Should being Jewish be taken into consideration for those wanting to serve in student government?

Apparently, yes, if you’re at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Meet Rachel Beyda, a second-year economics major at U.C.L.A. was was nominated for a spot on the student council’s “Judicial Board” and was straight-up asked during her confirmation interview if her religious beliefs would prevent her from having an “unbiased view” on matters that come before the board:

From the New York Times:

It seemed like routine business for the student council at the University of California, Los Angeles: confirming the nomination of Rachel Beyda, a second-year economics major who wants to be a lawyer someday, to the council’s Judicial Board.

Until it came time for questions.

“Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” Fabienne Roth, a member of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, began, looking at Ms. Beyda at the other end of the room, “how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?”

“Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” Fabienne Roth, a member of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, began, looking at Ms. Beyda at the other end of the room, “how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?”

Wow. Would they dare ask that of a black candidate? Or a LBGT candidate? OR a Hispanic candidate? We know the answer to that.

Now it’s nice to see this bipartisan condemnation, but is this anything new?

Answer: No.

It really is just the latest step in the anti-Israel “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement that we’ve been reporting on for years:

Reporter brands Scarlett Johansson an ‘utter tw*t’ over SodaStream deal

Harvard president orders investigation into boycott of ‘microaggressive’ SodaStream machines

‘Defender of Israel’ Ellen DeGeneres vilified for ‘apartheid SodaStream’ giveaway

Pet Shop Boys singer smacks down BDS bullies: Israel not an apartheid state

Palestinian activists turn on Red Hot Chili Peppers

Except this time they were caught. On tape. And now in the New York Times.

Update — 1:45: It really is an old story, as in the NYT is just reporting on it now:

Yep! Legal Insurrection posted on this almost a month ago now. And here’s a link to the video of the interrogation:

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