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Report: Some religious bias at U.C.

Sept. 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Reports on anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim prejudice at the University of California suggest both Jews and Muslims have legitimate concerns.

Drafts of the two advisory reports were released this summer, the Los Angeles Times said. Both suggested that religious bias is not a major problem at University of California campuses.

Students from both groups said the university should be more accommodating to religious practices, including dietary laws. Muslims also said they should be able to get the traditional late meal to break the daytime fast during Ramadan.

The report on Jewish students focused on protests against Israeli treatment of Palestinians. Some of the demonstrations have used terms that would not be allowed for other groups and "engender a feeling of isolation, and undermine Jewish students' sense of belonging and engagement with outside communities," the report said.

Muslim students feel they remain targets of suspicion, the other report said. Students who wear traditional religious dress said they have encountered difficulties from students, university employees and police.

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