U. of California Leaders Condemn Anti-Semitism

Students and administrators are rushing to condemn anti-Semitism at the University of California at Los Angeles after several weeks of controversy over whether a student vying for a spot on a judicial panel was discriminated against because she is Jewish.

The Los Angeles Times reports that UCLA’s student government voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a resolution denouncing anti-Semitism. The university system’s president, Janet Napolitano, and the chairman of its Board of Regents, Bruce D. Varner, followed suit on Wednesday, issuing a statement applauding the resolution and condemning bigotry on the system’s campuses.

Ms. Napolitano and Mr. Varner said they had been “appalled” when a student-government group last month publicly questioned whether Rachel Beyda’s Jewish faith would pose conflicts of interest in cases considered by the judicial panel she sought to join. The members voted, 4 to 4, on her nomination before a faculty adviser informed them that they had violated rules by discussing Ms. Beyda’s religion. They then approved her appointment unanimously and later apologized.

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