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Student Voices

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  • May 11, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara Jewish Student (Danielle) “I have never felt so unsafe and unwelcome on campus than I do during the BDS campaign.” Read more
  • May 11, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara Jewish Student & Senator (Hannah) “Only a minority of a community can define what hatred is against that community. You cannot tell the Jewish community that this is not an attack on their identity.” Read more
  • May 11, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara Senator (Ashely) “Peace for one minority should not and does not come at the cost of the peace and sovereignty of another. This [divestment resolution] is only dividing the community and makes students feel unsafe.” Read more
  • May 10, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara Jewish Student (Morgan) “It was hard to miss the giant apartheid wall constructed by the Students for Justice in Palestine that stood outside the Davidson Library. When I first encountered the wall last Monday morning, I instantly felt the tears welling up in my eyes. As a Jewish student, I felt completely alienated and unwelcome on my own college campus. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and completely alone. I had to begrudgingly walk past the wall approximately six more times that day…When I became enraged at the site of the wall, an SJP member asked me why I found it to be so alienating and offensive as a Jewish person. I was baffled at the ignorance of their question, as this wall initially denied even the existence of Israel as a nation. With quotes such as, “There was peace in the Middle East until the 1948 occupation” written on the wall, my anger felt obvious and justified…” Read more
  • May 9, 2017 – UCSB SSI Chapter Statement – “The anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Apartheid Wall was made 12 years ago and has survived traveling to many campuses. Our pro-peace, pro-love wall was vandalized twice in 5 days.” Read more
  • May 9, 2017 – UCSB Jewish Student (Shirel) – “As a first year, the wall made me feel really targeted and intimidated. It is so huge and we are forced to walk through it every single day. There’s a bunch of misquotes and facts that are out of context that would make people feel a certain negative way towards Israel. As a Jewish student, I want to feel like a can represent Israel in the best way possible and make people understand that there might be more to the story.” Read more
  • May 8, 2017 – Jewish Organizations at UCSB Statement – “We represent the broad consensus of Jewish opinions at UCSB. While each person is allowed their own individual opinion, they are not entitled to appropriate the mantle of leadership for the overwhelming majority of Jewish students. Individual Jewish students have every right to dissent, but the voices of mainstream Jewish students must be honored. In recent weeks our community has been ignored and has been the victim of tokenization in order to justify political action. This should not be tolerated. Other student organizations hosted a program ostensibly teaching about anti-Semitism, but refused to involve or even notify the Jewish community or on campus Jewish organizations. Minority communities shouldn’t be treated in this patronizing manner. We, the mainstream Jewish community know our identity. Who are the others to define hate against us? Whose right it is to have and lead those discussions? Ours ….BDS aims to wipe the only Jewish nation in the world off the map….We the Jewish student leaders of UCSB are united in rejecting this one-sided, counterproductive and incredibly hurtful BDS resolution.” Read more
  • May 2, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara Jewish Student (Nate) “The [apartheid wall] grossly misrepresents [Zionism] and is littered with outright lies…Many members of the Jewish community feel disturbed while walking through campus, as they are completely unable to avoid such an aggressive attack on the Jewish, Israeli, and Zionist identity. I encourage dialogue, but this display depicts one side as an all-powerful, evil entity. This only drives peace for both Israelis and Palestinians further away. This is a very difficult time
    to be a Jewish and Zionist UCSB student.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara Gauchos United for Israel (Statement to Reporter) “The Jewish community here at UCSB is shaken by the insensitivity of this resolution being brought up on Yom HaShoah [by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)]. Of course, we are not taking this sitting down and have mobilized members of our community to come together and carefully organize how we are going to most effectively explain why anti-Zionism is antisemitism as well as where legitimate criticism of the Israeli government ends and antisemitism begins.” Read more
  • April 27, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara SSI President (Nate) “The problem with SJP’s timing is not if they did it deliberately or not; the problem is they don’t care enough about Yom HaShoah to even think that maybe they shouldn’t bring a resolution that targets the one Jewish state on the one day a year when we commemorate the horrible atrocities of the Holocaust. Instead they do it, and then make excuses about how there was not a single other day in the entire school year that fit their schedule.” Read more
  • February 20, 2017 – UC Santa Barbara Jewish Student (David)  – “I absolutely welcome a healthy criticism of Israel, even on this issue, but what makes this [Cartoon that was published in UCLA’s student newspaper the Daily Bruin] anti-Semitic is in fact the presence of the ten commandments and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a yamaka with the extended big nose. These are tropes that basically tie Jewishness with this political issue.” Read more
  • August 16, 2016 – UC Santa Barbara Jewish Graduate (Sarah)  -“…my fourteenth hour in the meeting room. I was traumatized and exhausted; a first-year student at University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), feeling overwhelmingly obligated to spend my precious study time defending my identity. My peers and I questioned what would happen to our campus if we lost this vote. Our student government was debating a resolution to divest from companies doing business with Israel, driven by the larger Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In practice, what seemed like a demand for economic pressure proved to be no more than a cover for an all-out attempt to turn the leaders of our student body against Israel and my community. The senate meeting centered around the vote was proof of this, as divestment supporters used the public forum as an opportunity to spread hate toward Israel and the Jewish people. We were ill-prepared to respond. Having every segment of our identities dissected before our eyes was grueling. Our 3,000-year-old connection to our land, our indigenous roots, our oppression and our struggle to overcome were destroyed, and our character tarnished. We were slandered as “colonizers” and “white supremacists,” presented with demands and no space for conversation. The outcome seemed grim.” Read more
  • April 2015, Commentator & Witness at Divestment Meeting (Jerome) – “I won’t comment on the Israel-Palestine conflict, nor on the divestment bill, although I attended the meeting on Wednesday. I’ll say only this much: when you say, “if any other minority had voiced these same concerns regarding any other resolution, no administration would dare question the validity of their feelings,” I have to agree with you. The Jewish people attending the meeting were largely on the defensive; if they had spoken about Palestinians in the same way that members of SJP spoke about Jews, there would be rampant outrage and labeling of Islamophobia. My personal feelings about divestment aside, I agree that this is a double standard.” Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Margaux) – “I am ostracized and made fun of by majority groups because I am different, yet at the same time, I am not even afforded the decency of being recognized as a minority by other minority groups. Sadly, last night’s events only reminded me how truly alone the Jewish community is and continues to remain.” Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Margaux) – “I am frustrated because, after reading this, most people still will not understand how difficult it is to wake up in a world ridden with anti-Semitism every single day. Bigoted stereotypes of Jews having power and control have become so ingrained in our society that it they have succeeded in invalidating Jewish people’s legitimate feelings of marginalization.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Margaux) – “I am exhausted of constantly having to defend my own identity to everyone. It is not fair that I should have to go to great lengths to prove that someone’s words are internally damaging to my own self-worth while such measures would never be required of any other minority.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Margaux) – “…I am disgusted by the normalization of anti-Semitic language so casually thrown around at the meeting. In those eight hours, I was told that Jews control the government, that all Jews are rich, that Zionism is racism, that the marginalization of Jewish students is justified because it prevents the marginalization of other minority groups, that Israel sterilizes its Ethiopian women (this is obviously not true), and that Palestinians in America who speak out against Israel are sought out by the IDF and denied entrance into Israel (also a ridiculous conspiracy theory). I heard a senator—someone who is supposed to be my representative—say that people were only voting against this resolution because they were afraid of losing “Jew support.” I heard my peers laugh at the mention of terrorists hurling stones at the heads of Israeli civilians intending to kill them. I saw students smile and cheer enthusiastically as a woman stood up and said the words, “I am ashamed to be a Jew.” The rhetoric I heard from students opposing Israel at this meeting could easily be equated to arguments that I have only seen in quotes at museums or mentioned in textbooks for their use in the justification of historical persecution of the Jewish race.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Sarah) – “I just think it’s important for people to know that if our community sees this resolution as anti-Semitic that we should be listened to”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Michelle) – “Rejecting this resolution does not mean opposing the rights of Palestinians; it means refusing to accept an agenda, promoted by this resolution; that the only way in which UCSB students can support Palestinians is by tearing down Jews and Israel, and by ultimately making the Jewish people stateless”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Michelle) – “The divestment resolution creates a framework that alienates Jewish students at UCSB, in part because it establishes a clear link to the BDS movement,” Moreh said. “Moreover, the attempt to draw parallels between Israel and South Africa under apartheid is ignorant and offensive on many levels.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Alejandro) – “I believe the resolution definitely alienates the Israeli community, and through it, the Jewish community. As a student who studied in Israel and whose family lives there, I could not help but feel attacked and singled out as I walked past the divestment wall in the Arbor.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Jack) – “On this board [the apartheid wall constructed by SJP] it says Zionism equals racism … the general definition of Zionism is the belief in having a nation for the Jewish people free from persecution with the right of self-determination. Saying that idea is racism — the existence of a Jewish state is racism — personally affronts my belief in the idea that I can have a place as a Jew where I am free from persecution.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Michelle) – “I’ve grown up Jewish. It’s a huge part of my identity, and it’s been really difficult to come to campus and see so much anti-Semitism that affects us today. I hadn’t really been exposed to this much anti-Semitism until I got to UCSB.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Michelle) – “As the university system that has been at the forefront of social justice… we still have swastikas being spray painted on Jewish fraternities at other UC schools. We still have student senators publicly endorsing the demise of the one Jewish state in the world, and we still have a candidate of UCLA’s judicial bored being discriminated against on the basis of her Jewish identity, and we still have flyers at UCSB blaming Jews for 9/11. So we should have done this [resolution against antisemitism] after the first incident happened, we shouldn’t have waited for Jews to be targeted again.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Arezu) – “I used to wear a golden star of David necklace around my neck. One day, I was stopped on the street by an older woman. She praised me for having the courage to wear my necklace with pride… It wasn’t until I stepped out of my bubble, out of my comfort zone, and onto the UCSB campus that I understood why she felt the way that she did.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCSB Jewish Student (Arezu) – “For the first time in my life, I felt that my identity, an unchangeable part of who I am, was under attack and my entire existence as a Jew was being questioned. No one in this room can look at this past year’s incidents and tell me that anti-Semitism doesn’t exist… I don’t wear that star of David necklace anymore. I don’t tell most people that I’m Jewish, and I definitely don’t tell them that I’m pro-Israel. I actively hide these things because I’m scared. Forget the fact that people treat me differently, forget the fact that I’m subjected to racial remarks and slurs. I’m scared for my safety.”  Read more
  • April 2015, Article Author paraphrasing student quotes – “[Jewish student Arezu] stated that she had first encountered anti-Semitism during the spring of her freshman year, when she learned of the BDS movement. Since then, she has believed that anti-Semitism is detrimental to her life and well-being on the UCSB campus.”  Read more
  • April 2015, Article Author paraphrasing student quotes – “UCSB Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter president and student sponsor of the resolution Daniel Lifton also spoke on behalf of the resolution, stating that he is“truly fearful” of the AEPi chapter house becoming a target for anti-Semitic acts.”  Read more

 

 

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Classification Date-Description
TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY 5/9/17 – A pro-peace mural by SSI and Artists4Israel was vandalized twice within 5 days with “Free Palestine,” with the first vandalization occurring within 24 hours after being erected. The second vandalization was irreparable, and the entire mural was repainted over again with a new message explaining the vandalization. SSI explained in a statement, “The anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Apartheid Wall was made 12 years ago and has survived traveling to many campuses. Our pro-peace, pro-love wall was vandalized twice in 5 days.”
HISTORICAL;
DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
4/16/15 – The student government debated an anti-Israel divestment resolution for more than 8 hours and voted it down. According to one Jewish student at the meeting, “I am disgusted by the normalization of anti-Semitic language so casually thrown around at the meeting. In those 8 hours, I was told that Jews control the government, that all Jews are rich, that Zionism is racism.”
ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DEMONIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
5/2/17 – SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” in the Arbor that contained a panel supporting BDS, as well as another panel that demonized an Israeli leader by distorting a historic quote. In a panel that headlined with “In their Own Words” the first quote said, “We must expel the Arabs and take their places.” This quote is attributed to David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister. The actual quote, lifted from a 1937 handwritten letter, said, “We do not want to and we do not have to expel Arabs and take their place.”
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
4/28/17 – SJP at UCSB, along with SJP chapters at UCLA and UCB, held the event “Thinking Palestine 1967 & Beyond” on the UCSB campus. One of the speakers, Richard Falk, delegitimized Israel, stating, “I hope we can shift from ending the occupation to ending apartheid” as well as made statements supportive of BDS.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
4/23/17 – On the evening prior to Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), UCSB Divest launched a new BDS campaign, including a BDS resolution. The resolution accused Israel of “apartheid policies currently taking place” and targets corporations doing business with Israel. UCSB Divest’s announcement of the launch headlined with “Call to the Associated Students of the University of California, Santa Barbara to Divest from Apartheid.”
DELEGITIMIZATION 3/10/17 – An op-ed was published in the school paper entitled “The Role of Jewish Spaces,” in which the author delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing the state of “apartheid.”
DEMONIZATION 1/28/16 – SJP and A.S. Queer Commission held the event, “Film Screening of Oriented: A documentary about Palestinian Queers,” where, according to the advertisement for the event, a discussion about Israeli pinkwashing, i.e. malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes,” followed the movie.
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
11/6/15 – UCSB SJP hosted slam poet Remi Kenazi, who falsely accused Israel of being an apartheid state and promoted BDS.
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
4/6/15 – SJP erected a huge multi-panel mural wall on campus which contained panels saying “Zionism = Racism,” falsely accusing Israel of being an apartheid state, and promoting BDS.
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION
2/26/15 – Associated Students Humyn Rights Board held a talk entitled “Occupation, Ethnic Cleansing, & Israeli Apartheid 101” in which the speaker, a second-year UCSB undergraduate, falsely accused Israel of apartheid and the IDF of training the police force active in Feguson in “‘the hatred and strategy of the Israeli army’… to abuse people from the lower class and encouraging the marginalization of these people.” Another student speaker falsely accused Israel of sterilizing African women in Israel so the government can control the population.
DELEGITIMIZATION 2/18/15 – The Carsey-Wolf Center, the Mellichamp Global Studies Initiative, the Center for Middle East Studies, the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture co-sponsored the event, “Social Impact Cinema: Dreaming Palestine – The Time that Remains.” A discussion with Sherene Seikaly, Steven Salaita and moderator Maryam Griffin followed the screening of the film. During the discussion, Seikaly delegitimized Israel, asking “What does a just future mean for Palestinians in this context of now a hundred years of settler colonialism,” implying Israel is a settler-colonial state. Griffin also delegitimized Israel, saying, “What some people might call present-day Israel it occurred to me that there might be some problem with the word occupation so oftentimes when people refer to the occupied territories they’re talking about the West Bank they’re talking about Gaza, they’re referring with that term to the occupation that happened in 1967, but here we really have a story about another occupation, the occupation that happened in 1948.”
HISTORICAL;
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DEMONIZATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION;
BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
2/17/15 – Steven Salaita delivered a talk entitled “Palestine, Academic Freedom, and the Demands of Civility,” that was part of a national speaking tour on more than 10 campuses. In his talk, Salaita demonized Israel, falsely accusing it of barbarity, brutality and depravity, and of perpetrating war crimes and mass slaughter, and he delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing it of settler colonialism. Salaita also stated that he opposed Zionism and the notion of a Jewish state, and he falsely accused Zionists of making “phony claims of antisemitism” to mask Israel’s war crimes and shut down all criticism of Israel. In addition, Salaita touted his role as a founder of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and a promoter of the academic boycott at the American Studies Association meeting at which the boycott was endorsed. Salaita’s talk was sponsored by the Departments of history and anthropology, The Center for New Racial Studies, Center for Research on Women & Social Justice, Hull Chair, and Carsey-Wolf Center.
BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTE 5/10/17 – The student government discussed and voted on a divestment resolution. The resolution failed with 0 yes, 15 no and 7 abstentions.
BDS EVENT 5/12/16 – UCSB’s chapter of the Olive Tree Initiative hosted a panel discussion on conflict resolution between Israel and Palestine. During the discussion, BDS was discussed relative to its effectiveness.
CALLS FOR BDS 3/6/15 – 3 professors from UCSB were among the co-authors of an op-ed supporting the anti-Israel divestment resolutions on UC campuses: Adam Sabra, Howard Winant, Nancy Gallegher.

 

In the News ?

*See UC Student Testimonials from 2015 – present here

May 18, 2017:
Jewish Journal – Cal State Long Beach, UCSB differ on Israel divestment resolutions

May 18, 2017:
Daily Nexus – Four Years Later, Still a ‘No’ for Israel Divestment

May 11, 2017:
Daily Nexus – A.S. Senate Fails to Pass Divestment Resolution After 8-Hour Meeting

May 11, 2017:
The Algemeiner – BDS Suffers Another Defeat At University of California-Santa Barbara, As Divestment Resolution Gets Zero Votes in Favor

May 11, 2017:
The Bottom Line – BDS Campaign Fails for the Fourth Time

May 10, 2017:
Daily Nexus – Pro-Israel Mural Defaced Amid Divestment Debate

May 10, 2017:
The Bottom Line – A Jewish Take on the Apartheid Wall

May 10, 2017:
Daily Nexus – Why UCSB Should Not Divest From Israel

May 9, 2017:
The Tab – Students Supporting Israel artwork vandalized twice in five days

May 8, 2017:
SSI Facebook Post Sharing Statement – UCSB Jewish Student Organizations Unified Opposition to BDS

May 5, 2017:
The Tab – SJP protester admits to incorrect quote on UCSB ‘Occupation Wall’

May 4, 2017:
The Algemeiner – UC Santa Barbara SJP Caught With Fake Quote on ‘Apartheid Wall’ Falsely Claiming First Israeli PM Supported Expulsion of Arabs

May 2, 2017:
The Bottom Line – Pro-Divestment Wall in Arbor Met With Opposing Views

May 2, 2017:
The Bottom Line – Pro-Divestment Wall in Arbor Met With Opposing Views

April 27, 2017:
The Bottom Line – Divestment Debate Returns to UCSB

April 27, 2017:
The Algemeiner – UC Santa Barbara’s SJP Slammed for Launching BDS Campaign on Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 27, 2017:
Daily Nexus – SJP Proposes Bill to Divest from Alleged Palestinian Human Rights Abuses

April 24, 2017:
The Bottom Line – Senate Hears Backlash Against Anti-Semitism Training

April 23, 2017:
UCSB Divestment Resolution – A Resolution To Divest From Companies that Profit From Human Rights Violations in Palestine/Israel

February 20, 2017:
The Bottom Line – Senate Hears Student Concerns over Anti-Semitic Daily Bruin Cartoon

August 16, 2016:
The Jerusalem Post – College Students Have Important Opportunity to Reclaim Jewish Narrative

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

April 7, 2016:
Daily Nexus – Understanding the ‘Privilege’ of the Jewish Minority

January 21, 2016:
Daily Nexus – EVPSA ‘Principles’ Draft Calls for Student Input

November 8, 2015:
Daily Nexus – SJP Slam Poetry Night Focuses on Israeli Occupation of Palestine
(“UCSB Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) hosted A Night of Slam Poetry and Palestinian Culture featuring slam poet and human rights activist Remi Kanazi Thursday night in the MultiCultural Center as a part of the Palestine Culture & Solidarity Week. Kanazi’s poetry focuses on what he considers to be the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the lack of American response. He performed a selection of poems from his new book, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine and discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and university divestment from Israel…“Palestine is a very important issue; Israeli occupation and apartheid is bad, but for me, in the same breath that I say end the Israeli occupation, I have to be saying end mass incarceration,” Kanazai said. “In the same breath that I say boycott, divestment and sanctions, I have to be saying divest from prisons.”
Kanazi said universities should not be invested in companies that profit from the Israeli military activity that negatively affects Palestine.”)

November 4, 2015:
The Bottom Line – UCSB Groups Tackle Peace in the Middle East

November 3, 2015:
Daily Nexus – A.S. Finance and Business Committee Fully Funds 10 Requests, Partially Funds Three, Tables One
(Description note, “Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) requested $500 for the honorarium to invite [notoriously demonizing of Israel] Palestinian-American human rights activist Remi Kanazi to speak during Palestinian Culture Week. SJP representative and second-year public policy and global studies double major Nawar Nemeh said the culture week is intended to educate students on Palestinian issues and culture. “We seek to educate students on Palestinian culture, the status of Palestinians and essentially what Palestinians are going through on this campus. Part of that is our Palestinian Culture Week,” Nemeh said.”)

October 2015:
AMCHA – UC Student Testimonials about Antisemitism on Campus, October 2015 to Present

July 15, 2015:
The Jewish Voice – Why Universities Need a Definition of Anti-Semitism

May 11, 2015:
San Jose Mercury News – Tammi Rossman-Benjamin: UC must fight back against anti-Semetic acts

May 7, 2015:
The Algemeiner – Chilling College Reports Highlight Rising Antisemitism on University of California Campuses

May 6, 2015:
The College Fix – ANTI-SEMITISM AT UCSB: A CLOSER LOOK AT BASHING THE JEWS ON CAMPUS
(Description note, “Rabbi Evan Goodman, Santa Barbara Hillel’s leader, recalls a student earlier this year who came to him, upset because after walking home from an event with a small Israeli flag in her hand she was harassed multiple times, with students hurling insults at her for being pro-Israel and Jewish. In the weeks leading up to a recent student government vote on whether to divest from Israel, Students for Justice in Palestine erected a protest wall condemning Israel’s “Apartheid.”  It was placed in the Arbor—the free speech zone— and students and professors were forced to walk around it to continue on the pathway… Shortly after the dueling walls, the student government debated a resolution to divest from Israel. That’s when a flurry of anti-Semitic comments were made. “We heard at the divestment hearing a variety of insults that veered into anti-Semitic imagery and language,” Goodman said. “In particular, one gay student spoke up about how Israel was a terrible place for people who are gay or lesbian, and that it is better for them in other Middle East countries. The comments were made anti-Semitic when he said Israel wants to be friendly to gays because the country wants to take the money of people who they normally wouldn’t be friendly toward to gain more money from tourism.”)

April 23, 2015:
LDB – After condemning anti-Semitism, UCSB Student Senate rejects BDS resolution

April 22, 2015:
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Anti-Semitic sentiment stains UCSB divestment vote
(Description note, “A student at the University of California, Santa Barbara is speaking out against a meeting held by the student senate to vote on a resolution they wrote calling for the school to divest from companies that assist the Israeli Defense Forces which turned into hours of students making derogatory comments about Jews…Gundzik also added that had members of another minority group raised the same concerns she did, they would have been taken more seriously. “I am ostracized and made fun of by majority groups because I am different, yet at the same time, I am not even afforded the decency of being recognized as a minority by other minority groups,” she said.”)

April 22, 2015:
Santa Barbara Hillel – UCSB Student Senate Votes Against an Anti-Israel Divestment Resolution

April 21, 2015:
The College Fix – SHOCKING DETAILS FROM UCSB’S DIVESTMENT VOTE EMERGE: STUDENT RECOUNTS 8 HOURS OF JEW BASHING

April 20, 2015:
Haaretz – Israel divestment efforts increasing on U.S. campuses – Anti-Semitic comments voiced at recent UC Santa Barbara debate, Princeton undergrads voting on divestment resolution this week.
(Description note, “At UC Santa Barbara, more troubling than the resolution itself was what was said during the long night of debate on April 15, said sources at the college, where pro-divestment students raised their hands, en masse, in a Black Power-esque salute. One of the UCSB’s 25 student senators talked about “the power, money and influence of the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Evan Goodman, executive director of UCSB’s Hillel, the next day. “There were audible gasps in the audience” when she did, said Goodman, who was present throughout. The student senator’s comments came two weeks after the undergraduate student senators unanimously voted in a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. Someone else talked about Israel “forcibly sterilizing Ethiopians,” said Max Samarov, a senior researcher with StandWithUs and 2011 graduate of UCSB, who attended the vote. He said that such allegations went unchallenged during the divestment debate. “The BDS resolution and the coarsening of campus dialogue that comes with it leads to people who are anti-Semitic coming out of the woodwork,” added Goodman.”)

April 19, 2015:
College Insurrection – UCSB Student Government Votes Against Divestment from Israel

April 17, 2015:
The Bottom Line – Divestment Fails at UCSB: With a Tie Vote, Senate Chair Votes Against the Resolution
(Description note, “Critiquing Israel is not anti-Semitic,” said Tannenbaum. “Applying double standards that make it possible to solely blame Israel for a decades-long, multi-sided conflict is anti-Semitic.”)

April 17, 2015:
The Bottom Line – Letter to the Editor: A Hollow Victory for the Jewish Community
(Description note, “Furthermore, I am disgusted by the normalization of anti-Semitic language so casually thrown around at the meeting. In those eight hours, I was told that Jews control the government, that all Jews are rich, that Zionism is racism, that the marginalization of Jewish students is justified because it prevents the marginalization of other minority groups, that Israel sterilizes its Ethiopian women (this is obviously not true), and that Palestinians in America who speak out against Israel are sought out by the IDF and denied entrance into Israel (also a ridiculous conspiracy theory). I heard a senator—someone who is supposed to be my representative—say that people were only voting against this resolution because they were afraid of losing “Jew support.” I heard my peers laugh at the mention of terrorists hurling stones at the heads of Israeli civilians intending to kill them. I saw students smile and cheer enthusiastically as a woman stood up and said the words, “I am ashamed to be a Jew.” The rhetoric I heard from students opposing Israel at this meeting could easily be equated to arguments that I have only seen in quotes at museums or mentioned in textbooks for their use in the justification of historical persecution of the Jewish race.”)

April 17, 2015:
The College Fix – ANOTHER CLOSE DIVESTMENT VOTE ENDS IN VICTORY FOR PRO-ISRAEL STUDENTS

April 16, 2015:
Daily Nexus – Divestment Resolution Falls Two Votes Short of Passing

April 16, 2015:
JTA – U.C. Santa Barbara student senate votes down Israel divestment resolution

April 16, 2015:
Jewish Journal – U.C. Santa Barbara student senate votes down Israel divestment resolution
(Description note, “Following an eight-hour debate, the resolution was defeated early Thursday morning in a vote of 13 against and 12 in favor, with one abstention. The Associated Students Senate president cast the deciding vote against the resolution.”)

April 16, 2015:
Daily Nexus – Divestment Fails to Pass Again
(Description note, “For the third consecutive year, the Associated Students Senate did not pass a resolution to divest from companies allegedly profiting from human rights violations in Israel-Palestine, voting 13-12-1 in a private vote not to pass the resolution… The A.S. resolution articulated support for a right of return for Palestinian refugees to the modern state of Israel,”)

April 16, 2015:
Daily Nexus – A.S. Senate Dives Into Divestment
(Description note, “”The Associated Students Senate met Wednesday night in the Old Little Theater and then in Girvetz 1004 to discuss a resolution by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), sponsored by senators Xin Ma and Steven Kwok, which calls for the university to divest from businesses profiting from alleged human rights violations in Palestine. Dozens of students signed up to speak during public forum, giving passionate arguments both in support and in opposition of the resolution. UCSB and UC Merced remain the only UC undergraduate campuses whose student governments have not yet passed divestment resolutions, with UC Irvine being the first campus to pass divestment in November 2012.”)

2015:
Facebook – Facebook Page for ‘Against UCSB Divestment from Israel’, with 1600 + Likes

2015:
Facebook – Facebook Page for ‘UCSB Divest’ with 1,000 + Likes

April 9, 2015:
Daily Nexus – Students for Justice in Palestine erect mobile mural, sparking West Bank, Gaza Strip debate
(Description note, “Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) constructed a mural wall in the Arbor on Monday to remain until tomorrow that displays artwork and messages illustrating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank and Gaza Strip region. The wall was originally constructed by SJP at UC Irvine in 2012 and has since been transferred to multiple university campuses, including UC Berkeley, UC Merced, Stanford, Arizona State University and the Claremont Colleges, to promote a UC resolution to divest from companies allegedly profiting from human rights violations in Palestine/Israel. The Associated Students External Affairs Committee will consider this campus’s divestment resolution at its 6 p.m. meeting today after tabling the proposal at its meeting last week…. Tannenbaum also said the campaigns associated with the wall represent an “affront” to Jewish self-determination. “On this board it says Zionism equals racism … the general definition of Zionism is the belief in having a nation for the Jewish people free from persecution with the right of self-determination,” Tannenbaum said. “Saying that idea is racism — the existence of a Jewish state is racism — personally affronts my belief in the idea that I can have a place as a Jew where I am free from persecution.””)

April 9, 2015:
Daily Nexus – Students for Justice in Palestine erect mobile mural, sparking West Bank, Gaza Strip debate
(Description note, “Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) constructed a mural wall in the Arbor on Monday to remain until tomorrow that displays artwork and messages illustrating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank and Gaza Strip region. The wall was originally constructed by SJP at UC Irvine in 2012 and has since been transferred to multiple university campuses, including UC Berkeley, UC Merced, Stanford, Arizona State University and the Claremont Colleges, to promote a UC resolution to divest from companies allegedly profiting from human rights violations in Palestine/Israel. The Associated Students External Affairs Committee will consider this campus’s divestment resolution at its 6 p.m. meeting today after tabling the proposal at its meeting last week…. Tannenbaum also said the campaigns associated with the wall represent an “affront” to Jewish self-determination. “On this board it says Zionism equals racism … the general definition of Zionism is the belief in having a nation for the Jewish people free from persecution with the right of self-determination,” Tannenbaum said. “Saying that idea is racism — the existence of a Jewish state is racism — personally affronts my belief in the idea that I can have a place as a Jew where I am free from persecution.””)

April 8, 2015:
The Bottom Line – AS Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism, One Senator Abstains
(Description note, “This resolution is really close to my heart,” said off-campus senator and author of the resolution Michelle Moreh. “I’ve grown up Jewish. It’s a huge part of my identity, and it’s been really difficult to come to campus and see so much anti-Semitism that affects us today. I hadn’t really been exposed to this much anti-Semitism until I got to UCSB.”… Third-year history and religious studies double major Arezu Hashemi shared her experiences with anti-Semitism, which compelled her to be a student sponsor of the resolution… Hashemi stated that she had first encountered anti-Semitism during the spring of her freshman year, when she learned of the BDS movement. Since then, she has believed that anti-Semitism is detrimental to her life and well-being on the UCSB campus.”)

April 7, 2015:
The Bottom Line – UCSB Task Force Against Police Brutality Protests IV Over-Policing
(Description note, “In the spirit of the silent protest, some protesters wore black duct tape over their mouth with the word “Divest” written across it, representing the Task Force’s demand for UCSB to stop funding militarized police. The tape represented Students for Justice in Palestine’s demands for divestment from corporations directly profiting from human rights violations in Israel and Palestine as well.”)

April 6, 2015:
Daily Nexus – Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) installed a mural wall in the Arbor on April 6, 2015 

April 2, 2015:
Daily Nexus – A Call for Divestment

April 2, 2015:
Daily Nexus – A.S. Senate Committee Tables Divestment Talks
(Description note, “The Associated Students Senate External Affairs Committee tabled a resolution to urge divestment from companies profiting from human rights violations in “Palestine/Israel” for one week at a meeting of the committee in the Multicultural Center Theatre Thursday night. The decision was reached after a public comment period dominated most of the meeting in anticipation of the Jewish holiday Passover, which begins tomorrow and lasts through April 11. The committee will revisit the resolution at its next meeting next Thursday.”)

April 2, 2015:
Daily Nexus – A.S. Senate Meeting Discusses UC Divestment, Anti-Semitism
(Description note, “The Associated Students Senate met Wednesday night in Corwin Pavilion where it discussed bills calling for University of California (UC) divestment [sponsored by UCSB SJP] from companies allegedly committing human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza as well as a resolution condemning anti-Semitism…Senator Michelle Moreh then introduced a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and said she introduced the resolution “to raise awareness about the outgrowth of hatred of Jews around the world.” “We still have swastikas being spray-painted on Jewish fraternities at other UC schools, we still have students denying the right to exist of the only Jewish state in the world and we still have a candidate for UCLA’s judicial board being discriminated against on the basis of her Jewish identity,” Moreh said. “We still have flyers posted around UCSB blaming the Jews for 9/11.” UCSB Muslim Students Association (MSA) President and fourth-year biochemistry major Yasmin Sallak said she supports the bill and noted there is a distinction between anti-Semitism and criticism of the Israeli government. “I want to do my part to make sure that Jewish students feel safe expressing their identity,” Sallak said. “When speaking about Israel I’d like to point out, just as the resolution does, that there is a significant difference between criticizing the being of Israel and critiquing Israeli policy.” The resolution to condemn anti-Semitism passed with a vote of 23-0 with one abstention from second-year economics and accounting major and Senator Steven Kwok.”)

April 1, 2015:
AMCHA – A Resolution Condemning Antisemitism (Link to the Resolution)

March 31, 2015:
Associated Student Senate UCSB – 040115-109 A Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

March 31, 2015:
Daily Nexus – A.S. Approves Funding for Campus Organizations
(Description note, “Students for Justice in Palestine for $620 in transportation fees for a 30-foot wall event…The Olive Tree Initiative was declined $10,000 for their trip to Washington D.C, Israel and Palestine to speak with several diplomats including current president Netanyahu’s advisors.”)

February 27, 2015:
SJP PRESENTED EVENT – “Occupation, Ethnic Cleansing & Israeli Apartheid 101”
(Description note – “Associated Students Humyn Rights Board held a talk titled “Occupation, Ethnic Cleansing, & Israeli Apartheid 101” on Thursday in the Conference Room of El Centro as part of Humyn Rights Week 2015. The event was presented by Students for Justice in Palestine…[SJP President and Main Speaker] Kaur said the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting case of Michael Brown in the U.S. is directly tied to Palestinian oppression because the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) trained some members of the American police force who were active in Ferguson… According to Garza, African women are being sterilized in Israel because the government wants to control the population.”)

November 25, 2014:
The Washington Free Beacon – Disgraced Anti-Israel Professor Cheered in Washington
(Description note: “University of California Santa Barbara professor Lisa Hajjar spoke about the “chilling effects of the new discourse of civility,” asserting that “while civility and the exercise of free speech may coexist harmoniously, the right to free speech not only permits but is designed to protect uncivil speech.”)

November 16, 2014:
San Diego Jewish World – The Ivory Tower’s Attempt to Nazify Jews

November 6, 2014:
Townhall.com – An Old Hatred Returns

October 27, 2014:
The Jewish Daily Forward – Campus Anti-Israel Protests Surge by 114%

October 5, 2014:
Arutz Sheva – Anti-Semitism at UC: Israel Responsible for 9/11

October 2, 2014:
The Times of Israel – Fliers posted at UC Santa Barbara blame Jews for 9/11

October 2, 2014:
The Jerusalem Post – Fliers posted at California university blame Jews for 9/11

October 1, 2014:
JTA – Fliers posted at UC Santa Barbara blame Jews for 9/11

September 30, 2014:
Santa Barbara Hillel – SB Hillel and UCSB Respond to Anti-Jewish Flyers

thumbs-downSeptember 1, 2014:
Richard Falk’s Blog – Two Types of Anti-Semitism
(Description Note – an antisemitic blog post published by UC Santa Barbara Professor Richard Falk, includes blaming Jews for rising antisemitism, “In my view this labeling of Israel’s critics as ‘anti-Semites’ is a short-sighted form of unsavory state propaganda, generally implemented overseas by hard core Zionist groups, and partly responsible for an emergent backlash that is being expressed by hatred and hostility toward Jews.”)

August 25, 2014:
Times of Israel – An Academic Union Mobilizes Against Israel

August 14, 2014:
J Weekly – Letter warns U.C. president of union’s ‘anti-Israel propaganda’

thumbs-downAugust 12, 2014:
COMPILED LIST –  Supporters of UAW 2865 Resolution Calling for Academic Boycott of Israel
(Description note – contains the names of graduate students, teaching assistants, readers, etc who exclaimed public support of the antisemitic Student Union Worker’s BDS resolution, which stated the need to “educate” others on the “settler-colonial” and “apartheid” nature of the Jewish state).

thumbs-downAugust 1, 2014:
Truth Out – As Repression Escalates on US Campuses, an Account of My Ordeal With the Israel Lobby and UC
(Description Note – an antisemitic article published by UC Santa Barbara Professor William Robinson).

August 1, 2014:
Fox News – Former UN official charged with anti-Semitism, now California academic, takes on Israel in Gaza

April 26, 2014:
The Independent – UCSB Votes Down Divestment from Israel

April 25, 2014:
Daily Nexus – A.S. Votes Against Divestment from Israel

January 16, 2014:
JNS – Brandeis Center withdraws anti-Semitism complaint against UC Santa Barbara

thumbs-upJanuary 7, 2014:
UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – SB Hillel Applauds Chancellor Yang’s Rejection of ASA Academic Boycott of Israel

 

Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

Artwork of students supporting Israel was vandalized twice in five days (May 9, 2017) Source Credit: The Tab
 

 Source Credit: SJP assembles mural at New Arbor, April 9, 2015

Source credit – Daily Nexis, 4/9/15, “Apartheid Wall”. Originally assembled at UCI in 2012, and transferred and displayed on multiple college campuses. Displayed at UCSB in the Arbor on Monday, 4/6/15

 Source Credit: Santa Barbara Hillel, Sept 29, 2014

Source Credit: Santa Barbara Hillel, Sept 29, 2014

 Source Credit: Santa Barbara Hillel, Sept 29, 2014

Source Credit: Santa Barbara Hillel, Sept 29, 2014

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BDS Tracker

May 10, 2017 – FAILED – Student Government – The student government voted on a divestment resolution. The resolution failed with 0 yes, 15 no and 7 abstentions.

April 16, 2015 – Defeated – Student Government votes against divestment resolution -13-12-1
(third consecutive year divestment fails at UCSB)

April 2014 – Defeated – Student Government opposes resolution

March 23, 2013 – Defeated – Student Government votes against divestment resolution – 11-10-0


BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

 

STUDENT BDS

Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
SJP

FACULTY BDS

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 19

  1. Eileen Boris
  2. James Brooks
  3. Charles Buchanan
  4. Julie Carlson
  5. John Foran
  6. Diane Fujino
  7. Nancy Gallagher
  8. Bishnupriya Ghosh
  9. Avery Gordon
  10. Lisa Hajjar
  11. Esther Lezra
  12. David Naguib Pellow
  13. William Robinson
  14. Adam Sabra
  15. Chela Sandoval
  16. Bhaskar Sarkar
  17. Sherene Seikaly
  18. Paul Spickard
  19. Howard Winant

 

Number of Faculty Endorsing the UAW 2865 Boycott Resolution: 4

 

  1. Shrene Seikaly
  2. Howard Winant
  3. W. Patrick McCray
  4. Adam Sabra