UCSC Jewish Student’s response to allegations of anti-semitism at UCSC.

A Jewish student at UCSC responds to the allegations posed by Hebrew Studies Lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, stating:

“I am a University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC) student of Jewish heritage and I feel it is important to share another perspective on the allegations of an anti-Semitic atmosphere on campus made in a June 2009 complaint that led to the launching of an investigation by the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office this week. While I wholeheartedly agree that accusations of discrimination against students based on religion, ethnicity, or anything else are extremely serious and should be responded to, I also categorically reject the argument raised in the complaint that speaking out on Israeli policy regarding the Palestinian people is tantamount to anti-Semitism.”

Ms. Pierce also shared her experience with  attacks she has received personally due to her involvement as a Jewish student in the Palestinian awareness group,

“Since joining this organization, however, I have been harassed by some UCSC students and even a staff member from Hillel (the center for Jewish student life) for my choice to engage in my Jewish identity and speak out on these issues. Many of these incidents have been documented in complaints made to everyone from our group’s advisor to the Dean of Students, and I know that I am not the only student who has experienced something like this. I hope that any inquiry into the atmosphere on campus looks into these incidents as well.”

You can read her full response here: http://mondoweiss.net/2011/03/a-jewish-student-responds-to-the-charge-of-anti-semitism-at-uc-santa-cruz.html

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