Stand Up to Anti-Semitism - Online Petition

CJUI would like to call your attention to this important Action Alert From RJC


The Democratic House leadership has to make a choice now for all of America to see: do they support anti-Semitism, or do they stand against it?
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s language and anti-Semitic hatred have no place in the halls of the US Congress, I am calling on the Democratic House leadership to strip Rep. Omar of her seat on the prestigious and crucially important House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Sign the online petition - Now

Newton Schools - Online Petition

CJUI would like to call your attention to this important Action Alert

In a message from Karen Hurvitz:

1)  This appeared 2 days ago in a blog that monitors Islamization of schools: https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/taxpayers-sue-pro-islam-school-lessons/

Massachusetts: Taxpayers sue over anti-Semitic, pro-Islam public school lessons
AUGUST 24, 2018/CREEPING

Source: Massachusetts: Taxpayers sue over anti-Semitic, pro-Islam public school lessons


A group of Massachusetts-based taxpayers are suing the school committee in the city of Newton, a wealthy, liberal enclave, over what they claim is the leadership's ongoing promotion of anti-Semitic school materials and the promotion of Islamic religious beliefs, according to an announcement from the organization handling the lawsuit.


Education Without Indoctrination, a local community group driving the lawsuit, "claims multiple violations of the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law stemming from the school committee's handling of a burgeoning scandal over anti-Semitic lessons and the promotion of Islamic religious beliefs as objective facts in the public school district's history classes," according to a press release from the group.


The lawsuit stems from a controversy of Newton Public Schools use of what the group claims are "unvetted educational materials" produced by the Saudi Arabian oil company ARAMCO and the Qatari government, which has long been cited for its funding of terrorism.
"In teaching world history, Newton Public Schools (NPS) use unvetted educational materials funded by the Saudi oil company ARAMCO and the government of Qatar. As a result, Newton public school students are propagandized with materials that slander Israel and the Jewish people, and that falsify history to promote the Islamic religion in public schools," the press release states.


"Just this past May, Newton North High School invited an anti-Semitic group to screen Palestinian propaganda films to its students," it continues. "For this, NPS Superintendent David Fleishman earned a rebuke from the New England branch of the Anti-Defamation League and Boston's Jewish Community Relations Council."


Concerned parents have been stonewalled in their attempts to gain information from the school leadership about these activities, the group claims.


"All that secrecy has now crossed into illegality," Karen Hurvitz, a member of EWI and counsel for the Newton taxpayers, is quoted as saying in the lawsuit against the Newton School Committee. "For months now, dozens of Newton citizens have come before the school committee to complain about the non-objective, anti-Jewish, and Islamic religious lessons, as well as about Superintendent David Fleishman, who has refused to stop it being taught. Yet the names of all these citizens and summaries of what they said were deliberately omitted from the school committee meeting minutes month after month."


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For a more thorough explanation of the Islamic/Hamas infiltration, read this Newton, MA public school officials backtrack on pledge to rid curriculum of anti-Israel (pro-Islam) bias.


2) Even though the Petition, attached, can be signed only by Newton MA residents, we have started the same Petition online in order to educate people who may not know about what is happening and also to get widespread support beyond the City of Newton. If you could take a moment to sign and forward, it could make a difference. If you are a Newton resident, if you could sign the attached Petition and mail it back to me at 34 Tanglewood Drive, Concord MA 01742, that would be great. We plan to present both Petitions this week. 



Sign the online petition - Now

PDF Download.  Print the Petition, sign it and then mail to Karen Hurvitz, 34 Tanglewood Drive, Concord, MA  01742


Call to Action



August 10, 2018

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was featured on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover discussing the prevalence and impact of female genital mutilation (FGM) on women and girls in the United States.  


In this interview, Ayaan shares her experience of surviving FGM at age five, discusses the situation of FGM in the United States, and calls for action to end this harmful cultural practice.


AHA Foundation fights to make the United States a safer place for girls by working to end FGM and other horrific traditional practices, such as child and forced marriage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 500,000 women and girls have undergone or are at risk of FGM in the U.S.  


Despite these estimates, 23 states still do not have laws against the practice and those states that do have specific FGM legislation need strengthening.


Watch Ayaan’s interview to learn more about our work fighting FGM and how you can help. 

Letter to President Oliver, Pitzer College

Date: November 30, 2018 at 2:06:21 PM EST

To: PitzerPresident@pitzer.edu, Melvin_Oliver@pitzer.edu

Cc: ttorlakson@cde.ca.gov, senator.allen@senate.ca.gov, assemblymember.medina@assembly.ca.gov, assemblymember.levine@assembly.ca.gov

Subject: A Note of Appreciation from our 75 Organizations


Dear President Oliver,


Our organizations heartily commend you for the speech you gave before the Pitzer College Council yesterday, in which you strongly condemned the Faculty vote to suspend your school’s study abroad program at the University of Haifa, saying that it showed “little or no consideration for our educational objectives and mission.” We also deeply appreciate your standing up for the academic rights of all Pitzer students, including those who want to travel to or study about Israel. As you rightly point out, sacrificing students’ educational opportunities on “the altar of political considerations” would be “anathema to Pitzer’s core values."


Thank you again for your strong leadership on this issue, and for speaking up in defense of the welfare of all Pitzer students.


Sincerely,


Academic Council for Israel

Accuracy in Academia

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)

Alums for Campus Fairness - National

Alums for Campus Fairness - Swarthmore

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Davis

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Riverside

Alums for Campus Fairness - UCLA

AMCHA Initiative

American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Institute for Jewish Research

American Truth Project

American Zionist Movement

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)

B'nai B'rith International

BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources

Binghamton University Zionist Organization (BUZO)

Bobcats for Israel at Ohio University

Boston Israel Action Committee

Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

California Association of Scholars

Campus Anti-Semitism Task Force of the North Shore

Center for Righteousness and Integrity

Christians and Jews United for Israel

Club Z

Coalition for Jewish Values

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Dartmouth Students for Israel

Davis Faculty for Israel

Eagles Wings

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)

Hasbara Fellowships

Hoos for Israel (University of Virginia)

Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

Iranian American Jewish Federation

Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

Israel in NYC

Israel Matters

Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)

Israeli-American Civic Action Network

Israeli-American Civic Education Institute

Jewish War Veterans of the USA

Mercaz USA

Middle East Forum

Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)

National Council of Young Israel

NCSY

NH4Israel

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   

Rabbinical Alliance of America

Religious Zionists of America - Mizrachi

Rhode Island Coalition for Israel

Roc4Israel

Russian Jewish Community Foundation

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Simon Wiesenthal Center  

Slugs for Israel (University of California Santa Cruz)

StandWithUs

Stop BDS on Campus

Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia

Students Supporting Israel at San Jose State University

Students Supporting Israel at UCLA

Students Supporting Israel at University of Minnesota

Students Supporting Israel National

Swarthmore Students for Israel

The Israel Christian Nexus

The Israel Project

Tufts Friends of Israel

Young Jewish Conservatives

Zionist Organization of America

ZOA’s Fuel for Truth



Cc:  California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson       

Senator Benjamin Allen, Chair California Senate Standing Committee on Education

Assembly Member Jose Medina, Chair California Assembly Higher Education Committee       

Assembly Member Mark Levine, Chair Jewish Legislative Caucus




On Nov 29, 2018, at 10:40 AM, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin <tammi@amchainitiative.org> wrote:


Dear President Oliver,


We are 75 civil rights, education, religious and student organizations appalled by the recent Pitzer Faculty vote to suspend the college’s study abroad program with the University of Haifa. 


The Pitzer Faculty’s attempt to implement an academic boycott of Israel that subverts the educational opportunities and academic freedom of their own students and colleagues, is reprehensible. Pitzer faculty members have abrogated their most basic professional responsibility – to promote the academic welfare of their students.  


It is important to understand that calling to shut down a study abroad program is expressly part of an the implementation of an academic boycott, and in full compliance with the 2014 guidelines of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). While portrayed as an effort aimed at Israeli universities and scholars, in reality the implementation of an academic boycott will violate the rights of, and directly harm, students and faculty on U.S. campuses.  For example, PACBI clearly and explicitly calls on U.S. faculty to:


Work to close their own university’s study abroad programs in Israel; 

Impede a fellow faculty member’s collaborative research or teaching projects with Israeli universities and scholars;

Interfere with the equal non-discriminatory treatment of all applicants for admissions to graduate programs;

Try to cancel, disrupt and shut down events featuring Israeli leaders or scholars organized by their colleagues or students; and

Refuse to write letters of recommendation for their own U.S. students who want to pursue studies in Israel.


We understand the issue is currently going through an official university governance process. However, we call on you to act now by issuing a statement that condemns this Pitzer Faculty action and commits to ensuring that no Pitzer student will be impeded from studying about or in Israel.


Thank you in advance for your leadership and commitment to protecting the academic rights and opportunities of all students and faculty at your school, including those whose study or scholarship focuses on Israel.


Sincerely, 


Academic Council for Israel

Accuracy in Academia

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)

Alums for Campus Fairness - National

Alums for Campus Fairness - Swarthmore

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Davis

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Riverside

Alums for Campus Fairness - UCLA

AMCHA Initiative

American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Institute for Jewish Research

American Truth Project

American Zionist Movement

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)

B'nai B'rith International

BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources

Binghamton University Zionist Organization (BUZO)

Bobcats for Israel at Ohio University

Boston Israel Action Committee

Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

California Association of Scholars

Campus Anti-Semitism Task Force of the North Shore

Center for Righteousness and Integrity

Christians and Jews United for Israel

Club Z

Coalition for Jewish Values

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Dartmouth Students for Israel

Davis Faculty for Israel

Eagles Wings

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)

Hasbara Fellowships

Hoos for Israel (University of Virginia)

Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

Iranian American Jewish Federation

Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

Israel in NYC

Israel Matters

Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)

Israeli-American Civic Action Network

Israeli-American Civic Education Institute

Jewish War Veterans of the USA

Mercaz USA

Middle East Forum

Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)

National Council of Young Israel

NCSY

NH4Israel

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   

Rabbinical Alliance of America

Religious Zionists of America - Mizrachi

Rhode Island Coalition for Israel

Roc4Israel

Russian Jewish Community Foundation

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Simon Wiesenthal Center  

Slugs for Israel (University of California Santa Cruz)

StandWithUs

Stop BDS on Campus

Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia

Students Supporting Israel at San Jose State University

Students Supporting Israel at UCLA

Students Supporting Israel at University of Minnesota

Students Supporting Israel National

Swarthmore Students for Israel

The Israel Christian Nexus

The Israel Project

Tufts Friends of Israel

Young Jewish Conservatives

Zionist Organization of America

ZOA’s Fuel for Truth



Cc:  California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson       

Senator Benjamin Allen, Chair California Senate Standing Committee on Education

Assembly Member Jose Medina, Chair California Assembly Higher Education Committee       

Assembly Member Mark Levine, Chair Jewish Legislative Caucus

Call to Action Letters Supported by CJUI

Date: May 15, 2018 at 10:31:33 AM EDT
Subject: 61 Groups Call for Equal Protection for All Students at UC Irvine

Dear Chancellor Gillman,


We are 61 education and civil rights organizations who are writing to express our concern about yet another pre-meditated disruption of a pro-Israel event on your campus, and to offer a recommendation for addressing the problem in a way that we believe will benefit all students on your campus.

Over a week ago, an Israel-related event hosted by the College Republicans was disrupted by several anti-Israel protesters, including one with a bullhorn, who screamed anti-Zionist chants so loudly that the event had to be stopped for the duration of the chanting.  According to a recording of the event, although the Dean of Students and at least three police officers were present during the disruption, the screaming was allowed to continue for over three minutes, until protesters were finally escorted from the room.  As you know, this is the third year in a row that anti-Zionist protesters have attempted to aggressively disrupt and shut down a student-hosted Israel-related event on your campus and suppress other students’ free speech rights.

The anti-Zionist sentiment that lies at heart of this exclusionary behavior grows out of an ideology whose primary goal on campus is the suppression of any and all pro-Israel expression.  On many college campuses, anti-Zionist sentiment translates into actions that target Jewish and pro-Israel students for harm, including the shutting down or disrupting of pro-Israel events; the vilification and harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students in order to delegitimize their Zionist perspective or cause them to be too afraid or uncomfortable to express it; and the malevolent manipulation of student government procedure in order to eliminate pro-Israel voices.  Studies demonstrate that on campuses where anti-Zionist activity is found, Jewish and pro-Israel students are about three times more likely to be targeted for harm. At schools with active anti-Zionist student groups, these acts of aggression are seven to eight times more likely to occur.

We believe that now is the time for your administration to take steps to ensure that pro-Israel students and all UCI students are free to express their opinions, beliefs and identities and to fully participate in campus life.

We commend you for your excellent statement on “Rights of Free Speech and Academic Freedom” and the book you co-authored, Free Speech on Campus, which affirm the vital importance of freedom of expression and the University’s commitment to promoting and not stifling it. However, students’ freedom of expression cannot be guaranteed unless and until students are secure in the knowledge that they are equally protected from the peer-on-peer harassment that would deprive them of that freedom.  If students feel that school administrators address peer-on-peer harassment subjectively or with a double standard – responding promptly and vigorously when harassment is directed against some students but ignoring or downplaying similar behavior directed at others -- it creates a sense of inequity and increased vulnerability, which in turn can lead to further suppression of students’ willingness to freely express themselves.

We therefore urge you to issue a campus-wide statement assuring all students that they will be equally protected from peer-on-peer harassment that violates their rights to freedom of expression and full participation in campus life. To be effective, the statement should include a description of all University policies and state and federal laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination, along with a firm commitment to their equitable enforcement for all students, regardless identity, opinion or legally protected status. 

Thank you for considering our recommendation and for your leadership and defense of the freedoms and rights of all students at UCI.


Sincerely, 

The Undersigned 61 Organizations:

Academic Council for Israel

Accuracy in Academia

Aggies for Israel

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)

Alums for Campus Fairness - National

Alums for Campus Fairness - Columbia University

Alums for Campus Fairness - New York University

Alums for Campus Fairness - Swarthmore

Alums for Campus Fairness - Syracuse University

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Davis

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Riverside

Alums for Campus Fairness - UCLA

AMCHA Initiative

American Institute for Jewish Research

American Truth Project

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources

Campus Anti-Semitism Task Force of the North Shore

Christians and Jews United for Israel

Christians United for Israel Action Fund

Club Z

Coalition for Jewish Values

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Communities for Israel

Davis Faculty for Israel

Eagles Wings

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Hasbara Fellowships

Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

Iranian American Jewish Federation

Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

Israel Matters

Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)

Israel-American Coalition for Action

JAM - UCSB

Jerusalem U

Jewish Israel Cafe

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)

Middle East Forum

Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

National Council of Young Israel

NCSY

NH4Israel

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   

Rhode Island Coalition for Israel

Russian Jewish Community Foundation

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Simon Wiesenthal Center  

StandWithUs

Stop BDS on Campus

Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Students Supporting Israel National

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia

Students Supporting Israel at UC Irvine

Students Supporting Israel at UC Santa Barbara

Students Supporting Israel at UCLA

The Israel Christian Nexus

Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)

Zionist Organization of America

ZOA’s Fuel for Truth


Cc:   UC President Janet Napolitano

UC Regents  

Michael R. Arias, UCI Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Dr. Thomas A. Parham, UCI Vice Chancellor Student Affairs

Edgar Dormitorio, UCI Chief of Staff Student Affairs

Dr. Douglas Haynes, UCI Vice Provost Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Rameen Talesh, UCI Dean of Students and Assistant Vice Chancellor Student Life and Leadership

Kirsten K. Quanbeck, UCI Associate Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Crystal Rae Lugo-Shearer, UCI Director Office of Student Conduct

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson     

Senator Benjamin Allen, Chair California Senate Standing Committee on Education

Assembly Member Jose Medina, Chair California Assembly Higher Education Committee       

Assembly Member Shirley Weber, Chair Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate

Assembly Member Mark Levine, Chair Jewish Legislative Caucus 

Date: May 15, 2018 at 10:21:36 AM EDT
Subject: 62 Organizations Call for Steps to Address Exclusionary Behavior at Syracuse University

Dear Chancellor Syverud,


We are 62 education and civil rights organizations who are writing to express our serious concerns about recent campus activity that has created a hostile climate for Jewish and pro-Israel students at Syracuse University, and to offer recommendations that we believe will benefit all students on your campus.


As you are aware, last month more than 20 student protesters and outside agitators from the anti-Zionist groups such as Code Pink carried out the planned disruption of a speaking event with Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, that was sponsored by several university departments and the local Hillel. The protestors shouted loudly for nearly 30 minutes just outside the event in order to drown out the speaker, and they held signs declaring Zionism to be “racism” and “White Supremacy” and promoting the boycott of Israel. Two activists who deceptively came into the event hall as audience members disrupted the talk twice with shouting and the unfurling of anti-Zionist banners. One faculty member who attended the event called the protest “an effort to shut down speech and commandeer the campus.”


The anti-Zionist sentiment that lies at the heart of this type of exclusionary behavior grows out of an ideology whose primary goal on campus is the suppression of any and all pro-Israel expression.  On many college campuses, anti-Zionist sentiment translates into actions that target Jewish and pro-Israel students for harm, including the shutting down or disrupting of Israel-related events; the vilification and harassment of Jewish students in order to delegitimize their Zionist perspective or cause them to be too afraid or uncomfortable to express it; and the malevolent manipulation of student government procedure in order to eliminate pro-Israel voices.  Studies demonstrate that on campuses where anti-Zionist activity is found, Jewish and pro-Israel students are about three times more likely to be targeted for harm. At schools with active anti-Zionist student groups, these acts of aggression are seven to eight times more likely to occur.


And this is exactly what we are seeing at Syracuse University.  Students who identify as Zionists by religious belief, ethnic identity, national origin or political persuasion report being shaken by recent events and afraid to express themselves and fully participate in campus life.


We therefore urge you to take the following steps to ensure that ALL students at Syracuse University-- including students who identify as Zionists -- are free to express their opinions, beliefs and identities and to fully participate in campus life, now and in the future:


  1. Review, update and diligently enforce campus policies and procedures to guarantee that all members of the campus community, irrespective of their opinions, beliefs or identity, are equitably and adequately protected from intolerant behavior that infringes on their freedom of expression and denies them equal rights. 
  2. Ensure that prompt and appropriate disciplinary measures are taken when any individual or group engages in behavior that suppresses the freedom of expression or civil rights of others.
  3. Develop protocols for vetting the establishment and yearly renewal of university-approved student  groups, to determine whether a specific campus group has engaged in the unlawful suppression of others’ freedom of speech or civil  rights.  Any whose members have repeatedly engaged in such behavior should be appropriately disciplined as per school procedures should the group fail to modify conduct that intentionally harms others on campus.  
  4. Develop educational and training programs that can: 
    • Help members of the campus community to recognize and avoid intolerant behavior that suppresses others’ freedom of expression or denies them equal rights, and to be aware of all campus policies and procedures regarding such behavior; and
    • Teach and encourage the expression of a wide range of views in a productive and respectful manner. 

  1. While the above recommendations describe long-term and on-going efforts, one important step that can be implemented immediately is to issue a campus-wide statement assuring all students that they will be equally protected from peer-on-peer harassment that violates their rights to freedom of expression and full participation in campus life. To be effective, the statement should include a description of all University policies and state and federal laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination, along with a firm commitment to their equitable enforcement for all students, regardless of identity, opinion or legally protected status. 

Thank you for your leadership and defense of the rights of all Syracuse University students. 


Sincerely, 

The Undersigned 62 Organizations:

Academic Council for Israel

Accuracy in Academia

Aggies for Israel

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi

Alums for Campus Fairness - National

Alums for Campus Fairness - Columbia University

Alums for Campus Fairness - New York University

Alums for Campus Fairness - Swarthmore

Alums for Campus Fairness - Syracuse University

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Davis

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Riverside

Alums for Campus Fairness - UCLA

AMCHA Initiative

American Institute for Jewish Research

American Truth Project

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources

Campus Anti-Semitism Task Force of the North Shore

Christians and Jews United for Israel

Christians United for Israel Action Fund

Club Z

Coalition for Jewish Values

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Communities for Israel

Davis Faculty for Israel

Eagles Wings

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Hasbara Fellowships

Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

Iranian American Jewish Federation

Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

Israel in NYC

Israel Matters

Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)

Israel-American Coalition for Action

JAM - UCSB

Jerusalem U

Jewish Israel Cafe

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)

Middle East Forum

Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

National Council of Young Israel

NCSY

NH4Israel

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   

Rhode Island Coalition for Israel

Russian Jewish Community Foundation

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Simon Wiesenthal Center  

StandWithUs

Stop BDS on Campus

Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Students Supporting Israel National

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia

Students Supporting Israel at UC Irvine

Students Supporting Israel at UC Santa Barbara

Students Supporting Israel at UCLA

The Israel Christian Nexus

Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)

Zionist Organization of America

ZOA’s Fuel for Truth


Cc: Provost Michele Wheatly

      Dean of Students Robert Hradsky
       Dean of Hendricks Chapel The Rev. Brian E. Konkol
       Bernie Jacobson, Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion & Resolution Services

      Lisa Dolak, University Secretary, Office of the Board of Trustees 

Date: May 15, 2018 at 10:12:31 AM EDT
Subject: 63 Organizations Call for Steps to Address Exclusionary Behavior at NYU

Dear President Hamilton,


We are 63 education and civil rights organizations who are deeply concerned about the statement endorsed by 53 NYU organizations, which includes a call for “Boycotting NYU’s pro-Israel clubs, Realize Israel and TorchPAC, by not co-sponsoring events with them.”


While acknowledging these students’ right to express their opinion, we must point out that the demand to exclude these two clubs simply because the student organizations do not agree with their opinions is hateful and discriminatory. Furthermore, the implications of this statement for the safety and well-being of Jewish and pro-Israel students on your campus are highly troubling. More than 2,000 Jewish students and community members signed a petition expressing that, “The boycotting of peer organizations creates a polarizing atmosphere of hatred and animosity that violates our community standards and is dangerous for both our students and the University overall.” 


The anti-Zionist sentiment that lies at the heart of these student groups’ statement grows out of an ideology whose primary goal on campus is the suppression of any and all pro-Israel expression.  On many college campuses, anti-Zionist sentiment translates into actions that target Jewish and pro-Israel students for harm, including the shutting down or disrupting of pro-Israel events; the vilification and harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students in order to delegitimize their Zionist perspective or cause them to be too afraid or uncomfortable to express it; and the malevolent manipulation of student government procedure in order to eliminate pro-Israel voices.  Studies demonstrate that on campuses where anti-Zionist activity is found, Jewish and pro-Israel students are about three times more likely to be targeted for harm. At schools with active anti-Zionist student groups, these acts of aggression are seven to eight times more likely to occur.


And this is exactly what we are seeing at New York University with the deliberate taking away of the civil rights and full participation of campus life of students who identify as Zionist by religious belief, ethnic identity, national origin, or political persuasion. Following the student groups’ statement, the leader of an anti-Zionist campus group justified the planned disruption of a Realize Israel and TorchPAC event, which involved theft and destruction of the pro-Israel groups’ property and the burning of that property, as well as taking away the pro-Israel groups’ microphone, by explaining, “Our point is to make being Zionist uncomfortable on the NYU campus.” As is evidenced by the stated intent of the organizers, this behavior is not going to minimize by itself. On the contrary, without intervention by the university, we fear the situation may continue to escalate as it has in the past at other schools.


We therefore urge you to take the following steps to ensure that ALL students at New York University-- including students who identify as Zionists -- are free to express their opinions, beliefs and identities and to fully participate in campus life, now and in the future:


  1. Review, update and diligently enforce campus policies and procedures to guarantee that all members of the campus community, irrespective of their opinions, beliefs or identity, are equitably and adequately protected from intolerant behavior that infringes on their freedom of expression and denies them equal rights. 
  2. Ensure that prompt and appropriate disciplinary measures are taken when any individual or group engages in behavior that suppresses the freedom of expression or civil rights of others.
  3. Develop protocols for vetting the establishment and yearly renewal of university-approved student groups, to determine whether a specific campus group has engaged in the unlawful suppression of others’ freedom of speech or civil rights.  Any whose members have repeatedly engaged in such behavior should be appropriately disciplined as per school procedures should the group fail to modify conduct that intentionally harms others on campus.  
  4. Develop educational and training programs that can: 
    • Help members of the campus community to recognize and avoid intolerant behavior that suppresses others’ freedom of expression or denies them equal rights, and to be aware of all campus policies and procedures regarding such behavior; and
    • Teach and encourage the expression of a wide range of views in a productive and respectful manner. 

  1. While the above recommendations describe long-term and on-going efforts, one important step that can be implemented immediately is to issue a campus-wide statement assuring all students that they will be equally protected from peer-on-peer harassment that violates their rights to freedom of expression and full participation in campus life. To be effective, the statement should include a description of all University policies and state and federal laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination, along with a firm commitment to their equitable enforcement for all students, regardless of identity, opinion or legally protected status. 

In your recent commendable statement regarding the exclusionary behavior directed at pro-Israel students on your campus, you conclude that it’s important “for those of us at NYU to come together to find a way forward that rests on mutual respect, even in the face of tough disagreements.” We believe the recommendations outlined above do just that.


Thank you for your leadership and defense of the rights of all New York University students. 


Sincerely, 

The Undersigned 63 Organizations:

Academic Council for Israel

Accuracy in Academia

Aggies for Israel

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)

Alums for Campus Fairness - National

Alums for Campus Fairness - Columbia University

Alums for Campus Fairness - New York University

Alums for Campus Fairness - Swarthmore

Alums for Campus Fairness - Syracuse University

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Davis

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Riverside

Alums for Campus Fairness - UCLA

AMCHA Initiative

American Institute for Jewish Research

American Jewish International Relations Institute

American Truth Project

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources

Campus Anti-Semitism Task Force of the North Shore

Christians and Jews United for Israel

Christians United for Israel Action Fund

Club Z

Coalition for Jewish Values

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Communities for Israel

Davis Faculty for Israel

Eagles Wings

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Hasbara Fellowships

Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

Iranian American Jewish Federation

Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

Israel in NYC

Israel Matters

Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)

Israel-American Coalition for Action

JAM - UCSB

Jerusalem U

Jewish Israel Cafe

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)

Middle East Forum

Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

National Council of Young Israel

NCSY

NH4Israel

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   

Rhode Island Coalition for Israel

Russian Jewish Community Foundation

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Simon Wiesenthal Center  

StandWithUs

Stop BDS on Campus

Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Students Supporting Israel National

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia

Students Supporting Israel at UC Irvine

Students Supporting Israel at UC Santa Barbara

Students Supporting Israel at UCLA

The Israel Christian Nexus

Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)

Zionist Organization of America

ZOA’s Fuel for Truth

Cc: Provost Katherine E. Fleming

      Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life Linda Mills

      Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Marc Wais

      Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Programs Patricia Carey

      Director Student Conduct and Community Standards Craig Jolley

      Chairman of the Board of Trustees William R. Berkley

Date: May 15, 2018 at 10:04:21 AM EDT
Subject: 65 Groups Call for Equal Protection for All Students at Columbia University

Dear President Bollinger,


We are 65 education and civil rights organizations who are writing to express our deep concern about the extraordinarily hostile climate for Jewish and pro-Israel students at Columbia University, and to offer a recommendation for addressing the problem in a way that we believe will benefit all students on your campus.


Over one month ago the CU chapter of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) submitted an incident report to the University’s Student Governing Board (SGB). In their report, the SSI students provided considerable and compelling evidence that anti-Zionist student groups, particularly the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), have systematically harassed and silenced SSI members and other pro-Israel voices on campus, in apparent violation of university policy and New York state law.


We are impressed with the thoroughness of the SSI’s incident report and its focus on the unacceptable peer-on-peer harassment that impinges on the rights of Jewish and pro-Israel students to express themselves and fully participate in campus life.  We are disappointed that, to date, neither the SGB nor school administrators associated with that student board have addressed the report’s concerns at all.

 

It is important to point out that the anti-Zionist sentiment that lies at the heart of the harassment documented in the SSI complaint grows out of an ideology whose primary goal on campus is to suppress any and all pro-Israel views.  On many college campuses, anti-Zionist sentiment translates into actions that target Jewish and pro-Israel students for harm, including the shutting down or disrupting of pro-Israel events; the vilification and harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students in order to delegitimize their Zionist perspective or cause them to be too afraid or uncomfortable to express it; and the malevolent manipulation of student government procedure in order to eliminate pro-Israel voices. 

 

Studies demonstrate that on campuses where there is anti-Zionist activity, such as the kind witnessed at Columbia and Barnard during the recent anti-Israel divestment campaigns, Jewish and pro-Israel students are about three times more likely to be targeted for harm. At schools with active anti-Zionist student groups, these acts of aggression are seven to eight times more likely to occur.


Now is the time for your administration to take steps to ensure that all Columbia students -- including those who identify as Zionists because of their religious belief, ethnic identity, national origin, or political persuasion -- are free to express their opinions, beliefs and identities and to fully participate in campus life.


We commend Columbia University for adopting an excellent statement affirming the vital importance of freedom of expression and the University’s commitment to promoting and not stifling it. However, students’ freedom of expression cannot be guaranteed unless and until students are secure in the knowledge that they are equally protected from the peer-on-peer harassment that would deprive them of that freedom.  If students feel that school administrators address peer-on-peer harassment subjectively or with a double standard – responding promptly and vigorously when harassment is directed against some students but ignoring or downplaying similar behavior directed at others -- it creates a sense of inequity and increased vulnerability, which in turn can lead to further suppression of students’ willingness to freely express themselves.


We therefore urge you to issue a campus-wide statement assuring all students that they will be equally protected from peer-on-peer harassment that violates their rights to freedom of expression and full participation in campus life. To be effective, the statement should include a description of all University policies and state and federal laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination, along with a firm commitment to their equitable enforcement for all students, regardless identity, opinion or legally protected status. 


Thank you for considering our recommendation and for your leadership and defense of the freedoms and rights of all students at Columbia University.


Sincerely, 

The Undersigned 65 Organizations:

Academic Council for Israel

Accuracy in Academia

Aggies for Israel

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi) - National

AEPi Columbia University

Alums for Campus Fairness - National

Alums for Campus Fairness - Columbia University

Alums for Campus Fairness - New York University

Alums for Campus Fairness - Swarthmore

Alums for Campus Fairness - Syracuse University

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Davis

Alums for Campus Fairness - UCLA

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Riverside

AMCHA Initiative

American Institute for Jewish Research

American Jewish International Relations Institute

American Truth Project

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources

Campus Anti-Semitism Task Force of the North Shore

Chabad Graduate Initiative of Columbia University

Chabad Rohr House at Columbia University

Christians and Jews United for Israel

Christians United for Israel Action Fund

Club Z

Coalition for Jewish Values

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Communities for Israel

Davis Faculty for Israel

Eagles Wings

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Hasbara Fellowships

Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

Iranian American Jewish Federation

Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

Israel-American Coalition for Action

Israel in NYC

Israel Matters

Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)

JAM - UCSB

Jerusalem U

Jewish Israel Cafe

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)

Middle East Forum

Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

National Council of Young Israel

NH4Israel

NCSY

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   

Rhode Island Coalition for Israel

Russian Jewish Community Foundation

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Simon Wiesenthal Center  

Stop BDS on Campus

Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Students Supporting Israel National

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia

Students Supporting Israel at UCLA

Students Supporting Israel at UC Irvine

Students Supporting Israel at UC Santa Barbara

The Israel Christian Nexus

Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)

Zionist Organization of America

ZOA’s Fuel for Truth


Cc: Provost John Coatsworth

     Executive Vice President Suzanne Goldberg, Office of University Life

     Trustee Chair Jonathan D. Schiller 

 

Message from President Wong to SF State Community

Friday, February 23, 2018

Source:  http://news.sfsu.edu/announcements/message-president-wong-sf-state-community#.WrmrtrG1Nl4.mailto 


Dear SF State Community,

I met Thursday afternoon with members of the SF State Hillel student community and personally apologized for past comments and actions that were deeply hurtful to them and many other members of the Jewish community. During our meeting, I reaffirmed my support for our Jewish students, faculty and staff and pledged, as another step toward reconciliation, to follow up with a public written apology, which is included below:
 

Words are powerful.  The last couple of years have been difficult for our Jewish students, faculty, staff and community. As a University president, I’ve become especially sensitive to the content, context and responsibility of all my comments.  I take that responsibility seriously, as a grandfather, father, husband, teacher, leader and student.  I make every effort to own my own mind and own my own words.
 

Responsibility must be mirrored by accountability. I want to publicly acknowledge when that ownership of thought and language impinges on the University’s ability to live up to its ideals.  It is the responsibility of leadership to also acknowledge when those words are hurtful.
 

My comments about Zionists and whether or not they are welcomed at San Francisco State University caused a lot of anguish and deeply hurt feelings.  I am responsible for those words and, after study and reflection, I have come to understand how flawed my comments were.

Thus, I want to sincerely apologize for the hurt feelings and anguish my words have caused.  Let me be clear: Zionists are welcome on our campus.
 

I know this apology alone may not be enough.  But I am committed to a new course of dialogue and actions to ensure that my own awareness and learning will move this great university forward.  Admitting fault and desiring a path forward based upon mutual respect motivates me.  Making peace is hard work.  And hard work has long inspired me.  I hope you will join me.

Dr. Leslie E. Wong
President
San Francisco State University
February 2018


The preceding letter was in response to the following letter:


Date: March 20, 2018 at 12:39:37 PM EDT

Subject: 60 Organizations Urge Investigation of SFSU Academic Program

Dear Chancellor White and CSU Trustees,


We are 60 Jewish, Christian, education, and civil rights organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country. We are writing out of deep concern for the safety and well-being of Jewish students at San Francisco State University, following the posting of an incendiary message on the official Facebook page of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) program at the university’s College of Ethnic Studies.  Written by Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, the founding director and sole faculty member associated with AMED, the message clearly targeted Jewish students at SFSU for vilification and discrimination, and could be read by many as a frightening incitement to violence.

As you undoubtedly know, for years Jewish students at SFSU -- particularly those who identify as Zionists by religious belief, ethnic identity, national origin and/or political persuasion -- have been subject to numerous acts of harassment, discrimination, intimidation and suppression of speech, primarily at the hands of members of the anti-Zionist group General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS). Just last month, over a dozen Jewish students affiliated with the SFSU Hillel, including the organization’s student president, wrote a letter to President Wong claiming that the university “has been complicit in allowing hate and discrimination against [the Jewish] community to go unaddressed.” 

In response to the concerns expressed by the Jewish students, President Wong sent an email to the campus community, in which he acknowledged, “The last couple of years have been difficult for our Jewish students.” He also apologized for his own “past comments and actions that were deeply hurtful” to Jewish students, including “comments about Zionists and whether or not they are welcomed at San Francisco State University,” and he wrote, “Let me be clear: Zionists are welcome on our campus.” 

Shortly after President Wong had issued his statement, Professor Abdulhadi posted a statement on her personal Facebook page that included the following:

 “I consider the statement below from President Wong, welcoming Zionists to campus, equating Jewishness with Zionism, and giving Hillel ownership of campus Jewishness to be a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, [and] Palestinians…”

Abdulahadi prefaced her statement with the words: “URGENT: We need your support. Please see statement by SFSU president welcoming Zionists to campus below and my reply. Please share widely!” and she signed the statement as “Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies.” 

By afternoon, Professor Abdulhadi’s posting was shared by the official Facebook page of AMED, where it is still visible.  That same day, it was also posted on the Facebook page of GUPS, a group for which Professor Abdulhadi serves as faculty advisor. Later in the afternoon, the message “Zionists are not welcome here” was chalked in huge letters on a campus walkway, with similar messages chalked and posted in numerous other places across campus.  In addition, in a posting on her personal Facebook page a few days later, Prof. Abdulhadi further clarified her position, stating, “Zionists are NOT welcomed on our campus.”

It is appalling and deeply disturbing that Professor Abdulhadi would, in her role as director of AMED, promote a statement that denigrates Jewish and non-Jewish students who identify as Zionists and state that they are unwelcome at the university. Even more disturbing is Abdulhadi’s highly inflammatory suggestion that the mere presence of students who identify as Zionists constitutes a “declaration of war” against Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians -- a statement which could be understood as incitement to violence and a direct threat to Jewish students at SFSU.

Most disturbing of all, however, is that AMED, an academic unit in the College of Ethnic Studies at SFSU, would re-post such a hateful message and give it both academic and institutional legitimacy.  We believe that AMED’s reposting of Professor Abdulhadi’s hateful message violates Jewish students’ inalienable rights to freedom of expression and full participation in campus life, rights that are guaranteed to each and every CSU student.

When an academic unit at a state university uses its official online presence to attack students on its campus for their religious beliefs, ethnic identity or political opinions, it is clearly out of control and must be stopped. We urge you to thoroughly investigate AMED and its administration, and to inform California taxpayers exactly how you intend to address this shameful violation of student rights and university standards.


Sincerely, 

The Undersigned 60 Organizations:

Academic Council for Israel

Accuracy in Academia

Aggies for Israel

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)

Alums for Campus Fairness - National

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Davis

Alums for Campus Fairness - UCLA

Alums for Campus Fairness - UC Riverside

AMCHA Initiative

American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Institute for Jewish Research

American Truth Project

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Americans for a Safe Israel

BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources

Boston Israel Action Committee

Campus Anti-Semitism Task Force of the North Shore

Christians and Jews United for Israel

Christians United for Israel Action Fund

Club Z

Coalition for Jewish Values

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Communities for Israel

Davis Faculty for Israel

Eagles Wings

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Fuel For Truth

Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel

Iranian American Jewish Federation

Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

Israel Matters

Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)

JAM - UCSB

Jerusalem U

JewCSF

Jewish Israel Cafe

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)

Middle East Forum

Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

National Council of Young Israel

NCSY

NH4Israel

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   

Rhode Island Coalition for Israel

Roc4Israel

Russian Jewish Community Foundation

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Simon Wiesenthal Center  

StandWithUs

Stop BDS on Campus

Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism

Students Supporting Israel National

Students Supporting Israel at Columbia

Students Supporting Israel at UCLA

The Israel Christian Nexus

The Israel Group

Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)

Zionist Organization of America


Cc:  President San Francisco State University Leslie Wong

       SFSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jennifer Summit

       Interim Dean SFSU College of Ethnic Studies, Amy Sueyoshi 

       California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson  

       Senator Benjamin Allen, Chair California Senate Standing Committee on Education

       Assembly Member Jose Medina, Chair California Assembly Higher Education Committee

       Assembly Member Shirley Weber, Chair Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate

       Assembly Member Mark Levine, Chair Jewish Legislative Caucus