Students Accuse Professor of Hate Speech Following Palestine Justice Event

On Monday, March 4th, Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) kicked off a series of events recognizing Israeli Apartheid Week by holding an “activist street performance” outside of CMC’s Collins Dining Hall. CMC Dean of Students (DOS) Mary Spellman and Pitzer DOS Moya Carter sent a joint email on Thursday informing their respective college communities of “some form of verbal exchange…involving a Pitzer student and CMC faculty member” and a joint investigation into “this matter to determine what occurred and whether the Policy on Demonstrations was followed.” (See below for the joint statement.)

The Exchange

In a bias-related incident statement submitted to Carter Thursday evening and posted on SJP’s Facebook page on Friday, the group claims that a man—identified in the statement as CMC Associate Professor of Economics Yaron Raviv—told SJP member Najib Hamideh PZ ‘15 to “fuck off you cockroach” and “you should fuck off little cockroach, you’re all cockroaches.” When Raviv asked which school Hamideh attends, Raviv allegedly responded “all Pitzer kids are cockroaches.”

In an interview with the Port Side, Hamideh explained the event: “The goal of the street performance was, one, to educate the college population on the treatment Palestinians feel every day living in the occupied territories, and two, to make students feel uncomfortable living with checkpoints on their campus.”

The incident between SJP students and an alleged CMC professor furthermore calls into question the transparency of demonstration policies at the 5C's. (Alyssa Roberts)

The incident between SJP students and an alleged CMC professor furthermore calls into question the transparency of demonstration policies at the 5C’s. (Alyssa Roberts)

According to multiple witnesses, club members stood in front of the entrance to Collins and spoke with students as they entered, asking, “May we see your ID? This is an Israeli checkpoint simulation.” Intermittently, a club member would attempt to enter the dining hall without identification and SJP would stage a fake arrest.

In SJP’s statement, the group specifies that “Every aspect of the performance had been carefully planned and we had obtained written permission prior to setting up the checkpoint simulation from CMC Dean Spellman. Therefore, we were breaking absolutely no rules and were solely practicing our free speech rights to raise awareness about an issue that we are deeply passionate about.”

A copy of the event registration form obtained by the Port Side shows that a CMC student registered Monday’s event as “Psuedo-Israeli [sic] Checkpoints” and that it was approved by Assistant Dean of Students Jim Nauls and Story House. The form says that “audience will only be asked to present ID.”

The SJP statement describes the confrontation with Raviv as follows:

“Shortly after the performance began, an older man who had been speaking with the group of students earlier approached the performers. He then entered the dining hall, spoke to the managerial staff, and brought them, insisting that they remove us from the premises, though it was our right and we had even obtained written permission to do exactly what we were doing.  At this point the managerial staff expressed concerns about the ropes that we had used to section off the sides of the entrance. We would like to make it clear that though ropes had been tied to the columns outside of the dining hall, students were already free to pass without being forced to participate and could also enter from the other entrance.They asked us to remove the ropes and we immediately complied and further restructured the checkpoint simulation so that students were free to enter the dining hall from multiple sides. Shortly afterwards the man went to speak with a campus security officer who was standing off to the side, presumably to continue his efforts to shut down the event.”

At this point, Hamideh says he approached Raviv and the campus safety officer. According to Hamideh, “I walked up to him and politely asked who he was and why he was interfering with our event. I said to him ‘if you are a visitor, I’d like to see your visitor pass. If you’re a professor you need to identify yourself,’ to which he replied ‘fuck off you cockroach’ to which I replied, ‘Excuse me you can’t be addressing me in this way. I need to see your guest pass.’ He responded by saying ‘you should fuck off little cockroach, you’re all cockroaches.’ He then questioned me about which school I attended and when I informed him that I attend Pitzer College, his response was ‘all Pitzer kids are cockroaches.’” According to the statement, Raviv left after Campus Safety checked his ID card.

Hamideh emphasized that Raviv’s alleged comments were particularly personal “because the professor’s an Israeli and I’m a Palestinian.” According to Raviv’s CV, he is an Israeli citizen and a U.S. permanent resident. SJP’s statement describes the inflammatory history of the term “cockroach” and concludes, “We would like to see all appropriate actions taken on the behalf of not only the one student who was verbally assaulted, but of all the students whom he included in his hate speech as ‘cockroaches.’”

The Investigation

When asked to confirm the incident, Raviv referred the Port Side to CMC’s Office of Public Affairs. When the Port Side attempted to contact Dean Spellman through the Office of Public Affairs, Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Max Benavidez responded, “The college does not comment about an incident while it is under investigation.” Pitzer DOS Moya Carter also declined to comment. As reported by The Student Life, the Campus Safety officer involved filed an incident report but Campus Safety will not release further information.

The DOS email says that the colleges are investigating ‘whether the Policy on Demonstrations was followed.’

The DOS email says that the colleges are investigating “whether the Policy on Demonstrations was followed.” That policy—contained in the CMC Guide to Student Life —prohibits “disruptive or nonpeaceful actions,” where disruptive actions are defined as “those that restrict free movement on any of the campuses, or interfere with, or impede access to, regular activities or facilities of any of the Colleges or CUC.” While CMC does not require pre-approval of demonstrations, per se, they are subject to the Event Registration Guidelines, which are distinct from the demonstration policy.

SJP disagrees with the perceived focus of the investigation. Hamideh noted his objection to the email’s mentioning that “the organization involved in now under investigation, with no talk of unfounded behavior or racially charged speech [or his] dehumanizing a student by calling him a cockroach.” While the email does not identify Raviv, it does name SJP.

Friday afternoon, Hamideh and other SJP members met with Dean Carter and Pitzer Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Marchant to discuss their concern that the investigators were not focusing on the professor’s actions. Following the meeting, Marchant sent another email to the Pitzer student body explaining that SJP went through the proper procedures to register their “street theater event” with both Campus Safety and CMC. Marchant alludes that Pitzer is investigating the incident with the professor, not the event itself. “I am conducting interviews with the involved parties and witnesses and these should be concluded by early next week,” he writes.

CMC students did not receive a similar email. (See below for the Pitzer-only email.)

Next Steps

The Claremont Colleges Communication Protocol of Bias Related Incidents states that, “Bias related incidents are expressions of hostility against another person (or group) because of that person’s (or group’s) race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation, or because the perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group) has one or more of those characteristics.” According to the policy, the Consortium responds to bias-related incidents only when the conduct “violates one or more of the Claremont colleges’ disciplinary codes and which is not protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution or by analogous provisions of state law.” Unless the bias-related incident is found to be a hate crime and outside of constitutional protection, it seems as if the Colleges’ only obligation under the Communication Protocol is to inform their respective student bodies of the incident.

There is no indication that individuals involved have filed a formal grievance with CMC Dean of the Faculty Greg Hess, nor that administrators other than Spellman are looking into the incident. Any formal disciplinary action brought against Raviv, who has been at CMC since 2004, would be sought through Hess and the CMC Grievance Committee, a judicial body composed of tenured faculty members and administrators. According to the CMC Faculty Handbook, “covered individuals,” including students, staff, and faculty, may “seek redress or remedy for grievances arising from actions by Faculty members.” However, a student wishing to file a complaint must attend CMC or be enrolled in a CMC class, making the student demonstrators from Pitzer ineligible to initiate the grievance process.

SJP plans to bring in outside groups if they are not satisfied with the DOS investigation. Says Hamideh, “If the administration is not satisfactory in their reaction to the bias-related crime that happened on campus, then we will contact the American Civil Liberties Union and FIRE to come on campus and help us prosecute the perpetrator of the crime.”

In their email, Spellman and Carter stressed that during the investigation, “CMC and Pitzer remain committed to providing an environment that is supportive of free speech and peaceful assembly, consistent with all applicable policies and laws.”

 

Below is the email sent on Thursday, March 7, as a joint statement from Pitzer and CMC DOS. 

March 7, 2013

Dear Members of the Claremont McKenna College and Pitzer College Communities:

On Monday, March 4, 2013, The Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organized a series of events at the Claremont Colleges. The event at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) took place early Monday evening at the entrance to Collins Dining Hall. Both CMC and Pitzer College have received information that some form of verbal exchange occurred involving a Pitzer student and CMC faculty member.

CMC and Pitzer are jointly investigating this matter to determine what occurred and whether the Policy on Demonstrations was followed.  Based on the results of this investigation the colleges will take appropriate steps.

In the meantime, CMC and Pitzer remain committed to providing an environment that is supportive of free speech and peaceful assembly, consistent with all applicable policies and laws.

Sincerely,

Mary Spellman
Dean of Students
Claremont McKenna College

Moya Carter
Dean of Students
Pitzer College

Below is the email sent on Friday, March 8, to Pitzer students. CMC students did not receive a similar email. 

March 8, 2013

Dear Members of the Pitzer Community,

This message is a follow-up to the information that was sent to the Pitzer Community yesterday regarding the street theater event organized by the 5-College student group, Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), on Monday evening, March 4 at CMC.

While an investigation is underway, it has been determined that the group informed Campus Safety of their intentions prior to the events on Monday, and also completed an event registration form at CMC that was approved.  Participants in the street theater event included students from Scripps, CMC, Pomona, and Pitzer.  At one point during the event the CMC Dean of Students asked the performers to move so as not to impede access to the building, which they did.  Later, upon arriving at the scene a campus safety officer reported that the entrance to the building was not blocked; however, after being requested to move the students away from the door, the officer asked the students to move and they complied.

In the course of their performance, it has been alleged that a Pitzer student was the subject of inappropriate and hostile verbal comments by a CMC faculty member.  My office is handling the investigation for Pitzer and is committed to determining the facts of the situation directly from those involved and present on Monday evening.  I am conducting interviews with the involved parties and witnesses and these should be concluded by early next week.

Dean of Students Moya Carter and I met with members of the SJP group this evening to listen to their concerns.  Also, I have been in communication with the Chair of FEC and the President of the College about this matter and will keep them apprised as the investigation is conducted.  In the meantime, I ask members of the Pitzer Community to please be patient while the investigation continues, and to keep our shared community values of diversity, dialogue, inquiry, and action in mind as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Jim Marchant
Vice President for Student Affairs

Alyssa Roberts, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Claremont Port Side, is a senior Government major at Claremont McKenna. She's from Denver, Colorado and obsessively follows Colorado politics. Her role models include Elle Woods and David Plouffe, and D.C. is her Hollywood. She carries an autographed pocket Constitution (her favorite amendment is the 14th). Other interests include coffee, fro-yo, and Hairspray. Tweet her @alyssaaroberts.




35 Responses to “Students Accuse Professor of Hate Speech Following Palestine Justice Event”

  1. 1776 says:

    “per say” = per se

    I’m not sure FIRE would be willing to prosecute Mr. Raviv — ACLU probably would.

    Hearing this kind of obviously racialized, dehumanizing “cockroach” language is appalling. The administration should discharge the professor before they catch national media attention and are branded as the Zionist school.

    • Shane K. says:

      I too was surprised by the invocation of FIRE and the ACLU. It seems pretty clear to me that the faculty member was not acting on behalf of the college or that there was any institutional suppression of speech. He was just being a jerk as his own person. Unless the college somehow uses this incident to further restrict speech or promote racism (which I doubt, but you never know), this situation seems to lack the institutional (namely governmental, when it comes to the ACLU) factor that would call for action on behalf of civil liberties. Simple person to person bigotry is usually outside of those legal groups’ mission, though they certainly don’t approve of it.

    • Publius says:

      I don’t think the ACLU will be prosecuting anybody, and neither will the DA when no crime has occurred. As for CMC catching national media attention for being pro-Israel… I imagine the overwhelming majority of students and faculty would be thrilled.

      • Ascalon Riley says:

        Is being pro-Israel the same thing as being anti-Palestinian (as so much Israeli state policy and action is)?

        If CMC catches national media attention for failing to discipline an Israeli professor whose words are clearly anti-Palestinian, I wonder if that will come across as anti-Palestinian on the college’s part. And if so, if CMC students would still be “thrilled.”

        There’s an important distinction to keep in mind here between pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian. They can go together, but they’re not the same thing.

        • An unthrilled CMCer says:

          Being pro-Israel is not the same as being anti-Palestinian, although that assumption is common, just as is its inverse (pro-palestinian being anti-israel/zionist/semetic). I consider myself to be Pro Israel, but I am also very much pro-peace, meaning I also support the cause of Palestinian nationalism. To much of the Pro-Israel community, however, there is a general perception that Palestinian nationalism is synonymous and/or contingent on the eradication of the Jewish state.

          I hope that my college does not come across as anti-palestinian, just as i wouldn’t necessarily want my school to come off as pro-israel. I’d prefer for my college to be pro-free speech, pro-dialogue, and anti-hate speech. Trust me when I say that CMCers are less than thrilled about this whole incident. It is an embarrassment that a member of the faculty felt that it was OK to speak in this manner to a student, especially given the particular ethnic backgrounds of each of the people. I wonder why the professor has not offered a formal and public apology, and I’m disappointed that the college hasn’t been more upfront about what is going on.

          Simultaneously though, none of this surprises me.

          • Ascalon Riley says:

            Thank you, it’s good to hear that. Especially this part:

            It is an embarrassment that a member of the faculty felt that it was OK to speak in this manner to a student, especially given the particular ethnic backgrounds of each of the people. I wonder why the professor has not offered a formal and public apology, and I’m disappointed that the college hasn’t been more upfront about what is going on.

  2. Hate Speech Isn't Free Speech says:

    Hate speech is just another word for someone else’s free speech.

    If not, then I think the Students for Justice in Palestine should be prosecuted for a Hate Speech Crime for calling Israelis like Raviv mean names like “occupier.”

    • Ascalon Riley says:

      But did they “call Israelis” that, or even Raviv, or did they instead call the state of Israel that?

      I suspect the latter. In which case, what’s “mean” about stating a fact? They could have said “abusive, illegal, internationally condemned occupier,” and it would still be true. And still not “mean,” either.

  3. Joe in Claremont says:

    Comparing Israel to an occupier given the Bible, and the fact that the Arabs lost every war they started against Israel, seems the height of insanity. Having Islam and those support it call Islam tolerant insults my intelligence. The willingness of the left to embrace monsters is an endless well. There is no such thing as hate speech. One cannot criminalize thought, and call themselves tolerant or liberal.

    • Stop It. says:

      Wrong. Hate speech has been used in many ways to dehumanize peoples throughout history. The term “cockroach” has specifically used to make Palestinians seem as disposable people.

      Yes, you’re right, you’re free to think what you want – but once you release it into the public sphere, you are subject to such sphere’s restrictions. This is the same thing if a person ran naked through midquad and was stopped, even if he/she claimed “freedom of speech” or whatever. Same thing goes if a person was wearing a KKK hood.

      We need to stop protecting this professor with childish arguments. He, and all of us, need to realize that he was in the wrong, and his actions must receive the proper consequences in order to discourage such behavior. If not, such behavior will be deemed acceptable, and that just cannot happen.

      And your argument about the left “embracing monsters” is IRRELEVANT to the current conversation. A CMC professor called Najib a cockroach and called the rest of the Pitzer student body cockroaches. That’s the problem.

  4. Claremont Parents says:

    Regardless of whether Prof. Raviv’s alleged statements to the SJIP students can be viewed as hate speech, it is inappropriate conduct by a professor, a person in a position of authority and who others should look to as a role model. If Prof. Raviv tried to use his position of authority to stop an otherwise approved demonstration, he is abusing his power. The lack of appropriate intercollegiate grievance procedures weakens the 5C Consortium, which is a major selling point for the schools. (Acceptance letters going out soon, followed by college visits by incoming freshmen.)

    With CMC’s President-Elect Hiram Chodosh being the first Jewish President for CMC, is the situation going to improve? If the 5C cannot educate students and faculties to coexist peacefully on campus, how can we expect them to be leaders and to promote peace in the outside world?

  5. Julio says:

    Yeah yall are loving this. Now you 5C anti-Israel folks can go on likeningIisrael to Nazi Germany, meanwhile acting like all the bigotry at the 5C’s is coming from the other direction. Kind of like the conflict itself. Most major wars in the conflict were started by anti-Israel forces, yet Israel is supposed to be the Goliath in the situation. And Hamas and SJP are the liberators. I’m not even supportive of all of Israel’s actions, especially not of the continued settlement of the West Bank. But living around radical pro-palestinian college students for the last 4 years has really turned off to your cause. The problem is not just with the above-mentioned bigotry, but also with your overall uncompromising absolutist attitude, according to which, among other things, Israel has no reason to be quick to resort to military force, and no reason to worry about the prosepect of 1.5 million refugees of the 1948 war flooding into Israel, turning the only country in the region where Jews can safely into a country with a majority which Muslim Arab, and probably not entirely friendly to Jews. SJP even invited some activist/ mediocre poet to give a talk at Pitzer a few weeks ago, who still believes in a one-state solution, and idea so blind in its radicalism to the realities of the conflict that even Noam Chomsky dropped the idea a while back.

    I seriously doubt that this lone irascible Israeli professor is representative of the problem with the Israeli-Palestine debate at the 5C’s or college campuses general. The anti-Israel crowd dominates not just most student bodies, but most University faculties as well.

    • Ascalon Riley says:

      I think your conflation — make that replacement — of “anti-abusive-Israeli-policy” with the strawman of “anti-Israel” is telling. It’s pretty close to “anti-semitic,” and it’s SUCH a typical move of people on your side of the table. You’re right in line with people who just don’t want to hear and deal with how absolutely lopsided, horrific, and murderous the treatment of Palestinians is by Israelis.

      For one thing, and it’s a big thing — Israel continues its illegal occupation of and expansion into Palestinian territory, by stealing land, bulldozing olive trees and houses, erecting apartment buildings, and then declaring those Jewish-only! Conditions for Palestinians are worse than they were for blacks South African apartheid. And given all of that (and there’s so much more like it), you decide to cherrypick by focusing on some of the excesses on the pro-Palestinian-rights side? Every side of any conflict has extremists; your focus on those on only the Palestinian side, and your lack of concern about the many ways in which the Palestinian people are being crushed like expendable “cockroaches” by the state of Israel (and thus by U.S. tax dollars), suggests that your true sympathies are not as evenhanded as you portray them.

      • Julio says:

        Im actually not extreme on this issue. I didn’t say that criticizing Israel is anti-semetic, if you read my post. What I said is that likening Israel to Nazi Germany is anti-semetic, which is something that happens a lot around here. And I don’t really buy the South Africa comparison either. Muslim Arabs in Israel vote, run for office, serve in prominent government posts–in the supreme court, the cabinet, the amry and the police–and benefit from the same welfare and infrastructure as Israeli Jews. Despite this, they are not required, to serve in the military. In apartheid South Africa, sexual relations between different races were prohibited; there were forced physical separations between races, in restaurants, swimming pools, public transport, schools and other places; and blacks were prohibited from voting.

        Movement is restricted between Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, largely because of legitimate and grave security concerns, although Israel can go a little too far in this regard. While I think the wall around Gaza is definitely justified, there really isnt a good reason to keep builing one in the West Bank. There are serious due process violations in the treatment of suspected terrorists. THe blockade, while justified, is too extreme, and should probably be done by NATO or the UN. Im not saying Israel isnt doing wrong, but I do think that SJP is way too extreme with the Apartheid comparison.

        Israel’s side of the story, which is totally neglected around here, is that theyre not just fighting helpless Palestinians, but larger and more mal-intentioned enemies in the region (most importantly Iran) who use Palestinians as pawns. In short, the situation is a lot more complicated than you all are making it seem. I know radical college students are really into oppressor/oppressed narratives, but sometimes those narratives oversimplify reality.

        • Ascalon Riley says:

          Nice job totally ignoring the highly lopsided abuse of ordinary Palestinians at the hands of a brutal state. You seem either uninformed or unwilling to face facts. Why no mention, for instance, of the ongoing Israeli theft of Palestinian land in order to erect yet more Jewish-only (Apartheid indeed!) settlements, while stealing even more land to put around them, for so-called “natural growth,” i.e., even more Jewish-only settlements, which will themselves “naturally” expand, resulting in the theft of more land, and so on. It’s not just being called a cockroach that hurts; it’s being treated like one, as if one’s people are mere pests in need of extermination. Are Palestinians stealing Jewish land? (No.) Do you care about Israeli theft of Palestinian land? (Apparently, No.)

          • hm says:

            When Israel moves out, they are followed by rockets.

            • Ascalon Riley says:

              Evidence?

              More racist claptrap. And it’s the opposite — it’s their constant moving in, and worse, that causes rockets.

              • ? says:

                I fail to see the racism in hm’s comment. And that’s not true. When Israel evacuated Gaza, rockets followed anyway. There doesn’t seem to be any correspondence between how much Israel concedes and how many rockets are rained down on playgrounds.

              • julio says:

                Actually, when Israel dismantled some West Bank settlements in 2005, along with disengagement in the Gaza, Palestinian residents in the former location responded by burning down a bunch of synagogues and looting the agricultural facilities left behind for Palestinian use. And there certainly isn’t any evidence that dismantling settlements encourages the other side to negotiation; if anything, the opposite has historically proven true.

                Keeping settlements on the ground in the West Bank is a negotiating tool, and maybe the only one that works from Israel’s point of view. Israel isn’t doing it because they want to annex all of the West Bank–according to Israeli government’s statistics and predictions, that would mean incorporating a Palestinian population which would constitute a majority in Israel, something the Israeli political establishment is definitely not interested in (although whether this is true depends partly, I concede, on rates of emigration by Palestinians). Also, building settlements doesn’t preclude removing settlers at some future date; it would presumably be possible to just leave the edifices there for Palestinian use.

                And yeah it’s technically illegal, but so is shooting rockets at civilian targets on a regular basis technically illegal. It’s a bargaining chip in lieu of an effective resolution process to deal with both types of offenses. The latter of is probably going to require the United States to assume a more neutral role in the conflict than it usually does. Obama has a sort of opportunity to start us on that path if he chooses.

                And as for the lopsided part–yeah that’s true, if you don’t pay attention to the role of non-Palestinian governments and sub-state terrorist networks exploiting the Palestinian cause for strategic and ideological reasons.

  6. jim bogen says:

    3 cheers for SJP, and also to campus police and the colleges for what sounds so far like very reasonable treatment of the demonstrators.

  7. The Truth says:

    Completely one sided picture of the confrontation. Did you even attempt to ask the professor for his side of the story, did you even attempt to contact him? Absolutely not. Not to mention the fact that the term cockroaches was only used by the professor after he showed his faculty ID card and the SJP student said “I’ll hunt you down.” Where is the outrage there huh? A racial threat against a faculty member? He should be expelled. Our grandparents were hunted down in Europe in the 1930’s and 40’s. The fact that this is happening again in the US is disturbing. As far as I am concerned, if the students were doing a “street performance” protest, Raviv was simply playing the part of a Palestinian.

  8. RE: The Truth says:

    1) your accusations that the SJP student said “I’ll hunt you down” is not borne out by any of the reporting on the incident. That’s not to say it isn’t true, but forgive the rest of us if we don’t accept it as fact

    2) more importantly, did you read the article? They asked Raviv for comment. He referred them to CMC PR, who declined to comment. It’s not their fault he wasn’t talking. So don’t say dumb shit like “did you even ask him for a comment? Absolutely not!” that’s careless at best.

    • The Truth says:

      I did read the article, and when I read these accusations of one of my past professors, I of course contacted him to verify if what this “report” said happened actually took place. If you don’t believe me call him or go to his office and ask. Its that easy. He told me unambiguously that nobody contacted him for comment, unless you are referring to a reporter from the “Electronic Intafada” (no wonder he didn’t give them a comment). He also gave me his side of the story. And this is exactly my point, the “I’ll hunt you down” comment isn’t born out by any of the reporting. That is why the article is so one-sided. That is the whole reason this confrontation occurred and it wasn’t reported anywhere. Check the literature from the investigation when it is complete. Or better yet go ask him. Then you can report it.

      More importantly, to believe that a tenured faculty member, whose been here for almost a decade, would make such a comment against a student without extreme provocation is nieve. He clearly would have known that using such language would illicit a backlash from the student body and administration. Why would he put him and his family through such trauma without just cause? It doesn’t add up.

      There have been visible “pro-palestine” (though many would construe them as anti-israel) protests here before, this kind of event is nothing new. He is used to it. After a few years, unfortunately so am I. “Julio” appears to be used to it as well. Furthermore, to believe that he would intentionally lie in any part of the investigation, or to any student, or student publication is also unreasonable seeing as how he has not displayed similar behavior in any way during his 10 YEAR history at CMC.

      My recommendation is that you don’t close your mind off to the other side of the story. Think reasonably, and calmly go ask for his side of the story yourself. He is very nice, he won’t bite you as long as you are respect him the way you would respect any other professor. I am also sure he is more than willing to clear his good name.

      • Russell M. Page says:

        There is a difference between talking to somebody on the record and off the record. I’m sure as a student of Professor Raviv, it was probably possible for you to go talk with him about his side of the story. But I’m sure Alyssa and Kayla requested to speak with him. It would make sense for him to decline to speak on the record to a publication while this investigation is still going on. That doesn’t mean they did not make the effort to hear his side of the story. They are acknowledging what their sources were in reporting this story and that they could not get the complete picture due to constraints. But I wouldn’t be so sure that it was so easy to get Professor Raviv to speak on the record, even to try “to clear his good name.”

        • The Truth says:

          True. I agree, perhaps they tried to contact him since our informal conversation. And if I were him, I wouldn’t speak to the press until emotional reactions have dissipated. That being said, I am sure all the relevant facts will be detailed in CMC and Pitzer’s joint investigational report. We should all consider them with an open mind, giving both parties a chance to make their case, and learn from this event so that we can avoid emotional provocations and responses in the future. It does nothing to further intellectual debate around the core issue and it certainly does not convinve people to support your cause, no matter what your beliefs are.

  9. Darien says:

    The SJP takes the cake for hypocrisy. When they harass students and professors, that is perfectly fine and tolerable, but if someone who is harassed expresses his annoyance at being harassed, he is accused of being a racist. Calling someone who is harassing you a “cockroach” racist is not hate speech. It is equivalent to saying “Bug off you imbecile. You are all imbeciles.” The SJP needs to learn that they shouldn’t dish it out if they can’t take it.

    • 1776 says:

      You’re on crack, Darien.

      The student was not harassing the professor. The professor tried to shut down the event, and the student calmly inquired who the professor was, and asked the campus safety officer to verify the man’s identity. For all the student knew, he was a townie. The student engaged in zero harassment.

      I don’t know where you come from, but “cockroach” = “imbecile.” What do humans to do cockroaches? They try to squash them and kill them. Calling someone an insect dehumanizes them. It’s not akin to calling someone “dumb.” Let the record show that this term and others like it have been used in Israel and other racially segregated regimes throughout history.

  10. Mary says:

    “Hamas teaches Palestinian schoolboys how to fire Kalashnikovs
    Palestinian schoolboys are learning how to fire Kalashnikovs, throw grenades and plant improvised explosive devices as part of a programme run by Hamas’s education ministry. “

    Basically this is what these Arab students are supporting: Hamas is a terrorist organization that teaches children to kill. This weekend the terrorists in Gaza fired rockets on innocent Israeli civilians, who are Christians, Jews and Muslims. These terrorists in Gaza and the West Bank have killed and maimed about 40,000 Israelis of all faiths. Personally, I think that calling these students who are funded by Hamas and impede walking across a campus “cockroaches” is mild and kind, compared to their violent roots and intentions to destroy Israel.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/10023810/Hamas-teaches-Palestinian-schoolboys-how-to-fire-Kalashnikovs.html

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