End Hate-Speech at BU
  • Petitioned Kenneth Elmore

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Kenneth Elmore
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President, Boston University
Dr. Robert A. Brown

End Hate-Speech at BU

    1. Petition by

      Boston University Hillel


Speakers promoting hate-speech and Anti-Semitism are being allowed to spread their hate on our campus.

This past Wednesday, November 30th, Norman Finkelstein spoke at BU. 

We, as students of Boston University, strongly believe that Boston University’s campus should be an environment in which a variety of opinions are free to be expressed. However, we oppose hate-speech that is damaging and malicious. We believe that this hatred needs to be challenged.

We are deeply troubled by the Anti-Semitic rhetoric and ideology held by Mr. Finkelstein. Regarding the Holocaust he espouses: “Most [Holocaust] survivors are bogus[1]” and “In recent years, the Holocaust industry has become an outright extortion racket[2].” As two groups that are embedded in the Jewish identity of this campus, we are pained by his disrespect for the six million Jewish deaths in the Holocaust and for his blatant disregard for the gravity of the Holocaust. Of our own professor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Mr. Finkelstein states, “he is the resident clown of the Holocaust circus.[3]” 

As we enter a generation of individuals that will not know a Holocaust survivor, it is our duty to stand up for those that are unable to. The fact that Mr. Finkelstein is Jewish does not justify his minimization of the Holocaust. Inviting Mr. Finkelstein to our campus validates his dismissal of Jewish suffering, perpetuation of hatred and distortion of truths. His rhetoric has the potential to instill lies and Anti-Semitism into a new generation of individuals. 


[1] The Guardian. Wednesday, July 12, 2000

[2] Norman G. Finkelstein. The Holocaust industry. Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering.  p.89. Verso     

  London. 2000.

[3] Counterpunch Newsletter. December 13, 2001. http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/Finkelstein/Counterpunch.html


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    Reasons for signing

    • Victor Orlov NEWTON, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      BU's--and this country's--commitment to "free speech" has become and is increasingly becoming a commitment to trashing Israel, the Holocaust, and the Jewish people. In its place, "free speech" now supports Islamist ideals and Jihad against the Jews and the rest of the world.

      • almost 3 years ago

      I support this cause. Please also check out the petition I created to help address human trafficking in the province of British Columbia. http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-public-safety-and-solicitor-general-increase-octips-budget-to-750000-annually-and-rehire-robin-pike

      • almost 3 years ago

      I hate racism and discrimination. It is not of God. Jesus commanded us to love one another and this is not love.

    • Zena Schulman NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm signing in honor of my 130+ family members exterminated in the Holocaust.

    • Domenic Filingeri BROOKLINE, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Even though I'm the class of 2011, I have heard about this through the grapevines and find it appalling. I was at Elie Wiesel's public lecture last week, too! Really hope we make a difference for this deluded individual.


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