Guest Room | Missed Opportunity for Anti-Semitic Education

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On September 14, Jews on campus were shocked and horrified to hear about two separate hate crimes that surfaced on campus. That morning, someone shouted, “Burn the prisons. Set them all free. From a law school window facing Hillel’s office at Cornell University. was found near Lake Biebe, carved into the ground, followed by a swastika. The combination of the Star of David, symbol of the Jewish faith and people, and the swastika, the emblem of the Nazis, is grossly anti-Semitic.

Many Jewish students on campus have relatives who died at the hands of the exact people they were being compared to. The painting downplays the immense experience of those who witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust. This rhetoric should not be welcomed in the public sphere, especially on campuses founded on the ideology of “everyone, every research”. Disturbingly, I learned that this depiction he was supposedly present on campus for two weeks before anyone reported it.The lack of urgency to evoke hatred and stand up for the victims is not acceptable. I am deeply saddened.

For Jewish students, this reality comes as no surprise. What many of us believe is a double standard between discrimination in the form of anti-Semitism and any discrimination that targets racism, homophobia, or other minority groups. Because it just highlights. Despite its prevalence, anti-Semitism remains largely unnoticed on college campuses, and as a result Jewish students are discouraged from taking action.