In a Washington Post article about a lawsuit over antisemitism on campus, one sentence sticks out like a sore thumb:
A group of students and community members filed a lawsuit Monday against San Francisco State University and its leaders, alleging that the public school has fostered a climate of anti-Semitism “marked by violent threats to the safety of Jewish students on campus.”
“I didn’t have the right to speak on my own campus; I felt afraid as a Jewish student,” said Jacob Mandel, who just graduated from San Francisco State. It wasn’t just that he was being shouted down at events by students politically opposed to Israel, he said in an interview, but that “the administration was actively working against me. … I felt really powerless.”
Dan Ojeda, university counsel for San Francisco State, responded with a brief statement soon after the lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California: “The University was not aware of the complaint and has not had an opportunity to review or respond to it.
“We have been working closely with the Jewish community, among other interest groups, to address concerns and improve the campus environment for all students. Those efforts have been very productive and will continue notwithstanding this lawsuit.”
The suit comes at a time when Muslims and other groups feel increasingly vulnerable, and as debate heats up over free speech and academic freedom on campuses nationally, after controversial speakers have been canceled, protested and shouted down on some campuses — and have even sparked violence and rioting.
Because clearly, Muslims feeling vulnerable is the main issue – followed by all those other groups, of which I am assuming Jews are included.
Seriously, WTF WAPO!
Besides the fact, the article is dealing with a lawsuit over antisemitism, there is no indication that Muslims are the most targeted group on campus, to justify this phraseology. In fact, the report mentions only this:
Several student groups at San Francisco State complained in May that they had found dozens of posters on campus that they said were racist, Islamophobic, anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian.
While, when it comes to Jew hate:
The lawsuit also comes amid rising reports of anti-Semitic acts on college campuses, as well as strong anti-Israel movements at many schools…
The Anti-Defamation League reported a 34 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents nationally from 2015 to 2016, and a spike of 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017.
And, if we are to be brutally honest, I am willing to bet a significant amount of the antisemitism on campus – if not majority – comes from Muslim students.
Does this mean anyone should be targeting Muslim students? Of course not, I condemn that wholeheartedly.
But I will also speak out against any mainstream media report that seems to have an agenda.