Tell Occidental College to Condemn Anti-Semitism

Tell Occidental College to Condemn Anti-Semitism

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Radical Alert started this petition to President, Occidental College Jonathan Veitch and

Anti-Semitism is a global menace that takes many forms and knows no borders. Communities and college campuses across the country have reported sharp upticks in anti-Jewish hate crimes and violence. Just this past weekend, The New York Times published a rabidly anti-Semitic cartoon and a gunman opened fire at a synagogue right here in Southern California.

Occidental College could become the next battlefield if extremists get their way. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, an insidious global movement that openly seeks the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel, has Oxy in its crosshairs.

Professional BDS organizers have infiltrated many college campuses in recent years to promote anti-Israel divestment initiatives and other forms of discrimination against Jewish-owned businesses. These campaigns often lead to overt displays of racism or even violence against students. Campuses have seen swastikas painted on Jewish fraternity houses, mock eviction notices posted on students’ dormitories, and physical altercations during school-sponsored events.

BDS is a racist, bigoted movement that is counterproductive to peace and an equitable resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Its opposition to a two-state solution (or any solution that doesn’t involve the exile, subjugation, or death of Jewish Israelis) deserves universal condemnation. The presence of convicted terrorists among its senior leadership puts an even finer point on it.

Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch and Vice President Amos Himmelstein should stand up to the bullying and heavy-handed tactics of BDS and its campus outreach arm, Students for Justice in Palestine.

Sign this petition to urge Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch, Vice President Amos Himmelstein, and the board of trustees to denounce anti-Semitism and to commit to keeping students safe from the racially-charged conflicts that accompany campus divestment campaigns. Hate should have no place at Oxy or anywhere else.

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