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Students slam controversial UC ‘campus climate report’ on Palestine solidarity activism

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Read the report (pdf) for yourself and sign the petition asking UC President Yudof to table the report. Learn more about the history of anti-Palestinian censorship at the University of California here.

Rebecca Pierce

Rebecca Pierce is a recent graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz where she studied film production and was active in student media and Palestine solidarity organizing.

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  1. giladg on September 5, 2012, 10:36 am

    How can a full picture of the conflict be discussed on campus in an intellectual mannor when pro-Israeli, pro-Zionists are shouted down?
    This shows that the pursute of the truth is no concern to pro-Palestinian activists who fear intectual dialogue as their positions are often shown to be leaky, very leaky. Instead of facing of with the other side with debate, they revert to violence. And those who shout the loudest are usually on the side with the weakest arguments or cannot win arguments on words alone.

    • annie on September 5, 2012, 11:07 am

      what shows the pursuit of truth is of no concern to pro palestinian activists gilad? you have not given us any examples of this ‘shouting down’.

      Instead of facing of with the other side with debate, they revert to violence.

      source? how about addressing the contents of the video. or did you just plant yourself on top of the thread as a diversion.

      • Dexter on September 5, 2012, 5:55 pm

        It is clearly a diversion Annie. Good catch!

      • giladg on September 6, 2012, 9:47 am

        I can give you many examples if you really want them. But lets turn it around. Why don’t you give me examples of where intellectual public debate (not behind closed doors) between Zionist, pro-Israeli advocacy groups and pro-Palestinian groups has occurred? You can’t and this is because every time you put a pro-Palestinian group together, the blood rushes to the head and aggressive, verbal and sometimes physical positions are taken, preventing the other side from telling its story. Those who have been on campus during such confrontations understand what I am saying.
        Pro-Palestinian radicals on campus ooze the fear factor and political correctness lets them run wild, abusing the freedoms democracy offers. Many pro-Israeli student fear for their their safety and then choose not to speak out. Many on this site will say “good”, which proves my point.

    • American on September 5, 2012, 11:14 am

      “And those who shout the loudest are usually on the side with the weakest arguments or cannot win arguments on words alone.”…gilad

      That’s actually true…..and the zios and I- firsters and Israelis are the ones who are the loudest and without any credible argument.

      Wake up, there’s nothing left ‘to discuss’.
      Our side now just makes true and proven ‘statements’ about Israel’s criminality.
      Your side just screams holocaust, bible deeds, self hating Jews and anti semites.

    • eljay on September 5, 2012, 11:18 am

      >> Instead of facing of with the other side with debate, they revert to violence. And those who shout the loudest are usually on the side with the weakest arguments …

      An excellent summary of the Zio-supremacist / Israeli position: Don’t debate the Palestinians, just crush them, cleanse them, oppress them, destroy them. And then whine and weep as loudly as possible about how the “Jewish State” is just a poor little victim. :-(

      And, of course, never forget to “Remember the Holocaust!”

    • sciri21 on September 5, 2012, 2:29 pm

      Most pro-Israel and pro-Zionist student activists I know aren’t interested in intellectual dialogue either.

    • seafoid on September 5, 2012, 2:53 pm

      I guess Ben Gurion hasbara institute in the Negev would qualify as an intellectual mannor where truth is pursuted.

      Zionist ideology doesn’t stand up to academic investigation.
      Most people in university understand how flaky hasbara is.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNQSV3BBtZ4

      • NCINA on September 8, 2012, 8:07 pm

        Zionism stood for thousands of years in different forms and Israel is just a realization of Zionism – Jewish self determination in the Jewish homeland of Israel and be assured it will stand for a very long time.

    • ColinWright on September 5, 2012, 3:42 pm

      “…This shows that the pursute of the truth is no concern to pro-Palestinian activists who fear intectual dialogue…”

      You’re parodying yourself, right? This is intentional, isn’t it?

  2. annie on September 5, 2012, 11:03 am

    thank you rebecca, and thanks for all your activism. i linked to your impressive article http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/66225/u.c.-report-on-jewish-campus-climate-results-marginalize-misrepresent-stude/ in our coverage of the calif legislation here http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/california-state-assembly-passes-resolution-equating-criticism-of-israel-with-hate-speech.html (‘criticism keeps mounting’).

    and a shout out to alex for excellent WBAI coverage.

    • sciri21 on September 5, 2012, 2:13 pm

      I especially liked this part of Rebecca’s article: ‘Several other recommendations also suggest limiting Palestinian speech. None of the proposals call for such conditions to be placed on “pro-Israel” events — nor would I urge that.’

      Most pro-Israel groups aren’t in any position to accuse others of bias, imbalance or insensitivity. While trying to keep campus advocacy civil and respectful isn’t necessarily wrong, Israel shouldn’t be accorded any special protection for being “the Jewish state”.

  3. dbroncos on September 5, 2012, 7:42 pm

    The Cali-Zios got what they wanted and soon they’ll get what they asked for. They wanted their day in state court and in the court of public opinion to “prove” that Zionism is unassailable, that it’s finished business. Good. They’ll be disappointed to learn that Zionist ideology is more open for debate in America than ever before, and that it will remain open. The louder they whine to UC administrators, California State Legislators and judges the more public exposure this debate will have – The opposite effect from the one they intended.

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