Unsafe Spaces

I thought our British universities held the patent on academic anti-Semitism; it seems America has caught up with us.

Students protest a 2014 visit to the Cambridge Union by Israeli Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub. Chris Williamson/Getty Images.

Students protest a 2014 visit to the Cambridge Union by Israeli Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub. Chris Williamson/Getty Images.

Response
May 18 2015
About the author

Douglas Murray is an associate editor at the Spectator and author of, most recently, The Madness of Crowds


In recent years, whenever I have had an opportunity to speak to an American audience concerned about anti-Israel activism and rising anti-Semitism, I point out that in these matters the U.S. is only a few years behind Britain and Europe. Look what is happening on the old continent, I say, and you can see your future. Reading Ruth Wisse’s important essay, “Anti-Semitism Goes to School,” is a reminder that the years change faster than my speeches—so much faster that I feel I can finally say, “Commiserations, America: you have caught up with us.”

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