Civil Rights Case Against UC Berkeley

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FP: Are there new documents in the Amended Complaint?

Sher: There are. We have added an additional plaintiff, Brian Maissey, who currently is a student on Campus. We have included in the Amended Complaint a Declaration from Brian in which he expresses his fears about Apartheid Week and sets out some very disturbing facts:

—     As part of “Apartheid Week,” each year for the past three years members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) create barriers on campus in an effort to simulate what, in their view, security checkpoints are like in Israel.

—   Many of the members of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and SJP wear Israeli flags, which contain the Jewish star, and they have signs with Hebrew writing on them; and many carry mock semiautomatic weapons that look real. They pretend to be Jewish Israelis.  They set up a checkpoint at Sather Gate, where they interrogate students to determine whether they should be allowed to pass through the checkpoint, and they “act out” the supposed harassment of Palestinians on each other.

—  the “interrogators” ― those pretending to be Jewish Israelis ― are  rude, obnoxious, overbearing, aggressive and violent.

Brian also reveals how on March 17, 2011, he saw the students from MSA and SJP (dressed like Israeli Jews) block most of the central part of Sather Gate.  They put down a material which looked like barbed wire or at least was supposed to simulate barbed wire at the checkpoint at Sather Gate. Moreover, he observed the simulated “barbed wire” get caught and entangled in an individual’s wheelchair. His independence and ability to move around campus was blocked and inhibited by persons who were wearing Israeli flags.

All of this goes well beyond any activities which deserve free speech protection.  On the contrary, such conduct is terrifying, especially to young students, and it certainly endangers the health and safety of Jewish students.

Such activities have no place on campus and students have every right to expect that the school officials will take all reasonable measure to prevent such intimidating and harassing activities. The defendants in this case have failed miserably to do so.

FP: Why have the defendants in this case not done anything about these activities of the Muslim groups? What does it signify? What do you hope to do achieve with this lawsuit?

Sher: As we have seen elsewhere on campuses throughout the country, the University seems to be a slave to political correctness. And, I suspect that there is an element of intimidation stemming from the actions of the anti-Israel crowd, who have been loud and persistent in pushing their agenda. And, some university officials might have mistakenly bought into the deceitful propaganda being spread by those who seek to de-legitimize the Jewish state and her supporters.

In addition to securing redress for our clients, we want the universities to ensure that all students are free to study and live in an environment in which they do not feel threatened or harassed because of their religion, ethnic background or legitimate political views. Regrettably, in this area Berkeley and other schools in the U. of C. system get a failing grade.

FP: Neal Sher, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.


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  • rbosque

    The actions of Muslim groups such as those stated in this interview are repeated throughout many universities in California. Last year at CSULB the Muslim student group sponsored Jihadi seminars and picnics with anti-Jewish speakers. I am not Jewish but I can imagine how they must have reacted upon seeing this overt display of hostility toward them; yet the administration (ostensibly) gave tacit or official permission for these people to be antagonistic towards the Jewish community despite the University's claim of tolerance to all groups. But as most of us have come to understand, "tolerance" is something we conservatives have to show, not the left. These Islamic hate groups are insulting to all human beings especially to those with whom they have declared war on in the Middle east.

    • vivikaja

      Yes, You are absolutely right : islam/muslims have – long ago – declared war on EVERY non- muslims / non-islamic states.

      They, the muslims, have no tolerance for other people .

      And their agenda is clear : read The Muslim Brotherhood´s " The Project".

      What they want to do with America is what they want to do with Europe : to bring us under the Sharia and our countries brought under the Khalifat.

  • Foolster41

    "As part of “Apartheid Week,” each year for the past three years members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) create barriers on campus in an effort to simulate what, in their view, security checkpoints are like in Israel."
    I'd love to know how many have actually experienced this first hand for themselves, or have seen recorded proof to show how this little play-acting is authentic. I doubt it is, and is no more than made-up projects of what they believe or want to believe what is happening.

    The actions by these groups are vile, and I hope a legal victory will be the first step in stopping this vile behavior. Criticizing Israel (as they claim to do) would be one thing, but promoting terrorist organizations, genocide and libels against Israel and Jews is quite another!

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    We need people to dress up as suicide bombers with belts of fire crackers who come to the checkpoints and insist to be let through.

    • Raymond in DC

      Even better, have someone scream "Alluhu Akhbar" before setting off a smoke or stink bomb at the "checkpoint". Then again, we know who'd be arrested afterwards, and it wouldn't be the thugs of SJP or MSA.

  • jacob

    Knowing how bizarre and rotten CALIFORNIA is, I wonder UC authorities will get
    from thewir courts of law,as much as a slap on their wrists…and I would suggest
    to the Jewish students there, male and female alike, to start getting proficient in
    martial arts or quit altogether, as matters will now be getting worst….and the so
    called campus "authorities" will shine for their absence….

  • sedoanman

    One has to wonder what value terrorist student groups bring to the academy that can't be done without. “Everything modern liberals believe …, everything they teach in our schools, the messages in movies and TV shows, the newspaper stories that they pick and how they spin them, have but one criterion for truth, beauty, honesty, goodness. And that is, ‘Does it tear down what is good and elevate what is evil?’ Does it tear down what is right and elevate what is wrong? Does it tear down the behaviors that lead to success and elevate ones that lead to failure until there’s nothing left to believe in?

    “There is virtually nothing coming out of Hollywood, taught in schools, etc. that does not have this as its sole criterion.” – Evan Sayet, “How Modern Liberals Think”

    P.S. If Israeli checkpoints are so bad, just don't try to get into Israel.

    • generalissimo

      "P.S. If Israeli checkpoints are so bad, just don't try to get into Israel."

      Better yet, if the checkpoints are so bad, imagine what are they guarding against! Israelis must be doing something right, otherwise Israel wouldn't exist anymore.

  • HGreen

    Can you imagine what the headlines would be, and what would have happened if the attackers were a Christian group and they had attacked a group of Muslims? I hope UCB has to pay through the nose, that will be the only way to get their attention. Go get um Ms Felber!

  • sedoanman

    If plaintiff wins, the administration will not be held personally liable; the taxpayers of the state will have to pay any judgement. [See Hinkle v. Baker.] But plaintiff will not win; the court will rule that she provoked the Muslim "students" [again, as though we need them in our midst].

  • Spider

    This incident is just another exanple of the stealth Ji-had that is part of the overall Ji-had and war that has been declared against the West. At UC Irvine for example the MSA students are allowed to wear green (Hamas) arm bands to all school functions including graduation ceremonies. Why are these incidents not hate crimes ? I will tell you why. Our universities in California are run by Marx-ist and Com-munist radicals who hate the very country in which they reside with all their being and hence will always vehimetly support any enemy of this country no matter how evil. You see hate crimes (as far as they are concerned) can only occurr gaainst them or any of the evil group they support. This is a tactic that would have made the Naz-zis proud.

  • eye duh hoe an

    Bezerkeley, by any other name, is still a mentally challenged institute…

  • Alfonz Shmedlap

    Th., 05/26/11 common era

    I am ashamed to be an alumnus of U.C. Berkeley. Don't be surprised if one of the lead defense attorneys in this civil lawsuit has a Jewish surname. "Embrace diversity" apparently doesn't include embracing yarmulkah-wearing students on that campus.
    Sadly, some of the lead infidels there are Jewish. "Nuthin' new under the sun"

  • We see them.

    I would not send any of my children to these islamic cesspools.

    • Vermont Yid

      "Islamic cesspools" is redundent.

  • patti
  • jasonz

    im not sure what this will do. these muslim groups will still attack and defame. the problem is we are to nice. we try to be reasonable with a group of people who only want 1 thing. the destruction of israel. this dosent have to do with land. this dosent have to do with 'israeli inolerance' or resources this dosent have to do with anything other than muslims…ALL MUSLIMS want the destruction of the jew. you got what.,….1500 yrs of them saying 'DEATH TO THE JEW AND TO ISRAEL" backing me up on this. so where is the confusion? if you want to stop these things then realize that muslims only understand force. they use our civility against us. we need to quit messing around and destroy them. the longer we wait, the more in control they become. you dont reason with someone trying to kill kill them first.

    • generalissimo

      I second that. How can we be expected to win and defend ourselves if we constantly point to "peaceful dialogue"? You don't fight terrorists with freedom, peace treaties and human rights; they're not after peace, freedom and human rights.
      You root them out, hound them, boycott them, make them feel unsafe and unwelcome. Make them feel inferior like they really are, like the virus and parasites they are. The world must be cured from the desease of islam.

  • jasonz

    p2,.,.,..,.,,.if the bleeding heart peaceniks and the wannabe ghandies cant realize that then too bad. just remember that the only reason they can curse you and say how mean and how 'war is not the answer' is because intelligent people like me woke up and recognised the threat for what it is and delt with it. if berly jews want to get these muslims to stop beating on them then fight back. i dont mean talk to the accomplise teachers or administration. i mean rise up and kick their butts! fight fire with fire

  • Dispozovdaburka

    I am going to invent "Pigs blood" mace.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    The college administration would do a fast turn and the sophomoric terrorists would quickly became tame if they were dealt with off campus by a few persuaders with baseball bats. You can't teach low grade animals how to act in civilized ways without first getting their attention and there is nothing like a few black and blue marks and cracked bones on arms, legs and head to get an animal's attention.

  • jerry

    I suggest that every Jewish student transfer out of Berkely to other universities and watch U.C.Berkely devolve into the second rate school it is without the benefit of those students who have some brains.

  • Jim

    What sort of sickness infests the administrators .

    Did they not used to adopt hate speech guide lines?

    Now they will have to adopt hate actions guide lines.

  • crypticguise

    Islam is always "defensive". Anytime, a non-Muslims breathes and denies that Mohammed is not a prophet or Islam is criticized that is an attack against Islam and Muslims choose to use this excuse to ATTACK non-Muslims.

    The University of California must stop the Islamofascist terrorists on their campuses from attacking Jewish and other non-Muslim students. In fact, the MSA and other Islamist Muslim organizations on campus are extensions of the International Terrorist Organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The MSA must be decertified by not only the U of C but by all Universities and Colleges across the United States. This law suit is an excellent first step.

  • Zocher

    "Jewish blood is not free" – Jaobotinsky.

    The appropriate response to Jihadist violence on campus is not lawsuits but an escalation of violence – by Jews. This is the lesson of Kisninev and the other programs which finally woke Jews from their passivity and silence. Only a little more than a century has passed, but the Juden already forget how to defend themselves. Jews, wake up!