Watch CBS News

Group Alleges CSUN Professor Used Public Property To Back Israel Boycott

LONG BEACH ( — Protesters Wednesday voiced their concerns to California State University (CSU) officials about the alleged misuse of public university property to support a boycott of Israel.

Members of the nonprofit AMCHA Initiative have issued a letter to the CSU Board of Trustees about CSU Northridge Mathematics Professor David Klein and the alleged use of his official CSUN email account to promote the Campaign To End Israel Apartheid and a U.S. Congressional candidate who supports it.

AMCHA co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, who described the group as a grassroots effort to raise awareness about anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses, was among those who showed up at the Board of Trustees meeting at the CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach.

Following the meeting, Rossman-Benjamin said the Trustees "did not give Klein their approval to use the university's resources to promote an anti-Semitic boycott of Israel."

"He probably has some personal or political hatred of the Jewish state," Rossman-Benjamin added. "We believe as taxpayers of the state of California that this is not the correct use of public monies."

If Klein used his email account to promote either a political candidate or any specific political activity, he could potentially be in violation of the state's education code, according to Rossman-Benjamin.

It was not immediately clear whether CSU officials would take further action on the matter.


View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.