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05 Jun Boston University Students of Color Discriminated Against at Campus



On January 28th, 2016, at approximately 7 pm, seven Boston University students attended an event called “All Students, All Israel Think Tank,” hosted by Boston University Hillel and Israel Campus Roundtable and advertised as open to all students. Upon arrival, we checked in with organizers and sat down at a table in the event room. We were then immediately approached by an armed Boston University police officer who informed us that BU Hillel organizers told her that we were not part of an undefined “inner circle,” that we were not welcome at the event, and that we had to leave. Our group was almost entirely comprised of students of Middle Eastern, South Asian and East Asian origins, and appeared to be the only group of students of color at the event.

At this point, we began video recording the exchange we had with the armed police officers and an event organizer. When we asked the officer for additional clarification as to why we were being ejected, the officer refused to clarify. After we pressed for answers, we were told no explanation was needed since, according to one of the police officers, the event was considered private. The officer later retracted her claim, explaining she was not the right person to offer clarification. Shortly after, we were approached by one of the event organizers who told us that we were being removed from the event because the organizers deemed all of us as disruptive prior to the event start.

Another BU student, Ibraheem Samirah, arrived to attend the event a little later than the rest of us. While greeting the rest of our group, Ibraheem was immediately approached by the police officer who informed him that he also would not be allowed to attend the event, and told him that he was considered disruptive. Ibraheem, a Palestinian American known for his commitment to open dialogue, then emphasized that he had RSVP’d in advance and that he was registered to attend. The officer said he was grouping us all together, including Ibraheem, and that we were all not welcome as a group. The officer then asserted that we would be subject to arrest on the basis of “trespassing…from [a] lawful perspective,” if we did not leave.

The university is yet to inform us why we were asked to leave the event, or respond to requests for a public apology and an affirmation that BU students of color, and students supporting Palestinian human rights are allowed to attend educational events on campus just like any other student at this institution. Furthermore, one of the BU students of color who was told to leave, Angela, said on the matter that she’s “outraged by these blatant acts of racial and religious profiling that have yet to be met with any sort of recourse.” “The whole incident was so humiliating for all of us and although BU Hillel’s mission statement says they welcome all students, this proves that certain students are not welcome,” said Marlo Kalb, BU Class of 2016.

We believe our expulsion from the event was due to discrimination against our racial backgrounds and affiliation with Palestinian human rights advocacy, directly in violation of Boston University’s policies on anti-discrimination and freedom of expression. Public events on campus are required be open to all students. Unfortunately, this is not the first time students have faced such discrimination for their background or viewpoint. According to a report by Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights, there is widespread and growing suppression of students and scholars who support Palestinian freedom.

Furthermore, the Boston University Code of Ethical Conduct states that all trustees, officers, and employees of the university must obey the law “both in letter and in spirit.. “Hillel’s racial profiling of these students — and BU’s aiding in their removal from a campus event — raises legal red flags,” said Radhika Sainath, a staff attorney at Palestine Legal. “If left unaddressed, BU could be in violation of Title VI of the the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin from universities that receive federal funding.”

Given the university’s lack of response regarding discriminatory policy violations, we demand the following:
-A public apology from Boston University Hillel, President Brown, Dean Elmore and Assistant Dean Battaglino and a public condemnation of the discrimination that took place at the event “All Students All Israel Think Tank.”
-Training for Boston University Hillel staff on cultural sensitivity to make Hillel a safe space for all students.
-Releasing any information pertaining to the relationship between Hillel International, Boston University Hillel, and Boston University, be it financial or political, to the public.
-Opening of Boston University Hillel spaces for all Boston University-wide functions.

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  • Son OfLiberty
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    College students who pay over 100k and cant form logical rebuttals? hahaha

    The guy came over and said they were not disruptive. That should have been one argument against the host comtradicting themselves that you were disruptive.

    2) When you ask a question about the past lile when asking the officer if you WERE disruptive, you let the officer get away with saying "you are BEING disruptive". That wasnt the question and it wasnt pointed out that that wasnt the question. The question was about the past.

    Why waste money on college when the skills taught arent being put in practice, unless the college sucks and doesnt teach skills of argument/logical/communication.

  • NintendoSonyfreak2011
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    OMFG MY FUCKING GOD WHAT A BUNCH OF FUCKING GODDAMN STUPID RETARDED ASS PIECES OF SHITSTAIN COCKSUCKER ASSHOLE BITCH PUSSY WHOOPED COWARD DIPSHIT FAGGOT BASTARD CUNT ASSHAT DOUCHEBAG COCKSUCKERS BRO.FUCK RACISTS WHITE FUCKS ALWAYS SHITTING ON BLACKS ,LATINOS, ASIANS AND MUSLIMS THINKING THEY RUN THIS WORLD WISH THEY WERE ALL FUCKING GODDAMN EXTERMINATED AND KILLED OFF THAT WAY THE WORLD WOULD BE SO MUCH MORE PEACEFULLY AND HUMBLE INSTEAD OF EVIL ,DISTRUCTIVE AND VIOLENT

  • rizka f a
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    roverb said "do not be afraid if you're right"
    you were not allowed because the organizer were afraid of your thought, so in fact the organizer knew that they were on the wrong side

  • rizka f a
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    they said All Student

  • Nolan Bravo
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    It's because your muslims and it's an event about israel. They've been removing palestinians, why wouldn't they remove students?

  • black dog
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    relax guys… racial discrimination is in the blood of americans. just know this fact and carry on with your work. i always get singled out at airport security citing "random checks." i just comply because americans don't know how to handle this. and the less i talk about britishers is better!

  • Ghita Benslimane
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    This is absolutely unacceptable. I am shocked to see these videos. The Hillel event organizer clearly said that they weren't disruptive but that there was no way of knowing if they would or would not be disruptive at the end of the event. This is called discriminating. I can't believe some of my money went to Hillel House. So disappointed in this institution for backing up Hillel before its students. What a shame.

  • PsychologyProf
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    I am shocked to read this. I would like to know if administrators at Boston University consider the exclusion of these students to be a case of racial/ethnic profiling.

  • Loretta Saint-Louis
    Posted at 08:46h, 05 June

    It is a sad day when, at BU Hillel, like a Trump rally, operates on the assumption that someone who looks different or is believed to be different is the enemy and should be excluded. As far as I know Hillel is privately funded and extremely focused on security. If they do receive money from BU, and they had posters inviting the public, i don't understand how the Dean of Students at BU could support the exclusion of these other students. It is a sad day when Hillel, like Israel, builds walls rather than prepares a table in the presence of those who are different– and invites them to sit, eat, and talk together.

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