Predictably, Jewish Voice for Peace, a leftist organization that is aligned with the Palestinians and dedicated to the destruction of Israel, has taken exception to the report. They have created a petition to UC President Mark Yudof asking him to disregard the report.
In response, Stand With Us (SWU), a pro-Jewish, pro-Israel advocacy group, has created a petition to Yudof asking him to accept the report and implement its recommendations. I have had dealings with SWU, and I consider them one of the few national Jewish organizations that is willing to step up to the plate and fight for Jewish students who have to tolerate insults and harassment on campus if they support Israel. Thus, I have signed their petition, and I ask my readers to do the same.
Mark Yudof created the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion in response to several incidents that have happened on UC campuses over the past few years. Many of those incidents were directed against Jews. Since its creation, whenever he gets complaints about anti-Semitism, Yudof has used it as a shining example of what he is doing to confront the problem. I have been one of the skeptics.
If Mr Yudof caves in and tables this report, then this council, which he himself created, will have no credibility. Nor will he.