At a California University, a Textbook Case of Blindness to Left-Wing Anti-Semitism

Jan. 15 2019

After anti-Semitic flyers were posted on the University of California, Davis campus last fall, administrators invited the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to lead workshops on anti-Semitism. But the ADL happens to be in the sights of the rabidly anti-Israel Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which sent an angry letter to administrators urging them not to cooperate with the organization. Here SJP follows in the footsteps of a related, and equally vicious organization, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which has been pursuing the ADL for helping U.S. police officers visit Israel. Jonathan Marks explains:

[JVP’s] “Deadly Exchange” campaign cynically seeks to exploit the relative popularity of Black Lives Matter by pinning anti-black discrimination on Israel and American Jewish organizations opposed to the demonization of the Jewish state. JVP specifically targets educational trips to Israel by U.S. law enforcement. . . . Review the logic: U.S. law enforcement, the argument goes, systematically discriminates against black people. To do that, they must travel to Israel, since that is where you go shopping for evil. But to make such shopping trips happen, you need Jewish organizations.

As one promotional video put it, “Who is making this deadly exchange possible? The main groups are actually U.S.-based Jewish organizations” Get it? Scratch American race prejudice and you reveal the Jewish state, working with American Jews who care more about it than they care about their vulnerable fellow citizens. . . .

[A]ccording to UC Davis’s student newspaper, the Aggie, [SJP’s] charges against the ADL were compelling enough to move UC Davis to put its plans on hold. So frightened was UC Davis’s chancellor Gary May by 149 signatures that he denied any involvement in one ADL workshop. . . .

[E]ven when it tries to focus on anti-Semitism, Davis’s administration is blind to it when it comes from the left.

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The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself

Oct. 18 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.

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