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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?

By defending the organized demands that students who have taken sponsored trips to Israel should disqualify themselves from participating in UCLA student body elections as “sacrosanct” and “within the realm of free speech,” Block is doing more harm than good. It’s the equivalent to leaving the matter to a lynch mob seeking to bar Jews from the fundamental rights of political association and free expression.

Aggrieved UCLA students have had to turn to the University of California system’s president, Janet Napolitano, and the Regents in an attempt for relief. Napolitano released a statement saying she shared Block’s concerns.

Is it so-called free speech when the goal is to end Jewish students’ full access to free expression and politically active lives on campus? Dressing up intimidation as a “sanctified” right is an obscene distortion of the First Amendment.

It’s time for our colleges and universities to rediscover their moral compass. If necessary, major Jewish donors should withhold their gifts. Jewish philanthropists should support only schools that protect the rights of all students to participate fully in campus life from the quad to the classroom without fear or intimidation – including lovers of Zion.

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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