The AMCHA Initiative Responds to Enablers of Campus Anti-Semitism

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3) You wrote that the Chancellors “have taken an aggressive position in prosecuting abusive and intolerant behavior,” but members of the Jewish community have seen no signs of that with respect to abusive and intolerant behavior directed against Jewish students. In fact, UC administrators have even been implicated in some of this behavior. Consider the following:

• In October 2010, we sent UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau a letter expressing our concern that an authorized unit of UCB’s College of Letters and Sciences was an official co-sponsor of an event whose primary focus was promoting a boycott of Israeli academics and businesses, and whose speakers and non-academic co-sponsors had all promoted campaigns to harm the Jewish state.  We pointed out that anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns are not only a violation of the core principals of academic freedom and antisemitic according to the working definition adopted by the U.S. State Department,  but these campaigns had already contributed significantly to a hostile environment for Jewish students at UCB.  We respectfully asked Chancellor Birgeneau to sever the university’s involvement with this event and publicly condemn the BDS campaign on his campus.  Chancellor Birgeneau refused our requests.

• In May 2010, the Israel Apartheid Week event presented by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at UCSD, which was replete with speakers, exhibits and imagery that demonized and delegitimized Israel and her supporters, was sponsored by 18 academic departments and administrative units on that campus. (Dr. Jorge Mariscal, a UCSD professor of literature, gave a glowing testimonial of the event, writing on the MSA’s website that he had rarely seen “a more sophisticated and tempered demonstration of activism.” Interestingly, soon after writing this Professor Mariscal was appointed to the President’s Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion). This year, the UCSD-MSA’s “Israel Apartheid Week,” which included a 60-foot long “Apartheid Wall” and speakers well-known for their antisemitic rhetoric, was sponsored by UCSD’s Cross Cultural Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

• In June 2011, a few weeks after the UC Irvine Muslim Student Union presented their week of events demonizing Israel and featuring speakers who advocate boycotting and eliminating the Jewish state, that organization was given an award for “demonstrating a commitment to transforming structures of inequality and injustices through reflection and action” by the UCI Office of the Dean of Students.

• In June 2011, an event entitled “Teach-in on Islamophobia” took place at UCSC, organized and co-sponsored by two academic units and several student groups, including the UCSC Muslim Student Association and the Olive Tree Initiative. The speakers at the event, who were well-known for their anti-Israel animus and activism, blamed the Jews for Islamophobia and used language that demonized the Jewish state and Jews.  A large table set up at the event contained materials advertising and promoting the U.S. Boat to Gaza, one of the boats participating in the “Freedom Flotilla II,” whose organizers had ties to terrorist organizations including Hamas.  Sitting at the table and handing out a personal letter encouraging students to endorse the U.S. Boat to Gaza was a UCSC college administrator, who was to be among the passengers on the boat. In response to a letter sent to UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal by the Zionist Organization of America, which raised serious and legitimate concerns about the event, UCSC Counsel Carole Rossi defended the faculty and administrators who organized the event, and showed no concern at all for its anti-Jewish content or the effect it would have on Jewish students.

These examples show that UC administrators not only ignore intolerant and abusive behavior directed against Jewish students, they also condone, award, and even engage in it.

4) Finally, we hope you can see that the information upon which the AMCHA Initiative has based its campaign is not at all “out-dated,” nor are we “completely uninformed.”  Sadly, your false characterization of us, and your unwillingness to fairly consider our concerns or their importance to the California Jewish community, suggests a dismissiveness and lack of sensitivity that many of us find deeply disturbing.

Please understand that the Jewish community of California will not remain silent while Jewish students are being harassed and intimidated on UC campuses. We hope that you and all other UC administrators will commit yourselves to addressing the problem of anti-Jewish bigotry forthrightly, publicly, and immediately.


Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Lecturer, University of California at Santa Cruz

Leila Beckwith, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles

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  • Anamah

    How this can be?

    • martel

      I'm not surprised. Someone once said that it was as if the map of the United States had been tilted so that all the odd balls had rolled into California.

  • Zinnia2

    sadly it seems logic, common sense and peaceful ideology are not the ticket here – they only understand what the other side offers – threats of death…

  • aspacia

    Make a stand! BRAVO for fight back against the ivory tower bigoted liars.

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    islam strives for world domination.

    The quran commands muslims to exercise jihad.

    The quern commands muslims to establish shariah law.

    The quern commands muslims to impose islam on the entire world.

    islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    islam IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is arabic for battle.

    islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    islam and freedom, islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

  • david patton

    Jewish students should arm themselves

  • keoke888

    California and the UC system actually has a lot of parallels to the Islamic world, so this is not surprising. Most of the professors have not had an original thought since they took bad acid in 1975, so they rival Islamic scholars in a race to the bottom . Also, it is a scientific fact that all the frat boys/bro's/surfer stoner types hit on boys constantly because they think it's easier. I heard complaints about that all the time from guy friends, and gather this is also the situation in Muslim countries. They also probably have the same amount of respect for women.

    The family values also overlap. I grew up in a small hippie town, the average inhabitant is an ex revolutionary, but there are also a disproportionate number of heirs to major corporations, famous left-wing anti-Semitic journalists, and marijuana barons. Somehow, around 1 in 10 or 15 of my peers (the sensitive ones) are no longer alive, largely because their parents were too busy "being political" to provide a modicum of love or safety. Many Muslim parents also seem to value the revolution more than their family.

  • Flipside

    Jews need to be “protected” on American campuses now? What, are there bones in the gefilte fish or something?

    • MixMChess
      • Flipside

        Thanks for sharing. When I don't attend David Project lectures, I love to watch Rachel Fish and Charles Jacobs videos. All I really saw in that video was some free speech happening and an off campus Hasbara setting up a protectionist racket on campuses to squelch that free speech by posturing as a defense organization. I am from Boston, so I know all about the ICC / Camera hydra, Rachel Fish, and Larry Summers, and Richard Landes, and Charles Jacobs and his secret funding (ELIANA BENADOR). They don't like Muslims to speak at commencement ceremonies. They hate the divestiture movement. They try to stop mosques from being built.

        Here are two videos for you:

        • MixMChess

          "All I really saw in that video was some free speech happening and an off campus Hasbara setting up a protectionist racket on campuses to squelch that free speech by posturing as a defense organization."

          There has never been an attempt to prevent free speech about Israel. The haters of Israel always whine and wail about free speech whenever they get called out on their LIES and immoral screeds. Use your brain, it's not about preventing speech – its about exposing it for the filth that it really is.

          It should be obvious, the most "vociferous critics of Israel" are Jews and Israelis themselves who use "their freedom of speech" to express their concerns every day.

          "They don't like Muslims to speak at commencement ceremonies. They hate the divestiture movement. They try to stop mosques from being built."

          Nonsense, none of the people you speak of hate Muslims or try to stop Mosques from being built. They do hate the divestment movement because they know that its the intellectual heir to the Nazi boycott of Jewish goods from 1930's.

          • Flipside

            Well, your way off there, because Rachel Fish made her name for herself by trying to stop the Harvard commencement address five or six years ago. And you are way off again, because Charles Jacobs and Benador Associates along with slumlords Monty Gold and Anna Kolodner did try to block a mosque from being built in Boston, and failed, even though they had a big drive at Kehillath Israel in Brookline to support their frivolous lawsuit against the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

        • MixMChess

          BTW, the videos you provided are well known fakes. No doubt you lazily pulled them from Alex Jones or his good buddy Weltner. Christians have FLOURISHED in Israel.

          While Christians are unwelcome in Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia, and most have been driven out of their longtime homes in Lebanon, Christians continue to be welcome in Israel. In fact, Israel is the only Middle East nation where the Christian population has grown in the last half century (from 34,000 in 1948 to 145,000 today), in large measure because Israel guarantees their equal rights and freedom to practice religion.

          In fact, it was during Jordan’s control of Jerusalem from 1948 -1967 when Christian rights were infringed and Israeli Christians were BARRED from their holy places. The Christian population DECLINED during that time by nearly 50%, from over 25,000 to less than 12,500. Since Israeli rule over Jerusalem, the population has slowly been GROWING.

          The Christian population has been rapidly declining under Palestinian Authority rule. Currently, less than 27,000 Christians live among 3 million Muslim Palestinians. The proportion of Christians in Gaza and the W. Bank has dropped from 15% of the Arab population in 1950 to less than 1% today. Over 75% of all Bethlehem Christians now live abroad, and the majority of the city’s population is Muslim. The Christian population declined 29% in the W. Bank and 20% in Gaza from 1997 – 2002 ALONE. By contrast, during the same time period, Israel’s Arab Christian population GREW from 14% to over 27%.

          Of course the Palestinians regularly persecute Christians. For example, Samir Qumsiyeh, a journalist from Beit Sahur reported that Christians were being subjected to "rape, kidnapping, extortion and expropriation of land and property." Qumsiyeh, has a list of "93 cases of anti-Christian violence between 2000 and 2004" and specifically mentioned the case of a 17-year-old girl from his town who was raped by members of Fatah. He added that “almost all 140 cases of expropriation of land in the last three years were committed by militant Islamic groups and members of the Palestinian police” and that the "Christian population of Bethlehem has dropped from 75 percent in 1950 to 12 percent today." Qumsiyeh has warned that if that trend continues, “we won't be here any more in 20 years."

          • Flipside

            Too bad I know messianic Jews who got stoned by orthodox rabbis in Israel. It runs contrary to the wonderful statistics about Christians in Israel. Plus I grew up in the United States, where we got to hear and hear how Christianity is inherently antisemitic and how Christian Identity movements are the greatest threat to Jews, when it is not Black Muslims, Black Hebrews "self-hating Jews" or college lecturers.

  • Ghostwriter

    Maybe because of the Jew hatred people like you spew on college campuses,Flipside.

    • Flipside

      I went to college, and I saw David Horowitz, Curtis Sliwa, Kerri Dunn, Khallid Muhammad, Tipper Gore, and various other censorship paramilitants spewing at podiums, but not myself, sorry. I was busy cataloging all these Hasbara swear words like "Hate, Patriot, Spew, Vile, Venomous, Vitriol" and the other Foxmanisms you all cross-plagiarize. Back then, the big enemy to Jews wasn't Muslims, it was "nativist" american patriot movement people and Afrocentrists. I never could figure out why these propagandists were obsessed with spew, especially since it rhymes with Jew. It's shameful that the Hasbara lexicon of slam words hasn't really evolved since 1989.

  • 58TROJAN

    I heard a survivor of the Holocaust say many years ago, as he looked into the television camera and spoke directly to Jews, "As for you Jews who live in America and think you are safe, beware, it will come for you also." It has.

  • howard cox

    The Left in the U.S. have picked Islam as their preferred religion for one reason- the Left hate the U.S. as much as Islam does. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".

  • Joel

    It looks like the Alinskyites and their protegees recognize the accuracy of the Amcha grassroots movement, so are getting together to attack the organizers of Amcha.