Posters alleging UC Berkeley community members are ‘terrorist supporters’ appear on campus

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On Thursday, several posters were sighted at UC Berkeley from the David Horowitz Freedom Center alleging that some members of the campus community were terrorist supporters.

The posters, which were found near Barrows Hall, listed 13 members of the campus community by name, several of whom have been vocal in the past about their support for Palestinian divestment from Israel. The David Horowitz Freedom Center also announced Thursday that UC Berkeley ranked first in its report of the “Top Ten Worst Schools that Support Terrorists,” according to a press release from the center.

David Horowitz is scheduled to appear at UC Berkeley on Sept. 26 as part of “Free Speech Week,” a four-day-long event being co-hosted on campus by conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos and campus publication the Berkeley Patriot.

“I’m shaken,” said UC Berkeley scholar-in-residence Smadar Lavie, one of the 13 people whose names were listed on the posters. “It’s my holiday — I’m on my holiday. It’s Rosh Hashanah.”

Lavie is affiliated with the campus’s Beatrice Bain Research Group, specializing in issues of race, gender and religion in Egypt, Israel and Palestine. She is also a campus alumna who received her doctorate in anthropology from UC Berkeley in 1989. Lavie said the posters on campus reminded her of reactions she received in response to her views when she was a graduate student.

“I had déjà vu today,” Lavie said.

According to campus spokesperson Michael Dirda, the posters were removed from Barrows Hall by facilities services workers before 2 p.m. Thursday. Facilities services employees and UCPD have also been asked to be on the lookout for other copies of these posters around campus and will remove them if they are found, Dirda said in an email.

Chancellor Carol Christ condemned hateful messaging at UC Berkeley in a campuswide email sent Thursday afternoon, calling it “cowardly.” In the email, Christ said UCPD is investigating whether such messaging can be classified as a hate crime.

“Berkeley is better than what these incidents reflect,” Christ said in her email.

Campus alumnus David McCleary and campus graduate student Kumars Salehi, both of whom were featured on the posters, said they were dissatisfied with the campus’s response to the posters, citing similar past instances of hate posters on campus.

Salehi said he believed the presence of the posters on campus was a tactic to generate attention for “Free Speech Week.” He also noted that several people named on the posters are no longer active on campus.

“I see it as another wave of outside conservative attempts at dictating what sorts of politics are acceptable,” Salehi said. “The administration has more than enough reason to consider David Horowitz an unwelcome figure to the campus.”

Harini Shyamsundar is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @hshyamsundar.

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  • alwaysthink

    Look out below the Hate Trolls are out in force and spreading all kinds of lies and misdirection.

    Just stay strong Cal and ignore these people. Shun them, walk past them and don’t engage trolls.

  • jeyhovah

    Were the posters at least tastefully done?

    • Lynn Starrs

      don’t be silly.

  • Elmo Cotton
    Please help Berkeley Campus Police identify these ANTIFA memebers who are on video destroying millions of dollars of property and injuring attacking so many people

    • California Defender

      Send it to /pol/.

      They’ll have it figured out by dinner.

  • BerkPed

    Even if Milo never shows up, we now can see what it is that the Berkeley College Republicans and the Berkeley Patriot have invited to campus — Censors who personally judge and silence voices they do not agree with on the issues of Zionism.

    Last week Ben Shapiro came for antifa, feminists, and minorities.
    This week they come for people who disagree about Zionism and the fate of Israel.

  • Fahargo

    Kind of like calling people Nazis without evidence isn’t it? And really considering it a hate crime for calling them terrorist supporters? How is that any different than hanging posters everywhere calling someone a nazi?

    • zzz

      Horowitz is top notch nutty, I don’t know how these people fall on the progressive/antifa/BAMN level of nutty, if they fall in with the pro riot nuts then they are fair game, if they are more reasoned than the communist crowd then this is not OK.

    • Tony Zito

      If someone is wearing swastikas or marching and chanting with a crowd carrying swastikas on banners, or parroting on television or in the press Nazi propaganda borrowed from Germany of yore, then shall we call them sweetie pies? The difference is that Nazism is specific and easily identified. “Terrorist” is an all-purpose canard which has practically been rinsed of meaning by overuse and abuse since 9/11, other than that a terrorist must be real bad in some way or other. Ask a harder question next time.

      • Wade Hawkin

        Yes but people are being called Nazi s and assaulted who have no resemblance to your description. What about people like Dave Rubin and Ben Shapiro being called Nazis?

        • Tony Zito

          I don’t know either of those names, so I have no particular response. I would not argue that someone can be unjustly labeled a Nazi – only that it is likely to be clear one way or the other. “Terrorist” or “terrorist supporter” is just generic name calling.

          • jeyhovah

            Uhhhhhh, just because you think its a generic term doesn’t necessarily mean that in this situation it has been used generically.

            How do you know know who Ben Shapiro is? That immediately disqualifies you from this conversation.

          • Tony Zito

            Yeah, well, you haven’t understood a word I’ve written; although I am not disqualified, I will withdraw from further interaction with an aggressive poster with reading comprehension difficulties.

    • roccolore

      Democrats ARE Nazis because they are anti-Jewish./

      • Erik Buchholz

        That is officially the most asinine comment I have read on the internet. Seriously. You should win a prize.

        • roccolore

          Nothing asinine about it. Leftist groups have a history of hating Jews.

          • GregoryR

            And the asinine comments keep coming.
            The great irony is if you listen to the far right the left is to be held in contempt primarily because it’s leaders, both currently and in the past, are Jews (or crypto-Jews).

          • Erik Buchholz

            On which planet? American Jews are almost uniformly liberal. Communism, a very left-wing idea, by definition, was invented by a Jew (Marx) and championed by many Jews especially Trotsky. Israel’s kibutzes are communist collective communities, the very definition of leftist. America’s most liberal politicians including Feinstein and Sanders are Jewish. Leftist politics is all about freeing the oppressed from oppression which resonates strongly with Jews. That this movement has gone to the extremes and become insane in the United States in our times is another conversation.

        • jeyhovah

          lol. This is a great response.

        • Patrick

          I love being called an anti-Semite for criticizing Israel. The term no longer has any meaning. Now demonstrate your intelligence, schmuck.

      • Patrick

        If I’m not called an anti-Semite once daily, my day is not complete.

    • diogenes

      funny you should bring that up

  • David Horowitz is a well known white supremacists and neo nazi! I can’t believe he is going to be allowed to speak on a progressive campus like Berkeley! Literally unbelievable!

    • Rollie

      Your opinion of Horowitz is disputed by many, and so it isn’t the axiom you imagine it to be. But that doesn’t matter, because the Constitution and the law protect the kind of speech that you would otherwise have silenced. You don’t have to like free speech, but unless the university completely loses its soul, you’ll have to live with it.

      • UC Berkeley will not tolerate hate speech.

        • Fahargo

          By law it has to so suck it up. Stop wasting your schools money by forcing them to spend 600k to protect the 700 conservatives they allow to hear a speaker. No body would be coming to your campus if you weren’t so damned anti free speech

          • TangerineDream

            600k to protect conservatives from leftist thugs that believe in using violence to prevent people from hearing speakers they don’t agree with. Only 700 because Berkeley refused to let thousands of others in due to fears that the violent leftists in the balconies would throw chairs on the crowd below. But you already know this. Antifa lies to spin the news.

          • Lynn Starrs

            Antifa stinks, but right wing thugs stick too, and they have shown up in droves. The security is for both. Anyway, the goal of these free speakers is precisely to stir up trouble, so I am disappointed we don’t seem to be able to ignore them. If we were going to bring mass entertainers to campus, why not Beyonce?

          • TangerineDream

            You make some good points. I still believe that we need to protect free speech no matter what.

        • Rollie

          “If we don’t believe in freedom of speech for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” (N. Chomsky)

          “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” (G. Orwell)

          “To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” (F. Douglass)

          “Free speech…includes the right to blaspheme and offend.” (A. Hirsi-Ali)

          “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to
          exist.” (S. Rushdie)

          • Bob

            Those are some powerful quotations. Chomsky, in particular, is a fierce defender of free speech and academic freedom.

          • Lynn Starrs

            Also includes the right to kneel during the national anthem. But we don’t allow all free speech as is–certain forms of pornographic expression are illegal, treason is illegal, etc. What is going on at Berkeley is not about free speech–there is no message, just an attack, and specific individuals are being attacked for their race and religion.

          • Rollie

            “Also includes the right to kneel during the national anthem.”

            As a private individual in a private setting, absolutely. As an employee in the workplace, then not necessarily. Depending on the employment contract, an employer may require particular behaviors of the employee. An employer can make an employee hop on one leg and sing “Yankee Doodle” every day at high Noon, if that’s what the two have agreed to as part of the contract. I have no idea, nor do I care, what the nature of an NFL player’s contract is.

            “What is going on at Berkeley is not about free speech–there is no message, just an attack, and specific individuals are being attacked for their race and religion.”

            Either you haven’t noticed the frequent, sometimes violent, often successful attempts to silence people at/in Berkeley, or else you believe that certain viewpoints do not merit free speech to begin with. Either way, freedom of speech is inevitably a legitimate issue in play, simply because fascist censors and their enablers have made it into one. Had speakers been able to speak unhindered all along—I’m not saying without confronting peaceful protest—then free speech wouldn’t even be part of the discussion.

          • Lynn Starrs

            Your employer does not get to decide if you have free speech or not, nor do they get to decide what you believe, your religion, or how you vote. This country was founded on these principles.

          • Lynn Starrs

            Don’t forget this country was founded by a revolution, a revolution against the monarchy’s control over religion, politics, and etc. You could be imprisoned if you did not support the King or spoke against him. So this is the essence of our country–your employer, your king, your president, do not get to tell you you have to worship the flag or even your country. They were worried at the time that even have a president was too much like a king. Unfortunately, even with the Bible’s admonition against worshiping objects, humans have a tendency to create graven images and idols and claim they are sacred. Neither the flag, nor the national anthem, are sacred.

        • roccolore

          Racist blacks like you are the hatemongers who defend copkillers, terrorists, and suicide bombers.

          • Lynn Starrs

            well, the above is a good example. Accusing people of things because of the way they were born.

        • Erik Buchholz

          UC Berkeley will not tolerate free speech.

          Oh, the irony this town and college have become.

        • Wade Hawkin

          And what is hate speech? Any opinion that you don’t agree with?

    • Al 7-Eleven

      You are a complete idiot. David Horowiz is Jewish. His parents were members of stalin’s commumist party. You know. The ones that fought Nazis. Please educate yourself before posting stupid stuff.

      • GregoryR

        He’s a neocon. But that’s hardly uncommon knowledge.

    • roccolore

      You black supremacists are the Nazis because you’re anti-Jewish.

    • Erik Buchholz

      Please explain how a Communist and a Jew is a neo-nazi and white supremacist. I must’ve missing something.