The case was filed at Al Qatif criminal court by the man following an argument
The 32-year-old woman admitted insulting him, but rejected the court ruling
She will have to pay 20,000 Saudi Riyal (£3,604) fine and receive 70 lashes
by, Lydia Willgress | Daily Mail | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
A woman in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 70 lashes after ‘insulting’ a man on private messaging service WhatsApp.
The unnamed 32-year-old will also have to pay a 20,000 Saudi Riyal (£3,604) fine for tarnishing the reputation of the man, a court has ruled.
The case was filed at Al Qatif criminal court in eastern Saudi Arabia by the man following an argument.The nature of the row is unknown.
The defendant pleaded guilty to insulting the man but rejected the court ruling, according to a Gulf News report.
Article Three of the Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law states that any person who commits ‘defamation and infliction of damage upon others’ using technological devices might have to face imprisonment for up to a year and a fine not exceeding 500,000 Saudi Riyal (£90,171).
Two women from Jeddah were similarly sentenced to ten days in jail and 20 lashes in June last year after insulting each other using the messaging service.
In 2013 the Saudi Arabian government considered banning WhatsApp.
A spokesman for the country’s Communications and Information Technology Commission said at the time: ‘We have been communicating with WhatsApp and other similar communication platforms to get them to co-operate and comply with the Saudi telecom providers, however nothing has come of this communication yet.’
Some people believe the government’s attempt to control WhatsApp is due to strict laws on how men and women should interact in the country.
SAUDI HUSBAND DIVORCES WIFE AFTER SHE UPDATES WHATSAPP STATUS
A Saudi husband has divorced his wife after she updated her WhatsApp status to include a reference about having to be patient with him.
The man said he had been on the private messaging service when he noticed his wife had written: ‘I pray to be patient enough to put up with you’ followed by his initials.
Although he was not initially sure whether the message was directed at him it was confirmed by friends and family, newspaper Al-Hayat reported.
The unnamed man said: ‘I called one of my relatives to check whether she was addressing me.
‘I was so embarrassed that my friends’ wives and relatives could see that I was being portrayed in such a light.’
The country’s Ministry of Justice said the top reason for divorce was social media.
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Barack Hussein Obama’s paid electoral infiltrators are in your nation, as we speak, doing their best to influence, interfere and illegally alter the outcome of your election.
They are working diligently, night and day, attempting to implant an ‘Obama-like’ Arab sympathizing candidate that will ultimately turn-over your nation to the Arabs.
Obama is a racist bigot, devout anti-Semite, a Jew hater and desires nothing more than the ultimate destruction of Israel.
So, if ‘you’ love Barack Hussein Obama and desire to have a ‘puppet regime’ controlled by his Muslim administration that seeks to destroy Israel and hand it over to the Arabs..then please, do NOT vote for PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
If ‘you’ desire to see your nation, broken up and divided into pieces..only to be handed over to Hamas for a Palestinian Terrorist State, then please.. do NOT vote Likud.
However, if ‘you’ love freedom, you love your nation and you desire to tell Barack Hussein Obama to ‘..shove his Muslim Agenda in his ass sideways..’
VOTE for PM BENJAMIN NETANYAHU and LIKUD!
The Security of Israel Depends on it.
(Many of ‘us’ did not. And look what we got.)
WE SUPPORT A ‘ONE STATE’ SOLUTION…
The Nation of Israel.. FOREVER!
NOT ONE GRAIN of SAND. NOT ONE INCH of LAND!
Am Y’israel Chai.
In the Middle East, the Islamic State is crucifying Christians and demolishing ancient churches. Why is this being met with silence from the halls of Congress to Sunday sermons?
by, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian & Yochi Dreazen | Foreign Policy
Last August, President Barack Obama signed off on legislation creating a special envoy charged with aiding the ancient Christian communities and other beleaguered religious minorities being targeted by the Islamic State.
The bill was a modest one — the new position was given a budget of just $1 million — and the White House quietly announced the signing in a late-afternoon press release that lumped it in with an array of other low-profile legislation. Neither Obama nor any prominent lawmakers made any explicit public reference to the bill.
Seven months later, the position remains unfilled — a small but concrete example of Washington’s passivity in the face of an ongoing wave of atrocities against the Assyrian, Chaldean, and other Christian communities of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State has razed centuries-old churches and monasteries, beheaded and crucified Christians, and mounted a concerted campaign to drive Christians out of cities and towns they’ve lived in for thousands of years. The Iraqi city of Mosul had a Christian population of 35,000 when U.S. forces invaded the country in 2003; today, with the city in the hands of the Islamic State, the vast majority of them have fled.
Every holiday season, politicians in America take to the airwaves to rail against a so-called “war on Christmas” or “war on Easter,” pointing to things like major retailers wishing shoppers generic “happy holidays.” But on the subject of the Middle East, where an actual war on Christians is in full swing, those same voices are silent. A push to use American aircraft to shield the areas of Iraq where Christians have fled has gone nowhere. Legislation that would fast-track visa applications from Christians looking to leave for the United States never even came up for a vote. The White House, meanwhile, won’t say if or when it will fill the special envoy position.
“It’s been difficult to get the attention of the previous administration, or the current one, when it comes to the urgent need to act,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, the California Democrat who drafted the visa legislation. “The classic definition of genocide is the complete annihilation of a group of people. The Islamic State is well on its way. It keeps me up at night.”
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Last summer, an unusual symbol began replacing the avatars used on the Facebook and Twitter pages of thousands of individual Christians from Lebanon, Britain, the United States, and numerous other countries. It was the Arabic letter nun, written in gold against a black background, and it was there for a reason.
When the Islamic State conquered Mosul in June 2014, the militants scrawled the letter on the homes of the city’s Christians. It was the first letter of the word “nasrani,” an Arabic term for Christians that is often used as a slur. The Islamic State then delivered an ultimatum: All Christians in the city must either convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face execution. Most of the city’s remaining 3,000 Christians fled their homes, marking what could be the end of the city’s centuries-old Christian community.
Small numbers of Christians around the world turned to social media to try to call attention to the Islamic State’s crackdown and turn the word from a symbol of violent extremism into a symbol of solidarity. The Twitter hashtag #WeAreN began to trend globally, and the letter nun became the avatar of thousands of Facebook and Twitter users.
It was a watershed moment for some American Christians, who were only dimly aware — if they were aware at all — of the attacks being committed against Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq and Syria. Christian Solidarity International, a nonprofit that provides support for victims of religious persecution, issued a “genocide warning” for religious minorities in the Middle East as early as 2011, but few American Christians paid any attention. The nun symbol finally brought an otherwise distant conflict home to many in America, creating a “sense of identification with Christians in the Middle East,” said Timothy Morgan, senior editor for global journalism atChristianity Today, a Christian magazine that also replaced its own Twitter avatar with the Arabic letter.
“American churchgoers are always scratching their heads, wondering, ‘Who are these Christians? We don’t really know anything about them,’” Morgan said. “The ‘N’ campaign seemed to really grab people’s hearts.”
But while the campaign raised awareness on social media, it didn’t spur many American Christians to push Capitol Hill for emergency aid or visas for the beleaguered Iraqis. That’s due in part to the international nature of the issue. Many Christians and Christian organizations are politically active on domestic issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. But international issues are “more intimidating to people,” Faith McDonnell, the director of Religious Liberty Programs at the Washington-based Institute of Religion and Democracy, said in an interview. She added that many Christians and other Americans concerned about the plight of Middle Eastern Christians “don’t even know who is on the Foreign Relations Committee.”
Johnnie Moore, a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals and the author of Defying ISIS, a book being published this month that documents what the author calls a “Christian genocide” in the Middle East, said that he had noticed a “big change” among churchgoers’ awareness in the past few months, especially since the Islamic State’s videotaped beheading in February of 21 Egyptian Christians on a beach in Libya. “[Christians] want and expect the U.S. government to do more, and they are angry that it hasn’t,” Moore said.
Some Christian leaders are trying to change that. On Feb. 25, In Defense of Christians (IDC), a Washington-based advocacy organization, sponsored a “Day of Action,” calling on American Christians to contact the White House to press for the special envoy to be finally appointed and to contact their congressional representatives to ask that they join the Caucus for Religious Minorities in the Middle East, which had just 15 lawmakers as members. IDC co-founder and senior advisor Andrew Doran told FP that two new members — Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) — have joined the caucus since the Day of Action, with several others expected to follow suit in the weeks ahead.
Others are trying to use their ties to powerful Republicans to push for stronger action. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission at the Southern Baptist Convention, told FP he has made it a priority to mention the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East to possible presidential candidates as the 2016 race begins to heat up. Moore has a large microphone: The Southern Baptist Convention has nearly 16 million members.
“It’s one of the first things I say when I sit down with them,” he said in an interview, noting that he had already communicated these concerns directly to potential 2016 presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. “Many of the candidates are increasingly engaged on these issues,” Moore said.
But political tensions between American evangelicals, who are typically outspoken supporters of Israel, and Middle East Christians, some of whom blame Israel for expropriating Arab lands, have at times prevented the groups from joining hands. At an IDC summit in September 2014, Cruz was booed off the stage after saying that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.”
The incident highlights the tricky political landscape that advocates for Christians in the Middle East must navigate. “There must be more options for Middle Eastern Christians than outspoken support for Israel and anti-Semitism,” Doran said in an interview that same month with the National Review. “The Middle East is complicated and nuanced, whether politicians want it that way or not.”
Other Christian leaders accuse the Obama administration of downplaying the crackdown on minorities in Iraq because of a perceived discomfort with the topic of religion. John Eibner, the CEO of Christian Solidarity International-USA, told FP that persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East, and especially Christians, has been difficult for Washington to directly address because it touches on a sensitive foreign-policy issue.
“The shared political interest of mainstream Republicans and Democrats is to win the hearts and the minds of Muslims,” Eibner said. “After 9/11 this became a much more serious theme, and everybody knows it. This is a major foreign-policy concern of the U.S. It’s seen as a matter of national security.”
That means, he continued, that policymakers worry that adopting specific measures to defend Christians in the Middle East “would put us in the position of being seen as Crusaders.”
Obama administration officials strenuously reject the criticism, noting that the president and his advisors regularly condemn the Islamic State’s attacks on religious minorities and that the White House began the ongoing military campaign against the group to ensure it couldn’t carry out a planned massacre of Yazidis.
Either way, the longer Washington waits, the greater the risk to beleaguered Christians in Iraq and Syria. Mark Arabo, an Iraqi-American Christian and California businessman who has pushed for Eshoo’s legislation, said Washington’s failure to act while the Islamic State continues to commit atrocities “has caused people from my community to die.”
To save lives, McDonnell said that she wants Washington to fill the special envoy position, offer greater asylum protections for Christians seeking to leave the Middle East, and create a protected enclave in Iraq’s Nineveh province, the area housing many of Iraq’s Christian refugees. Arabo, for his part, wants Washington also to expedite the visa process, offer airlifts for Christians in harm’s way, and provide humanitarian aid to displaced Christians inside Iraq. The message that Arabo wants lawmakers and White House officials to hear is a simple one: “In the absence of your leadership, you are sentencing my people to death.”
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That’s the fear keeping Eshoo up at night. The California lawmaker, who represents Silicon Valley, has a personal connection to the anti-Christian violence wracking Iraq and Syria. Eshoo’s mother lived in Baghdad briefly after fleeing her native Armenia and took her first communion at St. Mary’s, a large church in eastern Baghdad. Eshoo’s mother left Iraq decades ago and settled in the United States, but her daughter says the fate of the church highlights the declining safety of Iraq’s Christian community. In July 2009, as Iraq’s civil war was petering out, a car bomb detonated on a road running alongside the building shortly after mass. The blast killed four, injured dozens more, and left the city’s remaining Christians terrified that they would continue to be targeted because of their faith. Today, “you see history repeating itself,” Eshoo says.
The bill Eshoo introduced last Congress, the Nineveh Plain Refugees Act of 2014, would have expedited the visa process for current or former residents of areas controlled by the Islamic State who were “targets of persecution in that country” due to their race or religion. The bill would give “refugees of special humanitarian concern” designations to Christians as well as to members of groups like the Yazidis, the religious minority that the Islamic State tried to exterminate last year, sparking the initial U.S. military strikes against the group. The bill died a quiet death, failing to even get a committee vote. Eshoo plans to submit the bill again in coming weeks, but says she isn’t terribly optimistic about its fate this time around either.
“There’s a disconnect between the urgency people feel on the ground and how slow our government moves in response,” she said. “It’s a very difficult slog.”
The Obama administration declined to comment on whether it supports Eshoo’s call for expedited visas for the Christians of Iraq or Syria. White House spokesman Alistair Baskey also said he had “no update to share on the envoy position,” which remains unfilled.
Administration officials say they are paying close attention to the plight of Iraq’s religious minorities and doing all they can to help. In an interview, Rabbi David Saperstein, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said that he has devoted the majority of his time since assuming his post last December to the plight of the Christians and other groups that find themselves in the crosshairs of the Islamic State.
Saperstein noted that when the Islamic State encircled thousands of members of the country’s Yazidi community and threatened to exterminate them last year, it was American warplanes that beat back the militants and allowed the civilians to escape their clutches. “There are scores of thousands of people who are alive because of what we did,” he said.
The ambassador, a prominent Reform Jewish rabbi, visited Iraq for several days last month and said he heard firsthand about the fears many Iraqi religious leaders have about what will happen to their communities if the Islamic State isn’t beaten back.
“ISIL is willing to eviscerate the communities and religious groups that do not comport with their worldview,” he said, noting that many of the group’s victims were other Muslims. “They are waging a war against everyone different from them, and that is devastating — and could further devastate the Christian community.”
Saperstein said the United States wasn’t sitting idly by, noting that Washington had helped resettle more than 119,000 Iraqis since 2007, including large numbers of Christians. In fiscal year 2014 alone, he said, 19,000 Iraqi refugees came to the United States, including roughly 4,500 Christians and members of other religious minorities.
Still, Saperstein declined to say whether he believed Washington should expedite visa applications from Christians living in areas menaced by the Islamic State. Part of the reason, he said, was that many of the religious leaders he spoke to didn’t want members of their communities to flee unless they absolutely had to. The Christians and Yazidis of Iraq have lived there for thousands of years, and Saperstein said many hope the U.S.-led efforts against the Islamic State will make it safe for them to continue doing so.
That may be wishful thinking, at least in the short term. In late February, militants from the Islamic State assaulted a string of Christian villages in northeastern Syria, blowing up churches, lighting homes on fire, and abducting at least 250 people. Several dozen women, children, and elderly men were released recently after their families and friends paid ransoms to the very same people attacking other Christians. The remaining hostages haven’t been seen since.
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
We attentively observe, as you conquer nation upon nation of the weak and down-trodden.
We eagerly await in anticipation, the thought of your arrival on our shores.
We hold our freedom close to our chest, for it is priceless.
After all, it was endowed to us by our Creator and is continuously secured with the blood of our brave young men and women.
Do you really think ‘WE’ will simply allow you to take this away?
Each of us, every one, shall arise to become many..
..and of the many, ‘WE’ shall rise as one.
So, we beg of you..
..Go ahead and open the door to the cage and unleash the lion.
The last vision you see, will be that of our foot on your neck.
And to anyone that tries to stop us, they shall suffer the same fate.
Regardless of, who they are or what position they hold.
Because we pledge to die on our feet, before we will ever live on our knees.
WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER…
‘WE ARE AMERICANS!’
by, Walid Shoebat | Shoebat.com
Footage surfaced on the Internet Saturday of the bodies of eight men described as pro-government volunteers hanging from a bridge in Hawija, 75 kilometres north of Tikrit.
Video courtesy of: Walid Shoebat & Montder Turke
The eight dead bodies hang from a metal frame in the Iraq’s Kirkuk province in Islamic State is the latest public display of barbarity. The gruesome images which emerged on social media show the men’s limp bodies suspended from their feet off a tall structure in the town of Hawija.
The notorious black flag used by Islamist groups like ISIS is displayed above them as horrified onlookers inspect the scene. The canopy says “The Islamic State, A Caliphate Upon The Prophet’s Doctrine. Karkuk Province Welcomes You”.
It was seen as revenge against the Kurdish forces who dragged the bodies of ISIS fighters through the streets of northern-Iraq earlier that month.
Previous reports suggest he is an Iraqi national from the town of Almere and the heads once belonged to members of the Syrian army whom the militants captured and beheaded.
The extremist group has established a firm foothold in what was once an oil-rich Kurdish stronghold of Kirkuk.
ISIS has been preparing a new base for its deadly operations in Hawija as the United States train Iraqi troops for an invasion to retake Mosul, the International Business Times reports.
Some of the deceased men appear to be wearing military fatigues but it is not known if they were Iraqi soldiers. An ISIS fighter believed to be Abu Al-Rahman poses triumphantly in one of the pictures – giving his index finger salute in front of a bloodied victim’s corpse.
Hawija is a predominantly Sunni Muslim town which lies off a major highway leading to Mosul and the capital Baghdad.
Since ISIS first invaded the city in June 2014, it progressively conquered neighbouring villages until it gained enough support from locals to establish its new headquarters there. Over the last nine months, its main base in Iraq has been in Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul which it took over last year.
It has offered Islamic State a military advantage due to its proximity to the Syrian border, which allows them to smuggle both weapons and soldiers. But a US-led coalition has attacked the city with airstrikes for many months – targeting ISIS convoys and weapons stores.
While Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit Saturday, top US military officer said that victory was only a matter of time which Shoebat.com obtained some amazing footage of the battles:
Video courtesy of: Walid Shoebat & المهندي ميديا
Iran has actively and visibly supported Baghdad’s biggest operation yet against ISIS, but General Martin Dempsey insisted US air strikes north of Tikrit had been key.
Atrocities are not only an ISIS phenomenon in the battle over Syria and Iraq. This week, a leaked video by fighters from the so-called Iraqi militia fighting ISIS executed an 11 year old boy with bursts of bullets in Diyala province in Iraq. Shoebat.com was able to obtain the footage showing a child in handcuffs being brutally beaten while surrounded by a group of Iranian backed Iraqi fighters, then executed the child with showers of bullets on the head.
Uncensored Graphic Video:
The outcome in Iraq, despite of victories against ISIS is that militias who have providing the essential service has become a plethora of new and old pro-Iranian Shiite militias that are dominating the battlefields in Iraq and Syria which raises concerns about the growing Iranian influence. The growth of these groups — known as popular mobilization units — poses a conundrum for the Obama administration. These are Iran-backed groups who are providing most of the “boots on the ground” that are pushing back ISIS forces from key areas near Baghdad, including Diyala province where the militia also commits atrocities against the Sunni population.
The evidence on the ground is beginning to reveal a simple observation: who today is leading battles in Salahuddin Province to recover Tikrit from ISIS: the Iraqi army or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Shiite militia crowd who like ISIS are also running Iraq amok.
The Infiltration of HAMAS Terrorist Organization on America’s College Campus’..
by, Adam Kredo | The Washington Free Beacon
Anti-Israel activists at the University of California, Davis heckled Jewish students and shouted “Allahhu Akbar” at them during a vote last week on a resolution endorsing a boycott of the Jewish state, according to video of the event obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Video courtesy of: FNC & Steven Laboe
The commotion erupted late Thursday evening as pro-Israel students attempted to counter a student government resolution to divest from Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Activists waving Palestinian flags shouted at the Jewish and pro-Israel students as they left the meeting room ahead of an eight to two vote in favor of the divestment resolution, which is part of a larger movement by anti-Israel groups to attack Israel and pro-Israel students on campus.
“Allahhu Akhbar!” a large group of activists shouted in unison as the pro-Israel students filed out of U.C. Davis’ meeting room, according to video provided by a member of Aggies for Israel, a pro-Israel student group at Davis.
Following the vote, which was championed by the pro-Hamas group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), unknown vandals spray-painted swastikas on a fraternity house belonging to the Jewish AEPi organization.
Additionally, Azka Fayyaz, a member of the U.C. Davis student senate, posted on her Facebook page a triumphant message following the vote: “Hamas & Sharia law have taken over UC Davis.”
Azka Fayyaz, leader of the ‘BDS Nazi Campus Movement’ known as; Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UC Davis. Azka Fayyaz on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/smartazkanbe?fref=ts
Pro-Israel activists involved in the battle said the series of events at U.C. Davis highlight the danger posed to campuses by the BDS movement.
“BDS activism, anti-Semitism, swastikas, celebration of terror—these things are found together,” said Noah Pollak, executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel. “The U.C. Davis administration should be deeply alarmed that a member of the student senate has openly endorsed Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization whose charter calls for the murder of Jews worldwide.”
Johanna Wilder, a StandWithUs Pacific Northwest campus coordinator, said that the Facebook postings by student senator Fayyaz highlight SJP’s ongoing promotion of hatred.
“This demonstrates the dishonesty and hypocrisy of divestment campaigns on campus,” Wilder said in a statement following the vote. “They claim to be about social justice and human rights, but this student senator’s statement revealed SJP and the BDS movement’s real agenda.”
“A racist group, Hamas is designated a terror organization by the U.S. and many other governments and its charter is sworn to the destruction of the state of Israel,” she said.
Members of the AEPi fraternity also took note of the proximity between the BDS vote and the defacement of their home.
“Our U.C. Davis AEPi fraternity house was tagged with two swastikas, coming 24 hours after the deeply troubling actions on campus coming from those seeking to delegitimize Israel and her people,” a group of AEPi leaders and alumni members said in a joint statement released after the anti-Semitic attack.
U.C. Davis leaders said the administration fully opposes divestment from Israel.
Last weeks’ vote “does not reflect the position of U.C. Davis or the University of California system,” U.C. Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in a statement. “The investment policy for the University of California system, including U.C. Davis, is set by the U.C. Board of Regents.”
“The Board and Office of the President issued a statement regarding student resolutions that urge the Board to divest from companies doing business with Israel,” Katehi said. “The statement reiterates the Board’s position that this type of call to action will not be entertained.”
When asked about the controversial comments made by the student senator, a U.C. Davis spokesman said, “statements by individuals do not reflect a position of the university or the university community as a whole … U.C. Davis is built on a foundation of tolerance and inclusion, and we have an obligation to treat each other with respect and dignity even when we disagree.”
He said Davis police are investigating the vandalism incident at AEPi.
“U.C. Davis Student Affairs and U.C. Davis police have met with the fraternity to offer support and advice,” the spokesman said. “It is being investigated as a hate crime.
Israeli/Jewish Students and Supporters Walk-Out in Protest of BDS: (Excellent Speech)
Video courtesy of: 2kbodya
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Report: Anti-Semitism Soaring on U.S. College Campuses
by, Adam Kredo | The Washington Free Beacon
Anti-Semitism on college campuses is growing, with more than half of Jewish students claiming they have witnessed or been subjected to some form of anti-Jewish harassment, according to a new report by a leading human rights organization.
With college campuses across the country acting as a hotbed for anti-Israel activism, Jewish students say they are beginning to be targeted on the basis of their religion, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.
The survey, which interviewed 1,157 self-identified Jewish students at 55 U.S. colleges, found that 54 percent experienced or witnessed “anti-Semitism on campus during the first six months of the 2013-2014 academic year.”
Perhaps most surprising, the report found evidence of anti-Semitism across the country, a finding “strongly suggesting anti-Semitism on campus is a nationwide problem,” according to the report.
The findings come as anti-Semitic incidents rise across the globe, with Jewish citizens being targeted for attack by Islamic extremists and far-right neo-Nazis.
This has been accompanied by several high-profile episodes on college campuses in which Jewish students have been subjected to harassment and, in some cases, violence.
The Trinity College researchers who performed the study said they were surprised by the findings.
“The patterns and high rates of anti-Semitism that were reported were surprising,” said Ariela Keysar, an associate research professor at Trinity who co-wrote the report with her colleague Barry Kosmin. “Rather than being localized to a few campuses or restricted to politically active or religious students, this problem is widespread. Jewish students are subjected to both traditional prejudice and the new political anti-Semitism.”
The survey was conducted prior to last year’s conflict in the Gaza Strip, when incidents of anti-Semitism spiked globally.
“That a majority of Jewish students felt that they had suffered or witnessed incidents of anti-Semitism on the college campus in only one academic year was an unexpected finding which requires very serious investigation,” the report states.
Anti-Semitic incidents were found to be underreported, meaning that the number of episodes occurring on campus could be higher than found in the survey.
Of those who reported having “witnessed or personally been subjected to anti-Semitism,” 29 percent said it had occurred at the hands of another student.
Ten percent said it occurred in a club or society on campus, while 3 percent said the anti-Semitism was a product of the “university administrative system,” according to the report.
“The data shows that few types of Jewish students are immune from or can avoid this problem on today’s campuses,” according to the report.
The report further found that students identifying as liberal and as conservative both experienced anti-Semitism.
It also found the such treatment was experienced by students who do not overtly identify as Jewish by wearing a yarmulke or other traditional forms of observance.
“Membership in a Jewish campus organization such as Hillel, Chabad, or a Jewish fraternity/sorority raises the likelihood of reporting anti-Semitism,” the report states.
“The fact that members of [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], a vocal pro-Israel organization, report the highest rate of anti-Semitism could be interpreted to support the notion that campus anti-Semitism has a political element,” it states. “Nevertheless, half of the more liberal-oriented ‘peacenik’ J Street members report anti-Semitism.”
This finding “belies the canard that campus anti-Semitism is perceived primarily by conservative or right-wing students,” the researchers concluded.
The report additionally found that anti-Semitism was reported at a higher rate among students at colleges in the traditionally liberal areas of the Northeast United States.
One student who anonymously responded to the survey said that anti-Semitism is often associated with liberal political groups advocating boycotts of the Jewish state.
“The divestment campaign and other anti-Israel campaigns on this campus are intertwined with rampant anti-Semitism,” the student was quoted as saying in the report. “After a widespread anti-Israel/anti-Semitic attack earlier this year the University issued a weak response. Jewish students … want to know that our University stands by us.”
The results in the United States are slightly higher than those found in a similar 2011 study conducted in the United Kingdom, where Jewish citizens often find themselves under attack from far-left groups.
Ken Marcus, president and general counsel for the Brandeis Center, said his organization often hears from students who “find that their experiences of anti-Semitism are not taken seriously.”
“This report gives substance and data to their experiences,” Marcus said in a written forward to the report. “The scope of this problem is greater than most observers had realized.”
“Kosmin and Keysar’s eye-opening findings should awaken authorities to the need to address campus anti-Semitism much more aggressively, comprehensively, and effectively than they are now doing,” he said.
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Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus
END RACISM, NAZISM, ANTI-SEMITISM and HATRED on AMERICAN COLLEGE CAMPUSES
BAN BDS and the SJP From Our Children’s Universities!
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Let YOUR $$$’s Speak = Withhold Donations to Universities That Promote Intolerance by Allowing BDS and SJP Hate Groups on Their Campus’
Send YOUR Children to Universities That Promote Tolerance and Respect of Others.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
- Make a list of ALL of the Universities/Colleges in ‘YOUR’ State.
- Next, Contact each of them and ask if ‘…BDS and/or SJP have chapters on their campus..’
- Then, Contact ‘US’ and Provide the Results.
- Together ‘WE’ will take ACTION!
BE VOCAL – ACT LOCAL!