UCLA passes anti-Semitism resolution

The undergraduate student government of UCLA has unanimously passed a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.

The Undergraduate Students Association Council voted 12-0 for the measure on March 10 after more than 100 students spoke in support of it, the Daily Bruin newspaper reported.

The five-page resolution calls on the student government to fight anti-Semitism and condemns recent incidents of anti-Semitism on U.C. campuses, including last month’s Rachel Beyda incident (see page 3). It also noted swastikas painted on the door of a Jewish fraternity at U.C. Davis.

Also, the resolution also calls for diversity training for student government members and an end to the demonization of Israel, but leaves room for “appropriate and acceptable criticism of Israel.”

Members of the campus Hillel and USAC president Avinoam Baral drafted the resolution, according to the Daily Bruin.

In a statement issued after the vote, Bay Area–based Jewish Voice for Peace said it was “deeply concerned” that the resolution “further enshrines long-standing political efforts to silence legitimate criticism of the state of Israel by codifying its inclusion in the definition of anti-Semitism.” — jta


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