Anti-Semitism and Moral Responsibility
How fitting that Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky, Professor of Clinical Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University and Holocaust scholar, should have lighted the Hanukkah menorah at the University in New York on December 2, 2018. This event is the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem when the rebellion in Second Century B.C. by the Maccabees against Antiochus, King of Syria, was helped by the miraculous burning of candles in the menorah for eight days. The Jews had risen and drove out their Greek-Syrian persecutors.
A few days earlier Professor Midlarsky had been the target of a brazen incident when on November 28, 2018 the wall outside her office was defaced with swastikas and the word “Yid” sprawled in red spray paint. This was not the first time she has suffered from a similar atrocity. Already in October 2007, similar anti-Semitic graffiti was painted on her office door after she had protested about the appearance on September 25, 2007 at Columbia University of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, anti-Semite, Holocaust denier, and advocate that Israel’s Mossad, with or without U.S. intelligence and security groups, was responsible for 9/11....