By Amy Zewe—
In Canada last Wednesday, in demonstrations across the nation, anti-Israel activists slammed “Zionists” following the assassination of notorious terrorist Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, calling for Palestinians including Palestinian-Canadian youth to follow in his footsteps.
The shocking display of love for a brutal terrorist with the blood of innocent civilians on his hands in major Canadian cities last week should alarm not only the Jewish community, but Canadians (and Americans) in general.
The head of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades was killed during an Israeli military raid in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Nablus in Samaria last Tuesday morning.
These calls for rallies echoed across Canada, including in Montreal and other North American locales.
The groups Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights McGill and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights Concordia are listed as being among the local co-sponsors of the “Glory to Our Martyrs” rally, the first of which was held last Wednesday evening in Montreal. Similar rallies cropped up in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Houston over the last week.
Across the pond in London, a continuing echo to rally against Zionism and Zionists happened this week. Protest signage included “Stop the Judaization of Jerusalem, and Britain, Europe, Ukraine and USA” and “Zionist Go Home.”
The protest was referred to as a “Rally for Palestine,” organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign according to the organization’s website. These events were also in response to the last week’s three-day-long Operation Breaking Dawn.
In response to the chants antizionist chants, one Twitter user observed that “they’re telling Zionists to go home, doesn’t that kind of make them Zionists, too?” Another user said that the chant was the “best self-defeating slogan.”
Beyond the most recent response to events in the Israel-Gaza sector, at The University of Melbourne (Australia), the student union didn’t let their last defeated motion for antisemitism die a final death. They resurrected it with more vigor.
Earlier this year, the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) passed an antisemitic, pro-terrorism motion, but rescinded it after being faced with the threat of legal action by non-Jewish student Justin Riazaty. I reported on this earlier this year.
The motion was geared for round 2; and a new antisemitic motion that is even worse than the original was presented and passed on 15 August 2022.
In fear of this motion that passed, one Jewish student noted he was afraid to reveal he is Jewish, to quote him: ‘Not fair that I had to hide who I am’
State side, in Chicago IL, USA, a DePaul university professor’s article claiming Israel’s “moral right” to annex the West Bank has caused an uproar at DePaul as he was met with backlash and calls for censure. The shocking part of this is that this call was met actual consideration.
A DePaul student organization immediately put together a change.org petition demanding a public apology and asking that the administration censure Professor Hill and send him for racial sensitivity training.
Meanwhile in Indiana, the site Stopantisemmitism.org releases an antisemite of the week post on its profiles, noting Taurean Webb, a longtime anti-Israel activist, was recently hired by Indiana University as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change. Webb has promoted vile antisemitism and repeatedly dismissed or minimized concerns regarding the hatred and discrimination Jews face.
Webb also outlandishly blames Jews for the white supremacist movement, stating,
…it has long been the case that American Jews have been a critical building block of the US white supremacist infrastructure.
He attempts to label Israelis as “white” and Palestinians as “brown,” ignoring the reality the majority of Jews in Israel are Mizrahi (of Sephardic descent) and brown.
So, one professor who supports an Israeli position is met with nearly 50% of the college community considering disciplining him, but another outright antisemite gets a leadership position at a college.
The scales seem so tilted.
While much of my reporting regarding antisemitism finds violence and hostility in cities such as NYC and Los Angeles, the Midwest is not without its progressive, woke antisemites in the classroom or in the quad, unfortunately.
Please be sharing new reports so your network is aware of the antisemitism that is alive and well in our civilized society. All too often I hear otherwise educated and functioning adults tell me they had no idea antisemitism was still a problem after WWII!
Be praying for this tide to shift and pray for the students and professors who are burdened by these antizionist and antisemitic elements on campus. Pray for cities that have this antisemitism thriving in their own streets.
Be the voice of truth when where and how you can share it when you encounter these reports or events.
Shavua Tov, have a great week.