01.07.2011 29.Siwan, 5771
Rather than serving as fodder for another melee in the political war over the 'new anti-Semitism,' the controversy over the Yale Initiative should serve as a wake-up call.
In recent weeks, the front lines in the battle over the "new anti-Semitism" have moved to Yale University. A controversy has raged over the decision by Yale to shutter its Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism. Caroline Glick has led the charge in The Jerusalem Post, suggesting that YIISA was shut down because of its refusal to shut up about contemporary Islamic anti-Semitism.
The uproar is an indicator that discussions about contemporary anti-Semitism have become a war zone. The one army claims that the new wave of anti-Semitic attacks is being mobilized by an alliance of leftists and jihadists united by their anti-Zionism, which masks their underlying anti-Semitism. The other force maintains that the charge of anti-Semitism is only made to fend off criticisms of Israel. Both sides are only partly right. And the complexities of the current debate are deadened by the nature of the bombardments each launches in response to its enemies….