UC Campus Climate Committee Report
Anti-Israel Demonstrations at UC Davis and UC San Diego
President Yudof’s condemnation of the series of harassments of Jewish students across the UC incorrectly asserted that the UC Davis officials “dealt appropriately” with the organized attempted shutdown of a Jewish event. In response, AMCHA co-founders sent a letter thanking him for the appropriate condemnations and outlining suggested steps to improve campus officials’ response to future attempts to disrupt and harass Jewish students’ events.
Later, in light of the murders in Toulouse, AMCHA co-founders sent another letter to President Yudof regarding campus climate.
Two days after AMCHA co-founders and supporters sent letters urging him to condemn a series of harassments against Jewish students at the UC, President Yudof did just that. In his open letter he addressed specific incidents and both condemned them and noted their terrible effects on the Jewish community across the UC.
AMCHA Bulletin Update about President Yudof’s condemnation
In February, UC Davis and UC San Diego saw vicious anti-Israel demonstrations, including organized hecklers attempting to shut down a Jewish-organized event. AMCHA called on President Yudof to condemn these incidents of harassment and denounce the economic and academic boycott of Israel.
Another Call for UC to rescind support of the Olive Tree Initiative
On January 19th, Israel arrested Aziz Dweik, a Hamas leader who met with UC students on a University-funded Olive Tree Initiative trip in 2009. In light of Dweik’s arrest, the AMCHA Initiative sent a letter to President Yudof on January 20th reiterating our call for the University of California to rescind all support for the Olive Tree Initiative.
President Yudof Dismisses Concerns During ADL Speech
On November 4th, President Yudof addressed the Anti-Defamation League on anti-Semitism and hatred on campus. However, his speech was not only dismissive of the AMCHA Initiative’s serious concerns, it contained several misleading and misinformed statements about his efforts to protect Jewish students at the University of California. On December 16th, AMCHA co-founders sent him a reply to address these problems.
AMCHA Initiative and Jewish Community and Supporters urge Yudof to Address the Problem
The AMCHA Initiative co-founders responded to President Yudof’s letter, detailing why his response was wholly inadequate and offering recommendations for addressing the serious and worsening problem of antisemitism on UC campuses.
President Yudof responded to the AMCHA Initiative letter. Unfortunately, his response did not at all address the key concerns of the Jewish community.
The AMCHA Initiative co-founders sent a letter signed by over 5,200
members and supporters of the California Jewish community to UC
President Yudof, urging him to address the problem of anti-Jewish
bigotry on UC campuses forcefully, publicly, and promptly.