Cal State Northridge Mathematics Professor David Klein, a founding member of the Academic Boycott of Israel campaign has used his CSUN website as a springboard to spread anti-Israel propaganda of the most vicious kind. Does the principle of academic freedom protect faculty and administrators who use their university positions and state resources to promote a political agenda? Or does using a tax-payer supported website and email address grant university imprimatur and legitimacy to anti-semitism and racist incitement?
The Amcha Initiative has taken the lead on this issue, and is in regular correspondence with the Cal State regents.
The following is the timeline of the AMCHA Initiative’s Correspondence with CSUN President Jolene Koester
November 22nd, 2011
AMCHA co-founders sent a letter to President Joelene Koester, apprising her of Professor Klein’s anti-Semitic webpages and urging her to have them removed from the CSUN server:
AMCHA co-founders’ initial letter to President Koester, sent November 22nd, 2011
December 5th, 2011
President Koester sent AMCHA co-founders a response to our initial concerned email. While graciously acknowledging our concerns, she failed to address them, instead excusing the hateful content Professor Klein’s inappropriately promotes on a CSUN website.
President Koester’s response to AMCHA’s initial letter, sent December 5th, 2011
December 7th, 2011
Two days later, AMCHA co-founders sent President Koester a response. It thanked President Koester for her attention but criticized her for not not removing Professor Klein’s anti-Semitic webpages.
AMCHA co-founders’ response to President Koester, sent December 7th, 2011
December 8th, 2011
President Koester responds to AMCHA co-founder, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, in a dismissive email that simply says: “Too bad.”
President Koester’s dismissive email, sent December 8th, 2011
December 9th, 2011
After President Koester received numerous emails from AMCHA Initiative supporters regarding her message to Tammi containing the words “too bad,” President Koester sent out the “message of apology” linked to below.
President Koester’s “message of apology”, sent December 9th, 2011
December 12th, 2011
AMCHA co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin responds to President Koester’s apology. In her response, Tammi reiterates CSUN’s obligation to remove defamatory and offensive content from its websites.
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin’s response to President Koester’s apology, sent December 12th, 2011
David Klein, exhibiting characteristic arrogance, is clearly still at it. The following is a copy of an email sent by David Klein from his CSUN email earlier this month, and forwarded to us. Klein is shamelessly using tax-payer resources to push his political agenda
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: David Klein
Sent: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 11:10 AM
Subject: Congressional candidate supports BDS
If you have friends in the 30th congressional district (in the San Fernando Valley), please urge them to vote for Mike Powelson. He is running as the Green Party candidate against Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, two extreme zionists. Powelson supports BDS of Israel. Here is his website:
Do you object to tax-payer resources being used to push a biased and hateful political agenda? Do you object to tax-payer resources being used used to push ANY political agenda? Send CSU President Reed a quick email firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech might be free, but we still pay for bandwidth. David Klein should transfer his hate-filled agenda to a non-university server.