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Resolution 1210b “ Standing Policy in Favor of Free Speech and Academic Freedom”. Supplemental Materials and Clarification Memo. Delegates and Greater Graduate Student Community,
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Supplemental Materials and Clarification Memo
After discussion of Resolution 1210b in committees this past month, I was asked to provide supplemental information regarding HR 35, the resolution to which 1210b refers to. Under this month’s Assembly Meeting Materials I have uploaded a supplemental information packet. This packet includes:
Based on the conversation we had in the Campus Affairs committee meeting last week, I would like to offer a few clarifying points in this presentation:
The resolution states:
“Assembly commends the initial actions taken by the University of California (UC) to address anti-Semitism on its campusessuch as: (1) refusal by the UC Board of Regents and the President of UC to consider divesturefrom companies doing business with Israel...”
This statement from the resolution clearly implies that divestment methods are anti-Semitic.
Additionally, the bill includes the following in the list of anti-Semitic events on UC campuses:
“...speakers,films, and exhibits sponsored by student, faculty, and community groups that engage in anti-Semitic discourse or use anti-Semitic imagery and language to falsely describe Israel, Zionists, and Jews, including that Israel is a racist, apartheid, or Nazi state, that Israel is guilty of heinous crimes against humanity such as ethnic cleansing...”
Implying that there is something anti-Semitic about criticizing Israeli policy as racist or Apartheid-like, descriptions used by many human rights organizations, respected figures such as Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu, and by scholars on our campus.
With anti-Semitism thus defined, the bill goes on to state:
“...While these actions are important steps, strong leadership from the top remains an important priority so that no administrator, faculty, or student group can be in any doubt that
anti-Semitic activity will not be tolerated in the classroom or on campus, and that no public resources will be allowed to be used for anti-Semitic or any intolerant agitation...”
1. California Scholars for Academic Freedom http://cascholars4academicfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/an-open-letter-from-california-scholars-for-academic-freedom-to-california-assemblymembers-linda-halderman-bonnie-lowenthal-and-66-co-authors-of-california-house-resolution-35/
2. UC Student Association http://ucsa.org/document/view/236
3. Jewish Voice for Peace http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/blog/jvp-statement-opposing-ca-assembly-vote-on-limiting-free-speech-at-u-0
3. Center for Constitutional Rights and other civil rights groups http://ca.cair.com/sfba/news/assembly_resolution_stifles_discussion
4. "California legislator promise to affirm free speech rights on campus earns praise of Palestine solidarity activists" http://mondoweiss.net/2012/09/california-legislator-promise-to-affirm-free-speech-rights-on-campus-earns-praise-of-palestine-solidarity-activists.html