California, UC Berkeley Law School student organizations pledge to boycott Zionist and pro-Israel speakers

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Student organizations at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law are facing backlash from their own dean after adopting a statement pledging not to invite any Zionist or pro-Israel speakers to give lectures.

Law Students for Justice in Palestine at Berkeley Law posted an Aug. 21 message on Instagram saying that nine other student organizations have passed a “pro-Palestine rulebook” that says they “will not invite” speakers. who support Zionism or “the apartheid state of Israel.”

“In the interest of protecting the safety and well-being of Palestinian students on campus, [insert organization name] will not invite speakers who have expressed and continue to hold opinions or who organize/sponsor/promote events in support of Zionism, the apartheid state of Israel and the occupation of Palestine” , indicates the regulation.

Law Students for Justice in Palestine at Berkeley Law said nine student organizations adopted the statement, which boycotts the invitation of Zionist speakers, including the Berkeley Muslim Law Student Association, the in Middle Eastern and North African Law, Womxn of Color Collective, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Queer Caucus, Community Defense Project, Women of Berkeley Law, and Law Students of African Descent.

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Signage for the Berkeley School of Law on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California, U.S., Friday, June 4, 2021.
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Fox News Digital has contacted all listed organizations.

The pro-Palestine student organization also calls on “all Berkeley Law student organizations to take an anti-racist stance” by adopting the “pro-BDS rule book.”

Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky emailed leaders of all student organizations and blasted the settlement, calling the statement “troubling” and said if “taken at face value” , that would mean he couldn’t speak to these organizations about his support for “the existence of Israel.”

“It is troubling to largely exclude a particular point of view from the expression. Indeed, taken literally, it would mean that I could not be invited to speak because I support the existence of Israel, even if I condemn many of his policies,” Chemerinsky said.

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UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky at his home in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky at his home in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.
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“Chancellor Carol Christ also explained how the boycott, divestment and sanction movement” poses a direct and serious threat to the academic freedom of our students and faculty, as well as to the unfettered exchange of ideas and perspectives on our campus, including debate. and discourse regarding conflicts in the Middle East. “, he added.

While stating that he supports the right of students to “take a stand on this issue and on all issues,” Chemerinsky said groups must be “sensitive – and responsive – to all of our students.”

Roz Rothstein, co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs, an educational organization that educates individuals on Israel and fights anti-Semitism, told Fox News Digital that these organizations should “rethink their end goals.”

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“Distorting Zionism is anti-Semitic and will never lead to peace. Half of the Jewish people of the world are in Israel, the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, and the other half likely have friends and/or relatives who live there. Denying Jews the Right to Self-Reliance “Determination creates a double standard against one country in the world. Those who run biased anti-peace campaigns should rethink their end goals and be honest about their biases against the Jewish people and the only Jewish country in the world,” Rothstein said.

The Berkeley Law Jewish Student Association said in a Medium article that it was concerned the statement would “disproportionately silence Jewish voices on campus.”

“This regulation alienates many Jewish students from certain groups on campus. In considering which organizations to join, students should not be forced to choose between identifying as ‘pro-Palestine’ and therefore ‘anti-Israel’, or ‘pro-‘Israel’ and therefore ‘anti-Palestine’. This dichotomy distorts the complexity of this issue,” the group wrote. “Students can defend Palestinians and criticize Israeli policies without denying Israel’s right to exist or attacking the identity of other students. To say otherwise is contrary to the dialogue around which our educational community is built. We are troubled that this regulation creates an environment in which only one point of view is acceptable.”

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