Anti-Semitism on Campus 2014

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As soon as 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, and its first task was 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.

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.

The official response to these episodes has been silence.

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.”

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.
  •  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.”

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.

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.


Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and cofounder of the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization that combats campus anti-Semitism. This column was distributed by the Jewish News Service. You can find the original here


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  1. Salamagundhi

    May 10, 2014 9:04 am

    Seems the Jew haters in the story and comment section fall into two main categories; those that are either immigrant or first generation Americans from moslem countries and Holocaust deniers.

    To the first group I say if you can’t leave your inbred hatreds in the middle east where they belong, you have no business in America; either as student or resident. So the letter of eviction was only a copy of that posted on the doors of “palestinians”? Hey, how about a Jew posts photos of the Fogel toddler decapitated by one of those brave “palestinians” on your doors? Bet the university administration takes notice then! Shame the Jews belief in free speech will be their utter demise.

    For the second category; F’ you.

  2. Incitatus

    May 10, 2014 6:08 pm

    “An anti-Semite is someone who dislikes Jews more than is absolutely necessary.”
    H.L. Mencken

  3. Rebecca

    May 13, 2014 9:27 pm

    The most vocal anti-Israel people on campus in the past have been non-religious Jews. Now, we have the campus Islamists doing it and it has been taken to a new depth. Christians have been vilified by the same people. The so called peaceful coexistence types are for anything but peace.

  4. Richard Hellstrom

    May 14, 2014 3:47 pm

    Source Wikipedia – Quote
    On April 3, 2006, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced its finding that incidents of antisemitism are a “serious problem” on college campuses throughout the United States. The Commission recommended that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights protect college students from antisemitism through vigorous enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and further recommended that Congress clarify that Title VI applies to discrimination against Jewish students.[59]
    From 1979 to 1989 the ADL recorded more than 9,617 antisemitic incidents, including 6,400 cases of vandalism, bombings and attempted bombings, arsons and attempted arsons, and cemetery desecrations.
    Their were 2,066 reported Hate Crimes committed against Jews in in 1994.
    See – The government can send cowards to attack children but what they can’t do is stand up like a man in court and openly confess their bigotry – So – What Americans lives under our coward bigots who live their entire lives in fear of being discovered –

    See ==========Word Press – u-s-created-and-executed-genocide-in-Germany/inboxrgh

  5. Maliban Al Maliban

    August 25, 2014 10:06 pm

    google: crying wolf, hate crimes hoaxes in america. israheili intel is
    running a worldwide propaganda op with its agents running stories about
    “rising tide of anti semitism”. but it is all a lie, just propaganda
    designed to get sympathy for the “poor jews, i.e. zionist thugs” who are
    committing mass murder in gaza. just google: rising tide of anti
    semitism…………you can see the operation for yourself.

    p.s. google also: robert maxwell israels superspy…………..learn how mossad controls media in the usa and europe.

  6. Truther

    September 9, 2014 6:33 pm

    Agree- this site is disinformation of the worst kind. The tide is anti-arabism- the Israelie agenda is promoting hate against them in order to get the US to do their bidding. none of this would have happened if the US chose the Alternate site for the new state of israel in Argentina, rather than putting in a land which Jews only comprised 10% of the population in the early 1900’s. Or are these facts you would like to hide? the real hate crime is the continued uproorting and stealing of palestinian land by so called “settlers”- really violent international criminals. The US public will wise up and catch the Web of lies.

  7. Guest

    September 15, 2014 5:52 pm

    Well written piece. Shame the hateful responders are already spewing lies, including the person below who claims that “Jews only comprised 10% of the population in the early 1900’s” – check your census figures – more than half the residents of Jerusalem were Jewish and only 10% Muslim,

  8. Richard Hellstrom

    September 16, 2014 12:01 pm

    The good news is through the attempt to create higher amounts of Anti Semitic behavior in America , these numbers are declining – The American people just hate the new breed of Jew Haters much , much , much more than they’ve ever hated the Jews.
    On April 2014 the Anti-Defamation League published its 2013 audit of antisemitic incidents that pointed out a decline of 19 percent in antisemitic records. The total number of antisemitic attacks across the U.S. was 751, including 31 physical assaults, 315 incidents of vandalism and 405 cases of harassment

  9. chris999

    November 27, 2014 6:49 pm

    good,young people are not as brain washed by Jew media as the older folks. They call em like they see em. Jews are liars and hypocrites …..pushing multiculturalism everywhere,except in Israel where you will find the most hateful people on earth.

  10. $92163724

    December 18, 2014 2:40 pm

    Jerusalem is (you may have failed to notice) a single town in Palestine/Israel. The overall population of Palestine west of the Jordan was over 90% Arab at the end of WW1 (British Survey of Palestine 1946, covering the entire period of British governance) irrespective of pockets where there may have been a Jewish majority. A majority in one town is about a million miles away from proving a majority throughout the region.

  11. AndrewInterrupted

    January 20, 2015 10:30 pm

    When is a professor going to produce an article as to why Israelites have been resented for 25 centuries? Personally, I’m seeing a trend.

    Is it really possible that 100+ generations have such a good memory? Or was/is the resentment based on real-time, real-world encounters?

    What level of responsibility goes to the poor ‘chosen ones’ for their collective treatmernt?

  12. David Crane

    February 28, 2015 10:42 pm

    Genesis 12:3 I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed…. God speaking to Abraham and his seed… Isaac… Jacob… Jesus…

  13. DimitriKogen

    July 3, 2015 1:24 pm

    have you ever been to Israel, you moron?
    Israelis are the most tolerant and accepting society, and that is why more and more young Arabs are proud to be Israeli and serve in the IDF..
    come and see for yourself, till then please Shut the F up

  14. micemb

    September 4, 2015 9:04 pm

    That’s just absurd. You start off with an internet link to astrology-based conspiracies, proceed to a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for ‘nations’; don’t seem to know that Orcs preceded WWII in 1937, in “The Hobbit”; and that Tolkien himself refused to have his books published in Nazi Germany specifically because of Hitler’s antisemitism. You finish up with the further silliness of claiming that Jewish hordes alone killed 20 million more people just in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe than died throughout the world in WWII, and throw in your last inanity by claiming WWII Jewish brutality in a country that didn’t even exist until 1949, and which has never had a politically significant Jewish population. Your whole comment is as silly as your avatar!

  15. micemb

    November 17, 2015 8:52 pm

    I said ,”You finish up with the further silliness of claiming that Jewish hordes
    alone killed 20 million more people just in the Soviet Union and Eastern
    Europe than died throughout the world in WWII”. The world-wide death toll from WWII was about 80 million. You claim that Jews killed 100 million in Eastern Europe alone. Even if nobody but Jews killed anybody, and nobody died in Western Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Pacific, You still come up with the Jews killing 20 million people that didn’t die.

  16. Sara Haber

    December 22, 2015 6:14 am

    That is ridiculous. Do you even speak Hebrew?? Because I do. “Goyim” comes from the word “Goy” which means a nation. Look it up. Israel is also called a “Goy”. “Goyim” is merely the plural of that word – meaning nations. So when non-Jews are referred to as “Goyim” it just means the nations of the world. And Judaism has no interest in
    “subjugating and ultimately exterminating ” non-Jews, you clearly
    don’t know what you are talking about. Can you please do yourself the favor of at least reading up a bit next time before you make yourself sound like an
    idiot again??

  17. Bernhard Rosenberg

    March 27, 2016 6:26 pm

    A RABBI and teacher at Rutgers is harassed and threatened and the media and Jewish organizations are silent Why? what is the status of this report never heard back

    I met with the Rutgers police months ago and nothing has been accomplished .A former students harassed me and called me anti-Semitic names because I gave that student a B+. I have been REPORTING for years there is anti-Semitism at Rutgers and I experienced it directly in the past . ANTI -ZIONISM on RUTGERS campus. When I complained years ago that this was evident in my class room , I was not believed…….TRUTH BE TOLD 4 hours ago (edited)
    +Bernhard Rosenberg shut the f up jew. you arrogant zionist scum. I deserved an A in your class you gave me a fucking b+ bitch ass zionist?..

    Rutger’s police have notified me that the e mail address for this former student can not be found. Not a single call from the presidents office or communications dept. where I TAUGHT., ASK THEM WHY? The truth is people want to be politically correct. Muslims are respected on campus , while I am called these names.

  18. Bertharina Rina

    September 24, 2016 8:11 pm

    hogorina on September 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm said:
    Sorry to say, our national religious empire has been infiltrated to the hilt via a network of Oriental Fundamentalist, as one massive movement laboring in the interest of lucifer. This generation of God’s Shem blood lineage has become a nation of cowards. My friend, you are a lone voice in the wilderness; but God needs you, stand tall and speak the truth. Sodomites did nail Christ to a tree; Thank you for your precious information.———Bolshevism will be the eventual ruin of this USA !


  19. Bertharina Rina

    December 7, 2016 10:20 am

    Christ called the Pharisees children of the devil. Pharisees were mongrels. He also addressed this devil’s clan as dogs. This was not of the seed lineage.of Abraham. Satan’s children are always purporting the sham that they are of Semitic blood lineage. Originally, such Christ haters cross bred
    into the lineage of ancient Esau the red. God hates them. Contemporary society is ruled by the Edomites, of whom form the ruling elite now controlling America. Their main weapon is sexual degeneration. It is clearly evident that sodomites own and control the national news media.

  20. Barbara Nostrand

    January 26, 2017 4:51 am

    People who are claiming that Israel is against multiculturalism are either ignorant of the facts or lying. There are Muslim Arabs in the Israeli parliament. The Jewish population itself is multicultural due to the diversity of places some of its members come from. On the other hand, people who are opposed to Israel often demand that all Jews be evicted either from the West Bank or from all of the Middle East. Hello! Jews have been continuously living in the Middle East for over two thousand years. The four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem were set up by the Ottoman Turks or even earlier. The Jewish Quarter was and currently is one of these four quarters. How is eliminating Jews from parts or all of the Middle East a multicultural virtue?

    Jimmy Carter appears to be the originator of the American fiction that Palestinians are “people of color” while Jewish Israelis are somehow Nordic or at least Germanic. Total Rubbish. About half of the Jewish population of Israel are descendants of people living in the Middle East or North Africa. As for Arabs. Arabs are Caucasians! Have you looked at a picture of either the King of Jordan or the President of the PLO? They would probably go unnoticed at a KKK meeting! If you encounter a “person of color” in Israel, they are most likely Jewish and descended from a long line of Jewish mothers. As for slavery. Slavery is legal in some muslim countries, but not in Israel. An Arab delegate to an early twentieth century Middle East conference even appears in photographs accompanied by one of his slaves.

    Finally, American attitudes about migration in the Middle East are nothing short of bizarre. Americans demand unrestricted Arab entry into and residence in each and every Israeli city and town, but simultaneously demand expulsion of all Jews from at least the West Bank. I suppose that if an Arab living in Jericho converted to Judaism, he would be required by these people to move out of his home town even if the rest of his family continues to live there.

  21. YourFriendlyNeighbour

    February 3, 2017 5:56 am

    Salamagundhi said: “To the first group I say if you can’t leave your inbred hatreds in the middle east where they belong, you have no business in America; either as student or resident.”

    But did not notice these incidents were revolving around Israeli lobby groups. Or does not he apply the same standards to all semites?

    Interesting, that according to this article both the author and the State Department do not include those other semites under “Anti Semitism”. Imagine the article was talking about a fight between Kongo and Kenia and one side calls the other Anti Afro.

    The author wrote: “Barghouti accused Israeli soldiers of “hunting children,””
    implying it being a false statement.

    Let’s have a look at these t-shirt commissioned by the brave soldiers of the Semite State.
    Notice the child in the crosshair and one bullet for the pregnant woman and her fetus. That is apparently quite normal mindset among IDF soldiers. Therefore, it is no wonder that the Semite State organizes foreign semites as part of propaganda campaing to prop up it’s image. US campuses are one very important target for them. You can search for “Hasbara manual” and read especially the part on propaganda devices.

    Also, these kind of pity fishing articles would require a list of jewish perpetrated hate crime hoaxes for a little objective balance. You can search that on your own. It is not a short list. Not every time jews yell being under attack is true. It pays to have gotten a trigger word to make naive whities jump on cue, doesn’t it?

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