Brandeis deems Jewish group's posters an act of 'hate'

Sandor Farkas
Collegiate Network Fellow

  • Brandeis University recently removed posters alleging ties between a pro-Palestine student group and the Palestinian terrorist organization HAMAS.
  • The removal came just days after "small swastikas" were found on several whiteboards, prompting the university to denounce both incidents as acts of "hate."
  • A poster produced by the David Horowitz Freedom Center that was removed by Brandeis University for promoting "hate."

    Brandeis University recently removed posters alleging ties between a pro-Palestine student group and the Palestinian terrorist organization HAMAS.

    Sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC), the posters demonstrated the connection between HAMAS, a radical Islamic and anti-Semitic terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel, and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a nation-wide student group that advocates for an end to Israel as a Jewish state.

    "Postings that violate other policy sections, including...non-discrimination and harassment…may be removed."   

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    Their removal comes just days after a September 25 incident in which a community advisor reported finding “small swastikas” drawn on whiteboards hung outside students’ rooms.

    The university drew little distinction between the two incidents, labeling both acts of “hate” in a campus-wide email, according to The Brandeis Hoot.

    Brandeis Public Safety removed the pro-Israel posters on September 26 after numerous staff called to report them, citing their insinuation that SJP is controlled by organizations such as HAMAS and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).  

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    Brandeis justified the removal by citing a rule that “postings that violate other policy sections, including but not limited to, non-discrimination and harassment…may be removed,” yet Brandeis neglected to remove SJP posters accusing Israel and Zionist groups of horrific crimes on numerous occasions, according to a pro-Israel leader who spoke with Campus Reform.

    Notably, Frontpage Magazine, a division of DHFC, released a recent article naming Brandeis the latest addition to its list of the “Top Ten Worst Schools that Support Terrorists,” stating that the DHFC had posted the flyers to make students aware of recent Congressional testimony on American connections to HAMAS.

    The testimony explains that after the U.S. government shut down three organizations for financing HAMAS, leadership of those organizations “gravitated to a new organization called American Muslims for Palestine.”

    It goes on to describe how AMP plays a central role in supporting SJP events on campus , calling it “arguably the most important sponsor and organizer” for SJP.

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    Additionally, Frontpage highlights Brandeis’ long history of anti-Semitism, including frequent swastikas appearing on campus, and even a 2014 incident in which the discovery of a student and faculty listserv exposed numerous professors who both likened Israel to Nazi Germany and expressed support for HAMAS.

    Similarly, the school’s SJP Facebook page supports these claims, with posts labeling Israelis and Jews “fascists” and “terrorists.”

    The university told Campus Reform that both the Swastikas and DHFC’s posters constituted “hate,” but did not return subsequent requests for comment seeking clarification on the equivalency between the two.

    UPDATE: “Universities are the future of the country,” David Horowitz said in a statement to Campus Reform, “They get to slander you without having to respond to the facts you prevent.” Horowitz noted that Brandeis “didn’t make one attempt to say that SJP is not funded by HAMAS or that it does not seek the destruction of Israel.”

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    Sandor Farkas

    Sandor Farkas

    Collegiate Network Fellow
    Sandor Farkas is a Collegiate Network Fellow at Campus Reform. Prior to starting this fellowship, he was a Tikvah Fellow. Farkas earned a degree in history from Dartmouth College, where he was editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth Review. Farkas also serves as an officer in the Virginia Army National Guard.
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