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Barbara Kay:

The link between BDS

and Jew hatred on campus

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Barbara Kay

March 23, 2016

National Post

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 In a Feb. 25 Facebook post, McGill student Molly Harris recounted her experience in a “Rez (residence) Project” workshop, a (mandatory) three-hour discussion on “oppression, privilege, consent and race” designed to create a “safe space” for fellow dorm students. Molly described an incident when, singled out negatively for being Jewish, she felt unsafe. According to Molly, the facilitator responded that Molly could feel victimized for being female, but “being Jewish didn’t constitute grounds for systematic oppression.”

 

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Molly writes, “Though a little perturbed, I let this go, I didn’t argue with the facilitator, and stayed quiet for the remainder of the workshop.” I sympathize with Molly’s intuition that pressing the issue would not have gone well for her. On campuses with an active anti-Zionist presence, like McGill, hatred of Israel has a trickledown effect into the general “social justice” agenda — feminism, Black Lives Matter, LGBT and others — which has hardened many progressives’ hearts against all Jewish pain, and shamed Jewish students into suppressing or denying it.

 

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And so it has become commonplace even for Jewish students well-versed in their people’s history to accept the mantle of “privilege” rather than insist that 60 years of success in North America isn’t a patch on three thousands years of exclusion, religious persecution, second-class status and wholesale massacre, not to mention ethnic cleansing from 94 countries (with the alleged sins of the only one from which they cannot be expelled the hysterical, single-focus obsession of “human rights” activism). 

 

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Molly’s uncomfortable experience ranks as relatively benign in the scheme of anti-Israel expression on North American campuses, where the always-thin line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism has been slowly but surely dissolving. In the U.S. evidence of the merger can be ugly: swastikas on Jews’ dorm doors, rancid graffiti like “Zionists should be sent to the gas chamber” and scurrilous Facebook postings like “F***ing Jews. GTFOH with all your Zionist bullsh*t … Give the Palestinians back their land, go back to Poland or whatever freezer-state you’re from…”

A survey of U.S. Jewish college students by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law reveals that 54 per cent of surveyed students reported experiencing or witnessing instances of anti-Semitism on campus in the first six months of the 2013-14 academic year. Another Brandeis survey found that 75 per cent of North American Jewish college student respondents “had been exposed to anti-Semitic rhetoric,” and one third “harassed because they were Jewish.” Both surveys found active BDS campaigns to be a consistent correlated factor in the anti-Jewish hostility.

 

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A new report by the AMCHA Initiative (Hebrew for “your people”) confirms that BDS promotion creates “a hostile environment for Jewish students.” AMCHA examined 113 U.S. public and private colleges and universities with the largest populations of Jewish students in North America (but not the Canadian campuses that have high Jewish enrollment). Data were gathered from incident reports, media accounts, social media postings and online recordings. Also examined were the presence or absence of active anti-Zionist student groups and the number of faculty who had signed one or more petitions or statements endorsing an academic boycott of Israeli universities and scholars.

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Categories for “targeting” of Jewish students included: physical assault, genocidal expression, destruction of Jewish property, discrimination, and intimidation. Language was considered anti-Semitic if it included historical tropes like blood libels or conspiracy theories (Jewish control of media, banks, governments, etc.), conflation of Jews with Nazis, Holocaust denial, and demonization or delegitimization of Israel (derived from the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism). They found, for example, that on more than 60 campuses, Israel was vilified for genocide, crimes against humanity, “pinkwashing” (LGBT tolerance as a distraction from Israeli evil) and “faithwashing” (Israel’s religious tolerance for the same reason). A speaker at one school called Israel “the embodiment of evil.” 

 

The report concludes that anti-Zionism is the most prominent face of contemporary anti-Semitism on campuses today, and that the best statistical predictors of overall anti-Semitic activity on a campus are the presence of groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and the number of faculty who have endorsed the academic boycott of Israel. Significantly, they found that the level of BDS activity on campus is the best predictor of anti-Jewish hostility.

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By their nature boycotts are normally limited, as they either work or they don’t. Only one boycott has failed to succeed, but has continued in various incarnations for 100 years, namely the boycott against the Jews. Like the Arab League Boycott, ongoing since 1948, which is its spiritual father, today’s BDS campaigns are inherently Judeophobic, and denial of “safe spaces” to Jews when they are exposed to identity-based hostility is an inherently anti-Semitic impulse. Let’s finally acknowledge that and deal with it as we would any other offensive manifestation of intolerance.

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National Post

Issues & Ideas

Barbara Kay

March 23, 2o16

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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

From Wikipedia

SUMMARY COMMENT

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The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to comply with the stated goals of the movement: the end of Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.[1][2][3][4][5]

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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

From Wikipedia

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This article may be too long to read and navigate comfortably. A link to the article is included below. (March 2016)

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott,_Divestment_and_Sanctions

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The campaign is organised and coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee.[6][7] The campaign was started on 9 July 2005 by 171 Palestinian non-governmental organizations in support of the Palestinian cause for boycott, divestment and international sanctions against Israel. Citing a body of UN resolutions and specifically echoing the anti-apartheid campaigns against white minority rule in apartheid era South Africa,[8] the BDS campaign called for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law“.[9]

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Protests and conferences in support of the campaign have been held in a number of countries around the world. Supporters of BDS include academics, trade unions, political parties and Israeli citizens.[10]

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There is considerable debate about the scope, efficacy, and morality of the BDS movement. BDS supporters argue that the movement (and criticism of the movement) are similar to the boycotts of South Africa during its apartheid era,[11][12][13] comparing the situation in Israel to apartheid. Critics argue that the BDS movement disincentivizes the Palestinian leadership from negotiating with Israel at present,[14] is antisemitic,[15][16] and that it is a form of anti-semitic anti-Zionism[17][18] that promotes the delegitimization of Israel.[19][20]

 

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From Wikipedia

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A PERSONAL COMMENT

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IT IS A SAD COMMENTARY ON OUR ‘CIVIL’IZATION THAT IN 2016 WE CANNOT LOOK BEYOND RACE OR RELIGIOUS BELIEF.

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WHY?

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WHATEVER THE ANSWER IS IT IS NEITHER FLATTERING NOR COMPLIMENTARY.

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IT ATTESTS TO THE MOST VILE INSTINCTS IN OUR ‘CULTURE’.

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JEWISH INTELLECTUAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN EVERY FIELD ARE THE RESULT OF THE ONLY ‘SAFE SPACE’ THAT JEWS HAVE HAD FOR SEVERAL MILLENNIA – THE SANCTUARY OF THEIR MIND.

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THE RESULT HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY IN EVERY FIELD OF JEWISH ENDEAVOUR.

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THE ATTACKS ON JEWS REFLECT A BASE PREJUDICE THAT SIMPLY NULLIFIES THE CULTURAL LEGITIMACY OF ALL THOSE WHO ARE OBSESSED WITH A NEED TO ATTACK.

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IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN CONVENTIONAL ENVY.

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Dan Zwicker

Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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