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Letter to AG Kamala Harris 2.5.15

24 Organizations Write to California Attorney General Kamala Harris Re: AMCHA’s Letter One Year Ago About Investigation into Possible State, Federal Law Violations by CSUN Professor Klein



To: California Attorney General Kamala Harris


February 5, 2015


Dear Attorney General Harris,

We are 24 organizations with hundreds of thousands of members and supporters nationwide, many of them citizens of California. We are deeply concerned about the actions of California State University Northridge Mathematics Professor David Klein who for the last five years has been using the CSUN web server to host his politically-motivated “Boycott Israel Resource Page,” aspects of which meet the definition of antisemitism adopted by the U.S. State Department.

More than one year ago, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Leila Beckwith, co-founders of AMCHA Initiative, shared what they believe to be substantial evidence demonstrating that Klein’s “Boycott Israel” webpage was in violation of both state and federal law. We understand that in the ensuing year, you neither responded to their letter nor enforced the laws which would prohibit Klein from using the CSU name or resources to promote his hatred of the Jewish state and an illegal boycott of Israel.

Many members of the Jewish community and concerned citizens of this state are appalled that a mathematics professor at a California state university is permitted to use the taxpayer-funded university website to post antisemitic material and promote an illegal boycott of Israel, and they are troubled that the state Attorney General is unwilling to even respond to these serious concerns. Klein’s blatant abuse of power and taxpayer dollars must be stopped. We urge you to address AMCHA’s and our concerns as soon as possible:

If Klein is in violation of state law, then please ensure that his “Boycott Israel Resource Page” is removed from the CSUN server and that Professor Klein is appropriately sanctioned for his illegal behavior.

If Klein has not violated California law, then please publicly clarify for the citizens of California why the substantial evidence presented in the letter that was sent to you one year ago fails to demonstrate that Klein has violated state or federal law.

Thank you,


Accuracy in Academia
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)
AMCHA Initiative
American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
American Freedom Alliance
Americans for Peace and Tolerance
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
CUFI on Campus
David Horowitz Freedom Center
Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Hasbara Fellowships
Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel
Iranian American Jewish Federation
Israeli-American Council (IAC)
LA Advocacy Collective
Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism
The Lawfare Project
Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)
Zionist Organization of America



CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White
CSU Board of Trustees
CSU Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel Andrew Jones
Senior Assistant Attorney General Douglas Woods
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
California State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (Northridge)
California State Assembly Member Matthew Dababneh (Northridge)
California Senator Carol Liu, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education
California Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee
California State Senator Marty Block, Chair of Legislative Jewish Caucus
U.S. Congressman District 30 Brad Sherman
California Jewish community leaders


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