Saturday, April 18, 2015

Anti-Semitism Rears its Head Again at UC Santa Barbara

Hat tip Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers

UC Skate Board

"In those eight hours, I was told that Jews control the government, that all Jews are rich, that Zionism is racism, that the marginalization of Jewish students is justified because it prevents the marginalization of other minority groups, that Israel sterilizes its Ethiopian women (this is obviously not true), and that Palestinians in America who speak out against Israel are sought out by the IDF and denied entrance into Israel (also a ridiculous conspiracy theory). I heard a senator—someone who is supposed to be my representative—say that people were only voting against this resolution because they were afraid of losing “Jew support.” I heard my peers laugh at the mention of terrorists hurling stones at the heads of Israeli civilians intending to kill them. I saw students smile and cheer enthusiastically as a woman stood up and said the words, “I am ashamed to be a Jew.” The rhetoric I heard from students opposing Israel at this meeting could easily be equated to arguments that I have only seen in quotes at museums or mentioned in textbooks for their use in the justification of historical persecution of the Jewish race."

UC Santa Barbara had yet another one of those ugly boycott and divestment votes against Israel. Fortunately, it was (narrowly) defeated. Sadly, the student government debate proceedings were marred by anti-Jewish rhetoric, putting the lie to the defense that the BDS movement is not anti-Semitic.

Is this the kind of debate the university is encouraging? It is shameful. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has zero impact on student life at any university. Only the well-organized pro-Palestinian crowd has made it such a  hot-button issue. How can any student government justify devoting 8 hours to this issue, which once again has brought out the Jew hatred behind the BDS movement? When such language enters into the debate, the student leaders should call a halt. better yet, they should never have even entertained this nonsense.

As to that Jewish woman who said she was ashamed to be a Jew.

Ashamed of what? Are you ashamed at everything your people have accomplished in the world, not just in Israel, but Europe the US, and other places? You should be proud. And one last point: The side you are defending stands in stark contrast to the Jewish people. They have accomplished nothing and contributed nothing but conflict, hatred and misery. They do not merit your support.

I have sent the above comments into the online reader thread of the UCSB camper paper, The Bottom Line.

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