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Student Voices

  • March 23, 2017 – University of Texas Austin Student (Daniel) “People don’t believe in dialogue, and they’ve decided that if you’re a Zionist you must be a racist. I’m not a racist but I am a Zionist. They said that’s impossible. [I] was told by several PSC [Palestine Solidarity Committee] members that [I] was unwelcome. [I] unable to discuss Israeli-Palestinian issues with the protesters.” Read more
  • March 8, 2017 – University of Texas Austin Jewish Student (Jonathan) “Several Jewish students that I know don’t even feel comfortable wearing their (Star of David) necklace out or small things like that just to express their religion.” Read more
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  • November 20, 2015 – UT Austin Jewish Student (Omer) “It’s hostile to be a Jew in this world, and I don’t think people are sympathizing with the Jewish community here…It’s not just anti-Israel sentiment, but a lot of anti-Semitism as well.” Read more
  • November 20, 2015 – UT Austin Jewish Student (Michael) “{I]received multiple online threats for [my] involvement with Texans for Israel and…was shouted down by anti-Israel activists while reading the names of Holocaust victims aloud on Remembrance Day. [I] believe that anti-Israel activism often overlaps with outright anti-Semitism…Zionism is the idea of creating a Jewish state. So when PSC uses the term ‘Zionist’ inflammatorily, they are insinuating that it is a bad thing to believe there should be a Jewish state.” Read more
  • November 20, 2015 – UT Austin Jewish Student (Jordan) “Within the past year, a PSC member has described Israeli Jews as a “non-essential group” of “Europeanized (and yet ancient) others,” despite the fact that most of them are the descendents of refugees expelled from Middle Eastern and African countries. Another PSC member has promoted another Intifada, which would result in violence against Israeli civilians. They have targeted Texas Hillel, a Jewish religious center, as a “partisan of privilege,”  mirroring the prominent trope that Jews are a wealthy, powerful collective. And, most troublingly, they have repeated the twisted canard that Jewish refugees conspired with the Nazi regime that many of them, like my grandfather, fled during World War II. These overtones create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation that has befallen Jewish students on campuses around the world.” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish University of Texas, Austin Student (Maya) “This hateful rhetoric that is directed at my people and at me personally is one-sided” Read more
  • April 2015, Jewish University of Texas, Austin Student (Tracy) “UTDivest has taken a conflict in the Middle East as an opportunity to bash the Jewish community — and my community — at Texas Hillel.” Read more
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    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    DENIGRATION;
    DISCRIMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    3/22/17 – Palestine Solidarity Committee planned and executed a protest of the student organization Texans for Israel’s event, “Israel Block Party.” The advertisement for the protest stated: “The Israel Block Party normalizes ethnic cleansing, military occupation, apartheid, and settler colonialism and whitewashes Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people…Every year, the Palestine Solidarity Committee leads a protest across from the East Mall in order to hold the campus Zionists accountable for their erasure of the Palestinian experience.” According to an article and image in the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, protesters held demonizing and delegitimizing signs of “Zionism is Racism,” and “Why Are You Celebrating Apartheid?” as well as “A Proud Zionist? Yikes,” “Israeli Death Forces,” and “Gaza is a Concentration Camp.” One student and self-identified Zionist, Daniel, who attended the protest was “told by several PSC members that he was unwelcome.” One student protester was quoted in the student newspaper saying, “If you’re supporting Zionism, you’re supporting racism and engaging in a racist ideology…Certain ideas, like racism…are not up for discussion.”
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    VERBAL ASSAULT;
    HARASSMENT
    3/9/17 – Jewish students attempted to table to raise funds for an Israeli non-profit called “Save a Child’s Heart” but were unable to do so effectively when two other student groups moved their tables to flank them. They began to yell, chant and wave a flag over the Jewish student’s heads, drowning out their calls for donations. The Jewish students relocated to another part of West Mall, but their pursuers followed them and continued to prevent them from tabling. This pursuit continued for a period of two days. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes the incident happened in recent weeks.
    VERBAL ASSAULT 3/9/17 – According to Texas Hillel, “While walking up the West Mall, a student wearing a T-shirt identifying a Jewish fraternity was called a ‘baby-killing Jew’ by a student who was tabling. Another student at the table admonished his colleague — not for engaging in a hateful verbal attack but because he should ‘not say those things in public'”. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes this incident happened in recent weeks.
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    3/9/17 – A professor on campus paused during his delivery of a calculus lecture to share “his favorite way they murdered Jews (during the Holocaust).” Other students in the class later attempted to justify his behavior. Date of this incident is when publicized. Article notes the incident happened in recent weeks.
    DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PROPERTY 2/25/17 – An individual broke a window at the Texas Hillel in West Campus, and the police investigated it as a case of vandalism.
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    HARASSMENT;
    VERBAL ASSAULT;
    DENYING SELF-DETERMINATION
    11/13/15 – Twelve members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) disrupted a public event hosted by Professor Ami Pedahzur of UT’s Institute for Israeli Studies titled “The Origin of a Species: The Birth of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Military Culture.” The students not only disrupted the speech, when Prof. Pedahzur and another professor tried to get them to stop, they increased the volume of their chants calling for the destruction of Israel and “Long Live the Intifada.”
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION 3/29/17 – Palestine Solidarity Committee erected a mock “apartheid wall” on campus. One of the panels called for the right of return, which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.
    DELEGITIMIZATION 3/21/17 – Palestine Solidarity Committee screened numerous parts of the film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” which delegitimizes Israel by falsely accusing it of being an apartheid state, in order to “compar[e]the many similar laws and tools used by both Israel and apartheid-era South Africa…[to form] a complete picture as to why the [apartheid] analogy is being used with increasing frequency and potency.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION 3/30/16 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” The Palestine Solidarity Committee planned and then protested the Israel Block Party sponsored by Texans for Israel. The advertisement for the protest falsely accused Israel of apartheid. This accusation was further utilized during the protest at the event itself.
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    3/28/16 – The Palestine Solidarity Committee held a week long series of events for “Israeli Apartheid Week.” The advertisement for the week delegitimized Israel stating that the week’s purpose was to, “raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people.” It also, “aims to build support for the…Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.”
    CONDONING TERRORISM 11/1/15 – UT’s Palestine Solidarity Committee posted a Facebook page entitled “Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising: Call to Action!” to “defend the Palestinian homeland,” stating, “We affirm support for the Palestinian resistance..Long Live the Resistance! Long Live the Intifada!”
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    3/25/15 – The Palestine Solidarity Committee held a rally protesting the Israel Block Party, an event organized by Texas Hillel and Texans for Israel. Protesters held signs that promoted BDS and called Israel an apartheid state.
    BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS 1/20/17 – At an anti-Trump protest with 400 students, a speaker, Andie Flores, listed a set of demands for UT. Among the demands was, “UT divestment in companies complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.”
    BDS VOTES 4/21/15 – The Student Government Assembly voted against an anti-Israel divestment resolution, 11-23-1.
    BDS EVENTS 4/15/15 – The Palestine Solidarity Committee held a public forum promoting BDS.
    BDS VOTES 4/14/15 – The UT Student Government began debating an anti-Israel divestment resolution introduced by the Palestine Solidarity Committee. The resolution will be debated for weeks.

     

    In the News ?

    March 23, 2017:
    The Daily Texan – Israel Block Party generates protest

    March 20, 2017:
    AMCHA – A.R. 26 – Resolution In Support of Jewish Students at the University of Texas Austin

    March 9, 2017:
    The Daily Texan – Jewish students stand in solidarity against intolerance on campus
    (Description note, “In recent weeks, Jewish students have been in contact with the Dean of Students regarding complaints about blatant anti-Semitic attacks by students and University faculty, several of which are described below.  According to the complaints, these attacks have taken place because of their identity regardless of their involvement within the Jewish community. While walking up the West Mall, a student wearing a T-shirt identifying a Jewish fraternity was called a ‘baby-killing Jew’ by a student tabling. Another student at the table admonished his colleague — not for engaging in a hateful verbal attack but because he should ‘not say those things in public’. In another reported act of targeted intimidation, Jewish students were harassed while tabling for an organization called Save A Child’s Heart. This Israeli non-profit organization takes medical professionals to developing countries and performs life-saving surgeries, at no cost, for at-risk children from more than 50 countries around the world, the majority of whom are Palestinian, Jordanian, Iraqi and Moroccan. The Jewish students were attempting to raise funds for the organization, when two other student groups moved their tables to flank them. They began to yell, chant and wave a flag over their heads, drowning out their calls for donations. The Jewish students relocated to another part of West Mall, but their pursuers followed them and continued to prevent them from tabling. This pursuit continued for a period of two days. Last week, a complaint was filed with university administrators over a situation in which a professor on campus paused during his delivery of a calculus lecture to share ‘his favorite way they murdered Jews (during the Holocaust.)’” ) 

    March 8, 2017:
    Israel National News – Texas university student gov. supports Jewish students

    March 8, 2017:
    The Daily Texan – Student Government passes resolution in support of Jewish students

    February 28, 2017:
    KVUE – UT Jewish student center vandalized, police say

    February 24, 2017:
    The Algemeiner – Covert Watchdog Exposes ‘Cover-Up’ by U of Texas ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’ Chapter After Widespread Jew-Hatred Among Its Members Revealed
    (Description note, “UTA SJP told The Algemeiner, ‘It is not possible for Salem to have been a part of SJP at any point in time if she was never even a student at UTA.’ The group’s spokesman also said that certain students named by Canary Mission have been told they are ‘not welcome’ to join SJP and Hajmahmoud has ‘dropped his membership and will no longer be continuing with us. SJP does not in any manner condone any form of hate towards any group. Furthermore, SJP will be releasing a statement and assigning a contract that states if anyone is found stating any hateful, anti-Jew, homophobic, antisemitic behavior, they will be terminated immediately.’”)

    February 19, 2017:
    The Daily Texan – University must address hate speech at source

    February 17, 2017:
    The Daily Texan – 24 UTA students, alumni accused of anti-Semitism

    January 20, 2017:
    The Austin Chronicle – University of Texas Students Stage Walkout
    (Description note, “Speaker Andie Flores listed a specific set of demands for UT, including no university cooperation with ICE; no support for white nationalists on campus; UT divestment in companies complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land; and stronger rights for UT workers.”)

    November 30, 2016:
    The Daily Texan – Palestine Solidarity Committee and University Leadership Initiative discuss issues facing undocumented students
    (Description note, “The Palestine Solidarity Committee hosted a “teach-in” event last night on campus with the University Leadership Initiative to discuss and examine issues facing undocumented people, especially undocumented students. ULI’s “teach-in” consisted of a presentation and discussion of the organization’s work in the community and ways to get involved with their efforts. PSC member Mohammed Nabulsi, a third-year law student, said his organization and ULI face similar issues. “The most important lesson we gained from the meeting is that our struggles are inextricable,” Nabulsi said. “We need to as Palestinians and as allies as Palestinians show up for the struggle of undocumented people in this country.”)

    November 23, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – The Truth About the Caroline Glick Episode at UT Austin

    November 22, 2016:
    KVUE – UT professor receives postcard with anti-Semitic slurs
    (Description note – A visiting professor from the University of Texas at Austin received an antisemitic postcard that stated, “We’re gonna drain the swamp at Harvard Law” and signed off with “Juden raus!”, which is a Nazi-era German phrase that means “Jews out!”)

    November 13, 2016:
    The Diamondback – University of Maryland students are working to save an Israeli village from demolition

    November 13, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Jewish Students at Texas U Cancel Lecture by Author Caroline Glick for Fear of ‘Alienating’ Anti-Zionists on Campus

    March 29, 2016:
    The Daily Texan – Israeli and Palestinian organizations need to improve their discourse
    (Description note, “Seth Uzman, economics junior and officer for the Palestine Solidarity Committee, said in a Facebook message that the Israeli Block Party “celebrates the culture of a settler-colonial nation-state founded upon the ruins of Palestinian society. The event itself is a hieroglyph of racism and ethnic cleansing,” Uzman said. “People forget that protests are often called ‘demonstrations’ because they are demonstrations of ‘power’ — the Israeli Block Party Protest demonstrates the power of a global and growing movement against Israeli apartheid that has clocked the survival of its settler-colonial infrastructure with an egg-timer.” The emotion is appropriate and necessary, especially with the devastation of what the Israeli government has done to the Palestinian people. “)

    March 9, 2016:
    Statesman – UT finds no wrongdoing in professor’s treatment of Palestinian students
    (Description note, “UT President Gregory L. Fenves issued a statement Wednesday, saying he strongly supports Pedahzur”)

    November 26, 2015:
    The Algemeiner – EXCLUSIVE: Israel Studies Professor Hounded by Anti-Israel Texas U Activists, Forced to Wear Disguise on Campus (INTERVIEW)

    November 24, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Seven Student Government representatives resign, citing lack of representation for UT community
    (Description note, “SG Speaker Tanner Long said some of the members who resigned were having trouble meeting the attendance requirement, which only allows room for three absences. Long said he also believes six out of the group of seven students were encouraged to leave once their resolution “Urging The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) To Divest From Corporations That Are Complicit In And Facilitate The Continuing Occupation And Oppression Of The Palestinian People By The State Of Israel” failed to pass. “Essentially, they all ran with that goal in mind, which was trying to get that approved through Student Government, and when that failed, they all started resigning shortly after,” Long said. “They all did come from different backgrounds, so I really wish they did stay involved to try to help influence the Student Government and help us be more representative, but I guess once their one platform point failed, they all essentially decided resigning would be the best.”)

    November 22, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – Disrupting the study of Israel on campus

    November 20, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Protests against Israel can incite antisemitism
    (Description note, “Within the past year, a PSC member has described Israeli Jews as a “non-essential group” of “Europeanized (and yet ancient) others,” despite the fact that most of them are the descendents of refugees expelled from Middle Eastern and African countries. Another PSC member has promoted another Intifada, which would result in violence against Israeli civilians. They have targeted Texas Hillel, a Jewish religious center, as a “partisan of privilege,”  mirroring the prominent trope that Jews are a wealthy, powerful collective. And, most troublingly, they have repeated the twisted canard that Jewish refugees conspired with the Nazi regime that many of them, like my grandfather, fled during World War II.”)

    November 20, 2015:
    The Austin Chronicle – After Intimidation, Pro-Palestine Students File Civil Rights Complaint

    November 17, 2015:
    KEYE TV – UT investigates conflict involving Palestinian group at Israeli studies lecture

    November 17, 2015:
    The Blaze – Pro-Palestine Protesters Invade University of Texas Israeli Studies Event — One Faculty Member Was Not Having It

    November 16, 2015:
    KHOU – Palestinian protesters involved in altercation with UT faculty members

    November 16, 2015:
    Legal Insurrection – Anti-Israel students target UT-Austin Israeli Studies prof after disrupting his speech
    (Description note –the professor describes, “Throughout the years, I never had a single incident in which a student of any faith or background expressed dissatisfaction with the contents of the courses or with the classroom’s climate…Many of them pulled out their cell phones and started recording and taking pictures. Then their leader, who I later learned is a UT Law student named Mohammed Nabulsi, attempted to hijack the event. It is important to pause here for a second and underscore the fact that Mr. Nabulsi’s online name is Georges Abdallah, of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions who murdered American Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Ray, and Israeli diplomat Yaakov Bar-Simantov in Paris, France in the summer of 1982. After some more research we learned the Nabulsi was not the only member of the group who assumed the identity of a murderer online. For example Mr. Patrick Higgins, a former student in my graduate seminar, who recently completed his MA in Middle East Studies, refers to himself as Edward Despard a British officer of Irish descent, who  radicalized, joined the Irish rebellion and plotted to assassinate King George III. Back to Friday’s events. Nabulsi began to read his message, while his friends stood behind him holding the Palestinian Flag. His act was disruptive and offensive….Mr. Nabulsi’s followers seemed very agitated and started yelling ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Long live the Intifada’. We were left with no alternative but to call UTPD. Meanwhile, I kept on telling them that based on their comments, they seem to know nothing about the history and politics of Israel and Palestine and I pleaded with them to stay and listen. I stood in front of Mr. Nabulsi in an attempt to make him shout directly at my face. I didn’t touch Nabulsi. Quite the contrary, his followers who surrounded him started pushing me around. A minute or two later they suddenly left. I was asked by a police officer to describe the events and also asked if I wanted to press charges. I believed that students should enjoy the freedom to learn and shape their views. Hence, I declined. Rather, I asked the officer to invite the protesters back as I was interested in opening a channel of communication with them.
    (Update: On Saturday, after learning that these individuals use the names of known terrorists online, we pressed charges. On that day someone using unknown number left a threatening message on our voicemail).”)

    November 16, 2015:
    KXAN – <Student protestors and professors spar at forum on Israel
    (Description note, “The video showed students chanting “long live the Intifada,” “free free Palestine,” and “we don’t want two states, we want 48.”)

    November 9, 2015:
    The Wesleyan Argus – Students Challenge CIR’s Endowment Decisions
    (Description note, “As the formal portion of the panel, which lasted about an hour and a half, wrapped up, members of student group Wesleyan Coalition for Divestment and Transparency (WesCoDivest) held up handmade signs voicing their opposition to certain investment decisions the University has made. WesCoDivest represent members of the University community who believe that the CIR’s activities are not transparent or ethical enough due to their refusal to divest from sources that contribute to the prison-industrial complex, fossil fuels, and those they believe have a stake in the occupation of Palestine. These things were considered unethical due to the profits that are made from the exploitation of people and natural resources.”)

    November 9, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Palestinians deserve liberation, justice by any means necessary
    (Description note – a student writes an op-ed exclaiming, “Texans for Israel is clearly excited to condemn the Palestinian Solidarity Committee-UT for “condoning” violence. But we have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. Israel was founded on the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and can only perpetuate itself through continual oppression of the native population. Palestinians have the right to resist colonialism, occupation and aparthied by any means necessary…This is not to say Palestinians are in the right simply because they are weaker but to induce a sense of reality about who is terrorizing whom. If one wants to condemn violence, one should start with Israel, which, two summers ago, unleashed a brutal onslaught against Gaza, slaughtering over 2,200 Palestinians, 500 of whom were children.”)

    November 9, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Student call for another Intifada is a call for armed conflict, bloodshed
    (Description note, “And it’s exactly the word that UT’s Palestine Solidarity Committee used to promote a planned protest at the Israeli consulate in Houston. The PSC, in its solidarity with those extremist Palestinians who are stabbing Israelis, is all but calling for armed conflict. The phrase, “Long Live the Intifada!” leaves no doubt to its implications: terrorist attacks, blood, killing Jews. “)

    May 20, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Students should not be divisive when engaging with campus issues
    (Description note, “However, this isn’t the first case of discussion and debate which have eroded our campus climate this past semester. AR 3, the misguided SG resolution which advocated for divestment from certain companies operating within the State of Israel, strongly divided our campus community. Mean-spirited attacks were launched against Texas Hillel, and against several groups in favor of the divestment resolution, attacks which did nothing to further debate on a sensitive and nuanced foreign policy issue. Students on campus felt targeted and frustrated by the resolution – students on both sides of the debate.”)

    May 19, 2015:
    bbyo.org – UT–Austin community rallies to ‘UnifyTexas’ against BDS
    (Description note, “Last week, I witnessed the Student Government Legislative Assembly at The University of Texas at Austin reject a bill calling for the university to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, as a part of the global BDS movement. This hot-button issue is trending on college campuses and specifically targets Israel, the only democracy in the region and closest ally of the United States. Members of the assembly who also are part of the Palestinian Solidarity Committee (PSC) — a campus group promoting the global BDS Movement through campaigns, events, protests and online mobilization — introduced the bill.”)

    May 5, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Editorial Board doesn’t give Rotnofsky, Mandalapu enough credit
    (Description note, “Rotnofsky and Mandalapu smartly chose not to take a stance on AR 3, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) resolution. The debate devolved into hideous name-calling, character attacks and accusations of bigotry from both sides by the time it was voted on. By refraining from getting involved, Rotnofsky and Mandalapu protected their ability to serve as unifiers and representatives for the whole student body, not just one part of it.”)

    April 29, 2015:
    Forward – University of Texas BDS Opponents Cheer Defeat of Measure

    April 29, 2015:
    JTA – U. of Texas divestment resolution falls with help from Jewish alumni

    April 23, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – AR 3 failure will increase debate, not end it
    (Description note, “Opponents of AR 3 also sidestepped the resolution’s content by arguing that the resolution’s passage would create disunity on UT’s campus. In so doing, they asked the University to unite around injustice.This is a false union, for injustice always divides and generates discord. AR 3 supporters sought a different sort of unity, one grounded in compassion and peace.”)

    April 22, 2015:
    The Independent Collegian – UT Divest put to vote
    (Description note, “From an idea shared by a few students to a movement involving hundreds of supporters, UT Divest is making noise on the University of Toledo campus with its referendum this week. The referendum, which went live April 20, asks the student body whether they think the UT Board of Trustees and the UT Foundation should divest from companies “complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine” until the companies are no longer involved in those actions.”)

    April 22, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – After weeks of debate, UT SG votes against divestment resolution
    (Description note, “The Assembly voted against the resolution by a 11–23–1 vote Tuesday night…. University-wide representative Santiago Rosales said he voted against the resolution because he thought it was too divisive to support. Maya Russo, an international relations and global studies sophomore who spoke in opposition to the resolution, said she felt personally targeted.  “This is not a human rights legislation, nor is it one that promotes justice. This is an anti-Israel legislation,” Russo said. “This hateful rhetoric that is directed at my people and at me personally is one-sided. … This is a step in the wrong direction toward the ultimate objective — peace.”)

    April 21, 2015:
    The Horn – 17 Past SG Presidents, Vice Presidents Sign Letter Against Divestment Resolution
    (Description note, “As former Student Body Presidents and Vice-presidents at the University of Texas at Austin, we write to express our concern over the recently introduced legislation AR-3 regarding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or “BDS,” …As the official voice of the student body, we strongly urge you to vote down the BDS legislation AR-3.”)

    April 20, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – SG, student body should debate boycotts

    April 19, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – SG should vote down BDS bill, AR 3

    April 19, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – BDS movement’s motives go beyond just seeking justice for Palestinians

    April 17, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Divestment resolution heads to SG Assembly for vote
    (Description note, “The Student Government Legislative Affairs committee voted down three proposed amendments to a highly-discussed divestment resolution Thursday and subsequently sent the resolution to a vote by the full assembly…The first proposed amendment at the meeting asked for a broadening of language, specifically calling to alter a clause that currently refers to “Palestinian rights” and would have been changed to “human rights.”…The second proposed amendment called for the removal of a clause containing a quote by Nelson Mandela from the legislation…. University wide representative Kallen Dimitroff proposed a third amendment to remove the specificity of Israel from the legislation, because she said she believes referring explicitly to Israel targets the country and causes a division within the University community. “I think it’s divisive because it’s only advocating with one group,” Dimitroff said. “I just don’t think differentiating is the [proper] way.”…The SG Assembly will vote on the legislation as it stands Tuesday.”)

    April 16, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – SG should vote down divestment bill
    (Description note, “”Last month, this board asked Student Government to vote down a resolution that offered nothing but obsequious promotion and praise of the State of Israel. We did so not because we disagreed with the political points of the resolution’s proponents but because we felt it was inappropriate for Student Government to meddle in a “foreign policy squabble” such as the ongoing territorial and political disputes between Israel and Palestine. Now, representatives of the Palestine Solidarity Committee have introduced legislation in Student Government to pressure the University’s investment company into divesting from any company that financially benefit from and are complicit in the occupation of Palestine.”)

    April 15, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – SG debates divestment resolution

    April 15, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – BDS legislation would isolate UT’s Jewish community
    (Description note, “…UTDivest has taken a conflict in the Middle East as an opportunity to bash the Jewish community — and my community — at Texas Hillel.”)

    April 15, 2015:
    EVENT – Public Forum: UT Divest, Palestine, and the Global BDS Movement
    (Description note, “Come learn more about the Palestinian struggle for justice at our public meeting. We will discuss the current state of Palestine/Israel, the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) and how this relates to the resolution in student government for divestment. There will be a panel presentation followed by a Q&A. Bring any questions you may have about the BDS movement and learn why we believe it is the correct strategy for standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people.”)

    April 14, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Support for BDS is support for justice and open dialogue
    (Description note, “The Palestine Solidarity Committee has formed the UTDivest coalition, which calls on UT to end its multimillion dollar investments in corporations that facilitate the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They hope to pass such a resolution in Student Government and demonstrate student support through a petition. Of course, International is against such activism and so the Texas Hillel chapter is campaigning against UTDivest for its similarity to the BDS movement…Students who actually care about justice should stand with movements like Open Hillel, UTDivest and BDS.”)

    April 14, 2015:
    The Daily Texan- Student Government should oppose BDS legislation
    (Description note, “The movement, taking the form of a piece of legislation written by members of the Palestinian Solidarity Committee, will be introduced at the second Student Government assembly meeting on Tuesday. The aims of this campaign are ostensibly to encourage the University of Texas Investment Management Company to divest from certain companies that do business in the State of Israel.  However, the true motives behind this movement are less than clear. Several key BDS activists, including one of its founders, have used BDS as a tool to advocate for the delegitimization and the demolition of the Jewish State of Israel… The passage of BDS would be extremely damaging to campus atmosphere. If our Student Government votes to endorse a one-sided view predicated on delegitimizing and demonizing the State of Israel, it will alienate and isolate many students whose opinions differ. It would not be acceptable for our Student Government to declare to a large group of students on this campus that their passionately held views are irrelevant or misguided.”)

    April 12, 2015:
    UT Divestment campaign – A Resolution Urging the University of Texas Investment Management to Divest from Corporations that are Comlicit in and Facilitate the Continuing Occupation and Oppression of the Palestinian People by the State of Israel

    April 9, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – UTDivest, Unify Texas debate foreign divestment
    (Description note,” Student-led movement UTDivest will propose legislation to Student Government asking for the University of Texas Investment Management Company to pull investments from corporations the group believes facilitate the oppression of Palestinians. Unify Texas, another campus movement, has expressed disagreements with UTDivest and has garnered support through social media and an online petition. UTDivest, which the Palestinian Solidarity Committee founded, is part of a larger boycott-divestment-sanctions (BDS) movement started by Palestinian civil society organizations… UTDivest plans to introduce its legislation in support of divestment at the SG Assembly meeting Tuesday. The legislation states that investing in companies with Israeli associations compromises the University’s core values.”)

    March 30, 2015:
    The Horn – Israel Block Party Again Met With Protest
    (Description note, “Like in years past, throughout the event, members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee protested nearby with signs and chants. Mohammed Nabulsi, a Texas Law student and representative of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, said the block party disregards the Palestinian voice.”)

    March 26, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Israel Block Party sparks annual protest
    (Description note, “”Ali Khan, an economics and computer science senior who helped organize the protest, said he believes the party adheres to a pro-Israeli political agenda.“Our biggest goal is to send a specific message [and] express exactly what we feel the block party is doing, which is a propaganda event which hides a very heinous reality of cultural appropriation and genocide,” Khan said.”)

    March 26, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Students should join BDS movement, help end Palestinian occupation

    March 23, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Protesters of Israel Block Party unjustly target culture over politics
    (Description note, “”That’s because the protest against the Israel Block Party falls within a broader movement intended to “anti-normalize” Israel, which requires that anything that might make an Israeli feel normal or human must instantly be shouted down, regardless of its relation to the country’s politics. The boycotters and their sponsors aren’t trying to protest settlement policies, call attention to security dilemmas, or question the morality of asymmetric warfare. They are targeting an event that, by sharing Israeli music and food and technologies and humor with the UT community at large, is designed to portray the Israeli people as more than a thorny political problem.”)

    March 12, 2015:
    The Daily Texan – Student Government should stay out of Israel debate
    (Description note, “At some point last week, SG Representative Meredith Rotwein was rumored to be proposing a resolution promoting the relationship between the University and the State of Israel….The University’s Student Government should stay out of foreign policy squabbles as much as possible, including the ostensible diplomatic missions of the University. More than any specific problem with the resolution’s contents itself, which praises the work UT does with pertinent institutes of higher education in Israel, this is our main disagreement.”)

    November 14, 2014:
    The Daily Texan – Israel, Palestine advocates can coexist

    October 21, 2014:
    The Federalist – The Millennial Generation’s New Anti-Semitism
    (Description note – A row of 15 students (Members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee of UT) held signs up, then stood and began yelling during a talk given by Major Gen. Meir Dagan)

    September 22, 2014: 
    Times of Israel – Reservists called up for next Hamas frontline — US campuses

    February 12, 2014:
    Dallas News – Boycott of Israeli schools puts UT, A&M in awkward spot

    December 20, 2013:
    UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – Statement Opposing Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

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    Source Credit: The Daily Texan – Demonizing and delegitimizing signs at a Palestine Solidarity Committee protest of the Israel Block Party (March 22, 2017)


     

    Source Credit: Youtube.com; Law student, Mohammed Nabulsi, leads protesters from the Palestine Solidarity Committee to disrupt an event hosted by Professor Ami Pedahzur of UT’s Institute for Israeli Studies. (November 13, 2015)

     

    March 2014 – A group of students from the Palestinian Solidarity Committee held a protest across the street from the Israel Block Party.
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    BDS Tracker

     

    April 22, 2015 – Defeated -Student Government opposes divestment resolution with a 23-11-1 vote


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
    Palestine Solidarity Committee

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 10

    1. Kamran Asdar Ali
    2. Craig Campbell
    3. Karma Chavez
    4. Ann Cvetkovich
    5. Robert Jensen
    6. Ward Keeler
    7. Sofian Merabet
    8. Joel Sherzer
    9. Circe Sturm
    10. João Vargas

     


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