Feds Investigating Discrimination at UC Berkeley

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into alleged discrimination at the University of California Berkeley. The probe follows complaints of rising antisemitism since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, culminating in a violent protest last month. 

UC Berkeley is conducting its own probe of the February demonstration, which forced the evacuation of Jewish students from campus. Around 200 pro-Palestinian protesters had gathered outside the school’s Zellerbach Playhouse where an Israeli lawyer was due to speak. They broke into the building, shattering glass, as they yelled “long live the intifada.” Some Jewish students said they were physically assaulted and called 'dirty Jews.'

Although UC Berkeley condemned the protesters’ actions, both students and faculty say it is too little, too late. On Monday, Jewish students protested what they describe as selective free speech policies, which give a pass to antisemitic actions by pro-Palestinian activists. Refusal to enforce hate speech policies against Bears for Palestine and its affiliated groups has emboldened antisemitism on campus, Jewish students and their allies say.

One of the school’s professors, Ron Hassner, is also engaging in a “sleep-in” protest on campus to draw attention to the rise of anti-Jewish hate. Hassner says he will remain on campus until the administration takes more meaningful steps to address the problem.  


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