The letter following my comments is from Tammi Benjamin, a professor at University of California. She is very involved in protection of Jewish students and their rights on campus.
What’s sad and ironic is that if ANY other minority was treated the way Jewish students are being treated today on US campuses, the outcry would be nationwide, broad, and universal. People would be up in arms. The Jewish community would be bemoaning how a minority could be treated this way, there would be protests, rallies, and Jews would be at the forefront.
Why, then, do we not stand up for ourselves when we are threatened, harassed, assaulted (both verbally and physically) and tarred with the brush of anti-Semitism. This is no joke, it is happening today on many university campuses around the country where Jewish students are afraid to gather together in public to support Israel or any Jewish causes, and are afraid, in some places, to wear a kippa or star of David. It is absolutely outrageous that Jewish students are not afforded the basic protections that any other minority receives.
Can you imagine the outcry if Black students, or Hispanics were being treated the same way as are Jewish students today?
Why is it ok to treat Jewish students like this?
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