Campus Pogroms, Part 2

The New York Analysis of Policy and Government concludes its two-part examination of anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses.

A Tower report emphasizes that there is a  “disquieting, yet growing, trend of hate speech and crimes directed towards Jewish students within the [University of California] UC system that spurred Mokhtarzadeh and Rosenberg, both Jewish sophomores at UCLA, to attend a [Students of Color Conference] (SOCC) . Their freshman year was punctuated by incidents of anti-Semitism that were both personal and met with national controversy. They were shocked during their first quarter in school, when students entered the Bruin Cafe to see the phrase “Hitler did nothing wrong” etched into a table. Months later, Mokhtarzadeh’s friend, Rachel Beyda, was temporarily denied a student government leadership position based solely on her Jewish identity, an event that made news nationwide. Throughout the year, they saw the school’s pro-Palestinian group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), issue criticism of Israel that overstepped into anti-Semitic rhetoric and hate.”

A legal action filed by the Lawfare Project about mistreatment of Jewish students at San Francisco State University [SFSU] describes a long list of discrimination and intimidation and mistreatment

The following are some examples cited:

  • “In 1994, a ten-foot mural was erected on SFSU’s student union building that portrayed yellow Stars of David intertwined with dollar signs, skulls and crossbones, and the words ‘African Blood.’
  • In 1997, a banner depicting an Israeli flag with a swastika next to an American flag with a dollar sign was hung over the same wall where the 1994 mural had been painted.
  • In April of 2002, posters appeared around campus advertising an event called ‘Genocide in the 21st Century,’ featuring a dead baby on the label of a soup can, surrounded on either side by Israeli flags.
  • In May of 2002, following a Peace rally, a small group of Jewish students were targeted by a large group of students who shouted bigoted and offensive remarks, including ‘Hitler didn’t finish the job,’ ‘Get out or we’ll kill you,’ and ‘Go back to Russia.’
  • In 2009, SFSU hosted on-campus events that advocated for the elimination of the Jewish state of Israel.
  • In 2016, President Wong complained that in all his years, he had never seen a university donor withhold a pledge because of a ‘political issue.’ A Jewish Studies faculty member told him, ‘the physical safety of Jewish students is never a political issue.’ President Wong replied, ‘on this, we will have to agree to disagree.’
  • In 2017, when specifically asked whether Zionists are welcome at SFSU, President Wong refused to provide the only proper answer: ‘Yes.’ Instead, President Wong demurred, stating ‘That’s one of those categorical statements I can’t get close to. . . . Am I comfortable opening up the gates to everyone?  Gosh, of course not.’

A recent study by the AMCHA Initiative found that:

  • “There were nearly 100 more antisemitic incidents in the first six months of 2016 compared with the same time period in 2015.
  • The number of incidents involving the suppression of Jewish students’ freedom of speech and assembly approximately doubled from 2015 to 2016.
  • The consideration of anti-Israel divestment resolutions in student government or by the student body was strongly linked to a surge in antisemitic activity.
  • The number of incidents opposing Israel’s right to exist nearly tripled from 2015 to 2016 and was highly correlated with behavior that targeted Jewish students for harm.”

The study specifically noted that “Suppressing Jewish students’ freedom of speech, movement or assembly is one of the ways in which Jewish students are targeted for harm on several college campuses. Often events organized by Jewish students, particularly those expressing a pro-Israel sentiment, are disrupted or shutdown by members of anti-Zionist student groups…Other forms of suppression include physically blocking or hindering the movement of the attendees of Jewish student events or engaging in efforts to get these events canceled. The latter occurred in March 2016 at Brown University, when bestselling author Janet Mock cancelled a speech at the Brown Hillel after receiving a petition falsely accusing Hillel of defending ‘racial apartheid’ and being ‘complicit in pinkwashing.”

The reality and political power of modern anti-Semitism in the political Left is clear, and one need look no further than the recent race for national leadership of the Democrat Party itself for evidence. Keith Ellison, a member of Congress from Minnesota, came extremely close to being elected head of the DNC. His past association with anti-Semites, and his statements that U.S. foreign policy is “governed” by Jewish interests should be noted.

As the New York Analysis of Policy and Government has noted, the new anti-Semitism is broader than the traditional ethnically-based hatred that history is all too familiar with.  It contains the seeds of the broader Progressive/Left’s disdain and hatred for all religion. A devotion to religious principles means that individuals see a higher power than government, a belief that the Left, which places the power of government on a solitary pedestal above individual rights, cannot tolerate.