Students for Justice in Palestine

When Campus Activism Becomes The Politics Of Exclusion

05/17/2016 - 14:53
Special To The Jewish Week

From coast to coast, movements for social justice on American campuses are increasingly taking an alarming turn. Some activists, preeminently Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), have begun enforcing a crude ideological purity in ways profoundly at odds with the principles of open debate and inclusive discussion that define the academy. SJP and allied groups not only seek to isolate Israel economically, academically, and culturally through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and they not only disrupt events related to Israel or featuring Israelis, SJP now also aims to prohibit Hillel, the central support for Jewish life on campus, along with its affiliates, from engaging in social justice work.

Marcia Kupfer and  David Ellenson

New Forms Of Old Bias

05/04/2016 - 09:52
Editorial

Intersectionality.

It doesn’t sound threatening. In fact, it sounds kind of technical, and boring, and it’s an awkward word to write on a protest placard. But intersectionality has become a buzzword on college campuses, representing a new form of prejudice toward Jewish students. It is a concept used in critical theories, referring to ways that various forms of oppression are interconnected and can’t be separated from each other. The practical result in our context today is that if a person opposes racism or sexism, he or she must oppose the oppression of the Palestinians at the hand of Israel.

35 NY Legislators Demand ‘Immediate Suspension’ Of City University Pro-Palestinian Group

03/31/2016 - 10:39

Two Jewish New York state assemblymen have called for the “immediate suspension” of a pro-Palestinian student group from the City University of New York’s campuses.

The East Quad at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York network. Wikimedia Commons

Hunter College Condemns Anti-Semitic Chants

Chanting ‘Zionists out of CUNY,’ pro-Palestinian student group hijacks tuition-hike protest.

11/16/2015 - 19:00
Deputy Managing Editor

Hunter College and Jewish organizations are condemning a pro-Palestinian student group that took over a student rally for free tuition by chanting “Zionists out of CUNY” and “Long live the intifada.”

“Zionists out of CUNY!” chanted students at the march. Via YouTube.com

Hunter College Condemns Anti-Semitic Statements

11/15/2015 - 19:00
Deputy Managing Editor

Hunter College and Jewish organizations are condemning a pro-Palestinian student group for blaming tuition increases on the “Zionist administration” and for chanting “Long live the intifada” during a student rally protesting tuition hikes.

“Zionists out of CUNY!” chanted students at the march. Via youtube.com

Bibi Complicates Jewish Student Life

Jewish students dealing with leader’s remarks and start of Israel Apartheid Week.

03/23/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

On Monday night, 100 students associated with the Columbia/Barnard Hillel sprinted around campus papering bulletin boards with more than 6,000 pro-Israel flyers.

At the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, students hung up thousands of pro-Israel posters Monday night. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

NYU Calls For Probe Following ‘Fliergate’

Process of ‘restorative justice’ in wake of fake ‘eviction’ notices distributed by Palestinian students.

04/28/2014 - 20:00

In response to the distribution of fake eviction notices at two NYU dorms last week, school officials have prescribed both an internal judicial investigation and a mandatory dialogue process known as “restorative justice.”

More than 2,000 students at Palladium woke up to find fake eviction notices. Miriam Lichtenberg/JW

Opinion: A Plea For Dialogue, Not More Stunts

Hillel director says a genuine effort at understanding needs to replace the downward spiral of name calling and social media warfare.

04/28/2014 - 20:00
Skirball Executive Director, Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU

Last Wednesday night, members of Students for Justice in Palestine at NYU (NYU SJP) slipped mock “eviction notices” under the doors of 2,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students in their residence halls — a violation of several of NYU residence hall policies — to protest Israeli “ethnic cleansing.” Some Jewish residents, upset by the intrusion and the content of the notice, assumed that they had been specifically targeted by the fliers and claimed that the act was anti-Semitic. To my mind, the content was highly inflammatory and I identify with their instinct to respond. They then called for judicial action towards NYU SJP, which the student group and some faculty then countered, impinged on SJP’s right to freedom of speech.

Rabbi Yehudah Sarna

NYU Dorms Flooded With 'Eviction' Notices

Action aims to draw attention to ongoing Palestinian reality.

04/23/2014 - 20:00

Note: This story was corrected on April 28 to reflect that the fliers were distributed at two dorms rather than one, and that neither dorm has a reputation for having a particularly large Jewish population. 

NYU's Palladium Hall was reportedly flooded with fake eviction notices. Miriam Lichtenberg/JW

Study: No Anti-Semitism, Anti-Israel Push At Most Colleges

Report contradicts Israel Project survey, says a third of incidents occurred on 10 campuses
10/23/2012 - 20:00

Ninety-seven percent of U.S. and Canadian college campuses report no anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events, and the campus-based anti-Israel divestment effort has failed, according to a new study.

The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise released the findings of its new study, “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” on Tuesday. Mitchell Bard, the AICE’s executive director, and Jeff Dawson, the private organization’s campus liaison, authored the report.

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