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Student Voices

  • June 6, 2017 – Cornell University Jewish Student (Inna, a sophomore at Cornell University) – “[it is frustrating for Jewish students] when our events, especially ones that aren’t political at all, are protested and when lies are targeted at Israel and Jews in general.” Read more
  • November 19, 2015 – Cornell University Jewish Student (Evan) – “In the past couple of years, we can clearly see SJP’s anti-Israel rhetoric evolve into anti-Semitism. SJP has a notorious record of violence on college campuses and poisoning relationships with Jews.” Read more
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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    DEMONIZATION
    5/1/17 – About 20 SJP members disrupted a Hillel-sponsored event for Israeli Independence Day with a “die-in” and a large banner that read, “Celebrating 69 Years of Genocide” as well as handing out fliers claiming, “…the modern day Jewish state was founded on the expulsion of the indigenous population.” Protesters gained access to the event only after promising police and organizers that they would not disrupt the event.
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    HARASSMENT;
    DEMONIZATION
    11/19/15 – Cornell SJP held a teach-in about the academic collaboration of Cornell and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in order to advocate for the dissolution of the collaboration, in solidarity with the academic boycott of Israel.
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    4/23/15 – Cornell SJP conducted a “die-in” and protest of Hillel’s Israel day, that included many SJP student lying in the grass next to Hillel’s tables and dramatizing the alleged murder of Palestinians by Israelis. Some SJP students sported signs falsely accusing Israel of genocide.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    10/4/16 – The MITWs (Minority, Indigenous and Third World Studies) Research Group (a research group that includes faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the humanities and the social sciences from various departments in the College of Arts and Science) held a screening of Bruce Robbins’s film “Some of My Best Friends are Zionistsfollowed by a panel discussion with Bruce Robbins (Columbia), Donna Nevel (PARCEO – Participatory Action Research Center) and Russell Rickford (Cornell). The film itself consists of interview snippets from a number of individuals, and includes participants supporting “object[ing] to the basis of the founding of the state of Israel” and the “right of return” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, making delegitimizing comparisons that Israel is “similar in some very fundamental way at least to South African apartheid,” expressing that Israel’s security barrier is an “exercise in absolute cruelty” and providing a “Boycott Israeli Apartheid” image on a water bottle to show support for the “apartheid analogy.” Following the film, panelist Bruce Robbins called for the right of return, which he said “must be recognized.” Panelist Donna Nevel called for the right of return and for BDS, stating that “for those of us who feel supporting BDS is important as part of a platform… In my view… understanding the Nakba and really deeply having that understanding [then] the right of return is a logical extension of that.” Panelist Russel Rickford denied Jews self-determination, stating, “I don’t believe that there should be such a thing as a Jewish state.” Rickford also alluded to Israel as the “Jewish Empire” and falsely accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
    DENY JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION
    4/19/16 – For a SJP event, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network held a workshop entitled, “The Business of Backlash: The Interests and Funding Behind the Backlash against the Palestinian and Palestine Solidarity Movements.” The promotion for the event on Cornell’s website included phrases such as “Movements for social and environmental justice need to address the ways the Israeli government and U.S. Zionist foundations perpetrate violence and repression in Palestine” and “understand Zionism as a threat to us all.”
    DENYING JEWS SELF DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/17/16 – In an op-ed in the Cornell Sun, three Cornell students falsely accuse Israel of apartheid and promote anti-Israel divestment efforts at Cornell.
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALL FOR BDS)
    3/8/16 – A piece in the student newspaper delegitimized Israel by referring to “Israeli Apartheid” and promoted BDS.
    HISTORICAL;
    DEMONIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    3/1/16 – Africana Studies, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Ithaca Committee for Justice in Palestine, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, American Studies, Institute for Comparative Modernities, and Comparative Muslim Societies sponsored a talk entitled, “From Baltimore to Palestine: Connecting the Dots” with Rev. Graylan Hagler. During his talk, Rev. Hagler used the classic antisemitic trop of Jewish mendacity to claim Jews are manipulating the word anti-Semitism and an event, the Holocaust, for their own advantage and to others’ detriment. He also demonized Israelis and Israel’s leader as racist saying that, “the core of [Israeli] conscience is racist.” Rev. Hagler also promoted BDS.
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    4/8/15 – Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad delivered a speech claiming that “Jewish are not a nation…the Jewish state is a racist state that does not have a right to exist,” and he called Israel “the Zionist colonial adventure.” Massad also promoted BDS in his talk, which was sponsored by the Cornell SJP.
    BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 3/24/15 – Cornell SJP issued a statement in solidarity with the Ithaca Food Justice Campaign for Palestine, which calls for BDS against Israeli products.

     

    In the News ?

    May 2, 2017:
    The Algemeiner – Cornell University Israeli Independence Day Celebration Disrupted by Students for Justice in Palestine ‘Die-In’ Stunt

    May 2, 2017:
    The Cornell Sun – Pro-Palestine Protesters Disrupt Celebration of Israel Independence Day

    February 21, 2017:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Religious Groups on Campus Provide Support to Marginalized Students
    (Description note, “According to Cornell’s Bias Assessment and Review Team, there have been 12 reported instances of bias based on religion and 41 based on ethnicity since July.”)

    January 29, 2017:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Over One Hundred Gather to Learn About Various Struggles, Organize ‘Mass Action’
    (Description note, “On Friday, over one hundred Ithaca community members, Ithaca High School students and Cornell students and faculty congregated beneath a stark red “People’s School” banner in the Klarman atrium to rise to that occasion. Arranged largely by Cornell undergraduate and graduate students, The People’s School hosted four sessions of facilitated lectures, conversations and workshops in an attempt to create a more apt environment for social justice learning. Students, professional activists and community members facilitated the sessions, and their topics ranged from populism in America to Black Lives Matter to Islamophobia…Piragash Swargaloganathan ’19 initiated a discussion about Cornell’s relationship to Palestinian injustices, including its partnership with Technion University and its medical school in Qatar. ‘There’s a perception that this is something post-2016 election, but these problems have always been here,’ he said. ‘What I wanted to see more was this notion of being aware, being conscious of what’s going on, so this was a good start.’ Though the event was well-attended, Swargaloganathan, who hopes to draw attention to Cornell’s actions against Palestine with a Student Assembly referendum later this spring, had hoped for a higher turnout.”)

    April 5, 2016:
    The Cornell Review- Cornell Students Renew Call for Israel Divestment

    March 17, 2016:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – GUEST ROOM | On Divestment and Hypocrisy
    (Description note, “In light of this newly calibrated position on divestment, however, we find it fitting to remind the Board that Cornell’s endowment remains invested in several corporations which directly and indirectly profit from Israel’s 48-year occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Consistently condemned by the international community as the single most enduring obstacle to the attainment of peace in the region, Israel’s illicit occupation of the Palestinian territories involves routine violations of the Palestinian people’s fundamental human rights.”)

    March 6, 2016:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – POOR | Sports Diplomacy for Justice in Palestine
    (Description note, “Activists, discouraged by FIFA’s decision, assert that while FIFA may shirk its responsibility to guarantee justice for its Palestinian constituents, FIFA “cannot delay the growth of the international boycott of Israel or prevent the continued isolation of Israel because of its human rights abuses and war crimes against the Palestinian people.” Across the globe, concerned soccer players and fans have joined with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, and sports-related civil rights organizations such as Red Card Israeli Racism, calling for athletic authorities to deliver justice against the Israeli apartheid through sports diplomacy. Until we see an occupation dismantled, a system of violence disrupted, and a militarized dispossession of rights terminated, we must continue to pressure FIFA to answer, do Palestinian lives matter?”)

    November 19, 2015:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – GUEST BLOG | Hypocrisy of SJP and BDS
    (Description note, “A couple weeks ago, the Facebook group “Cornell University Confessions” posted a confession that criticized Cornell’s decision to partner with the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, and called for the divestment from Israel….SJP at Cornell criticizes Cornell’s partnership with the Technion, writing that the Technion is “an Israeli university that engages in the development of weaponry used in the occupation and subjugation of Palestinians. In partnering with Technion, Cornell has indirectly implicated itself in human rights violations carried out by Israel, such as the indiscriminate killing of civilians in the 2014 Gaza War.” In addition to falsely accusing Israel of war crimes, SJP deceitfully characterizes the Technion as committed to the destruction of the Palestinian people….In the past couple of years, we can clearly see SJP’s anti-Israel rhetoric evolve into anti-Semitism. SJP has a notorious record of violence on college campuses and poisoning relationships with Jews.”)

    October 13, 2015:
    The College Fix – Students for Justice in Palestine hold campus reeducation sessions
    (Description note, “In his act, Kanazi claimed that Israel is a “racist, exclusivist, supremacist state.””)

    October 6, 2015:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Spoken Word Activist Remi Kanazi Visits Cornell
    (Description note, “The grandchild of refugees of the 1948 Jaffa Nakba, when zionist military forces displaced almost all Arab Palestinians from the city of Jaffa…”)

    October 6, 2015:
    The Cornell Review – Cornell SJP Poetry Reading: Israel a ‘Racist, Exclusivist, Supremacist State’
    (Description note, “Last Friday, Cornell’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter sponsored a poetry performance by Palestinian-American poet, Remi Kanazi…As you might expect, Kanazi’s poetry performance was nothing more than a collection of angry rants against Israel and the United States… One of his most startling remarks was referring to Israel as a “racist, exclusivist, supremacist state… Kamazi also claimed that Israel has over 500 checkpoints in the West Bank. The truth is that there is only 13 Israeli checkpoints, as noted by in the IDF Blog…One of the common themes in many of his poems was comparing the highly anti-semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) to the American Civil Rights Movement.”)

    October 2, 2015:
    Remi Kanazi – “Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising up from Brooklyn to Palestine” with Remi Kanazi
    (Description note, “Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising up from Brooklyn to Palestine” – Join Cornell SJP for a spoken word poetry performance by Palestinian-American Poet, Remi Kanazi, on10/2/2015 at 7pm! (McGraw Hall Room 165)”)

    September 24, 2015:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – NEWS | Students for Justice in Palestine Chalkings Reportedly Erased By Bailey Hall Staff
    (Description note, “In a statement to The Sun, SJP activists said their chalkings addressed … Cornell Tech, which they said “cements [Cornell’s] position as a national leader in partnering with the genocidal practices of the Israeli regime….SJP activists had used crude language in their chalk. “Some [chalk] messages included language that many might find profane,” Malina said. “Out of respect for the century-old campus landmark and the celebratory nature of the day, staff members at Bailey Hall, on their own initiative, chose to remove the chalk messages prior to a late afternoon event at that location.”)

    September 9, 2015:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Cornell Revises Outdoor Event Policy
    (Description note, “The University was urged to reconsider issues of freedom of speech in the campus code following a 2012 incident on Ho Plaza during which the Students for Justice in Palestine and the Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee held rivaling protests. In response to the dueling protests, the Cornell University Police Department made SJP leave because they did not properly register the event beforehand. SJP, in turn, said they did not need to give advanced warning for the event since free speech protests do not need to be registered… the rules reiterate the right of community members to engage in protests and counter-protests as long as there is no “interfere[nce] with another speaker’s right to be heard or the right of others to hear a speaker.”)

    March 26, 2015:
    JP Updates – Cornell Dean Invites ISIS to Train on Campus ‘Like a Sports Team’
    (Description note, “BDS was bad enough, but now, a recent video sting caught a dean from Cornell enthusiastically welcoming Hamas and ISIS onto campus.”)

    March 24, 2015:
    New York Post – Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video
    (Description note, “…welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University….How about supporting Hamas? No problem at all, [Dean of Students] Scaffido said”)

    March 20, 2015:
    The Review Blog – President Skorton Responds to Cornell’s #2 Spot on List of Top 10 Most Anti-Semitic Campuses

    March 19, 2015:
    Ithaca.com – Anti-Semitism at CU Gets Response

    March 12, 2015:
    The Jewish Press – Anti-Semitism Alive And Well On New York’s College Campuses

    February 25, 2015:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – University Assembly: No Advance Notice for Free Speech Events

    February 25, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – Conservative group: Columbia, Cornell among ‘worst anti-Semitic’ campuses

    February 24, 2015:
    The Jewish Daily Forward – Columbia and Cornell Make Top 10 for ‘Jew Hatred’

    February 21, 2015:
    The Jerusalem Post – When anti-Israel crosses the line into anti-Semitism

    November 26, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – “I will f**king slap you” – More Cornell anti-Israel intimidation

    November 25, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Tragedy and Travesty: Blindness on Ho Plaza

    November 25, 2014:
    Truth Revolt – Cornell Students Respond to Anti-Israel Bigotry on Campus

    November 24, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Right to a Safe Campus and a Secure Israel

    November 23, 2014:
    Israel Matzav – Anti-Semitism in the Ivy League

    November 22, 2014:
    The College Fix – F*** You, Zionist Scums’, Pro-Israel Students at Cornell Told

    November 22, 2014:
    The Blaze – ‘F*** You Zionist Scums’: Watch What Happens When Pro-Palestinian Activists Are Challenged on College Campus

    November 21, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – Cornell Pro-Israel students taunted: “F**k You Zionist scums”

    November 20, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Students for Justice in Palestine Rally Draws Counterprotest
    (Description note, “Some individuals at the rally — which included members outside the Cornell community who were not affiliated with SJP — confronted the students representing Israel, smearing their sign with ketchup and shouting things such as “Apartheid is fucking apartheid,” “there’s no logic to Zionism” and “we will respond to aggression with aggression.”)

    November 13, 2014:
    The Jewish Daily Forward – Anti-Israel Signs Vandalized at Cornell

    November 13, 2014:
    EVENT: Education Under Occupation – A Call for Educational Justice in Palestine
    (Description note: “The Palestinian Right to Education campaign, in collaboration with National Students for Justice in Palestine, is organizing a tour of universities across the United States, for a number of Palestinian college students. Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine is hosting two of these students, both of whom are from Birzeit University near Ramallah in the West Bank.”; sponsors: Department of Development Sociology, Department of Government, Durland Alternatives Library, Committee on US-Latin American Relations, Islamic Alliance for Justice)

    November 13, 2014:
    JTA – Students for Justice in Palestine signs vandalized at Cornell

    November 13, 2014:
    The College Fix – Students for Justice in Palestine Display at Cornell Repeatedly Vandalized

    November 10, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – EDITORIAL: Respecting and Preserving Free Speech On Campus

    November 6, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Students for Justice in Palestine: Dismantled Display Reveals ‘Repression’ at Cornell

    October 30, 2014:
    EVENT: Big Brother is Watching – Surveillance of Muslim Americans Post 9/11
    (Description note: The Islamic Alliance for Justice and the Muslim Educational and Cultural Association present: Featured Panelists: Hugh Handeyside is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Law Project. Faisal Gill, a lawyer based in Washington DC, was an administrator, government advisor and one time Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, who served in the White House and Department of Homeland Security under the George W. Bush administration. Russell Rickford is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Cornell University. Moderator: Ross Brann is the Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies at Cornell University. Sponsors: Department of Government, Arab Student Association at Cornell, The Cornell Progressive Pakistani Student Association, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, Native American Students at Cornell (NASAC), Committee for the Advancement of Muslim Life, APAA | Asian Pacific Americans for Action at Cornell University, Committee on US-Latin American Relations, Amnesty International Group 73 Ithaca Chapter)

    October 29, 2014:
    The Cornell Review blog – Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Students for Justice in Palestine, Carry That Weight

    October 20, 2014:
    EVENT: My Name is Rachel Corrie – at Cornell University
    (Description note: My Name is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman stage play edited from the original writings of Corrie by actor Alan Rickman and journalist Katherine Viner. The play chronicles the life of American activist Rachel Corrie, who traveled to Gaza in 2003 with the International Solidarity Movement to defend Palestinian homes from being demolished. She was killed on March 16th of that year by an Israeli bulldozer while protecting a host family’s house from being demolished.)

    September 3, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – At Cornell protest, blaming Israel for anti-Semitism

    September 2, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Students for Justice in Palestine Protest Israeli Actions in Gaza

    May 27, 2014:
    College Insurrection – Students for Justice in Palestine at Cornell Stage Anti-Israel Protest
    (Description Note: “Along with chants like “From river to sea Palestine will be free!” to “Resistance is justified when you’re occupied,” the major speech delivered by an unidentified student dressed in a black thawb (a traditional Middle Eastern ankle-length robe) included such memorable lines as “Palestinian resistance group” when referring to terrorist organization Hamas and “Israel was established militarily in 1948 as an exclusionary state based on Jewish ethnic supremacy.”Another off the wall remarked included something along the lines of “Israel’s occupation of Palestine is the number one cause of anti-Semitism in the world.”)

    May 27, 2014:
    Israel Today – American Campuses Regain Sanity

    May 15, 2014:
    The Algemeiner – Divestment Losses Piling Up for BDS

    May 05, 2014:
    WICZ – Cornell Prof. Says Israel Already an Apartheid State

    May 1, 2014:
    EVENT: May Day 2014 – A Burial of Shared Governance

    April 18, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – Cornellians Take Control of Student Assembly Meeting

    April 17, 2014:
    Israel Academia Monitor – Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Drives the Campus BDS

    April 15, 2014:
    The Cornell Daily Sun – GLICK | Why the Student Assembly Was Right to Table Resolution 72

    April 15, 2014:
    The Cornell Sun – Cornellians Question Student Assembly Procedures in Tabling of Resolution

    April 11, 2014:
    The Jewish Daily Forward – Cornell Students Reject Passover Divest Push

    April 11, 2014:
    The Times of Israel – Cornell nixes bid to place divestment vote during Passover

    April 10, 2014:
    Video Portal – Cornell Student Assembly Rejects Israel Divestment

    April 10, 2014:
    Youtube (Video) Legal Insurrection – Cornell Student Assembly Rejects Israel Divestment

    April 10, 2014:
    Cornell Student Assembly rejects Israel Divestment 15-8-1 (VIDEO)

    April 10, 2014:
    The Tower – Backlash Mounts Against Cornell BDS “Sneak Attack”

    April 10, 2014:
    The Times of Israel – BDS campaigners at Cornell try stealth resolution

    April 8, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection – ALERT: Sneak Passover Anti-Israel Divestment attack at Cornell

    April 2, 2014:
    EVENT: #CornellDivest Part 1 – Sign the Petition

    February 6, 2014:
    The Cornell Sun – GUEST COLUMN – A Call to Boycott

    December 20, 2013:
    Association of American Universities’ Statement on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, November 21, 2014

    Source Credit: Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, November 21, 2014


    Source Credit: Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, November 19, 2014

    Source Credit: Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, November 19, 2014


    via Cornell FB Page, October 29, 2014

    via Cornell FB Page, October 29, 2014


    via Cornell FB Page, November 19, 2014

    via Cornell FB Page, November 19, 2014


    "Cornell & Technion = Israeli Apartheid. Don't Make a Business Exploiting Palestinians."; At The Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell. via Cornell FB Page, November 19, 2014

    “Cornell & Technion = Israeli Apartheid. Don’t Make a Business Exploiting Palestinians.”; At The Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell. via Cornell FB Page, November 19, 2014


    "Cornell & Technion = Israeli Apartheid. Don't Make a Business Exploiting Palestinians."; At The Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell. via Cornell University FB Page, November 19, 2014

    “Cornell & Technion = Israeli Apartheid. Don’t Make a Business Exploiting Palestinians.”; At The Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell. via Cornell University FB Page, November 19, 2014


    via Cornell FB Page. October 29, 2014.

    via Cornell FB Page. October 29, 2014.


    Source Credit: cornellsun.com, Nov 20 2014

    Source Credit: cornellsun.com, Nov 20 2014


    Source Credit: cornellsun.com, Nov 20 2014

    Source Credit: cornellsun.com, Nov 20 2014


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    BDS Tracker

    • April 2014: Defeated – Student Government motion for divestment is defeated and tabled indefinitely

    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1

    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 14

    1. Mary Pat Brady
    2. Susan Buck-Morss
    3. Eric Cheyfitz
    4. Grant Farred
    5. Neil Hertz
    6. Philip Lewis
    7. Kate McCullough
    8. Viranjini Munasinghe
    9. Lucinda Ramberg
    10. Russell Rickford
    11. Paul Sawyer
    12. Sofia Villenas
    13. Marina Welker
    14. Dagmawi Woubshet

    Signatures