Former Israeli Lawmaker: Anti-Zionism on Campus Is ‘Socially Respectable’ Cover for Antisemitism
Jew-hatred is rising on campuses around the world while giving itself the “socially respectable” cloak of anti-Zionism, a former Israeli lawmaker told the student newspaper the Kenyon Collegian.
In an interview on Thursday, Dr. Einat Wilf, a member of Israel’s Knesset from 2010 to 2013 — who received a BA from Harvard, an MBA from INSEAD in France and a PhD from Cambridge — said that this is not how she experienced college 20 years ago, when there was “literally” no antisemitism.
Today, however, she said, the situation is different, though “no one will admit to hating Jews. I know a lot of people emphatically reject the notion that their views are antisemitic.”
When asked why college students feel so strongly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Wilf said, “It’s the biggest question I ask myself. I go and I speak and I see the strong emotions everywhere in the world. It’s about a remote place where many people have no connection and have never been, and they have such serious opinions and emotions and have such deeply-held views… I don’t have an answer about why so many people are obsessed. It’s clear why I care about it, but why does anyone else care?”
Wilf’s comments come as universities around the world face intense scrutiny for antisemitic and anti-Zionist activity on their campuses.
As reported by The Algemeiner, according to a recent report conducted by Brandeis, 20 percent of Jewish students at American universities identified as “hotbeds” of antisemitism and anti-Zionism said they were “blamed for Israel’s actions because they are Jewish,” while approximately one-third reported witnessing antisemitic harassment, often related to Israel.
In the UK, as The Algemeiner reported, a recent parliamentary report on the state of antisemitism slammed the head of the country’s largest student union for undermining efforts to combat Jew-hatred on campus.