SWC Urges SF State University President to Investigate and Condemn Palestinian Student Group for Slogans Expressing “A Most Hateful and Virulent Form of Anti-Semitism”

SWC Urges SF State University President to Investigate and Condemn Palestinian Student Group for Slogans Expressing “A Most Hateful and Virulent Form of Anti-Semitism”

November 19, 2013 
 
The Simon Wiesenthal today urged San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong to condemn and investigate an event held last Thursday by the school’s General Union of Palestine Students where participants were encouraged to display a slogan that the Jewish community sees as “an implicit statement glorifying the murder of Jews.”
 
In a letter to President Wong, Rabbi Aron Hier, Director of the Wiesenthal Center’s  Campus Outreach, said that, according to the AMCHA Initiative, tables for art projects were set up at the event which was a celebration of a student mural of the controversial  Palestinian scholar and activist Edward Said.  Rabbi Hier wrote, “On the tables were cans of spray paint and stencils. One stencil bore the words, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS.”  He went on to write that given the event, “the Jewish community is outraged and sees this as an implicit statement glorifying the murder of Jews; an act that may have legal repercussions and that clearly expresses a most hateful and virulent form of anti-Semitism.”
 
Aron Hier urged the SFSU President to “fully investigate this matter and to issue a public statement vigorously condemning this act,” and to fully discipline the student organization(s) involved and to take measures to prevent such actions from re-occurring. “We strongly recommend that any faculty, departmental, or administrative involvement in this matter be exposed, condemned and disciplined and that in the future no University funds be used to facilitate such an outrage,” Hier concluded.
 
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