8/31/17 – Anti-Semitism
As colleges begin the new academic year they must contend with the new face of anti-Semitism.
Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.
It’s the same old anti-Semitism. It just masquerades as the BDS movement: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. BDS masks its anti-Semitism not by attacking Jews directly but instead by attacking the spiritual center of Judaism: Israel.
Criticism of Israel is protected speech. Even anti-Semitic speech is protected. But let’s call it what it is: anti-Semitic.
BDS claims to seek peace in the Middle East. But its toxic message singles-out the only democracy in the region. It uses decades-old anti-Semitism tactics: delegitimizing, demonizing and using double-standards.
The movement’s call for the destruction of Israel is to delegitimize the Jewish state.
And the only atrocities it claims to see are in Israel. The double-standard.
Its call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions is the extension of the decades-old practice of isolating Jewish businesses. It’s the same-old anti-Semitism on a grander scale.
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