Stephen Sensible Temple Trustees Demand Quick Motion Versus Antisemitism at Loyola Law College

Following an antisemitic incident at Loyola Law Faculty, members of the Board of Trustees of Stephen Wise Temple have issued a stern demand from customers for decisive motion and a new solution to addressing despise speech against Jewish students.

On April 16, 2024, a scholar reportedly disrupted a Jewish Legislation Student Affiliation (JLSA) celebration by screaming antisemitic slurs. The party, at Loyola’s Downtown Los Angeles Campus, featured Israel Defense Forces veterans talking to the JSLA about their ordeals in the Israel-Gaza War. Learners for Justice in Palestine (SJP) confirmed up at the party in protest. At a person point, a student who has been recognized as Grace Obi-Azuike, allegedly created various antisemitic outbursts throughout the function. The Loyolan noted that Obi-Azuike was not affiliated with SJP.

In a movie on StopAntisemitism’s X account identifies Obi-Azuike shouting, “Get the f— out of listed here all you unpleasant ass tiny Jewish folks in this b—-.” The ongoing disruptions led to the party ending prematurely.

Loyola Regulation School’s administration responded to the April 17 incident with a assertion signed by Brietta R. Clark, the Law School’s Interim Dean and Senior Vice President. The assertion, titled “Legislation School Denounces Hateful Speech” outlined antisemitism after, declaring “Let me be distinct: Antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia will not be tolerated on our campus.”

The next day, the college issued an unsigned assertion, “LLS Rejects Antisemitism.” The two-paragraph assertion acknowledged that “during an April 16 celebration planned by the Jewish Law College students Affiliation, local community associates had been subjected to antisemitic insults.”

In their April 24th letter to Dean Clark, the Stephen Smart Temple trustees contact Loyola’s first reaction to the incident “extremely tepid.”  The letter claimed that Loyola “had an chance to unequivocally denounce the antisemitic slurs at challenge. … This is how related statements have been designed in the earlier when racist and inappropriate slurs have been designed about other minority teams. Sadly, nevertheless, somewhat than producing these a obvious statement, you rather stated usually that racism and xenophobia, which include Islamophobia, ‘will not be tolerated on our campus.’ The scholar occasion at Loyola on April 16 was not disrupted simply because of Islamophobia or racism in standard. It was disrupted by regulation learners who dislike Jews. The issue on April 16 was antisemitism, not other sorts of generic racism.”

“The pupil function at Loyola on April 16 was not disrupted due to the fact of Islamophobia or racism in basic. It was disrupted by law learners who detest Jews. The trouble on April 16 was antisemitism not other forms of generic racism.”- Stephen Clever Temple Trustees

The trustees are incensed that the preliminary statement did not include things like immediate language rebuking antisemitism, allow by itself “took several times to answer to a crystal clear case in point of detest speech” directed at the Jewish learners. The trustees also lamented that the 2nd statement did not bear the signature of any of the administration.

In addition to the letter, the trustees are establishing a committee on overseeing antisemitism initiatives, which will be chaired by lawyer Robert Glassman of the Los Angeles legislation company Panish Shea Ravipudi LLP.

“As a board at Stephen Clever, we felt compelled to deal with the rampant antisemitism plaguing our universities and campuses,” Glassman instructed the Journal. “There’s no put for people who shout antisemitic slurs in regulation university or the authorized occupation.”

The trustees’ letter to Loyola Regulation School phone calls for an unequivocal denunciation of these functions and pressured the want for prompt action, including the expulsion of the college student.

“This human being need to not sit for the bar or turn out to be a law firm in this city,” Glassman claimed. He added that none of the student’s future Jewish colleagues in the legal local community “would truly feel protected with her in this profession” and that “the Jewish college students at Loyola surely do not come to feel protected with her on campus.”

Addressing broader problems of antisemitism on campuses, Glassman criticized institutional responses to incidents of antisemitism.

“Sensitivity instruction and condemning all acts of violence and bigotry do very little, we need to have actual social implications,” Glassman said. “They need to have to expel the pupil who was yelling antisemitic rhetoric. They have to have to make positive that person doesn’t sit for the Bar, and just cannot become a law firm in this metropolis. If this ended up about slurs from any other minority team, it would not be tolerated. They would be expelled and designed an case in point of.”

Although Loyola is a Jesuit faculty, their law faculty has experienced lots of popular Jewish alumni which include activist Gloria Allred, previous Display Actors Guild President Barry Gordon and legal professional and entrepreneur Robert Shapiro.

Among the the 13 trustees who signed the letter on Stephen Clever Temple letterhead are 7 Loyola Legislation School alumni, relationship back to the course of 1974.

“We are a massive and strong congregation, eager to use our affect constructively,” Glassman reported. “We are dedicated to making certain that all Jewish pupils come to feel protected. If they will need aid, they can achieve out to us, and we will do all the things we can to aid them and make lifetime hard for their antagonists.”

The textual content of the letter from the Stephen Clever Temple Board of Trustees Users is under:

April 24, 2024

Brietta R. Clark
Interim Dean and Senior Vice President Loyola Law College
Burns 235
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Dear Dean Clark:

We are associates of the Board of Trustees of Stephen Smart Temple, a reform Jewish Temple with virtually 1600 families. We are also attorneys who function in a vast selection of regulation corporations and providers all over Los Angeles. Lots of signatories are alums of Loyola Law School. We are all upset by the antisemitic slurs manufactured in opposition to Jewish regulation learners at Loyola and by your exceptionally tepid initial reaction to them.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, a team of legislation college students interrupted an on-campus occasion arranged by the Jewish Legislation Scholar Affiliation and designed antisemitic slurs and statements to Jewish regulation learners. The incident was extensively documented and condemned by significant Jewish corporations.

Pursuing the event, on April 17 you dispersed a information to the Loyola Legislation School neighborhood. You had an prospect to unequivocally denounce the antisemitic slurs at challenge. This is how related statements have been designed in the previous when racist and inappropriate slurs have been made about other minority groups. Regrettably, nevertheless, fairly than creating these a apparent assertion, you alternatively mentioned typically that racism and xenophobia, together with Islamophobia, “will not be tolerated on our campus.”

The college student function at Loyola on April 16 was not disrupted because of Islamophobia or racism in common. It was disrupted by legislation students who dislike Jews. The challenge on April 16 was antisemitism not other kinds of generic racism. When other minority teams are victims of racism, University directors fairly appropriately phone out the precise type of racism directed at individuals teams. They do not test to conceal the problem by discussing unrelated other challenges. When the victims of these kinds of slurs are Jewish we generally locate this sort of generic, whitewashed reaction. We hope much better from you.

On April 18, the Law School issued a 2nd unsigned assertion delivering that “During an April 16 occasion prepared by the Jewish Law Pupils Affiliation, local community users have been subjected to antisemitic insults. The legislation university rejects hateful rhetoric—in this circumstance, antisemitism leveled from customers of the regulation university group. Antisemitism has no area on our campus or in our culture.” This should really have been the concept in your preliminary statement. We are concerned that it took several times for the Regulation Faculty to correctly reply to a obvious illustration of detest speech directed toward your Jewish students. And we are involved that the second assertion was unsigned fairly than bearing the signature of the Dean.

We strongly condemn and denounce the antisemitic attacks on the Jewish regulation college students at Loyola on April 16. We stand in solidarity with Loyola’s Jewish Legislation College student Association and Jewish law learners almost everywhere who are affected by the rampant antisemitism pervading legislation colleges all over our nation.

Jeremy Rosen
President, Stephen Clever Temple Lover, Horvitz & Levy

Michael L. Wachtell
Board Member, Stephen Smart Temple Shareholder, Buchalter

Rabin Pournazarian
Vice-President, Stephen Wise Temple Resolve Legislation Group

James D. Leewong,
Board Member, Stephen Smart Temple Loyola Legislation College, ’74

Karen Morse Denvir
Board Member, Stephen Wise Temple Loyola Regulation University, ’05

Victor Svilik
Board Member, Stephen Sensible Temple

Golareh Hamid Ramin
Board Member, Stephen Sensible Temple Loyola Legislation University, ’98

Robert Glassman
Board Member, Stephen Wise Temple Partner, Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP

Alexsondra Fixmer
Vice-President & Secretary, Stephen Wise Temple Assistant Chief Counsel, The Walt Disney Organization Loyola Legislation School, ’04

Robin Hanasab
Principal, Robhana Group, Inc. Loyola Legislation University, ’06

Donna Yamini
Board Member, Stephen Clever Temple Principal, Yamini Legislation Team

Sussan H. Shore
Previous Board Member, Stephen Smart Temple Handling Director,
Weinstock Manion ALC Loyola Law School, ’76

Stephen H. Kay
Board Member, Stephen Wise Temple Common Counsel, Roku Inc.

Roya Hekmat Melamed
Board Member, Stephen Clever Temple Loyola Legislation University, ’03

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