The U.S. Department of Education dismissed a complaint against the University of California Berkeley that claimed anti-Israel protests on campus created a hostile environment for Jewish students, and that the university was legally obligated to curb them.
Jewish groups want federal civil rights law to protect students from discrimination on the basis of religion. Even supporters worry about thorny church-state separation issues.
Some Jewish groups say campus anti-Israel events violate Jewish students’ civil rights. They want the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to take a forceful stand, but others fear a backlash.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: A weighty challenge is to find the balance between protecting individuals and ensuring free speech for all, even those with whom we may disagree.
A year and a half after Title VI was extended to Jewish students, groups have yet to succeed in using the civil rights law against anti-Israel activity on campus.
Staffers discuss a prominent advocate of the Boycott Israel movement, the fallout from AIPAC and the wild Purim celebrations in Hasidic Boro Park, Brooklyn.
A few weeks ago, we ran an op-ed by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a professor at the University of California Santa Cruz who has filed a Title VI complaint to the government’s office of civil rights. She cites a number of instances in which she believes Jewish students were discriminated against as the targets of anti-Israel advocacy. The case, as with all these recent Title VI cases, raises a number of challenging questions about the limits of free speech and what exactly constitutes anti-Semitism.
A new, Washington DC-based organization will advocate for the rights of Jewish students under federal civil rights law.
A professor says she was forced to file a federal civil rights complaint because ‘virulent’ anti-Semitism was rampant at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Federal authorities rejected a civil rights complaint that claimed an Orthodox student was told to avoid a class because the professor is critical of Israel.