Jewish Students Sue UC Berkeley for Allowing "Violent Anti-Semitic Attacks"

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Apartheid Week on the UC Berkeley Campus, 2009
Two Jewish UC Berkeley students are suing the school, claiming that the UC Berkeley administration failed to halt "violent anti-Semitic attacks and a hostile environment" created by two pro-Palestinian groups on campus.

Plaintiff Jessica Felber, who graduated in 2010, claims that she was attacked and injured during "Apartheid Week" in 2010, an annual school-sanctioned event held by student groups Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Student Organization.

During Apartheid Week, students dress up as soldiers and carry fake assault weapons. They use barbed wire to simulate a checkpoint and interrogate students walking by. In Felber's declaration she writes, "The 'soldiers' ... shout and yell at passing students: 'prepare to be stopped', 'what is your religion', and 'are you Jewish?' "

Felber was holding a sign stating "Israel wants Peace" when she was allegedly assaulted by Hasam Zakharia, leader of SJP. She says he intentionally rammed a shopping cart into her, wounding her enough that she needed medical attention. Afterward, Felber obtained a restraining order against Zakharia.

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Apartheid Week 2010
On a prior date, Felber says Zakharia spat at her. When Felber approached Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard, he interrupted her midstory and said, "Wait wait wait, he spat at you or on you?" claiming that there was a difference. Felber writes, "Dean Poullard's comments to me cheapened and humiliated me. He made me feel that simply because Zakharia had not hit me directly in my face with his spit, that my personal space and dignity were not violated on campus."


With coplaintiff Brian Maissy, a third-year undergraduate, Felber argues that Apartheid Week is "a disturbing echo of the incitement, intimidation, harassment and violence carried out under the Nazi regime." They claim that the university has done nothing to protect Jewish students from being harassed during these events.

In addition, Felber and Maissy assert that the fake assault weapons violate the California Penal Code 12556, which states that "no person may openly display or expose any imitation firearm ... in a public place."

Berkeley argues that the plaintiffs are attempting to "compel UC to restrict the freedom of speech and assembly of its other students, in violation of their First Amendment rights."

The case is under review by the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, with a hearing scheduled for September 22.

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Danpt
Danpt

If the muslim students will learn real degrees instead of a degree on islam(shameful that you can get a degree on subject like this) they won't have time to protest all the time

Heklp
Heklp

>Israel has learned alot of tactics from the Nazi's.  and so did America.  >

Holocaust denial. Smearing Israel by comparing it to Nazi Germany - a country that was responsible for the destruction of 75% of European Jews - to the nation of Jews (many of whom are decedents of the survivors)  is blatant holocaust denial and robs the victims of their legacy.

But I guess the Islamists have no shame. Hijacking real-events such as genocide is all fair in the propaganda war on Israel.

It's all projection really. We see where the mass-murderers are taking place and it is by the Muslim trolls, not Israel. So who is Nazi Germany? Oh wait...where did the Nazis flee to after Hitler fell? Egypt and Syria?

Bet they don't teach you that at UCB. 

Mike
Mike

Yeah OK... Yes, I'm sure the home made rockets, and rocks are really causing mass casualties against Israel's air force, armored divisions, bulldozers, and special operations teams!

The holocaust denial I think is your own!  

anon.
anon.

Your rhetoric is so run-of-the-mill BS that giving the time to respond to it fully would be futile.

for now, I just have one question for you: dropping white phosphorus bombs on innocent civilians and then claiming it is a necessary evil doesn't "[rob] the victims of their legacy" ?

Heklp
Heklp

strawman much? 

Looner
Looner

Guess those 2 students didnt like it very much.  So now you know how Palestinians feel....and by the way, Arabs are Semites too.

Heklp
Heklp

@ UCB Student

noise and rhetoric. this article doesn't mention the fact that the organizations sponsoring these dramatic shows have expressed support for religious fanatic groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Feiber was PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED by a militant Muslim and has to receive weekly therapy for her back injuries.UCB is becoming more and more like UCI. Hijacked by token Islamic radicals and protected by their Leftist enablers and idiotic liberal allies who sit and hate on the Jews.Silencing criticism? LOL! These are TWO PEOPLE. Muslims are SO paranoid. I don't see these trolls protesting Hamas treatment of Israelis or the fascist nature of the Palestinian government.No, it's all about the Jews. You probably don't even go to UCB. Just another paid Muslim Brotherhood troll.  

Mike
Mike

Yeah, I'm sure that shopping cart really caused her to need intensive therapy!!

 Radicals? What about the use of white phosphorus bombs on civilian targets in the weeks after President Obama was elected? The misconception that everything the Jewish people and Israel do is right simply because of the atrocities suffered during WWII is a farce. Also, people are not Anti-Semitic because they do not agree with the actions of the government of Israel. No that's too easy, you will be held to the same standard as every other government in relation to the treating of civilian populations.

If you perform atrocities, we should withdraw all funding, military assistance, and support from you! 

UC Berkeley student
UC Berkeley student

actually, Felber claimed she was assaulted while Zakharia claimed it was an accident. A judge already accepted Zakharia's version and dropped all charges. 

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If the shoe fits... Israel is doing what Nazi Germany did and getting away with it for the last 30years: slow choking off and take away the ability of the oppressed to survive and function.  The only thing is the Germans were under pressure to expedite their goals while Israel enjoys letting the world watch and thumbing their nose at what everyone else thinks.

Val
Val

" During Apartheid Week, students dress up as soldiers and carry fake assault weapons. They use barbed wire to simulate a checkpoint and interrogate students walking by. In Felber's declaration she writes, "The 'soldiers' ... shout and yell at passing students: 'prepare to be stopped', 'what is your religion', and 'are you Jewish?' " "

I am speechless this event takes place on our public property, sanctioned by public employees in (allegedly) enlightened Berkeley.

  

Ben
Ben

You may be speechless, but you might want to check the constitution. These sorts of actions are constitutionally protected under the first amendment. There's loads of precedent and the university has no choice but to allow these sorts of demonstrations.

Truth
Truth

And what a horrific constitution that is, if people can use loopholes to discriminate because of someones personal belief, religion or nationality. Let's face it - the Arabs hate Jewish people, and you want us all to leave Israel, our Jewish homeland. You are hiding behind the same propaganda that Goebeles used when he worked for Hitler.

Heklp
Heklp

the public does not have to subsidize propaganda warfare by the muslim brotherhood. if student activist groups want to exercise their first amendment rights and protest, fine. but it must done in the confines of the law - whether that be arranging assembly times with the school staff - and ensuring protests remain non-violent and hopefully cordial.

STUDENTS WHO ASSAULT OTHERS are NOT PROTECTED under the constitution.

Now, I'm sure UC has even stricter rules when it comes to on-site behavior. Zero tolerance should be applied to hate movements and especially these Islamists who come in from Saudi Arabia and promote their brand of pro-Palestinianism. This is America, not Palestine. 

DignityToEveryone
DignityToEveryone

You sound like a hater, Heklp.  true, Violence is not the way... er, well i guess thats not true is it.  just look at human history.  ..and military.Israel has learned alot of tactics from the Nazi's.  and so did America.  If you dont agree with me, kill me....and by the way, Im not really talking to you specifically, Im facetiously reffering to this whole phenominon of people fighting darkness with darkness.Students who assault are not protected by the constitution... are cops?

UC Berkeley student
UC Berkeley student

I am speechless that you just buy that uncritically, just because she said so. Felber's organization was founded to silence political criticism of Israel on campus, and they have exactly one card, which is to cry 'antisemitism'. Last year there were a dozen students who sat on the floor and haded out flyers about checkpoints in the occupied territories. No students were interrogated or asked if they were Jewish. Half the protestors are usually jewish, since not all jews on campus agree with Felber's politics.

Truth
Truth

Any criticism of the Jewish State of Israel is antisemitism. But this Apartheid week takes things much too far. Oh, and those checkpoints have stopped terrorist attacks. Because who needs another suicide bomber from the Palestinian territories blowing themselves up on a bus with innocent people?

UC Berkeley student
UC Berkeley student

and yes, in previous years students dramatized the differential treatment that Jews and Arabs receive all over the West Bank - separate and unequal legal systems, separate and unequal allocation of water, separate and unequal roads, separate and unequal political rights, speart and unequal access to medical treatment, separate and unequal education etc etc. This is only antisemitic If you believe that giving people less access to clean water or electricity is in accordance with Jewish values - which would make you the true antisemite.   

Heklp
Heklp

what a load of B.S. Palestinians have their own legal system. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Muslim Student Organization you are referring to is actually called Muslim Students Association.

Heklp
Heklp

also called the Muslim Brotherhood. 

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