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2000 Rabbis Call For Suspension of DEI Programs After Study Finds They Promote ‘Irrational Hatred’ of Jews

2000 Rabbis Call For Suspension of DEI Programs After Study Finds They Promote ‘Irrational Hatred’ of Jews

“Repeatedly accusing the Jewish state of Israel of ‘genocide,’ ‘apartheid,’ and other fictitious crimes while praising China”

An irrational hatred of Israel has been a problem on American college campuses for years.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Rabbis: College Diversity Officers Promoting ‘Irrational Hatred of Jews’

A group of more than 2,000 rabbis is calling on all American universities to suspend their “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) programs due to their overwhelming anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bias.

The Coalition for Jewish Values, an umbrella organization representing Orthodox rabbis, wants all DEI programs put on ice in light of a recent study that exposed how university staffers in these positions use their social media accounts to bash Israel and incite hatred of Jews. That study, conducted by the Heritage Foundation think tank, concluded that “rather than promoting diversity and inclusion, universities may be contributing to an increase in anti-Jewish hatred by expanding DEI staff and power,” the Washington Free Beacon reported last week.

“Repeatedly accusing the Jewish state of Israel of ‘genocide,’ ‘apartheid,’ and other fictitious crimes while praising China, a country that is putting Muslims in internment camps, indicates an irrational hatred of Jews and not a concern for human rights,” Coalition for Jewish Values managing director Rabbi Yaakov Menken said in a statement provided to the Free Beacon.

The Heritage Foundation researchers reviewed the Twitter feeds of 741 DEI officials at 65 different U.S. universities to determine their attitudes on Israel and China. They found that DEI staff “tweeted, retweeted, or liked almost three times as many tweets about Israel as tweets about China.” Of the tweets in question, 96 percent were critical of Israel, and 62 percent of the China-centered tweets were favorable. In many cases, Jews were criticized for their support of Israel and referred to as “Nazis” and “colonizers.”

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Comments

I’m shocked.

Unfortunately this isn’t as impressive as it sounds; the “Coalition for Jewish Values” is a fairly right-wing fringe organization without a lot of support in the so-called “mainstream” of even the Orthodox Jewish community. They reflect only the Jews like me, who are out of the “mainstream” and would no more think of voting for a Democrat than of eating a lobster. (Recent election results suggest that there may be more of us than of the “mainstream”, but lotsa luck getting the news industry to recognize that.)

Meanwhile 2000 other rabbis lobby for their own special interest group funding.