THE NAZIS ARE COMING: Stanford’s student senate debate whether ‘Jews control banks and media’
Students strike clauses defining delegitimization of Israel as ‘anti-Semitic’; student claims view that Jews ‘control’ media is ‘valid.’
By Tova Dvorin
Stereotypes asserting Jews “control the banks and the media” do not constitute anti-Semitism, a member of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Senate claimed this week.
During a hearing on renewing a resolution banning anti-Semitism, Stanford senior Gabriel Knight insisted that a clause defining negative Jewish stereotypes is “irresponsibly foraying into another politically contentious conversation.”
“Questioning these potential power dynamics, I think, is not anti-Semitism,” he said. “I think it’s a very valid discussion.”
He also maintained that the bill should include “some language to acknowledge Palestinians’ rights to self-determination.”
Knight backtracked twenty minutes later, the Stanford Review reported Tuesday, apologizing as “the Jewish community could be offended by that.” Two fellow Senators, however – named as Elliot Kaufman and Matthew Wigler – have called for Knight to step down after making the remarks.
Tensions remained high during the ASSU meeting, which sought to renew the bill to condemn “mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews
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