Tell UCLA to Stop Protecting Anti-Semitic Groups

Tell UCLA to Stop Protecting Anti-Semitic Groups

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This week, UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) voted to condemn groups that oppose anti-Semitism. You read that correctly. Rather than condemn the anti-Semites, the Council attacked those who defend Jewish students.

USAC passed a resolution defining anti-Semitism and defending Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) by an 8-1 vote. The only Jewish member of the council voted against the measure. USAC chose to make up their own definition without consulting any Jewish students or community leaders.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, made the comparison that there would be public outrage if the same situation had occurred but with eight white students at UCLA voting to defining ‘racism’ without input from Black or Latino students. This situation is deserving of outrage as well.

SJP has a demonstrated history of anti-Semitic comments and actions. Just last year, SJP disrupted an event organized by Students Supporting Israel entitled “Indigenous Peoples Unite.” As three panelists from the Armenian, Jewish, and Kurdish communities tried to speak, SJP activists stormed the room and ripped down Armenian and Israeli flags, chanting loudly and screaming at the speakers.

When the National SJP organization decided to host its annual conference at UCLA last year, several community leaders spoke out. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ask UCLA to cancel the event. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) condemned the conference in a letter to the school’s chancellor, Gene Block, arguing that it promotes anti-Semitism. “[SJP members] have posted violent anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media, ranging from calling for the annihilation of the Jewish people, to admiration of Adolf Hitler,” he wrote.

Sign this petition to tell the UCLA Student Council to stop protecting anti-Semitic groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and to protect their Jewish students.

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