A professor at Connecticut College has warned colleagues of the prevailing antagonism toward Jews, of the intimidation and “harassment of Jews in the name of fighting for social justice” that flowed from the school’s Global Islamic Studies program.
The Left, especially the campus Left, now appears to be in the grip of intersectionalism, the notion that all oppressions – sexism, racism, ableism, etc. – are linked and may not be considered in isolation. The class struggle has been, if not abandoned, then oddly refurbished. The citizens of Ferguson are now alleged to share a consciousness with the citizens of Ramallah and in turn with members of LGBTQIA communities and the wheelchair-bound, a consciousness seriously at odds with the collective consciousness of white folk, Israeli Jews, strait folk, the able, etc. who are collectively locked in an oppressor-majority episteme. The Black Lives Matter movement, leaning antisemitic and looking beyond America, has, supported by The Jewish Voice for Peace, charged Israel with genocide.
Intersectionalism seems the Left’s white flag of defeat. Political/ideological combat requires a narrow focus and a clearly uniformed and identified adversary. Intersectionalism’s Americanized de pluribus unum makes little ideological sense.
Malia Bouattia, recently elected President of the British National Union of Students, has made clear her support for armed Palestinian resistance against Israel and opposition to peace talks.
Ms. Bouttia apparently has little interest in the experience of a 26-year-old Yazidi woman whose father and husband were executed by ISIS men in front of her, who was sold many times and raped, receiving Koran instruction between rapes. A Kurdish speaker, her Arabic was not up to the task so she was punished. Tuli, a two-year old girl, was placed in a tin box in Raqqa’s August heat. Her mother was warned that if she took Tuli out of the box, her other two children would be killed. After seven days, the two-year old was taken from the box, submerged in ice-cold water, beaten—her back broken. She lived for two days. This, the mother was told, was how unbelievers would be treated.
In June 2016, nineteen Kurdish Yazidi women were burned alive for refusing to have sex with ISIS militants.
Ms. Bouattia, who has denied Israel’s right to exist, has refused to condemn ISIS arguing that doing so would bolster Islamophobic sentiment.
On May 24, 2014, in Brussels, Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year old veteran of Syrian jihad, shot dead three people at the city’s Jewish Museum and fatally wounded a fourth person. On January 9, 2015, in Paris, Amedy Coulibaly murdered four hostages at a kosher supermarket. Considered the French jihadist role model, Mohamed Merah, in March 2012, after assassinating three French paratroopers, pulled up at a Jewish school in Toulouse and killed three small children and a teacher.
The ISIS European terror apparatus, constructed in plain sight, has vowed to eradicate the “disease of Judaism” from the world.
In February 2016, a BDS crew — Jews among them — showed up to protest the Israeli presence at the Brussels Book Fair.
There have been reports of radicalized Muslim police officers in Paris who have refused to protect synagogues.
The public schools of Paris have become “no-go zones” for Jews. Francis Kakifat, President of the CRIF – Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France, said: “In the Paris region, there are virtually no more Jewish pupils attending public schools.”
In September 2016, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls observed that there were 15,000 young people in the process of radicalizing in France in touch via social media with Caliphate fighters.
France has averaged roughly 400 attacks per year on Jews over the past five or six years. Shimon Samuels, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Paris, has pointed out that in 2016 alone, 10,000 French army troops were assigned to guard Jewish institutions in France during the high holidays.
Jewish leaders and opinion makers across Europe find the hatred spreading. In the spring of 2016, almost 30% of the Jews of Europe said they did not feel safe, that the situation was likely to worsen.
In the past, European Jews imagined they might escape the threat by boarding boats for the USA.
In America, the Anti-Defamation League, in an April 2017 report, noted a 34% surge in anti-Semitic incidents in 2016. US campuses witnessed an increase of 45%.
What may begin with Jews doesn’t end with Jews. In December 2016, in Sète, France, a firefighter was attacked with a knife by a member of a mob of 10-15 Muslims claiming firefighters were “just like police officers.”
The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry based at Tel Aviv University has found that the “targeting of Jews is no longer the sole domain of the far-Right. The far-Left are now using the same messages, tactics and agenda. Indeed, some who describe themselves as liberal and progressive, are in league with the most regressive movements, ideologies and regimes.”
Linda Sarsour, pro-sharia and vocal anti-Israel activist, was selected to give the 2017 commencement address by the City University of New York.
In France and elsewhere, anti-Semitic violence tends to be mischaracterized as mental derangement.
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