Hold NYU's Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Accountable for Incitement on Campus
  • Petitioned President John Sexton

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New York University
President John Sexton

Hold NYU's Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Accountable for Incitement on Campus

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April 2014


TorchPAC: The administration of NYU published an updated statement this week which addresses the concerns of students on campus and details the role of SJP in distributing mock eviction notices. We thank the University for holding SJP accountable for their actions.

"Student leaders from Students for Justice in Palestine organization have come forward to assume responsibility.

"The University will be initiating an investigation and a judicial process to adjudicate this matter.

"The results of this judicial process will be kept confidential in accordance with FERPA. We hope that both students and their parents will understand and respect the importance of student privacy and the law.

"The NYU community is known for creating a safe environment for free speech and open dialogue on difficult issues. The manner in which the flyers were distributed did not promote dialogue and did not support the type of community engagement that we value.

"Some members of our community felt threatened and/or harassed by receiving these flyers in the privacy of their home.

"The University is dedicated to utilizing this unfortunate incident as a teachable moment to recommit ourselves to open and respectful dialogue with all involved parties moving forward." -Linda Mills, Marc Wais and John Beckman to the University Leadership Team on Friday, April 25, 2014.


On April 24th, hundreds of students in two of New York University's dormitories woke up to mock eviction notices from the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at NYU. TorchPAC at NYU is calling for a public apology from the SJP chapter to the NYU community for attempting to intimidate students by slipping one-sided, inciting material in violation of university policy.


As NYU spokesman John Beckman said, “A flyer titled ‘eviction notice’ anonymously slipped under doors at night is not an invitation to thoughtful, open discussion; it is disappointingly inconsistent with standards we expect to prevail in a scholarly community.” We ask that the University administration take firm action against Students for Justice in Palestine for violating university policy and engaging in hate speech so that we can ensure that our campus remains safe for all students and that no minority group feels unwelcome.


TorchPAC welcomes the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and we will continue to do so in balanced and transparent way.

President John Sexton, New York University
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    Reasons for signing

      • 6 months ago

      School of Law 2005

    • Aaron Meridy NYC, NY
      • 6 months ago

      This wasn't an event to spark a conversation, this was intimidation.

    • Ben Turk WOODSIDE, NY
      • 6 months ago

      These types of intimidation tactics are crass and ineffective - also they're not historically accurate anyway - false propoganda.

    • bonnie eizikovitz TEANECK, NJ
      • 6 months ago

      Because in the United States of America, students have a right to express themselves, but not at the expense of students feeling unsafe, harrassed or bullied.

    • Adina Lichtman WEST ORANGE, NJ
      • 6 months ago

      I believe that this "eviction notice" give a very skewed and false impression of what ACTUALLY happens. Its not fair to force upon college students very one sided opinions that also make college students feel threatened. I believe this whole situation was not fair and invasive for students at NYU. And more then anything else; it was insensitive. Insensitive to people who care about Israel, Insensitive to people who don't know anything about the situation and are now being given very skewed perception of whats happening. and Insensitive to people living in their dorms minding their own business and then being forced to feel threatened by notes slipped under their door.


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