Thirty-six pro-Israel student organizations sent a letter to the UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and the UC Board of Regents on November 8, calling on the UCLA to suspend the forthcoming National Justice for Palestine (NSJP) Conference on 16-18 November.
The letter states that the SJP is in violation of UCLA's "Principles of Community" standards that prohibit "acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other behavior that causes personal injuries based on expressions of race, color, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, religious beliefs, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or national origin, among other personal qualities. "
"Only in May was the UCLA scene for SJP violence: Jewish, Kurdish and Armenian students were physically and verbally abused to share their perspective on campus." In July, a SAPS activist in Stanford made national headlines to force violence against pro-Israel students, while last year, SJP was suspended for two years from the University of California, Irvine for the group's attacks on students. "
The letter claimed that the majority of crimes against hatred are aimed at Jews and that the university campus tends to have more anti-Semitic incidents when they have a stronger anti-zionist presence on campus.
"A man, anti-semitism, Robert Bowers, led him to kill 11 Americans in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, simply because they were Jewish, the letter says." It is imperative that UCLA takes the anti-Semitic rhetoric of SJP members on seriously. "
Here are some examples of such rhetoric:
Can a conference call to kill #Jews take place after #PittsburghSynagogue shooting? YES, and it will take place November 16th @UCLA. #SJP Leaders and members often call to kill #Jews (see the picture for yourself) and #UCLA is inconsistent with inviting his national conference to his campus pic.twitter.com/UAnpXzhtWZ
– Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) 31 October 2018
Among the groups who signed the letter, students who supported Israel included chapters in UCLA, Columbia and Santa Monica College, UC Berkeleys Tikvah Organization and Swarthmore Students for Israel.
Los Angeles City Council has also called on UCLA to cancel the SJP conference.