In fight against anti-Israel campus protests, free speech could be a victim

Photo by Charlie Nguyen/Flickr
Photo by Charlie Nguyen/Flickr

At the University of California, a proposal is being pushed through, which, seemingly, on the surface, makes sense. Adopt the State Department’s definition of antisemitism and apply it on campus. Thus, prohibiting antisemitic protests.

But, as we all know, there is a movement afoot to boycott Israel. Ostensibly over the Palestinian territories. But, in some cases, it overflows into general anti-Israel bias. And, in the minds of many, antisemitism.

Now there are those who are expressing concern that adoption of the State Department’s definition of antisemitism could result in a dampening of free speech on campus. Click here to read the story.

ISRAEL BOYCOTT ACTIVIST NAMED U CAL STUDENT REGENT

Sadia Saifuddin, an activist in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, on Wednesday in San Francisco was voted in as a 2014-15 student regent on the University of California (UC) Board of Regents, the governing board of the 10-school UC system.

Saifuddin, a Pakistani American, co-sponsored and vocally promoted a student government resolution this spring calling for UC Berkeley, where she is a student, to divest from Israel. She has been involved with anti-Israel groups including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine.