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The Academic Lynching of Law Professor John Eastman




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


On Wednesday, prior to President Trump's speech to protesters in Washington, Rudy Giuliani spoke to the crowd. He then introduced Professor John Eastman a conservative Constitutional law professor at Chapman University in Orange, California. Eastman described how voting machines were allegedly rigged using algorithms to help Joe Biden get the needed number of votes to defeat President Trump. It should be noted that while both speakers passionately stated their belief that the election was stolen, neither encouraged violence, and neither made any mention of the marching to the Capitol. Yet, in addition to President Trump, both men are being accused of engaging in incitement. In addition, efforts are ongoing by some at Chapman University to have Eastman fired. A similar move is underway at Colorado University at Boulder, where Eastman is a visiting professor. The presidents of both universities have severely criticized Eastman's remarks but are refusing to fire him citing First Amendment protections.

The words of both Giuliani and Eastman can be seen here (hat tip Ugetube.com).

Last month, Eastman first came under fire for joining Trump's legal team in a court filing. He was accused of improperly using his work contact information at Chapman in the filing (hat tip Legal Insurrection). 

Now, in the wake of Wednesday's events, Chapman president Daniele Struppa is facing demands to fire Eastman. In two statements to the campus community, Struppa has condemned Eastman but refuses to fire him.

"This week, John Eastman, a member of the Chapman faculty, played a role in the tragic events in Washington, D.C., that jeopardized our democracy."

That is an inaccurate and very unfair characterization. Eastman had nothing whatsoever to do with the events that took place at a separate location, in this case, the Capitol. As previously stated, he neither encouraged violence nor a march to the Capitol, let alone the storming of the Capitol. He expressed his belief that the election was stolen and outlined his reasons. 

Here is Struppa's follow-up statement to the campus.

In addition, Phil DiStefano, President of the University of Colorado, Boulder, strongly condemned Eastman's speech even while conceding his first amendment rights and refusing to fire him.

While the presidents of Chapman and Colorado University are correct in defending Eastman's First Amendment rights and refusing to bend to the demands to fire him, their characterizations of Eastman's words and actions are unfair. As to the December issue when Eastman joined the Trump legal team, our recent history is rife with incidents when university professors have appeared on Capitol Hill to testify, and their university affiliations were prominently noted. Did we not know that Anita Hill was a professor at the University of Oklahoma when she leveled charges against Clarence Thomas in his Supreme Court confirmation hearings? Even Joe Biden should remember that. He presided over the hearings. What about when the Brett Kavanaugh hearings were taken over by the accusations of Christine Blasey Ford? And who was Christine Blasey Ford? A professor at Palo Alto University. That was hardly kept from the public as she testified. And how about that Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, who came to Washington to testify at Trump's impeachment hearings that the President had, indeed, committed impeachable offenses (in her opinion). We all knew she was a Stanford law professor. It was right there on the TV screen. How many times has that prominent Harvard Law Professor, Lawrence Tribe, weighed in on controversial issues, often on Capitol Hill, with his Harvard affiliation prominently displayed? Perhaps we should leave Hill and Ford off the list because, after all, they were the alleged victims, but don't tell me that university professors who enter the political arena are supposed to hide their credentials and pose as shoe salesmen. If it's OK for Pamela Karlan, it's OK for John Eastman.

To sum up, what we have here is an attack on Eastman for taking the side of President Trump in the election controversy. In academia, that is considered an unpardonable sin. To link him to the violence at the Capitol is wrong. That, however, will not stop the campus Jacobins from continuing their attacks. It is a sad commentary on the state of our universities today.

The true opposition To President Donald Trump

This is an outstanding read from the The Conservative Treehouse AKA The Last Refuge. If you are not a treeper or do not know about CTH, NOW YOU Do!. I humbly ask that read this and pass this along to as many as possible. It is a long read so I have just a starter read here and the link at the bottom of the post to the rest at CTH.

Your most humble and obedient servant, PatriotUSA 

 

There are Trillions at Stake – The Big Club and UniParty Opposition to President

 

There are a lot of masks dropping this week.  There is a great deal of new sunlight upon the professional and institutional republican politicians that hold office.  There is a great deal of information this week highlighting establishment opposition against the presidency of Donald Trump. It is valuable to understand what lies at the heart of this opposition.

CTH can get down in the weeds of each specific issue to discuss the motives and intents (we will, and do), but the big picture MUST remain at the forefront of understanding. If we lose track of the big picture, the weeds are overwhelming.

…“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”

~ Niccolò Machiavelli

♦POTUS Trump was disrupting the global order of things in order to protect and preserve the shrinking interests of the U.S. He was fighting, almost single-handed, at the threshold of the abyss. Our interests, our position, is zero-sum. His DC opposition seeks to repel and retain the status-quo. They want to return to full economic control over the U.S.

In these economic endeavors President Trump was disrupting decades of financial schemes established to use the U.S. as a host for their endeavors. President Trump was confronting multinational corporations and the global constructs of economic systems that were put in place to the detriment of the host (USA) ie YOU. There are trillions at stake; it is all about the economics; everything else is chaff and countermeasures.

Read the rest here

 


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Forecast 2021: James Howard Kunstler

This is rather long read so the rest is at the link below. As I am trapped here in Gran Torino West I have a very serious and terminal case of COLD ANGER. It is only slightly eased by my acquisition of more ammo and weapons. Buckle up me hearties for the hard times ahead. PatriotUSA

   

 


      

 

 As I write, the presidential election is still not resolved, with dramatic events potentially unfolding in the first days of the New Year. I’m not convinced that Mr. Trump is in as weak a position as the news media has made him out to be in these post-election months of political fog and noise. The January 6 meet-up of the Senate and House to confirm the electoral college votes may yet propel matters into a constitutional Lost World of political monsterdom. The tension is building. This week’s public demonstration by one Jovan Hutton Pulitzer of the easy real-time hackability of Dominion Voting Systems sure threw the Georgia lawmakers for a loop, and that demo may send reverberations into next Wednesday’s DC showdown.

There may be some other eleventh-hour surprises coming from the Trump side of the playing field. As I averred Monday, we still haven’t heard anything from DNI Ratcliffe, and you can be sure he’s sitting on something, perhaps something explosive, say, evidence of CIA meddling in the election. There have been ominous hints of something screwy in Langley for weeks. The Defense Dept., under Secretary Miller, took over all the CIA’s field operational functions before Christmas — “No more black ops for you!” That was a big deal. There were rumors of CIA Director Gina Haspel being in some manner detained, deposed and…talking of dark deeds. She was, after all, the CIA’s London station-chief during the time that some of the worst RussiaGate shenanigans took place there involving the international men-of-mystery, Stefan Halper, Josepf Mifsud, and Christopher Steele. Mr. Ratcliffe seemed to be fighting with the CIA in the weeks following the election over their slow-walking documents he had demanded.

What else does Mr. Trump know about this rumored inter-agency feud? Or a number of other fraught matters surrounding the election, and also questions concerning the harassment he suffered from the four-year rolling coup run by his Deep State antagonists (many of them CIA). What does he know of China’s infiltration into our national affairs, of which the Biden Family’s business deals with CCP-connected companies is only one piece?  Or of China’s relationship with Dominion systems — China is rumored to have acquired a 75-percent interest in the company as recently as October.

In any case, the president cut short his holiday break in Florida before New Years Eve to fly back to Washington. The company line is that he wants to exhaust all the prescribed legal procedures to contest the November 3 vote tally. And if none of it avails to correct the outcome, he might move on to… something else.  If even the so-far publicly revealed evidence of the Biden family’s influence-peddling schemes overseas is true — and the emails and corporate memoranda from Hunter’s laptop seem genuine — then it would be Mr. Trump’s duty to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president. And outside the constitutionally-mandated process in the national legislature, that would leave him some sort of other emergency executive action.

Read the rest here. 

 

 


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WORD

 

Lights might go out Wednesday afternoon. Check stores and top off any issues.

Each of us faces an existential conflict.

Either the traditional people in all of the nations of the world exterminate the globalists operating in their countries, or the globalists and their allies will exterminate the traditional peoples.

There is no negotiating.

There is no “live and let live”.

 


 

 

There is no Marquess of Queensbury rulebook, other than the eventual judgment of your Maker for what you did – and what you did not do.

There is no honorable way out but victory.

And victory must be so unmistakable that grandchildren around the world will talk of what happened back in ’21.

War to the knife.

Knife to the hilt.

WRSA

 


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The Cornell Campaign Against Law School Professor William Jacobson




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


This article first appeared in New English Review.


Cornell University Law School Professor William Jacobson, who runs a conservative blog called Legal Insurrection, has been going through Hell the past year or so due to his conservative views and recent criticism of Black Lives Matter. Students, faculty and administration have been loudly protesting Jacobson's views and trying to end his academic career at Cornell. He has recently been interviewed regarding his experiences. I have previously written in Jacobson's defense as well as that of other professors in other universities who are having similar difficulties for exercising their free speech rights.

This has caused me to reflect on my own experiences while teaching English as a second language (ESL) part-time at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) Extension from 1998-2016 while running my own conservative blog, Fousesquawk.

I should begin by emphasizing that it was my practice never to opine about political or other controversial issues in the classroom. I considered that it was my job to teach students to improve their English skills, not what to think about the world. However, beginning around 2006-2007, I did become active on other parts of the campus when I became aware of anti-Semitic and/or anti-American events taking place on campus. I am speaking primarily of the annual week of bashing Israel that comes every May to UCI courtesy of the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine. It was around that time that I started my blog in order to publicize these issues on campus. Thus, I began attending these events, listening, videotaping (over the objections of the speakers and those hosting the event-it was my legal right to do so), never disrupting, but asking pointed questions during the q and a.

It became my position-and still is- that the University of California system, as well as universities across the nation, are tolerating (anti-Semitic) intolerance in the very name of tolerance. They are simply afraid to confront the main purveyors of anti-Semitism on campus (pro-Palestinian forces) because they are predominantly Muslim. I thus became an open critic of the UCI administration as well as the chancellors of other campuses and the various presidents of the UC system.

Interestingly, and quite in contrast to the experiences of Professor Jacobson and many others, I never suffered any blowback from the University itself nor the UCI Extension, for whom I worked. In contrast to most humanities departments, the teacher corps in ESL was largely made up of people with foreign living experience, people who were bi-lingual, and often married to foreign spouses-as well as having a variety of political views. The common practice in our office was not to discuss politics (I did violate that occasionally), but the point is that my co-workers and supervisors knew my views, but we all got along very well. The University administration knew very well who I was because I wrote them several letters when I thought they were allowing anti-Semitism to rear its ugly head on campus. Yet, they never tried to silence me or threaten my job. Keep in mind that as a part-timer, I worked on a  quarterly contract. I had no tenure, no employment rights. They didn't need to fire me. All they had to do was not give me a class to teach the next quarter, and I would have been gone. Of course, being a  retired government employee with a pension and health benefits, it would not have caused me any great stress.

The point I am making here is that the University of California and UC Irvine respected my right of free speech. When I needed to communicate with university administrators, I did so in a professional and polite manner. There was no personal acrimony. I did have a couple of unpleasant exchanges with two UCI professors, with whom I was on opposite sides of the fence, as well as professors from other campuses and speakers who came to speak at UCI. But that's what you sign up for when you choose to become an activist and speak out at so many of these ugly events that take place on campuses.

In the end, my age and declining energy told me it was time to pack it in with my teaching career. I also wanted to leave on my own terms and not as a result of some unfortunate occurrence on campus related to my activism. In the end, I chose to stop teaching, but I remained on great terms with those with whom and for whom I worked in the UCI Extension. UCI is in many respects, a great university, but it has similar problems as other great universities. At the risk of digressing, one of the saving graces of UCI is that it has a relatively small Humanities department. It's law school, on the other hand, is little more than a training ground for liberal activists.

It is unfortunate that other teachers like Professor Jacobson have not been as lucky as I was. It is a disgrace that his own colleagues have turned against him simply because they don't share his views. This is not what a university is supposed to be. Cornell is a prestigious university, part of the Ivy League. Yet, that school suffers from several problems, not just the Jacobson issue. Anti-Semitism is one of those issues at Cornell. When you look at other Ivy League institutions like Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, etc., you see the same problems.

It is a great experience working on a university campus, but there are many problems in the academic culture. It is a culture dominated by extreme leftist thinkers, people who all too often, do not respect the free speech rights of others. It is a culture that needs to change, but it is going to take a long time to change the culture that has been building up since the 1960s when I was in college. It will take a long time to change the leftist domination in academia, but at least universities could follow the example of UC Irvine and not try to hound teachers who don't follow the herd.

Don't You Dare Disrespect Dr. Biden




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk



Call me uninformed, but for years when I heard Jill Biden referred to as "Dr Jill Biden", I thought she was a practicing physician. It wasn't until the Democratic convention that I learned that she was actually a former teacher with a PhD. Truth be told, there has been lots of misleading information surrounding the Biden family, but I will stay with this specific topic.

It seems that the Jacobins at Northwestern University are all upset that a former NW English teacher has written an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal advising Jill to drop the Dr title because it is misleading. 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/wsj-op-ed-on-dr-jill-biden-gets-writer-canceled-by-northwestern-university

Here is what the Daily Northwestern has to say about all this:

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2020/12/12/lateststories/nu-condemns-former-english-lecturer-joseph-epsteins-op-ed-calling-jill-biden-to-drop-doctor-title/

“Northwestern is firmly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and strongly disagrees with Mr. Epstein’s misogynistic views,” the University wrote.

Is there a university in the Land that doesn't use this by-line? But I digress.

Personally, calling someone with a PhD "Dr" is appropriate in a university setting or when that person is being addressed in their capacity as an academic. To use it as an everyday title the way Jill Biden has been using it does strike me as a bit presumptuous.  

And unlike Whoopi Goldberg, I never presumed that Jill Biden was an "amazing" doctor who should be surgeon general.


T.L Davis: It is up to you 

PatriotUSA

You all probably thought they had got me or the Chinese Wu Han flu had got me. No such luck. I have been extremely gone from here and gave serious thought to closing the site down. The changes over the last four years have been mostly very good. Trump has done the yeoman's work, for sure. The far left and RINO, GOPe attacks on Trump have infuriated me. Now they are trying to steal the election and push us over the edge into becoming a socialist or worse, communist block of states. My work here is not done. I am not dead yet and I am suffering from an extreme case of cold fury. I also have time thanks to my work as a Job and Life Skills coach with young, challenged adults has been 'temporarily' killed off by the Chinese Wu Han flu and the leftist cabal of commie governors across the country that have shut it all down. Trying to find remote work has been a an exercise in failure. I do not have the computer or tech skills to compete with the younger job seekers nor do I wish to learn new skills at my age. I cannot type fast enough and again, I do not care about learning to type better. I got kicked out of typing in high school for flipping off the teacher after she insulted my family in front of the class. I never took another typing or keyboarding class again. My computer is old and I have a newer laptop but I like the old one much better. I am going off the rails here so back to the main line. You will see me more from me, how much, I cannot say. I need to refresh my skills on here a bit so my posts do not look like a 6 year old did them. Of course the flip side of that is, maybe a 6 year old today can do a better job than me.

Cold Fury is a dangerous thing. I pray the Trump prevails or invokes the NDAA and declares martial law. It has been done before and to me, the stakes are much higher.

 


 

One of the truly great blogs out there, The Burning Platform, asked a very specific question: If not now, when? The answer is very simple: NEVER. This is the time in American history when it all hinges on the individual to take action. As The Burning Platform pointed out all of the many abuses and unconstitutional acts committed by the government over the years, it seemed as if the people had never taken action against those ills, but that's not quite true. The Second Amendment violations have been countered any number of ways and the Assault Weapons ban was allowed to sunset, but the point is still clear: not often enough and not severe enough.

The abuses of government against the Constitution have been ratchet clicks around the neck of the republic. Individual rights have been adjudicated down to mere suggestions subject to any locality to abridge them as they see fit, because, well, they have not suffered enough when they did. That is the truth of the matter. Never has this been made more clear than through the pandemic. All of the information coming out of the "health experts" has been a lie and yet, we still wear the mask, stay home if we can and let our businesses go bankrupt. That is insane, but it is a gauge on what they can do in the future. Unless, we recognize our strength and put a stop to it.

The question is: Why have we not acted before? Why did we not do something a long time ago about the unconstitutional orders of governors and mayors? The truth is, we still believed in the idea of the republic in the sense that we believed that our votes were cast and the winner became the representative, senator or president and if it didn't go our way, we would have to wait two, four or six years to try and get it right. We believed the Supreme Court would hear and overturn these restrictions.

The election of 2020 proved that our belief was just that, a belief, a thing taken on faith in the system. We all knew some voter fraud took place, but didn't think it could exist to the point where it would change any but a very tight race. That belief was shattered in the early morning hours of November 4th, 2020, when we woke up to find the voting trends we have watched for decades obliterated in the night, wiping out huge gaps between Trump winning and suddenly showing Biden way ahead. That had never happened, not even in the 2000 election. It changed everything.

As witnesses came forth and signed affidavits that fraud had taken place on a massive scale; after video footage showed boxes being pulled out from under counting tables after the room had been cleared of poll workers and poll watchers; after arrogant poll workers bragged about their roles in stealing the election for Biden, the belief in our elections has come to an end. This was a stolen election.

Also, this was not an election between Candidate A and Candidate B. This was an election between being a republic and being a communist nation. Those in the Democrat Party openly admire communism, openly detest America and want to see it changed into something else. Barack Obama called it a "fundamental change." Some in the party have called for "rounding up Trump supporters and re-educating them" which is a purely communist excuse to imprison political opponents and murder some of them as a threat. This is how communism killed over 100 million people in the previous century.

What is the difference between all of those other instances and the situation we face today?

First, I have had four conversations today alone with people asking me not if they should fight, but how and where to fight. The startling truth of the matter is that one of these conversations happened with several people I barely know at the diner. Some of them were combat vets, some were not. But, when Fox News on the television mentioned a Biden presidency, it didn't take long to hear their opinions. "He can never be president," is what I heard. Average people in a diner had already come to the conclusion that a Biden presidency would be the end of the American dream and the institution of communist rule. 

Here's what I believe. I think that a lot of these legal maneuvers are for show, to prepare the American public for the truth of the matter, which is that some of this is being resolved through military means in places and at levels that the average American would never see. That when the fraud is exposed to such a degree and there needs to be one extra push to get into the Democrats minds that it was a stolen election and Trump is the rightful president, we will see videotaped confessions to the fact.

If that is not true and it all hinges on the legal system, I am not convinced that the legal system is free of corruption enough to dispense justice. That is something that has been proven over the riots in Seattle and Portland, where BLM and Antifa routinely break the law, burn things to the ground, hurt police officers and kill Trump supporters and rarely get arrested and when they do they are released without having to pay for bail. Why this is true leads back to the idea that there are really very few of these individuals and they have to keep bailing them out and transporting them to other cities to do the dirty work of the communists. So, to relieve the communists of the burden of bail, they just stopped requiring it. That's collusion and that is not justice, that is a coordinated effort to manufacture chaos ahead of the election and as a threat should the election return Trump to the White House.

Here's why I believe that patriots will stand this time and rehabilitate the republic. We have seen the true face of the fascist and it is at the state level. Governors and mayors have gleefully brought their populations under severe violations of liberty on the word of lying "health experts." Elections can no longer be relied upon to transfer the consent of the governed. It's too easy to rig electronic tabulating machines (something everyone once knew). The justice system is so corrupt that it can't find a single Democrat guilty of even the most obvious and documented crimes, but can hold a Republican general under guard for a crime that he had not committed.

The sides are chosen. Democrats have chosen communism. Republicans, for the most part, have chosen the republic.

So the question left is how and where to fight. That question has partially been answered by Texas. The Attorney General of Texas filed a lawsuit on behalf of the State of Texas suing MI, WI, GA and PA for unconstitutional acts that affected the 2020 federal election. This sends it immediately to the Supreme Court. No, I still do not trust the court system to render justice. The point is that petitioning our states to refuse to accept the results of a fraudulent election is one way to start the fight.

The "fight" is any means available. It means the courts. It means strikes. It means disruption and denial to politicians who do not stand up against this stolen election. It could mean demanding our states secede from the union. It could mean our counties passing language that preserves the rights of its citizens against a fraudulent federal government. It could mean arms. That's up to the resistance, how far they will go to enslave us. There is a saying going around: In the absence of orders, find something communist and destroy it. Not a bad place to start.

I take the view that most of this will reveal itself. When Trump remains in the White House, BLM and Antifa will start it. If they try to put Joe Biden in office, we will start it. But, it is going to start. Be ready. I think the true leaders are out there, waiting for one event or another and they will rely on us, the militia, to serve in one capacity or another. Soldiers need food, water and support as much as they need bullets and leadership. Provide all that you can, in every way that you can, but you owe it to future generations to try the legal, political solutions until there finally is no recourse, but to lay your lives on the line. I will be with you. 

 


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Rashida Tlaib, Anti-Semitism, and "From the River to the Sea"




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


Hat tip JNS and Times of Israel


"From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free"


As is always the case with controversial people, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has been in the news a lot lately. No, she didn't call President Trump a "motherf-----" (at least, not that I know of). Tlaib raised eyebrows just days ago when it was revealed that she was slated to appear December 15 on a virtual panel with three other controversial individuals-Israel haters all- to discuss the topic of anti-Semitism.

Julius Streicher and Hitler were unavailable. 


"From the Oder to the Rhine, Germany will be Judenrein"


https://www.jns.org/tlaib-and-others-peddling-anti-jewish-rhetoric-to-speak-on-panel-about-anti-semitism/

Of course, people like Tlaib and her ilk have their own slant on what anti-Semitism is all about. Tlaib, of course, denies that she is anti-Jewish; after all, being of Palestinian stock, how could she possibly be?

If Tlaib's inclusion on such a panel on anti-Semitism wasn't ironic enough, she managed to underline the hypocrisy when she re-tweeted a cute little jingle on the occasion of Palestinian-Something Day (November 29). The jingle goes like this:

"From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free".

https://www.timesofisrael.com/democrat-tlaib-shares-tweet-alluding-to-israels-elimination/

If you haven't been on a college campus lately, the meaning is simple: From the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, Palestine will be free. Those are the borders of Israel. It means that there will be no more Israel and no more Jews. Only a state called Palestine made up of and run by Palestinians. Oh, people like Tlaib might tell you that such a state could also include Jews in a multi-ethnic society, but we all know that if they were not driven out or slaughtered, they would be forced to live as minority dhimmis under the thumb of the Palestinians. Tlaib knows exactly what it means.

In November, the voters of her district in Michigan, which includes parts of Detroit and Dearborn, had the chance to correct their mistake of 2018 and vote Tlaib out on her can. That they chose to re-elect her says tons about this district.

FBI 2019 Hate Crime Report





Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


This article first appeared in Times of Israel Blogs.


The FBI has released its annual report for hate crimes in 2019. What is significant is that Jews seemed to be the biggest target of religious hate crimes. There was not only a 14% increase in attacks against Jews but, as victims, they accounted for 60% of the total religious hate crimes. The numbers may shock some, but they didn’t shock me. I have been watching this problem fester for almost 15 years now.

 I first began paying attention around 2006 when I was teaching part-time at the University of California at Irvine and saw how the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel activism on our campus was often spilling over into unabashed Jew-hatred. The purveyors of this modern-day anti-Semitism tried to disguise it in the form of “anti-Zionism”. They denied they were anti-Semitic. Many of the anti-Israel professors and speakers invited to campus by Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Union were themselves Jewish. That could not change the fact that vicious anti-Semites like Oakland-based imam, Amir Abdel Malik Ali, and Washington DC-based imams, Mohamed al-Asi and Abdul Alim Musa also came to our campus and engaged in heated anti-Jewish rhetoric. I know. I was present on several such occasions. 

 It was just this specific situation at UC Irvine that made me an activist though I myself am not Jewish. As a student of the history of the Third Reich, I was already sensitive to the issue of anti-Semitism. As I watched the deteriorating situation for Jews in Europe, I realized that anti-Semitism was enjoying a resurgence in the US as well. The focal point for that resurgence was on our university campuses, and the entire University of California system was a particular hotspot, though it must be pointed out that the problem exists in universities all over the US and Canada. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the latest example of campus under the microscope as a result of numerous complaints from Jewish students. And the spark that lights the fire on campuses across the country is the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It is one of the biggest hot-button issues on countless university campuses.

 From the campuses, the problem has now metastasized across society. This is purely anecdotal and personal, and I don’t have the empirical evidence for this, but when I first got involved back in 2006-7, my impression was that it was a campus problem. The local Jewish community did not seem to be overly aware of what was happening on campus in the peaceful bedroom community of Irvine. Indeed, we struggled to bring the problem to the attention of the local community. In that effort, we and Jewish students who wanted to speak out and fight back were thwarted in our efforts by national Jewish organizations like the Jewish Federation (Orange County) and Hillel, both of whom were too embedded and invested in the university to want to make waves. Meanwhile, the ADL was simply missing in action. They prefer to this day to concentrate on anti-Semitism coming from white nationalists.

 Not to defend white anti-Semites; they are to be condemned as well. I just don’t believe they account for the major part of the problem. Then again, I don’t have the empirical evidence at my fingertips. I hope that the FBI report gets wide dissemination. The public must demand action from the government. Not to get political, but under the Trump administration, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has taken an active role in addressing this issue. If Joe Biden becomes our next president, as it appears he will, I hope that policy will continue. I fear, however, that the Biden administration is going to be more Palestinian-friendly. That will have repercussions not only with our Israel policy but on our campuses as well. Jew-hatred has always been an issue that cuts across ethnic lines. 

Next year’s FBI report will surely include the May 2020 pogrom that occurred in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, largely carried out by Black Lives Matter thugs in the wake of the George Floyd death. The truth is that we all need to examine anti-Semitism within our own communities and within our own ethnic groups, white, black, Muslim, etc. Here in the US, our universities also need to address this issue. After all, at least in my opinion, this is where it began to explode.

University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Commits to Confronting Anti-Semitism




Gary Fouse
fousesquawk

Hat tip Jewish Insider





The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has taken a major step forward in confronting what has been an on-going problem of anti-Semitism on its campus. Here is a joint statement issued by the University, Jewish United Fund Chicago, Illini Hillel, Hillel International, Illini Chabad, Arnold & Porter, and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

Having followed the events at UIUC over the past couple of years (see previous articles here and here), I applaud Chancellor Robert Jones for this action and his statements in support of Jewish students. I think it is also notable that the university statement, rather than simply condemn anti-Semitism in general terms, has specifically included language that makes it clear that at least a portion of the problem is due to anti-Zionist feelings toward Israel. My own personal opinion, generally speaking, is that opposition to Israel is the major aspect of campus anti-Semitism in our universities. While it is not necessarily anti-Semitic to be critical of Israel's policies vis-a-vis the Palestinian issue, I have personally seen how it has all-too-often spilled over into pure Jew-hatred. All too often, we have seen and heard anti-Jewish canards that have been around for centuries and pre-date the establishment of the modern state of Israel used against Jews in general.

It is not just the University of Illinois. This problem has spread to campuses all over the country and must be stopped in its tracks. Student governments are being paralyzed every year by forced debate and votes on whether to boycott companies doing business with Israel-as if this has anything to do with student life on campus. Campus police have their hands full anytime a speaker who might be pro-Israel is invited to come at speak because disruptions by Students for Justice in Palestine and/or the local Muslim Student Association are sure to result. Meanwhile, vicious anti-Israel/anti-Jewish speakers appear regularly on campuses. And the result of all this is bullying and intimidation directed at Jewish students.

I have met many Jewish alumni from various universities who have recounted to me how they don't look back on their alma maters with fond memories because of the harassment they suffered and the lack of support they received from the university in question-and, in many cases, the lack of support they received from major Jewish organizations who are supposed to look out for Jewish students in these situations.

But to the specific case at hand, UIUC has had problems which they have acknowledged and pledged to make things right. This is a positive step, but it must be followed up on. The above statement should not just be something to stick in the files as "documentation" that the problem is being addressed. The coming months and years will tell us whether UIUC has become a safe campus for Jews.