UC Berkeley Suspends Course On Palestine Over Complaints It Was Anti-Israel

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – The University of California at Berkeley has suspended a course amid accusations it shared anti-Semitic viewpoints and was designed to indoctrinate students against Israel.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2cO81VF ) Berkeley suspended “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” on Tuesday. The newspaper reports a syllabus for the one-credit course taught by an undergraduate student says it examines the history of Palestine “through the lens of settler colonialism.”

The suspension came on the same day 43 Jewish, civil rights and education advocacy groups sent a letter raising concerns about the course. The letter says the class encourages students to accept the idea “that Israel is an illegitimate settler colonial state” and that course readings have “a blatantly anti-Israel bias.”

The Chronicle reports Berkeley says the suspension is “pending completion of the mandated review and approval process.”

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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  1. Kathy says:

    This is a frightening attack on free speech.

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