Princeton University Antisemitic Fliers

The article I am writing about this week was posted by centraljersey.com on April 21st, 2017. It describes an incident that took place at Princeton University earlier this week. Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life and a few other buildings were the target of antisemitic and racist fliers. Callers reported a masked individual taping fliers to buildings late Thursday night. The exact message on the fliers is yet to be released but it says they contained the phone number and name of a white nationalist organization along with other antisemitic messages. Thursday, April 20th was also the Birthday of Adolf Hitler and that is likely a contributing factor for when the incident took place. On the same day, Vanguard America, a white nationalist group posted a message that targeted Jewish Princeton students and showed  a picture of Hitler with a birthday hat. Both of these incidents seem to be extremely antisemitic, but I am a little disappointed in this school/website for not being more clear about the content of the tweets and fliers. While I understand why they may choose not to disclose the contact information of the group who was behind these events, I think there is importance to sharing the content of what was said. I say this because although it can be disheartening (and unfortunately inspiring for antisemitic individuals), sharing what is said can help create an understanding that this is a serious problem and that antisemitism is very much alive. It can also show how Jewish students still face frequent discrimination, even at the most prestigious Universities in the country....

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...

SPLC sues neo-Nazi leader who targeted Jewish woman in anti-Semitic harassment campaign

(https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/04/18/splc-sues-neo-nazi-leader-who-targeted-jewish-woman-anti-semitic-harassment-campaign \ Andrew Anglin, one of the founders of The Daily Stormer, launched a “troll storm” against a Montanan a Jewish Real Estate agent . Tanya Gersh, of Whitefish, Montana, and her family have received over 700 messages. Gersh’s abuse began after another alt-right leader, Richard Spencer, accused her of extorting money from his mother. Gersh is suing Anglin for harassment, invasion of privacy, and emotional distressed caused by Anglin’s army of trolls. The Daily Stormer, is one of the most popular and widely read antisemtic websites. Websites such as this have been responsible for harassment and intimidation of numerous minorities and individuals like Gersh. Anglin posted an article on the website with the headline, “Jews Targeting Richard Spencer’s Mother for Harassment and Extortion – TAKE ACTION!” In addition the article linked pictures of Gersh and her family, along with her contact information. Obviously, the fact that a woman and her family was unfairly targeted and harassed is a sad and wrong thing. However, this is one of the few cases where someone responsible for hate speech, harassment, and intimidation is actually being held responsible. So while this whole incidence is completely unnecessary and unprovoked, at least some sort of justice will be made. Unfortunately, this website and other similar sites will continue to do things like this, but perhaps if consequences for such actions are taken, people like Anglin will think twice about what they write.   Southern Poverty Law Center, No author, April 18th, 2017, Alt-right/hates peech, Whitefish,...

San Diego State University Passes Resolution to Condemn Antisemitism

The student association at San Diego State University passed a resolution on April 12th to condemn antisemitism. The main concern of the university council was to amended the current language of the resolution to include what they referred to as “the three Ds”. The three Ds include delegitimization, demonization, and double standards regarding Israel as forms of antisemitism. The resolution passed with an overwhelming 18-4. The council first wanted to make clear that the resolution was not design to restrict any form of free speech, academic freedom or further form of social activism, but rather “its purpose is to define the line between civil, academic debate and hate speech”(Bermudez). I feel as though this is a very proactive way to combat antisemitism on college campus and further bring the conversation to light. Something else extremely interesting about this resolution is that it included a list of incidents of antisemitism that have happened on SDSU’s campus and at universities across the country. The President of the Students for Justice in Palestine, Mustafa Alemi, was ask to comment on the resolution and he stated that his main issue “is whether or not calling out Israel for human rights violations, criticizing Israel or supporting BDS should be classified as a form of antisemitism”(Bermudez).  This seems to be the big debate that we keep returning to; when does being critical become hatful? While I feel more confident that this resolution will provide a much clearer boundary between the line of hate speech and free speech based on it’s three Ds, it’s still unclear how effective it will be. The resolution encourages student associations on...

Ted Nugent Invited to the White House

Washed-up wacko rocker Ted Nugent visited the White House Wednesday, April 19 alongside Sarah Palin and Kid Rock. The tour of the house was then followed by an intimate dinner with the President. Nugent, having once been investigated by the secret service for posting threatening and hate filled messages about former President Obama on social media, was welcomed the White House with open arms despite his consistent racism and anti-Semitism. Nugent has a long history of ranting on twitter about whatever bigoted statements are running around his head. He has posted complaints about the Jews taking away his guns, as well as having continuously attacked Obama and Hilary Clinton, making himself look like a cyber-bullying high-school aged conspiracy theorist hate monger. His online propaganda has hit both twitter and Facebook, so intensely that he was visited by secret service agents to investigate the threats he made against the former leader of the free world. Ted Nugent has a right to say and post whatever he wants, despite ruining his reputation to anyone with common sense. The NRA member’s status flipped drastically in the span of a year: at one time regarded by our government as a potential security threat, and at another an honored guest of our current President. As stated, Nugent can say and do what he wants, but under no circumstances should such a man ever be welcomed to spend time and dine with the President of the United States in his home. Trump inviting Nugent speaks volumes to his morals and what kinds of company he likes to keep. Although, Trump and his cabinet do have a...

Hitler ‘Birthday Party’ Thrown at the University of Oregon

According to a local CBS station for Eugene, Oregon, a pair of self-proclaimed white nationalist men caused a campus uproar at the University of Oregon on the morning of April 20th as they attempted to celebrate the birthday of Adolf Hitler. Two men, Jimmy Marr and ‘Chad’, reportedly parked a swastika-emblazoned truck in the heart of campus while promoting a Holocaust denial film. On the tailgate of the truck was a message that read: “No more terror. No more war. America, stop being Israel’s whore” (News Staff). According to the Eugene Weekly, Jimmy Marr—owner of the truck—is well known as a racist and antisemite and his truck has repeatedly been seen around Oregon displaying messages such as “Jews Lies Matter” and “Trump: Do the White Thing” (Nguyen). When Marr and his friend appeared on campus to supposedly throw Hitler a ‘birthday party,’ officers did not engage the men, but members of the campus community were photographed shouting at the men and attempting to debate their presence. Rabbi Jack Melul—director of the Jewish educational and social group Akiva on campus—even sang “The Jewish people are still alive” in Hebrew while Marr and Chad were engaged in an argument with students. After about 45 minutes on campus, the pair voluntarily drove away and their leave was met with applause. According to campus police, the pair acted within the legal boundaries of free speech and their truck was parked legally. Despite the fact that there were no other physical ‘birthday parties’ thrown in Adolf Hitler’s honor, Forward reports that many neo-nazis took to the internet in celebration of the dictator’s birthday on...

Neo-Nazi Sued

  Andrew Anglin, founder of prominent neo-Nazi website, was sued by the SPLC this week for the role he played in organizing a harassment campaign against a Jewish woman and her family. According to splccenter.org, the family has received more than 700 anti-Semitic messages since December. Anglin’s website, The Daily Stormer, posted contact information and family pictures, starting the harassment campaign with “Let’s Hit Em Up. Are y’all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm? Because AYO- it’s that time fam.” The harassment for the Gersh family began immediately, receiving messages such are “thanks for demonstrating why your race needs to be collectively ovened” and “We are going to track you for the rest of your life.” These messages also included deeply disturbing images such as a drawing of the Gersh family being gassed. Anglin even went so far to attempt to plan an armed march with the final destination being Gersh’s home. The idea of such a strong hatred to the point of being able to motivate an group of people to say and do such disgusting and unimaginable things shows how set anti-Semitism is in some peoples beliefs. This kind of hate is fueled by pure ignorance and hatred, and with our current political climate these kinds of occurrences are appearing more often. Anglin’s website is very pro-trump and do many acts of hatred in his name. This is why it is so important for Trump and his administration to condemn acts of anti-Semitism and stress that importance.   https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/04/18/splc-sues-neo-nazi-leader-who-targeted-jewish-woman-anti-semitic-harassment-campaign      ...

Biker hands out anti-Semitic cartoons

On April 16th, 2017 the New York Post says that there was a biker who was handing out antisemitic cartoons around the area of Orthodox Williamsburg. These messages consisted of swastikas and anti-Semitic cartoons from the back of his hog. A citizen of Williamsburg was quoted  saying “It’s painful to see that during Passover. It’s always painful,” said Williamsburg native Moses Moskowitz, 25, who didn’t see the incident firsthand. “It brings back memories from my parents and grandparents who saw those things during WWII.” The flyers contained the Nazi symbol alongside racist cartoons and captions describing Jews as “born nation-wreckers” who are perpetuating the “Holocaust myth.” They also had a drawing that was “Qvickly! Qvickly! Ve must keep ze lid on! Ze truth is gedding out!” one man wearing a Star of David is shown saying. This man has not been caught and the NYPD classified this as a hate crime and are looking further into it. Agreeing with what people in the article said, i do not get how people just wake up and say i am going to go out in public and spread all of this hate around my community. I am unsure of whether this event was inspired by the holiday of Passover, or if it was a random act, but i hope the NYPD does not just push this to the side, but take action to catch this guy, and prosecute him. I also wonder how serious the charges would be or if it would be more of a slap on the wrist. http://nypost.com/2017/04/16/biker-hands-out-anti-semitic-cartoons/ Prendergast, Daniel, Shari Logan, and Ruth Brown. “Biker Hands out Anti-Semitic Cartoons.” New York Post. N.p.,...

Capitals of Anti Semitism in Europe

This article published by Giulio Meotti on April 17,  in the Arutz Sheva, describes Europe’s 4 capitals of anti semitism. The author starts by stating that as a non Jew he wants Jewish people to stay in Europe because without them Europe would suffer but also warns them to leave and come to Israel where things are better. Geneva is the first European capital of anti semitism mentioned, it is the home of the UN Human Rights Council. This place is anti semitic due to their treatment of the Israel and trying to blacklist the country. The next place is Paris, Paris has the largest Jewish community in Europe, there blatant attacks on Jews by Muslims and cemetery desecrations are happening at a heightened pace through the last ten years. The next city is London, London’s anti semitic happenings are in universities where Jewish students feel unsafe to attend. The last city Brussels is labeled as anti semitic because of the amount of anti semitism directed at Israel. The European Union that is based there approved putting marks on Israeli imported products which the author compares to Jews being forced to wear the Star of David during the Holocaust. Having seen over the course of the semester the rise of antisemitism in Europe has been startling, this article seemed to have a more Israeli sense of anti semitism while many of the articles I had used up to this point had been more hate speech based. This article was published by an Israeli based news source which could account for the harsh tone....

Holocaust Survivor Strives to Combat Antisemitism and Genocide

On April 14th, The Gazette published an article about Jacob Eisenbach, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor  Eisenbach was born in 1923 in Lodz, Poland.  After surviving deportation to the Lodz Ghetto, x, and x, Eisenbach moved to the United States and became a dentist. At the age of 93, Eisenbach is now retire. He hast taken on a “second profession” to travel the country, telling the story his story of survival and passing on the stories of his family members who perished in the Holocaust. Eisenbach stated: “Genocide is unacceptable to the world, but it’s still happening to this day. We have to do whatever we can to stop the unacceptable,” he said. “As an eye witness to the Holocaust, it is my moral obligation to rekindle the memory of one of the darkest periods in history … If we should ever forget the Holocaust, we would be contributing to its repetition.” It is difficult to imagine how survivors, such as Eisenbach, might feel about the current climate of antisemitism in American and throughout the world.  There has been a prominent presence of Nazi symbolism through the actions of the Alt-Right, the Internet,  graffiti, and through other types of publications.  This exchange of messages displays the resurgence of racial antisemitism today, with characteristics of the antisemitic world that Eisenbach was exposed to in Poland. I find it extremely powerful that Eisenbach has dedicated his time toward generating awareness of the holocaust and combatting hate through his own, painful experiences in his early life. Rather than experiencing great fear during this time, Eisenbach has chosen to stand up and serve as an...