No Honorary Degree for Israel-Hater Tony Kushner

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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For the first time since 1961, the City University of New York (CUNY) has rejected a candidate for an honorary degree. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s nomination was tabled at a meeting of the board of trustees at member college John Jay on Monday, when board member Jeffrey Wiesenfeld objected. “If his libelous statements against Israel were made by anyone outside the Jewish community, that person would be correctly labeled an anti-Semite…when you spew libel against our sole regional democratic ally for ‘crimes’ concocted by delegitimizers, you are an anti-Semite,” explained Wiesenfeld. “I would no differently oppose a racist for an honorary degree who personifies himself by calumny against a people,” he added. Kushner, an unapologetic Israel-basher and notorious propagandist for the genocidal Palestinian campaign against the Jewish State, characterized the rejection as “McCarthyite nonsense.”

It’s hardly nonsense. Kushner has been engaged in activities with Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization whose principal strategy hinges around economic warfare (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel “to end the Israeli occupation of Gaza and West Bank, including East Jerusalem.” Kushner claims he does not support the boycott, but such claims ring utterly hollow given the playwright’s outrageous statements and background. Even in his letter to the board of trustees in response to his rejection, Kushner accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and, in an even greater departure from reality, also asserted that the “brunt” of the “ongoing horror in the Middle East..has been borne by the Palestinian people.”

But this only scratches the surface. Kushner is currently out in the sympathetic press peddling the worst of his obscurantist rhetoric. In an interview with Jewish Week nine days ago, Kushner claimed there “has never been a moment in my entire life when I haven’t expressed complete and full support of the State of Israel.” Evidently, one can be a supporter of Israel’s existence while also having “a problem with the idea of a Jewish state. It would have been better if it never happened,” as he told the New York Sun. In 2002, he told the Chicago Tribune that it’s “the shame of American Jews” for “failing to denounce Israel.” In 2004, Ha’aretz quoted Kushner saying that “[E]stablishing a state means f***ing people over,” and reiterated his contention that the creation of Israel was “mistake.”

Kushner has also rarely missed a moment to promulgate the false narrative perpetrated by Palestinian Nazis, whose charges of Israeli ethnic cleansing, racism, apartheid, imperialism, etc. are used to justify their terror and legitimize their desire to annihilate Israel. He has claimed in the New York Sun that “[Israel is involved in] a deliberate destruction of Palestinian culture and a systematic attempt to destroy the identity of the Palestinian people.” He told the Baltimore Jewish Times that “[T]he Israeli-built security wall should come down, the homeland for the Palestinians should be built up, with a strictly enforced peace, not enforced by the Israel Defense Forces, but by the United Nations.” In a book entitled “Tony Kushner in Conversation” (1998), the playwright offered up this assessment: “The biggest supporters of Israel are the most repulsive members of the Jewish community and Israel itself has got this disgraceful record…Israel is a creation of the U.S., bought and paid for[.]”

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  • chaim moskovitz

    No hyperbole at THIS rag!

  • Chezwick_mac

    Wow! Busted!

    Kudos to Jeffery Weisenfeld for exposing this snake.

    For the record, in my adversarial discourse with Lefties at the 'Guardian', I found over and over their wild enthusiasm for quoting from anti-Zionist Jews…as if doing so lent greater credibility to their anti-semitic rants. Conversely, whenever I quoted from Muslim apostates, these were dismissed as the bigoted musings of disaffected malcontents (e.g., "[Well, what do you expect from someone who has rejected their own religion? They CAN'T be objective"]….as if the self-hating Jew CAN???)

    And let's understand, the self-hating Jew – living in a realm in which Israel has become the external repository for all of his internal loathing – is in fact the world's most dangerous moral adversary of the Jewish state, for he is uniquely suited to pursue a particularly malevolent agenda, which is to lend moral legitimacy to the genocidal aspirations of Jihadists.

    Tony Kushner is just such a man.

  • Bernadette de Wit

    Meet some of Tony Kushners many friends. Gretta Duisenberg from The Netherlands was thrown out of a restaurant for making pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli propaganda to the other guests. It happened May 4th, the national WW2 memorial day during the two minutes of silence everyone observes.
    Tony will also like Asma Assad, the fashionista & first lady of Syria who blames Israel for all violence her husband is responsible for.
    A Jew, an atheist and a Muslim: united in hatred. Will they still be happy together if Israel will be wiped of the map and islam will rule the world?

    • kafir4life

      The Jew and the athiest will be THRILLED! Smiling and laughing! But now the muslim can behave as a muslim, and in the tradition of the prophet, strike them at the neck, as they will no longer be useful……still idiots, tho'.

    • Fred Dawes

      Thank you I hope I am not beheaded for thanking you.
      So people are now blaming Jews for the holocaust, Good God what a world it is senseless.
      "No islam nd its people can never be happy until the evil one comes to pick up all Muslim." to all muslims walk-away from evil or go to hell with the evil one, get down on your knees and ask GOD To help you to become a Jews.

  • Amused

    Just based on the ridiculous notion that "the U.N. can strictly enforce " anything , is enough to disqualify Kushner . Especially since all the evidence one needs ,of the utter foolishness and stupidity of that remark , lies right across Israel's norther border in Lebanon . Not to mention past U.N. "witnessing and doing nothing " regarding kidnapping of Israeli Citizens .
    You just don't give someone that ignorant an "honorary degree " .
    Kudos to CUNY .

    • sky

      1+1=3 to the FED thepost&email

  • Underzog

    Isn't Tony Kushner a butt burgaler? It is almost to laugh. Maybe he hates Israel as he hates a some gloves because they are the wrong shade of pink.

    Israel is not as bad as his ilthy lifestyle which spreads diseases: AIDs, shigolosis; etc.

    • kafir4life

      Underzog…..I'm guessing you didn't get your -128p here at FPM.

      Nice work!

    • ajnn

      While Kushner is gay, it is loathsome to use that in an effort to debase him.

      Please refer only to his lack of honesty, the quality of his writing, and his immoral opinions to discredit him

      • Underzog

        I couldn't disagree with you more. Self hating creeps or narcissistic creeps such as Kushner, Finkelstein — the excomunicated Naom Chomsky; etc., give perfect ammunition to the anti-Semites about how Jews need to be destroyed. Even the Jews — the honest Jews –say so themselves according to the eliminationist anti-Semites.

        Whether their names be Benjamin Freedman, Alfred Lillenthal, Tony Kushner, Norman Finkelstein,or Peter Bienert, they are a mortal threat to the Jewish people and it is time for the gloves to come off.

        Saul Alinsky, a hero to many of them, said that ridicule is man's most effective weapon. Well I can use the sleazy. ridiculing techniques of Saul Alinsky and the other Communists, too. If any of them are reading this, I wonder how they like it?

  • Steve Chavez

    Now we can't say "Geronimo?" We can't question anything about Obama without being called a "racist?" We can't ask an illegal for documentation our else we'll be called "racists?" BUT HEY, LET'S HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH "THOSE JEWS!"

    There is institutional wide hatred for Jews and Israel at every university I have ever been to or read about, as David Horowitz can certainly provide proof of, and yet the P.C. Police who are handcuffing what we say, what we think, what we write, can get away with any slander against a Jew and Israel!

    Protests supporting Hamas, a terrorist organization as currently labeled by the United States, are regularly held in cities and universities, and Jew/Israel-bashing is a requirement! Two years ago, after the Hamas/Israel war, the Muslim Student Association here at the University of New Mexico held a rally to support Hamas. There were four members of a pro-israel group in the same crowd. University police protected Hamas supporters. One pro-Israel sign said, "Hamas uses Human Shields" and the Hamas supporters surrounded him so as the passersby couldn't see it. MSA also had a sign "Honk if you support Hamas." As an observer, I counted an average of one car honk for every 75 cars that didn't! There were also several members from the local Peace and Justice Center and ANSWER supporting Hamas who also had "WE DESERVED IT" signs at their protest right after 9-11!!!

    • ajnn

      Supporting Hamas ? Yucchhhh.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    There have been Kushners throughout Jewish history and they have substantially contributed to antisemitism and the historic suffering of Jews, including the Holocaust. Jew-hating Jews, of course, are not unique to Judaism. Traitorous individuals existed in most cultures and these "enemies within" are just as damaging as the outsiders who seek the annihilation of groups. We had Tokyo Rose in WW II, Britain had Lord Haw-Haw. These individuals need to be dealt with as Mossad dealt with Eichman, the Navy Seals just dealt with bin Laden, etc.

    • ajnn

      Oreo is black on the outside white on the inside

      coconut is brown on the outside white on the inside

      banana is yellow on the outside white on the inside

      each of these is a euphemism for 'race-traitor'.

  • BS77

    People like Kushner and FInkelstein are simply psychotic morons.
    They cannot think logically or rationally …..they live on propaganda, indoctrination and self hatred. These are very sick people.

    • Kettle

      Kettle calling the pot black.

  • Vermont Yid

    Anyone up for a little Navy SEAL mission?

    • ajnn

      maybe this weekend ?

      like most conservatives, i have to work during the week.

    • "gunner"

      ready right, ready left, lock and load, stand and fire.
      (a goy from vermont, mazeltov neighbor.)

  • Michael Canzano

    He is in the right element . The film industry is as liberal as it is possible to be. America Haters run rampant in Hollywood. The fact that Jews are the dominate factor in Hollywood and tolerate a Jew Hater is the epitome of double standard insanity. If Kushner was a Conservative , he would have been black balled. His career would have had to resume in Gaza (the perfect place for a wake up call). They (America / Jew Haters) will go to their graves insisting they were right. They are the real Hitlers of this century. Their perceived truths are carved in warm and fuzzy denial and insanity.
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

    • Jim_C

      Actually, though, Jews in the entertainment industry are by and large some of this country's most powerful advocates for Israel; Kushner is far more "Broadway" than "Hollywood."

      But yes it's true that those same Jews are also some of this country's most powerful liberals. So…what's the problem, again? Oh right: Jews generally believe in public education, social justice, universal health care–aka "hating America." LOL

    • Questions

      Here we go again — the same nonsense about "America-hating" Hollywood. Here it's made worse by your bald-faced anti-Semitism. I see a new movie a week. I don't see the treason. Go see "Thor" or "Hanna," and leave us alone.

    • Sam B.

      The word "liberal", as applied by many well-meaning people these days has long become a misnomer for far left, anti-semitic hatred.That word once had an honorable distinction. Indeed, liberals were the most intrepid supporters of Israel and opponents of that other totalian sickness, communism. No accident that all of the classic and historic leftists,the "fathers," so to speak–Marx, Proudhomme, Bakunin, Kropotkin Rousseau, were all anti-Semites. Roussea felt that Jews should be given citizenship–as long as they stopped being Jews.

  • Zorba

    They're wrong. Tushner should be given a degree. The turd degree.

  • Amused

    Yea , "liberal trash " those Hollywood people are …like Heston ,Jimmy Stewart , Spencer Tracy , Henry Fonda , Jane Russel , John Wayne , Lee Marvin , Audrey Hepburn ,William Bendix …filthy commie trash they are ….and "DEM JEWS " , making those movies !! all they did throughout their careers was to spread hatred of America !!

  • bob maram

    regardingself-hating jews like tony kushner — it appearsthat pogo was right, WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND IT IS US. bob maram

  • jOE

    I have not read this rag for sometime. Regarding Tony Kushner you have treated him unfairly and with your own brand of Judaphobia. Shame! Shame!

  • James Jeffrey Paul

    Tony Kushner is a great playwright, but as a thinker, he gives new meaning to the phrase "fuzzy-headed" and "stuck in the muck."

    • steven l

      let's add also: a stinker.

  • crackerjack

    Whatever happend to Free Speech in the USA?

    Apparently, the USA needs a law aginst insulting the glorious, enlighted nation of Israel and its glorious and enlighted leaders. A supplementary law could handle the diction acceptable in comments dealing with the glorious and enlighted nation of Israel and its glorious and enlighted leaders.

    Laws of this nature can be copy-pasted from North Korea, syria, Iran or the likes. at least then everyone knows waht is acceptable and what not.

    LOL.

    • MixMChess

      I always love how Israel-bashers are quick to defend their freedom of speech, while at the same time condemning Israel's defenders who call them out on their bigotry and lies. LOL.

    • ziontruth

      "Apparently, the USA needs a law aginst insulting the glorious, enlighted nation of Israel and its glorious and enlighted leaders."

      The U.S.A. isn't responsible for this, so it doesn't need such laws. But Israel, the Jewish State, needs to take responsibility for anti-Zionist Jewish quislings everywhere. The Jewish State must bring them to court in Israel to stand trial.

  • Brian S.

    Don't forget his contribution to civil discourse in this article(Matthew's Passion, The Nation 11/9/98) "Trent Lott worried about how to keep his promise to the religious right, to speak out against the homosexual agenda, without seeming to endorse murder. Trent Lott endorses murder, of course; his party endorses murder, his party endorses discrimination against homosexuals and in doing so it endorses the ritual slaughter of homosexuals."
    "Trent Lott endorses murder. He knows that discrimination kills. Pope John Paul II endorses murder. "

    • AliceL

      Poor widdle Tony's feelings were hurt. So sad, too bad!

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  • Marc

    I wonder how welcome Kusher and his husband would be in palestine ?