By HSC News, Originally published in JNS
On the campus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), they’re partying like it’s 1948—and Israel’s usual detractors are staying silent.
Advocates of Israel celebrated Israel Independence Week at UCLA, participating in numerous activities courtesy of Bruins for Israel (BFI). As is the case with a number of the schools in the 10-campus University of California system, UCLA is regarded as a staunchly anti-Israel campus. According to the anti-Semitism watchdog group AMCHA Initiative, there have been 13 incidents of anti-Semitism at UCLA over the past 18 months.
At UCLA’s Israel Independence Day Festival on May 9, Jews, Israelis, and people of diverse faiths congregated in the center of campus to sing and dance to Israeli music, surrounded by the waving of Israeli flags. Their excitement was affirmed by curious students wanting to learn more and in many cases, joining in on the fun.