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...

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....

Trump denounces ‘dangerous anti-Semitism’ in Holocaust Remembrance Day remarks

In fox news they posted a story on April 26th, 2017 stating that  that the United States would “always stand with the Jewish people.” This occurred when Trump was denouncing Holocaust deniers and giving a speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Many claim Trump to be antisemitism in the past and in his current speech many say that he was being unequivocally pro-Jewish, and trying to address the problem of antisemitism . He said in his speech “Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil and we’ll never be silent. We just won’t,” he said. “We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again.” and then trump went on to say said Holocaust denial is one form of “dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world” and that can be seen on university campuses, in attacks on Jewish communities “or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction.” “This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism,” he said. “We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act. As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.” Again we see this notion of using never again even though history tends to repeat itself. Although Trump is saying we will confront this he hasn’t elected anyone to combat this, and this is is first speech even showing this exist. We need to see action, not just have him keep making empty promises.   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/26/trump-denounces-dangerous-anti-semitism-in-holocaust-remembrance-day-remarks.html Fox News....

Antisemitic fliers on Princeton University campus

http://www.centraljersey.com/news/anti-semitic-anti-immigrant-fliers-found-on-princeton-university-campus/article_e78b438e-26bf-11e7-bff5-dba12c3f993f.html Antisemitic fliers were found on three buildings at the Princeton University campus in New Jersey, including the building used by Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life. The fliers had the website URL and phone number for a white supremacist group, although the university has not disclosed the name of the group. This follows another recent antisemitic incident affecting the Princeton University community. To mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday yesterday, the antisemitic group Vanguard America tweeted a message directed at Jewish Princeton students and faculty. The message was accompanied by an image of Adolf Hitler in a birthday hat. This incident pertains to our course material in that it is reliant on antisemitic rhetoric based on the legacy of the Holocaust. The memory of the Holocaust has served as fodder for antisemites in modern times despite some of those targeted by these hateful words being two or more generations removed from the generation of Jews that endured the Holocaust. While most American Jews are descended from people who immigrated to the US prior to WWII and thus may not be aware of extended family that died in the Holocaust, Holocaust based antisemitic rhetoric targeting these people still has a powerful emotional effect. The legacy of the Holocaust weighs heavy on anyone of Ashkenazi Jewish-descent because it represents the physical destruction of their heritage. Someone who is of Italian descent can still go back to Italy and reconnect with their culture in a way that is not possible for European Jews. There is no Vilna, only Vilnius. While many American Jews do go on “heritage trips” where they visit the physical spaces...