“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. And we will not be discouraged”
Is there some hope for Berkeley Law after all? This is very encouraging.
Jewish News of Northern California reports:
In Tel Aviv, Berkeley Law students cheered for fighting antisemitism
Three Jewish students at Berkeley Law received a standing ovation in a Tel Aviv ballroom this week while receiving an award from the American Jewish Committee following a fraught year for pro-Israel students.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. And we will not be discouraged,” law student Milton Zerman said Tuesday to rousing applause at the David Intercontinental Hotel.
Law students Charlotte Aaron and Hannah Krutiansky were also recognized at the event. They flanked Zerman as he delivered a speech on behalf of Berkeley Law’s Jewish Students Association.
The three students received the AJC Sharon Greene Award for Campus Advocacy, an honor established by Greene’s family in her memory, the AJC said in a press release. The award is given to “college-based advocates who combat antisemitism while supporting Jewish life on campus.”
The AJC, established in 1906, is a global Jewish advocacy organization headquartered in New York City that also weighs in on policy issues in the U.S. The regional office in San Francisco has been active within the ethnic studies debate in California since 2019.
The awards ceremony, which took place during AJC’s four-day “Global Forum,” represented the culmination of a tumultuous year for on-campus Israel activists and students at Berkeley who support the Jewish state.
It came after more than a dozen student groups at the prestigious and competitive law school, which has an acceptance rate under 15%, approved addenda to their governing bylaws last summer and fall stating they wouldn’t permit outside speakers who support the State of Israel.
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