‘I’m anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic’ – Then Acknowledge That This Is Wrong

Vandalizers sprayed graffiti on the walls Los Angeles' Congregation Beth Israel synagogue after the May 30 riots. (Photo by Lisa Daftari via Twitter) ‘I’m anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic’ – Then Acknowledge That This Is Wrong By Shauli Bar-On JUN 1, 2020, The country is in turmoil, and Los Angeles is a major hub for Americans actively … Continue reading ‘I’m anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic’ – Then Acknowledge That This Is Wrong

Justice Reform Means Electing Just Leaders

Justice Reform Means Electing Just Leaders May 30, 2020 Shauli Bar-On Every week during the summer, it is traditional Jewish practice to study a chapter of a work called “Pirkei Avot.” It’s a collection of inspiring quotes and sayings by some of the most prominent Jewish leaders and sages. The first chapter contains the following … Continue reading Justice Reform Means Electing Just Leaders

What an Israeli small business owner teaches us about criminal justice

Screenshot from the public video showing the break-in that Iluz posted on Facebook What an Israeli small business owner teaches us about criminal justice There is no greater human motivator than the will to get even. People will put themselves in harm’s way, spend unreasonable amounts of time and money just to see the person … Continue reading What an Israeli small business owner teaches us about criminal justice

Be Wary of a Unanimous Political Opinion

Be Wary of a Unanimous Political Opinion May 18, 2020 Shauli Bar-On via: Independent Voter News I was scrolling through social and found a thread that can be summarized as follows: - Someone posts a political opinion, - Someone else comments his disagreement and explains why, - and the original poster comments back saying something … Continue reading Be Wary of a Unanimous Political Opinion

The Bar-On Brief: Lessons from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Bar-On Brief: Lessons from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising By SHAULI BAR-ON April 20, 2020  As students attend classes online and have seen most of their social activities canceled, it’s easy for the days of the week to all blend together. Don’t even get me started on remembering the calendar date. But if there’s one day … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Lessons from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Bar-On Brief: Debate over secularity exposes issue’s complexity

The Bar-On Brief: Debate over secularity exposes issue’s complexity By SHAULI BAR-ON February 10, 2020 Photo by Angie Yang | Daily Trojan   Religious institutions have flourished in the United States precisely because they are not intrinsically tied to the government. On average, Americans are far more religious than adults in other wealthy countries. According to … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Debate over secularity exposes issue’s complexity

Civil rights lawsuit disputing ACT, SAT holds questionable merits

Civil rights lawsuit disputing ACT, SAT holds questionable merits By SHAULI BAR-ON November 18, 2019 in Columns, Opinion California is the hub of social justice movements and its universities the birthplace of progressivism and liberal values. However, a civil rights group has threatened to file a lawsuit against the very headquarters itself: the University of California. The reason? The … Continue reading Civil rights lawsuit disputing ACT, SAT holds questionable merits

The Bar-On Brief: USC must commit to campus-based kosher food option

The Bar-On Brief: USC must commit to campus-based kosher food option By SHAULI BAR-ON October 7, 2019 in Columns, Opinion   As of last week, it is year 5780 in the Jewish calendar. Jews around the world are celebrating the first month of the Jewish calendar, filled with happiness and holiday celebrations. This is no different for the Jews … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: USC must commit to campus-based kosher food option

The Bar-On Brief: Reaction to Felicity Huffman sentence is misguided

The Bar-On Brief: Reaction to Felicity Huffman sentence is misguided By SHAULI BAR-ON September 24, 2019 in Columns, Opinion Felicity Huffman — the first person charged in the college admissions scheme — was sentenced to two weeks in federal prison Sept. 13. She will also pay a $30,000 fine and commit to 250 hours of community service. Many on … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Reaction to Felicity Huffman sentence is misguided

Israel Lacks Separation Between Synagogue And State

Israel Lacks Separation Between Synagogue And State Why a First Amendment would benefit both the citizenry and organized religion JUL 23, 2019, 7:15 PM Originally posted by Times of Israel Earlier this July, the city of Ramat Gan, Israel passed legislation that would allow public transportation to operate on Shabbat, the Jewish holy day of rest, a … Continue reading Israel Lacks Separation Between Synagogue And State

American Slavery: History or Memory? My Jewish Perspective

American Slavery: History or Memory? My Jewish Perspective Originally featured in The Times of Israel JUL 2, 2019, 8:09 AM Photo by Shauli Bar-On As a proud Jew, I am committed to the principle of the presumption of innocence and defending the disenfranchised, the condemned and even the guilty. I find this consistent with Judaism’s … Continue reading American Slavery: History or Memory? My Jewish Perspective

OPINION: Commencement speakers shouldn’t be silenced

OPINION: Commencement speakers shouldn’t be silenced By SHAULI BAR-ON June 18, 2019 in News, Opinion (Illustration by Yasmin Davis) While USC’s commencement was more than a month ago, college graduation season is in full swing across the country. And with all the ceremonies comes a new element of the “free speech crisis” debate: censoring commencement speakers. Several colleges have … Continue reading OPINION: Commencement speakers shouldn’t be silenced

The Bar-On Brief: All free speech, no matter its content, must be protected

The Bar-On Brief: All free speech, no matter its content, must be protected By SHAULI BAR-ON April 9, 2019 in Columns, Opinion Shutianyi Li/Daily Trojan President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month promising to enforce the First Amendment in colleges across the country. He vowed to withhold federal funding from universities that do not comply. Not so … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: All free speech, no matter its content, must be protected

The Bar-On Brief: Standardized testing is an effective tool — when it is actually standardized

The Bar-On Brief: Standardized testing is an effective tool — when it is actually standardized By SHAULI BAR-ON March 26, 2019 in Columns, Opinion Shutianyi Li/Daily Trojan This month, USC was rocked by scandal once again. Once dubbed the “University of Spoiled Children,” the school is now being ridiculed as the “University of Scandal and Corruption.” So-called experts across … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Standardized testing is an effective tool — when it is actually standardized

OPINION: First Amendment rights must outweigh University policy

OPINION: First Amendment rights must outweigh University policy By SHAULI BAR-ON January 23, 2019 in Opinion   Last summer, the University quietly amended its speech code to make it easier for the administration to handle on-campus protests. But there was just one problem. The University’s policy change neglected a higher rule: the First Amendment of the United States … Continue reading OPINION: First Amendment rights must outweigh University policy

The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones

The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones By SHAULI BAR-ON November 20, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   This past weekend, USC’s crosstown rival UCLA hosted a national conference for the Students for Justice in Palestine. Established in 2010, the organization advocates for the rights of Palestinians living in Israel, with over … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones

The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates

The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates By SHAULI BAR-ON November 6, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   President Donald Trump announced last week that he intends to use an executive order to get rid of birthright citizenship in the United States. In other words, he wants to change the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates

The Bar-On Brief: Diversity of opinion must be considered in faculty hiring

Link -- The Bar-On Brief: Diversity of opinion must be considered in faculty hiring By SHAULI BAR-ON September 11, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   “Diversity” is a word that gets thrown around daily without anyone stopping to think about what it really means. Employers want diverse workplaces, colleges want diverse applicants, and now the University of California school system … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Diversity of opinion must be considered in faculty hiring

Zuckerberg: Holocaust Deniers Deserve A Platform — He Isn’t Wrong

By Shauli Bar-On Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced intense scrutiny after discussing his company’s policy regarding removing fake news from the platform. Zuckerberg was interviewed about what Facebook was doing to combat fake news, and he came under fire after saying that his company would not remove content claiming the Holocaust never took place. His … Continue reading Zuckerberg: Holocaust Deniers Deserve A Platform — He Isn’t Wrong

#MeToo Movement Sets Dangerous Precedent Over Judge Recall

By Shauli Bar-On Last updated May 22, 2018   Judge Aaron Persky campaigning against his recall in Los Altos Hills, Calif. on May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Link: https://factswanted.com/2018/05/22/metoo-movement-sets-dangerous-precedent-over-judge-recall/ #MeToo. These two simple words represent today’s era of women’s empowerment and holding powerful men accountable for sexual harassment. These two words do something that has never been done before … Continue reading #MeToo Movement Sets Dangerous Precedent Over Judge Recall

COUNTERPOINT: Ideological inclusivity is essential to a complete college education

Link: Counterpoint: Ideologicial inclusivity is essential to a complete college education By SHAULI BAR-ON February 27, 2018 in Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Art by Di Wu The word “education” appears in the Constitution exactly zero times. The 10th Amendment specifically states that everything not under the federal government’s jurisdiction in the Constitution is reserved exclusively for the states or the people to … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Ideological inclusivity is essential to a complete college education

COUNTERPOINT: Colleges have the obligation to protect speakers’ free speech

Link: Colleges have the obligation to protect speakers’ free speech By SHAULI BAR-ON Art by Lisa Kim  February 14, 2018 in Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Self-identified white nationalist Richard Spencer was invited to speak at the University of Cincinnati on March 14. No, the school did not deny the controversial speaker the right to speak. They did not refuse to give … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Colleges have the obligation to protect speakers’ free speech

Counterpoint: Professors’ political views cannot alienate students

Link: Counterpoint: Professors’ political views cannot alienate students  By SHAULI BAR-ON January 31, 2018 in Columns, Opinion Art by Di Wu | Daily Trojan By the fourth week of classes, students are more familiar with their professors, and know more about their teaching style, rigor and, in many cases, political views. While understanding their professors can help some students … Continue reading Counterpoint: Professors’ political views cannot alienate students

OPINION: Dining halls must adapt to Jewish dietary needs

OPINION: Dining halls must adapt to Jewish dietary needs  By SHAULI BAR-ON January 9, 2018 in Opinion   Los Angeles is a metropolitan hub for Jews. After the New York City area, Los Angeles has the most Jews in the United States. And yet, in a city with over 600,000 Jewish people, USC does not adequately offer dining … Continue reading OPINION: Dining halls must adapt to Jewish dietary needs