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Prof. Schulman is an active supporter of the BDS movement and is the faculty advisor for SJP and is on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace.[1] In a 2013 interview, while discussing the virtues of BDS, Schulman expressed that, “Israeli violence tries to decimate [Palestinians] and kill them all and just obliterate them so that doesn’t work…Netanyahu doesn’t want peace he just wants to take their land.”

She similarly uses the argument that the Israeli government is “pinkwashing” their human rights transgressions by exploiting the gains of the gay community in Israel, and that Jews should all move to New York city “and forget about Israel.”[2] She similarly refused to criticize Hamas, which criminalizes homosexuality, with respect to their views  on such matters since they were “democratically elected.”[3]

In 2015, Schulman promoted an SJP rally protesting the detention of Mohammad Allan, an active member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is backed by Iran and is responsible for attacks that have resulted in the deaths of dozens of Israelis.[4]

In January 2016, Schulman actively supported Ezra Nawi, a convicted sex-offender who was exposed for entrapping and handing over Palestinians to the Palestinian Authority for execution, for selling land to Jews.[5] In a letter sent by the Zionist Organization of America to New York State Senator Jack Martins describing anti-Semitic comments that Schulman has made, she responded by saying, “how can I be anti-Semitic? I’m Jewish.”[6]

Schulman’s anti-Israel activities began in 2010 despite her having admitted “she had never paid any attention to the Jewish state before.” Upon receiving an invitation to speak at a Tel Aviv University LGBT conference, a friend of hers objected to her violation the boycott of Israel, which at the time Schulman hadn’t even heard of. Seeking further information, BDS leaders provided her with their version, which is the only story that Schulman has exposed herself to.[7]

[1] (Nov. 2015). Sarah Schulman. Retrieved from http://lectures-staedelschule.blogspot.co.il/2015/11/sarah-schulman.html

[2] Boureau, E. Interview: Sarah Schulman on Israel/Palestine and the Queer International. In the Flesh. Retrieved from http://www.inthefleshmag.com/enough-questions-i-want-answers/541/

[3] Ahmari, S. (March 15, 2013). Sarah Schulman ‘Doesn’t Know’ About Hamas. Tablet. Retrieved from http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/127204/sarah-schulman-%E2%80%98doesn%E2%80%99t-know%E2%80%99-about-hamas

[4] Schulman, S. (Aug. 16, 2015.) Emergency Protest For Mohammad Allan! Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/sarah.schulman.56/posts/10155976993755188

[5] Schulman, S. (Jan. 19, 2016). Free Ezra Nawi! Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/sarah.schulman.56/posts/10156476511090188

[6] Mirabelle. (March 27, 2016). Sarah Schulman is #JewWashing her Antisemitism. Israellycool. Retrieved from http://www.israellycool.com/2016/03/27/sarah-schulman-is-jewwashing-her-antisemitism/

[7] Seid, R.P. (Aug. 1, 2013). The anti-Israel lesbian avenger. The Times of Israel. Retrieved from http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/lgbt-and-israel-the-anti-israel-lesbian-avenger/

Associated Organizations:

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP); Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP); Act-Up; Lesbian Avengers (founder)

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Departmental Contact

Lee Papa, English department Chair

Contact email

lee.papa@csi.cuny.edu

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