Those regents participating were Linda Katehi (Chancellor of UC Davis), John Perez, Bruce Varner, Norm Pattiz, Student Regent Avi Oved, Dan Hare and Vice Provost Yvette Gullatt. In the middle of it all, while one person was speaking, Perez, a former Democratic state political bigwig (and I mean BIG) got up went out of the room and came back with a full plate of food, which he proceeded to devour.
Aside from Perez, There was one other moment of dark humor when UCLA Professor and interim head of the highly political Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA got up to speak. Her name is Susan Slyomovics. She started off by complaining about the what she maintained was disproportionate amount of power and influence wielded on campus by the Jewish, pro-Israel lobby at the expense of her poor center, Muslims and Arabs.
(I am paraphrasing. I think she stated she was Jewish.) To make matters worse, she went way over her allotted time as the moderator repeatedly tried to get her to cease.
Below are the points that I addressed. I began with a litany of anti-Semitic incidents and speech on University of California campuses, with which I was familiar.
A 2001, Mohammed al Asi, an imam from Washington DC, said at a campus gathering against Israel: "There is a psychosis in the Jewish community that precludes it from living in peace and harmony with other human beings. You can take the Jew out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the Jew." B 2008. During Israel Apartheid week, I saw and photographed on the mock apartheid wall, a caricature of Ariel Sharon, drawn in the stereotypical image reminiscent of the Nazi anti-Semitic weekly, "Der Stuemer." C Amir Abdel Malik Ali, who speaks regularly on UC campuses, regularly refers to individuals as "Zionist Jews", spitting out the words as the Nazis used to spit out the word, Jew. In 2010, in my presence, he told Jewish members of the audience that they were the new Nazis." Finally after years of pleading, the the then chancellor (Michael Drake) issued a statement to the campus community condemning what was was said. However, he failed to identify the speaker, what was specifically said, what the event was, who the sponsoring organization was (Muslim Student Union) or the offended group. Other than UCI: D- At UC Berkeley in 2010, Jewish students held a peaceful protest when swastikas began appearing on campus. They were heckled and given the finger by a UCB professor. ( I did not mention the professor's name.) E At UCLA in the past year or so, a Jewish female student was questioned about her Jewish background when she was trying to gain a seat on the student govt. People on the student govt questioned whether she could be objective on certain issues. F UC Davis In the past year, swastikas appeared on a UC Davis Jewish frat house (following a BDS vote) and just a week or so ago, cars were defaced with swastikas and anti-Jewish slurs at UC Davis.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I also told the regents that we are witnessing a worldwide resurgence in anti-Semitism. In Europe, Jews cannot walk the streets in Jewish garb lest they be insulted, assaulted, spat upon, or even murdered. In the US, the focal point for this resurgence is on our university campuses. Today, groups like Students for Justice in Palestine are supporting the beginnings of a new intifada in Israel. I concluded by urging the regents to include specific references to anti-Semitism in their statement of principles- that it represents the worst "ism" today on UC and US college campuses.
Anyway, that's the update. This process is expected to take several months as they try to come up
with a statement of principles on intolerance that could have been drafter in a day.