Spicer Deemed Ignorant, Not Anti-Semitic

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently commented on the Syrian missile strike by using the Holocaust as an example of how much more intense the conditions are within Syria. Spicer said “Even Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons”, which is utterly false, considering the mass number of Jews who were murdered in gas chambers during WWII. In an article posted by Israel National News at 12:56 on Friday, April 13 2017 written by Arutz Sheva claims that Spicer’s comments were less anti-Semitic, and simply more ignorant. The author of the article goes on to say that Spicer has apologized for his comments, and the author is willing to give him a pass and forgive his mistakes. Not only has the author of the article forgiven Spicer’s comments, but also Israeli journalists and even Holocaust survivor Noah Klieger. Klieger was quoted as saying that Spicer’s comments simply reflect a shocking ignorance that haunts the White House currently, and not anti-Semitism. Sean Spicer made an error of talking about something in public about which he had improper previous information. Some people wish to condemn Spicer for his comments and supposed diminishing of Hitler’s actions, but others are ultimately willing to overlook his comments and regard him from now on as an ignorant man, devoid of simple information that most high school students enrolled in a history course would know. The actions from Klieger and Israeli journalists shows the integrity of groups of Jewish people who are mature enough to overlook the ignorance of the White House Press Secretary. Hopefully, Spicer decides to educate himself on global history before he makes himself look foolish...

Neo-Nazi Blames Jared Kushner for America’s Strike on Syria

On April 10th, 2017, an article published by Haaretz discussed that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s Judaism has become a target for alt-right groups. Until now, it has seemed like Jared and Ivanka’s faith has been somewhat of a taboo subject. However, things began to change last week when it came to light that there appears to be a growing feud between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. As noted in a blog post from last week, Bannon referred to Kushner as a “globalist” after he was removed from the National Security Council. Last Tuesday after Trump ordered to attack a Syrian Army base with Tomahawk missiles, many people on the far right began blaming Kushner for initiating the attacks on the behalf of Israel. On Saturday, Alt- Right leader, Richard Spencer, led a demonstration in front of the White House with signs that read “No more wars 4 Israel” (Haaretz). Preceding the protest, on April 7th , Spencer tweeted out ” #FireKushner No one voted for him. Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power” (Twitter of Richard Spencer). It is clear that when Spencer said “people like Kushner..” he was referring to Jewish people.  According to the article, other people in the alt-right have also accused Ivanka as being behind the President’s decision to launch the attack against Syria.  On the radio show “Infowars, alt-righter Alex Jones, stated that “It’s them, it’s them – it’s his daughter and son-in-law who are literally enemies of the republic!” (Haaretz). This not only relates to many of the potent anti-Jewish stereotypes that we have learned about throughout the semester, like how Jews...

Preschool Teacher Fired Over Anti-Semitic Tweets

Preschool teacher Nancy Salem has been fired from her Arlington school for several anti-semitic tweets as stated in an article posted by the Dallas News in the late afternoon of Thursday February 23. Salem was fired for posting outrageously anti-semitic tweets such as saying “kill some Jews” and “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough”. Salem came out with a public apology, attributing her offensive posts to an adolescence characterized by poor influences and regret. Salem was also said to have been involved in a student group at University of Texas at Arlington called Students for Justice in Palestine, which The Canary Mission (a database focused on exposing the individuals and groups known to promote hatred, racism, and anti-semitism throughout college campuses in America) condemned as a “focal point for campus anti-semitism.” Although the tweets were made years previously, the school released a statement professing that the environment they strive to uphold is one of inclusion and professional conduct. Nancy Salem said in her public apology that these tweets do not characterize her feelings today, but I believe that to be a lie. Salem posted these tweets a couple years ago alongside two dozen UTA students who also tweeted similarly anti-semitic content. Salem may have toned down her public Jewish hatred as she got older, but that certainly does not mean her feelings have changed. Salem got older and became more professional; she became a preschool teacher. So, as she grew into a more professional environment, her social opinions had to become more covert. Her job was one that has a severe impact on a large group of people. Children...

Can Hummus be to Blame for Spike in Antisemitism?

Recently the popular hummus brand Sabra has come under extreme debate by Palestinian students who claim that this brand has provided financial support to the Golani brigade, a group within the Israel’s defense force. This has in turn lead to several campuses boycotting the Sabra brand.  Students particularly at the University of California, Riverside fear that this might lead to a further rise in antisemitism on campus. While little investigation has gone into the details of just how much Sabra is connected to the Golani brigade, campuses across the country have overwhelmingly agree actions must be taken. Many students who are supporters of the resolution have flocked to twitter to celebrate. Pictured below, is an example of a student who claimed, ” I swear to god if I catch any of y’all with sabra imma drop you and that nasty hummus so quick that you won’t be able to take the first bite.” However, as is such these events have also allowed from more open dialogue about issues such as the Israeli-Arab conflict to take place on campus. While I feel the act of boycotting Sabra alone is not antisemitic, I do believe that we must be careful moving forward that these actions don’t allow for further hate speech on college campus as many fear it might. Kevin Giser, the director of University of California Riverside Hillel states,  “We know what happens after BDS comes to a campus. We are expecting the typical fallout: swastikas, a rise in hate crimes.” It is my hope that further investigation goes into Sabra connection to the Golani brigade and that these events spark meaningful and progressive dialogue onto...