Statement Against Rutgers Student Assembly Adoption of IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

By Students for Justice in Palestine – Rutgers University New Brunswick
November 14th, 2022

Re: RUSA’s Adoption of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

On October 27th, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) released a statement via Instagram story promoting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Rutgers University hosts the largest Jewish campus population in the country and as such, the antisemitism in our community must be addressed and taken seriously.

We are in full support of any meaningful action that can be taken by RUSA and the administration to combat antisemitism on campus. The IHRA definition of antisemitism which RUSA has adopted, however, does not lessen threats of antisemitism and instead obstructs political and academic freedom by conflating legitimate criticism of Israel with antisemitism.
While the definition begins by explaining antisemitism as hatred towards Jews, it goes on to describe criticism of Israel, including identification of Israel as a racist state, as antisemitic. By directly associating criticisms of Israel with antisemitism, the IHRA definition seeks to silence advocates for Palestinian human rights and justice against Israeli apartheid.

On Rosh Hashanah this year, Jewish community spaces were egged in the third incident of the past two years, and in previous years campus locations were vandalized with swastika symbols. To holistically combat antisemitism on campus, an official definition should capture it as genuine racial, ethnic, or religious bigotry against Jewish people that is not conflated with justified calls for Palestinian sovereignty.

As explained by Jewish-American scholar Judith Butler, it is of the utmost importance that struggles for Palestinian liberation are not misconstrued as antisemitic, because “if the charge of antisemitism is used to defend Israel at all costs, then its power when used against those who do discriminate against Jews – who do violence to synagogues in Europe, wave Nazi flags or support antisemitic organizations – is radically diluted.”

We are further troubled by the lack of transparency which has prevented us from addressing this issue until now. While RUSA is expected to inform the public of its operations via their website, they have neglected to do so for the past two years. The most recent meeting minutes available are from Spring 2020, and many links to legislation, including the one which should provide information on RUSA’s adoption of IHRA, are broken. RUSA also adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism without consulting the Palestinian community or the Students for Justice in Palestine, for whom it has direct implications.

We have always welcomed RUSA and other organizations to consult us on campus issues or to learn about the Palestinian struggle for liberation; despite this, RUSA has never communicated such an interest to us. Given its impact on our community, RUSA must retract bill S21-05 and adopt a definition of antisemitism which does not attempt to malign the Palestinian struggle. With this retraction as a starting point, we hope RUSA will begin to actively engage with the Students for Justice in Palestine on initiatives concerning the safety and security of the Palestinian community on campus, as is the bare minimum for their role as a student governing body.

Despite constant opposition and attempts to silence our calls for justice, the Students for Justice in Palestine will continue to advance our initiatives against Zionism and Israeli apartheid. We invite campus and community groups who would like to learn more about our work and Rutgers University’s complicity in Israeli apartheid to reach out to us, as we would be happy to organize an educational workshop with your organization. Additionally, we will be hosting a panel discussion to address Rutgers University’s endowment investments in Israeli apartheid and our current campaign for an ethical endowment fund on November 18th, and encourage those who would like to learn more about these issues to attend.

In solidarity,
The Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers – New Brunswick
Neturei Karta supports Al-Awda-NY 9/18/22 rally in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon. They are an orthodox Jewish sect who “oppose the so-called “State of Israel’. | Photo: Teri Kay

Thousands face layoffs in imperialism’s “Crown Jewel” high tech sector

By Chris Fry, November 26, 2022

“Silicon Valley” today defines not so much a geographical region of California as instead the technological development industry of U.S. imperialism. For the last forty years or more, this collection of corporations, with its workforce of highly educated and trained staffs of research workers, along with a network of similar international companies, have transformed the world’s production and distribution systems.

During the Covid pandemic, these workers, augmented by a tremendous hiring spree, were engaged in developing all kinds of automated systems to replace the suddenly missing workforce that the public health emergency created. But now that this emergency has subsided, these relatively well-paid research workers have suddenly become a burden to their business owners and to capitalism in general. So now they are being dumped into the unemployed pool, even while Big Business is still searching for low-pay workers to ruthlessly exploit, at least until the oncoming Federal Reserve’s recession kicks in….

December 2, 2022: Online Screening of “Long Distance Revolutionary” About Mumia Abu-Jamal

ONLINE SCREENING of “Long Distance Revolutionary” – an amazing, moving, informative, personal, important, and artfully-made film. Cast includes Cornel West, Angela Davis, Dick Gregory, Alice Walker, Ruben ‘Hurricane’ Carter, and Amy Goodman.  

FRIDAY, DEC 2, 2022  7pm ET


After 40 years in prison – a US Political Prisoner – it’s up to the people to get Mumia out. The more you learn about our brother and revolutionary elder, Mumia Abu-Jamal, the easier it will be to help get him released.  This gripping film is a good way to learn. Flier and FB event page coming soon!

#FreeMumia  #FreeMumiaAbuJamal  #FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners

Prison Radio: Appeal From Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Grandson

Take six minutes of your time to view this video.  It is shocking, honest, and it is a way forward.  

Healing the Wounds of Racism by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lucretia Clemons Video, transcript

When you are in a position to stop something wrong, you do it.  I think one of the most important things to focus on is truth and reconciliation. A familiar cry in the street during the social justice protests is ‘No justice, no peace.’ And while I know that many people want peace, they really want quiet. Quiet is not the same as peace. Peace requires justice, and justice requires truth.” 
– Judge Clemons

Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation require that the racially based discrimination and trauma inflicted by Philadelphia police and prosecutors against Mumia Abu-Jamal be openly acknowledged and addressed. It is time for the courts of law and the courts of public opinion to acknowledge this historic miscarriage of justice, and right that wrong, by granting Mumia Abu-Jamal relief.

On October 26, 2022, Judge Lucretia Clemons of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court denied Mumia Abu-Jamal’s petition for a new trial she adopted wholesale the procedural arguments put forward by the Philadelphia District Attorney. Judge Clemons noted in her preliminary denial that even if the jury knew that key prosecution witnesses were paid and promised favors to falsely testify against Mumia, they would still have imposed Mumia’s death sentence; thus making the revelations of corruption moot or “not material.” In a brilliant reply brief, Mumia’s lawyers have skillfully countered this misapplication of law and standards of review while again providing evidence that points to bias in jury selection as well as and payments and favors promised by the DA to witnesses for their demonstrably false testimony against Mumia. Included in this dramatic just-revealed evidence is a note from a key witness asking the DA“for his money” after the trial. This letter was buried in District Attorney files for 38 yrs. 

Also prevented from being put in the record by multiple previous PCRA court rulings is documentation of additional extreme racial bias in Mumia’s original trial.  Previously Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Dembe decided that the statement “I am going to help them fry the n—word” by trial court judge Albert F. Sabo was also “not relevant” – that upon her review she believed that even if he had made such a statement, they did not affect any of his rulings in the original trial.  Judge Sabo made that outrageous statement  in front of another PCRA judge Richard Klein and Teri Maurer-Carter a court stenographer in the first week of Mumia’s 1982 trial. Specially appointed and sitting in review of his own decisions, Albert Sabo, in a 1995 hearing, ignored the testimony from a witness in Mumia’s trial when she told the court that the DA had promised her a deal to falsely testify against Mumia. 

After viewing Healing the Wounds of Racism by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lucretia Clemons, we are asking you to send your response to us, – what you want Judge Lucretia Clemons to hear. Do not contact Judge Clemons directly.

Send your letter, audio, posts here:

Instagram: @lovenotphear
US Mail: Love Not Phear, PO Box 19559 Philadelphia, PA 19124 

Judge Clemons is a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s racial justice and healing commission. This video was her statement for the commission. “The purpose of the commission,” Philadelphia Bishop McIntyre said, “is to look at the sin of racism in the light of the Gospel of our Catholic faith, and then see where we’ve succeeded in addressing it and moved forward, and where we haven’t, and where we need to move forward.”

On December 16, 2022 in Rm 802 9am, Judge Clemons of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court will either modify, reverse, or make her preliminary denial final of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Post Conviction Relief Application (PCRA).

Love Not Phear

Jamal Hart, Jr.

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STOP U.S. Wars: Next Step: MLK Week of Actions – Jan 13 – 22, 2022

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.”

                                Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 4, 1967

Hello everyone,

As you know, after the October antiwar actions, more than 75 actions, we held a meeting to discuss next steps.  It was decided that we should have another week of actions and the week around Martin Luther King Day, Jan 14 – 22 was proposed.  So, we are moving forward organizing STOP U.S. Wars actions again during that week.  Many organizations endorsed the October week of actions and are anxious to continue.

Email, and we will add you as an endorser of Martin Luther King week of action.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. so correctly reminded us, the U.S. is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.  Since WWII, the US has initiated more than 60 military interventions in foreign countries.  The US/NATO proxy war in Ukraine brings the US in direct confrontation with a major nuclear power as does its provocation against China over Taiwan.  So, it is extremely important that we build a strong, unified antiwar movement that can break through the media propaganda and censorship and end the US military aggression around the world.

Each of our actions are based on building local connections among various solidarity organizations. A variety of actions are encouraged from demonstrations, teach-Ins, banner drops, chalk-ins to street meetings.

Actions linking ALL the continuing US wars and sanctions is a unifying focus and helps break through the propaganda that saturates each war. 

Please start organizing now.  You can send any planned action to and we will set up a form to enter information on your actions in the coming days.

In peace and solidarity,

Joe Lombardo

 The following list are the organizations and activists participating in past Coordinated Actions and the Unifying Call to: STOP U.S. Wars.

Stop US/NATO Wars and Sanctions  

Today working people face escalating costs of food and energy, recession, growing insecurity and attacks on efforts to unionize. The continuing wars and military provocations have brought us to the brink of nuclear war.

Stop Washington’s war moves toward Russia and China!
Stop endless wars: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Palestine…. everywhere

Sponsoring groups: United National Antiwar Coalition, Popular Resistance, Black Alliance for Peace, International Action Center, World Beyond War, BAYAN USA, Green Party USA, Black is Back Coalition, Sanctions Kill Campaign, Students for a Democratic Society, US Peace Council, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Alliance for Global Justice,  National Immigrant Solidarity Network, Friends of the Congo, Ban Killer Drones, China-US Solidarity Network, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Socialist Actions, Solidarity Committee of the Americas, Welfare Rights Committee, Workers World Party, Socialist Unity Party, Women Against Military Madness, Mayday Books, Anti-War Committee (MN), Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Minnesota War Tax Resistance, Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace, Chicago Antiwar Coalition, People Opposed to war, Imperialism and Racism, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27,  Ban Killer drones, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, The Virginia Defender, Party of Communists USA, Odessa Solidarity Campaign, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Hawaii Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines,, Twin Cities Assange Defense Committee, PeaceWorks of Greater Brunswick, San Diego Free Mumia Coalition, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, Women in Struggle, Just Peace Advocates (Canada),Mobilization Against War & Occupation (Canada), Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War (Canada), Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice (Canada),Kwame Nkrunah Ideological Institute (South Africa), Swedish Peace Council, Coop Anti-War Cafe (Berlin).,Canadian Peace Congress…