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StandWithUs Supports Milan Chatterjee, Calls for Investigation of Harassment Against Him

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StandWithUs Supports Milan Chatterjee, Calls for Investigation of Harassment Against Him

(Los Angeles, CA - September 4, 2016) -- StandWithUs condemns the campaign of harassment and intimidation led by anti-Israel extremists against former UCLA Graduate Student Association President Milan Chatterjee, which has forced him to leave and finish his law degree elsewhere

Furthermore, we are shocked and outraged that the UCLA Administration has allowed a confidential document about Mr. Chatterjee to be leaked by UCLA Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and refused to address the issue after the fact.   We join the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in calling on the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to investigate this violation of Mr. Chatterjee's privacy as a student, and urge UCLA to immediately launch its own investigation of SJP's conduct in this matter.

UCLA's Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and national anti-Israel groups have engaged in months of public attacks against Mr. Chatterjee, because of his desire to keep his student government neutral on issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. No student anywhere deserves to be harassed in this manner, and especially not when striving for neutrality rather than staking out a partisan position on a controversial topic. We commend Mr. Chatterjee for standing up for his beliefs in the face of intimidation, and hope that the attacks he has faced from anti-Israel extremists are taken as a testament to his principles, rather than a stain on his reputation.

While Mr. Chatterjee's experience at UCLA has been deeply disturbing, it is also important to recognize the incredible work of UCLA's Jewish and pro-Israel community in fighting back against anti-Israel extremism at their university. UCLA student leaders have been at the forefront of efforts to persuade the UC Regents to adopt their new Principles Against Intolerance, as well as many successful local initiatives to improve the climate on their campus. Because of their work, supported by  Hillel, StandWithUs, and many of our other campus partners, Jewish life and pro-Israel activism thrive at UCLA. 

StandWithUs will continue supporting the positive work that is happening at UCLA, and doing everything we can to ensure accountability for those who engage in the type of harassment that Mr. Chatterjee was forced to endure.

 

About StandWithUs

StandWithUs (SWU) is a fifteen year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization.  Through fellowships, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel. 

Based in Los Angeles, SWU has 18 chapters throughout the United States, in Israel, Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

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