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UC System Must Adopt Definition of Antisemitism to Curb Antisemitic Activity

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TAKE ACTION: Ask UC President Napolitano ([email protected]) and the UC Regents ([email protected]) to adopt the US State Department’s definition of antisemitism for identifying and addressing antisemitic behavior at the University of California

Following a rash of antisemitic incidents at the University of California (UC), an AMCHA-led coalition of 23 groups wrote today to UC President Janet Napolitano and the Board of Regents, asking that the UC System formally adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism, which recognizes that certain expressions of animosity towards Israel are antisemitic.

This is a crucial step in combating the rising tide of antisemitism on UC campuses.

In the letter, the groups stated:

“What these recent antisemitic incidents have in common is that they are an inevitable consequence of pervasive anti-Israel activity, particularly Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, being promoted on UC campuses…We believe that the UCLA and UC Berkeley student senates’ unanimous acknowledgement and condemnation of antisemitism on UC campuses should be taken extremely seriously by your office, and we ask you to take the following steps to address the problem:

Formally adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism in order to identify all forms of antisemitic expression on UC campuses.

Charge UC chancellors with training campus administrators and staff involved in discrimination prevention, student affairs, and equity, diversity and inclusion, to identify antisemitic behavior, and direct them to develop clear protocols for addressing campus antisemitism with the same promptness and vigor as they do other forms of racial, ethnic, and gender bigotry and discrimination.

Charge UC chancellors with developing initiatives for educating the campus community about antisemitism and anti-Jewish discrimination.”

Please join this effort!

TAKE ACTION: Ask UC President Napolitano ([email protected]) and the UC Regents ([email protected]) to adopt the US State Department’s definition of antisemitism for identifying and addressing antisemitic behavior at the University of California

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AMCHA Initiative

 

 

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