CJUI is proud to stand with the AMCHA Initiative (amchainitiative.org) in its important work in combating BDS and the dangerous harassment of Jewish students on college campuses.
In response to a letter from AMCHA on 7/11/19 to multiple officials in CA (please see the previous post on our website), Lynn Mahoney, the president of San Francisco State University, wrote a letter, dated 7/20/19, (please see below) that demonstrates a complete avoidance of the issues addressed in AMCHA's letter of concern. AMCHA's initial letter, which CJUI signed, addressed the illegality of any person using the names of California State University or San Francisco State University to promote or endorse any boycott of any political movement, activity, or program, and highlighted the fact that a representative of SFSU was indeed guilty of this misdemeanor. In her response, rather than addressing the reality of the situation, President Mahoney tried to deny that an official academic unit of the University and the administrator of that unit represent the university. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of AMCHA answered President Mahoney's letter on 7/25/10 (please see below) and emphasized the fact that "an official academic unit of SFSU, and Prof. Abdulhadi, in her capacity as the administrator of that academic unit, certainly do represent the university" and therefore, these actions "must be considered official university positions and sentiments." As such, "these official departmental postings are undoubtedly in violation of the law found in section 89005.5 of the California Education Code: "All of the following names are the property of the state: California State University...San Francisco State University...No person shall, without the permission of the Trustees of the California State University, use this name...in connection with...propaganda, advertising, or promotional activity of any kind which has for its purpose or any part of its purpose the support, endorsement, advancement...of any...boycott or of any political ...movement, activity, or program...Every person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor." CJUI is a signer of the initial and follow-up letters from AMCHA, both of which were necessary because of the rampant anti-Zionist harassment of Jewish students on the campus of SFSU in general, and the specific involvement of SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi in the public promotion of statements such as: "Zionism = Racism" and "Boycott! Divest! Sanction!" CJUI is honored to stand with AMCHA in its vital efforts to combat BDS and the dangerous harassment of Jewish students on college campuses, and hopes that President Mahoney of SFSU will take appropriate action to correct the situation on her campus.
I look forward to working with our Jewish students and leaders in the Jewish community to ensure that our students succeed and that San Francisco State be a model of inclusivity.Best,Lynn