Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus

A new documentary that reveals the rise of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitic rhetoric on university campuses.


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.

Crossing the Line 2 is a new documentary from Jerusalem U that reveals the rise of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitic rhetoric on North American university campuses, and demonstrates when reasonable criticism of Israel ‘Crosses the Line’ into anti-Semitism.http://ctl.stepupforisrael.com/.

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Comments (37)

(34) Anonymous, May 20, 2015 6:53 PM

I find this scary. Again people on Campus ate supposed to be educated!!? History shows hatred against us is hard to understand. But we must look to the Spiritual side.

(33) Sharon, March 18, 2015 6:16 AM

Thank you so much to the Jewish students who have the courage to stand up for our Judaism on the campuses where so much hatred and animosity exists. You are an amazing group.

(32) Anonymous, March 18, 2015 12:30 AM

Very upsetting... We should fimd a way to stop this anti-semitism

(31) Anonymous, March 15, 2015 11:06 PM

CALL TO SANITY!!! JEW GO HOME.....

Here's my other comment...to be USED by passing it on all over ALWAYS until this becomes a reality!:

*YOUNG/HEALTHY/STRONG JEWS AND SYMPATHIZERS OF THE WORLD: STOP WHINING OR CRITICIZING ISRAEL. NO GOVERNMENT WILL HELP US. NO ANTISEMITES EVER CHANGE. LEAVE YOUR ROTTEN COUNTRIES AND GO TO ISRAEL TO STAY AND PROCREATE IN ABUNDANCE NONSTOP. GO FIGHT FIERCELY AS NEVER BEFORE. EMPOWER ISRAEL TO REGAIN ITS RIGHTFULLY-WON TERRITORIES AND CONQUER MORE! ISRAEL NEEDS NOT ONLY TO EXIST BUT TO PREVAIL IN FULL FORCE INCREASING POWER CONTINUALLY TO ASSURE NOT BEING ATTACKED AGAIN!!! ISRAEL NEEDS YOU AND YOU NEED ISRAEL AND IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT YOU, YOUNG AND HEALTHY YIDS, GO TO LIVE IN ISRAEL AND HELP IT NOW! LET’S STOP THIS UNENDING MERRY-GO-ROUND. HOW ELSE DID AMERICA BECOME GREAT? THOSE THINKING WE CAN CHANGE EVIL... ARE NAIVE AT BEST OR SIMPLY DANGEROUS USEFUL IDIOTS!!!

(30) Adela Pisarevsky, March 15, 2015 11:01 PM

THIS happens because we Jews never attack back!!!

Menachen Begin gave excellent advice to Jews here:

http://www.aish.com/ho/i/Menachem-Begin-on-the-Lessons-of-the-Holocaust.html

but he forgot to include that...when we receive one punch it's our duty to give them back 2 punches and much stronger ones, to show them (1) we aren't weaklings and (2) nobody has the right to attack Jews. We never did this, so now we have a tsunami of a well organized antisemitic monstrosity. Now it's too late. Especially because of the renegade traitor jews who are promoting all of this tragedy!!!

I'm making another comment in the next post here, and I hope you will ALL forward it to the 4 corners of the world. :o)

(29) Anonymous, March 15, 2015 6:59 PM

While the anti-Semites on campuses build mountains of lies trying to instill into people the invented false thought that Zionism is equal to Nazism the Jewish organizations haven't even tried to use enlarged pictures from the website tellthechildrenthethtruth.com. Those picture clearly demonstrate beyond doubt the unquestionable true link between the Arabs and the Nazis

(28) michele, March 15, 2015 5:47 PM

join standwithus

after i watched the video and wrote my comment i went in and searched for STANDWITHUS, one of the speakers...roz rothstein (i think) represented this organization. google it and see what they are doing. it is a start. i made a donation in an effort to start receiving more info from them. they seem to have a presence on many college campuses.

(27) Ben (Ben's Tallit Shop), March 15, 2015 3:15 PM

Front Lines

I'm totally shocked seeing this video. I moved to Israel after graduating from a U. of California campus 20 years ago. I never encountered anything like this.

I thought living here in Israel I'm on the front lines. Now I see a lot of young (and brave) Jews in the US have put themselves on the front lines in defending the Jewish people.

(26) Barbara Dagen, March 15, 2015 2:05 PM

Horrifying

I find this so disturbing. What can we do to stop this? Our Jewish leaders from all the Jewish organizations must unite and make this a national issue. We should sue ,expel the offending students but we must do something.

(25) gary friedman, March 15, 2015 2:58 AM

eye opening video. i loved it. thank you very much. we must all stand tall and fight the racism, antisemitism and lies of the Muslim and Left wing world.

(24) Mike, March 15, 2015 12:34 AM

A wake up call for parents.

My daughter graduated from Rutgers a few years ago. There was a measurable increase in the pro Palestinian movement between her freshman and senior years. They use to set up tables right in front of Brower Commons for a week and hand out copies of the Qur'an. My advise to any Jewish parent is do your research before you send your child off to school. Stay away from schools that are hot beds of radicalism and Jew hatred. If I had to do it all over again I would send her to Yeshiva University. It has a wide range of degrees and has higher academic standards than Rutgers. Best of all. it offers a wonderful Jewish experience that is unmatched by any other major University.

(23) Nancy, March 14, 2015 11:30 PM

How children learn to hate

One year when I was teaching grade 3, the teachers had to assign their students to a room for the upcoming year. When a young Palestinian boy was to be put in my classroom in the fall, his teacher asked the class what plans they had for summer vacation. This young fellow responded that his family was going to Israel to kill Jews. Needless to say, he was reassigned to a room other than mine.

judy, March 15, 2015 5:27 PM

getting him elsewhere was the loss of what could have been an educational opportunity. he was an 8 year old kid. the experience of a good relationship with a jewish teacher might have had an influence that would have changed him as an adult.

(22) michele, March 14, 2015 4:19 PM

sickened to my core

i was putting off watching this video because i knew exactly how i would end up feeling afterwards...and i was right. i am so disgusted. i have a daughter going to OU in the fall and while i know OU was only one of the universities to share the ugliness of the campus situation i still found myself thinking of not letting her go. the jewish students from OU are (as all the students who spoke) some of the most articulate, powerful people i have heard. i pray they enter the work force in jobs where they can change the status quo with their intelligence, their bravery and their passionate hearts. even though i am still in a bad mood and filled with despair i have to continue to think of each person on this video who is connected and focused on change. YES. every student has the right to state their opinion. but in a civilized manner. to create a sense of fear, intimidation and powerlessness in others is only what bullies do. and we rage against bullies in this country but they have full access on college campuses. i am trying to think of more active ways of pressuring universities. perhaps large jewish donors to universities where BDS has been voted for in the student body or the ASA has started to create their ugly presence, jewish donors should pull all their philanthropy. if BOYCOTT works one way...surely it would work the other way? also, there should be a national registration site for all universities where ASA and BDS exist and it should be a place where incoming students and their parents can check the temperature of a college. not sure. kudos to the speakers on the video. i was drawn to tears with each word all the brave supporters spoke not only on Israel's behalf but on the behalf of Jews everywhere.

(21) RajKumar Saxena, March 13, 2015 7:57 PM

It's a good way of making people around the World aware; the present world scenario also speaks about the rigid ,one way of thinking of the muslims world over.

(20) Asher Zelig, March 13, 2015 7:09 PM

Not Hatred but a Message

Fighting against these movements is not really the answer. Why? Because its not them fighting us, but a message from God saying, "WHY DON'T YOU KEEP THE TORAH???" Antisemitism will not end until every Jew is keeping the Torah. We just passed the holiday of Purim. The Gemara tells us that the Jews of that time deserved to be destroyed because they were no longer loyal to God. That same decree is on its way once more, as Iran gets closer to building an atomic bomb, with no one really prepared to stop them. Now, as then, we have only one answer to the world's desire to destroy us, and that is for every single Jew on the face of this earth to return to God and keep His Word - the Torah. Yes, its a harsh message, but our history has shown that it is the truth. If we want to ever see the end of those antisemitic movements, its not enough to stand and scream "We support Israel," and smile nicely for the cameras. We must get together and stand and scream, "We support and keep the Torah, the Holy Word of God!"

(19) Anonymous, March 13, 2015 3:33 PM

From where does such prejudice and hatred originate?

It's important to remember that the prejudice and hatred exhibited by many college students originates before they come to campus, and that it should be dealt with at its source as an ounce of prevention. Here is a link to a video which explains how at least some anti-Israel bias at the college level is the likely result of anti-Israel indoctrination and propagandizing at certain American high schools, and the reasons why it occurs: http://opennewtonschools.org/2015/02/27/anti-israel-bias-in-american-high-schools-multi-media-presentation-by-dr-charles-jacobs/

Anonymous, March 15, 2015 7:19 PM

OUTSTANDING VIDEO EVERYONE MUST WATCH !!!

I knew about the corruption of education materials and teaching in Arabic countries, but not about it to our teachers, etc. in America. Everyone should see this. Thank you for sharing it.

(18) faiez, March 13, 2015 8:55 AM

Thank you

Thank yo for the video. I found it very informative and it is a cause for concern and thought about the direction the youth of North America is taking.

My father often said to me evil begets evil and good begets good. Look at that which is good and increasing in good and follow it. That which breeds hatred and violence must be avoided.

Never forget that the definition of Semetic includes Jews.

Semite, person speaking one of a group of related languages, presumably derived from a common language, Semitic (see Semitic languages). The term came to include Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes including Hebrews.Oct 20, 2014

(17) Gail, March 13, 2015 5:18 AM

We must take action to protect our students and to make positive change.

So disturbing to see antisemitism on college campuses. I was especially shocked to see professors participating in such behavior. I am also confused as to why college presidents and boards are permitting such damaging activities. Is this a sign that they support these views? If similar behavior was directed at other minorities there would be serious repercussions. A great example is the recent outcome of racists behavior in Oklahoma. Although I do support freedom of speech this crosses the line. Perhaps Jewish benefactors should stop supporting colleges who permit these types of activities. Colleges count on private funds. If they cannot guarantee reasonable protection for students they do not deserve financial support. In addition many colleges have a marked area on campus for protesters. If they step outside this space they are immediately escorted away by campus security. This information was very eye opening and disheartening. It needs to be made public since many individuals are unaware of the extent of anti semitism and its harm to college students.

(16) Diane, March 13, 2015 12:42 AM

Very well done documentary

My husband and I just watched this more than once. It really disturbed us that the University of New Mexico which is near where we lived had this going on there. kol Hakvod to the Jewish students who stood up for Israel and Judaism in the face of these odds. We realize that there is free speech, but where were the university presidents and boards when students' lives were being threatened. It doesnt matter that the propagand being disseminated by these hate pro-Palestinian groups have their facts wrong. It proves though, that they are not interested in diplomacy. They want to destroy Israel, many people are so uneducated. One guy told the Jews in Israel to go back to Europe? What rock did he crawl out from. And once again, we Jewis and the Jewish state are getting picked on. What about atrocities in other parts of the Middle East and even Europe? My cousin has a daughter in college now and another planning on going next year. I have a friend whose son is at Harvard. Problem as they mentioned, it isnt individual campuses, but they are being fed propaganda from other sources.
When I was in college, it was the time of anti-Vietnam war protests. I guess students need some scapegoat and cause to get them going. And how many of these protesting students are Christians? Don't they realize that after they attack Jews, the Muslims go for the Christians. Same old story.
I like how one student put it. The IDF is protecting Israel and Jewish students need to pritect Judaism and Israel on campuses. I wish I knew hiw we could help.

(15) Steven, March 12, 2015 9:47 PM

multiculturalism political correctness is the root

If anyone remembers the rise of the multiculturalism and political correctness on university campuses in the 1990s, they will remember that it gave birth in America, at least, to the belief that Jews are at the center of power, working to oppress black and brown minorities, and Israel is the manifestation of that power. It is the left wing politics that began with Marx (The Jewish Question) and is currently envogue through "progressivism" that is ingrained in the educational system gives legitimacy to this Jewish hate. We must address the root of the problem - the Marxist and progressive roots that frame the Jews as powerful oppressors.

(14) Anonymous, March 12, 2015 7:32 PM

Right now, with what's going on with the bus full of hate singers that have been shown on TV in America (on a college campus, in Ohio, I think), why is this video not shown on the TV too. Everyone is discussing drastic action of a bunch of crazies in a bus, (of which they should), but what is done here on campus' directed at Jews is not. At least not on main stream TV. Can you contact the news networks and share this video??? Please!

(13) igor bartolic, March 12, 2015 7:29 PM

I like Israel in general because show the world from desert to positive prosperity.Israel is a leader in democracy in industry agriculture.Evreryone who learn from Torah is positive.

(12) David Ben Levi, March 12, 2015 6:21 PM

Never again

Do we really need to start thinking about resistance groups?

(11) Michael, March 12, 2015 6:11 PM

Who are the Palestinians?


It's almost funny if it were not so tragic. There is no such thing and never has been a Palestinian people. The so-called Palestinians of today were manufactured back in the late 1960's and early 1970's, weaponized with one goal in mind-the destruction of Israel and the eradication of its Jewish and Christian population.

(10) John Broughall, March 12, 2015 5:26 PM

Israel history

Where do these students get their information? Even a glance at a history book will inform you the Israel has been a nation for over 5000 years. Check that history book for Palestine, it does not exist. It has no history! The people who call themselves Palestinians are really Arab Nomads seeking to own what is not theirs.

(9) Shabse, March 12, 2015 5:14 PM

It's Time to Come Home

HaShem opened the door to His house in 1948. The roads are paved. There are schools to fit practically every need and at every level. The economy is so good that the Bank of Israel has to keep the shekel down to remain competitive. The weather is great. And half of the world's Jews are already here. The Biblical prophecies are unfolding in front of our eyes!

What does a Father have to do get the rest of His children to come home?

(8) Morton Friedman, March 12, 2015 5:07 PM

Victim Mentality

I am an American of the jewish faith. I refuse to subscribe to the 'victim' mentality. At every opportunity I will fight when faced with discrimination, or even snide remarks. Unfortunately, in the USA today, there are far too many that have exonerated the 'victim mentality', witness the free pass given Obama, not once, but twice.

(7) Ray Saperstein, March 9, 2015 3:49 PM

Hate will spread

It has often been said that jews are the canaries in the mine. Once hate is permitted on campuses, it will not be confined to Jews. There is still a lot of racial tension in this country. If hate of the Jews is permitted a platform, it is only a matter of time until other minorities feel the brunt of hatred. Once the geni is out of the bottle, it is hard to get it back in.

(6) Sharon, March 9, 2015 8:12 AM

sympathy and respect

I recommend seeing the video in its entirety. What Jewish Zionist students have to deal with today on American campuses in no way resembles my own experience more than 30 years ago on a NY college campus where many of us involved ourselves in Zionist activities in our Council of Jewish Organizations (CJO) and faced nothing other than complete social acceptance.
I did have a strong taste of this kind of brutality at a Bayit Yehudi meeting in Rehovot, Israel, where a privately rented hall for the party's promotion was filled with supporters but also present were loud, leftist, hateful bullies who wouldn't let anyone speak and shouted their venomous slogans. I had never felt the target of such hatred in all my years in the US. And these small groups of people followed the party leaders to every city, each time chanting different claims, trying to prevent the party leaders from speaking. They successfully destroyed countless gatherings with these warring tactics.
I have great respect for the few brave young people in this video who risked a lot and stood up to that bullying. I honestly don't know if I would have had the same courage.

(5) scott, March 9, 2015 6:40 AM

they're starting on the left this time

I have to admit the I didn't take 30 minutes to watch the film.

But I can tell you what it doesn't talk about. Young people tend to be absolutists and bullies. When those tendencies find a target that is small and not well liked in general the results are tragic.

There is a general undercurrent if anti semitism in the western world. Christianity is the ultimate source. Western culture teaches about how we killed their godhead. Kids are raised to identify Jews with Judas, the betrayer of their godhead for money and the evil priests who turned one of their own over to their enemies demanding his murder. It further teaches that all outside the christian club are bad people.

Do I think this is the major topic of conversation among anti semitic campus bullies? No. But I think its how political disagreements become ugly and racist. It forms the general dislike of jews and emboldens the bullies. Hitler didn't have to work that hard to mould German public opinion into a place where the general public supported mass murder of Jews. Its even easier for hateful demagogues to do so in academia.

They bully Jews because they can get away with it and it's a lesson that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.

The gererally antisemitic atmosphere on campuses will influence and intensify the antisemitic tendencies of those students exposed to it. Especially scary are the places its rearing its ugly head. Its on the campuses of the elite. The future leaders and opinion makers.

I'm very worried for american Jews. Maybe not this year but soon just like the girl at UCLA was asked whether a new was qualified to serve in student government we'll hear about senators asking the same of Jewish political appointees.

And the american public won't disagree with the question being asked. Because they learned to hate and distrust jews in college.

They're starting on the left this time.

(4) Mr. Cohen, March 9, 2015 5:17 AM

Arab world is extremely racist

The Arab world is extremely racist and intolerant of minorities, yet the American news media never mentions this; and I promise you and guarantee you and swear to you that they will NEVER mention this under any circumstances.

You see, most members of the American new media are totally on the side of the Arabs, which means that the Arabs have special immunity from criticism by the American new media.

So far as the American new media is concerned, there is only ONE racist country in the world: Israel.

Reports about Arab racism do not fit into the narrative that the pro-Arab American news media is interested in reporting, so it is never mentioned, and I swear to you that it never will be mentioned; not this year, not next year, not the year after, never, never, NEVER!

(3) rachel, March 8, 2015 11:55 PM

I have the same rights as an other American citizen

I am not a guest in the US, nor is any other American Jew. I am long past college and have no interest in holding public office, but I applaud our fellow American Jews who are willing to step up and serve our county as long as they are also serving our Jewish family. If Mordechai had not stayed involved with what was going on in Shushan, it is unlikely he would have known and warned of the plot against Achashverosh, as well as the plot against the Jews.

(2) Anonymous, March 8, 2015 7:38 PM

With Respect, We Should Look At Recent History, not Megillas Esther

The facts are that about a third of Jews were murdered in the world that HaShem runs...and that today's nazis are on the march again, aided by universities again. At the same time, thank you for suggesting . "Derech Eretz, Midot, helping fellow Jews, growth in Torah". Israel will eventually die, but Judaism will survive thanks to the activities you suggested.

Sharon, March 9, 2015 8:16 AM

Israel will eventually die?

Oh really? And you are a prophet, I suppose? And what will happen to the 6 million Jews there? Who the hell would make such a statement other than an anti-Semite?

(1) Anonymous, March 8, 2015 12:48 PM

Big picture

We need to look at the big picture here, and learn the lessons of the Purim Holiday that we just celebrated. 1. The Jews were invited to attend the party of Ahashverosh. As we all know, one of the lessons of Purim is that we should limit our interaction with the other nations (in this case on the campus of a large public university) to necessity only. 2. Purim teaches us that HaShem runs the world, even in a hidden fashion. Because Hashem runs the world, I am not sure that Student Government in a University (or any government, for that matter) is time best spent for a Jewish person, especially since the issues (in particular the Israeli Palestinian conflict) have remained the same for decades.....same game different players, and we will never be able to change anyone's minds. As in pre-Nazi Germany, (and currently all over the world), too much involvement with the public can only attract bad attention to the Jewish people. We must remember that we are still guests in this country and sometimes it's better to show Hakoret Hatov to our hosts by staying under the radar. Better we let Hashem run the world and us focus on the things a Jew should focus on: Derech Eretz, Midot, helping fellow Jews, growth in Torah, just to name a few. This way we avoid such situations. There is no crime in focusing ones time in University to staying under the radar by studying, and less partying and "activism". I attended a large Public University, was "active" on campus, and was in the Greek system. Trust me, that facet of the college experience is way overrated.We need to spend more time with our nation, be it in Israel or at places like Touro, YU, and Stern and build more similar institutions. We should all merit to see Hashem's messages to us, be they obvious or hidden, on University Campus or off University Campus..........and make the correct choices appropriately.

 

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