May 26, 2019

Trial Date Set for Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Semitism At SFSU

A trial date has been set for a lawsuit alleging that San Francisco State University (SFSU) engaged in anti-Semitism, according to a press release from The Lawfare Project.

The press release states that California Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer Jr. scheduled the trial to take place on March 4, 2019. The lawsuit was brought on by two Jewish students alleging that SFSU Hillel was discriminated by the university for being excluded from the school’s “Know Your Rights” fair that educates students on how to handle a hostile climate.

The students are being represented by The Lawfare Project and Winston & Strawn LLP.

“It is profoundly ironic that one of the most victimized communities in America would be excluded from a university-sponsored event that would help equip them to protect and defend their rights,” Amanda Berman, director of Legal Affairs for the Lawfare Project, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it’s not particularly shocking, given that SFSU’s President Wong has suggested that the physical safety of Jews on campus is a ‘political issue.’”

Winston Strawn LLP’s Seth Weinsburst said in a statement that SFSU is “one of the country’s most anti-Semitic campuses.”

“We look forward to proceeding with a transparent and expeditious discovery process, and we are confident that we will be successful as we seek justice for our clients at trial next spring,” Weinsburst said.

SFSU is also facing a lawsuit alleging that they didn’t discipline a Palestinian student who threatened to kill Israeli soldiers and that they ordered police not to do anything as anti-Israel protesters disrupted a Jerusalem Mayor Nir Bakat’s April 2016 speech on campus