Campus Monitor – University of California Los Angeles

BDS Campus Tracker

*The following are reports or announcements of activities or events that support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, or responses to such activity. By delegitimizing, demonizing and applying a double-standard to Israel, as well as denying Jews their right to self-determination, the BDS movement uses antisemitic rhetoric – as defined by the U.S. State Department – to promote the elimination of the Jewish State (read more)

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November 24, 2014: Truth Revolt – UCLA Chancellor Rejects Divestment From Israel

thumbs-up November 20, 2014: UNIVERSITY STATEMENT – UCLA Chancellor Gene Block statement on student vote on Israel divestment

November 21, 2014: Frontpage Mag – Judeophobia on Full Display at UCLA

November 21, 2014: Truth Revolt – Third UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds Over BDS

November 20, 2014: Jewish Journal – BDS is Not the Way at UCLA – Statement by Assembly Member Richard Bloom

November 20, 2014: The Daily Californian – UCLA student council resolves to divest from companies tied to violence against Palestinians

November 19, 2014: StandWithUs – A Light in the Darkness: UCLA Student Body President Makes Courageous and Inspiring Speech in Defense of Israel

November 19, 2014: Los Angeles Times – UCLA student government votes for divestment in Israel

November 19, 2014: Truth Revolt – Major UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds If Administration Backs BDS

November 19, 2014: Los Angeles Times – UCLA student government votes for divestment in Israel

November 19, 2014: Assemblymember Richard Bloom Releases Statement on UCLA student government endorsement of divestment policy

November 19, 2014: The College Fix – Breaking: UCLA Student Government Passes Anti-Israel Divestment Resolution

November 19, 2014: JTA – UCLA student government passes Israel divestment resolution

November 19, 2014: Times of Israel – UCLA students pass Israel divestment resolution

November 19, 2014: The Jewish Daily Forward – UCLA Students Vote 8-2 for Israel Divestment Bill

November 18, 2014: Daily Bruin – USAC passes divestment resolution with 8-2-2 vote

November 18, 2014: Truth Revolt – Anti-Semitism Returns To UCLA

November 18, 2014: EVENT – SJP: Tea and Coffee w/Undergrads from Palestine: R2E Tour at UCLA

November 17, 2014: EVENT – SJP: ’Twas the Night Before Divestment: An Evening with Remi Kanazi

November 15, 2014: Daily Bruin – UCLA Shocker! SJP Endorsed Pres. Resigns, Pro-Israel VP Takes Presidency

November 14, 2014: Daily Bruin – New divestment resolution does not warrant USAC vote

November 14, 2014: Daily Bruin – USAC needs to make right choice by voting to divest

November 14, 2014: Daily Bruin – Pro-Israel coalition seeks to shift USAC focus back to campus issues

November 14, 2014: Legal Insurrection – UCLA anti-Israel divestment push may pass next week (Update)

November 14, 2014: The College Fix – BDS Vote at UCLA Will Shut Out the Public and Most Media

November 12, 2014: EVENT – JVP: Divestment: A Safe, Inclusive, and Open Discussion

November 11, 2014: “On Human Shields in Gaza” – A talk by Neve Gordon. (Sponsored by: CNES)

November 10, 2014: EVENT – SJP-UCLA Presents: Divestment Townhall

November 6, 2014: EVENT – SJP: From Despair to Hope: The Crisis in Palestine and Student Responsibility”

November 6, 2014: EVENT – “Indigeneity, Palestine, and the Demands of Civility “- A talk by Steven Salaita. (Sponsored by: African Studies Center, Center for Near Eastern Studies, World Arts & Cultures/Dance, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, French and Francophone Studies, Sponsored by Robin D. G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History & Gary B. Nash Chair in United States History, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities “Cultures in Transnational Perspective”, Center for the Study of Women)

November 3, 2014: Daily Bruin – SJP announces campaign for new divestment resolution

November 2, 2014: SJP announces plan for bringing new divestment resolution to USAC.

September 30, 2014: ZOA, Others Urge College Presidents To Protect Jewish Students From Anti-Semitism

September 18, 2014: EVENT – “From Gaza to Ferguson” – A panel discussion with at least 4 or 5 panelists supporting BDS. (Sponsored by: Critical Race Studies)

thumbs-downAugust 12, 2014:  COMPILED LIST –  Supporters of UAW 2865 Resolution Calling for Academic Boycott of Israel (Description note – contains the names of graduate students, teaching assistants, readers, etc who exclaimed public support of the antisemitic Student Union Worker’s BDS resolution, which stated the need to “educate” others on the “settler-colonial” and “apartheid” nature of the Jewish state).

August 25, 2014:  Times of Israel – An Academic Union Mobilizes Against Israel

August 14, 2014:  J Weekly – Letter warns U.C. president of union’s ‘anti-Israel propaganda’

thumbs-downAugust 12, 2014:  COMPILED LIST –  Supporters of UAW 2865 Resolution Calling for Academic Boycott of Israel (Description note – contains the names of graduate students, teaching assistants, readers, etc who exclaimed public support of the antisemitic Student Union Worker’s BDS resolution, which stated the need to “educate” others on the “settler-colonial” and “apartheid” nature of the Jewish state).

August 7, 2014: J Weekly – Eight locals among Mideast scholars calling for Israel academic boycott

August 1, 2014: Dozens of Jewish officers and members of UAW 2865 issued a statement in support of the union’s anti-Israel divestment resolution.

July 31, 2014: The Joint Council of the UC Graduate Student Union, UAW 2865, proposed a resolution to join the BDS movement.

July 3, 2014: Truth Revolt – Anti-Semitic BDS Activist Attacks ‘Black Zionists’

June 13, 2014: Daily Bruin – Submission: UCLA must follow UCSC’s example, decide to divest

May 22, 2014: J Weekly – BDS tactics devolve into witch hunts

May 20, 2014: Jewish Journal – BDS is backfiring at UCLA

May 8, 2014: EVENT – “Ralph Bunche and the Politics of Binationalism in Palestine” – A talk by Alex Lubin. (Sponsored by: CNES)

April 28, 2014: Daily Bruin – Activists rally for divestment in colleges nationwide

April 24, 2014: EVENT – SJP: No Rest Until We Divest: The Struggle for Human Rights at Home and Abroad (Ali Abunimah and students working on divestment)

April 10, 2014: EVENT – “The Settler Colonial Paradigm” – A panel disscusion with at least 3 of 5 panelists supporting BDS (Beshara Doumani, Laleh Khalili, Gabriel Piterberg). (Sponsored by: CNES)

April 9, 2014: EVENT – SJP’s Week 2 General Body Meeting (To discuss divestment and introduce new JVP at UCLA)

March 18, 2014: Daily Bruin – Submission: Hate speech after divestment resolution only furthers divide

March 4, 2014: EVENT – SJP: African Refugees in Israel – A Report by David Sheen

February 27, 2014: J Weekly – Student council at UCLA rejects Israel divestment

February 26, 2014: Jewish Journal – UCLA Student Council rejects Israel divestment resolution

 

Additional Antisemitic Campus-Related Activity

*The following are reports or announcements of activities or events that we believe included antisemitic rhetoric or imagery as defined by the U.S. State Department, or involved the harassment, intimidation or bullying of Jewish students, or responses to such activity.

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March 6, 2015: Legal Insurrection – Mainstream media wakes up to BDS-Anti-Semitism connection

March 1, 2015: Independent Journal Review – UCLA Student Council Caught on Camera Discriminating Against This Girl For a Very Disturbing Reason

December 19, 2014: Haam.org – UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies: a post-AMCHA look

December 28, 2014: The Jewish Voice – UCLA Prof Assigns Pro-Israel Book in Order to Trash It

December 19, 2014: American Thinker – UCLA Prof Assigns Pro-Israel Book in Order to Trash It

December 19, 2014: Ruthfully Yours – Something Is Rotten in UCLA’s Center for Near East Studies by Mitchell G. Bard Can You Guess Which Country Gets Consistently Picked On?

December 19, 2014: Frontpage Mag – Something Is Rotten in UCLA’s Center for Near East Studies
December 11, 2014: Daily Bruin – Leaked emails reveal hidden sources of Bruins United campaign funds

November 21, 2014: Frontpage Mag – Judeophobia on Full Display at UCLA

November 16, 2014: Jadaliyya – UCLA’s Center for Near East Studies Response to Smear Campaign

November 14, 2014: spiked – The Ignorance of the Boycott Brigade

November 7, 2014: Daily Bruin – Bruins for Israel react to Palestine Awareness Week in press release

November 6, 2014: EVENT – SJP: From Despair to Hope: The Crisis in Palestine and Student Responsibility”

November 5, 2014: EVENT – UCLA Chapter of UAW 2865 and SJP: A discussion of Palestinian rights with Michael Letwin

November 4, 2014: EVENT – SJP: Roadmap to Divestment: A Screening and Discussion

November 4, 2014: EVENT – SJP: Mock “Apartheid Wall”

November 3, 2014: Daily Bruin – SJP’s Palestine Awareness Week seeks to educate students

October 29, 2014: Daily Bruin – Submission: SJP invites students to learn about organization, mission

October 22, 2014: cnsnews.com – Taxpayer Funded Anti-Semitism

October 22, 2014: San Diego Jewish World – Willful blindness to academic anti-Semitism

October 17, 2014: Jewish Ledger – Should We Silence Those Who Monitor Anti-Semitism on Campus?

October 15, 2014: The Algemeiner – Why is Congress Funding Biased Reports on the Middle East?

October 15, 2014: The Jewish Voice – UCLA Center Uses Federal Funds to Promote Anti-Israel Perspectives

October 7, 2014: The Washington Times – A range of perspectives, but all anti-Israel

September 29, 2014: Daily Bruin – Pro-Israel group claims bias in UCLA department

September 24, 2014: Thew Jewish Voice – Study Finds Increasing Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Bias at UCLA

 

Photo Album – Campus Antisemitism

(Description note – “January 15, 2014. Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA presents “International Solidarity with Palestine: Towards a Global Intifada.” The event was an important night of education and solidarity as we welcomed Omar Barghouti, founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, to Los Angeles. He spoke alongside Robin DG Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA and author most recently of “Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.” 5:43 Robin D.G. Kelley 19:53 Omar Barghouti)
Source Credit: bruinsforisrael.org

Source Credit: bruinsforisrael.org

Source Credit: StandWithUs, Nov 19, 2014
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BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty

STUDENT BDS

Student Group Spearheading Israel Divestment Resolution: SJP

 

Student Groups Sponsoring BDS:

  1. Afrikan Student Union
  2. American Indian Student Association
  3. Bengali Students Association
  4. Bruin Feminists for Equality
  5. Fossil Free UCLA
  6. Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success (IDEAS)
  7. Incarcerated Youth Tutorial Project
  8. Jewish Voice for Peace
  9. MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztláan) de UCLA
  10. Muslim Student Association
  11. Queer Alliance
  12. Samahang Pilipino
  13. Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE)
  14. UMMA Volunteer Project
  15. United Arab Society
Student Groups Endorsing BDS:

  1. Jewish Voice for Peace
  2. Law Students for Justice in Palestine
  3. MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlaán) de UCLA
  4. Mentors for Academic and Peer Support (MAPS)
  5. Muslim Law Student Association
  6. Muslim Student Association
  7. Native Roots
  8. Pakistani Student Association
  9. Project One
  10. Queer Alliance
  11. Samahang Pilipino
  12. Social Awareness Network for Activism through Art (SANAA)
  13. Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE)
  14. UMMA Volunteer Project
  15. United Afghan Club
  16. United Arab Society
  17. Vietnamese Student Union

FACULTY BDS

Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 44

  1. Keith Camacho
  2. Jessica Cattelino
  3. Courtney Cecale
  4. Jane Collings
  5. Anne Cong-Huyen
  6. Susan Curtis
  7. Robin D.G. Kelley
  8. Michelle Erai
  9. Aisha Finch
  10. Nouri Gana
  11. James Gelvin
  12. Ayesha E.Gill
  13. Yogita Goyal
  14. Akhil Gupta
  15. Nandini Gunewardena
  16. Christian Haesemeyer
  17. Gerry Hale
  18. Sondra Hale
  19. Purnima Mankekar
  20. Aamir Mufti
  21. Judy Olson
  22. Sherry Ortner
  23. Gabriel Piterberg
  24. Maureen Shay
  25. David Shorter
  26. Susan Slyomovics

Faculty Endorsing SJP’s Fall 2014 BDS Campaign:

  1. Christian Haesemeyer
  2. David Shorter
  3. Gabriel Piterberg
  4. Grace Hong
  5. James Gelvin
  6. Katherine King
  7. Marie Kennedy
  8. Maureen Shay
  9. Maylei Blackwell
  10. Robin D.G. Kelley
  11. Sarah Haley
  12. Saree Makdisi
  13. Sondra Hale
  14. Susan Slyomovics
  15. Vinay Lal

Number of Faculty Endorsing the UAW 2865 Boycott Resolution: 6

  1. Sarah Haley
  2. Aamir R. Mufti
  3. Robin. D. G. Kelley
  4. Sondra Hale
  5. David Shorter
  6. Khaled Abou El Fadl

 


Student Voices

  • June 11, 2015 – UCLA Jewish Student (Lauren) –  “SJP brought forward an anti-Israel divestment resolution to our student council. BDS, or the anti-Israel Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions campaign had arrived in full-force at UCLA. Several of us on council suggested pro-peace, pro-dialogue alternatives. But these anti-Israel groups wanted nothing to do with anything positive. We ended up having a 12 hour public hearing where students were yelling at each other. Watch it on youtube. Several of us noted our frustration with divestment and anti-Israel language being the only solution SJP was willing to accept.” Read more
  • May 3, 2015 – UCLA Jewish Student (Arielle) – “Over the course of this year, my Jewish identity was politicized and attacked.” Read more
  • May 3, 2015 – UCLA Jewish Student (Unnamed Student) – “When coming to UCLA, I knew I would have to defend my pro-Israel identity. Never did I think I would have to defend my Jewish identity.” Read more
  • May 3, 2015 – UCLA Jewish Student (Arielle) –  “The systematic delegitimization, demonization and setting of double standards in relation to the Jewish state has led to the delegitimization, demonization and setting of double standards in relation to the Jewish people. It would be naive not to recognize the clear correlation between anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses.” Read more
  • May 3, 2015 – UCLA Jewish Student (Arielle) – “The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and its champions on college campuses clearly incite hate against Jewish students and the Jewish people. It is on campuses that legitimize the BDS movement where anti-Semitic Yik Yaks are posted, where phrases such as “Hitler did nothing wrong” can be found etched into tables in the cafeteria, where it is socially acceptable to wear T-shirts that read “Israel Kills” and where it is OK to almost deny a Jewish student a position of leadership based solely on her religious identity.” Read more
  • May 3, 2015 – UCLA Jewish Student (Arielle) –  “What these people fail to recognize is the clear cause of the blatant rise in hatred of Jews — the rise of the BDS movement. Jewish students are being attacked — not because they are Jewish but because the Jewish state is Jewish, and they as Jews, have somehow become extensions of the Jewish state and its policies. Our identities as Jewish students on this campus have been politicized, time and again…” Read more
  • April 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Miriam P.) – “…the campus climate has been pretty hostile, and it would not be politically expedient to take a public stance [on Israel]”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Arielle) – “…we silently pray that this will be the last one-sided resolution, the last slanderous op-ed, the last malicious Facebook post we will have to face.”  Read more
  • April 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Arielle) – “…with the current state of campus discourse and the incessant attacks by the BDS movement and groups hell-bent on Israel’s destruction, it’s easy to become disillusioned. To be quite honest, it is exhausting to constantly have to defend Israel against the lies, the slander and the misperceptions the anti-Israel community throws our way. Unfortunately, this year, it took a turn for the worst: not only do we have to defend our pro-Israel identities, we are now forced to defend our Jewish identities, as was the case with the Judicial Board appointment at UCLA.”  Read more
  • Mar 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Tammy) – “…we are fighting an uphill battle every time we try to stop the Israel Apartheid rhetoric, because we are accused of limiting freedom of speech.  Yet they wanted to limit our freedoms, as evidenced with the Rachel Beyda incident.  After it, many of us had breakfast with the chancellor and told him how disappointed we were that he waited to write his letter about Rachel Beyda.  He apologized.”  Read more
  • Mar 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Rebecca) – Rebecca attempted to engage students who put up the Israel Apartheid Wall on campus.  The discourse was respectful, with a give-and-take, until the student saw her necklace that identified Rebecca as Jewish.  From that moment on, she didn’t looked her in the eye and refused to continue the conversation. Rebecca explains, “I was really bothered, since she refused to talk to me only because I was Jewish.  She utterly disrespected me.  It became obvious it was not OK to have a dialogue with people who want to challenge the facts.  They do not want any dialogue.”  Read more
  • Mar 2015, UCLA Jewish Graduate & Student President of Hillel at UCLA (Natalie) – “People say that being anti-Israel is not the same as being anti-semitic. The problem is the anti-Israel culture in which we are singling out only the Jewish state creates an environment where it is ok to single out Jewish students.”  Read more
  • Mar 2015, UCLA Jewish Graduate (Arielle) – “Nowadays, Jewish students on college campuses are encouraged to do the same.We are forced to “not be so public” about our Jewish identities. We are expected to be experts on all facets of Judaism and explain them on cue. We are assumed to be blind supporters of the Jewish state and manifestations of its government. And, between combating Divestment resolutions, defending ourselves against anti-Semitism and constantly trying to afford our peers context, we have lost sight of what we really came to these universities for: an education.”  Read more
  • Mar 2015, UCLA Jewish Graduate (Shani) – “I found myself extremely uncomfortable walking to Shabbat dinners at Hillel, the center for Jewish life on campus. I was hesitant to apply to the Daily Bruin, fearing my ethnicity would lower my chances of getting accepted. I nearly questioned my entire future of pursuing journalism, fearing my Jewish last name would label me as incapable of being unbiased. None of this is true, but divestment put me, along with several other Jewish students, in this place of discomfort, regardless of our political affiliations. Divestment began to put Jewish students in a pro-Israel box, mixing up religion with politics, and leading to the growth of anti-Semitism at UCLA.”  Read more
  • Feb 2015, Jewish UCLA Student & President of USAC (Avinoam) –NOTE: Comment is made in response to a student government meeting where a Jewish student candidate for the Judicial Board was questioned on whether her being Jewish was a “conflict of interest.” “It was definitely very difficult for me to sit there as they were discussing the appointment and were quite clearly biased against her because of her Jewish identity and her affiliation to the community.  As a Jewish student, this for me echoed a centuries-long sort of connotation of Jews being unable to be truly loyal.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, Jewish UCLA Student & Roomate of Jewish Student Discriminated by Student Gov’t (Rachel F.)  – “The Jewish community at UCLA is really strong. That’s not to say that I feel comfortable at all parts of the school. It gets to be a hostile environment in, especially, the student government area.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, UCLA Jewish Graduate (Miri) – “[The UCSA resolution means] the pro-Israel voice is not welcome [at U.C.]. It’s quite terrifying for pro-Israel students on campus. BDS is very dangerous. What students don’t realize is it is part of a global movement to demonize Israel and wipe it off the map.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Alexandra) – “…I am tired of the way slate politics along divestment lines has destroyed my campus culture and made me silent.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Alexandra) – “I had cut Jewish words, Jewish activities and Jewish foods out of my life. I had even stopped telling people I met that I was Jewish. Because, frankly, I was scared to speak up.” Read more
  • Feb 2015, UCLA Jewish Student (Alexandra) – “That we have reached a point in 2015 where it is acceptable to support denying a student a position outright, merely because she is Jewish, is unbelievable.” Read more
  • Dec 2014, UCLA Graduate Student (Deb) – “I have personally felt marginalized as a person; that’s a feeling, that’s absolutely my experience and I’ve also had emails targeted at me post-elections on my Facebook” – From an audience member transcription of a Workshop on Academic Boycotts sponsored by Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA.
  • Dec 2014, UCLA Jewish Student (Josh) – “My name is Josh. I’m one of the organizers of the opposition to the BDS vote on this campus. I can tell you from personal experience there are people in the graduate student population who oppose BDS, some of who have signed up to be our volunteers and when it came time and we said, “Will you please put up a poster?” they said, “No.” we said, “will you please approach your friends and talk to them about it.” They said, “No.” what was the concern? The concern was that they were going to be marginalized, that they would be stigmatized because they were opposed to BDS. And this we heard again and again and again, not just from our volunteers but from people who we reached out to..[T]his campaign in and of itself is succeeding at its goal because if you want to boycott academics, you are saying that certain ideas and idea makers that are simply outside of the pale, that those are the ideas and idea makers that we shun in our university. And just holding this vote has had an effect on the students of this community, of showing… students of this community that they are on the wrong side and it has had a silencing effect… in narrowing the discourse and that is precisely what I would describe is the purpose of this academic boycott.” – From an audience member transcription of a Workshop on Academic Boycotts sponsored by Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA.
  • Nov 2014, UCLA Jewish & Israeli Student (Avinoam) “[The resolution] says this language that it’s not meant to target you, but there’s a difference between intention and action and if our intention is to divest from all countries violating human rights and the actual effect is to only divest from Israel, the only Jewish state in the world, it’s hard for me to take it any other way.. It’s hard for me to not feel targeted.” Read more
  • Nov 2014, UCLA Jewish Student (Natalie) “We didn’t [want to] subject Jewish students, pro-Israel students, to the hate that is in this room” Read more
  • Nov 2014, UCLA Jewish Student (Omer) “I am thankful that we did not have to bring our entire community to sit through that [divestment meeting]… “That would’ve been heartbreaking. Look at it now—it’s already heartbreaking for the six of us that came.” Read more
  • July 2014, Jewish UCLA Student (Avi) –Unfortunately, this recent attack is representative of a new breed of bullying on our campuses in which baseless attacks are leveled against the integrity of individuals.” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student and President of Bruins for Israel (Miriam) – “As a result of divestment, not only my mental stability but also my academics have suffered. These attacks on my identity and rights to self-determination have not only affected me emotionally, but have had devastating effects on my academics and have hindered my purpose on this campus—to be a student. It is ridiculous to me that at such a world-renowned university, our education is being put on hold because my identity is being put on trial.” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student and Article Author (Tessa)– “Many of us felt precisely the same way. And in the aftermath of the divestment decision, our feelings were unfortunately confirmed. An eruption of hate targeted council members with extreme cyberbullying from students who disagreed with their stance…” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student and Article Author (Tessa) “As a student in the audience, I watched with a sense of helplessness as blocks of students went up to the microphone to gush hate, bias, and one-sided claims from all sides of the divestment advocacy spectrum.” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student and Article Author (Tessa) – “[D]uring the past year at the University of California, Los Angeles, pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian tensions have reached a climax—partly because there are no longer just two voices fighting against each other, but multiple voices fighting against one. UCLA has seen the mobilization of self-identified minority communities banding together in order to combat the terrors they believe Israel inflicts on the world, and a concerted effort by pro-Palestinian organization to exploit this to their advantage and silence pro-Israel voices on campus.” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student (Avinoam) – “I felt personally attacked, singled-out and targeted because of my views on political issues such as divestment. Because of the divestment issue, I have lost numerous friends, done poorly in my classes, and overall have never felt so unwelcome at this university.” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student and Article Author (Tessa) – “Days before the end of the winter quarter, the Muslim Student Association published an official press statement condemning Islamophobic speech, and asked councilmembers and student groups to sign in solidarity. While the underlying idea of denouncing Islamophobia is a commendable one, the statement included language that was offensive to students who support the Jewish state of Israel, since it made a distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student and President of BFI (Miriam) – “It is definitely difficult to be a pro-Israel, Jewish student at UCLA right now. In the recent months, I have felt personally attacked by members of the UCLA community. Our campus climate has only grown more hostile.” Read more
  • June 2014, Jewish UCLA Student and Article Author (Tessa) – “For myself and other Jewish and pro-Israel students, the atmosphere is poisonous. We feel attacked, ostracized, and threatened. Our identities are being rejected and our right to express our beliefs endangered. Our academic performance is being harmed unjustly; and our supporters are now targets of hate campaigns, baseless accusations, and unfair political and social retaliation.”  Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish Israeli UCLA Student (Omer)“[W]hile I strongly believe in constructive criticism of Israel and its policies, the discourse about Israel on my campus degenerates into hate speech on a far-too-regular basis. The blatant and offensive lies uttered during public comment represent a vile and unwarranted attack on Israel, pro-Israel students, and the organized Jewish community at UCLA. What was even more disheartening for me was that no councilmembers, faculty advisors, or leaders in the pro-divestment community stood up and condemned the hate speech directed against us.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish Israeli UCLA Student (Omer) – “In addition to slanderous claims against Israel, there were numerous offensive statements directed at my community. We were condescendingly told that divestment does not threaten us, as if others have the right to define how student government actions do or do not affect us. We were told that by opposing divestment, we are tying Jewish identity to oppression, racism, and human rights violations – an extremely dehumanizing accusation which silences and caricatures our actual concerns about the issue. We constantly hear the term “Zionist” used as a dirty word, as if supporting the liberation and self-determination of a historically oppressed minority in its homeland is something to be ashamed of. And worst of all, we heard speakers attempt to put down our objections by falsely redefining the term “anti-Semitism,” extending it beyond hatred of Jews. Attempting to change the meaning of this term is more than just a blatant misuse of language. It effectively minimizes the 1,900 year history of racism and oppression targeted specifically against Jews in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish Israeli UCLA Student (Omer) – “Opponents of Israel at my university consistently make slanderous accusations, many of which can only be described as demonization and hate speech. These statements may not reflect malicious intentions on the part of individual students, but that changes nothing about how offensive they are. ” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish Israeli UCLA Student (Omer) – “As a member of the organized Jewish community at UCLA, I see lies and hate speech as more than just a cause of discomfort, marginalization, and negative campus climate. In the past, lies about the Jewish people have led directly to mass violence and oppression against us. ” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish Israeli UCLA Student (Omer) – “This spreading of lies and targeting of specific people on the pro-Israel side continues today weeks after the resolution did not pass as there is consistent cyber bullying, targeting of specific council members who voted against it,and an attempted delegitimization of our student government all over Facebook. ” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish UCLA Student (Avi L.) – “I’m a student who identifies as a Jewish Zionist. As a result of my identity, and involvement in on-campus activism, I’ve been labeled as a quote ‘ZiZi’, shorthand for “Zionist Nazi,’ a quote “radical right winger,” a quote “white supremacist crying about my white privilege” among other things. To say that this sort of name calling is grotesque would be an understatement.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish UCLA Student (Avi L.) – “In my three years at Cal, I’ve noticed that North American college campuses haven’t even become a close substitute as a safe place to practice our Judaism. This is reflected in our native campus climate.” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish UCLA Student (Avi L.) – “This is the trade-off many Jewish students have to consider when they decide what will I get involved in my four years at college? Will I get involved with my culture and my identity and subject myself to intimidation and harassment; or will I pursue some other passion…” Read more
  • March 2014, Jewish UCLA Student (Avi L.) – “Just because someone is allowed to say something doesn’t mean that we need to tacitly endorse it. And that’s what we need from our leadership. We need to be able to, when there is a hateful divestment resolution that’s labeling me as a ‘Zionist Nazi’ when my grandfather has a number tattooed on his arm – to say that this is not OK.” Read more
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