Vassar President condemns “racist, anti-Semitic graphic” posted by Students for Justice in Palestine
Demands SJP “cease representing itself as an official Vassar group, pending these investigations”
Earlier today I posted how Vassar anti-Israel group’s unhinged social media sparks student bias complaints. The social media campaign by SJP initially was a reaction to my speech at Vassar on May 5 against the boycott of Israel, and then grew more vitriolic in the following days.
The following email was just send by Catharine Hill, the President of Vassar College with regard to the conduct of Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine.
Subject: [Students] Bias incident investigation
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 21:07:47
To the Vassar Community:
I am writing to condemn a racist, anti-Semitic graphic posted to the Tumblr online site affiliated with the Vassar chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). In response to this posting, the college is initiating a full investigation and action on the matter under established college procedures. SJP Vassar is a Vassar student “preliminary organization,” an initial status required of all student organizations as they seek full certification by the Vassar Student Association (VSA). I am requesting VSA review of the SJP’s pre-organization status. The college is also investigating the SJP’s online posting as a bias incident under college regulations. I also request that the SJP Vassar membership take responsibility for its actions and cease representing itself as an official Vassar group, pending these investigations. Vassar College is committed to free speech and academic freedom, but we condemn racist, hateful speech.
While the email does not specify the graphic, it likely was this graphic, which is just one of a series of anti-Zionist white nationalist and neo-Nazi social media posts by SJP: