Wednesday, February 24th | 13 Adar 5781


The 40 Worst Colleges


Jewish Students, 2017

Jewish Population on Campus


5. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

The first of seven UC schools to appear on our list, Berkeley has long been accused of fostering an environment that can be unfriendly to Jews and Zionists. The school’s SJP chapter frequently equates Zionism with racism, as it did during a “die-in” protest in March 2017, and hosts events with speakers who promote BDS, like faculty member Hatem Bazian. A co-founder of SJP, Bazian shared a tweet in July depicting a caricature of an Orthodox Jew — described as an "Ashke-Nazi" — boasting that he can "kill" and "rape" Palestinians. While Bazian issued an apology following a public outcry, it was dismissed by a coalition of Jewish groups at UC Berkeley, who pointed to his years-long record "of spreading or justifying antisemitism and other forms of bigotry." A petition to take action against the lecturer, and condemning the administration's "blind eye to anti-Semitism," gathered over 5,800 signatures since it was launched by the Zionist club Tikvah in late April. Notably, anti-Zionist groups and faculty aren't the only actors advancing toxic tropes on campus. In October, the school's own student newspaper was accused of sanctioning antisemitism by publishing a cartoon depicting legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, a prominent Jewish and Zionist activist who spoke at UC Berkeley earlier that month, with blood on his hand and a Palestinian under his foot. The image was condemned by UC Berkeley's chancellor, and ultimately retracted by the paper's editors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia.)

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