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Reject Ben & Jerry’s Hate
On Monday, July 19 Ben & Jerry’s said it would not renew its license agreement with its Israeli partner when it expires at the end of next year. For an American company like Ben & Jerry’s, the decision to align with the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is shameful. BDS has been denounced by Republican and Democratic leaders as well as the majority of states in the US. Ben & Jerry’s boycott will harm both Israelis and Palestinians. Hen Israeli, vice president of the main Ben & Jerry’s ice cream distributor in the West Bank, has warned that this boycott will greatly harm Palestinian employees. He is vice president of the Sagi Group, which distributes around two tons of ice cream every week to Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Sagi Group employs Palestinians who receive good salaries and working conditions they would never be able to attain from the Palestinian Authority. Now, they will lose their jobs and be unable to support their families. The real-life impact of BDS is to spread dehumanizing propaganda about Israelis and promote injustice. Ben & Jerry’s should focus on bringing Israelis and Palestinians together, rather than creating more division. Sign this petition to tell Ben & Jerry's and its parent company Unilever to reject divisive boycotts and to renew their license in Israel.
Condemn Yale College Council's Antisemitic Statement
On June 27th, Yale University’s Yale College Council voted to adopt a one-sided statement that is full of misinformation and incitement against Israel, the world’s only Jewish State. In publishing this antisemitic statement, a message was sent to Jews that they must shed a core aspect of their identity to feel welcome and safe at one of the nation's most storied and hallowed institutions of higher learning. Among the egregious omissions from the statement was the fact that Hamas fired more than 4,000 rockets at Israeli civilians during the recent hostilities. Like any democratic nation, Israel was obligated to eliminate the source of the rockets. For many Jews, including many Yale students, identifying with the Jewish homeland is a deeply felt expression of their Jewish religious and ethnic identity. We, the undersigned, demand that Yale University condemn this offensive statement and urge the Yale College Council to engage in a dialogue with Jewish and pro-Israel students to better understand the complexities of the issues addressed.
Stop Antisemitism at CUNY Schools
The CUNY system is failing to protect Jewish students. Antisemitic discrimination, intimidation, and violence are rampant on CUNY campuses and it seems the Administration has no desire to do anything about it. Tell the CUNY Administration to keep Jewish students safe. Antisemitism has been the sad reality on campuses in New York and across the U.S. for a long time. These past few weeks, things have kicked into overdrive. Now, CUNY students are promoting an academic and economic boycott of Jewish businesses in Israel. That’s right - these campuses are deciding right now whether to impose a religious test on their schools’ investments and commercial relationships. Boycotting Jews and Jewish-owned businesses, while encouraging engagement with Muslims and Muslim-owned businesses operating in the same location, is nothing short of religious discrimination. These resolutions would also contribute to a climate of fear and hostility for Jews at these CUNY schools, which is likely the intent. SIGN THE PETITION: STOP ANTISEMITISM AT CUNY SCHOOLS! Shame on CUNY administrators for allowing this hateful and antisemitic campaign to gain momentum on campus. Jewish students have the right to learn in an open and inclusive environment, free of antisemitic harassment. As antisemitic violence and hate crimes proliferate around the country, when will we decide enough is enough? CUNY MUST do more to protect Jewish students on all of its campuses. Add your name and take action.
STOP ANTISEMITISM IN THE UC SYSTEM
The Board of Regents of the University of California system is failing to protect Jewish students. Antisemitic discrimination, intimidation, and violence are rampant on UC campuses and it seems the UC system leadership has no desire to do anything about it. Tell the UC Board of Regents to keep Jewish students safe. Antisemitism has been the sad reality on campuses in California and across the U.S. for a long time. These past few weeks, things have kicked into overdrive. Now, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara are debating resolutions to endorse an academic and economic boycott of Jewish people and businesses in Israel. That’s right - these campuses are deciding right now whether to impose a religious test on their schools’ investments and commercial relationships. Boycotting Jews and Jewish-owned businesses, while encouraging engagement with Muslims and Muslim-owned businesses operating in the same location, is nothing short of religious discrimination. These resolutions would also contribute to a climate of fear and hostility for Jews at these UC schools, which is likely the intent. SIGN THE PETITION: STOP ANTISEMITISM IN THE UC SYSTEM! Shame on the UC Board of Regents for allowing these resolutions to be considered. Jewish students have the right to learn in an open and inclusive environment, free of antisemitic harassment. As antisemitic violence and hate crimes proliferate around the country, when will the Board of Regents decide enough is enough? They MUST do more to protect Jewish students on all of their campuses. Add your name and take action.
Tell Brandeis the SWASTIKA has NO PLACE ON CAMPUS
Brandeis University Student Union President Simran Tatuskar is trying to normalize the Swastika. She believes the Swastika is a symbol of peace and wants to force her version of history down her classmates’ throats, no matter the trauma and pain it would trigger for Jewish students. Tatuskar’s proposal effectively tells Jewish students that their history and the lived experience of their family members are not important. Ironically, erasing Jewish history was a key component the Nazis themselves used to justify the persecution and extermination of Jews under a flag bearing a Swastika. Jewish students should not have to bear the burden of constantly encountering an image that denies their very existence. Yet this sad vision is becoming more and more of a reality, as the University Hillel recently released an incredibly weak response to Tatuskar’s proposal. Hillel failed to call out the initiative for what it really is––a needless crusade that minimizes the importance of Jewish voices. As Student Union President, Tatuskar has the responsibility to represent and support Brandeis’ student population, one-third of which is Jewish. Instead, she has decided to focus her energy and leverage her platform to spread the world’s most universally-recognized hate symbol. Simran Tatuskar should end her Swastika crusade once and for all. Sign the petition to tell the Brandeis Administration that hate has no place on this campus.
Michigan Stands With Israel
The Ann Arbor City Council is considering a vote on whether the U.S. should end military aid to Israel. That’s right - a citywide municipality is inserting itself into an international dispute and attacking Michigan Jews in the process. For years, anti-Israel protesters in Michigan have called for a boycott of Israel, but with anti-Semitism on the rise in the U.S. and around the world, leaders in Ann Arbor have decided now is the time to succumb to anti-Israel pressure. Protesters at a City Council meeting in July spewed violently anti-Semitic language. One called Israel “a terrorist state funded fully by the United States of America, bombing its way wherever it pleases.” Another accused the City Council of being an “accomplice to murder against the Palestinian people” if they did not vote for the boycott. Appalling imagery was used to pressure lawmakers, including when one protester said, “every time an Israeli soldier shoots a Palestinian child in the face, in the foot, in the arm, it drives a community into panic and pain and suffering for decades to come. For God’s sake, don’t you see that?” Israel is our closest ally in the Middle East, the region’s only democracy, and the eternal homeland of the Jewish people. Its historic, religious, and cultural significance to Jews around the world cannot be denied. By entertaining a resolution to boycott Israel, Ann Arbor is putting itself in a position to divide the city over an international conflict that is far outside its scope when it should be focusing on governing and uniting the city. Add your name to tell Ann Arbor to stand down because Michigan stands with Israel!
Tell Congress To OPPOSE The Anti-Semitic BDS Bill
Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has spent her first term in office shoring up her anti-Israel views. Earlier this week, she moved to legislate on that sentiment. Omar and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) introduced a resolution in support of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. BDS is a targeted attack on Jewish-owned businesses in Israel supported by pro-Palestinian terror and hate groups. Rep. Omar herself has admitted that the BDS campaign is “not helpful” to reaching a peaceful two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. She previously opposed BDS because of this, but since her election she has reversed her position and become more extreme in her views. Her short time in office has been marked by escalating anti-Semitic comments. She attacked AIPAC, an organization committed to promoting the U.S. - Israel relationship, by claiming that it corrupts Members of Congress and that the alliance between the two countries is “all about the Benjamins”. She has questioned Jewish-Americans’ allegiance to the United States - an accusation you with think she would be sensitive to as a Muslim-American woman. Now, at last, she has dropped the veil and come out in full support of BDS. Apparently, peace and a two-state solution are goals she no-longer finds worthwhile. As Americans, we need to stand up and demand that Congress not codify anti-Semitism into law with this resolution. Israel is the only free and democratic state in the Middle East. Until recently, officials in the United States have been sure-footed in our country’s support for and friendship with Israel. At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise, we need to stand by that friendship more than ever. Add your name and tell Congress to OPPOSE Omar and Tlaib’s BDS resolution.
Expel UW-Milwaukee Student for Attacking Jewish Students
This week at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a student disrupted an event celebrating Israel’s independence with a Nazi propaganda poster. His hateful sign featured a large swastika and a call to “gas” his Jewish classmates. The student has been identified as Kristian Gresham, a 26-year-old man with a documented history of aggressive, racist, and criminal behavior - including arrests for graffiti and “obstructing an officer”. He even served time in jail and the county house of corrections. His fellow students testified to his character on social media - commenting on the “offensive and unwarranted” things he said in class, how he berated professors, and how he was often kicked out of class for this behavior. In a statement following the incident, the school’s administration said that “as a public university, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee respects everyone’s right to free speech, even when it is speech that we disagree with.” What Kristian Gresham did was not just an expression of speech. He threatened the safety and education of his fellow students. “Gas the Jews” is not protected free speech. It’s incitement of violence against the Jewish community on campus. Kristian’s actions also violated the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Code of Conduct Policy 18.11: “No person may engage in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct to cause or provoke a disturbance, in university buildings or on university lands.” Sign the petition NOW to tell the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to protect Jewish students and kick Kristian Gresham off campus for his aggressive anti-Semitic behavior.
Anti-Semitism Has No Place At Berkeley
Last week, a meeting of the Associated Students at UC-Berkeley devolved into overt racism and religious discrimination. A campus meeting to discuss the recent student government elections quickly morphed into a debate on whether or not Jewish students should be allowed to participate in civic life at Berkeley. Phrases like “F*ck Zionists” were thrown around gleefully from the crowd. Students rose one by one to speak out against their Jewish peers and float outrageous conspiracy theories. Someone complained about the “white tears, Zionist tears” she had been forced to listen to during the meeting. Another student claimed the Israel Defense Forces were training American police to kill black people and that Zionists are responsible for “modern-day slavery”. The ostensible purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent disqualification of the only Jewish elected representative on dubious charges including distribution of spam emails. As a minority population on a campus with a history of anti-Semitism, the campus Jewish community was understandably concerned. Jewish students showed up hoping to engage in good faith dialogue with ASUC to find out what happened. Instead, they were confronted by an angry mob that would have felt right at home at the Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville last year. Spreading hate, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and fake news about a group of students based on their religion is simply unacceptable. UC-Berkeley has an obligation to protect its students from this kind of bigotry and abuse. Sign this petition to tell UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ to condemn the events of the ASUC meeting and pledge to protect all students from targeted religious hatred.