Press Releases

4/4/2017 — OVERALL ANTI-SEMITISM INCREASED 40% IN 2016 AND GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION DOUBLED

Anti-Semitism on campus increased 40% and genocidal expression doubled in 2016, according to AMCHA Initiative’s annual study, released today, that examines anti-Semitism at more than 100 public and private colleges and universities with the largest Jewish undergraduate populations.  Read more »


3/29/2017 — NEW INTERACTIVE MAPS AIM TO VISUALLY EXPOSE ANTI-JEWISH ACTIVITY ON CAMPUS

AMCHA Initiative today unveiled four distinct user-friendly and interactive maps to give viewers the ability to visually understand the distribution and geographical patterns of anti-Semitic activity on U.S. college and university campuses. Read more »


3/16/2017 — 3,000 CALL ON UC TO COMBAT INTOLERANCE AND PROTECT FREE SPEECH

In the same week as a new report found that hate crimes, most notably attacks against Jews and Muslims, increased 20% in 2016, AMCHA Initiative’s director, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, delivered a petition to the University of California (UC) Regents signed by 3,097 concerned parents, students, teachers, religious leaders, and community members calling on each UC Chancellor to implement a policy to promote tolerance on campus and protect students’ civil rights and free speech. Read more »


1/26/2017 — 47 GROUPS TO UC: REGENTS PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE REMEDY FOR INCREASINGLY POLARIZED CAMPUS

At a time when hate and intolerance is rising at an alarming rate, AMCHA Initiative Director Tammi Rossman-Benjamin today delivered a letter from 47 education, Jewish and civil rights groups to the University of California Board of Regents calling on UC to implement the Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance as a “relevant, timely and important” remedy for the growing toxicity.  Read more »


12/2/2016 — AMCHA LAUDS U.S. SENATE PASSAGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM AWARENESS BILL, CRITICAL STEP TO COMBAT CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate and Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tim Scott (R-SC), the bill authors, for passing the bipartisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act late yesterday: “We applaud the Senate for unanimously passing the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act and for understanding that giving the Department of Education a proper definition of contemporary anti-Semitism is key to combatting and preventing anti-Jewish bigotry on campus.”  Read more »


11/1/2016 — HUNDREDS OF FACULTY & ADVOCACY ORGS: UC INSTRUCTORS ABUSING UNIVERSITY TO PROMOTE ANTI-SEMITIC, ANTI-ZIONIST POLITICAL MOVEMENT

More than 175 faculty members and 47 religious, civil rights, education and research organizations representing thousands of concerned students, parents and alumni today wrote to the top official at the University of California, UC President Janet Napolitano, demanding she stop faculty from using the classroom as a pulpit for anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist political advocacy and activism.  Read more »


9/13/2016 — AFTER MOUNTING PRESSURE, UC BERKELEY SUSPENDS ANTI-ISRAEL/ANTI-SEMITIC COURSE

Responding to pressure from dozens of Jewish and education advocacy organizations, who over the past few weeks have individually and today collectively objected to a blatantly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic course currently being offered, UC Berkeley announced it will suspend the course because it was not adequately vetted to ensure that it met Berkeley’s academic standards.  Read more »


9/13/2016 — 43 WATCHDOG GROUPS TO UC BERKELEY: ANTI-ISRAEL & ANTI-SEMITIC COURSE VIOLATES UNIVERSITY POLICY PROHIBITING POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION

Forty-three Jewish and education advocacy groups today demanded that UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks take immediate steps to overhaul the course review process that allowed a student-taught, credit bearing course entitled “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” to be offered this semester. Not only is the course in clear violation of the University’s Policy on Course Content that prohibits using the classroom for partisan interest or political indoctrination, say the groups, but the policy was not even consulted in the procedure for vetting this, or any other, student-taught course.  Read more »


7/26/2016 — ALARMING SPIKE IN CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM DURING 1ST HALF OF 2016, NEW STUDY RELEASED TODAY REVEALS

Nearly 100 more incidents of anti-Semitism occurred on campus during the 1st six months of 2016 compared with the 1st six months of 2015, according to AMCHA Initiative’s mid-year study released today. In addition, calls for Israel’s elimination on campus tripled, and that expression highly correlated with actions that harm Jewish students.  Read more »


5/25/2016 — 36 ADVOCACY GROUPS DEMAND ACTION AT UC IRVINE AFTER MASSIVE THREATENING PROTEST

In light of the pervasive anti-Semitism allowed to fester at the University of California Irvine (UCI), 36 Jewish and civil rights groups today demanded UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman immediately implement the recently passed Regents Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.  Read more »


5/12/2016 — LETTER FROM 35 ORGANIZATIONS TO VASSAR COLLEGE PRESIDENT HILL RE: SWASTIKAS AND UNIVERSITY RESPONSE TO ESCALATING ANTI-SEMITISM

At the request of several Jewish students at Vassar College who report feeling unsafe in light of an uptick in numerous anti-Semitic incidents since February, 35 Jewish and civil rights groups today wrote to Vassar College President Catharine Hill urging her to do more to prevent anti-Semitism and protect Jewish students.  Read more »


4/14/2016 — CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM WATCHDOG GROUP COMMENDS WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FOR FORMING A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS ANTI-SEMITISM

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement commending Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard for appointing a task force to address anti-Semitism on his campus  Read more »


3/24/2016 — AMCHA STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF LANDMARK POLICY TO PROTECT JEWISH STUDENTS FROM RISING ANTI-SEMITISM

The University of California (UC) full Board of Regents today approved a policy that condemns anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and says there is no place for those and other forms of discrimination at UC. The policy was approved unanimously by the Regents education committee yesterday.  Read more »


3/23/2016 — LARGEST U.S. PUBLIC UNIV. UNANIMOUSLY PASSES LANDMARK POLICY TO PROTECT JEWISH STUDENTS FROM RISING ANTI-SEMITISM

To address a rash of anti-Semitic incidents, largely incited by anti-Zionist activity on campus, the University of California today passed a resolution condemning “anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination” and stating “they have no place at the University of California.”  Read more »


3/22/2016 — SWELLING OF SUPPORT FOR UC STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE

A petition signed by 4,091 UC stakeholders was sent to the University of California (UC) Board of Regents today urging members to pass their task force’s proposed Statement of Principles Against Intolerance. The Statement, which condemns anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism and states they “and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California,” is expected to be voted on tomorrow.  Read more »


3/21/2016 — AMCHA TO UC REGENTS: JVP, SJP, & Palestine Legal Are Living in a Misleading, Self-Serving Fantasy World

AMCHA Initiative today released a fact sheet to the University of California (UC) Board of Regents demonstrating how complaints that anti-Zionism does not belong in the Regents proposed Statement of Principles Against Intolerance do not reflect the reality for Jewish students at UC. In addition, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Palestine Legal are misrepresenting the true meaning of anti-Zionism.  Read more »


3/17/2016 — TREMENDOUS MOMENTUM & SUPPORT FOR ANTI-ZIONISM IN UC PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE

As a vote looms on how to address the alarming rash of anti-Semitism at the University of California (UC), AMCHA Initiative today released letters from dozens of Jewish and education advocacy groups, nearly 750 UC faculty and UC alumni and state and federal legislators calling for UC to recognize that anti-Zionism is the face of contemporary anti-Semitism and is fueling the rise of anti-Semitism on campus. The letters urge the Regents to include anti-Zionism in the Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.  Read more »


3/16/2016 — WORLD LEADERS RECOGNIZE ANTI-ZIONISM IS ANTI-SEMITISM

The University of California (UC) proposed Statement of Principles Against Intolerance, released yesterday, is in line with global leaders and the world’s preeminent scholars of anti-Semitism.  Read more »


3/15/2016 — 5 UC SCHOOLS IN TOP 10 FOR WORST ANTI-SEMITISM RECORD IN 2015, NEW STUDY REVEALS

In a systematic study released yesterday entitled “Report on Anti-Semitic Activity in 2015 at U.S. Colleges and Universities with the Largest Jewish Undergraduate Populations,” University of California schools did not fare well.  Read more »


3/14/2016 — FIRST HARD EVIDENCE RELEASED THAT ANTI-ZIONISM FUELING ESCALATION IN CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM

After numerous independent surveys have suggested alarming rates of anti-Semitic activity on college and university campuses across the country, AMCHA Initiative, today released the first empirical study of its kind demonstrating that anti-Zionist activities, including BDS, anti-Israel student groups and faculty who endorse an academic boycott of Israel, are at the heart of the rise in campus anti-Semitism.  Read more »


2/1/2016 — KUDOS TO MICHAEL DOUGLAS & NATAN SHARANSKY FOR ADDRESSING ISRAEL AND ANTI-SEMITISM

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement commending Michael Douglas and Natan Sharansky for their talks on Jewish identity, Israel and anti-Semitism at Brown University last week and Stanford University and the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara this week.  Read more »


1/19/2016 — AMCHA UNVEILS INVENTORY OF 2015 ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS BY SCHOOL

As a resource to current and prospective students, parents, university administrators, elected officials, researchers, and donors, AMCHA Initiative today unveiled a database that chronicles anti-Semitic incidents that occurred over the past academic year by state and university.  Read more »


11/10/2015 — STUDENTS SPEAK OUT, IN THEIR OWN WORDS, ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM AT UC

As the University of California (UC) continues to grapple with how to address the recent rise of anti-Semitism on campus, AMCHA Initiative today unveils a website that chronicles the personal accounts of Jewish students’ experiences of anti-Semitism at UC.  Read more »


10/26/2015 — MORE THAN 70% OF UC STUDENTS HAVE WITNESSED OR EXPERIENCED ANTI-SEMITISM, NEW SURVEY REVEALS

More than 70% of the 229 self-identified University of California (UC) Jewish students who participated in an online survey reported witnessing or experiencing anti-Semitism on campus, according to a survey conducted by AMCHA Initiative in October. The results also revealed that one-third of respondents felt campus administrators were not sensitive to Jewish student concerns and three-quarter of respondents reported that BDS campaigns promote hostile actions toward Jewish students on campus.  Read more »


10/13/2015 — AMCHA INITIATIVE STATEMENT ON RECENT ANTI-SEMITISM AT UC DAVIS

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement in response to recent anti-Semitic graffiti at UC Davis: “What happened at UC Davis is incredibly frightening and alarming. We applaud Chancellor Katehi for swiftly condemning this most recent anti-Semitic act at UC Davis and calling for a welcoming, tolerant and safe community…”  Read more »


9/17/2015 — UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE WILL ADDRESS ALARMING RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS

After hearing from dozens of students, faculty, alumni and Jewish groups today and more than 3,000 University of California (UC) stakeholders over the past six months, the UC Board of Regents today withdrew a broad and vague Principles Against Intolerance statement and announced the formation of a committee that will address the rash of anti-Semitism that has plagued the university. Under the California Constitution, the University of California is governed by the Regents.  Read more »


9/10/2015 — 39 ADVOCACY GROUPS RAISE GRAVE CONCERNS WITH UC PROPOSED “PRINCIPLES AGAINST INTOLERANCE” STATEMENT

39 advocacy groups sign a letter prompting the University of California Board of Regents to address their concerns with the proposed “Principles Against Intolerance” statement: “We are writing to express our extremem disappointment and outrage over the proposed Statement of Principles Against Intolerance that you will be considering at your upcoming meeting.”  Read more »


9/8/2015 — APPROX 3,000 SIGN PETITION SUPPORTING STATE DEPARTMENT DEFINITON OF ANTI-SEMITISM AT UC

To combat the rash of anti-Semitism that has plagued the University of California (UC) of late, 2,877 UC stakeholders signed a petition calling for UC to “adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism to accurately identify and address anti-Semitic behavior on UC campuses.”
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9/2/2015 — 200+ LEGAL EXPERTS ADD THEIR VOICES TO GROWING CALL FOR UC TO ADOPT U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DEFINITON OF ANTI-SEMITISM

As the University of California’s (UC) deliberations on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism draws near, 214 lawyers today wrote to UC President Janet Napolitano and the Regents, UC’s governing board, in support of the definition and to urge UC to adopt it.
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9/1/2015 — 100+ UC PROFESSORS URGE ADOPTION OF U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DEFINITON OF ANTISEMITISM

Alarmed by the recent escalation of anti-Semitism at the University of California (UC), more than 100 UC professors today wrote to UC President Janet Napolitano and the Regents, UC’s governing board, in support of using the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism at UC and to urge UC to adopt it.
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8/31/2015 — WORLD’S LEADING ANTISEMITISM SCHOLARS URGE UC TO ADOPT U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DEFINITON OF ANTISEMITISM

As the first public university – the University of California – is poised to consider whether to adopt the U.S. State Department definition of antisemitism and use it on all 10 campuses to identify and educate about antisemitism, some of the world’s preeminent scholars of antisemitism today wrote to UC President Janet Napolitano and the Regents in support of the definition and to urge UC to adopt it. The Board of Regents is UC’s governing board.
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8/20/2015 — AT THE REQUEST OF PARENTS, AMCHA DEVELOPS “SCORECARD” FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS VISITING UNIVERSITIES THIS FALL

“At the request of many parents over the past year, we have developed a questionnaire that will assist prospective students in assessing how safe or comfortable a school is for Jewish students,” said Rossman-Benjamin. “The questions will also serve as a reminder to school administrators that prospective Jewish students and their families are influenced in their decision-making by the level of anti-Semitic/anti-Israel activity on campus.”
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7/14/2015 — AMCHA INITIATIVE STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF ANTISEMITISM RESOLUTION BY CA ASSEMBLY

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement in response to the unanimous passage of SCR-35 by the California State Assembly late yesterday:
“We commend the California Assembly and Senate for recognizing the alarming and frightening rise of antisemitism on campus and using the State Department definition to properly identify and address it. We especially applaud Senator Stone who has demonstrated tireless leadership and commitment to protecting Jewish students and all students at UC….”  Read more »


6/23/2015 — AMCHA INITIATIVE STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF ANTISEMITISM RESOLUTION BY CA ASSEMBLY’S HIGHER ED COMMITTEE

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement in response to today’s passage of SCR-35 by the California Assembly’s Higher Education Committee: “Anti-Semitism on California campuses is escalating at an alarming rate. We commend education leaders in the Assembly for taking an important step toward addressing the rising threat faced by Jewish students. We applaud Senator Stone and all cosponsors for their leadership and commitment to fighting discrimination and bigotry and protecting all students…”  Read more »


6/22/2015 — 100+ JEWISH STUDENTS REPORT FEELING FRIGHTENED, TARGETED AND INTIMIDATED

As the school year comes to a close, AMCHA Initiative today announced a webpage devoted to sharing personal accounts from students who have experienced antisemitism on campus. The webpage details hundreds of student concerns from 47 colleges and universities in 20 states.
“Campus antisemitism is widespread and it’s escalating at an alarming rate,” said AMCHA director and cofounder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin.  Read more »


6/10/2015 — AMCHA INITIATIVE APPLAUDS REP. SHERMAN FOR CALLING FOR DEPT OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT STATE DEPT’S DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement praising U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA 30) for calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to adopt the State Department definition of anti-Semitism:  Read more »


5/21/2015 — AMCHA INITIATIVE APPLAUDS NAPOLITANO’S DECLARATION THAT UC SHOULD ADOPT STATE DEPARTMENT DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement after University of California President Janet Napolitano stated in an interview that will air today on Boston NPR’s Here and Now that she agrees with the U.S. State Department definition of antisemitism and that her “personal view is that we should” adopt it:  Read more »


5/20/2015 — NEARLY 700 PROFESSORS, RABBIS & ALUMNI TO UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA: DO MORE TO PROTECT JEWISH STUDENTS

Following a rash of antisemitic incidents at the University of California (UC), petitions signed by 683 UC professors, UC alumni and California rabbis will be personally delivered to UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents at their bi-monthly meeting today. The petitions urge the UC Regents to adopt the U.S. State Department definition of antisemitism, which acknowledges that anti-Israel rhetoric can cross the line into antisemitism, and to use the definition to accurately identify and publicly condemn future acts of anti-Jewish bigotry. Read more »


5/6/2015 — INDEPENDENT EDUCATION ORG: UC RIVERSIDE OFFERING BLATANTLY BIASED, ANTI-ISRAEL COURSE

An analysis released today by Verity Educate finds that UC Riverside’s “Palestine & Israel: Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid” course is politically-driven propaganda and indoctrination, and has no educational value. Verity Educate, a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides scholarly analysis of the factual accuracy and objectivity of educational material, found that “the core academic and educational values of knowledge acquisition and critical thinking have been hijacked by a particular strain of political action, and specifically by a particular politically oriented activist organization.” Read more »


4/16/2015 — UC RIVERSIDE OFFERING ANTISEMITIC COURSE TAUGHT BY SJP LEADER

Twenty Jewish and education advocacy groups today called on University of California (UC) Riverside chancellor to cancel an antisemitic course being offered this quarter, which the groups say violates a UC policy prohibiting political indoctrination in the classroom. The course, “Palestine & Israel: Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid,” is being taught by a leader of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Read more »


3/19/2015 — 23 GROUPS DEMAND UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ADOPT U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM

Following a rash of antisemitic incidents at the University of California (UC), 23 education and Jewish advocacy groups today urged the UC President and Regents to adopt the U.S. State Department definition of antisemitism, which states that antisemitism may manifest itself with regard to the state of Israel. The Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of California. Read more »


3/12/2015 — AMCHA APPLAUDS UCLA AND UC BERKELEY STUDENT SENATES, AND UC PRESIDENT AND REGENTS CHAIR, FOR CONDEMNING CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement after the UCLA student senate unanimously approved a resolution condemning antisemitism on Tuesday, and UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Regents Chair Bruce Varner publicly condemned campus antisemitism on Wednesday. The UC Berkeley student government passed a similar resolution recently. Read more »


3/9/2015 — CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM WATCHDOG GROUP AMCHA INITIATIVE APPLAUDS SACRAMENTO RALLY

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement after today’s rally at the state Capitol in Sacramento: “Campus antisemitism is at an all time high. Swastikas discovered at UC Davis. A UCLA student was almost prevented from joining student government solely because she was Jewish…” Read more »


2/10/2015 — FOLLOWING SWASTIKAS AND NEW ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM AT UC DAVIS, 23 GROUPS DEMAND INVESTIGATION

After the Jewish community suffered two hate crimes at UC Davis in recent days, 23 organizations with hundreds of thousands of members and supporters demanded UC Davis Chancellor Katehi conduct a formal investigation into registered student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and one of its members, Azka Fayyaz, also a UC Davis student senator.  Read more »


2/5/2015 — JEWISH AND PRO-ISRAEL COMMUNITY TO CA AG KAMALA HARRIS: WE’RE TROUBLED THE STATE AG IS UNWILLING TO RESPOND TO OUR SERIOUS CONCERNS

24 organizations with hundreds of thousands of members and supporters wrote today to California Attorney General Kamala Harris demanding she respond to evidence that California State University Northridge (CSUN) mathematics professor David Klein has illegally used taxpayer resources to promote anti-Israelism and antisemitism. A year ago, AMCHA Initiative presented evidence to Harris that Klein is in violation of state and federal laws. Harris has yet to acknowledge the request.  Read more »


1/29/2015 — TICK TOCK…IT’S BEEN A YEAR AND STILL NO RESPONSE FROM KAMALA HARRIS ON CSUN MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR’S ANTISEMITIC WEBSITE

A year ago today, AMCHA Initiative asked California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate California State University Northbridge (CSUN) mathematics professor David Klein. For five years, Klein has illegally used CSUN’s name and resources to promote a personal anti-Israel and antisemitic agenda. Harris has yet to acknowledge the request.  Read more »


12/22/2014 — CHANUKAH SURPISE FROM UC; MAJOR VICTORY HAILED – FIRST TIME UC PUBLICLY AFFIRMS FACULTY PROHIBITED FROM BRINGING BDS INTO CLASSROOM

Twenty-two advocacy groups today applauded University of California (UC) Provost Aimee Dorr and UC administrators for protecting the well-bring of Jewish students. For the first time ever, UC administrators publicly affirmed that UC faculty are prohibited from bringing hateful anti-Semitic propaganda and the boycott of Israel into the classroom. Read more »


12/18/2014 — WATCHDOG GROUPS TO 9 UC CHANCELLORS: PUBLICLY PLEDGE TO RESTRICT UAW 2865 FROM BRINGING BDS INTO THE CLASSROOM

Twenty-two groups wrote to nine University of California (UC) Chancellors today, demanding they publicly state their commitment to upholding UC policies which prohibit academic student employees (ASEs) from using their instructional positions to promote a boycott of Israel. Read more »


12/10/2014 — AMCHA INITIATIVE STATEMENT ON UAW 2865 BDS ANNOUNCEMENT

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that UAW 2865, the union representing 13,000 graduate instructors on nine University of California (UC) campuses, has voted to join the international campaign for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) against Israel. Read more »


12/8/2014 — ADVOCACY GROUPS TO UC: ARE PROFS COVERED BY ANTI-INDOCTRINATION RULES?

Following last week’s UAW 2865 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) vote, 22 education, civil rights and Jewish advocacy groups want to know whether University of California (UC) policies that prohibit UAW 2865 graduate student instructors from promoting BDS and anti-Israel, and often anti-Semitic, propaganda in the classroom also apply to UC faculty. UAW 2865 is the union representing 13,000 UC graduate instructors on nine campuses. Read more »


11/3/2014 — NEW BOOK, “THE CASE AGAINST ACADEMIC BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL” RELEASED TODAY

“The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel,” released today, includes essays from more than 25 international scholars who take a cold look at the future of Israel and the impact of the academic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It tackles tough issues that many have found impossible to confront until now, like the role of antisemitism in calls for the abolition of the Jewish state. Read more »


10/28/2014 — AMCHA REVEALS INTERNAL SJP DOC CALLING FOR ILLEGAL ACTION

Fifteen Jewish and education advocacy groups, today, wrote to the presidents of more than 100 universities with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters to warn them of an internal SJP document containing a strategy for disrupting pro-Israel student events, conduct subject to prosecution under state criminal laws. Read more »


10/7/2014 — UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ADDRESSES CONCERNS; PROTECTS JEWISH STUDENTS

Twelve Jewish advocacy groups applaud University of California (UC) Provost Aimee Dorr and UC administrators for protecting the well-being of Jewish students. Read more »


9/17/2014 — GROUPS TO CONGRESS: NO TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR BIASED, POLITICIZED MIDDLE EAST STUDIES

With Congress considering the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) in several individual bills, leading organizations focused on education policy, the Jewish community, and civil rights announced today a coordinated effort to provide lawmakers with solutions to prevent misuse of federal funds under HEA Title VI. Read more »


9/17/2014 — FEDERAL $$$ FUNDING ANTISEMITISM AT ONE OF NATION’S TOP TIER UNIVERSITIES

As Congress begins to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), leading organizations focused on education policy, the Jewish community and civil rights cite an AMCHA Initiative study as primary evidence that the law is not working and needs to be rewritten. AMCHA Initiative will release its report today at the University of California Board of Regents meeting. Read more »


9/3/2014 — AMCHA POSTS LIST OF ANTI-ISRAEL PROFESSORS

As students head back to college and begin to pick their classes, AMCHA Initiative today posted on its website a list of 218 professors identifying themselves as Middle East scholars, who recently called for the academic boycott of Israel. Read more »


8/12/2014 — 12 GROUPS TO UC PRESIDENT NAPOLITANO: ENSURE ANTISEMITIC PROPOGANDA AND THE PROMOTION OF BDS ARE NOT BROUGHT TO UC CLASSROOMS BY UNION OF STUDENT WORKERS FOLLOWING STATEMENT

Following a scathing antisemitic statement released by the Union of Student Workers promoting the boycott of Israel and exclaiming the need to “educate” others on the “settler-colonial” and “apartheid” nature of the Jewish state, twelve groups, today, urged University of California President Napolitano to intervene and ensure that hate-filled propaganda is not brought to UC classrooms. Read more »


7/22/2014 — HUNDREDS OF CA TAXPAYERS AND PROFESSORS EXPRESS OUTRAGE OVER SFSU-FUNDED TERRORIST MEETINGS

Citing broad academic and community outrage, seven groups, today, urged the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, the group with ultimate authority over educational and fiscal matters at SFSU and all CSU schools, to launch its own investigation into San Francisco State University (SFSU) Professor Rabab Abdulhadi’s recent use of $7,000 from SFSU to fly to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel to meet with known terrorists. AMCHA Initiative co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin will deliver the letter and remarks at today’s bi-monthly Board of Trustees meeting. Read more »


7/2/2014 — INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE CONDEMNING THE MURDER OF THREE ISRAELI TEENS

We, the undersigned, join in expressing our deepest sorrow to the families and the loved ones of the 3 Israeli teens who were taken away from us by a heinous act of terror. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family members, citizens of Israel and with all who have been touched by this tragedy.  Read more »


6/26/2014 — PROFESSORS TO CA CONTROLLER: STATE MONEY SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL AGENDAS AND MEETINGS WITH TERRORISTS

Shocked that San Francisco State University is defending professor Rabab Abdulhadi and her “Palestine solidarity tour” as “research,” a number of professors from the University of California at San Diego have addressed their concerns to California State Controller John Chiang. Read more »


6/24/2014 — 8 GROUPS TO CA CONTROLLER: AUDIT SFSU-FUNDED TERRORIST MEETINGS

Outraged at online reports that San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Wong is defending a professor’s use of thousands in taxpayer dollars to meet with terrorists and promote political advocacy, eight groups, today, demanded that California State Controller John Chiang conduct a state audit of SFSU. Read more »


6/16/2014 — JOINT PRESS RELEASE: RETURN KIDNAPPED ISRAELI BOYS NOW

Calgary United with Israel (CUWI), Canadians for Human Rights in the Middle East (CHRME), the Canada-Israel Friendship Association (CIFA), Real Clear Israel (RCI), Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI), Indian Friends of Israel (IFI), Irish4Israel, Scots4Israel, The Children’s Rights Institute (CRI), AMCHA Initiative, Hasbara@York and the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI) would like to express our outrage at the kidnapping of 3 Israeli boys by Palestinian terrorists. Read more »


5/29/2014 — SFSU $$$ FUNDED TERRORIST MEETINGS

A California Public Records Act inquiry, requested by AMCHA Initiative, revealed that San Francisco State University (SFSU) Professor Rabab Abdulhadi received more than $7,000 from SFSU to fly to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel to meet with members of known terrorist organizations. Abdulhadi was the faculty advisor to the SFSU knife-wielding student investigated by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force. She was also caught on tape glorifying terrorism to SFSU students. Read more »


5/19/2014 — UCLA CHANCELLOR BLOCK AND UC PRESIDENT NAPOLITANO RESPOND TO JEWISH COMMUNITY AND CONDEMN SJP HARRASSMENT

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCLA recently launched a campaign calling for the investigation of student council members who have taken trips to Israel sponsored by Jewish organizations. SJP also demanded that candidates for student government positions sign a statement pledging that they will not go on any trip to Israel sponsored by three Jewish organizations. According to campus sources, the SJP campaign is a reaction to its failed attempt to get the student government to endorse an anti-Israel divestment resolution last February. Read more »


5/15/2014 — AMCHA DEMANDS UCLA STOP BULLYING OF JEWISH STUDENTS

Shocked at UCLA’s recent refusal to protect Jewish students, AMCHA Initiative represented seven organizations at today’s Board of Regents meeting, demanding the Regents, President Janet Napolitano and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block intervene in the bullying and intimidation tactics of UCLA’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). A letter from AMCHA Initiative, the Institute for Black Solidarity With Israel, the Lawfare Project, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs and the Zionist Organization of America was delivered at the meeting. Read more »


4/29/2014 — 1,000 CALIFORNIANS SIGN PETITION TO SENATOR LIU AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER WILLIAMS

AMCHA Initiative delivered a petition signed by more than 1,000 California residents, which included dozens of personal quotes of the signatories, to Senator Carol Liu and Assemblymember Das Williams, chairs of the Senate and Assembly education committees. The petition asks the legislators to help stop University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) faculty from using taxpayer dollars for antisemitism. Read more »


3/26/2014 — FOUR JEWISH GROUPS TO PRES WONG: SFSU PROF PROMOTING TERRORISM; INVESTIGATE

AMCHA Initiative, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Zionist Organization of America, today, wrote to San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Leslie Wong urging him to investigate a recent event held by SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi where she and others glorified and condoned terrorism to SFSU students. AMCHA Initiative coordinated the letter after obtaining an audiotape of the March 6, 2014 event.  According to eye-witness accounts, Jewish students were in tears following the meeting.  Read more »


3/21/2014 — AMCHA URGES NEW SELECT COMMITTEE ON CAMPUS CLIMATE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND ADDRESS ANTISEMITISM

At the first public hearing, today, of the new California Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, AMCHA Initiative will urge members of the Committee to examine campus antisemitism and take the proper steps to ensure Jewish students feel safe and welcome at California’s colleges and universities. Read more »


3/3/2014 — SFSU FACULTY HOLDING EVENT EXCLUSIVELY TO PROMOTE ANTISEMITIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

AMCHA Initiative recently discovered SFSU professors, including Professor Rahab Abdulhadi, the faculty advisor to the former knife-wielding student and the General Union of Palestinian Students are hosting an event tomorrow about their recent trip to the “West Bank” and “the 1948 areas of Palestine” (i.e. Israel). The professors state publicly that the purpose of the event is to inform students about the trip and to promote the anti-Israel boycott movement. Read more »


2/26/2014 — AMCHA INITIATIVE OUTRAGED OVER “SECRET” ANTI-ISRAEL CONFERENCE AT NYU

AMCHA Initiative cofounders, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Leila Beckwith, released the following statement today about the upcoming anti-Israel conference at New York University (NYU): “Far from the “academic conference” it was touted to be, “Circuits of Influence” will be nothing more than a platform for 21 anti-Israel activists to spew their hatred of the Jewish state and promote a boycott intended to hasten its elimination. Read more »


2/18/2014 — AMCHA INITIATIVE UNCOVERS VIOLENT POSTINGS FROM SFSU STUDENT AND TURNS OVER TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

Concerned for the safety of San Francisco State University (SFSU) students, AMCHA Initiative released recently uncovered violent and potentially threatening Tumblr postings from SFSU student Mohammad G. Hammad to San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.  . Read more »


2/7/2014 — AMCHA INITIATIVE APPLAUDS U.S. REPS ROSKAM AND LIPINSKI FOR LEGISLATION OPPOSING ACADEMIC BOYCOTTS

The AMCHA Initiative issued the following statement commending House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Representative Dan Lipinkski (D-IL) for their bipartisan bill to make universities that fund groups boycotting Israeli academic institutions ineligible for federal funds. Read more »


1/29/2014 — AMCHA CALLS FOR CA DOJ INVESTIGATION OF CSUN PROF KLEIN

At the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees meeting today, the AMCHA Initiative will announce it is asking California Attorney General Kamala K. Harris to investigate CSU Northridge’s Professor David Klein. AMCHA Initiative contends that for four years Klein has illegally used CSUN’s name and resources to promote a personal, political agenda. Read more »