Pro-Israeli activist produces video intended to sway FAU donors and prospective students

BOCA RATON, Fla. - From the fifteen-minute video's first second, an anonymous narrator condemns rallies held by FAU's Students for Justice in Palestine.

"FAU is a university with an anti-Semitism problem," the video says. "This is a presentation of evidence."

It calls on prospective parents to reconsider FAU and for donors to close their checkbooks.

"I'm trying to hit the pocketbook," said Alan Bergstein, a Boca Raton resident who calls himself a pro-Israeli activist.

Bergstein wouldn't prove it because of safety concerns, but says concerned FAU students helped make the video.

He wants FAU's administration to speak out against the rallies.

"They could very well have said, listen, you're permitted to have these activities on campus, but we condemn what you say," said Bergstein.

FAU's media relations office sent an statement:

"The fact that FAU allows students... to exercise their rights to express their opinions does not... reflect FAU's endorsement of... those opinions."

Campus Jewish group, Hilell, provided Junior Isabella Torres to respond to the video.

"That was awful," said Torres.

She says administrators are exactly right not to step in.

"They have every right to be here," Torres says of the protesters.

She says by taking aim at funding, the video will hurt students, not make a point to faculty.

"There are so many students like myself who benefit from people who donate to FAU," said Torres. "There are tutoring centers, there are all these different venues that I depend on."

Students for Justice in Palestine say the video misrepresents their rallies and that the video is an attempt to squash speech.

"The university is very supportive of our right to undertake our activism," said Noor Fawzy, the group's head.

The university also said in their statement that they have no tolerance for tactics intended to threaten members of their community.

The video had 1,300 views as of Monday, 10 p.m.

The group whose name flashes at the end of the video is The United West.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists them as a hate group based in Lake Worth.

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