Thursday, May 4, 2017

Professor Astren Comes Through

Michael Lumish

I owe Fred Astren an apology.

He finally stood up publicly.

I was hasty in earlier judgments... but I sometimes tend to be hasty.

I imagine that I will have a few more words concerning this in the weeks to come, but it is vitally important for our local leadership to make a hard stand when necessary.

Good for Professor Astren.


Marc Dollinger and Fred Astren
After six face-to-face meetings over the course of a year with San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong, we are obliged to report that there is no resolution in sight for problems plaguing Jewish student life on campus.

The history of conflict involving Jews at S.F. State is not a new story, but the inability or unwillingness of the university administration to speak out and act in the face of the marginalization of Jewish students is bewildering and alarming.
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8 comments:

  1. A hard stand would be a 100% total boycott by all Jewish students and staff. Followed by a federal lawsuit for civil rights violations, promoting hate speech and domestic terrorism. Followed by a civil lawsuit for 1 billion dollars.

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    1. I studied under this guy.

      I'm happy that he stood up.

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    2. I agree with Trudy. They should be occupying the administration building and refuse to leave. They should be demanding Wong's resignation. What is going on is not okay. If it's unacceptable, students need to act like it's unacceptable. I don't think they'd get far with a lawsuit alleging domestic terrorism, but the rest sounds good.

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    3. I would LOVE to see Jewish students take over the Office of the President of SFSU... the office of Dr. Wong, who thinks that General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) represents the best of that school.

      No one would ever see that coming!

      Can you imagine?

      The problem is that Jewish numbers are far too small and Jewish parents and local leadership is far too conservative for such a display. You guys know how it is. Jewish kids in the States, with some obvious exceptions, are not street fighters.

      Arab-American activist kids will get directly in your face and tell you, with perfect righteous indignation, just why it is that "Zionists" suck.

      Jewish kids are, for the most part, not like that unless they are Social Justice Warriors, which generally makes them anti-Zionists.

      My guess is that it will not be long before the pro-Israel / pro-Jewish presence in the US will be politically irrelevant.

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    4. That is dark and depressing prediction. I hope you are wrong. I also believe it spells trouble for the USA as a whole.

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    5. Maybe Jewish students could do what Trudy says and sue the shit out of the state university system. We do have some lawyers on the payroll, don't we?

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  2. In truth, I do not really know what, if anything, I want to do about this story.

    The most important thing for me is that Astren stood up.

    That matters.

    As far as the fight against antisemitism on that campus goes Astren is an important figure needed to say "no" in a public manner... as he and Professor Dollinger just did.

    When I was writing all of those pieces lambasting the holy shit out of SFSU for its contempt of its Jewish constituency - and even one piece going after Astren directly - I always wondered what he, and his Jewish friends on campus, were doing behind the scenes.

    Now we have a bit of a glimpse at it.

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