Hatred of Israel on US LIberal Campuses

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Arutz Sheva

 

At the University of California, swastikas have been found on Jewish buildings, as they have at Vanderbilt University, University of Oregon and Emory University. These incidents are increasing and are always linked to an anti-Israel campaign.

Anti-Semitism flourishes like a poisonous plant in the Ivy League colleges, the laboratories of “equal opportunlty”, in the large green areas of sun, gymnastics, jogging, squares with concerts, demonstrations of students, a network of streets dotted with libraries, cafes, restaurants, pizzerias.

54 percent of Jewish students at US colleges suffered anti-Semitic attacks or witnessed them, according to research published by the “Center forHuman Rights Under Law” at Trinity College.

Jewish students are attacked by groups such as the “Students for Justice in Palestine”, and after the conflict in Gaza last summer, phrases such as “Death to Israel” and “Kill all Jews” appeared on the walls of Berkeley. More recently, it was the turn of “The Zionists should be sent to the gas chambers.”

The godmother of Berkeley’s campaign against Israel is Professor Judith Butler, who invented the “gender studies” so popular today in Europe. Butler came under fire for an interview in which she denounced the memorials for the victims of 9/11.

In US classrooms, professors portray the Palestinian Arabs as victims of Israeli “occupation” and the Jewish State as “racist”, an “apartheid state”, “genocidal”. In buildings on campus, the anti-Israeli groups organize pickets against Israel, conferences on BDS, and supporters of Israel are routinely attacked and prevented from speaking.

Do not forget that the symbol of the anti-Israeli “pacifism” in the world is Rachel Corrie, an American college student, killed under an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in an attempt to block the demolition of a house of terrorists when its driver could not possibly have seen her. The myth of Corrie inspired literary works, boycotts, and articles all over the world. Her story has helped to defame Israel in a way that is even worse than the faked killing of Mohammed al Dura.

At Evergreen State University, former professors of Corrie, at graduation ceremonies, wear khaki pants and a keffiyeh, in tribute to their former student.

In recent days, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative think tank in California, released the black list of the worst campuses of America with regard to anti-Semitism. Heading the list is Columbia University. “How many Palestinians have you killed?” asked Professor Joseph Massad of an Israeli student. And professor George Shaliba said to a Jewish girl that she could not claim rights on Palestine because she hadn’t eyes that were Semitic enough.

Columbia is the University of Rashid Khalidi, director of the Middle East Institute there, who called “legitimate resistance” suicide terrorism against Israel and the Israeli army “a weapon of mass destruction.”

Columbia is a strategic center because it is the faculty where Edward Said, the most prestigious intellectual exponent of the Palestinian Intifada, taught. He was shown on the border with southern Lebanon, while he threw stones at Israeli soldiers who were leaving the area. His definition of the Palestinians as “victims of the victims” had an extraordinary and lethal resonance in the West.

Berkeley taught a course on “Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance”, while at Yale the Initiative for Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, the first academic center in the world completely devoted to the study of anti-Semitism, lasted just four years. It was closed due to charges of “subservience to Israel”, the pressure of Palestinian ambassadors in the United States, political correctness – and lavish donations from Arab countries.

There was no controversy, however, when the students of the Jackson Center for Global Affairs at Yale were brought by their lecturers to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he was visiting New York at the UN (at that time the Iranian leader again denied the Holocaust).

Last October, hundreds of anthropologists around the world signed a petition for the boycott of Israel. There are famous names from Columbia University (13 signatures), 9 from Harvard and 8 from Yale. These include Professors Jean and John Comaroff Harvard, Deans of Studies of Post Colonial Africa, and Michael Taussig of Columbia University,  mimesis and Latin America scholar. The American Studies Association has joined the international campaign to boycott Israeli universities. It comes from Harvard, home to Professor Stephen Walt, one of the authorsof “Israel Lobby”, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as applied to Israel.

Funds that come from Islamic countries manipulate the nature of Middle East Studies. Just scroll through the list of donations from Arab Gulf states since 1995: Boston University ($1.5 million), Columbia University ($500,000), George Washington University ($12 million), Georgetown University ($16 million), Harvard ($12 million), MIT ($10 million), University of Arkansas ($18 million).

Meanwhile, anti-Semitism is rampant everywhere. From Hampshire College, where a pro-Israel student was attacked by individuals with veiled faces, shouting “Baby Killer”, to Rutgers University, where an event compared the Palestinians to Holocaust victims.

This wave of anti-Semitic irrationality and anti-Israel hysteria on campus is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Allan Bloom, a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago, who deprecated the fall of these sanctuaries of knowledge with a book titled “The Closing of the American Mind “. Whereeverything must be instantly gratifying, including the hatred for Israel. The new opium of the élite.
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The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal,

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Anti-Semitism flourishes like a poisonous plant in the Ivy League Colleges.