Thursday, May 28, 2020

Campus Anti-Semitism: Is it a Pandemic?

Hat tip Algemeiner

I am cross-posting an article by Mitchell Bard on the topic of a campus anti-Semitism. In the title, Bard asks whether campus anti-Semitism is a actually a pandemic.

Having taught part-time at UC Irvine from 1998-2016 and having seen the intimidation and disruptions from pro-Palestinian thugs, I disagree with one point of the article. Rather than ignore the provocations, they must be brought to the attention of the community. In the case of UCI, we fought for years to educate the local community about what was happening on campus. We were actively opposed by the Jewish Federation and Hillel, who favored the stand down position. The ADL was missing in action. Any statistics on campus anti-Semitism put together by ADL are suspect in my view.

As to the success or failure of the BDS issue, I think that they are little more than symbolic victories for the pro-Palestinian forces since the universities routinely denounce them and refuse to implement any boycotts What they do is sow campus division and tie up long hours of student governments debating and voting on these obnoxious resolutions.

Note that the writer wastes no time talking about neo-Nazis, KKK-types or white nationalists. They may account for some degree of anti-Semitism nationwide, but they have no sway on college campuses. Though the writer does not explicitly say it, campus anti-Semitism comes by the way of the pro-Palestinian movement directed against Israel. Just who is it that organizes the annual Israel Apartheid weeks? It is the various chapters of the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. There is a very strong connection here with Islamic activism and Islamism in general.

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