On June 16th and July 12th, we sent letters signaling our concern about the recently released “Statement of Solidarity with Palestine” by the Department of Asian American Studies to Professor Natalie Masuoka. We are concerned that the Department of Asian American Studies does not understand the negative impact that the statement has had on Jewish and Zionist students.
The statement and Professor Masuoka’s non-response to the concerns of 767 UCLA members are emblematic of your disregard for the concerns of the Jewish community on campus. Due to the vital role that your department plays in maintaining a marketplace of ideas at UCLA and in the College of Social Sciences, we expect greater leadership from UCLA leaders in addressing the scourge of antisemitism that continues to threaten the Jewish community on campus.
We call on UCLA and the Department of Asian American Studies to recommitt to the intellectual growth of all students, including Jewish and Zionist students, by retracting the statement.