By Grady Grip
[Note: There is a legitimate reason why this essay is written under a pseudonym—it is because of the controversial nature of this complaint. In this world people who speak truth to power can find themselves and their reputations destroyed such as some professors who get to critical of Israeli politics. If it was safe to put a real name to this message I would do it—but the truth is many people are afraid to criticize Israel, Zionists and Jews because they know they can be attacked or labeled as blackballed in many ways. Steven Salaita was fired from the UI at Urbana-Champaign for posting tweets critical to Israel’s role in Gaza. Zionist fanatic Alan Dershowitz succeeded in destroying the teaching career of Norman Fickelstein, etc., (as there are other examples of a real war on free speech). So the arguments herein must stand on their own merits. Also if broader and biased definitions of anti-Semitism are enacted you would not be allowed to learn of this letter or opinion article). Contentious speech especially needs to be protected and as contentious as these ideas may be perceived they too deserve a fair hearing.]
[Note 2: The Regents of the University of California System need to take their time and not rush into anything rash just because some vociferous people are trying to use emotional blackmail, as supposed politically correct morality, to get their way railroaded. Rather California and U.S. campuses need a new Free Speech Movement like back in the 1970s when upper class college kids were finally getting riled up about America’s involvement in slaughtering millions of Asians in Indonesia. The last thing they need is a ball and chain repression in a world in which even much of the mainstream media has been corrupted. If you really want to understand anti-Semitism read the book: The Politics of Anti-Semitism by Alexander Cockburn. The fact that someone who knows something wrote such a book some years ago should give a clue to what many young and ideologically naïve do not understand (but including many elderly people).]
[Note 3: If you feel this message is important, then by all means, email, fax, print, manually mail, propagate, tweet, twitter, and publish to all that might care. It is very important other people help spread worthy ideas and arguments. There is a very serious battle going on in America and we cannot allow psychological blackmail to win out.] An earlier draft (this is the latest and better polished) of this essay is also found at: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/09/21/18777931.php
There is something very disturbing going on with the University of California school systems that is more serious than over-inflated allegations of anti-Semitism and hate crimes on college campuses in California, and that is special interest bully pulpit attempt by some Jews to get regulations passed that outlaw any kind of speech that that basically rejects the Zionist project in Israel as a Jewish State. See: University Of California May Give Students Right To Not Be Offended by Blake Neff at: http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/11/university-of-california-may-give-students-right-to-not-be-offended/
This is a very serious attack on free speech in one of America’s college systems. Trying to broaden the definition of anti-Semitism as “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination and denying Israel the right to exist” is clearly political blackmail—and frankly there has been too much political blackmail by Zionists around the world over several decades regarding the right to discuss controversial ideas—that is creating laws to censor unpopular thoughts they do not want circulated (such as discussing via personal research how the history of modern Zionism has really operated—take, for example, some history journals refusing to allow advertisements of the following well documented book: Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel by Alison Weir, see: http:/www.IfAmericansKnew.Org or http://www.amazon.com/Against-Our-Better-Judgment-History/dp/149591092X.
For several years various Jewish right-wing organizations and individuals have been waging a political battle against criticism of Israel and Zionism and now this battle has been focusing more and more onto American campuses. See video: BDS Grows Across College Campuses at: https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KIo9cFQv5VoCkAFbssnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByN2RnbHFoBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDBGdwb3MDMw--?p=Adelson+sheldon+Bias+On+College+Campus&vid=711cf2e890d1cc2683c7f7dc3567dca3&turl=http%3A%2F%2Ftse4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DWN.qVH0ju47lApMKIPuSZp2Uw%26pid%3D15.1%26h%3D172%26w%3D300%26c%3D7%26rs%3D1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymotion.com%2Fvideo%2Fx2tcvlr&tit=BDS+Grows+Across+College+Campuses&c=2&h=172&w=300&l=173&sigr=1189fvn71&sigt=111sr2om4&sigi=12l1d6lj4&age=1433891032&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av&fr=yhs-mozilla-004&hsimp=yhs-004&hspart=mozilla&tt=b
You should really watch the above video as it provides important context of these anti-Semitism allegations. But to give you an idea how prevalent this war of free speech has been here is a sampling of articles one can read from the internet—there are many more:
Silencing Dissent: How Biased Civil Rights Policies Stifle Dialogue on Israel at: http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/silencing-dissent-how-biased-civil-rights-policies-stifle-dialogue-on-israel
Right-Wing Thought Police: Assault Free Speech on Campus at: http://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/CX5348-ThoughtPolice.htm
Israel’s War on American Universities | Common Dreams - See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/israels-war-on-american-universities-common-dreams-11902#sthash.c2pKprUU.dpuf***Important***.
And it’s been happening in Israel too. See: The full story behind the war against free speech in Israel’s Universities at: https://electronicintifada.net/content/full-story-behind-war-against-free-speech-israels-universities/11783
Conservative activist admits responsibility for #JewHaters posters at UCLAat: http://www.jewishjournal.com/los_angeles/article/conservative_activist_david_horowitz_admits_responsibility_for_posters
Israel's War on American Universities by Chris Hedges at: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Israel-s-War-on-American-U-by-Chris-Hedges-AIPAC_Academics_Activists_Boycott-140317-525.html
Right-wing groups creating climate of fear at Israeli Universities at: https://electronicintifada.net/content/right-wing-groups-creating-climate-fear-israeli-universities/8533
The Jewish War On Free Speech by Br Nathanael Kapnerat: http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/The-Jewish-War-On-Free-Speech.shtml
Nevertheless some people will dismiss what I write as a screed and probably some are already labeling it anti-Semitic (again read: The Politics of Anti-Semitism by Alexander Cockburn).
Whereas other people are waking up to the phenomenon that some Jews are yelling and screaming about feelings of intimidation and fear by supposed acts of anti-Semites. And not surprisingly too often this is a tactic of reverse psychological intimidation. People have been so beaten by a constant guilt-trip about Christians and then Nazi’s destroying Jews. The anti-Semite card is used all the time to cow people in giving in to more Israeli and Zionist demands. Few people dare directly challenge this emotional game of presupposed moral high ground intimidation.
And yet it also turns out that some so called swastika vandalism events were actually carried out by Jewish person pretending to be non-Jewish anti-Semites in order to create false panic and hysterical alarm trying to project a climate of how supposedly terrible the environment is for Jewish students. This pattern has been found out several times around the country.
It is easy to alleged one is victim to some hate crime when no one really knows who really carried it out, or if it was really carried out, such as finding “Hitler did nothing wrong” etched somewhere or a message found in a campus saying “Zionists should be sent to a gas chamber”. Too often no one knows who is really behind these things and no doubt some are really acts of anti-Zionism or anti-Semitism.
If you read about the concept “swastika vandalism” at: http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Swastika_vandalism
This article delineates specific instances of Jews carrying out this sort of thing, as it starts out:
Swastika Vandalism is vandalism aimed at garnering sympathy for victims of faith-hatred (or other minorities) for some kind of political or (sometimes) personal reason/gain. It is sometimes referred to as a "false-flag" because it has at times been carried out by members of the "persecuted minority" themselves.
Again no one really knows how often alleged acts of anti-Semitism are true—surely some are. But when we look at the ADL website we can read some statements from their annual audit at: http://www.adl.org/anti-semitism/united-states/c/2014-audit-of-anti-semitic-incidents.html#.Vf351ZdbqM8
The total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased by 21 percent in 2014 in a year marked by a violent anti-Semitic shooting attack targeting Jewish community buildings in Kansas and anti-Jewish expressions linked to the war in Gaza.
The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents counted a total of 912 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. during the 2014 calendar year. This represents a 21 percent increase from the 751 incidents reported during the same period in 2013, and is the first time in nearly a decade of declines where the overall number of incidents has substantially risen.
Despite the increase in incidents, the total number of anti-Semitic acts still represents one of the lowest totals of anti-Semitic acts reported by ADL since it started keeping records in 1979. Still, the Audit has also identified new trends in anti-Semitic incidents, including the phenomenon of hacking attacks on community and synagogue websites by overseas hackers, which multiplied in 2014.
The ADL Audit cited a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents during the 50 days of conflict between Hamas and Israel beginning with air raids on July 7 and into the subsequent ground invasion in Gaza to root out Hamas rockets and tunnels. Anti-Semitism manifested on the fringe of anti-Israel movements during and after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge as Jewish individuals and institutions became the targets of anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts of vandalism…
Whereas when we realize there are supposedly 20.6 million college students in the United States, and if we were to assume 1000 incidents of alleged anti-Semitism happened that would be about 1 for every 20,000 students. But not all, or even most, reports are from colleges but rather from a much larger statistic—the population of the United States that is over 300,000,000. One thousand into 300 million is about one allegation for every 300,000 citizens.
An ADL audit for two years earlier 2012 is at: http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/anti-semitism-usa/adl-audit-us-anti-semitic-incidents-declined-14-percent.html
It starts out: “ADL Audit: U.S. Anti-Semitic Incidents Declined 14 Percent in 2012: Continuing Two-Year Downward Trend” and later in that report we get the act number of incidents reported on colleges across the country: “The ADL Audit reported a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus during 2012. A total of 61 incidents were reported on college campuses, compared with 22 incidents reported in 2011.”
Within this report it is important to see how ‘opinions’ (not acts of intimidation) are considered by this organization as anti-Semitic:
Some of those incidents included the use of anti-Semitic imagery under the guise of anti-Israel activism, with conspiracy theories about Jewish political and economic control being voiced on campus. For example, at a May “Palestine Liberation Week” program at the University of California, Irvine, Amir Abdul Malik Ali, a Northern California-based imam, claimed that “Zionists” were responsible for the financial crisis in the U.S. He also argued that Zionism is a corrupting force for “Jews who believe in it.” At Northeastern Illinois University in March, Gilad Atzmon, a self-described Israeli “ex-Jew” who has described Judaism as “extremist, chauvinist [and] racist,” used Holocaust-related language to demonize the State of Israel and reiterated conspiracy theories.
Personally I’ve read several of Gilad Atzmon’s criticisms of Israel and he is far from being some blatant anti-Semite. Rather he contributes important and critical insights to those who are not deterred from reading his stuff. His right to be heard is exactly what America should be all about—and it is what the ADL and other holier-than-thou pro-Israeli organizations (as Zionist fronts) are trying to stop.
It is time for young people everywhere to read famous quotations on free speech such as those many by John Stuart Mills. It’s precisely contentious and radical free speech that deserves defending—not the stuff that has little power to offend. Read, for example, the eye-opening essay: Zionists Latest Anti-Semitic Inducing Provocation: Trying to Destroy a Highly Worthy and Sane Nuclear Deal with Iran by Sea Shelly (found on the Internet). This type of intelligent discussion is exactly what Zionists are trying to suppress and make it illegal to discuss. Such an article would too not be allowed under the changes a minority of zealots are trying to railroad down the University System and yet it should have the right to be heard and thought about.
And frankly UC President, New Yorker, Janet Napolitano via her Jewish Scholarship background, is not a neutral or trustworthy actor in this drama. She should recluse herself as should the Jewish student regent who made a dramatic statement about his mother telling him to wear the Star of David proudly (as if students had already has such bracelets ripped off their persons in attacks of symbol). This board of regents is already being cowed into a politically biased game and yet this issue is a very consequential situation—that is about to set a precedent for a broader academic life around the nation.
Salomon Rushdie would be imprisoned under this kind of wolf-in-sheep-skin repression that is so neatly being disguised as reasonable and necessary. The University of California has several big colleges. But what we have are really a minor number of complainants echo chambering a miscellaneous incidents mostly of angry opinion and idea to be outlawed as forbidden transgression. And this hysteria is really rather shallow—I mean the whole show. A few instances of swastikas and some secret scribbles-on-the-wall and everyone is supposed to assume is based on true evil intent by true Jew-haters.
Whereas cities in the U.S. get bombarded with tons of graffiti vandalism daily. The swastika automatically brings to mind death squads and murder and yet it could have been by shallow, youthful pranksters (assuming they would get an over-reaction). But in truth though this issue doesn’t even equate to the equivalence of one domestic violence complaint with police response.
The real issues are visible to see and they are mostly about people protesting and being angry about Israel’s behavior and policies. If you think the high skepticism of this argument is unlikely consider reviewing the Wikipedia article on the organization called “Campus Watch” at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campus_Watch
There is in fact a whole spy system already in operation to spy on anyone that upsets the Zionist propagandic line. The real concern is not real anti-Semitic acts. Rather it is not being able to control the entire narrative about what people are led to believe. This is why the goal is to re-define anti-Semitism to anything that seems hostile to Israel, Zionism, Jews, and equally to any so-called conspiracy theory that calls into question major beliefs people have already been led to believe via previous propagated. Campus Watch is one of several right-wing groups that attempt to limit free, unencumbered speech on campuses—especially speech about politics, and especially about the Middle East. And it should be obvious to those who really take a look at the individuals behind Campus Watch—they are anything but people without a political agenda.
This then is the double standard Americans are expected to fall for under a guise of progressive political correctness. Israelis, via their Zionist project of creating a theocracy, can engage in any number of unethical behaviors (crimes), whereas Americans are simply supposed to bow down to the Zionist / Alan Dershowitz propaganda line. It doesn’t matter how truly horrendous those violations are (as carried out year after year and decade after decade) rather what matters is that American Jews feel they don’t have to confront or be reminded of the truth. They want everyone to believe the same fables they have been taught to believe. And if peoples from the rest of the world don’t play the game well then they can use their heavy influence and clout to rig the system and outlaw constitutional rights?
This protest about protests then is a third rate witch hunt in which most of the fears articulated are imagined or exaggerated; and has strong political motive that will seriously hamper free speech.
Let’s start with the ADL website page on the UC Irvine campus. The first group mentioned is the Muslim Student Union. I copy their ‘own’ statement directly:
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has become a center for anti-Semitic activity in recent years. Much of this activity has been organized by the Muslim Student Union (MSU), a vocal student group at UCI, which is responsible for staging large events every spring featuring virulently anti-Semitic speakers.
In July 2010, the MSU was suspended for one year because of its involvement in disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren in February of that year. The university's investigation into the matter uncovered evidence that MSU organized a calculated demonstration at Ambassador Oren's speech that was in violation of university policy against disorderly conduct, obstructing university activities, furnishing false information and other campus policies. Eleven students—9 from UCI and 2 UC Riverside—were arrested at the time. The group was eventually only suspended for the Fall 2010 semester.
Since its reinstatement, the MSU has shown no signs of dialing down its rhetoric and activity. In May 2012, Amir Abdul Malik Ali was invited to speak as part of the group’s “Palestine Liberation Week” on campus. Malik Ali, who had previously delivered anti-Semitic speeches on campus in years past, used the platform to accuse Zionists of orchestrating the financial collapse and condemn UC president Mark Yudof as a “Zionist Jew” who supports the “apartheid state of Israel.” Malik Ali also responded to a question from the audience about Israel being the Jews’ homeland with, “ya’ll came from Europe...you gotta go back.”
Surely there are angry people given the nature of war around the world. Surely this anger includes hateful attitudes and strong forms of expression. But this not about Muslims throwing rocks and shooting people or bombing people. This is about getting angry about serious matters—and it is really the expression of anger that is being selectively outlawed.
It is witch hysteria of divergent opinions claimed to be anti-Semitism and a few mysterious swastikas and hate messages playing more the part of window dressing. You have a have a high caliber Israeli official, Ambassador Oren, being interrupted (surely for political reasons and why is “he” allowed to speak on campuses with his Pro-Semite biases?). Don’t Pro-Israelis say things that offend Muslims?
This Irvine campus supposedly crawling with anti-Semites is really about not being allowed to be political. Whereas the infamous Code Pink activist group interrupts important political events all the time, including a speech by the divine Netanyahu himself (not to mention Congressional meetings and even the President himself—but no one is automatically calling their great organization (my bias) un-American (because it is not). When Code Pink protests drone bombings the focus remains on the ethics of bombing. No hyperbolic double standard here? (Note Netanyahu could have been interrupted by a liberal Jewish activist organization—but the argument stands.)
Whereas there is a very recent take on a Noam Chomsky speech on DemocracyNow.Org this week and he clearly says the same kinds of ugly things about Israel (over the years) and their government and how many are going to accuse him of being anti-Semitic (as his ancestry is Jewish). What is really going on is a double standard that if you are Muslim you are not allowed to say things critical of Israel or Zionism. We Americans are supposed to get our impressions from a dominant Zionist media—not Israel’s enemies—that would not be fair. We would not be allowed to learn the other side of the story from those who are from the other side.
It is obvious then this “censoring” is sinister in how it conflates ugly opinions (which all people have a right to hold since we live in a world where very ugly things happen) with the concept of anti-Semitism equals anything that criticizes Jews or Zionists or Israelis in any way that seems to feels hostile. This really seems an insidious game being underhandedly played.
AND we note as complaint reads someone called Israel an anti-apartheid State. Well surely that deserves a crackdown of opinion on American colleges?
When you have more than a handful of colleges to choose from certainly you can find instances of wild and ferocious hatred. Enter UC San Diego Professor Shlomo Dubnov with a recent opinion San Diego Union Tribune piece: When scholarly criticism ends and anti-Semitism begins. Given a music professor needs passion but this man’s writing is not exceptional convincing. In fact he asserts:
As a UC professor, privy to a front-row seat, I know firsthand that being a Jewish student is not what it was like a mere five or 10 years ago. Anti-Semitism on campus is rising at an alarming and frightening rate. And it largely involves Israel.
His several paragraphs are basically hyperbolic opinion spun as factoid. See:
When UC students from different campuses report fear of wearing a Star of David necklace because they might get spit on or yelled at by anti-Israel activists, and when a UCLA student reports she was afraid to walk to Hillel for sabbath dinner and another says she stopped telling people she was Jewish, that is anti-Semitism.
I guess it is necessary to point out to have an imagined fear one “might” get spit on is not the same as it being done. Equally speculating fear of walking to Hillel is not the same as someone actually being attacked (like Israelis actually do to Palestinians on a routine basis). We have fiction posing as fact. For someone sitting in the first row he doesn’t really make much of a case (maybe he ought study more logic). And does that mean everyone else has been in the back row over the years—and maybe if things are different it has more to do with people around the world tired of the current status quo in Israel?
This tempest in a teapot is really making a mountain out of a mole hill. Although the stuff complained of can be disturbing and alarming it is far from making major news and creating a demand for bureaucratic and legalistic change. Why do progressives and political correct types think they have to make laws that include the idea people must not say things they really believe (when those beliefs are very significant and consequential) and that they must like people they don’t.
And yet this squabble takes place within a larger politically correct doctrine. Watch the video Free Speech is Under Attack on College Campuses from The Run Down hosted by John Phillips at: http://investmentwatchblog.com/free-speech-is-under-attack-on-college-campuses/ Here we learn the politically correct list of “expressions of intolerance” that was to be voted on by the University of California Regents. It’s really a namby-pamby utopian play only so-called progressives could have come up with on American campuses that have been scolded by political corrects for years.
College campuses have been waging ideological wars for decades and frankly many men and people with independent minds and souls have moved off the U.S. campus (and probably, like this writer, stay away from any kind of alumni activity). It’s no wonder there are more women on campus these days. Goy white men especially were considered the world’s anathema ever since feminists had their inordinate and self-righteous heyday. Look at who are the young professors—they include every rainbow coalition except the goy white male (and yet Jewish males don’t seem to loose their market share).
Is it just because Jewish people are often used to getting their way irrespective of the fairness of the matter? Here is a statement from Anti-Semitism: Why Does It Exist? And Why Does it Persist?by Mark Weber (a worthy read) at: http://ihr.org/other/anti-semitism-why-does-it-exist-dec-2013
… Israeli and Jewish- Zionist leaders affirm that Jews constitute a “people” or a “nation” – that is, a distinct nationality group to which Jews everywhere are supposed to feel and express a primary loyalty…
…While affirming -- usually only among themselves – that Jews are members of a separate nationality to which they should feel and express a prime loyalty, Zionists simultaneously insist that Jews must be welcomed as full and equal citizens in whatever country they may wish to live. While Zionist Jews in the US such as Abraham Foxman speak of the “Jewish people” as a distinct nationality, they also claim that Jews are Americans like everyone else, and insist that Jews, including Zionist Jews, must be granted all the rights of US citizens, with no social, legal or institutional obstacles to Jewish power and influence in American life. In short, Jewish-Zionist leaders and organizations (such as the World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Committee) demand full citizen rights for Zionist Jews not only in “their country,” Israel, but everywhere.
But in truth some Jews do not just expect all the rights everywhere has, more importantly they expect to have rights other people are denied. In this case they are trying to take away peoples’ rights to free speech in order to protect the illusions of power they wield. What they expect is that Israelis have the right to torture, kill, and steal land at will and Jews in America should have the right not to hear any complaints about it—how is that for hypocrisy?
All university students should be highly concerned about this proceeding and how it has developed and where it is going. Another question is why is Janet Napolitano even a President of major college system when she comes from a political background that creates more a police state in this country?
But most disturbing aspect is again found with professor Dubnov is his insistence for the adoption of the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism as his naïve words:
Opponents claim the State Department definition is overreaching. They argue it suppresses free speech and conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. They are flat-out wrong.
No Dubnov is clearly wrong—and hopefully it is because of ignorance of hypocrisy and not this whole process has been loosely staged. His statement seems demagogic and focuses on an agenda—the State Departments definitions of anti-Semitism—an agenda to change the freedom levels of what can be freely argued as to what mostly affects Israel.
Any true democratic statement would not have to focus specifically on how Jews feel—especially given Zionist propensity toward injustice acted out on the ground and in the real world.
Because we are not talking about people being beaten up or physically attacked on American campuses. This is not pogroms or isolating groups by making them wear certain symbols, or only allowing Jews to operate in certain professions. And it is ironic the only student regent is Jewish and willing to play the guilt card.
61 incidents in 2012 over a 20 million population of college students is not a super huge phenomenon. 20 million divided by 100 equals 1 alleged victim for every 200,000 students. Granted it would be ideal if humankind lived in some utopia in which there were no measurable statistics of any kind; and this counterargument is not meant to not take serious what truly is serious even it actual occurrences are statistically small.
But more to the point is screaming anti-Semitism, as to get opinions banned by being legislated, has little to nothing to do with the truth value of an opinion, such as someone who argues: “Zionists are responsible for the financial crisis” or “Israel was behind 9/11” or “Hitler did not do anything wrong”, etc. but rather trying to destroy the right to share an ugly or critical opinion. This is trying to create laws against criticizing anything about Israel regardless of whether the so-called anti-Semitic statements are true or not. This is really a notion of extremist totalitarianism.
Just maybe Hitler was less the monster than many of us have been lead to believe? Some historian opinions who argue such have been outlawed as anti-Semitic in Europe. Maybe Israel was in fact involved in 9/11—don’t people deserve the right to consider ideas (no matter how outrageous they may seem) and attempt some proper examination—rather than rejecting notions that do not fit a politically correct portfolio?
We are expected to live in a psychological bubble in which Jewish peoples and Zionists never do anything wrong and are always history’s victims. Yet there are some theories out there that paint a different picture (they are labeled conspiracy theories to denigrate them so people will be less prone to explore them). If Jews think it so bad to be Jewish on American campuses read the following essay: “Where Will It End? More Israeli Murders’ by By Stephen Lendman at: https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/where-will-it-end-more-israeli-murders/ (fresh off the press).
Also Jewish student do not need to be zealously involved in trying to counter-protest protests against Israel. They don’t have to set themselves up as antagonists and then readily claim to feel singularly intimidated (maybe they sometimes intimidate others?). Maybe there is some projection going on?
College life cannot create the impossible—a world of make believe. The question is more a need for people to get out of their own bubbles and dare looking at alternative explanations as some alternative perspectives seen more real than what they currently think. See this important article too: Campus is seen as next battleground against Iran Deal — by ‘rightwing fanatics’ Annie Robbins at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/battleground-rightwing-fanatics?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=c724b6059b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-c724b6059b-309261654
On a broader perspective beyond campuses are condemnations of alternative explanations on the history of World War 2 as they are different and contrarian to Zionist-dominated explanations we have been inundated with for decades, but this does not automatically make them evil even if they paint Zionism with a brush showing unethical behavior by some Zionists. These alternative explanations are often called Holocaust Denial or World War 2 Revisionism and are being outlawed in various countries in Europe and elsewhere. This kind of double standard is so desperately insane. See:
“Laws against Holocaust denial” at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_against_Holocaust_denial
Also see: “Israel Campaigns Against Global Free Speech” at: https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/israel-campaigns-against-global-free-speech/
and “Hate-Speech Hypocrites: How can we ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims?” at: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2012/09/free_speech_vs_hate_speech_why_is_it_legal_to_insult_muslims_but_not_jews_.html
and “Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project – An Analysis” by Lawrence Davidson at: http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2015/06/criminalizing-criticism-a-zionist-project-an-analysis-by-lawrence-davidson/
Many organizations and people currently get their very ideas about prejudice from Zionist organizations such as ADL and Southern Poverty Law Center, themselves biased as even some ADL groups have been involved in promoting anti-Muslimism sentiments (hardly a neutral organization). See another eye-opening article: Anti-Muslim bigotry is being funded by the Israel-right-or-wrong crowd by Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel at: http://mondoweiss.net/2012/10/anti-muslim-bigotry-is-being-funded-by-the-israel-right-or-wrong-crowd#sthash.ydjGrZPm.dpuf (in this article we see ADL sometimes gets involved in promoting such prejudice (as they do far too little to combat anti-Muslimism even though for example the Palestinians are far more related to the ancient Israelis than modern Caucasian Jews who mostly have no DNA connection what-so-ever)).And it is important to realize after reading some of these references that campus Hillel are involved in some of these propaganda wars and they cannot claim neutrality.
So this “political battle” is about far more than allegations of anti-Semitism on college campuses. This is a continuation of trying to quell curiosity and true free speech. Americans, including many Jewish-Americans are far more naïve about things than reality seems to be. All people have a right and duty to learn ugly truths.
Meanwhile some liberal, presumably progressive Jews have no problem promoting black hostility against white men (especially those goy they label white supremists). Black Lives Matter protests have been, at least to some extent, coached, funded and encouraged by some Jewish peoples—including loud and obstreperous anger meant to intimidate authority, police, society-at-large (that included the burning of police cars, riots, etc.). Here levels of fear are not even considered (nor the idea that some have painted these complex realities into simplistic black or white terms (blacks equals always victim and white always victimizer). But why so much double standard when a black man gets beat up by American police versus when one hundred to a thousand Palestinians are treated as badly and everyone should be singing heaven songs on American campuses? In one case intimidation felt by innocent people does not matter in the least. In the other case that is ALL that matters?
As Sea Shelly writes: “No one complains about calling Muslims terrorists and accusing them of perpetrating 9/11”. That is to say no one is trying to outlaw that kind of free speech.
The choir chants ANTISEMITISM IS ON THE RISE on campuses and yet they know and even admit it largely involves Israel (and don’t see contradiction).
The fact is there has been an ongoing psychological war goal to kill free speech on American colleges due to the BDS movement. Sheldon Adelson is ready to spend millions of dollars to kill this intellectual movement on college campuses. These forms of anti-Semitism politics is not going away any time soon. And could some complainers actually be paid for this kind of thing? See: Adelson to Host Event on Anti-Semitism Within U.S. College Campuses by Suzanne Vega at: http://jpupdates.com/2015/06/02/adelson-to-host-event-on-anti-semitism-within-u-s-college-campuses/
Again surely there are likely legitimate cases of anti-Semitism at play especially in a statistical field as large as the United States. And granted I’m not part of any campus system and I do not have firsthand experience—but well aware that one Zionist strategy in killing the message is ad hominem attack on the messenger. Exaggerating anti-Semitism, as crying wolf, is typical strategy—typical as attacks on President Obama now with Israel’s and AIPAC’s push to kill the Iran deal (which is a better than a good deal).
People do have a right to question and oppose the idea of a Jewish homeland in Palestine or old Canaan. This is not some Absolute-in-Stone concept all peoples simply should accept. There are good reasons to oppose any theocratic government or ethnocentric movement—no matter how some feel ordained. Such an opinion or argument should not be barred from discussion.
Israel doesn’t overtly call for the Palestine’s destruction—rather it practices it year after year with war crimes. Meanwhile Israel cries out about threats of being pushed into the sea—but it engages pushing Palestinians off the map.
For those confused about the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism checkout U.S. State Department Official Definition of 'Anti-Semitism’ - (Wow.) by Martin Hill at: http://libertyfight.com/2015/US_state_dept_official_definition_antisemitism.html
It is important that you read this citation because you can see how very broad and implicating such a political move is (and note many of the key positions held at the Department of State are people who are Jewish). It’s not a definition rather it is a jail cell composed of many iron bars.
Compare supposed thought crimes and speech crimes to the actual violent crimes committed in Gaza last summer. See: Israeli Atrocities: NY activist students highlight Israeli crimes…Netanyahu Leverages Terror Threat To Further Colonial Expansion And More at: http://investmentwatchblog.com/israeli-atrocities-ny-activist-students-highlight-israeli-crimes-netanyahu-leverages-terror-threat-to-further-colonial-expansion-and-more/ and also see: Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza by Marjorie Cohn at: https://consortiumnews.com/2014/07/15/israels-war-crimes-in-gaza/
What Israel has been doing for years is not simply making people feel bad or merely hurling insults or allegations or posting hostile symbols but rather a whole litany of brutal and ferocious war crimes.
The real question is why there have not been more loud and uproarious protests on college campuses and around the country? The reaction here in America has been tame.
To call this witch hunt a charade is less hyperbolic than the whiners and complainers who feel because they are Jewish they have some inevitable right to get their way here in America because Americans are naïve pushovers.
Surely not everyone protesting anti-Semitism is doing it under false premises. I do not discount the concern as real and yet I refuse to allow easy exaggeration, especially in an implied statistical sense, to become red- herring because some Americans don’t want to know how much others are waking up to the atrocities in Israel and their overly zealous control they have practiced over our Government (especially Congress).
The goal expressed by some is to silence Jewish voices. This is “their” opinion (and it is a subjective opinion), which they certainly have a right, as few have heard of silenced Jewish voices in modern America.
But nor should any campus allow Jewish or Zionist voices to silence others who harbor righteous anger over the politics of the Israeli government. There are a lot of people who feel silenced by this typical Zionist self-righteousness. This is their style of intimidation and it has worked around the world rather well.
So it doesn’t matter if some Jewish Americans get angry and cry like babies because they can’t always get their way! It is time they grow up and realize other people have rights too.
[Note: If you feel this message is important, then by all means, email, fax, print, manually mail, propagate, tweet, twitter, and publish to all that might care. It is very important other people help spread worthy ideas and arguments. There is a very serious battle going on in America and we cannot allow psychological blackmail to win out.]