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Why is anti-Semitism so popular on liberal college campuses?

Photo from Toni Airaksinen

Photo from Toni Airaksinen

Anti-semitism is everywhere. It’s not always pretty to look at, but it is an undeniable fact that it’s alive and well. It is an often overlooked form of racism.

Of course, most of the time it’s written off as inappropriate, but socially acceptable, form of insult comedy. Despite there being known stereotypes, jokes, and tropes, such as Jews controlling the media, and banks, they are viewed as fodder for the constant attack on political-correctness. However, a new type of anti-semitism is arising under the guise of anti-Zionism.

The entire movement of anti-Zionism is based on falsehoods and fallacies, claiming Israel is an apartheid state, that the state is complacent in human rights violations, and that Palestinians within Israel’s borders are treated poorly compared to Israelis. These anti-Zionist sentiments are seen as progressive and popular for young people, similarly to how millennials tend to view socialism and liberalism.

People believe they’re morally superior for joining and participating in movements like BDS, (an acronym for Boycott, Divest, and Sanction), because being anti-Israel is popular. It is easy to misconstrue information in order to manipulate the view of its audience. The leader of the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti, has repeatedly stated that a two-state solution is not conducive to peace and that the Jewish people have no right to the land. The BDS movement isn’t just about opposition to inequality, it’s opposition to Israel’s existence.

These movements are backed and supported by groups like Students For Justice In Palestine, an organization known for sharing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements. The New York City SJP chapter participated in a march for lower tuition prices called the Million Student March, all while releasing a statement blaming a “zionist school administration” for the cost of an education. When we have groups known for sharing anti-Semitic views and hate on our college campuses, welcomed by the administration, the Jewish students are silenced and viewed as racist and proponents of apartheid if they don’t agree with this voice on campus. Hate is, quite literally, being given a platform, and not just on campus.

On social media sites such as Twitter, anti-semites and people who express anti-Israeli views. It’s not, per chance, that the hashtag “Free Palestine” is deeply filled with vile anti-Semitic tweets. This type of Armchair activism — complaining about capitalism on your smartphone  with the Israeli made chip — only leads to the spread of the lies and falsehoods promoting an agenda rather than facts, educating people who are searching for answers to their questions with complete lies. This intentional misleading only furthers this false ideology, thinly veiled anti-semitism.

Anti-semitism is just racism with a different title. With the recent wave of Jewish Community Center bomb threats linked back to leftists, Jewish cemeteries being destroyed, and AntiFa’s growing presence, it leads to the question, do the leftists hate Israel or just Jewish people?


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