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February 7, 2020

Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestinian groups clash at UC Berkeley student union meeting

Berkeley, CA - On Tuesday night, UC Berkeley’s student government was scheduled to vote on a resolution that condemns antisemitic incidents on campus, reporter Yoni Michanie tweeted. Alas, the entire event was taken over and crashed in the very manner described in the resolution.

The incidents condemned by the resolution have been perpetrated by a new group calling itself “Bears for Palestine,” which describes itself as “a student organization designated to enlighten, educate and raise awareness about Palestinian culture, values and history; with an overall goal to share the Palestinian story with the campus community through activism.”


Well, as it turns out, there’s a whole lot of meat and bones in that vegetarian dish… Maya Reuven, a sophomore studying economics and data science at UC Berkeley, described life on campus after the appearance of the “Bears” in a letter to The daily Californian, the school’s newspaper:

“It’s hard to feel completely safe as a Jewish person anymore. I find myself second-guessing attending the concerts of Israeli artists, and I never sit by the street window during Shabbat dinners at Chabad. Watching security pile up at the Jewish spaces I call home breaks my heart. Is it really so much to ask that we don’t idolize those that cause this fear and pain in a university building? How can Jewish students feel supported during these dark times when we walk through a campus every day that has posters of our murderers in its buildings?”

Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Senator Milton Zerman sponsored an ASUC resolution titled “Condemning Bears for Palestine for Their Display in Eshleman Hall Glorifying Violent Terrorists,” which was going to be debated Tuesday night.

The resolution asks Bears for Palestine to “significantly alter” or take down the photographs of “Palestinian leaders” posted on the group’s cubicle, located on the third floor of Eshleman Hall. The display includes images of “Palestinian leaders” Fatima Bernawi, Rasmea Odeh and Leila Khaled – who is pictured holding an AK-47 rifle. The ASUC resolution cites Odeh’s role in multiple bombings, including one in February 1969 that killed two people.

“Instead, Jewish students were silenced and abused,” Yoni Michanie tweeted, and added: “Still wonder why antisemitism is on the rise in America? Take a minute, and watch this.”

Source: Jewish press