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November 22, 2012 10:56 am

California Student Board Regrets Resolution’s Procedure, ‘Marginalizing Language’ on Israel

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The University of California, Berkeley campus. Photo: wiki commons.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) representatives to the University of California Student Association (UCSA) board of directors on Nov. 20 expressed regret for several aspects of a UCSA resolution two months earlier that condemned HR35—a unanimously passed State Assembly resolution urging California schools to squelch nascent anti-Semitism and crack down on anti-Israel demonstrations.

The UCLA representatives wrote in an email that they were “unaware that the resolution would be presented by members of UC Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine” and also unaware of “the confidential e-mail communication happening between members of SJP.” The UCLA representatives, whose email was posted on the “Bruins for Israel Facebook page, said they agreed that such procedure “undermines the democratic process.”

“This issue has prompted the board to re-evaluate its procedures and guidelines regarding the co-sponsoring of resolutions by third-party organizations,” the UCLA representatives said.

The UCLA representatives recognized the “negative impact that the resolution’s language had on the Jewish community and our campus climate” through the inclusion of phrases such as “illegal occupation” when referring to Israel. The UCSA resolution’s language “blurred the lines between advocating for free speech and taking a stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue,” according to the UCLA representatives.

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