Campus Monitor - Loyola University Chicago

Student Voices

  • November 15, 2015 – Loyola University Jewish Student (Nicole) “Leaders of Loyola’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine began posting messages that certain students were not welcome as allies of the protesting black students. “Zionists on campus [are] pretending to be outraged,” one post claimed. The post went further claiming that “Zionist” students had “fake ass sympathy and crocodile tears” for the Mizzou students, and ended with the declaration, “Your solidarity ain’t shit.” Another student likened the racist slurs against black students to the words of the “Zionists” who had opposed last year’s divestment movement…. The use of the word “Zionists” in these post served a simple goal — lumping a diverse group of mainly Jewish students into a single neat category. Our identity is stripped of its ethnic complexity, its religious sanctity and anything that might indicate our humanity.” Read more
  • March 2015, Loyola University Chicago Jewish Student (Brendon) “’It’s upsetting’ when other students tell Jewish students that the resolution isn’t anti-Semitic” Read more
  • March 2015, Author of Article in Loyola Phoenix “After the Senate debate began, fear of possible violent repercussions for the bill came up often. Some of this opposition referred to one woman’s public comment that gave an account of receiving bomb threats and rape threats after opposing the divestment resolution last year. The Senate voted to make votes on the resolution anonymous.” Read more
  • March 2015, Jewish Student and VP of Hillel Chapter of  Loyola University Chicago (Adam)  “It’s making us politicized as Jewish students … Because of this resolution, within the last two weeks, we have seen students sit inside Hillel and ask for interviews. Students are refusing to come into the space … Student government is supposed to ensure safety and welfare for students.”” Read more
  • March 2015, Loyola University Chicago Jewish Student (Nicole)  “No one gets to tell me that my passion for Israel is wrong. It is so limiting to be pro-Israel on campus. Will I be welcome on campus if I am vocal about supporting Israel? I’m concerned.” Read more
  • September 2014, Hillel Chapter President of Loyola University Chicago (Talia)  “Members of SJP started monitoring the table, walking by, pointing and talking about it like they were clearly planning something.” Read more
  • September 2014, Hillel Chapter President of Loyola University Chicago (Talia)  “As the tabling event concluded, pro-Palestinian students began to pepper Hillel members with hostile questions such as “How does it feel to be an occupier?” and “How does it feel to be guilty of ethnic cleansing?” One member is worried about attending future Hillel events for fear of being attacked.” Read more
  • September 2014, Hillel Chapter President of Loyola University Chicago (Talia)  “Hillel students are anxious for results [from the university investigation], and want to feel protected on this campus. Campus security must attend every single event we hold because of the campus climate towards Jews.” Read more
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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DISCRIMINATION;
    HARASSMENT
    3/24/15 – Tweets during and after the divestment vote targeted Jewish students for harassment. One student tweeted that during the vote there were a “handful of privileged white people on one side of room” and the “rest of humanity [was[ on [the] other.” Another student celebrated that the campus Hillel allegedly lost members “because #divestment made them uncomfortable and afraid,” stating that, “That’s a win for #LoyolaDivest no one should join Hillel.”
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION 4/13/16 – SJP hosted a talk by Dr. Sa’ed Atshan entitled “Tel Aviv Night Clubs and West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land,” in which he accused Israel of “pinkwashing,” i.e. malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”.
    DENY JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    1/28/16 – SJP held the event, “Palestine 101” which denied Jews self-determination by calling for the “right of return” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish country. Additionally, speakers demonized Israel by accusing the country of carrying out “massacres” and delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing it of apartheid and colonization. Speakers also called for BDS.
    CONDONING TERRORISM 2/26/15 – The Middle Eastern Student Association hosted an event entitled “A Woman’s Intifada: The Story of Rasmea Odeh,” which included a talk by a member of the defense team of convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh.
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BOYCOTT)
    1/14/15 – Students for Justice in Palestine Loyola University Chicago was one of the signatories of a statement entitled “Say No to Faithwashing: Boycott Muslim Leadership Initiative,” which falsely accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid,” and pledges commitment to “the BDS call.”
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTES 3/3/16 – Loyola Divest re-launches a divestment campaign, calling on faculty to “rise up” at a rally on campus.
    BDS EVENTS 11/4/15 – Loyola Black Voices held a protest in solidarity with the University of Missouri students and added the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the state of Israel to their list of demands.
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTES 3/24/15 – The Loyola student government discussed, then passed the Loyola Divest-promoted divestment resolution 16-15-2.
    BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 3/22/15 – Several Loyola student groups wrote letters in support of the anti-Israel divestment resolution, including: Women in Leadership Loyola, Amnesty International Loyola, Broad Magazine, Muslim Students Association Red Cross at Loyola, The Brazilian Club, Students Organize for Syria, Mixed Heritage Union, French Club, Achieving College Excellence, and Middle Eastern Student Association.
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENTS 3/19/15 – Loyola Divest hosted a week of events promoting an anti-Israel divestment resolution, including “The Case for Divestment” (3/19), and an open forum to discuss the divestment resolution (3/23).

     

    In the News ?

    January 27, 2016:
    Loyola Phoenix – Fasullo’s Resignation a Chance to Move Conversation Forward
    (Description note, “We saw this last year when then-president the Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., sent an email to the Loyola community opposing a resolution that had yet to be approved or vetoed by Flavio Bravo, who was then the president of SGLC. The resolution encouraged the university to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. Before student government could even make a decision on a contentious on-campus issue, Loyola’s president shot down any hope of discussion…Fasullo’s resignation was a step in a positive, productive direction. Now we hope we can move forward, engaging in a dialogue in which all university stakeholders have an equal say.”)

    November 15, 2015:
    JUF News – Why can’t Black Lives Matter to me?
    (Description note, “Leaders of Loyola’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine began posting messages that certain students were not welcome as allies of the protesting black students. “Zionists on campus [are] pretending to be outraged,” one post claimed. The post went further claiming that “Zionist” students had “fake ass sympathy and crocodile tears” for the Mizzou students, and ended with the declaration, “Your solidarity ain’t shit.”  Another student likened the racist slurs against black students to the words of the “Zionists” who had opposed last year’s divestment movement…The message was clear, if you were a student who had opposed divestment from Israel, you were not welcome at the rally. This was made all the clearer as I stood on the stone steps in front of Loyola’s library and listened to the interwoven chants, “BLACK LIVES MATTER, FREE FREE PALESTINE.” The black students leading the chants wore keffiyahs. The Black Lives Matter movement and the pro-Palestinian movement have been linked through this kind of rhetoric at Loyola, a rhetoric that undermines the cultural contexts of both peoples’ struggles and blankets the black and Palestinian experiences as one. While intersectionality is a valuable and necessary tool for social justice, so much is ignored by claiming that all oppression is the same oppression.”) 

    November 12, 2015:
    Palestine in America – Loyola Black Voices’ demands include divestment

    April 30, 2015: JUF News – Loyola President Fr. Garanzini speaks out (Description note – Loyola President Father Garanzini discusses recent BDS initiative on campus, “What I see happening now that is very disconcerting is a rise of what I don’t think is only anti-Israel sentiment, but a kind of resurgence of anti-Semitism, as if the Jews have some kind of magical power over the rest of the world, which has to be fought. That’s the way the Jews were portrayed negatively and unfairly in the past. There’s something in the air again that is anti-Semitic and that’s very troubling….I tried to point that out to the president and vice president of student government. I said you don’t have a united position. You just saw how terribly torn your fellow students are about the issue. Well, it won 16 in favor, 15 against, and two abstentions. I said if you want to play the numbers, it’s really a 17-16 vote, but let’s forget about the numbers. You don’t have a mandate to speak out on anything. What you have is a divided student body and did you see the pain that it caused just discussing this? ..And I said, some of this smacks of anti-Semitism. I just fear and feel that, so I’m warning you because that…has no place on this campus….The last time I wrote back to the president of student government, after they’d sent me an open letter, I said, ‘You know, it is ironic that I am writing you this asking you to be cautious on Good Friday when you receive this, because it was precisely on a day like this that Christians used to do horrible things to Jewish people throughout Europe. It’s ironic and sad that we’re talking about his very thing at Passover.’  I said, ‘it’s just a very thin line here and that’s what I worry about.’”)

    April 3, 2015: The Jewish Daily Forward – Loyola Chief Rejects Push for Israel Divestment

    April 3, 2015: JTA – Loyola U prez: University will not address divestment from Israel (Description note, “Loyola University President Father Michael Garanzini sent an open letter by email to students and the university community on Tuesday morning that said: “The University is not interested in taking up the matter of divestment in this instance.” The letter called the process of passing the resolution divisive and said it “pits student against student.” It is the first time the president of the university has ever written an open letter of such a political nature, the student newspaper the Loyola Phoenix reported.”)

    April 1, 2015: SJP Loyola University Chicago – AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT GARANZINI S.J.

    April 1, 2015: ADL – 50% of Anti-Israel Events in Illinois on Three Campuses (Description note,” Lead­ing up to the BDS vote at Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity, there was a week-long pro­gram called “Loy­ola Divest­ment Week,” which fea­tured sev­eral events pro­mot­ing BDS and the “Loy­ola Divest” cam­paign. Exam­ples of those events included dis­cus­sions about divest­ment, a “Pales­tine 101” ses­sion which pro­vided his­tor­i­cal con­text about the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, and a con­ver­sa­tion titled “Reclaim­ing Our Voices through Social Activism.” ADL described the Loy­ola Divest effort as “mis­guided” and stated that it will likely serve to “divide and polar­ize the cam­pus community.” The polar­iz­ing effect of the res­o­lu­tion could be wit­nessed dur­ing the vot­ing ses­sion and after its pas­sage, as stu­dents reacted on Twit­ter with the hash­tag “#Loy­olaDi­vest.” One stu­dent remarked dur­ing the vote that there were a “hand­ful of priv­i­leged white peo­ple on one side of room” and that the “rest of human­ity [was] on [the] other.” Another stu­dent echoed that tweet and wrote “Never under­stood ‘white tears’ more than now –white jew­ish stu­dents are ‘uncom­fort­able’ while the Pales­tini­ans are suf­fo­cat­ing,” and another stu­dent cel­e­brated that the cam­pus Hil­lel allegedly lost mem­bers “because #divest­ment made them uncom­fort­able and afraid,” stat­ing that, “That’s a win for #Loy­olaDi­vest no one should join Hillel.”)

    March 31, 2015: Loyola Phoenix – Garanzini: University will not act on Israeli divestment, criticizes student government

    March 30, 2015: JTA – Loyola U. student government passes Israel divestment resolution

    March 30, 2015: The Jewish Daily Forward- Loyola Student Senate Votes for Israel Divestment

    March 30, 2015: JP Updates- BDS Resolution Passes at Loyola University Student Gov’t

    March 30, 2015: We Support #LoyolaDivest

    March 30, 2015: Twitter – Video: Cheering at divestment vote.

    March 30, 2015: The College Fix – ISRAEL DIVESTMENT PASSES AT LOYOLA ON CAIR INTERN’S TIE-BREAKING VOTE

    March 26, 2015: Loyola Phoenix – Student Government Senate says yes to divest (Description note, “”The Student Government of Loyola Chicago passed a resolution to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. After more than an hour of public comments and almost three hours of Senate debate, the Senate vote was a 15-15-2 tie. After a pause, the speaker of the Senate, Danish Murtaza, broke the tie with an affirmative vote.”)

    March 26, 2015: JUF News – Hillel responds to Loyola student government passing divestment bill (Description note, “Ultimately, the BDS agenda finds no institutional support at Loyola. Current Provost and incoming President Dr. John Pelissero has said that BDS activists use “’the student government senate to advance an anti-Israel policy position. The action was harmful and divisive, creating a tense relationship between our Jewish and pro-Palestinian students.’”)

    March 24, 2015: Youtube.com- SDSU Divest – ‘I Support Divestment’

    March 24, 2015: The College Fix – WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LOYOLA (Description note – endorsements for BDS resolution by Women in Leadership Loyola, Amnesty International Loyola, Chicagoland Coalition for Minority Advancement (CCMA), Broad Magazine, Muslim Students Association, Jews for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Red Cross at Loyola, Free the Slaves, Ramblers Analyzing Whiteness, Gannon Scholars, Students Organize for Syria, National Lawyers Guild, Mixed Heritage Union, French Club, Achieving College Excellence, and Middle East Studies Association.)

    March 24, 2015: SJP Loyola – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOYOLA DIVEST PASSES THROUGH STUDENT GOVERNMENT OF LOYOLA CHICAGO (Description note, “At nearly 10 PM tonight, SGLC senators voted in favor of this resolution by 16-15-2. Loyola Divest’s resolution asks the university to establish transparency, revisit the socially responsible investments policy, and divest its funds from four corporations: Caterpillar, United Technologies Co., Raytheon, and Valero.”)

    March 20, 2015: Jewish Journal – Loyola U. students push for new divestment resolution

    March 20, 2015: Legal Insurrection – BDS Resolution Against Israel Returns to Loyola University-Chicago

    March 19, 2015: EVENT – Loyola Divest Presents: The Case for Divestment

    March 19, 2015: JTA – Loyola U. students push for new divestment resolution

    March 19, 2015: ISSUU – Divestment from Companies Resolution

    March 19, 2015: The College Fix – DIVESTMENT RESOLUTION AGAINST ISRAEL BACK ON THE TABLE AT JESUIT UNIVERSITY

    March 13, 2015: Facebook – Hillel Fights BDS at Loyola

    March 13, 2015: JUF News – Hillel responds to new BDS campaign at Loyola (Description note, “On Sunday, March 8, students at Loyola University announced a new BDS campaign, demanding the university divest from companies that do business with Israel. Since last year’s similar campaign, tensions have run high at Loyola.”)

    March 2015: Twitter – Tweets from pro-BDS stu­dents dur­ing and after the BDS vote at Loy­ola University

    February 26, 2015: The College Fix – University Event Supporting Convicted Terrorist Funded by Student Fees (Description note, “The event ignores the fact that Rasmea Odeh is a convicted terrorist responsible for the murder of two people….Titled “A Woman’s Intifada: The Story of Rasmea Odeh,” it will be held on Loyola’s campus on Thursday, Feb. 26. It’s being hosted by the Middle Eastern Student Association and will feature Nesreen Hasan, a member of Odeh’s defense team.”)

    January 15, 2015: JP Updates – Wiesenthal Center Describes Grim Picture of Antisemitism 2014

    December 9, 2014: Windy City Media Group – Lecturer Atshan talks ‘pinkwashing,’ life in the West Bank

    December 3, 2014: EVENT – Sa’ed Atshan on “The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land”

    November 14, 2014: USACBI – Open letter to Loyola University in support of Students for Justice in Palestine

    November 8, 2014: The Indypendent – SJP President: The University ‘Made Us Sound Like Monsters’

    November 7, 2014: JUF News – Students for Justice in Palestine put on probation at Loyola

    November 4, 2014: Jewish News – Pro-Palestinian group to appeal Loyola U. Chicago sanction

    November 3, 2014: JTA – Loyola U. Chicago sanctions Hillel, Students for Justice in Palestine

    November 3, 2014: The Jewish Daily Forward – Loyola U. Chicago Says Both Sides of Israel Debate Violated Rules

    October 30, 2014: Mondoweiss – Loyola SJP investigation reflects double standard towards Palestinian voices on campus

    October 29, 2014: The Arab Daily News – Loyola University punishes non-Jews who tried to sign up for “Birthright Israel” program

    October 23, 2014: The Jerusalem Post – It’s time to beat the Jew-haters

    October 7-10, 2014: Steven Salaita in Chicago Speaking on Palestine & Censorship!

    October 2014: The Tower – On Many Campuses, Hate is Spelled SJP

    October 1, 2014: The Times of Israel: Loyola U. Chicago suspends, then reinstates anti-Israel group

    October 1, 2014: The Jerusalem Post – Loyola University Chicago suspends, then reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine

    October 1, 2014: SJP Loyola – Loyola Students for Justice In Palestine’s Temporary Suspension Lifted, But Investigation of Students for Speech Activities Continues

    September 30, 2014: JTA – Loyola U. Chicago suspends, then reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine

    September 29, 2014: The College Fix – SJP Chapter Suspended After Harassing Jewish Peers, Protesting Israel Display

    September 29, 2014: Students for Justice in Palestine at Loyola Univ. Chicago Temporarily Suspended

    September 29, 2014: The College Fix – SJP CHAPTER SUSPENDED AFTER HARASSING JEWISH PEERS, PROTESTING ISRAEL DISPLAY

    September 29, 2014: The Tower – Loyola University Chicago Suspends SJP Chapter for Violating Students’ Rights

    September 24, 2014: Palestine Solidarity Legal Support – Letter to Associate Dean of Students

    September 24, 2014: Brandeis Center Commends Loyola University Chicago for Temporary Suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine Activities or Events

    September 18, 2014: The College Fix Jewish College Students Under Assault At Campuses Across America

    September 16, 2014: College Fix – SJP STUDENTS HURL INSULTS AT JEWISH PEERS, PROTEST THEIR ISRAEL DISPLAY (VIDEO)

    September 9, 2014: ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: SJP members verbally assaulted their Jewish peers yelling insults at them before creating a human wall to block Hillel’s attempt to advertise trips to Israel.

    August 6, 2014: Legal Insurrection – Anti-Israel Prof. Steve Salaita loses job offer at U. Illinois over hateful tweets

    May 27, 2014: This is what’s wrong with university divestment

    April 9, 2014: A Paid Operative Behind Campus Divestment

    April 9, 2014: Loyola University Chicago student president vetoes measure encouraging divestment from Israel

    March 25, 2014: University Of Loyola’s (Chicago) Student Government Asks School To Divest From Pro-Israeli Companies With Questionable Practices

    March 24, 2014: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Official University Statement In Response to #LoyolaDivest

    March 20, 2014: Jewish Groups Ask Loyola University to Veto BDS Resolution

    March 20, 2014: Wiesenthal Center Denounces Loyola University Vote Endorsing Anti-Israel Boycott

    March 19, 2014: Loyola Phoenix – USGA senate passes divestment resolution

    March 19, 2014: The Times of Israel – SJP’s underhanded tactics at Loyola U

    March 19, 2014: Loyola of Chicago Student Senate passes divestment measure

    March 19, 2014: Israel divestment passed by students at Chicago’s Loyola University, tabled in Arizona and Michigan

    March 19, 2014: Conspiracy and the BDS Movement: Loyola University Passes Divestment With No Debate

    March 19, 2014: Loyola Chicago Students Pass Surprise Anti-Israel Divestment Resolution

    April 25, 2014: STEVEN SALAITA TWEET – I think of all the pain Israelis have caused, their smugness, their greed, their violence, and yet I smile, because it’s all only temporary.

    April 17, 2014: The College Fix – CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY STUDENTS VEHEMENTLY DEFEND PALESTINIAN CAUSE (Description note, “There was the Tweet that promised Israeli soldiers will face Armageddon. There was the featured Muslim artist whose most famous poem is called “Hate,” which accuses Israeli soldiers of shooting Palestinian boys for no reason. There was the song that referred to Israelis as “dogs.” These are just a few ways in which some students at Loyola University Chicago, a private Catholic university described as one of the largest Jesuit colleges in the nation, marked “Palestine Awareness Week.””)

    February 24, 2014: EVENT – 5 Broken Cameras: Screening & discussion with director Emad Burnat

    April 10, 2013: Loyola Phoenix – DAM: Palestine’s first rap group plays McCormick Lounge

    February 28, 2013: SJP Loyola Facebook Page – Brand Israel: Pinkwashing the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    February 26, 2013: SJP Loyola Facebook Page – Brand Israel: Greenwashing the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    July 12, 2012: LINKS – Israel’s environmental colonialism and eco-apartheid

    June 28, 2012: StandWithUs – ’5 Broken Cameras’ a manipulative pro-Palestinian movie

    November 22, 2011: The New York Times – Israel and ‘Pinkwashing’

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled,

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled, “IRONIC: ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS CIRCULATE PETITION CLAIMING THEY AREN’T ANTI-SEMITIC – PETITION ITSELF IS ANTI-SEMITIC”


    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled,

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled, “IRONIC: ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS CIRCULATE PETITION CLAIMING THEY AREN’T ANTI-SEMITIC – PETITION ITSELF IS ANTI-SEMITIC”


    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled,

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled, “IRONIC: ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS CIRCULATE PETITION CLAIMING THEY AREN’T ANTI-SEMITIC – PETITION ITSELF IS ANTI-SEMITIC”


    Source Credit: Student government President at loyola University Chicago, March 31 2015

    Source Credit: Student government President at loyola University Chicago, March 31 2015

    Source Credit: ADL, Tweets from pro-BDS stu­dents dur­ing and after the BDS vote at Loy­ola University, March 2015

    Source Credit: ADL, Tweets from pro-BDS stu­dents dur­ing and after the BDS vote at Loy­ola University, March 2015

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    Source Credit: CollegeFix, Sept 16 2014

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    Source Credit: Facebook, March 04 2015

    Source Credit: Facebook, February 13 2015

    Source Credit: Facebook, February 14 2015

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    BDS Tracker


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS:
    SJP
    Middle East Student Association

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 1

    1. Judith Wittner