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Sunday, June 23, 2013

USA's Position on Anti-Semitism

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                    
                                                        March 2009 in Riverside, California
Anti-Semitism is:  The belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews. (adl)

"Deligitimizing the Jewish people to their right to self-determination and denying Israel the right to exist is a form of anti Semitism.  However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitism."  (state government)

 The problem with the UN is that they continually harp on Israel and on no other country.  I see this as being due to an abundance of Muslim countries at the helm who have unwarranted amounts of anti-Semitism to start with.  Whatever Israel does in their eyes is wrong to them as their intention is to wipe out Israel as proclaimed in their charters."  (documentary)

The video documentary below zeros in on Canada's situation of anti-Semitism.  Canada has even harsher laws pertaining to this than the USA does.

Today with the creation of Israel we see anti-Semitism in the form of  the political efforts to undercut and destroy Israel, which is a Jewish state created out of the necessity of preserving the life of Jews after 2,000 years of suffering from anti-Semitism!

"But while parts of Europe remain caught up in racial unrest, the Middle East is home to the harshest anti-Semitism in the world today. Nazi-like language is regularly expressed by the media and governments in the countries that oppose Israel and the West. And as dozens and dozens of terrorist incidents have demonstrated, there are many in Middle Eastern countries willing to act on these beliefs." (adl)

Incidents have lessened from 2010 to 2011. For the past 20 years, the incidents have been much higher and 2011 is the lowest in incidents, hopefully due to some education against it.  Yet these numbers are horrific.   In 2010 there were 1,239 incidents in the USA.  By 2011 it had decreased by 13% to 1,080 incidents.  Incidents involved were:  

What incidents have taken place? There were 731 cases of harassment, threats and events.   A great deal is done at schools and come from children, adolescents and teenagers harassing Jewish students,  They are bullying them, using words involving Nazis and Holocaust.  Being a Jewish child during WWII, I never experienced such things in Portland, Oregon, thank goodness until high school, when I realized why I wasn't making it into the schools top sororities, or heard disparaging remarks about Jews in the cafeteria.  I did get accepted into a school sorority of lesser status, however, which shows you what class of people  is responsible for where the anti-Semitism comes from.  
College campuses have been a hotbed of anti-Semitism, especially in the form of anti-Israel propaganda.  

  • On February 24, 1995, at the University of California at Berkeley, the Muslim Student Association sponsored a rally in support of Hamas, the Middle East extremist group, soon after a series of bus and sidewalk bombings in Israel. Students from several northern California campuses carried a sign depicting an Israeli flag with a swastika in the middle and symbolically volunteered to serve as future suicide bombers. A Jewish observer was spit on by one of the demonstrators. 
  • On October 10, 1996, the Daily Illini, the newspaper serving the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, published an Op-Ed essay attacking Israel after the opening of an archaeological tunnel in Jerusalem. In addition to references in the essay equating Zionism with racism, the piece was accompanied by a cartoon depicting a skeleton, with a blazing gun in one hand, making a peace sign with the other, and clothed in a robe with a Jewish Star on its chest. The cartoon and essay caused a widespread reaction in terms of letters to the editor over the following weeks. 
    Colleges and Universities have been hosting "Israel Apartheid Week", usually in the Spring between March 11-15 put on by the Palestine Solidarity Committee. This started in Toronto, Canada in 2005, then spread to 55 cities by 2010 in Canada, UK, USA, , SA. Judea and Samaria, Mexico, Norway and Australia.   Even such well known people such as Alice Walker, author of the Color Purple,  are one of the leaders. Being that Israel is practicing the opposite of apartheid slays me in the promotion of such an accusation, but that doesn't seem to stop a lot of college level people to want to believe this.  One of the promoters in Portland was the Socialist Party where I tried to give a speech showing this wasn't true at all, but of course was rebuffed and threatened.  That such people on higher education campuses should be smarter and less gullible doesn't seem to hold water when it comes to racial or religious hatred. 
330 cases of vandalism involving anti-Semitic slogans written on property or destruction of Jewish property occurred.  There were 19 physical attacks of Jews.  This all comes from reports involving 45 states and Washington DC.  I wonder why the other 5 states do not have such reports.  (adl reporting on jewishvirtual library)


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