There is no question that America has been a land of opportunity for the Jewish people. But there’s also a tendency in this country to ignore extreme Jew hatred on both the right and the left. To let it fester. To rationalize it. To try to explain it.
After 3,000 years of exclusion, persecution and bloodshed, we should know that when people threaten Jews, they mean it. Every form of Jew hatred carries within it the existential threat of genocide. Jews must be alert to threats, stand up and fight back.
That history is what underlies recent events at the University of Southern California, where I teach.
I am a scholar of genocide and I am deeply committed to recording the testimony of Holocaust survivors and learning from their experiences. So when a Jewish USC student said she was the victim of Jew hatred, my instinct was to learn everything I could about what transpired.