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ASI Senate passes resolution against anti-Semitism

Associated Student Inc. passed a resolution Wednesday to show support for establishing a non-legally binding definition of anti-Semitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, passing it 17-0-2.

During public comments, Jewish students spoke out about their support the resolution because of the fear for their safety due to the rise in anti-Semitism.

Several mentioned the wall the Muslim Student Association placed in front of the 49er Shops Bookstore showcasing the Israel-Palestine conflict for Palestine Awareness Week a few weeks ago.

“There was a section on the wall that claimed that Zionism equals racism and I am here today with my colored skin tone to tell you that all that is completely false,” said Jubilee Munozvilla, a third-year biochemistry major.

Munozvilla said that she thought the wall should’ve been agreed upon by both sides, those in support of Palestine and those in support of Israel.

“I think that Palestinians and Jews and Israelis can definitely come together. There just needs to be a bridge, a conversation between us all,” Munozvilla said.

Sen. Isabel Douvan sponsored the resolution and said she did it to support Jewish students at Long Beach State.

“It will kind of create the groundwork to kind of move forward and provide Jewish students and people in general with the protections that all people should have,” Douvan said.

Sen. Sumaiyah Hossain expressed her concern that the resolution not including any language that made it clear not all critical discussion of Israel and Judaism was antisemitic might be seen as infringing on people’s first amendment rights.

Sen. Taryn Williams authored the resolution, but was not in attendance. Sen. Stephanie Torres read a statement from Williams on her behalf.

“My synagogue in Irvine was defaced last year. ‘F Jews’ it said across the front of the building where my daughter’s baby naming ceremony and my son’s bris were held,” Williams wrote.

The resolution cited the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report that found 56.9% of anti-religious hate crimes in 2018 were anti-Semitic.

“It makes me feel better knowing that there could potentially be a step in the right direction,” Douvan said.

The next ASI Senate meeting will be held through a Zoom video conference March 18. 

This article previously had a wrong name in the caption. It was corrected March 12, 2020, at 5:20 p.m. 

4 Comments

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    This school sucks. Muslims are always forgotten. Let us have a right to free speech against the occupationist Israeli people who tarnish our culture and dismantle our homes. A damn shame.

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    Disappointed Student

    It’s a shame that ASI did not include a part to state that not all anti-Israel commentary is not anti-Semitic. As a Lebanese Muslim, seeing the preference for Israeli/Jewish students versus those facing severe persecution by those same people. Yet again, Muslim students are pushed aside to lead zionists to take our homes, destroy our battered counties, and dismantle our culture while we must sit and be silent. Enough is enough.

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    Taryn Williams

    The photographed students name is Jordan, not Justin

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    Dale Lendrum

    We at “The Beach” have an opportunity to be an example and use our campus to work toward a peaceful solution and not as an extension of the battlefield. Anti-Semitism has been a serious issue on this campus for the seven years that I have been a student here. Folks deserve more than a resolution. They deserve results. But I am confident that if we combat anti-semitism with the same vim and vigor we have fought Islamaphobia on this campus, we’ll get to where we need to be. In aloha.

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