• Guest

    Dr. Hart is pointing out a serious deficiency with the Jewish response to IAW and the pervasive anti-Israel, anti-Jewish atmosphere on campus. If you do not look at the existing problems (with boots on the ground to see what’s happening) and if you use polls to determine your actions or to justify your non-action, then you will find what you are looking for.

    In the case of IAW it is more convenient to pronounce it dead or downplay its significance than to act because then you do not have to be accountable to your donors who might ask the agencies to address the situation with some backbone. At the present most people who count on their leaders to inform them have been uninformed or misinformed for 9 years and none have been asked to mobilize against the onslaught. The misinformation carries on to this day.

    What is especially sad is that those who do attend these events wanting to ask questions or express their concerns are shouted down or cut off. So, without community support, there is really no point in attending and nothing to rally around. Abuse is all that you get when you do attend and subjecting oneself to this abuse is insanity if you keep doing it over-and-over again without getting angry. Instead of asking the community to attend, agencies ask the Jewish community to stay away and to apply sha-shtil methodology to the problem. Also, when individuals express real anger against these attacks on the Jewish people, they are vilified in our own community immediately while the perpetrators of IAW are ignored forever – our rights to free expression have been taken away by the universities and by our own leaders (and by students who are either afraid or mesmerized by those in the Jewish community giving them advice). Jews are told to behave when others shout hate at them – Jews who do shout are “as bad as the other side” as I have heard one reform rabbi exclaim, pointing out that the Jews act like “Macarthyites” when they oppose IAW and IJV.

    I know that the problem is not black-and-white and I know that there are good people in the agencies who really want to address the situation with more muscle but they are drowned out by those who comfortably sit in high, well-paid positions where the status quo means a simple, easy job that they do not want disrupted by real trouble that requires real effort and engaging people who know how to do it.

  • Guest

    Dr. Hart is pointing out a serious deficiency
    with the Jewish response to IAW and the pervasive anti-Israel, anti-Jewish
    atmosphere on campus. If existing problems are not examined (with boots on
    the ground to see what’s actually happening) and if polls are used to determine actions or to justify non-action, then nothing is likely to be done.

    In the case of IAW it is more convenient to
    pronounce it dead or downplay its significance than to act because then accountability is no longer necessary.

    At the present, people who count on their
    leaders to inform them have been uninformed or misinformed for 9 years and none
    have been asked to mobilize against the onslaught in significant ways.

    What is especially sad is that those who do
    attend these events to ask questions or express concerns are
    shouted down or cut off. So, without community support, there is really no point
    in attending and nothing to rally around. Abuse is what is on offer.
    Subjecting oneself to this abuse is insanity if you keep doing it
    over-and-over again without fighting back in kind.

    Instead of asking the community to
    attend, agencies recommend the Jewish community stay away and to apply sha-shtil
    methodology to the problem. Also, when individuals express real anger against
    these attacks on the Jewish people, they are vilified in our own community
    immediately while the perpetrators of IAW are ignored forever – our rights to
    free expression have been taken away by the universities and by our own leaders

    Jews are told to behave while others shout hate
    at them. Jews who do shout are “as bad as the other side” as I have
    heard one community leader exclaim, pointing out that the Jews act like
    “Macarthyites” when they oppose IAW and IJV.

    I know that the problem is not black-and-white
    and I know that there are good people in the agencies who really want to address
    the situation with more muscle but they are drowned out by those who comfortably
    sit in high, well-paid positions where the status quo means a simple, easy job
    that they do not want disrupted by real trouble requiring real effort and
    involving people who know how to do it.