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The AMCHA Initiative, a California-based Israel advocacy group, is at it again. The group dedicated to monitoring Palestine solidarity groups on campus and filing legal complaints to halt activism is continuing to target Professor David Klein, who teaches math at California State University Northridge (CSUN).

The Israel advocacy group sent a letter last week to the California State University Board of Trustees alleging that Klein broke the law by promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on a website hosted by the university. The letter also blasts Klein for using his university e-mail to promote a Green Party Congressional candidate who supports the BDS movement.

The attempt to use the law to target Klein is part of the AMCHA Initiative’s larger campaign of policing BDS activity on campus, which they label as anti-Semitic.

The complaint is largely a reprise of past attempts to use legal measures to bar Klein from hosting the BDS website. But the university has rejected the claims lodged by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a University of California lecturer and the head of the AMCHA Initiative, that Klein violated the law with his web page.

When Rossman-Benjamin has brought up similar complaints in the past, the university’s president, while saying he was personally uncomfortable with some of the web material, affirmed that “the University does uphold and preserve the principles of academic freedom—and Professor Klein’s right to express his views. Our review affirmed that this right extends to the use of an individual’s web pages, as part of the University website, as a vehicle for expression.” The CSU president also said Klein’s web page does not mean that the university endorses his views. The California Attorney General likewise rejected Benjamin’s request to prosecute Klein over alleged “misuse of state resources” last June.

Now, Benjamin is pointing to a part of the California Education Code that bars the use of CSU’s name to promote political initiatives like a boycott. The letter Benjamin sent alleges that, if the university did not grant permission for the web page, Klein is violating the statute by using a CSU website to promote the BDS movement. The AMCHA Initiative letter also warns CSU that if they don’t agree with her, “we will inform the alumni, donors, Jewish supporters and members of the Jewish community throughout the state and across the country that the CSU Board of Trustees not only condones anti-Semitic behavior at California State University, but is directly responsible for its spread.”

Benjamin testified on the matter at a CSU Board of Trustees meeting yesterday. Her testimony was followed by statements made by two members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP): Estee Chandler and Carol Smith. Chandler, a chapter organizer with JVP, told the Board of Trustees “that she rejects attempts to limit free expression and robust debate on campuses by attacking groups and individuals in order to limit criticism of the policies of the State of Israel.”

JVP’s efforts bolstered moves by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild to push back against Benjamin’s claims.

In a September 22 letter sent to CSU’s trustees, attorneys Liz Jackson and Jim Lafferty said that Benjamin was distorting the spirit of the law she cited. “It is clear from the context that the purpose of the statute is to deter people from attempting to misattribute their own expressed beliefs as having official university endorsement. There is no evidence that Prof. Klein implied university endorsement of his views,” they wrote.

The lawyers added that Benjamin’s attacks on Klein were aimed at silencing “discourse by students, faculty and others who speak out in criticism of Israeli government policies.”

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  1. annie
    annie
    September 26, 2013, 2:57 pm

    if they don’t agree with her, “we will inform the alumni, donors, Jewish supporters and members of the Jewish community throughout the state and across the country that the CSU Board of Trustees not only condones anti-Semitic behavior at California State University, but is directly responsible for its spread.”

    she’s a thug.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      September 26, 2013, 4:09 pm

      The double whammy of huge Zionist donations and the jew-hater card, plus that the main media never digs into this stuff and exposes it for what it is, thuggery, so Dick and Jane remain clueless–is the biggest problem America faces because at least Dick and Jane are vaguely aware Wall St is a big problem, and lack of jobs is obvious.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      September 27, 2013, 9:59 am

      I think he was called Aaron Swartz, an internet genius. He died aged 26. The obituary in the NZZ, a swiss newspaper included the following “Mit seinem juedischen Hintergrund reagierte er empfindlich auf jede Diskriminierung”

      “With his Jewish background he was acutely sensitive to any kind of discrimination. ”

      Zionism beats that compassion out of Jews to make thugs. It is the distance between yiddish and modern hebrew.

  2. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    September 26, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Benjamin…”You have a nice University here, wouldn’t like anything to happen to it, know what I mean Governor?

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      September 26, 2013, 6:09 pm

      Or else. The thugs will break your kneecaps. Yes, thuggery to the nth degree. I hope she sues somewhere where they have an anti-strike-suit law.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      September 26, 2013, 10:48 pm

      Oops! Clumsy me! I hope that Institute of Advanced Study wasn’t very expensive. But there, you see how fragile these things can be, eh?

  3. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    September 26, 2013, 4:09 pm

    Question about CSUN math professor David Klein, the target of the Lobby: is he Jewish? Just curious.

    In the past if the dissident was Jewish, that made the predictable charge of anti-Semitism less effective. So the target was instead accused of being a self-hating Jew. (Ho hum).

    Lenni Brenner, a longtime critic of Israel, had a standard reply to that charge. He was not self-hating: In fact he was in love with himself!

    • American
      American
      September 26, 2013, 5:25 pm

      Yea he is. No surprise there….Jews, gentiles, we’re all their enemies if we deny them anything. The Zio cult has no loyalties to anything but the I- cult.

      EXCLUSIVE: Jewish Group Takes California State University …
      http://www.algemeiner.com › Featured‎
      2 days ago – The website logo of California State University-Northridge … ignored at CSU- Northridge, where Jewish mathematics professor David Klein

      « Aletho News
      alethonews.wordpress.com/tag/david-klein/
      Jan 28, 2012 – Now, the CSUN management is convinced that Israel is a safe place even … Dr. David Klein, a renowned Jewish professor of Mathematics,

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      September 26, 2013, 6:13 pm

      As Klein is apparently a leftist, they will probably call him an “extremist”.

    • Ron Edwards
      Ron Edwards
      September 26, 2013, 7:14 pm

      I am a faculty member at DePaul University and was present for and involved with the events during 2007-2008. Norman Finkelstein’s Jewish heritage did not protect him from multiple virulent and non-factual smears, anti-Semitism prominently among them, right next to Holocaust denier. Both of which were the kneejerk responses I received from too many so-called intellectual, academic friends across the city when I raised the subject.

      • just
        just
        September 26, 2013, 8:06 pm

        Hello Ron.

        What do you think happened and what is happening? Is it de jure to accept this treatment of folks trying to “break the silence” within Universities all over our States ??? I would like to hear much more.

      • Ron Edwards
        Ron Edwards
        September 26, 2013, 8:33 pm

        I don’t think most faculty and most other academic participants *want* to accept mistreatment of one of their number. However, the default university administration’s position is risk-aversion, of all kinds. The situation at DePaul unfortunately had several layers (the tenure process e.g.), each of which was vulnerable to influence, so those determined to oust Dr. Finkelstein could work the system from different angles, relying on the built-in risk-averse responses of several separate administrative bodies.

        Arguably things are a little better nationwide rather than worse, with Dr. Finkelstein’s situation being a low point for justice, or from the perpetrators’ point of view, a lucky heavy blow. It does seem that if a school ignores such threats, nothing terrible actually tends to happen to it. I hang onto some dim hope that most other schools are or perhaps are becoming less vulnerable. On the negative side, moral courage is by far the least common feature of university administrations. On the positive side, an emergent student group for academic freedom and SJP organized some high-quality and influential events at DePaul in the following years and managed to withstand some pretty tough Hillel International broadsides, with at least some consideration from the relevant administration.

        The people I referenced above were outside of the immediate situation and knew about it only at second-hand, however, and they were disappointingly vulnerable to believing and perpetuating the smears. This *was* definitely disheartening and frightening … sadly, academic culture is very vulnerable to gossip and innuendo.

      • annie
        annie
        September 26, 2013, 8:49 pm

        thanks for your comments ron. i’m wondering if you’d heard the recent American Assoc. of University Professors Journal of Academic Freedom focused on the academic boycott of Israel.http://www.aaup.org/reports-publications/journal-academic-freedom/volume-4

        some impressive coverage.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        Stephen Shenfield
        September 27, 2013, 10:06 am

        The worst thing about the Finkelstein affair was that a colleague of his was also fired, solely for speaking in his defense at an internal meeting.

      • ToivoS
        ToivoS
        September 26, 2013, 9:19 pm

        Given that DePaul U is a Jesuit school I found it hard to understand why their admin caved into lobby pressure to deny Finklestein tenure. After all it is hard to see that many Jews donate them money.

        However, my puzzlement was solved when I learned that the city of Chicago under Rahm Emmanuel agreed to build them a $300 million football stadium. That was not private donations, that was Chicago taxpayer money. No need for Jewish donors. This is one major boondoggle of epic proportions: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/20113457-419/with-rahms-depaul-plan-weve-entered-a-new-arena-of-stupidity.html

  4. Mike_Konrad
    Mike_Konrad
    September 26, 2013, 4:17 pm

    From David Klein’s site:
    http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/boycott.html

    Israel is the most racist state in the world at this time

    That is a bit over the top.

    Saudi Arabia only allows Islam. In the Sudan, slaves were taken; and still are.

    Neither side is going to give in on this debate

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      September 26, 2013, 11:03 pm

      “Saudi Arabia only allows Islam.”

      Nothing racist about that. People of all races make the pilgrimage to Mecca.

      People of other religions are allowed to practice their religion in private.

      • Walid
        Walid
        September 27, 2013, 12:25 am

        More precisely, they are allowed to practice it not simply in private but out of sight. Husseiniyas for 20% of the country’s Shia Muslims are not permitted. Egypt also forbids the building of Huseiniyas eventhough the number of Shia there is minute.

    • Ron Edwards
      Ron Edwards
      September 27, 2013, 12:46 am

      Don’t be diverted by this bit of sleight-of-hand. Saudia Arabia, or more accurately the House of Sa’ud, is hand-in-glove with Israel regarding Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. Don’t forget the Future Movement shenanigans re: Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, and if you look for historical instances of substantive opposition between the two nations, you’ll be looking for a while. Neither could continue their respective shady-sticky relations with the U.S. and their corresponding positions of international privilege without the other. In these positions, they present twin bastions of bigotry.

      Mike’s post is full of internal holes, conflating both religion and slavery with racism for instance. But his diversion is clear: keep us yipping about those holes and we concede the real lie, claiming that Saudi Arabia and Israel are somehow a viable topic for contrasts.

  5. American
    American
    September 26, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Let’s mail the thug……I like to think it irritates them at least a bit.

    [email protected];

    Subject: Go Ahead

    Re:..
    ”The AMCHA Initiative letter also warns CSU that if they don’t agree with her, “we will inform the alumni, donors, Jewish supporters and members of the Jewish community throughout the state and across the country that the CSU Board of Trustees not only condones anti-Semitic behavior at California State University, but is directly responsible for its spread.”

    Every time I see attempts like this to destroy US free speech and academic freedom for the unsavory purposes of a foreign country I go out in my community and educate more Americans on the fact that those like you and your organizations are acting in the interest of a foreign government and are detrimental to all Americans welfare and US democracy.
    So threaten whoever you please, we are also threatening out politicians that any who support Israel and it’s violations of international law, pledge any loyalty to any foreign country, cater to any foreign special interest groups, take any directions from the US Israel Lobby will not get our votes or political donations.

    So go ahead…we’ll see in the final analysis if the phony anti semite slurs can trump our already well evidenced ‘Anti American’ charge in the US public’s mind.
    I am betting it won’t.

    XX XXXXX

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      September 26, 2013, 11:05 pm

      So threaten whomever you please. We are also threatening out politicians that any who support Israel and its violations of international law …

  6. Mike_Konrad
    Mike_Konrad
    September 26, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Forget AMCHA!

    The Israeli Law Center goes after anyone who comes within a million miles of BDS.
    http://www.israellawcenter.org/

    The Israeli Law Center goes after BDSers in Australia
    http://www.israellawcenter.org/page.asp?id=&show=photo&pn=1394&ref=report

    The Israeli Law Center is presently going after Facebook for allowing Iranian ministers to have facebook pages.
    http://www.israellawcenter.org/page.asp?id=&show=photo&pn=1410&ref=report

    They shut down any possibility of BDS at TIAA-CREF
    https://wedivest.org/post/264/israel-law-center-threatens-suit#.UkSYGYZ02SU

    The claim will be that the doctor supports anti-Israeli causes; and that by hosting his webpages the University has become an accessory to terrorism.

    They go after everyone. Check their website. They cannot attack free speech in America, so they will bankrupt it.

    Now, I am NOT in favor of BDS.

    Neither am I in favor of suppressing free speech, or making BDS illegal.

    So this is a hard call.

    I think Dr. Klein is over the top; but the law is on his side. I do not agree with his views, but what about Academic Freedom?

    However, the Israeli Law Center and hard core Zionists are NOT going to give in. This is what those who oppose the Zionist movement do not grasp.

    THEY WILL NOT GIVE IN. Israel and her supporters will use nuclear weapons before they surrender control of Judea and Samaria.

    Every issue, every website, every paragraph, every opinion will become a Stalingrad to them.

    Right or wrong, this is the cold hard fact.

    You think I am crazy with my suggestions; but the fact is: Israel will NOT budge. Any concessions are cosmetic. Releasing prisoners means nothing if they then build settlements.

    Now, I am NOT even opposed to settlements, per se.

    I am opposed to idiocy, though.

    This is a losing battle. Either grasp that or restock your grandparents bunkers they built for nuclear war. Israel will NOT surrender one inch. All they will do is slow down the official annexation to prevent world outrage.

    I am not saying Israel is wrong. I am just saying this is fact.

    • Ecru
      Ecru
      September 27, 2013, 1:51 am

      Israel and her supporters will use nuclear weapons before they surrender control of Judea and Samaria.

      Let’s suppose you are right and that Israel will commit not just suicide for itself but suicide for every Jew on the planet before giving up the West Bank, what then of the Palestinians?

      THEY WILL NOT GIVE IN

      Neither will we or the Palestinians, that’s a fact YOU seem to find hard to grasp. And surely the first word in your sentence should be “we.”

      I am not saying Israel is wrong.

      You can look at annexation, ethnic cleansing, bigotry on levels that would have made South Africa blush and not call it wrong? Thanks for the example of why Zionism is and always has been a morally bankrupt philosophy.

    • just
      just
      September 27, 2013, 3:35 am

      Mike– get some new “facts”– you might find them useful just prior to launching your nuclear ‘holocaust’ with all of your undeclared nuclear weapons…………..

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      September 27, 2013, 5:26 am

      ” Israel and her supporters will use nuclear weapons before they surrender control of Judea and Samaria.”

      If this is so, you again reveal the moral bankruptcy of Israel and Zionism.

    • eljay
      eljay
      September 27, 2013, 8:41 am

      >> THEY WILL NOT GIVE IN. Israel and her supporters will use nuclear weapons before they surrender control of Judea and Samaria. … Israel will NOT budge. Any concessions are cosmetic. … Israel will NOT surrender one inch. … I am not saying Israel is wrong.

      Well, then, I’ll say it: Israel is wrong. And, on top of that, it’s hateful, immoral, supremacist and just plain nuts.

      >> I am opposed to idiocy, though.

      So you oppose Israel in its current supremacist, belligerent, intransigent and crazy form. Good to know.

    • American
      American
      September 27, 2013, 9:06 am

      @Mike_Konrad

      I am beginning to wonder if instead of being a insane Z-cultist you might be neo nazi or ALQ operative on here trying to gin up even more hatred of Isr.

  7. ivri
    ivri
    September 26, 2013, 4:53 pm

    The point is of course the difference between criticism and boycott. The former is a democratic measure the latter is a form of “declaration of war” by means other than physical violence. Being so, you can be sure that Israel (in fact any one in that situation) and supporters will fight boycott by any means they have – La guerre comme a la guerre.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      September 27, 2013, 8:55 am

      ivri says: “[B]oycott … is a form of “declaration of war” by means other than physical violence.”

      Mhm, so Jews in Palestine allready declared war in mandated Palestine when they boycotted Arab markets and labor? General Attorney of Palestine Norman Bentwich (a moderate Zionist Jew) called it “economic Apartheid”.

      And Jews also did declare war on Germany in March 1933?

  8. Blaine Coleman
    Blaine Coleman
    September 26, 2013, 6:16 pm

    If the BDS movement revives this semester, the Zionist thugs lose.
    If not, they can run riot completely unopposed. Remember that there are very, very few Zionists. It’s a filthy, racist doctrine, something shameful to express in public.

    All you need is 3 students demanding a strong boycott-Israel resolution, and the entire campus’s life will change. Next week is October. Where is the “BDS movement”? It represents a good clean cause– resistance to racist violence.

    So where is it? Can it be found on any campus, anywhere?

  9. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    September 26, 2013, 6:57 pm

    RE: “The AMCHA Initiative, a California-based Israel advocacy group, is at it again. The group dedicated to monitoring Palestine solidarity groups on campus and filing legal complaints to halt activism is continuing to target Professor David Klein, who teaches math at California State University Northridge (CSUN).” ~ Alex Kane

    MY COMMENT: This Zionist attempt at the suppression of free speech is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment [like the “right of free speech” and the “freedom of association”]! ! !
    “Down, down, down we
    [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel.”

    P.S. OTHER EXAMPLES OF ISRAEL’S VALUES TRUMPING (OVERRIDING) THE VALUES OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT HERE IN THE U.S.
    “How We Became Israel”, By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, 9/10/12
    LINK – http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-we-became-israel/
    “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi, Antiwar.com, 7/05/12
    LINK – http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/07/04/america-adopts-the-israel-paradigm/
    “Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police”, By Muriel Kane, Raw Story, 12/04/11
    LINK – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/04/report-israeli-model-underlies-militarization-of-u-s-police/
    “From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American Domestic Security”, By Max Blumenthal, Al-akhbar, 12/02/11
    LINK – http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/2178 OR http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29892.htm
    “Homeland Security Made in Israel”, by Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com, 8/22/13
    LINK – http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/08/21/homeland-security-made-in-israel/
    • NRA PUSHES PLAN IMPORTED FROM ISRAEL TO PUT POLICE IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS – NRA President’s Report: David Keene on the Push to Protect Our Children [VIDEO, 12:10] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Iy-LVL5dU
    • IN THE WAKE OF THE BOSTON BOMBINGS, a “National Security Expert” on Fox Faux News said that the U.S. is like a 14-year-old teenager going through “security puberty”; and we must demand that our government “get on the Israeli page”! ! !
    On the Wish List from the Boston Bombings – The Israelization of America [VIDEO, 00:25] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fff8dXQNVdA
    “Two Secretive Israeli Companies Reportedly Bugged The US Telecommunications Grid For The NSA”, By Michael Kelley, Business Insider, 6/07/13
    LINK – http://www.businessinsider.com/israelis-bugged-the-us-for-the-nsa-2013-6
    “IDF Unit 8200 Cyberwar Veterans Developed NSA Snooping Technology”, By Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 6/07/13
    LINK – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2013/06/09/top-secret-iaf-unit-exposed/
    “Meet the Israeli-linked firm that sold Big Brother machines to Mubarak, Qaddafi – and Washington”, by Max Blumenthal, Mondoweiss, 6/15/13
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/06/machines-qaddafi-washington.html
    “What was the Israeli Involvement in Collecting U.S. Communications Intel for NSA? ~ By Haaretz, The Associated Press and Reuters, informationclearinghouse.info, 6/08/13
    LINK – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35215.htm
    “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of International Law”, by Jeff Halper, mrzine.monthlyreview.org, 02/26/10
    LINK – http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/halper260210.html
    “The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics”, by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009
    LINK – http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/sept_oct_09_goldberg_makdisi
    “Brooklyn College’s academic freedom increasingly threatened over Israel event”, by Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 2/02/13
    LINK – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/02/brooklyn-college-bds-alan-dershowitz
    “Peter ‘Powder Keg’ Beinart is disinvited from gig at Atlanta Jewish book festival”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 11/05/12
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/peter-powder-keg-beinart-is-disinvited-from-gig-at-atlanta-jewish-book-festival.html
    ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/israelis-are-helping-write-us-laws-fund-us-campaigns-craft-us-war-policy.html
    “David Yerushalmi, Islam-Hating White Supremacist Inspires Anti-Sharia Bills Sweeping Tea Party Nation”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/02/11
    LINK – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/03/02/david-yerushalmi-islam-hating-white-supremacist/
    “Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links”, by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/boston-airport-security-program-rife-with-racial-profiling-has-israeli-links.html
    “Obama’s kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza”, By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
    LINK – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/15/israel-gaza-obama-assassinations

  10. ritzl
    ritzl
    September 27, 2013, 1:39 am

    Truly amazing.

    Here’s the so-called quote from the law contained in the AMCHA letter (California Education Code Section 89005.5):

    “No person shall, without the permission of the Trustees of the California State University, use this name [California State University], or any abbreviation of it or any name of which these words are a part …to display, advertise, or announce this name publicly at, or in connection with, any…promotional activity of any kind which has for its purpose or any part of its purpose the support, endorsement, advancement…of…boycott.”

    Here’s the actual law (http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/EDC/3/d8/55/1/1/s89005.5):


    Section 89005.5
    (a) (1) All of the following names are the property of the state:
    (A) “California State University.”

    (B) The names of all educational institutions in the state with names
    containing the words “California State University.”

    (C) All of the following names:
    (i) “California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.”
    (ii) “California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.”
    (iii) [etc. etc. etc.]

    (D) Abbreviations of names listed in subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C),
    including, but not necessarily limited to, all of the following:
    (i) “Cal State.” [short names of above…]

    (2) No person shall, without the permission of the Trustees of the
    California State University, use this name, or any abbreviation of it
    or any name of which these words are a part
    , in any of the following ways:

    (A) To designate any business, social, political, religious, or other
    organization, including, but not limited to, any corporation, firm,
    partnership, association, group, activity, or enterprise.

    (B) To imply, indicate, or otherwise suggest that any product, service, or
    organization is connected or affiliated with, or is endorsed, favored, or
    supported by, or is opposed by the Trustees of the California State
    University or any educational institution administered by the trustees.
    The permission of the trustees is required before any name listed in this
    subdivision may be used for any commercial purpose.

    (C) To display, advertise, or announce this name publicly at, or in
    connection with, any
    meeting, assembly, or demonstration, or any
    propaganda, advertising, or promotional activity of any kind which has
    for its purpose or any part of its purpose the support, endorsement,
    advancement
    , opposition, or defeat of any strike, lockout, or boycott
    or of any political, religious, sociological, or economic movement,
    activity, or program.

    (b) However, nothing in this section shall interfere with any person who makes, or restrict the right of any person to make, a true and accurate statement of his or her present or former relationship or connection with, his or her employment by, or his or her enrollment in, the California State University in the course of stating his or her experience or qualifications for any academic, governmental, business, or professional credit or enrollment, or in connection with any academic, governmental, professional, or other employment whatsoever.

    (c) Every person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

    AMCHA selective quotes in bold in the law cite.

    I guess the questions are [include?]:

    1) whether the State of Israel is a “political, religious, sociological, or economic movement, activity, or program.”; and,

    2) whether the University’s affirmation quoted in the article is in fact permission.

    Seems like a pretty clear No and Yes, respectively.

    Does CA have a frivolous lawsuit law?

    Sorry if this is overkill. A lot of ellipses makes me curious.

  11. kma
    kma
    September 27, 2013, 11:22 am

    the AMCHA letter that that threatens to slander/defame CSU as condoning and being directly responsible for the spread of anti-semitism and threatens to harm its income is legally called slander and defamation. any financial harm from it is valid proof in court.

    on a separate note, it is hilarious every time zionists compare themselves to Saudi Arabia to feel better about apartheid. the first time a zionist friend showed me the pic of a SA road split with a sign for muslims and non-muslims, that was my first clue that zionism really is racism. it is especially funny now that Israel comes out and says that it has so much in common with Saudi Arabia. Professor Klein’s opinion is not over the top of anything except narrow minds.

  12. kma
    kma
    September 27, 2013, 11:42 am

    just visited Prof. Klein’s website. it is thorough and concise and puts the reality on a web page. if that makes you uncomfortable, it is because ethnic cleansings are not nicey-nice or pretty to look at. we HAVE to look and feel bad because here in the US, we are directly causing it to go on every day.

  13. Vacy
    Vacy
    October 1, 2013, 7:07 am

    I support Prof. Klein’s right to promote BDS which in turn promotes Palestinian political and human rights. In Australia there are two professors, Jake Lynch and Stuart Rees who are being attacked legally and absurdly by Shurat HaDin for anti-semitism and racism for their academic boycott of the Hebrew and Technion university, both thick as thieves with the Israeli armament industries. see http://www.change.org/petitions/supporters-of-free-speech-and-human-rights-defend-free-speech-and-human-rights-and-support-the-bds
    and

    Israel’s BDS Harassflies
    Palestine Chronicle: 20 Sep 2013 – By Vacy Vlazna Israel, a leading innovative armament designer, producer and exporter has released worldwide, against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), a new weapon – a mutation of the pesky and potentially lethal horsefly – the harassfly hatched in the Department of Hasbara in the Prime Minister’s Office. Whenever there is a BDS action or an event promoting cultural and/or political awareness of Palestine within seconds you’ll hear their drivelling droning of ‘zzz-hasbara-antisemitism-hasbara-zzzz-incitement-to-hate–zz-racism-zzz-hasbara-zzzz-delegitimisation-zzzz-victimisation-zzz” The buzzing comes from a variety of species; Shurat HaDin (Israel), Israel Lobby (USA), CRIF, LDJ, (France) JBD (Australia), the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism (LD) plus the swarms of students from the seven Israeli universities recruited and paid to write pro-Israel tweets and Facebook messages to normalize and whitewash Israel’s apartheid policies and its aggressive illegal military occupation of Palestine. The Israel Law Center or Shurat HaDin (SHD) is particularly nasty attacking with the…http://www.palestinechronicle.com/israels-bds-harassflies/

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