UCLA Isn’t Anti-Jewish — But It Is Home To Radically Anti-Zionist Activism

I’m not surprised that my alma mater has been listed by the Algemeiner as one of the worst college campuses for Jewish students. UCLA is home to radically anti-Zionist activism, and during my junior year, a resolution by the University of California Students Association to divest from purportedly “imperialist” countries like Israel and the United States.

To be quite honest, I don’t think I was an outcast for being Jewish, per se. There is a large Jewish population at UCLA, and the Jewish students all seemed to know each other. I was probably an outcast for being unapologetically pro-Israel — and I hate to say this — even in Jewish circles. I also felt like because I was Jewish I had to believe the same things as all the other Jews at my school.

Ironically, the head of the Jewish newspaper at UCLA during my senior year was also the head of the Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Israel student group. Hillel, UCLA’s center for Jewish life, invited radical intifada advocate Cornell West to give a keynote address at an event that was supposed to honor late Rabbi Abraham Heschel. I think it is safe to say the Jewish community at UCLA is collectively so far to the left, it does not regard anti-Zionism as remotely anti-Jewish. So the Jewish community at UCLA likely does not agree with the Algemeiner that UCLA is bad for Jews. Most of the students saying UCLA is bad for Jews are pro-Israel conservatives, some of whom might not even be Jewish. I personally received most of my pro-Israel support from Christians on campus.

This story "UCLA Isn’t Anti-Jewish — But It Is Home To Radically Anti-Zionist Activism" was written by Pardes Seleh.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

UCLA Isn’t Anti-Jewish — But It Is Home To Radically Anti-Zionist Activism

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close
Close