Yudof: Community leaders should “..hold our feet to the fire.”

Originally Posted on August 3, 2010

More Speech?

NOTE:  According to the the editor of Orange County Jewish Life Magazine, the following interview was granted by President Yudof provided that a letter to him from 12 Jewish organizations was not discussed.  If this is in fact the case, it is most unfortunate since according to the interview Yudof said “  “We need more speech, not less,”  he also said that community leaders should ” ..hold our feet to the fire.” (We agree)

The letter signed by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Orthodox Union, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Orange County Independent Task Force on anti-Semitism and eight other organizations, expressed concern that the newly formed Advisory council on campus climate and inclusion would not adequately address the specific issues of anti-Semitism and safety of Jewish students on U C Campuses.  In his response letter to the 12 organizations, Yudof characterized their letter as ” a dishearteningly ill-informed rush to judgment. ”

In a subsequent letter to Yudof, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) expressed concern that the U. C. advisory council members  “lacked expertise” in confronting and combating anti-Semitism.  ZOA’s  letter also suggests that at least two members are “the wrong choice” due to their alleged anti-Israel biases.–OCITF

Here again is the August 2010 OC Jewish Life article:

More Speech, Not Less

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