A worldwide campaign to demonize Israel and intimidate students and faculty who support the Jewish State is underway.
During the last few weeks Jewish students have been under assault at some of academiaâ€™s most prestigious addresses in the US, Canada and Europe, especially since Israelâ€™s incursion into Gaza to stop Hamasâ€™ relentless rocket barrage against civilians.
This anti-Israel campaign continues into March with a series of events planned including an International BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions) Day and â€œIsrael Apartheid Weekâ€ which will be held around college campuses in 42 cities worldwide from March 1stâ€“8th. First started in Toronto in 2005, â€œIsrael Apartheid Weekâ€ has only grown in scope and viciousness, sponsored by aggressive, well-funded organizations committed to demonize the Jewish state and de-legitimize the only democracy in the Middle East.
The â€œIsrael Apartheid Weekâ€ organizers call the recent Gaza conflict â€œIsraelâ€™s barbaric assault against the people of Gazaâ€ and have planned a series of â€œlectures, films and actions [to] make the point that these latest massacres further confirm the true nature of Israeli Apartheid.â€
The Simon Wiesenthal Centerâ€™s action plan is to aid Jewish students on campuses with the placement of a hard-hitting, full-page ad in some 2-dozen student newspapers on major targeted campuses during â€œIsrael Apartheid Weekâ€.
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Reports from targeted campuses are pouring in from both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, which has just suffered the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents ever in one month, an instructor at Oxford University claimed, â€œWithin five years, Oxford will be a Jew-free zone.â€ At UC Santa Barbara, a student reported to the Wiesenthal Center that her professor sent an e-mail to his Sociology class with shocking photos comparing Israeli soldiers to Nazis.
Just this month, the University of Manchester Studentâ€™s Union passed a resolution in activating a boycott of Israel. And at Torontoâ€™s prestigious York University, Jewish students were attacked by an angry mob shouting anti-Semitic threats including, â€œDie bitchâ€¦go back to Israelâ€ and â€œDie Jewâ€¦get the hell of campus.â€ Police were forced to step in and escort the students to safety. Wiesenthal Center Canadian Director of National Affairs, Leo Adler, contacted the Toronto police chief to demand immediate action to this hate crime.
The â€œIsrael Apartheid Weekâ€ and BDS campaign's target audience is clear: the hundreds of thousands of impressionable young people who know painfully little about the Middle East.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, through its campus iAct program and by mobilizing its staff and supporters are helping to make a difference. At this pivotal moment we need your help to empower Jewish students and faculty fight back the intimidation and violent rhetoric they are experiencing on their campuses today.
Please send your urgently needed support to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Weâ€™re counting on your help and generous support to make this happen.
Rabbi Marvin Hier
Dean and Founder
P.S. We will also be distributing copies of the advertisement and other support materials to students on campus. Copies will also be available as a download at www.wiesenthal.com and iAct.wiesenthal.com free of charge.