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    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, the father of slain reporter Daniel Pearl, says anti-Semitism is on rise on college campuses.

    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.

    Pearl and officials at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, where the news conference was held, are concerned that administrators on college campuses across the country are not doing enough to foster freedom of expression while protecting Jewish students and faculty members from acts of intimidation on campuses.

    "The verbal abuse is there, the intimidation is there, the feeling of helplessness is there, not only among students but among faculty," said Pearl.

    Wiesenthal Center officials cited another incident three weeks ago at San Jose State University where the consul general of Israel was verbally abused and forcibly driven from the stage during a guest-speaking engagement aimed at fostering understanding of Jewish culture.

    The diplomat, Akiva Tor, had to be escorted out of the room by security officers and campus police before the event ended, according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Wiesenthal Center and Michelle Salinsky, president of Spartans for Israel, the group which co-sponsored the speaking event.

    "We were extremely concerned about our safety and Mr. Tor's safety," said Salinsky, a senior majoring in political science. "Mr. Tor said he's never felt more disrespected. This was clearly an infringement of our expression of free speech. I think a lot of Jewish students do not feel safe on campuses because of the escalation of hate perpetrated against Jews."

    San Jose State University spokeswoman Pat Harris told CNN the sponsors of the event were responsible for moderating the speaking forum but maintained that officers and security personnel acted appropriately.

    In a statement, the university president Jon Whitmore defended the university's policies but expressed concern about the event.

    "Our campus places high value on the free exchange of ideas in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of differing views," the statement read.

    "At a recent campus event, numerous members of the audience with views differing from the invited speaker were so vocal in their expression of opposition and so uncooperative with the moderator's requests for orderly means of handling questions and answers that they disrupted the event and did not allow the speaker to respond to posed questions. The university fully endorses the free expression of ideas and opinion, but does not condone behavior and methods of expression that disrupt free and orderly discussion."

    As part of an effort to promote tolerance, the Wiesenthal Center announced plans to unveil a public service campaign next month which will be distributed online at Columbia University, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, San Jose State University and the University of Chicago, among other campuses.

    "There are a lot of Jewish kids in California and elsewhere who are beginning to look elsewhere and saying maybe the UC system is not a user friendly place to go and we can't accept that," said Cooper.
    This is the single most disgusting thing I've read in almost five years.

    There's stupid and then there is evil-stupid and we are crossing into evil-stupid.

    It needs to stop before someone ends it their own way.
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    so what exactly upsets you? The way I read that, this Pearl character said he handed an e-mail to Campus Police and a spokesperson said there is no record of that?

    So the question is are Campus Police trying to cover something up and not help the guy out or is Judea Pearl just being a shit-disturber?

    I don't condone the violent threats if they are legitmate but if they aren't, I can honestly say I'm tired of whining pansies.

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    I have a problem with anti-semitism in any form.

    The fact that the guy, who's son was beheaded because he was a Jew, got a death threat for the criminal act of writing an editorial in the Washinton Post is something that is dispicable.

    Throw in that it happened on a UC campus it makes it all worse. Had a homosexual, African-American, female Women's Studies Professor, or some other politically correct subclass had received the threat the Campus Cops would have gone crazy.

    Threating a Jew is okay though.

    I have a big problem with that.
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    I'm not trying to dismiss the acts (if legit) I'm just saying that this guy is a reporter and I'm not ruling out the possibility that he is just trying to stir up controversy.

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    If there's one guy out there who doesn't deserve any additional grief, it's surely Daniel Pearl's father. God bless him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    I'm not trying to dismiss the acts (if legit) I'm just saying that this guy is a reporter and I'm not ruling out the possibility that he is just trying to stir up controversy.
    Judea Pearl teaches Computer Science at the Cognitive Systems Lab, he is not a reporter.
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    it's almost as if jews are no longer on The List of groups that deserve people's outrage....like they're out of style somehow because damned if this had been a black professor WOW...sharpton, jackson, CNN, FOX, Today show, all of them would be all over this. Anti-Semitism does indeed seem to be on the rise and I'm quite concerned with the lax attitude that many are taking towards that.

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    Not condoning threats or racism, people will strike out with a very broad brush when a government acts the way the Israeli one has done. The citizens of that country will bear the brunt of it, usually very unfairly,.

    To call this anti-semitism might not be correct though. Anti-Israeli perhaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Judea Pearl teaches Computer Science at the Cognitive Systems Lab, he is not a reporter.

    ahh yes, so the article states. However, this doesn't make it any less controversial.

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    it's almost as if jews are no longer on The List of groups that deserve people's outrage....like they're out of style somehow because damned if this had been a black professor WOW...sharpton, jackson, CNN, FOX, Today show, all of them would be all over this. Anti-Semitism does indeed seem to be on the rise and I'm quite concerned with the lax attitude that many are taking towards that.

    I hate posting like this because I know it makes me come across as a Jew Hater or something, which I'm not, and I don't mean to offend anyone that is Jewish, but let's be honest. Throughout the course history, Jews have been known to cry foul for just about everything. I think a lot of society has just grown tired of it. People are tired of apologizing for things like the Holocaust. It's like Black people still being angry about slavery. Yes, it sucks that it happened but you won't progress as a culture if you keep damning yourself and living in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post

    People are tired of apologizing for things like the Holocaust. It's like Black people still being angry about slavery. Yes, it sucks that it happened but you won't progress as a culture if you keep damning yourself and living in the past.
    From where I stand slavery and the Holocaust are two thing society should never stop apologising for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stilleddiesangel View Post
    From where I stand slavery and the Holocaust are two thing society should never stop apologising for.
    Why? The victims are long dead, and you had nothing to do with it. It's not your fault it happened, nor is it mine. I mean, sure, we can empathize with it, which I certainly do, but apologize for it over and over and over again? If you have to apologize for something more than once it means you aren't really sorry, you're just saying it.

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    Because even today, there are still people living whose relatives and friends were affected by it. These arent attrocities from the middle ages. In man's history, they're recent. And unless we do recognise and feel remorse, as a society, the collective, then we put the horror of it into past perspective and are in danger of allowing it again. We saw it again in Bosnia with "ethnic cleansing". As a race, we're dumb enough to forget quickly and need to make sure we dont.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    Why? The victims are long dead, and you had nothing to do with it. It's not your fault it happened, nor is it mine. I mean, sure, we can empathize with it, which I certainly do, but apologize for it over and over and over again? If you have to apologize for something more than once it means you aren't really sorry, you're just saying it.
    That is a very valid point, in that essentially what is taking place is the sins of the father are being passed onto the son, along with the guilt. Yet by the same token, the grievances of those wronged are passed along in the very same manner. I agree, one comes off as being insensitive in the least or antisemitic at worst, if one chooses to offer an opinion not in total empathy to the cause.

    Yet getting back to this particular case, there are students and faculty members stating they do not feel safe on campus. And obviously the school is concerned about it's reputation with regard to students wishing to attend the campus in the future. Whether it be from some form of prejudice or crime, something will be done. The truth of the matter being that ultimately, the school will act in order to protect it's bottom line, no matter what the cause affecting it.
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    i didn't see anything in that article that gave me the sense that this is somehow a matter of minority/victim complex or that someone is expecting an apology for the holocaust. I'm the very first person to say that minority groups are often a big part of their own problem in that their attitudes and bitterness create issues where non-exist but somehow a DEATH THREAT and a college campus' inability or unwillingness to handle it appropriately does not seem to fit into that category for me.

    Then again, maybe it's just a matter of my genetic predisposition to complain.

 

 

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