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N.Y. Jew in France. Stuyvesant, Harvard alum. Satanic clickbait mill survivor. Bitch here and IRL. Anti-Zionist. Babbitts, Strelnikovs, allez-vous-en.

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Wisse is a firecracker. Riffing on “We Shall Not Be Moved” to diss protesters at Bard College attests to that. Hard not to be charmed by her wit, pluck. Again, she has terrible politics. But these kids are punks, and it’s hard not to take her side here. 
Listen, these punks are idiots. And act in bad faith and with no facts. But Batya isn’t exactly a paragon of reasoned discourse in good faith.
And Wisse herself doesn’t think anti-Semitism can be talked about absent Israel. So why is it anti-Semitic if protesters accept her premise?
As for the notion that protesting them was inherently anti-Semitic, I do t think so. Ruth Wisse (whom I adore as a former professor) is nonetheless stridently anti-Palestinian. Batya herself has made some pretty gross statements about the conflict.
The Bard students are mini-totalitarians in waiting, no doubt. Their behavior runs against the values of a free society. But Batya has reaped the whirlwind, she was happy to be duplicitous and both play the free speech game and the idpol game for careerist reasons. And now...
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