If Adolf Hitler were alive, he would be rather proud of the stance taken by Oberlin College students against Jews. For a substantial number of Oberlin College students are treating Jews as if they were the most evil people on the face of the earth. A Google search under the rubric “Oberlin College’s violence against Jews” will turn up one article after another regarding the mistreatment of Jews by non-Jewish students at Oberlin College.
Of course, Jews are not perfect. Not at all. But, alas, there is not an ethnic group on the face of the earth which can justifiably claim to be perfect. While I shall not engage in invidious comparisons, it is absolutely stunning to me that Oberlin College students can be so venomous against Jews whilst exhibiting deafening silence with regard to some of the horrific treatment committed by Muslims. The image immediately below to the left is a painfully vivid example of Muslims killing innocent people. There has been no instance of Jews engaging in such gratuitous killing. None at all. And then there is case of the Irish convert to Islam who murdered his mother in the name of Islam and the case of the black male in Oklahoma who converted to Islam and then committed murder.
Once more, here is no analogous behavior on the part of individuals who convert to Judaism.
Needless to say, from the standpoint of justice, it is simply not possible to have it both ways, namely be utterly offended over the supposed evil committed by Jews all the while maintaining deafening silence with regard to the horrific evil that is being committed by Muslims. That is how I know that the stance that various Oberlin College students are taking against Jews is utterly malicious and is way too analogous to a modern day form of Nazism. And, of course, the point applies equally to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions)-movement.
Painfully, it has become something akin to a social fashion in the United States to criticize Jews and, in particular, Israel while maintaining a deafening silence with regard to the horrific behavior that is being committed by Muslims. A very prominent black American scholar who has taught at Princeton and Harvard has done exactly that. To state the obvious, few things are more revealing of an absolutely horrific moral attitude than very intelligent people who (a) can see fault at every turn with respect to one ethnic group whilst (b) utterly ignoring manifestly despicable behavior that is quite frequently committed by another ethnic group. Let me allow for the sake of argument that Israel has been less than perfect with respect to the treatment Palestinians. Just so, there has been no case of Israelis simply lining up innocent Palestinians and killing them just because they are Palestinians.
So guess what? I can certainly concede that there is room for moral improvement on the part of Jews and Israelis in particular. But needless to say, that line of thought unequivocally applies just as well to Muslims (as well as to every other ethnic and/or religious group on the face of the earth). So it is absolutely stupefying when perceptive people‑‑who claims to be ever so committed to justice for all‑‑can see just about any and every substantial moral wrong that Jews make but somehow manage to miss the unquestionably egregious moral wrongs made by other groups, for example Muslims. One does not have to be a genius in order to see that such a stance with respect to Jews is ever so analogous to the attitude of Nazis towards Jews.
When I reflect upon the horrendous way in which Jews at Oberlin College are being treated, I am reminded of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s book Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. A most poignant truth is that evil survives because and only because there are people who are so willing to commit acts of evil. What we have at Oberlin College is none other than a horrific example of that very truth. Painfully, another truth is that Adolf Hitler would be ever so proud of the students at Oberlin College who are so utterly besotted with the idea that Jews are evil that the manifestly evil behavior of others, including the evil behavior of the students in question, is utterly irrelevant to those students tripping over themselves to criticize Jews.
© 2016 Laurence Thomas