The Common Core of BDS and Campus Anti-Semitism

(The Hill) Abraham H. Miller - If you ask proponents of the BDS movement why they single out Israel, they will tell you that you have to start somewhere. But since its beginnings a decade ago, BDS has never been invoked against any other country. Common sense and decency asks how a self-described "human rights" movement can single-out the only democracy in the region, while ignoring the brutal treatment of women, minorities and members of the GLBTQ community in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. Like Israel Apartheid Week, BDS is simply another campus anti-Semitic hate fest. When it comes to outlawing hate on campus, Jews are visibly the exception. Jewish history demonstrates that where anti-Semitism becomes legitimate, anti-Semitic violence follows. As Jews become the one campus group that administrators have deemed safe to target for hate, anti-Jewish campus violence is not a matter of if - but of when. The writer is emeritus professor of political science, University of Cincinnati, and a senior fellow with the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought.

2015-06-10 00:00:00

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