…their experiences as Jewish students at the SOCC would soon inspire a rude awakening: the campus progressives who were “fighting for justice on college campuses for students of color” weren’t only ignoring anti-Semitism and attacks on Jewish identity—they were sometimes the ones perpetuating it.
This was quickly made clear on the first day at a session called “Existence is Resistance,” hosted by leaders of UC San Diego’s SJP chapter. Students discussed the boycott of Israel as an issue of urgency for students of color. …they originally had no intention to engage in dialogue about Israel at the conference, but they were horrified at how attacks on Israel soon devolved into attacks on the Jews. “The session went way beyond the boundaries …”
For example, they said that Israel was poisoning the water that they sell into the West Bank, and raising the price by ten times. Any sane person knows that this is not true. They also said that when Jewish-American students go on Birthright trips, the Israeli government offers you money to live on a settlement.
Over the course of what was probably no longer than an hour, my history was denied, the murder of my people was justified, and a movement whose sole purpose is the destruction of the Jewish homeland was glorified. Statements were made justifying the ruthless murder of innocent Israeli civilians, blatantly denying Jewish indigeneity in the land, and denying the Holocaust in which six million Jews were murdered. Why anyone in their right mind would accept these slanders as truths baffles me. But they did. These statements, and others, were met with endless snaps and cheers…
It was a prevailing sentiment that I felt at the conference and in the progressive community, that because I am Jewish, I cannot be an activist who supports Black Lives Matter or the LGBTQ community. When I heard that among my peers that “the Jews are oppressors and murderers—How can you care about students of color on campus when they’re murdering our people abroad?”—it quickly dawned on me that it wasn’t that they don’t like us because we’re pro-Israel—they don’t like us because we’re Jews. We were targeted. It’s such a shame that the SOCC solidified and supported this belief of mine.
It was, ironically, in a safe space intended to protect students from discrimination and bigotry in which their Jewish identity was marginalized, ostracized, and politicized. And it was the progressive students and students of color—often themselves targets of hate, bigotry, and discrimination—who were the propagators of ancient hatreds against the Jewish people.
Reb Akiva comments – the permissiveness of violent and oppressive actions by “those against opression” on college campuses has gotten far far out of control. It’s become dangerous to be a Jew on campus, or a male on campus, or a “white” on campus. While supporting a movement decrying micro-aggressions (which apparently means there’s no actual aggressions left of concern) is ridiculous, that these people are calling for the HORRIBLE MURDER of Jews should be decried LOUDLY. Instead of Jewish students joining organizations crying about made up wrongs to perpetuate a victim class, it would seem time for Jewish students and jewish organizations to begin to form into Jewish Anti-Discrimination Defense Teams and directly challenge the wave of real anti-Jewish discrimination and aggression flowing across U.S. campuses.