European Jewish Press: B’nai B’rith International provides Chancellor Drake with a copy of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) working definition of anti-Semitism

Note: To View the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) working definition of anti-Semitism Click Here

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Jewish group denounces ‘anti-Semitic trends’ at University of California

European Jewish Press

18/Feb/2010

B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin sent a letter to the University’s Chancellor, Michael Drake.

The letter was sent following recent anti-Israel demonstrations at a campus appearance by Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, where students repeatedly disrupted his remarks.

“Such heated protests contribute to a persistent atmosphere of hatred and intimidation for Jewish students at the school,” they said.

B’nai B’rith also provided the Chancellor a copy of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) working definition of anti-Semitism that has been in worldwide use since 2005, in the hope it will be used to help students and faculty better understand and identify all forms of anti-Semitism.

B’nai B’rith helped develop this description as an essential tool for educators, government officials, journalists, and others to understand contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism.

“Too often, anti-Israel messages propounded on the UCI campus have far exceeded the line separating legitimate policy criticism from anti-Semitic polemics,” the letter stated.

B’nai B’rith asked the university to make combating the insidious anti-Semitism on campus a high priority.

“And to intimidate and incite against Jews—in speeches, sermons, placards, demonstrations, and publications—is most certainly anti-Semitism.  We implore the UCI administration not to turn a blind eye to intolerance.”

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