By Tabitha Korol
Several years ago, a friend of mine was asked by a Christian, “Why do Jews bury their dead upside down?” She proceeded to explain to this innocent that he’d been duped by an anti-Semite, and this was just another malicious canard. If I were to answer today, I’d probably quip, “That’s only for the Jews who’d been reading the Forward and long ago adapted to their inverted view of the world.” I no longer subscribe to the Forward, but a recent editorial was brought to my attention.
The Forward, a staple for the Jewish immigrants since 1897, has staff writers who take an antithetical approach to Israel. Under the pretense of concern that Jews may employ Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act afforded other groups, the editorial actually provides reasons to dissuade Jewish university students – and only the Jewish students - from availing themselves of those rights.
Briefly, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 1964, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities’ receiving federal financial assistance. Public funds should be withheld from any program that encourages, entrenches, subsidizes any programs that result in discrimination, and appropriate legal action can be taken by the Department of Justice. The Legal Manual provides Investigation Procedures and other material helpful to ensure effective enforcement of Title VI.
While the editor outwardly agrees with Title VI’s morality, he suggests restraint by the Jewish students out of deference to the right of freedom of speech afforded other students. I suggest the editor hopes to inhibit these Jewish students from legally protecting themselves in order to curb or forestall an impending violent backlash. This is intimidation and cowardice, Islamophobia and Sharia-compliance, a direct violation on laws that sustain modern civilization, that are meant to protect its citizens from savagery and hatred and designed to protect our Jewish students.
Despite the BDS conferences designed to boycott, divest from, and sanction businesses that trade with Israel, the National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) or Muslim Student Union (MSU) knowingly and intentionally create an atmosphere of anger and resentment against pro-Israel activists. Their mantra includes accusing Jews and Israel of all the Palestinian propaganda of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, land usurpation, wantonly killing Palestinian children, and more, all the deeds for which Moslems have been responsible for 1400 years. Therefore, with the deep-seated anger for retribution against all who gather to defend Israel or wear articles of clothing and jewelry representing Judaism, the Muslim students have rioted; damaged vehicles belonging to Jewish students; used a cinderblock to shatter the glass door of Berkeley’s Hillel building (followed by the severe beating of two Jewish men the following week); set fire to an Israeli flag, its flames spreading to the roof; carved swastikas on private property; defaced dorm walls, hallways and doors; distributed false eviction notices in dorms; abused and threatened Jewish students; used International Holocaust Remembrance Day to promote hatred of Israel and Jews; denounced Jews as “Nazi-Jews,” denied the Holocaust; denounced as “collaborators,” Muslims who appear willing to conduct peace negotiations; and blockaded and physically attacked a Jewish professor, Mel Gordon, en route to his class, and he required medical treatment . To add insult to injury, when a Jewish student sued a Muslim student for ramming her with a shopping cart, the sharia-compliant judge ruled in favor of the latter’s “freedom of speech.” I suggest the Forward’s counseling restrictions are due to fear, and inhibiting Jewish students from defending themselves will embolden the Islamists to strengthen their convictions and resolve, and worsen the atmosphere considerably.
The Islamist students have already been indoctrinated at home and in mosques by the time they arrive at Universities, and are then encouraged to continue their aggression as long as they face no confrontation by the admnistrative body. President Mark Yudof has recognized the severity of the enmity enough to engage outside help; is that not enough proof for the Forward? Are the aforementioned scenarios of violence still not enough to contact the Department of Justice for Title VI’s Investigative Procedure? Must the victimized students be severely traumatized and harmed before serious action is taken?
How, when and under what circumstances protection should be sought is a matter of some debate, claims the Forward editor. While he agrees there is a somewhat hostile environment, “it is not the rule,” he writes. Do we have any idea where the editor draws the line? That he dwells on the majority of campuses that are not “rife with anti-Semites and Israel-haters” is apologist behavior; must we wait until all the campuses have gone to lethal extremes? And shall we wait until more students are hurt and sent along with professors to hospitals to prove a point? Is the student’s law suit considered frivolous because she was able to return to class or should we wait until she requires a wheelchair or is comatose? Should we wait until a professor requires intensive surgery before considering the harm valid? Which students and professors are actually expendable? When there is no formal declaration of war againt the Jewish people, how many Jews must endure pain and suffering to be counted? How many school buses bombed, pizza parlors destroyed? How many men, women, and children slaughtered in their homes before we remind ourselves that we once said “Never again,” but some among us are still saying, “This wasn’t so terrible; we can overlook this too.” And I have to question how the editor would respond if the student were his daughter or granddaughter.
We have gone beyond the acceptance and obesiance to Islam’s muzzlification, and still we are told to silence our outrage and quash our defenses, just as Jews remained silent as their neighbors were taken away from their homes in Germany. My cousin in Buenos Aires acknowledged his own silence when his neighbors and his daughter’s fellow students disappeared in the 1970s in Buenos Aires. There is cause to use Title VI Act, but not if we’re Jewish. If we’re Jewish, we must impose further restrictions on ourselves and our children even before a dictatorship so decrees. This is dhimmitude, where our progeny will soon understand that they can no longer attend Islamic-controlled universities, and experience terror far beyond the current fear. If we have learned nothing else from our past, we must surely grasp that we must never again permit ourselves to be conquered.