Making Excuses for Anti-Semitic Cartoons at Stanford

At Stanford University, the notoriously pro-terrorist groups Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) are currently holding “Palestine Awareness Week,” which features as its keynote speaker the cartoonist Eli Valley. Ari Hoffman, a law student at Stanford, was shocked to see the posters advertising the event, which displayed some of Valley’s illustrations:

For those unfamiliar with Mr. Valley’s work, it ranges from the morally repugnant to the ethically disgusting. Under the fig leaf of criticizing Israel, it depicts Jews and Jewish rituals with the most grotesque of [images]: yellow stars, concentration-camp uniforms, blood libels, and the reliable hooked noses. Like most hate, it’s remarkably lacking in insight. It is crude and disgusting, and its ceaseless recourse to Nazi imagery is matched only by its slavish devotion to the age-old tropes of Jewish caricature. . . .

The notion that organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine see a fellow traveler in this hate merchant raises troubling questions. Elevating Valley’s work has nothing to do with peace in the Middle East, and everything to do with the free-form hatred that gloms onto Jews and the Jewish state alike. . . .

Some will concede much of the above, but will respond that Valley is Jewish, and that this event is co-sponsored by JVP. It must be kosher, right? . . . For those students who fail to see that this event is an abomination that they would never countenance against another group, I despair.

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The Palestinian Authority Deliberately Provoked Sunday’s Jerusalem Riots

Aug. 16 2019

On Sunday, Tisha b’Av—the traditional day of mourning for the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples—coincided with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. While the Israeli government had initially banned Jews from the Temple Mount on that day, it later reversed its decision and allowed a few dozen to visit. Muslim worshippers greeted them by throwing chairs and stones, and police had to quell the riot by force. Just yesterday, an Israeli policeman was stabbed nearby. Maurice Hirsch and Itamar Marcus place the blame for Sunday’s violence squarely on the shoulders of the Palestinian Authority:

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