Northeastern anti-Israel group suspended for harassing pro-Israel students

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Excerpts from anti-Israel website Mondoweiss:

Similar notice posted at University of Michigan

In a letter sent to the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter, the school’s Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Jason Campbell-Foster, offered a litany of charges against the students. At the top of the list was the SJP’s February 24 distribution of [eviction] notices across Northeastern campuses. “You have not shown a concerted effort to improve your practices and educate your members on how to properly operate your organization within the boundaries of university policy,” Northeastern’s Campbell-Foster wrote.

According to Campbell-Foster’s letter, all current members of Northeastern SJP’s current executive board are permanently banned from serving on any future board in the organization. Further, SJP members must undergo a strict regimen of trainings led by university administrators as a condition for reinstatement.

The SJP chapter was also reprimanded for disrupting pro-Israel events and lectures on campus.

The ADL Blog posted that: 

The notices were made to appear as though they were issued by the university’s Depart­ment of Hous­ing and were designed to mimic the evic­tion notices received by some Pales­tini­ans in the West Bank if their homes were built ille­gally or needed to be demol­ished because of Israeli secu­rity con­cerns. The notices, how­ever, claim that Israel evicts Pales­tini­ans from their homes for the pur­pose of “mak[ing] life so mis­er­able for Arabs that they leave.”These notices, which have appeared on at least a half a dozen other cam­puses in the past few years, have pre­vi­ously made some stu­dents feel threat­ened or intimidated.For exam­ple, after stu­dents at Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity received the notices in Octo­ber 2013, Esther Reed, the rabbi of Rutgers’s Hil­lel was quoted in the cam­pus news­pa­per say­ing, “stu­dents were made to feel that they were not safe in their res­i­dence halls.” Sim­i­larly, at Florida Atlantic Uni­ver­sity, stu­dents reported feel­ing con­fused or scared after receiv­ing evic­tion notices in March 2012, accord­ing to Palm Beach County Com­mis­sioner Steven Abrams, who spoke to a local news­pa­per shortly after the inci­dent occurred.Other stu­dents have crit­i­cized the tac­tic for fail­ing to cre­ate dia­logue. At Yale Uni­ver­sity, stu­dents wrote an op-ed in the cam­pus news­pa­per and called the mock evic­tion notices “offen­sive,” claim­ing that there was not “even the faintest attempt at build­ing a con­struc­tive dialogue.”  

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)  submitted a letter of concern  on behalf of Northeastern’s Jewish students to President Joseph Aoun in  July of 2013. The ZOA letter included  a 12 page report documenting a series of “longstanding problems that Jewish students have been facing on [the] campus” . The report may be found here.

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