web analytics
May 22, 2015 / 4 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


It’s My Opinion: Numbers Can Lie

South-Florida-logo

The Anti-Defamation League recently released its annual report on anti-Semitic incidents reported in Florida. The audit seemed like good news. Numbers for these occurrences were down in Florida for the fourth consecutive year and, even better, the ADL reported a decade-long decline in reported anti-Semitic incidents throughout the United States.

It is quite startling that this report exists alongside the vitriolic anti-Israel hate campaign endemic throughout America today. The movement is especially entrenched on college campuses. Florida schools as well as college and university campuses all over the United States are involved.

The crusade is funded by several Muslim organizations. One of the groups, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), is backed by American Muslims for Palestine, based in Chicago, and focused on coordinating anti-Israel activities on campuses throughout America.

Programs to spread the propaganda include Israeli Apartheid Week and Israeli Occupation Awareness Week. Various events promote Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activities aimed at the Jewish state. Shunning of Israeli scholars and professors is yet another aspect of this sordid scheme.

The goal of the crusade is to demonize and hurt Israel. It seeks to divest funds from Israeli companies and American companies that do business with the Jewish state. It seeks to delegitimize Israel and have it seen as a pariah. It continues the tactic of “the big lie.”

Jewish students and student groups have been subjected to a caustic atmosphere of raw hostility and intimidation. Many feel unsafe. Often, members of Hillel, Jewish fraternities and other Jewish-oriented campus organizations are overwhelmed, harassed and kept from presenting their views.

Anti-Israel representatives slide into age-old canards. The imagery of Jews as baby killers, power hungry and thirsting for world domination creates the notion that violence is justified against Jews and their state. Speakers for the Muslim Student Association praise Hamas and Hizbullah and advocate for terrorism against Israel and her people.

One of the biggest lessons of the Shoah is that Jews need to be ever vigilant. The worldwide Jewish community was not conscious of the extent of the peril that lurked. When Jews finally woke up, it was too late.

The usual hate crimes documented by the ADL involve acts of flagrant anti-Semitism. They include property being defaced by swastikas and the open distribution of Nazi literature. This year a unique activity was added to the list of ADL complaints: A rotting package of ham was left in front of a Jewish Community Center in Tavernier, Florida. It seemed to be ill intended but hardly dangerous. Some instances of anti-Semitism are more insidious than others.

Anti-Semitism in current times is often hidden under the guise of a political/ ideological rift with Zionism. Do not be fooled. The virulent hatred spewed at the Jewish state and its Jewish population is the same Anti-Semitism that has existed for untold ages. It is now wrapped in a different package called anti-Zionism and becoming widely accepted. It is a danger.

The statistics might be terrific but the truth is not. If anything, the atmosphere of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel rhetoric has escalated. Data can be misleading. Numbers can lie.

About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “It’s My Opinion: Numbers Can Lie”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Seder at the White House. The one without the kippa is President Obama.
Obama Reaching Out to (Liberal) Jews in Sermon at Synagogue
Latest Sections Stories
South-Florida-logo

Mistrust that has lingered after the fiasco in Ferguson, Missouri, has edged the issue forward.

South-Florida-logo

“The observance of a kosher diet is a key tenet of Judaism, and one which no state has the right to deny,” said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Orthodox Union.

South-Florida-logo

Two weeks of intense learning in the classroom about Israel culminated with Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Students attended sessions with their teachers and learned about history, culture, military power, advocacy, slang, cooking, and more.

The nations of the world left the vessel to sit rotting in the water during one of the coldest winters in decades and with its starving and freezing passengers abandoned.

Rabbi Yisroel Edelman, the synagogue’s spiritual leader, declared, “The Young Israel of Deerfield Beach is looking forward to our partnership with the OU. The impact the OU has brought to Jewish communities throughout the country through its outreach and educational resources is enormous and we anticipate the same for our community in Deerfield Beach as well.”

Our goal here is to offer you recipes that you can make on Yom Tov with ingredients you might just have in the house. Enjoy and chag sameach!

Gardening can be a healthy, wholesome activity for the whole family.

Unfortunately, the probability is that he will not see a reason to change as he has been acting this way for a long time and clearly has some issues with respecting women.

All of these small changes work their way into the framework of the elephant and the rider because they are helping the elephant move forward.

It’s hard not to be intrigued by recipes with names like Thanksgiving Stuffing Soup, Braised Chicken with Rhubarb Gravy and Vidalia Onion Fritters with Sambal Yogurt Dip.

Ramsay, daughter of famed football coach Jack Ramsay, has served the City of Los Angeles for the past 15 years.

More Articles from Shelley Benveniste
South-Florida-logo

Mistrust that has lingered after the fiasco in Ferguson, Missouri, has edged the issue forward.

South-Florida-logo

“The observance of a kosher diet is a key tenet of Judaism, and one which no state has the right to deny,” said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Orthodox Union.

Two weeks of intense learning in the classroom about Israel culminated with Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Students attended sessions with their teachers and learned about history, culture, military power, advocacy, slang, cooking, and more.

Rabbi Yisroel Edelman, the synagogue’s spiritual leader, declared, “The Young Israel of Deerfield Beach is looking forward to our partnership with the OU. The impact the OU has brought to Jewish communities throughout the country through its outreach and educational resources is enormous and we anticipate the same for our community in Deerfield Beach as well.”

They may have taken the required courses, scored well on the tests, and earned good grades.

“We wanted to shed light on the mystery that surrounds biblical interpretations. This really is an eye-opening course.”

“This added dimension helps the girls with their hashkafa and ability to educate their children. The added light of chassidus helps combat the darkness children are exposed to on a daily basis.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/south-florida/its-my-opinion-numbers-can-lie/2014/04/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: