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UC's anti-Israel environment

Becky Yeh - California correspondent   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A UC student leader is adding his laments to the fact that a group of student representatives are unapologetically condemning a pro-Israel resolution and refusing to allow Jewish students the opportunity to oppose the decision.

The University of California Student Association (UCSA) says its decision to condemn HR 35, a resolution passed by the state Assembly that asks colleges and universities to stop anti-Semitism and anti-Israel protests, was made to serve the students' best interests. The group accuses Israel of racism and violating human rights, and it is asking other universities and colleges to divest from the nation (see earlier story).

Bellet, Jason (ASUC)David Bocarsly, president of the UCLA student body, recently called on the association to apologize, but Senator Jason Bellet of The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) does not think that will happen.

"There is an understanding on the board that their decision was very difficult for some students, but I don't think … it is the intention of the board to by any means apologize for it," he laments.

"And that's something that's disappointing, because what I had hoped is that it was a response letter that at least provided the opportunity for students who disagreed with the initial resolution to have the opportunity to have their voices heard again."

Jewish students say they were deliberately excluded from being able to give any input, as they were not even told about the meeting on the issue. Palestinian students, however, were invited to speak.

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