24 groups call on California to investigate professor’s ‘Boycott Israel Resource Page’

Prof. David Klein's “Boycott Israel Resource Page.” Credit: Screenshot.

(JNS.org) Twenty-four pro-Israel organizations have signed a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris demanding that she respond to evidence that California State University Northridge (CSUN) mathematics professor David Klein has illegally used taxpayer resources to promote anti-Semitic ideas.

“Many members of the Jewish community and concerned citizens of this state are appalled that a mathematics professor at a California state university is permitted to use the taxpayer-funded university website to post anti-Semitic material and promote an illegal boycott of Israel, and they are troubled that the state Attorney General is unwilling to even respond to these serious concerns,” the organizations wrote.

The letter, which was spearheaded by the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit group dedicated to investigating and combating anti-Semitism at American academic institutions, accuses Klein of misusing tax dollars by using the CSUN web server to host his politically motivated “Boycott Israel Resource Page.” The pro-Israel organizations contend that aspects of the webpage “meet the definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the U.S. State Department.”

The groups said that if Klein is found guilty, he should be “appropriately sanctioned” and have his webpage removed from the campus server.

Posted on February 6, 2015 .