The Latest: University of California OKs anti-Semitism memo
Mar. 24, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on University of California adopting a statement against anti-Semitism (all times local):
The University of California's governing board has adopted a statement condemning anti-Semitic behavior and a companion report urging campus leaders to confront intolerant anti-Zionism activism.
The actions Thursday come amid growing campus tensions between Israeli supporters and backers of Palestinian rights. Some Jewish groups say they are concerned that anti-Semitic behavior is increasing because of the highly emotional debate.
The groups last year urged the 10-campus UC system to formally affirm its opposition to anti-Semitism.
The UC Board of Regents adopted a statement against intolerance and a report summarizing its need and context.
Critics feared the statement would stifle free speech.
The University of California's governing board is set to sign off Thursday on a statement condemning anti-Semitic behavior and a companion report urging campus leaders to confront "anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism."
A committee of the university's Board of Regents voted unanimously on Wednesday to send what is being called a "Statement of Principles Against Intolerance" and a report summarizing the context for it to the full board for consideration.
The documents were prepared at the urging of some Jewish groups that argued the 10-campus UC system needed to affirm its opposition to anti-Semitism amid growing student activism on behalf of Palestinian rights.