Thursday, May 21, 2015

UC President Napolitano Supports Adopting the State Department Definition of Anti-Semitism

This week at the University of California Regents meeting in San Francisco, AMCHA Initiative President and co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin presented three letters to UC President Janet Napolitano from faculty, alumni and rabbis asking her and the UC chancellors to address thee rising anti-Semitism on UC campuses and to adopt the State Department's definition of anti-Semitism. In an interview with NPR, Napolitano stated that she supports adopting the DOS definition and will support that at a regents meeting in July.

This is an important development but not a final victory. The above link offers us all a chance to lend our voice  to this proposal. Make no mistake: There are forces within and without the UC system who will work hard to kill this.

Anti-Semitism on campus can only be defeated when the students and faculty as a whole are aware of the problem and when anti-Semitism is treated with the same sensitivity and urgency as racism against other groups.

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