Despicable Israel Libels on Display at U Cal

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The moral and intellectual corruption of American universities has recently manifested itself in the California State University system, the largest in the country. A group of faculty and administrators has sent a letter to Chancellor Charles Reed asking that he not approve the reinstatement of the Israel Study Abroad Program, which was suspended apparently for budgetary reasons. Behind the various pretexts justifying this request, however, lies the usual leftist hatred of Israel based on false history and moral idiocy.

The pretexts are transparently specious. The argument about budget constraints is made on a regular basis about everything the university does, and usually reflects professional or ideological preferences rather than principle. If the issue were a study abroad program at Arab American University in Jenin, which the letter writers recommend the CSU should create, money would not be a problem. Nor is the evocation of the State Department Travel Warning any more legitimate. In fact, if you read the actual warning, you’ll see that it is generated not by Israel’s malevolence, but by the threat of terrorist attacks by Palestinians: “Israeli authorities remain concerned about the continuing threat of terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens are cautioned that a greater danger may exist around restaurants, businesses, and other places associated with U.S. interests and/or located near U.S. official buildings, such as the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. U.S. citizens are also urged to exercise a high degree of caution and to use common sense when patronizing restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, malls, places of worship, and theaters, especially during peak hours. Large crowds and public gatherings have been targeted by terrorists in the past and should be avoided to the extent practicable.” Moreover, if State Department travel warnings are grounds for eliminating a study-abroad program, shouldn’t the Cal State system suspend all programs in Mexico, where according to the State Department, “the security situation poses serious risks for U.S. citizens”?

The mention of Americans killed or injured in Israel is equally dishonest. Emily Henochowicz lost an eye to an Israeli tear-gas canister, but as the letter admits, she was involved in a violent protest against Israel. Charges that callous Israeli soldiers deliberately targeted her have been refuted by a video that shows her being struck by a ricocheting tear-gas canister. Even worse is the reference to Furkan Dogan, the Turkish-American killed when members of a Turkish hardcore Islamist outfit attacked Israeli commandos during an attempt to run the Israeli blockade of terrorist-run Gaza in an act of provocation. Of course, if an American student anywhere in the world involves himself in a violent protest against the host country, he runs the risk of injury. That’s why guests in another country should stay out of local politics they usually don’t understand. To suggest, as the letter does, that this risk exists only in Israel is dishonest. The fact is, the danger to Americans in Israel does not arise from Israeli security forces, but from the indiscriminate slaughter perpetrated by Palestinian terrorist attacks like the Hebrew University massacre in July 2002, which killed four American students.

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  • Ronald W. Carnine

    Israel is a country trying to survive. Those who hate her are barking up the wrong tree. You can call Israel whatever name you want but that doesn't make it so. Liberal calls for the punishing of a country more humane than the Palestinians are foolishness. Well educated idiots showing their ignorance of the real issues and the real bad guys need to go back to school and take a lesson in history. If Hitler were still around, they would support him. The only thing I can say is, hit them where it counts, withhold taxpayer support for the school and withhold your students. There are other schools that tell the truth, send the there.

    • Herman Caintonette

      Most people in the world see that the real bad guys were the Zionist thieves. And this includes disciples of Hillel.

      • stern

        You know what? Your sickness is not worth responding to in an intelligent manner. It would be a complete waste.

        I would highly recommend that from now on, this virulent bacteria be ignored completely by reasonable posters to this site. If we don't open ourselves up, the infection will remain purely local and will not harm us.

        • Herman Caintonette

          Your pathology is such that you don't see how much of a waste you are.

          • John of Chaldea

            Herm, what is your muslim name, ali abdullah Hitler? You are an evil person. You are anti-freedom & liberty, anti-human rights, anti-free speech. You are a bigot of the worst sort and it is obvious you would like to finish what Hitler started & kill all of the worlds' Jews. You add nothing intelligible to the conversations here. You tell more lies and spread more hate & intolerance then Muhammed & josef Goebels COMBINED!

          • Herman Caintonette

            How am I anti-freedom? Anti-liberty? Anti-human rights? And wouldn't Team Horrorwitz be more guilty of opposition to free speech, as they have censored me from time to time. Please be specific.

          • Herman Caintonette

            As I thought. Crickets chirping….

        • intrcptr2

          I agree stern.

      • Tom W.

        You haven't a clue what the hell you're talking about! As soon as you wrote Zionist thieves that's all that needs to be said because you are repeating the propagandized lies of Jew hating Arabs and Muslims! The Jews are thieves for the very crime of surviving the 1948 war which the Arabs started! And don't get me started about you educating us Rabbi Hillel which again all you know is perverted lies from websites with fabricated quotes from non-existent sections of Talmud! You are one of those anti-Semites who hate Jews based on lies like The Chosen; where you been fed lies that has to do with superiority. It's from the Torah asking God why he freed the Jews from bondage from the Egyptians. God's answer he chose us for a particular destiny–that's it! It's know different than asking why a student got a scholarship from a university, because based on the person's grades and outside achievements, he/she was chosen from a pool of candidates! Every single thing you hate the Jews for is based on lies but you're too stupid to realize that–because you feel superior!!!

  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    We should assume that the academic output of these hate mongers at American and European universities is based completely on fallacies just as their demonization of
    Israel is.

  • oldtimer

    I am ashamed of the education system.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    As people like Abe Foxman are fond of saying about other people, Israelis have a right to invite Jews to their country. They don’t have a right to have it bought and paid for by the California university system.

    • stern

      Oh for heaven's sake! Israel is not asking for the right to have anything bought and paid for by anyone. It is asking for the right to be judged fairly when decisions like these are made.

      Of course as someone who has long judged Israel unfairly in his own little mind, you would have trouble understanding that.

      • Herman Caintonette

        When you use the world "fairly," you really mean "someone who agrees with you."

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Israel needs to stop asking us for stuff.

  • Montlasky

    In a recent survey by TIME magazine, it is clearly shown how hopeless the American education system has become. It is a frightening expose of primary, secondary and tertiary learning in the USA and on a survey undertaken of the positioning in world rankings of the USA education system,it was found to be one of the lowest rankings in US history. This is reflected in the University higher learning institutions whose officials and students have become racist to the point of stifling freedom of speech and assembly on US campuses especially when it comes to Israel and the Jewish students in particular. This is a further indication of the decadence of American institutions of higher learning and is a reflection of how low America has fallen in it's racial and religious tolerance as envisaged in the Constitution. Perhaps the intolerance against Israel and the Jewish students as found by David Horowitz on many campuses in the USA, is an underlying desire by the institutions of learning in general to promote SHARI A law as the preferred system of legal and religious debate for the USA? The spoof picture that did the rounds on the internet some time ago, of the Statue of Liberty wearing a Burkha, is not so far fetched after all? Is it?

  • Fred

    The radicals have been planning this for over 50 years. They took over the universities, our media, government positions and more. They have been patient and put "their people" in positions of decision making and authority. Senator McCarthy was so right.

  • sedoanman

    "The University of California is cutting back on many things, but not useless diversity programs. … Even as UC campuses jettison entire degree programs and lose faculty to competing universities, one fiefdom has remained virtually sacrosanct: the diversity machine. … Not only have diversity sinecures been protected from budget cuts, their numbers are actually growing. The University of California at San Diego, for example, is creating a new full-time 'vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion.' This position would augment UC San Diego’s already massive diversity apparatus, which includes the Chancellor’s Diversity Office, the associate vice chancellor for faculty equity, the assistant vice chancellor for diversity, the faculty equity advisers, the graduate diversity coordinators, the staff diversity liaison, the undergraduate student diversity liaison, the graduate student diversity liaison, the chief diversity officer, the director of development for diversity initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Diversity Council, and the directors of the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and the Women’s Center."
    http://www.city-journal.org/2011/cjc0714hm.html

  • StephenD

    It really doesn't matter if the charges are true or not. As long as they are made, the University will have something to hang its hat on when it does what it wants to do anyway; which is to cut this program. Israel doesn't lose in this…the students lose. And lesser will be the University for its despicable mindset.

  • Herman Caintonette

    Oy vey! Talk about moral and intellectual dishonesty, lies, and libels! IOKIFAAZ!

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,you should know. You and Flipside have attacked Jewish people in general and Israel in particular for a long time now.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      No. I have criticized Jewish Nationalists, been ACCUSED of hating Jews and have had an amusing field day lampooning Jewish narcissism. Jews are not accustomed to being slapped across the face in conversation because of the 50 year reprieve earned in WWII. But it IS now the 21st Century, and in the 21st Century, if you are a jerk, you get made fun of, not excused because of events of the last century.

      • Herman Caintonette

        If you don't agree with their theft of other people's land or bombing Iran, you are accused of hating all Jews, despite the fact that the sane Jews don't agree with them. In fact, even a former head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, said it would be "stupid" for Israel to attack Iran. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/world/middleeas

        He must obviously hate all Jews, right, Team Horrorwitz?

        • Ghostwriter

          Unfortunately,you and Flipside don't get it! When you're not mindlessly parroting stuff from Muslim fundamentalists,whose hatred for Jews and the West is legendary,your statements are similar to those of "Mein Kampf" or "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." You wallow in hideous stereotypes of Jews and wonder why you're criticized because of it.
          As for bombing Iran,the Mullahs,which you so egregiously support by the way Ms. Caintonette,want an atomic bomb which will wipe Israel and everyone else who doesn't think like them,off the map. I'm hopeful something will be done to stop them. The world doesn't need a nuclear armed Iran.

  • intrcptr2

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the part of the definition of aparthied quoted here sounds amazingly like what Hamas is doing to Beersheva, etc.

    • Sashland

      Islam is Apartheid,

      and, Hate Speech,

      and, pro-slavery,

      and, and, and…

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Get the government out of education–eliminate the Department of Education, like
    President Reagan wanted. It now costs $42,000 a year to attend George Washington University. WHERE does all that tuition money wind up?!