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Court Dismisses Antisemitism Complaints against UC Berkley

By: JTA

Federal complaints accusing the University of California campuses in Berkeley and Santa Cruz of failing to curb hostile environments for Jewish students were dismissed.

A complaint filed last year with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights against the Berkeley campus by two recent graduates referred specifically to the annual February Apartheid Week demonstration. It charged that the demonstration violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars the recipients of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education extended Title VI to include the protection of Jewish students from anti-Semitism on campuses.

The Office of Civil Rights investigation, which included interviews with students and observations of the demonstrations, concluded this week that events described in the complaint did not constitute harassment but rather “expression on matters of public concern directed to the university community.”

“In the university environment, exposure to such robust and discordant expressions, even when personally offensive and hurtful, is a circumstance that a reasonable student in higher education may experience,” the probe concluded.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said the claim of a hostile environment for Jewish students at Berkeley “is, on its face, entirely unfounded.”

Dirks added, “We will continue our ongoing efforts to protect free speech rights while promoting respectful dialogue and maintaining a campus environment that is safe for all our students.”

In a complaint against UC Santa Cruz, the Office of Civil Rights in a letter said it determined that the events described in the complaint “do not constitute actionable harassment.”

The investigation, opened in March 2011, focused on two events on campus in which speakers were critical of Israeli policies, on two other talks that had been planned but never took place and on several incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti.

The civil rights office determined that the campus “took prompt action to investigate … and to remove the graffiti.”

“This campus values the free and open expression of ideas, and we diligently safeguard our students’ civil rights,” Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal said. “We are, therefore, pleased that these allegations have been thoroughly investigated and dismissed.”

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8 Responses to “Court Dismisses Antisemitism Complaints against UC Berkley”

  1. Carolin Knox says:

    Try same behavior against muslims, hispanics, blacks…see what court says.

  2. Carolin Knox says:

    Try same behavior against muslims, hispanics, blacks…see what court says.

  3. Charna Carole Ball says:

    disgusting… not one cent from me to the alumni assn

  4. Marianna Mujnoo says:

    Now that’s a shocker … California ? Berkeley ? Looney Liberal Insanity, AntiSemitism at it’s best … Disgusting

  5. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    And as an addendum, if ANYTHING remotely similar to what is being done against Jews on the campus was done against blacks, hispanics, Arabs, there would be Hell to pay, for sure – that’s how screwed up this “diversity” and reverse discrimination has changed campus life for the worse, and endangers every single Jewish student. I say defend yourselves, take self-defense classes, cause demonstrations against pro-Arab events, keep being vociferous despite our enemies trying to smote us once again. NEVER AGAIN.

  6. DDay66 says:

    Bull!!!! Let them throw a Saudi Arabia Apartheid week and see what happens. And the difference of course would be that Saudi Arabia actually is an Apartheid Country.

  7. jgray1 says:

    they live or die on alumni donations. keep that in mind at all times.

  8. Alan Kardon says:

    What did you expect from a totally dysfunctional state?

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