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AntiSemitic Experiences of American Jewish College Students Chronicled Online

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

An organization has set up a webpage which catalogues, by university, testimony by Jewish students who have experienced antisemitism on their campuses.

The AMCHA Initiative, which monitors, investigates and fights against antisemitism at institutions of higher learning in America, set up the webpage a year and a half ago.

Called “Student Voices,” the webpage reveals experiences of Jewish students on America’s campuses who have been targeted, intimidated and/or frightened because they are Jewish.

AMCHA reports that it has collected testimonials from more than 100 students, located at 47 different schools, in 20 states.

“Campus antisemitism is widespread and it’s escalating at an alarming rate,” said AMCHA director and cofounder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin.  “Students should know they are not alone.  We hope the compilation of concerns shared by brave Jewish students over the past year-and-a-half will help university leaders and elected officials understand the breadth of the problem and take action.”


All of the personal declarations on the AMCHA webpage, “Student Voices” were stated publicly at student government meetings or quoted in news stories, and the testimonials include links to those sources.

Here are just some examples:

♦ The Jewish flag was ripped off the dorm door and the mezuzah was torn off the doorway of a Jewish student at Claremont-McKenna College in California.

♦ Swastikas were spray painted on the walls of the Jewish fraternity at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

♦ At Loyola University in Chicago, Jewish students reported being “peppered with hostile questions such as “How does it feel to be an occupier?” and “How does it feel to be guilty of ethnic cleansing?” One member is worried about attending future Hillel events for fear of being attacked.”

♦ Mock eviction notices were shoved under the dorm room doors of a predominantly Jewish dorm while students slept at New York University.

♦ A Northeastern University (Boston) professor, “demonizes Israel, delegitimizes Jewish history and infringes on his student’s free speech by shutting down any differing views.”

♦ A Jewish student at Northwestern University in Chicago described being “terrified knowing I may not be able to discuss my Judaism without taunts, or worse, violence,” and that she is “told when I try to talk about anti-Semitism in the West to “check my privilege,” or that we are part of the machine fueling inequality.”

♦ A student at San Diego State University said that as a “Jewish student on this campus, and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I was disgusted and horrified by the anti-Semitic comments.”

♦ There are students who tuck their Star of David necklaces inside their shirts to hide that they are Jewish, according to a Jewish student at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

♦ Stanford University’s Hillel staff reported hearing from Jewish students that they no longer feel safe at Stanford, that they feel ostracized and targeted, and are unable to express their identities and opinions in the dorms and around campus.

♦ Students with a clear Zionist perspective are labeled and excluded from the discussion at Swarthmore University in Pennsylvania, a Jewish student explained. “We have been told we do not belong at this school, that our voices do not belong in the dialogue. We have been accused of supporting apartheid and of being racist.”

♦ A student at UCLA said, “Jewish students are being attacked — not because they are Jewish but because the Jewish state is Jewish, and they as Jews, have somehow become extensions of the Jewish state and its policies.”

♦ About the University of California, Davis, one student said, ““It’s an absurd reality that many Jewish college students have to question: is my college safe for me?”

Why is Antisemitism in Canada Soaring?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The League for Human Rights of B’nai B’rith in Canada just released a report on antisemitism, and the results are disturbing.

While antisemitism had remained fairly constant between the years 2010 and 2013, it spiked to an all-time high in 2014, with a 28 percent increase over 2013.

There were 1627 reported incidents of antisemitism in Canada in 2014. Here are a few examples provided in the executive summary of the report:

In Laurentians, Canada, several Chassidic homes were vandalized, and one was completely destroyed by arson.

In Penticton, Canada, a mattress was set on fire, with the words ‘burnt Jew’ written across the top.

In Montreal, there was an arson attack against Jews. Also, two cars were vandalized and spray painted with swastikas. Also in Montreal, a Chassidic woman sitting on a park bench was slapped in the face by a man on a bicycle riding past.

In Calgary and Toronto, multiple Jews were attacked and injured at Palestinian and Israel support rallies. At these rallies, chants of “kill the Jews” and “Hitler was right” were also reported.

Also in Toronto, dog feces was rubbed on the door of a synagogue. According to the Toronto Police Service annual Hate Crime Report, in 2014, Toronto’s Jewish community was the single most victimized group. In nearly one in every three reported hate crime incidents in Toronto, Jews were the victims, with similar results seen in other Canadian cities.

So why the huge increase in such incidents in Canada in 2014? Actually, the increase is consistent with the rise of reported antisemitism globally, especially in Europe, where some countries reported a doubling of anti-Semitism.

The B’nai B’rith conclusion points to anti-Zionism being treated as a legitimate source of political debate, with attacks on the Jewish State quickly oozing into raw Jew hatred.

On college and university campuses across Canada, on the streets in protests and in the media, one drum-beat is being pounded again and again: Jews, via the state of Israel, are responsible for some of the worst types of human rights violations and the genocide of the Palestinian people. Criticism of Israeli policy has become a condemnation of the Jewish people as a whole,

What is said about the Canadian campuses is equally true for American, British and European campuses.

Those organizations working so earnestly to “love Israel” into being “better” appear to be primarily responsible for the huge increase in anti-Zionism, which is, as the Pope recently noted, another term for antisemitism.

Arab-American Radio Host Bites the Dust with Lie on ‘Israeli’ Sanders

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Arab-American radio host Diane Rehm falsely accused Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of being a dual Israeli-American citizen and later apologized.

Sanders expressed irritation at the accusation, which he immediately denied on air, but the echoes of anti-Semitism remain in the air.

Rehm hosts her show on WAMU, affiliated with the NPR network. Sanders, who has visited Israel, is Jewish but mostly in name. The JewishPress.com pointed out here in April, he has no use for organized religion and cites Pope Francis as his guide.

Thank God he is not an Israeli.

But Rehm, an award-winning journalist, thought otherwise, based on nothing more than a Facebook post by Vittorio Arrigoni, who was an Italian activist and worked with the fiercely anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

He held a Gaza passport given to him by Hamas’s de facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh and acted as human shield for Gaza “fishermen,” some of whom fish for fish and some of whom shoot to kill Jews.

His Facebook posted of American leaders with Israeli-American citizenship falsely included Sanders. She did not quote Arrigoni for other posts, such as:

Zionism is an abominable, racist and colonial movement. Like all colonial and apartheid systems, it’s in the interest of all that it be swept away. My hope is to see it replaced, without any bloodshed, with a democratic, secular and lay state – for example on the borders of historic Palestine – and where Palestinians and Israelis could live under equal rights of citizenship without ethnic and religious discrimination.

He once described four Hamas tunnel terrorists as “martyrs.”

Gaza Salafists thanked him for his anti-Zionism by kidnapping and killing him in 2011.

Rehm was born in the United States. Her father, a Christian, immigrated to the United States from Anatolia. She has said that her family members were “Arabs,” and she raised her children as Christian Arabs.

Her question to Sanders, based on a Facebook post, cannot be ignored as anything but a reflection of an anti-Zionist agenda.

She said to Sanders on her show Wednesday:

Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.

Sanders immediately responded:

Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.


 I understand from a list we have gotten that you were on that list.




Forgive me if that is—


That’s some of the nonsense that goes on in the internet. But that is absolutely not true.


Interesting. Are there members of Congress who do have dual citizenship or is that part of the fable?

Sanders said he does not know and went back to express his having been insulted by Rehm:

You know, my dad came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket. He loved this country. I am, you know, I got offended a little bit by that comment, and I know it’s been on the internet. I am obviously an American citizen and I do not have any dual citizenship.

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) stated after Rehm’s goof:

 It is appalling that in today’s age, a longtime Jewish elected official would face implications that he splits his loyalty between the United States and Israel for no reason other than his religion.

This anti-Semitic canard of dual loyalty has persisted for decades, particularly about American Jews in public service.

Rehm later issued an apology in a statement:

On today’s show I made a mistake. Rather than asking Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders whether he had dual U.S./Israeli citizenship, as I had read in a comment on Facebook, I stated it as fact. He corrected me, saying he did not know where the question came from. I apologized immediately.

Saudi Poll: Iran and ISIS are Far Greater Enemies than Israel

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Iran and the Islamic State (ISIS) are Saudi Arabia’s biggest enemies, according to a poll by Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

The poll was conducted over the phone with Saudi natives, 85 per cent of whom said that Iran is their worst enemy. The Islamic State (ISIS) state was rated by 53 percent as enemy, but only 18 percent thought Israel is in the same category.

Significantly, 25 percent of the respondents would like to see Israel and Saudi Arabia stage a joint strike on Iran. Although a minority, the percentage is far higher than could have been imagined in recent years.

Saudi Arabia is one of the quietist of Muslim countries when it comes to anti-Zionist venom, unlike Turkey, the Palestinian Authority, Iran, Lebanon and Syria.

The kingdom often reiterates its wish for the Temple Mount to be Muslim-only. It occasionally utters the politically correct chant against the “Zionist entity” and favors kicking Israel out of most of Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria.

However, their officials almost never indulge in Israel-bashing for the sake of it.

The new poll reflects a tacit peace with Israel, something on the order of “good fences make good neighbors,” while the Iran nuclear threat and the frightening ISIS monster have become common enemies for Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The problem will be if the Obama administration tried to use the tacit peace as a stepping stone for an unwanted official peace pact. That would mean Israel’s agreeing to the Saudi 2002 initiative that has been adopted by the Palestinian Authority in its entirety, and it would mean Saudi Arabia’s having to deal with a new, inept, corrupt, confused, mismanaged and  unmanageable Arab country.

The United States has bought almost all of the Saudi-Palestinian Authority demands, except for the transfer of several million foreign Arabs into Israel, and who knows if President Barack Obama won’t cave in on that issue as well?

Things are pretty quiet between Jerusalem, and Riyadh, and they might stay that way if Washington does not try to fix what isn’t broken.

Iron Dome Protection Returns to Southern Israel

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The Iron Dome has been returned to southern Israel to protect civilians from Gaza rocket fire.

On Friday, the IDF again deployed arrays of the anti-missile batteries to defend the port city of Ashdod and the western Negev community of Netivot.

The move follows two rounds of attacks launched two weeks in a row. The first week’s rockets were fired by the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization. One mid-range Grad Katyusha rocket landed in Gan Yavne, slightly east of Ashdod. One teenage girl was hospitalized due to trauma. Retaliation for the attack included air strikes on four targets in Gaza.

This week’s attack, however, was launched by a Salafi Muslim group linked to Al Qaeda or Da’esh (ISIS) – possibly the Army of Islam or Jabhat al Nusra. These groups are now vying for power and hoping to raise tensions between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, according to security sources.

“Even if last night’s shooting at Israel came from errant global jihad groups who wish to challenge Hamas by firing at us, we consider Hamas responsible for what happens in Gaza and we will not tolerate attempts to harm our citizens,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday.

“The IDF views the incident with gravity,” an army spokesperson said in a statement following Wednesday’s attack. “The Hamas terrorist organization is the address and one upon whom the responsibility falls.”

Retaliation against Gaza for the rocket fire came in the form of a muted set of air strikes that took out a few empty terror bases in the enclave.

Wiesenthal Center: ‘P5+1 Must Denounce Iran’s Latest Threat to Destroy Israel’

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

A senior official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center attending an international conference in Israel, demanded that the world powers negotiating a deal that will remove sanctions against Iran, denounce the Iranian regime’s continuous threats to destroy Israel.

“Over 1,000 people have converged on Jerusalem for the Global Forum For Combating Anti-Semitism, but our efforts to turn back the escalating threats to world Jewry won’t mean much if the leaders of the civilized world maintain their silence as Tehran’s threats to destroy the Jewish state continue unabated and unchallenged,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the leading Jewish human rights NGO.

“Now is the time for the United States, Germany, France, and England to finally demand that Iran drop its genocidal threats against Israel.”

Rabbi Cooper was talking about the latest threat from Mojtaba Zolnour, the advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The “government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has divine permission to destroy Israel,” Zolnour was quoted by the semi-official state news agency Fars, adding that, “the Noble Koran permits the Islamic Republic of Iran to destroy Israel.” On the eve of a deal with world powers that will lift all economic sanctions in return for a delay Iran becoming an immediate nuclear power, Zolnour insisted that “Even if Iran gives up its nuclear program, it will not weaken this country’s determination to destroy Israel.”

Zolnour is fond of making such hyperbolic threats. He’s been doing it for nearly a decade, using nearly identical language. And yet the negotiations and appeasements continue.

As recently as February, Zolnour threatened “Our missiles can arrive into the heart of Tel Aviv and destroy it in 6 or 7 minutes before the dust and smoke of the Zionists missiles arrive to us,” noting that, “Israelis are cowards; they cannot fight Hamas, while the strength of Hamas and Hezbollah is equal to a small part of Iran’s military power,” according to Iraqi News.

And if you go back as far as 2008, Zolnour was spouting the same doomsday threats. Back then, before President Obama started sending love notes and New Year’s messages as part of his campaign to woo the Persians back into the civilized community of nations, the violent threats included the U.S.

“In case the United States and Israel dare to shoot a bullet, Iran will target the heart of Israel and 32 U.S. bases in the region imminently,” Fars reported back before Obama took office.

But dares against the United States continued into this administration’s tenure as well, with Zolnour making stating in 2009, “Even if one American or Zionist missile hits our country, before the dust settles, Iranian missiles will blow up the heart of Israel,” Mojtaba Zolnour said, according to IRNA news agency.

This tone is de rigeur for Zolnour, whose 2009 threats were made as talks were taking place between the P5+1 and Iran about its nuclear program. Just before those meetings commenced, Iran test-fired missiles with ranges that could put Israel and regional U.S. bases within reach.

While present at the Israeli MFA’s Combating Anti-Semitism conference, Rabbi Marvin Hier, SWC founder and Dean called on world powers, led by the United States, to denounce threats to “annihilate” Israel by the Ayatollah and other senior figures of Iranian regime during a recent meeting with President Obama and Jewish leaders at the White House.

A look at the program for the MFA’s “combating anti-Semitism” event reveals the presence of representatives from most of the parties the SWC was taking to task.

Peter Beinart’s Bilaam Moment

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The great biblical wizard Bilaam was one of the most frustrated men in history. Bilaam tried on three consecutive mornings back in the early 1200s BCE to curse the nation of Israel, only to end up composing such poetic praises that we Jews now say them every day in our morning prayers.

Columnist Peter Beinart, a frequent contributor to Haaretz, The Atlantic and the National Journal, is probably not an enemy of Israel on the scale of his predecessor, but, this week, his criticism of both Israel and the American right have backfired in a similar fashion to Bilaam’s, leaving Beinart’s readers with poetic praises where harsh rebukes were intended.

Beinart writes:

“Today’s conservatives love Israel,” for “the American right, Israel embodies the values that Obama’s U.S. no longer does,” because “they believe the West’s great enemy is ‘radical Islam,’ and the West’s great outpost, on the frontlines against Islamic terror, is Israel. It’s modern; it’s democratic; it’s pro-American. And it’s under attack from the same forces that want to destroy the United States.”

Beinart also attacks Netanyahu, because Netanyahu believes America and Israel are good, and radical Islamists are bad:

“Netanyahu… believes that America and Israel are utterly virtuous while our Islamic enemies are utterly evil.”

Could anyone make a better case for Israel’s triumphant achievements in a mere 67 years or praise Israel’s value system more than what Beinart has unintentionally just done?

Yes, of course, the author probably intended for this entire list to be read out in an ironic tone, while implying a lack of intellectual subtlety on the right with his repeated use of “utterly”, but tone is a tough thing to write, especially from within one’s echo chamber, and an ironistician of Beinart’s stature should know better…

Moreover, according to Beinart, “it’s not just that Israel represents the West. It’s that Israel represents the West at a time when many conservatives feel the United States no longer does.”

That’s the extent of the fun part—because Beinart next delves into fairly ugly racism, suggesting that the shift in the right’s view of the Administration is born by “demographic change,” meaning conservative fear of brown and black people teeming in the streets of America.

That must be it, according to Beinart:

“the United States has become less Christian, less nationalistic and less white. And for many on the right, Barack Obama — a black man with a Muslim father who grew up in Indonesia and supposedly considers American power a bad thing — personifies this shift.”

In other words, in Beinart’s universe, conservatives don’t make up their minds based on the outcome of seven years of presidential policies—it’s because the guy is black.

So much for the piquant note about Beinart, the prophet of Zionist doom, singing an unintentional love song for Israel. Or maybe we’ll just edit out those ugly parts when we canonize his article.

His other point, later on, is actually cogent:

“Conservatives love Israel for the same reason anti-Zionists hate it. Think about the words Israel’s harshest foes use to describe it: colonial, imperial, settler, apartheid. What they all convey is that Israel is a foreign creation, imposed by Europeans, and sustained by the United States, at the native population’s expense. For the American right, being a Western outpost in the Middle East makes Israel heroic. For the anti-Zionist left, it makes Israel illegitimate.”

What an entertaining idea, the right’s Israel-the-shining-outpost is precisely the same as the left’s Israel the blood-dripping-colonial-invader. Obviously, Beinart is enamored with the latter option, but the facts belie that entire argument.

We Jews in Israel are not colonialists but an indigenous, middle-eastern nation whose return to our homeland was followed by an unprecedented flourishing of what had been a desolate desert for two millennia.

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