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IAM Friday Special- CSU has reinstated its study abroad program to Israel although some faculty opposed it


California State University

The CSU Office of International Programs has reinstated its study abroad program to Israel after an almost decade-long suspension. 
January 11, 2012
Kashi Khorasani

Cal State students at or above junior-level standing can still submit late applications for the program, which will start sending students to the University of Haifa in Fall 2012. 
CSU and UC officials froze their study abroad programs to Israel due to security concerns after the U.S. State Dept. issued a travel warning during the Second Intifada in 2002. 

Also known as the second Palestinian uprising, this was a period of heightened Palestinian-Israeli violence that resulted in a large amount of civilian casualties. 

The travel warning remains in effect, but CSU Director of International Programs Leo Van Cleve announced last calendar year that study abroad to Israel would be reconsidered due to pressure from Jewish organizations, legislators and Israeli diplomats.
“We had an external group as well as our own risk assessment manager and our Director of International Programs travel to Israel and do an assessment of the security situation,” CSU Spokesperson Erik Fallis said. “That assessment came back and it was felt that the exception could be made based on the conclusions of both the external party and our own.”
The UC system conducted its own risk assessment in 2008 and began sending students to Israel again in Fall Quarter 2009. 

Both decisions — to initially shut down, and later reboot the program — were founded only on security matters, according to Ines DeRomaña, UCEAP Principal Security Analyst.

“There were clearly security issues for several years, and then we were able to reinstate it in 2009-10 when the security situation improved,” DeRomaña said. 
In late 2009, 389 signatories endorsed a letter to then-UC Davis Vice Provost William Lacy protesting the system-wide reinstatement on the grounds that the program would be inherently discriminatory against Muslim and Arab students. 

A similar open letter was sent to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed a few weeks ago, with endorsements from students, alumni, staff and some-70 faculty members. 

This letter cited a State Dept. document that confirms that U.S. citizens with Muslim or Arabic names have, on occasion, been given “Palestinian Authority Only” passport stamps. 

The letter also called for a comparable program in Palestine, and included other arguments pertaining to safety and limited university funds.  
“We received the letter, but they did not meet with us. It did not affect the program’s reinstatement,” Fallis said.  “It was solely a security decision. We have a policy that when a state is put onto a list of travel warnings by the US State Dept., then we do not have our students travelling to those locations. There is built into the policy the possibility of exceptions being made.” Fallis said that the sole program to Israel will be coordinated by the CSU system-wide office with a single Israeli research university, the University of Haifa.
“The university that was chosen did appear to be in a more secure location,” Fallis said. 

Thurgood Marshall College sophomore Emmanuelle Berdugo studied at Hebrew University last quarter through the UC Education Abroad Program. 
“Overall the experience was amazing; I wasn’t stopped from doing anything I wanted to do except for going to the West Bank,” Berdugo said.

She also spoke of the measures taken at universities to ensure the safety of students.
“Even when I entered my dorm, I had to show my ID card. To enter the school you have through metal detectors and your backpack is checked,” Berdugo said.
According to Fallis, a CSU risk assessment team was also dispatched to Mexico late last year, but it is unknown how far along the process is.


Inside Higher Education


Politicization of Study Abroad
December 5, 2011 - 3:00am

Eighty-one California State University faculty, staff and administrators, and 46 students and alumni, have signed an open letter opposing the reinstatement of study abroad programming in Israel. The letter, sent Friday to Cal State’s chancellor, Charles B. Reed, outlines six concerns, among them threats to student safety and the possibility that students of Middle Eastern origin would face discriminatory treatment in entering and moving around Israel. The letter asserts that it would be "one-sided" to restart the study abroad program in Israel without establishing similar programs in cooperation with Palestinian universities, and states that "CSU participation with the government of Israel in the proposed study abroad program could be interpreted as an endorsement of the international crime of apartheid."

"CSU should exercise moral leadership by not reinstating the study abroad program in a nation which practices institutionalized racism at a very deep level, at the level of apartheid," said David Klein, a professor of mathematics at CSU Northridge and the primary author of the letter.

The "apartheid" label, applied to Israel by such luminaries as Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu, is much-contested by supporters (and some critics) of Israeli policies. Some scholars who see Israel as an apartheid state have advocated severing ties with Israeli universities – à la the academic boycotts of South African universities in the 1980s – but the controversy at CSU is relatively unique in centering on study abroad specifically. Seeking to derail study abroad in Israel is a new tactic of the country’s critics on American campuses.

Cal State administrators are still deciding whether to resume study abroad programming in Israel, suspended since 2002 due to safety concerns. Like many systems and universities, CSU has a policy prohibiting study abroad in Israel and other countries on the U.S. State Department travel warning list. However, last summer CSU’s director of international programs and its risk assessment manager traveled to Israel to explore the possibility of once again allowing study abroad there; the system also hired an outside security firm to conduct a risk assessment. A decision about whether to reestablish the program will likely be made in the near future, said Claudia Keith, CSU’s spokeswoman. "We’ve had correspondence from both sides, but our decision will be based on the safety of the students," Keith said.

The Israel on Campus Coalition has been in communication with CSU administrators on this issue. "We are fully supportive of Chancellor Reed and his staff being careful, taking all perspectives and information into account, and proceeding with all due deliberate speed in making their decisions about reinstating study abroad in Israel," said Stephen Kuperberg, the coalition’s executive director. "We believe their process will conclusively show that Israel is a safe and secure place for students to study and it provides excellent educational opportunities. In my view, those are the considerations that matter."

"There’s no political litmus test that’s applied to other study abroad opportunities elsewhere in the world," Kuperberg said. "Faculty and administrators resist such litmus tests."

Yet, Klein described Israel as a special case. Asked, for example, about the claim in the letter that CSU should not have an Israel study abroad program absent parallel programs at Palestinian universities -- an unusual "equal time" argument in study abroad, as there’s never been a presumption that colleges with programs in India or China would, for example, have similar programs in Pakistan or Taiwan -- Klein said that the statement "addresses a situation which is unique to Israel and Palestine. And that is the extreme imbalance in U.S. universities and U.S. media, U.S. culture in general, toward Israel and Palestine -- the imbalance in favor of Israel."

"Israel is the largest recipient of foreign aid from the United States, it has the most powerful lobby of any country, and the control over academic discourse critical of Israel is extreme in the United States. So I feel that somebody needs to stand up to this, and many other people do too," Klein said.

The signatories of the letter include six deans or associate deans, one vice president of student affairs, and one provost (Harry Hellenbrand, of CSU Northridge). The letter states that not every signatory necessarily shares all of the concerns articulated in the letter, but all share the common conclusion that the study abroad program should not be reinstated.

Yochai Shavit, Israel fellow for the San Francisco Hillel, said of the letter that "The Hillels of California are monitoring the situation together with the Israel on Campus Coalition, Israel Consulate, JCRC [Jewish Community Relations Council], JPAC [Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California], SPME [Scholars for Peace in the Middle East] and other allies, and will respond strategically to ensure that the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees uphold their commitment to afford Jewish and non-Jewish students the freedom to study in the optimal educational environment that Israel higher education has to offer."

"We look forward to embarking on a coordinated campaign to encourage CSU students to take advantage of studying in Israel and understanding the opportunities they have to choose from," Shavit said.

Study abroad to Israel is increasing, up 60.7 percent in one year, according to the most recent Open Doors data. Israel is the 17th most popular study abroad destination, between the Czech Republic and Chile; 3,146 American students studied there in 2009-10, compared to 1,958 the previous year.

"When we see these jumps, we try to understand why, and one thing we definitely see is that more and more institutions are open to sending students to Israel," said Avi Rubel, North American director for Masa Israel Journey. In 2010, the organization gave grants of $50,000 each to eight universities for developing study abroad programs in Israel, and this summer it is helping to facilitate and fund a study abroad program involving a consortium of U.S. business schools and a Tel Aviv university.

Adrian Beaulieu, dean of international studies at Providence College, said that since 2004 there has been a clear movement away from blanket bans of study abroad in Israel. Increasingly, colleges allow it with some restrictions -- such as requiring signatures on specialized waivers. Stacey Tsantir, director of international health, safety and compliance at the University of Minnesota, said the university does not approve travel to Israel across the board, but an International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee considers petitions from individual students, as well as from departments or units that wish to sponsor a study abroad program in a country on the State Department Travel Warning List. "Israel is one of the most common petitions made by undergraduate- and graduate-level students and is commonly approved," Tsantir said.

The University of California restarted its formal study abroad program in partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2009. Also in 2009, at UC Davis, a student group called the EAP Equality Coalition formed to oppose a faculty-led summer study abroad program to Israel on Arab-Israeli relations. "We argued that the idea of the study abroad program was inherently discriminatory against students who are Arab and Muslim," said Abla Harara, a 2010 graduate of UC Davis who spearheaded the campaign. "Any students whose names raised red flags would automatically be stopped for questioning at the airport." (The EAP Equality Coalition’s petition can be found here.)

Zeev Maoz, the UC Davis professor who taught the summer study abroad course – and still does; it’s scheduled again for summer of 2012 – said the petition had no practical effect. "I think what happened is a bunch of people with certain political views and significant academic hypocrisy tried to prevent students from engaging in an intellectual endeavor. And it just didn’t work," said Maoz, a distinguished professor of political science.

Maoz said he hadn’t seen similar protests of study abroad in countries like Lebanon or Syria – countries he cannot travel to because of his Israeli origin. That said, he criticized academics who would seek to curtail international study of any sort. "I’m a critic of Israeli policies -- don’t get me wrong -- but that aside, I think that students have the right to study Israeli-Arab relations. If there’s an opportunity to study by going to the place, by meeting Israelis, meeting Arabs, anyone who objects to it shouldn’t be holding an academic position, because academia is about intellectual curiosity, about studying even things that you don’t necessarily like or agree with."

Klein, of CSU Northridge, said that cutting off engagement with Israeli universities is an exercise of academic freedom, not an abridgement of it: "We’re choosing not to have relationships with institutions that participate in apartheid, in the same way that in the lead-up to World War II, universities broke off relations with universities in Nazi Germany."

Maoz, however, offered a different interpretation. "They’re raising the notion of academic freedom, and what they’re advocating is putting limits on academic freedom," he said. "To me, this is the epitome of hypocrisy."


CSU Faculty, Students, Staff, and Administrators who wish to endorse this open letter may do so by contacting: David Klein, david.klein@csun.edu

An Open Letter to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed 
Regarding the 
CSU-Israel Study Abroad Program

Dear Chancellor Reed;

The CSU system has recently taken steps to reinstate the Israel Study Abroad Program.   It was suspended in 2002 because of costs and because of the U.S. State Department travel warning on travel to Israel. 

We strongly urge you not to reinstate the CSU Israel Study Abroad Program.  

The signers of this letter, CSU faculty, staff, students, and administrators, represent a wide range of views and political perspectives, but each one of us shares that conclusion along with some or all of the following concerns:

1) The original reasons, from 2002, for suspending the program remain valid, and may, in some respects, be even more compelling.  The CSU is facing unprecedented funding cuts, and programs serving greater numbers of students than this program may be more deserving of the limited available funds.  The State Department travel warning also remains in effect [1].

2) Additional dangers to U.S. citizens, not described in the State Department travel warning, deserve consideration. There have been multiple instances of U.S. citizens, including students, who have been severely injured, and in some cases killed by Israeli military forces. For example, in 2010, Emily Henochowicz, a 21-year-old Jewish American art student, lost an eye when Israeli soldiers shot her in the head with a high velocity tear gas canister. She had joined protests against Israel's attack on the humanitarian aid flotilla, during which Furkan Dogan, aged 19, another U.S. citizen, was killed by Israeli troops.   Other young Americans killed or injured by Israeli forces include Rachel Corrie, Brian Avery, and Tristan Anderson.

3) If the Israel Study Abroad Program is reinstated, participating CSU students could face discriminatory treatment, based on race and ethnicity.  According to a U.S. State Department document [2]:

"U.S. citizens with Arabic or Muslim names, those born in Muslim or Middle Eastern countries, those who have been involved in missionary or activist activity, those who ask that Israeli stamps not be entered into their passport, and other U.S. citizen travelers have been delayed and subjected to close scrutiny by Israeli border authorities, and on occasion they have been given a “Palestinian Authority only” stamp in their passport which prohibits entry into "Green Line" Israel. U.S. citizens have been detained and/or arrested at the airport and at other border crossings on suspicion of security-related offenses. Members of religious groups have been monitored, arrested, and deported for suspicion of intent to proselytize in Israel. In some cases, Israeli authorities have denied U.S. citizens access to U.S. consular officers, lawyers, and even family members during temporary detention."

"Palestinian-American dual citizens living in the West Bank can be detained or arrested by the IDF. In such instances, the Government of Israel may not recognize the U.S. citizenship and will instead consider the arrested person a Palestinian. In such cases the U.S. Consulate General may not be notified."  

4) During its October 2011 meeting, the Academic and Fiscal Affairs Committee of the CSU Academic Council on International Programs made a recommendation as follows [3]:

"The AFAC recommends in light of the developments of the past 10 years, and in order to provide a more inclusive perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian issue that priority and effort be given to exploring new partnerships such as: Birzeit University, Arab American University in Jenin."

Reinstating a CSU Study Abroad Program in conjunction with Israeli universities without similar programs in cooperation with Palestinian universities would be one-sided.  

5) To restart the CSU International program in Israel at this time would not reflect well on the CSU's commitment to the universal right to education. Israel has consistently violated its obligation under Article 50 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which requires the Occupying Power to facilitate the proper functioning of educational institutions in occupied territories. Israel remains the Occupying Power because it retains effective control in all these areas, and exercises this control by making education difficult or impossible for Palestinians in a variety of ways: blockading, besieging and bombing schools and universities; suspending delivery of books and educational supplies; restricting or barring the movement of students, teachers and researchers to their institutions of learning, as well as to travel abroad for educational purposes. Because of these actions, Israel has deprived hundreds of thousands of Palestinians of their right to education.

6) Recognized leaders and prominent intellectuals have compared Israel's treatment of Palestinians to Apartheid in South Africa.  Among these are Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Mairead Maguire [4].  John Dugard, a South African professor of international law, has served as Judge ad hoc on the International Court of Justice and as a Special Rapporteur for both the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the International Law Commission.  In his 2007 report to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Dugard described Israel's "features of colonialism and apartheid." South Africa's statutory research agency the Human Sciences Research Council concluded in a 2009 report that, "the State of Israel exercises control in the [Occupied Palestinian Territories] with the purpose of maintaining a system of domination by Jews over Palestinians and that this system constitutes a breach of the prohibition of apartheid." Richard Falk, emeritus professor of international law at Princeton University and the successor of John Dugard as UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, has detailed indicators of apartheid in the occupied territories.  Similar Findings were made by Human Rights Watch [5,6].  CSU participation with the government of Israel in the proposed study abroad program could be interpreted as an endorsement of the international crime of apartheid.

Affiliations of the signatories are included for identification purposes only.

CSU Faculty, Staff, and Administrator Endorsements

David Klein, Professor
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Bernardo Abrego, Professor
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

As'ad AbuKhalil, Professor
Department of Politics
CSU Stanislaus

Roberta Ahlquist, Professor
Secondary Teacher Education
San Jose State University

Kazem Alamdari, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
CSU Northridge

Alexander Alekseenko, Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Ece Algan, Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies
CSU San Bernardino

Karren Baird-Olson, Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
CSU Northridge

Ian Barnard, Professor
Department of English/Queer Studies Program
CSU Northridge

Nagwa Bekir, Professor and Associate Dean
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science
CSU Northridge

Maziar Behrooz, Associate Professor
History Department
San Francisco State University

Tracy Lachica Buenavista, Assistant Professor
Asian American Studies Department
CSU Northridge

Ana Cristina Cadavid, Professor and Chair
Department of Physics & Astronomy
CSU Northridge

Kathleen A. Cairns, Ph.D.
Department of History 
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Hedy L. Carpenter, Associate Director of Graduate Programs
Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs
CSU Northridge

Peter Collas, Professor Emeritus
Department of Physics & Astronomy
CSU Northridge

Michael J. Coyle, Assistant Professor 
Department of Political Science
Director, The Peace Institute
CSU Chico

Charles Crittenden, Professor Emeritus 
Department of Philosophy
CSU Northridge

Enrique de la Cruz, Professor Emeritus
Asian American Studies Department
CSU Northridge

Douraid Daly, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Ronald L. F. Davis, Professor Emeritus
History Department
CSU Northridge

Paula DiMarco, Associate Professor
Department of Art
CSU Northridge

Roger Dittmann
Professor of Physics Emeritus
CSU Fullerton
President, Scholars without Borders

Rabia Djellouli, Professor
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Dany Doueiri, Assistant Professor
Department of World Languages and Literatures 
CSU San Bernardino

C.R. Esquibel, Associate Professor
Race & Resistance Studies Program
College of Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University

Sasan Fayazmanesh, Professor Emeritus
Department of Economics
CSU Fresno

Manzar Foroohar, Professor
Department of History 
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Bahman (Buzz) Fozouni, Professor
Department of Government 
CSU Sacramento

Sherna Berger Gluck, Professor Emerita 
Department of History
CSU Long Beach

Corrinne Hales, Professor 
Department of English
CSU Fresno

William Harrison, Professor Emeritus
CSU Northridge

Mahamood M. Hassan, Professor
Department of Accounting
CSU Fullerton

Wael M. Abu Hassan, Assistant Professor
Health Sciences 
Arab American University, Jenin, Palestine
Guest Scholar, CSU Northridge

Harry Hellenbrand, Provost
CSU Northridge

Mahmood Ibrahim, Professor 
Graduate Coordinator and Adviser
Department of History 
Cal Poly Pomona

Randa Jarrar, Assistant Professor
Department of English
MFA program in Creative Writing
CSU Fresno

Robert L. Karen, Professor Emeritus 
Department of Psychology
San Diego State University

Sang Hea Kil, Assistant Professor
Justice Studies Internship Coordinator
Department of Justice Studies
San José State University

Dennis Kortheuer
History Department
CSU Long Beach

Rose Marie Kuhn, Ph.D.
Professor of French
CSU Fresno

J William Leasure, Professor Emeritus
San Diego State University

Paul Lee, Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy
CSU Northridge

Jane L. Lehr, Assistant Professor
Ethnic Studies Department 
Women's & Gender Studies Department 
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cecile Leneman, Professor Emerita
Creative Writing
San Diego State University

Ronald Lopez, Assistant Professor
Chicano and Latino Studies
Sonoma State University 

Rick Luttmann, Professor 
Department of Mathematics
Sonoma State University

Sheena Malhotra, Professor and Chair
Gender and Women's Studies
CSU Northridge

Afshin Matin-Asgari, Professor
Department of History 
CSU Los Angeles

Gina Masequesmay, Professor 
Asian American Studies Department
CSU Northridge

Robert McNamara, Professor 
Department of Political Science
Sonoma State University

Markar Melkonian, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy
CSU Northridge  

Ahlam Muhtaseb, Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
CSU San Bernardino

Jamal Nassar, Dean
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU San Bernardino

Jesús Nieto, Associate Professor
College of Education
San Diego State University

Tae Oh, Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
CSU Northridge

Joel J. Orth, Ph.D.
Credential and Minor Advisor
History Department
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Sirena Pellarolo, Professor
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
CSU Northridge

Peter Phillips, Professor 
Department of Sociology
Sonoma State University
President, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

Edie Pistolesi, Professor
Department of Art
CSU Northridge

Mike Powelson, Instructor
Department of History
CSU Channel Islands

James Quesada, Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
San Francisco State University

Radha Ranganathan, Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy
CSU Northridge

Kasturi Ray, Assistant Professor
Department of Women and Gender Studies
Co-Director, South Asian Studies Program
San Francisco State University

Jerry Rosen, Professor
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Mary Rosen, Professor
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi, Assistant Professor
Department of History
CSU Fullerton

Ken Sakatani, Professor and Chair
Department of Art
CSU Northridge

Judy D. Saltzman, Professor Emerita
Philosophy Department 
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Vida Samiian, Dean
College of Arts and Humanities
CSU Fresno

Elizabeth Say, Dean
College of Humanities
CSU Northridge

Rebecca Say
Administrative Support Assistant II
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Evalyn F. Segal, Professor Emerita
San Diego State University

Bharath Sethuraman, Professor
Department of Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Ali Shaban, Professor
Electrical Engineering Department

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Kathryn Sorrells, Professor
Department of Communication Studies
CSU Northridge

Jerry Stinner, Dean
College of Science and Mathematics
CSU Northridge

Stella Theodoulou, Dean
College of Social and Bavioral Sciences
CSU Northridge

John Thompson, Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Victor Valle, Professor Emeritus 
Ethnic Studies
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Ericka Verba, Associate Professor
History Department
CSU Dominguez Hills

Calvin Wilvert, Professor Emeritus 
Department of Social Sciences
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Terry Winant, Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy 
CSU Fresno

Erica Wohldmann, Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
CSU Northridge

Nan Towle Yamane, Lecturer and Advisor
Department of History
CSU Northridge

CSU Student Endorsements (Current and Alumni)

Hana Abed, Students for Justice in Palestine, CSU Northridge

Safeh Abed, CSU Northridge

Breanne Acio, CSU Northridge

Malek Al-marayati, President, Muslim Student Association, CSU Northridge

Edy Alvarez, President, CSUN Greens, CSU Northridge

Issa Araj, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Stella Atiya, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2007

Brian Baker, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2008

Heather Dean Balsavage , Occupy CSUN, CSU Northridge

Zachariah Barghouti, General Union of Palestine Students, Palestinian Youth Movement, San Francisco State University

Patricia Belt, Occupy CSUN, CSU Northridge

Zahra Billoo, CSU Long Beach, class of 2006

Jason Bornstein, Occupy CSUN, CSU Northridge

Christopher Bowers, President, Campus Allies for Racial Responsibility, Sonoma State University

Rachael Byrne, Department of Women and Gender Studies, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) Campus Network Coordinating Committee, San Francisco State University

Humza Chowdhry, M.S., P.E. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo class of 2006

Nicholas E. Dibs, CSU Long Beach class of 1991, 1992 (Teaching Credential)

Blake Dieda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2010

Joseph Glatzer, CSU Northridge, class of 2010

Eugene Hernandez, CSU Northridge, class of 1974

Berl Jay Hubbell, CSU Fresno, class of 1968.

Sana Ibrahim, CSU San Bernardino, class of 2009

Mona Kadah, CSU San Marcos, class of 2004 

Temba Kamara, San Francisco State University

Ara Kim, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2010

Naiyerah Kolkailah, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2008

Yael Korin, M.S. from CSU Dominguez Hills, class of 1994

Amr Mabrouk, President, Muslim Student Association, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Zaki Mansoory, CSU Northridge

Karim Maraqa, San Diego State University

Omar Masood, Muslim Student Association, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Marcello Mundo Jr, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine at CSU San Marcos

Zuhdi Nadia, Students for Justice in Palestine, CSU Northridge

Sara Nasrallah, President, Students for Justice in Palestine, CSU Northridge

Ankur Patel, Occupy CSUN, CSU Northridge

Sarkis Peha, former president of Students for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2010

Lee Perkins, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 1994, and retired staff member 2003

Rosalie Platzer, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2011

Aida Porteneuve, CSULB classes of 1982 and 1990, and retired staff member 1990

Lorain Rihan, Students for Justice in Palestine, San Diego State University

Jasmine Roashan, Students for Justice in Palestine, San Diego State University

Daleen Saah, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (currently Columbia University), class of 2008

Nada Saeed, CSU Fresno

Marlon Stern, CSU Northridge, class of 2009

Nabil Wahbeh, CSU Hayward, MBA class of 1981

Darlene Wallach, CSU Chico, class of 1973

Donna Wallach, CSU Sacramento, class of 1974

Kathleen O'Connor Wang, CSU Fullerton, class of 1975

Clayton Whitt, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, class of 2004

Jeff Woodruff, Occupy CSUN, CSU Northridge


[1] Travel Warning,
U.S. Department Of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza 

[2] Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Country Specific Information, Travel.State.Gov: A service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs: U.S. Department of Statehttp://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1064.html

[3] Item 3 from the minutes of the Academic and Fiscal Affairs Committee, October 20-21, 2011. 

[4] See for example: 
Jimmy Carter: Israel's 'apartheid' policies worse than South Africa's, Haaretz, November 12, 2006
Tutu condemns Israeli 'apartheid' BBC News, Monday, 29 April, 2002
Nelson Mandela's Memo to Thomas Friedman, March 28, 2001 
Stand Up to Israeli Apartheid, Letter to President Obama from Mairead Maguire, May 1, 2009

[5] Richard Falk, General Assembly: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, August 30, 2010
Human Rights Watch, 2010 Report: Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territorieshttp://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/iopt1210webwcover_0.pdf
Crime of Apartheid, Wikipedia: 

[6] Richard Falk endorsed and expressed support of this open letter.

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