Berkeley probed over antisemitism after anti-Israel ‘riot’

A strong congressional committee accused the College of California, Berkeley, of fostering “an atmosphere of pervasive antisemitism” — which included an anti-Jewish “riot.”

The Republican-led Committee on Schooling and the Workforce stated Tuesday it was formally investigating the San Francisco Bay Space school as a part of an escalating probe into antisemitism.

And the committee chair, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), revealed she had “grave issues” about Berkeley due to the “inadequacy” of its “response to antisemitism on its campus” even earlier than the October 7 terrorist assaults by Hamas on Israel ignited anti-Jewish demonstrations.

Video footage captured the second an anti-Jewish mob began banging on the doorways of a theater at UC Berkeley final month when an IDF soldier was scheduled to talk. The liberal faculty has been accused of “pervasive’ antisemitism by a Home committee. X / @realDailyWire

The committee outlined an inventory of antisemitic incidents in a 15-page letter despatched to the varsity’s chancellor, Carol Christ, president of the College of California Michael Drake and Richard Leib, chair of its Board of Regents.

The letter to UC Berkeley cited a “riot” that happened final month on campus organized by Bears for Palestine, an anti-Israel scholar group, that resulted in shattered glass, assaults on Jewish college students and the cancellation of a lecture by an Israeli speaker.

As much as 200 protesters shouted “Intifada” exterior the Zellerbach Playhouse and smashed glass in home windows and a door

“I noticed a lady get grabbed by the neck and shoved,” stated a Jewish scholar who was on the occasion.

“I noticed my pal get spat at, and I noticed simply how a lot anger and hatred that they had in direction of us at this second.”

The letter additionally famous the resignation of Berkeley Legislation professor Steven Davidoff Solomon as chairman of UC Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Jewish Life and Campus Local weather as a result of he felt “the college has failed to answer what’s been persistent and deep-rooted anti-Jewish bias and antisemitism.”

North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx, chair of a Home committee investigating antisemitism on college campuses, fired off a letter to UC Berkeley on Tuesday demanding a probe of the varsity’s response to “pervasive” antisemitism. AP

Solomon additionally acquired an e mail with the topic line: “You’re a soiled Jew.” The message famous “[i]f the Holocaust had been occurring proper now, you’d be the primary one to be gassed.”

It cited a written assertion submitted to the committee by UC Berkeley MBA scholar Hannah Schlacter figuring out “a minimum of 13 situations during which college officers failed to answer Jewish college students’ studies and issues.”

Through the Oct. 7 Hamas assaults towards Israel, Bears for Palestine issued social media statements supporting the assault and “glorifying it as ‘resistance,’” the letter says.

Chair of the College of California Board of Regents Richard Leib was among the many recipients of a Home committee letter demanding data and paperwork concerning the faculty’s response to antisemitism and sources of funding from the Qatari authorities, amongst different calls for. Los Angeles Instances by way of Getty Pictures

It additionally cited a December Brandeis College research of 51 universities that ranked the varsity in its worst class for “highest antisemitism hostility.”

“Pervasive antisemitism” has been documented on the faculty since nicely earlier than Oct. 7, the letter from Foxx says.

In 2016, a Brandeis College analysis research of antisemitism on school campuses discovered that greater than a 3rd of scholars surveyed at UC Berkeley and different College of California campuses “perceived a hostile atmosphere towards Jews on campuses.”

The letter is demanding paperwork associated to antisemitic incidents, disciplinary protocols in addition to funding to the liberal school from international governments, together with Qatari sources, or face a subpoena.

Former Harvard president Claudine Homosexual and Liz Magill, former president of the College of Pennsylvania, resigned shortly after their disastrous appearances earlier than the Committee on Schooling and the Workforce, which is presently investigating Berkeley, Harvard and MIT for the faculties’ response to antisemitism on their campuses. AP

The committee has not too long ago despatched related letters to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

MIT president Sally Kornbluth appeared earlier than the committee in December. Kornbluth, College of Pennsylvania president Liz Magill and Harvard president Claudine Homosexual all instructed the committee that calling for the genocide of Jews trusted the context.

Magill resigned quickly after the disastrous testimony and Gay resigned in January amid mounting allegations of plagiarism.

UC Berkeley didn’t instantly return a request for remark Tuesday.

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