“The verbal abuse is there, the intimidation is there, the feeling of helplessness is there, not only among students but among faculty.” And Judea Pearl doesn’t say so, but it is coming from Muslim students and their Leftist allies. Israeli consul general Avika Tor was hounded off a stage at San Jose State University three weeks ago. A photo of some of the protesters is above, and an account here.
“Slain reporter’s father fearful of anti-Semitism on campus,” by Stan Wilson for CNN, February 28 (thanks to Paul):
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Jewish students and faculty at California universities fear for their safety on campus because of threats aimed at them over the Middle East conflict, the father of a slain Wall Street Journal reporter said Friday.
Judea Pearl, whose son, Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped and killed by al Qaeda extremists while on assignment in Pakistan in 2002, told reporters at a news conference that anti-Semitic e-mail and verbal threats have escalated since Israel’s three-week invasion of Gaza in January.
“I received hate messages (after a recent panel on “Human Rights and Gaza”) from someone at UCLA who did not identify himself and said, ‘I saw you in Ackerman Union and I know where your office is and I’m going to beat the (expletive) out of you,'” said Pearl, who teaches computer science on UCLA’s Westwood campus. “I handed it to the campus police, and they did not do anything.”
UCLA spokeswoman Elizabeth Boatright-Simon told CNN there is no record of Pearl’s complaint to campus police but said the university plans to meet with him. On its Web site, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block issued a statement about the university’s policy.
“The conflict in the Middle East and current events in Gaza are some of the most highly controversial issues of our time, stirring deep emotions on all sides,” the statement read.
“We have a responsibility to protect the freedom of expression. We also all have a responsibility to listen and engage — respectfully — even as we must understand that not every campus forum on a controversial topic will satisfy passionate and concerned members of the campus and broader communities,” said Block….
A responsibility to protect the freedom of expression, eh? Then how about, say, showing Fitna?