- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The latest on a debate over the University of California’s first draft of system-wide principles defining intolerance. (all times local):

12 p.m.

The University of California’s Board of Regents say they will form a working group to rework the first draft of system-wide principles defining intolerance after Jewish students expressed outrage that it makes no mention of anti-Semitism.

Regent Monica Lozano said at a meeting Thursday at UC Irvine that the group will draft a “thoughtful and yet descriptive” statement. Two dozen people, mostly Jewish students, expressed concern that the proposed “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance” does not address anti-Semitic incidents on campuses.

Lozano says the working group will include students and faculty members.

Jewish groups have asked the UC to adopt the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which includes demonizing Israel. Critics say that would silence protests against Israeli policy.


11 a.m.

The first draft of a system-wide statement of principles defining intolerance by proposed by the University of California’s is being blasted by half a dozen members of its Board of Regents.

Regents at a meeting Thursday at UC Irvine said the declaration failed to address the problem of anti-Semitism on its campuses.

They say that was the intent in drafting such a proposed statement.

Regent Norman Pattiz says the UC needs to take a real stand in light of a rash of anti-Semitic incidents on its campuses.

The statement makes no mention of anti-Semitism but calls for its 10 campuses to be “free from acts and expressions of intolerance.”


10 a.m.

The University of California Board of Regents is hearing criticism of the first draft of a system-wide statement of principles defining intolerance.

Many students and alumni of the UC system addressed a board meeting Thursday at UC Irvine, urging regents to include the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism to help fight acts of anti-Semitism on campuses.

Other speakers opposed including the definition, saying it did not represent the position of all Jews.

Speakers in the public comment period focused largely on the issue of anti-Semitism and not broader implications of free speech. Critics had earlier warned that the intolerance declaration would have chilling effects on free speech.

The board itself will discuss the issue later in the day.

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