Does Anti-Semitism Put our Children at Risk?

by ED ZIEGLER February 18, 2013

Like it or not anti-Semitism has become common place in many of our Universities, on campus and in the classroom.

November 2012 "The Jewish Daily Forward" reported that at Wheaton College anti-Semitic graffiti was found written on the back door of the Jewish Life House. Residents say they have been targeted before. Wheaton President, Ronald Crutcher, informed the student body stating "This will not be tolerated."

In 2010, a man committed a series of anti-Semitic acts of vandalism on Indiana's campus, forcing the FBI to take notice. Within a single week, the man threw rocks twice at the campus Chabad House and once at the Hillel House, breaking windows.

Former Hampshire College students, Lihi Benisty and Samantha Mandeles, paint a truly disturbing picture of the atmosphere on campus of hatred toward Jews and Israel. Being  pro-Israel activists, Benisty and Mandeles faced harassment and intimidation by Students for Justice in Palestine, which is linked to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood network. The week following an event featuring Israeli soldier, Sgt. Kenny Sachs, Benisty  was harassed every night. She was called apartheid lover, genocide supporter and Zionist racist.

In an apparent anti-Semitic hate crime at Michigan State University, after telling two men he was Jewish, 19 year old sophomore, Zachary Tennen, was beaten unconscious.  To finish their brutality  they stapled his mouth. More disturbing  was, that around 20 people purportedly watched without attempting to intervene.

Rutgers University sponsored an event "Students United for Middle Eastern Justice" as a free event and open to the public. A sign at the door suggested, donation of $5-$20 be made. Pro-Israel supporters were asked to stand in a separate line and wait for seating.  Meanwhile, those in anti-Israel apparel, keffiyahs and hijabs were taken aside, given green wristbands, labeled as event "staff" and given free entrance. The concern here is that Rutgers University has provided a safe haven for racism and anti-Semitism under the guise of free speech.

Americans for Peace and Tolerance released a video showing Northeastern University faculty (Professor Denis Sullivan and others) abuse academic freedom to promote anti-Israel anti-Semitic lies as defined by the U.S. State Department.

You might wonder whether California State University (CSU) is serious about eliminating anti-Semitism at the University. They appointed Professor Manzar Forroohar to chair the committee aimed at combating anti-Semitism in the CSU system. This professor serves on organizing committees of two prominent, anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanction groups, the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the Israel Divestment Campaign. 

At Florida Atlantic University the Students for Justice in Palestine posted mock eviction notices on 200 dorm rooms. Joseph Sabagm, ZOA regional Director, said "The notices were meant to demonize Israel. What the university needs to understand is that anti-Semitic bigotry is no less morally deplorable when camouflaged as anti-Israelism."

Every year, campus hate groups such as the Muslim Students Association, with about 600 chapters and 150 affiliated chapters, and Students for Justice in Palestine  with over 80 chapters, join a festival of lies called "Israel Apartheid Week" whose theme is that Israel is an apartheid state  and calls for the elimination  of the State. In spite of the fact that Israel is the most tolerant and diverse state in the Middle East.

If you truly care for your children and grand-children you must realize that blatant, violent anti-Semitism terrorizes and endangers Jewish students. Jews and righteous people everywhere must take note and push back against anti-Semitic forces, letting the world know that such behavior is not okay. Contact your college and alumni association and tell them you are against anti-Semitism and will not support the school if they allow it on campus.

For six years Ed Ziegler has been researching and writing articles on the War Against Terrorism and anti-Semitism. Ed is an activist who believes freedom is worth fighting for and that everyone should be involved.


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