Yesterday, the Stanford Daily published an Op-Ed with the headline, “White supremacy is anti-Semitic. Anti-Zionism is not.” Unfortunately, the authors are mistaken in the title claim of their article. Anti-Zionism is the flag under which marches much present-day hatred of Jews.
Stanford now faces increased external pressure in the push to fire incoming Norcliffe House Resident Assistant Hamzeh Daoud ’20, as Pennsylvania lawyer Jerome Marcus — in a Tuesday letter sent to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne — alleged that the University risks legal action should Daoud retain his position.
Cody Stocker ’17 reported this week that he had seen paid Facebook advertisements calling for Hamzeh Daoud ’20 to be fired from his Resident Assistant position. Three such ads can be found on the page See4Yourself, which also contains links to travel articles and pictures celebrating diversity in Israel.
Crying wolf on anti-semitism stifles legitimate open discussion and renders the term ‘anti-semitism’ severely weakened. As Jews, we must be vigilant in fighting anti-semitism on campus. We must be equally vigilant in fighting the abuse and misuse of the term.
Our concern for Jewish students does not reflect a belief that our pain is greater or more important than the pain of any other group. Everyone should be alarmed by the discomfort and alienation of any group of Stanford students.
Hartung and Malinas are correct that we need to discuss more and better solutions for Palestinian human rights. However, divestment and naive “solutions” offered by J Street set us all back. The Palestinians, and those who support them, need also to account for their own historical missteps and figure out what they did wrong.
We are concerned, however, that the conversation erased moderate voices that acknowledge both Israeli and Palestinian histories and rights to self-determination, and did an intellectual disservice to those in the audience by framing a multifaceted issue as a binary of right and wrong. The debate failed to meet the standard of critical dialogue and meaningful education befitting an institution like Stanford.