Campus Monitor - University of Arizona

Student Voices

  • May 6, 2015 – Jewish University of Arizona Student (Alexis) “Never in their wildest dreams would my parents have imagined that I would feel threatened or frightened over the fact that I am Jewish on an American college campus. The reality of the situation is that anti-Semitism and anti-Semitism masked, as anti-Zionism, has become the new reality of many college campuses throughout the country.” Read more
  • Nov 2014, Jewish University of Arizona Student (Gideon) describing his multiple experiences with antisemitism – “I had a skull fracture, lower back fracture, bleeding in the brain and a concussion” Read more
  • Nov 2014, Jewish University of Arizona Student (Gideon) -describing his multiple experience with antisemitism “At that point he starts backing off with his hand raised saluting Hitler and he runs into a house right next to our house and comes out with 20-guys” Read more
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    Classification Date-Description
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    2/28/17 – SJP tabled in front of Marshall. A sheet on the table said, “Why do I boycott Israel?…Aparthied: We don’t buy it!”
    DELEGITIMIZATION 3/3/16 – The School of Arts hosted Palestinian filmmaker/artist, Basma Alsharif for a presentation entitled, “Beyond the Ruins of Civilization”. During her presentation, Alsharif delegitimized Israel, accusing the state of implementing apartheid structures.
    DEMONIZATION 3/27/15 – Rutgers Professor Jasbir Puar delivered a lecture entitled “The ‘Right’ to Maim: Disablement, Gaza and Disaster Capitalism.” In her talk, Puar demonized and delegitimized Israel by falsely accusing Israel of achieving its goals of “settler colonialsim” through the intentional “maiming”, “stunting” and “debilitating” of Palestinians. An essay version of Puar’s talk included an acknowledgement that she considered her analysis “an anti-Zionist hermeneutic,” whose “ultimate purpose…is to labor in the service of a Free Palestine.” Puar’s talk was sponsored by IKON, LGBT Institute, GWS, MENAS, CMES, English Department, German Department, Anthropology, History, Geography, Journalism, SBS, AIMS, GPSC, Confluence Center, and Hassan Hijazi, Global Initiatives.
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    2/27/15 – An event entitled “In Our Power: U.S. Students Organize for Justice in Palestine” was sponsored by the SJP and featured BDS activist and journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman. Barrows-Friedman falsely accused Israel of “brutality” and “ethnic cleansing,” “racism,” “genocide,” “settler colonialism” and “apartheid”. The speaker also vigorously promoted BDS.
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTES 4/29/15 – A panel discussion intended to promote BDS, entitled “University BDS and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine,” was sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization; Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Council; UA SJP; UA JVP; and the Southern Arizona BDS Network.

     

    In the News ?

    May 6, 2015:
    inFocus – Israel Advocacy and BDS at the University of Arizona
    (Description note, “On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 the groups BDS at AU, SJP, The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization, the Gender and Women’s Studies Council and UA Jewish Voice for Peace co-hosted the event “University BDS and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine” at the University of Arizona. When I first found out about this event I was horrified. My school was about to be the new pulpit from which anti-Israel groups use to spew hate, intolerance, lies and anti-Semitism about Israel and the Jewish people. I was terrified as to what kind of reaction the students on my campus would have towards the BDS movement. I was appalled at the idea that my school might be the next college campus that entered the fight of its life against BDS. At the event various University of Arizona professors spoke about BDS in academia as a way to deny Israeli academic freedom and force Israel into re-evaluating the way they treat the Palestinians. They believe that BDS is a tool that can be used to engage Israel and their apartheid ways. They claim to “engage others in thoughtful evidence based discussions,” I found that this was not the case. They spoke uninterrupted for two hours. They made no mention of how Israel came to be a state, the opposition it faces from its neighbors, and the terrorists attacks that Israel faces on a daily basis as a result of radical Islamists. Matthew Abraham, an English professor at the University of Arizona said, “One group’s use of academic freedom can be used to curb another group’s academic freedom [Israel] and as such forcing Israel to re-examine its oppression of Palestinians.” The next person on the BDS panel was UA History professor David Gibbs. He spoke about the political implications Israel has had on public policy in recent years. He said that Germany has helped to further the creation of a Jewish state, and that they have done so to prove that they have learned from past actions. He did not mention the Holocaust or that six million Jews died and that 1.5 million of those Jews were children. He said that Germany has helped to further Israel’s arsenal of weapons as a way to diminish their guilt. He argued that BDS should change its perspective, instead of boycotting academics; it should boycott the financial aid the United States of America provides to Israel. He said, “If the US were to get rid of the aid that it provides Israel it would lower the Israeli GDP buy 1%.” He also went on to talk about how Israelis live overseas, how most have dual citizenships, and how they are hedging their bets in the case of the collapse of Israel, if Israel where to collapse they would have another country to which they could escape to.”)

    October 1, 2015:
    Tucson Weekly –  UA Exhibit Looks Back at When Tucson Public Schools Banned Middle East Studies
    (Description note, “Members of the UA’s Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace want to bring back some attention to when Tucson Unified School District and other educational entities banned Middle East Studies from several schools. In 1983, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Tucson Unified School District, and UA administrators “collaborated to discredit the Near Eastern Center (now renamed the Center for Middle Eastern Studies). The vicious campaign of censorship and intimidation climaxed in 1983 with the banning of Middle East outreach materials including resource books, literature, maps and films,” the groups say. .. The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, which led the local campaign against the program, was supported nationally by the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee. The federation pointed to a so-called conspiracy of “Arabists” allegedly in control of U.S.-based oil companies Mobil and Exxon, accused of influencing Middle East centers on university campuses across the country. “I call it the buying of America,” said TUSD board member Eva Bacal at the Oct. 18, 1983, board meeting…One area of materials that critics found among the most objectionable were maps of the Middle East used in TUSD classrooms, and in a history course for TUSD teachers. “Israel was notably absent” on one map, wrote Carol Karsch in a 1985 report submitted to a U.S. Congressional committee on behalf of the Jewish Federation. A TUSD parent told the school board in October 1983 that in class, her son “was shown a map that eliminated the presence of Israel in the Middle East.””)

    September 28 – October 23, 2015:
    SJP & JVP EVENT –  Exhibit of 1983 Middle East Studies Ban in Tucson
    (Description note, “SPONSORS: UA Students for Justice in Palestine, UA Jewish Voice for Peace. BACKGROUND: The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Tucson Unified School District, and University of Arizona high-level administration collaborated to discredit the Near Eastern Center (now renamed the Center for Middle Eastern Studies). The vicious campaign of censorship and intimidation climaxed in 1983 with the banning of Middle East outreach materials including resource books, literature, maps and films.”)

    April 29, 2015:
    Facebook – EVENT – University BDS and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine
    (Description note, “Please join us and invite your students, colleagues and friends to this exciting panel discussion on the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel and its violations of human rights. We will learn about the emergence of university-based BDS, the history of human rights boycott campaigns, the principle of academic freedom, and current events in this movement–including boycott and divestment initiatives in academic associations and on campuses across the U.S. and beyond. Featuring: Matthew Abraham, David Gibbs, Miranda Joseph, Alexander Karaman, Brooke Lober, Sandra K. Soto, Ariel Tinney, and Alisha Vasquez.
    Co-Sponsors: The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization; Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Council; UA Students for Justice in Palestine; UA Jewish Voice for Peace; and the Southern Arizona BDS Network.”)

    March 14-15, 2015:
    The Justice – Chomsky at the Tucson Festival of Books
    (Description note – to a crown of 2,000 people, Noam Chomsky touted his hateful views. This is video of the event).

    November 19, 2014:
    Jewish News – Anti-Semitism on campus wears cloak of ‘human rights’ campaign
    (Description note, “It is terrifying because such activism targets a specific group on campus, the Jewish students at ASU. It frightens me how persistent SJP and its supporters are with these displays and with their advocacy of BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel) and how people remain quiet and subdued. “)

    November 18, 2014:
    KVOA Tuscon – SAE accused of assaulting University of Arizona Jewish fraternity

    November 18, 2014:
    The Jewish Daily Forward – Arizona Fraternity Punished for Alpha Epsilon Pi Attack

    November 18, 2014:
    Huffington Post College – University Of Arizona’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon Allegedly Attacked Jewish Fraternity

    December 23, 2013:
    Legal Insurrection – University statements rejecting academic boycott of Israel

     

     

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    Source Credit: Facebook Event - University BDS and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine 

    Source Credit: Facebook Event – University BDS and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine (April 29, 2015)

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    April 30, 2015 – A BDS Panel discussion involving faculty members was held.
    (Description note, “A panel discussion was held last night regarding the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the state of Israel and its violations of human rights. Discussions consisted of the history of Israel, U.S. funding and the history of the BDS movement. The people in the panel that were speaking at this event come from a wide range of backgrounds and studies. The panel consisted of Matthew Abraham, a professor in the English department; David Gibbs, a history and government professor; Miranda Joseph and Sandra Soto, professors in the gender and women’s studies department; Alex Karaman and Brooke Lober, graduate students in gender and women’s studies; Ariel Tinney, a political science graduate student; and Alisha Vasquez, a UA alumna who is now an instructor in the Border Studies program at Earlham College. They all related their diverse talks back to the central theory of BDS.”)


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 3
    Jewish Voice for Peace
    No Mas Muertes
    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 11

    1. Abraham Acosta
    2. Sama Alshaibi
    3. Linda T. Darling
    4. Linda Green
    5. Miranda Joseph
    6. Simin Karimi
    7. Eithne Luibheid
    8. Farid Matuk
    9. Yaseen Noorani
    10. Jessica Shumake
    11. Sandra Soto

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