Thirty-one pro-Israeli student organizations sent a letter to UCLA Gene Block Chancellor and UC Royal Council on November 8, inviting UCLA to cancel the upcoming conference of National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) on 16-18 November.
The letter states that the SJP violates the UCLA's "Community Principles" that prohibit "acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other conduct that harm individuals by reason of race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religious beliefs, political preference, sexual identity, gender identity, nationality or national origin, among other personal characteristics. "
"Only in May, UCLA was the scene of violence in the SJP: Jewish, Kurdish and Armenian students were physically and verbally abused to share their prospects on campus," the letter said. "In July, an SJP activist at Stanford made national titles to call for violence against pro-Israeli students, while last year SJP was suspended for two years from the University of California, Irvine for group attacks on students."
The letter continued to assert that most hate crimes target the Jews, and college campuses tend to have more anti-Semitic incidents when they have a stronger anti-national presence on the campus.
"One man anti-Semitism, Robert Bowers, led him to kill 11 Americans in a Pittsburgh synagogue simply because they were Jews," says the letter. "It is absolutely essential that UCLA take seriously the anti-Semitic rhetoric of SJP members."
Here are some examples of such rhetoric:
Maybe a conference calling to kill #Jews to take place after #PittsburghSynagogue shooting? YES, and it happens on November 16 at @UCLA. #SJP leaders and members often appeal to kill #Jews (see picture for you) and #UCLA is invisible in inviting their national conference to his campus pic.twitter.com/UAnpXzhtWZ
– Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) October 31, 2018
Among the groups that signed the letter were the chapters of the students who support Israel in UCLA, Columbia and Santa Monica College, UC Berkeley Tikvah, and Swarthmore students for Israel.
The Los Angeles City Council also asked UCLA to cancel the SJP conference.