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Anti-Semitism on the campus of Yale University, 2014

Discontent is brewing in New Haven after Rev. Bruce M. Shipman, an Episcopal chaplain at Yale, wrote a letter to The New York Times implying that Israel’s actions encourage anti-Semitism.

On Aug. 20, Deborah E. Lipstadt, an author and Jewish history professor at Emory University, published an editorial in the New York Times entitled “Why Jews Are Worried,” detailing a rise in European anti-Semitic incidents.

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Shipman responded by tying rising anti-Semitism to “the carnage in Gaza over the last five years” – and encouraging “Israel’s patrons abroad” to push the Israeli government for peace as a means to stop similar attacks.

On Twitter, Lipstadt called Shipman’s response “beneath contempt” and accused him of victim-blaming.

Rabbi Leah Cohen, executive director of Yale’s Slifka Center for Jewish Life, strongly condemned Shipman’s sentiments: “We are adamantly against any justifications of anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind,” she wrote.

Shipman issued an apology Friday in the student newspaper, stating that “Nothing done in Israel or Palestine justifies the disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in Europe or elsewhere,” but reiterating his belief in the “correlation between the uptick in anti-Semitic violence in the world and the events taking place in Israel/Palestine and Gaza.”

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160 COMMENTS

  1. Still there would be….as Jews are blamed in many delusional charges, recurring participants in conspirational theories. Also, Poland that has virtually no Jewish population, still suffers from thriving antisemitism. The antisemitism exists without Jews too.

  2. Who in the Hell do you think your talking to? …And your a Chaplain. You are Charlatan– A fake . You need to be Deflocked. You are to tell your flock the virtues of G-d not of hate. One more thing—-G-d will remember and you soul will be in torment for eternally and worse off because you a priest. Go to Hell

  3. Can not imagine history or the world without Judaism . Israel was a state of mind & is now realized. Given any group of people, given differences amongst people , there will alway be prejudice . Why your hair is too curly, you are too short, you are too dark, you are too stupid, you are weak, you are not man enough, you are not woman enough, you are too poor, you are too rich, etc.

  4. Can not imagine history or the world without Judaism . Israel was a state of mind & is now realized. Given any group of people, given differences amongst people , there will alway be prejudice . Why your hair is too curly, you are too short, you are too dark, you are too stupid, you are weak, you are not man enough, you are not woman enough, you are too poor, you are too rich, etc.

  5. Why do fools think like Pharisees an believe that they know more than god?why does thy falseness fall from thy mouth blasphemy like thee serpent Lucifer tongue torment of scaling diseases that plague a lost soul pityness of untruth. As blameness flame in thy lost soul a demon knows credible face lies he enjoys.who you rather face almighty God or Lucifer the true sinner unto adam an eve.amen

  6. How sick can people be, what did Israel do to them that deserves such hatred, it is satan that wants them gone because they are God’s people, and the people that have evil hearts is an easy instrument in the devils hands. Israel has survived many attacts and always survived, God will protect them, yes maybe they will suffer but in the end they will survive, no one can stand against God.

  7. Why should this surprise anyone? Yale had no problem with condoning Apartheid South Africa through their silence and inaction. When they ransacked the Judaic Studies department on anti-Semitic studies and threw out the department head and now its run by some apologist who won't discuss anti-Semitism after the holocaust. Was this not telling of what was to come?

  8. Is the Rev. Shipman still a chaplain at Yale? If so, I do believe that the Board of Regents or whoever is in charge should look into this outrageous remark. An apology, at least, is in order.

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