Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Are Colleges Finally Getting Tired of Anti-Israel Campus Antics?

by Daniel Greenfield

Between the UC Irvine 11 and now the suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern University in Boston, colleges may finally be getting sick and tired of anti-Israel campaigns that have gone on for decades resulting in physical assaults, arson, vandalism and countless lawsuits.

The American campus has become more ‘sensitive’ than ever with bans on offensive costumes and trigger warnings everywhere. Left-wing activism has traditionally gotten a pass, but even so a message is being sent to tone it down.

In a series of three videos, the APT documented its investigation into Islamic extremism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Zionism at Northeastern University. Professors and members of the Spiritual Life Office are shown abusing their classes and Northeastern Holocaust Remembrance Week to promote an anti-Israel and, at times, anti-Semitic agenda. Students for Justice in Palestine leaders are seen vandalizing the campus with anti-Semitic messages, glorifying terrorist groups, and chanting for the destruction of Israel. All videos can be seen at
For the first time since these videos were released, NEU has taken some serious steps to deal with this insidious behavior. On March 7, 2014 members of Northeastern University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) were informed by the school’s Center for Student Involvement that their chapter had been suspended for at least a year.
NEU’s Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Jason Campbell-Foster, offered a litany of charges against SJP, including their distribution of fake eviction notices across Northeastern campuses

The fake eviction notices violated one general rule and any number of specific rules about harassment. Unfortunately if history is any guide, even this slap on the wrist will be ameliorated and the disciplinary action against SJP conceals deeper problems at Northeastern.

Northeastern’s Economics Professor and Pakistani citizen M. Shahid Alam, was caught on video telling students that anti-Semitism is something that one should be proud of.
A Jewish student wrote a paper taking the position that Hamas, with its genocidal goals, cannot be given legitimacy. “Professor Sullivan rejected the student’s paper and threatened her with a poor grade unless she rewrote it … The Jewish student felt that she had no choice but to rewrite her paper.”

SPME’s site on Northeastern makes it clear that there is a deeper problem here at the faculty level.

Daniel Greenfield


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