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Echoes Of McCarthyism In UCLA Anti-Israel Campaign

Who would have thought that McCarthyite tactics would be used to target, harass and intimidate pro-Israel students, Jewish and non-Jewish, at UCLA?
What's happening to the First Amendment at UCLA?

What's happening to the First Amendment at UCLA?

UCLA has some proud moments in the history of civil liberties.

After World War II, UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley, were hotbeds of opposition to an anti-communist loyalty oath that California tried to impose on academics. Ultimately the professors won in court in 1954.

Sixty years later, a different pressure group purportedly speaking for the “progressive” grassroots wants to impose on UCLA students a loyalty oath of sorts – a pledge foreswearing going on trips to Israel sponsored by certain Jewish organizations.

Issued by five pro-Palestinian groups, the call demanded that candidates for student government take the pledge.

Who would have thought that McCarthyite tactics would be used to target, harass and intimidate pro-Israel students, Jewish and non-Jewish, at UCLA? There are ominous echoes here of both the medieval witch hunts against Jews and Stalin’s show trials.

Leading the charge is Students for Justice in Palestine, which is funded in part by two organizations dedicated to the destruction of Israel, American Muslims for Palestine and Al-Awda.

SJP is using cyberbullying to punish Jewish students in the UCLA student government majority who voted against a recent resolution to divest from and boycott Israel. Jewish students who opposed the resolution reportedly feel uncomfortable even walking on campus because of the hate mail they have received.

Adding insult to injury, SJP has introduced an initiative calling for a judicial board investigation of student council members who have taken trips to Israel sponsored by groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Hasbara Fellowships; the SJP deems the groups have “political agendas that marginalize multiple communities on campus.”

On other campuses across the country, SJP tactics include mock eviction notices against Jewish students, “die-ins,” and promotions of virulently anti-Israel speakers and events.

The SJP initiative demanding that candidates for student government positions sign a pledge not to take certain trips to Israel violates both the UCLA Principles of Community Conduct and the Student Conduct Code against harassment of all kinds.

Unfortunately, what’s happening at UCLA is not an aberration but part of a national trend. Here are examples from a coast-to-coast report compiled by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a founder of the AMCHA Initiative, a nonprofit group that combats campus anti-Semitism:

  • At UC Davis, a student who expressed concern about anti-Semitic banners displayed at an anti-Israel “occupation” rally was physically assaulted by a protester who screamed in his face, “You are racist and you should die in hell.”
  • At UC Berkeley, a Jewish girl holding an “Israel wants peace” sign was ramrodded with a shopping cart by the head of the local SJP chapter.
  • At San Francisco State University last fall, the General Union of Palestine Students hosted an all-day event where participants could make posters and T-shirts that said, “My heroes have always killed colonizers” – meaning Jews.
  • At Harvard, the Palestine Security Committee frightened Jewish students by placing mock eviction notices on their dormitory rooms.
  • At Northeastern University in Boston, SJP vandalized a menorah and disrupted Jewish events.
  • At the University of Michigan, anti-Israel student activists hurled death threats at Jewish student council members and called them “dirty Jew” and “kike.”

Why is it that so many university administrators and academics seem paralyzed to act if the victims of campus bullying are Zionist Jews?

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s reactions to the developments on his campus have been unsatisfactory. First, according to the Daily Bruin, he wanted to “leave the matter to be resolved by students.” Later, he said, “I am troubled that the pledge can reasonably be seen as trying to eliminate selected viewpoints from the discussion,” but he nevertheless stood up for the pledge as free speech protected by the First Amendment.

About the Author: Rabbi Abraham Cooper is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance. Aron Hier is the Wiesenthal Center’s director of campus outreach. Historian Harold Brackman contributed to this piece.


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14 Responses to “Echoes Of McCarthyism In UCLA Anti-Israel Campaign”

  1. Students have the right to free speech,

  2. Why are first amendment rights in place for anti semitic speech, but not for those who oppose gay marriage?

  3. Why are first amendment rights in place for anti semitic speech, but not for those who oppose gay marriage?

  4. Loren Renee says:

    Students have the right to be safe in their person on campus and off. They are there to study, not attack or be preyed upon.

  5. Loren Renee says:

    Students have the right to be safe in their person on campus and off. They are there to study, not attack or be preyed upon.

  6. What have we done by not teaching our students (children) the real truth about the rights of all people. The United States is fragmented into small hate groups trying to control the whole. No longer ” Home of the FREE.”

  7. JoAnn Morris says:

    I agree if the speeches do not contain lies, Students should to question before making decisions.

  8. It is not free speech david spick. It is a hate speech!!!! I have a kid teaches in a Jewish preschool and does commercials. I wish you people that hate the Jews would go live in the communist solialist countries where you belong!!! Take Obama with you when you leave.

  9. This is what is being taught today. If someone doesn’t agree with you it is okay to hurt them. I heard a young student state that all conservatives should be put to death. See what his lib profs have taught him. I feel sorry for this kid because he will one day be out of school like a lot of others and once out of their protected environment they are going to open their mouth and someone is going to trash them.

  10. yes stude have speech freedom of xpression but look at first comment if right to included and base upon the truth not bogus liars

  11. yes stude have speech freedom of xpression but look at first comment if right to included and base upon the truth not bogus liars

  12. GOD BLESS ISRAEL.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL.
    GOD PROTECT ISRAEL

  13. Anonymous says:

    DO NOT DONATE TO UCLA! As they cowtow to the crazed jihadists, they merit no donations.

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