Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UCLA Jewish Student Appointed to UC Regents Despite SJP Opposition

Students protest
A picture says a thousand words

This month, a Jewish UCLA student's appointment to the University of California Regents as student representative was confirmed despite loud opposition from the Students for Justice in Palestine.

Abraham Oved drew opposition because he is a Jewish supporter of Israel. The stated reason for opposition was because he had loose connections with a rich Jewish supporter of Israel named Adam Milstein, who contributed money to Hillel, which, in turn, contributed to Oved's campaign to join the UC Regents.

Also joining in the opposition was the previous student regent appointee, Sadia Saifuddin, whose own nomination drew opposition because she was a supporter of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel. Saifuddin apparently did not recognize the hypocrisy in her position.

During the past year, UCLA has been the center of an ugly campaign (primarily by SJP)  to keep Jewish students off of student government. candidates for student office were asked to sign a pledge that they would not accept funding for travel to Israel by certain pro-Israel organizations. That drew a rebuke from Chancellor Gene Block and UC President Janet Napolitano. Even the Los Angeles City Council has taken note of the ugliness going on in Westwood.

No doubt the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel agitation by SJP and its allies at UCLA will continue. It bears close watching.


Miggie said...

The Chancellor has the authority to take away SJP status as a recognized student organization for any violation of University or Code of Conduct.

It seems to me that the MSU at UCI is not as bad as it once was. Perhaps that year probation after the UCI 11 case was partly responsible.

Words are cheap, as the "Commander in Chief" should have learned years ago.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

A Muslim supporter of BDS one year, a Jewish supporter of Israel another year. How diverse! The next few student reps should be an RC, then a Prod or two, a Hindu, a Buddhist, oh, and the next Muslim student rep should be an Ahmadi or a Sufi.