How to deal with rampant anti-Semitism on US college campuses
Given the anti-Semitism being taught
in the classrooms
on so many North American college campuses, it's not too surprising that anti-Semitism has become rampant
on those same campuses. This is Caroline Glick.
Increasingly, anti-Semites in the US are adopting brownshirt tactics
to violently advance their goal of removing Jews from the public square
and intimidating others into boycotting Israel and those who support it.
Take just a few examples in recent weeks. In late September, several
hundred anti-Semitic rioters at the Port of Oakland prevented
longshoremen from unloading cargo from the Israeli cargo ship Zim
Shanghai. According to media reports, there were 50 policemen from the
Oakland police force on the scene, but their presence did not stop the
rioters or enable the longshoremen to offload the cargo.
None of the anti-Semites were arrested. Zim Shanghai was forced to leave the port with its cargo and sail on to Los Angeles.
The group that organized the assault on the Zim ship calls itself
Block the Boat for Gaza. It operates through its Facebook page where it
openly organizes violent assaults on Israeli shipping. Another assault
is planned, according to its Facebook page, for October 25.
A previous assault in August, during Operation Protective Edge, also
took place with police presence and nonintervention. The Zim Piraeus was
forced as well to pull anchor with its cargo and sail on to Los
Block the Boat for Gaza is supported by another group called Arab Resource and Organizing Center.
On October 8, the Brooklyn Nets played an exhibition game against
Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Barclay Center in downtown Brooklyn. The event
was a benefit for Friends of the IDF. Twelve IDF soldiers wounded during
Operation Protective Edge were guests at the event.
About a hundred anti-Semitic rioters organized outside the event.
They were members of variety of organizations reportedly including
Jewish Voices for Peace, Adalah – New York, and the Direct Action for
After the event, a number of the rioters accosted Leonard Petlakh,
the director of a local Jewish community center, as he was leaving the
arena with his two young sons. According to The Forward, they shouted,
“Free Palestine,” and, “Your people are murderers.” And then one of them
punched him in the face, breaking his nose.
The assailant was arrested. But strangely, he was not charged with
committing a hate crime despite the clear anti-Semitic character of his
On October 5, hours after the end of Yom Kippur, swastikas were
painted on the walls of AEPi Jewish fraternity at Emory University near
Atlanta. Swastikas were also painted at the Yale University campus. In
July, mailboxes of AEPi members at University of Oregon were defaced
In August, a Jewish student at Temple University was assaulted by a member of Students for Justice for Palestine.
In a video filmed at the national convention of AEPi and posted on
YouTube two weeks ago, members of AEPi from campuses around the US and
Canada shared the stories of anti-Semitic assaults they and their
friends suffer regularly on their campuses. The attacks described
included, among other things, violent assaults.
Gideon Rafal, the president of AEPi at University of Arizona, described
how he was assaulted while trying to prevent a group of 20 Jew-hating
thugs from forcing their way into his fraternity house.
Rafal said he was struck from behind and lost consciousness.
The injuries he sustained during the assault included a skull
fracture, bleeding in the brain, a concussion and a lower back fracture.
He says that he was hospitalized for three weeks, spending 10 days in
the intensive care unit.
Rafal did not say who the assailants were or what legal measures were
taken against them or what organization if any, they were associated
Other students described threats against Jewish students manning a
table for Birthright Israel programs at Loyola University in Chicago,
and the assault of a Jewish female student at University of California
at Santa Cruz.
Shane, a student at University of Calgary, described how he, his
mother and sister were violently assaulted for counter-protesting at an
anti-Israel protest. The group that sponsored the anti-Israel protest
and whose members attacked him and his family is an official campus
Shane said he fears for his life as he walks through campus.
In recent years it has become apparent that university campuses have
become breeding grounds for anti-Semitism. The incidents described by
the Jewish students who attended the AEPi convention indicate that the
anti-Israel propaganda taught in the classrooms is increasingly being
translated into anti-Jewish violence outside of them.
Caroline has a plan to deal with it. Read the whole thing
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