Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head on California College Campuses, Again

We've all heard the refrain, "anti-Zionism doesn't equal anti-Semitism" a million times from those desperate to convince themselves (Jews among them) that their single-minded obsession with and disproportionate condemnation of the world's only Jewish state has nothing whatsoever to do with anti-Semitism. Others simply use that line as a fig leaf to try and conceal their outright opposition to Israel's continued existence and, not coincidentally, the Jewish people.

But, as we've seen time and time again, the virulently anti-Zionist rhetoric that has been allowed to gain ground on America's college campuses, both among faculty and student groups, tends to result in anti-Semitic sentiment and, often times, activity. The flyers hung all over campus at San Francisco State University in April 2002 displaying a Palestinian baby on a soup-can label and the words, "Palestinian Children Meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites under American license" were a prime example. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Now comes word that acts of vandalism against the sukkah, an outdoor shelter that marks the Jewish holiday of Sukkot or the Feast of the Tabernacles, have occurred on two California college campuses in the last week.

At San Jose State University, whose Hillel chapter has worked hard to promote a relatively friendly environment for pro-Israel activity, the brand new sukkah was burned down. Of course, authorities have ruled out a hate crime, although conceding that it was an act of arson. While, personally, I don't believe in the Orwellian concept of hate crimes, especially as the label seems to be applied on a rather selective basis, this sort of obfuscation when it comes to Jewish targets is all too common.

Then there's the sukkah at UC Davis, which was defaced with graffiti reading, "End Israeli Occupation" and "Free Palestine." It's rather difficult to deny the anti-Zionist, and, being as the the target was a symbol of Judaism, anti-Jewish, nature of these slogans, but it wouldn't surprise me if the powers that be go down that path. And this in turn will only embolden those prone to perpetrating such acts in the future. As Mike Amerikaner, the program director of Hillel, put it, "This is not something that's new. We've been dealing with anti-Semitism on campus for awhile now."

But I thought this was merely anti-Zionism? Silly me...

6 Comments:

Anonymous Allyson Rowen Taylor said...

This is just sickening, however, if this was done to anyone other than Jews, it would be called a hate crime and there would be major protests. However, this is accepted, becasue of the perceived view of "Israeli Occupation" and until we can teach Jews, and others about the history of Israel, we are in a very precarious position. Where is the outcry from the Jewish students, parents, and synagogues in the areas where this happened? Where is the JCRC? This must not go on, and we must not forget this and go on, we need to make sure that this is a real issue.
Allyson

Sunday, October 07, 2007 5:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

The Left will do anything that is anti-Israel including being anti-Semites !

Monday, October 08, 2007 4:54:00 AM  
Blogger Lutheran Lucciola said...

Burning down a sukkot tenting is just sad and wrong. There is no excuse for doing that. This makes me want to write to someone over there. Not that they will care, but this kind of hate just sucks.

Monday, October 08, 2007 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger RedNeckoBlogger said...

Those who hate the Jews... Hate God! Simple as that...

And the Left tends to hate God.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Anti-Racist Blog: Exposing Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism on American College Campuses said...

Very interesting post. Thank you. Keep up the great work!

Monday, October 15, 2007 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Jew, I shit on the dead corpse of Jesus Christ

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 11:34:00 AM  

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