May 12, 2022
Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness
917-512-4585, [email protected]
Alums for Campus Fairness at UC San Diego (ACF-UCSD) is concerned about the recent trend of antisemitism at our alma mater.
Taher Herzallah, who has used his platform to incite violence against Jews on multiple occasions, recently spoke at UCSD, which has been followed by a silent protest and an “uptick in vandalism of Jewish symbols on campus.” During the week between these two speaking engagements, a display case on campus highlighting antisemitism was repeatedly vandalized. In addition, a Star of David at Graffiti Park was defaced and a swastika was found in the bathroom of the library.
It is important that speakers who have directly targeted Jews with calls to violence are not treated with impunity on campus. Free speech does not legitimize giving a platform to those who have clearly called for violence against a minority group, creating an environment where students feel unsafe.
ACF remains unified in combating antisemitism at UCSD. We call on the greater UCSD community to stand with Jewish students and their allies on campus.
About ACF: Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) leverages the unique power of alumni to combat antisemitism on college campuses. ACF helps organize and cultivate alumni chapters for colleges and universities across the country, equipping members with tools, tactics, and training to proactively engage with administrators. Learn more at www.campusfairness.org.