Friday, July 17, 2015

California Legislature Passes Resolution Condemning UC Campus Anti-Semitism

Hat tip The College Fix and Investigative Project on Terrorism

I don't often see much positive coming out of our state capitol in Sacramento, but this is an exception.
A resolution has been passed condemning the problem of anti-Semitism on the University of California campuses. That has brought a backlash from the pro-Palestinian lobby. And why not? They are the ones chiefly responsible for the problem in the first place.

The College Fix has a report with a link to the UCLA campus paper, the Daily Bruin. I have added my own comment to the DB reader thread.

Here is my comment to the Daily Bruin (pending moderation):

"Peace and justice " for the Palestinians? Nonsense. What the Palestinian lobby wants is an end to Israel. Adopting the State Dept definition of anti-Semitism will not take anyone's right of speech away. For too long, university administrators have turned a blind eye to anti-Jewish rhetoric on their campuses.
As for Liz Jackson's arguments, they are laughable. We all have the right to speak out on tough issues, but that entails the other side responding. I guess that's what she terms "getting hate mail."
For years, as an adjunct teacher at UC Irvine Extension, I have seen and heard the hate-filled expressions directed towards Jews. I have seen a caricature of Ariel Sharon on the MSU-mock Apartheid Wall drawn in the style of the old Nazi paper, Der Stuermer (2008). 

I have personally heard Amir Abdel Malik Ali accuse people of being "Zionist Jews" spitting out the words like Hitler or Goebbels. I have heard him tell Jews in the audience that they were the "new Nazis". Mohamed al Asi, a radical imam out of DC, stood at UCI several years ago and said, "You can take the Jew out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the Jew." Free speech? Yes, it is. But I have the free speech to call it out for what it is-anti-Semitism. By that same token, university administrators have the freedom of speech-and the duty- to speak out when these things occur.
And if Ms Jackson doesn't see campus anti-Semitism as being a bigger problem than any other form of bigotry on campus, she is blind.

I don't think there is much I can add to that.

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