Anti-Zionism Is the Face of Contemporary Anti-Semitism: Guest Commentary

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Anti-Zionism Is the Face of Contemporary Anti-Semitism: Guest Commentary


Goodman, Rabbi Evan, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


To solve a problem, you must be able to name it. We have a problem on our campuses. That problem is anti-Semitism.

Many of us believed that anti-Semitism was a thing of the past. Jews being turned down for positions. Jews being spat upon when they wear a Jewish symbol. Jewish institutions defaced with swastikas. We believed anti-Semitism was behind us. We were wrong.

Anti-Semitism has roared back, most notably on university campuses, and particularly at the University of California. It adversely affects the education and lives of our students. Some prospective students think twice about enrolling at UC.

The resurgence of anti-Semitism is directly paralleled with the increase in virulent anti-Israel activity, much of it involving calls for Israel's complete destruction, i.e., anti-Zionism. Many are in denial about this.

Jewish students recognize that Israel is not perfect. No country is. At a university, of all places, there must be space for political discourse and analysis. This includes legitimate critiques of Israeli policy. I personally teach classes at UC Santa Barbara that foster critical thought on the Israeli and Palestinian situation. My organization, Santa Barbara Hillel, regularly hosts speakers who probe all aspects of the situation in Israel.

However, when the one Jewish state in the world is obsessively singled out for condemnation, demonization and deligitimization, followed by calls for its destruction, Jewish students recognize that their personal identity is being called into question.

No minority should be treated the way Jews are being treated on our campuses.

Jewish students are being told explicitly and implicitly that they are not a minority. That they do not deserve the same protections afforded to others. That they do not have the right to say, "I am Jewish, and when you do this I feel attacked."

I recently counseled a student who found a swastika on a car window. The law enforcement officer sent to help minimized it. This was not her first experience with anti-Semitism. Last spring, she attended a student senate "debate" on divestment where she was told that Jews have all the money, Jews have all the power, and Jews are colonialist oppressors. …

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