Monday, January 25, 2016

On US College Campuses, Anti-Semitism Rolls On

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of the AMCHA Initiative has written an article in the Washington Free Beacon in which she recounts the latest litany of anti-Semitic acts on university campuses across the nation.

As I have said over and over, university administrators share so much of the blame for their unwillingness to confront or even admit the problem. Much of the fault also lies with faculty who use their classrooms as soapboxes to spout their hatred of Israel.

Just yesterday, I posted my report on the UC Irvine conference on Freedom of Expression in which two professors (David Palumbo-Liu of Stanford and Saree Makdisi of UCLA) grossly mischaracterized the US State Department's definition of anti-Semitism as including criticism of Israel. One of them, Makdisi, moaned about "repression" against those on campus who advocate for the Palestinian cause. When I pointed out how those same people totally dominate the discourse on campus and the examples of anti-Semitism against Jewish students that result, he got applause for his lame answer from the audience of academics. Palumbo-Liu, for his part, said that Jewish students should be challenged, quite in contrast to the general theme of the conference that other minority groups must not be challenged, but enjoy their safe spaces to protect them from micro-aggressions and such.

It is clear to me that the leftist intelligentsia in our universities don't give a damn about Jewish students being harassed on campus.

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