To be clear: it's not the tolerant, multiculturalist Blue Staters who are painting swastikas and beating up Jewish kids. It's the intolerant, anti-Semitic Blue Staters whom the tolerant, multiculturalist Blue Staters are wont to make excuses for:
The Jewish community of Rockville, Maryland was shaken up over the weekend, after unknown perpetrators spray-painted several swastikas early Saturday on homes in a predominantly Israeli neighborhood in the Washington, D.C. suburb. Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which they have labeled a hate crime... Several months ago, Israeli children were attacked in what residents say was an anti-Semitic assault. As a result, members of the community have requested increased security.
It's probably just over-exuberant anti-Zionism - nothing to worry about. At least that's what not a few of the blogs and blog posts on Obama campaign websites would probably insist. Although it's weird - if "anti-Zionist" isn't a codeword for "anti-Semitic", why are there almost a dozen pages on barackobama.com harping about the "Jewish Lobby"?
Switching coasts: remember that time in 2004 when USC's Muslim Student Association spread a lighthearted Holocaust joke through their listserv? Or that other time in 2005 when USC's Muslim Student Association spread a series of not-so-lighthearted Holocaust jokes through their listserv? My understanding is that the University very, very sternly instituted a series of sensitivity workshops. Shockingly these very, very serious measures seem not to have taken:
Muslim students at the University of Southern California are enraged by the school's recent decision to remove from a student group's website an Islamic text that encourages the murder of Jews. Until recently, the website of the now-defunct Muslim Student Association, which is hosted on the university's servers, had featured the full text of the hadiths, the words of Mohammed that are not found in the Koran. One of those hadiths calls on Muslims to "fight against the Jews and...kill them," and promises that even the stones and the trees will assist Muslims in that gruesome task. A statement issued by the Muslim Student Union at USC suggested that the hadith was being taken out of context, and called the school's decision to remove it from the website "unprecedented and unconscionable." The Muslim Student Union accused the USC administration of practicing unfair censorship.
Pressure brought to bear on the university forced the Provost's hand - which was duly noted and commended. But that wasn't before the issue had to be repeatedly emphasized by Reut Cohen and the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Turns out, century-old passages urging the murder of Jews inspire something a little less placid than calm and measured anti-Zionism.
Incidentally - you know who tells students that Arab anti-Semitism is just an over-exuberant reaction to Zionism? USC professor Laurie Brand. Hey - you don't think that this kind of "scholarship" has anything to do with campus environments in which Arab anti-Semitism is excused as an over-exuberant reaction to Zionism, do you?