Sunday, March 6, 2011

Make 'em Pay, Jessica!! Student Sues UC Berkeley for Failing to Provide a Safe Atmosphere.

Jessica Felber

It is about time that this happened, and I hope she wins REALLY BIG money.  

I think it is only a sizable chunk out of a university budget that will convince these schools and their way-too-liberal administrations that there is a point at which "tolerance for diversity" becomes "tolerance for anti-Semitism."  

Already, the US Department of Education has ruled that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will now be interpreted and enforced to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment, intimidation and discrimination.  Title VI requires that federally funded schools ensure that their programs and activities are free from discrimination based on “race, color, or national origin.”  If a school violates Title VI, it can lose its federal funding.

But, until now, the schools have been hiding behind the cloak of, "these were students attacking students, not expressed anti-Semitism by the university in violation of Title VI!"

Hopefully, this suit will provide the link between Title VI violations and the responsibility of schools in protecting their students against Anti-Semitic attacks.

Right now, Jewish students fear placing a Mezuza on their door or donning a kippah when they walk across campus for fear of being attacked or harassed.  Our Hillels and synagogues have become high security areas where you have to buzz in, state your name and business, and sign your name when you enter during the week.   

This is intolerable!  It is time we fought back, and I will pray that Jessica Felber succeeds beyond her wildest dreams.  This is not just your fight, Jessica!  It is a fight for all the Jewish students in US schools.  Thank you for undertaking it!!  May Hashm bless your efforts and the efforts of your accomplished attorney!

Jewish Student Sues UC Berkeley over Muslim Assault
by Maayana Miskin

A Jewish student at the University of California at Berkeley who was attacked by a Muslim student last year has filed suit against UC Berkeley for failing to provide a safe atmosphere. In her suit, 21-year-old Jessica Felber alleges that UC  Berkeley did not effectively deal with harassment and intimidation by Muslim and pro-Arab student groups, leading to “a dangerous and threatening environment.”

Felber was attacked by Husam Zakharia, leader of the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) group, during a rally. At the time, she was holding a sign that said “Israel Wants Peace.”

Zakharia rammed Felber with a shopping cart, causing her injury. Following the assault, she was granted a restraining order against Zakharia.

The assault could have been prevented if campus authorities had taken sufficient care to ensure students' safety, according to the suit. Instead, UC Berkeley policies “fostered and encouraged” pro-terrorist incitement, “turned a blind eye to the perpetrators of illegal activities,” and “failed to effectively discipline the MSA [Muslim Student Association] and SJP for their pro-terrorist programs, goals and  conduct; despite having ample notice that such violence was foreseeable.”

By failing to provide security to Jewish and pro-Israel students, UC Berkeley “condoned and allowed the MSA, the SJP and MSU [Muslim Student Union] to threaten, harass and intimidate Jewish students and to endanger their health and safety.”

The suit lists several instances of past anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement on the Berkeley campuses and UC campuses in central and northern California, particularly the campus in Irvine.

According to the lawsuit, the SJP and MSA have previously staged “checkpoints” at which they brandish mock weapons and demand that students state their religious affiliation. The checkpoints are meant to  mimic the IDF's checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, at which soldiers check passing vehicles for weapons and bombs.

The suit also notes that Zakharia and two other SJP activists were cited in 2008 for battery, after disrupting a college by a campus Jewish  group and assaulting a Jewish student.

SJP members heckled Mideast expert Daniel Pipes and author Nonie Darwish when the two came to speak at UC Berkeley in 2004 and 2007 respectively. SJP activists allegedly shouted “Death to Zionism,” “Zionism is racism,” and “Seig Heil” during Pipes' address.

Felber is represented by civil rights attorney Joel Siegal, and by attorney Neal Sher, a former head of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and of the Justice Department's Nazi prosecution unit.

Last year, two University of California professors warned that growing Muslim extremism on campus was putting Jewish students at risk. The warning came shortly after students at UC Irvine harassed visiting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. In a rare move, those who harassed Oren may face criminal charges.


  1. we don't have much, but can anyone let us know where we can donate to her legal team?
    Love this brave little girl!!

  2. B"H

    Kol Kavod!

    Jessica is a coordinator for Hasbara at Berkeley:

    Jessica Felber
    Campus Coordinator, Northern California


  3. Check out Husam in action (proving the claims of the lawsuit): (2:30)


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