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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-12-07

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an Francisco —The
struggle to eradicate
anti-Semitism from
the campus received atten-
tion from students meeting
at the Council of Jewish
Federations General
Assembly last week. Not all
of ,the students, however,
agreed that the danger of
anti-Semitism is pervasive.
Speakers addressed the
issue from a variety of
perspectives, ranging from
students who have been on
the frontlines fighting on
student governments to
rabbis who have seen anti-
Semitism expressed on the
campus through admission
quotas.
The scope of anti-Semitism
has shifted from bringing
Jews into student bodies and
faculty to the occasional
flare-up of student-created
anti-Semitism. This new an-
ti-Semitism, which many
speakers admitted was
sporadic and rare, has been
created by a new
"multiculturalism" on the
campus — an ideology that
seeks to support and
galvanize traditionally op-
pressed groups.
Jewish student groups,
having achieved wide-spread
success, are targeted as part
of the establiShment.
"We are experiencing a
golden age of Jews in the
academic community," said
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller,
director of the B'nai B'rith
Hillel Foundation at the
University of California, Los
Angeles. The flipside of this
success, students said, is a
tension between Jews and
other minority groups, par-
ticularly blacks, Arabs and
leftist groups.
Directed in the by-laws
and funding of student
governments, this anti-
Semitism can be voiced
through anti-Israel
speakers, reduction of fun-
ding for Jewish student
groups and numerous
resolutions directed against
Israel or Jewish groups.
Also, sentiment against
Jewish women is voiced in
the offensive and derogatory
term "JAP," denoting
"Jewish American
Princess."
Multiculturalism, combin-

Noain Neusner is a. senior at
Johns Hopkins University and
former intern at the Baltimore
Jewish Tim. es.

ed with increased campus
sensitivity to race and
bigotry has found a home in
the term "P.C." or
"politically correct." While
embracing diversity, "P.C."
also excludes the estab-
lishment, which invariably
includes Jewish student
groups. Anti-Israel senti-
ment has also been leveled
against Jewish groups. Sup-
port of Israel, a distinctly "in
-P.C." position, has earned
Jewish groups ire from lef-
tists, environmentalists,
feminists and numerous
other ideological groups.
Rabbi Seidler-Feller
argued, however, that focus-
ing on campus anti-
Semitism is actually a

"We are
experiencing a
golden age of
Jews in the
academic
community," said
Rabbi Chaim
Seidler-Feller. The
flipside of this
success, students
said, is a tension
between Jews and
other minority
groups.

"convenient filler" for a lack
of depth in Jewish literacy.
Jewish learning has been
forgotten while political ac-
tivism has served the con-
sciousness of the Jewish stu-
dent.
The rise of concern for an-
ti-Semitism, said the rabbi,
"is a reflection of a decline in
Jewishness." Lacking any
substance, Jewish student
life will focus on the sporadic
and rare instances of anti-
Semitism.
"What they do to us," said
the rabbi, is beginning to
mean more than "what we
do to ourselves." ❑

U-M Hillel
Sets Events

The Hillel Foundation at
the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, will hold the
following events:
Students Fighting Anti-
Semitism will meet 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10. Students Struggle for
Soviet Jewry will meet 7 p.m.
Dec. 11. UJA will sponsor its
3rd Annual UJA Bash 9:30
p.m. Dec. 12; there will be
food and fun.

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