Antisemtic Stickers at U of M

On April 26 the Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper, reported that a white nationalist group calling itself “Iron Mitten” put racist and antisemitic stickers on top of Black Lives Matter themed posters on the University of Michigan campus. The incident comes on the heels of similar incidents on U of M’s campus this year, including offensive emails sent to students and anti-Islamic chalk graffiti on the school’s campus. By the time the article had been written, students had begun tearing down the vandalized posters. This incident is interesting because of the way in which the perpetrators of the act blend different forms of prejudice, in this case anti-black and antisemitic sentiments. The people who put the stickers up chose to attach antisemitic stickers to posters promoting a black group rather than targeting posters promoting the U of M Hillel or an event being put on by a Jewish student group. Much of the antisemitic graffiti vandalism posts we put on this blog revolve around attacks on Jewish groups and institutions, such as spray painting swastikas on a Jewish community center or synagogue. I think there is a tendency by extremist groups to lump all those they oppose into a blanket camp of “them” and that is why they chose to target a black group’s posters with antisemitic stickers. The people doing this likely view Jewish and black people as being part of the same general group of people they hate. This is not a phenomenon we talked about much in class but I believe it is quite...

The New Hotbed of Antisemitism

A new article posted by The Washington Post claims that the ‘hotbed’ of antisemitism today exists on college campuses, compared to the foreign countries in which we have seen a decline. A report conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University found data from 40 countries that revealed that violent anti-Semitic incidents, “which include attacks with and without weapons, arson, and vandalism or desecration, have been on a downward trend in the past few years” (Phillips).  The report rather concluded that American college campuses have seen a rise to the amount of 45 percent in anti-Jewish sentiments. I found this to be very interesting based on our most recent discussion of modern antisemitism. Today college campuses are the hub of free-speech and progressive thought, but some of these thoughts have been taken to the extreme. Being “academic racist,”seem to be much more accepted on college campuses in the past few years. However I do feel it is important to note that the article stated “The drop in the number of violent incidents does not indicate that anti-Semitism is dissipating. It simply means that anti-Jewish sentiments have been manifested in other ways” (Phillips). A big trend we have seen is anonymous antisemitism, which is less violent and carries little accountability. Although acts committed have become less violent I still believe that the Jewish community is suffering to the same extent mentally. Phillips  states,” the sense of security felt by many Jewish communities remains precarious ” (Phillips). Overall, this semester we have seen various acts of hatred in and outside the United States which proves to us that antisemitism is still alive and well, and still...

“Anti-Semitic graffiti top hate crime on NYC subway this year”

The article that I found regarding antisemitism was published by Cleveland Jewish Times on April 26, 2017. The article discusses the unfortunate rise in antisemitic graffiti in New York. Specifically, the article states that antisemitism has been the most popular form of hate crime found on New York City subways so far this year. The article says that 22 of 31 hate crimes that took place on subways in the city this year specifically invoked antisemitic imagery or threatened jews. This is a big rise from last year when only seven incidents happened over the same time period. One of the incidents in which antisemitic graffiti was found went viral when a group of commuters joined together to erase the hateful message. Jared Nied, the leader of the effort, even received an award from the ADL for being a stand-up citizen. While that specific incident was somewhat uplifting, the underlying problem is still clear. The rise in antisemitic incidents is very real, and has continued both in and outside of New York City. Many of the specific incidents that have happened on the New York subways make reference to the holocaust and nazism for seemingly no reason. Graffiti likes this is seemingly an attempt to make it seem as if Jews are a burden to society or are inherently worse than others. This is a sentiment that was extremely influential during the holocaust, and is extremely bigoted. To see that these ideas still exist and continue to be influential is terrible. Hopefully people will do all they can to prevent these incidents in the future.  ...

Kansas State University

Even on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anti-Semites at Kansas State University continue to spread hate across their campus. A poster illustrating a pyramid of people was posted on a telephone pole on campus that stated “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege. Is the 1 percent straight white men? Or is it Jewish?” Recent weeks have showed a significant increase of incidents targeting many minority groups on Kansas State University’s campus, focusing on the LGBTQ community and African-Americans. The president of Kansas State University released a statement on April 24th, “These few, random incidents should be kept in perspective,” Myers wrote. “The K-State family is committed to diversity and inclusion and should not be influenced by these isolated incidents. We don’t know who has distributed these missives, or why. But we do know they don’t represent the values of the K-State family.” I think this was a very odd response to this situation. There was no mention of finding the instigator(s) or promising a higher level of dedication to preventing future hate on their campus. From his message it sounded like these incidents are not being taken as seriously as they should be. He seems to stress that this is not a representation of everyone and is more worried about that than actually putting a stop to Antisemitism on their campus. He mentions how these incidents are few and random, which is missing the point that they should not be happening at all. I think the reaction to hate on campus should always be taken seriously as a matter of safety for all students.   Anti-Semitic poster hung at...

South Carolina Antisemitism Bill Passes

The South Carolina Senate passed a new bill regarding antisemitism on campus on Thursday, April 27. An article posted by the Jewish Press on Friday, April 28 written by JNi.Media describes the bill and what is hopes to achieve, the bill “will address growing anti-Semitism on campus and protect students’ right to a learning environment free of unlawful discrimination” (Jewish Press 2). The bill was passed through the South Carolina House of Representatives with an overwhelming 103-3 vote. The purpose of the bill is to give a concrete definition of antisemitism so authorities know it when they see it. This bill will not inhibit free speech or academic freedom, rather the definition will be considered by police and other authorities in cases of assault, battery, and vandalism. The bill will give authorities the proper information to determine whether or not something was a hate crime. The bill says it will not hinder public free speech, so unfortunately, that means that anti-Jewish protestors will not be silenced or pursued legally. The legal repercussions of the bill is only to form a legitimate definition of antisemitism so it will be useful in cases where the law is broken, such as graffiti swastikas that we have seen throughout the whole semester, or when a Jewish person is assaulted for antisemitic reasons. The state of South Carolina is taking some large progressive steps forward. Forming a concrete definition of antisemitism can inform the public on an issue that is growing to plague our country. Hopefully, the state of South Carolina becomes more educated on antisemitism and can help prevent it in the future....