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3-year Study Charges UCLA Department With ‘Antisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias’ (VIDEO)

September 17, 2014 5:24 pm 30 comments
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A consortium of American Jewish and civil rights groups are concerned that federal funds are underwriting “one-sided, antisemitic programming that masquerades as scholarship,” at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), according to statements released Wednesday.

In a just-released three-year study (2010-2013) covering “Antisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias At the Center for Near East Studies (CNES)” at UCLA, AMCHA Initiative researchers said they have found “CNES events disproportionately focused on Israel and the Israeli-Arab conflict, with 93% of events on Israel being anti-Israel, and 75% displaying antisemitic discourse.”

AMCHA investigates, documents and fights antisemitism at universities and other institutions of higher education in the US.

CNES, according to AMCHA, is a major federally-designated National Resource Center, and as such, gets most of its funding funding from the Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The group said the school received $1,383,680 during the period being investigated.

The groups issued a joint statement calling on the U.S. Congress to deny funds to Middle East Studies programs accused of having anti-American and anti-Israel bias, as well as to enact reforms on the funding process.

Congress is currently reconsidering the reauthorization of the HEA, which provides federal funds to 129 international studies and foreign language programs.

According to the 10 organizations that signed the statement- Accuracy in Academia, AMCHA Initiative, American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Endowment for Middle East Truth, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, Middle East Forum,  Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, Zionist Organization of America – the programs “have devolved into hotbeds of anti-American and anti-Israel activity, disseminating falsehoods both in universities and to K-12 teachers and to the general public.”

The organizations call on lawmakers to implement two accountability measures, including requiring Title VI recipients to establish grievance procedures and for the department of education to launch a complaint-resolution process.

“Title VI of the Higher Education Act directs federal dollars to support the intellectually corrupt field of Middle East studies, among the most politicized academic disciplines, filled with professors hostile to America, Israel, and the West. American taxpayers should not fund programs that aim to weaken resolve and thwart policy,” said Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes.

“CNES is promoting a one-sided, anti-Israel and antisemitic bias to impressionable students. This completely distorts UCLA’s scholarly and educational mission and is a violation of the Higher Education Act,” according to Leila Beckwith, AMCHA co-founder and a UCLA emeritus professor.

According to AMCHA:

  • CNES Israel-related events had an overwhelmingly anti-Israel bias: Of the 28 Israel-related events, 93% were anti-Israel;
  • Most CNES Israel-related events contained antisemitic content: Of the 28 events, 75% contained antisemitic content;
  • CNES had disproportionate focus on Israel: Of all the public events pertaining to significant Middle East political conflicts, 61% focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict, significantly more than any other conflict.  In addition, events were held about 14 Middle East countries.  Of those countries, 27% of the events were about Israel, four times more than any other country except Iran;
  • CNES favors speakers who engaged in antisemitic activity prior to speaking at CNES: Of the 31 speakers at the CNES Israel-related events, 84% have engaged in antisemitic activity, including the demonization and deligitimization of Israel, denying Jews the right to self-determination, comparing Israelis to Nazis and condoning terrorism;
  • Each CNES director had engaged in anti-Israel and antisemitic activity: All three CNES directors from 2010-2013 publicly opposed the UC Israel Abroad Program, despite touting the public abroad program as part of the center’s fulfillment of the Title VI funding requirement.  In addition, each of the directors endorsed boycotts of Israel, and one is the founder of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel.
  • CNES supported by Saudi government: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests revealed CNES received a donation of $10,000 – $20,000 from the Saudi government-owned Arabian American Oil Company. The Saudi website also includes openly anti-Israel and antisemitic discourse.

Meanwhile, in June and mid-August, Jewish shop owners in Westwood, and other neighborhoods close to the campus found anti-Semitic flyers, with Nazi swastikas featuring the words “Wanted,” and “Warning,” under their doors.

In May, UCLA leaders and the University of California (UC) statewide system issued dual statements condemning a pledge organized by several anti-Israel student groups, including Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, that had called on UCLA student council candidates to promise not to visit Israel on trips sponsored by Jewish organizations.

Watch AMCHA Initiative co-founder, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, discuss intimidation and civil rights abuses against Jewish students, fostered by the politicization of Middle East Studies made possible by Title VI funds:

JNS.org contributed to this report.

30 Comments

  • This study took 3 years. It should have taken 3 months and the program disbanded with an apology from the university and condemnations of all were resposnible.

    But no. Jews don’t work that way. They don’t want to anger anyone. The hell with them and that is why Hillel is so useless and all the other Jewish organizations are so effete.

    When do Jews become strong again?

  • This is a ridiculous article. Just because an event discusses Israel doesn’t make it anti-Semitic. Universities are supposed to be the venues for the thoughtful consideration of controversial topics through reason and debate. Do you want to censor ALL discussion of Israel? Is that how democracy works? Is that what it means to have a FREE society? Can we no longer debate U.S. foreign policy on drones? on Iraq? on Guantanamo and torture? Are those types of necessary discussions anti-American?

    • Steve Zolondick

      Sophie, I think you’re missing the point. Professors are moderators, like judges. You can’t have an “honest discussion” on a subject if the judge is bias. So yes, Sophie, forums of debate, even in schools, should be monitored, to help insure all sides are fairly represented.

    • lol, clearly you didn’t read the full article
      it said 75% of the anti Israel events were anti semitic
      criticism of israels policies doesn’t make you or anyone else anti-Semitic
      but holding up signs that equate jews (all jews) to Nazis, that call for extermination of jews (“From the river to the sea”), or that support hardcore muslim groups (whos stated agenda is to exterminate jews) such as hamas, then they are anti-Semitic

      There is a huge difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and the BS baseless accusations and hate speech that are typical of anti Israel demonstrations in campuses all over the world

    • These events don’t just “discuss” Israel, they encourage anti-Semitism and try to incite people against Israel and Jews in general by screaming propaganda and lies. You will find the muslims to be the organizers of these hate-spreading events, too.

    • And Sophie’s choice to comment here was obviously an imbecilic one. Just because you remain painfully uninformed on the subject(s)elucidated in this piece does not make the theses of the article ‘ridiculous.’

      More so, considering that the article is backed by quantitative data sets which you made no attempt (read: FAILED) to refute. Thus, what you and those like you have offered, and continue to offer, are endless, tiresome, hackneyed blasts of hot air–with nothing substantive to back the rhetoric.

      What your little exhalation above captures is a poverty in thinking, since the article had nothing to do with ‘censoring ALL discussion of Israel’, as you screeched in that worded grouping of conflated muck.

      Suggestion: Read an article carefully before commenting, and most of all; keep it relevant, and not just another small-minded platform to sound off on every wrong you perceive American and Israel to be engaged in.

    • Sophie, as a UCLA undergrad I went to a Palestine Awareness Week event to try to keep an open mind. They lost me at “defeating the Zionist pigs.”

  • Erratum: gets most of its funding funding from the Department of

  • Alan Lasnover, MD

    It remains entirely the disposition of the UC Regents to see that this practice is terminated. Otherwise, the Regents must be terminated.

  • Wallace Edward Brand, JD Harvard, 1957

    Bravo! It appears that children going to UCLA need a little help in getting access to pro-Israel factual and legal information in fighting the anti-zionist mis-information they will get there. They can start with Brand “Claims of the Jewish and Arab Peoples Under International Law to the Right of Political Self-Determination in Palestine”, “The Third Wave” , Karsh “What Occupation”, “Israel’s Arabs: Deprived or Radicalized”, Gilder: “Economics of Settlement”, “The Israel Test”, Gatestone Archive, “Narrative of Perpetual Palestinian Victimhood”.
    It appears that at UCLA they will be exposed to “poetic truths” which are lies repeated so frequently that they can’t be dented by facts, reason or logic. Parents with children that will be going to UCLA should read some of these pro-Israel articles and discuss the facts in them with their children so they are prepared to respond to the lies they will be hearing. Edward Said, an English Professor at Columbia wrote a book called Orientalism that was very popular. It opens with the fact that he is a “Palestinian”, exposed as a lie. He claims that those from the west are not able to understand Middle East History. Since then Middle East studies have been dominated by Middle Easterners who carry an anti-Zionist and antisemitic viewpoint. Try also Brand, The Soviet Russia, the Creator of the PLO and the Palestinian People”. Pacepa, “Russian Footprints”.
    See also SSRN.com/abstract=2404738

  • For the last 20 years every university in the western world has an Islamist activist organiser. All of them well funded and have very successfully demonised Israel , while drumming support for the downtrodden ,deprived ,mistreated occupied Palestinians. Their main success was to warp history with the help of many antisemitic academics and some gelable gilt riddled self hating Jews. With the help of academics organised the well meaning students to support the underdogs and convinced the world that Israel and the Jews are the instigators of all the wars ,decadents and injustices. As a child of holocaust survivors I’am frightened for my grand children .
    Read my book “The 4th of May”

  • Donators to universities wake up. Isis is here alive and well and grooming your students at universities in America, Canada and all over Europe.
    We need to be on the offensive and boycott all evil , particularly in the Middle East.
    Quatar, Syria and other Muslim dominated countries should all be boycotted . they need to do more to educate their populations, and have their Imams stop promoting hatred.
    Read Sir Martin Gilbert’s In Ishmael’s House, A story of Jews in the Middle East and see if anything has changed.
    Muslim countries are barbaric
    Sima

  • 1. i dont think the regents of UC are either ignorant of or interested in such corrupt intellectual and academic administrative behavior as this. It’s been pointed out to them over the years as happening in other UC campuses (and recently in the Univ of Illinois– tho there apparently some regents were not corrupt).

    2. this has nothing to do with professorial academic freedom but lots to do with the freedom of students to be exposed to truths, even conflicting ones, and methods of evaluating them. which is precisely was is NOT happening in this department at UCLA… and elsewhere in the UC system.

    3. not only should the department itself be remaindered, but perhaps most of the regents.

  • This bias Agenda is unexceptable.
    How does the USA immerse itself
    With such venom and hatred.
    How does professors all instilling
    such racial profiling allow this
    to happen

  • This is the USA. How in this bias
    Agenda allow this to be acceptable.

    The racism is despicable!

  • Good for exposing them. It’s an outrage how they can get into the college’s and promote their evil agenda on the youth.
    I stand with Israel.

  • Why single out UCLA? They are but one of the many, major colleges and universities that are openly anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.

    Take a look at Harvard, for instance. They and others are supporters of the program to boycott the products of Israel, and divest the stocks of Israeli companies.

  • American Jews from the far left and left are at the forefront of the war against Israel and the Jews. Their leaders belong to the Hubs of disinformation (Academia otherwise called Institutes of learning)and antisemitism located in NY, Boston and California. These are the Hubs that receive millions of petro$ from the Sheikhs of the ME.
    Since Israel and America share the same values, these professors should be considered as not only antisemitic but anti-Americans. Some of them would probably gladly join a new-communist party.
    What this article fails to indicate, is the names of some of these individuals! However an article in the Huffington Post gives already the name of two of these individuals: Marl LeVine and Gil Hochberg (both from UCLA) (b! Many hide behind the shield that represent their students.

  • Oh, bravo, bravo!

  • Since this is obviously worth listening to, why not audio that is audible?
    What a terrible recording – I cannot follow such a poor recording. Shame on you!

  • To UC donors and alumni:

    When you receive the phone call or letter asking for a donation, just say ‘no’ and tell the caller you will not support a university that enables anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity. Contact the alumni association and administration and give them the same message. Pass this on to friends and social media contacts.

  • Finally it is out in the open. Any bets as to actual changes occurring as a result? As these Jew hating activities meet with the approval of the US administration, and with congress polarized into inactivity, I doubt if anything will come of this.

  • This is study really exposes the true UCLA and now the question becomes who is going to hold them accountable and make changes. where is the muscle for our side. You know we can’t count on the LA Times to do anything, they probably support ucla

  • Amazing. The school used to be 40% Jewish and was jokingly called Jew CLA.
    Unbelievable. Apparently this department is loaded with anti-Semites and arab savages.

    • Your comment reminded me of a graduation ceremony at NYU that I attended in 1997 or thereabouts. One of the administrators welcomed us to NYJew. I was amazed to hear this, but not amazed to hear of her subsequent dismissal.

  • They needed a three-year study to figure this out ???

  • An increasingly vicious anti-Israel (and anti-Jewish) agenda, masquerading as scholarship, has become “acceptable” (politically correct) as standard operating procedure at many American universities.

    More alarming, this politically correct agenda is working its way into America’s public schools.

    We can’t afford to ignore this. We can’t afford to let our disgracefully gutless (politically correct) community leaders “handle” this.

    Jewish parents and grandparents need to do some serious
    educating, on their own, ASAP.

    • Not only Jewish parents but all parents need to do some serious educating on their own, ASAP. Today being politically correct in any western country means having lost your mind.

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