Examples of Modern-Day Antisemitism

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Case 1:

Johns Hopkins University Teaching Assistant and graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Rasha Anayah, is under investigation for her tweets targeting Zionist and Jewish students.

One of Anayah’s tweets read: “Ethical dilemma: if you have to grade a Zionist students exam, do you still give them all their points even though they support your ethnic cleansing? like idk”

And another tweet read, “Didn’t get pinned with an israeli or some bitch white boy to have to share my knowledge with. We had an undergrad in lab who had been on birthright and had one of the street signs to tel aviv on her laptop. it stabbed me every time she opened it. if i had been paired to one of them or one of these conceited white boys i would have lost it.”

Both of these tweets are clear examples of targeting Jews and Zionists and holding Jews collectively responsible for alleged actions of the State of Israel.

Case 2:

In October 2021, the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house at George Washington University was vandalized. After Shabbat, the fraternity house was broken into, laundry detergent was dumped on religious texts and a replica Torah scroll was desecrated. A Christian Bible located in the room was not vandalized in this targeted act.

This is an example of an attack against Jewish property and religious items intended to intimidate the Jewish community. There is a long history of destroying Jewish books and religious items. The desecration of these sacred items is unfortunately not new; copies of the Talmud were burned in France in 1242, and the Nazis burned books as part of their campaign to erase Jewish culture and Jewish contributions to the larger society.

Case 3:

The University of Southern California’s Undergraduate Student Vice President Rose Ritch resigned from her position in 2020 following allegations of complicity in racial misconduct on campus.

Ritch wrote, “I have been accused by a group of students of being unsuitable as a student leader. I have been told that my support for Israel has made me complicit in racism, and that, by association, I am a racist.”

Student activist Abeer Tijani led the campaign against Ritch, actively seeking to remove her from her student government position. The aggressive campaign against Ritch had students calling to “impeach her Zionist a**.”

Ritch wrote, “An attack on my Zionist identity is an attack on my Jewish identity. The suggestion that my support for a Jewish homeland would make me unfit for office or would justify my impeachment plays into the oldest stereotypes of Jews, including accusations of dual loyalty and holding all Jews responsible for the actions of the Israeli government.”

The notion of dual loyalty is an antisemitic trope suggesting Jews have allegiance first to Israel and then to the society in which they live. This was a trope utilized to sow the seeds of doubt amongst the majority populations in order to intimidate the Jewish people.

Case 4:

"Let's try it together," rapper Tamer Nafar told the audience before his performance, inviting them to sing at University of North Carolina in April 2019. "I need your help. I cannot be anti-Semitic alone."

"Don't think of Rihanna when you sing this, don't think of Beyonce - think of Mel Gibson. I'm in love with a Jew/Oh/I fell in love with a Jew/Oh/Her skin is white and my skin is brown, she was going up up and I was going down."

The three day conference in 2019, titled “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities,” was officially sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. The event's website lists more than 30 co-sponsors ranging from UNC School of Law to the Rotary Club of Raleigh.

These lyrics and the reference to Mel Gibson, who has a history of association with Jew hatred and the deicide charge which suggests that Jews are responsible for the killing of Jesus, coupled with the public university’s financial support of this conference led to a federal investigation as the university receives funding for its area studies programs from the United States government.

Case 5:

In the spring and summer of 2021, members of the group Students Against Sexual Assault at George Washington University and University of Vermont engaged in antisemitic statements claiming the State of Israel is guilty of “apartheid ethnic cleansing, genocide, sexual violence, racism, and oppression.”

Although this organization is primarily focused on sexual assault awareness, it waded in the waters of Jew hatred and justified their involvement by saying, “Palestinian liberation is synonymous with survivor justice.”

The students who identify with Zionism and Jewishness were excluded from the student organization suggesting these students were inherently oppressive and encouraging of violence.

This tactic of pushing Jewish students out of progressive spaces is a form of erasive antisemitism.

Case 6:

At Rutgers University in the summer of 2021, Rutgers’ Mutual Aid Organization, a student organization involved in social justice causes, and specifically the Rutgers’ chapter of the Students for Justice in Palestine, called for the university administration and stakeholders of the university to defund Hillel, the Jewish student organization on campus. The backdrop of this event occurred amidst increased targeting of Jewish students on campus and physical attacks on Jewish property during Holocaust Remembrance Day programming.

The discourse promoted by the Mutual Aid Organization attempts to link Israeli behavior and actions with all Jews, and perceives Jews as an extension of Israeli governmental policy.

Case 7:

In 2004, an Israeli student at Columbia University sat in a lecture hall in a 101 course on the Arab-Israeli conflict. The professor singled out the Israeli student and asked him pointedly, “How many Palestinian women did you rape and murder when you served in the Israel Defense Forces?” The student was aghast that a professor would make such an accusation in a lecture hall with the majority of students not understanding this statement.

There was no recourse for the Israeli student, and it was evident to him that if he chose to be in this class, he would automatically be penalized for his national identity.

Case 8:

On college campuses and educational institutions across the country, swastikas have been spray painted on campus quads, libraries, school buildings (higher education and K-12 schools), Jewish students’ rooms and Jewish institutions in an attempt to target and deface these spaces. These acts of hate seek to intimidate and cultivate fear, and represent a desire to present Jews as the ‘other,’ as well as perpetuate a historical legacy of violence against Jews and the Jewish community.

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