SFSU Faculty Event to Promote Antisemitic Boycott of Israel
Incident: 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 on Thursday (3/6)about their recent trip to the “West Bank” and “the 1948 areas of Palestine” (i.e. Israel). The professors state publicly that the purpose of the event is to inform students about the trip and to promote the anti-Israel boycott movement. However, according to a blog discovered by AMCHA, the group met with Palestinians who argue for the use of armed violence against the Jewish state, and at least two of the meetings were with individuals affiliated with US State Department-designated terrorist organizations responsible for the murder of numerous Jews worldwide.
AMCHA’s Response: AMCHA coordinated coordinated a letter from leading CA and national Jewish groups — including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, StandWithUs, and the Zionist Organization of America — demanding that SFSU President Wong and CSU Trustees speak out forcefully against this event and provide counter-programming to educate students about the antisemitic nature of anti-Israel boycotts.
AMCHA’s Letter to President Wong and the CSU Trustees
March 5th, 2014 – AMCHA Initiative’s letter President Wong and the CSU Trustees
On March 5th, AMCHA and 5 organizations – including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, StandWithUs, and ZOA – sent a letter to President Wong and the CSU Trustees urging President Wong to speak out forcefully against this event, to monitor it carefully for antisemitic and anti-Israel animus and possible violation of university policy and the law (if it is permitted to go forward), and to provide counter-programming on the antisemitic nature of such BDS activities.