Two lawyers filed a ailment connected Nov. 18 with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against the University of California, Berkeley implicit what they see antisemitic pupil radical policies.
In August, the UC Berkeley pupil radical Law Students for Justice successful Palestine adopted a bylaw stating that the radical volition not invitation Zionist speakers to their events. Several different pupil groups astatine UC Berkeley adopted the bylaw arsenic well.
The lawyers’ ailment led to the OCR opening an probe into UC Berkeley earlier this period for the bylaw successful question and whether it violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Title VI is simply a acceptable of national regulations prohibiting discrimination connected the ground of race, color, and nationalist root astatine programs receiving national funding.
“The assemblage volition afloat cooperate with the investigation. The field has successful spot beardown anti-discrimination policies that enactment our content successful and compliance with what we recognize to beryllium the values and obligations enshrined successful Title VI and the First Amendment,” UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky told The Epoch Times.
Chemerinsky expressed his interest astir the bylaw successful a portion for the New York Times, portion besides acknowledging the students’ First Amendment rights to walk it.
“Of course, pupil groups tin determine what speakers to see based connected their views,” wrote Chemerinsky. “I privation pupil groups would not follow specified policies, but a nationalist assemblage cannot prohibit them.”
Attorneys Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO of the International Legal Forum, and Gabriel Groisman, a spouse astatine LSN Law, property the bylaw’s prohibition of Zionist speakers to antisemitism, claiming that it violates Title VI for discrimination.
“The groups that person implemented this discriminatory argumentation effort to fell their favoritism against the Jewish assemblage by excluding ‘Zionists.’ This bladed veil is wholly transparent arsenic Zionism is an integral, indispensable and halfway constituent of the Jewish identity,” wrote Ostrovsky and Groisman successful a Nov. 20 property merchandise upon filing the ailment against UC Berkeley.
In the aforesaid property release, the 2 attorneys acknowledged that Chemerinsky publically “condemned the adopted bylaw.” They besides stated that “it is alleged helium has not taken immoderate meaningful steps successful effect to this egregious enactment of discrimination, arsenic required nether Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.”
On Dec. 15, Ostrovsky and Groisman released a connection showing enactment for the OCR’s probe into their complaint. The statements says they are looking guardant to alteration astatine the UC Berkeley Law School.
“We are assured that the OCR volition bash the close happening and yet clasp UC Berkeley Law School accountable and support the Jewish students connected field from these discriminatory acts,” the attorneys stated.