Anti-Semitism Claims Dismissed at Cal

Jewish students accused Muslims of prejudice.

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011  |  Updated 6:32 AM PDT
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Anti-Semitism Claims Dismissed at Cal

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The University of California at Berkeley is one of the oldest and most respected universities in the UC system.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley filed by two Jewish students who alleged harassment by Muslim students.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said much of the alleged harassment, even if true, constituted protected political speech that UC Berkeley had no obligation to stop. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Seeborg issued his ruling last week.

The plaintiffs, a current student and a recent graduate, said the harassment included checkpoints at an annual event protesting Israeli policies.

Demonstrators in military attire and carrying fake weapons at the checkpoints allegedly asked passing students whether they were Jewish.

The event, Apartheid Week, is held by Muslim student groups. Joel Siegal, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said his clients are reviewing their options.

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