The New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, a leading anti-Israel group, littered a dorm on campus with anti-Semitic flyers on Thursday morning. Two of the most egregious claims on the flyers were that Israel ethnically cleanses non-Jews and the claim that the Israeli government has a process known as 'Judaization':
We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in three days.
If you do not vacate the premise by midnight on 25 April, 2014 we reserve the right to destroy all remaining belongings. We cannot be held responsible for property or persons remaining inside the premises. Charges for demolition will be applied to your student accounts.
Eviction notices are routinely given to Palestinian families living under Israeli occupation for no other reason than their ethnicity. Forced evictions are arbitrary, racist, humiliating, and in violation of Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Palestinian homes are destroyed as part of the state of Israel’s ongoing attempts to ethnically cleanse the region of its Arab inhabitants and maintain an exclusively “Jewish” character of the state. By destroying Palestinian homes, the state makes room for illegal Israeli settlements. The Israeli government itself describes the process as ‘Judaization.’
The United States government, American corporations, and NYU faculty pension funds support these policies through foreign aid and investment.
27,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed since 1967
160,000 Palestinians have been left homeless as a result of these policies
THIS IS NOT A REAL EVICTION NOTICE
This is intended to draw attention to the reality that Palestinians confront on a regular basis
According to Laura Adkins at the Times of Israel, "Jewish students that live in the Palladium residence hall of New York University (NYU) awoke to quite a shock. Slinking quietly through the night, members of NYU’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) had distributed mock eviction notices to students in this dorm (which is known across campus as one with a high concentration of Jewish residents, and is the only NYU dorm with a Shabbat elevator" One student told Adkins, “Being very straightforward, this made me feel targeted and unsafe in my own dorm room and I know others feel exactly the same as myself. I understand free speech rights but if this was targeted solely to Jewish students then this appears to be of a more threatening nature rather than informative.”
The US State Department's working definition of anti-Semitism states "Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The US State Department to continues with examples of contemporary anti-Semitism with regards to Israel includes, "Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the state of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews"
Anti-Israel activists have taken to Twitter to mock Adkins and other news sources covering the incident: