A California student leader is asking one university body to
publicly apologize for attacking the nation of Israel.
Student leaders at the University of California have sent a
letter to the school's Student Association (UCSA), condemning the
group for accusing Israel of racism (see earlier story). The UCSA recently
condemned HR 35, a state resolution passed by the California
Assembly that asks colleges and universities to stop anti-Semitism
and anti-Israel protests. Jewish students said their input was
deliberately excluded, while Palestinian students were invited to
speak at the meeting on the issue.
David Bocarsly, UCLA student
body president, believes an apology is in order.
"The big thing is we would like them to issue a public apology.
When you're making a statement on behalf of 220,000 students when
they're expecting you to represent them, and thousands across the
state feel marginalized and unsafe because of a statement that you
made, I think it's very important that the same body correct the
record and admit that they made a mistake and that this isn't going
to happen in the future," he comments.
The UCSA resolution accuses Israel of violating human rights and
asks universities and colleges to divest from the nation. But
Bocarsly asserts that the UCSA was inconsiderate of the population
it is supposed to represent.