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AMCHA PUBLISHES COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF SJP CHAPTERS ON U.S. CAMPUSES



SJP member leads chants of “Intifada, Intifada, We Support the Intifada,” calling for a campaign of terror against Israelis, at an SJP rally at UC Berkeley on 10/14/15

 

We recently posted a new resource on our website, “Campuses with SJP Chapters,” which identifies chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on more than 200 college and university campuses across the country. SJP and other anti-Zionist student groups are a major source of antisemitic rhetoric and behavior at many schools. (See our recently unveiled Antisemitism Tracker for examples of antisemitic acts perpetrated by SJP members on dozens of campuses). AMCHA’s research indicates a clear correlation between the presence of an SJP group on a particular campus and actions which directly harm or threaten Jewish students, including physical and verbal assault, destruction of property, harassment, discrimination and suppression of speech.


 

AMCHA CO-FOUNDER TO SPEAK
AT CONFERENCE ON COMBATTING BDS

As part of our efforts to educate about campus antisemitism, we are proud to announce that AMCHA co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin will be speaking at the upcoming StandWithUs International Anti-BDS Conference in Los Angeles, April 9-11. If you are able to attend, we highly recommend it! Details on how to attend can be found HERE.

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RECENT CAMPUS ANTISEMITIC ACTIVITY

Have you witnessed, experienced or read about recent campus antisemitic activity? Email us at monitor@amchainitiative.org
See the full database

 

February 4, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA –
Student Government Senate passes with a vote of 32-15 a new divestment resolution under a different categorization, which does not require the signatures of the executive branch leader.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTES)
February 4, 2016 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY –
Columbia University held an event, “BDS 101” as the first event of “CU Apartheid Divest” to learn about BDS.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
February 1, 2016 – VASSAR COLLEGE –
SJP and JVP combined with other student groups to create a coalition, the Vassar Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Coalition, and launched a divestment resolution campaign that calls on Vassar “to boycott and divest from the main colonizing force in Israel/Palestine, Zionism, until such an agreement is reached.” By targeting Zionism for BDS, this resolution engages in denying Jews self-determination. Furthermore, the resolution states that no student funds shall be used in the puchase of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream because the company sells to Israeli Jewish settlement customers in the West Bank “while apartheid ensues in historic Palestine.” By falsly accusing Israel of apartheid, the resolution delegitimizes Israel.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINIATION; DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
February 1, 2016 – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY –
Columbia University SJP and Columbia/Barnard JVP teamed up to form “Columbia University Apartheid Divest” and announced the launch of an anti-Israel divestment campaign, as well as a petition in support of divestment entitled, “CU Apartheid Divest Petition”, which falsely accuses Israel of “apartheid”.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DELEGITIMIZATION; BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS))
January 28, 2016 – BROWN UNIVERSITY –
SJP at Brown University announced a protest event, “Protesting the Sharansky and Douglas Talk: End Zionist Whitewashing of Apartheid” and stated, “Join us at 7pm outside of Brown University’s Salomon Hall to protest this egregious display of Settler Colonial apologism.” During the protest of the event itself, about 30 protestors shouted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” which is effectively a call for the elimination of the Jewish state, and handed out fliers that accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” while falsely representing the flier as a “program addition.”
(TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
DELEGITIMIZATION)
January 28, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO –
SJP UIC announced the start of a divestment campaign in a FB post and fundraising drive.
(BDS ACTIVITY: CALLS FOR BDS)
January 27, 2016 – TEMPLE UNIVERSITY –
Four temple SJP members held up signs in support of convicted terrorist, Rasmea Odeh. One sign read, “Support Palestinian Right to Resist.” In the context of Rasmea Odeh, this sign in particular condones violence.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM)
January 27, 2016 – UCLA –
SJP and JVP held an event, “Jewish Voices for Palestine: Max Blumenthal and Miko Peled” where, according to an attendee, the speakers condoned terrorism and the introductory speaker compared Jews to Nazis and endorsed a “one state” solution, which denies Jews self-determination.
(ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: CONDONING TERRORISM, COMPARING JEWS TO NAZIS, DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION)
January 26, 2016 – UCLA –
SJP UCLA holds an event, ““The ABC’s of Palestine: Apartheid, BDS, and Campus Activism” where a discussion about BDS occurred.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)
January 20, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA –
The Student Government passes a divestment resolution 32-12 with 4 abstentions.
UPDATE 1/27/16: Student Body President and Vice President veto this divestment resolution in a memo.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS VOTES)
January 11, 2016 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY –
NU Divest held an event to launch a new divestment campaign focused on G4S to follow up on the divestment resolution that passed in the student government in February 2015. At the event, tables explaining the BDS movement were present.
(BDS ACTIVITY: BDS EVENT)

 

ARTICLES ABOUT OUR EFFORTS TO COMBAT CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM:

Buffalo News – 2/7/16 – Letter: Efforts to boycott Israel promote anti-Semitism

Heritage Florida News – 2/5/16 – BDS resolution battle continues at USF

Davis Enterprise – 2/5/16 – Campus anti-Semitism festers while UC dithers

Observer – 2/2/16 – Don’t Tolerate Intolerance at Brown University

5 Towns Jewish Times – 1/24/16 – Campus Watchdog Finds ‘Clear Relationship Between Anti-Israel Activism and Targeting of Jewish Students’

Baltimore Jewish Life – 1/22/16 – Campus Watchdog Finds ‘Clear Relationship Between Anti-Israel Activism and Targeting of Jewish Students’

Washington Free Beacon – 1/22/16 – Anti-Semitic Incidents on U.S. College Campuses Spike

Los Angeles Daily News – 1/21/16 – Campus anti-Semitism festers while UC dithers: Thomas Elias

…and dozens more!
 
 


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