Chatterjee yes, ADL no
Milan Chatterjee, a third year law student at UCLA and president of the UCLA Graduate Student Association, has left UCLA for NYU, a victim both of vicious attacks by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the craven administration.
Chatterjee is an Indian American and a Hindu. In the crazy world of the U.S. campus (it has gotten to the point that Brit Hume on Fox News devotes a segment each night to campus craziness) he was found guilty—after a four month investigation– of discrimination by the UCLA Discrimination Prevention Office for refusing to discriminate against Jews. Specifically Chatterjee had stipulated that a so-called “diversity(!)” event asking for Graduate Student Association funds could only receive them if it did not officially associate itself with the BDS movement and SJP. Chatterjee told the Algemeiner: “Everyone knew about the stipulation from the very beginning. I even received explicit approval.”
In the course of the investigation, Chatterjee reports, BDS groups began a “deadly, malicious campaign against me,” wrote defamatory articles, circulated petitions and tried three times to remove him as GSA president. The Orwellian UCLA Discrimination Prevention Office decided Chatterjee had “violated University policy requiring viewpoint neutrality.” Question: If all “viewpoints” must be funded in the name of “viewpoint neutrality,” does that mean the General Student Association is required to support Ku Klux Klan events?
As Chatterjee rightly observed, the investigation‘s report was a “clear cover-up by the UCLA administration” and demonstrates the double standards by which it operates. He says: “If SJP files a complaint, they will bend over backwards. If it’s anyone else, they don’t care.” As a result of his ordeal, Chatterjee has switched to NYU , despite the much greater expense. He says his experience has “made me sympathize with the Jewish student body and how unsafe the campus climate is towards them, especially at UCLA.”
A number of Jewish organizations went to bat for Chatterjee, although without success. The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law provided legal aid to Chatterjee and its president Kenneth Marcus told the Algemeiner “This is a very dark day for the University of California.” Aron Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said “UCLA has doubled down on its wrongdoing and continues to dig the pit even deeper.” The American Jewish Committee demanded that the U.S. Department of Education “conduct a thorough investigation” of UCLA’s conduct. But contrast this with the weak-kneed response of ADL, whose specific mandate is to combat discrimination against Jews . Jonathan Greenblatt declared: “If the allegations are true, it is troubling that anti-Israel student activists are creating an environment where students do not feel safe.” If the allegations are true? Then it’s “troubling”? If ADL was a weak reed under Foxman, it is a full-blown disgrace under Greenblatt, undeserving of a penny of support from any self-respecting Jew.
More on Rule by NGOs
In the last Outpost we noted something that is not sufficiently understood: the extent to which the EU’s policies are dictated by NGOs that claim to promote human rights. (How far they depart from their professed purpose is obvious from the fact that for the vast majority of these NGOs Israel is the chief human rights violator on this earth.) So it was encouraging to see a recent article “Human Rights vs the People” by Yves Mamou, a long time journalist for the (left-wing) Le Monde, which emphasizes the importance of the human rights lobby in setting the moral compass for European elites. Here are some excerpts:
“French politicians seem to believe they are elected not to defend French people and the French nation, but to impose a ‘human rights ideology’ on society….The ideology of human rights is common to all European countries.
“The human rights movement was born in 1948 with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, launched by Eleanor Roosevelt. For 70 years, nine major ‘core’ human rights treaties were written and ratified by the vast majority of countries. Like a disease, the ‘human rights ideology’ has proliferated in all areas of life. The United Nations website shows a list of all the human rights that are now institutionalized: they range from ‘adequate housing’ to ‘youth’ and include ‘Food,’ ‘Freedom of Religion and Belief,’ ‘HIV/AIDS.’ ‘Mercenaries,’ ‘Migration,’ ‘Poverty,’ ‘Privacy,’ ‘Sexual orientation and gender identity,’ ‘Sustainable Development,’ ‘Water and sanitation.’ At least 42 categories of human rights fields are determined…
“What is disturbing is that human rights and anti-discrimination policies are dismantling nations, and placing states in a position of incapacity—or perhaps just unwillingness—to name Islamism as a problem and take measures against it.
“Human rights are what we call in France ‘fundamental rights.’ They were introduced in the 70s….Islam took advantage of it to install in France, in the name of human rights and under its protection, Islamic civilization, mosques and minarets, the Islamic way of life…Islamic laws even in violation of French law, religious marriage without civil marriage, polygamy, unilateral divorce of wife by husband, etc.
“The human rights and anti-discrimination ‘religion’ also gave Islam and Islamists a comfortable position from which to declare war on France and all other European countries….
“The question now is: have our leaders decided to cope with the real problems of the real people? In other words, are they motivated enough to throw the human rights overboard?….the fight against Islamism might first consist of a fight against the caste that governs us.”
How to End the Occupation
Ending the occupation has become an obsession in much of the so-called world community. Moshe Feiglin has come up with an anti-PC proposal to accomplish this: declare Israeli sovereignty over the entire area between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. Even the most hardened Israeli peace-through-concessions proponents will find it difficult to disagree with one point Feiglin makes: “The idea of ending the occupation by running away (Oslo/disengagement) has already exploded in our faces.”