Campus Monitor - University of Michigan

Student Voices

  • March 14, 2017 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Ben) “…threats in the form of hacked emails have rocked students like myself who never believed this hatred could exist on our campus.” Read more
  • February 16, 2017 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Mara) “…anti-Semitism has been increasing on campus since September.” Read more
  • November 21, 2016 – University of Michigan Student (Cole) “With the goals of the BDS movement in mind, it is difficult to be assuaged by SAFE’s claim that their divestment resolution seeks to promote freedom and equality for the Palestinian people. Regardless of advocacies for human rights, actions that seek to bring about the end of the world’s only Jewish state, and denying the self-determination of the Jewish people to a sovereign nation, are inherently anti-Semitic.” Read more
  • November 17, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Talia)  “[SAFE] adheres to a strict ‘non-normalization policy,’ and will not even shake hands with pro-Israel students…[The] Central Student Government (CSG) has called on [pro-Israel groups] to initiate cooperation and reach out to the other side [SAFE], but how can we follow up on a promise of dialogue and bettering the campus climate if they refuse to speak with us directly, and even call our attempts at communication disingenuous?” Read more
  • November 16, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Ari) “These divestment campaigns are run in such a manner that they can reasonably be interpreted as attacks against Jewish students. The Palestinian campus group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality began its divestment campaign this time with incendiary public demonstrations against Israel only, timed specifically to take place during two major Jewish holidays. Then, last night, [during the divestment CSG meeting] its speakers disparaged anti-resolution speakers for ‘hanging out at Hillel’ and ‘going on birthright.’ Last year when this resolution was up, it was even worse. Jewish council members were doxxed and received death threats. SAFE activists shouted ethnic slurs on the Diag and posted online under their own names. SAFE, in its institutional capacity, protested Central Student Government inviting a University of Michigan professor to speak on the history of the region on account of his Jewish ethnicity.” Read more
  • November 14, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Jesse) “On the night of Tuesday, Nov. 15, CSG will vote on a measure dealing with the proposed imposition of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and Israel alone. This legislation is being brought forth by the same student organization that led the failed effort demanding my removal from the assembly [for protesting an apartheid wall on campus], Students Allied for Freedom and Equality…For CSG to impose a boycott on the nation state of the Jewish people at this juncture in history… is immoral and a targeted attack on the Jewish people….Now is not the time for further division within our deeply fractured nation and campus. Now is not the time for BDS.” Read more
  • October 11, 2016 – University of Michigan Student Reporter (Kevin) “There are no shades of gray in describing the reprehensible actions of SAFE in offending the hundreds of Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus.” Read more
  • October 5, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Rina) “The wall that SAFE constructed wrongly puts Israel in a demonizing light, inappropriately takes the conflict, as well as the wall itself, out of context, and fails to acknowledge years upon years of complicated history between the two peoples. By writing “Control, Alt, Delete” on the wall, SAFE seeks the deletion and destruction of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state, a toxic and discriminatory belief which threatens the livelihood of millions of Israeli civilians of all different faiths and backgrounds.” Read more
  • October 5, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Students (Open letter to President following mock “apartheid wall” and mock IDF soldier yelling at passerby’s on Rosh Hashana) – “We speak on behalf of many students in the Jewish and pro-Israel campus communities when we write that yesterday we felt ostracized and excluded as many of us sat in synagogue, unable to share our stories.” Read more
  • November 1, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Eitan) “On a day when many Jewish students were already struggling with not being able to fully celebrate the holiday with their families, the decision to present an anti-Israel display in the center of campus felt hurtful and intentionally antagonistic.” Read more
  • November 1, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Noah) “Last year, they did the same demonstration on the day Ezra Shwartz was killed.” Read more
  • October 7, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Gabrielle) “It feels that Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, the organization who put on the demonstration, has tactically chosen to demonize Israel when its Jewish supporters were unable to participate in the conversation.” Read more
  • October 7, 2016 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Gabrielle)   On Tuesday I felt as I have felt many times over the past year: excluded from the larger narrative on this campus because of my Jewish identity. We are told we don’t know how it feels to be ostracized and oppressed, and thus can’t participate in conversations revolving around diversity and inclusion. Read more
  • December 21, 2015 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Rina) “As a Jew, I am threatened. As a pro-Israel American, I am disgraced.” Read more
  • November 24, 2015 – University of Michigan Jewish Student (Talia) – “On the same day, I walked outside of my lecture hall and onto the Diag, the heart of Michigan’s campus, to see an “Apartheid Wall” and a mock checkpoint with an intimidating student dressed as a soldier, yelling at me as I walked by. Later, I attended class on Israel’s history taught by a professor who claims that Jews invented religious persecution, that the efforts and tactics of the terrorists of the Intifadas parallel those of the Maccabees, and that the recent terrorism in Israel is just a legitimate reaction to Israeli “oppression and occupation.” By the end of the day, I felt utterly powerless, afraid, and alone.” Read more
  • April 2014 Jewish U. of Michigan Student (Molly) – “Students who opposed the boycott efforts were targeted—subject to derogatory tweets, targeted with slanderous names, and abused for how they express their personal and even religious beliefs.” Read more
  • April 2014 Jewish U. of Michigan Student (Molly) – “I was not prepared to be told that, if I cared about human rights, I could not support Israel. I was not prepared to be told that my community was racist. I was not prepared to see my fellow students attacked with anti-Semitic slurs. And I was most definitely not prepared to be told that ‘anyone wearing the Israeli army uniform is a Ku Klux Klansman who does not deserve any place at any table in polite society because they are racist killers trying to break the back of Palestine, and they have succeeded.’” Read more
  • April 2014 Jewish U. of Michigan Student (Molly) – “It was not just individual students who were the victims of violent threats and intimidation by pro-Palestinian forces.  Student Government representatives were similarly targeted and, most telling, called ‘kike’ and a ‘dirty Jew.’ Both CSG representatives and ordinary students were afraid to attend their classes because they felt unsafe.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish University of Michigan Student (Ben) “This environment is hardly conducive to listening and understanding. I am already defined –most of you have pinned me as someone either on your side or on the opposing side. Over the past week, I’ve seen an array of opinions – far left, far right, being inflated and condensed. This helps no one. I’m a proud Zionist, but I am also your peer.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish University of Michigan Student (Sara) “To BDS and SAFE… listen to yourself – you’re asking for equality, but your equality doesn’t incorporate the equality of my people. [T]o CSG – when you debate this resolution tonight, consider my words and my voice. I want change on this campus that includes all narratives – this resolution isn’t one of them.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish University of Michigan Student (Barak) “I’ve approached narratives and stories with tolerance, and I’ve been met with feelings that suggest I should be apologetic for being Pro-Israel. Expectation that we should apologize will not build peace.” Read more.
  • March 2014, Jewish University of Michigan Student (Barak) “We do not seek to divide this campus but we seek to include everyone. BDS supporters express that CSG has silenced them, BDS has silenced me. CSG – think long and hard about this – remember the way they’ve behaved on campus to intimidate and divide the community. Realize the way they’ve undermined the integrity of the university and how it has affected all of us.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish University of Michigan Student (Adam) “This resolution goes against open dialogue, but is also an attempt to silence the Pro-Israeli movement on campus.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish University of Michigan Student (Alex) “As stated in preamble “Foster fellowship and collaboration among students” BDS does the opposite. A vote for BDS directly contradicts this – doesn’t value collaboration of students on campus. A one sided tactic. I will no longer feel comfortable sharing my story on campus, I will feel that the student government I elected will no longer want to hear my voice. I ask you so that both narratives can be shared and heard.” Read more
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    Antisemitism Tracker

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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    2/7/17 – At least three antisemitic and racist emails went to students under a professor or his PhD student‘s name in an apparent hack. One email had the subject “Jewish Student Diversity” and read, “Hi you f—ing filthy jews, I just wanted to say the SS will rise again and kill all of your filthy souls. Die in a pit of eternal fire! Sincerely, Dr. Alex Halderman.” Another email titled “African American Student Diversity,” read: “Hi n*****s, I just wanted to say that I plan to kill all of you. White power! The KKK has returned!!! Heil Trump!!!!”
    DISCRIMINATION;
    HARASSMENT
    11/30/15 – Members of pro-BDS group SAFE initiated a harassing ethics probe of a Jewish student senator because he criticized an anti-Israel wall display on campus, which could have resulted in his being removed from student government.
    DISCRIMINATION;
    DENIGRATION;
    DENYING SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
    3/31/15 – Some hateful and antisemitic tweets were posted during and after the divestment vote, including: “Palestine is 4 Palestinians not 4 a sick cult fm anywhere but Palestine with a sense of entitlement 2 it. Need that in Yiddish?”, “Over 500 children were slaughtered in the name of Jews worldwide. Zionism is a crime against Judaism, humanity and nature,” Has anyone else noticed the zionazi trash talking on the #UMDivest thread this morning?”
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION 5/12/17 – SAFE participated in the “salt water challenge” to drink salt water in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. According to an article in the Michigan Daily, “the group chanted ‘Down with apartheid, free Palestine’ as they drank.”
    HISTORICAL 4/25/17 – Stickers depicting a Nazi-era Der Stürmer caricature of a Jew were pasted over Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist posters throughout campus by the “Michigan TRS [The Right Stuff] Crew,” who advertise themselves as “counter-Semitic.” The leader of this group explained on Twitter the rationale for pasting the Jewish caricature images on the posters, stating, “Of course, we all know who’s really the brains behind the anti-White madness.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS VOTE)
    11/15/16 – The student government discusses a divestment resolution. The resolution fails, with a vote of 34 to 13 to reject the divestment resolution. During the discussion, one speaker claimed that the companies doing business wtih Israel were “facilitating…apartheid.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    11/14/16 – SAFE launched a BDS petition for members of the campus community to sign in order to recruit support for its BDS resolution. The petition delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing the state of apartheid.
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    11/13/16 – SAFE produced a petition for students to sign that delegitimized Israel with false accusations of apartheid as part of a divestment initiative. The petition was in support of the University of Michigan divesting from “any and all companies that presently, or in the future, profit off of the human rights violations against Israel and that aid in the occupation and apartheid system that Israel maintains against the Palestinians…Do not let the University of Michigan invest in oppression and apartheid.”
    CONDONING TERRORISM;
    DEMONIZATION
    10/4/16 – On Rosh Hashana, SJP erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus and included a protester dressed as an IDF soldier yelling at passerby’s. According to an article in the school newspaper, “Michigan students felt that those dressed as IDF checkpoint guards were mocking Israeli culture and arguably engaging in cultural appropriation.” Jewish students authored a letter to the President of the university that said, “We speak on behalf of many students in the Jewish and pro-Israel campus communities when we write that yesterday we felt ostracized and excluded as many of us sat in synagogue, unable to share our stories.” The wall itself contained the expression, “to resist is to exist”, which is a popular expression used to condone terrorism as resistance.
    CONDONING TERRORISM;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    8/5/16 – SAFE held the event “Palestine 101.” The speaker demonized Israel throughout the event, falsely accusing the state of ethnic cleansing and claiming that the Palestinians “have been murdered…raped and massacred” by Israel. He also demonized former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, saying that he could be briefly described as “a murderer of Palestinians…the butcher of the Palestinians.” He finally demonized Israel by falsely accusing it of “whitewashing” (i.e. according to the speaker, “making it seem as though there is a difference [between how Israel acts in relation to other countries] because relative to somebody else Israel is better), “greenwashing” (i.e. malevolently representing Israel as progressive on environmental issues in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”), and “pinkwashing” (i.e. malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”). The speaker delegitimized Israel, falsely accusing it of apartheid. He also condoned terrorism by presenting a film that claimed Hamas was not “a terrorist organization…[but] a legitimate resistance movement.”
    DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    4/21/16 – SAFE and JVP co-sponsored a workshop, “Jewish Anti-Zionism and Joint Struggle against Racism and Colonialism” presented by IJAN (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network). The IJAN promotion for the event stated that discussion would center around “ending Zionism” and “hasten the end of Israeli colonialism.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION 3/15/16 – SAFE hosted the event, “DiscoveringISRAEL” in which, according to the advertisement for the event, participants were taught about the “fallacies of birthright” and how birthright “contributes to apartheid.”
    DEMONIZATION 11/19/15 – Students Allied for Freedom and Equality hosted a display that contained images demonizing Israel, including a dove with a sniper’s crosshair aimed at its chest and a mock checkpoint to dramatize the “brutality” of Israeli soldiers.
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BOYCOTT)
    1/14/15 – Students for Justice in Palestine – University of New Mexico was one of the signatories of a statement entitled “Say No to Faithwashing: Boycott Muslim Leadership Initiative,” which falsely accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid,” and pledges commitment to “the BDS call.”
    BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 11/20/16 – An op-ed in the school paper called for BDS, stating, “We, at Palestine Advocacy Project, believe that ending military aid to Israel is long overdue. In order to achieve this, public institutions must also remove their financial commitment and political support to the Zionist cause.”
    BDS EVENT 11/14/16 – SAFE held the event “Divestment Information Session” to discuss the BDS campaign.
    BDS EVENT 11/10/16 – SAFE held a “BDS Symposium,” following the launch of their divestment campaign.
    BDS VOTE 11/7/16 – SAFE announced the launch of a divestment campaign, stating, “#UMDivest has officially launched!”
    BDS EVENTS 11/3/15 – Two Palestinian-American students organized a vigil “to honor victims of violence in Israel and Palestine,” at which several of the speakers promoted BDS.
    BDS VOTES 3/31/15 – A divestment resolution proposed by the Students Allied for Freedom and Equality was brought to a vote in the UM Central Student Government, and defeated 25 – 15.
    BDS EVENT 3/30/15 – SAFE at UM sponsored a talk by Josh Ruebner entitled “Why the University of Michigan Should Divest” the day before Michigan’s Central Student Government was scheduled to vote on an anti-Israel divestment resolution.
    CALL FOR BDS 3/30/15 – An op-ed in support of BDS was published in the Michigan Daily.
    BDS EVENT 3/17/15 – The Trotter Multicultural Center and Maize Pages Student Organizations sponsored a talk by Professor Sa’ed Atshan entitled “Coming out As Gay, Coming Out As Palestinian.” At the conclusion of his talk, Atshan praised BDS and the efforts of the UM Students Allied for Freedom and Equality to encourage the BDS movement on campus.
    BDS EVENTS 2/24/15 – Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE) held a Divestment and Sanctions Symposium at which they announced the launch of a divestment campaign.

     

    In the News ?

    May 12, 2017:
    The Jewish News – SAFE does the #SaltWaterChallenge, campaign to bring awareness to Palestinian prisoners

    April 26, 2017:
    The Michigan Daily – White nationalist group puts up anti-Semitic stickers on Black Lives Matters posters

    February 28, 2017:
    The Jewish News – Vigilance Needed At U-M

    February 17, 2017:
    MLive – Jewish student supporters question ‘double standard’ at UM

    February 15, 2017:
    The Jewish News – Anti-Semitism at U-M, CMU prompts strong reactions

    February 14, 2017:
    The Michigan Daily – Attempt to overturn Israel-Palestine lunch veto fails

    February 13, 2017:
    The Michigan Daily – CSG President vetoes Israel-Palestinian lunch resolution

    February 9, 2017:
    The Michigan Daily – UM takes steps addressing series of hate incidents on campus

    February 8, 2017:
    Daily News – Racist and anti-Semitic emails sent to University of Michigan students; might be hacker’s work
    (Description note, “The third, under the subject ‘Jewish Student Diversity,’ said, ‘Hi you f—ing filthy jews, I just wanted to say the SS will rise again and kill all of your filthy souls. Die in a pit of eternal fire! Sincerely, Dr. Alex Halderman.’”)

    December 2, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Testimony to the U of Michigan Student Government Ahead of Its Vote on BDS, Part I

    November 21, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: Palestine Advocacy Project
    (Description note, “We, at Palestine Advocacy Project, believe that ending military aid to Israel is long overdue. In order to achieve this, public institutions must also remove their financial commitment and political support to the Zionist cause.”)

    November 21, 2016:
    The Michigan Review – BDS and the Dance Around Anti-Semitism

    November 17, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: Don’t let BDS divide us

    November 17, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Following BDS Fail, Activists at U of Michigan Continue to Reject ‘Normalization’ With Jewish State, Pro-Israel Peers

    November 16, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: Address the reasons divestment keeps failing

    November 16, 2016:
    M Live – U-M student government rejects resolution to divest from Israel

    November 15, 2016:
    EVENT – Divestment Resolution Live Video – Fails to Pass

    November 15, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Central Student Government resolution to divest fails

    November 14, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: Now is not the time for BDS

    November 13, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – In lead up to divestment resolution, student groups take action
    (Description note, “The Palestinian advocacy group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality will put forward their third attempt at a #UMDivest resolution to Central Student Government Tuesday, calling for the divestment of University resources from companies allegedly profiting off what SAFE terms “human rights violations” in the state of Israel, according to the group’s website. These companies include Boeing, Hewlett Packard, G4S and United Technologies. “The University of Michigan’s investments in the aforementioned companies, which are involved in socially irresponsible and unethical activities in Palestine, not only personally impact Palestinian students at the University of Michigan, but also calls into question the University’s commitment to invest in socially responsible companies,” the resolution reads. CSG will vote on the resolution Tuesday evening. A number of students, including those on the governing board of University of Michigan Hillel, an umbrella organization of Jewish groups, are criticizing the resolution for engendering a divisive climate on campus. A petition distributed by Hillel alludes to tension on campus and around the nation following President-elect Donald Trump’s victory last Tuesday. “Passing this resolution would only further divide and polarize students on this campus at a time when we need to come together for positive change,” the petition reads. This is SAFE’s third iteration of their campaign for divestment, following unsuccessful bids in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Each iteration has come sparked significant controversy on campus, including sit-ins, protests and impassioned arguments from both sides.”)

    November 13, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: Letter to the Michigan community
    (Description note, “As students who support the state of Israel, we want CSG to know that this resolution does not represent us, nor the values of our Michigan community. It demonizes Israel while marginalizing the pro-Israel community on campus. This resolution assigns absolute blame to only one side of a complicated conflict. Both the Palestinian and Israeli narratives have value — only one is presented in this resolution.”)

    November 11, 2016:
    The Times of Israel – University Leaders Should Speak against BDS Disinvestment

    November 4, 2016:
    New Voices – U of M Students React to Campus Apartheid Wall on Rosh Hashana

    November 2, 2016:
    ZOA – ZOA Op-Ed: A Troubling Silence about Anti-Semitism at the University of Michigan

    October 20, 2016:
    ZOA – Activist Groups Join ZOA Letter to U. of Michigan: Condemn Anti-Israel Display on Rosh Hashanah

    October 14, 2016:
    The Michigan Review – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and President Schlissel’s Hypocrisy
    (Description note, “Despite these voices of concern by the Jewish and pro-Israel communities on campus, President Schlissel has made no statement on the impact of the demonstration on students on campus.”)

    October 11, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: No dialogue on the diag
    (Description note, “While I do not necessarily agree that anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic, events like the one on Tuesday make me genuinely question that belief. Holding a BDS demonstration on a day so holy and meaningful for Jews not just in Israel, but here at the University, is not the behavior of a group that respects its fellow students or wants to engage in constructive dialogue. Had Jewish or pro-Israel students demonstrated on Eid al-Adha or Eid al-Fitr, two of the holiest Muslim holidays, I am certain SAFE members would feel frustrated and marginalized, just like the Jewish community is feeling right now.”)

    October 11, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – University president responds to month of various diversity, inclusion issues on campus
    (Description note, “In response to the petition, [President] Schlissel said Tuesday that because the demonstration was a political criticism of the state of Israel and not mocking Jewish students in particular, he did not feel it warranted a response in the same vein as the anti-Black and anti-LGBT posters.  “(SAFE) did what we want advocacy groups to do, and to me, they were advocating a political point of view,” he said. “I’m Jewish and this wasn’t an insult to me personally…although I learned it was offensive to a fraction of Jewish students, not 100 percent, but a significant fraction. I’m empathetic to that.” However, Schlissel said he has personally replied to the petition addressed to him, and will also meet with Jewish student groups later this month.”)

    October 11, 2016:
    The Michigan Review – Pro-Palestine student group faces backlash for its Apartheid Wall demonstration on Jewish Holiday

    October 10, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: It is time to show up

    October 6, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Statement from Students Allied for Freedom and Equality

    October 6, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Jewish Students at U of Michigan ‘Deeply Offended’ by ‘Apartheid Wall,’ Mock Israeli Checkpoints Erected on Campus During Rosh Hashanah

    October 6, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Op-Ed: Excluded from the conversation

    October 6, 2016:
    Campus Reform – Anti-Israel group holds ‘apartheid wall’ protest on Rosh Hashanah

    October 5, 2016:
    The Michigan Daily – Jewish students circulate petition against Palestinian demonstration on Diag
    (Description note, “The wall that SAFE constructed wrongly puts Israel in a demonizing light, inappropriately takes the conflict, as well as the wall itself, out of context, and fails to acknowledge years upon years of complicated history between the two peoples. By writing “Control, Alt, Delete” on the wall, SAFE seeks the deletion and destruction of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state, a toxic and discriminatory belief which threatens the livelihood of millions of Israeli civilians of all different faiths and backgrounds.”)

    October 5, 2016:
    Michigan Review – SAFE Wall Angers Students During Rosh Hashanah

    June 17, 2016:
    The Jewish News – Opinion: Hate On Campus

    December 21, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – Excluded on my ‘all-inclusive’ campus
    (Description note, ““As a Jew, I am threatened. As a pro-Israel American, I am disgraced…I am tired that free speech is guaranteed for some, but not for all. On a campus that routinely holds diversity summits, intergroup dialogues, and speak outs, pro-Israel opinions should always be included, accepted, and welcomed with the rest, but for some twisted reason they are not.”)

    December 8, 2015:
    The College Fix – CLEARED: Jewish student who faced censure for criticizing pro-Palestinian campus display

    December 7, 2015:
    The Algemeiner – Ethics Committee Clears Jewish Student Who Argued With Anti-Israel Demonstrators on Michigan Campus

    December 2, 2015:
    The Algemeiner – Jewish Student Under Ethics Probe for Confronting Anti-Israel Demonstrators Defended by Peers
    (Description note, “I’m not here to say if that was right or wrong, but what I will say that he is not the only one from the Jewish community who felt triggered,” Adler said.”)

    November 30, 2015:
    The College Fix – Ethics probe launched against Jewish student who criticized pro-Palestinian campus display
    (Description note, “A visibly upset Arm called the display inappropriate and biased, and told a fellow male student to take it down, according to a video of the incident shown at a student government meeting last week. Arm never gets violent nor physical during the confrontation…. SAFE, a campus group that aims to promote justice for Palestinians, hosted the controversial display and also has representatives serving on the student government. SAFE’s members are the ones who have called on the ethics committee to remove Arm from his public role on campus over the confrontation, the Michigan Daily reports.”)

    November 24, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – Do Not Fear the College Campus
    (Description note, “On the same day, I walked outside of my lecture hall and onto the Diag, the heart of Michigan’s campus, to see an “Apartheid Wall” and a mock checkpoint with an intimidating student dressed as a soldier, yelling at me as I walked by. Later, I attended class on Israel’s history taught by a professor who claims that Jews invented religious persecution, that the efforts and tactics of the terrorists of the Intifadas parallel those of the Maccabees, and that the recent terrorism in Israel is just a legitimate reaction to Israeli “oppression and occupation.” By the end of the day, I felt utterly powerless, afraid, and alone.”) 

    November 4, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – Vigil focuses on impacts of violence in Palestine and Israel
    (Description note, “…though Ann Arbor resident Joel Reinstein offered remarks condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestine and encouraging vigil attendees to boycott Israel during the second part of the event. His sentiment was echoed by most speakers.”)

    October 14, 2015:
    The Jewish Week – BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network 
    (Description note, “Here is a sample of the student funds provided to SJP in the 2014-15 school year from some of the more challenging campuses: University of Michigan: $900”)

    October 14, 2015:
    EVENT – Students Allied for Freedom and Equality at the University of Michigan will be joining the International Day of Action on College Campuses for Palestine as part of its Palestine Awareness Week

    April 3, 2015:
    The Jewish Daily Forward – Michigan Students Reject Israel Divestment 25-15

    April 1, 2015:
    wwmt.com – Student government rejects call for investment investigation

    April 1, 2015:
    imgur – Hateful tweets from pro-divestment supporters at the University of Michigan

    March 31, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – ‘Wherever We Stand’: Pro-Israel groups and the campus divide
    (Description note, “Groups like AIPAC and Hillel have both conservative political views and the cash to make sure they get heard. AIPAC’s yearly budget is estimated to exceed $60 million, some of which pays for hundreds if not thousands of student trips to conferences and seminars. In 2013, Michigan Hillel had expenditures of over $2 million — $300,000 alone for student organizations. Hillel has many functions beyond Israel advocacy, but few campus organizations have that level of funding available. This influence can go beyond advocacy work, often spilling into academia… In a similar situation this past summer, the University of Illinois reversed an appointment for Professor Steven Salaita after a string of anti-Israel tweets, some of which were interpreted as anti-Semitic. Illinois denies that de-hiring Salaita, who favors BDS and spoke to SAFE this December, was at all influenced by donors. A trove of e-mails show several threats by alumni to never enroll their children or donate another dollar as long as Salaita teaches at Illinois. In 2014 both UCLA’s The Daily Bruin and UC Berkeley’s Daily Californian released e-mails showing student government candidates soliciting funds from pro-Israel donor Adam Milstein. Milstein appealed to other members of the pro-Israel community in Los Angeles, invoking a looming campus divestment resolution… Like most pro-Israel students, Bobby Dishell did not begin his connection with Israel after a free trip or “brainwashing” by AIPAC… The influence of money on the Israel-Palestine debate is often an impossible topic to breach, even more hot button than the conflict itself. The concept of wealthy, manipulative, Jewish donors trying to control politics hits on the worst of anti-Semitic stereotypes, one that is both dangerous and untrue. The influence of money on campus politics and climate is a reality that must be acknowledged, even though it is not the sole reason behind the current feelings on Israel and BDS.”)

    March 31, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – CSG votes against divestment resolution
    (Description note, “The resolution failed to pass with a vote of 15 in favor and 29 opposed. There was one abstention. A roll call voted determined that the vote on the resolution would be public instead of a secret ballot. SAFE introduced a similar proposal to the student assembly last March. Last year, CSG initially voted to suspend the vote on the resolution indefinitely. This decision led to a sit-in at the CSG chambers. The following week former CSG President Michael Proppe, a current Business graduate student, motioned for the assembly to reexamine the resolution. That year, CSG ultimately voted not to pass the resolution in a 25-9 vote with five abstentions. This year’s resolution received six more votes in favor over last year.”)

    March 31, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – LIVE STREAM: Divest resolution fails to pass CSG

    March 30, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – Viewpoint: Divestment creates division
    (Description note, “The 2014 debate, though on paper it seemed to focus on companies like Boeing, Caterpillar and General Electric, caused me to feel that there was a deeper, broader goal within this movement than the author was disclosing based on external activities and tension involving the resolution. My concern regarding the BDS resolution was that it didn’t unite the campus and instead divided it.”)

    March 30, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – Viewpoint: Letter of support for SAFE
    (Description note – letter of support for divestment signed by African Students Association, Ann Arbor to Ferguson, Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival, Arab Students’ Association, Black Student Union, Chaldean American Student Association, CHAMPIONS: DETROIT, Coalition for Queer People of Color, Doors of Opportunity, Egyptian Students Association, GlobeMed, Human Rights through Education, International Socialist Organization-Ann Arbor, Iraqi Students Association, Jewish Voice for Peace, Lebanese Students Association, Michigan Latin@ Assembly, Michigan Women of Color Collective, Middle East and Arab Network, Migrant and Immigrants Rights Advocacy, MPak, Muslim Students’ Association. NAACP-UofM, Native American Students’ Association, Noir Fashion, Rebuilding Together, Red de Solidaridad con México en Michigan/Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico, Shakti, Sikh Student Association, Sister2Sister, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Student Socialist Union, Student Union of Michigan, The Detroit Partnership, United Coalition for Racial Justice, Vietnamese Students Association, Wolverine Tutors)

    March 30, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – Viewpoint: A Jewish dissent on divestment

    March 30, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – 1960s civil rights activists discuss current movements
    (Description note, “The event is part of a nationwide tour sponsored by Open Hillel, a national student group advocating for increased inclusivity of political viewpoints within the Hillel International organization. The event was sponsored by Jews Allied for Social Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Community Action and Social Change program, the Organizational Studies Program and Open Hillel…Rubin said he was appalled by the economic inequality he witnessed during his visit to the West Bank last year. He paralleled the racial oppression in the South during the 1960s to what he saw as religious oppression in West Bank today. He said one of the most shocking scenes from his trip was when he visited Bethlehem and saw the 26-foot-high guarded wall that is topped with barbed wire and surrounds the city. Zellner said she sobbed for hours when she saw the daunting wall with the Israeli flag on it, and compared the wall around Bethlehem to the walls of concentration camps during the Holocaust.”)

    March 29, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – Viewpoint: Why I cannot vote for divestment

    March 26, 2015:
    The Arab American – U of M students launch divestment campaign

    March 24, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – LIVE BLOG: CSG to hear divestment proposal

    March 24, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – SAFE presents revamped divest resolution to CSG (Description note, “After failing to secure the passage of a similar proposal last year, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality proposed a new divestment resolution at Tuesday night’s Central Student Government meeting… The proposed resolution asks CSG to support the creation of a committee through the University’s Board of Regents to evaluate the University’s investments in four companies. In the resolution, SAFE specifically accused The Boeing Company, Caterpillar Inc., G4S and the United Technologies Corporation of profiting from alleged human rights violations against Palestinians.”)

    March 22, 2015: The Michigan Daily – Viewpoint: Focusing on coexistence

    March 17, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – Professor addresses stigma faced by gay Palestinians (Description note, “Atshan concluded his speech by congratulating members of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality and the University’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine for launching campaigns to encourage the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement on campus, as well as for the opening of Edward Said Lounge in North Quad Residence Hall.”)

    February 26, 2015:
    Michigan Review – What is SAFE? (Description note, “Recently, SAFE has been mobilizing a new divestment campaign designed to deceive other students into believing that Israel – a democracy that embraces and respects different views, different religions and different races – is an oppressive regime. The time has come to examine whether SAFE’s motivations are actually rooted in human rights or whether they seek to serve some other purpose of an insidious nature.”)

    February 24, 2015:
    The Michigan Daily – SAFE launches campaign to encourage divestment

    November 18, 2014:
    The Michigan Daily – Taking action on a two state solution

    November 10, 2014:
    The Michigan Daily – Viewpoint: For an Open Hillel

    November 8, 2014:
    Aish – Campus Mezuzah Attacks

    October 30, 2014:
    The Jerusalem Post – As I See It: The academic intifada

    August 7, 2014:
    Informed Comment – Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult? The Salaita Firing
    (Description note – University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole used antisemitic conspiracy theories,”I strongly suspect that Zionist organizations pressured the university to fire Professor Salaita. … This behavior is undemocratic and cult-like, and it is unacceptable in a Liberal society. We also see Jewish nationalists on the bench, in public office, and in high administrative positions who misuse their public position to engage in a sectarian vendetta so as to protect Israel from criticism or to punish its critics.”)

    August 31, 2014:
    American Thinker – Hamas’s Academic Apologists
    (Description Note: “Juan Cole, a history professor at the University of Michigan, declared that, ‘Israel’s only real strategy is causing war, not ending war.’ Despite the fact that no Israeli politician has advocated genocide and that none has been committed, Cole alleged that, ‘Israeli nationalists have been arguing for war crimes at an alarming rate. . . . Too many Israelis have justifications in their minds for genocide.'”)

    July 28, 2014:
    JNS – While global anti-Semitism surges, don’t forget U.S. campuses

    July 17, 2014:
    Rampant Anti-Semitism Is Flourishing across the World

    July 16, 2014:
    Expecting anti-Israel violence on campuses this fall

    June 17, 2014:
    Inside Higher ED – Middle East Conflict, U.S. Campuses

    May 27, 2014:
    Israel Today – American Campuses Regain Sanity

    April 3, 2014:
    The Jewish News – BDS Soundly Defeated

    April 2014:
    The Tower – Staring Down the Devil at the University of Michigan

    March 26, 2014:
    San Diego Jewish World – U of Michigan BDS debate rife with anti- Semitism

    March 26, 2014:
    Legal Insurrection Youtube Channel – Michigan Student Rejects Claim Blacks Must Vote to Divest

    March 26, 2014:
    The Algemeiner – BDS Resolution Defeated at University of Michigan

    March 26, 2014:
    Free Beacon – BDS Leader Posts ‘Overtly Threatening’ Photo to Facebook

    March 25, 2014:
    The Algemeiner – Jewish Students Report Intimidation as BDS Battle Ignites at University of Michigan

    March 25, 2014:
    The Republic – Hundreds at university hearing on Israel boycott

    March 25, 2014:
    JNS – Pro-Israel students targeted by anti-Semitism at University of Michigan

    March 24, 2014:
    Daily Caller – Irony: Palestinian group illegally occupies student gov’t HQ after anti-Israel vote fails

    March 24, 2014:
    Free Beacon – Pro-Israel Students Called ‘Kike,’ ‘Dirty Jew’ at University of Michigan

    March 19, 2014:
    JNS – Israel divestment passed by students at Chicago’s Loyola University, tabled in Arizona and Michigan

    March 19, 2014:
    The Michigan Daily – Divest sit-in calls on CSG to pass stalled resolution

    March 18, 2014:
    The Michigan Daily – Live Feed: Scores turn out to support divestment from Israel

    March 2, 2014:
    The Michigan Daily – Taking action on a two state solution

    December 23, 2013: Statement by the University of Michigan President and Provost regarding the proposed boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

    December 17, 2013:
    The Algemeiner – Anti-Israel Hate Speech and Slander at the University of Michigan ‎‎

    December 10, 2013:
    The Michigan Daily – ‘Evictions’ in residence halls cause stir on campus

    October 3, 2013:
    Arab American News – Israeli boycott resolution proposed at U of M student government meeting

    October, 2011:
    ISRAEL EVENT DISRUPTED BY SJP – Description note: An Israeli soldier’s event was “silently interrupted” by SJP protesters in the audience when more than a dozen students stood up in the middle of his speech with duct tape fastened to their mouths and held signs reading “Silenced.” After several minutes, they stood up again and left the room.

     

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    March 31, 2015 – Defeated – Student Government votes against divestment, 25-15

    March 18, 2014 – Postponed Indefinitely – Following a decision on 3/1/14 to postpone a divestment vote indefinitely, the resolution is later voted down after a sit in protest with a vote of 9-25.

    March 2014 – Defeated – Student Government votes to oppose divestment

    October 3, 2013 – Fails – Student Government votes against divestment


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 31

    1. JVP
    2. Muslim Students Association
    3. The Muslim Students Association 
    4. Students Allied for Freedom and Equality
    5. Students4Justice
    6. The Black Student Union 
    7. Students for a Democratic Society 
    8. International Socialist Organization
    9. Arabesque Dance Troupe 
    10. Ann Arbor Young Democratic Socialists 
    11. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigration Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)
    12. Egyptian Students Association 
    13. East Quad Multicultural Council 
    14. Muslim Graduate Students Association 
    15. The Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival
    16. The Arab Students Association
    17. Lebanese Students Association
    18. Human Rights Through Education 
    19. Middle East and Arab Network (MEdAN) 
    20. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 
    21. Doors of Opportunity 
    22. School of Social Work Radical People of Color Collective
    23. Jewish Voice for Peace 
    24. Jewish Voice for Peace-Ann Arbor 
    25. African Students Association 
    26. LatinX Social Work Coalition 
    27. Here Earning a Destiny Through Honesty, Eagerness, and Determination of Self (H.E.A.D.S)
    28. Assyrian Students Association 
    29. Yemeni Students Association 
    30. The Black Undergraduate Law Association
    31. United Asian Americans

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    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 23

    1. Evelyn Alsultany
    2. Amanda Armstrong
    3. Kathryn Babayan
    4. Robbins Burling
    5. Juan Cole
    6. Maria Cotera
    7. Vicente M. Diaz
    8. Geoff Eley
    9. George Garcia
    10. Ronald Grigor-Suny
    11. Rima Hassouneh
    12. Matthew Hull
    13. Katherine Jenckes
    14. Alaina Lemon
    15. Allan Lumba
    16. Khaled Mattawa
    17. Victor Mendoza
    18. Regina Morantz-Sanchez
    19. Ceren Ozgul
    20. Elizabeth Roberts
    21. Sonya Rose
    22. Anton Shammas
    23. Alan Wald

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