(Daily Beast) The grilling of student Rachel Beyda over whether she was unqualified to join the UCLA's student judicial board, merely because she Jewish, shocked people with its blatant display of anti-Semitism at one of the nation's most liberal schools.
"Given that you're very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?" Fabienne Roth, a member of UCLA's Undergraduate Student Association Council, asked her. After Beyda left the room, another member of the council opined, "I don't know. For some reason I am not comfortable. I just don't know why. I can definitely see she's qualified. I am just worried about her affiliations."
The remarks made during her questioning are disturbing, as is the fact that these undergrads appear to be oblivious to how anti-Semitic they sound. (The council passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism last week in response to the uproar over Beyda's confirmation, after the writing was already on the wall, as it were.)
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What's even more frightening is that Beyda's case was nothing new, a run-of-the-mill example of the suspicions and hostility directed toward the Jewish community at some of the most socially progressive campuses across the country.