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Op-Ed: How Did Social Justice Become Antisemitic?

Op-Ed: How Did Social Justice Become Antisemitic?

“antisemitism, in the thinly-veiled form of anti-Zionism, goes hand-in-hand with this dogma”

It’s a fair question. The two things are intertwined, especially on college campuses.

Karen Bekker writes at the Jerusalem Post:

The far-left ideology of critical social justice that has permeated United States (US) academia is working its way into the US K-12 education and has infiltrated popular media outlets. That antisemitism, in the thinly-veiled form of anti-Zionism, goes hand-in-hand with this dogma is clear. However, the role of the late Columbia University professor Edward Said in making antisemitism an integral component of social justice is often overlooked and as a result, there are still many who mistakenly believe that they can separate critical social justice activism from its antisemitic component.

Examples of antisemitism in movements termed social justice abound. My organization, CAMERA, has documented the links between the leadership of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

A recent study of college and university Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department staffers by the Heritage Foundation found many such individuals engaging in extreme hyperbolic and obsessive criticism of Israel on social media to a point which the Foundation concluded was antisemitic.

As well, researchers searched 741 Twitter accounts that they identified from Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) movement staff at 65 universities. Of tweets about Israel and the Palestinians, they found that 96% were critical of Israel, including false allegations of apartheid and colonialism.

My alma mater, Oberlin College, is a vanguard of the far-left that long ago embraced identity politics and critical social justice. There, antisemitic anti-Zionism has manifested as an exhibit displayed just before Passover that portrayed the ten plagues as Israeli actions against Palestinians, professors teaching material in classes that would be considered antisemitic under the widely-adopted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, and lauding antisemitic speakers like Eli Valley.

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The answer is quite straightforward.
It is simply that “social justice” is not a new movement.
It is simply a new name for an old movement.

    That name is also a lie. Justice is not a part of the ideology.

      Milhouse in reply to irv. | February 20, 2022 at 1:03 am

      Justice is not a part of any movement that attaches an adjective before that noun.

      The Bible says “Justice justice you shall pursue”; many commentators try to explain the double expression, but perhaps it means to tell us that we should pursue only “justice justice”, and not any so-called “justice” that is modified by some other adjective. (Cf Whoopie Goldberg’s use of the term “rape rape” to mean actual rape as opposed to things that are treated as if they were rape but are not the genuine item.)

        artichoke in reply to Milhouse. | February 20, 2022 at 4:59 pm

        I’d guess it’s justice above and below. Whoopie wasn’t published in the OT so comparison to her expression is likely to be, well, silly. But the OT is also clear that justice is independent of person, a poor person must not get a break that a rich one would not get.

e pluribus unum | February 19, 2022 at 5:37 pm

JUSTICE needs no modifier. Any adjective attached to it merely works to debase the word.

The large portion of American Jewry that supports this antisemitism makes me sick. It’s not like they can’t figure out the effect of their support of social justice causes.