The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign student government has adopted a resolution chastising Chancellor Robert Jones for “wrongfully categorizing anti-Zionism as antisemitism.” The resolution, introduced by supporters of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), rests on startling factual inaccuracies and is an insult to American Jews.
While we had watched from afar rising antisemitic rhetoric and violence across Europe in recent years, many of us believed that America was different, that such horrendous acts of violence could not take place here. What happened in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018, was a horrible wake-up call, a deadly reminder that antisemitism persists in our time, in our own country.
AJC has just released a ground-breaking national survey of American Jews, assessing their perceptions of and experiences with antisemitism. Nearly nine out of ten American Jews (88%) said antisemitism is a problem in the U.S. today.
Antisemitism is sometimes compared to a virus. While we can’t eliminate it, we at least know how to keep it under control. But what if we’re wrong? What if, like a virus, antisemitism has developed a new strain, unresponsive to all the traditional treatments?