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Sat Sep 23, 2017, 01:30 PM

(JEWISH GROUP) The left has an Israel problem.Does that mean colleges have an anti-Semitism problem?


Recently JTA reported a story about an alternative students’ guide published by student activists at Tufts University that labels Israel a white supremacist state. The so-called “disorientation guide” also reduced the university’s Hillel to a “Zionist” organization that offers nothing of value to the private campus’s diversity or culture.

The authors of the guide might deny that, of course. But what else do you make of a guide to campus diversity that does not discuss Jewish social, cultural or religious life? And one that takes at face value complaints from an African-American organization that a Hillel-sponsored event about gun control was meant to “exploit” black people “for their own pro-Israel agenda”?

After all, what’s a Jewish organization doing promoting liberal causes, right?

The conflation of “Jewish” and “Zionist” (and “racist” and “colonialist,” while we’re at it) is hardly a new thing on the left, although the guide was a pretty stark example of an entire minority group on campus being erased or devalued with a few taps of a keyboard by those who purport to stand up for religious and ethnic minorities. That’s why we considered it an important story, and that’s why we published it.


A very complex, but interesting article nonetheless.

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Reply (JEWISH GROUP) The left has an Israel problem.Does that mean colleges have an anti-Semitism problem? (Original post)
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EllieBC Sep 2017 #1

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Sat Sep 23, 2017, 02:24 PM

1. "colleges are also places where students are supposed to encounter upsetting or uncomfortable ideas.

Probably depends on what students and what groups. We aren't afforded the same protections as others.

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