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August 1, 2018 12:09 pm

Antisemitism at Stanford Leads to Politically Correct Double Standards

avatar by Dave Huber


Hoover Tower and the entrance to Memorial Church at Stanford University. Photo: Frank Schulenburg.

After a Stanford University resident assistant posted on his Facebook page that he would “physically fight Zionists on campus,” the predictable politically-correct double standards began manifesting themselves.

Muslim and third-generation Palestinian refugee Hamzeh Daoud had also posted, “And after I abolish your ass i’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state” if someone told him that Israel is a democracy.

Daoud eventually apologized, claiming that it was never his intention to make anyone feel unsafe.

Because, you see, threats of actual physical violence don’t ever make people feel unsafe.

And then it started: Self-described Zionist Hannah Smith took to the The Stanford Daily’s op-ed pages on Thursday to defend Daoud on just that point — and to call out the Stanford College Republicans instead:

The targeting of rising junior Hamzeh Daoud is emblematic of an ongoing pattern of the Stanford College Republicans’ (SCR) use of bullying and fearmongering tactics in lieu of engaging in intellectual debate. …

The SCR, upon seeing Hamzeh’s initial post threatening to “physically fight” Zionists on campus, didn’t recognize it as the impassioned hyperbole it was nor contact Hamzeh to debate this idea. Rather, SCR screenshotted the post (which Daoud quickly changed to “intellectually fight,” recognizing his own error within four hours of the initial post) and waited 24 hours to attack Hamzeh and post the uncontextualized picture with the original, now inaccurate, wording on Facebook.

Ah, so it was merely “impassioned hyperbole.” Did Daoud also edit his “abolish your ass” phrase — and within a “mere” four hours, too?

Others voiced support for the RA, including the campus Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) chapter, which sent emails with pro-Daoud talking points “for students seeking to deter administrators from expelling or firing [him].” JVP president Emily Wilder said that her group was joining with the Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine and the International Socialist Organization chapters to start a petition in support of Daoud.

The Stanford administration was tepid in its response, with spokesman EJ Miranda noting that Daoud “will receive fair and thoughtful consideration.”

“We also have an obligation to address the original communication and its effects,” Miranda told the Daily. “Our students must feel they are able to voice their own views on campus without fear of physical retaliation, and they also must feel physically safe in our student residences.”

Miranda did note the “seriousness” of Daoud’s language and said that an apology to Jewish students would be made.

Well that’s nice. I guess.

At least someone in the Daily’s comment section asked the obvious: Do you think Stanford and various student groups would react as they did to Daoud’s situation if someone had written “I’m gonna physically fight African Americans on campus next year if someone comes at me with their [fill in the blank] bulls**t”?

The equally obvious answer is “of course not.” Just consider, for example, the recent tale of the Harvard employee who asked the mother of a biracial child if she lived in “affordable” housing: After a paroxysm of outrage, the employee is now on leave while Harvard and the local town are implementing bias training and diversity discussions, respectively.

Elsewhere, a 44-year-old photo of a Purdue professor in blackface led to a petition to get her fired. Elsewhere, a Portland State student reporter who accurately quoted a Muslim student about shariah law was canned from his job, and a student reporter at Rutgers got axed from his gig because he used the term “illegal alien.” Etc., etc.

This is because the progressive academic left loves the victim mentality, which means that even espousing threats of physical violence can be immediately forgiven if one has “victim” status.

Thus, they believe, because Daoud is a Palestinian, he has to be “understood” in the context of Israel and its alleged “occupation” of “Palestinian” lands.

After all, so what if hate crimes against Jews continue to vastly outnumber those against Muslims or other religions. Jews just don’t seem to rank very high on the politically correct hierarchy. Maybe that’s because Israel, the actions of which American Jews (unfortunately) often bear the brunt, isn’t a victim and doesn’t play one. Its people have survived against overwhelming odds since day one. How dare they!

Therefore, Jewish students at Stanford will get a mere apology from the administration, while any other actions will be nebulously “addressed.”

Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over a decade, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. A version of this article was originally published at The College Fix.

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