Wiesenthal Center Commends CA Assembly’s Higher ED Committee Vote Condemning Campus Anti-Semitism; Urges UC Regents Adopt State Department’s Anti-Semitism Definition

June 24, 2015


The Simon Wiesenthal Center commended the California State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee’s passage of SCR-35. SCR-35 utilizes the U.S. State Department definition of Anti-Semitism that includes extremist rhetoric comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and it calls on University of California campuses to adopt resolutions condemning all forms of anti-Semitism. Last month the California Senate unanimously passed the resolution.


“We applaud today’s vote and hope the members of the UC Regents will adopt the State Department’s language as well, as Jewish students on UC campuses are confronted with extremist rhetoric and acts of anti-Semitism,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGOs. “I recently wrote to UC Chancellor Napolitano to thank her for adopting the same position and the Wiesenthal Center hopes the Board of Regents will soon do the same,” Rabbi Hier added.


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