Watch a Film about Israel: Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus

I watched "Crossing the Line 2, The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus." I went to a university where there really weren't many pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian demonstrations. Needless to say, when I watched the film, I was pretty shocked at what I saw. I've seen news footage of pro-Palestinian demonstrations on college campuses. However, I don't think I realized how widespread they are. People are absolutely entitled to their own beliefs, and it isn't surprising that people are pro-Palestinian. However, it was surprising to see such blatant examples of anti-Semitism at some of these demonstrations. The eviction notices that circulated around NYU were incredibly offensive. Hearing people refer to Israeli acts as genocidal really struck me. I don't understand what these people are referring to, and to hear statements that are just incorrect and offensive was very difficult. I never had professors who outwardly expressed anti-Semitic views, and I can't imagine how difficult it would be to sit in a classroom and listen to that. I don't think I realized that anti-Semitism was prevalent in some many prestigious universities across the United States. I think the most jarring thing I saw in the film dealt with the incidents at Ohio University. To see Jewish student leaders verbally attacked by fellow students and professors and then to see them arrested was incredibly shocking, (especially in a country based on fundamentals such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion). In a way, it makes me lose a little bit of faith in humanity when I see such misguided hatred and anger. However, despite the offensive acts and attacks (including verbal jabs and even threats against Jewish students), the film ends on a rather hopeful note. The pro-Israel voices are loud and are heard. There are many people who share Zionist beliefs, and it is important to be loud, proud, and peacefully advocate for Israel.

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