We don’t oppose dialogue; we op­pose dialogue-centric organizations, like the ones that the speakers at this lecture are mem­bers of.,” they said. “Palestinians and Israeli do not need to sit-down and talk to achieve mu­tual understanding. In the context of ending the conflict, Palestinians only need to know that they are occupied and that Israel occupies them—and every Palestinian knows this al­ready. So it is Israel that must understand that it is the occupier.”… Students for Justice in Palestine said, howev­er, that they do not feel the College does jus­tice to the issue. “The College as an institution has failed to not only acknowledge the human rights violations of Israel, but also to provide the necessary resources to combat these abus­es, such as more information on its invest­ments,” the organization said. They went on, “Moreover, we do believe that this is a role of an educational institution. After all, Vassar cer­tainly touts the notion that an education should foster a belief in our common humanity. How can Vassar speak of the dignity of all human life, yet stand silent and promote ignorance around blatant human rights abuses?”)

    October 5, 2015:
    SJP FACEBOOK POST – “VICTORY!!!!! Campus Dining has promised to STOP SELLING SABRA HUMMUS!!!!!
    …After speaking with Campus Dining, SJP received an email promising that the Retreat will stop selling Sabra Hummus, once its supplies end by this Friday. Shelves will be re-stocked by Cedar’s Hommus. SJP will be meeting later with Campus Dining to ensure that no other products that support Israeli apartheid will be found in the Retreat. Sabra Hummus has been targeted by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement because of their complicity in human rights violations in historic Palestine. In 2005, over 170 Palestinian political parties, organizations, trade unions and movements endorsed a call to BDS from the State of Israel and companies that are complicit in the human rights violations taking place in Historic Palestine until: 1. Israel ends it’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall. 2. Israel recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality 3. Israel respects, protects, and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194. Boycotting Sabra Hummus, however, is just one part of our work against apartheid in historic Palestine. As Vassar students, we are obligated to end Vassar’s complicity in and take a principled stand against Israeli apartheid. To be indifferent is to stand with the oppressors. We will not stop until the fundamental human rights of Palestinians to live with freedom and dignity is recognized. #‎FreePalestine #‎BDS #‎BoycottSabra #‎SJP

    October 2, 2015:
    The Washington Free Beacon – Vassar College Says Ban on Israeli Foods ‘A Mistake; Dining department banned Israeli hummus brand Sabra (Reverses Ban)
    (Description note, “Following requests for comment, Vassar officials on Friday said that this ban was a “mistake” and that Israeli-brand hummus would continue to be sold on Vassar’s campus. “The decision about Sabra hummus was a mistake and our cafeteria is now stocking both the Sabra and Cedar’s brands,” said Jeff Kosmacher, Vassar’s director of media relations and public affairs. “There was no ban. Campus Dining made and communicated an initial decision in error and ultimately decided to take a different step,” said Kosmacher in response to a follow-up email asking him to elaborate on this decision. “We have nothing else to say on the matter.”)

    July 8, 2015:
    The Washington Post – Are students boycotting ideas or human rights violations?

    July 5, 2015:
    Legal Insurrection – Revisiting the Ugly Vassar College Anti-Israel Academic Boycott

    July 3, 2015:
    The Washington Post – How academic efforts to boycott Israel harm our students

    May 6, 2015:
    The Miscellany News – Social justice orgs unite for Israeli-Palestinian peace
    (Description note, “Vilkomerson was joined by former Coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee and current member of the steering committee of the Palestinian campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel Hind Awwad in a panel hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine at Vassar and Jewish Voices for Peace at Vassar College. The event included explanations of the BDS movement’s aims and political context, as well as an exploration of the current state of the movement in the United States, and comes just over one year after dozens of professors signed an open letter criticizing President Catharine Bond Hill and Dean of the Faculty Jonathan Chenette’s refusal to participate in the American Studies Association’s (ASA) resolution for an academic boycott of Israel until it complied with international law.”)

    March 12, 2015:
    The Jewish Press – Anti-Semitism Alive And Well On New York’s College Campuses

    March 10, 2015:
    FOX News – ‘Blurred line’: Anti-Israel campus climate leading to bigotry, warn critics

    November 18, 2014:
    Brown Political Review – Tread Carefully: When Anti-Zionism Becomes Anti-Semitism

    November 7, 2014:
    EVENT – Militarism and Refusal in Israel

    October 2014:
    The Tower – On Many Campuses, Hate is Spelled SJP

    September 9, 2014:
    Washington Jewish Week- Alone on campus in the Israel-Palestinian dispute

    September 30, 2014:
    Zionist Organization of America – ZOA, Others Urge College Presidents To Protect Jewish Students From Anti-Semitism

    September 1, 2014:
    Education Reporter – Vassar Student Group Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Israeli

    July 28, 2014:
    JNS – While global anti-Semitism surges, don’t forget U.S. campuses

    July 16, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Expecting anti-Israel violence on campuses this fall

    July 2, 2014:
    Brandeis Center – The Worst Campus Anti-Semitic Incidents of 2013-2014

    June 18, 2014:
    National Review – Anti-Semites Rock Colleges: Students for Justice in Palestine has a long record of Jew-hatred.

    June 17, 2014:
    Inside Higher Ed – Middle East Conflict, U.S. Campuses

    June 13, 2014:
    Truth Revolt – Four Weeks And One Lawyer’s Letter Later, Vasser Finally Returns Pro-Israel ‘Wall of Truth”

    June 11, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Pro-Israel Muslim Vassar student’s lonely fight to defend Israel

    June 11, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Pro-Israel Muslim Vassar student’s lonely fight to defend Israel

    June 9, 2014:
    Fox News – Pro-Palestinian students bring hate, intimidation to campus, critics say

    May 19, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Vassar Nazi cartoon reflects campus dehumanization of Israel

    May 17, 2014:
    NY Daily News – Vile at Vassar: A college finally cracks down on anti-Israel extremists

    May 17, 2014:
    American Thinker – ‘Vile at Vassar’ Blog

    May 16, 2014:
    JTA – Vassar pro-Palestinian group under review for Nazi cartoon

    May 16, 2014:
    The Times of Israel – Vassar’s SJP sort of apologizes for anti-Israel, Nazi cartoon

    May 15, 2014:
    Daily Kos – Anti-Semitic Times at Vassar College

    May 15, 2014:
    The Kelly File (Fox) – Daniel Mael on Fox News on SJP and antisemitism, ostracizing Jewish students at NYU, Vassar and UCLA

    May 14, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Vassar President condemns “racist, anti-Semitic graphic” posted by Students for Justice in Palestine

    May 15, 2014:
    Poughkeepsie Journal – Vassar probes anti-Semitic posting

    May 15, 2014:
    Daily Kos – Anti-Semitic Times at Vassar College

    May 15, 2014:
    Truth Revolt – Vassar College President Denounces Anti-Semitic Post of SJP

    May 15, 2014:
    Poughkeepsie Journal – Vassar probes anti-Semitic posting

    May 14, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Vassar President condemns “racist, anti-Semitic graphic” posted by Students for Justice in Palestine

    May 14, 2014:
    Algemeiner – Jews Against Themselves: The BDS Movement and Modern Apostasy

    May 14, 2014:
    Commentary Magazine – SJP Vassar: Sorry, Not Sorry

    May 12, 2014:
    Truth Revolt – Vassar SJP Tweets and Then Deletes Nazi Propaganda

    May 8, 2014:
    Brandeis Center – Pro-Palestinian Anti-Semitism at Vassar

    May 6, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Vassar College Wins (Update – Video added)

    May 5, 2014:
    Vassar SJP Twitter – Retweeted from SJP@USF “Congrats to Wesleyan Student fund by becoming first endowment in USA to fully embrace divestment from human rights violations in Palestine”

    May 5, 2014:
    Vassar SJP Tumblr – Tweet entitled “It is the palestinians who have had to pay the price for Jewish Supremacy” – mentions the BDS movement

    May 4, 2014:
    Vassar SJP Twitter – Tweet “BDS is so powerful because colonizers refuse to learn that one can win every battle (read:massacre) and still lose the war of ideas’

    April 14, 2014:
    Algemeiner – Vassar Profs Who Brought Students to Israel Describe Campus ‘Climate of Fear’

    April 12, 2014:
    NY Daily News – Vassar’s Miseducation

    April 12, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Anti-Israel Climate of Fear at Vassar

    April 6, 2014:
    Algemeiner – Vassar College Alums Strike Back at Anti-Israel Movement on Campus

    April 2, 2014:
    The Miscellany News – Campus discourse continues to be strong

    April 1, 2014:
    American Thinker – California’s Brownshirt Anti-Semitism Comes to Vassar

    March 28, 2014:
    The Jewish Daily Forward – Vassar’s Israel Debate Takes ‘Raw’ Racial Turn

    March 28, 2014:
    Jewish Press – Vassar and the BDS War on Campus

    March 27, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Anti-Israel academic boycott turns ugly at Vassar

    March 26, 2014:
    Commentary – “Shut Up,” BDS Explained: An “Open Forum” At Vassar

    March 10, 2014:
    Vassar SJP Twitter – Retweeted from Remi Kanazi “not fuck israel, boycott israel, divest from israel, don’t normalize with Israel, make racists in your community uncomfortable.”

    March 3, 2014:
    ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: At an event to discuss a class trip to Israel, the event became one which was a “truly unsettling…rage-filled meeting” as SJP members escalated their protesting during the meeting. Specifically, it became an event where, “Friedman [the Professor] described how ‘Jewish kids who spoke were heckled’ and drowned out with a finger snapping noise and loudly laughed at. I asked how she knew they were Jewish, and she said that they self-identified as such in response to the crowd. One student stated: ‘I felt anti-Semitism before in my small town and never thought I would again until now.’”

    March 2, 2014:
    Vassar SJP Tumblr – Letter posted to WordPress site entitled “Vassar Faculty Write Open-Letter to Denounce Administration’s Anti-Boycott Stance”

    February 23, 2014:
    Stand With Us – Anti-Israel Jews and the Vassar Blues

    February 6, 2014:
    ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: SJP tried to shut down a class trip to Israel to study water issues demanding that students not participate in the class and not go to Israel on the class trip. This disruption included forcing the professor and students to physically cross a picket line.

    February 6, 2014:
    EVENT: Protest of Vassar Spring Break Trip (Sponsor: Vassar SJP)

    January 2, 2014:
    UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Statement by Vassar College President and Dean of the Faculty Regarding Academic Boycotts

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: SJP at Vassar Zionism is Racism Post

    Source Credit: SJP at Vassar – Zionism is Racism Post, Facebook

    Tweeted and Posted on Tumblr. Cartoon showing anti-BDS sentiments as compared to life in occupied Gaza.

    Tweeted and Posted on Tumblr. Cartoon showing anti-BDS sentiments as compared to life in occupied Gaza.

    Via Tumblr; Anti-Semitic content that compares Israel to Holocaust Nazis

    Via Tumblr; Anti-Semitic content that compares Israel to Holocaust Nazis

    Apartheid Wall at Vassar College, Feb 2014:

    Apartheid Wall at Vassar College, Feb 2014:

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    BDS Tracker

  • April 28, 2016: Failed – Student body voted on two anti-Israel referenda sponsored by SJP and JVP. The BDS resolution was rejected 573 Against, 503 For. The spending resolution was defeated 601 Against, 475 For.
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  • March 6, 2016: Passed – Vassar Student Association passes BDS resolution 15 – 7.
  • October 2, 2015: Ban Reversed – In a reply letter to SJP, college dining promised to ban Sabra Hummus; the College reversed the ban the next day calling it “a mistake”

  • BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 2
    SJP
    JVP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 42

    1. Tarik Ahmed Elseewi
    2. Carlos Alamo-Pastrana
    3. Giovanna Borradori
    4. Colette Cann
    5. Mario Cesareo
    6. Jennifer Church
    7. Mita Choudhury
    8. Eve D’Ambra
    9. Paschall Davis
    10. Norman Davis
    11. Rebecca Edwards
    12. Thomas Ellman
    13. Donald W. Foster
    14. Eugenio Giusti
    15. Brian Godfrey
    16. Diane Harriford
    17. Maria Hantzopoulos
    18. Susan Hiner
    19. Katherine Hite
    20. Julie Hughes
    21. Dorothy Kim
    22. Timothy Koechlin
    23. Amitava Kumar
    24. Keith Lindner
    25. Candice Lowe-Swift
    26. Lawrence Mamiya
    27. Zachariah Mampilly
    28. Erin McCloskey
    29. Kirsten Menking
    30. Quincy Mills
    31. Lydia Murdoch
    32. Joseph Nevins
    33. Barbara Olsen
    34. Samson Opondo
    35. Lizabeth Paravisini-Gerbert
    36. Hiram Perez
    37. Ismail Rashid
    38. Joshua Schreier
    39. Tyrone Simpson
    40. Michael Walsh
    41. Eva Woods-Peiró
    42. David Tavárez