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UC Berkeley students' anti-Semitism suit dismissed
by Bob Egelko
A lawsuit by two Jewish students accusing UC Berkeley of turning a blind eye to alleged intimidation by Arab students and fostering a climate of anti-Semitism has been dismissed by a federal judge who said school officials have no duty to intervene in campus political disputes.
The plaintiffs, a current student and a recent graduate, said they and other Jews have been harassed during Apartheid Week, held by Muslim student groups each year to protest Israeli policies.
They said organizers set up checkpoints where demonstrators in military attire brandished fake weapons and asked passing students whether they were Jewish. When plaintiff Jessica Felber walked by with a sign reading "Israel wants peace" at the March 2010 protest, a leader of Students for Justice in Palestine rammed her with a shopping cart, the suit alleged.
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