Get ready for hate.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
Next week, the University of California San Diego will present, with great fanfare, Israel Hate Week – also known as Israel Apartheid Week, Justice in Palestine Week, Anti-Israel Week and, by the other side, Israel Solidarity Week.
Its names are many but its single-minded objective is clear: to mobilize anti-Israel sentiment to protest alleged Israeli persecution of Palestinians and de-legitimize the Jewish state.
If UCSD were confronted with African-American Hate Week, would officials sit still for this? How about Lesbian Hate Week? Mexico Hate Week?
Yet Israel Hate Week is permitted – nay, endorsed – by an administration that shields itself under the umbrella of free speech. The fine line, so the argument goes, is that it is acceptable to hate Israel, the Mideast’s only democracy, because the protests are not directly targeting Jews.
But this is a fallacy. When free speech turns to hate speech, it cannot be tolerated. It’s time to call this annual event for what it is – a flat-out assault against Jewish students on campuses across the country. And UCSD has become a prominent epicenter.
An attack on Jews
Such an honor we San Diegans could do without.
American Jews are linked to Israel, as a second homeland, in a similar way Irish-Americans or Italian-Americans are tied to their heritage. So an attack on Israel, especially attacks that distort the truth, is easily interpreted as an attack on Jews.
Those who argue that they are only protesting Israeli policies and are not against Jews are splitting hairs. These public demonstrations have become shameful, blatant expressions of anti-Jewish rhetoric disguised as virtuous opposition to crimes against humanity.
If the anti-Israel movement were really nothing more than a protest against nations accused of human rights violations, then surely other countries would be named. China, for one, with its horrendous record, should top the list. Saudi Arabia and North Korea would also earn high marks for this dubious distinction. And how about Syria? But only Israel is targeted, indicating a clear double standard and a transparent, ulterior agenda.
The climate has become so toxic at many University of California schools that UC president Mark Yudof was compelled to write an open letter on March 8 condemning the intolerance.
Yudof cited examples on UC campuses of vandalism of the Israeli flag and shocking insults hurled at invited Israeli guests during their presentations.
“What is not acceptable are hate-driven physical and … verbal attacks on any group or individual that are meant to silence or intimidate those who would express differing opinions,” Yudof wrote.
When one of UCSD’s libraries known as CLICS (Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services) closed permanently on June 10, 2011 due to budget cuts, it was re-claimed by students, some of whom draped the public facility with numerous Palestinian flags.
According to Christine Clark of the UC San Diego News Center, two student-sponsored “weeks” are held on campus, May 14-17: Justice in Palestine Week, which is presented by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and Solidarity Week, which is presented by the Tritons for Israel (TFI) and J Street (JSU). The week, she said, typically features tables staffed by students set up along Library Walk to offer fliers and informational pamphlets. – Source – YourJewishNews