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Some Jewish activists don't want Cornel West at UCLA conference

Some Jewish activists don't want Cornel West at UCLA conference

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Jewish theologian and civil rights activist close to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Cornel West, the philosopher and African American history scholar who often speaks out on public issues, describes himself as an admirer of Heschel. But some Jewish organizations and pro-Israel figures say they don’t want West to deliver a keynote address at an upcoming UCLA conference celebrating Heschel’s life and commitment to social justice. They want West uninvited to the May 3-4 meeting because of what they describe as his offensive criticism of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians and his support for universities to divest holdings from...

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