'Zionists Not Welcome': San Francisco State University's Apology To Jewish Community Spa
We know that anti-Semitism is increasing at an appalling rate on university campuses. There are organized groups whose mission it is to demonize Israel and Jews. And thanks to cowardly university administrators and lackadaisical responses from the Jewish community these groups have been able to get away with demonstrations of hatred toward Jews, Jewish speakers, and Jewish events, that would never be tolerated toward any other student group.
Some campus authorities and Jewish groups are finally waking up and smelling the hatred. At San Francisco State University:
Following a meeting with SFSU students from the Jewish group Hillel, President Leslie Wong sent a mass email on Friday apologizing for past comments affecting the Jewish community — particularly a May interview in which he refused to categorically assert that Zionists were welcome at SFSU, saying instead, “Am I comfortable opening up the gates to everyone? Gosh, of course not. I’m not the kind of guy who gets into absolutes like that.”
After study and reflection, the president said last week, “I have come to understand how flawed my comments were.”
“Thus, I want to sincerely apologize for the hurt feelings and anguish my words have caused,” Wong continued. “Let me be clear: Zionists are welcome on our campus.”
That apology did not go over very well with campus Jew-haters:
Rabab Abdulhadi — director of AMED and GUPS’s faculty mentor — also opposed Wong’s apology, which she called “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians and all those who are committed to an indivisible sense of justice on and off campus.”
The professor alleged that the president’s statement equated “Jewishness with Zionism, and [gave] Hillel ownership of campus Jewishness,” and framed it as a response “to donor pressures and the Israeli lobby.”
Similar sentiments were echoed in a critical letter published by the anti-Zionist group Jewish Voice for Peace on Tuesday, and another shared by the SFSU group Jews Against Zionism, which said “zionism IS NOT welcome on our campus. White Supremacy IS NOT welcome on our campus.”
The Black Student Union, African Student Association, Black Residents United in Housing, and Black Business Student Association likewise objected to the president’s apology, and pointed to “anti-Arab, Islamophobic, and anti-Palestinian” fliers that were found on campus in 2016 and 2017.
This is where we are in 2018. Anti-Semites have become comfortable with their public anti-Semitism. Nobody is allowed to deviate from support, or at least toleration of that hatred.