UC regents weigh issues of “anti-Semitism”, free speech

Regent Avi Oved holds up a Star of David as he addresses the UC Irvine Board of Regents meeting at the UC Irvine Student Center to discuss a controversial policy statement on intolerance at the campus in Irvine on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated PressRegent Avi Oved holds up a Star of David as he addresses the UC Irvine Board of Regents meeting at the UC Irvine Student Center to discuss a controversial policy statement on intolerance at the campus in Irvine on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.

A tolerance and free-speech proposal to be considered Wednesday in San Francisco by the University of California regents was intended to calm tensions over anti-Semitism on campus. Instead, it’s reigniting divisions that pit pro-Israel students and faculty against their anti-Israel counterparts.

The conflict arises from the introduction to the proposed “Principles Against Intolerance,” a set of ambitious statements condemning anti-Semitism at all UC campuses while endorsing free speech — including expressions “intended to shock” — as being of paramount importance.

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