Friday, February 14, 2020

Anti-Semitism: On-Going Problems at University of Illinois

"The Fighting Ilini" Takes on New Meaning

A swastika scrawled in a tunnel connecting chemistry buildings at the University of Illinois, Champaign, was discovered between Nov. 16 and Nov. 19, 2018. Credit: Elan Karoll.
University of Illinois (C-U), November 2018

The University of Illinois has been in the spotlight for several months now due to a series of anti-Semitic incidents at their Champaign-Urbana campus. This week, the student government on campus, after a 6-hour debate  no less, passed another asinine BDS resolution against Israel (which the university will ignore). It was accompanied by one pro-Israel co-ed being called a Nazi by one of the Students for Justice in Palestine brown shirts. (Yes, brown shirts calling other people Nazis-go figure.)

Last October, university president Robert Jones came under fire from the pro-Palestinian brown shirts when he called a recent campus reference to "Israeli Terror" an example of anti-Semitism. Contrary to what some would have you believe, campus anti-Semitism virtually always comes as a result of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

At the same time, the student government was wasting its time making a proclamation that "anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism". In December, when the student body president reaffirmed that position, it prompted a letter to the campus newspaper, Daily Illini, from the regional head of the American Jewish Committee.

If there is one thing the Palestinian lobby does well, it is propaganda. They have convinced the EU, the UN, and campuses all across America that Israel is oppressing the Palestinians while ignoring decades of Palestinian terror against innocent men, women, and children of many nationalities. They have made anti-Semitism "respectable" again to the point that swastikas are showing up in Jewish neighborhoods and college campus bathroom stalls. Many, including at UI, try to blame it all on white nationalists. Once in a great while, they will be right. The rest of the time, it is nothing more than an attempt to cover up Jew hatred coming from Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, or all of the above. This is not to blame each and every member of those groups, but we should not be denying what is an obvious problem. We should condemn anti-Semitism no matter where it comes from-whether from white racists or others masquerading as human rights warriors.

In the case of some SJP punk calling the UI co-ed a Nazi, that is a prime example of how the Palestinians have co-opted the language. Israelis and their supporters are called Nazis even though it is the SJP and their allies who disrupt pro-Israel events and engage in harassment and intimidation. Usually Jewish students who support Israel attempt to engage in "dialogue" with the SJP-types, which is another example of a waste of time. Their time would be better spent learning to stand up to the bullies, as in the case of the above UI co-ed, and defending themselves.   

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