Defend Freedom of Speech. Defend Tatiana Menaker
Western civilization, Christianity and Judaism are under attack world-
wide. The assault is led by El-Qaeda and similar Islamist terrorist
extremist groups. Actively complicit with them are Marxist and Neo-
Nazi groups in the USA and abroad. The assault is carried out through
bona fide terrorism perpetrated against our civilian populations in
the USA and Europe, and through a propaganda war (PW) assault on our
literary, journalistic, and educational infrastructures.
Perhaps the most troubling arena of this propaganda assault's success
is our college campuses. It is a dire harbinger for the future of our
civilization that extremist leftist and radical right wing groups,
united on our campuses to challenge free speech and replace it with
hate speech, are winning converts among our otherwise liberal and
humanitarian college-age youth. Organized hate-fests on campuses
across the country and in Canada, massive demonstrations which
effectively intimidate authorities as they flout civil conventions
and compromise campus regulations, and the support of international
Moslem organizations...all combine to create a campus environment
poisoned with anti-Jewish and anti-Israel invective.
Ironically, it is our USA tax dollars that are partially subsidizing
the campus faculty and management who support, abet, trivialize,
minimize, legitimize and even lionize the hate-mongers and their
followers who have poisoned our children's college environment. The
horifying success of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate speech on
campuses could not come about without the active participation of
faculty and staff who lend the faux aura of legitimacy to the
excesses that have turned some campuses into playgrounds of political
machinations and polemic grand-standing.
Today, thanks to this successful PW assault, it is dangerous to be a
Jew on many college campuses.
The latest victim of this venomous campus environment is a young
Russian immigrant, journalist, and Jewish activist on the SFSU
campus, Tatiana Menaker. She was unfairly singled out for extreme and
unreasonable punishment by her college administration, and
intimidated by supporters of the PLO on campus; and all for
exercizing her right to civil free speech...speaking out against
communism (which she experienced first-hand) and standing up for
Israel's right to self-defense.
It is now time to challenge those who are changing the very substance
of the word FREEDOM and making a mockery of our pride to be
Americans. It is time to hold college governance accountable for its
unconscionable surrender to extremist intimidation.
Freedom of speech is not freedom of hate speech. Those who engage in
such hate speech, and who perpetrate the campus violence and
intimidation that we have witnessed over the past few years, must be
stopped. The college leadership that complicitly turns a blind eye to
these anti-democratic excesses must be held accountable for their
cowardly lapse of leadership.
We demand that justice be done for Tatiana Menaker. She must be
reinstated as a student of SFSU with appropriate apologies from the
university's faculty and governing body. And we demand that those
same faculty and governing body uniformly and equitably enforce the
rules of civil dissent on campus for ALL student groups, thereby
protecting the democratic rights of ALL students.