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AMCHA Initiative Applauds the UCLA and UC Berkeley Student Senates, and UC President and Regents Chair, for their Statements Condemning Campus Antisemitism

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TAKE ACTION: Thank UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents (President@ucop.eduRegentsOffice@ucop.edu) for their statement condemning the recent antisemitic activity on UC campuses, and encourage the President and Regents to  adopt the US State Department’s definition of antisemitism for identifying and addressing antisemitic behavior at the University of California.

In response to escalating antisemitic activity on several UC campuses, including swastikas drawn on a Jewish fraternity house at UC Davis and the inappropriate questioning of a candidate for student judiciary board about her Jewishness and Jewish affiliations at UCLA, the student senates at UCLA and UC Berkeley have each unanimously approved resolutions condemning campus antisemitism.

Considering the virulent anti-Israel expression that has pervaded UC campuses, it is important to note that both of these student senate resolutions drew upon the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism, which acknowledges that contemporary antisemitism often “manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel,” and that examples could include:

  • Demonizing Israel:
    • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
    • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
    • Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions
  • Double standards towards Israel:
    • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
    • Multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations
  • Delegitimizing Israel:
    • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist”

AMCHA Initiative heartily applauds the UC Berkeley and UCLA student senates for these groundbreaking resolutions.

We also applaud yesterday’s statement by UC President Janet Napolitano and Board of Regents Chair Bruce Varner, which strongly condemns the recent antisemitic incidents at the University of California and affirms that acts such as these “will not be tolerated.”

TAKE ACTION: Thank UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents (President@ucop.eduRegentsOffice@ucop.edu) for their statement condemning the recent antisemitic activity on UC campuses, and encourage the President and Regents 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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