America’s colleges and universities, with a few notable exceptions, have not been institutions of higher learning for quite some time; instead, they are hubs for America-hating leftist indoctrination and, that being the case, are in dire need of drastic overhaul or should be shut down altogether. Berkeley has become a national symbol of leftist madness, but it recently took things to the next level when eight major student groups voted to ban pro-Israel speakers from speaking at Berkeley Law School. That’s right: A significant portion of the student body at one of America’s foremost universities, home to the legendary free speech movement, has spoken out against free speech. Berkeley has made the left’s increasingly open anti-Semitism official policy. Berkeley has made the left’s opposition to free speech and open speech, as well as its hatred of Jews, open and undeniable.
“Complaint Alleges ‘Deep-Engrained Anti-Semitic Discrimination’ at Berkeley Law School,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, Nov. 22, 2022:
The University of California, Berkeley School of Law suffers from “deep and entrenched anti-Semitic discrimination,” according to a copy of a complaint filed against the school with the Department of Education and reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
The complaint, filed last week by a Florida-based attorney and the International Legal Forum, a global watchdog that fights anti-Semitism, alleges anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bias at the law school after nine student groups adopted in August statutes banning Zionist speakers from campus.
The school’s decision to agree to the ban on pro-Israeli speakers is a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prevents recipients of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of race and national origin, according to the complaint. The petitioners urge the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to immediately “open an investigation against the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law” and order it to remove this ban on Zionists.
The complaint comes amid a rise in anti-Semitism on US college campuses. Assaults on Jewish students and their identity doubled in the 2021 to 2022 academic year, especially in schools with large Jewish populations, the free beacon reported last week. Last month, at George Washington University, for example, flyers reading “Fuck you Zionists” were posted on campus’s Hillel Building, a center for Jewish life. The Hillel Building at the University of Southern California was also defaced in August, with vandals vandalizing the front of the building.
The Department of Education must determine whether Berkeley Law is violating the Civil Rights Act and then compel the university to “override the statutes in question,” according to the complaint. The watchdog also wants Berkeley leaders to ensure that any groups endorsing anti-Zionist provisions are barred from receiving school funds and have their “recognized student organization” status revoked. Students and faculty should also be required to participate in training that fosters a campus environment “free from anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination,” according to the complaint.
There are precedents for the Department of Education to get involved in the matter. The federal agency is leading an investigation into the University of Southern California over allegations that the school fostered “a hostile environment of anti-Semitism.” That investigation was launched after a watchdog group presented evidence of anti-Semitic discrimination similar to that included in the complaint against Berkeley Law.
A Berkeley Law spokesperson told the free beacon that the school “seeks to avoid comment on the complaints” filed with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The spokesman also said that he was not aware of the specific complaint.
While Berkeley Law officials, including Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, have tried to downplay the issue, with Chemerinsky saying that “only a handful of student groups out of 100+ at Berkeley Law did this,” legal advocates say that this excuse is unacceptable.
“It is inconceivable that a similar claim would ever be made that ‘only a handful’ of student groups barred speakers of any other ethnic, religious or racial group,” states the complaint, which was partly authored by Gabriel Groisman, a student from Florida. lawyer and Jewish rights leader. “However, such flagrant discrimination directed directly against Jews is being excused, justified and incorporated. The university’s position is untenable under the law.”
The complaint further says that Chemerinsky “has not requested [the groups’] revocation, nor has it taken any meaningful action in response to this egregious act of discrimination.”
The August resolution sparked a fierce debate on the Berkeley campus and within the pro-Israel advocacy world. It stated that nine officially recognized student groups “will not invite speakers who have expressed and continue to hold views or organize/sponsor/promote events in support of Zionism, the apartheid state of Israel and the occupation of Palestine.” The organizations employ rhetoric commonly used by Israel’s enemies, including supporters of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which wages economic war against Israel.
At the center of the complaint is the accusation that these groups are targeting Jewish and pro-Israeli students based on their religious identity or national background. This “enforced exclusion” of primarily Jewish students, the complaint states, “is unlawful and in flagrant violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.”…