A protest against anti-Semitism is going to be held at UCLA’s Faculty Center at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
The protest, which is being organized by Yad Yamin, will call for UCLA to cancel National Students for Justice in Palestine’s (NSJP) upcoming conference on Nov. 16-18:
SJP Uncovered has said that Alhato was disinvited from the conference over his posts.
A member of Yad Yamin told the Journal in a phone interview that a nonpartisan coalition will be calling on UCLA to actively take a stand against “incitement and anti-Semitism” on campus, as they don’t think the administration is currently doing enough against it.
For instance, the member argued that UCLA’s cease-and-desist letter against NSJP for using the UCLA Bruin Bear in their conference logo failed to acknowledge the inherent anti-Semitism in the logo.
“They concentrated on the licensing and unpermitted use of the bear… but what about the obvious in-your-face anti-Semitism of it?” the member said, pointing out that half of the kite that the bear was playing with is shaped like Israel and covered in red.
The cease-and-desist letter noted that the kite in the logo could be interpreted “as an intention to endorse violence against Israel.”
The Yad Yamin member also pointed out that NSJP’s website specifically called for the destruction of Zionism, which would fall under the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, but the event is still being allowed to occur on campus.
The coalition will be calling for the UCLA administration to not only cancel the NSJP conference, but also to sanction and investigate SJP, as well as train university staff to better identify anti-Semitism on campus.
“We’re fed up with the administration’s refusal to address the growing anti-Semitism on campus,” the member said.