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University of California Regents Approve Anti-Semitism Statement.

On Thursday, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a statement called "Principles Against Intolerance" that condemns anti-Semitism, making the UC "the first public university system to reaffirm its opposition to anti-Semitic behavior amid heightened college activism on behalf of Palestinian rights," reported NBC in the Bay Area. Notably omitted from the final statement was a blanket condemnation of anti-Zionism, removed after faculty and various student groups rejected the conflation of anti-Zionism with religious bigotry, insisting that Zionism, as a political doctrine, remain open to criticism. An accompanying report now condemns "anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism."

"The original document," reported JTA, "submitted in January, had declared both anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism to be unacceptable." But even with the adjustment of the statement's languagefrom condemning anti-Zionism to just anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionismnot everyone is happy. Tallie Ben Daniel, the Academic Advisory Council Coordinator for Jewish Voice for Peace, issued a statement on behalf of the organization, writing: "The Regents new policy offers no clarity on how to determine when criticism of Israel or anti-Zionism crosses a line into anti-Ssemitism, and was predicated on the erroneous assumption that support for Palestinian rights is inherently anti-Semitic." According to Ben Daniel, those in support of the recently approved Statement of Principles are "primarily interested in giving UC administrators a tool that can be used to police student activism for Palestinian rights on campuses."

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Author:Narin, Jordana
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Mar 25, 2016
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