FREE SPEECH -- Next week, students on the U.C. Berkeley campus will take part in a special election with only one question on the ballot: whether to recall John Moghtader, a student government senator, notes the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California in an editorial.
Then, Moghtader made headlines in November when he was involved in an altercation between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students, triggered when the Students for Justice in Palestine group draped a Palestinian flag over the site of a pro-Israel concert.
Though the D.A. declined to press charges, and Moghtader’s role in the fight remains unclear, we do not condone or excuse any violence on a college campus.
However, the petition to demand Moghtader’s recall from Cal’s student senate, and the costly special election being held next week, strike us as an overreaction, likely motivated by ideology.