Thirty-one pro-Israeli student organizations sent a letter to the Chancellor of UCLA Gene & a, Block and UC's Council of UCLA on November 8, urging UCLA to cancel the upcoming National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) conference on November 18.
The letter states that SJP violates the "Community Rules" issued by UCLA, which prohibit "acts of discrimination, persecution, profiling or other behavior that harms people based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religious beliefs, political preferences, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or national origin and other personal characteristics. "
"Last May, UCLA was a SJP violence scene: Jewish, Kurdish and Armenian students were physically and verbally used to share their insights on the campus," the letter said. "In July, the SJP activist at Stanford University was at the forefront of articles calling for violence against pro-Israeli students, while last year SJP was suspended for two years from the University of California in Irvine for group attacks on students."
The letter states that the majority of hate crimes are directed against Jews, and university campuses tend to have more frequent anti-Semitic incidents when they have a stronger anti-Zionist presence on the campus.
"The anti-Semitism of one man, Robert Bowers, led him to murder 11 Americans in a synagogue in Pittsburgh simply because they were Jews," the letter said. "It is absolutely critical that UCLA take seriously anti-Semitic rhetoric of SJP members."
Here are some examples of such rhetoric:
Can a conference call kill you #Jews follow after #PittsburghSynagogue shooting? YES, and happens on November 16, @UCLA. #SJP leaders and members often call for killing #Jews (see picture for yourself) and #UCLA he is not discouraged from inviting his national conference to the campus pic.twitter.com/UAnpXzhtWZ
– Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) October 31, 2018
The groups that signed the letter included: Students supporting the Israeli chapters at UCLA, Colombia and Santa Monica College, Tikvah UC Berkeley and Swarthmore Students for Israel.
Los Angeles City Council also called UCLA to cancel the SJP conference.