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AN APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR AND GOOD PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS: STOP ANTISEMITISM NOW!

 

Dear Governor Baker,

We are writing to express our deep concern for the rise of antisemitism in Massachusetts, especially on our University campuses. As Bible-believing Christians, we find this to be especially disturbing, as we believe the Bible, penned by our Jewish spiritual forefathers, forms the very bedrock of the American values we cherish. Antisemitism is not merely racism, though this would be cause enough for our concerns; antisemitism also strikes at the very core of our faith and belief that the Jewish people are important to our country and to God Himself.

For example, reports show that more antisemitic incidents took place in the first five months of 2016 than in all of 2015. This information comes from incidents that have been reported, and we believe the real statistics could be much higher. Allow us to illustrate:

  • March 2016: At the F.A. Day Middle School in Newton, graffiti reading: “Burn the Jews” was found in the boys’ bathroom.[1]
  • March 2016: Three instances of antisemitic graffiti were reported at a predominantly Jewish school in a Boston suburb. This took place after students from a visiting basketball team shouted “you killed Jesus” at the opposing team.[2]
  • April 2016: While visiting Harvard University, a student verbally attacked former Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, and the University did little to stop it.[3]
  • April 2016: At Brandeis University, a swastika was painted on the house where Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, was having a meeting. [4]

These incidences only represent a small portion[5] of the increasing antisemitic events taking place throughout the greater Boston area. What is troubling is that this is half the story – many incidents also took place off campus.[6] We believe the following steps should therefore be taken:

  • The schools and Universities in the state of Massachusetts must quickly create a safe and civil atmosphere for all students.
  • The leaders of academic institutions in Boston should especially monitor any anti-Israel and antisemitic activities on campus and report what is happening to the authorities as well as demanding that the perpetrators be punished to the full extent of the law.
  • Antisemitism in words and/or deeds should be recognized as a hate crime and approached in this manner.

In Conclusion:

As concerned citizens of Massachusetts, we will continue to pray for and remind you of your duty to protect the thousands of Jewish students who make up, on average, between 16% and 34% of the area Universities including the University of Mass., Brandeis, and Harvard.

Antisemitism is a blight on the reputation of our state as both fair-minded and long-time promoters of racial equality. We are asking you as the leader of our state to see to it that we STOP ANTISEMITISM NOW!

Sincerely,

The Every State for Israel Team


This Petition is Closed

Thank You to All Who Signed


[1] http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/03/09/third-incident-anti-semitic-graffiti-found-newton-middle-school/g3hb3X0Toi9WdwMnqfBqmJ/story.html

[2] http://www.timesofisrael.com/anti-semitic-graffiti-found-at-boston-area-school/

[3] http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/01/adl-anti-semitic-incidents-nearly-match-reports/V2rDzJULWVCtnpksXyIBLO/story.html

[4] http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/news/.premium-1.712499

[5] For a more detailed report, see: http://www.brandeis.edu/ssri/pdfs/campusstudies/AntisemitismCampuses101316.pdf

[6] http://www.thejewishadvocate.com/news/2016-06-24/Top_News/AntiSemitic_incidents_rising_in_grade_schools.html

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