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The suit lists several instances of past anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement on the Berkeley campuses and UC campuses in central and northern California, particularly the campus in Irvine.
According to the lawsuit, the SJP and MSA have previously staged “checkpoints” at which they brandish mock weapons and demand that students state their religious affiliation. The checkpoints are meant to mimic the IDF’s checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, at which soldiers check passing vehicles for weapons and bombs.
The suit also notes that Zakharia and two other SJP activists were cited in 2008 for battery, after disrupting a college by a campus Jewish group and assaulting a Jewish student.
SJP members heckled Mideast expert Daniel Pipes and author Nonie Darwish when the two came to speak at UC Berkeley in 2004 and 2007 respectively. SJP activists allegedly shouted “Death to Zionism,” “Zionism is racism,” and “Seig Heil” during Pipes’ address.
Felber is represented by civil rights attorney Joel Siegal, and by attorney Neal Sher, a former head of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and of the Justice Department’s Nazi prosecution unit.
Last year, two University of California professors warned that growing Muslim extremism on campus was putting Jewish students at risk. The warning came shortly after students at UC Irvine harassed visiting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. In a rare move, those who harassed Oren may face criminal charges.
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