J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- In addition to online hate speech, old-fashioned anti-Semitism was highlighted at the conference with a panel session on what some Jewish students and community leaders claim is systemic anti-Semitism at San Francisco State University.
San Francisco Hillel Executive Director Ollie Benn said there is “an environment of discrimination” at SFSU that leads to Jewish students feeling intimidated. SFSU Jewish Studies Professor Marc Dollinger said “anti-normalization,” a movement that refuses to “normalize” the state of Israel or Zionism, excludes Jewish students from some campus discussions and activities.
Abby Porth, executive director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council, pointed out that the Bay Area Jewish community has been very generous to SFSU and said that support should not be taken for granted.