Campus Monitor - Georgetown University

Antisemitism Tracker

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Classification Date-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DENIGRATION 3/15/17 – SJP held an event to demonize “Birthright” entitled, “So You Wanna Go on Birthright?” Prior to the event, SJP promoted an op-ed from 2014 pulling quotes from it that stated, “To us, Birthright is the erasure of our right to our homeland, and it promises our homeland to one in four students at this university…. It offers tourists a chance to ‘reconnect’ with a country to which they have never been, and often times, to which they have no immediate familial ties.”
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
9/21/16 – A bathroom wall in a Georgetown University Medical Center building was defaced with the letters “KKK” and a swastika.
SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
DENY JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION
9/8/16 – A group of students interrupted an event hosted by the Center for Jewish Civilization on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s career. The students held a banner that read “Netanyahu is a War Criminal” and chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” The demonstration occurred at the beginning of the question and answer time for the event, after a student referred Netanyahu’s policies toward Palestinians as imperial genocide. A prepared statement by the protesters stated, “We’re concerned that a conversation about the Israeli state took place without talking about it as an occupation and apartheid.” Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) officers immediately removed the protesters from Gaston Hall, as event organizers informed them that they were in violation of the university’s Speech and Expression Policy.
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/21/17 – An article in the school paper demonized Zionism, stating that it is “an ideology rooted in hate through the displacement of a native people,” and called for BDS.
DEMONIZATION 3/17/17 – The LGBTQ Center held an event entitled “Coffee Hour: Let’s Talk About Homonationalism” to discuss “pinkwashing” i.e., the notion that Israel malevolently represents itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”.
DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/17/17 – G.U. FREE hung a large banner on a campus building that demonized Israel by including the message: “Divest from Violence…Funding Israel Funds Racism.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/13/17 – SJP erected a display on campus that falsely accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” as part of the first event scheduled for “Israeli Apartheid Week,” which was called “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.” The advertisement for the Israeli Apartheid Week included the words “100 Years of Settler-Colonialism,” and had an image of a person holding a sign saying “BDS.” The advertisement for the ethnic cleansing event itself delegitimized and demonized Israel and called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, stating, “Since 1948, there has been an active Zionist mission of revisionism that has obscured the historical reality of Israel as a settler-colonial state predicated on the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians…Why is it important to center the founding of Israel, its creation of a mass class of refugees, and the right of return in our activism today?”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/13/17 – The students who had submitted an anti-Israel divestment proposal to the Committee on Investment and Social Responsibility (CISR) published a delegitimizing and demonizing statement expressing their disappointment at CISR’s decision not to divest from companies who do business with Israel. In their statement, they defined Zionism as “support for an apartheid state built on the theft of Palestinian land and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people,” as well as accused Israel of “mass murder.” The statement also reiterated support for divestment.
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
4/11/16 – Members of SJP published an article in the school newspaper that delegitimized and demonized Israel, falsely accusing Israel of, “racism, colonialism…and massacre.”
DEMONIZATION 3/16/16 – GU SJP hosted a panel discussion about Israel’s use of “faithwashing,” i.e. malevolently using religion to whitewash Israel’s “crimes,” by claiming that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a result of longstanding Jewish-Muslim enmity.
DELEGITIMIZATION 3/15/16 – GU SJP hosted an event “Why We Use the Word Apartheid” featuring a talk by Josh Ruebner falsely accusing Israel of apartheid.
HISTORICAL;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
9/24/15 – Georgetown SJP hosted a screening of the movie Occupation 101. The film contains several antisemitic themes, including that Israel is guilty of “ethnic cleansing;” that Israel’s actions against the Palestinians are a form of colonialist agression; and that Jews in America wield excessive power over American foreign policy.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 3/4/15 – Georgetown SJP hosted a screening of the movie “Roadmap to Apartheid,” which delegitimizes Israel by falsely accusing it of being an apartheid state.
BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 3/2/17 – The Committee on Investment and Social Responsibility (CISR) discussed a proposal submitted by students and released a memo with their recommendations. The student proposal had stated, “We … propose to the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility and the executors of the endowment that they…divest from companies that knowingly and consistently enable and profit from the violent Israeli occupation of Palestine.” In the memo response, CISR replied, “Regarding the second item, CISR concluded that divestment would not be an effective tactic to end hostilities or promote a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In reaching this conclusion, the Committee took into consideration the views of University community members, many of whom are deeply concerned about this conflict and have many different perspectives and ideas on how to address it. CISR supports the goal of a peaceful resolution that ensures the safety of both peoples and respects the dignity and human rights of all. Moreover, CISR encourages the Georgetown community to use the resources of our university – academic research, teaching and learning, co-curricular programming, and community-based service – to create dialogue, foster understanding, and explore peaceful solutions to this conflict. For these reasons, the Committee has determined that the proposal does not merit further consideration by the Board of Directors.”
BDS EVENT 3/2/17 – SJP held the event, “The Case for An Academic Boycott: A Discussion with [Professor] Mark Lance.” The advertisement for the event stated, “Join Georgetown Students for Justice in Palestine and Professor Mark Lance for a conversation on the merits and necessity of an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. Mark Lance is a professor of philosophy and professor of justice and peace at Georgetown University.”
BDS EVENT 2/1/17 – GU F.R.E.E held the event, “Get Free: GU Free Interest Meeting” to learn about their anti-Israel campaign.
CALLS FOR BDS 1/25/17 – A new divestment campaign, The GU F.R.E.E (Georgetown Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment) Campaign officially launched on Facebook and with a petition students can sign. The campaign stated, “We condemn, and expect Georgetown to condemn, state violence as it occurs within the private prison industry and the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine by committing to divestment from companies involved in these forms of systemic injustice….We intend to disrupt business as usual at Georgetown until the University lives up to its commitment to faith as justice.”
CALLS FOR BDS 12/7/16 – A new student group on campus called Georgetown Students for a Radically Ethical Endowment (GU F.R.E.E.) held a rally in Red Square and presented demands to university President John DeGioia that included divestment from companies that contribute to the “occupation of Palestine.” The group distributed fliers that included information on their demands to divest from any holdings in the private prison industry as well as “companies involved in human rights violations stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” A poster at the event called for BDS.
BDS EVENT 9/15/16 – SJP held the event “BDS Teach-In.”
CALLS FOR BDS 4/14/16 – SJP released a statement in support of BDS initiatives.
CALLS FOR BDS 2/11/15 – Georgetown SJP issued a public statement promoting BDS and urging other students to ask candidates for executive leadership of GUSA to allow for campus-wide discussion of anti-Israel divestment campaigns.

 

In the News ?

March 2, 2017:
The Hoya –  CISR Recommends Against Direct Investment in Private Prisons
(Description note, “CISR also concluded that divestment would not be effective in promoting a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…In the memo, CISR also recommended that the university use other methods of exploring peaceful resolutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ‘In reaching this conclusion, the Committee took into consideration the views of University community members, many of whom are deeply concerned about this conflict and have many different perspectives and ideas on how to address it,’ the report stated. ‘CISR encourages the Georgetown community to use the resources of our university – academic research, teaching and learning, co-curricular programming, and community-based service – to create dialogue, foster understanding, and explore peaceful solutions to this conflict.’”)

January 30, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Georgetown U Refuses Student Coalition Demand to Disclose, Cease Investment in Companies Complicit in ‘Illegal Israeli Occupation of Palestine’

January 27, 2017:
The Hoya – GU Declines to Release Investments
(Description note, “The Georgetown administration declined to disclose a list of companies the university invests in, following advocacy group Georgetown University Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment Coalition’s request last month to create a more transparent endowment. GU F.R.E.E, which has been endorsed by 17 student groups, submitted a letter Dec. 7 to University President John J. DeGioia demanding that the university divest from investments in private prisons and companies that contribute to the ‘occupation of Palestine.’”)

January 26, 2017:
The Georgetown Voice – University Misses GU F.R.E.E.’S Disclosure Deadline
(Description note, “The university missed GU Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment’s (GU F.R.E.E) deadline to release its financial relations with companies involved in state violence. At a Dec. 7 rally, GU F.R.E.E. presented a letter demanding to know whether the university is invested in a list of corporations tied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and private prisons. ‘We were not asking, at that moment, for the university to divest,’ Eman Abdelfadeel (COL ‘17) said. Instead, they were hoping for confirmation from DeGioia that Georgetown does not have direct or external investments in certain companies. The university did not provide this…In response, GU F.R.E.E. intends to expand their platform and methodology. “We’ve also been working to strengthen and broaden our coalition base,” Mackenzie Foy (COL ‘19) wrote in an email to the Voice. As part of this expansion effort, the group launched an official website and released a campaign platform Jan. 25…Members of GU F.R.E.E. remain unsatisfied. Abdelfadeel said that she feels their mission is urgent. ‘The longer Georgetown waits, the more people are violently targeted by the state with our money.’”)

December 13, 2016:
The Hoya – Campaign Demands Divestments, Endowment Transparency

December 12, 2016:
The Georgetown Voice – GU F.R.E.E. demands disclosure of university investment portfolio
(Description note, “Students gave brief speeches outlining the group’s objections to issues such as privately-owned prisons, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and ongoing violence in Sudan. “We find it hypocritical and disingenuous for Georgetown, a Jesuit academic institution, to profit off of the oppression and simultaneously dodge accountability with complicity by being intentionally obscure about their holdings,” Chris Morris (COL ’19) said at the rally. “Is faith and justice limited by supply and demand?” A flyer distributed by the group advocated university divestment from any holdings in the private prison industry and companies involved in human rights violations stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Mechanisms of state violence can only function with funding, and it is crucial that we interrogate where this funding is coming from. Often that funding source is us,” said MacKenzie Foy (COL ’19).”)

October 7, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Swastika, KKK Graffiti on Bathroom Wall of Georgetown U Medical School ‘Powerful Reminder to Stay Vigilant Against Antisemitism,’ Jewish Life Director Tells Student Paper

October 4, 2016:
The Hoya – Racist GUMC Vandalism Investigated

September 14, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Anti-BDS Faculty Group Lauds Quick-Thinking Moderator for Nipping Disruption of Netanyahu Panel Discussion in the Bud 

September 13, 2016:
The Hoya – Students Protest CJC Panel

September 13, 2016:
The Hoya – EDITORIAL: Disruption Hinders Dialogue

September 11, 2016:
The Georgetown Voice – Netanyahu panel interrupted by protest

April 11, 2016:
The Hoya – On Israeli Apartheid Week
(Description note -Members of SJP published an article in the school newspaper that delegitimized and demonized Israel, falsely accusing Israel of, “racism, colonialism…and massacre.”)

March 22, 2016:
The Hoya – In Search of Diplomatic Respect

February 19, 2015: The Georgetown Voice – A statement from GIA: Clarifying last week’s GUSA campaign endorsement confusion

January 2, 2015: Campus Watch – Georgetown Panel Promotes One-Way Interfaith ‘Dialogue’

October 30, 2014: The Georgetown Voice – Sabra protests put strengths and dangers of Israel BDS on display

September 30, 2014: inFocus – Georgetown Professor Joins Israel Boycott, Tweets CounterPunch, and Condemns Israel’s so-called “Massive Slaughter of Civilians.”

September 29, 2014: The Cardinal Newman Society – Georgetown Muslim Studies Director, Professors Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

September 16, 2014: The Hoya – 13 Professors Boycott Israeli Universities

September 10, 2014: Breitbart- Georgetown’s Esposito Joins Israel Boycott

September 10, 2014: Algemeiner – Georgetown Professor Esposito Joins Israel Boycott

May 18, 2014: ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: SJP planned and disrupted an off-campus Jewish event. Quote from article, “Students for Justice in Palestine and Students Against Israeli Apartheid from Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, (DMV-SJP & SAIA; George Washington SJP, American University SJP, George Mason SAIA and Georgetown SJP, University of Maryland SJP) decided to crash a pro-Israel street festival.”

January 14, 2014: The Hoya – DeGioia Rejects Israeli Academic Boycott

December 30, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Statement of President John J. Degioia on the ASA’s Endorsement of a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

 

Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

georgetown-sjpdisrupt-9-12-16 (September 8, 2016)

Source Credit: Georgetown Voice – Netanyahu panel interrupted by protest (September 8, 2016)


Source Credit: Georgetown Voice - Netanyahu panel interrupted by protest (September 11, 2016)

Source Credit: Georgetown Voice – Netanyahu panel interrupted by protest (September 11, 2016)


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BDS Tracker

No divestment vote has taken place.


BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


STUDENT BDS

Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 3
SJP
Georgetown Law SJP
Georgetown Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment
(Georgetown F.R.E.E)

FACULTY BDS

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 19

  1. Osama Abi-Mershed
  2. Lama Abu-Odeh
  3. Fida Adely
  4. Halim Barakat
  5. Jonathan Brown
  6. Elliot Colla
  7. Rochelle Davis
  8. Susan Douglass
  9. John L. Esposito
  10. Noura Erekat
  11. Elzbieta Gozdziak
  12. Yvonne Haddad
  13. Michael C. Hudson
  14. Laurie King
  15. Mark Lance
  16. Mubbashir Rizvi
  17. Christine So
  18. Susan Terrio
  19. Judith Tucker

Signatures

 

Number of Faculty Endorsing a Divestment from Israel petition: 1

  1. Jonathan A. C. Brown

Petition 1