Alvin Rosenfeld reflects, in a speech given at U Minnesota, that “many of our campuses have become hospitable to certain political and ideological currents of thought that issue in actions and statements inimical to many Jewish students and professors. A review of contemporary debates about two issues of particular concern to Jews—the Holocaust and the State of Israel—suggests that we may be witnessing the emergence of some new versions of the “Jewish Question.”
Rosenfeld discourses on currents that would “forget” the Holocaust on American campuses, end the focus on study of the Holocaust (do more comparative genocide instead), and removeemphasis in particular on the specific tribulations of the Jews. The idea is to end the alleged Jewish monopolization on suffering. He says the same holds true in terms of complaints about focus on the study of the State of Israel. We are witnessing new versions of the emergence of the Jewish Question.