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ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS--NEW FILM--Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus

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Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus, produced by acclaimed filmmaker Raphael Shore, explores the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents on North American college campuses.The film explores the context of these hostilities, by

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Anil Sanyal (134)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 1:26 am

Stan B (123)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:09 am
I watched this film a few days ago Cal. It looks as if the loony left has joined forces with radical Muslims to do a bit of Jew-bashing under the pretext of supporting the Palestinians. Exactly the same thing happens on Care 2 with neo Nazis and the extreme left posting anti-semitic rubbish while pretending to be passionate supporters of a Palestinian state.

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:10 am
The POWER of the media, hey . . . my wish is that people will open their eyes and think/observe the truth for themselves, in stead of being led/fed by the media . . .

What a dangerously immature response to the biased misinformation fed by the media:
"The documentary demonstrates the blurring of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic lines, showing how the War evoked deep anti-Jewish sentiments amongst college students and professors."

Well done for those students courageously speaking out:

"Interspersed with accounts from Jewish Students and campus professionals, the film offers a glimpse into the experiences of Jewish college students who are actively involved in the daily struggle of supporting the State of Israel and fighting against biased misinformation both in and out of the classroom."

I will definately look out for the release of this film in the UK so we can go see it, as well as recommend it to all my friends and family.

"The film is Directed by Wayne Kopping, and distributed by Imagination Productions."

. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 3:20 am
thannnxxx for sharing.. I am sure it will be something spectacular...

Beatrice B (112)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 3:40 am
[Editor's note: Protected by a bodyguard and twelve armed campus security officers, David Horowitz spoke at the University of Southern California on November 4, 2009. This is a text of his remarks, edited for readability. A video of the speech is available here. To read about the efforts to censor him before the speech and the slander directed at him, click here.]

I want to thank the College Republicans for being brave enough to invite me, and I want to thank all of you who are here to actually listen for coming.

It used to be a pleasure for me to speak on a college campus like USC. I can remember the days when I could stroll onto the USC campus and walk over to the statue of Tommy Trojan where College Republicans had erected a platform for a rally to support our troops in Afghanistan after 9/11 at which I was to speak. Now, however, I can’t set foot on this campus – or any campus – without being accompanied by a personal bodyguard and a battalion of armed campus security police to protect me and my student hosts.

Read more here,

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 4:05 am
thanks everyone for your terrific comments on what is a MUST-SEE MOVIE!

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 4:30 am
I just bought the movie from their website--I urge all interested to do the same!!!

Amalia Ahuva k (105)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 5:03 am
It just shows , in a very clear way that anti-Zionism is plain anti-semitism, in disguise. Will it help pull down the masks on the "anti-Zionists" faces here on Care2, and anywhere else?
I doubt it!

. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 5:45 am
I don't agree that anti-Zionism always equates to znti-Semitism since I have seen evidence of that among many people who can indeed disapprove of the concept of the State of Israel while having no disapproval of Jewish people in general.

In fact, I'm not a Zionist, since I consider that Zionism includes the belief that Jewish people have some sort of historic or divinely-given right to the land of Israel. And I believe that Israel's right to exist is based on the same practical right to exist that all nations share. It is no different than any other nation on earth since all sit upon ground that once belonged to other political or cultural entities. And we have no ethical right to single out the nation of Israel when other nations are given a pass when it comes to retaining their political structure and borders.

But there is no question at all that in some cases anti-Zionism does act as a not-so-thick smokescreen attempting to hide a hatred of all that is Jewish.

Unfortunately young people tend to react first and think second. Which is why college students so often jump on a particular bandwagon without considering all sides of the issue. And which is also why those with cooler and older heads, and an agenda to push, choose our college campuses as propoganda locales.

. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 5:50 am
Moreover, I still believe that however much the United States may get punched about for its support of Israel, that support is in our overall best interests. Israel is a thriving nation with a friendly attitude towards the U.S. Not only is that to be encouraged - it is a very welcome event in that part of the world. And I do not believe the U.S. would appreciate any political entity which might take the place of Israel should she be overcome. I know with certainty that I prefer Israel over the alternative.

And, as always, I strongly favor implementation of the three-state solution in that region: Israel retaining her nationhood with no right of return for Palestinians, Jordan retaining her nationhood with no right of return for Palestinians, and Gaza/West Bank achieving nationhood. With carefully respected borders.

Mike Feenaughty (267)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 6:37 am

Fortunal T (89)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 7:00 am
Thanks Cal, I'd like to see movie and after say a few words more.

David R (26)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 11:43 am

Shaping the World

College is a time for social action, student protest and the formulation of ideas and worldviews; a time to broaden one’s mind and for students to begin to shape the world they live in. In North America, college students have been instrumental in some of the biggest protest movements of the 20th Century, including the fight to end the Vietnam War, Women’s Rights and the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the activism continues with students fighting against the genocides in Tibet and Darfur and the war in Iraq.

Anti-Israel or Anti-Semitic?

There is one issue that seems to evoke more hostility then any other - Israel. Israel’s Operation Cast Lead at the close of 2008 evoked feelings of resentment and hatred from people throughout the world. There was something “different” about the protests that this war sparked as the line between anti-Israel policy and anti-Semitism became blurred. These protests weren’t just against Israel but also against the Jewish People. Around the world, synagogues and Jewish graves were desecrated and anti-Semitic chants were shouted at protests – even on the streets of America.

Bringing the War to Campus

The anti-Israel hostility that had been raging for years on American campuses came to a head during Operation Cast Lead, whereby the situation on North American campuses deteriorated dramatically. Pro-Palestinian groups held vehement anti-Israel protests along with graphic outdoor theater performances demonstrating the perceived brutality of Israeli soldiers against Palestinian civilians.

In the Classroom

Instead of offering fair and objective views of the Middle East conflict, some professors are leading the charge against Israel, often taking advantage of their positions to express pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel views on campus. When this happens, students receive a one-sided and biased view of the conflict. In this scenario, many Jewish students feel uncomfortable in the classroom and are scared to express their views on the Middle East conflict.

Anti-Semitic Attacks

In recent years, there have been numerous incidents on college campuses during which Jewish property was desecrated and Jewish students were assaulted. For example, in February 2008, four Temple University students used anti-Semitic language and assaulted two Jewish males, severely injuring one of them. In April 2009, a swastika was found painted on a Jewish fraternity house at the University of Florida.

"3D Test" of Anti-Semitism

Israeli politician Natan Sharansky uses the “3D Test” to help distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism. Sharansky identifies three categories: de-legitimization, double standard and demonization.


This refers to the argument made that Israel doesn’t meet the requirements of a legitimate state and therefore should not exist. Rather than addressing the particular issues at hand, there is a call for a destruction of the State of Israel.

Double standard

This is when criticism of Israel is applied selectively. Although other countries can be criticized for human rights violations during times of war, the finger is continuously pointed at Israel and often exaggerated. Little attention is given to the atrocities committed by other countries.


Israel is accused of behaving like a demon and its actions are blown out of proportion. For example, comparisons are made between Israelis and Nazis and between Palestinian refugee camps and Auschwitz.

Lies, Half-truths and Distortions

On American college campuses, many pro-Palestinian activists use unverified news stories and misleading information about the facts on the ground. One example of this is that during Operation Cast Lead, college students put forward the unverified story that Israel had hit a UN school in Gaza. Later reports proved that mortar shells fell in the street near the compound, and not on the compound itself. However, by that time, the damage had already been done as many students had already formed their opinions based on the original misinformation.

Follow the Money

Over the last twenty years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into American universities by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries which are hostile to Israel’s very existence, with the specific goal of influencing students’ views on the Middle East and Israel. The education that students in Middle Eastern departments are receiving is likely to be unbalanced and anti-Israel as a result of this direct line of funding.

The Muslim Student Association

The MSA organizes anti-Israel events on campus, often sponsoring events with radical speakers that support violence and suicide bombings. The MSA has foundational ties to the Muslim brotherhood, a group created with the explicit goal of implementing Sharia Law across the world. The MSA often works to advance one of the Brotherhood’s goals by advocating for the destruction of Israel.

Not Just about Israel

Another of The Muslim Brotherhood’s aims is to destabilize the West. They believe in a “grand Jihad,” claiming that Western civilization needs to eliminated from within. The Brotherhood is not just fighting against Israel, but also against America and western countries that promote democratic values.

What should Jewish students do?

Jews have a historical connection to Israel. Jews have been living in Israel continuously for thousands of years, never leaving Israel voluntarily. Jewish students should be proud of Israel’s achievements over the past 61 years, including the production of numerous technologies that are advancing the world. It is important for Jews to educate themselves, and be proactive on campus, to express their Jewish views proudly, show solidarity with Israel, and correct misinformation campaigns launched by opponents of the Jewish State.

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 12:21 pm
Cal i have not seen The Infatada Comes to Campus however I am aware of anti semitic sentiments soley proliferated attacking physically and mentally anyone who happens to be in the way, and worse, directly to those who are Jewish and/or support the State of Israel.

My daughter's friend who was only 14 years old at the time, was killed while sunbathing on a beach in Tel Aviv! This incident devastated my children and the entire community at home and abroad.

Hatred of Jews and their supporters is clearly demonstrated on college campuses!

If we are to have peace in this world, in our time, the hatred has to stop! Terrorism has to end!
The only means to achieving this is through Diplomacy.

Steven Gray (55)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:20 pm
Thank for the post and thank you David R. for your excellent clarification. I am a Jew and proud of it. If I had the ability I would go to Isreal and stay. Baruch Hashem!

catherine Buchanan (113)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:23 pm
how in the world is anti-violence equated to be anti-semitic??? people are protesting the israeli government because of the atrocities committed by the israeli government on the palestinian people. there is no hatred of jews. there is hatred of the crimes against humanity committed by the israeli government. why in the world should people tolerate the israeli government throwing palestinian families from their homes where they have lived for generations, building their homes brick by brick. and then the very next day, the israeli government moves an israeli family into the same home?

why in the world is israel's bombing of an entire civilian population supposed to be tolerated? why are you people not looking at the illegal confiscation of lands as a crime against humanity? do any of you realize that hamas has stated repeatedly that they would be willing to recognize a state of israel if the israeli government would agree to borders as stated in the UN Resolution 242. so why is not the israeli government willing to sit down and hash an agreement based on UN Resolution 242????

. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:32 pm
Catherine, while some can indeed oppose Israel without being anti-Semitic, others are both. After all, anti-Semites do exist in this world. And, being what they are, I would imagine they don't tend to approve of the State of Israel, wouldn't you say?

The issue is that many anti-Semites try to pretend that their only objection is Zionism - when, in fact, their objections run much, much deeper.

Laura G (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:53 pm
Calling someone anti-Semitic is an old defamation trick to silence critics of Israel. You won't silence me!

This film is pro-Israeli propaganda desperately trying to make that country appear legitimate, moral and worthy of the $7M/day the USA pumps into it. Lot of that has been happening recently.

But somehow, a Harvard fellow can call for the West to take measures to curb the births of Palestinians. He proposed that the number of Palestinian children born in the Gaza Strip should be deliberately curbed, and alleged that this would "happen faster if the West stops providing pro-natal subsidies to Palestinians with refugee status."

He added, "Israel's present sanctions on Gaza have a political aim -- undermine the Hamas regime -- but if they also break Gaza's runaway population growth, and there is some evidence that they have, that might begin to crack the culture of martyrdom which demands a constant supply of superfluous young men." This, he claimed, would be treating the issue of Islamic radicalization "at its root."

The 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, created in the wake of the Nazi holocaust, defines genocide to include measures "intended to prevent births within" a specific "national, ethnic, racial or religious group."

Oh, silly me. Genocide ONLY refers to what happened in Europe in WWII. However, if any Muslims were to spout off the above, but replace "Palestinians" with "Jews," well, THEN the crap would hit the fan. Oh, is that what the propaganda film means by a Double standard?

Oh, and an Israeli tactic of Delegitimization would be to say that Palestinians didn't exist until 1948. And Martin Kramer above Demonizes Palestinians. Bingo! Three for three!

Laura G (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:57 pm
BTW, my belief on the state of Israel is that it will put itself out of existence. It cannot continue to land grab from a people with "a runaway birth rate." Palestinians will outnumber Israelis, and the comparisons to South Africa will no longer be able to be quelled. Once it is a defacto apartheid state, it will soon after cease to exist. All the money in the world, nor the propaganda films, will be able to put out the match that turned into a fire.

. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 2:59 pm
Actually, Jeanette - the supposed part Jewish ancestry of Hitler appears to be merely a myth. Certainly no evidence has ever been brought to light that would show he had any Jewish ancestry.

However, if he had, it wuld hardly mean that "the Jews" were partly responsible for the concentration camps as you said. It would simply mean that one man was part Jewish. How that equates to "the Jews" having responsibility in general I cannot fathom.

Allison I (18)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 3:32 pm
Eh, how sad. >.>

Allison I (18)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 3:32 pm

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 4:01 pm
Laura, no one's trying to silence you. Everyone is welcome to their point of view here. Which doesn't change the facts.The film is no less propaganda than the ridiculous statements that the agitators on American campuses make every day.
It's really amazing how many otherwise progressive people whine about persecution if they run into well formulated views that oppose their own based on different evidence. Wake up--we're not going away, Laura, and I promise only more articles on Care2 of this type. You can 't expect to me and others of similar viewpoint to sweep outwardly anti-Semitic activities under the rug in the name of your ""doctrine"
Really absurd and presumptuous if you ask me, which i know you didn't!

. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 4:19 pm
Laura, the word "anti-semitism" was coined long before the modern state of Israel was brought into being. And de facto anti-semitism has existed for many centuries.

Charges of anti-semitism are not merely something that people thought up to try and crush opposition to Israel. Anti-semitism exists. Has always existed. And, regretfully, will likely continue to exist for a long time to come.

And, by the way, I don't believe I've heard a single person calling you an anti-semite. So the "You won't silence me" is a bit over the top, don't you think? Since no one has tried to, or would even be capable of, silencing you on this forum. That should be exceptionally obvious to anyone who takes even a casual look around - and sees the myriad of opinions existing here on Care2.

Laura G (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 9:45 pm
Cal, you say, no one's trying to silence me, and then go on to say "Wake up--we're not going away," as if I ever said for you to go away. And my "doctrine?" A "bit over the top," as Lindsey says.

Here's my doctrine: Stop racism.

And Lindsey, I was not talking about the complete history of anti-semitism, I was talking in relation to Israel, which I pointed out. And you didn't address the argument, which was that it is used as a weapon to shut people up.

Nor did anyone address the Martin Kramer fiasco, nor the land-grab issue, nor anything else beyond red herrings of how anti-semitism has existed forever (um, no kidding Sherlock!), or I'm over the top in thinking people will try and silence me. Hey, you forgot to address self-hating Jews like Goldstone and J Street.

Gotta go, have to get back to reading about my doctrine of thinking that Cal and others should sweep outwardly anti-Semitic activities (like calling attention to these facts: Palestinians not treated equally by Israel, water being diverted from Palestinians to give to Israelis or Palestinian children attacked on their way to school by rock-throwing settlers or how the West Bank is being eaten up by Jewish settlements) under the rug.

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 12:03 am
Those things never justify discrimination, Laura, that's where our disagreement lies and mixing them up is either deliberate subterfuge of the rhetorical kind of just confusion on your part. Justifying anti=Semitism a s a response to mistreatment of others is just wrong, since most of the resulting victims are innocent, i.e. blaming all jews for the actions of the Israel government because their Jewish is simple prejudice. so, if the anti=semitic shoe fits, Laura, wear it! You can't presume that all jews support Israel, but if those who don't are attacked under the guise that they do by birthright, you are perpetuating the bias. That' s what you and some others at Care2 just don't care to get. Your anger, partiall;y based in reality and partially in liberation propaganda, has led to your need for recriminations, whether or not the targets agree with what Israel does or not, Yes, and that was the basis of Nazism, and racism of all kinds during the sordid history of this involving many groups in the world too.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 12:25 am
It was only a matter of time till the PR propaganda machine cranked out something like this. I haven't seen it and will take a look if it crosses my path, but of course, I expected something like this. Along with the name calling it's purpose is too stifle any reasonable consideration that the doctrine that has become modern day Zionism is extremist and has no place in a society of equal justice.

I hear complaints of ties to Arab money. Why no complaints of ties to Jewish money? I'm not aware of the Arab version of the JIDF, and by their own words they aren't interested in a fair discussion in the least. It is this doctrine time and time again that they are better than everyone else and can't possibly be held to an equal standard.

Look, college campuses are not being overrun by antisemitism. Could it possibly be that people saw Cast Lead and DARED to form their own opinions irrespective of what so-called mainstream media was trying to project?

This is all so encouraging. The name calling and virtual lynch-mobbing is still present, but I do see real progress in the actual dialog within these discussions. If we can do it here..


AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 12:33 am
LSS-- noot all parts of a movement are equally disposed to propaganda, and I agree that discussion of a arational sort is really prefereable to some of the nonsense perpetratted by extremists of both sides As I back a two state soolution, I'm in the minority form both siddes of the issue, but still discussion is the best. I must stridently disagree with you-- Some of the things said and done on campuses in the US are based in propaganda and prejudice and must be fought as hard as all other types of propaganda. There are varying motives among the participants. you must remember. Racists typically hide their intents in rhetoric as part of larger movements--Hitler is a good example here.

Catrina Velez (46)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 1:03 am
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine ought to have taught the world a lesson long ago: YOU CANNOT REASON WITH FANATICS! The people who shout "Israel has no right to exist!" are the ones that have been using their so-called "Palestinian state" as a rocket launch pad to shoot into Israel. The appeasers who handed them this land, thinking it would bring about peace, ought to be very red in the face, they were WRONG. Of all the world's religions, Islam seems to be the most intolerant of other faiths. They cannot get along with Christians, Jews, Hindus or Buddhists. I am disgusted to see young men drafted as suicide bombers by grey bearded old clerics who rant from the safety of pulpits.The Islamics wrecked Lebanon by using it as a staging area to attack Israel. And when Israel has to defend itselt, it gets blamed.

. (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 2:00 am
That's kind of scary, you know...

Terry B (649)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 5:45 am
Wel, LSS, I never heard of a Jewish version of al-Quaeda or the Taliban, either.

Catrina said it well.

I am certainly no concerned that some Jew is going to blow up a building where I work (NYC), a hotel where I am staying (Mumbai), or transportation that I am taking (Madrid, London) or my religious statues (Afghanistan). Nor I afraid that a Jewish judge will order me beheaded or my alternate hands and feet amputated as the mohammeadan book of hate prescribes.

Wake up world! The islamofascists are on the march. Jews first, then Christians (both defilers of the "book"). then Hindus, Bhuddists, Shintoists, Zoroastians, Amazon tribesmen----- all of us that won't submit to their "merciful and compassionate" head doofus, Allah.

Little Israel, the size of Massachusetts, is the civilized world's first line of defense and a vital listening outpost against the Grand Initifada that targets all of us.

catherine Buchanan (113)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 11:36 am
catrina, do you know the actual history of palestine? i think you should look up the british interference in deciding palestine is to be the homeland of the israelites. and you should also look up irgun and al nakba and balfour policy. and i do have a question for you: it is claimed that a book designates palestine to be the homeland of the israelites. where in the world, in that same book, does it say that the land is to be exclusively inhabited by israelites alone? isn't it racism to want to expel generations of people from their homes just so a single group of people can have all that space? how is it not extremism to enclose an entire population of over 1 million people behind a concentration camp wall, cut off their water, cut off their food? since when is collective punishment considered not to be extreme? hypocrisy rears its ugly head.

catherine Buchanan (113)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 11:38 am
how is israel a democracy when a majority of the population is not permitted to participate in the elections?

catherine Buchanan (113)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 11:40 am
so, cal, did you agree with the actions of operation cast lead?

. (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 11:50 am
Catherine, all Israeli citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to vote in Israeli elections, irrespective of race or religion. Like in the United States and most other countries, non-citizens cannot vote in Israel from what I've read. And those Palestinians who chose not to accept Israeli citizenship after partition, whether immediately or later, therefore are non-citizens and cannot vote, reasonably enough. And, of course, the approximately 20% of Israeli citizens who are Arab do have the right to vote in Israeli elections.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 3:03 pm
I know this is off the subject, but if you will just take a moment to look at my Petition-I would appreciate it kindly. Thanks!

Gillian M (218)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 3:50 pm
Catherine, there is a lot of lies about Israel that people want to believe not because it is true. Israeli soldiers die rather than allow non-combatants to be hurt, especially children. The terrorists, such as Hamas and Hezbollah know this and hide in places, such as PALESTINIAN ORPHANAGES to attack targets in Israel. They know that they will not be attacked while they hide behind children. They regard all Israelies as enemies and snipers regularly target such dangerous people as babies in buggies.

These same terrorists brain wash CHILDREN (which is a war crime but none of them have ever been charged with it) and train them to use weapons and to be suicide bombers. If these little children become too frightened to set a bomb off then adults do this remotely. You cannot charge Israel with such despicable and cowardly behaviour.

Israel is not composed solely of Jews, there are over 60 types of ethnic origins and religions. Jews respect each person and their religious beliefs. Under Palestinian control, churches, synagogues etc as well as graveyards were desecrated. Handing over places like Bethlehem has meant that the Christians have mostly been driven out and, in fact, they used the church to hide in. Jewish holy sites such as Sarah's cave have been desecrated and destroyed. Jewish soldiers died rather than desecrate a holy place regardless of the religion. Getting the picture yet?

As for Palestinians, there are over 1 million of them living in Israel with exactly the same rights as any other citizen. Please name me one Arab or Persian country that allows that. Jews are regarded as less than second class citizens and, as an example, Hussein hung 13 Jews to celebrate his accession to Iraq.

I do not see any of the detractors on this board show any compassion for the Jewish refugees caused by these same countries or comments on Jordan's annexation of land which the Palestinians refugees could have lived on. I see this as double standards.

What is shown here as a complete and utter lack of any real understanding or compassion for the Palestinians or the Israelis. The Palestinians are merely a tool for bashing Israel. What we want is such terrorist organisations as Hamas and Hezbollah out of Gaza and the West Bank to allow the Palestinians to live happily and without fear alongside the Israelis who are their friends and with whom they have happily socialised for years. Israel is at war with terror and hate, NOT the Palestinians, note the difference.

. (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 4:08 pm
True, Gillian. I cannot comprehend why the double standard exists: Israel has no right to nationhood while Jordan.....does? Of course, there is one overwhelming difference. Israel is not a majority Muslim/Arab nation such as Jordan. Therefore I suppose in the minds of many it really doesn't matter much if it was stolen from the Palestinians - since the current political power in Jordan rests with fellow Muslims rather than Jews.....

Laura G (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 7:22 pm
@Cal You are readng all kinds of garbage into my posts that I never said. When did I justify anti-Semitism? When did I blame all Jews for the actions of the Israeli government? Ah, and then you call me anti-Semitic. I am anti-Zionist, which you seem to equate with anti-Semitism. Isn't that what I said in my first post is a common tactic? BINGO!! Here's an example for ya folks! But wait, it gets better!

"Your anger, partially based in reality and partially in liberation propaganda, has led to your need for recriminations, whether or not the targets agree with what Israel does or not, Yes, and that was the basis of Nazism..." I subscribe to the same beliefs of Nazism, making me well, a NAZI, I guess. Gee, how long did it take for the Zionist to call me an anti-Semite and a Nazi? Not long, of course.....

Laura G (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 7:28 pm
Hey Catrina, how's this for fanaticism? He killed 29 Muslim worshippers 16 years ago today, and the settlers will have a little party for this saint.

His grave says "Here lies the saint, Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein, blessed be the memory of the righteous and holy man, may The Lord avenge his blood, who devoted his soul to The Jews, Jewish religion and Jewish land. His hands are innocent and his heart is pure. He was killed as a martyr of God on the 14th of Adar, Purim, in the year 5754."

Martyr? I thought only Muslims used that word.

Question for the Zionists: If this was all turned around and Hamas was holding a celebration this weekend, the US would be going INSANE, right? BHO would issue a statement on the depravity of the situation, every damn senator and congressman with an Israeli leash would be outraged, etc. Here in CA, Meg Whitman and Campbell would fall over themselves in denouncing it. So, did anyone, ANYONE condemn it?

Laura G (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 7:40 pm
@Cal Here's some self-hating Jews for ya.

More Jews I like:

See, I'm not anti-Semitic. Sheesh.

And BTW, I think Zionism is predicated on, legitimized and supported by anti-semitism and anti-semitics. Zionists love it when it increases. Why else would you be in bed with the religious right in the USA, a group that surely believes Jews are hell-bound? And doesn't that make Zionism kind of whorish?

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 9:10 pm
Terry B. (151)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 5:45 am
Wel, LSS, I never heard of a Jewish version of al-Quaeda or the Taliban, either.

All Arabs look alike? You've proven why so many dumb-asses equate antisemitism with antizionism.

Cal, While distressing to say the least that some nut job attains power, when the hell does it become time to address the core underlying issues that make peoples so desperate to not only allow it, but endorse it in the first place?


AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 9:26 pm
Laura, only partially right. Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people ,and yes, Zionism is legitimized by anti-Semitism, but most of all, is a reaction to it.for many centuries in many countries both in Europe and elsewhere. The right to nationhood is inherent and historical, and doesn't depend solely on the results of Nazism in europe. Jews deserve a homeland because they have been a distinct people for thousands of years, wherever they lived. Many of those who don't like Israel don't think the Jews deserve a homeland but don't give any reasons--Only one comes to mine--anti-Semitism, when it's ok to grant yourself privileges that you deny to others based on religion or race, that's bias, in this case, anti-Semitism.

Zionism welcomes many allies---politics makes strange bedfellows for many movements--that doesn't make it any more whorish than say the American Revolutionaries allying with the French in 1776, who they fought a couple of decades earlier (The French and Indian War) on the American Frontier.Arab liberation movements allied themselves with the NaZis (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem boasted of it) against the British--did that de-legitimize them???

See, Laura, you provide good fodder for the very type of double standard that exists in the world against Israel. It's ok for American and Arabs to form expedient alliances with odd bedfellows, but Israel is held to a higher standard--Why???Don't give me the Chose People argument--it's ridiculous!

This doesn't mean that either myself or others think that all actions of the Israel government are justified, any more so than you support every action of your own government. that would be a simple naive viewpoint, that I know you don't have.

. (0)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 11:38 pm
A member of Care2 since 1999? And yet only 5 green stars and 128 butterflies?

You seem to have been in complete hibernation until tonight, Laura. You should feel honored, Cal, that she made a special effort once in 11 years to come out to comment on your story.

Odd, isn't it?

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Friday February 26, 2010, 2:38 am
Yes, and after all that time she had a lot to say. These articles do tend to attract all manner of things eccentric rhetorically.

David R (26)
Friday February 26, 2010, 11:43 am
I think that the European Union's working definition comes the closest to hitting it on the head. It speaks of classical anti-semitism as well as defining the boundary when it comes to the entire topic of Israel.

WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISMThe purpose of this document is to provide a practical guide for identifying incidents, collecting data, and supporting the implementation and enforcement of legislation dealing with antisemitism.

Working definition: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.

Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.

Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.

Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.

Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).

Criminal acts are antisemitic when the targets of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.

Antisemitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.

David R (26)
Friday February 26, 2010, 11:50 am

US Commission on Civil Rights

Public Education Campaign to End Campus Anti-Semitism
Campus Anti-Semitism reports that many college campuses throughout the United States continue to experience incidents of anti-Semitism, a serious problem warranting further attention. Anti-Israeli or anti-Zionist propaganda has been disseminated on many campuses that include traditional anti-Semitic elements, including age-old anti-Jewish stereotypes and defamation. For example claiming that the Jew are responsible for the killing of Christ or alleging that Zionism is racism.

Campus Anti-Semitism points out that anti-Semitic bigotry is no less morally deplorable when camouflaged as anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism. It also shows that substantial evidence suggests that many university departments of Middle East studies provide one-sided, highly polemical academic presentations and some may repress legitimate debate concerning Israel. Campus Anti-Semitism emphasizes that when severe, persistent or pervasive, anti-Semitic behavior may constitute a hostile environment for students in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964


catherine Buchanan (113)
Monday March 1, 2010, 10:01 am
what a joke, "israelis of the age 18 can vote". excuse me, but isn't there also a palestinian population that live in palestine that are not allowed to vote, yet, the israeli government can determine what happens to them? and you call this a democracy?

and, yes, there was a country where arabs and jews lived together, side by side, in peace. it's called palestine. they lived in peace prior to the british deciding that the palestinians would be displaced, evicted from the land they have lived on for generations. invasion of palestine, carried out by irgun, the stern gang and the take over, demolition and complete annihilation by bombing the villages that were specifically targeted is a terrorist action. this bloody massacre was called the nakba. the occupation is a terrorist action. the palestinians have been living with terrorism for the past 67 years, since the invasion made by britain in the 1940s.

so, the invasion of palestine occurred in the 1940s. hamas was born of a resistance to the invasion of palestinian lands and has only been active for the past couple of decades. so why is not the nakba considered to be terrorism? why is not the demolition of homes not considered to be terrorism? why is the invasion of palestine not considered to be terrorism?

again, i said this before, i will say this again. anti-violence is not anti-semitic. the british, u.s. and israeli governments are all guilty of extreme acts of terrorism against the palestinian people and have been continuing terrorist acts since the 1940's. stop the hypocrisy.

David R (26)
Sunday March 7, 2010, 3:34 pm

Rent Lawrence of Arabia and then maybe you might get your years right. This patch of land has been the most captured and recaptured piece of real estate in history.

catherine Buchanan (113)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 6:55 am
hey cal,
american indians have a right to live in their homeland without interference from non-indians!! the north american continent has been their distinct place of habitat for thousands of years. please, all invaders now leave!!!!!

catherine Buchanan (113)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 7:04 am
david, i am supposed to get my info from a movie? please, i prefer to talk to the people who actually lived through the events. they are still alive, you know.

campus anti-semitism: is it real, according to your definition, david? or is it that people are waking up and protesting the violence committed by the israeli government and because people dare speak out against the israeli government, the protesters are being called anti-semitic? interesting to see in the article that there are no specifics listed as to what actions are being labeled anti-semitic. so, i am guessing that my assumption that protesters are being called anti-semitic because they dare speak out against a terrorist organization is correct. targeting civilians is a terrorist act as defined by every single international law.

wow, it got awfully quiet here. i guess no one wants to address the real issues of who started the terrorism in palestine and who is defending their human rights.

Larry H. (1)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 10:13 am
Go to

For a related article on the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 9:32 am
Better yet, go read this nut job's hate and ignorance for yourself.
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