UC Jewish Studies Prof Reveals Hateful Atmosphere on Campus

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This isn't a good time to be a whistleblower. That is something that Tammi Rossman-Benjamin knows quite well, having repeatedly attempted to bring the ugly situation on the UC Santa Cruz campus where she teaches to the attention of university officials with few results.

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin's attempts to speak out against hate from Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association has led to an intensification in the hate campaign against her and a variety of false accusations meant to force her out of her position. In her latest letter, she chronicles some of the campus ugliness after the latest attempt at divestment.

In sum, SJP/CJP and MSA (known as MSU at UC Irvine) chapters and their members continue to harass and intimidate Jewish and pro-Israel students, to sponsor hate-filled events, to promote and express antisemitic campaigns and rhetoric, and to associate with individuals and organizations that are linked to terrorist activity and call for violence against Jews. Therefore, it is repugnant that these groups are allowed to maintain themselves as registered student organizations on UC campuses, receiving tax payer dollars to perpetuate these wrongs.

Other students who opposed the divestment resolution at UCSB reported being spit on, having their bike tires tampered with, and being refused service at the university bookstore. At UC Irvine, a former Chair of the Student Judicial Board, who was the sole member of that committee to vote “no” on the SJP-sponsored divestment resolution, expressed feeling “continuously intimidated” and “repeatedly threatened” as a result of her vote. And most recently, two UC Berkeley Student Action senators who voted against the SJP-sponsored divestment resolution were allegedly subject to "death threats and vitriolic accusations."

One of the protest leaders at the UCD “occupation” said that "Zionist viewpoints" should be "excluded and not be tolerated," and he compared
speaking with "Zionists" to speaking with Hitler or the KKK. Another protester said, “The 1st amendment is worthless and meaningless because it was written by upper class white slave owners.” Another protestor expressed the view that freedom of speech should be given to the
"oppressed" Palestinians but not to the Zionist “oppressors,” saying: “Free speech is not a goal. Free speech is a tool of the oppressed. It is one of their tools. They may use any tool at their disposal. They will use free speech if needed, but they do not need to give power to the oppressor of  any kind. It is a tool to be used by the oppressed.”

Free speech is only for terrorists and terrorist supporters.