DEAR CHANCELLOR

GENE BLOCK



As alumni, parents, and community members of UCLA represented by Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF-UCLA), we express concern for the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution that has passed a vote by the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC).

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 UCLA. 

Ironically, this definition was actually passed by USAC in 2015.

To this end, we call on UCLA to:

  • Support the Jewish community on campus and release a statement condemning the BDS resolution;

  • Affirm your commitment to combating antisemitism in all of its forms at UCLA by adopting the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.

We—alumni, parents, and community members represented by ACF-UCLA—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.