Forum explores safety of Jewish students on University of California Campuses


American Freedom Alliance Presents:

Are Jewish Students Safe on U.C. Campuses?

Cosponsored by The Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Yeshiva University of Los Angeles, Zionist Organization of America, The Israel Institute

A community forum featuring Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Prof. Leila Beckwith and Dr. Roberta Seid

Bigotry against Jewish students in California has occurred over many years and on a number University of California campuses.  In the past five years in particular, Jewish students have been subjected to a disturbing stream of abuse: swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on walls; acts of physical and verbal aggression – both in the classroom and in open forums; the display of anti-Semitic imagery in both films and exhibits; encouragement and support by Muslim student groups for terrorist organizations who openly encourage the murder of Israelis and Jews; discrimination by professors who proudly display an Arab bias; the organized disruption of Jewish student sponsored events and, most recently, the promotion of student senate resolutions for divestment that seek to delegitimize the Jewish state.

In June of this year, three brave Jewish academics, each representing a different U.C. campus, finally reached their limit. They fired off an angry letter to U.C. President Marc Yudof, demanding that the U.C. Regents finally take action. The response of the U.C President was to form an Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion which was mandated to investigate the rising occurrence of disturbances on campus.

Yet this Council may take as a long as 18 months to submit its final report and the U.C. system itself my take many more years to implement its recommendations.

In the interim, a vital question remains – are Jewish students actually safe on U.C. campuses? Come to this important community forum to hear a response.
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2010

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium
444 No. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210

Admission: $10.00

See also: UCI FACULTY LETTER UPDATE: “Some community members, students, and faculty indeed feel intimidated, and at times even unsafe.”

One Response

  1. UC profs raise doubts about UC Berkeley’s $500,000 public employee Birgeneau. When UC Berkeley announced its elimination of baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion men’s rugby team, the chancellor sighed, “Sorry, but this was necessary!”
    But was it? Yes, the university is in dire financial straits. Yet $3 million was somehow found to pay the Bain consulting firm to uncover waste and inefficiencies in UC Berkeley, despite the fact that a prominent East Coast university was doing the same thing without consultants.
    Essentially, the process requires collecting and analyzing information from faculty and staff. Apparently, senior administrators at UC Berkeley believe that the faculty and staff of their world-class university lack the cognitive ability, integrity, and motivation to identify millions in savings. If consultants are necessary, the reason is clear: the chancellor, provost, and president have lost credibility with the people who provided the information to the consultants. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau has reigned for eight years, during which time the inefficiencies proliferated. Even as Bain’s recommendations are implemented (“They told me to do it”, Birgeneau), credibility and trust problems remain.
    Bain is interviewing faculty, staff, senior management and the academic senate leaders for $150 million in inefficiencies, most of which could have been found internally. One easy-to-identify problem, for example, was wasteful procurement practices such as failing to secure bulk discounts on printers. But Birgeneau apparently has no concept of savings: even in procuring a consulting firm, he failed to receive proposals from other firms.

    Students, taxpayers, faculty, and staff are the victims of his incompetence. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni Association, benefactors and donators, and the UC Board of Regents will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year despite the abdication of his responsibilities.

    The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates

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