As alumni, parents, and community members of SFSU represented by Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF-San Francisco State), we express concern for the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution that has been proposed to Associated Students.
According to the Working Definition of Antisemitism established by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and adopted by the US Department of Education, BDS campaigns are antisemitic and do not serve as legitimate criticisms of Israel. While BDS brands itself as a progressive human rights movement, its real intent is to undermine any hopes for peace, justice, and human rights in the region by applying a double-standard in delegitimizing and demonizing Israel. BDS is a global campaign against the Jewish People's right of self-determination that is utilizing hatred and exclusion to divide the student body at SFSU.
Not only do experts on antisemitism and related international organizations strongly oppose BDS as antisemitic, but Jewish public opinion echoes the same thoughts. According the A 2019 Survey of American Jewish Attitudes, which is the most comprehensive survey of American Jewish opinion to date, 82 percent of American Jews view the BDS movement as mostly antisemitic or that the movement has antisemitic supporter and 4 percent were not sure, while only 14 percent could definitely say that they don’t view the BDS movement as antisemitic.
To this end, we call on SFSU to:
Support the Jewish community at SFSU and affirm your commitment to combating antisemitism in all of its forms at SFSU by adopting the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.
We—alumni, parents, and community members represented by ACF-San Francisco State—thank you for your commitment to supporting all students, including Jewish students and their allies. As the unified alumni voice in countering antisemitism, we ask that you show your support for the Jewish community through your upcoming vote.
Sign now to join the united voice against antisemitism at SFSU!