by Aviva Slomich
Will the social justice warriors who scream against cultural appropriation come to the defense of their Jewish classmates?
What should be considered hateful behavior on American university campuses? Using ethnic or religious slurs, as are heard on many campuses across the U.S.?
Intimidating students who don't agree with you to such a degree that they are afraid to attend classes, as happened at the University of Michigan, or feel the need to transfer to another university, as happened to former Graduate Students Association president Milan Chatterjee at UCLA?
Creating videos that portray a particular ethnic group as monsters?
Supporting restarting the intifadas that have murdered hundreds of innocent men, women, and children from various ethnic groups?
Sharing Nazi propaganda on a student organization's website, and selling shirts with the terrorist Leila Khaled emblazoned on them, as happened at Vassar College?
Hijacking every liberal cause on campus to target one ethnic group?
If you've answered yes to any or all of the above questions, then it should be clear: Students for Justice in Palestine is a hate group. All the above examples have been orchestrated on U.S. campuses by that group or its affiliated organizations.
Does this mean every member of SJP is a hateful extremist? No. Does it mean every organization that sponsors an event with SJP or co-signs a petition with SJP is a hate group? No.
What it does mean is that every university that permits an SJP chapter to register as a recognized student organization is abetting hate speech. Every group that sponsors an event with SJP or co-signs a petition with the organization is legitimizing its hateful messages. Every professor who serves as a faculty adviser, officially permitting SJP to spread its hateful rhetoric on campus, is responsible for the manipulation of the naive students who join SJP, thinking they are fighting for a just cause and against hate.
At the university level, we assume that students receive information from various sources, and that their professors are guiding them to ask the right questions, to follow no one blindly, and to try their best to get an even-handed account on all issues that matter to them by looking to differing perspectives.
That's not happening.
Instead, professors are taking advantage of their impressionable students, who look to them as omnipotent mentors. With social media and Google filtering content by popularity, and with most millennials tending to follow those who share the same opinions, it's almost absurd to think that university students are getting a well-balanced and unbiased education.
One result of this is a spike in campus anti-Semitism.
At Brown University, Janet Mock, a transgender, black, native Hawaiian activist, was pressured to cancel an event because Hillel, a Jewish institution, was sponsoring her talk.
Stanford alumna Molly Horwitz didn't receive a bid for Student Senate from the Students of Color Association because she was Jewish and was thus suspected of having "duel loyalties."
At the University of California, Santa Cruz, Daniel Bernstein was told that he must abstain on a BDS resolution because he was "elected to the student government with a Jewish agenda."
Recently, after a class at the University of California, Berkeley was suspended for a short period of time due to its extreme bias on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the campus saw an outbreak of anti-Jewish literature.
The cases spark many questions.
Will the social justice warriors who scream against cultural appropriation come to the defense of their Jewish classmates? Will those who chant for lower tuition fees stamp out anti-Semitic absurd claims that Jews and Zionists are the reason for the high costs? Will feminists jump to the side of the future Molly Horwitzes and Janet Mocks? Will those who battle Islamophobia protest until anti-Semites are kicked off campus? Will LGBT activists support the only country in the Middle East where gays feel safe?
Lastly, will those who honestly want to help find a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict denounce those who support the murder of innocents or will they trample on those who speak for the peace of all peoples: Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs and Jews?
Aviva Slomich is international campus director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.
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