Op-Ed: Jewish Students Fight Back on Canadian Campus
Prof. Phyllis CheslerThe writer, a Fellow of the Middle East Forum and recipient of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, is the author of fifteen books, including Women and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, and The New Anti-Semitism. She has published three studies about honor killing and is at work on a fourth. Her new book, An American Bride in Kabul, (Palgrave Macmillan) has just been published to great acclaim. Professor Chesler may be reached at her website www.phyllis-chesler.com
The Judean People are indigenous to the land of Israel and have had uninterrupted presence there for over 3200 years.
It’s Gaza in the Canadian Rockies on campuses.
While Canadian PM Harper, a true friend of Israel, “gets it,” the politically correct students at the University of Calgary do not. They believe that Jewish students deserve to be heckled, silenced, and demonized for trying to tell the truth about Israel.
One of the founders of "Calgary United with Israel" and "Canadians for Human Rights in the Middle East", shared a letter with me that the editor of the student newspaper, The Gauntlet, refused to print in full--even though each and every claim was or could be substantiated.
I am enormously gratified that young Jewish students have begun to find their voices and can more than hold their own against the Big Lies. I have always said that the Al Aqsa Intifada escalated the war against the Jews, not only in Jerusalem, but also on campuses all across the West.
But at last, the Jewish students are standing their ground and fighting back. Here is the letter in its entirely that The Gauntlet refused to print. Kudos to "Calgary United with Israel" and to letters-writers, Michael Z. and Jake B.
The New Face of Anti-Semitism
By: Michael Z. and Jake B.
This article is a response to two articles published by The Gauntlet last week, one entitled “Facebook fanaticism leaves us speechless” and the other “Alleged hate speech on Facebook lands U of C student in international press”.
Presenting this issue as one of free speech is fallacious. The Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) club is inciting hate against Jews and is using tactics of intimidation, defamation and calls for violence. They are propagating old Nazi propaganda, packaging it as anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian activism. SPHR is making the environment at our university feel increasingly hostile and dangerous for Jewish students.
SPHR has long since passed the responsible limits of free speech; they are exploiting the privileges of democracy to sabotage the fundamental rights of Jewish students to peace and security in their scholastic environment.
Among the anti-Semitic propaganda that we have endured, are calls for child martyrdom against Jews, libel that Israel puts feces in the Palestinians' drinking water, yelling “racist” and “terrorist” at Jewish students for their support of Israel, propagation of conspiracy theories referring to Jews running the world, statements that CEOs of companies are “Zionists” and that Jews control the media (“Jew York Times”), declarations to our group members that “it’s too bad the Nazis didn’t finish off your family”, and propagation of demonizing lies and misinformation about Israel and historical facts.
Israel is fundamentally intertwined with our Jewish Identity. Regardless of a Jewish person’s particular political stance, there is an inherent connection between being Jewish and the Jewish homeland. Our traditions, religion, identity and nationhood are inextricably tied to The Land of Israel.
The Judean People are indigenous to the land of Israel and have had uninterrupted presence there for over 3200 years. The so-called Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights club has been systematically acting for the violation of Jewish Human Rights, deviously wrapping the club’s anti-Semitic agenda in the pseudo-fashionable politically correct guise of anti-Zionism.
In the recent words of PM Harper: “[T]his is the face of the new anti-Semitism. It targets the Jewish people by targeting Israel and attempts to make the old bigotry acceptable to a new generation.”
Ed. Note: The Calgary Campus and The Gauntlet were in the news when student Ala'a Hamden posted her desire to be a suicide bomber in Israel on Facebook. Arutz Sheva was one of the few media outlets that published the story. The Gauntlet posted responses to Hamden's article, including this one: "Regarding the Canadian-Palestinian University of Calgary student whose life ambition is to be a suicide bomber, it is highly improbable that this woman would be able to fly all the way to Israel to blow herself up. She is much more likely to do it in a Calgary bus depot."