at UC Berkeley!
As alumni, parents, and community members of the University of California, Berkeley represented by Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF-UC Berkeley), we are writing to express our sincere concern over recent events that have devolved on campus.
We are aghast to learn that a display honoring three convicted terrorists -- Rasmea Odeh, Leila Khaled, and Fatima Bernawi -- continues to find a home in the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC)’s public office.
We are dismayed by the culture of systemic antisemitism being fostered at our alma mater. Jewish and pro-Israel students at Berkeley have described being repeatedly harassed, forcibly removed from ASUC meetings, barraged with violent and antisemitic slurs, and chased, taunted, and bullied by anti-Israel students, while the administration refuses to take action and in some cases, has been complicit.
We are exacerbated by Chancellor Christ's statement that “students who support the Palestinian cause have a right to celebrate those they see as fighters for that cause.” We ardent supporters of free speech. However, we would think that a prestigious university such as UC Berkeley would make a nuanced distinction between free speech and terrorism promotion. Just as we hope that Berkeley would swiftly condemn a tribute memorializing the Klu Klax Klan terrorists who murdered Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, we see this display memorializing Rasmea Odeh who murdered Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner as no different.
We—alumni, parents, and community members represented by ACF-UC Berkeley—urge Chancellor Christ's to take a stance against the harassment and systemic antisemitism levied against Jewish and pro-Israel students at UC Berkeley and ensure that Berkeley is a safe place for all.