UC President Mark Yudof Stands Up for Occupiers but Not Jews

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The letter cites numerous examples of extremism on University of California campuses in 2011. In June, the MSA of UC-Santa Cruz held an Israel-bashing “Teach-In on Islamophobia” that included speakers that favor the destruction of Israel. A college administrator distributed a letter to students asking them to support the U.S. Boat to Gaza, a vessel involved in the terror-tied “Freedom Flotilla II.” Amcha states that the UCLA Chancellor’s Office’s newspaper published an extremely biased and inaccurate anti-Israel article in September that “effectively called for the elimination of the Jewish state.”

There are other incidents this year that can be added to the list. In February, Zaid Shakir spoke for the MSA of UC-Davis on civil rights. Shakir justifies attacks on U.S. soldiers and according to the New York Times in June 2006, “he said he still hoped that one day the United States would be a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law.” He condemns American “demonization” of figures like Bin Laden, the Taliban, Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi, while depicting Hamas, Al-Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents as freedom fighters. Another UC-Davis event featured a terror-supporter named Amir-Abdel Malik-Ali, where he complimented Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Yudof is a financial backer of the Olive Tree Initiative, a group that claims to promote understanding between both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but introduces students to supporters of Hamas and other extremists. In December 2009, Yudof allocated $5,000 to OTI from the Lumina Foundation for Education. This was only weeks after it was learned that an OTI student trip included a meeting with a senior Hamas official, Aziz Duwaik, who had been recently released by Israel. Students were asked to not talk about the meeting. In May 2010, Yudof gave OTI the Presidential Leadership Award of $2,000.

Yudof and UC-Berkeley are currently being sued by Jessica Felber and Brian Maissy for facilitating a hostile environment, specifically by tolerating the activities of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. The lawsuit alleges that not enough has been done to prevent harassment of those that disagree with the groups’ agenda. In one incident, Felber says she was struck with a shopping cart by the leader of UC-Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine leader. Felber and Maissy are seeking damages, a five-year ban on the two groups from organizing on campus and an end to the university’s financial support of them.

In June 2009, a member of the UC-Santa Cruz faculty, Dr. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, filed a complaint alleging that professors were providing anti-Israel education and that the bias was having an “enormous” impact. She said that many students say they are “reluctant or afraid to express a view that is not anti-Israel.” As far back as 2005, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights advised that anti-Semitism on campuses is a “serious problem warranting further attention.”

If Mark Yudof is willing to take a stand against police officers who may have been too quick to enforce their orders using pepper spray, he should be willing to take a stand against the proponents of Islamic extremism and Jew-hatred in his school system.

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  • jim

    Ambassador owned. Truth is Israel has let themselves be provoked into the same terrorism it has been a victim of.

    • truebearing

      Your comment has a certain incoherence to it. Maybe you should try again. Next time see if you can fully grasp the concept of terrorism BEFORE using it in a sentence. Excuse my criticism if you are 14 or younger.

      Also, if you don't mind, please provide a list of Israeli suicide bombers, rocket attacks on civilians, and threats to wipe out an entire people.

  • truebearing

    The corrosive effect of neo-communist infiltration has left all structure in California honey-combed and ready for collapse. It won't be an earthquake that destroys that state.

    • guest

      oh my god, do you even listen to the nonsense coming out of your mouth? Half the people on this site act like they are neo in the Matrix, when really they are more like the delusional sad saps wandering our streets when they should be receiving psychiatric care.

      • truebearing

        Since I wrote it, I know exactly what I meant. You on the other hand might find it necessary to plead temporary insanity as an excuse for your deranged maundering.

        • guest

          the nut jobs wandering around saying they are Napoleon know what they mean too, that wasn't the point Einstein. Let me rewind and slow it down for you: i know what you mean, it's just that what you mean is nonsense, Neo-communist infiltration? Are you serious. Let me guess, you think Obama is a socialist and the Democratic Party is a being lead by the ghost of Lenin. You probably think Glen Beck and Newt Gingrich are real historians.. Lunatic.

    • Asher

      Many Jews do not uphold the values of our Constitution or to their own bloodlines, while some are totally loyal to the preservation of Israel, and America. I think we will see more earthquakes, and horrible weather in the next year. The San Andreas fault could create an absolute re-organization of California. It has been extremely unstable, the Earth has shifted on its axis, especially since the Haiti Earthquake, Look for more destabilization.

  • Jerry

    Dear Jim,

    Think of the Jews as an endangered species of mammal, such as whales or tigers. Think of Israel as the optimal habitat for endangered Jews. Jews removed from their habitat tend to die off due mainly to hostile Gentiles, but they prosper when permitted to live within the conditions provided by an independent Israel. Makes me so angry that I would like to get a bumper sticker saying, "Save the Jews!"

  • Ken

    Islam will always be treated with velvet gloves, while the Jews will always be portrayed as the root of all problems. The UC system is just another example of the bias those of Jewish faith have to endure. That is not to say there is not unjustified bias in some form against peaceful Muslim people in ceertain areas, but when there are about 50 documented hate crimes against Jews for every 1 or 2 against those of the Muslim faith, I don't see where they are the oppressed ones. If anything, they get a pass on bad behavior more often than not.

    • jacob

      KEN :
      If the "PEACEFUL MUSLIMS" you are referring to are of the same kind of those
      dancing and giving out candy in the streets of Queens, N. York, while people
      were jumping to their deaths from the WTC windows on 9/11, then I don't
      to which "Peaceful" Muslims you are referring to…
      And as to CALIFORNIA, nothing bizarre about this state surprises me…
      It is rotten to the core at absolutely all levels, specially education and it is the
      most undisputable proof of the results of the 'LAISSEZ FAIRE, LAISSEZ PASSER"
      policy…..
      And as to Mr. YUDOF, his biased skirt is showing

      • Ken

        Can't say I disagree with you. It all fits the facts.

  • Herman Caintonette

    "Yudof, who is Jewish, said in a statement Tuesday he is concerned and urged the groups to support the university's newly created Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion, which held its first meeting last week."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/07/uc-presi

    Obviously, this isn't a case of anti-Semitism on Yudof's part. More likely, his position is informed by his academic career as a First Amendment scholar. The Constitution protects your virulently anti-Muslim hate speech … but at a price: It also protects Muslim anti-Semitic speech.

    The OWS Davis incident is obviously different: the pepper spray attack is, on the face of it, an aggravated criminal assault, and President Yudof knows it.

    Doesn't anyone at FrontPageRag ever bother doing research before they write these tragic propaganda pieces? Took me two minutes to catch the obvious.

    • alan g

      The pepper spraying was a preventive measure so that the police would have to resort to physical actions. These people were told to move and they didn’t. Simple as that.

      • Herman Caintonette

        It is an excessive use of force. Simple as that.

    • stern

      Please do not respond to this poster. It is a vile anti-Semite that has openly advocated on these pages, for the murder of Jewish children simply because they are Jewish. Bacteria like this can only thrive when in the spotlight. By depriving it of the light it so desires, we can cause it to wither and die – or at least go somewhere else.

      Proof: On November 16, it posted the following:
      “[Palestinians] deserve to have a state on the land that was stolen from them. If killing Jewish kids aids in this endeavor, morally speaking, they are legitimate targets. "By any means necessary," intoned Malcolm X.”

      • Herman Caintonette

        With the moral tone set by YHWH. If it is morally acceptable for your YHWH to kill the first-born son of every Egyptian family as punishment for and in order to deter Pharoah's acts of tyranny, why is it not also acceptable for Palestinians to kill children of Jews as punishment for and in order to deter Zionists' acts of tyranny?

        Serious question, no credible answers.

        • Sashland

          If it was as you say you would not be saying anything but since it is not as you say then you can keeping saying what makes you think you know what you are saying when you say nothing.

          But, then again, maybe that's the reason you are you and not what you think you are…

    • Choi

      You mean it took you two minutes to figure out how you could twist it around and make Yudof into a "paragon" 1st Amd."scholar" and take a SWIPE at FPM.

      Tell us HC,IF you don't like FPM ,WHY are you TROLLING here?

  • StephenD

    I LOVE that no one is responding to Herman "killing Jewish kids is morally legitimate" Caintonette.
    Invalidation is what he deserves here on FPM.

  • jacob

    HERMAN CAINTONETTE:

    If FPM is a rag to you, why in thne hell do you bother putting your two cents in it ?

    There are Neo-Nazis and Muslim publications aplenty where your two cents
    would be more than welcome in which you can vomit all your Judeophobic
    poison without having the "Moderator" stopping it….
    And as to your statement of Mr. YUDOF being Jewish if he actually is, allow me
    to remind you that Mr. SOROS is, by his own admision, another GESTAPOWITZ

    • Herman Caintonette

      Jacob: "If FPM is a rag to you, why in thne hell do you bother putting your two cents in it ?"

      For fun.

      Soros is a Jew. How can he be anti-Semitic? Many Jews disagree with the Jews on this board; why does this make them anti-Semitic?

      Ask three rabbis anything, and you will get five opinions.

      • stern

        Please do not respond to this poster. It is a vile anti-Semite that has openly advocated on these pages, for the murder of Jewish children simply because they are Jewish. Bacteria like this can only thrive when in the spotlight. By depriving it of the light it so desires, we can cause it to wither and die – or at least go somewhere else.

        Proof: On November 16, it posted the following:
        “[Palestinians] deserve to have a state on the land that was stolen from them. If killing Jewish kids aids in this endeavor, morally speaking, they are legitimate targets. "By any means necessary," intoned Malcolm X.”

        • Herman Caintonette

          With the moral tone set by YHWH. If it is morally acceptable for your YHWH to kill the first-born son of every Egyptian family as punishment for and in order to deter Pharoah's acts of tyranny, why is it not also acceptable for Palestinians to kill children of Jews as punishment for and in order to deter Zionists' acts of tyranny?

          Serious question, no credible answers.

          • Western Canadian

            Jew haters do not ask serious questions.

  • Ben

    Yudof is not "self-hating Jew". Looking not like tipical Jew he made his career so that no voice can blame him in ethnik sympathy,so the warm place for Islamists and anti-semites exists.

  • howdydoody

    Protesting a political figure representing the government of Israel is not an affront to all Jews. That's like saying that the Iraqi reporter who threw a shoe at GW Bush was attacking all white middle-aged rich men.

  • Ghostwriter

    Too bad Mr. Yudof didn't care about his Jewish students to condemn the disgusting anti-semitism that many of his Muslim students and those like Herman Caintonette wallow in every single day.

  • disgusted

    Yudof is pretty bad, but with few exceptions, it seems like most UC Jewish faculty and administrators throughout the system are no better, and many even a whole lot worse.

  • Jack Hammer

    Keep in mind that the current crop of university students will be occupying their place in business and government in a few years. What effect do you think their political education will have on their policies and performance?

  • Flowerknife_us

    Panhandling on a major scale.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Ryan Mauro thinks that the American people will exchange the right to not be sprayed with chemical weapons for loudly trumpeting a pro-Israel agenda. His meal ticket comes from Zionists. Naturally he assumes our daily freedoms are somehow entwined with advertisement and the Aliyah. Some people will sell their soul to anyone to get ahead.

  • Ben

    commentators turned their noses from the anti-semites theme as it is a dunghill,but some Jews claim their right as any American for a Jew-hate.

  • http://www.jewwatch.com JewsSmellLikePee

    Yahweh = Satan's other name

  • Fred

    To all of the Israel and Jewish People haters on this blog. We love the Jewish people and

    pray for Israel. Did you forget that your God was a Jewish man? Also you have the Salk

    Polio Vaccine in your body. Salk was a Jewish doctor. If you still dislike Jewish people please

    do not listen or sing White Christmas, Easter Parade and the patriotic song God Bless America as they

    were written by Irving Berlin a Jewish composer. How can hateful people dislike the Jewish People and then bow down and worship a Jewish man named Jesus? Go figure!

    • muchiboy

      As citizens of non Jewish countries the Diaspora may not have an equal in terms of their many contributions to the arts,sciences,humanities,economy,politics,etc.The same can hardly be said of the Jews of Israel,where they have occupied Palestine and re-created the Zionist state of Israel through ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.The crimes against the Palestinian people and Humanity need acknowledgement and resolution.muchiboy

    • Keith

      Take a closer look at Salk's "discovery" of Polio. Not the work of a solitary man, but rather a culmination of the concerted effort by many scientists, most of whom were gentiles. Same with Einstein. Yet, the influence-peddling Jews in both the media and academia thrust him out front to give these men all the credit and claim them as examples of Jewish brilliance. A joke, really. But try and point that out and Jews cry "anti-semitism." Among the Jews live some of the most dishonest, detestable humans on the Earth, period. Unfortunately, for the normal Jews, the sad day will come when the backlash against these subhumans will affect them, too.

  • Ron Grant

    I am familiar with pepper spray.In fact,I was involved with decontamination of prisoners last night.Though for the most part safe,effective and transient,pepper spray is not to be used lightly.Where I work,it is used largely when there is a safety risk to inmates,staff or the general integrity and control of the institution.The correctional officers responsible for its use show good judgement,common sense,are are well trained,competent and humane both before and after the intervention.
    I was not impressed with the inappropriate (in terms of the judicious use of force) use of pepper spray on these peaceful ,sitting student protesters.Other,less onerous means could have achieved the same results with less harm.Not Kent State,but a similar lack of good judgement by those with the means of power.
    As to anti Israel and anti Zionist demonstrations on campus,given the history of occupation of Palestine by the Diaspora and the ongoing ethnic cleansing,etc.of the Palestinian people by Jews I believe such demonstrations be continuing,determined and forceful.Supporters of Zionism and a Zionist Israel ,Jewish et al,should be made to face their accusers at all levels with their unconscionable crimes against humanity and the Palestinian people.
    Given the history and nature of the conflict,it will be difficult to tease out the unconscionable crimes against the Palestinian people from the legitimate needs of the Jewish people.Doesn’t mean we don’t call a spade a spade.muchiboy

  • prof22

    AIPAC, Israeli Government, Brookings Institute, Washington Institute, US Government, and Geneva Initiative have all met with Aziz Duweik too…