Appalling Anti-semitism: Berkeley Law Grievance Groups Ban Israel Supporters

Jason Cohen | September 30, 2022
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Now that the fall semester is underway, some universities are starting strong with antisemitism. 

It is almost as if the left is purposely becoming as backward as possible. 

Universities tend to be ahead of the trends of progressivism so it is a scary sign that they are increasingly anti-Zionistic and antisemitic. 

UC Berkeley School of Law is a prime proponent of this, with many student groups passing a bylaw on August 21, which states “that they would never invite any speakers that support ‘Zionism, the apartheid state of Israel, and the occupation of Palestine.’” 

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Berkeley Law groups are promoting hateful ideologies and they are also suppressing free speech by banning the alternate Zionist (pro-Israel) perspectives they do not agree with. 

According to Jewish Journal, some of these student groups are not insignificant or fringe either, though they are a collection of identity grievance groups: “Women of Berkeley Law, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association, Law Students of African Descent and the Queer Caucus.”

Berkeley Law’s Dean Erwin Chemerinsky is Jewish and a progressive Zionist. He sent an email to the leaders of the student groups, noting the insane irony of it: “Taken literally, this would mean that I could not be invited to speak because I support the existence of Israel, though I condemn many of its policies.”

He also partially explained how anti-Zionism leads to antisemitism, stating that 90%+ of Berkeley Law’s Jewish students support Israel’s existence, so this bylaw would prevent their point of view from being expressed. 

What Berkeley is doing may be illegal, and it is definitely immoral. Berkeley’s deterioration in terms of liberal values is an excellent demonstration of the left’s decline. 

It is crazy how the modern left is against free speech and down with discrimination against a historically oppressed group that commonly experiences prejudice and hate to this day.

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