May 08, 2013

UC Student Groups Harass and Defame University Faculty Member for Exposing Their Antisemitic Behavior

Via Press Release.

University of California Santa Cruz faculty member Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is currently the target of a vicious coordinated campaign of harassment and defamation by the Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) and other affiliated Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) groups on UC campuses.

For the past several years, Rossman-Benjamin has been documenting alarming incidents of antisemitism on UC campuses, including those perpetrated by the SJP and Muslim Students Association (MSA) groups and their members.

In retaliation, members of SJP/CJP groups recently launched a series of efforts to discredit and silence her, including:

a defamatory on-line petition accusing Rossman-Benjamin of racism and censorship and calling on UC President Mark Yudof to condemn her.

Defamatory posters about Rossman-Benjamin widely posted on the UCSC campus.

Posting over a dozen videos on YouTube that characterize her as “hateful” and “dangerous”.

Instructing SJP students UC-wide to file hate/bias reports against her on their respective campuses passing resolutions condemning her for “inflammatory, hateful, and racist assumptions” in the UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, and UC Irvine student senates.

Working with groups sympathetic to terrorists (eg. International Solidarity Movement) and associated on-line publications (eg. Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss) to more widely circulate these defamatory materials about her.

According to Rossman-Benjamin, SJP and CJP’s virulent response is just one example of the ongoing intimidation and bullying tactics used by these groups to silence anyone who speaks out against their antisemitic behavior, including:

MSA and SJP members have been responsible for physically harassing and assaulting Jewish students, vandalizing Jewish communal property, disrupting pro-Israel speakers, and aggressively confronting Jewish students at events.

MSA and SJP chapters consistently sponsor speakers, films, and exhibits that engage in discourse or use language considered antisemitic by the U.S. State Department.

MSA and SJP chapters associate with individuals and organizations that are linked to terrorist activity and call for violence against Jews.

As a result of the hostile environment created by the activities above, Jewish students have reported feeling physically unsafe, harassed, and intimidated, and some have even reported leaving the university, avoiding certain parts of campus, and hiding symbols of their Jewishness.

Rossman-Benjamin has written a letter to UC President Mark Yudof documenting the antisemitic behavior of SJP and MSA groups on UC campuses and calling on UC leaders to take the immediate action by:
Investigating these two student organizations to determine if their behavior violates university policies or state and federal laws, and if so, to take appropriate disciplinary measures that ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the campus community.

Publicly affirming the right of all members of the campus community to speak out against anti-Jewish bigotry without fear of harassment, demonization, and defamation.

Please find Rossman-Benjamin’s letter to UC President Yudof here.

By Howie at 11:38 AM | Comments |