Hat tip Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
This is what happens to you if you speak out on anti-Semitism on UC Campuses
Tammi Benjamin is an adjunct teacher at UC Santa Cruz (America's Wackiest University). She is also Jewish and a friend of mine. Tammi has been very active in trying to combat the constant anti-Semitism on UC campuses. In doing so, she helped start the AMCHA Initiative.
Now the little rascals at UC Berserkley are going after Tammi and calling her a racist for standing up to the MSA (Muslim Student Association chapters), Students for Justice in Palestine, and certain professors who are contributing to the anti-Semitic climate. Look at this below.
And Wednesday, the resolution passed. The below article is from Electric Intifada, obviously an anti-Israel blog.
If I were Tammi, I would laugh this off and wear it as a badge of honor. Who cares what a bunch of dopey left-wing kids at Berkeley or Santa Cruz think of her? I seriously doubt the administration will do anything with this. If they do, they will be just as bad.
Here is the deal: If you are going to stand up to anti-Semitism on US university campuses, you have to single out the culprits. As for the UC system, it is clearly the various Muslim Student Associations and their front group, Students for Justice in Palestine, the latter because they have a few misguided non-Muslim members who have drunk the Kool Aid. They have a long history of dragging in anti-Semitic speakers during their anti-Israel hate weeks. For naming names, these dopey kids slam Benjamin as some sort of racist.
Of course, these various student governments are very selective in their outrage.
Did the UC Irvine student government ever condemn the statement of MSU-invited speaker Mohammed Al Asi in 2001 when he told an audience, "You can take the Jew out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the Jew"? Not to my knowledge.
Did the UC Irvine student government ever pass a resolution condemning this poster put up by the MSU a few years back during their week of events? Not to my knowledge.
Did the UCI student government ever pass a resolution condemning the so-called Irvine 11, who disrupted the Israeli ambassador's speech? No-they supported the disruptors.
Did the UC Berkeley student government ever condemn the Students for Justice in Palestine after one of their members rammed Jessica Felber-a Jewish student- with a loaded shopping cart? Not to my knowledge.
Did they ever condemn Berkeley professor Andrew Gutierrez after he heckled and gave the finger to a group of Jewish students peacefully protesting swastikas on campus bathroom walls? Not to my knowledge.
Has the UC Irvine student government ever condemned the annual anti-Semitic remarks of Amir Abdel Malik Ali when he comes to speak during anti-Israel week? Not to my knowledge.
Did the UC SD student government ever pass a resolution condemning the MSA gal who told David Horowitz that she supported a statement by Hezbollah that all Jews should gather in Israel so as to make it easier to hunt them down? Not to my knowledge.
I think it altogether proper for UC President Mark Yudof to make a strong statement in defense of Ms. Benjamin. Personally, based on his past performance-or lack thereof-I doubt if he will.
I wonder when they are coming after me. Frankly, I don't care. If they do, it will go on my resume.