From Berkeley To Europe: The Normalization Of Anti-Semitism

When French lawyer Alexis Dubruel attempted to disqualify jurist Albert Levy, because he is a Jew, from presiding over a case, the French Bar Association came down on Dubruel’s naked anti-Semitism and disbarred him.

But in Berkeley, California, when Councilwoman Cheryl Davila required a litmus test on Israel from the city’s Jewish Commissioner of Transportation — which he failed and for which he claims he was subsequently fired — there were no consequences. Councilwoman Davilla made some vapid comments about support for the Palestinians and that was the end of the matter.

Given the nature of Berkeley politics, there is little doubt that her decision was cheered by the city’s progressive forces, which have discovered that cloaking themselves in the garb of anti-Zionism conveniently masks their anti-Semitism.

Just up the street on the University of California, Berkeley campus, lecturer Hatem Bazian, director of Cal’s Islamophobia Project, had been tweeting anti-Semitic tropes reminiscent of Der Stürmer.

Days later, he issued an apology that to many sounded more like a justification.

Had any faculty member disseminated similar material about any other group, he or she would be facing a rather harsh conversation with a member of the administration and reminded of the institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. But when it comes to anti-Semitism, such conversations seldom occur.

In 2015, UCLA student Rachel Beyda was initially turned down for a position in student government after questions were raised as to whether her Jewish faith and involvement in Jewish organizations would bias her decision-making.

Had such questions been asked of a Muslim student, the Muslim Student Association and its progressive allies would have screamed Islamophobia, and the administration would have been required to hold sensitivity sessions on the issue.

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