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  • February 27, 2017 – Stanford University Jewish Student (David) “The first time there were swastikas I was a sophomore and I had a strong reaction. But now I’ve sort of become a little desensitized.” Read more
  • February 27, 2017 – Stanford University Jewish Student (Jacob) “I feel like [the administration] needs to make a statement that makes it clear that they’re talking about helping and supporting their Jewish students, and not just avoiding saying the word Jewish or anti-Semitism as their first statement did… the “no Jews allowed” part of the graffiti warranted mentioning in statements. I feel like it’s part of a larger problem with Stanford and ignorance towards anti-Semitism.” Read more
  • February 27, 2017 – Stanford University Jewish Student (Michael) “I think in every discussion that I’ve had, there has been a question about the greater student communal response, which has been pretty much silence or ignorance. And there’s certainly a feeling of being alone as a Jewish community on campus and not necessarily enclosed in the fold of solidarity that sometimes is shown among different student minority groups.” Read more
  • February 7, 2017 – Stanford University Jewish Student (Micah) “All in all, in the month of January, Stanford’s campus saw 17 swastikas drawn around the campus, some accompanied by directly anti-Semitic language, along with flyers resembling Nazi propaganda appearing across university printers. However, the odd part is, if you weren’t on Hillel’s email chain or closely reading every email you received from the University, you might not ever know…No one in the world should be subject to the insidious forces of hate and intolerance that are surfacing at an alarming rate” Read more
  • January 31, 2017 – Stanford University Jewish Student (Claire) “The past few weeks have taught me that I was right to be concerned. Because the absence of reference to the Jewish people in commentary about those who have reason to fear today is not merely forgetful. It is erasure. On campus, for example, the only campus-wide hate crimes I have seen reported since the presidential election have been anti-Semitic. But when I went to protest on Inauguration Day, our struggles were not only ignored, we were actively cast out of the narrative.” Read more
  • May 27, 2016 – Stanford University Student (Matthew) “[The Stanford Review poll] demonstrates that Stanford students have an understanding of just how problematic and dangerous BDS really is.” Read More
  • April 14, 2016 – Stanford University Jewish Student (Matthew) “I would tell people that it was hurtful and people would tell me, ‘That’s not anti-Semitic, that’s true. Jews do control everything.’ ” Read more
  • April 7, 2016 – Stanford University Jewish Student Association Open Letter “We are concerned that this [latest antisemitic incident] represents a larger problem on our campus, where anti-Jewish bias remains unconfronted and left to fester.”  Read More
  • April 7, 2016 – Stanford University Jewish Student Association Open Letter “Senator Knight implied that Jews exercise coordinated control over various societal institutions. With this remark, on the record in an ASSU meeting, he treated these dangerous stereotypes as though they were acceptable discourse among student leadership, and by extension the student body, which is extremely alarming to us in the JSA.”  Read More
  • April 6, 2016 – Stanford University Student (Harry) “Seven ASSU Senators yesterday declared that “delegitimization” of Israel – a clear standard used by the US State Department – should not count as anti-semitic on campus. Time and time again, Senators argued against “recognizing the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland.” If they knew more about the history of the persecution of the Jews, and their denial of a place they could call home, perhaps they would have reconsidered.” Read more
  • April 3, 2016 – Stanford University Jewish Student (Michal) “…of the three times I have seriously considered leaving Stanford, each one was related to the state of anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism on campus.” Read more
  • November 13, 2015 – Jewish Stanford University Student (Miriam) “One of the main issues confronting Jewish students who face anti-Semitism on college campuses is the lack of attention to their concerns. While I tried to bring to light some of the anti-Semitic Stanford Yaks, no one seemed to pay much notice. When Jewish students complain about being subject to anti-Semitism, we are told that Jews are wealthy and successful, so anti-Semitism is no longer a problem; that it’s only an issue in Europe; that threats are not serious or are “just jokes” and we need to move on; that other minority groups have it way worse. That is, assuming we are not flat-out ignored, or, as during the divestment debate at Stanford, ridiculed and laughed at for our concerns.” Read more
  • May 23, 2015 – Stanford University Jewish Student (Liana) “The night of the first [divestment] vote, one of the pro-divestment students got up and shouted ‘Long live the intifada’ and stormed out of the room. That was extremely disturbing.” Read more
  • May 21, 2015, Stanford University Student (Liana) – “some Jewish students on [my] campus feel they have to hide who they are. [I] know several who tuck their Star of David necklaces inside their shirts, self-conscious about drawing attention to their Jewish identity.” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish Stanford Student (Miriam) – “A lot of this stuff has shown me that people don’t understand what anti-Semitism is and think it doesn’t exist in the U.S. anymore or that it can’t happen at Stanford.” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish Stanford Student (Molly) – “Over this year it’s gotten a lot worse for me. I feel like the climate has definitely changed and there seems to be less room for dialogue.” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish Stanford Student (Naom) – “…I do believe that the issue of anti-Semitism is one that has been somewhat shoved under the rug this year on this campus” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish Stanford Student & President of Stanford Israel Association (Liane) – “I don’t want to speculate to the cause of the vandalism [swastikas on a Fraternity], but after divestment, there has been a rise in hostility towards Jewish communities…many student groups have started refusing to co-sponsor events with the Stanford Israel Association.” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish Stanford Student & Past Senator (Zane) – “…this is not the first time that Jews on campus have been told that something is not anti-Semitic by those who are not a part of the Jewish community… Just as it would be reprehensible for the JSA to tell members of other minority communities what is and is not racist, sexist or homophobic, I find it personally atrocious that members who are not participants in the Jewish community at Stanford would clearly state for the campus as a whole that their own actions were not anti-Semitic.” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish Stanford Student & Senate Candidate (Molly) – “Across from me in the room sat eight members of SOCC, who took notes throughout the interview. Part way through the lead interviewer asked me, “Given your strong Jewish identity, how would you vote on divestment?” I couldn’t quite process that I had actually been asked this question. Did me being Jewish mean I wasn’t qualified to serve on Senate? Did SOCC doubt my commitment to serving students of color on the basis that I am Jewish? Somewhat stunned, I asked for clarification. The SOCC interviewer responded that she had noticed I talked about my Jewish identity in the application and was wondering how this would affect my decision on divestment.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Stanford Student & Founder of Coalition for Peace (Ben) – “It’s beginning to take hold. We’re seeing the beginnings of hatred” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Stanford Student (Sophie) – “I am discouraged to know that I am not the only student who has felt silenced and marginalized by SJP; as a result, many students are afraid to speak up about similar personal interactions. The stories that I have heard and continue to hear concerning the divisiveness of SJP and SOOP events hosted in the wake of the ASSU divestment bill vote illustrate the strident climate and vitriol on campus that it breeds. Sadly, this has been the experience of students on other college campuses as well.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Hillel at Stanford Newsletter – “Hillel staff are hearing numerous reports from students that they no longer feel safe at Stanford, feel ostracized and targeted, and are unable to express their identities and opinions in the dorms and around campus. Last night, a panel of Jewish students spoke at a Coalition for Peace event, “The Case Against Divestment.” One student, a JD/MBA who served as a lone soldier in the IDF, shared that she now feels uncomfortable at Stanford wearing a Jewish star.”

 

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Classification Date-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: VERBAL ASSAULT;
DENIGRATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
3/14/17 – A panel event entitled “Solidarity: Fighting Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia Together” was hosted by the Muslim Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and J Street U, among others, although the Jewish groups Stanford Hillel and Chabad were not present, and the Jewish Students Association (JSA) was hesitant to attend. According to the Stanford Review Staff article covering the event, during the Q & A section, the JSA representative was assailed after he said that members of “the mainstream Jewish community” often perceive attacks on Israel as antisemitic. JVP used the event as a platform to reiterate support for the BDS movement and accused the Hillel at UCLA of exploiting a discriminatory incident against a Jewish student on campus in order to portray Jews as victims and further a pro-Israel political agenda.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
2/12/17 – According to a Campus Police report, “[b]etween 12:45 p.m. Feb. 8 and 11 p.m. Feb. 12, someone used their finger to draw a swastika, “KKK” and the N-word on the condensation of the windows of a car parked outside of Wilbur Hall.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
1/31/17 – What appeared to be a swastika was drawn with black grease on a stop sign on Palm Drive near Campus Drive.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
1/27/17 – What appeared to be a swastika was drawn with a black grease pencil on the south exterior wall of Maples Pavilion.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
1/25/17 – What appeared to be a swastika was drawn on the entrance to Rains Apartments between Buildings 229 and 232.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
1/25/17 – Antisemitic fliers were printed to various networked printers located in offices throughout campus following an apparent cyber-attack. According to University police, the fliers contained a swastika.
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
1/22/17 – Another rash of swastika-like symbols were discovered on campus (see previous entry 1/3/2017).
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
HISTORICAL
1/3/17 – Swastika-like symbols were reported to have been drawn sometime over the winter break in seven locations on campus. The graffiti was part of a spate of cases of antisemitic vandalism in the vicinity of the school. One of the symbols off-campus was accompanied with the words “No Jews allowed,” leading police to believe the swastika-like symbols were indeed meant to mimic the Nazi symbol.
SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/ASSEMBLY/MOVEMENT 5/12/16 – SJP members disrupted and held a “die-in” in the middle of a Stanford Israel Association & the Jewish Student Association sponsored “Israel Block Party.”
GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
INTIMIDATION
4/26/15 – The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house was painted with swastikas.
DISCRIMINATION 3/13/15 – A student senate candidate was allegedly asked by a SOCC Leadership member how her Jewish faith would impact her action in the Senate.
DISCRIMINATION 3/4/15 – ASSU Senate attempted to cut the Jewish Student Association’s budget by two-thirds, giving the JSA just 24 hours to appeal. The proposed cut was clearly larger than those mandated for groups with similar emergency funds. The Appropriations Committee then, after JSA’s refutation, claimed it had made a mistake, but yet still cut the budget by 1/3. The ASSU then eventually minimized the cut. According to one account, ” it was painfully clear that the Senate had demanded cutbacks from JSA which had not been required from any of the other identity groups on campus.”
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM 5/25/17 – An article in the Stanford Review discussed comments made by Aarab Barghouti, the son of convicted murderer Marwan Barghouti, at an SJP event entitled “Aarab Barghouthi on Palestinian Dignity Hunger Strike.” Marwan Barghouti is serving a term of life imprisonment in Israel after being convicted of 5 murders and 2 attempted murders. At the event, his son, Aarab, brushed off the murders as a form of legitimate “resistance,” described his father as a “freedom fighter” and stated that he himself was “against killing civilians, but in resistance, of course we are going to.” He further refused to condemn the designated terrorist group Hamas when asked by an audience member.
DEMONIZATION 4/28/17 – SJP held its first “Palestine Awareness Week,” at which one of the events held was titled, “Let’s talk Pinkwashing.” The term “pinkwashing” is a demonizing term implying that Israel is malevolently representing itself as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
4/24/17 – As part of “Palestine Awareness Week 2017,” SJP held a “teach in” titled, “Let’s Talk Occupation.” According to an article in the Stanford Review based on attendee accounts, during the event, Israel was falsely accused of “apartheid” and compared to S. African apartheid, as well as demonized with false accusations of “ethnic cleansing.” The “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state, was also called for at the event.
HISTORICAL;
DEMONIZATION
4/27/16 – Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine hosted a video talk with Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In his talk, Barghouti alluded to historical antisemitic tropes of Jewish power/control and manipulation of media stating, “Israel relies on buying politicians, and its massive propaganda machine in the US media and Hollywood, to an extent.”
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION 4/6/16 – Two members of SJP told a visiting speaker at one of their events to “not say that Israel has a right to exist in her presentation,” which, according to a statement by SJP, was not “because we actually believe [saying] Israel has no right to exist is anti-Semitic” but because the student government was currently discussing an anti-Semitism bill so timing-wise they thought it unwise. In an interview with the speaker about why she then cancelled her talk, she said she had come to say “Israel has no right to exist, it’s our [Palestinian] land.”
HISTORICAL 4/5/16 – During a ASSU Senate meeting, a Stanford senator running for reelection argued that it is not anti-semitic to question whether Jewish people control the media and banks. Gabriel Knight ‘17, ASSU Senator said, “[The resolution] says: ‘Jews controlling the media, economy, government, and other societal institutions’ [is] a fixture of anti-semitism that we theoretically shouldn’t challenge. I think that that’s kind of irresponsibly foraying into another politically contentious conversation. Questioning these potential power dynamics, I think, is not anti-semitism. I think it’s a very valid discussion.” Many in the room responded with endorsing “snaps” of their fingers.
DELEGITIMIZATION 10/16/15 – SJP held a protest rally that included signs which delegitimized Israel by calling it a “settler colonial” and “apartheid” state.
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 2/19/15 – The Center for Comparative Studies on Race and Ethnicity and The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies sponsored a panel discussion entitled “Academic Freedom in the Context of the Israel-Palestine Conflict,” which was moderated by Stanford Professor David Palumbo-Liu and included Steven Salaita, and Stanford Professors Joel Beinin and Robert Crews. At the outset of his talk, Salaita praised the Stanford student government for recently passing an anti-Israel divesment resolution, saying “Stanford students should be remarkably proud…the student government did the correct and ethical thing.”
BDS VOTES 2/17/15 – A divestment vote in undergraduate student senate – resolution was defeated 9 – 1 on 2/10/15, and then passed 10-4-1 on revote on 2/17/15.
CALLS FOR BDS 2/10/15 – Stanford faculty signed a petition in support of divestment.
CALLS FOR BDS 1/30/15 – Stanford SJP launched a divestment support petition.
BDS EVENTS 1/21/15 – Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine hosted a panel discussion to promote anti-Israel divestment.
CALLS FOR BDS 1/9/15 – Stanford Out Of Occupied Palestion published a Youtube video urging Stanford students to endorse their anti-Israel divestment campaign.
CALLS FOR BDS 1/6/15 – Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine started an anti-Israel divestment petition.

 

In the News ?

April 7, 2017:
The Algemeiner – Is Stanford Hillel Leaving Pro-Israel Students in the Cold?

March 15, 2017:
The Stanford Review –  Panelists at Stanford Anti-Semitism Forum Attack Jewish Groups and Voice Support for Anti-Semitic Movement

February 27, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – Stanford Jewish community’s reactions to anti-Semitic vandalism vary

February 22, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – No, your tuition is not funding Hamas

February 20, 2017:
The Stanford Review – Students for Justice in Palestine Linked to Terrorist Affiliate

February 15, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – Police blotter: Feb. 7 – Feb. 14

February 7, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – Intolerance, ignored

February 1, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – Police Blotter: Jan. 24 – Jan. 30
(Description note, “Between 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 9:10 a.m. on Jan. 26, someone drew what appears to be a swastika on the entrance to Rains Apartments between Buildings 229 and 232…Between 9:30-9:55 a.m., someone used a black grease pencil to draw what appears to be a swastika on the south exterior wall of Maples Pavilion.”)

January 31, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – For in the end, it is all about memory

January 31, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – Police Blotter: Jan. 31 – Feb. 6
(Description note, “This report covers a selection of incidents from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) bulletin. Tuesday, Jan. 31 An unknown suspect drew what appeared to be a swastika with black grease on a stop sign on Palm Drive near Campus Drive.”)

January 31, 2017:
University Herald – Swastikas at Stanford University: Anti-Semitism Incidences Did Not Just Happen This Year

January 30, 2017:
The Times Of Israel – Swastikas found at Stanford University for second time in a month

January 29, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Swastikas found at Stanford University for second time in a month

January 26, 2017:
J Weekly – Stanford hit by 17 cases of apparently anti-Semitic graffiti

January 26, 2017:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Printers at 3 US colleges produce anti-Semitic fliers in suspected hacking

n January 26, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – Anti-Semitic hack targets University printers

January 6, 2017:
Palo Alto Online –  Poorly drawn swastikas found in Palo Alto, Stanford

January 6, 2017:
The Algemeiner – ‘No Jews Allowed’ Accompanies Swastika-Like Symbols Found in Stanford Campus Area

January 6, 2017:
The Stanford Daily – Stanford campus, Palo Alto vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

January 5, 2017:
Stanford News – Police investigating appearance of symbols assumed to represent swastikas

January 3, 2017:
The Mercury News – Palo Alto, Stanford peppered with swastikas drawn on signs, buildings

November 19, 2016:
Stanford News – Stanford statement on campus climate and immigration
(Description note, “The university has heard increased reports in recent days of people from a variety of backgrounds and across the political spectrum feeling targeted or silenced on our campus. Intolerance of others based on their background, identity or views is antithetical to our values…As we engage in free expression, we must be mindful to do so in a way that does not intimidate or harass other members of our community, or that otherwise inhibits their own exercise of their right to speak.”)

October 25, 2016:
Stanford Daily – Student activist group builds shelter to raise awareness of Palestinian settlement
(Description note – “Majd Quran ’19, co-president of Students for Justice in Palestine, viewed the event as a “great initiative” to bring a crucial perspective to the campus.”)

October 18, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – Poll shows undergraduates chilly towards Israel divestment
(Description note, “A new poll by The Stanford Daily reveals that a majority of Stanford undergraduates would oppose a hypothetical ASSU ballot initiative urging the university to divest from companies supplying the Israeli Defense Forces. According to the survey, 58.2 percent of undergraduates would oppose the measure, with 41.8 percent in favor. The poll was conducted Oct. 3 through Oct. 7. With 256 responses, the poll has an estimated margin of error of plus or minus 7 percent.”)

May 30, 2016:
The Algemeiner – BDS Groups at Stanford Hatching ‘Big Plans’ Against Israel Despite Opposition From Student Majority

May 30, 2016:
Israel National News – Despite anti-Semitism gaffe, Stanford students oppose BDS
(Description note, “69% of students oppose the anti-Israel movement – including 65% of freshmen, 72% of sophomores, and 73% of juniors, the Stanford Review poll of 288 students revealed.”)

May 27, 2016:
The Stanford Review – Hidden BDS Plot Against Israel Uncovered at Stanford

May 24, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Blatant Anti-Semitism at the Columbia Missouri Public Library
(Description note, “The event, according to the Columbia Tribune, was to feature “Palestinian refugees Amena Ashkar and Mariam Fathallah [describing] what they say is the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Jewish occupiers.” Before the event, I found an interview on Youtube in which Ashkar explained that earlier on the tour she had been scheduled to speak at Stanford University, but her hosts warned her not to say that Israel has no right to exist. Ashkar responded firmly, “I came here to say that Israel has no right to exist.” Ultimately, she cancelled the presentation, rather than capitulate. When I became aware of this information, I organized a group to urge the public library to cancel the room reservation. I made sure the library was fully informed that Ashkar’s stated goal was to call for the destruction of Israel, and that given her past stops on the tour, her message was likely to be delivered in a particularly offensive manner.”)

May 18, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – Open dialogue vs. intellectual cowardice
(Description note, “Because we felt that the handling of this complex issue was one-sided and tone-deaf, SJP decided to protest the event with a die-in. We carefully prepared a statement about our concerns with how Israeli independence was being portrayed, and read it aloud at the party. As soon as we finished reading our statement, we dispersed into the plaza and laid down, simulating the dead bodies of the Palestinians killed in 1948.”)

May 13, 2016:
The Jerusalem Post – Michael Douglas to bring star power to NY ‘Post’ confab

April 29, 2016:
The Stanford Review – Speaker Claims Israel Controls US Politicians, Media, Hollywood at Stanford
(Description note – Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine hosted a video talk with Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, yesterday, on Wednesday, April 27.)

April 28, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Stanford University’s Resolution Against Antisemitism Excludes Condemning Demonization of Israel Due to ‘Jewish Nature’ of Issue

April 25, 2016:
The Tower – Stanford Student Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

April 21, 2016:
J Weekly – editorial | Stanford vote on anti-Semitism is a move in right direction

April 20, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – Finley lambastes Senate over SSE CEO dispute, claims bylaw violations

April 17, 2016:
Haaretz – How the Stanford anti-Semitism Debate Pits Jewish Students Against Students of Color

April 14, 2016:
J Weekly – opinions | Stanford student senator’s words show campus anti-Semitism is real

April 14, 2016:
J Weekly – New anti-Semitism measure heading to Stanford student senate

April 14, 2016:
J Weekly – editorial | Intimidating Jewish students is not ‘free speech’
(Description note, “And the kind of bullying that has been increasing on our college campuses, especially in the Bay Area, targets one group: Jewish students, who are seen as representatives of Israel, proxies for the actions and policies of the country’s government and military. As such, they are considered fair game for insults, slurs, public humiliation and intimidation…It’s not a slippery slope. It’s a leap off a cliff, straight down. The University of California regents took an important step last month when they approved a resolution against intolerance. It states, among other things, that “anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism” will not be tolerated on any U.C. campus. That correctly distinguishes between political protest and hate speech. As detailed in our story this week, Jewish student groups are trying to pass a similar resolution at Stanford.”)

April 14, 2016:
The Stanford Review – Anti-Defamation League Condemns ASSU Inaction

April 12, 2016:
The Stanford Review – Stanford’s Most Radical Professor Strikes Again

April 12, 2016:
Tablet – Stanford Professor Recommends Anti-Semitic Website to Readers, Then Kind of Takes it Back

April 11, 2016:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Stanford student senator who defended debate of Jewish ‘power’ will not run for reelection

April 8, 2016:
Arutz Sheva – Stanford: Jewish groups rally, demand apology for anti-Semitism

April 8, 2016:
The Algemeiner – Controversy Erupts at Stanford Over Student Claim That Issue of ‘Jews Controlling Media, Economy’ Is ‘Valid Debate’

April 8, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – A Statement from Gabriel Knight to the Stanford Community
(Description note, “I have chosen to end my campaign for re-election to the ASSU Senate.”)

April 7, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – A letter from Gabriel Knight to the Stanford community

April 7, 2016:
JWeekly – Stanford student leader: Not anti-Semitic to claim Jews control media, economy

April 7, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – An open letter from the Jewish Student Association
(Description note, “…these statements legitimize anti-Semitic tropes that have been used to justify the murder and persecution of Jews throughout our history. Based on the history outlined above, many Jewish students were upset by these remarks. However, when Jewish students expressed their outrage at his remarks, he refused to repudiate his views in their entirety, leading us to believe that these statements were more than a momentary lapse on Knight’s part…In claiming that we should challenge that those notions are anti-Semitic, Senator Knight implied that Jews exercise coordinated control over various societal institutions. With this remark, on the record in an ASSU meeting, he treated these dangerous stereotypes as though they were acceptable discourse among student leadership, and by extension the student body, which is extremely alarming to us in the JSA. We are concerned that this represents a larger problem on our campus, where anti-Jewish bias remains unconfronted and left to fester.”)

April 7, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – On Gabriel Knight and what anti-Semitism really means

April 6, 2016:
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Stanford student leader: It’s not anti-Semitic to claim Jews control media, economy

April 6, 2016:
The Stanford Review – A Time For Choosing
(Description note, “Seven ASSU Senators yesterday declared that “delegitimization” of Israel – a clear standard used by the US State Department – should not count as anti-semitic on campus. Time and time again, Senators argued against “recognizing the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland.” If they knew more about the history of the persecution of the Jews, and their denial of a place they could call home, perhaps they would have reconsidered.”)

April 6, 2016:
Campus Reform – Stanford student senate erupts in anti-Semitism debate

April 6, 2016:
The Tower – Stanford Student Senator: Not Anti-Semitic to Question Whether Jews Control Media and Banks

April 5, 2016:
The Stanford Review – ASSU Senate Erupts In Anti-Semitism Debate
(Description note, “During the ASSU Senate meeting, a Stanford senator running for reelection argued that it is not anti-semitic to question whether Jewish people control the media and banks.Gabriel Knight ‘17, ASSU Senator said, “[The resolution] says: ‘Jews controlling the media, economy, government, and other societal institutions’ [is] a fixture of anti-semitism that we [inaudible] theoretically shouldn’t challenge. I think that that’s kind of irresponsibly foraying into another politically contentious conversation. Questioning these potential power dynamics, I think, is not anti-semitism. I think it’s a very valid discussion.” Many in the room responded with endorsing “snaps” of their fingers.”)

April 3, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – On anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and one girl’s experience at Stanford

March 3, 2016:
The Stanford Review – Parents’ Weekend Sees Chalk Wars Escalate

February 23, 2016:
The Stanford Daily – Stanford Birthright trips stirs controversy among students

November 15, 2015:
Stanford Human Rights Center – Stanford Perspectives on the Israel Palestine Conflict Speaker Series
(Description note, “The Stanford Human Rights Center, John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, WSD Handa Center For Human Rights and International Justice, Peace and Justice Studies Initiative (PSJI), National Lawyers Guild (NLG), International Law Society, Stanford International Human Rights Law Association (SIHRLA), and the Stanford Critical Law Society (SCritLS) invite you to a speaker series that facilitates a critical discussion about the Israel-Palestine conflict.”)

November 13, 2015:
The Tower – What is Yik Yak? On Many Campuses, It’s How Anti-Semitism Spreads
(Description note, “Stanford, where I am a student, is no exception. One post said “Hey, Zionist yakker, go back to Germany of the 40’s, where Zionists belong.” Another stated that “Zionism is the Protocols of the Elders of Zion manifesting into reality. It is evil, and must be talked about until it is vanquished.”… I once saw a Yik Yak post expressing the wish that “all Israelis would just apologize for leaving Europe.” Leaving aside the fact that more than half of Israel’s Jewish population consists of Mizrahi Jews from the Middle East, I personally responded to ask the poster where else European Jews might have gone. The answer was that it was “better they be murdered than immigrate to an already populated area and intrude on the native population.”… Then there was the post that asked, “Since when is being Jewish socially acceptable?” In the comments, the author expounded on their opinions: “Why do we tolerate people being Jewish? It’s a choice, and it’s the wrong one.” The anonymous poster eventually explained the reasoning behind their hateful, anti-Semitic beliefs: “I’m pro-Palestine, that is all….At Stanford’s divestment hearing, Jewish students explained that divestment made them feel unsafe, and that they had faced anti-Semitism at Stanford. A pro-BDS student told us to calm down. “It’s not like we’re going to draw a swastika, or anything,” he said glibly, to cheers from the audience. Jewish students’ claims of facing anti-Semitism are often ignored — or worse. I was told I was “crying wolf” by claiming that anti-Semitism still exists in America.” Two months later, a swastika was spray-painted on a Stanford fraternity house.)

November 11, 2015:
The Stanford Review – Students for Justice in Palestine Hosts a Supporter of Terrorism against America

November 7, 2015:
The Stanford Review – Beyond the Slogans: Students for Justice in Palestine’s Dangerous Misinformation
(Description note, “When Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) took to White Plaza on October 16th, the average Stanford student likely dismissed the protest as more of the same: trite slogans about occupation and injustice along with Nelson Mandela quotes. However, those who looked closer at SJP’s signs came away disgusted and horrified. “Settler colonialism has killed 7 Israelis and 32 Palestinians this month,” read one protester’s sign. Really? One of those seven deaths, for example, occurred when a Palestinian terrorist ran over 60-year-old Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky and then repeatedly stabbed him to death while he was standing at a bus stop in Jerusalem. The rest have similar stories of extreme close-range violence against civilians on the streets of Israel. SJP blames Israeli “settler colonialism” for these deaths. This is pure victim blaming, and even worse, it excuses the murderous hatred and anti-semitism of the killers. The implication here is that the murders are simply consequences of Israeli actions – settler colonialism. The terror attack, in SJP’s calculus, then merely becomes a reaction, void of any agency on the part of the Palestinians — from whom apparently nothing more is expected. The callousness is offensive to Israelis – who are not colonialists and have offered the Palestinians a state three separate times – and the soft bigotry of low expectations is demeaning to Palestinians.”)

October 20, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Not in my name
(Description note, “The event also conflated Judaism and Zionism, deeming valid critiques of Israel automatically anti-Semitic. A CFI leader told the crowd: These people were murdered simply because they were Jews. Anyone who says that there was anything else, that they were murdered for any other reason, is “a liar and an anti-Semite.” She added that some of those people were here three days ago. “Three days ago,” SJP was at White Plaza leading a , silent protest of the recent violence. Broadly (and falsely) accusing pro-Palestine activists of anti-Semitism is not only morally reprehensible, but also self-sabotaging because it creates a disjuncture between current Jewish institutional access (in Israel and in the U.S.) and past systematic violence against Jews. How can American Jews claim to be an oppressed minority when we have so much institutional power? Within this gap is an observer’s tendency to then deny past systematic injustices against Jews (and contemporary incidences of anti-Semitism).”)

October 19, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Students protest Palestine occupation, recent violence
(Description note, ““Settler colonialism has killed 7 Israelis and 32 Palestinians this month,” read one protester’s sign. Other slogans included “Israel is an apartheid state” and “Stop Israeli militarism.”… Cardinal for Israel (CFI), a student group dedicated to celebrating Israel’s achievements, hosted a vigil Sunday to commemorate Israelis killed this month. [Fatima Zehra ’17, co-facilitator of SJP], however, found CFI’s emails advertising the event problematic because of they called Israelis who had been killed “victims of terror”…. “There’s implicit racism in that”…said Zehra.”)

October 14, 2015:
The Jewish Week – BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network
(Description note, “Stanford is a good case study. Earlier this year, BDS advocates marshaled a coalition of 19 student groups including the Black Student Union, MEChA (the Hispanic organization), and Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. In addition, nine Jewish students signed a separate statement of support. The BDS vote, which took place in February, was defeated by one vote, but the Senate chair, Ana Ordoñez, told the Stanford Daily she called for a re-vote because “she was unable to focus because much of her energy was spent on trying to maintain [order in] the room.” Other senators complained about the hostile environment during the debate. When Ordoñez made her closing remarks, she was in tears. “Now that the noise has subsided, I know that I voted incorrectly,” Ordoñez said. The motion was then reconsidered; the two senators who had originally abstained and voted no, changed their votes to a “yes” and “abstain,” allowing the measure to pass 10-4 with one abstention. The person who changed their vote from no to abstain was Jewish.”) 

October 14, 2015:
EVENT – Stanford JP will host an event for International Day of Action

August 18, 2015:
Black Solidarity with Palestine – 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine – 1,100 Signatories, 39 Groups
(DEMONIZATION, SUPPORT FOR BDS, DELEGITIMIZATION – Description note – UCLA Afrikan Student Union, BlaQue UCLA, Black Student Alliance at Yale, Black Student Alliance Executive Board – St. Louis University, Black Student Union at UC Berkeley, Columbia University Black Students’ Organization, Spoken Word Alliance at Tufts, Tufts Pan-African Alliance, and Stanford NAACP Executive Committee are among the signatories of a letter that demonizes, supports BDS and delegitimizes Israel with statements of, “Our support extends to those living under occupation and siege, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the 7 million Palestinian refugees exiled in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. The refugees’ right to return to their homeland in present-day Israel is the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians….US and Israeli officials and media criminalize our existence, portray violence against us as “isolated incidents,” and call our resistance “illegitimate” or “terrorism.” These narratives ignore decades and centuries of anti-Palestinian and anti-Black violence that have always been at the core of Israel and the US. We recognize the racism that characterizes Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is also directed against others in the region, including intolerance, police brutality, and violence against Israel’s African population. Israeli officials call asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea “infiltrators” and detain them in the desert, while the state has sterilized Ethiopian Israelis without their knowledge or consent. These issues call for unified action against anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and Zionism. .. We wholeheartedly endorse Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and call on Black and US institutions and organizations to do the same. We urge people of conscience to recognize the struggle for Palestinian liberation as a key matter of our time…We offer this statement first and foremost to Palestinians, whose suffering does not go unnoticed and whose resistance and resilience under racism and colonialism inspires us. “)

June 30, 2015:
San Jose Mercury News – Finger print links Mountain View man to anti-Semitic graffiti found at Stanford

June 28, 2015:
JP Updates – Suspect In Standford Anti-Semitic Vandalism Faces Hate Crime Charges

June 26, 2015:
SF Gate – Stanford swastika vandalism the act of homeless man, police say

June 25, 2015:
KRON 4 – Suspect arrested in Stanford anti-Semitic vandalism case

June 25, 2015:
Palo Alto Online – Arrest made in anti-Semitic graffiti incident at Stanford

June 16, 2015:
Forward – Stanford Charges Non-Student With Anti-Semitic Vandalism

June 15, 2015:
Palo Alto Online – Stanford police identify suspect in anti-Semitic graffiti incident

June 12, 2015:
Stanford – Stanford Board of Trustees acts on investment responsibility matters
(Description note, “During its meetings this week, the Stanford Board of Trustees took two separate actions related to the university’s investment responsibility procedures. The board accepted an internal fact-finding review that found that the chair of the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL), a panel of Stanford community members that provides input to the trustees on investment responsibility issues, had no conflict of interest when the panel considered a request for divestment from certain companies doing business in Israel earlier this year. The fact-finding, conducted by Catherine Glaze, associate dean for student affairs at Stanford Law School, found that Susan Weinstein did not have a conflict of interest as APIRL chair. The independent review was requested by the Trustees’ Special Committee on Investment Responsibility (SCIR) when, after the SCIR declined to divest, some students advocating Israel divestment raised concerns about Weinstein’s service as a board member of Hillel at Stanford for part of the time she chaired the APIRL. The fact-finding review found Weinstein acted appropriately at all times and guided a thorough divestment review process, and that the process under her direction followed the standard procedures in reviewing the request from Students for Justice in Palestine that the university divest from companies that do business in Israel. Weinstein did not express any public view about divestment when she was on the Hillel board, and she did not participate in any divestment-related discussions at Hillel. To avoid even the appearance of a conflict, Weinstein resigned from the Hillel at Stanford board in January 2015, as soon she learned Hillel might be involved in activities related to divestment. In April, the Board of Trustees announced that it would not be taking action on the request for divestment.”)

June 4, 2015:
The Staford Daily – Stanford Police identify suspect in SAE graffiti, issue warrant

May 26, 2015:
Jewish Journal – Campus Anti-Semitism at UC and Stanford

May 23, 2015:
Haaretz – On U.S. campuses, when does ‘anti-Israel’ become anti-Semitic

May 17, 2015:
The Stanford Review – Bridging the Anti-Semitism Gap

May 13, 2015:
The Huffington Post – Anti-semitism at My Alma Mater

May 5, 2015:
Mosaic – Anti-Semitism Goes to School

May 4, 2015:
EVENT – War on Gaza in the Age of Human Rights: Prospects for Accountability (Speaker – Noura Erakat, George Mason University)

April 30, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Concerning violence
(Description note, “Concerns about violence have been circulating around campus lately…I hate the colonial violence committed by the Israeli Defense Forces against a defenseless refugee population.”)

April 30, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Throwback Thursday: Swastikas upset students, University improves response time to offensive graffiti
(Description note, “The swastika found at SAE this weekend was not the first instance of anti-Semitic graffiti at Stanford. The symbol was found multiple times on campus in 1988; in one instance, the University took two weeks to remove the swastika.”)

April 30, 2015:
San Jose Mercury News – Swastikas at Stanford: Students condemn — and discuss — anti-Semitism

April 29, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Photos: Stanford Stands Against Anti-Semitism

April 28, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Affirming our commitment to community

April 28, 2015:
Simon Wiesenthal Center – Wiesenthal Center: Swastika Graffiti on Stanford Frat Incident ‘Of Grave Concern’ in Light of Nationwide Climate of Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

April 28, 2015:
KTVU.com – Stanford students stand against anti-Semitism after graffiti found on campus

April 28, 2015:
LDB – Twenty-Six Groups Write to Stanford University

April 28, 2015:
Breitbart – WATCHDOG GROUPS CALL FOR PROTECTION OF JEWISH STUDENTS FOLLOWING SWASTIKA ‘HATE CRIME’ AT STANFORD

April 27, 2015:
Arutz Sheva – Swastika Graffitied on Stanford University Frat House

April 27, 2015:
CBS SF Bay Area – Swastikas Painted On Jewish Frat House At Stanford

April 27, 2015:
San Jose Mercury News Peninsula – Possible hate-crime graffiti at Stanford

April 27, 2015:
JP Updates – Swastikas Spray-Painted at Stanford Jewish Fraternity

April 27, 2015:
Haaretz – Stanford fraternity house vandalized with swastikas – Graffiti comes after divestment resolution and accusations by student gov’t candidate Molly Horwitz that she was singled out for her Jewishness.

April 27, 2015:
Stanford News – President Hennessy condemns act of hate at student residences

April 27, 2015:
The Times of Israel – Stanford frat house vandalized with swastikas

April 27, 2015:
SF Gate – Swastikas at Stanford University investigated as hate crime

April 27, 2015:
Palo Alto Online – Stanford residences tagged with anti-Semitic graffiti

April 27, 2015:
Forward – Stanford Jewish Fraternity Hit by Swastika Vandals

April 27, 2015:
JTA – Stanford fraternity house vandalized with swastikas

April 26, 2015:
The Stanford Review – Swastikas Defacing SAE Fraternity

April 26, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – SAE house tagged with anti-Semitic graffiti
(Description note, “Liana Kadisha ’15, president of the Stanford Israel Association, said that Jewish student groups and their leaders are planning a response in the form of a pledge against anti-Semitism. “It was very unfortunate to see anti-Semitism on Stanford’s campus,” said Kadisha, explaining that events like these are part of what she sees as a pattern. “I don’t want to speculate to the cause of the vandalism, but after divestment, there has been a rise in hostility towards Jewish communities,” she added. She also explained that many student groups have started refusing to co-sponsor events with the Stanford Israel Association.”)

April 23, 2015:
The New York Times – Disputing Anti-Semitism Claims at Stanford

April 22, 2015:
Stanford Political Journal – Anti-Semitism and the Outrage Olympics

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

April 21, 2015:
The College Fix – STANFORD STUDENTS OF COLOR COALITION MAY HAVE TO SHOW TRUE COLORS ON JEWS

April 20, 2015:
JCRC – Taking a Stand against Bias on Campus

April 20, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Addressing differences within and without: An open letter from the JSA Board
(Description note, “We are concerned about recent trends in campus discussion that have illuminated a variety of assumptions about the Jewish community. Our survey indicated that many Jewish students, even those not engaged in the debate over divestment, have felt excluded solely due to their Jewish identities. For instance, some reported being silenced in conversations due to their peers’ perception that their Jewish identity relegates them to a place of naïve bias. Others expressed pain because they feel the need to hide their connection to the larger Jewish community. Many described that they do not feel comfortable expressing their love of Israel, an integral aspect of their personal Jewish identity. Many Jews on campus feel that the assumed connection between opposition to divestment and white supremacy reflects a high level of misunderstanding. This assumption ignores the complex historical and contemporary factors that contribute to opposition to divestment or support for Zionism. It also alienates Jewish students who identify as people of color and as allies of other minority groups. We call on Stanford students to consider these concerns in light of Jewish history and resist the urge to make assumptions about Jewish students’ views.”)

April 21, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Abusing the term ‘anti-Semitism’
(Description note, “The other allegation was that SOCC had candidates sign a contract preventing them from associating with the Stanford Israel Alliance and the Jewish Student Association… This sounds bad, … and, frankly, still does not qualify as anti-Semitism.”)

April 19, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Gross misconduct in APIRL’s handling of SJP’s divestment request
(Description note – SJP goes after Chair of APIRL because of Jewish organization involvement, “The Stanford University administration committed gross misconduct in hearing and rejecting the divestment request submitted by Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Susan Weinstein, Chair of the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL), which heard the request and advised the Stanford Board of Trustees on it, served on the Board of Directors of Stanford Hillel, an organization officially opposed, locally and internationally, to divestment as it relates to Israel/Palestine… This similarity in the positions of the Board of Trustees, Hillel and the CFP raises grave doubts about the integrity of the administration’s process, given Weinstein’s dual role as a director of Hillel and the Chair of the APIRL.”)

April 19, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Anti-Semitism and J Street: Another view

April 17, 2015:
Minding the Campus – AN ANTI-SEMITISM CONTROVERSY AT STANFORD (Description note, “Yet “several students” according to the New York Times piece linked above, “said they did not see it as problematic to connect a stance on divestment with Judaism.”)

April 17, 2015:
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Stanford student coalition accused of anti-Semitism

April 16, 2015:
The Stanford Review – A Survey of the Jewish Community on Divestment
(Description note – Survey of 15% of self-identified Jews at Stanford reveals, “Second, this poll also revealed concerns within the Jewish community about anti-semitism: 20% of respondents called the divestment resolution “anti-semitic in intent.” Moreover, 31% identified the resolution as “somewhat anti-semitic in intent.” 76% were concerned that it was, at some level, “anti-semitic in effect,” to use an admittedly ambiguous term…That so many people see the ASSU senate’s actions as anti-semitic suggests a deep problem of one form or another. It is simply unhealthy for such mistrust to persist between religious minorities and governing institutions. However, this and the other poll results discussed in this article do not intrinsically disqualify divestment as a policy and the Jewish community’s negative reaction should not, by itself, be wielded by activists to ward off criticisms of Israel. That said, the Jewish community’s fears should be considered in any evaluation of divestment…. Exactly 60% of respondents to the Review’s poll answered that the Senate’s decision to recommend divestment would have made them personally want to attend Stanford less. When asked “In the end, would you have attended Stanford?” 37% reported that they would have been less likely to attend, to varying degrees…When offered this hypothetical in which the university had actually divested before they had come to Stanford, what did the Jewish community respond? A whopping 59% of respondents report that “I would have wanted to attend Stanford a lot less.” 16% selected “a little less.” That’s 75% of respondents discouraged from attending Stanford. The results may suggest that the ASSU’s recommended policy would have, in effect, excluded some Jews from Stanford, and discouraged many more from attending the University.”)

April 16, 2015:
The Stanford Review – A Survey of the Jewish Community on Divestment

April 16, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Etchemendy notes concerns over campus climate; survey to be conducted

April 16, 2015:
Jweekly – Has anti-Semitism marred Stanford’s student-senate elections?

April 16, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – News & Notes: Stanford announces it will not participate in divestment from companies in Israel
(Description note, “She went on to explain, “We can’t call for an end to racist violence without realizing the connections that allow us to recognize that the militarization of the police here is linked to the effort to defend the violent occupation of Palestine.”…“Those of you who might argue that Israel has nothing to do with racist police departments: look at the record. Many of the police departments have received training by the state of Israel. The Oakland police were trained in Israel. The St. Louis police were trained in Israel. Often times what appears to be totally disconnected is actually linked in an intimate relationship,” Davis said.”)

April 16, 2015:
Jweekly – Another query about Jewish identity, another wake-up call

April 16, 2015:
The Times of Israel – Stanford student group rejects anti-Semitism accusations

April 16, 2015:
The Pitt News – Divestment doesn’t foster discrimination — Hillel and the ADL do

April 16, 2015:
Shalom Life – Stanford University Says No to BDS Resolution Proposed by Students for Justice in Palestine

April 16, 2015:
The Daily Princetonian – News & Notes: Stanford announces it will not participate in divestment from companies in Israel

April 16, 2015:
The Tower – How the Haters Handed Defeat to Students at Stanford
(Description note, Every student group in SOCC is also in SOOP, or Students Out of Occupied Palestine, the coalition responsible for bringing the divestment proposal to Stanford….Unfortunately, our opponents were far more professional and coordinated in their tactics. This was especially true in regard to the wording of the resolution itself. For example, SOOP emphasized throughout the hearing that they were only calling for divestment from specific companies, rather than Israel as a whole. The text of the resolution encouraged “Stanford’s Board of Trustees to selectively divest from companies that violate international law and human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories” (emphasis added). The resolution, they could then claim, was unconnected to the larger BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, and was not even anti-Israel. Thus SOOP succeeded in rhetorically distancing the proposal from the BDS movement and its uglier aspects. In fact, SOOP, the Stanford divestment bill, and BDS were intimately connected. The Vice President of the Stanford branch of Students for Justice in Palestine wrote an article titled “Planning for BDS at Stanford.” The former co-president of the Stanford chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine spoke at a panel on “Mainstreaming BDS” and wrote numerousarticles indicating his support for the movement. The founder of the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti, was quoted in emails advocating divestment that were sent to Stanford students.” Despite all of this evidence, SOOP’s tactics proved very effective. Coalition for Peace had prepared to spend significant time presenting arguments against BDS. But SOOP was able to delegitimize these arguments simply by saying that their bill was unrelated to the movement. The senators fell for it. Pro-Israel students facing future divestment campaigns should expect this tactic.”)

April 15, 2015:
Arutz Sheva – More Anti-Semitism? Stanford Student Grilled for Being Jewish
(Description note, “Stanford officials are currently investigating the incident after Horwitz filed a complaint. They are also investigating charges that the Students of Color Coalition asked endorsed candidates to sign a contract vowing not to affiliate with the Jewish groups on campus, a charge the group likewise denies.”)

April 15, 2015:
Local News 7 – Stanford Student Accuses Campus Group Of Anti-Semitism

April 15, 2015:
JNS – Jewish woman’s religion again becomes student government issue

April 15, 2015:
Jweekly – Stanford student accuses group of anti-Semitic question

April 15, 2015:
The Algemeiner – Stanford University Rejects Divestment Demand From Anti-Israel Students

April 15, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Don’t tell us how to feel
(Description note, “…this is not the first time that Jews on campus have been told that something is not anti-Semitic by those who are not a part of the Jewish community. During divestment debates recently, members of SOOP repeatedly told the senate that the bill was not anti-Semitic. Though I personally did not feel the bill was anti-Semitic or targeting Jews as a whole, I am not the sole arbiter of what is and isn’t anti-Semitic–only the Jewish community is and many felt the bill was anti-Semitic. Just as it would be reprehensible for the JSA to tell members of other minority communities what is and is not racist, sexist or homophobic, I find it personally atrocious that members who are not participants in the Jewish community at Stanford would clearly state for the campus as a whole that their own actions were not anti-Semitic.”)

April 15, 2015:
Pensions & Investments – Stanford declines to act on students’ Israel divestment request

April 14, 2015:
Stanford News – Statement of the Stanford Board of Trustees on divestment
(Description note – “According to the statement, the Board concluded that any action to divest would serve to deeply divide the Stanford community. “The Board concluded that the University’s mission and its responsibility to support and encourage diverse opinions would be compromised by endorsing an institutional position on either side of an issue as complex as the Israel-Palestine conflict,” the statement read. “Therefore the Board will not be taking action on this request, nor will it consider this request further.”)

April 14, 2015:
Inside Higher Ed – Antisemitism Allegation at Stanford

April 14, 2015:
The New York times – Student Coalition at Stanford Confronts Allegations of Anti-Semitism
(Description note, “Stanford’s undergraduate senate voted in February to ask the university to divest from companies doing business in the West Bank as a way of punishing Israel, but the university’s board of trustees said Tuesday that such a decision would be divisive and it would not take up the matter again..Lisa Lapin, a Stanford spokeswoman, said that officials had found “conflicting accounts of what occurred” and expanded the investigation after The Stanford Review, a student publication that has criticized the Students of Color Coalition in the past, published an article about Ms. Horwitz. The article also said that the student group had asked candidates it chose to endorse to sign a contract prohibiting affiliation with Jewish groups, and Ms. Lapin said university officials were investigating that as well.”)

April 14, 2015:
The Times of Israel- Stanford student candidate questioned over her Jewish faith

April 13, 2015:
The Jewish Daily Forward – Stanford Student Senate Candidate Asked How Jewish Faith Would Inform Decisions

April 13, 2015:
The Algemeiner – Stanford’s Students of Color Coalition Accused of Antisemitism in Student Elections

April 13, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Stanford’s Students of Color Coalition Accused of Antisemitism in Student Elections
(Description note, “Across from me in the room sat eight members of SOCC, who took notes throughout the interview. Part way through the lead interviewer asked me, “Given your strong Jewish identity, how would you vote on divestment?” I couldn’t quite process that I had actually been asked this question. Did me being Jewish mean I wasn’t qualified to serve on Senate? Did SOCC doubt my commitment to serving students of color on the basis that I am Jewish? Somewhat stunned, I asked for clarification. The SOCC interviewer responded that she had noticed I talked about my Jewish identity in the application and was wondering how this would affect my decision on divestment.”)

April 13, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Confronting baseless allegations: The SOCC endorsement process
(Description note – SOCC responds to allegations of antisemitism saying, “Last night, the Stanford Review published an article levying troubling allegations of anti-Semitism and religious discrimination against the Students of Color Coalition…Religious discrimination, like any form of discrimination, starkly violates the values on which the Students of Color Coalition is based. Were these allegations true, they would not only merit a public apology but also constitute a betrayal of both the communities SOCC represents and the ideas the coalition members promise to uphold. However, these allegations are false; they do not reflect what actually transpired in the endorsement process and mischaracterize the aims of a SOCC endorsement… we incorporated a carefully-worded, standard question on divestment during the interview process. While all six member groups of SOCC endorsed the Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine initiative, we recognized that a wide spectrum of views exist concerning the issue. Therefore, we decided to ask candidates: If they had been elected Senators this year, how would they have handled the issue of divestment? At no point was the question framed in the context of religious identification.”)

April 13, 2015:
JTA – Stanford student candidate files complaint over Jewish faith questions

April 13, 2015:
JTA – Stanford student candidate files complaint over Jewish faith questions

April 13, 2015:
Truth Revolt – Stanford University Student Allegedly Newest Victim Of Anti-Semitism
(Description note, “SOCC has been accused of forcing selected candidates to sign contracts barring them from associating with certain student groups and campus communities; some allegations charge that Jewish groups were explicitly listed on the contract. According to the Review, “SOCC’s leadership allegedly collected the contracts after the candidates signed them.” The Review has asked SOCC to release the contracts.”)

April 13, 2015:
The College Fix – Allegations of Anti-Semitism Levied Against SOCC Leadership in ASSU Elections

April 12, 2015:
The Stanford Review – Allegations of Anti-Semitism Levied Against SOCC Leadership in ASSU Elections
(Description note, “Student Senate candidate allegedly asked by SOCC Leadership member how her Jewish faith would impact her action in the Senate…If Ms. Horwitz’s claims are correct, then the alleged question and subsequent clarification singled out Ms. Horwitz for her religion, implicitly assuming that Ms. Horwitz’s Jewish faith raises questions regarding her ability to serve on the Senate.”)

April 2, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – What to talk about when no one is innocent
(Description note, “As the Stanford community debates divestment from occupied Palestine, two camps dominate the debate: Pro-Palestine students—represented by Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine (SOOP)—and pro-Israel students (represented by organizations like the Stanford Israel Alliance, J Street U, and—if one judges by its opinion pieces—the Stanford Review)…Pro-Palestine has convinced us that pro-Israel seeks to oppress an entire nation, and pro-Israel has us thinking that pro-Palestine seeks to destroy an entire state… But both sides seem to earnestly believe that their opposition represents its party’s most insupportable positions. And, because of this mutual demonization, it has become impossible for them to cooperate in productive debate. Rather than enter discussions on how to advance their many mutual goals—like peace and security in the region—they continue to fight over who is more at fault for the current situation.”)

March 2015:
The Stanford Review – A response to “Stanford must divest from the occupation of Palestine”

March 17, 2015:
Salon – What would MLK say?: Divestment and the call for “order” over justice (Description note, Stanford Professor David Palumbo-Liu writes, “As the BDS movement gains strength on campus, accusations of “divisiveness” get trotted out to try to contain it”)

March 15, 2015:
Haaretz – Stanford faculty members sign anti-divestment petition

March 12, 2015:
Jweekly – Stanford professors take stand against divestment
(Description note, “As of early this week, more than 150 current and emeritus faculty members and researchers, with a range of views on Israel’s Palestinian policies, had signed a nine-paragraph statement criticizing the divestment campaign for fomenting “one-sided condemnation of Israel.” The statement also cites concern about the “single-minded ferocity” of the divestment campaign on campus.)

March 4, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Faculty members send letter to APIRL opposing divestment
(Description note: In two separate statements, a combined 135 Stanford faculty members expressed to the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Leasing (APIRL) why they opposed divestment from Israel, including one letter stating, “…undertaking or endorsing this one-sided position will increase the sense of hostility and injustice felt by a significant fraction of the Stanford community.”)

February 25, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – ASSU Senate moves forward from divestment revote

February 22, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Divestment from Palestine: A human rights farce

February 22, 2015:
The Algemeiner – As Stanford Falls to BDS, It’s Time to Strike Back

February 19, 2015:
Jweekly – Stanford senate re-votes, passes divestment bill

February 19, 2015:
An important message from Rabbi Serena Eisenberg at Stanford Hillel

thumbs-up February 19, 2015:
Jewish Journal – Stanford president: No topic “more divisive” than BDS
(Description note – In an article in the Jewish Journal, Stanford University President John Hennessey stated about the BDS movement, “First, in the nearly 15 years that I have been president, and my 30 years here as a faculty member, I have never seen a topic that has been more divisive within the university community.”)

February 19, 2015:
Jweekly – Will BDS tide swamp California campuses?

February 19, 2015:
Jweekly – Students for Justice in Palestine violates Stanford values

February 18, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Stanford falls for BDS

February 18, 2015:
Petition Against Divestment at Stanford University

February 18, 2015:
The Jewish Daily Forward – Stanford Students Vote for BDS After Senators Shift Votes

February 18, 2015:
The Algemeiner – Stanford University Student Senate Passes Israel Divestment Measure in Re-Vote

February 18, 2015:
The Times of Israel – Stanford senate passes Israel divestment measure

February 18, 2015:
The Jerusalem Post – Stanford University student senate passes Israel divestment resolution

February 17, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Senate reverses divestment vote, passes resolution

February 15, 2015:
JNS – BDS with a twist: campus divestment measures target more than Israel

February 15, 2015:
JNS – BDS with a twist: campus divestment measures target more than Israel

February 13, 2015:
Haaretz – The rising tide of BDS on California’s campuses

February 12, 2015:
Jweekly – UC student group says yes to BDS; Stanford says no

February 12, 2015:
The Sacramento Bee – UC students’ Israeli divestment push diverges from elite schools

February 11, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Senate does not pass divestment resolution

February 11, 2015:
JTA – Stanford student senate defeats Israel divestment measure

February 11, 2015:
The Times of Israel – Stanford senate defeats Israel divestment measure

February 11, 2015:
Legal Insurrection – Shouts of Anger as Stanford Anti-Israel Divestment Fails

February 11, 2015:
San Diego Jewish World – Divestment vote fails at Stanford University

February 11, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Tools for conflict, tools for peace

February 10, 2015:
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers – Tonights the Night : Stanford Divest part 4

February 10, 2015:
Divest Out Of Occupied Palestine – Stanford Faculty letter in support of divestment

February 9, 2015:
Divest out of Occupied Palestine – A Resolution to Divest from Companies Violating Human Rights in Occupied Palestine

February 9, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Why SJP is antithetical to Stanford values
(Description note, “I am discouraged to know that I am not the only student who has felt silenced and marginalized by SJP; as a result, many students are afraid to speak up about similar personal interactions. The stories that I have heard and continue to hear concerning the divisiveness of SJP and SOOP events hosted in the wake of the ASSU divestment bill vote illustrate the strident climate and vitriol on campus that it breeds. Sadly, this has been the experience of students on other college campuses as well.”)

February 8, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Why the Presbyterian Church (USA) chose boycott and divestment

February 6, 2015:
Stanford Political Journal – Is the Two-State Solution Dead at Stanford?

February 5, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – The Israel I have seen
(Description note, article from a Stanford Israeli student on the activities of Stanford Out of Palestine, “However, two years since my matriculation at Stanford, I am increasingly concerned about the deliberate blame game played by some members of our community who seek to delegitimize my homeland, Israel. This atmosphere of selective facts, false analogies and one-sided narratives perpetrated by Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine (SOOP) saddens me… Unfortunately, however, a small segment of students on our campus have determined to undermine this effort by neither supporting a two-state solution nor bringing this campus together in support of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Instead, they have chosen to lead a crusade for divestment from companies dedicated to ensuring not only Israel’s security, but that of other countries as well… I’m a big peace supporter and want Palestinian independence with all my heart. I personally rescued two Palestinians in my military service and am willing to risk myself again in order to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I will never agree, however, to political tactics such as divestment, which seeks not to engender cooperation, but instead to perpetrate a false image about my country and delegitimize it.”)

February 4, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Senate considers vote on divestment resolution
(Description note, “In a long meeting on Tuesday night, the 16th Undergraduate Senate discussed whether or not to hold a vote on a resolution asking the University to divest from certain companies in Israel…A motion to postpone voting on the resolution indefinitely failed, and the Senate will officially consider the resolution next week.”)

February 2, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Students petition Stanford to divest from certain corporations in Israel

January 30, 2015:
Stanford SJP – BDS Petition

January 30, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Ethics and efficacy of Israel divestment

January 29, 2015:
Jweekly – Group at Stanford hits back at BDS efforts

January 28, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – The trap of modern communication and the Israeli divestment debate

January 28, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – The divestment campaign is aimed at ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands
(Description note, “Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Stanford University” writes why he is for divestment from Israel).

January 26, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Divestment at Stanford is a distraction
(Description note, Steven J. Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, Department of History, Stanford University, relays why he is against divestment)

January 22, 2015:
Coalition for Peace – Say No to Divestment at Stanford

January 22, 2015:
Hillel at Stanford Newsletter – Update from Hillel at Stanford on campus divestment from Israel campaign

January 22, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Ferguson and Palestine ad absurdum

January 22, 2015:
The Stanford Daily – Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine hosts panel discussion on divestment

January 15, 2015:
Stanford Daily – How Can an Israeli Support the BDS Movement

January 12, 2015:
Stanford Daily – An awkward echo: 1977/2015
(Description note, opinion piece by SJP member, “The language of opponents of South African divestment has reemerged in its parallel today — the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and its exploitative settler-colonial dynamics…”)

January 6, 2015:
S Out of Occupied Palestine – Divestment petition by Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine

December 19, 2014:
Peninsula Press – Palestinian students campaign for the right to education

December 2, 2014:
Anti-Defamation League – Hackers Post Anti-Semitism On U.S. Universities’ Websites
(Description note: Sev­eral Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties’ web­sites were hacked with the messages, “Death to All Jews…Viva Hamas, Qas­sam” or to a page with a song recording, “Teach the son of the Jew­ish woman how many times we will con­quer him.”)

November 12, 2014:
The Times of Israel – The Missing Piece: Jewish Lives Matter
November 26, 2014:
Socialist Worker – Planning for BDS at Stanford

November 9, 2014:
The Stanford Daily – The dream of peace vs. the nightmare of divestment

November 3, 2014:
Mondoweiss – This is how an academic boycott of Israel actually works

October 30, 2014:
The Stanford Daily – Searching for a partner for peace on campus

October 26, 2014:
The Stanford Daily – Stanford must divest from the occupation of Palestine

September 11, 2014:
Salon – Civility is for suckers: Campus hypocrisy and the “polite behavior” lie
(Description note: Stanford University Professor David Palumbo-Liu defends harassment of Jewish students, citing DoE statement, “Not only are “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Israelism” conflated here, but also note that although “no group” should be slandered…It bears noting once again that the Department of Education has responded thus to complaints that Jewish students feel threatened on campuses and should be protected from anti-Israel protests: ‘In the university environment, exposure to such robust and discordant expressions, even when personally offensive and hurtful [emphasis added] is a circumstance that a reasonable student in higher education may experience.'”

August 31, 2014:
American Thinker- Hamas’s Academic Apologists
(Description Note: “Stanford University history professor Joel Beinin vilified Israeli society while portraying Palestinians as passive victims: ‘The public devaluation of Arab life enables a society that sees itself as ‘enlightened’ and ‘democratic’ to repeatedly send its army to slaughter the largely defenseless population of the Gaza Strip.'”)

August 16, 2014:
EVENT- Block The Boat for Gaza!
(Description note -SJP at UC Berkeley, SJP at Stanford and GUPS at SFSU are all involved. Text includes – “Stop Israel at the Port. Zionism isn’t welcome on our Coast! West Coast Blockade of the Israeli Zim Ship. Port of Oakland. STOP THE SIEGE ON GAZA! END THE COLONIAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE! RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN REFUGEES! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS! BOYCOTT, DIVEST, SANCTION!.. We should always remember that the Palestinian resistance did not begin with Israel’s latest bombardment, nor did it begin during the last bombardment. It has been going on since 1948, since Israel came into existence. And it will not cease until Israeli apartheid falls. We refuse to allow Israel to conduct its business as usual, here in the Bay and everywhere!” Every Saturday, the Israeli owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads its cargo at the Port of Oakland. Let this action be the beginning of a sustained campaign to stop the Israeli ship from ever unloading in our town. From Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles – turn the Israeli ship around! We encourage all of our allies on the West Coast to join us in ensuring that Zim ships are not welcome anywhere.”)

August 7, 2014:
J Weekly – Eight locals among Mideast scholars calling for Israel academic boycott

August 4, 2014:
Salon – The truth about anti-Semitism: A liberal millennial’s second thoughts
(Description note: Tova Ross counters Stanford University Professor David Palumbo-Liu with “Does Palumbo-Liu mean to imply that hating those Jews (who don’t have a connection to Israel) is wrong, but hating the Jews who do support and defend Israel’s right to exist is A-OK?”)

August 1, 2014:
Salon – Millennials are over Israel: A new generation, outraged over Gaza, rejects Washington’s reflexive support
(Description note: Stanford University Professor David Palumbo-Liu blames antisemitism solely on Israel’s action, essentially repeating that the ‘Jews brought it on themselves’)

August 1, 2014:
Times of Israel – Stanford University Agitprop Press

May 12, 2014: Algemeiner –
The Extremist Allegiances of Joel Beinin

thumbs-up December 23, 2013: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT
Stanford statement on academic boycotts

 

Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

Source Credit: Stanford Yik Yak Post (November 13, 2015)

Source Credit: Stanford Yik Yak Post (November 13, 2015)


Source Credit: Stanford Daily (October 18, 2015)

Source Credit: SJP protests at White Plaza (October 18, 2015)


Source Credit: Stanford Review - Swastikas Defacing SAE Fraternity (April 26, 2015)

Source Credit: Stanford Review – Swastikas Defacing SAE Fraternity (April 26, 2015)


Source Credit: Stanford Review - Swastikas Defacing SAE Fraternity (April 26, 2015)

Source Credit: Stanford Review – Swastikas Defacing SAE Fraternity (April 26, 2015)


Source Credit: Stanford Review - Swastikas Defacing SAE Fraternity (April 26, 2015)

Source Credit: Stanford Review – Swastikas Defacing SAE Fraternity (April 26, 2015)


Source Credit: http://stanfordreview.org/article/a-survey-of-the-jewish-community-on-divestment/

Source Credit: Stanford Review article – Results for the divestment resolution’s affect on a student’s final decision to attend Stanford


Source Credit: http://stanfordreview.org/article/a-survey-of-the-jewish-community-on-divestment/

Source Credit: Stanford Review article – Results for the divestment resolution’s affect on a student’s willingness to attend Stanford


Source Credit: http://stanfordreview.org/article/a-survey-of-the-jewish-community-on-divestment/

Source Credit: Stanford Review article – Results for a prospective student’s decision to attend Stanford if the undergraduate senate supports divestment


Source Credit: http://stanfordreview.org/article/a-survey-of-the-jewish-community-on-divestment/

Source Credit: Stanford Review article – Results for judging the divestment resolution


Source Credit: http://stanfordreview.org/article/a-survey-of-the-jewish-community-on-divestment/

Source Credit: Stanford Review article – Results for voting on divestment resolution as a student senator


Source Credit: soopalestine.org

Source Credit: soopalestine.org


Source Credit: soopalestine.org

Source Credit: soopalestine.org


Source Credit: soopalestine.org

Source Credit: soopalestine.org


Source Credit: Anti-Defamation League, Dec 2 2014

Source Credit: Anti-Defamation League, Dec 2 2014


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BDS Tracker

  • February 17, 2015: Passed – two senators call for a re-vote. A modified divestment resolution was passed 10-4-1
  • February 10, 2015: Defeated – resolution is defeated 9-5-1
  • March 2013: Failed – Undergraduate Student Senate Rejected divestment bill.

  • BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 3
    SJP
    Students for Palestinian Equal Rights
    NAACP Executive Committee

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 18

    1. Khalil Barhoum
    2. Joel Beinin
    3. Thomas Blom-Hansen
    4. Clayborne Carson
    5. Jane Collier
    6. Jennifer Devere-Brody
    7. James Ferguson
    8. Denise Gigante
    9. Linda Hess
    10. Ian Hodder
    11. Jisha Menon
    12. Sianne Ngai
    13. Hilton Obenzinger
    14. David Palumbo-Liu
    15. Vahe Petrosian
    16. Jonathan Rosa
    17. Jose David Saldivar
    18. Sylvia Yanagisako

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