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Secretive Group Releases New Report on Anti-Israel, Antisemitic Activity at Vassar College, Amid Complaints of Campus Radicalism

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Vassar College. Photo: Wiki Commons.

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A clandestine organization that documents antisemitic and anti-Israel activity on US campuses released a report Friday, following the “large number of requests” it received “to expose radicalism” at Vassar College, The Algemeiner has learned.

Canary Mission’s report began by specifying the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign launched at Vassar by “Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which culminated in a March 6 student government vote endorsing a BDS resolution.”

According to the report, this was a result of the prevailing climate on the campus, which included the SJP posting of a Nazi-style cartoon on its Tumblr account; harassing of students considering a class trip to study water issues in Israel and Jordan (because its itinerary included Israel); and one of its members modeling a pro-terrorism hoodie on Facebook, advertising that “Existence is Resistance” gear would be available for sale at SJP events, with profits going “toward organizing Palestinian resistance.”

In addition, the report cited the recent lecture by Rutgers Prof. Jasbir Puar — co-sponsored by a number of Vassar departments, including Jewish Studies — in which she accused Israel of criminal acts, such as harvesting the organs of Arabs and purposely stunting the growth of Palestinian children.

The report also included in-depth profiles of several Vassar students, alumni and faculty — nearly all of whom are members of SJP or JVP — and showcased their anti-Israel, sometimes antisemitic, activity.

Canary Mission was founded in 2015 “to document the people and groups that are promoting hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on college campuses in North America.” It maintains a high degree of secrecy about its members and operations. Last month, it released a similar report about Columbia University, ahead of that institution’s annual “Israeli Apartheid Week,” as was reported by The Algemeiner.

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  • Joy Glassman

    Vassar will get no more of my money!

  • Joy Glassman

    My daughter is a Vassar graduate and none of the above was in evidence when she was a student there. If the administration is doing nothing to address this hate-mongering, there should be a counter-group of students fighting this radicalism on campus and taking the president to task. Other universities have ejected their presidents; why not Vassar’s.
    Perhaps one of the trips offered should be a trip to Auschwitz to view the collected memorabilia from those millions murdered there: their hair, prostheses, suitcases; and don’t miss the ovens into which Jews were tossed. Perhaps ignorance will turn into the reality that was the holocaust.

  • Skip W

    Jewish students at Vassar are now in a situation, much like in Germany in the 1930’s, where they can’t win. They also can’t even be heard over the strident left-wing antisemitism. The only way to improve their situation is to transfer to better schools, and to let Vassar know exactly why they transferred. Jewish alumni must also organize to end their donations to Vassar to force changes in the way the administration deals with antisemitism.

  • Judith Levine

    The accusations against Israelis and Jews in general just keep getting more and more outrageously ridiculous. Do these people even listen to how outlandish their remarks sound?

    • An intelligent, thinking person can see that these accusations are totally false and dishonest. That , however, does not stop brainwashed mindless idiots from believing this stuff. Hitler proved that an outrageous lie will often be believed by many people. Why? ignorance and anti-Semitism.

  • Paul Cerar

    “…to expose radicalism…”?! You mean to expose fascism!

  • but why do we need some secret group’s investigation? the stuff already published about Vassar’s institutional indifference to bds bullying jews on campus is clear.

  • stevenl

    All this testifies to the low IQ of many “students” who are no educated in identifying on their own the facts! These kids are potential future fascists!
    The promotion of racism is punishable. Antisemitism IS RACISM!
    This is why the US kids are far behind when compared to other western countries, China, S-Korea and Japan.
    Left fascism is GREAT!!! 200 hundred million souls were eliminate by leftist fascists over 2-3 decades. Hitler, Stalin, Mao and others own these 200,000K skeletons. Vassar keep that a secret probably. A Guinness Book World Record.

  • Lia

    Grateful thanks to Canary Mission. May you go from strength to strength! Am Yisroel Chai!

  • Vladislav Muravin

    Goebbels never had this so good

  • ted weiss

    thank good for cannary mission

  • tiki

    Adolf would have been proud of these students and their mentors.

    What a bunch of losers!

    But the biggest losers of all are the Universities who have lost their authority & morality and are being trampled by a generation of New Nazi’s hunting for Jews again!

    • Reform School

      Left alone, Vassar will soon become Gasser. Act Now!

  • Eric R.

    Is anybody getting word of this to Vassar’s Jewish alumni?

    The only chance of stopping this is if Vassar gets hit in the pocketbook.

    • Larry K

      My daughter has applied to Vassar and I am concerned. There already is a petition on protesting the administration lack of action, the president had a live chat with alumni to placate them temporarily. Money talks….school must be kept civil and tightly watched