Campus Monitor - University of Virginia

Student Voices

  • October 24, 2016 – University of Virginia (Joint statement following graffiti by the Student Council and the Jewish Leadership Council) “The imagery painted at GrandMarc is intended to intimidate Jewish students and make them feel uncomfortable in their community.” Read more
  • October 24, 2016 – University of Virginia Jewish Student (Michaela) “It’s direct Holocaust imagery and that’s what’s problematic about it. It was graffiti that was used to vandalize Jewish shops and homes and destroy them.” Read more
  • October 24, 2016 – University of Virginia Jewish Student (Jordan) “I’m horrified. I’m a Jewish student here on Grounds … and I can’t believe that members of our community or members of the area would vandalize and write something so hurtful and so anti-Semitic.” Read more
  • October 23, 2016 – University of Virginia Jewish Student (Talia) “It’s the same thing as someone putting a swastika on a building basically. That’s how I would compare it. It has the same symbolism. It has the same goal of just really instilling fear in a type of population and trying to scrutinize us and outcast us as a people.” Read more
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    Antisemitism Tracker

    Total Antisemitic Activity:

    To see more information on how AMCHA determines antisemitic activity, click HERE.
    To report a concern, click HERE.


    Classification Date-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    8/11/17 – About 100 white nationalists marched on the campus carrying tiki torches and chanting Nazi slogans, including “Sieg heil” and “blood and soil” and giving the Nazi salute. There were reports of at least one t-shirt containing a slogan from Adolf Hitler. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the white nationalists “were marching through the heart of the campus, out of view of the [University] president’s residence, stomping the ground and chanting, ‘You will not replace us’ and ‘Jews will not replace us.'”
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    10/23/16 – An orange Star of David with the word “Juden” underneath it was spray painted on an off-campus student housing building. “Juden” is the German word for Jews, and the graffiti is direct Holocaust imagery
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY
    4/13/17 – SJP held the event, “Noura Erakat: Palestine in the Trump Administration.” During her talk, Erakat delegitimized Israel, claiming it is an “apartheid reality” and made supportive statements of BDS, including listing academic organizations who “have all endorsed the academic boycott of Israel.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION 3/21/16 – Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine held a series of events for “Israeli Apartheid Week.” The advertisement for this week falsely accused Israel of apartheid and settler colonialism.
    DELEGITIMIZATION 3/22/15 – UVA Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine put up a “wall” on campus that falsely accused Israel of being an apartheid state.
    BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT 10/21/16 – SPJP held the event, “SPJP Discussion – BDS” and discussed if “BDS is antisemitic.”
    CALLS FOR BDS 3/24/16 – UVA SPJP held the event “SPJP Presents: Remi Kanazi.” The advertisement for the event linked to a video poem of Remi Kanazi that promotes divestment.

     

    In the News ?

    November 7, 2016:
    The Cavalier Daily – “Eliminate the Hate” campaign begins with silent demonstration

    October 27, 2016:
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Anti-Semitic graffiti found near University of Virginia campus

    October 26, 2016:
    The Miami Hurricane – UM Hillel stands with UVa Jewish community against anti-Semitic vandalism
    (Description note, “This is not an isolated incident, but one that follows a disturbing pattern of prejudice. The apathy and, at times, antipathy of students when it comes to anti-Semitism only adds fuel to the fire. We must recognize this for what it is: a hate crime,” wrote Hillel President Joey Newfeld and SG President Vikesh Patel.”)

    October 26, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Jewish U of Virginia Students ‘Horrified’ By Nazi-Style Graffiti Sprayed on Wall of Popular Housing Complex

    October 24, 2016:
    Forward – Anti-Semitic Graffiti Leaves University of Virginia Students ‘Horrified’

    October 24, 2016:
    The Cavalier Daily – Anti-Semitic graffiti spotted at GrandMarc
    (Description note – An orange Star of David with the word “Juden” underneath it was spray painted on an off-campus student housing building. Juden is the German word for Jews, and the graffiti is direct Holocaust imagery.)

    October 24, 2016:
    The Daily Progress – Police investigating anti-Semitic graffiti near UVa

    October 23, 2016:
    NBC 29 – Police Investigating Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Apartments Near UVA

    October 23, 2016:
    NBC 29 – Charlottesville Police Investigating Anti-Semitic Graffiti

    March 23, 2015:
    Cavalier Daily – ​Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine display apartheid wall

    March 19, 2015:
    Cavalier Daily – ​SACHS: Israel isn’t an apartheid state

    January 13, 2014:
    Cavalier Daily – Paper missiles

    January 2, 2014:
    APLU – APLU Statement in Opposition to Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

    October 24, 2013:
    EVENT: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (sponsors: African Student Initiative, Ethiopian Student Union, UVA SJPJ. Follow-up article on SJPJ Blog.)

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Juden (Source Credit: The Cavalier Daily, Oct 24)

    An orange Star of David with the word “Juden” underneath it was spray painted on an off-campus student housing building (Source Credit: The Cavalier Daily, Oct. 24)


     

    Apartheid Wall (Source Credit: The Cavalier Daily, March 23)

    Apartheid Wall (Source Credit: The Cavalier Daily , March 23)


     

    Hummus Sales BDS informational Pamphlets for Israel Apartheid Week at UVA (Source Credit: UVA SJPJ Blogspot, March 2)

    Hummus Sales BDS informational Pamphlets for Israel Apartheid Week at UVA (Source Credit: UVA SJPJ Blogspot, March 2)


     

    Apartheid Wall (Source Credit: UVA SJPJ Blogspot, March 2)

    Apartheid Wall (Source Credit: UVA SJPJ Blogspot, March 2)

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    BDS Tracker

    No divestment vote has taken place.


    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 1
    Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 4

    1. Mrinalini Chakravorty
    2. Tessa Farmer
    3. Richard Handler
    4. Thomas Klubock