Fighting Old and New Anti-Semites on Campus

(Institute for Global Jewish Affairs) Manfred Gerstenfeld - The battle against old and new campus anti-Semitism is usually fought with classic methods: public debate, op-eds, letters to the editor, petitions, letters to university administrations or efforts to persuade them to take action, requests for the investigation of incidents, legal actions, and the mobilization of allies. Often, however, the number of haters of Jews and Israel is many times larger than the number of those willing to fight back, tilting the academic playing field in the battle of ideas. Methods to be used in the battle against anti-Semitism on campus should include counterattack, ridicule, exposure, "name and shame," monitoring, documentation, mobilizing lawyers for arguing, as well as legal actions.

2009-11-20 08:35:38

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