As a Jewish student, I am tired. I am tired of having to fight for the acknowledgment of anti-Semitism on a campus that claims to stand up for the marginalized. I am tired of having my people’s suffering justified to me time and time again. I am tired of people’s excuses for why their own anti-Semitism is only “anti-Zionism,” as if the two are not practically identical.
Maya's weariness is justifiable. Who are the women being lionized in the Bears for Palestine poster? At least 3 are terrorists who targeted innocent civilians.
Fatima Bernawi placed a bomb in a Jerusalem cinema in 1967.
Leila Khaled also of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group attempted to hijack two planes in Europe in 1969 and 1970. In a shameful glorification of gun-violence, the campus display has her holding an AK-47 rifle.
The open glorification of terror on campus, and the subsequent silence from the administration and student body has contributed to an uneasy campus climate at UC Berkeley for members of the Jewish community.
Read Maya's essay in its entirety: ASUC should condemn Bears for Palestine’s display