Federal Government Investigates Claims of Anti-Semitism at UC Berkeley [View all]
Published October 07, 2012.
The civil rights office of the U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism at the University of California, Berkeley.
The investigation stems from a complaint filed by two recent graduates of the university, who charge that campus officials allowed a hostile campus environment for Jewish students to continue unabated by not stopping anti-Israel protests on campus, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The complaint alleges that the campus officials have violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which says that recipients of federal funds are barred from discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education extended Title VI to include the protection of Jewish students from anti-Semitism on campuses.
The charges filed in July refer specifically to the annual February “Apartheid Week,” saying that the campus event led to an increase in anti-Semitic hate speech, the newspaper reported on Oct. 3.