Anti-Semitism watchdog group delivers petition to Sacramento

A petition asking state legislators to help stop California’s public universities from “using taxpayers dollars for anti-Semitism” was delivered to Sacramento this week, the AMCHA Initiative announced.

AMCHA is a nonprofit that aims to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses. One of its co-founders is Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer at U.C. Santa Cruz.

In an April 29 press release, AMCHA noted that 1,118 California residents, including 348 from the Bay Area, had signed the petition, which was delivered to state Sen. Carol Liu (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara), chairs of their respective education committees in the legislature.

Part of the petition, according to AMCHA, reads: “Our tax dollars are repeatedly being used to fund the promotion of a boycott of Israeli universities and scholars and other anti-Semitic propaganda by U.C. and CSU departments and faculty.” It continued: “The CSU Board of Trustees and U.C. Board of Regents … have turned a blind eye to our appeals for help. We are outraged that they continue to allow professors to manipulate students, abuse state funds and propagate hate on campus.”