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July 13, 2015 7:16 pm

California Lawmakers Approve Measure Urging Action on Campus Antisemitism

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A swastika that was spray-painted on the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity house at University of California, Davis. Photo: YouTube screenshot via Sacramento Bee.

A swastika that was spray-painted on the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity house at University of California, Davis. Photo: YouTube screenshot via Sacramento Bee.

JNS.org – The California State Assembly passed on Monday a resolution urging action on the increasingly rampant antisemitism on University of California campuses.

The resolution urges each University of California campus to “adopt a resolution condemning all forms of antisemitism and racism.”

The bipartisan measure was introduced by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) following a series of events that targeted the Jewish state on University of California campuses, including an incident at UC Davis where a swastika was painted onto an Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity and a UCLA student council vote to disqualify a Jewish student from a campus government position.

The resolution was previously passed unanimously by the State Senate, 35 to 0, in May, as well as by the California Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, 8 to 0, in June.

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The American Jewish Committee (AJC) applauded the California lawmakers for approving the legislation.

“Anti-Semitism must be confronted without any equivocation, for it threatens not only Jews but the values Americans cherish,” AJC Los Angeles Regional President Dean Schramm said.

“We join with the Members of the California State Senate and Assembly in urging the UC Board of Regents and all UC campuses to swiftly adopt resolutions condemning antisemitism and to work toward a more secure and friendly environment for Jewish students,” he said.

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  • First the faculty would have to know all the dimensions of anti-Semitism, which they do not, if my experience as a PhD student in the left-wing history department of UCLA is any evidence. During the period 1983-1993, I never heard a peep about it, and they could not tell any or all of the elements of it. If you had discussed the Arab-Israeli conflict, you were dead meat. This in a department where studies of the transition from feudalism to capitalism were de rigeur. But capitalism was considered evil. So no talk about the Jewish problem for it was thought to be capitalism personified.

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