UC Regent says levels of campus antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate are ‘absolutely disproportionate’

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A member of the University of California’s Board of Regents says the antisemitism levels on university campuses are “absolutely disproportionate” to that of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab hatred since the Israel-Hamas conflict began generating intense divides last October.

“The antisemitism is absolutely disproportionate. We reject both,” John A. Pérez told Politico in an interview published Sunday.

“We reject all forms of hatred. But what we’re not seeing is massive student protests targeting every Muslim-identified student, asking students of Muslim or Arabic background to denounce or renounce something that they have no part in. The numbers and the spikes are vastly different, and the types of incidences are vastly different.”


Pro-Palestinian protesters gather near People's Park

Anti-Israel protesters gather near People’s Park in solidarity with those evicted from the park and to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Berkeley, California, United States on January 7, 2024. (Tayfun Cokun/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Adding context to the conversation is an anti-Israel protest that upended a dinner for graduating students at UC Berkeley law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky’s Oakland, California home last week, the disturbance indicative of the divide generated by sparring in the Middle East.

Malak Afaneh, a Palestinian American law student at the school who serves as co-president of Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine, approached the dinner in the home’s garden and attempted to lecture about the lives lost in Gaza as a result of the conflict.

Afaneh was confronted by Cemerinsky and his wife, Professor Catheri

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