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Harassed and Intimidated Jewish Students Tell University Administrators: STOP HIDING

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Universities Cave to Islam: Cowardly university administrators protect all minorities against attacks and intimidation, except for Jewish students, leaving them unprotected and alone.

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Beth S (330)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 7:54 pm

When an African American student at San Jose State University who was racially harassed and bullied by his dormitory roommates came forward, university, county, and state officials began an investigation. Within days, prosecutors labeled it a hate crime, battery charges were filed against three of the roommates, and the university had suspended them. Within weeks, California State Assembly Speaker John Perez announced the creation of a Select Committee on Campus Climate, to look into this incident and find a way to prevent others like it.

When a white male threw a beer at Trinity College sophomore Juan Hernandez and yelled, “Get off our campus,” Trinity launched an investigation and charges were brought against the perpetrator.

When anti-gay remarks were written on message boards that hang on dorm-room doors, Elizabethtown College began an investigation, engaged the FBI, and disciplinary action was taken.

Jewish students are bullied by fellow students and also professors.

Compare that to the situation for Jewish students. Over the last several years, Jewish students on campuses across the country have been physically, emotionally, and intellectually harassed, intimidated, threatened and bullied – not only by their fellow students but also by some of their professors.

• Anti-Israel student activists at the University of Michigan last month hurled death threats at Jewish student council members and called them “dirty Jew” and “kike.”

• At University of California, Berkeley, a Jewish girl holding an “Israel Wants Peace” sign was ramrodded with a shopping cart by the head of Students for Justice in Palestine.

• At Harvard University, the Palestine Security Committee frightened Jewish students by placing mock eviction notices on their dormitory rooms.

• At Northeastern University in Boston, Students for Justice in Palestine vandalized a menorah and disrupted Jewish events.

• At San Francisco State University this past fall, the General Union of Palestine Students hosted an all-day event where participants could make posters and t-shirts that said, “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers,” meaning Jews.

• And just last week, at New York University, pro-Palestinian students slipped “eviction notices” under the doors of 2,000 undergrads, scaring Jewish students and parents.
Aggressive Confrontations

The first major source for anti-Jewish sentiment on campus is members of the Muslim and pro-Palestinian student organizations. For more than a decade, these groups have sponsored speakers, films, exhibits, and guerrilla theater that engage in discourse or use imagery and language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department. These student groups have also been responsible for aggressively confronting students at pro-Israel events and threatening, physically harassing, and assaulting Jewish students.

Over the past couple of years, the groups have also promoted campaigns to boycott Israel or companies that do business with Israel. These campaigns are accompanied by talks, rallies, and exhibits containing anti-Semitic imagery, rhetoric, and actions. Jewish students have reported fearing for their safety in the days leading up to and after the campaigns, saying they were “continuously intimidated” and “repeatedly threatened.”
Faculty Participation

The second source of anti-Israel sentiment on campus is faculty. In classrooms and at departmentally sponsored events, faculty members have advanced lies and distortions about Zionism, Israel, and Jews, and advocated the elimination of the Jewish State. Although their rhetoric is unscholarly, politically motivated, and even at times anti-Semitic, these professors have wrapped themselves in the mantle of academic freedom, making it very difficult to challenge.

• For four years, David Klein, a mathematics professor at California State University, Northridge, has been using his university’s server to promote his Web pages calling for the economic, academic and cultural boycott of Israel. His Web pages contain a litany of false and inflammatory statements and photographs intended to incite hatred and promote political activism against the Jewish State.

Barghouti says that Israeli soldiers “murder children for sport.”

• David Lloyd is a professor of English at University of California, Riverside. In January, he organized an event on his campus that featured Omar Barghouti, the founder and most vocal advocate for the campaign to boycott Israel. Barghouti accused Israeli soldiers of “hunting children,” saying that soldiers “entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.” He also accused “Israel and its well-oiled lobby groups” of “buying and paying for the allegiance of Congress” and controlling the media. Course credit was dangled to students in eight courses for attending Barghouti’s hate speech.

• At NYU, Prof. Lisa Duggan hosted a conference for students that constituted nothing more than a platform for 21 anti-Israel activists to spew their hatred of the Jewish state and promote a boycott intended to hasten its elimination. Fully aware of its unscholarly, anti-Semitic, politically motivated purpose, Duggan wrote on Facebook, “PLEASE DO NOT post or circulate the flyer. We are trying to avoid press, protestors and public attention.”

Fear of Reprisal

The impact of this academic Israel-bashing on students has been enormous. Students have reported feeling emotionally and intellectually harassed and intimidated by their professors, to the point that they are reluctant or afraid to express a view that is not anti-Israel in their classes. They are often afraid to come forward and confront the professor or complain to the university for fear of retaliation.

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Sadly, Jewish students who have spoken out have been vilified and attacked for even trying to call attention to the anti-Semitic behavior they are experiencing. For example, at a University of California, Davis anti-Israel “occupation” rally last November, a student who expressed concern about the anti-Semitic banners displayed at the protest was physically assaulted by a protestor who screamed in his face, “You are racist and you should die in hell.”

Who bears the most blame for the tsunami of campus anti-Semitism? University administrators. Distressingly, administrators routinely turn a blind eye to this long-standing and pervasive anti-Jewish bigotry and ignore Jewish students’ pleas for help. Language and behavior that would never be tolerated from students or faculty when directed against other campus minorities goes unchallenged by administrators when directed against Jewish students. The primary responsibility for addressing campus anti-Semitism rests with university administrators. Unfortunately, they are missing in action when it comes to protecting Jewish students rights and ensuring their safety.

Administrators: It’s time to stop hiding.

Stan B (123)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 8:57 pm
It's hard to believe this is happening today in the good old U.S.A.
Thanks for the info, Beth.

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 10:47 pm
SHAME ON THEM!! thanks.

Lynda GettingBetter (122)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 10:57 pm
I agree with Stan, but I also see more and more antisemitic propaganda these days, and I think it is infecting the whole world. What a giant step backwards.

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Monday May 12, 2014, 12:24 am
noted and signed

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Monday May 12, 2014, 2:53 am
Thanks Beth--It's time to change the laws that protect professors whose protections results in an atmosphere of intimidation at the nation's learning institutions.

Shirley S (187)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:04 am
Very disturbing

Alexandra G (250)
Monday May 12, 2014, 4:46 am
noted, thanks Beth

. (0)
Monday May 12, 2014, 5:29 am

Jordan G (37)
Monday May 12, 2014, 5:49 am
Waiting for the apologists and deniers to infect this post. (Perhaps in an effort to prove me wrong they will ignore the post. That would be nice.)

Of course, bigotry, hatred, intimidation, bullying, prejudice, ignorance and all forms of intolerance (and its sources) infect the human condition and demean us all. At the same time, if good, kind, embracing people do nothing, evil will flourish and succeed; sometimes evil can not be persuaded, cajoled, appeased, educated or negotiated with.

It would be nice to have the foresight and wisdom to know how to accomplish this instead of proceeding to the next step.

Winnie A (179)
Monday May 12, 2014, 6:34 am
This is just crazy . . . .

Lona G (80)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:09 am
The staff and administration of the universities and colleges where this is happening should be held accountable and independent investigations started.

Beth S (330)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:23 am
Amen to that, Lona!

Mitchell D (87)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:26 am
I saw nothing to sign, but am aware that Saudi Arabia has been setting up programs, and funding chairs, at various universities.
Whether the issue is the money, and the international influence (how ironic would tht be?), or not, tis is a slippery slope, down which the world seems to be moving with building speed.
I heard, just the other day, from a Rutgers professor who does some world traveling, that some Jews are literally leaving France, which has a history of anti-semitism going way, way back in its history, because of the growing intensity thereof.

. (0)
Monday May 12, 2014, 9:18 am

Helen Porter (39)
Monday May 12, 2014, 10:00 am
noted with sorrow for what was once the "Good Old USA."

I remember the older folks when I was a child saying, "What is this world coming to!"

Well, I guess now we know.

. (0)
Monday May 12, 2014, 1:48 pm
Thanks Beth

Jae A (316)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:50 pm
$audi Arabia + Bu$h Family [best of friends and corporate buds for decades] + GOP Reichwing Supporters = Hate/Injustice/Fear/intolerance/Corporate greed and control of our government . So what more can be expected these days than just what they are on this topic.....

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:52 pm
Arabs war planners are experts in finding "nobody's" money to promote their Jihad against Israel. The root of this particular evil - unrestrained Islamist extremist activity on student campuses - is cause by the poorly regulated access to Student Union funds, collected by the universities.

Unsuspecting students fund all these hate-promoting activities, together with Communist parties, Marxist parties and other exotic movements. Often, they don't have an option to direct where their student money will go to, or to withdraw their participation in the student union.

This is the root of all extremist on campuses. Extremists cannot produce funding on their own.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Monday May 12, 2014, 5:28 pm

Jae: As much as I sympathize with you about the Saudis and Bush, the Saudis and other Islamists have definitely teamed up with the left. It's difficult to maintain much excitement about either party.

Well put, Bob.


Mitchell D (87)
Monday May 12, 2014, 6:00 pm
Having checked with relatives just back from France, I must admit that their spin on increased ant-semitism in France, is that it is not increased, after all.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday May 12, 2014, 6:02 pm
Correction: It is not increased in the native population of the French, but there is a new source of it, in the increasing presence of Muslims in the country.

Chana Brown (0)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:58 pm
Very upsetting and hateful that Universities are caving into this.

Monday May 19, 2014, 2:37 am
The history of anti-Jewish expression and action has a long history. It is easy to forget for example that an ambassador, a certain Mr Kennedy (yes those Kennedys) refused to accept a shipload of Jews and with a smile and a wink sent them back to a certain and unpleasant death in Nazi concentration camps. From the Klan to Catholic organisations and politicians through to neo-Nazi grpoups there has been no shortage of Jews hater and Jewish conspiracy theorists in the USA. Bolstered by Islam and much oil revenue the trend today is and will increase.
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