Bulletins

 

11/15/2017 — HOW ACADEMICS WHO BOYCOTT ISRAEL HURT THEIR OWN STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES

While the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel — which coordinates the academic boycott of Israel as part of the larger, anti-Israel boycott, divestment, sanctions movement — would like you to think its target is Israeli universities and scholars, faculty who implement PACBI’s boycott are actually subverting the educational opportunities and academic freedom of their own U.S. colleagues and students. Read more »


10/25/2017 — NEW AMCHA STUDY REVEALS HOW FACULTY WHO BOYCOTT ISRAEL INCREASE LIKELIHOOD OF ANTISEMITISM

AMCHA Initiative published a new study yesterday that reveals how academic boycotts of Israel pose a serious threat to Jewish students and significantly increase the likelihood of antisemitism on campus. Read more »


9/12/2017 — SJP AT UCI DISCIPLINED! NOW 54 GROUPS URGE CHANCELLOR FOR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO PROTECT STUDENTS

This morning, AMCHA sent a joint letter from 54 organizations to Chancellor Gillman, commending him for the disciplinary action taken against SJP and urging him to implement a comprehensive, campus-wide plan to protect Jewish and Zionist students, and all students, from future shut downs, disruptions and other intolerant behavior. Read more »


6/21/2017 — THE LAWFARE PROJECT BRINGS GROUNDBREAKING LAWSUIT AGAINST SFSU

This week, The Lawfare Project launched a groundbreaking civil rights lawsuit against San Francisco State University (SFSU), accusing administrators of fostering a hostile climate for Jewish students on campus.
Read more »


6/15/2017 — AMCHA-COORDINATED LETTER SIGNED BY 50 ORGANIZATIONS DEMANDS UC IRVINE ADDRESS LATEST DISRUPTION OF A PRO-ISRAEL EVENT

Write to Chancellor Gillman echoing the request of the AMCHA-coordinated letter: “Dear Chancellor Gillman, Following a letter you received from 50 groups about your administration’s inadequate handling of the fourth pro-Israel event disrupted in a row on your campus, I stand with the Jewish community and its supporters in urging you to tell us immediately how UCI’s current plan for implementing the Regents Principles Against Intolerance will ensure that Jewish students, and all students, are protected now and in the future from intolerant behavior that denies them freedom of expression and the right to fully participate in campus life. Read more »


5/30/2017 — 133 UCSC STAKEHOLDERS AND SANTA CRUZ JEWISH COMMUNITY LEADERS WRITE OPEN LETTER (DRAFTED & COORDINATED BY AMCHA) TO CHANCELLOR BLUMENTHAL DEMANDING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGENTS’ STATEMENT AGAINST INTOLERANCE

“Dear Chancellor Blumenthal, Following a letter you received from 133 UCSC Stakeholders and Jewish Community Leaders about your office’s silence in the face of egregious civil rights violations committed against Jewish students, I stand with the Jewish community in urging you to immediately issue a public statement committing to fully implementing the Regents Statement Against Intolerance and developing a long-term plan of action.” Read more »


5/2/2017 — 45 GROUPS WRITE TO TUFTS PRESIDENT ABOUT DELIBERATE EXCLUSION OF JEWISH STUDENTS IN RECENT BDS VOTE

One of the newest tactics of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) groups as they promote their BDS resolutions in student senates across the country is to manipulate senate procedure in order to exclude from the debate as many Jewish and pro-Israel voices as possible. Read more »


4/4/2017 — CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM UP 40% AND GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION DOUBLED IN 2016 – NEW FULL YEAR REPORT

Antisemitism on campus increased 40% and genocidal expression doubled in 2016, according to AMCHA Initiative’s just released annual study, which examines antisemitism at more than 100 public and private colleges and universities with the largest Jewish undergraduate populations. Read more »


3/29/2017 — NEW INTERACTIVE MAPPING PORTAL TO VISUALIZE CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM WITH FOUR MAPS & NEW PHOTO GALLERY ADDED TO AMCHA’S WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE

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. Read more »


3/9/2017 — SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS – IMPORTANT ARTICLE ON IMPLEMENTING PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE

In our nation today, we are witnessing an unprecedented unwillingness to accept, or merely recognize and respect, beliefs or behavior that differ from our own. It is the essence of intolerance, and it has unquestionably skyrocketed, traversing political divides, identities, ethnicities and nationalities. Read more »


2/7/2017 — SIGN & SHARE THE PETITION TO UC CHANCELLORS & THE STANDWITHUS ANTI-BDS CONFERENCE 2017

If you haven’t done so yet, please SIGN & SHARE this important petition asking all UC Chancellors to fully implement the Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance. The petition is OPEN FOR ALL to sign, whether a UC stakeholder or not. Read more »


2/1/2017 — 47 GROUPS WRITE TO UC: THE REGENTS PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE IS THE REMEDY TO INCREASINGLY POLARIZED CAMPUSES

Addressing the sharply rising levels of antisemitic activity and other acts of hate and intolerance on campuses across the country, including at the University of California, AMCHA Initiative Director Tammi Rossman-Benjamin spoke in front of the UC Board of Regents last week and delivered a letter from 47 Jewish, Christian, civil rights, legal and education groups. Read more »


12/29/2016 — COMPILATION OF TROUBLING STUDENT ACCOUNTS AND ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS FROM 2016

As an integral part of its mission, AMCHA Initiative monitors antisemitic activity and its impact on Jewish students at colleges and universities across the nation, and AMCHA’s on-line Trackers comprehensively document this information and make it accessible to a wide range of institutions and organizations, public officials, journalists and concerned members of the public, including students, prospective students and their families, alumni, university donors, and taxpayers. Read more »


12/22/2016 — LOOKING BACK AT 2016: AMCHA’S ACHIEVEMENTS AND IMPACT

AMCHA Initiative is dedicated to carrying out its four-fold mission in order to protect Jewish students: investigating, documenting, educating about, and combating antisemitism in colleges and universities across the country. Read more »


12/6/2016 — AMCHA LAUDS US SENATE’S UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM AWARENESS ACT

AMCHA Initiative applauds the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act last week and for understanding that giving the Department of Education a proper definition of contemporary anti-Semitism, including anti-Semitic anti-Zionism, is key to combatting and preventing anti-Jewish bigotry on campus. Read more »


11/22/2016 — CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM UPDATE: 16 SWASTIKAS AND “GAS JEW DIE”

Following a contentious election in which escalating political animosity has led to campus unrest, Jewish students find themselves in a particularly vulnerable position. In the past two weeks, AMCHA Initiative has recorded nearly 40 antisemitic incidents on U.S. campuses. Read more »


11/4/2016 — 176 FACULTY MEMBERS, 47 GROUPS, AND NEARLY 600 ALUMNI ASK NEAPOLITAN TO ADDRESS ANTI-ZIONIST INDOCTRINATION IN UC CLASSROOMS

In an AMCHA-coordinated letter, 176 faculty members and 47 religious, civil rights, education and research organizations representing thousands of concerned students, parents and alumni wrote this week to University of California President Janet Napolitano demanding she stop faculty from using the classroom as a pulpit for anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist political advocacy and activism. Read more »


9/29/2016 — AMCHA IN NEWSWEEK ON INCIVILITY VS. INTOLERANCE

When Jewish students who attempt to express their opposition to anti-Israel boycott resolutions are viciously mocked, vilified and heckled during student government meetings at schools such as Vassar College, Ohio University, UC Santa Barbara and University of Illinois, is it “incivility” or “intolerance”? Read more »


9/13/2016 — GREAT NEWS: THE ANTI-ISRAEL AND ANTISEMITIC COURSE AT UC BERKELEY HAS BEEN SUSPENDED

UC Berkeley responds to our 43 groups’ letter saying that “the proposed course did not receive a sufficient degree of scrutiny” and “the course has been suspended” pending further review. Read more »


9/13/2016 — ANTI-ZIONIST COURSE AT UC BERKELEY REVEALS THAT COURSE VETTING PROCESS ALLOWS FOR UNCHECKED POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION

43 Groups Demand that Chancellor Dirks Take Immediate Action to Ensure that All Courses Comply with Regents Policy on Course Content Read more »


8/17/2016 — THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS! UC IRVINE CHANCELLOR GILLMAN TAKES IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD

In our last bulletin concerning UC Irvine, we asked you to email Chancellor Gillman and urge him to share his plan of action for implementing the UC Regents Statement of Principles Against Intolerance. We are happy to share the news that Chancellor Gillman responded with a recent statement to the campus community outlining his intention to take pro-active steps towards “the full implementation of all elements of the Regents’ statement.” Read more »


7/27/2016 — ALARMING SPIKE IN CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM DURING 1ST HALF OF 2016, NEW AMCHA STUDY REVEALS

Nearly 100 more incidents of antisemitism occurred on campus during the 1st six months of 2016 compared with the 1st six months of 2015, according to AMCHA Initiative’s mid-year study released this week. In addition, calls for Israel’s elimination on campus nearly tripled, and that expression highly correlated with actions that harm Jewish students. Read more »


6/3/2016 — 36 ADVOCACY GROUPS TO UC IRVINE CHANCELLOR GILLMAN: WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTING THE REGENTS PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE?

Recently, two anti-Semitic incidents occurred at UC Irvine that demonstrate the critical need for the university to promptly implement the Regents Statement of Principles Against Intolerance adopted in March. Read more »


4/20/2016 — Why is the Recent UC Regents Vote so Important?

Two recent articles by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, one in the New York Observer and another in the Jewish Journal, detail the lessons of this historic vote and its implications for Jewish students across the nation. Read more »


3/30/2016 — Join AMCHA Co-Founder at the StandWithUs Anti-BDS Conference

Please join AMCHA Initiative co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin at this year’s StandWithUs Anti-BDS Conference. Tammi will be one of the featured speakers at the conference, along with dozens of other noted experts. Read more »


3/24/2016 — University of California Unanimously Passes Landmark Policy to Protect Jewish Students

At the UC Board of Regents meeting today, the University of California passed a resolution which condemned “anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination” and stated “they have no place at the University of California.” Read more »


3/21/2016 — 50 Organizations, including the Jewish Federations of North America, Hillel International, ADL and AJC Endorse UC Regents’ Report Condemning Anti-Zionism

In an extraordinary display of Jewish community support, 50 organizations, including major national Jewish groups, have expressed support for the adoption of the full UC Regents’ Working Group Report and Statement of Principles Against Intolerance. The Report contains language regarding anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism such as: Read more »


3/18/2016 — UC STAKEHOLDERS: SIGN THIS URGENT PETITION

In response to the alarming escalation of anti-Semitism at the University of California, the UC Regents Working Group recently released a Statement of Principles Against Intolerance that includes strong introductory language condemning anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Read more »


3/15/2016 — NEW REPORT:
First Hard Evidence Released that Anti-Zionism Fueling Escalation in Campus Antisemitism

AMCHA Initiative released yesterday the first empirical study of its kind demonstrating that anti-Zionist activities, including BDS, anti-Israel student groups and faculty who endorse an academic boycott of Israel, are at the heart of the rise in campus antisemitism. Read more »


2/9/2016 — NEW SJP Chapter Tracker

We recently posted a new resource on our website, “Campuses with SJP Chapters,” which identifies chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on more than 200 college and university campuses across the country. SJP and other anti-Zionist student groups are a major source of antisemitic rhetoric and behavior at many schools. Read more »


1/20/2016 — NEW ANTISEMITISM TRACKER ARRIVES!

AMCHA Initiative is proud to unveil our new database documenting antisemitic incidents that have occurred over the past year, by state and university. Read more »


12/30/2015 — AMCHA’s Achievements and Impact in 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to share with you the important contributions that AMCHA has made in the fight against campus antisemitism and efforts to protect Jewish students. Read more »


12/7/2015 — New Op-Ed: Is the Campus Anti-Racism Movement Good for Jewish Students?

A day before University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler made headlines with a hunger strike protesting racism on campus, a coalition of 36 Jewish and civil rights organizations contacted University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to protest a vile act of anti-Semitism that had recently occurred at Mizzou: Someone had used feces to smear a swastika on a bathroom wall. Read more »


11/24/2015 — Powerful Words from UC Regents on Addressing Antisemitism at the University of California

Over the last nine months, AMCHA has been leading a coalition of more than 40 organizations in efforts urging the University of California to vigorously address the problem of anti-Jewish bigotry and adopt a strong definition of antisemitism. Read more »


11/11/2015 — In Their Own Words: UC Students Speak Out About Antisemitism

As the University of California (UC) continues to grapple with how to address the recent rise of antisemitism on campus, AMCHA Initiative unveiled a website that chronicles the personal accounts of Jewish students’ experiences of antisemitism at UC. Read more »


10/29/2015 — AMCHA Presents Survey of UC Jewish Students Revealing that more than 70% have Witnessed or Experienced Antisemitism

As part of the public forum held by the UC Regents Working Group on Intolerance, on Monday of this week, AMCHA Director Tammi Rossman-Benjamin presented the results of an on-line survey of UC Jewish students, which focused on their experiences of antisemitism, the impact of BDS on campus climate and whether campus administrators were sensitive to Jewish concerns. Read more »


9/18/2015 — Victory! UC Regents Listen to Jewish Community, Publicly Acknowledge Necessity of Addressing Antisemitism!

After hearing from dozens of students, faculty, alumni and Jewish groups yesterday at the meeting, and more than 3,000 University of California (UC) stakeholders over the past six months, the UC Board of Regents publicly acknowledged our concerns about antisemitism on UC campuses and promised to address them. Read more »


9/10/2015 — Meaningless “Principles Against Intolerance” does not protect Jewish Students

Tell the UC Regents: The proposed watered down statement of principles does nothing to mitigate antisemitic bigotry. They must take further action to protect Jewish students either by adopting State Department definition, or at the minimum, including elements of modern antisemitism in UC policy. Read more »


8/20/2015 — At the request of parents, AMCHA develops “Scorecard” for prospective students visiting universities this fall

As students head back to school and high school seniors begin to visit potential colleges, AMCHA Initiative released today a questionnaire for prospective parents and students to use when interviewing colleges and universities regarding the campus climate for Jewish students. Read more »


7/21/2015 — Urge UC President Napolitano and the UC Regents to Include State Department Definition of Antisemitism in UC Statement Against Intolerance

In a change of strategy, the UC Regents will now be discussing the adoption of a “statement of principles” against various forms of intolerance, including antisemitism, at their September meeting. Read more »


6/23/2015 — THIS IS A CRUCIAL MOMENT!

In light of an alarming increase in antisemitic activity on University of California campuses, it is imperative the UC system adopts the current U.S. State Department definition of antisemitism at the upcoming Regents meeting. Read more »


5/22/2015 — GOOD NEWS – OUR EFFORTS ARE PAYING OFF!

Following AMCHA-led efforts to urge the University of California to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism, we are very pleased to announce two major developments… Read more »


5/7/2015 — UC RIVERSIDE DOES NOTHING ABOUT
 ISRAEL-BASHING COURSE TAUGHT BY SJP LEADER; 27 GROUPS TURN TO UC PRESIDENT

After an AMCHA-led effort of 20 organizations sent UC Riverside Chancellor Wilcox a letter summarizing grave concerns about the course “Palestine & Israel: Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid” and the curricular review process which approved it, Chancellor Wilcox did not even acknowledge receipt of our letter. And when hundreds of AMCHA supporters wrote to the Chancellor expressing their outrage… Read more »


4/21/2015 — UC RIVERSIDE OFFERS ANTISEMITIC COURSE, VIOLATES UC POLICY PROHIBITING POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION

An antisemitic course is being offered at UCR, which appears to violate a UC policy prohibiting political indoctrination in the classroom. The course, “Palestine & Israel: Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid,” is being taught by an undergraduate who is head of the UCR Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and was a leader in the anti-Israel divestment campaign last year. The faculty mentor for the course is also the advisor for the SJP group, and himself a leader in the BDS movement. Read more »


3/27/2015 — ARE JEWISH STUDENTS SAFE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA?

AMCHA co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin exposes the antisemitic aspects of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns at the University of California and beyond in two recently published op-eds in the Los Angeles Daily News and JNS. Read more »


3/19/2015 — UC SYSTEM MUST ADOPT DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM TO CURB ANTISEMITIC ACTIVITY

Following a rash of antisemitic incidents at the University of California (UC), an AMCHA-led coalition of 23 groups wrote today to UC President Janet Napolitano and the Board of Regents, asking that the UC System formally adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism, which recognizes that certain expressions of animosity towards Israel are antisemitic. Read more »


3/12/2015 — AMCHA INITIATIVE APPLAUDS THE UCLA AND UC BERKELEY STUDENT SENATES, AND UC PRESIDENT AND REGENTS CHAIR, FOR THEIR STATEMENTS CONDEMNING CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM

In response to escalating antisemitic activity on several UC campuses, including swastikas drawn on a Jewish fraternity house at UC Davis and the inappropriate questioning of a candidate for student judiciary board about her Jewishness and Jewish affiliations at UCLA, the student senates at UCLA and UC Berkeley have each unanimously approved resolutions condemning campus antisemitism. Read more »


3/10/2015 — AMCHA CO-FOUNDER TO SPEAK AT FIRST ANTI-BDS CONFERENCE HOSTED BY STANDWITHUS

AMCHA Co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin will be speaking at the StandWithUs International Conference on “Combating the Boycott Movement Against Israel (BDS)” at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. We encourage you to attend! Read more »


3/5/2015 — AMCHA BUILDING ALUMNI NETWORK TO ACT FOR JEWISH STUDENTS

In light of escalating antisemitic activity on campuses through the country, including the recent display of anti-Jewish bigotry at UCLA when a Jewish candidate for the the Judicial Board was initially reject by members of the student government solely because of her Jewishness and involvement in Jewish groups, AMCHA Initiative is pleased to announce that we have formally launched a UCLA Alumni group to play an active role in addressing antisemitic activity on that campus. In addition to the UCLA Alumni Group, AMCHA Initiative is building an Alumni Network across the U.S. to increase stakeholder participation in combating campus antisemitism. Read more »


2/9/2015 — WE MADE THE ‘JEWISH 100’!

AMCHA Initiative co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin was honored last week as one of Algemeiner’s “Jewish 100 List 2014 – Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life”, on behalf of her work with AMCHA Initiative. Honored on this list alongside AMCHA co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin were friends and allies including Rabbi Marvin Heir of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dumisani Washington of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel, and student activist Daniel Mael, along with so many other inspiring individuals positively influencing Jewish life, such as Elie Wiesel, Alan Dershowitz, Steven Spielberg, and Pope Francis I. Read more »


2/6/2015 — JEWISH AND PRO-ISRAEL COMMUNITY TO CA ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS: ‘WE’RE TROUBLED YOU ARE UNWILLING TO RESPOND TO OUR SERIOUS CONCERNS’

Twenty-four organizations with hundreds of thousands of members and supporters wrote yesterday to California Attorney General Kamala Harris demanding she respond to evidence that California State University Northridge (CSUN) mathematics professor David Klein has illegally used taxpayer resources to promote his politically-motivated “Boycott Israel Resources Page,” aspects of which meet the definition of antisemitism adopted by the U.S. State Department. A year ago, AMCHA Initiative presented substantial evidence to Harris that Klein may be in violation of state and federal laws. Harris has yet to acknowledge the request. Read more »


1/27/2015 — UCSC CHOOSES ANTI-ZIONIST ANGELA DAVIS AS SPEAKER FOR MLK EVENT

Angela Davis, a well known anti-Zionist who aggressively promotes boycotts of the Jewish state and has condoned terrorism against it, will be giving a talk entitled “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine” as the keynote address at UCSC’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. Davis’ talk is being sponsored by the UCSC Office of the Chancellor. Far from being a unique event, UCSC has a long history of providing administrative and departmental sponsorship for antisemitic events which demonize and delegitimize Israel, and many Jewish students have reported feeling a sense of alienation, marginalization and anti-Jewish hostility in response to these events. Read more »


12/29/2014 — AMCHA ACHIEVEMENTS 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to share with you the ways AMCHA has made significant gains this year in its efforts to protect Jewish and pro-Israel students. These achievements would not have been possible without your support and your actions throughout the year that have contributed greatly to AMCHA’s successes. Read more »


12/22/2014 — CHANUKAH SURPISE FROM UC; MAJOR VICTORY HAILED

In a huge victory for ensuring the well-being of Jewish students, for the first time ever, UC administrators have publicly affirmed that UC faculty are prohibited from bringing hateful anti-Israel propaganda and the boycott of Israel into the classroom. Read more »


12/18/2014 — UC CHANCELLORS ASKED TO KEEP BDS OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

AMCHA Initiative and 21 other education, civil rights and advocacy groups sent a letter to nine University of California (UC) Chancellors today urging them to publicly state their commitment to upholding UC policies which prohibit academic student employees (ASEs) from using their instructional positions to promote a boycott of Israel. Read more »


12/12/2014 — ASSEMBLYMEMBER BLOOM STANDS UP FOR JEWISH & PRO-ISRAEL STUDENTS

CA Assemblymember Bloom wrote a letter to UC President Napolitano and the UC Regents in support of an AMCHA-led coalition letter concerning graduate students and faculty bringing political propaganda into the classroom. Read more »


12/2/2014 — BDS UNMASKED: THE TRUE FACE OF THE BDS MOVEMENT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR STUDENTS

The Upcoming Dec 4 vote on BDS by UAW2865 will impact 9 University of California campuses. Please tell any UC graduate students you know from any one of the 9 UC campuses affected to vote NO on Dec 4. Graduate students, including doctoral, law, MBA, and medical students can and should vote NO on this general membership vote. Read more »


11/26/2014 — ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS INFILTRATES THE CLASSROOM

The following op-eds, written by AMCHA co-founders, appeared in American Thinker on 11/22/14, Arutz 7 on 11/25/14 and Times of Israel on 11/25/14…At the heart of the recent controversy over Professor Steven Salaita, whose job offer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was rescinded after dozens of his virulently anti-Zionist tweets came to light, is whether a professor’s speech outside of the university should impact his or her university employment. Read more »


11/4/2014 — NEW BOOK, “THE CASE AGAINST ACADEMIC BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL” RELEASED THIS WEEK

AMCHA Initiative cofounder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin’s chapter, “Interrogating the Academic Boycotters of Israel on American Campuses,” takes a critical look at the individual faculty who support and promote the academic boycott, what ideologies motivate the boycotters, how they have used their university positions to promote the boycott and stifle criticism and which university conditions allow for, and often encourage, this behavior. Read more »


10/28/2014 — STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE INTERNAL DOCUMENT REVEALED BY AMCHA CALLS FOR ILLEGAL ACTION AGAINST JEWISH AND PRO-ISRAEL EVENTS

Upon discovery of a disturbing internal SJP document revealed by AMCHA Initiative, 15 Jewish and education advocacy groups wrote to the presidents of more than 100 universities with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters to warn them of the strategy outlined for disrupting pro-Israel student events – conduct which is subject to prosecution and conviction under state criminal laws. Read more »


10/14/2014 — 373 US ANTHROPOLOGISTS SIGN ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL PETITION

Earlier this month, three professors of Anthropology — Nadia Abu El Haj (Columbia University), J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University), and Lisa Rofel (University of California Santa Cruz) — wrote and circulated among their professional colleagues a petition calling for an academic boycott of Israel. To date, 373 professors and graduate students affiliated with Anthropology and other departments at 140 U.S. colleges and universities have signed the antisemitic boycott petition. Read more »


10/7/2014 — UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ADDRESSES CONCERNS; PROTECTS JEWISH STUDENTS

AMCHA Initiative was joined by 11 Jewish advocacy groups in applauding University of California (UC) Provost Aimee Dorr and UC administrators for protecting the well-being of Jewish students by affirming that, according to University policies, graduate student instructors may not bring political propaganda and advocacy, including the promotion of a boycott of Israel, into UC classrooms. This is the first time that University administrators have publicly acknowledged such policies and their intention to enforce them! Read more »


9/18/2014 — AMCHA’S SHOCKING STUDY OF UCLA’S CENTER FOR NEAR EAST STUDIES

AMCHA Initiative tracked antisemitic discourse and anti-Israel bias in the public events sponsored by UCLA’s Center for Near East Studies (CNES), 2010 – 2013. The results of this comprehensive report were cited in a joint statement by 10 organizations to the leaders of the House Education and Workforce Committee as primary evidence that Middle East centers funded under Title VI of the Higher Education Act have failed to comply with federal law. Read more »


9/4/2014 — AMCHA PUBLISHES LIST OF OVER 200 ANTI-ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROFESSORS

AMCHA Initiative has posted a list of 218 professors identifying themselves as Middle East scholars, who recently called for the academic boycott of Israel in a petition signed. Students who wish to become better educated on the Middle East without subjecting themselves to anti-Israel bias, or possibly even antisemitic rhetoric, may want to check which faculty members from their university are signatories before registering. Read more »


8/22/2014 — 15 GROUPS CONDEMN ATTACK ON JEWISH STUDENT AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Yesterday AMCHA Initiative joined 14 other groups in issuing a statement condemning the antisemitic attack against a pro-Israel Jewish student at Temple University. The student was punched in the face and called “baby-killer, racist, Zionist pig” and “kike” as he stood next to a table run by the Students for Justice in Palestine. The groups called on Temple University to publicly condemn this attack and to carefully monitor SJP because of its history of intimidation, harassment, and incitement against pro-Israel students on campus. Read more »


8/12/2014 — KEEP ANTISEMITIC PROPAGANDA AND BDS OUT OF UC CLASSROOMS

Following a scathing antisemitic statement released by the Union of Student Workers promoting the boycott of Israel and exclaiming the need to “educate” others on the “settler-colonial” and “apartheid” nature of the Jewish state, twelve groups, today, urged University of California President Janet Napolitano to intervene and ensure that hate-filled propaganda is not brought to UC classrooms. Read more »


7/29/2014 — JEWISH STUDENTS ARE VULNERABLE ON U.S. COLLEGE CAMPUSES

“Right now, school is out and students are safe. But there is little doubt that when the academic year commences, Jewish students on U.S. college and university campuses will be targeted for harassment, intimidation, bullying and worse, solely because of their actual or perceived identification with the Jewish state.” Read more »


7/23/2014 — CAL STATE GOVERNING BOARD MUST INVESTIGATE SFSU-FUNDED TERRORIST TRIPS

Citing broad academic and community outrage, yesterday AMCHA Initiative and 6 other groups urged the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees to launch its own investigation into San Francisco State University (SFSU) Professor Rabab Abdulhadi’s recent use of $7,000 from SFSU to fly to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel to meet with known terrorists. Read more »


6/24/2014 — SFSU DEFENDS TAXPAYER-FUNDED PRO-TERROR TRIPS BY PROFESSORS

Outraged at online reports that San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Wong is defending a professor’s use of thousands in taxpayer dollars to meet with terrorists and promote political advocacy, seven groups joined AMCHA today in demanding that California State Controller John Chiang conduct a state audit of SFSU. Read more »


6/17/2014 — AMCHA MEETS WITH UCLA CHANCELLOR BLOCK & 7 GROUPS COMMEND LA CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ON RESOLUTION FIGHTING SJP ANTISEMITISM, URGE CHAIR FOR A SWIFT VOTE

On Friday June 6th, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of AMCHA Initiative, Dumisani Washington of Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel, and Sam Levine of Zionist Organization of America, met with UCLA Chancellor Block and members of his administrative staff regarding the matter of the antisemitic harassment, intimidation, and bullying of Jewish and pro-Israel students at UCLA by members of that campus’ SJP group. Read more »


6/3/2014 — DOES NYU HAVE A JEWISH PROBLEM? THREE MAJOR ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS AND PRESIDENT SEXTON REMAINS QUIET

For the third time this spring, NYU has been in the national spotlight for antisemitism, but President Sexton oddly remains silent. Read more »


5/27/2014 — SFSU FUNDED TERRORIST MEETING: PUBLIC RECORDS INQUIRY INDICATES PROFESSOR LIED TO UNIVERSITY CHECK SIGNERS ABOUT MIDDLE EAST TRIP – 8 GROUPS DEMAND ACTION

A California Public Records Act inquiry, requested by AMCHA Initiative, revealed that San Francisco State University (SFSU) Professor Rabab Abdulhadi received more than $7,000 from SFSU to fly to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel to meet with known a terrorist and individuals closely affiliated with terrorist organizations. Read more »


5/19/2014 — UCLA CHANCELLOR BLOCK AND UC PRESIDENT NAPOLITANO RESPOND TO JEWISH & COMMUNITY CONCERNS BY CONDEMNING HARASSMENT TACTICS

We want to take this moment to thank you for your passionate emails and phone calls regarding the targeting of pro-Israel Jewish students for harassment at UCLA. Your efforts helped in shifting the University’s position from one of “it’s a student affair,” to publicly condemning the harassment of UC students. Read more »


5/15/2014 — AMCHA DEMANDS UCLA STOP HORRENDOUS BULLYING OF JEWISH STUDENTS

Shocked at UCLA’s recent refusal to protect Jewish students, AMCHA Initiative represented seven organizations at today’s Board of Regents meeting, demanding the Regents, President Janet Napolitano and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block intervene in the bullying and intimidation tactics of UCLA’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). A letter from AMCHA Initiative, the Institute for Black Solidarity With Israel, the Lawfare Project, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs and the Zionist Organization of America was delivered at the meeting. Read more »


4/30/2014 — UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS TO BLAME FOR TSUNAMI OF CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM

AMCHA Initiative co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin has written the following article describing the surge in antisemitism on North American campuses and the discriminatory double standard applied to Jewish students by university administrators. Sadly, University of Michigan and NYU are the latest in a growing list of antisemitic incidents where university administrators play blind, deaf and dumb. Read more »


4/29/2014 — 1,000 CALIFORNIANS SIGN PETITION TO SENATOR LIU AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER WILLIAMS

AMCHA Initiative delivered a petition signed by more than 1,000 California residents, which included dozens of personal quotes of the signatories, to Senator Carol Liu and Assemblymember Das Williams, chairs of the Senate and Assembly education committees. The petition asks the legislators to help stop University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) faculty from using taxpayer dollars for antisemitism. Read more »


4/28/2014 — AMCHA CO-FOUNDER PUBLISHES OP-ED LINKING BDS AND NAZI GERMANY ON YOM HASHOAH

In the 1930s, thousands of Jewish professors were kicked out of German universities because they were Jews. Shamefully, today in the U.S., Jewish professors are threatened with being thrown out of scholarly conferences, prevented from publishing in scholarly journals, and denied research or employment opportunities, simply because they are citizens of the Jewish State. Read more »


3/26/2014 — SFSU PROFESSOR PROMOTING TERRORISM – JEWISH GROUPS CALL ON PRES. WONG TO INVESTIGATE 

AMCHA Initiative, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Zionist Organization of America, today, wrote to San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Leslie Wong urging him to investigate a recent event held by SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi where she and others glorified and condoned terrorism to SFSU students. AMCHA Initiative coordinated the letter after obtaining an audiotape of the March 6, 2014 event. According to eye-witness accounts, Jewish students were in tears following the meeting. Read more »


3/24/2014 — STUDENTS AND AMCHA SHARE CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM EXPERIENCES WITH ASSEMBLY MEMBERS OF THE NEWLY FORMED CAMPUS CLIMATE COMMITTEE

At the first public hearing this past Friday, March 21, 2014 of the new California Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, AMCHA Initiative urged members of the Committee to examine campus antisemitism and take the proper steps to ensure Jewish students feel safe and welcome at California’s colleges and universities. Read more »


3/5/2014 — SFSU IS AT IT AGAIN – TOMORROW PROF WHO ADVISED KNIFE-WIELDING STUDENT BEGINS RECRUITMENT FOR BDS

We just learned that SFSU professors, including Professor Rahab Abdulhadi, the faculty advisor to the former knife-wielding student and the General Union of Palestinian Students (organizers of “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers” event), are hosting an event tomorrow to promote the anti-Israel boycott movement. Read more »


2/24/2014 — IT’S YOUR MONEY – STOP PROMOTING THE BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL WITH YOUR MONEY

Right now, if you are a California resident, your tax dollars are funding the promotion of the boycott of Israel at CSU-Northridge, UC-Riverside and other CSU and UC campuses.  Read more »


2/20/2014 — VIOLENT SFSU STUDENT UPDATE: MOHAMMAD HAMMAD NO LONGER ENROLLED, LIVING ON CAMPUS

Thank you to all of you. Because of your calls to San Francisco State University and multiple inquiries from reporters yesterday, university administrators have stated that Mohammad Hammad is no longer enrolled at SFSU and is no longer living on campus. Read more »


2/18/2014 — SFSU SAFETY CONCERN: UNCOVERED VIOLENT POSTINGS BY SFSU STUDENT

“There are children shouting outside and I want to set them on fire.”
“I think about killing a lot/and some of you are usually the targets of my daydreams.” Read more »


2/3/2014 — CALIFORNIA FACULTY USING STATE RESOURCES TO PROMOTE BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

Faculty at both the University of California and California State University are misusing taxpayer dollars to promote the boycott of Israel and other antisemitic propaganda, AMCHA contends. Read more »


1/24/2014 — THREE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS VIOLATE UNIVERSITY POLICY AND STATE LAWS TO SPONSOR ANTISEMITIC EVENTS PROMOTING BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

AMCHA Initiative aggressively monitors campuses across the United States for antisemitic activity. The recent victories in the fight against antisemitism, where more than 210 university leaders across the country have deemed the academic boycott a violation of academic freedom and antithetical to the very mission of a university, and 134 members of Congress have denounced the boycott, have been outstanding. Read more »


Sign Up for the AMCHA Bulletin