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Definition of anti-Semitism provokes campus debates

The definition of anti-Semitism was at the center of a battle of words Monday involving campus protests about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This comes as some Jewish students say that protests against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank have had anti-Semitic overtones that they contend makes some American universities, including UC campuses, a hostile environment. Meanwhile, activists against Israeli policies, including some Jewish faculty and students, say such claims of anti-Semitism are an attempt to squelch any criticism of Israel. The debate focused specifically on the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism. That definition defines more general ethnic...

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