The Matisyahu Incident and the BDS Anti-Semitism Connection

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(Photo: flickr/maxim303)

This week, a concert by the Jewish-American musician Matisyahu was canceled in Spain. This would not be news, except for the fact that the show was canceled because the singer refused to agree with the BDS movement’s agenda. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin discusses the incident before posting Matisyahu’s own response:

It shouldn’t have taken the decision of a music festival in Valencia, Spain to make this clear. Long before the Rototom Sunsplash told American singer Matisyahu that he must either sign a declaration of support for the creation of a Palestinian state or have his appearance canceled, it was clear that the BDS — boycott, divest, sanction — movement had crossed the line between legitimate criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism…

The facts of the Matisyahu incident are interesting because, as a religious Jew, his public image…

Posted in: Anti-Semitism / BDS / Commentary Magazine

We Have a Problem

Speaking at The Jerusalem Post’s annual conference, Rabbi Eckstein discusses the very real problems of anti-Semitism, the anti-Israel movement, and poverty, and what Israel, America, and the world can and must do about it.

Posted in: Anti-Semitism / BDS / IFCJ

US College Student Interrogated over Jewish Background

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(Photo: flickr/chrisjohnbeckett)

Yesterday marked the beginning of the annual Israeli Apartheid Week. This harshly anti-Israel event will spread its message for two weeks this year. But Arutz Sheva reports that such discrimination is already rampant in the U.S., where a UCLA student was recently interrogated by the student board because she is Jewish:

A student’s Jewish affiliation became the subject of a heated debate at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) earlier this month, after the student government nearly scrapped her acceptance due to her background.

Student Rachel Beyda applied to be a member of the UCLA Judicial Board in February, and presented herself as a candidate in front of the Board.

However, the meeting quickly dissolved into a debate over whether her Jewish background and affiliation with Jewish life on campus is a “conflict…

Posted in: American Jews / Anti-Israel Bias / Anti-Semitism

US College Campuses Face Rising Anti-Semitism

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(Photo: facebook)

Yesterday, 4Zion shared a video showing the rising problem of anti-Semitism on college campuses across the United States. Now, The Times of Israel reports on a poll that shows well over half of all Jewish students have faced hatred because of their faith:

More than half of current American Jewish college students have personally witnessed or experienced an anti-Semitic incident, according to a new study.

Some 54 percent of Jewish college students participating in a survey released Monday by the Louis D. Brandeis Center and Trinity College said they had experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism within the past academic year. The survey was taken in the spring of 2014, prior to the outbreak of hostilities last summer in Gaza …

Posted in: American Jews / Anti-Semitism / College

Anti-Semitism on Campus


We are accustomed to hearing about anti-Semitism in Europe, where Jews are one of the prime targets of Islamic terror. But many people are not aware that America’s Jewish population has also become the target of anti-Semitic hatred and violence. This video produced by The Israel Project depicts how difficult it is to be a Jew on many American college campuses.

- Ami Farkas

Posted in: American Jews / Ami Farkas / Anti-Semitism