StandWithUs Applauds SDSU Student Senate for Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitismby Natalie Jacobs April 21, 2017
The Israel education group StandWithUs is congratulating the San Diego State University Associated Students (A.S.) for passing “A Resolution to Condemn Anti-Semitism” on April 19, 2017. This follows similar resolutions that passed at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Indiana University, and elsewhere. A.S.’s vote is an important step to address anti-Semitism on campus, and we urge the university leadership to follow it up with concrete action.
The SDSU Associated Students made news again the next day when it narrowly voted down another anti-discrimination matter, put forth by the Native American Student Alliance to phase out the Aztec name and mascot. KPBS reports that although a survey found 78 percent of students in favor of keeping the mascot, seven members of the Associated Students resigned over the decision. Education reporter Megan Burks reports those students cited the previous day’s anti-Semitism resolution in their decision to resign, saying “the board has failed to demonstrate parity.”
StandWithUs notes that the anti-Semitism resolution was spurred by specific incidents of racism, including an SDSU student group’s invitation of a speaker who referred to Jews as “sleazy thieves” on social media (his event was later cancelled). It also condemned anti-Semitism associated with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement which occurred at Durban University of Technology in South Africa.
In passing this resolution, A.S. formally adopted the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which includes demonization, double standards, and delegitimization of Israel. They recognized, “that the Jewish people, like all peoples, have a collective right to self-determination” and condemned attempts to “undermine” these rights.
“SDSU students should be commended for taking an official stance that distinguishes between legitimate criticism of Israel and hate speech,” Lauren Gutin, the StandWithUs Emerson Fellow and incoming President of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at SDSU, through a release sent out by the organization.