A pro-Israel group says California school leaders must vote to
authenticate the hostile experiences that Jewish students have
faced on university campuses.
The University of California President Mark G. Yudof's Advisory
Council on Campus Climate will decide whether to accept a report on
the challenges and positive experiences of Jewish students on UC
campuses. Dr. Roberta Seid of StandWithUs reports that anti-Israel activists
contend the report is not valid and are calling on the council to
"It's kind of shocking that they would even reject
the report or advocate rejecting the report, because all it does is
describe the experiences, the painful experiences of Jewish
students on campus," she details. "And we believe that it reflects
validly the experience of these students."
The report outlines instances of political controversy and
hostility against Jewish students on UC campuses and calls for
changes to ensure that Jewish students are protected from
discrimination, bias, intimidation and bigotry.
"So, it's really important to us that this report be accepted,
because it confirms the authenticity and validity of Jewish
students' experiences, these painful experiences they have," Dr.
Seid offers, "and also because it would be very valuable as a model
for other campuses across the country to ensure that there is
intelligent and reasoned debate on campus, no matter how
contentious the issue."
The Advisory Council's vote will take place at the end of