Middle East studies in the News
UC Berkeley Responds to Jewish Groups' Call for Action Against SJP Founder Bazian
by Dan Pine
UC Berkeley official has responded to an open letter sent to university administrators by four Jewish student groups that urged "decisive action" in response to anti-Semitic tweets retweeted by Ethnic Studies lecturer and Students for Justice in Palestine founder Hatem Bazian.
In his written response to the Nov. 30 letter, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion Oscar Dubon asked to meet with the groups: Chabad Jewish Student Group, Berkeley Hillel, Tikvah and Bears for Israel. He agreed the retweets "crossed the line between criticism of Israel and unacceptable anti-Semitism," adding that, "there is much debate and disagreement when it comes to where the line between political criticism of Israel's governmental policies and intolerable, anti-Semitic content that targets the Jewish people can and should be draw... Israel is not just a country; it is a central part of Jewish identity. This makes the struggle to 'draw' such a line so challenging, but does not diminish the profound impact of anti-Semitism, which we should call out and denounce when it strikes our community."
The tweets featured images comparing Jews to Nazis, including a stereotyped image of a Hasidic Jew. UC Berkeley condemned Bazian for the messages, which Bazian later deleted, apologizing for his actions.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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