• Fourth Valley

    A lot of the incidents covered are bad, but this one:

    “At UC-Davis, students voted on a resolution to endorse a boycott of Israel — accompanied by the cries of Allah hu-akhbar.”

    How is that anti-Semitism?? Criticizing a nation, that happens to be Jewish, does NOT mean the criticism is anti-Semitic, nor should any nation be shielded from criticism.

    I’ve seen many people declare that criticizing Israel is equivalent to anti-Semitism and I do not understand why this is.

    Criticizing Saudi Arabia or Iran is not, by default, Islamophobia. Criticizing Great Britain is not prejudice against the Church of England. Would the author of this article denounce rightful criticisms of Iran as Islamophobia?? Or does he only consider it prejudice when a Jewish state is criticized??

    Furthermore declarations of “God is the Greatest” are not anti-Semitic either.

    Painting swastikas on a Jewish fraternity is anti-Semitism. Petitioning to boycott a nation who many people criticize for reasons that have nothing to do with its Jewish identity is NOT.

    SOME people who oppose Israel do so because of anti-Semitism, just as SOME people who support Israel do so because of Islamophobia. But that doesn’t mean EVERY instance of opposing Israel is anti-Semitic.

  • The Great God Pan

    “Criticizing Saudi Arabia or Iran is not, by default, Islamophobia.”

    Criticizing Saudi Arabia or Iran while onlookers chant “Onward Christian soldiers!” would raise a few eyebrows. You are conveniently ignoring the “Allah hu-akhbar” bit.

  • Garson Abuita

    You also neglect to mention that the boycott vote and the vandalism happened at the same campus, at the same time. Let me guess, the vandal was just a “lone wolf,” right? The demonization of Israel has led to countless anti-Semitic incidents just in the past month and universities have been right in the middle of it. When the BDS movement at the University of Durban called for the expulsion of all Jewish students who didn’t toe the line on Palestine, that was just anti-Israel too? By all means, Israel is open to criticism. That criticism isn’t necessarily anti-Semitic, but recent events have shown that it often is.

  • Rafe

    You completely misrepresented the Rachel Beyda issue. It had nothing to do with her being Jewish, but her affiliation with some extremely racist Israeli organizations.

  • Dig Deeper

    Listen to what this Israeli Minister has to say about the use of the terms “anti-semitic” and “holocaust”…

    Why isn’t it anti-Jewish?


  • Ronald

    Criticism of Israel is not Antisemitism if it is simple and normal criticism of some government policy. Policy criticisms are levelled at France, the UK, the US, or any other country. But criticism of Israel almost never is of this kind. Almost always it is hatred against the very existence of the Jewish State of Jewish presence in the Holy Land. We never hear people yell that kind of hatred against other countries. Nobody calls for the destruction of France of Britain. But there are numerous voices expressing their support for the destruction of Israel.

  • Garson Abuita

    What organizations would those be?

  • Jack

    Excellent article.

    If Jews are going to convince others that contemporary anti-Semitism on campus isn’t just a Jewish problem, the first step is to show that they’re serious enough to call out the ideological culprits — mostly an unholy alliance between radical Islamism and the post-1960s radical Left. You have to call hate by its name.

    Jews historically have been to the left of center, but since the 1960s, the children and grandchildren of mainstream Jewish liberals have moved much farther to the left of center. But it is precisely the far left that is the primary culprit of campus anti-Semitism.

    If Jews on the left want people to take anti-Semitism seriously, they’re going to have to deal with the anti-Semitism of the left in a much more aggressive way.

    Unfortunately, Jews on the right weren’t much better when it came to the right-wing anti-Semitism of Mel Gibson and his movie, The Passion. Otherwise good men like Michael Medved were too willing to give Gibson the benefit of the doubt, and undercut the work of a number of evangelicals in the movie business who were stating that the film was anti-Semitic.

    Jews are way too loyal to those who share their political ideology, be it left or right. They need to get much tougher on anti-Semites of all stripes.

  • hannah

    i understand your thoughts on the difference between Antisemitism and Anti-zionism, but the fact of the matter is that Antisemitism is on the rise because people don’t blame the Israelis for what is happening, people blame the Jews.

    In Austria it was legally determined that stating “kill all Jews” is a fine way to protest Israel. This was in regards to a man who publicly stated that Hitler was right and that people should finish the job.

    All throughout the world people are taking out their anger about Israel on the Jews in horrific and in some cases extremely violent ways.

    So because of these facts, Jews need to be worried about anti-Israel proclamations because any or all of them could be targeted at us specifically.

    It’s a scary time to be Jewish.

  • Free Speech on the college campus is vitally important. I am working with parents, students and alumni to ensure that the college campus is a safe and secure environment for our young people. The college campus must be a place of civil discourse, a place of free speech; a place where our students can explore who they are, including their relationship to Judaism and to Israel.

    Free speech is intrinsic to the University’s mission and vital to our children. It is inextricably linked to the issue of Anti-Semitism on campus. Administration and faculty need to understand that permitting a variety of views on the campus is healthy only when it does not target segments of the population for intimidation, threat or reprisal for being other. The parents, students and alumni are uniquely positioned to present compelling reasons for this to be seriously considered, confirming policies reflect and ensure responsible free speech.

    I seek to assist in coordinating these efforts and working with these groups to approach the administrations of the college campuses to respectfully demand that civility on the campus is maintained for the benefit of all parties involved.

    If you are aware of a campus struggling with this issue or students who have been victims of such bad behaviors, I encourage you to connect them with me so that we can provide support and redress.

  • Jack Goldman

    The problem is not Jews. I love Jews. The problem is Judaism, it’s plagiarized myths, and it’s 613 commandments that are obsolete, based on flat Earth thinking and solar worship of the one true God. Jews can change. Judaism can not change. How do we adapt Judaism to globalism and the Hubble Telescope?