What's going on in our campuses?

Our friend Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, who spoke at T.E.A.M.’s 5th Annual Celebration in March of this year, sums up well here the anti-semitic nature of the entire BDS enterprise, particularly where it morphs into a boycotting machine specifically aimed at Israeli professors. The anti-Israel professors, above all the Jewish ones, are for their part guilty of facilitating and contributing to the creation and nourishment of a hostile environment which, whether they’re willing to admit it or not, makes life uncomfortable if not worse at times for Jewish students. And not necessarily because the latter are involved in pro-Israel activities, but simply because they’re Jewish. In this sense, Tammi is right to draw a parallel with Germany in the 30s, when this type of tactics started being used against Jewish professors and students. And while she is correct in identifying the college universities as the main culprits for failing to enforce their own rules (only when Jewish students are involved, otherwise they rarely fail to take immediate action if any other minority is involved), I would add that the responsibility for this unacceptable situation lies equally on the different organizations representing the Jewish community. By failing to marshall their resources and forces into one single action plan, they have allowed the administrations to get away with their dereliction of duty. This is due primarily to the mistaken belief that the Jewish organizations on campus, primarily Hillel, and to a lesser degree ADL, have everything under control, when it is painfully obvious that they don't, which leads to the inescapable conclusion that whatever they’ve been doing in the past has not worked, and it is therefore high time to reconsider a new communal approach if we ever hope to stem the rising tide of antisemitism on campus. The problem is much larger than Hillel and ADL alone, and they need to join forces with other groups. 



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