Islamists and their rhetoric play a big part in the current wave of anti-Semitism affecting the U.S. in general and on college campuses, in particular.
Earlier this month, less than a mile from the University of Michigan campus, a demonstration of anti-Semitism was on full display as people protested outside Ann Arbor’s Beth Israel synagogue.
The individuals were carrying an Israeli flag with a red circle and a line crossed through the center and signs claiming “Israel: No Right to Exist.”
In a viral Facebook post, U of M student, Lacey Modell describes seeing the protests. “I felt personally attacked, scared, and deeply disturbed. It was a true shock and something I’ll never forget,” she wrote.
Beth Israel’s website does not take or advertise any position
on the State of Israel. The anti-Israel protest, which occurred in front of the synagogue during Sabbath services, specifically targeted the Jewish community and disturbed prayer services. The protesters were confronted by a single counter-protester holding an “I Stand With Israel” sign.
Beth Israel is not a stranger to this anti-Semitic/Islamist targeting. For over a decade, the group “Dier Yassin Remembered” has been targeting the synagogue with their anti-Israel messages.
Deir Yassin Remembered is an anti-Semitic organization that not only opposes the State of Israel, but also has a history of Holocaust revisionism. In the past, they have taken issue with the existence of gas chambers and the number of Jews killed in concentration camps.
Leading the “Board of Advisers” of Deir Yassin Remembered is member of the PLO Executive Committee, Hanan Ashrawi. In the past, Ashrawi had defended the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, blaming Israel for their violence. She has also demanded European intervention to secure the release of the jailed leader of the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmed Sa’dat.This anti-Semitic protest comes after a wave of high-profile incident in the area, most of which occur on U of M’s campus and recently reported on by Clarion Project.
One incident included a guest-speaker series through U of M’s Stamps School of Art & Design. As part of the department-sponsored lecture, slides were presented that dehumanized Israelis. One student described the slides as invoking “the most classical—and most genocidal—anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
In August, two U of M professors showed their support for the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Movement by reneged on commitments to provide letters of recommendation for students interested in studying in programs at Israeli universities.
The BDS movement against the State of Israel uses radical, distorted and anti-Semitic rhetoric to demonize Israel and its citizenry with the ultimate goal of annihilating Israel and replacing it with a Palestinian State. Many groups in U.S. who promote the BDS movement have a long history of employing Islamist terrorist financiers.
The anti-Semitism infecting Ann Arbor is old and only growing stronger. It is important for those concerned about anti-Semitism and Islamism to learn more and be more involved in fighting this scourge.