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September 25, 2016 6:54 am

Posters Demonizing Jews Crop Up on UC Berkeley Campus, as Controversial Anti-Zionism Course Reinstated

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An antisemitic poster at UC Berkeley. Photo: Nanette Asimov/Twitter.

An antisemitic poster at UC Berkeley. Photo: Nanette Asimov/Twitter.

Antisemitic posters have been appearing around the University of California, Berkeley campus ever since a course exploring how Israel might be destroyed was first suspended and then reinstated early last week, The Algemeiner has learned.

The syllabus, titled “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis,” was decried by a campus watchdog group as “a classic example of antisemitic anti-Zionism.”

One of the offending posters referred to the coalition of 43 Jewish, civil rights and educational organizations that had written an open letter expressing concern about the course and disappointment in UC Berkeley’s vetting process, calling the groups “advocates for a foreign state” who “seek to control our freedom of speech and academic expression.”

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It also claimed that the Israeli government was directly involved in the initial suspension of the course.

Another poster derided the large US military-aid deal recently signed with Israel, snidely telling “non-Jews” that they had better “pay up and shut up” in the face of “Jewish bullies.”

In an email to the university community on Thursday, the UC Berkeley administration responded to the anti-Jewish rhetoric in the posters, saying, “The language used violates our Principles of Community, as well as the Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance,” and assuring that the school had “instructed that the posters be removed.”

“We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure we have a campus climate that is safe, welcoming and respectful for all,” the statement read.

Anti-Zionist poster at UC Berkeley.

Anti-Zionist poster at UC Berkeley.

As reported by The Algemeiner, UC Berkeley said it rescinded the suspension of the course last week after its syllabus was purportedly changed. However, a close examination of the new syllabus by The Algemeiner revealed only minor changes, and found that the same anti-Zionist literature will be studied as previously listed.

The language of the course description was also modified to remove the admission that the course would be “exploring the possibility of decolonization,” as originally stated. It now says that the program will involve researching “a range of political alternatives” to “achieve justice for all.”

Paul Hadweh, the course facilitator, admitted to anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada that revisions to the syllabus were mere “cosmetic changes” and no adjustments had been made to the course material.

“The changes are just clarifications to the course description, its objectives and the final project,” he said.

In a recent interview with The Algemeiner, the international campus coordinator of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) said, “By condoning a class that is so explicit in undermining the Jews’ historical ties to the land of Israel and Israel’s right to continue to exist, the school is perpetuating an antisemitic atmosphere on campus.”

According to a 2016 report by campus watchdog group the AMCHA Initiative, opposition to Israel’s right to exist saw a dramatic rise across college campuses in the first half of 2016, with “an almost three-fold increase” compared to the same time period in 2015.

Another finding described “the incidence of language and imagery opposing Israel’s right to exist” as being “highly correlated with the targeting of Jewish students” on campus.

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  • herbcaen

    Berkeley is a zoo. All that is needed is to put a fence around it and zookeepers to throw raw meat to the inmates at feeding time

  • Jack

    The Dean or Regent who first put this course on hold pending review and then caved to pressure to reinstate is plainly a wus afraid of the thugs associated with the terrorist linked Palestinian Organizations. It’s much easier to screw the Jews since they won’t physically attack you or loved ones or involve G-d Forbid CAIR who may try to sue you.

    You behavior makes you in every respect an Anti-Semite like the Professor sponsoring the course, the student facilitator, the Organization behind them, (This was an experiment to see if they can clone it throughout the UC System and then other Universities to mold those blank canvasses who come to YOU for an EDUCATION), and to name one or two Terrorist and terrorist linked Organizations; Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR. Regent I plan to spread your name across Social Media ad-nauseum, You will soon gain name recognition amongst the infamous.

  • Hilltop Watchman

    No mention on the posters of the containers full of cash shipped by Obama to Iran. Funny that.

  • Hilltop Watchman

    And once again the fascist Left and Islamic haters of Jews deny the free speech to others that they demand and subvert for themselves. Whoever produced and distributed this disgraceful affront to civilised behaviour should have their courses terminated, qualifications quashed and barred from academia. Let them exercise their free speech while understanding that all actions have consequences and that these people are not unassailable. Sadly the gutless, spineless, malignant, Saudi funded Leftist shills masquerading as university principals and “tenured” lecturers won’t give up their money easily.

  • Aliquantillus

    All Jews should immediately leave UC Berkeley, and boycott this institution in every way possible. The goyim will fall into their own sword by their lies and historical falsifications. Let them spin their own fables. Don’t debate with them. Just leave. If they go on like this, they’ll become increasingly stupid, which is what they deserve.

  • A.S.F.

    Perhaps the administration will change its mind once again and grow a pair once alumni donations start to dry up. Boycotts work both ways.

  • Geraldine Mhoskowitz

    Every Jew who writes a check to Berkeley should have his hand fall off.

  • Ellen Rosner Feig

    As a Berkeley Haas school alumni (in social impact strategy, ironic), I intend on expressing my outrage by removing my dollars. Money is what makes change, and removal of money makes quick change

  • BradD99

    I don’t understand why Jewish groups don’t do the same thing. Print flyers talking about how bigoted and racist the “pro-Palestinian” groups are, and name some of the antisemitic students and professors, and anonymously post those flyers all over campus just like the Jew-haters do to Jews/Israel.

  • len

    Should Advocates from a foreign “non-state” decide what classes are offered at UC Berkeley?

  • Fred

    US Colleges & Universities have become prime examples as followers of Hitler’s NAZI German institutions of the 1930. Hate & BDS propaganda the main subject the rest is of no value. I did not know that the squatters “Palestine “is an American state when in fact it does not exist except as an imaginary state . The so called learning Institutions should also seriously consider that the USA is also a squatters state taking land from the Indians to build Berkeley U will you boycot the USA ????? Israel was Jewish land before the USA existed & befores the Arab squatters settled from Arabia…

  • Eric

    Uh, aren’t there “advocates for a foreign state” on BOTH sides of this dust-up? What kind of idiots are involved here?

    • Emily Winters

      The difference is that Jews are not teaching a course in ‘How To Get Rid of Palestinians.’ Courses like this are not about learning. They are about blatant and rampant Anti-Semitism.

  • jackmeyhoffer

    As a Cal alum and an annual donor, I will no longer contribute any funds to U.C. Berkeley. If they have money to sponsor a course like this, they don’t need my support.

  • Maximus300

    Gee, I wonder who would have created and placed those posters? Hmmmm,,,,,

  • Joan Crawford’s dead head lice

    Aren’t the groups putting up such posters advocates for the outside state of Palestine? They don’t even get their own hypocrisy.

  • frugtersly

    Its time that lawyers file suite against UC system for blatant anti-Antisemitism and demand that all Federal Funding be pulled from their institution immediately.

  • brenrod

    Jews should sue UC and the state of california because UC has intentionally fostered and environment of anti semitism…. they cannot claim ignorance that their actions in allowing anti semitism courses did not foster the anti semitism. Jewish children have been increasingly endangered in schools under the last 8 years of the democratic party leftist muslim alliance….hence only Trump will curtail them.

    • Jack Kalpakian

      I agree concerning lawsuits. I would leave the Trump issue out of it.

  • Abelardy

    Anti-zionism is anti-semitism. This story illustrates the truth of this statement.

  • Peter Joffe

    You know what?? Berkeley will not defeat evil by surrendering to that evil. The rot is in progress and it will be the end of all Universities that support surrender.

  • Wait, would not “Palestine” be a “foreign state”? So why are they allowed to teach a course involving a foreign state but American citizens cannot protest that state as the Pal. supporters do?

    • StanleyTee

      Sorry, don’t expect logic from haters.

  • Judith C. Levine

    The BDS supporters, a movement backed with foreign money, a movement whose supporters disrupt activities which support Israel, decries courses that don’t agree with their point of view, this movement has the gall to be furious when the tables are turned. “…advocates for a foreign state” who “seek to control our freedom of speech and academic expression.”, they shout. But they themselves are working on behalf of two foreign groups, Hamas and the PA,ones that exalt murder and acts of terror, something they would like the rest of us to be blind to. And they top that anger off with posters overtly threatening Jewish students, calling the bullies for opposing a course that denies their history and connection to Israel and the Levant and insisting that the Jews are foreign colonizers, in spite of the multitude of scientific and historical to the contrary.

    • StanleyTee

      Outstanding post! Thank you.

  • watsa46

    US colleges & universities condone and promote Racism & Xenophobia. The socialists and Islamists sleep together!

  • cat mando

    With every passing day I sense that I am simply waiting for the next chapter of the holocaust to be gin here, in this country! And please, do not tell me that they are all Palestinian, I guess 2000 years of Jew Hate ian’t enough for our “Christian friends”.

  • richarddonna

    Thank you Alan Dershowitz for supporting Obama twice and thereby making sure Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers and all his other virulently antisemitic best buddies control American education.

  • watsa46

    Liberal colleges & universities condone and support Racism & Xenophobia.

  • Judith C. Levine

    What a joke. The BDS supporters, a movement backed with foreign money, a movement whose supporters disrupt any activity that supports Israel and decries courses that don’t agree with their point of view, this movement has the gall to act furious when the tables are turned. “…advocates for a foreign state” who “seek to control our freedom of speech and academic expression.”, they shout. But they themselves are working on behalf of two foreign groups, Hamas and the PA,ones that exalt murder and acts of terror, something they would like the rest of us to be blind to.

  • g55

    Go Bears! Prick morons; my alma mater.

  • SteveC1

    UC at Berkely clearly needs to be BOYCOTTED in *all* regards.

    • BradD99

      No, Jewish groups need to make lists of bigoted anti-Israel professors and organizations at Berkley and to NAME THE BIGOTS clearly, and THEY need to be boycotted. And then the people who keep those bigoted profs on staff need to give answers, too.

  • RW

    Ironically “Jewish bullies” may have the opposite effect than the promoters hand in mind. Anti Semites thrive on the notion that Jews are wealthy and weak. “Jewish bullies” are wealthy and strong.

    The economy being what it is and college costs being what they are very few college students have the luxury to be concerned with Israel/Palestine.

    Our real problems are low birthrate and an inability to attract converts. Tikun olam is not cutting it. How about promoting the idea that Jewish culture is the most successful ever?.We may not believe it but everybody else does.

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