Campus Monitor - Grand Valley State University

Student Voices

  • April 20, 2016 – Grand Valley State University Jewish Student (declined to be identified for fear of retaliation) “It made me feel uncomfortable, because a swastika is a representation of the genocide of an entire race. It’s obviously a big problem.” Read more
  • April 20, 2016 – Grand Valley State University Jewish Student (Zoe) “It makes me feel uncomfortable to be in classes, as a student. It doesn’t make me have pride in my school. It’s so upsetting, and nobody really understands. My non-Jewish friends won’t understand that I’m a target, and these people who are targeting me don’t even know me.” Read more
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    Antisemitism Tracker

    Total Antisemitic Activity:

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    ClassificationDate-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    (Reported) 4/20/16 – Six antisemitic related incidents have been reported on campus since Dec. 5, 2015. Two of these instances involved swastikas being drawn on walls or doors of residence halls. Two other incidents involved swastikas and additional messages, including “I am a Nazi” and “Hitler did nothing wrong.” An additional incident involved a faculty member making antisemitic gestures in a classroom, and the final report involved a Star of David with an “X” scratched into it on the window of a bus.
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION:DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION
    9/14/16 – An open letter in the school newspaper delegitimized Israel throughout and also claimed that the “core of this unequal conflict is that Israel has never allowed Palestinian refugees to return to their homes” The practical implications of the right of return is the destruction of Israel and the denial of the self determination of Jews. After arguing that Israel is a colonial enterprise from the beginning, the letter called for an “end to…colonial rule.”
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    9/28/2015 – An event entitled “In Our Power: U.S. Students Organize for Justice in Palestine” was co-sponsored by the GVSU departments of English, History, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies and featured BDS activist and journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman. Students in at least one English class were required to attend the lecture. One student in the class reported that Barrows-Friedman falsely accused Israel of “brutality” and “ethnic cleansing,” “unabashed racism,” “genocide,” “settler colonialism” and “apartheid”. The speaker also vigorously promoted BDS.
    BDS ACTIVITY:CALLS FOR BDS2/4/16 – Student Senator Jewel Haji announced before the Student Senate that she was asking the University to replace Sabra Hummus with a different brand because “some of the company owners are supporting Israeli militant groups that are violating human rights and are hurting a lot of people.”

     

    In the News ?

    April 21, 2016:
    Lanthorn – THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED – Anti-Semitic acts have no place at GVSU

    April 20, 2016:
    Lanthorn – Anti-Semitic reports on the rise at GVSU
    (Description note, “Since Dec. 5, 2015, six anti-Semitic related incidents have been reported on campus. Two of these instances involved swastikas being drawn on walls or doors of residence halls. Two other incidents involved swastikas and additional messages, including “I am a Nazi” and “Hitler did nothing wrong.” An additional incident involved a faculty member making anti-Semitic gestures in a classroom, and the final report involved a Star of David with an “X” scratched into it on the window of a bus.”)

    February 11, 2016:
    Campus Reform – Student senator nixes plan to remove pro-Israel Sabra hummus from campus

    September 28, 2015: EVENT – “In Our Power: U.S. Students Organize for Justice In Palestine” with associate editor of the Electronic Intifada, Nora Borrow Friedman.
    (Description note, Professor Alvarez also emailed students an email which stated, “A gentle reminder that tomorrow, M 9/28 we will not be meeting in our regular digs but will instead gather in 2215-2216 Kirkhof to attend a talk on the student movement for justice in Palestine by Nora Barrows-Friedman. Please remember that attendance is mandatory, not optional, and that if you miss the talk you will chalk up an absence As I’ve already indicated, the talk is relevant to the last assigned text that you’ll be reading for the course, viz, Suad Amiry’s Sharon And My Mother-in-Law. It is also educational in the broader sense with which GVSU wishes to inculcate its students. That it is to say, it is intended to make you better informed citizens, and as President Eisenhower once observed, for democracy to flourish in the United States the country must always be able to count on an “alert and informed” citizenry. On that note, if you’re not familiar with the conflict between Palestinians and their Israeli rulers (or even if you think you are), you might want to look at two of the documents I’ve placed inside the “Israel/Palestine” folder in the Course Documents on Blackboard: Joe Sacco’s “Return,” which captures the essential points about the origins of the conflict, and the chronology I’ve assembled, which gives you a few key dates and explains their significance.”)

     

    Photo Album - Campus Antisemitism

    Source Credit: Lecture by Nora Barrows-Friedman, associate editor of the Electronic Intifada. (September 28, 2015)

    Source Credit: Lecture by Nora Barrows-Friedman, associate editor of the Electronic Intifada. (September 28, 2015)

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