Decades after the Holocaust unfolded at the hands of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party, some still choose to use swastikas and other related symbolism to disparage and intimidate Jews. This is exactly what seems to be unfolding at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
GBTV contributor and CBN News host Erick Stakelbeck is slated to speak at the school on Monday, May 14. The journalist and commentator was invited by the university's Christians United for Israel (CUFI) chapter to discuss the Middle East and the ongoing threats faced by the Israeli state.
In the days leading up to the event, a curious thing happened. When the group put up posters advertising Stakelbeck's appearance, they were defaced with swastikas and pro-Palestinian messaging.
On his CBN blog, the host shared details about the bizarre actions taken against his speech. The posters, which feature the American and Israeli flags and Stakelbeck's image, now also have a hand-scrawled slogan that reads, "Never again includes Palestine."
Where to begin? First off, a Jewish student was the first to discover the defaced flyers. Imagine the anger, shock and revulsion he must have felt to see the symbol of Nazi Germany--perpetrator of a Holocaust that nearly eliminated his people from the face of the earth--superimposed over the Star of David. What did he and every other Jewish student on the Portland State campus feel when they were greeted by such a menacing image? They have clearly been marked for harassment and intimidation, if not worse. It also sends a chilling message to Christian supporters of Israel, including myself, to watch their backs: "You are not welcome here."
Second, this kind of vandalism and anti-Semitic rhetoric has become commonplace on college campuses throughout the country, as has open support for jihadist genocide against the Jews. How bad is it? This bad. Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany due to Israel's supposed oppression of the Palestinians (a "genocide" that is "worse than the Holocaust," as some pro-Palestinian fanatics have told me in the past) is a favorite tactic of radical Islamists and their allies on the radical left. Notice the slogan scrawled on the poster above: "Never again includes Palestinians." The term "never again" is commonly used by Jews as a reminder that the days of pogroms, genocides and forced expulsions are over--thanks in large part to the existence of Israel--and can never be allowed to return. For pro-Palestinian radicals to co-opt it and suggest that Israelis are the equivalent of the greatest Jew-hating machine of all time is not just insensitive and absurd: it's pure evil.
Stakelbeck goes on in the piece to warn anti-Semites that "this is not 1944" and that "Bible-believing Christians will not sit idly by in shameful silence and watch as Jews are threatened, once again, with extinction." He also encouraged readers to get involved in CUFI on Campus' efforts.
These developments come after an April article in which The Blaze reported that Portland State University is offering a course entitled, "Revolutionary Marxism: Theory and Practice." The class, as noted in the syllabus, provides "an emphasis on the practical applications of Marxist Theory in local political struggle."
Considering the existence of the course, Stakelbeck writes, "...it's not surprising that good little Leftists--who are invariably hostile to Israel -- are being produced" at the school.