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By Mark Banschick
After Vassar’s student government voted to endorse a BDS resolution, a student-wide referendum was held. Springing to action, our chapter members worked with administration, student and faculty contacts to help defeat the BDS resolution in the referendum. Some of the students who participated in the referendum noted that they had voted against the BDS proposals because they did not want alumni to withdraw their financial support from the school.
Alums for Campus Fairness Oberlin Chapter “Oberlin Alumni Against Anti-Semitism” presses Oberlin Board for action on Professor Joy Karega
ACF’s Oberlin Chapter uncovered Karega’s anti-Semitic posts early in 2016. After an unsatisfactory response from President Krislov, the ACF alumni reached out to the Board of Trustees, whose chairman strongly condemned Karega’s posts and called for a prompt investigation. This summer, seeing Karega’s name still listed in the Fall 2016 course catalog, our chapter contacted the Oberlin Board. Subsequently, it was announced that Karega has been placed on paid leave and will no longer be advising or teaching students.
The Tower, a site focused on news and commentary about Israel and the Middle East, recently featured a post revealing that Joy Karega, an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College, “has written and shared a series of Facebook posts claiming that Jews or Israelis control much of the world and are responsible for the 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo attacks and the rise of ISIS.” Karega’s promotion of various conspiracy theories was documented in screen shots, and it was noted that “[t]he revelations about Prof. Karega’s Facebook posts come amid growing concern that Jewish students at Oberlin are facing a rising wave of anti-Semitism. This January, the frequency of anti-Semitic events on campus spurred 225 alumni and students to form Oberlin Alumni and Students Against Anti-Semitism.”
By Petra Marquardt-Bigman
Note: The following open letter by Laurie R. Josephs, Vice President and Secretary of Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), was first published at The Algemeiner; it is updated here with an additional email message sent to Vassar’s Jewish Studies department. Some further context for the criticism is provided in a recently published Commentary post and a post at Legal Insurrection.
In a recent Ha’aretz op-ed, Brown University student Jared Samilow made the case that self-professed “pro-Palestinian” activists on US campuses are intent on cowing anyone who is “expressing or associating with pro-Israel views.” Even lectures on Israel-related subjects have been targeted, as Samilow noted with regard to two recent cases, when activists disrupted lectures at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Texas at Austin.