After Jewish students suffered harassment and hate speech (including outbursts of "f--- Israel!" and "You think you are the Chosen People and can just kill people!") from members of Students for Justice in Palestine at SJP's "die-in" several weeks ago, members of Tikvah took their grievances to the ASUC Senate in order that appropriate action might be taken against the haters. However, through the course of several Senate meetings, it became obvious that Tikvah was not going to find the sympathies of UC Berkeley officials; on the contrary, Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard made it clear that he is willing to condone acts of terror in order to justify hate speech coming from Israel-haters. According to the minutes of the Senate meeting on March 5,
Regarding hate speech and what that really meant, and what hate was, he would ask if it was hateful to say “f[***]
Obviously no progress towards justice can be made when the arbiter asserts that condemning acts of terror against Israeli civilians is not only a bad thing, but is just as bad as denigrating the entire country of Israel simply for existing.
On the bright side, however, Tikvah's efforts are not going unnoticed internationally. Several days ago, Aish.com published an article on its website about the struggle being taken on college campuses to ensure that a truthful image of
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The World is Larger than Berkeley