More Anti-Semitism at UCLA: Israel Wiped Off the Map by Campus Club

"BFI is concerned that, given the recent prevalence of anti-Zionist bigotry on campus, EAS’ initial erasing of Israel was deliberate."

Bruins for Israel, the pro-Israel campus club at UCLA, issued a public request for an apology from the Empowered Arab Sisterhood. According to a statement from the pro-Israel group, the sorority presented maps of the Middle East that included "Palestine" but omitted Israel:

On Tuesday, May 21, at UCLA’s World In-Sight fair, a festival meant to expose UCLA students to the globe’s diverse cultures, the Empowered Arab Sisterhood (EAS) disseminated maps asking students to “Find All The Middle Eastern Countries” (see below).  The EAS listed 17 countries among the list of Middle Eastern states to choose from (including Palestine) but conspicuously omitted the State of Israel. This glaring omission effectively eliminated the Jewish state from the Middle East. When confronted, EAS members chose to cross out “Middle Eastern” in the title and replace it with “Arab” instead (see below). BFI is concerned that, given the recent prevalence of anti-Zionist bigotry on campus, EAS’ initial erasing of Israel was deliberate.

The Bruins for Israel statement continued, calling out the the bigotry that has intensified on campus while requesting an apology:

Whether deliberate or not, the omission of Israel from the Middle East in EAS’ materials represents yet more disinformation that undermines the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and alienates Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus. It is because such disinformation and hostility towards the Jewish and pro-Israel community have become so frequent at UCLA that we have put forth our statement asking the UCLA community to denounce anti-Zionist bigotry. By erasing Israel from the Middle East, EAS erased our families, our history and our collective rights. By erasing the State of Israel but including Palestine, EAS’ omission also directly hinders efforts to reach peace based on a two state solution, a solution that BFI fully endorses.

Accordingly, Bruins for Israel requests that the Empowered Arab Sisterhood issue a statement of apology that recognizes the State of Israel as well as the right of Jewish people to self-determination in their ancestral homeland.

The Empowered Arab Sisterhood expressed little remorse through the group's Facebook page:


The past few weeks have featured a relentless onslaught of anti-Semitic behavior on the campus of UCLA, including the targeting of Jewish and pro-Israel students by the various organizations including Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Muslim campus newsmagazine Al-Talib.