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No Penalty for UCLA Student/Employee Posting Blatantly Antisemitic Comments on Facebook

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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) slammed an antisemitic comment posted on social media by a student, but has decided not to punish its author, according to a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating antisemitism.

The student, who is also a university employee, posted the comment on the Facebook page of Jewish actress Mayim Bialik, a UCLA alumna, who had written about people on social media boycotting her because of her pro-Israel views, the AMCHA Initiative reported on Tuesday.

The student replied to Bialik’s post by making racist remarks addressed to Jews who immigrated to the United States from Europe:

YOU people invades our space and used your bogus gods to justify taking land that was never yours. I don’t know how that’s different from what’s happening in Palestine — you come into their land, crying persecution and diminished numbers, and instead of returning to your own homes in Poland, Germany and Russia, your people chose to invade another culture’s homeland, invoking your bulls–t sacred pacts with your gods and massacring an entire culture unless they bend to your will. GTFOH with all your Zionist bulls–t. Crazy ass f–king troglodyte albino monsters of cultural destruction.
UCLA spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez told the university’s newspaper, the Daily Bruin, that a decision has been made not to pursue disciplinary action against the student, on the grounds that the First Amendment protects private speech. He said UCLA is working to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
Following the incident, UCLA Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Janina Montero sent an email to all students saying, “The hurtful and offensive comments displayed ignorance of the history and racial diversity of the Jewish people, insensitivity and a disappointing lack of empathy.” She condemned bigotry against Jews and other minorities, claiming it runs counter to the values of the university.
Liat Menna, president of Students Supporting Israel at UCLA, said she thinks Montero’s statement was lacking because it did not address the issue of anti-Zionism. She explained, “The demonization of Jewish students on campus is directly linked to the demonization of the Zionist identity.”

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  • The chancellor of UCLA, and his wife were both students I knew and was friendly with at Monticello High school, and they were practicing a practicing Jews! Never could I have imagined he would have turned into a gutless wonder, especially with all of the antisemitism at UCLA! Gene Block, go to hell!
    Rick H.

  • Barry Farkas

    Not touched upon in the UCLA response (see other posts) is that she also says she hates whites. Not just Jews.
    What if she has to treat a white person. Or an Israeli. Or a white Israeli.

    I would think that continually expressing deep racial and religious hatred of classes of patients you might be called on to treat, would be grounds for dismissal.
    But UCLA can’t seem to find a reason to push her out.

  • McQueen

    There’s always an idiot in this situation who chimes in to educate us all on how this is “not an antisemitic comment,” and in this case it’s the poster named “truth.” Putting aside the second part of Facebook post, the UCLA is student is clearly talking about something outside of “Palestine,” so the remark can’t be interepreted in any way that is not anti-Jewish in general. (Also, the Facebook poster maliciously claims that Jews have “gods” when when Judaism is monotheistic, so at least get that right!)

  • a yid

    The problem here is that slime who posted the comment may be an employee of UCLA, maybe in Medical Center. This is why disciplinary action must be taken–hopefully termination.

  • a yid

    Call UCLA 310-825-4321 ask for Janina Montero office and voice your concerns

  • Ellen Green

    With all the (expletive) been screamed at Jewish students and academics at colleges and universities around the country, all the administrators seem to do is quote the first amendment. Let’s ask a pertinent question then: What do we think would have happened if another ethnic group had been subject to such slurs? We all know the answer to that question.

  • AE Gelsthorpe

    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

    Samuel Johnson quotes (English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784)

    Sometimes, a person may be their own worst enemy; and it is not possible to protect someone from their own prejudices and ignorance. Better they expose themselves for the misguided speech, thoughts, and writings they create than keep their prejudices and ignorance a secret.

  • truth

    it is not an anti semitic comment. the zio crazies are just making noise

  • Sherlock Holmes

    What does it say about the UCLA quality of checking one’s facts and careful choice of each word in expressing one’s considered opinion? As an English teacher I would consider this rant below the acceptable level for a 12 year old.