By Yair Altman, Israel Hayom—
On a recent campus tour, members of the Reservists on Duty Israel advocacy organization discovered the extent of anti-Semitism displayed by BDS activists, who posted “eviction notices” on the dormitory doors of Jewish students, demanding that they evacuate in three days or have their property thrown out.
Students for Justice in Palestine, one of the better known campus BDS groups, is responsible for this type of anti-Semitic prosecution. The notices they posted went on to state that the Israeli military does the same thing to Palestinians.
SJP typically undertakes these types of activities during “Israeli Apartheid Week,” an annual event during which activists screen films and organize protests, lectures and exhibitions that accuse Israel of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and war crimes.
“It was scary,” Nadav Alkoby, a Jewish university student in Florida, told Israel Hayom. “SJP activists hung the signs on our dorm doors and on the Sabbath elevator during the exam period. It stressed everyone out and affected our ability to concentrate on our studies, which seems to have been their goal.”
A Jewish student at the University of California, Berkeley, who is active in the Hillel Jewish student organization and chose to remain anonymous, added: “The connection that SJP makes between the fact that we are Jewish and their protest of what’s happening to the Palestinians is representative of the issue with anti-Semitism. There needs to be a clear separation between criticism of Israel and BDS. I have no responsibility for what happens in Israel just because I’m Jewish, and they certainly don’t need to persecute me on campus because of that.”
These anti-Semitic tactics are common at a range of well-known American universities, particularly on the east coast. Jewish students have reported to Reservists on Duty about similar incidents at universities including New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Connecticut College, Harvard University, the University of California, the University of Oklahoma, the Claremont Colleges, Vassar College and other schools.
In some cases, students approached the campus administration for help in dealing with the situation, but for the most part, the colleges avoided taking action to stop the phenomenon.
In February 2015, UC Berkeley’s administration circulated a notice allowing the distribution of what they called political “flyers,” but banned activists from posting them in the dormitories. The administration did not condemn the activists’ actions or define them as anti-Semitism.
At NYU, some students involved in posting the “eviction notices” were expelled.
Reservists on Duty President Amit Deri said: “We receive calls for help from many Jewish students. The situation on campus is very difficult. These are the same persecution tactics used against Jews in Europe in the 1930s.”