Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In Defense of Tammi Rossman-Benjamin at UC Santa Cruz

Gary Fouse

Hat tip AMCHA Initiative

As I have previously reported, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is an adjunct teacher of Hebrew at UC Santa Cruz (America's Wackiest University). She has been relentless and courageous in making complaints about anti-Semitism on UC and CSU campuses. In response to her activities in standing up to anti-Semitism, she has been the object of relentless attacks by the various UC Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine chapters, as well as something called the Committee for Justice in Palestine. In the past weeks, student governments at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine -under pressure from these groups-have passed resolutions urging that UC President Mark Yudof and other UC officials condemn her publicly as an "Islamophobe". These resolutions are evidence of just how organized and coordinated these groups are.

In response, Tammi's organization, AMCHA Initiative, has issued the below-linked release. You can also access Tammi's letter to President Yudof and write one yourself in Tammi's defense. I will be doing so. Rather than condemn Tammi, Yudof and the respective chancellers should be making a strong statement in defense of her right to free speech and condemning this vicious campaign to smear and intimidate her.

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