UCLA University Student next victim of Growing Anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism is on display at UCLA yet again when a student government association attempts to deny a spot to a student for being Jewish…

This is the atmosphere at UCLA. From the ADL, 2012: Sev­eral dozen stu­dents protested on UCLA’s cam­pus hold­ing signs that read, “From the River to the sea Pales­tine will be free,” “This Israeli Jew­ish Grand­daugh­ter of a Holo­caust Sur­vivor is against the Mas­sacre of Gaza,” “Blow­ing up chil­dren ≠ self –defense” and “Respect Exis­tence or Expect Resis­tance.” Another sign, which read “93% effec­tive mis­sile defense Iron Dome paid for by $250 M in US tax $,” seemed to be upset with the Israeli defense sys­tem that pre­vents rock­ets from land­ing on Israeli civil­ians. Stu­dents also chanted, “Free, Free Pales­tine; Long live the intifada” and “Israel is a ter­ror­ist state.”

Highly qualified UCLA student Rachel Beyda was initially denied the opportunity to serve in the judicial board of a student association at the university based purely on the fact that she is a Jew. This is not some “perceived” anti-Semitism. These things are often subjective. However, she was TOLD it was because she’s Jewish! Well, not in so many words…

The dissenting students tried to cover up their bigotry by saying it wasn’t so much that she is Jewish but that being Jewish gives her a political bias. UCLA’s Jewish magazine, Ha’Am, reported that:

“The council members opposing Beyda’s appointment attempted to justify their trepidations by saying it ‘isn’t that she’s Jewish’ or expressing dissatisfaction with the way she explained ‘conflict of interest.’ Yet, it was apparent that they were searching for valid criticisms to support their discontent with appointing a Jewish justice. Only when the faculty finally stepped in to point out the council members’ discriminatory actions — after an initial vote that tied (4-4-1) — did the council vote to unanimously appoint Beyda to the Judicial Board (9-0).”

One student wrote that Beyda had already been unanimously approved by a three-council member Appointments Review Committee before being grilled for her involvement in the Jewish community, which they felt somehow disqualified her. She was asked to step out while the panel made their decision.

“What followed was a disgusting 40 minutes of what can only be described as unequivocal anti-Semitism during which some of our council members resorted to some of the oldest accusations against Jews, including divided loyalties and dishonesty,”

fellow student and friend Rachel Frenklak wrote.

Council member Sadeghi-Movahed, who was a part of that discussion, expressed doubts,

“For some reason, I’m not 100 percent comfortable. I don’t know why…”

During the meeting, one student government member, Fabienne Roth, asked Beyda,

“Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, given that recently…(inaudible)…has been surrounding cases of conflict of interest, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view in…(inaudible)…?”

Josh Hedtke, from yet another student paper called “The College Fix,” explains:

“The ‘case’ marked by a ‘conflict of interest‘ that Roth referred to is likely the case brought before the judicial board last year by Students for Justice in Palestine against two Jewish members of the student government. It was brought in the aftermath of the USAC vote on the unsuccessful Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions affiliated ‘Resolution to Divest from Companies that Violate Palestinian Human Rights.’

“SJP alleged that the two student council members in question, who are Jewish, were ineligible to vote on the matter, per student government bylaws, because they had taken prior trips to Israel funded by outside Jewish groups. SJP claimed these students’ affiliations with outside Jewish groups provided prima facie evidence of a ‘conflict of interest.’”

It’s almost a guarantee that had Beyda been a “BDSer”, she would have been approved instantly!

Read more about the case at The College Fix and Ha’Am.

Originally posted at  Cherson and Molschky as

UCLA Student Becomes Next Victim of Growing Anti-Semitism at Universities

 

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  1. What is particularly disgraceful about this situation and others like it where Jewish students are discriminated against, is that invarably the university leadership do nothing, citing amorphous phrases like “freedom of speech”; yet if a Muslim student is seen as being discriminated against, the same leadership take an active part in stamping out ‘Islamophobia’.

    Sadly, most academics come from a far-left anti-Israel perspective, where Palestinians are the victims. So if Jews are threatened or insulted, there is a perception they have what’s coming to them.