Administrators at University of California, Berkeley reinstated a class Monday originally suspended days after an Observer story by Abraham H. Miller deemed the class “so biased it mocks the very purpose of a university.”
According to the anti-Semitism watchdog group AMCHA Initiative, the syllabus for “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” revealed course objectives that fall under the criteria for antisemitism as defined by the U.S. Department of State. Forty-three Jewish, civil rights and education advocacy organizations signed a letter voicing their concerns to UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks that said in part:
We believe that this course violates the Regents Policy on Course Content, which specifically prohibits using the classroom “as an instrument for the advance of partisan interest” or for “political indoctrination.” Furthermore, it appears that compliance with the Regents Policy is not even a requirement of the present procedure for vetting DeCal courses, allowing for the unbridled misuse of the classroom by politically-motivated instructors. This state of affairs requires rectification.
A review of the syllabus of “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” reveals that the course’s objectives, reading materials and guest speakers are politically motivated, meet our government’s criteria for antisemitism, and are intended to indoctrinate students to hate the Jewish state and take action to eliminate it.
An email sent to AMCHA last week, on behalf of Dirks stated: