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Students walk past J. Paul Leonard Library on the San Francisco State University campus on March 27, 2017. (Steven Ho/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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“Unfounded charges of anti-Semitism at SF State protect no one,” In My View, Oct. 19

People fighting anti-Semitism at S.F. State deserve our support

David Spero denies that anti-Semitism exists at San Francisco State University. The facts prove otherwise.
At a 2002 peace rally, pro-Palestinian students spewed anti-Semitic hate at Jewish students, screaming: “Hitler didn’t finish the job!” “Get out or we’ll kill you!” and “Go back to Russia!”

In 2013, SFSU’s General Union of Palestine Students provided stencils for making signs saying: “My heroes have always killed colonizers,” meaning Israelis. Meanwhile, GUPS’ president posted a picture of himself holding a knife, called for decapitating a female Israeli soldier and later wrote about Israelis: “Kill them all.”

Last year, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was shouted down by a mob calling for Israel’s annihilation. And this year, the Jewish student organization Hillel was wrongly excluded from a “Know Your Rights” fair, as the university itself subsequently acknowledged.

Those fighting anti-Semitism at SFSU deserve our support.

Stephen A. Silver
San Francisco

Spero is not a neutral observer

David Spero’s self-serving piece is very Trumpian. It flies in the face of reality. Considering the fact that his Jewish Voice for Peace is behind many of the anti-Semitic events on college campuses, it is no surprise that he would deny that anti-Semitism is a problem.

He, in fact, facilitates this by giving cover to anti-Semites by allowing them to defend their actions by arguing that they cannot be anti-Semitic because a the JVP supports them.

I personally spoke several times with SFSU Vice President Robert Nava, who told me how disturbed he was to hear from a number of Jewish students who did not feel safe or welcome on campus.

Spero can spin his twisted message as he wishes, but keep in mind who he is. He is not a neutral observer. The Jewish Voice for Peace does not stand for Judaism or for peace. It is an anti-Israel organization that does not believe Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people. This is his right to have this opinion, but your readers should know who he is and why he chooses to deny a problem that he has helped create.

Gilbert Stein
Aptos

“Time for disaster socialism,” Nato Green, Oct. 15
Nato checks all the boxes

Nato Green’s column was so right on.

He notes that we are squandering a perfectly good planet — “and it’s becoming uninhabitable.” Check.
“Scientists told us this was coming, and we didn’t listen, because driving was too fun and the beef too delicious.” Check.

“Disaster capitalism” is here … Corporations made fortunes ignoring the risks and now will make another fortune on the back end” of global warming. Check.

“While we heal and grieve, savvy businessmen seek to use our collective anguish to further privatize and profit and deregulate in the name of recovery.” Check.

“[T]he market is the problem. We knew that impending climate change meant these related cataclysms. Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t want to ban oil drilling or fracking.” Check.

“We need a People’s Fire Recovery Plan, a ‘disaster socialism’ to answer disaster capitalism.” Check.
More than anything else, we need an emergency plan to reduce carbon emissions, and the only way to do that is to replace capitalism with socialism.

Jim Musselman
San Francisco

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