Is the Media Ignoring Anti-Semitism at Indiana U?

December 7th, 2010 at 4:20 pm | 13 Comments |

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On Monday, November 27, eight Hebrew texts were stolen from Indiana University’s Wells Library and urinated on.  Only a few days previously, unknown perpetrators defaced and threw rocks at the windows of Jewish community buildings (Chabad House and the campus Hillel).

How did the country respond? Jewish websites have spoken up. But The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today have omitted to cover the story. It would be quite the understatement to say that anti-Islamic actions garner significantly more attention.

Why? Is it because the anti-Semitic incident at Indiana University is such an anomaly that it can be dismissed as one crazy Hoosier – an action that is no way representative of this trend?  The statistics certainly don’t suggest this is the case.  According to the FBI’s 2009 data, of the 1,575 victims of anti-religious hate crimes, “71.9 percent were victims because of an offender’s anti-Jewish bias; 8.4 percent were victims because of anti-Islamic bias; 3.7 percent were victims because of anti-Catholic bias.” See the stats here.

Burning Korans and attacking mosques are offensive actions that should be strongly condemned when they occur.  Attacks on other religions deserve equal attention.

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  • Watusie

    A quick Google news search produces several stories about this:
    http://news.google.com/news/more?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=qJS&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=Indiana+University+Wells+Library&um=1&psj=1&ie=UTF-8&ncl=dm4rlfMpU7V5Z_MFLCkT06F4UUfPM&ei=6sH-TJHsM4OisAPr9bGvCw&sa=X&oi=news_result&ct=more-results&resnum=2&ved=0CDEQqgIwAQ

    So your point is what? That a story isn’t adequately covered until it appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today?

    This item is only slightly less paranoid than the previous FrumForum classic which claimed the BBC was proven to be biased becasue it broadcast an episode of MI-5 in which Israelis were the baddies. http://www.frumforum.com/bbcs-anti-israel-bias-jumps-from-newsroom-to-prime-time

  • Madeline

    But The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today have omitted to cover the story.

    As opposed to all the coverage they normally lavish on things that happen in Indiana.

  • Deep South Populist

    I have to agree. These incidents do not warrant national coverage.

  • larry

    The NYT is a well-known anti-Semetic rag.

  • jakester

    larry The NYT is a well-known anti-Semetic rag.
    Larry is well known fool who is too dense to even know that a Jew owns the NY Times

  • John Q

    “Larry is well known fool who is too dense to even know that a Jew owns the NY Times”

    And he can’t spell, either.

  • jakester

    Yeah, after my subscription to the Arab News, The Mercury and Der Sturmer ran out, I got one to the NY Times so I could track all the Klan and Aryan Brotherhood activities

  • Kurlis

    Why is the American Left anti-semitic? The proffered excuse is that they’re not anti-semitic, they’re actually just anti-zionist or simply being critical of Israel’s policies.

    I think what has happened is that Israel has been conflated with the United States, especially in the Middle East, so much so that it is widely assumed that one acts in the stead of the other. The United States is hated for its hegemonic cultural/economic/military power. Israel is also hated. Not for being hegemonic, but for identifying with the United States (ie The West).

    Israel, in a very real sense, pays for the sins of the United States in the eyes of the American Left.

    The American Left hates the United States and everything about it. They hate its religion, its patriotism, its REAL democracy, its capitalist economy, its military power, and they especially hate ordinary Americans.

    The American Left has much to answer for.

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  • midcon

    I love the capitalization of things like the “American Left” as if capitalizing gives it form, identity, and substance. I suppose it is bit of literary license intended to evoke images of a sinister force which threatens the heartland and strikes fear into the hearts of “REAL” Americans and proponents of “REAL” democracy. If the source were some guy on street corner with a sign saying “The End Is Near!” one could smile with bemusement and go on about our business as we walk by. Unfortunately, it comes from one who is believer and wants us to believe as well while masquerading as a rational thinking individual. Pardon me while I smile in bemusement as I walk on by.

  • Kurlis

    The American Left shows up to a war of ideas unarmed.

  • balconesfault

    The American Left hates the United States and everything about it. They hate its religion, its patriotism, its REAL democracy, its capitalist economy, its military power, and they especially hate ordinary Americans.

    Idiot, not worthy of response.

  • Kurlis

    And yet…you feel compelled to respond. Very interesting.