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The Olive Tree Initiative: A Fig Leaf for Anti-Semitism?
by Leila Beckwith
A fig leaf is a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent. At the University of California at Irvine (UCI), the administration uses the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) to provide an illusory cover for the administration's unwillingness to address the existence of anti-Semitism on its campus, its lack of resoluteness in condemning anti-Semitism when it occurs, and its laxity about enforcing University of California policies to combat anti-Semitism. But for those with a discerning eye, the fig leaf actually reveals the shame it was intended to conceal.
As described in "A Blind Eye to Campus Anti-Semitism" by Kenneth Marcus (September 2010):
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