UC Berkeley Reinstates Palestine History Class After Outcry

Posted on Sep 30, 2016

by The Associated Press | BERKELEY, Calif. — Sep 19, 2016, 4:46 PM ET

University of California, Berkeley administrators have reinstated a Palestinian history class amid an outcry over its suspension last week.

The school’s social science dean announced Monday in a letter to faculty that the ethnic studies class was reinstated after the teacher revised the course description.

The dean suspended the Tuesday night class last week after receiving a complaint from Jewish and civil rights groups that the course syllabus for “Palestine: A Colonial Settler Analysis” appeared to describe a politically motivated, anti-Semitic class. The dean said the class wasn’t formally vetted to ensure it wasn’t espousing a single political viewpoint.

The suspension triggered protests from critics who said the action threatened academic freedom.

The one-unit class is taught by student Paul Hadweh, who demanded an apology from administrators Monday.