Dean accused of anti-Semitism over Israeli list request

A dean of the Federal University of Santa Maria in the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil has been accused of anti-Semitism after Brazilian media carried reports about a memorandum requesting a list of Israeli student and lecturers who belong to the university, reports i24 News.

The memo, which was sent on 15 May by Professor Jose Fernando Schlosser, the dean of postgraduate studies at the university, at the request of various student groups such as the student union, teachers’ union and the Association of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, said: "I ask you to urgently send us a list of Israeli students and lecturers in the graduate programme."

A stamp with the inscription "Freedom for Palestinians – boycott Israel" was seen at the end of the memo, but the university, which has confirmed its authenticity, is claiming the stamp is a forgery. Various Brazilian media outlets reported that the dean's memo was done in order to harass Israeli students and lectures, but according to Israeli news site Ynet, the university said that the memo was done in compliance with the law on freedom of information.
Full report on the i24 News site