Shocked at UCLA’s statement last week that the university did not plan to intervene, AMCHA Initiative coordinated a letter signed by seven organizations to the UC Regents, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and UC President Janet Napolitano and spoke at the Board of Regents meeting, demanding the university officials stop SJP from targeting and harassing Jewish students at UCLA. AMCHA members and supporters also emailed and called UCLA administrators to demand action.
We want to take this moment to thank you for your passionate emails and phone calls regarding the targeting of pro-Israel Jewish students for harassment at UCLA. Your efforts helped in shifting the University's position from one of "it's a student affair," to publicly condemning the harassment of UC students.
Chancellor Block responded to the emails and phone calls by stating:
Chancellor Block called on the VP of Student Affairs to intervene and increase respectful dialogue on campus. In addition, Chancellor Block has agreed to meet in the near future with AMCHA Initiative and members of the other groups who have signed our letter.
President Napolitano issued her own strong statement of concern about this matter:
These are significant first steps, although there is much more to be done. We will be bringing our concerns about the targeting, harassment and bullying of Jewish students at UCLA to Chancellor Block when we meet with him.
The seven organizations that signed the letter to Chancellor Block, President Napolitano and the UC Regents were AMCHA Initiative, the Institute for Black Solidarity With Israel, the Lawfare Project, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs and the Zionist Organization of America.
A copy of the letter can be seen HERE.
Thank you for speaking out on behalf of Jewish students. Together we have made a difference!