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Why I Was Called a Nazi on my College Campus

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"Israeli Apartheid Week," an annual anti-Israel initiative, in May 2010 on the University of California, Los Angeles campus. Photo: AMCHA Initiative.

Last week, among other things, I was told by a Palestinian student visiting FSU that the 67 innocent Jews murdered in Hebron in 1929 were actually not Jews, but Arabs. I was also told I am less of a person than Hitler because at least Hitler had the chutzpah to declare his genocide on the Jewish people and that I am masquerading as though I want peace. I was told I am a racist, and a Nazi, and an imperialist who needs to check my white privilege. I was told that Israel is not a state but an occupying force directly responsible for the plight of the Palestinian people. I was told that the Palestinians are not interested in peace and coexistence, but that they will take back the land that is rightfully theirs. I was told that Hamas and Fatah are in no way responsible for what is happening to the people in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza. I read a sign “Israel=terrorist.”

And I think for the first time in my adult life, I truly understood what it means to stare racism straight in the face. I had a showdown with our campus chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Students for a Democratic Society, both of whom fervently protest Israel on a regular basis. The conversation circled around the misinformation displayed by the Palestinian supporters on our campus green in front of the library. I asked them for their material and asked them what their views were.

“We support the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of the occupying force of Israel.”

I asked them if they had any interest in coexistence with the Jewish State.

“We have no desire for peace. Leave our lands. You never belonged here in the first place.”

I questioned, “Jews have no claim of control over Jerusalem?”

“Absolutely zero. None.”

“You are aware that the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock were built physically on top of the Jews holiest site on Earth, correct?” I asked.

“You have no way of proving that. Give me proof. You can’t. You have none.”

“What about the archaeological evidence that shows that Jews have lived in Jerusalem since Jerusalem came into being?” I questioned.

“That is falsified evidence and is planted by the Israeli government to make it appear legitimate. Israel is not legitimate. You have no historical claim to these lands.”

“Jews in Israel do not have a right to defend themselves?” I inquired.

“No, Israel is an occupying force and we are going to remove them. Viva Viva Palestina. End the Occupation. We have the Right of Return. Tear Down the Wall.”

These statements and countless others are made on my campus and other campuses every single day. I have attempted to see their rational logic, have them explain to me their views, and tried to understand why they hate us.

The answer is because we are Jews. To deny Jewish history in the state of Israel is simply denying fact. But today someone looked me in the eye and told me my people have absolutely no claim to the city of Jerusalem.

My thought, my hope, and my prayer is always “next year in Jerusalem.” The claim for sovereignty over the state of Israel is threatened by those who deny our history. And my reaction comes in the form of a question: with the blind hatred that I face today, where my friends were called terrorists and I am called a Nazi, can there ever be peace?

In this conflict, the Jews are reprimanded and punished by the world for defending themselves against terrorism. The Jews are Goliath. The Palestinians are David. This is their story – but what about our story? The story of rich cultural history of the Jewish people that has survived more than 3,000 years of persecution and near annihilation to finally come home?

The only thing to do is keep informing people of the truth. Because as these voices grow louder, people begin to question the legitimacy of the Jewish people. And if we do not respond back with the voices of our history, what reason do we give the world not to?

Tatiana Becker is President of Noles for Israel, a Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) CCAP supported organization at Florida State University. A version of this article was originally published in the CAMERA blog In Focus.

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  • Ethan Coane

    I heartily congratulate you Tatiana Becker for your courage to infiltrate the “lions’ den” and confront them. The only way to counter the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic P.R. campaign that’s being waged world-wide, especially by the “Left”, is to consistently and loudly confront it and its propaganda of lies and distortions with the FACTS with which you so boldly challenged them. Please, however, take measures regarding your personal safety as the forces you confront have often justified murder and rape, without compunction, against those such as yourself who dare to contradict them on any matter that arouses their passions. Remember Theo van Gogh (among others).

  • Luisa Peress

    Thank you for writing this!
    In terms of whether peace is ever possible – maybe. Because my experience is that sometimes such students have more extreme than many Palestinians themselves. It’s the whole concept of “colonialism” “imperialism” “white privilege” and other such bs that these students accuse us of. The magic “buzz words” that get everyone interested, despite only being lies and void of meanining.

  • steven L

    The fanatics play the victims. I ‘m going to cry! The US congress need to check what is being taught in these hubs of disinformation (US academia) that resemble more and more madrases.

  • Daniel Sveaver

    The Palestinians who accosted you are a microcosm of so many more people, and not just Arabs, who refuse to allow factual history to interfere with their agenda. They either have no clue that Jews have been there as long as Arabs have been there, or they’re aware of it but outwardly deny such facts because it would undermine their goals. He’s asking YOU for proof? Ask him to prove that Palestine was ever an actual country. He can’t, because it’s a fabricated state. Ask him to prove that Jews weren’t always there. He can’t. He wants you to prove that the 1st and 2nd Temples occupied the space where the Dome of the Rock now exists? Ask him to prove that the Temples were not there. He calls you a Nazi, but you’re not the one calling for the elimination of the Palestinian people, while he’s calling for the elimination of Israel. You’re interested in peace, he says there cannot be peace as long as Israel exists. Because of the atrocities committed humanity, one of the worst things to call someone is a “Nazi”, and therefore this person calls you a Nazi, because he thinks that it’s the worst thing to call someone. Unfortunately for him, he doesn’t know what the word “Nazi” means. He might as well call you “Satan” or “Beelzebub”. There’s no logical meaning to it, and the mere fact that he utters that nonsense is proof that there’s no reasoning to be had with such a person.

  • Janet Jose

    Thank you for speaking up! Keep up the good work. The SJP and SDS are absolutely incorrect.

  • Ron

    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
    – Adolf Hitler

    “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
    – Lenin

  • Ha Meshuga

    Psalm 120:7

    “I am all for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.”