Is UC Berkeley Putting its Imprimatur on an Anti-Israel Event?

Gary Fouse

Hat tip to OC Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism and Tammi Benjamin

On 10-26-10, another one of those anti-Israel bashes went on at UC Beserkley. One of the sponsors was Students for Justice in Palestine. Most troublesome, however, is the participation of a university department, the Muslim Identities and Cultures Working Group, under Prof. Anthony Cascardi, director of the Townsend Center for Humanities. The title of the event was, "What can American academia do to realize justice for Palestinians? Gee, I wonder whose side they favor. I imagine Prof. Anthony Gutiererz was probably there unless he was busy heckling Jewish students who protest against swastikas on UCB bathroom walls.


So let me get this straight; If a university department puts on a forum, seminar or whatever you want to call it, and everything and everyone involved takes only one position, is that stating that UC Berserkley's official position is against Israel in this conflict? That's the way I look at it. I thought a university was supposed to excpose students to all points of view. Well, apparently not if you have a pro-Israel point of view.

This reminds me of that Whtiher the Levant farce that was put on at UC-Irvine back in January of 2009. Every speaker, every professor involved was against Israel. When I spoke up in Israel's defense, I was jeered by the audience. That seminar had partial sponsorship of the UCI Middle East Studies Initiative.

And what a lame response from the university to the protest letter. This is not education; it is indoctrination.

* I am working on getting Prof. Cascardi's letter posted here.

2 Comments - Share Yours!:

PatriotUSA said...

"This is not education; it is indoctrination."

It starts long before college
anymore, Gary. I just think back
on what my own two kids have
battled in the public school
system, all the times I had to
go fight the school administrators
just because my son expressed a
different opinion that did not
agree with the NEA or OEA.

HermitLion said...

Of course universities expose students to all points of view, as long as they are the points of view the university wants to expose them to.
Huh, now there's a tongue twister for you.

It's always good to know students preach peace and understanding in the form of pure, ignorant hatred, but just to answer their question: to realize justice for Palestinians, American academia can support kicking them out of occupied Israeli lands for good.