San Francisco State University Sued for Alleged Anti-Jewish Hostility

"Tolerance" on college campuses means making Jews feel uncomfortable.

San Francisco State University prides itself on being a place of inclusion and acceptance.

Recently, however, Jewish students filed a lawsuit against the school because they perceived the university has -- and even fosters -- a “pervasively hostile anti-Jewish environment.” PJ Media has the details:

While colleges across the nation have seen a near exponential rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents, the lawsuit contends that SFSU is a particularly hostile school, which started with the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies (COES) in 1968, a social justice-themed school that focuses on minority issues.

Since the founding of COES, anti-Jewish sentiment has only gotten worse, as administrators have rushed to support anti-Jewish student groups and departments, such as the General Union of Palestine Students and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative.

The lawsuit contends that these groups have “doggedly organized their efforts to target, threaten, and intimidate Jewish students on campus and deprive them of their civil rights” and their ability to be “safe and secure” as they pursue their education at SFSU.

Lately, in liberal circles, tolerance seems to extend to everyone except Jews. TruthRevolt's Tiffany Gibbay reported on the phenomenon recently, when discussing a gay rights parade in Chicago. "An LGBT group dubbed the -- wait for it -- Chicago Dyke Collective -- expelled at least three Jewish participants from its 'Dyke March' Saturday for carrying rainbow flags emblazoned with the Star of David," she wrote. "The social justice group asserts that the flags were threatening and made other participants feel 'unsafe.'" 
 
To see this anti-Semitism in action, look no further than places where liberalism is in full swing -- places of higher education. A film called Crossing the Line 2 claims that "Israel is under assault on North American college campuses today like never before. Anti-Israel activities to alienate, demonize, and delegitimize Israel are increasingly crossing the line into anti-Semitism, in the form of hate speech, harassment and intimidation." At least some students and Jewish community members believe that this is certainly true at SFSU. According to PJ Media, the plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit:

... include the former president of Hillel at SFSU, two current students, and three community members — all of whom were in attendance at a 2016 lecture given at SFSU by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The lecture was deliberately hijacked by anti-Jewish student groups, whose members shouted down the speaker and allegedly made threats to members in the audience, yelling that Israel is an “Apartheid state” and “Long live the Intifada!” Mayor Barkat did not finish his speech, nor did he accept a second invitation to speak at SFSU, as The Algemeiner reported.

Of course he didn't accept a second invitation. In 1997, the then-president of SFSU said the campus was “the most anti-Semitic campus in the nation." According to the Jewish students and community members who felt this lawsuit was necessary, things haven't gotten better.

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