September 1, 2013
Re "Federal probe clears 2 UCs of bias," Aug. 29 It's a shame that the U.S. Department of Education has exonerated University of California campuses for fostering anti-Semitic climates. One of the offensive tactics used by pro-Palestinian activists is to dress up as Israeli soldiers and stop fellow students at mock checkpoints or a cardboard wall, which symbolize Israel's attempts to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers. If this is free speech, then I suggest that students who want to challenge these lies about Israel have a little fun while pointing out the truth.
October 19, 2012
Re "Debating free speech at Berkeley," Editorial, Oct. 15 Academic freedom and the right to free speech are sacred and deserve protection. At the same time, when anti-Israel activity crosses the line into anti-Semitism and expressions of support for terrorism, it is imperative to urge university officials to issue condemnations. There is a fundamental difference between criticizing Israel's government and its policies and "opposing" Israel's existence. The former may or may not be offensive speech.
February 21, 2011 |
Nearly 70 years later, Athens, one of the last European capitals to commemorate those who perished at the hands of Nazi forces, finally has a Holocaust memorial. But since its dedication in May, synagogues have been targeted, Jewish cemeteries desecrated, Holocaust monuments elsewhere in Greece vandalized and the Jewish Museum of Greece, in the capital, defaced with swastikas. What's more, an alarming chunk of Athenians in November supported the election of a neo-Nazi candidate to the capital's city council.
January 3, 1991 |
Michael Verhoeven's film "The Nasty Girl" is Germany's entry in the foreign-language category in this year's Academy Awards. It is an occasionally surrealistic and often very funny account of a teen-aged Fraulein's distinctly unfunny and dangerous attempts to investigate the Nazi years in her hometown.
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December 20, 1990
In his Dec. 10 letter, Teodor Polak criticizes Deborah Lipstadt for exaggerating the extent of anti-Semitism in Poland, indicating the actions, allegedly, of a few are used to tar an entire people. That can be a reasonable argument, but he undermines it by showing that he does not recognize his own anti-Semitism. This chairman of the Polish American Congress, Los Angeles, blames Jews for the "bad fate" of contemporary Polish-Jewish relations. After all, Polak claims, "Communism was forced on Poland with significant participation by Polish Jews.
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August 28, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Education has exonerated two more UC campuses -- Irvine and Santa Cruz -- of allegations that they fostered anti-Semitic climates by allowing protests against Israeli policies and other incidents that Jewish students contended amounted to illegal harrassment. UC Berkeley announced Tuesday similar findings that ended an investigation by the federal department's Office for Civil Rights into complaints by Jewish students. Related probes at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz also are completed with findings that the schools are not at fault, officials said Wednesday.