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…
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!
Originally posted at Cherson and Molschky as