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UC Riverside course raises anti-Semitism concerns, independent group says

By Paul Miller, Originally published in JNS.org

An independent analysis has confirmed the greatest fears of 20 watchdog and advocacy organizations who had expressed concern that University of California, Riverside (UCR) is offering a course that meets the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.

Last month, the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thoughtreported that the 20 groups, whose priority issues include anti-Semitism and education, sent a letter to UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox concerning “Palestinian Voices,” a student-initiated class whosesyllabus reveals a different and more controversial title: “Palestine & Israel: Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid.”

A preliminary report on the issue released last week by the non-partisan Verity Educate, a non-profit group that analyses the educational accuracy and objectivity of classroom curricula, determined that the UCR course “reflects a singular interpretation” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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