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February 24, 2009

A worldwide campaign to demonize Israel and intimidate students and faculty who support the Jewish State is underway.

During the last few weeks Jewish students have been under assault at some of academia’s most prestigious addresses in the US, Canada and Europe, especially since Israel’s incursion into Gaza to stop Hamas’ relentless rocket barrage against civilians. 

This anti-Israel campaign continues into March with a series of events planned including an International BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions) Day and “Israel Apartheid Week” which will be held around college campuses in 42 cities worldwide from March 1st–8th. First started in Toronto in 2005, “Israel Apartheid Week” has only grown in scope and viciousness, sponsored by aggressive, well-funded organizations committed to demonize the Jewish state and de-legitimize the only democracy in the Middle East.

The “Israel Apartheid Week” organizers call the recent Gaza conflict “Israel’s barbaric assault against the people of Gaza” and have planned a series of “lectures, films and actions [to] make the point that these latest massacres further confirm the true nature of Israeli Apartheid.” 

"Apartheid Wall" on display during a past "Israel Apartheid Week" at UC Irvine.

iACT student activists passing out literature at UC Berkeley.

iAct's Rabbi Aron Hier confronts the student leader of the anti-Israel rally at the University of Southern California.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s action plan is to aid Jewish students on campuses with the placement of a hard-hitting, full-page ad in some 2-dozen student newspapers on major targeted campuses during “Israel Apartheid Week”.

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Reports from targeted campuses are pouring in from both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, which has just suffered the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents ever in one month, an instructor at Oxford University claimed, “Within five years, Oxford will be a Jew-free zone.” At UC Santa Barbara, a student reported to the Wiesenthal Center that her professor sent an e-mail to his Sociology class with shocking photos comparing Israeli soldiers to Nazis.

Just this month, the University of Manchester Student’s Union passed a resolution in activating a boycott of Israel. And at Toronto’s prestigious York University, Jewish students were attacked by an angry mob shouting anti-Semitic threats including, “Die bitch…go back to Israel” and “Die Jew…get the hell of campus.” Police were forced to step in and escort the students to safety. Wiesenthal Center Canadian Director of National Affairs, Leo Adler, contacted the Toronto police chief to demand immediate action to this hate crime.

The “Israel Apartheid Week” and BDS campaign's target audience is clear: the hundreds of thousands of impressionable young people who know painfully little about the Middle East. 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, through its campus iAct program and by mobilizing its staff and supporters are helping to make a difference. At this pivotal moment we need your help to empower Jewish students and faculty fight back the intimidation and violent rhetoric they are experiencing on their campuses today.

Please send your urgently needed support to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. We’re counting on your help and generous support to make this happen.


Rabbi Marvin Hier
Dean and Founder

P.S. We will also be distributing copies of the advertisement and other support materials to students on campus. Copies will also be available as a download at  and free of charge.




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