University panel adopts anti-Semitism statement

FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2015, file photo, University of California regents Norman Pattiz, left, and Eddie Island, right, flank board secretary and chief of staff Anne Shawn during a public forum on how best to deal with intolerance at the university, on the campus at UCLA in Los Angeles. A UC Board of Regents panel is scheduled to vote Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on the declaration drafted by a committee after an earlier version by UC President Janet Napolitano's office did not explicitly condemn prejudice against Jewish people. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A committee of the University of California’s governing board has unanimously approved a statement citing anti-Semitism as a form of intolerance that campus leaders should challenge.

The Board of Regents panel voted Wednesday to send the position statement on to the full board for a final vote. It did so after softening a reference in an accompanying report that listed “anti-Zionism” — the rejection of Israel’s right to exist — as another kind of discrimination that didn’t belong at the university.

The system-wide principles were drafted in response to pro-Israel groups that demanded that more be done to protect Jewish students.

The declaration would make the University of California the first public university system to reaffirm its opposition to anti-Semitic behavior amid heightened college activism on behalf of Palestinian rights.

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