Hate speech roils UC-Berkeley campus

Student groups and university administration have denounced two hate-speech incidents at the University of California, Berkeley.

Last week, a poster promoting Israel as a place where Jews and Arabs can peacefully coexist was defaced with swastikas, the campus newspaper, the Daily Californian, reported. Two days later, a threatening message addressed to a pro-Palestinian student group was found scrawled in a campus building.

Members of both the Israel Action Committee and the pro-Palestinian group, Students for Justice in Palestine, condemned the incidents.

The university chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, condemned the defacing of the Israel poster.

“As a university community that does not condone any acts of intolerance or hate, we must speak out against this anti-Semitic obscenity,” Birgeneau said. “Deplorable acts of hate are the antithesis of a university community.”

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