Tensions between Jewish students and San Francisco State University have been stretched to the breaking point, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
Friction between the two sides has been mounting. A backlash recently erupted when SFSU president Leslie Wong apologized to the Jewish community after he refused, almost a year ago, to categorically assert that "Zionists" were welcome on campus:
"Am I comfortable opening up the gates to everyone? Gosh, of course not," Wong stated during an interview last May. "I'm not the kind of guy who gets into absolutes like that."
Late last month – after he said he came to understand how flawed his comments were – Wong apologized in a mass email:
"... I want to sincerely apologize for the hurt feelings and anguish my words have caused. Let me be clear: Zionists are welcome on our campus."
Tammi Rossman Benjamin of AMCHA Initiative, a pro-Israel group, says Associate Professor Rabab Abdulhadi described Wong's apology as "a declaration of war" against Arabs, Muslims, and Palestinians.
"So what [Abdulhadi] was effectively doing was really inciting violence against Jewish and pro-Israel students at San Francisco State, which is an amazingly scary proposition," observes Benjamin, who describes the professor as a mentor to pro-Palestinian students.
Benjamin thinks it's time for higher-ups in the university system to get involved before the situation escalates further.
"The president, the trustees, and maybe even members of the state legislature need to look at this and need to see what's happening in academic departments at San Francisco State University," Benjamin tells OneNewsNow.
SFSU is currently facing two lawsuits alleging that it suffers from "institutionalized anti-Semitism," according to the Algemeiner Journal.