Campus Monitor - San Diego State University

Student Voices

  • April 11, 2017 – San Diego State University Student (Anthony) – “This Wednesday afternoon, students at San Diego State will debate and discuss the merits of a finalized student resolution condemning anti-Semitism….However, in the weeks since it was introduced to student government, the resolution has been heavily edited, toned down and essentially neutered of all its potential power. Sections calling for student government to ‘respect the right of the organized Jewish community at SDSU to define, within the guidelines of national definition, what is or is not anti-Semitic’ or to condemn ‘[accusations of] Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nation,’ were effectively erased.” Read more
  • March 15, 2017 – San Diego State University Jewish Student (Bentzion) – “Someone bringing that [violent comment of ‘bomb them’ directed at an anti-BDS Jewish A.S. presidential candidate] to campus is just — it’s frightening. And that’s just completely unacceptable. When they’re talking about bombing people and it’s in this context, it seems pretty clear that they’re talking about Israel, and [the presidential candidate discussing BDS] was clearly talking about pro-Israel.”  Read more
  • March 15, 2017 – San Diego State University Jewish Student (Ben) – “This sort of speech and language puts a target on the back of Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian students alike.” Read more
  • March 3, 2017 – San Diego State University Jewish Student (Aaron) – “Divestment is closely linked to anti-Zionism. While anti-Zionism is distinct from anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism often manifests itself as anti-Semitism.” Read more
  • December 20, 2015 – SDSU Jewish Student (Chantal)  – “Throughout the second day of the conference, I was getting messages from students who were walking on campus with a Star of David necklace – a clear symbol of Jewish faith – stating that they were subjected to comments and snarls whenever they walked by SJP leaders attending the conference. On Saturday night, one of my SSI members had reported to me that SJP was marching in the street with Palestinian flags chanting anti-Israel slurs. It made her so uncomfortable that she no longer felt safe on her university campus.  On Sunday, the beach cleanup brought together many different groups on campus to share a positive experience together and create light in the darkness of a war against anti-Semitism. A handful of beach cleanup attendees had worn t-shirts that showed their support with Israel and walked home after the event was over. On their way back, three members were harassed on separate accounts by SJP members yelling, “F*** Israel!” and following them for at least 20 feet while chanting anti-Israel slurs. In addition to that, on that Thursday afternoon, my home was egged. This was a strange coincidence considering the conference was just days earlier and Palestinian Day of Action was on October 13th, the day before this occurred.” Read more
  • Apr 2015, Jewish SDSU Student (Ben) – “I’d never think this would happen here, that’s one of the main reasons why I chose this school over other schools — especially UC’s — because I did not hear anything about any anti-Semitism. Obviously I see it now, and when prospective Jewish students ask me about SDSU, I feel obligated to let them know about the anti-Semitism on campus right now.” Read more
  • Apr 2015, SDSU Student (Anthony) – “The mere existence of this sentiment, with no condemnation from the administration, is troubling, not just for current students, but future generations who want to call SDSU their home” Read more
  • Apr 2015, SDSU Student (Anthony) – “It comes as no coincidence that the anti-Semitic graffiti at UCD came days after the controversial divestment movement passed the school senate. It also comes as no coincidence that the anti-Semitic posts on Yik Yak came during the divestment movement at SDSU. The BDS movement and new political anti-Semitism often go hand in hand, and to insist that this correlation is non-existent, despite resounding evidence, is socially irresponsible” Read more
  • Apr 2015, SDSU Student (Anthony) – “This “new political anti-Semitism” is a brand that has been perpetuated by the controversial Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to pull funds from companies invested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What makes this new political anti-Semitism unique is that it toes the difficult line between criticism of Israel’s domestic policy and disproportionate demonization of Israel and its inhabitants.” Read more
  • Apr 2015, Jewish SDSU Student (Michael) – “As a Jewish student on this campus, and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I was disgusted and horrified by the anti-Semitic comments on Yik Yak,” Kagan said. “It was shocking to see how even on an anonymous forum, students were comfortable to spread such hatred and even went as far as praising Hitler” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Students Supporting Israel President (Sarah) – “My biggest fear is that the campus climate will be even worse than it is. Right now, groups on campus aren’t really communicating with each other about this issue, and by having this hateful resolution on campus, it’s only going to create that barrier. Ultimately, it will divide us.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Students Supporting Israel President (Sarah) – “By delegitimizing Israel, it means to destroy the Jewish state, Israel, and that is, to some level, anti-Semitic and we’ve seen across college campuses how divestment has lead to anti-Semitism.” Read more
  • Dec 2014, Former SJP Member (Anthony) – “I published the article, stating my change in stance regarding Divestment and condemned the organization [Students for Justice in Palestine] for being hateful. I condemned them for reducing Israel to a caricature specific to their narrative. I condemned them for marginalizing students on our campus. In just 2 days after publishing, I received over 30 messages, calling for my resignation from the paper, calling me a baby killer, a racist apartheid supporter, and other hateful slurs I can’t mention right now. I have been threatened on campus and off, online and offline and have lost friendships I valued in the process…I’ve lost my sense of safety on our campus” Read more
  • October 2014, SDSU Jewish & Israeli Student (Sheli) – “I didn’t feel welcome or comfortable, as a Jewish and Israeli student. The tension between SJP and Jewish students is always there … It isn’t a good place to start dialogues.” Read more
  • July 2014, SDSU Jewish Student (Sydney) – “SJP make me feel uncomfortable. As a student on the SDSU campus, the hostile way SJP promotes its position targets who I am as a person. SJP looks to point out the Jewish community on campus and targets Jewish students, saying that their homeland is illegitimate. As a person who has recently found their spirituality, Israel is more than a country. It is a place that I can call home even if I am thousands of miles away.” Read more
  • July 2014, SDSU Student and President of Students in Support of Israel (Sarah), on trying to invite SJP to events – “We, as an organization, truly care about Palestinians and their suffering. We have tried to hold events to raise money for Palestinian children and they turned us down on our offer to work with them. It’s just sad that two groups of students who care about a cause can’t work together. We try to tell SJP and their supporters that there is such a thing as being both pro-Palestine and pro-Israel” Read more
  • July 2014, SDSU Former President of Students in Support of Israel (Nirit), claims she also pushed for dialogue with SJP – “[I] was told SJP officers do not socialize with sympathizers of a brutal apartheid state.” Read more
  • July 2014, SDSU student and article author (Anthony)– “[SJP] further pushes toward a divided campus by instilling an attitude of ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us,’ and painting this conflict as entirely black or white: either pro-Palestine or pro-Israel, with no middle ground. SJP has been adamant about spreading its message of justice for the Palestinians, and in the process has purposely demonized Israel and its citizens…” Read more
  • July 2014, SDSU student and article author (Anthony) – “This kind of one-way communication is not a pathway toward dialogue or resolution, but rather supports a violent misrepresentation of Israel convenient to the specific narrative of SJP. It diminishes Israel and its people to one-dimensional caricatures, an act that is deeply offensive and incites anti-Semitic sentiments.” Read more

 

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Classification Date-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
VERBAL ASSAULT;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
3/8/17 – During a student government debate about BDS, an unidentified person yelled a violent comment of “bomb them” at the time when an A.S. presidential candidate was asked about his position on BDS and he took a stand against the BDS movement, calling it an “unfair, unethical tactic.” The same anti-BDS candidate had drawn “boos” from the audience at times throughout the debate for his position against BDS.
DISCRIMINATION 11/23/15 – Members of SJP prohibited Students Supporting Israel (SSI) from participating in a rally against Islamophobia, stating that SSI’s participation “didn’t serve the interests of the community.”
DISCRIMINATION;
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HARASSMENT;
HISTORICAL
4/5/15 – Antisemitic statements were made on Yik Yak during the week of the divestment referendum, including “Heil Hitler” and “SDSU divest so we can get rid of the Jews.”
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM; DEMONIZATION 4/26/17 – SJP and SDSU Native American Student Alliance co-sponsored a film screening of “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” In the film, several speakers condoned terrorism against Israelis by justifying all violence against Israel, including acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, as legitimate “resistance.” Many of the speakers demonized Israel, falsely accusing the Israeli government of “terrorism,” “murderous attacks,” and “acting like a monster,” and calling Israeli soldiers’ actions “inhumane” and “brutal.”
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
3/20/17 – As part of “Palestine Solidarity Month,” SJP held the event “Understanding the BDS Movement.” Video footage of the event shows multiple slides depicting Israel as an apartheid state being used during the panel presentation, as well as a slide that had an image of signs saying, “Boycott Racist Israel,” “Israel: Apartheid Terrorist Regime” and “Isolate Apartheid Israel” repeatedly shown throughout the event.
DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
3/20/17 – SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” events. According to an article in the school paper, one panel on the wall read, “Zionism is a racist political ideology formed in 1897,” while another panel had a map of California universities that have voted to divest from Israeli companies. According to a video of the wall made by the school paper, a third panel explicitly called for BDS, and a fourth panel accused Israel of “apartheid.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 3/15/17 – SJP held the event “Settler Colonialism from America to Israel” as part of “Palestine Solidarity Month.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 3/2/17 – SJP’s Palestine Solidarity Month flier went up on all the digital displays in the student union. The poster listed two delegitimizing titles of events, including “Mock Israeli Apartheid Wall” and “Settler-Colonialism from America to Israel,” and included a “Free Palestine” banner.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
2/27/17 – The International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) Department promoted SJP’s “Palestine Awareness Month” event schedule, which included events entitled “Settler Colonialism from America to Israel,” “Understanding the BDS Movement” and “Mock Israeli Apartheid Wall.”
DEMONIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS) 9/29/16 – SJP held the event, “SDSU SJP Presents: Children Behind Bars with Beth Miller.” The description for the event stated that Beth Miller will discuss how Palestinian children are “targeted for arrest and violence within the Israeli military detention system” which insinuates the demonizing notion that Israel’s intentions are to deliberately harm Palestinian children. According to the school newspaper, “the president of SJP ended the event with an announcement about the Divestment platform and its return this year.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 9/29/16 – SJP held a film-screening event, “SDSU SJP Presents: Roadmap to Apartheid” in place of a Miko Peled talk, where a video was watched that falsely accused Israel of apartheid.
CONDONING TERRORISM 10/19/15 – SDSU SJP endorsed a statement calling terrorism against Israeli Jews “resistance against the oppressive Zionist entity” and stating “LONG LIVE THE INTIFADA,” which, in the context of current events, is a call for violence against Israeli Jews.
CONDONING TERRORISM;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
10/11/15 – Convicted terrorist Rasmeah Odeh was the keynote speaker at a national SJP conference hosted at SDSU; the conference also focused on promoting anti-Israel divestment resolutions.
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 3/7/17 – As part of Palestine Solidarity Month, SDSU Divest held the event, “Border to Border with Dr. Roberto D. Hernandez,” during which Dr. Hernandez expressed support for BDS.
CALLS FOR BDS 9/22/16 – SDSU Divest posted a message on Facebook stating, “We’re back. #SDSUdivest #FreePalestine” to express the re-launch of its campaign.
BDS VOTES 4/9/15 – A school-wide referendum on an anti-Israel divestment measure was held and divestment was defeated. 3,211 students participated in the vote, 53% in favor of divestment and 47% opposed. A 2/3 majority was required for the measure to pass.
CALLS FOR BDS 4/6/15 – A pro-divestment statement was endorsed by 11 students and community organizations.
CALLS FOR BDS 3/24/15 – SDSU SJP publish a video promoting anti-Israel divestment.
BDS EVENT 2/25/15 – The Olive Tree Initiative and numerous departments hosted a discussion on BDS with SJP participants. According to SJP, “almost all those who attended became proponents of SDSU Divest.”
CALLS FOR BDS 1/21/15 – SDSU Divest announced the launch of its anti-Israel divestment campaign.

 

In the News ?

April 21, 2017:
San Diego Jewish Journal – StandWithUs Applauds SDSU Student Senate for Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

April 11, 2017:
Associated Students – A Resolution to Condemn Anti-Semitism (SDSU Associated Students)

April 11, 2017:
The Huffington Post – Political anti-Semitism is still anti-Semitism. It’s time for San Diego State to recognize that.

April 5, 2017:
The Daily Aztec – Panel educates on BDS movement
(Description note, “’I’d like to respond to the charge that BDS is anti-Semitic. This has become a common refrain,’ he said. ‘One reason given for calling BDS anti-Semitic is that it’s not just critical of Israeli policies, but it is implicitly anti-Zionist.’ Graubart said that while being anti-Zionist and supporting BDS do not necessarily go together, many advocates of BDS are also anti-Zionist. He said being anti-Zionist means opposing ‘a nation state that gives added symbolic and substantive status to just its Jewish residents despite the fact that the land is binational in practice.’”)

April 5, 2017:
The Daily Aztec – SJP displays mock apartheid wall

March 29, 2017:
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Menorah vandalized at SDSU Chabad House

March 28, 2017:
10 News – Vandals target Chabad House at SDSU

March 15, 2017:
The Daily Aztec – Violent comment at A.S debate sparks controversy

March 9, 2017:
The Daily Aztec – Palestine Solidarity Month kicks off
(Description note, “The Students for Justice in Palestine at San Diego State kicked off their month-long series of events in honor of Palestine Solidarity Month on March 1. The series began with a lecture conducted by Professor Dr. Farid Abdel Nour, who teaches Political Science at SDSU. The lecture focused on the history of  Palestine, and how the Arab Israeli conflict began… ‘Solidarity with the Palestinian people is a plea to dismantle an ideology and a system of domination oppression, a sense of superiority, that’s what solidarity with the Palestinian people is,’ Nour said.  On March 15 Ozzie Monge will share his experiences of coming from America to settle in Israel. A lecture on understanding the BDS movement will take place on March 20. The lecture series will conclude on March 22 with an examination of Israeli Settlements from first hand experience with Gary Fields.”)

March 6, 2017:
The Daily Aztec –  Letter: A.S. resolution conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism

March 3, 2017:
The Daily Aztec – ‘Spring into Diversity’ exposes anti-Semitism and anti-Israel popular culture
(Description note, “President of Jewish Student Union Aaron Levin-Fay, and business marketing junior Isaac Lutbak presented “Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel in Popular Media and Culture” in Templo Mayor on Feb. 23…The issue of anti-Semitism on campus at San Diego State was raised in 2015, when the Students for Justice in Palestine invited a speaker, Miko Peled, who had referred to Jews as “sleazy thieves.” The talk was canceled…While anti-Zionism is distinct from anti-Semitism, Levin-Fay said “anti-Zionism often manifests itself as anti-Semitism.” Zionism is a movement for the re-establishment, development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now known as Israel, Levin-Fay said…He suggested focusing on positive aspects of Israeli culture; for instance, Tel Aviv is known as the most LGBT-friendly city in the Middle East. “Showing that Israel isn’t the horrible place it’s made out to be is a really good way to show it in a positive light,” Levin-Fay said.”)

February 15, 2017:
The Daily Aztec – Israel-Palestine not an all-or-nothing issue

January 20, 2017:
The Algemeiner – San Diego Student Says Her View of Israel as ‘Akin to Apartheid’ Completely Changed After Visiting Jewish State

January 18, 2017:
The Daily Aztec – Aztecs Travel the World Over Winter Break

November 28, 2016:
The Daily Aztec – SDSU Bookstore in a one-holiday spirit, ignores Jewish faith

October 13, 2016:
The Daily Aztec – Defense for Children International Palestine advocates at San Diego State
(Description note, “Mustafa Alemi, the president of SJP, ended the event with an announcement about the Divestment platform and its return this year.”)

September 30, 2016:
The Daily Aztec – SJP hosts movie screening after controversy with scheduled speaker

September 29, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Legal Expert: Controversy Surrounding Israeli Radical Miko Peled Serves as Jew-Hatred Litmus Test for Anti-Israel Groups

September 27, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Radical Group at San Diego State U Cancels Talk by Israeli Activist Who Called Jews ‘Sleazy,’ But Says Antisemitic Rhetoric ‘Not Reflective of His Principles, Character’

September 26, 2016:
Peace and Conflict Studies – Anti-Israel Group at San Diego State U to Host Israeli Radical Who Called Jews ‘Sleazy Thieves’

September 23, 2016:
The Daily Aztec – Campus activists silent in face of anti-Semitic author
(Description note, “On Sept. 29, SDSU’s Students for Justice in Palestine will host a discussion, “Palestine 101,” with Israeli author Miko Peled.  Peled, the son of an Israeli general, has made a speaking career promoting non-violent resistance to the military occupation of the disputed territories in the West Bank. Peled purports himself to be a “peace activist,” but he is not. Through Twitter and other social media, Peled regularly invokes ancient anti-Semitic tropes in his criticisms of Israel. On Sept. 14, in response to the recently signed U.S.-Israeli aid package, Peled  tweeted that Jews had a reputation for being “sleazy thieves.” Peled’s tweet led to the cancellation of his speech at Princeton University. In a statement on Facebook, the Princeton Committee on Palestine wrote that Peled’s tweets were “anti-Semitic and hateful, (and) counterproductive to an educational event on the conflict.”)

September 21, 2016:
The Daily Aztec – Students for Justice in Palestine raise awareness through education

August 22, 2016:
SJP at SDSU Website – We’ll Be Back. No Rest ‘Till We Divest. #SDSUDivest”
(Description note – Contains an entire page on Israeli Apartheid which erroneously states, “Israel was established by the Zionist movement over 60 years ago with the intention and effect of achieving the permanent removal en masse of the indigenous, predominantly Arab population of Palestine for the purpose of Jewish colonization and development of a ‘Jewish state.’” )

June 9, 2016:
The College Fix – SDSU faculty demand president refute link between BDS movement and Palestinian terrorists

May 13, 2016:
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Letters extra: SDSU/BDS flap

May 11, 2016:
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Israel, Palestine debate intensifies at SDSU

May 5, 2016:
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Horowitz defends ‘terrorism’ posters at SDSU

May 4, 2016:
The San Diego Union-Tribune – SDSU controversy: In defense of free speech
(Description note, “But are students who defend Israel as a democratic state — a flawed democracy, perhaps, but one targeted for extinction by nations and terrorists — de facto racist villains? That too is an absurd statement. Yet on some campuses, it is a view that has prompted not just inflammatory posters but much worse. Last September, UCSD Professor Shlomo Dubnov wrote a Union-Tribune op-ed depicting the harsh treatment that Jewish students face for their presumed beliefs: “When UC students from different campuses report fear of wearing a Star of David necklace because they might get spit on or yelled at by anti-Israel activists, and when a UCLA student reports she was afraid to walk to Hillel for sabbath dinner and another says she stopped telling people she was Jewish, that is anti-Semitism. When a UC Irvine student is stopped at a Palestinian checkpoint demonstration simply because she is Jewish, when members of a Jewish fraternity at UC Davis speak against divestment and their house gets spray-painted with swastikas, and when fliers are posted across UC Santa Barbara blaming Israel and Jews for 9/11, that is anti-Semitism.”)

May 3, 2016:
The Jewish Press – San Diego State Jewish Students Face Disciplinary Action over Anti-BDS Flyer

February 2, 2016:
The Daily Aztec – Lecture series offers new perspectives on Israel-Palestine conflict
(Description note, “The purpose of the lecture series and accompanying class is to give a new perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that looks at it from the side of those deeply connected to the Jewish community and to the idea of Jewish self-determination, but worried about the direction that Israel took, Graubart said…The series will begin on Feb. 15 with filmmaker and journalist Lia Tarachansky. Her presentation, “Collective Denial, Moral Responsibility and the Naqba of 1948” will follow a screening of her documentary “On the Side of the Road. Other lecturers include writers Peter Beinart, Amira Hass and Ran Greenstein, as well as the Jewish Relations Coordinator for Breaking the Silence, Avner Gvaryahu. The series runs through April 18 and covers many Israel-Palestine issues like the significance of Zionists, the military occupation of Israel, and new forms of dissent in the region.”)

December 28, 2015:
The Jerusalem Post – When a rally against Islamophobia excluded our campus pro-Israel group
(Description note, “However, it became aware to SSI that members of the pro-Palestinian group, Students for Justice in Palestine, who took part in organizing the event had rejected SSI’s signature. Out of the over 30 organizations that had signed the document, SSI was the only organization to be excluded from the statement. When asked why SSI was excluded from the statement, the response was simple and damning: “It didn’t serve the interests of the community.” A rally that was supposed to serve as a unified solidarity march against hate became politicized and divided. SSI had members who were Israeli-Jews and Jewish Americans at the rally fighting against a hate that threatened their own Muslim friends in Israel and America. They were rightfully confused and hurt. For how could a display against hate become politicized? If a group of people aren’t allowed to join because of identity and foreign politics, isn’t this also discrimination? Isn’t this also intolerance?”)

December 20, 2015:
The Jerusalem Post – A Weekend With SJP
(Description note, “Throughout the second day of the conference, I was getting messages from students who were walking on campus with a Star of David necklace – a clear symbol of Jewish faith – stating that they were subjected to comments and snarls whenever they walked by SJP leaders attending the conference. On Saturday night, one of my SSI members had reported to me that SJP was marching in the street with Palestinian flags chanting anti-Israel slurs. It made her so uncomfortable that she no longer felt safe on her university campus.  On Sunday, the beach cleanup brought together many different groups on campus to share a positive experience together and create light in the darkness of a war against anti-Semitism. A handful of beach cleanup attendees had worn t-shirts that showed their support with Israel and walked home after the event was over. On their way back, three members were harassed on separate accounts by SJP members yelling, “F*** Israel!” and following them for at least 20 feet while chanting anti-Israel slurs. In addition to that, on that Thursday afternoon, my home was egged. This was a strange coincidence considering the conference was just days earlier and Palestinian Day of Action was on October 13th, the day before this occurred.”)

November 13, 2015:
The Tower – What is Yik Yak? On Many Campuses, It’s How Anti-Semitism Spreads
(Description note, “At San Diego State, a student wrote, “Israeli apartheid is by far worse than hitters [sic] regime. Hitler was trying to save his people from the horrible conditions laid upon them by the west. Israel blindly murders based on racist ideology.”)

November 5, 2015:
San Diego Jewish World – I-8 Jewish Travel: SDSU’s Jewish president
(Description note, “In terms of challenges, we always want to be advocating for free speech and expression but there is a line—usually not involved with speech—but there is a line where people might intimidate physically or harass somebody and then it is the university’s responsibility to protect the students and to keep them safe.  We have not had anything even remotely like that on our campus, but if we did, whatever group it was, we would work very strongly to protect the group.”)

October 23, 2015:
EVENT – Uprise with Palestine Protest!

October 16, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – Activists for Palestine hold national conference at SDSU
(Description note, “During an SDSU student referendum last April, 53 percent of students voted in favor of divestment. However, a two-thirds majority was needed in order to pass the resolution…Other workshops aimed to bolster the organization’s reach and effectiveness in activism. They included such topics as: colonization as gendered violence, working to eradicate anti-blackness within non-black communities, divestment via resolution, divestment via referendum, political and economic role of education and its connection to imperialism, and the future of divestment: where do we go from here?”)

October 14, 2015:
The Jewish Week – BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network
(Description note, “Here is a sample of the student funds provided to SJP in the 2014-15 school year from some of the more challenging campuses: San Diego State University: $800”)

October 12, 2015:
San Diego Jewish World – Shame on SJP for inviting murderer to SDSU
(Description note, “StandWithUs condemns Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for hosting Rasmeah Odeh as a keynote speaker during its national conference at San Diego State University (SDSU) on October 11, 2015.”)

October 9, 2015:
EVENT – Fifth annual National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) conference

April 25, 2015:
EVENT – Gaza, Divestment & The Palestinian Right to Return
(Description note, “Osama Alkhawaja will speak about SJP SDSU divestment efforts “)

April 11, 2015:
San Diego Jewish World – SDSU students defeat BDS proposal

April 10, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – Divestment denied, falls short of two-thirds majority
(Description note – For a divestment resolution that was voted on, it needed a 2/3 majority to pass. “In a document signed by AS Election Coordinator, Bree Lutjens, 1,701 (52.97 percent) of students voted in favor of the resolution while 1,510 (47.03 percent) voted against. The failure of this resolution means Associated Students will not encourage The Campanile Foundation” to divest.)

April 14, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – Anti-Semitic posts divest from social progress
(Description note, “This past week, as the San Diego State Jewish community celebrated Passover and prepared for the Holocaust memorial “Walk to Remember” where they witnessed the rebirth of ancient racism. Students were shocked to discover various anti-Semitic posts on the anonymous geo-social app Yik Yak, making statements such as “Heil Hitler” and “SDSU Divest so we can get rid of the Jews.”… This “new political anti-Semitism” is a brand that has been perpetuated by the controversial Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to pull funds from companies invested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What makes this new political anti-Semitism unique is that it toes the difficult line between criticism of Israel’s domestic policy and disproportionate demonization of Israel and its inhabitants. It comes as no coincidence that the anti-Semitic graffiti at UCD came days after the controversial divestment movement passed the school senate. It also comes as no coincidence that the anti-Semitic posts on Yik Yak came during the divestment movement at SDSU. The BDS movement and new political anti-Semitism often go hand in hand, and to insist that this correlation is non-existent, despite resounding evidence, is socially irresponsible…To move beyond these hateful expressions, I am calling on SDSU to join other schools, such as UC Santa Barbra, UC Berkeley and UCLA, in passing resolutions to condemn anti-Semitism and the demonization of Israel on campus.”)

April 6, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – Statement in support of Divestment
(Description note, “This statement and divestment are endorsed by: Arab Student Association, AChA de SDSU, Concerned Students, AOD Womyn’s Outreach Association, International Socialist Organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, MEChA de SDSU, Muslim Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, Queer People of Color Collective, Queer Student Union.”)

March 23, 2015:
Facebook: SDSU Divest – Special Initiative Referendum

March 16, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – AS president candidates debate
(Description note, “”The three candidates for Associated Students president showcased their plans to empower the student voice, unite the campus and address student concerns at Thursday’s presidential debate. Divestment, the act of retracting an investment, has been a hotly controversial issue between students. Zaida passionately debated against some of the university’s expenditures, calling for divestment.”)

March 10, 2015:
The Huffington Post – Know Both Sides Before Signing on to Divestment
(Description note, “I was sitting in the student union on campus this week, the center place of student life here at San Diego State University, when I overheard a conversation happening 10 feet away from me. Two girls were sitting at a table, minding their own business, when a male student approached them with a piece of paper in his hand. I heard him explain that the piece of paper was a petition in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as the BDS movement. He asked these girls if they knew anything about this movement and they both replied that they didn’t. After a brief explanation from the guy, the two girls looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders and without any real knowledge of what they were supporting, signed the petition.”)

March 9, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – List labels SDSU anti-Semitic

February 27, 2015:
San Diego Jewish World – Horowitz claim of SDSU anti-Semitism disputed

February 24, 2015:
U-T San Diego – Report about anti-Semitic activities at SDSU disputed

February 23, 2015:
San Diego Jewish World – SDSU rejects charge of anti- Semitism

February 21, 2015:
DiscoverTheNetworks.org – Alison Weir’s Profile

February 21, 2015:
DiscoverTheNetworks.org – Free Gaza Movement’s Board of Directors

February 16, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – Divestment compromises academic integrity

February 16, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – Q&A with Sarah Katularu: Divestment

February 16, 2015:
The Daily Aztec – Divestment is a step towards justice

January 22, 2015:
Change.org Petition – Vote YES on Divesting from Corportations Violating Palestinian Human Rights

December 9, 2014:
San Diego Jewish News – Why one student switched sides over BDS

November 20, 2014:
EVENT – Right to Education Tour

November 19, 2014:
EVENT – Poetic Justice featuring Remi Kanazi

November 11, 2014:
The Daily Aztec – SJP drops leaflets on SDSU campus

October 16, 2014:
The Daily Aztec – Die-in protests fuel the fire

October 2, 2014:
EVENT – Remembering Gaza

September 8, 2014:
Times of Israel – Ethnic cleansing starts…at my university?

September 3, 2014:
San Diego Jewish World – Anti- Semitic grafitti found at SDSU

August 31, 2014:
Times of San Diego – SDSU Police Hold Suspected Vandal Who Left Anti-Semitic Graffiti on Campus

August 31, 2014:
Daily Aztec – EBA vandalized Sunday morning (with swastika’s, antisemitism)

July 28, 2014:
College Fix – Student Palestinian Group Blames University for Gaza Deaths

July 27, 2014:
Algemeiner – Don’t Dismiss California School System’s Fights Over Israel Divestment

July 18, 2014
The Daily Aztec –  Ethnic cleansing starts where?

April 28, 2014:
The Daily Aztec – Divestment bill shot down again

April 23, 2014:
Aztecs for Israel –   SDSU University Council Set to Vote on Divestment

April 16, 2014:
EVENT – Islam Awareness Week 2014

April 9, 2014:
The Daily Aztec – Letter to the Editor: Divestment creates campus hostility
– See more at: http://www.thedailyaztec.com/51791/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-divestment-creates-campus-hostility/#sthash.qci52D6G.dpuf

April 2, 2014:
San Diego jewish World – Stand With Us protests coming Falk lecture at SDSU

March 20, 2014:
The Daily Aztec – A.S. Diversity Commission approves divestment

March 14, 2014:
The Daily Aztec – Student activists make statement with wall

February 17, 2014:
The Daily Aztec – Campaign urges SDSU divestment

February 17, 2014:
The Daily Aztec –  Campaign urges SDSU divestment

September 10, 2013:
10 News –Israel replaced with Palestine on map in language class at SDSU

October 7, 2012:
The Daily Beast – The Tortuous History Of The Greta Berlin Tweet Controversy

 

Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

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Messaging that demonized and delegitimized Israel shown repeatedly during SJP’s panel event, “Understanding the BDS Movement.” Source Credit: SJP Facebook (March 20, 2017)

 

Source Credit: San Diego State Yik Yak Post (November 13, 2015)

Source Credit: San Diego State Yik Yak Post (November 13, 2015)

 

Source Credit: SDSU Facebook Page (May 19, 2015)

Source Credit: SDSU Facebook Page (May 19, 2015)

 

Source Credit: Students Supporting Israel SDSU Facebook Post April 8, 2015

Source Credit: Students Supporting Israel SDSU Facebook Post April 8, 2015

Source Credit: Youtube.com, March 24 2015

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

Source Credit: SDSU Divest Facebook

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BDS Tracker

 

April 10, 2015: Defeated – Needed 2/3 majority to pass. 52.97% vote for, 47.03% vote against

April 23, 2014: Defeated – Student Government voted down divestment resolution with a vote of 3 yes, 16 no and 3 abstain.


BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

 

STUDENT BDS

Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 12

  1. Arab Student Association
  2. AChA de SDSU
  3. Concerned Students
  4. AOD Womyn’s Outreach Association
  5. International Socialist Organization
  6. Jewish Voice for Peace
  7. MEChA de SDSU
  8. Muslim Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine
  9. Queer People of Color Collective
  10. Queer Student Union
  11. SJP
  12. SDSU DIvest

FACULTY BDS

 

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 1

  1. D. Emily Hicks