Campus Monitor - University of Central Florida

Student Voices

  • November 18, 2015 – University of Central Florida Student (Ashley) – (Following antisemitic Nazi-messaging stickers and posters on campus) “ …if they do know what they are doing, it’s definitely evil….The whole thing is upsetting…Think about what happened not even a hundred years ago” Read more
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    Antisemitism Tracker

    Total Antisemitic Activity:

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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    INTIMIDATION;
    HISTORICAL;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    11/15/15 – A rash of antisemitic stickers and flyers swept through campus November 15 – November 18, 2015. On November 15, Central Florida Future newsstand near Tower IV was defaced with a sticker that showed the Star of David and the words “1%” and “Bankers” underneath, and a second sticker that had a swastika on a flag with a message calling for an Israel boycott. The same day, a residence assistant for on-campus housing reported antisemitic vandalism on her building’s bulletin board where one sticker had a swastika and the others contained the phrases “Muh Holocaust” and “Truth is Treason In the empire of lies.” Also that same day, an officer responded to a call about antisemitic stickers placed on a community mailbox on Libra Drive. Earlier that day, a sticker with a Star of David and the phrase “1 percenters” was found on a street sign near the intersection of East Plaza Drive and Gemini Boulevard.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENY JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    4/6/16 – In honor of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” SJP hosted a forum entitled, “Palestinian Rights and the Impact of Occupation.” During the panel one speaker called for the one state solution which would deny Jews self-determination, stated Israel has created “the largest humanitarian crisis” and that “Palestinians are being ethnically cleansed,” and further claimed there is enormous Zionist political influence. Another speaker defined Zionism as racism. Three speakers additionally called for BDS.
    DELEGITIMIZATION 3/24/15 – UCF SJP built a large “mock Separation Wall” as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week.” An announcement of the event said that its purpose was “to shed light upon Israel’s apartheid policies towards Palestinians.”
    HISTORICAL;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/24/15 – UCF SJP hosted a screening of the movie Occupation 101. The film contains several antisemitic themes, including that Israel is guilty of “ethnic cleansing;” that Israel’s actions against the Palestinians are a form of colonialist agression; and that Jews in America wield excessive power over American foreign policy.”
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 11/28/16 – SJP held the event “BDS Movement: Freedom, Justice, & Equality.”

     

    In the News ?

    December 1, 2016:
    Palm Beach Post – White supremacist fliers taken down after appearing on Fla. college campus
    (Description note, “University of Central Florida police removed around 30 flyers that promoted white supremacy from various locations on the school’s grounds Wednesday. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the flyers showed a white man and woman with a heading that said, ‘We have the right to exist,’ along with another that showed a white man in handcuffs with the caption, ‘white guilt.’ The flyers were located near the Student Union building plus various parking garages and classroom buildings…The school’s Jewish student group, the Central Florida Hillel, posted on Facebook a call for students ‘to report racism, xenophobia and discrimination,’ Knight News reports. ‘Central Florida Hillel (CFH) was disheartened to see these posters on campus today,’ the post stated. ‘While we respect everyone’s constitutional right to free speech, particularly speech that we disagree with, we are concerned that the messages in these posters could lead to divisiveness and hatred on campus.’ American Vanguard, an ‘alt-right’ account, responded to UCF Hillel with a statement on Twitter that said, ‘We never said anything about hate, but if you deny us our right to exist, you are an enemy that must be defeated.’” The account claimed credit for placing the flyers on campus, Knight News added.”)

    September 16, 2016:
    Heritage Florida Jewish News – Two peoples, one tent

    April 22, 2016:
    Heritage Florida Jewish News – Die-in sparks discourse on Arab-Israeli conflict at UCF

    April 10, 2016:
    Central Florida Future – Protest leads to Israeli-Palestinian discourse at UCF

    February 26, 2016:
    Central Florida Future – UCFPD declares Anti-Semitic displays case inactive
    (Description note, “On Feb. 17, the UCF Police Department changed the status of its investigation into anti-Semitic displays. It’s now an ‘inactive’ investigation because all of the investigative leads have been exhausted, according to a UCFPD press release. Over the past two years, there were more than six anti-Semitic displays recorded at UCF.”)

    February 17, 2016:
    wftv9 – UCF police investigation surrounding anti-semitic displays inactive

    January 15, 2016:
    Heritage – Anti-Semitism at UCF

    December 9, 2015:
    American Campus Communities – Students call on Hitt to condemn anti-Semitic acts, UCFPD releases reports 

    December 8, 2015:
    Future – More UCF cases of anti-Semitic vandalism reported

    November 29, 2015:
    Israel Natoinal News – Florida university ramps up search for anti-Semitic vandals

    November 27, 2015:
    SF Gate – UCF releases photos of suspects in anti-Semitic fliers

    November 25, 2015:
    My News 13 – Anti-Semitic posters found at UCF; police investigating

    November 19, 2015:
    Only Simchas – Anti-Semitic Imagery Found on University of Central Florida Campus

    November 18, 2015:
    Click Orlando – Swastika stickers found at UCF

    November 18, 2015:
    WFTV.com – Nazi stickers, fliers on UCF campus fuel free-speech debate

    November 17, 2015:
    Orlando Sentinel – Swastika stickers found at UCF

    November 17, 2015:
    The Algemeiner – Antisemitic Stickers, Note Calling for Boycott of Israel Found on Florida Campus
    (Description note, “Two antisemitic stickers and a note calling for the boycott of all Israeli products were found at the University of Central Florida’s main campus on Sunday, the university’s Chabad rabbi revealed in a statement. One sticker displayed a swastika; another implied all bankers are Jewish. Near the Nazi imagery was a note that said buying Israeli products helps support the “murder and oppression” of Palestinians.“)

    October 22, 2014:
    Central Florida Future – Anti-Semitism rears ugly head on UCF, Emory campuses

    September 19, 2014:
    Heritage: Florida Jewish News – Students for Justice in Palestine arrives on UCF campus

    June 1, 2014:
    Central Florida Future – Student reacts to anti-Semitic vandalism: No arrests made after 11 swastikas found at UHouse

    May 16, 2014:
    Heritage: Florida Jewish News – If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?

    April 30, 2014:
    JTA – Fla. complex housing Jewish students vandalized with swastikas

    January 27, 2014:
    UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – President Hitt Opposes Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: Only Simchas (November 19, 2015); Anti-semitic imagery found on campus

    Source Credit: Only Simchas (November 19, 2015); Anti-semitic imagery found on campus


    Source Credit: Only Simchas (November 19, 2015); Anti-semitic imagery found on campus

    Source Credit: Only Simchas (November 19, 2015); Anti-semitic imagery found on campus


    Source Credit: Only Simchas (November 19, 2015); Anti-semitic imagery found on campus

    Source Credit: Only Simchas (November 19, 2015); Anti-semitic imagery found on campus


    Source Credit: The Algemeiner; Two antisemitic stickers found at UCF (November 16, 2015)

    Source Credit: The Algemeiner; Two antisemitic stickers found at UCF (November 16, 2015)


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    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
    SJP

    FACULTY BDS

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