Apr. 18, 2019
- Universities Are Failing to Protect Jewish Students – Carly Pildis
Israel Apartheid Week now takes place on 37 campuses around the country, with protests, rallies, film screenings, lectures, and actions designed to promote BDS and the idea that Israel is a colonialist apartheid regime. It is increasingly funded by the schools themselves. This year, Harvard provided the Palestinian Solidarity Committee with $2,050 to host Israel Apartheid Week.
IAW is not designed to foster dialogue; it is designed as an expression of rage for the Palestinian cause and an attempt to enrage others into action. The Israeli government is out of the reach of these student activists, but Jewish students are right there – and boy do they make a convenient target. As a result, we are now watching as students who are members of a group of historically oppressed minority people – who were the primary targets of the largest genocide of the 20th century – are harassed across American universities.
There are ways to discuss disagreements civilly, but IAW does not seek discussion, only disruption and intimidation. There should be no quarter given to events designed to harass, intimidate, and ultimately silence any minority group.
Israel Apartheid Week is sponsored intimidation. It isn’t about learning or debating; it’s entirely about attacking. Harassing Jews because of their Jewishness is not a consequence; it’s the goal. Think about it: Could you imagine any other school-sanctioned event in which a minority is deliberately singled out for harassment? (Tablet)