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EXCLUSIVE: UC Berkeley Chancellor Issues Heated Response To Daily Cal’s Dershowitz Cartoon

Carol Christ, Chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, issued a furious, scathing response to the vitriolic, malignant cartoon the Daily Cal, the university’s student newspaper, published targeting famed attorney Alan Dershowitz.

Christ’s letter to the editor, obtained exclusively by The Daily Wire, read:

To the editor:

Your recent editorial cartoon targeting Alan Dershowitz was offensive, appalling and deeply disappointing. I condemn its publication. Are you aware that its anti-Semitic imagery connects to the centuries-old “blood libel” that falsely accused Jews of engaging in ritual murder? I cannot recall anything similar in the Daily Cal, and I call on the paper’s editors to reflect on whether they would sanction a similar assault on other ethnic or religious groups. We cannot build a campus community where everyone feels safe, respected and welcome if hatred and the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes become an acceptable part of our discourse.

As The Daily Wire reported, “The drawing showed Dershowitz’s head fitting through a stock emblazoned ‘The liberal case for Israel’ (the title of the speech Dershowitz gave on campus on October 16), while on the other side of the stock the palm of his hand held an IDF soldier standing with his rifle drawn with a bloody, prostrate Palestinian lying in front of him as blood dripped down toward Dershowitz’s shoe, which was crushing another Palestinian.”

After the cartoon was published, Dershowitz spoke with The Daily Wire, stating:

My first reaction was surprise that the official student newspaper of a major state university would publish a Dur Sturmer-type cartoon which would have fit comfortably into any Nazi publication.

My second reaction is what I’ve always believed, and that is, there is very little difference between the Nazis of the hard Right and the anti-Semites of the hard Left. This obviously was a hard Left neo-Nazi cartoon.

My third reaction is, I’m surprised that it was treated with as little response. Imagine if a comparably anti-black or anti-woman or anti-gay cartoon was ever published in the Berkeley student newspaper. Again, it reflects for me the incredible double standard in tolerance that people have toward anti-Semitism.