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May 11, 2015 4:23 pm

‘Unintended Consequence of Out of State Tuition: Antisemitism’

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Antisemitic graffiti at UC Davis following the passage of a resolution urging divestment from Israel. Photo: Instagram.

An “unintended consequence” of bringing in greater numbers of out of state and foreign students who pay higher tuition into the University of California school system is a spike in antisemitism on campus, argued syndicated columnist Thomas B. Elias in an article published last week.

Elias drew a correlation between the number of reported antisemitic incidents on campus over the past few years — including student government votes over anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions measures — and an increase in the number of students the UCs have accepted from countries such as Iran, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

The rise in antisemitism “makes some wonder whether the upsurge of campus anti-Semitism is linked to greater numbers of students from strongly anti-Israel countries, including Malaysia, which sent 164 undergraduates to UC last fall,” he wrote.

“There is no doubt that as the number of foreign students at UC has risen, with administrators exploiting the $23,000 annual difference between out-of-state tuition and what California residents pay, the so-called BDS movement (boycott, divest and sanction) against Israel has become more active on many campuses,” he said.

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“Between 2001 and 2013, the number of UC graduate students from Iran – where a mantra in public schools reportedly has students daily reciting ‘Death to America, Death to Israel!’ – rose from six to 113. Plus, last fall’s enrollees included 74 undergraduates from Saudi Arabia, 53 from Turkey and 51 from Pakistan, to name a few countries where anti-Semitism is common,” he wrote.

Over the past several months, vandals have daubed swastikas on a fraternity house at UC Davis, a UCLA student government candidate said he was attacked for being Jewish and several UC student governments have voted to urge campuses to divest from Israel.

The UC central office responded to Elias that there was likely no link, but certainly the incidence of antisemitism cannot be denied. Indicative of this trend, a California state measure was introduced at the end of March that would urge all UCs to adopt a resolution condemning antisemitic and racist acts on campus.

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  • Otto Schiff

    We are not really talking about Antisemitism. We are
    talking about ANTISEMITES.
    Antisemites are the inferior race. I would suggest
    suicide for them, like Hitler Goering and Goebbels.
    Good riddance to bad garbage.

  • Lynne T

    164 Malaysians. Unreported numbers of Iranian and Saudi foreign students. Not much of a case in support, especially with respect to Iran, where the applicants may be attending school in the US because they have fled the oppressive conditions back home.

    If there has been a spike in antisemetism on campus, I suspect it has more to do with the amount of backing that BDS gets from unknown sources and pro-BDS academics and academic organizations such as the ASA.

  • avram davis

    It is more likely the children of immigrants in the U.S. who are the core of these instigations, rather than the foreign students.

  • Stan Nadel

    Correlation is not evidence of causation. Average temperatures have risen in California during the same time period but that doesn’t mean rising temperatures have caused the increase in Antisemitism.

  • Pushkina

    As long as the UC system has been in its current existence, there have been undergrads and grads from the Middle East and Muslim majority countries. As an undergrad at UCSB in the 70s, I had dozens of iranian friends and Arab acquaintances. That’s not what is causing the rise in perceived antiSemitic activities.
    There is currently abroad in the world, all over the world, a tide of unspoken permission exists to revert to antiSemitism, as if the post-Holocaust world had given itself a limited ‘time out’ of a few decades of antiSemitism, and now is resetting itself back to a previously accepted norm. It’s bad but we will get through it.

  • V. Gates

    Why are we educating our sworn enemies? This is insanity.

  • The numbers don’t add up! A few dozen students from Islamic countries would not turn UC campuses into hotbeds of anti-Israel activity. Back in the 1960’s when I was a student on the East Coast we considered UC Berkeley to be on a different planet and there was nothing Islamist about it. Could the anti-Israel sentiment be related to the large Hispanic population of California? The problem is not only on campus. Not so far back the 8th grade pupils in a district of California were asked to write an essay considering whether the Holocaust was a hoax to allow Jews to take money from Germany. The problem doesn’t begin at UC level.

  • The problem is that the University has refused to step in and make it clear to students that anti-Israel movements are no more acceptable than starting a KKK club on campus. This is an opportunity for the administration to inform these students and its faculty that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated any more than we tolerate anti-Black, anti-Latino, anti-Gay, or anti-feminist expressions. A great deal of the problem is the leftist faculty who support anti-Semitic movements in the name of freedom of speech. Does the University of California want to be known as a haven for bigots who hate Jews? That is what it has become.

  • June Grant

    Why wonder? It’s a given that the rise in students from Muslim and anti-Israel states results in increasing antisemitism.

  • Steve

    You don’t need a resolution to know that antisemitism wrong

  • Ephraim

    This would not surprise me. However, it overlooks the hard left wing bent of faculty and administration. When Jew hatred is a core belief of these ‘people,’ it makes it very easy for these out of state (and in state) students to succeed in their unrelenting goal of hatred, harassment, and abuse of Jews.

  • Edward Alexander

    The dismal consequence of giving visas to money-laden students from rabidly antisemitic countries may be “unintended” by greedy university authorities. But is it unintended by the presidential administration that grants them visas? And whence comes the money to pay the astronomical tuitions? Is it conceivable that ALL these foreign students keen on removing Israel from the globe are the offspring of oil-rich sheikhs, et al.?

  • Al Talena

    Well, duhhhh

  • nelson marans

    Whether there is a relationship between the increased tuition that foreign students pay and the anti-Israel actions of these students may be subject to question, but the bottom line has been a spread of not only anti-Israel but anti-Semitism at not only Californian universities but nationally.
    It is time that any foreign student caught in a violent protest or harassment of Jewish students should have their student visa revoked and be summarily deported.

    • duPont

      I agree but would include harassment of students who are Jewish, African American, Christian or any other minority. It is sad that there are so many American students that want to go to university who can’t afford it. Their places are taken by foreigners with money allowing their countries to benefit whilst ours loses some of its best and brightest due to money. Our entire university system needs changing. I resent those who hate us, using us for the finest education in the world.

  • zg

    I hope these students from countries where antisemitism is endemic and is an official policy, will be influenced to change their racist attitudes, rather then turn the locals into racists, which presently seems to happen.

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