UC Berkeley suspends controversial Palestine class over allegations it was anti-Israel

Pedestrians walk by an entrance to the UC Berkeley campus on May 22, 2014 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BERKELEY, Calif. – The University of California at Berkeley has suspended a course amid accusations it shared anti-Semitic viewpoints and was designed to indoctrinate students against Israel.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeley suspended “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” on Tuesday. The newspaper reports a syllabus for the one-credit course taught by an undergraduate student says it examines the history of Palestine “through the lens of settler colonialism.”

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The suspension came on the same day 43 Jewish, civil rights and education advocacy groups sent a letter raising concerns about the course. The letter says the class encourages students to accept the idea “that Israel is an illegitimate settler colonial state” and that course readings have “a blatantly anti-Israel bias.”

The Chronicle reports Berkeley says the suspension is “pending completion of the mandated review and approval process.”


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