Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Northeastern University Bans ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’ for Intimidating Students

March 12, 2014 12:39 pm 11 comments
Boston's Northeastern University, whose logo reads "Light, Truth & Courage."

Boston's Northeastern University, whose logo reads "Light, Truth & Courage."

Northeastern University’s Center for Student Involvement suspended campus group Students for Justice in Palestine for at least a year and barred its current executive board from serving on any future board in the organization. Its members must also complete training led by university administrators as a condition for reinstatement.

According to a copy of a letter sent by the Boston school’s Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Jason Campbell-Foster, and published by blogger Elder of Ziyon, the group broke university policy with a campaign that resulted in the intimidation of students.

“You have not shown a concerted effort to improve your practices and educate your members on how to properly operate your organization within the boundaries of university policy,” Campbell-Foster wrote.

In a separate letter, Northeastern’s Associate Dean for Cultural and Residential Life, Robert Jose, wrote to the group that, “We do not condone any behavior that causes members of our community to feel targeted and/or intimidated.”

Last month, the group distributed notices across Northeastern that tried to mock an eviction notice that might appear on an illegal Arab house construction in un-zoned areas that Israel demolishes. The gimmick has become a popular awareness-raising tactic by the group’s national chapters, but, at Northeastern, some students felt intimidated by the notices and reported them to the school’s administration.

On the website of Northeastern’s Hillel, a statement read, “Rather than seeking to prompt dialogue, the fake eviction notices alarmed and intimidated students in their homes, in clear violation of Northeastern policy. We are in communication with Student Affairs regarding this incident, who have been quick to respond to student concerns. The administration is working with the Northeastern University Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation.”

In the past, Northeastern’s administration has been criticized by students for allowing rampant anti-Semitism by faculty on campus.

Last year, a 12-page report from the Zionist Organization of America, cataloged a litany of student horror stories, including intimidation, class harassment and teachers indoctrinating an alternative reality version of Middle East and Israeli history. The report focused on Professor of International Affairs Denis Sullivan, now Co-Director of Northeastern’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development.


  • KRis Kristian

    Congratulations and may G-D Bless the university authorities for taking action against those fascist students.

    Their attitude is typical of what Goebbels said.
    The bigger the lie, the more often told, the more the world will believe it.
    How many, if any, of those students have ever been to Israel?
    NON, I am sure.
    But their hatred is bred into their brain washed brians from baby days.

    Their claim that Israel is on their land, is a typical Muslim lie.
    The Jews were there hundreds of years before the Muslims were ever thought of.
    It is the Muslims who are on G-D given, Jewish land. The Muslims must get out of Jewish holy land.

    And USA, Britain and France, must wake up. By whom were the Germans being fed info during WW2? By the enemies of the allies. The Muslim Arabs.

  • At the end of the day an occupation is an occupation. It’s not good for the occupiers or the occupied. You can try to justify it and rationalize it but be honest and truthful as to what it is.

  • The students themselves should have bee n suspended and had this reflected in their academic records. At least that would have delayed their admission to graduate school at Harvard or Georgetown for a year. How about revoking their scholarships as I’m sure none of them are paying for their tuition out of their own pocket.

  • Wow, an American university actually had the gall to stand up to BS on its campus!

  • Most members of the Jew-hatred movement are “Generic Fascists”, persons who are by nature fascists and given the opportunity would just as readily engage in fascism against anyone, on behalf of any cause.

    Boston’s Northeastern University did well to temporarily ban this fascist group, but its members will simply switch to another organization and continue to do the same thing.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

    • Debra Michels

      This may be true – about switching to other organizations and doing the same thing – but now we can let those other organizations know how responsibly Northeastern University handled it!

    • George Zibergeld

      Very insightful. This does not mean that people should not fight against wherever they appear.

  • Wallace Edward Brand, JD Harvard, 1957

    How many Arab petrodollars have gone to Northeastern’s Center for Peace, Culture and Devolopment. Has the University sought to find out if any has gone to its faculty? Those Middle East Centers at other colleges and universities are doing pretty well. Google Arab grants to US Univerisyt Middle East Centers.

  • M.A. Kinamohn

    It is about time someone took action against the lies of the muslims and their dupes and pawns!

  • As the former president of Huskies for Israel (formerly Students for Israel at Northeastern) I am glad to see the university taking action against an organization which has tried repeatedly to bring students to their cause through scare tactics and intimidation. I implore the administration to stand by its decision and hold all student organizations to the standards which all NU students agree to at the beginning of each semester. Northeastern is a fantastically diverse school which embraces a range of values and all are free to express them so long as they stay within the confines of the Code of Conduct. NUSJP has managed to bring themselves down simply by believing themselves to be exempt from the Code of Conduct and will remain as such until they find their own humanity.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.

Current day month ye@r *


  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

    Read more →
  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

    Read more →
  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

    Read more →