AMCHA Initiative Bulletin – March 29, 2017

AMCHA Initiative unveiled four new user-friendly interactive maps to give viewers the ability to visually understand the distribution and geographical patterns of antisemitic activity on U.S. college and university campuses. 

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NEW Interactive Mapping Portal to Visualize Campus Antisemitism with Four Maps

NEW Photo Gallery Added to AMCHA’s Website and Facebook Page

      

AMCHA Unveils Four New User-Friendly Interactive Maps
 

 
AMCHA Initiative is proud to unveil our Interactive Mapping Portal, which is comprised of four new user-friendly and interactive maps that give viewers the ability to visually understand the distribution and geographical patterns of antisemitic activity on U.S. college and university campuses. 

One of AMCHA’s main goals is documenting and exposing antisemitic activity, and conveying the information we collect in useful ways. We hope these new education and research tools will prove very helpful to advocacy organizations, government officials, university administrators, researchers and concerned parents, students and university stakeholders.

The four maps include:

  • An Antisemitism Tracker Map which details all types of anti-Semitic incidents that occurred on U.S. college and university campuses between 2015-present.
  • A Swastika Tracker Map which documents all swastikas and graffiti, signs, posters or letters found on campus between 2015-present that call for the killing of Jews. Some recent examples from 2016 include, “Kill all kikes,” “Gas Jews die,” and “Gas the kikes.”
  • A BDS Scorecard Map which depicts the voting results of campus BDS resolutions from 2012-present. 
  • An Academic Boycott Map which is comprised of faculty members who have signed one or more public documents endorsing an academic boycott of Israel.  This map also contains subdivisions that calculate the number of faculty boycotters per school. 
     
Visit, explore and share AMCHA’s Interactive Mapping Portal today: 
https://www.amchainitiative.org/antisemitism-mapping-portal
 






NEW Photo Gallery Added

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words…

In addition to AMCHA’s Antisemitism Mapping Portal, AMCHA has added a new Campus Antisemitism Photo Gallery section to our website and Facebook page with images that document antisemitic activity in 2017. The photo gallery will serve as a clearinghouse for the myriad of images of campus incidents posted online and organizes them into a single easy-to-find location. Through the webpage, students will also be able to submit photos of the antisemitism they witness.
 

 






Update on the UC Intolerance Campaign
Thank you to the over 3,000 of you who signed AMCHA’s latest petition asking UC Chancellors to follow Chancellor Gillman’s lead and implement the Regents’ Statement of Principles Against Intolerance on their respective campuses. The petition was delivered at the mid-March Regents’ meeting. We will keep you updated on this campaign as it progresses. 

Your activism matters — THANK YOU! 

Sampling of Antisemitic Activity in March 2017

 For all activity, please see AMCHA’s Antisemitism Tracker 


A large menorah in front of the campus Chabad at San Diego State University that was vandalized on March 24, 2017. Source credit: ABC 10 News, San Diego.

 

March 24, 2017 – SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY – 
A large menorah in front of the campus Chabad was vandalized when perpetrators tried to do pull-ups on it and it broke. A resident heard one of the perpetrators say, “The Jews are coming. Let’s go, let’s go” before fleeing. According to Rabbi Chalom Boudjnah, the menorah has been vandalized now for three straight years on three separate occasions by vandals trying to use the Jewish symbol as gym equipment.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; HARASSMENT)

March 22, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN – 
Palestine Solidarity Committee planned and executed a protest of the student organization Texans for Israel’s event, “Israel Block Party.” The advertisement for the protest stated: “The Israel Block Party normalizes ethnic cleansing, military occupation, apartheid, and settler colonialism and whitewashes Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people…Every year, the Palestine Solidarity Committee leads a protest across from the East Mall in order to hold the campus Zionists accountable for their erasure of the Palestinian experience.” According to an article and image in the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, protesters held demonizing and delegitimizing signs of “Zionism is Racism,” and “Why Are You Celebrating Apartheid?” as well as “A Proud Zionist? Yikes,” “Israeli Death Forces,” and “Gaza is a Concentration Camp.” One student and self-identified Zionist, Daniel, who attended the protest was “told by several PSC members that he was unwelcome.” One student protester was quoted in the student newspaper saying, “If you’re supporting Zionism, you’re supporting racism and engaging in a racist ideology…Certain ideas, like racism…are not up for discussion.” 
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; DENIGRATION; DISCRIMINATION; DEMONIZATION; DELEGITIMIZATION)


An SJP “die-in” with demonizing posters of “Zionism is Racism” and others at UC Berkeley, March 21, 2017. Source Credit: UC Berkeley SJP Facebook Page

March 21, 2017 – UC BERKELEY – 
SJP held a “die-in” on campus. Two of the “dead” held posters saying, “Zionism is Racism,” and another held a sign saying, “Stop Israeli Occupation Forces from Killing Palestinian Children in Cold Blood.” A large banner read, “White men building walls, re-writing history, sound familiar?”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION)

March 18, 2017 – VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY – 
About 100 leaflets with hand-drawn swastikas were found strewn across the lawn of the campus Chabad Jewish Student Center on Saturday by the center’s co-Director, Rabbi Zvi Zweibel. The incident came a day after the center announced it would bring Holocaust survivor Rabbi Nissen Mangel to campus for an event April 24.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HARASSMENT; HISTORICAL)


Additional antisemitic fliers found at the University of Illinois at Chicago library on March 18, 2017. This was the second time antisemitic fliers were found within a week. Source Credit: Chicagoist

March 18, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO – 
More antisemitic fliers were found at the campus library for the second time in a week. The new fliers, while using the same font and type as the previous fliers, were different in messaging as they used language that denied the Holocaust, accused Jews of receiving preferential treatment at U.S. universities because of wealthy Jewish donors, and compared the Gaza Strip to Auschwitz, as well as included “#BlackLivesMatter,” “#WeAreAllMuslim” and “#StandWithPalestine.” Dozens of the posters were found.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL; COMPARING JEWS TO NAZIS; ACCUSING JEWS OF INVENTING OR EXAGGERATING THE HOLOCAUST; DEMONIZATION)

March 17, 2017 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY – 
G.U. FREE hung a large banner on a campus building that demonized Israel by including the message: “Divest from Violence…Funding Israel Funds Racism.”
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))

March 15, 2017 – DE ANZA COLLEGE – 
The DASB Senate discussed and then passed a divestment resolution advocating the Foothill-De Anza Foundation’s divestment from four companies doing business with Israel and allegedly “profiting from human rights violations,” including Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Motorola Solutions and G4S. The bill was brought by De Anza Students for Justice, and the co-chair gave a presentation to the senators in which she falsely accused Israel of “apartheid.” The vote passed 12-1 with four senators abstaining. The Student Government president was the single dissenter because he wanted those opposing the resolution to have time to prepare a presentation and explain their view. 
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE))


Antisemitic fliers at the University of Illinois at Chicago library. Source credit: Eva Zeltser Facebook Posting

March 14, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO – 
poster found in multiple places throughout campus, including the library, said, “Ending White Privilege…Starts with Ending Jewish Privilege” and included a pyramid diagram with Jews at the top (identified with Jewish star icons). the poster read, “Is the 1% straight, white, male or is the 1% Jewish” and “If there were 1000 people in the United States…10 of them would be in the top 1%, 20 of them would be Jewish.” The pyramid also identified the “99%” as “*goyim not drawn to scale.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: HARASSMENT; DENIGRATION; HISTORICAL)

March 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN – 
An anti-Israel divestment resolution passed unanimously in the Student Government.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)

March 13, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HASTINGS – 
A mezuzah (a Jewish object containing Hebrew verses from the Torah) on a Jewish student’s front door in McAllister Tower was partially set on fire by a vandal in an investigated hate-crime. 
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY; HARASSMENT)

March 11, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN – 
The student body voted on a student advisory referendum calling on the University of Illinois to divest from companies linked to human-rights violations (including divestment from companies that do business in Israel). The referendum failed with a vote of 56.8 to 43.2 percent. 
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE)


Antisemitic flier at the University of Chicago, March 9, 2017. Source Credit: Chicago Maroon

March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO – 
A man was caught putting up antisemitic and bigoted fliers on campus. The fliers depicted Nazi imagery and according to an article in the Chicago Maroon, “anti-Semitic slurs.” One posted flier image contained what appears to be a man in a Nazi uniform blended with a white American man with text, “White Revolution does not start a thousand miles away. It starts with you. The Atomwaffen Division. Find us at ironmarch.org.” 
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)

March 9, 2017 – JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY – 
Hopkins SJP defaced a statue on campus by painting “End Israeli Apartheid” over a Palestinian flag on the statue. 
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION)

March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN – 
 A professor on campus paused during his delivery of a calculus lecture to share “his favorite way they murdered Jews (during the Holocaust).” Other students in the class later attempted to justify his behavior. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes the incident happened in recent weeks. 
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)

March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN – 
According to Texas Hillel, “While walking up the West Mall, a student wearing a T-shirt identifying a Jewish fraternity was called a ‘baby-killing Jew’ by a student who was tabling. Another student at the table admonished his colleague — not for engaging in a hateful verbal attack but because he should ‘not say those things in public’”. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes this incident happened in recent weeks.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: VERBAL ASSAULT)

March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN – 
Jewish students attempted to table to raise funds for an Israeli non-profit called “Save a Child’s Heart” but were unable to do so effectively when two other student groups moved their tables to flank them. They began to yell, chant and wave a flag over the Jewish student’s heads, drowning out their calls for donations. The Jewish students relocated to another part of West Mall, but their pursuers followed them and continued to prevent them from tabling. This pursuit continued for a period of two days. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes the incident happened in recent weeks.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY; VERBAL ASSAULT; HARASSMENT)

March 9, 2017 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN – 
A blue swastika was found drawn on an exterior wall of the Undergraduate Library.
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION; HISTORICAL)
 

See all entries HERE with over 1000 antisemitic incidents recorded from 2015 to present.

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