Combating Toxic Culture for Jews at SF State

A Wider Bridge joins the JCRC of San Francisco in expressing deep concern over the toxic environment at the San Francisco State University for Jewish and pro-Israel students.

The S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council has launched a letter-writing campaign that aims to pressure San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong to publicly condemn “the harassment and marginalization of Jews on campus.”

“A toxic culture of anti-normalization is being allowed to flourish unabated,” the JCRC letter says, referring to a movement whose proponents refuse to acknowledge or “normalize” the State of Israel or Zionism.

We have initiated this letter-writing campaign to ask the administration to ensure that university employees and students understand that all Jewish students are welcome, and unequivocally denounces ideological, religious and ethnic litmus tests for belonging,” JCRC executive director Abby Porth said in an emailed statement.

The campaign was posted on the JCRC’s website this morning, and the organization sent out an email blast shortly before noon, according to spokesman Jeremy Russell. Among other objectives, Russell said the organization hopes to broaden its coalition demanding that SFSU take action. “We’re hoping to pull in more allies to this very important issue beyond just the Jewish community,” he said.

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