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Student Voices

  • October 14, 2015 – RECENTLY GRADUATED BROOKLYN COLLEGE JEWISH COLLEGE STUDENT (Melanie)  ““I didn’t mind being a face for Israel on campus, but I was continually harassed..[I would] receive threatening Facebook messages, emails, texts and phone calls from SJP members with such messages as “watch your back” and “we know what you’re doing” and advising [me] not to go to certain places on campus.” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish Brooklyn College Graduate (Melanie)  “If you were openly Jewish, it could work against you.” Read more
  • April 2015,  (Article Author)  “Though [Melanie] never ran for office, she said it was commonplace for student body representatives to hide their Jewish identity in order to solicit votes.” Read more
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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    10/25/16 – Four swastikas were carved into a women’s bathroom.
    DISCRIMINATION;
    VERBAL ASSAULT;
    DENIGRATION
    2/17/16 – Nearly a dozen Brooklyn College students interrupted a faculty meeting, called one faculty member a Zionist slur and then called for “Zionists off campus” and an end to “racist” classes among its list of demands.
    DENIGRATION;
    HISTORICAL;
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    11/12/15 – Brooklyn College SJP was one of 10 local SJP chapters endorsing an advertisement for a rally that contained several classic and contemporary antisemitic tropes: it called CUNY’s leadership “the Zionist administration” and claimed that the administration “reproduces settler-colonial ideology throughout CUNY through Zionist content of education”; it suggested that the administration’s ties to Israel were responsible for tuition hikes; and it claimed that the birthright trips and study abroad programs in Israel were in “occupied Palestine,” effectively denying the existence of the Jewish state. In addition, one of the endorsers’ demands included on the advertisement was that CUNY “divests from Israel, companies that maintain the Zionist occuption.”
    GENOCIDAL STATEMENT;
    INTIMIDATION;
    HISTORICAL
    3/25/15 – Antisemitic graffiti that read “Jews – root of all evil” was scrawled on the wall of a men’s bathroom stall in the Brooklyn College library.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: HISTORICAL;
    COMPARING JEWS TO NAZIS;
    DEMONIZATION
    11/5/15 – Canadian-Israeli journalist David Sheen spoke about racism and homophobia in Israel. In his talk, Sheen employed several antisemitic tropes: Sheen falsely accused Israel of being a racist state whose leadership aspired towards a “theocracy” whose goal is to ignite a “race war” through violent means, including by “burning babies,” firebombing, stabbing attacks and other acts of brutality towards Arabs, black Africans and LGBTQ individuals; he demonized sacred Jewish texts, including the Torah, Talmud, and Tanya, accusing them of being deeply racist and calling for the brutal murder of non-Jews and homosexuals; and he compared “racist” Jews who believe that Jews should not intermarry to Nazis, calling efforts to prevent intermarriage “a eugenics program.” Sheen’s talk was sponsored by Brooklyn College SJP.
    CONDONING TERRORISM 10/8/15 – SJP at BC posted a flyer promoting the “Third Intifada,” which is a campaign of terror against Israeli Jews.
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    10/7/15 – SJP at Brooklyn College hosted a “die-in” to show that Israeli soldiers brutally murder Palestinian youths. The “corpses” wore signs that demonized and delegitimized Israel, including one that read “This is just of fraction of life under Israeli Apartheid,” and the words “Boycott Israel” were written in chalk on the sidewalk at the event.

     

    In the News ?

    October 19, 2016:
    Ditmas Park Corner – Shocking Anti-‘Students For Justice In Palestine’ Posters Plastered Around Brooklyn College Campus

    November 2, 2016:
    JP Updates – Jews and Muslims Continue Sparring at Brooklyn College
    (Description note, “On Oct. 25, someone carved four swastikas into a women’s bathroom.”)

    October 20, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Brooklyn College, Northwestern, U of California Among Top ‘Hotspots’ of Campus Jew-Hatred, New Study Finds

    August 19, 2016:
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Hikind has high hopes for Brooklyn College president

    June 10, 2016:
    JTA – No one heard student yell ‘Zionist pig’ at faculty member, Brooklyn College finds

    June 9, 2016:
    Forward – After Four Months, Students Cleared of ‘Zionist Pig’ Charge for Lack of Witnesses

    June 7, 2016:
    Forward – ‘Zionist Pig’ Student Protesters Get Slap on Wrist From Brooklyn College

    March 16, 2016:
    Brooklyn Daily – Locals gather to fight hate and anti-Semitism

    February 24, 2016:
    New York Post – ‘Jew haters’ spread fear at CUNY colleges
    (Description note, “Among the incidents cited by the group: At John Jay College, which specializes in criminal justice, Jewish students have been the target of so many slurs that at lease three have transferred. One John Jay administrator responded to a Jewish student’s concerns by saying, “What are these white kids complaining about?” On Nov. 12 at Hunter College, during a demonstration for free tuition, Jewish students were denounced as “racist sons of bitches,” “fascists” and “Nazis” and were greeted with comments such as “Jews out of CUNY.” One student tweeted at the time, “Full-blown anti-Semitism allowed at my college . . . I witnessed this and froze in fear.” At Brooklyn College, the pro-Palestinian group disrupted a faculty meeting last week and called a professor wearing a yarmulka a “Zionist pig.” Brooklyn College slammed the “hateful” comments and the disruption. At The College of Staten Island, a pro-Palestinian demonstrator told a Jewish student last November, “I don’t hug murderers.” Swastikas also defaced the college’s desks and walls.”)    

    February 24, 2016:
    The Jewish Week – Brooklyn College Faculty Pushed Into Israel Wars
    (Description note, “Anti-Israel demonstrations on campus, she said, have “unfortunately become a too-common occurrence,” she said. And for the Jewish students at Brooklyn College, many of whom are either Israeli or Orthodox, with family members in Israel, very few of whom are on the liberal, progressive
    end of the spectrum, anti-Zionism feels no different from anti-Semitism.“In our community it’s the same — the students don’t see the difference,” she said.”)

    February 18, 2016:
    J Space News-  Students at Brooklyn College Called for ‘Zionist Pigs’ to Get Off Campus

    February 18, 2016:
    The Algemeiner –  Brooklyn College President Calls for Investigation Into Antisemitic Disturbance at Faculty Meeting

    February 18, 2016:
    Politico New York –  Brooklyn College to investigate ‘anti-Jewish comments’ at protest

    February 18, 2016:
    The Times of Israel –  Brooklyn College students demand ‘Zionists off campus
    (Description note, “Approximately 10 Brooklyn College students who interrupted a faculty meeting called for “Zionists off campus” among its list of demands. A faculty member at the Tuesday afternoon meeting told JTA that along with the demand on Zionists, the students called one faculty member a “Zionist pig.”)

    February 17, 2016:
    JTA –  Students interrupt Brooklyn College faculty meeting, demand ‘Zionists off campus’

    November 4, 2015:
    SJP EVENT –  Israel & Palestine: The Bullet, The Ballot, and the Boycott, with David Sheen

    October 23, 2015:
    Forward – BDS Battle at Brooklyn College Is Written in Chalk
    (Description note, “Chalk signs written by the Brooklyn College Students for Justice for Palestine (SJP) chapter started to appear on the same day the SJP staged a die-in on the Bedford Avenue sidewalk, Facebook posts show, as part of an international “Day of Rage” held in solidarity with Palestine’s call to protest the “Israeli aggression against Palestinians” and the controversial death of teenagers Hadeel Al Hashalmoun and Fadi Alloun. A post that some students referred to as pro-Intifada also appeared on the BC SPJ Facebook page.”)

    October 13, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – On U.S. campuses, students call for intifada
     

    April 30, 2015:
    The Algemeiner – Anti-Semitism on College Campuses is Growing, and Jewish Students Must Wake Up

    April 21, 2015:
    The Jewish Week – Jewish students caught in identity politics crossfire. (Description note, “According to an open letter published in the Stanford Daily, many Jewish students no longer feel accepted on campus because of their Jewish identity…. Though [Brooklyn College Graduate] Goldberg never ran for office, she said it was commonplace for student body representatives to hide their Jewish identity in order to solicit votes. “If you were openly Jewish, it could work against you,” she recalled.”)

    March 25, 2015:
    Truth Revolt – Anti-Semitic Vandalism At Brooklyn College

    December 18, 2014: 
    The American Spectator – Terror on Campus

    December 2, 2014:
    San Diego Jewish World – Protecting Jewish student rights on college campuses

    November 26, 2014:
    Brooklyn News – Brooklyn College Urged to Cancel Students for Justice in Palestine Event 

    November 25, 2014:
    JNS.org – Jewish students have the right to feel safe on campus

    November 24, 2014:
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle – At Brooklyn College, don’t close down presentation—challenge opponents instead!

    November 23, 2014:
    Commentary – Philosophers Behaving Badly: Brooklyn College BDS Edition

    November 20, 2014:
    World Bulletin – Support for justice in Palestine soaring on US campuses

    November 20, 2014:
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Brooklyn College urged to cancel Students for Justice in Palestine event

    November 19, 2014:
    The Yeshiva World – Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Urges Brooklyn College President to Cancel Lecture Co-Sponsored by School and Anti-Israel Group

    November 17, 2014:
    Arutz Sheva – Calling on the Brooklyn College Administration

    March, 2014:
     The Tower – Why Liberals Must Repudiate the BDS Movement

    March 11, 2014:
     Jewish Press – B’klyn College Pro-Israel Students Deserve More than Late Apology

    March 9, 2014:
     San Diego Jewish World – ZOA recites background of Brooklyn College apology

    March 9, 2014:
     JTA – After BDS event controversy, Brooklyn College issues guidelines

    March 6, 2014:
     EVENT: The Battle for Justice in Palestine – A Book Discussion with Ali Abuni-mah (sponsors: Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, Brooklyn for Peace, Desi Culture Club, Political Science Department, Sociology Department)

    thumbs-up December 27, 2013:
    UNIVERSITY STATEMENT –  Statement by President Karen Gould Regarding the Call for the Academic Boycott of Israeli Institutions

    November 14, 2013:
    EVENT: Israel – Apartheid not Democracy
    (sponsors: English Department, Political Science Department, Sociology Dept., Brooklyn College Bangla Club, Brooklyn College Desi Cultural Club, Brooklyn College Dream Team, Brooklyn College Islamic Student Org., Park Slope Food-Coop Members for BDS, Adalah-NY, Brooklyn for Peace, New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT), Jews for the Palestinian Right of Return, New York City Labor against the war, Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism, Students for Justice in Palestine at Columbia University, Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island, Students for Justice in Palestine at City College, Students for Justice in Palestine at Drew University, Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College, Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU, Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers Uni – Newark)

    November 14, 2013:
     JTA – Israel – Apartheid not Democracy
     (Description note: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College is proud and excited to present this event part of “Right to Education Week titled “Israel: Apartheid not Democracy.” Sponsors: (1) English Department, (2) Political Science Department, (3) Sociology Dept., (4) Brooklyn College Bangla Club, (5) Brooklyn College Desi Cultural Club, (6) Brooklyn College Dream Team, (7) Brooklyn College Islamic Student Org., (8) Park Slope Food-Coop Members for BDS, (9) Adalah-NY, (10) Brooklyn for Peace, (11) New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT), (12) Jews for the Palestinian Right of Return, (13) New York City Labor against the war, (14) Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism, (15) Students for Justice in Palestine at Columbia University, (16) Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island, (17) Students for Justice in Palestine at City College, (18) Students for Justice in Palestine at Drew University, (19) Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College, (20) Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU, (21) Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers Uni – Newark)

    November 13, 2013:
     JTA – US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Issue
     (Description note: “As part of “Right to Education Week, Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College invites you to a great and informative lecture with Josh Ruebner, the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.” Sponsors: (1) English Department, (2) The Political Science Department, (3) The Sociology Department, (4) Brooklyn College Bangla Club, (5) Brooklyn College Desi Cultural Club, (6) Brooklyn College Dream Team, (7) Brooklyn College Islamic Student Organization (ISO), (8) The Park Slope Food-Coop Members for BDS, (9) Adalah-NY, (10) Brooklyn for Peace, (11) New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT), (12) The Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism, (13) Students for Justice in Palestine at Columbia University, (14) Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island, (15) Students for Justice in Palestine at City College, (16) Students for Justice in Palestine at Drew University, (17) Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College, (18) Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU, (19) Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers Uni – Newark. Co-sponsor” does not imply endorsement of any viewpoints expressed at the event.)

    November 13, 2013:
    EVENT: US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Issue
    (sponsors: English Department, The Political Science Department, The Sociology Department, Brooklyn College Bangla Club, Brooklyn College Desi Cultural Club, Brooklyn College Dream Team, Brooklyn College Islamic Student Organization (ISO), The Park Slope Food-Coop Members for BDS, Adalah-NY, Brooklyn for Peace, New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT), The Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism, Students for Justice in Palestine at Columbia University, Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island, Students for Justice in Palestine at City College, Students for Justice in Palestine at Drew University, Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College, Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU, Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers Uni – Newark)

    November 4, 2013:
    New York Daily News – Brooklyn College departments ‘support’ upcoming speech by anti-Israel academic Ben White

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: SJP EVENT - Israel & Palestine: The Bullet, The Ballot, and the Boycott, with David Sheen (November 4, 2015)

    Source Credit: SJP EVENT – Israel & Palestine: The Bullet, The Ballot, and the Boycott, with David Sheen (November 4, 2015)


    SJP EVENT – Die in on campus (October 7, 2015)


    SJP of Brooklyn College promotes Third Intifada on their Facebook page (October 8, 2015)

    Source Credit: SJP at Brooklyn College, March 25 2015

    Source Credit: SJP at Brooklyn College, March 25 2015


    Source Credit: Truth Revolt, March 25 2015

    Source Credit: Truth Revolt, March 25 2015


    Source Credit: Brooklyn College SJP Facebook Page, Feb 23 2015

    Source Credit: Brooklyn College SJP Facebook Page, Feb 23 2015


    Source Credit: Israel Apartheid Week

    Source Credit: Israel Apartheid Week


    Source Credit: Brooklyn Eagle, Nov 24 2014

    Source Credit: Brooklyn Eagle, Nov 24 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page.  September 2. 2014

    Die in for Gaza and Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. September 2. 2014


    Source credit: Brooklyn College SJP Facebook

    Source credit: Brooklyn College SJP Facebook


    West Coast Blockade of the Israeli Zim Ship in Oakland. Source Credit:  Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page., August 15, 2014

    West Coast Blockade of the Israeli Zim Ship in Oakland. Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page., August 15, 2014


    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page

    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page, July 29 2014


    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page

    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page, July 29 2014


    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. August 15. 2014

    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. August 15. 2014


    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. March 16. 2014

    Source Credit: Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College Facebook Page. March 16. 2014


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    BDS Tracker

    No divestment vote has taken place.


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1

    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 4

    1. Moustafa Bayoumi
    2. Renate Bridenthal
    3. Corey Robin
    4. Ellen Tremper