Crossing the line 2 the new face of anti semitism on campus abridged
Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus is a 2015 film which documents how a growing number of anti-Israel demonstrations on U.S. campuses also include anti-Semitic messaging. The filmmakers interviewed pro-Israel college students, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who say that they feel increasingly intimidated to express their support for Israel on campus.
Crossing the line 2 the new face of anti semitism on campus
Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus is a documentary film that was released in New York on February 25, 2015 as a “sequel” to Jerusalem U’s 2010 feature film Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus. Like the original film, Crossing the Line 2 aims to uncover the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on North American college campuses and educate the viewer to be able to identify when valid criticism of Israel “crosses the line” into anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Both films explore the growing phenomenon of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activism on college campuses across North America, with Crossing the Line 2 covering more recent examples of this activism up to the year 2014. One such event, whose footage is shown in the film, is an anti-Israel demonstration at Cornell University where a demonstrator spits on a Jewish student and screams “f*ck you Zionist scum.”
The documentary also examines the experiences of Jewish college students who openly support the State of Israel and fight against campaigns on their campuses that oppose or critique the Israeli government, such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and Israel Apartheid Week. These students consistently describe the hostility they face on their campuses, such as fake eviction notices at New York University, and Israel Apartheid Week held on campuses across North America. The film highlights two students from Ohio University who were arrested in 2014 for publicly criticizing the student senate president for participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by pouring fake blood on herself and calling on Ohio University to divest from Israel.
Colonel Richard Kemp - Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan
Professor Robert Wistrich - Director, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism
Roz Rothstein - Director, StandWithUs
Aviva Slomich - Campus Director, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
Elliot Matthias - Director, Hasbara Fellowships
Professor Sharon Musher - Richard Stockton College
Featured Student Activists
Justin Hayet (Binghamton University) is a campus activist who has organized numerous pro-Israel events on his campus and written opinion pieces for the campus newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, and the CAMERAonCampus blog. Hayet received CAMERA’s 2015 David Bar Ilan Award for Outstanding Camus Activism.
Sophia Wilkof (University of California) is an active member of Bruins for Israel at UCLA and is an assistant student organization liaison for cultural organizations on her campus.
Rebecca Sebo (Ohio University) was the President of Bobcats for Israel on campus and Grinspoon Morningstar Fellow for the Israel on Campus Coalition. Sebo was arrested in 2014 for disrupting a student senate meeting in protest of a video released the previous week by the Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.
Chloé Valdary (University of New Orleans) created Allies of Israel on her campus in 2012. She was named one of the top 100 people positively affecting Jewish and Israeli life in the Algemeiner’s inaugural celebration of this category. She has written articles for Huffington Post, Tablet Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, and Israel National News. Valdary is also a consultant for CAMERA, the assistant of directors for the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel, and a Fellow at the Lawfare project.
Sarah Abonyi (University of New Mexico) was the founder and president of Lobos for Israel on her campus. She served as the Israel on Campus Coalition’s Grinspoon-Morningstar Fellow and spearheaded efforts to defeat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement on her campus. Abonyi received the Woman of Valor award in 2014 from the Jewish Federation of New Mexico and the Conflict Resolution award from the Graduate Professional Student Association of the University of Mexico for her achievements in Israel activism.
Jackie Retig (New York University) – is a leader of TorchPac, NYU’s pro-Israel student group. In 2014, she organized the Innovation Israel Convention for NYU’s Stern School of Business. Retig is currently the Director of Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in NY.
Zara Mellits (University of Michigan) is an active member of ILead, the pro-Israel organization on her campus.
Gabe Sirkin (Ohio University) is the president of Bobcats for Israel on campus and Hillel’s Peer Network Engagement Intern. Sirkin was arrested in 2014 for disrupting a student senate meeting in protest of a video released the previous week by the Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.
Raphael Shore - Executive Producer, Producer, and Writer
Amy Holtz - Executive Producer
Peter Friedmann - Executive Producer
Shmuel Katz - Executive Producer
Shoshana Palatnik - Director
Yitz Brilliant - Editor and Writer
Robert J. Shillman - Co-Producer
Philip Rosen - Co-Producer
Sarah Turbow, Director of J Street wrote that the film was missing students who believe that even among BDS supporters and strong critics of Israel, not all are anti-Semitic.
Crossing The Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus was released in New York City on February 25, 2015.
Former member of the Dutch parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote that watching Crossing the Line 2 was “like having a bucket of ice water being poured over my head...The more we pretend that this is happening somewhere far away, the more hopeless and helpless we feel. But this is not happening far away. This is happening on American campuses, British campuses, Canadian campuses.”
Coverage of the film was reported in The Jerusalem Post, Jewish Voice, The San Diego Jewish World, The Blaze, The New York Jewish Week, The Washington Times, Breitbart and American Thinker.