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The McGill Daily reported a serious problem. "White tears" have increased sharply on campus "by 40% just in September this year". It's not tears from tear gas or shootings, as happens every day in the occupied territories, the result of routine Israeli acts of terrorism. No, heaven forbid. It is the tears of anti-BDS students who complain about BDS activists, who see red when they see kippah-wearing students with pro-Israel, anti-BDS buttons and posters.

It's a satire. An effective one. Good on you, Phlar Daboub. It hit home.

The anti-BDS activists are in a tizzy. Political-science student Jordan Devon, the former president of Israel on Campus, said the satire mocks students who opposed BDS. "Our concerns about anti-Semitism are real," he said. "This says that Jewish concerns are a joke. Yet Jews are the No. 1 victims of hate crimes in North America."

Boo, hoo. Someone calling you names? Wake up, Jordan. Jews have never had it so good. Canada embraces Jews; they are at the top of the pecking order. They/you get spurious legislation supporting Israel passed in the twinkling of an eye. Grow up. This is not high school. Learn how to behave in public and you will not be called names.

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Jordan quotes a 2015 Brandeis survey that shows 'alarmingly' that:

*One-quarter of undergraduate respondents describe hostility toward Israel on campus by their peers as a "fairly" or "very" big problem and nearly 15% perceive this same level of hostility toward Jews.

*Nearly one-quarter of respondents report having been blamed during the past year for the actions of Israel because they were Jewish.

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*About one-third of college undergraduate respondents report having been verbally harassed during the past year because they were Jewish.

*Nearly three-quarters of respondents report having been exposed at one time during the past year to at least one of six antisemitic statements.

*Despite a significant number perceiving their campus environment to be hostile to Israel and Jews, students report high levels of connection to Israel. These levels of connection are higher than those found among similar individuals in 2014, before the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The study reaches the no-brainer conclusion: Connection to Israel is the strongest predictor of perceiving a hostile environment toward Israel and Jews on campus and, to a lesser extent, of personal experiences of antisemitic verbal harassment. It is likely that those who are highly connected to Israel become a target of antisemitic or anti-Israel sentiment because they make their support for Israel known.

Wow. Imagine that. You've never felt an anti-Jewish sentiment all your cosseted life, then you join the 'Love Israel' club at McGill, and suddenly you see hostile faces. Your article extolling the Jewish state is rejected by the student paper. The editor Ben Ger says he prefers the writings of the anti-Zionist Jewish group Teyf (non-kosher).

Our Jordans want the university to muzzle their foes, to force them to print pro-Israeli hasbarah (propaganda), lies defending a pariah state, which murders its captives willfully and denies normal freedoms to its Arab citizens that we Canadians take for granted.

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The BDS activists are fed up with university rejection of their rightful demands to boycott Israel in McGill's investment decisions. To them 'freedom of speech' is sacred. It means speaking truth to power, especially when the truth is unpopular. That means, in Jewish-friendly Canada, protesting Israeli atrocities, which our government and McGill are too cowardly to do. They are angry that our government passes spurious laws to support Israeli hasbarah (propaganda) and denounce Canadians speaking out for justice.

If Jordan wants to know about real racism, he should speak with Muslim or black or Indian (our First Nation or east Indian) students, as Phlar suggests in his satire. If you want to avoid hearing slurs connecting you via your kippa with a racist state, join the BDS movement. You will be welcomed warmly, people will be happy to wear kippahs in solidarity. You will never hear a bad word about Jews.

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Eric writes for Al-Ahram Weekly and PressTV. He specializes in Russian and Eurasian affairs. His "Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games" and "From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization" are available at (more...)
 

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