LOS ANGELES (AP)–
Students, professors and activists are wrangling over how best to address intolerance at the University of California, with some Jewish groups arguing a more precise definition of anti-Semitism is needed and others saying it would stifle free speech.
University leaders invited public comment Monday as they work to revise a proposed policy denouncing intolerance. Jewish groups criticized the policy as not going far enough to address what they say is a spike in anti-Semitism on the university’s 10 campuses.
The public system with nearly 250,000 students has become a focal point in the discussion on freedom of expression and civil liberties following several high-profile incidents, including one in which swastikas were spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity house.
Jewish students described a hostile environment Monday in which taking sides for or against Israeli policy invites harassment.