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Student Voices

  • May 27, 2016 – University of Chicago Jewish Student (Rachel) “The BDS campaign is more than just a campaign to divest from Israel; it’s to make sure that [pro-Israel] students feel unsafe and insecure.” Read more
  • May 27, 2016 – University of Chicago Jewish Student (Rachel) “The reason I chose the University of Chicago is I wanted to be challenged in every way imaginable, but I didn’t want my identity to be challenged. That’s really the biggest issue we see … no longer are we challenging people’s ideas and opinions, but we’re challenging the very fiber of who they are.” Read more
  • May 5, 2016 – University of Chicago Jewish Student (Michael) “Over the past few weeks I have been told that Jews “don’t count” as a minority. I have been accused of using anti-semitism to justify oppression. All I want to know is why my campus doesn’t treat anti-semitism with the same rigor with which it treats any other forms of bias.” Read more
  • May 5, 2016 – University of Chicago Jewish Student (Michael) “When Jews stood before the council, and asked that it recognize the Jewish right to self-determination, a basic right for all people, people in the room laughed. One representative noted that ‘If we were to affirm the right to Jewish self-determination … it takes away from the intent of the resolution.’” Read more
  • May 5, 2016 – University of Chicago Jewish Student (Michael) “Students in the room that day called us racists and murderers and “apartheid supporters”, for even thinking we, as Jews, could have a voice in the discussion over the one small state we call our own. A Jewish student was chided “You are racist and you are against me and my family’s existence”. It was uncivil, and unproductive, but the council-members did not once that day condemn the personal nature of these attacks, or defend the rights of the opposition to make their case.” Read more
  • May 3, 2016 – University of Chicago Student Representative (Mike) “On the Friday before the vote, an individual who presented the BDS resolution to College Council told me that I should vote for her resolution because, in her words, any Jew who did not support BDS was “brainwashed.” As someone who does not identify with Jewish culture, this immediately signaled a central sentiment of hatred and hypocrisy behind the original proposal that could have been mitigated had we passed such amendments that would have disaffiliated us fromBDS but left us in pursuit of the positive goals that were also in this resolution.Unfortunately, most of College Council did not agree with this and ultimately cast anti-Semitic votes in favor of BDS. After our vote, the same individual who made that remark to me sent an email to College Council thanking us and claiming that we “had not caused the oppression of another group.” Seeing that this movement still believes that it can speak for how Jewish people should feel about our rejection of the notion of self-determination for Jews only proves the necessity of the amendments that Calvin and I proposed.” Read more
  • April 8, 2016 – University of Chicago Jewish Student (Maxine) [The divestment resolution] is also likely to lead to an increase in anti-Semitism on campus, including harassment and graffiti, as has already occurred on a range of campuses…” Read more
  • July 1, 2015 – University of Chicago Jewish Student (Eliora) – “Who really pays the price of BDS? The answer is Diaspora Jewry. We pay for it every time a swastika is painted on a fraternity door after BDS passes in student governments, as happened at UC Davis and Stanford. We pay for it when our colleges become battlegrounds over Middle East policy and stages for mock checkpoints and “die-ins.””Read more
  • Feb 2015, Jewish University of Chicago Student (Shoshana) – “ In reality this hatred is growing, and with no one trying to extinguish it, it will continue to grow.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Jewish University of Chicago Student (Shoshana) – “And, in some ways, this silence hurts most of all. It is the realization that nobody on campus actually cares about anti-Semitism.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Jewish University of Chicago Student (Shoshana) – “Last night I read through the past few days on UChicago Secrets and experienced post after post condemning Jews on campus, generalizing about their opinions and experiences, and minimizing the impact of the Holocaust. “People are hypocrites,” one read. “This is a fact. One example? The Jews at UChicago. Why? They all have grandparents who survived the Holocaust. This doesn’t stop them from denying the Holocaust in Palestine right now.” Another read, “I’m laughing hard at these people who are like ‘They Made Me Take Off My Star Of David, I Am So Oppressed.’ Try having soldiers come in and force you out of your home.” These are only two examples of many. Clearly motivated by anger about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, these posts expressed vitriol not toward only Zionists but also toward everybody of the Jewish faith, toward all Jews on this campus, toward me. I am not ashamed to say that this hatred moved me to tears.” Read more
  • Dec 2014, Jewish University of Chicago Student (Eliora) – “This is how I recently went through a day at college: I woke up and checked the UChicago Secrets page on Facebook to find post #4145 with 39 likes: “I secretly think that President Zimmer doesn’t exist, and that if you were to open the door to his office, you would find a table full of elderly Jewish men making all the decisions and just passing themselves off as a single reclusive individual.” Later, I found my way to one of the bathrooms in the bookstore and noticed the graffiti on the stall: “Jewish men run the CIA”. I opened my reading for my Social Science requirement to hear Marx claim that malicious capitalists are “inwardly circumcised Jews” (Capital, Volume I). In other words, Marx associates the source and propagation of sinister economic forces with the Jew. After passing the pinwheels on the quad in honor of the horrific death of children in Gaza with no context as to what prompted and transpired during the most recent conflict there, I went to see Steven Salaita,..At the event, Salaita painted a picture that could be interpreted to suggest Jews control academia and silence views they don’t like, while repeating several times that he is not an anti-Semite.” Read more
  • Dec 2014, Jewish University of Chicago Student (Eliora) – “Last year, I overheard someone in the library explaining why “Jews are annoying.” “All Jews run Wall Street. They take over all of the banks. It pisses me off,” the person said to the girl sitting next to him. “That shouldn’t make you dislike Jews,” she responded. Despite this, he went on. “That’s why I’m doing Economics. They can’t be the heads of everything.” Then, at a party, a student told a funny story about his friend who used to steal food from the dining hall. The punch line? “And he was a Jew!” My friend also woke up last year to a swastika taped to his door, while another found one etched on a desk.” Read more
  • Dec 2014, Jewish University of Chicago Student (Eliora) – “Beyond the threat of physical attacks, the subtlety of anti-Semitism on college campuses makes the phenomenon particularly unsettling. That post is still on UChicago Secrets; either the editors of the page didn’t have enough discretion, or no one found it problematic enough to encourage them to take it down.” Read more
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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    3/9/17 – A man was caught putting up antisemitic and bigoted fliers on campus. The fliers depicted Nazi imagery and according to an article in the Chicago Maroon, “anti-Semitic slurs.” One posted flier image contained what appears to be a man in a Nazi uniform blended with a white American man with text, “White Revolution does not start a thousand miles away. It starts with you. The Atomwaffen Division. Find us at ironmarch.org.”
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    12/5/16 – Antisemitic stickers promoting the AtomWaffen Division that said “Hitler Disapproves,” with an image of Nazi-leader Adolf Hitler in front of multiple swastikas in the background and “No Degeneracy, No Tolerance, Hail Victory” on the bottom of the stickers, were found across the campus.
    DENIGRATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALL FOR BDS)
    5/3/16 – A student senator stated in the school newspaper that on, “the Friday before the vote, an individual who presented the BDS resolution to College Council told me that I should vote for her resolution because, in her words, any Jew who did not support BDS was ‘brainwashed.’ As someone who does not identify with Jewish culture, this immediately signaled a central sentiment of hatred.”
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    INTIMIDATION
    2/21/16 – At an Israel Education Center event with Palestinian Human Rights Activist Bassem Tamid, protestors shouted down the speaker, to the point where the event ended early. One protestor even threatened the speaker physically. The young man is heard in a video of the event yelling in Arabic, “I’m going to destroy this place!” Later, he was heard saying, “I’m going to kill this motherf*****!” and “Wait until you go to your car!” He also said, “we” are going to be at Eid’s lecture at DePaul University in Chicago on Saturday evening, so he should be “ready for us.”
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    INTIMIDATION;
    HISTORICAL
    2/27/15 – Threatening antisemitic comments were posted on Yik Yak for the University of Chicago area. Some posts named specific students, while other expressed more general antisemitic sentiments such as, “Gas them, burn them and dismantle their power structure. Humanity cannot progress with the parasitic Jew.”
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    6/9/17 – UofC Divest delivered 300 letters to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees demanding divestment from “Israeli apartheid” and the “creation of a Socially Responsible Investment Committee” as well as mailed a divestment letter and the original divestment resolution to each Investment Committee member’s business or personal address.
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    4/13/17 – The independent student newspaper of the university published a letter to the editor from UofC Divest that called for BDS, entitled “Administration Needs to Divest from Companies Supporting Israeli Occupation of Palestine.” The letter to the editor falsely claimed Israel was “a system of rule fully comparable to South African Apartheid” and accused Israel of “steal[ing] Palestinian land, bomb[ing] Palestinian homes, kidnap[ping] Palestinian children, deny[ing] Palestinians access to resources, harass[ing] Palestinians at checkpoints, and imprison[ing] Palestinians without charge.”
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    4/12/17 – UofC Divest launched a BDS petition for students to sign that is addressed to Investment Committee Members, entitled “Petition to UofC Trustees: Divest & End Our Complicity in Apartheid.” The petition claims that the University is “likely invested in companies that support Israeli crimes” and calls on them to “end the shameful legacy of unethical investment by our institution by implementing the demands laid out in the Resolution to Divest University Funds from Apartheid, passed by College Council in April of 2016.” The petition is part of UofC Divest’s”#TelltheTrustees” campaign.
    DEMONIZATION 5/23/16 – SJP held a week-long series of events for “2016 Palestinian Nakba Week”, where the advertisement for the week’s events included falsely accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing.
    DELEGITIMIZATION 4/15/16 – The school newspaper published a quote by a UofC Divest member that said that the university administration, by rejecting BDS, reaffirmed “its dedication to apartheid “, which falsely implies that Israel is an apartheid state.
    DENY JEWS SELF DETERMINATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
    4/12/16 – The student government discussed a divestment resolution, which passed 8-4-3. During debate about the resolution, a clause supporting the right of self-determination for the Jewish people and the continued existence of Israel was proposed .That amendment was voted down with four in favor, six against and five abstaining.
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    4/7/16 – An open letter in the school newspaper by UofC Divest falsely accused Israel of apartheid and called for BDS.
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    4/1/16 – A press release by UofC Divest’s stated that it’s intention with BDS is to affirm the “right of return” which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. The press release was quoted in an article in the school newspaper which further falsely accused Israel of apartheid and called for BDS.
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    3/28/16 – UofC Divest members held a rally in the main quad and shouted chants of, “Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid has to fall,” “Free free Palestine, viva viva Palestina,” “Hey hey, ho ho, Israeli apartheid’s got to go.” They futher hung banners around campus reading “End Apartheid,” “Free Palestine,” and “Divest Now.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
    3/28/16 – UofC Divest launched a divestment campaign, “urging the university to financially divest from companies presently complicit in, or profiting off of, the State of Israel’s ongoing system of military occupation, apartheid, and other human rights violations in Palestine/Israel…we are proud to bring our resolution calling for divestment from companies complicit in Israeli apartheid before College Council this spring quarter.” UofC also launched a petition to support divestment. They also unfurled a banner that read, “End Apartheid. UofC Divest. Free Palestine”
    CONDONING TERRORISM;
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    10/29/15 – SJP at the University of Chicago hosted a talk by Omar Barghouti entitled “BDS and the Ethical Obligation to End Complicity in Oppression.” In his talk, Barghouti demonized Israel by falsely accusing Israel of being “racist,” “a regime of oppression,” a “savage, unrepairable society,” and of engaging in “ethnic cleansing.” He delegitimized Israel by falsely claiming that Israel is an “apartheid” state that engages in “settler colonialism.” In addition, Barghouti called for the return of all Palestinian refugees to Israel, which would effectively eliminate the Jewish state, and he condoned terrorism by arguing that violent “resistance” is a natural and reasonable reaction to “the violence of an oppressive system.” Finally, he strongly promoted BDS throughout his talk. Barghouti’s talk was co-sponsored by The Global Voices Program – University of Chicago International House, Pozen Center for Human Rights, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of International Studies.
    CONDONING TERRORISM 10/28/15 – UC SJP held a panel and discussion entitled “Jerusalem in Crisis: Insider Perspectives on the Violence in Palestine-Israel,” in which one of the speakers condoned terrorism against Israel by saying: “Palestinian violent resistance against the violent Israeli military is always justified; it is the equivalent of biting the hand that is trying to choke you to death.”
    DEMONIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    10/14/15 – SJP hosted the #PalestineDayofAction as part of an international effort that includes promoting BDS. The SJP posted flyers with the names of Palestinian children allegedly killed by the Israeli military, such as “Ahmed Manasara, 13, MURDERED by the Israeli Military. He was shot in the neck and left to die while illegal Israeli settlers shouted profanities at him.” In fact, Mansara is alive. He was transported to an Israel hospital where he was reported to be in moderate to light condition.
    DEMONIZATION 5/13/15 – SJP hosted a talk by Sa’ed Atshan entitled “Tel Aviv Nightclubs and West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land.” According to the SJP announcement, Atshan spoke about “pinkwashing,” i.e. malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes.” The talk was co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.
    BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 4/17/17 – UofC Divest tabled at Reynolds in support of their anti-Israel divestment petition.
    BDS EVENT 1/25/17 – SJP held the event, “BDS 101: Trump and Palestinian Human Rights” to “learn more about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement!”
    BDS EVENT 11/21/16 – UofCDivest and SJP held the event, “BDS 101.”
    BDS EVENT 4/11/16 – JVP UChicago held the event “Open Tea Time with Jews Supporting Divestment” to discuss “#UofCDivest’s proposed BDS resolution.”
    BDS EVENT 4/11/16 – UofCDivest held the event, “Divestment: Why UChicago? Alumni Perspectives” to support divestment.
    BDS VOTE 4/10/16 – UofCDivest held the event, “UofCDivest Study Break” to support divestment.
    BDS EVENT 4/5/16 – UofCDivest and JVP UChicago held the event, “The Jewish Case for Divestment with Rabbi Brant Rosen.”
    BDS EVENT 4/5/16 – JVP tabled in support of the upcoming “#UofCDivest” resolution in which BDS pamphlets and fliers were available.
    BDS VOTE 4/5/16 – UofC Divest presented a divestment resolution to the College Council which was discussed and ultimately tabled for the night in consideration of the late time the meeting went until.
    BDS EVENT 3/30/16 – As part of the UofC Divestment campaign, SJP and UofC Divest co-hosted the event, “Narratives of Resistance: Stories and Performances of Joint Struggles” where divestment was discussed by performer Remi Kanazi, as well as others.

     

    In the News ?

    April 13, 2017:
    The Chicago Maroon – Administration Needs to Divest from Companies Supporting Israeli Occupation of Palestine

    March 31, 2017:
    The Chicago Maroon – Community Forum Held in Response to Recent Hate Incidents

    March 20, 2017:
    DNA Info – Neo-Nazi Posters At U. of C. Were Put Up By Suburban Man, Officials Charge

    March 10, 2017:
    The Chicago Maroon – Man Caught Posting Racist, Anti-Semitic Fliers; Warning Issued by UCPD

    December 6, 2016:
    Chicago Tribune – Posters of Hitler, swastikas found on University of Chicago campus

    December 6, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Militant Neo-Nazi Group Claims Credit for Hanging Hitler Portrait, Swastikas on Campus Building

    December 5, 2016:
    NBC Chicago – Racist, Anti-Semitic Stickers Found on University of Chicago Campus

    November 22, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Zimmer Talks University Finances, Divestment, and Trigger Warnings With The Maroon
    (Description note, “We asked Zimmer to set aside the ideals of the Kalven report to give us his personal thoughts on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He said he could not do that. He explained that he believes the 1967 Kalven report—which states the University must remain neutral on political issues—applies not only to the University institutionally, but also to the University’s president as an individual. However, in his interpretation, the Kalven report does not prohibit the University from taking positions on issues that concretely affect the University, even if they have political implications…I’ve written before about my concern for the University participating in any academic boycotts, and divestment is a particular case. I’d say—while I’m not going to express any particular political view about a particular situation—I will say that I think academic boycotts per se, depending upon what you are talking, again, are problematic, and problematic for the spirit of what the University of Chicago is about.”)

    September 30, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Letter: J Street UChicago Says Save Palestinian Town of Susya
    (Description note, “As the new school year begins, we at J Street UChicago would like to look back upon the UofC Divest campaign and its aftermath. When UofC Divest launched last March, students split into like-minded groups and the campus dialogue around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, unlike the occupation itself, came to an end. Students exchanged insults and accusations as the campus climate grew increasingly polarized.”)

    August 30, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Kudos to the University of Chicago on Commitment to ‘Rigorous Debate’

    May 12, 2016:
    Frontpage Mag – CHICAGO COLLEGE COUNCIL BACKS BDS FOR ISRAEL, NOT CHINA

    May 11, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Student Government Tables Free Speech Resolution
    (Description note – “…Foldi explained that he wrote the resolution in response to February events with Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez and Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist and critic of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement. Both events ended early after student protesters drowned out the speakers.”)

    May 5, 2016:
    The Huffington Post – Why Are Jews the Only Minority We Don’t Protect On College Campuses?

    May 3, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – CC Members Explain Their Divestment Votes
    (Description note, “On the Friday before the vote, an individual who presented the BDS resolution to College Council told me that I should vote for her resolution because, in her words, any Jew who did not support BDS was “brainwashed.” As someone who does not identify with Jewish culture, this immediately signaled a central sentiment of hatred and hypocrisy behind the original proposal that could have been mitigated had we passed such amendments that would have disaffiliated us fromBDS but left us in pursuit of the positive goals that were also in this resolution.Unfortunately, most of College Council did not agree with this and ultimately cast anti-Semitic votes in favor of BDS. After our vote, the same individual who made that remark to me sent an email to College Council thanking us and claiming that we “had not caused the oppression of another group.” Seeing that this movement still believes that it can speak for how Jewish people should feel about our rejection of the notion of self-determination for Jews only proves the necessity of the amendments that Calvin and I proposed.”)

    May 3, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Three Weeks After Divestment Resolution Passes, Voting Record Still Unclear
    (Description note, “For several key votes during last month’s divestment debate, vote totals were recorded but the votes of individual representatives were not. The Maroon’s attempt to poll representatives yielded different totals than what were reported the night of the vote, indicating that at least two representatives misreported their votes. At the top of the graphic above, an amendment eliminating references to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was originally passed 8–7; if representatives voted as they reported to The Maroon, it would have failed 7–8. For the vote below, which would have amended the resolution to affirm the right to self-determination of the Jewish people and the existence of the state of Israel, The Maroon’s poll registered two fewer abstentions and one more vote for and against than on the night of the event.”)

    April 15, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Set the Record Straight
    (Description note, “College Council (CC) set a troubling precedent Tuesday evening when it banned audio recordings of its weekly meeting and failed to communicate a consistent set of rules to attendees. Audio recording became a point of contention at last week’s lengthy meeting, which included an open floor debate about the University’s divestment from companies active in Israel. When the debate began, CC Chair Eric Holmberg announced that no photographs could be taken, but did not mention audio recordings. A Maroon reporter assigned to cover the meeting had been recording on her phone, but stopped and erased her recording when a representative told her it was illegal to record. As the meeting continued, a presenter from U of C Divest pointed out another attendee in the front row recording the discussion. Only then did Holmberg announce that audio recordings would not be allowed at the meeting.”)

    April 15, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Both Sides in Divestment Fight Plan Next Steps

    April 14, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Statement Reaffirming the University’s Position on Divestment and Academic Boycotts

    April 13, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – ‘Vote Was About Denying Israel’s Right to Exist,’ Opponents Say After BDS Passes at U of Chicago

    April 12, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – College Council to Prohibit Audio Recording at Meeting Tonight
    (Description note, “College Council (CC) plans to prohibit audio recording of its meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Hall, according to CC Chair Eric Holmberg. At the meeting, CC will hold a short debate and then vote on a resolution calling for the University to divest from 10 companies active in Israel, according to its weekly agenda. While Holmberg said that photographs will be allowed for the first part of the meeting, CC plans to prohibit photographs during the divestment debate.”)

    April 8, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Divestment Resolution Presented to CC as Debate Continues

    April 1, 2016:
    The Chicago Maroon – Push for Divestment From Some Companies Active in Israel Looks for CC Resolution

    March 31, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – U. of Chicago Students Mobilize Against Suddenly Launched BDS Campaign on Campus

    February 26, 2016:
    JUF News – Anti-Israel protestors disrupt, threaten human rights speaker on local campuses
    (Description note – “Eid was confronted by hostile protestors at all three of his campus lectures. At University of Chicago, the lecture was shut down after police had to remove a protestor for hostile behavior; at DePaul University, activists were removed for shouting curse words at Eid in Arabic; and at Northwestern University, Eid cancelled the event after seeing the same protestors in the audience, saying that it would not be productive for him to speak.”)

    February 24, 2016:
    Red Alert Politics – Anti-Israel mob forces Jewish students to need police escort at UIC
    (Description note, “Several Jewish students had to be escorted to safety by campus police after the student government at the University of Illinois at Chicago unanimously passed a divestment resolution, “urging the university to divest from corporations profiting off of the Israeli occupation and other human rights violations.”… Following the resolution’s passage, anti-Israel students chanted “Free Palestine,” and, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” UIC student Amitai Loew said he and several friends “had to be escorted to another exit by campus police while they had jeering laughter and insults hurled at them by the mob.”)

    February 22, 2016:
    The Blaze – Univ. of Chicago Event Ends Abruptly After Speaker Is Shouted Down by Pro-Palestinian Activists. The Target of Their Wrath May Surprise You.

    February 21, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Palestinian Human Rights Activist Receives Death Threats From Anti-Israel Protesters During U of Chicago Lecture (VIDEO)

    November 13, 2015:
    The Tower – What is Yik Yak? On Many Campuses, It’s How Anti-Semitism Spreads
    (Description note, “At the University of Chicago, a call was made to “Gas them, burn them and dismantle their power structure. Humanity cannot progress with the parasitic Jew.”)

    October 30, 2015:
    The Chicago Maroon – SJP-sponsored panel talks Palestinian history, contemporary politics
    (Description note, RSO UChicago Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) held a panel and discussion titled “Jerusalem in Crisis: Insider Perspectives on the Violence in Palestine-Israel.” The event was part of SJP’s “UChicago Israeli Apartheid Week,” a series of three pro-Palestinian lectures and discussions that ran from Tuesday to Thursday. At this panel, SJP member Alex Shams stated, “Palestinian violent resistance against the violent Israeli military is always justified; it is the equivalent of biting the hand that is trying to choke you to death.”)

    October 25, 2015:
    San Diego Jewish World – SJP wants ‘free speech’ for itself, not for others

    October 23, 2015:
    The Chicago Maroon – SJP files complaint with University after Posting Policy violations

    October 19, 2015:
    The Chicago Maroon – Letter: SJP responds to allegations of spreading false information
    (Description note, “Notwithstanding this relatively minor reporting error, the overall situation that we sought to highlight through our action on Wednesday remains grave. The Israeli government is killing and injuring Palestinians at an alarming rate. And, while the specific rules of engagement may be new, these deaths and injuries are an intensification of a much longer pattern of apartheid, occupation, and systematic discrimination….On October 14, as part of the International Day of Action on University Campuses for Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine decided to commemorate the lives of these latest victims of Israeli state violence. Some, like Abdulrahman, were civilians who have been shot to death when Israel opened fire on unarmed protesters. Others Israel summarily executed without trial, after accusing them of involvement in violent incidents. Regardless of the circumstances of their deaths, many, if not most, of these deaths are unjustifiable.”)

    October 16, 2015:
    The Chicago Maroon – Letter: SJP spreads false information around campus
    (Description note, “On posters all throughout campus, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) claim that the Israeli military murdered Esra’ Zidan Abed and Ahmad Manasra. I am not writing to provide context or commentary. I am not writing to debate SJP on the ongoing events in Israel. I am writing with a single purpose: to refute lies told by SJP. I am not asking you to take me at my word; you can verify the facts on CNN, BBC, and Reuters.Asraa Zidan Tawfik Abed and Ahmad Manasra are alive…Why is SJP lying?”)

    October 14, 2015:
    EVENT – Photos from the #‎PalestineDayofAction across the University of Chicago campus.
     (Description note – Photos from the ‪#‎PalestineDayofAction‬ across the University of Chicago campus today. The posters, which can be seen around campus, include names and descriptions of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel in the past two weeks, when violence against Palestinians has escalated to a drastic degree. Many of those murdered were minors shot to death when Israel opened fire on protesters, in addition to other unarmed members of Palestinian society.
    The campaign is part of an international effort on universities across the world to promote fulfillment of Palestinian human rights of freedom, justice, and equality. The day of action was called by Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley, who urged those in Palestine solidarity work to educate campuses on issues like the BDS movement, dynamics of the illegal Israeli occupation, violations of Palestinian human rights, and more. We commemorate the lives of these Palestinians as part of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians at the hands of the settler-colonialist, apartheid state of Israel. As an organization in solidarity with Palestinians, we call for an end to state violence against Palestinians. We also call for the end of the illegal occupation of Palestine, recognition of the fundamental rights of all Palestinian members of Israeli society to full equality, and protection and promotion of the right of return for all Palestinian refugees as stipulated by UN resolution 194. The posters will remain as long as Friday. SJP UChicago encourages the student body and the campus at large to learn more about the victims and the wider context for their deaths, as well as the conditions of the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestine.

    July 1, 2015:
    Haaretz – BDS is driving a wedge between Diaspora Jews

    March 11, 2015:
    Haaretz – On-campus BDS is feeding anti-Semitism: UCLA is case in point
    (Description note, ““Gas them, burn them and dismantle their power structure. Humanity cannot progress with the parasitic Jew.” This is not a line from a Goebbels film or Hitler’s Mein Kampf, but the University of Chicago’s Yik Yak, an anonymous, local social media app. What began with a post about Northwestern University passing a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion against Israel turned into a discussion about Palestinian death tolls and those who “support slaughter of innocents on the basis that the killers have the same race/religion.” It wasn’t long before jabs were made at individual Jewish students. A social media intifada had erupted…. this incident shows how the vehemently anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses has bled into anti-Jewish sentiment… The Beyda incident – together with the comments on the UChicago forums – testifies that this assumption is fertile on college campuses.”)

    March 3, 2015:
    The Tufts Daily – Bibi Netanyahu’s one way street

    January 2, 2015:
    Legal Insurrection – U. Chicago defeats anti-Israel academic boycott one drop of water at a time

    December 8, 2014:
    Haaretz – The kind of anti-Semitism college students should fear

    November 25, 2014:
    Chicago Maroon – Letter: Katz talks about discrimination too narrowly and zionism too broadly

    November 18, 2014:
    The Chicago Maroon – That wasn’t funny

    October 24, 2014:
    EVENT – Ilan Pappe, an Israeli anti-Zionist pro­fes­sor who is famous for writ­ing a book titled The Eth­nic Cleans­ing of Pales­tine, spoke at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago

    May 2014:
     ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: SJP protested to drown out a Hillel and StandWithUs organized Israeli Independence Day event.

     December 22, 2013: 
    UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – University statement on academic boycotts

    February 25, 2013:
    ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: SJP and another organization disrupt a talk by Israeli-American Law Professor Amos Guiora. In addition to picketing, SJP and others turned their chairs away from Guiora in the middle of the talk, and one student continuously interrupted him until being escorted out of the room.

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: University of Chicago Antisemitic Fliers 3.9.17

    An antisemitic flier posted at the University of Chicago. Source Credit: Chicago Maroon, March 10, 2017 (March 9, 2017


    Source Credit: The Chicago Maroon

    Source Credit: The Chicago Maroon (December 6, 2016)



     

    Photos from the ‪#‎PalestineDayofAction‬ across the University of Chicago campus (October 14, 2015)

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled,

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled, “IRONIC: ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS CIRCULATE PETITION CLAIMING THEY AREN’T ANTI-SEMITIC – PETITION ITSELF IS ANTI-SEMITIC”


    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled,

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled, “IRONIC: ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS CIRCULATE PETITION CLAIMING THEY AREN’T ANTI-SEMITIC – PETITION ITSELF IS ANTI-SEMITIC”


    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled,

    Source Credit: SoCawledge.com May 16, 2015 Article entitled, “IRONIC: ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS CIRCULATE PETITION CLAIMING THEY AREN’T ANTI-SEMITIC – PETITION ITSELF IS ANTI-SEMITIC”


    Source Credit: Haaretz, Dec 8 2014

    Source Credit: Haaretz, Dec 8 2014

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    Source Credit: Haaretz Article – Antisemitic Posts on Yik Yak, University of Chicago

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    Source Credit: Haaretz Article – Antisemitic Posts on UChicago Secrets Facebook, University of Chicago

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    BDS Tracker

    April 12, 2016Passed – Student government passed a divestment resolution, 8-4-3.


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS:2
    SJP
    JVP

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 19

    1. Hussein Ali Agrama
    2. Lauren Berlant
    3. Julie Chu
    4. Jennifer Cole
    5. Joshua Craze
    6. Michael Dietler
    7. Fred M. Donner
    8. Alireza Doostdar
    9. McGuire Gibson
    10. Bruce Lincoln
    11. Joe Masco
    12. William Mazzarella
    13. William J. T. Mitchell
    14. Kaushik Sunder Rajan
    15. François Richard
    16. Justin Richland
    17. Christopher Taylor
    18. Anwen Tormey
    19. Lisa Wedeen

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