UC Berkeley suspends mistakenly approved Palestine DeCal amid outcry

The DeCal office is located in Eshleman Hall among other student organizations. On Tuesday, campus suspended the student-led DeCal “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” after a nonprofit combatting anti-Semitism in higher education sent a letter to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.
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The DeCal office is located in Eshleman Hall among other student organizations. On Tuesday, campus suspended the student-led DeCal “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” after a nonprofit combatting anti-Semitism in higher education sent a letter to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.

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On Tuesday, UC Berkeley suspended an erroneously approved student-led DeCal called “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” that many in the Jewish community alleged was politically bent.

AMCHA Initiative, a nonprofit concerned with combating anti-Semitism in higher education, sent an open letter to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks on Tuesday, saying the course violated a UC policy that requires the UC Board of Regents to ensure that the university does not function as “an instrument for the advance of partisan interest.” The suspension came during the third week of class.

“UC Berkeley’s move to suspend a student-led course … is a flagrant violation of academic freedom,” alleged a joint statement from the DeCal’s student facilitator, Paul Hadweh, and Palestine Legal attorney Liz Jackson.

Campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said that while the ultimate suspension of the Palestine DeCal was not because of the course’s content, the outcry over the subject matter spurred the initial review of the DeCal. The course, Mogulof said, was suspended because of an internal miscommunication about the approval process for DeCals.

The acting chair of the ethnic studies department — who did not have the authority to approve DeCals — cleared the fall course over the summer without fully complying with a checklist required for DeCal course approval, according to Mogulof.

If followed, this checklist would have directed the chair to seek approval for the course from College of Letters and Science Social Sciences Dean Carla Hesse. For the Palestine DeCal, Mogulof said, the dean’s approval was not sought by the acting chair.

The official DeCal website, however, states that “DeCals in the College of Letters & Science no longer need to submit a copy of their proposals to the Dean starting Fall 2014.” Mogulof said despite the website’s statement — which was created in 2014 as a way to handle the transition of the College of Letters and Science’s office space from Campbell Hall to Evans Hall Hesse has continued to ask for DeCal proposals from department chairs and was unaware of the exemption on the site.

“(The question is): Does the dean and permanent department chair have the right to review courses … in their domain? And they do, because they are accountable and responsible,” Mogulof said. “That is what they’re doing now — they’re doing what they should’ve done earlier.”

Had Hesse known of this exemption on the DeCal website, Mogulof said, Hesse would not have agreed to the exemption. In addition, Mogulof emphasized that neither Hadweh nor the Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction could have known of the misstep in the DeCal’s approval.

Students were informed that their DeCal had been suspended until further notice in an email, with some students disappointed that the academic space for discussing the state structure of Israel, separate from religion, was no longer available on campus. Younus Al-Bojermi, a campus junior transfer student, said the suspension left students scrambling to replace the one-unit class.

“They’re saying we’re politically organizing. We’re not politically organizing,” Al-Bojermi said. “We’re showing up to class to learn history.”

According to the DeCal’s syllabus, the course would have explored the “connection between Zionism and settler colonialism.” Many students enrolled in the course said the DeCal was not biased.

The AMCHA Initiative letter, however, alleged that the class portrayed Israel as an “illegitimate settler colonial state” and was partially dedicated to thinking about ways to “‘decolonize’ — that is, eliminate — Israel.”

“The program in question clearly put forth a political agenda and ignored history,” alleged Berkeley Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman and Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut in a statement.

Hatem Bazian, the DeCal’s faculty sponsor and a Near Eastern studies lecturer, said the reason behind the course’s suspension was “completely erroneous” and alleged it was an example of the “university playing politics.”

According to Bazian, on July 4, Hadweh submitted the appropriate forms to the department chair and the Academic Senate. Bazian said the course was then approved by the department July 12, followed by Academic Senate approval July 27.

“I complied with all policies and procedures required for creating the course,” Hadweh said in the statement. “The course was vetted and fully supported by the faculty advisor, the department chair, and the Academic Senate’s Committee on Courses of Instruction.”

Regarding the future of the controversial course, Mogulof said nothing has been officially decided and that at this time, any number of options — such as canceling, reinstating or modifying the DeCal — are on the table.


Contact Audrey McNamara and Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks [email protected].

Clarification(s):
A previous version of this article may have implied that UC Berkeley’s review of the Palestine DeCal was unrelated to outcry over the course’s content. In fact, outcry over the course’s content spurred the campus’s review, according to campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof.

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  • BigSticksWalkSoftly

    Nothing you say is true. It was NOT the Palestinians and NOT the Arabs who started any war in 1948.

    There were already over 420 villages that had been ethnically cleansed before any formal army unit entered on behalf of Palestinian civilians.

    And don’t forget the Nakba massacres and hundreds of terror acts by the Irgun, Stern Gangs, Haganahs, Lehi Gang….

    I guess if I fight back against a home intruder you would label me as the instigator?

    You should check your privilege at the door before joining an adult conversation spewing hate and misinformation.

    Palestinians have a right to fight back against illegal colonial settlers

  • Matt McLaughlin

    your Jews are a bunch of whiteboys now cuz they spent 1500 years in Europe. Coming back home with a 2000 yr old land claim to supplant people more Semitic than themselves don cut it. Muslims are heirs to Abraham also.

  • Thurman Reed

    When was “Palestine” ever a country? Don’t worry I’ll wait.

    • Matt McLaughlin
    • teachitagain

      The picture of the cover of a passport has the British Empire crown symbol. Are you locked up in a sanitarium?

      • Thurman Reed

        ROFL!!! A “mandate” is a country now? When was this “country” founded? :) Was it there before the Ottoman Empire or after the Mudros Armistice? Your ignorance of history (and geopolitics) would be funny if it didn’t have such pernicious consequences.

        • teachitagain

          You too missed the point. It was a territory ruled by Britain, a mandate given by the League, and not an independent nation.I never stated it was a country. Can’t you read either?

          • Thurman Reed

            Your initial response was directly from my question, “when was ‘Palestine’ ever a country? You missed reading comprehension in school I see.

          • teachitagain

            The reply was not intended toward you.Chill out.

          • teachitagain

            Calm down and think for a few minutes. You’ve lost it.

        • teachitagain

          Repeat-The reply was not intended toward you. Chill out.

  • teachitagain

    Another g -d liar.

  • BigSticksWalkSoftly

    Not only is nothing you say true but you really show how ignorant and hateful you are of all things Palestinian and Palestine.

    Palestine has a long and distinct history.

    If you learn how to interest yourself in Palestinian history and culture, which has distinctions from other nationalities, you would not sound so uninformed.

    Palestinians have a right to have their narratives heard free from outsider intimidation and misinformation

    • teachitagain

      You are full of it.

    • teachitagain

      List them and it

    • teachitagain

      You are a hopeless liar. All you have are lies. Fact.

    • teachitagain

      Everything I wrote is the truth. You have nothing to support your fabricated story.

    • teachitagain

      Same language, same religion, same culture, same names even. Palestine was never an Arabic word. It was invented by the Romans who stole its root from the Hebrew language.

      • Matt McLaughlin

        so f’n what?

        • teachitagain

          Tell your social worker that you can’t understand almost anything.

    • garyfouse

      Culture and history? They only began calling themselves Palestinians in the 1960s. As for their culture and history, I have been following it all my adult life. You know, skyjackings, the Munich Olympics, bus bombings, Achille Lauro, suicide bombings, kidnappings, dancing on 9-11. And you think they deserve a nation?

  • lucheen

    Your description of this history is a narration of colonialism, except that you include the contradictory claims both that the land was formerly inhabited by Jews for 3,500 years and also hardly inhabited. I know that neither of these claims are true, and that the land was inhabited (as was Africa, South Asia, and Latin America) when newer settlers arrived. I also know that as in other instances of colonialization, the settlers used aggression to occupy the land, and there was a reaction from the people who were already there. Yes in this case, the settlers arrived from diverse locations, they themselves had been persecuted, and they had a mandate from the occupying powers (the Ottomans and the British), but that doesn’t negate their settlement of this land. My feeling is that this history of colonialization happened, as in many parts of the world, and now it needs to be understood. I don’t think it’s helpful to fabricate a history, which is what you’ve done here.

    • teachitagain

      First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE), sometimes called The Great Revolt (Hebrew: המרד הגדול‎‎ ha-Mered Ha-Gadol), was the first of three major rebellions by the Jews of Judea Province (Iudaea) against the Roman Empire. The second was the Kitos War in 115–117, which took place mainly in the diaspora, and the third was Bar Kokhba’s revolt of 132–136 CE.

      You are severely confused and possibly mentally insane.

    • teachitagain

      The Arch of Titus (Italian: Arco di Tito; Latin: Arcus Titi) is a 1st-century A.D. honorific arch,[1] located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in c. A.D. 82 by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus’ victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70). The south panel depicts the spoils taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. The golden candelabrum or Menorah is the main focus and is carved in deep relief. Other sacred objects being carried in the triumphal procession are the Gold Trumpets, the fire pans for removing the ashes from the altar, and the Table of Shew bread.

      You are either a pathological liar or insane.

  • Matt McLaughlin
  • BerkPed

    the headline should be:

    UC Berkeley mistakenly suspends approved Palestine DeCal amid outcry

  • Thurman Reed

    Reading comprehension is fine. Nowhere in your citation is any state of any kind formed, let alone the apocryphal state of “Palestine”.

    • Lonny

      Hess has severe problems with the truth under every single forum under which he participates. He has a very anti-Semitic perspective.

      Claiming that Palestine was a state is utterly ridiculous. It was a Mandate that the British received permission to usher into statehood, but found that the two predominant ethnic groups within that state were in conflict… a conflict which actually escalated into an ethnic civil war. By the time the British took over the Ottoman territory and drew borders around it, there was already a body of Jews who attempted to purchase their own sovereignty from the Ottomans.

      The civil war was so ugly and uncontrollable, that the British put their hands up in the air and quit their governance on the date that the Mandate was set to expire. If Hess wants to insist that it was a state, it sure would be amusing to hear him assert who the local government happened to be at the time. There wasn’t one.

  • Thurman Reed

    ROFL!!! Of racist nonsense?? What is your definition of racism? Hope your caterwauling extends to the clowns running around campus that wish to silence any Israeli speakers from having an opportunity to have their views heard.

    • Dan Spitzer

      Thurman, Michael Hess was thrown off the Daily Cal site for his overt anti-Semitism. Apparently such a ban is only applied on a semester-by-semester basis. But give Hess enough rope and his anti-Semitism will become evident to all…

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        You should have been tossed for your virulent anti-Palestinian anti-Semitism

        • teachitagain

          You sound like Arafat, trying to steal the original intent of the term, anti-Semitism.

  • SamXie

    Interestingly enough, the Arabs are the setter-colonialists in the Holy Land. (Arabs are from Arabia, Jews are from Judea) If you look at the most common “Palestinian” surnames, it gives you a hint as to the origins of the Palestinian people

    al-Masri – the Egyptian

    al-Mughrabi – the Moroccan

    al-Djazair – the Algerian

    al-Yamani – the Yemeni

    al-Afghani – the Afghan

    al-Turki – the Turk

    al-Hindi – the Indian

    al-Hourani – the Hauranite (from southern Syria)

    al-Kurdi – the Kurd

    al-Ajami – the Iranian

    al-Shami- the Syrian

    Khamis – Bahrain

    al-Araj- part of Morocco

    Halabi – Aleppo, Syria

    Bardawil – named after a lake in Egypt

  • SamXie

    Your citation does not indicate the establishment of a state of Palestine.

    ARTICLE 22.

    To those colonies and territories which as a consequence of the late war have ceased to be under the sovereignty of the States which formerly governed them and which are inhabited by peoples not yet able to stand by themselves under the strenuous conditions of the modern world, there should be applied the principle that the well-being and development of such peoples form a sacred trust of civilisation and that securities for the performance of this trust should be embodied in this Covenant.

    Certain communities formerly belonging to the Turkish Empire have reached a stage of development where their existence as independent nations can be provisionally recognized subject to the rendering of administrative advice and assistance by a Mandatory until such time as they are able to stand alone. The wishes of these communities must be a principal consideration in the selection of the Mandatory.

    • Eric11210

      Michael Ahmed Hess is a jihadist who found a crackpot theory advanced by a fellow jihadist which he repeats ad nauseum. Doesn’t matter to him that the facts don’t match his tired lies. He hates Jews and Israel and is determined to lie, lie and lie some more about both.

      • VictorCharlie

        Yep. Not a frequent visitor of this site, but every time I do, I often find that Hess and Bazian both sound very much like Hanan Ashrawi.

        • Lonny

          I thought Hess sounded like a Jew-obsessed miscreant. Notice all his posts are devoted to the Jews he hates. What a miserable soul.

        • Val Halen

          Hanan Ashrawi has a face that could stop a clock

          • teachitagain

            Humans who have no history to boast of are why so many people of the Middle East Muslim area, and so many frustrated American youth go wild. They have no roots.

          • Val Halen

            That is a good point!

  • SamXie

    Whats next at Cal? Courses on “intelligent Design”, sponsored by the Biology Department ?

  • thompson_richard

    Must be taken in the context of a $58 billion USA military package for Israel.

  • Thurman Reed

    I actually argued this point in the Jerusalem Post yesterday, about my opposition to the cancellation of the course. I’m a staunch supporter of the State of Israel and Zionism, but, I also understand that a university must be a forum where academic freedom and the unhindered exchange of ideas is not curtailed because you find those ideas objectionable. Reading the topics of the syllabus are laughable to me and could be easily refuted, but nonetheless, as much of a joke as I think the course is, those who advocate this view of “Palestine” should have the right to speak and have their ideas heard. This is equivalent to the silencing of speakers that are pro-Israel throughout the country by the mobs of students that don’t like ideas that are different from their own.

    • Refute them here brighteyes.

      • teachitagain

        A mandate is not an independent nation state. Get help.

    • Lonny

      It’s not a matter of different ideas. It’s a matter of blatant racism masquerading as a different point of view. You might as well allow the KKK to offer courses on its views of blacks. For Berkeley to maintain its status as an institution of higher learning, and be one of the more advanced institutions… it has to authenticate that the course has validity and meets certain standards. You’d allow any sloppy point of view to be taught in a course in a reputable institution? How long will it remain reputable?

    • Eric11210

      The question is not the free exchange of ideas. The question is whether the course was designed to take a political stance, which is definitely was.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Yeah supporting the rights of Palestinian refugees and freedom of movement for Palestinians is now a ‘political stance’?

        I don’t think so bruh. That’s called human decency and respect for all.

        Or even better, explaining the history of modern day Palestine through the view of settler-colonial schemes…..This is now a ‘political stance’?….Hahaha it’s not politics, it is the TRuth.

        You know what are political stances? The tea party. Zionism. Republicanism.

        • Eric11210

          Of course you don’t think so. Because you don’t think period.

        • Lonny

          Terrorism isn’t a right, and supporting terrorism isn’t any form of decency.

          How about you start respecting Jews before lecturing others about respect, ahoIe?

          What’s Zionism, stupid? Jews wanting sovereignty in a small area where they’ve been all the way along and where they had a majority population?

  • lucheen

    Ignorant perhaps, but I had to look up “settler colonialism”. The concept appears to describe exactly what happened when the state of Israel was formed. Is there an objection to using this concept applied to Israel/Palestine? “Settler colonialism is a form of colonial formation whereby foreign people move into a region. An imperial power oversees the immigration of these settlers who consent, often only temporarily, to government by that authority.”

    • Thurman Reed

      I suppose it boils down to how you interpret “Palestine”, a place that has never been a nation-state or used to describe a distinct people in the history of mankind. My view, world Jewry returning to the land for which the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah once stood, to form a modern-state of Israel on that land. For those that recognize a “Palestinian” entity, colonialism is the operative word.

      • lucheen

        I really appreciate you taking the time to answer this seriously. I still have some confusion about how the concept of “settler colonialism” doesn’t apply, since the same situation which you describe was true for many areas of the world that are commonly considered to have been colonized: the Caribbean, most of Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America. None of these areas had modern nation states in place when the foreign powers arrived, though as the occupying powers withdrew, they left newly-formed nations in place. The European-style nation state was one of the legacies of colonialization for much of the world.

        • teachitagain

          You neglected to mention North America and specifically, the United States. Is there a selfish reason you omitted that nation and continent?

          • lucheen

            I believe the correct term for what happened in North America is genocide, and not colonialism.

          • teachitagain

            Wrong again as always.

          • Matt McLaughlin

            Chaim
            Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and later
            Israel’s first president, who claimed that Jews “have proved they are an
            insoluble element” in European society. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2000/jul/22/society.politics

          • Matt McLaughlin

            A
            1938 speech given by Chaim Weizmann, the future president of Israel, is
            cited in this respect: “Palestine cannot absorb the Jews of Europe. We
            want only the best of Jewish youth to come to us. We want only the
            educated to enter Palestine for the purpose of increasing its culture.
            The other Jews will have to stay where they are and face whatever fate
            awaits them. These millions of Jews are dust on the wheels of history
            and they may have to be blown away. We don’t want them pouring into
            Palestine. We don’t want Tel Aviv to become another low-grade ghetto.”

          • teachitagain

            Get help soon. You are severely confused.

          • teachitagain

            You neglected to mention North America and specifically, the United States. Is there a selfish reason you omitted that nation and continent? Read the question, nitwit.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Whoopi Goldberg has the right to live in the Holy Land in a stolen house just because of her religion?

        I never new religious identification could enable land stealing to such a high degree.

        No wonder Palestinians are upset.

        If I knew Whoopi Goldberg had rights to my property just because of her religion I would not be a happy camper.

        BTW Jesus Christ was born in the land known as Palestine,

        Palestine has been known for quite some time and most Palestinians identify as modern descendents of all those who have lived in the Holy Land

        • teachitagain

          There has never been a nation of Palestine in all of history. Fact.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            So what? what’s your point? No such thing as Yugoslavia or Czechoslovakia back then. They aren’t even there now.

            The fact is Israel is a modern invention born of modern national movements from Europe.

            And Palestinians don’t deserve to suffer over foreigner greed and bullying

          • Lonny

            Israel isn’t so modern considering that it has been there all the way along for Jews for the last 3500 years.

          • teachitagain

            reborn

        • Thurman Reed

          1 The Kingdom of Israal and Judah were there before anything called “Palestine”.

          2 “Palestine” is a derivative of Philistia, nothing more, nothing less and has zero to do with the ethnolinguistic group of Arabs you refer to as “Palestinians”.

          3) “Palestine” has never been a nation-state in the entire history of mankind or utilized to describe a specific people. Ever.

          4) Impossible to “steal” a state or political entity that has never existed.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Your leader Ben Gurion talking about the Palestinians:
            “we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”

            “Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.”

            Ehud Barak when asked what he would do if he were born a Palestinian:
            “I would have joined a terrorist organization”

          • Lonny

            Your fake quotes are irrelevant, stupid. Anyone can find fake quotes on the internet.

            Saying that if you were a Palestinian, that you would have joined a terror organization isn’t saying much, is it, dummy?

        • teachitagain

          It is only because she calls herself Whoopi. Continue dumpster diving. You are good at it. 🐀

    • Eric11210

      Every nation on earth would then qualify. Heck, the US is a classic case of settler colonialism. By insisting on singling out Israel, this course takes a stance and is blatant propaganda pretending to be discussion.

      • Arafat

        The Cheyenne were colonists. They captured the Hopis and forced them into slavery.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          Ummmm…..That was like 1000 years ago. Why do those who hate Palestinians (many of whom are Christians, Catholics, Orthodox, Samaritians, Armenians, Africans, etc) like to cite BS from yonder years?

          #BDS

          • teachitagain

            You like the “umm” non word. Know what that says about you?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Maybe like you like building illegal apartheid walls on other people’s stolen West Bank Palestinian lands.

            stop stealing Palestine

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Ummmm….Israel was invented in 1948 in direct violation of numerous human rights laws.

        There were NO human rights laws before that time.

        Not only is your comment ignorant, it is typical of Israel-first propaganda.

        The facts are that Israel was invented on the premise of human rights….and then proceeded to ethnically cleanse the native Palestinians.

        Israel took advantage of international human rights, and now refuses to acknowledged the international human rights of Palestinians in Palestine and in the Palestinian diaspora

        • Eric11210

          Which ones?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Migrants.
            Refugees.

            Let’s also take about the rights not to get massacred and expelled like during the Nakba.

            I could continue.

            Should we also mention the also over 50 laws violating the Civil rights of Palestinians? Like laws preventing marriage. And travel. And no voting. And housing discrimination.

            Then there is the Gaza siege and periodic ‘mowing the lawn’.

            then there is the illegal military occupation. On top of the illegal settlers and illegal colonies that are illegal even by Israeli courts.

            Free Google. free Palestine

          • Eric11210

            The international treaties on refugees were not written until the 1950s and they are not retroactive. Your insane hatred of Jews has rotted your brain. Not surprising really.

        • Eric11210

          Which so called human rights laws did Israel violate pray tell?

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Have you not heard of the international human rights laws of the Rights of Refugee Returns.

            Or the rights of Migrants.

            You know; they are the same rights and laws that you took advantage of when you stole Palestine.

          • Eric11210

            We stole nothing and you obviously can’t figure out how to read. The so called international laws on the rights of refugees did not exist at the time and are not retroactive. If you didn’t hate Jews so much, you would actually know how to read but your imam has rotted your brain.

        • teachitagain

          First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE), sometimes called The Great Revolt (Hebrew: המרד הגדול‎‎ ha-Mered Ha-Gadol), was the first of three major rebellions by the Jews of Judea Province (Iudaea) against the Roman Empire. The second was the Kitos War in 115–117, which took place mainly in the diaspora, and the third was Bar Kokhba’s revolt of 132–136 CE.

        • teachitagain

          The Arch of Titus (Italian: Arco di Tito; Latin: Arcus Titi) is a 1st-century A.D. honorific arch, located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in c. A.D. 82 by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus’ victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70).The south panel depicts the spoils taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. The golden candelabrum or Menorah is the main focus and is carved in deep relief. Other sacred objects being carried in the triumphal procession are the Gold Trumpets, the fire pans for removing the ashes from the altar, and the Table of Shew bread.

        • teachitagain

          You are such a g-d liar .

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            you are a gonad liar

        • teachitagain

          First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE), sometimes called The Great Revolt (Hebrew: המרד הגדול‎‎ ha-Mered Ha-Gadol), was the first of three major rebellions by the Jews of Judea Province (Iudaea) against the Roman Empire. The second was the Kitos War in 115–117, which took place mainly in the diaspora, and the third was Bar Kokhba’s revolt of 132–136 CE.

          The Great Revolt began in the year 66 CE, originating in Roman and Jewish ethnic tensions. The crisis escalated due to anti-taxation protests and attacks upon Roman citizens.[3] The Roman governor, Gessius Florus, responded by plundering the Jewish Temple, claiming the money was for the Emperor, and the next day launching a raid on the city, arresting numerous senior Jewish figures. This prompted a wider, large-scale rebellion and the Roman military garrison of Judaea was quickly overrun by the rebels, while the pro-Roman king Agrippa II, together with Roman officials, fled Jerusalem. As it became clear the rebellion was getting out of control, Cestius Gallus, the legate of Syria, brought in the Syrian army, based on Legion XII Fulminata and reinforced by auxiliary troops, to restore order and quell the revolt.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Thanks for providing a snippet of Palestinian history. Herod’s maps of Syrian-Palestinae are also a worthy read.

            Everyone knows that modern day Palestinians ARE the descendants of the Palestinians in Palestine.

          • Lonny

            Everyone knows you are an idiot who also believes in the Tooth Fairy and Peter Pan.

            Everyone who knows the actual facts knows that the region had very few inhabitants until the Ottomans opened it up to immigration, and that the majority of the Arabs who refer to themselves as “Palestinians” today were migrant workers who flocked to the area due to the advanced economy the Jews created. Plus, the ACTUAL “Palestinians” are the Jews. Further, the majority of “Palestinians” today have names reflecting their tribal affiliations from EGYPT, IRAQ, SAUDI ARABIA, etc.

          • teachitagain

            Nitwit 😂

  • BerkPed

    If outside groups are allowed to censor courses at a University, you might as well give up.
    Even intro calculus will be found to be too controversial.

    A university is a place for the exchange of ideas.

    Mogolof’s comments do not pass the sniff test.

    Even the CATO institute writes the UC Berkeley style censhorship is not allowed:
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/federal-ruling-may-mark-end-speech-codes-public-universities

    • Lonny

      Outside groups aren’t allowed to become aware of shoddy courses which snuck under the radar and don’t meet the requirements of valid course materials by Berkeley’s own standards? No kidding.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        This course was fully developed with the utmost respect to modern standards of proper academic instruction in a higher education setting………..Something you obviously know little about.
        It’s time to Free Palestine and end this charade of hate.

        Go love Israel and Trump on your own dime and leave our American taxes out of it

        • Lonny

          Oh, and you are an authority on the degree of respect with which the course was developed, is that right? Explain how you personally know so much about it.

          It’s time for you to stop being a moron and figure out that every time the “Palestinians” (as they are known today) are offered a “Free Palestine,” they say, “NO!” and choose war instead.

          Go blow yourself up at an abandoned falafel stand in the Negev desert, and use Iranian terror funds to do it, dikkbreath.

    • Dan Spitzer

      Again, as Lonny says below, every decent institution of higher learning has standards for what is taught. I note again, Cal won’t permit a Trump surrogate to teach a course on Islam; nor would it permit David Duke to teach a course on racism.

      There certainly are parallels between a Bazian initiated course and instruction in bigotry. No decent institution would advocate such a one-dimensional class which is so blatantly prejudicial vs the sole Jewish state in the world…

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        The standards of higher education for Palestinians and their supporters outweigh the call to unconditionally support the racist terror polices of what you and the UC administration support

  • ShadrachSmith

    Alinsky’s rule #4, make your opponent live up to their own rules. If the University had to live by its own rules, none of the administrators could say much at all, and that would be an improvement.

  • BigSticksWalkSoftly

    UC Berkeley should be ashamed that it had a class on Palestinian civil and human rights. How uncalled for. Especially scary was the whole settler-colonial twist.

    • Lonny

      Yeah, right? Imagine UC Berkeley actually having high enough standards to screen out classes which provide fact-based information rather than one-sided propaganda, particularly when that propaganda is anti-Semitic drivel.

      • BigSticksWalkSoftly

        Looks like justice has been served and no amount of anti-Palestinian hate speech and propaganda from those who espouse hate for Palestine can overcome the truth and justice.
        Free Palestine
        Free GAza
        Free Jerusalem

        • teachitagain

          Probably not in your lifetime due to your inability to live and let live.

  • garyfouse

    Hey! What’s wrong with one of the most “prestigious” universities in the land offering a course taught by a student and full of opinion and propaganda? Just tyhe association with Hatem Bazian proves it is propaganda. You talk about an academic conflict of interest. Bazian is the co-founder of SJP and one who once called for an intifada in America. The whole thing is a joke and an embarrassment to UCB. But they are used to it.

    • BigSticksWalkSoftly

      The truth and freedom are more powerful than your hatred of Palestinians. Palestinians and their supporters have every right to organize and learn.

      Nobody cares about your blind support for apartheid, ethnic cleansing, land stealing, and mowing the lawn policies.

      • teachitagain

        Nobody cares? That’s how blind and stupid you are.Mucho gracias.

      • garyfouse

        Apparently you care, Big Stick.

        Palestinians and their supporters have every right to spout their beliefs on any soapbox in any park. The classroom is not a place for political indoctrination-by a student no less.

        Say, you wouldn’t happen to know anything about those anti-Jewish posters that just appeared on campus, would you?

      • Lonny

        What an idiot and his inflammatory, emotionally charged slogans.

        There is no apartheid, buffoon. None of you Jew-hating tools is ever able to name one single right that Israeli Jews are granted, yet is denied to Israeli non-Jews.

        There was no ethnic cleansing, except for Jews. There wasn’t one single Jew left in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem when Egypt and Jordan captured those territories.

        There was no land stealing. Jews purchased properties. The Arabs attempted to steal everything through wars and failed. Jews remaining on land isn’t stealing.

        Mowing the lawn? Terrorists SHOULD be mowed, halfwit.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          What’s happening the West Bank of Palestine is worse than apartheid.

          The Nakba of 1948 definitely fits the definition of ethnic cleansing, some argue it counts as a genocide.

          There were over 2000 civilians and over 500 children done away with in Gaza just in 2014 by the Israelites military. Thanks for showing the typical callous attitude towards the suffering of Palestinians. It speaks volumes behind what you and your goons are really thinking about, namely land stealing and baby destroying.

          • Lonny

            What’s happening between your ears is worse than a sack of crap swarming with flies.

  • Dan Spitzer

    Any reasonable person who reads the syllabus for this course would have to conclude that it is propaganda. Historically, both sides have made mistakes. But this course is so one-sided that it would be akin to Donald Trump teaching a course on Islam or David Duke on racism.

    In sum, this didactic folly has no place being taught on any US college campus…

    • thompson_richard

      UC is the sole supplier of nukes in the U.S. arsenal.

    • Gene Nelson

      Shall we ask Bazian what he thinks of Zellerbach Hall and Haas School of Business?

      • garyfouse

        I think I can answer that for you. Bazian once reportedly asked a student audience to count the number of buildings on campus with Jewish names on them. Several years ago, when he spoke at UC Irvine, I asked him about that quote. I never did get a straight answer.

        • Gene Nelson

          He did more than ask the students to count. He told them that the names of the buildings indicate who is really in charge of UCB. Freakin’ bigot.

          • Dan Spitzer

            Before an anti-Iraq war crowd of about 100,000 in SF, Bazian said that we needed an intifada in the US…

          • Nknk

            Hi, I am back!! Just wanted to let u know how happy I am the class has been reinstated! Slowly but surely, the truth is coming out!!

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            What’s wrong with a good ole intifada? only bullies like you prefer people to stay ignorant.

            An intifada against the ignorance, misinformation, deception, lies, thievery, intimidation that you espouse is definitely in order.

            #brainWashTheAmericanMind bruh
            #freePalestine

          • Lonny

            What’s wrong with a moron who doesn’t recognize that the Arabs of the region started their intifada in 1920, and that the Jews have had every right to begin defending themselves, which they didn’t even do until 1937?

            Every time the Arabs have been offered a “free Palestine,” they say, “No!”

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            The Arabs didn’t start nothing bruh in 1920. It was your back dealing crew, partnered with the Brits, who drove the US to join WW1…in 1917.

            Check your history.
            Natives aren’t the ones starting wars with illegal immigrant invaders claiming sky cloud man is their real estate agent.

          • Lonny

            Look up the Nebi Musa Riots of 1920, idiot.

            There was nothing illegal about the Jews who immigrated there, ahoIe. The Ottomans allowed them to immigrate and they allowed the Arabs to immigrate as well, bruh.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            Well if a bunch of Cal buildings had the names of German gestapos and of a certain German leader from the 1930s…..Wouldn’t you be concerned about who was really in charge?

            When human rights and freedom of speech advocate students, faculty and community members in Berkeley keep finding their efforts bullied against, misinformed against, falsely rumored against then there is a problem.

            Instead of calling anyone a bigot, falsely, maybe you should look in the mirror and see what kind of hate you’re preaching bruh.

          • Lonny

            What a moron. Donating buildings is the same as putting the heads of the nefarious German leaders on the buildings?

            Terrorism isn’t a human right and “hate speech” isn’t part of the code for free speech.

            You’re very clearly a bigot.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            I guess when you steal enough Palestinian land you can afford to give it away

          • Lonny

            Staying on land that Arabs are trying to ethnically cleanse isn’t stealing, BigDicksInMouth.

    • BigSticksWalkSoftly

      Once again Dan Spitzer and his hatred for all things Palestinian lost again. Palestinians have a right to defend themselves by any means necessary against illegal immigrant land thief settler colonialists who believe sky daddy gave them the Holy Land.

      Dan Spitzer is an anti-Palestinian anti-Semite

      • teachitagain

        There has never been a state or nation called Palestine in all the history of the world.

        • Matt McLaughlin

          so f’n what? When was there a nation called ‘USA’?

          • teachitagain

            Walk the streets of your town and ask strangers if there is a USA. You’ll find something out.Holy —-.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            And there was also no such thing as Israel before 1948. No such thing as Myanmar. If you think about there was no such thing as a Germany or an Italy until relatively recently.

            Your mute and shallow points are typical of those with an unconditional hatred of Palestinians.

            How can you hate the people you have stolen so much from and lied so much about already? Don’t you get tired of being a jerk

            #PalestiniansHaveArightToFreeedomAndPeaceWithoutSettlerColonialism

          • teachitagain

            You are thick as a brick, but the final push back is, Google arch of Titus.

          • Matt McLaughlin
          • teachitagain

            I have had enough of you hopeless idiots.
            FYI, stupid : the correct word required in your laughable attempt to argue intelligently is, “moot”. Hopeless moron provides his own punishment.

          • BigSticksWalkSoftly

            The facts remain that Palestinians have every right to defend themselves against aggressors with every excuse and story in the world to steal their land.

            And FYI there were Palestinian people there in the land purported to be without people. In actuality there were over 400 villages and major cities that were done away with..

            Because of misinformation like this, it is imperative that there are classes like this Palestinian class

          • teachitagain

            Knock your self out ’till you fall out. 🐀

      • teachitagain

        You are a hopeless soul. Es tut mir leid.

        • BigSticksWalkSoftly

          And back to the point that Palestinians have a right to fight back against illegal foreign settler agitators who claim that sky cloud leaders gave them a good real estate deal.

          Palestinians in Palestine have every moral and legal justification to claim their properties in Palestine, go back home to Palestine, stop being refugees, bring to justice the war criminal land thieves, and get reparations for the loss and suffering.

          #BDS

          • Lonny

            YOur point is the point of an idiot.

            The “Palestinians” aren’t fighting back. They are the ones who STARTED the fighting. It’s the Jews who are fighting back.

            The Jews didn’t receive real estate from a sky cloud. They PURCHASED real estate from the Ottomans, and the Arabs attempted to take it all.

            The Arabs of the region never had a right to launch an ethnic war against the Jews and the Jews had every right to defend themselves. The Arabs have no right to continuously attack the Jews while pretending they are being victimized by the Jews.

            Here’s a magic formula for you… stop attacking the Jews and all the hostilities will vanish.

          • teachitagain

            Ow! Ow!