Campuses draw attention for events, speakers during Israeli Apartheid Week

Jackson Richman and Sean Savage

Jewish Journal

Tue Apr 09 2019

...Columbia University’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter was accused for creating an anti-Semitic poster promoting IAW.

“This kind of repugnant caricature of Jews is a sore reminder of blatant anti-Semitism from the dark ages of medieval Europe, when anti-Semitic propaganda depicted Jews as satanic consorts and an incarnation of absolute evil,” posted Columbia Students Supporting Israel on Facebook. “Physically, Jews were portrayed as menacing, hirsute, with boils, warts and other deformities, sometimes with horns, cloven hoofs and tails. It is extremely painful to see that the same rhetoric is being used on the campus of an Ivy League university in the United States.”

SSI sent an official complaint to Columbia officials against SJP for displaying “blatantly distasteful and anti-Semitic imagery.”

Columbia SJP further defended the depiction.

“Real anti-Semitism is a serious problem in this country, and we should spend our time addressing that instead,” they told Fox News. “It’s harder to combat anti-Semitism if we falsely conflate criticism of Israel—a state that has policies that impact real people’s lives—with an entire people. Supporting Palestinian rights—and the rights of all people—goes hand in hand with fighting anti-Semitism.”

In addition to SJP, “Israel Apartheid Week” at Columbia is being sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace.

At the end of the day, CAMERA president and executive director Andrea Levin told JNS, “the question is what the Jewish community is going to do to meet this accelerating, intensifying challenge.”

Campuses draw attention for events, speakers during Israeli Apartheid Week