(JNS.org) Two letters were sent this week to University of California system president Janet Napolitano calling on her to address a disturbing rise of anti-Zionism on UC campuses.
In a Nov. 1 letter, spearheaded by AMCHA Initiative, more than 175 faculty and 47 religious, civil rights, education and research organizations representing thousands of concerned students, parents and alumni, demanded Napolitano “stop faculty from using the classroom as a pulpit for anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist political advocacy and activism.”
“UC students have long shared personal anecdotes of teachers who engage in anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic advocacy and activism in the classroom,” stated Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA’s director and a UC faculty member. “However, the corruption is now public and can no longer be ignored.”
On many UC campuses, “entire departments, including department chairs tasked with approving courses, are dominated by instructors who have publicly endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities and scholars, and regularly use university funds and academic programming to promote BDS,” AMCHA said in a statement.
A second letter, also addressed to the UC president Tuesday, was sent by the Alums for Campus Fairness, from 590 UC alumni, who are “deeply concerned about the misuse of UC classrooms by certain faculty and student instructors to indoctrinate students to their anti-Zionist agenda, and to wage a partisan campaign against the Jewish state of Israel.”