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October 4, 2012 10:47 am

Office for Civil Rights to Investigate UC Berkeley Anti-Semitic Incidents

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Federal investigators from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have agreed to look into complaints of unlawful discrimination against Jewish students at UC Berkeley.

Louis D. Brandeis Center legal advisers Neal M. Sher and Joel Siege alleged that the UC Berkeley had violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “through a deliberate indifference to the development of a dangerous anti-Semitic climate on its campuses,” a press release from the Brandeis center said.

The alleged anti-Semitic incidents occurred on campus during an “Israel Apartheid Week” theatrical performance organized by student activists from the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

“The OCR investigation sends a strong signal not only to Berkeley officials and trustees, but to all other college administrators as well, putting them on notice that ‘Apartheid Week’ demonstrations, including Passion Plays, mock check points, mock guns, mock walls, instances where Jews are depicted using racist anti-Semitic stereotypes and intimidation of Jewish students will be subject to OCR investigation,” Sher said. “Schools which violate Title VI run the risk of forfeiting federal funds.”

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    Why not counter with “suicide bomber week” and show Arab men dressed as women blowing themselves up? I mean, this is much more valid than Apartheid Week which does not even make any sense. Go try to tell a Syrian whose family has just been killed by Assad about Israeli Apartheid and see if he doesn’t look at you like you are crazy.
    Academic freedom should not include the freedom to foment lies because lies are propaganda and propaganda is dangerous. How come Germany and Austria understand this and the US does not? Shame on USC Berkeley. They are another Columbia.