Radical left Berkeley Law School Dean's annual student dinner disrupted by ceasefire student group

Dean Chemerinsky made national headlines last year when a video surfaced of him on X explaining to his class how he has secretly enacted a racial discrimination policy in faculty hiring, which has been made illegal in California.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA

On Tuesday, Berkeley Law School students were invited to an annual dinner at the dean's home, which was disrupted by a group of pro-Palestinian students who refused to leave after accusing the Jewish law professor of being a "white supremacist" and "Zionist." 

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who is a radical leftist, issued a statement about the incident which he said left him "saddened." The radical pro-Palestinian student group, "Berkeley Law 4 Palestine," falsely accused Chemerinsky's wife, who is also a law professor, of assaulting one of their activists when she tried to get the protesters to leave her home. 

"On April 9, about 60 students came to our home for the dinner. All had registered in advance. All came into our backyard and were seated at tables for dinner. While guests were eating, a woman stood up with a microphone, stood on the top step in the yard, and began a speech, including about the plight of the Palestinians," wrote Chemerinsky. 

"My wife and I immediately approached her and asked her to stop and leave. The woman continued. When she continued, there was an attempt to take away her microphone. Repeatedly, we said to her, that you are a guest in our home, please stop and leave. About 10 students were clearly with her and ultimately left as a group," he said. 

Chemerinsky explained that anti-Semitic flyers had surfaced on campus before the dinner, which included an image of him holding a bloody knife and fork along with the phrase, "No dinner with Zionist Chem while Gaza starves." 


The dean said that the students responsible for the flyers told the student government that if Chemerinsky did not cancel the dinner, then they would protest it. 

Despite the threats, Chemerinsky said that he would not be intimidated into canceling the event and believed that if any protests were to break out, they wouldn't be disruptive. While he didn't agree with the "deeply offensive" anti-Semitic flyers, Chemerinsky said they were protected speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. 

"The dinner, which was meant to celebrate graduating students, was obviously disrupted and disturbed. I am enormously sad that we have students who are so rude as to come into my home, in my backyard, and use this social occasion for their political agenda," wrote Chemerinsky. 

After the event, the pro-Palestinian student group sent an email to University of Berkeley officials and claimed that Chemerinsky's wife, Professor Catherine Fisk, assaulted one of their members when she attempted to have them leave her home. 

The student group claimed that Fisk placed one of their activists into a "chokehold" and "tightened" her hijab "around her neck." They also claimed that Fisk sexually assaulted the activist by touching her breasts. 

However, video footage of the incident did back up the student group's claims. 

Dean Chemerinsky made national headlines last year when a video surfaced of him on X explaining to his class how he has secretly enacted a racial discrimination policy in faculty hiring, which has been made illegal in California. 

In the video, Chemerinsky told his students, "If I'm ever deposed, I'm going to deny I said this to you." 

Despite the disruption on Tuesday, Chemerinsky said that there are two additional student dinners planned for April 10 and April 11 which will go forward as planned. 

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