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College Student Interrogated over Jewish Background

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Today marks the beginning of the annual Israeli Apartheid Week. This harshly anti-Israel event will spread its message for two weeks this year. But Arutz Sheva reports that such discrimination is already rampant in the U.S., where a UCLA student was recently interrogated by the student board because she is Jewish:

A student’s Jewish affiliation became the subject of a heated debate at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) earlier this month, after the student government nearly scrapped her acceptance due to her background.

Student Rachel Beyda applied to be a member of the UCLA Judicial Board in February, and presented herself as a candidate in front of the Board.

However, the meeting quickly dissolved into a debate over whether her Jewish background and affiliation with Jewish life on campus is a “conflict of interest”…

Four students who opposed her candidacy – Fabienne Roth, Manjot Singh, Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed and Sofia Moreno Haq, as named by student newspaper the Daily Bruin – also made a public apology following their comments.

Roth had begun the debate by asking whether Beyda could have an “unbiased” view.

“Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” Roth asked Beyda, “How do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?”

Beyda was then asked to leave the room, wherein a long debate ensued over the issue …

The incident garnered a significant backlash from the Jewish community on campus.

Baral later stated to the Daily Bruin, “It was definitely very difficult for me to sit there as they were discussing the appointment and were quite clearly biased against her because of her Jewish identity and her affiliation to the community.”

“As a Jewish student, this for me echoed a centuries-long sort of connotation of Jews being unable to be truly loyal,” he said, adding that he is working on a draft resolution against anti-Semitism on campus.

Tags: United States , Anti-Semitism

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