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March 18, 2015 4

Anti-Semitism On College Campuses in 2015

Anti-Semitic flyer posted at UC Santa Bar­bara in Sep. 2014

Update — 5/26/15: An updated list of 2015 anti-Semitic inci­dents on cam­pus is avail­able here.

After the alarm­ing anti-Semitic inci­dent at UCLA ear­lier this month, the prob­lem of anti-Semitism on col­lege cam­puses has become a national discussion.

While such inci­dents are cer­tainly dis­turb­ing, it must be noted that these inci­dents are rel­a­tively rare, and the vast major­ity of Jew­ish stu­dents feels safe on their cam­puses. When such inci­dents do occur, they are gen­er­ally con­demned by admin­is­tra­tors and the wider cam­pus com­mu­ni­ties at their respec­tive colleges.

That being said, the inci­dent at UCLA was not the only anti-Semitic inci­dent to take place so far in 2015. Other anti-Semitic inci­dents include:

  • A dorm at Pur­chase Col­lege, SUNY was van­dal­ized on March 18 with swastikas and other hate­ful graffiti.
  • Swastikas were spray-painted inside the house of a Jew­ish fra­ter­nity (Alpha Epsilon Pi) at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity on March 15.
  • At Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, the phrase “Zion­ists should be sent to the gas cham­ber” was found in a cam­pus restroom in March and a swastika was found on a uni­ver­sity owned build­ing in February.
  • On Feb­ru­ary 22, Uni­ver­sity of Chicago stu­dents and staff reported anti-Semitic posts on a Face­book page called UChicago Secrets, such as “Peo­ple are hyp­ocrites. This is a fact. One exam­ple? The Jews at UChicago…” and “As a Per­son of Pales­tin­ian descent, I don’t think it is unrea­son­able or hor­rific for me to hate Jews…”
  • Also at the end of Feb­ru­ary, threat­en­ing anti-Semitic com­ments were posted on Yik Yak (an anony­mous social media app that allows peo­ple to send and receive posts in a local­ized area) for the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago area. Some posts named spe­cific stu­dents, while other expressed more gen­eral anti-Semitic sen­ti­ments such as, “Gas them, burn them and dis­man­tle their power struc­ture. Human­ity can­not progress with the par­a­sitic Jew.”
  • At the end of Feb­ru­ary, three swastikas were drawn inside a George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity dorm.
  • On Jan­u­ary 31, two large swastikas were spray-painted on the Alpha Epsilon Pi fra­ter­nity house at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis.

If you have expe­ri­enced an anti-Semitic inci­dent on cam­pus or else­where, please report it to ADL through our web­site.

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March 3, 2015 1

Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day Sermon (Part 2) Loaded With Anti-Semitism

While Part 1 of Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan’s 2015 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his ser­mon (March 1), Far­rakhan alleged that Jews com­mit­ted the 9/11 attacks and con­trol the U.S. government.

Part 2 of Farrakhan's 2015 Saviours' Day sermon in Chicago

Part 2 of Farrakhan’s 2015 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon in Chicago

The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews. This year, pro­mul­gat­ing a num­ber of anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Jews and 9/11, Far­rakhan explained to the con­gre­ga­tion at Mosque Maryam in Chicago that  “thanks to the exem­plary work of schol­ars like Vic­tor Thorn and Christo­pher Bol­lyn, it is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”

Cit­ing “evi­dence” from anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rists that Israelis were sup­pos­edly “arrested imme­di­ately after the attacks but quickly released and sent to Israel,” that the attacks were a plot for the Jew­ish owner of the World Trade Cen­ter to col­lect bil­lions of dol­lars in insur­ance money, that “Israelis had fore­knowl­edge of the attacks,” and that “we know that many Jews received a text mes­sage not to come to work on Sep­tem­ber 11,” Far­rakhan con­cluded that 9/11 was a “false flag oper­a­tion” to start a war between the West and the Mus­lim world. Blam­ing Jews for 9/11 is a com­mon NOI tac­tic for ril­ing up anti-Semitic hatred.

Far­rakhan also invoked anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment. He claimed that U.S. for­eign aid to Israel is given “with­out con­sult­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple because they [Israel and Jews] have been work­ing for years to con­trol your rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Con­gress, in the Sen­ate, in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.” He also claimed that Israel con­stantly acts against America’s inter­ests, but “they don’t fear Amer­ica because they con­trol it from within.”

Addi­tion­ally, Far­rakhan referred to com­ments by for­mer Har­vard Law pro­fes­sor Alan Der­showitz in which Der­showitz listed Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, and some U.S. Sen­a­tors and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as sup­pos­edly oppos­ing aspects of Pres­i­dent Obama’s for­eign pol­icy. Con­tin­u­ing the theme of Jew­ish con­trol, Far­rakhan then adds, “You see what is hap­pen­ing is he is expos­ing those that he has con­trol over.”

Towards the end of his remarks, Far­rakhan men­tioned that he planned to talk more about “Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of money prod­ucts and slav­ery,” but that he will need to get this mes­sage, among oth­ers, to his fol­low­ers at another time.

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December 3, 2014 9

Calls for Violence against Israel at Annual AMP Conference in Chicago

bannerCalls for vio­lence against Israel were heard at the 7th annual Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP) con­fer­ence, which took place over Thanks­giv­ing week­end at the Hyatt Regency Hotel out­side of Chicago. The con­fer­ence, billed as “Ris­ing from Ashes: Gaza Teaches Life!,”  addressed a num­ber of top­ics, such as, “Do Occu­pied Peo­ple Have the Right to Resist their Occu­pa­tion?,” “Islama­pho­bia and Pales­tine,” and “Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on the chang­ing Amer­i­can sen­ti­ment toward Israeli aggression.”

AMP is the lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing anti-Zionist train­ing and edu­ca­tion to stu­dents and Mus­lim com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions in the U.S and its con­fer­ence fea­tured a num­ber of U.S. and inter­na­tional anti-Israel activists as guest speak­ers, includ­ing Hatem Baz­ian, a co-founder of AMP; Josh Rubener, the National Advo­cacy Direc­tor for the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion; and Rashid Kha­lidi, the Edward Said Pro­fes­sor of Mod­ern Arab Stud­ies at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity and an Advi­sory Board mem­ber of the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occupation.

The most extreme com­ments at the con­fer­ence came from Taher Herza­l­lah, AMP’s national Cam­pus Coor­di­na­tor. Dur­ing his remarks, Herza­l­lah claimed that, “The State of Israel is a lie,” and spoke about how the “Israel lobby” works to ensure that Israel’s legit­i­macy is not chal­lenged. He also claimed that the focus of anti-Israel groups should be on the younger gen­er­a­tion and ended his com­ments with a call for vio­lence, stat­ing, “Israelis have to be bombed, they are a threat to the legit­i­macy of Pales­tine, and it is wrong to main­tain the State of Israel. It is an ille­git­i­mate cre­ation born from colo­nial­ism and racism.”

Mads Gilbert, a Nor­we­gian triage spe­cial­ist and pro­fes­sor of emer­gency med­i­cine who recently was banned from enter­ing Gaza by Israel, also sup­ported a call for vio­lence when claim­ing that the Nor­we­gian peo­ple do not sup­port Hamas or Fatah, but that they do “sup­port the fight with arms.” Gilberts, added that the strug­gle in Gaza is one against racism, apartheid, and polit­i­cal Zion­ism, and he also spoke pos­i­tively of rocket fire into Israel, claim­ing that, “When we heard of each rocket from Gaza [into Israel] that gave us hope and strength.”

One speaker, Sheikh Abdelfat­tah Mourou, a Tunisian lawyer who founded the Tunisian Islamic Ten­dency Move­ment, remarked that Israel was “defend­ing itself by killing inno­cents” dur­ing the most recent round of fight­ing between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He also stated that, “When an Israeli pilot kills a fam­ily of 25, when he knows the head of Hamas is not home, it is shame­ful of the whole world to accept this claim of self-defense…The claim of Israeli secu­rity is a shame­ful one.”

Other speak­ers at the con­fer­ence dis­cussed the “Israel lobby” and its alleged role in “look­ing to pro­tect the Zion­ist nar­ra­tive.” Israeli anti-Zionist author Miko Peled claimed that the lobby stretches far and that, “There are spheres of Jew­ish influ­ence here in the U.S., like AIPAC and the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion.” Fol­low­ing Peled’s com­ments, Dima Kha­lidi, Direc­tor of Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Legal Sup­port and Coop­er­at­ing Coun­sel with the Cen­ter for Con­sti­tu­tional Rights, stated that, “Jew­ish Zion­ists are a pow­er­ful force, not just AIPAC.”

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