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UCLA Prof. Shorter Uses Class Website to Promote Anti-Semitic Boycott

September 12th, 2012 – AMCHA Co-founders Respond to UC Regents Chairwoman Sherry Lansing’s Letter


August 21st, 2012 – Letter from UC Regents Chair Sherry Lansing to AMCHA Co-founders


August 14th, 2012 – Letter from over 1,000 AMCHA Initiative Supporters sent to the UC Regents and President


August 6th, 2012 – AMCHA Co-founders Respond to UC President’s Letter Regarding UCLA’s Decision to Allow Promotion of Israel Boycott on Class Website


July 31, 2012 – President Yudof’s Response to the AMCHA Co-founders letter to UC Regents


July 23rd, 2012 – AMCHA co-founders letter to the UC Regents

In light of a recent statement by the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Academic Freedom approving of a UCLA professor using his class website to promote the academic boycott of Israel, the AMCHA co-founders sent a letter to the UC Regents and other UC and state leaders, urging them to ensure that UC classrooms are not being used to promote anti-Jewish bigotry.


May 7, 2012 – Letter from Leila Beckwith to UC Academic Senate Chair Robert Anderson


April 25th, 2012 – AMCHA co-founders’ letter to Dr. Leuchter

In a letter to Dr. Andrew Leuchter, head of the UCLA Academic Senate, AMCHA co-founders addressed a letter sent to Dr. Leuchter by a group called “California Scholars For Academic Freedom,” which alleged that Dr. Leuchter’s recent statements against the promotion of the boycott of Israel are a violation of academic freedom. AMCHA co-founders showed that the primary concern of CS4AF is not the protection of academic freedom, but rather the protection of academics who wish to exploit the privilege of academic freedom in order to promote an academic boycott of Israel, which, ironically, itself been declared a violation of academic freedom.


April 19th, 2012 – AMCHA Bulletin Update regarding Dr. Leuchter’s response

The AMCHA Initiative succeeded in eliciting a statement from Dr. Andrew Leuchter, head of the UCLA Academic Senate, regarding the promotion of an anti-Semitic boycott of Israel on a class website. After consulting with top UCLA administrators, he wrote in an email to the AMCHA Initiative that “it is not appropriate for a faculty member to post a political petition on which he is a signatory as part of a course…and that posting of such materials was a serious error in judgment.” Professor Shorter, at the request of Dr. Leuchter, was then counseled by his department chair not to repeat the mistake.

Dr. Leuchter’s statement is an implicit acknowledgement by UC faculty and administration, for the first time, that promoting the boycott of Israel is a political action and therefore subject to state laws and university policies that prohibit the use of public resources for political activities.


March 29th, 2012 – AMCHA co-founders’ letter to President Yudof

The AMCHA Initiative uncovered evidence that a UCLA professor has been using his official class website to promote an anti-Semitic boycott of Israel. AMCHA Initiative co-founders sent UC President Yudof, UCLA Chancellor Block,  and leaders of the UC and UCLA Academic Senates the evidence, and posed one simple question to each of them: Is this protected by the UC rules of academic freedom?

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