American Freedom Alliance


Are Jewish Students Safe
on U.C. Campuses?



Associate Professor Tammi Benjamin, Professor Leila Beckwith and Dr. Roberta Seid

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bigotry against Jewish students in California has occurred over many years and on a number University of California campuses. Over the past several years in particular, Jewish students have been subjected to swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti;acts of physical and verbal aggression; the display of anti-Semitic imagery in films and exhibits; speakers who praise and encourage support for terrorist organizations; intimidation and discrimination by professors who proudly display an Arab bias; the rage of student groups who openly advocate murder of Israelis
and Jews; the organized disruption of Jewish student sponsored events and, most recently, the promotion of student senate resolutions for divestment that seek to delegitimize the Jewish state.

In June of this year, three brave Jewish academics, each representing a different U.C. campus, had finally reach their limit. They fired off an angry letter to U.C.President Marc Yudof, demanding that the U.C. Regents finally take action. The response of the Regents was to form a Council on Campus Climate which was mandated to investigate the rising occurrence on anti-Semitism on campus.
But this Council may take as a long as eighteen months to submit its final report and the U.C. system itself my take many more years to implement its recommendations.

In the interim, a vital question remains - are Jewish students safe on U.C. campuses? Come to this important community forum to hear a response.


Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is a lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz and a member of the Board of Directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. For the last several years, she has been involved in efforts to combat the rise of campus anti-Semitism and has written articles and lectured in North America and Israel about the topics of academic anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and the growing threat to the safety of Jewish students on California university campuses. This summer she co-organized a 2-week scholarly workshop entitled "Contemporary Antisemitism in Higher Education" at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C.

Leila Beckwith
is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at UCLA, where she taught and did research in child development for more than 30 years. She also is Treasurer and Board Member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, and Board Member of the California Association of Scholars. As an academic she is appalled by intellectual dishonesty, lies and half-truths. For the last 8 years she has used her scholarship to battle the demonization and delegitimization of Israel on university campuses.

Roberta P. Seid, PhD, specialized in European Social History and taught Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the America Israel Demographic Research Group (AIDRG), which exposed the false myths about Palestinian and Israeli demography, and she is the Education/Research Director for StandWithUs, an education and advocacy organization. Dr. Seid has published books and articles in all these fields, and is currently teaching the history of Israel at the University of California, Irvine.

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