Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The notion that US and Canadian college campuses have become hotbeds of anti-Semitism

Notice all US media accounts of anti-Semitism on US college campuses are purely anecdotal: that one person told someone that someone, etc. Also, notice that any bad experience by any Jewish student is considered anti-Semitic, which is not necessarily the case.  If someone yells at a Jewish or Muslim students it does not mean that that person is anti-jewish or anti-Muslim unless that person yelled against the person only because of his/her faith.  If a Jewish or Muslim student received a bad grade, it does not mean that the teacher is anti-Jewish or anti-Muslim unless the grade was received because of the faith of the recipient   I am sure that there are individual anti-Semites on US college campuses (and among the US population) but the notion that there is rampant anti-Semitism on US college campuses is ludicrous.  This is an example: "In the past year alone, as a Jewish student at McGill University in Montreal, I’ve been called a “Zionist b—-.”"  Why do you say "as a Jewish" student? How do you know that? The Republicans on campus are very pro-Israel on college campuses and most are not Jewish? She added "as a Jewish student" in order to make the statement anti-Semitic   Her sentence for example qualifies as a sexist and reprehensible comment against her but not necessarily anti-Semitic.  Being labeled pejoratively for your gender is certainly sexist but being labeled ideologically is not bigotry in itself.