The Illness of ‘Israel Apartheid Week’

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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Editor’s note: Learn about the Freedom Center’s campaign to counter the lies propagated by Israel Apartheid Week by visiting Wall-of-Truth.org.

My first experience with Israel Apartheid week came back in 2000 at UCLA, when I was greeted on campus with pamphlets openly fundraising for Hamas and Hezbollah.

It was a spectacle I’d see repeated year after year. Just before September 11, the Muslim student newspaper Al-Talib ran a story joking about changing the name of the magazine to Al-Taliban and making Osama Bin Laden editor-in chief.

Every year, I’d ask the editorial team at the UCLA Daily Bruin to run a column on the association between the Muslim Student Association and terror groups; each year, they’d turn me down. Finally, after they decided to run a piece I’d written on the subject, they submitted it to the MSA directly for vetting. The piece never ran.

That was over ten years ago. But nothing has changed.

The University of California system is dominated by Israel Apartheid Week at least once per year per campus; in a not-coincidental correlation, anti-Semitic incidents on campuses seem to be rising.

On March 8, UC president Mark Yudof wrote an open letter decrying the hate. “Attempting to shout down speakers is not protected speech,” he wrote. “It is an action meant to deny others the right to free speech … What is not acceptable are hate-driven physical and … verbal attacks on any group or individual that are meant to silence or intimidate those who would express differing opinions.”

This week, congressional candidate Mark Reed called on Representatives Brad Sherman and Howard Berman to investigate anti-Semitism at University of California and California State University campuses. As Tammi Rossman Benjamin, Hebrew lecturer at UC Santa Cruz recently wrote in a complaint, “The harassing and intimidating environment for Jewish students has been worsened by the fact that NO other racial or national origin group on campus has been subjected by faculty or administrators to such hostile and demonizing criticism.”

Columnist Marsha Sutton of the Del Mar Times recalled one incident from June 2011, in which the UCSD libraries were shut down due to budget cuts. Palestinian activists immediately took over the buildings and hung Palestinian flags on them. When a Jewish student hung up an Israel flag, however, it was quickly torn down. “These actions,” writes Sutton, “would never be tolerated at a county or city library, so why are they permitted at a state-supported university library?”

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  • truebearing

    Maybe it would help if these morons would learn the definition of apartheid….but probably not. They know it's a lie.

    i always wondered what it was like living in the WWII era, with the ever increasing evil coming from Japan, Russia, Germany, Italy, etc, and then the war. Now I know, and if anything, our current world is far more dangerous and the evil has permeated the leadership of far more countries, including one that used to stand for justice, the United States.

    • aspacia

      true,

      AJ has redefined the word, and therein lies the problem.

    • Glennd1

      So, you don't think that what Israel is doing in the occupied territories can be described as "Apartheid"? Separate roads only for Israelis? Separate, special security for "settlers"? An ongoing "settlement" pattern that is designed to destroy any chance of Palestinians creating a contiguous state? While it's not exactly like South Africas formerly overt racist laws, it certainly is designed to create a separate society for Israeli settlers, and treats Palestinians as second class citizens. Doesn't sound like the word is completely out of bounds, given the facts on the ground.

      As for "evil" – what do you call the ethnic cleansing of 650,000 Arab Muslims from their homes in Palestine by the Zionists between '47-'49? Sounds pretty evil to me. Just sayin. Okay, now call me an anti-semite and a leftist (none of which apply to me). Facts are stubborn things.

      • MIckey Oberman

        All of the "separations" that you mention were created to save Israeli lives from their murderous neighbours.
        Those "separations" were ipso facto the creation of the Arabs forced upon the Israelis.

        Palestinian "second class citizens " attend Israeli schools and universities by their thousands. They are in virtually all the professions. They have members in the Knesset.
        Apartheid, indeed. Your prejudice is "completely out of bounds.

        The 650,00 Arabs who fled their homers were not chased out by the Jews. Furthermore, their departure began on the orders of the leaders of the surrounding Arab/Muslim nations in 1947-8. They thought that after all the Jews were massacred they could return and take over the Jewish assets. It didn't quite work out that way.

        Now Glennd1, who claims not to be an antisemite or a leftist, tell me something about the 850,000 Jews who fled Arab lands. Let me hear your version why none of them are still languishing in squalid refugee camps awaiting handouts from the rest of the world. And tell me why the Pseudo Palestinians are still rotting in those UNWRA "summer camps" when their OPEC brethren are among the wealthiest countries in the world.

        I eagerly await your fair and balanced words of wisdom

        • Chezwick

          It'll be a long wait.

          Meanwhile, the REAL Apartheid is that which defines the Arab/Muslim side. Women and non-Muslims live as second-class citizens with specific legal liabilities.

        • Glennd1

          Mickey – Every human rights organization, the U.N. and even the U.S. state dept have decried the actions of Israel in the occupied territories. There is no real argument about whether this policy is moral and legitimate. It isn't.

          As for your claim about the Arabs fleeing their homes, I'm laughing. Have you read Benny Morris or any other actual historian on the topic? Do you realize that even the IDF has published historical research showing how the Zionists forced many Arabs from their homes? That the Israeli govt acknowledged that it "censored" material until the '70s about Zionist actions between '47-'49> Yitzhak Rabin's own memoir documents how David Ben Gurion approved the attack and cleansing of the town of Lydda. Here is how Benny Morris put it, in his own words.

          Morris: "As one who received his education in Israel, I thought I knew that the Arabs had ‘run away.’ But I knew nothing else.The Jewish generations of 1948, however, knew the truth and deliberately misrepresented it. They knew there were plenty of mass deportations, massacres and rapes…The soldiers and the officials knew, but they suppressed what they knew and were deliberately disseminating lies.
          Benny Morris also said this:
          “Israelis like to tell the world, that they are running an ‘enlightened’ or ‘benign’ occupation, qualitatively different from other military occupations the world has seen. The truth was radically different. Like all occupations, Israel’s was founded on brute force, repression and fear, collaboration and treachery, beatings and torture chambers, and daily intimidation, humiliation and manipulation.” Israeli historian, Benny Morris, “Righteous Victims.”

          Morris is a Jewish, Israeli, Zionist whose historical work is respected by people on all sides of the debate. Now try to follow me for one more moment. I don't take the side of the Palestinians in this conflict, yes? The conflation of their cause with Islamism makes that impossible for me to do so. However, I see no reason to take the side of Israel – which is what we have done and it costs the U.S. dearly. Let me ask you this, how is it in the national interests of the U.S. to ignore the crime against humanity that Israel committed in its very founding? How is it in the U.S.'s national interest to guarantee Israel's security? They have no resources, no shipping lanes they control, no important geography and aren't being threatened by a geo-political rival like China or Russia. And there is no moral reason to support Israel for Americans given their horrific actions. Maybe if you are a Christian fundamentalist and you are itching for the "Third Temple" but again, those folks are interested in their religion, not what's good for the U.S.

          My words – fair and balanced, yes? Nothing hysterical. And a position that millions of Israeli Jews – folks who live there – agree with. So you can't paint me as some hater. Also, just for the record, I have no truck with leftist Palestinian sympathizers who ignore Palestinian and Arab evil. I do have some sympathy for the non-violent Palestinian peace movement, but they are not in control of Palestinian actions.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Glennd1,

            - 9/11
            - 1993 truck bombing of the WTC
            - Bombing of Pan Am 103
            - 7/7 2005 London transport bombings
            - Madrid train bombing
            - Bali bombing
            - Beslan school hijacking massacre
            - Mumbai India massacre
            - 2012 Toulouse France massacre
            - Saddam Husseins poison gas attack on the Kurds – 5,000 dead
            - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
            - richard reid sneaker bomber
            - Nigerian underwear bomber
            - Times Square SUV bomber
            - Death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie
            - Death threats on Danish cartoonists over pen and ink drawings
            - Near nuclear war between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India
            - Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl
            - Various other kidnapping and video taped executions
            - $100 per barrel Oil – Thanks OPEC
            - $4 per gallon gasoline – Thanks OPEC
            - 8 year Iraq / Iran war
            - Genocidal death threats by the Islamic Republic of Iran
            - Death threats against Europe by Muslims living IN Europe – see British Muslism
            - Honor killings of Muslim girls over "family honor" in the US too
            - Murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
            - Fort Hood massacre
            - Assad kkklan of Syria murder of over 9,000 Syrians AND the absence of "anti-imperialist", "anti-war" protests outside the Syrian consulate
            - attack on the 1972 Olympics and murder of atheletes
            - hijacking of the Achille Lauro and the murder of a wheelchair bound innocent
            - Current Day Slavery in Sudan (Darfur) and Mauritania
            - Empire State Building observation deck murders
            - Muslim-Only city of mecca in saudi arabia
            - wahabbi / salafi fascism
            - Luxor Egypt massacre of tourists
            - murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt
            - synagogue bombings in Turkey
            - church bombings in Nigeria
            - church bombings in Pakistan
            - mosque bombings in Iraq

            A "paleswinian" Peace Movement is as real as a successful Socialist economy.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            BTW Glennd1,

            If you are against brutal occupations, you should take your own advice and LEAVE North America to end YOUR brutal, racist, imperial occupation of Native American land.

            I hope you don't have double standards.

            Now the question is where will you emigrate to?

            Europe? Africa? Asia? Some Middle Eastern petro-caliphate where you can lord over women?

          • Glennd1

            Indeed, but we don't deny what was done to Native Americans and have made massive reparations and continue to do so. I'd go even farther and give them much larger tracts of land and a one time, huge financial settlement, but I'm sure brutish thugs like you would't approve that either.

            On the other hand, folks like you won't admit what every intelligent person knows happened between '47-'49. Most Israelis admit it – it's just that most of them don't care. They just want the land God "gave" them. You are far worse. You perpetuate lies that were disproved 25 yrs ago with a brio that makes you contemptible. Ignorant arrogance – deadly combination.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Glennd1,

            Again, if you are sincere in your claim to be against occupation, when will you emigrate from North America and out of curiosity where will you go to?

            Folks like you Glennd1 wear ideological blinders that prevent you from seeing the islamofascism that plagues the world.

            Do you goosestep under the same banner as your parents?

      • HoR_Emperor

        Oh look, perpetual Jew-hater Glennd1 returns to spew more lies and hatred.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Glennd1

        You want facts?

        - 9/11
        - 1993 truck bombing of the WTC
        - Bombing of Pan Am 103
        - 7/7 2005 London transport bombings
        - Madrid train bombing
        - Bali bombing
        - Beslan school hijacking massacre
        - Mumbai India massacre
        - 2012 Toulouse France massacre
        - Saddam Husseins poison gas attack on the Kurds – 5,000 dead
        - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
        - richard reid sneaker bomber
        - Nigerian underwear bomber
        - Times Square SUV bomber
        - Death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie
        - Death threats on Danish cartoonists over pen and ink drawings
        - Near nuclear war between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India
        - Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl
        - Various other kidnapping and video taped executions
        - $100 per barrel Oil – Thanks OPEC
        - $4 per gallon gasoline – Thanks OPEC
        - 8 year Iraq / Iran war
        - Genocidal death threats by the Islamic Republic of Iran
        - Death threats against Europe by Muslims living IN Europe – see British Muslism
        - Honor killings of Muslim girls over "family honor" in the US too
        - Murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
        - Fort Hood massacre
        - Assad kkklan of Syria murder of over 9,000 Syrians AND the absence of "anti-imperialist", "anti-war" protests outside the Syrian consulate
        - attack on the 1972 Olympics and murder of atheletes
        - hijacking of the Achille Lauro and the murder of a wheelchair bound innocent
        - Current Day Slavery in Sudan (Darfur) and Mauritania
        - Empire State Building observation deck murders
        - Muslim-Only city of mecca in saudi arabia
        - wahabbi / salafi fascism
        - Luxor Egypt massacre of tourists
        - murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt
        - synagogue bombings in Turkey
        - church bombings in Nigeria
        - church bombings in Pakistan
        - mosque bombings in Iraq

        And there are many more.

        • Glennd1

          And this justifies what exactly? The ethnic cleansing of 650,000 Arab Muslims from their homes between '47-'49?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Islamofascist atrocities justify RESISTANCE to Islamofascism.

            The ethnic cleansing of 800,000 Jews from Arab countries seem to be missing from your playbook.

            Why is that?

        • Oleg

          Not to mention the summary execution of up to 5000 alleged homosexuals in the Islamic Republic of Iran every year in public hangings. The Toronto 18 plot. The Salafi "Honor" murders in Kingston Ontario. Numerous other honor killings in the West.

      • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

        "An ongoing "settlement" pattern that is designed to destroy any chance of Palestinians creating a contiguous state?"
        This is a telling statement that hasn't been answered. You mean a "contiguous state" that would divide the state of Israel in half, divided by a group of people who have contenously called for the extermination of the Jews "from the river to the sea" since 1948 and have beeen commiting terrorism and promoting vicous genocidal propaganda to their children? You mean the state that would, if enacted as you describe would in fact destroy Isreal and make that "river to the sea" dream come true? I think this statement really proves what an anti-semite you are, Glenn. Either that you are dumb, and are just bleating out propaganda line without thinking or bothering to look at a map. Dumb or genocidal, which is it?

        • Glennd1

          Have you looked at a map of the "settlements"? It's a perfect design to make the formation of a Palestinian state (a two state solution) virtually impossible without having to relocate over 500,000 Israeli "settlers". Israel has long pursued a strategy of delay while they change the "facts on the ground". And if you read what I said, you'll note I don't support the violence of Palestinians or Islamists or Jihadis. My point was that using the term Apartheid isn't crazy. My larger point is that backing Israel makes no sense for the U.S. – that doesn't mean we should support the Palestinian. Sigh, over and over, the same thing. It gets really boring.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Glennd1, How many islamist entities are there?

            The so-called "palestinians" are in fact Jordanians, Egyptians, Syrians.

            What percentage of Israel are Muslims and contrast that to the percentage of Jews in any Arab country.

            Which country is engaging in ethnic cleansing and which isn't?

            Let's see how honest you are Glennd1.

          • Glennd1

            Moron. Israel engaged in ethnic cleansing too. So both sides lowlifes, and don't deserve the moral support of good people.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Glenndork1,

            Socialism was responsible for WW2 yet ignorant slobs like you have been brainwashed to ignore the facts.

            Since you are clearly an uneducated boob, I present the beginning of your education.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Non-Aggres

            You will learn that the world outside of your socialist controlled gulag is a bit more resistant to the crap you've been fed since you were a child.

          • Glennd1

            And that proves what exactly? I'm no socialist – I'm a libertarian in the tradition of Hayek and Friedman (not the odious Ron Paul). I'm pretty sure I know the history of socialism in Germany far better than you. Do you realize that Germany became socialist in the late 19th century and in many ways the rise of the Nazi party is directly attributable to the failure of socialist economic policies. This is an aspect of WWII that isn't often discussed. Fyi, the real socialist party in Germany fiddled while the Nazis seized power – the Nazis were opponents of the socialists in Germany.

            As for the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, why do you assume this would be such a revelation to me? Worse yet, we are discussing Israel – not WWII history, what does this have to do with any of it? It seems you are a typical right-wing ignoramus, mashing together different ideas, assuming anyone who doesn't support the U.S. security guarantee of Israel is a leftist or a socialist. Do you realize how anti-intellectual your approach is? How inane? How brutish? Your posts are an embarrassment to you, and you don't even know it. How sad for you, it must really suck to be you.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            OK Glennd1, where have you posted your denunciations of Islamism that have plagued the entire world – just to see how "even handed" you are.

          • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

            So you have seen a map, and you are a anti-Semite then. The "settlements" is called parts of Isreal.

            For your edification, enclosed is a map of Isreal and the "palastinian" reigon: http://sharonkgilbert.com/wp-content/uploads/2009

            Notice how joining Gaza with the W. bank with Isreal would divide Isreal in half? This is what I meant. My issue was less with what you said about "settlements" and more your use of the word "contiguous".

            And here is a map as proposed by the palastinan goverment (HAMAS): http://www.middleeastfacts.com/images/pal-e.jpg

      • truebearing

        Shocking as it is to everyone, you have your "facts" wrong. Yes, I understand there are people other than Leftists who are anti-semites. There are Muslims, for instance, and they make the Nazis look almost reasonable.

        Are prisons a form of apartheid?

        What do you say we move a bunch of murderers, child molestors, and people who have sex with corpses right next door to you? Something tells me you'd want them out of there and kept at a distance, for good reason. The ONLY reason you're making the idiotic case you haven't effectively made is because you're a racist and hate Jews. Anyone with the IQ of a fire hydrant knows how the Muslims behave and how they think violence is the solution to everything.

        • Glennd1

          Wow, listen to this guy. You are a bigoted, ignorant cur. Take your vile hate and stuff it up your ass.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Glennd1, Pot. Kettle. Socialist.

          • Glennd1

            So you too agree with his hateful statements about the nature of all Muslims? Let's see how stupid you actually are (very, it seems). Take his statements about the behavior of muslims and replace the word Muslims with "Jews". Would you think that a bigoted statement? Of course you would – as I would. I have said nothing hateful at all about the Jewish people and in fact quite admire Jewish culture. My problem is with U.S. support of Zionism. I don't really have a problem if the Zionists want to fight it out with the Arabs for a scrap of land – I could care less if a bunch of religious fanatics kill each other half a world away from the U.S.

            What I do care about is the U.S. protecting Israel and making enemies of the rest of the region. If you don't understand how the U.S.'s protection of Israel from the culpability of its crimes against humanity and ongoing security guarantee have made bigger enemies out of Muslim countries than you don't understand a thing about the world as it actually exists.

            Lastly, I do think there is real anti-semitism in the world. Islamism is riddled with it. That's why I would support an amnesty immigration program for all Jews worldwide, granting them citizenship in the U.S. We'd open the window for say 3 years. Any Jew who decides to stay in Israel or elsewhere after that is on their own. Jews are very safe in the U.S. and already are a great contribution to our society – we should welcome all who want to be here and be protected by us. One other thing. Just as we prevent raising money for Hamas here in the U.S., we'd also stop all efforts to fund Zionism on the same basis. No Jew – or any other U.S. citizen could offer material support of any kind to Zionism, or other violent political causes. This is the only way to keep the U.S. out of "entangling alliances".

            Bottom line? You want to be a Zionist? Then you have nothing in common with U.S. interests or American values. We aren't in the business of propping up religious states as we think they are immoral. Or did you miss that part of our revolution? How for example, James Madison, clearly laid out how freedom of conscience is the foundation of true liberty? That for a state to in any way sponsor a religion of any sort was an unacceptable violation of freedom of conscience? You see, the very idea of Zionism is anti-American. Why we ever backed this cause is a mystery to me. You want to fight it out for "the promised land" – have at it. Just don't as the Americans for a free pass or ride anymore. Fair enough, right?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Socialism has nothing in common with American interests or values.

            Socialism is an enemy of America and a friend of every tyrant in the world.

            That can be seen in the Hitler / Stalin Non-Aggression Pact of 1939.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_Stalin_Pact

            Glennd1, did you know of that pact, or did your teachers/parents bury that inconvenient truth?

          • Glennd1

            Why do you keep posting about socialism? Are you actually retarded? I mean, seriously, do you have a cognitive deficit? You do realize that you aren't even in a dialog about anything, instead you just spout off about irrelevant stuff and look the fool.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Glennd1, Your attempt at moral equivalence is a total flop.

            When did Jews hijack planes and fly them into buildings?
            When did Jews place a bomb on a passenger plane like Pan Am 103?

            Your Baby Assad has killed 9,000+ people in Syria. Where are you or your compatriots demonstrating infront of the Syrian embassy/consulate demanding an end to the bloodshed?

            Glennd1, You are a FAKE, PHONEY and a FRAUD. A typical Socialist.

          • Glennd1

            Wow, it's funny just to read your drivel. I'm a libertarian – not an anarchist or Ron Paul type, but rather a Gary Johnson type. Socialism is the opposite of what I support. I've published a blog on libertarian ideas (www.libertariancomment.com) for years, you can read the hundreds of articles I've written criticizing collectivism in all its forms, including the Christian communitarianism of the religious rights.

            Worse yet, you don't even know how to argue, do you realize that? You're more like a dog snapping at something it doesn't like the smell of, a caricature of a TV character or something, just blasting out largely irrelevant commentary and links that prove nothing to bash your "opponent", aping the pose of what, a radio talk show host? Lol, it's just too rich, picking apart a buffoon like you – and yes, I realize that you don't think you come off as a buffoon, but that's the funny thing, you miss it but nobody else does. You shout it with every word you type. Sigh…

          • Glennd1

            Why do you keep calling me a socialist? It's absurd. Fyi, I publish a libertarian blog – http://www.libertariancomment.com – you can see that I'm no anarchist or Ayn Rand fetishist there as well. As for you, seriously are you cognitively deficient in some way? Is there some biological issue with your mind that you can't overcome?

          • truebearing

            As I suspected, you are a whacked out anarcho-capitalist who, as usual, is foaming at the mouth with incoherent babbling points, revisionist history, and Rockwell inspired nonsense.

            The absurdity of your maunderings on foreign policy are exceeded only by the irony of a radical Libertarian thinking he has the right to tell others whether they can have their own country. You don't understand the implications of your own supposed beliefs. You are babbling inanely in support of an ideology that was proven a total failure by the MUSLIM Barbary Pirates when we were under the Articles of Confederation, and couldn't muster a credible military threat.

            Nations don't survive without allies, effective foreign policy, a strong military, and leaders intelligent enough to assess international threats… or figure out who their friends are. You goose step to the tune of dullards and racists who still haven't figured out why allies are necessary. Your leaders are singularly incapable of even the most basic threat assessment, and live in an ideological utopian delusion. So do you.

          • Glennd1

            Once again, you are just another moron on this site relying on caricature and stereotype versus reason and argument to make your points. I'm the farthest thing from anarcho-capitalist as one can be and in fact spend huge amounts of effort arguing against anarchy in the libertarian movement. Nothing that I've mentioned suggests a retreat from defending our trade around the world via military force if necessary. Nothing I've mentioned suggests we don't advance our interests in the world.

            What you seem to want to avoid is the moral argument and national interest for our support of Zionism. When Zionists ethnically cleansed 650,000 Arab Muslims from their newly awarded territory between '47-'49 – in direct contravention of international law, and all the official documents that ever spoke about creating a Jewish homeland in Palestine, Israel lost all moral authority and support for the Zionist cause. The second part of your 'argument' (better described as 'bleating'), seems to somehow imply that the Israeli "alliance" is somehow in the U.S.'s national interest. Really? What territory or resources or geopolitical significance is Israel? We gain little by providing a security guarantee to Israel and cause our moral standing in the world to decrease – whether you want to acknowledge it or not.

          • truebearing

            In a paroxysm of self-humiliation, you talk of Zionism like it is the biggest threat in the world, yet defend Muslims, many of whom openly advocate genocide and want to embroil the entire planet in a bloody third World War. You have no moral or mental clarity and really are making an ass of yourself. Wake up, junior, you have a lot to learn….real fast.

          • Glennd1

            Of course I do nothing of the sort. I do not think Zionism is the "biggest threat in the world" (you do realize this line of "argument" is of the kind 5th grade girls engage in, don't you?). I actually think that Islamism is a much bigger threat. But I don't think backing Zionism is morally justified or helps the U.S. at all in combating it and defusing the very Islamism that we both correctly perceive as illiberal, violent and not good for anyone.

            In other words, your mistake is that you conflate leftism with anti-semitism with anti-Zionism, also probably with Atheism and pot smoking, and then just assume every position you take is a priori morally superior. Have you read any history of the mid-East and the Palestinian question, particularly that of '47-'49? And I don't mean Dershowitz. You do realize that his semi-recent book is considered by all sides to be a-historical, a regurgitation of the propaganda from the Israeli govt that it perpetuated for 20 years after the Nakba? But you do realize that the Israeli govt itself, and specifically the IDF has released millions of documents which prove there was much more of an effort by Zionists – including terrorist groups like Irgun and the Stern Gang – to cleansed the Jewish territory of Arab Muslims. That it was talked about by Herzl and others for decades before the eventual campaign? That folks like Benny Morris – a serious historian – agree that "transfer" was "in-built" to Zionism, that it could not tolerate a state in which Jews were not in the majority and that the only way this would be accomplished is by pushing those who lived there out. The Zionists had been doing so for decades by '47, often using terrorism as a tactic to advance it's aims. This is to say nothing of the same document releases that made public the brutal tactics Israel engaged in as part of it's occupation of Palestinian territories. The torture, killings, blockades – surprise, surprise – Palestinian terrorism doesn't arise in a vacuum.

            What you just don't understand is that what I just stated is uncontestable truth. Most Israelis agree with those statements – do you get that? Israel did something horrible. Now just hold on for a second – this will get kind of complicated for a simpleton like you – none of that demands I support Islamism, Jihad or Jihadis or even the Palestinian cause, which has become hopelessly intertwined with numerous Jihadi movements. I don't – but I also oppose Zionism because, frankly, it's bigoted and supremacist in its own way. Or does that simple truth evade you?

          • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

            To paraphrase artist Boch Fatwan
            "BIGOT" -Bigot.

          • truebearing

            Who is the one who is filled with hate? You're melting down with hate, hypocrite.

            All anyone has to do to fairly judge a religion is read what that religion teaches. Islam teaches its followers to kill non-believers. It allows virtually any behavior as long as that behavior furthers the worldly quest for Islamic power. It encourages followers to hate, lie, cheat, kill, and enslave. It has a fundamentally evil message, and if you weren't so intellectually challenged, you would know this.

            Not all Muslims follow the teachings devoutly, which makes them better people, but poor Muslims. The "good" Muslims are the one who follow the teachings and commit the evil acts against anyone that doesn't submit to the cult. Therefore, a "good" Muslim is an evil man.

            Is that too complicated for you?

          • Glennd1

            First off, I'm no mate of yours. Second, I've said absolutely nothing hateful – you are projecting your own demented worldview onto me. I do find Islamic doctrine and beliefs immoral, but if you look to earlier times one could also be highly critical of actions taken by Christians in the name of God, or the actions of say Jewish Philistines, operating under Talmudic direction, in Babylon.

            That said, I believe political Islam – Islamism – to be incompatible with our classically liberal values. I also think that societies formed on such a foundation are innately repressive. However, there are significant moderating influences in Islam and more than a few adherents of Islam that are very good people. I can easily listen to you criticize the Islamic belief system – I can't here you just slander all Muslims.

            Finally, I'm sickened by all religions and religiosity – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu – they are delusions. I will go as far to even say that in many real ways, Islam is currently by far the most destructive of those ideologies. But I think until man gives up believing in mythology, we are doomed anyway – Islam or not Islam. Or did you not notice that there were horrible, nasty things done in the name of religion long before Islam was invented? Fyi, Judaism was based on ancient race myths, Christianity simply extended it (carrying out horrific repression of "atomists" and "pagans" who subscribed to the ideas of Epicurus before Islam), and Islam is a ripoff of both of them.

          • truebearing

            Huh? Did I say you were a "mate" of mine? I don't know what you're babbling about, and neither do you, apparently.

            You haven't managed to read any of of my comments and understand them. Maybe you're too much of an ideologue to understand anyone else. You obviously failed to understand the rather simple method I proposed for judging a religion, despite its simplicity. I'll reiterate: religion can only be judged by what it teaches.

            Islam teaches its followers to be intolerant, cruel, violent, dishonest, and perverted. If you don't agree, why don't you prove me wrong instead of go off on half-baked jeremiads? Show me how I'm wrong, based on the Quran. Good luck.

            Answer me this: were all Nazis evil, or just some?

          • Glennd1

            Delusional, truly delusional. I responded exactly to your criticism. You don't even realize it, but we aren't even arguing – you are just spouting bigoted, anti-islamic drivel while I make substantive points and observations. Go back and read what you wrote – it started out calling me "mate".

            And while I'm not one of those idiots who believe that there isn't a very significant sized group of Islamists who are dangerous, I also know that there is a moderate school of Islam out there. That more than a few muslims manage to live at peace with their fellow man. I do think they are losing the argument, but I also think U.S. aggression (Israel being only one example) and bullying has awoken a nascent militancy in Islam. Our interventions and pursuit of "stability" has often put the rights of Muslims as secondary to the U.S.'s perceived interests (and sometimes not).

            This is a fact of history, not a topic of argument. If you don't know it, you are simply an ignorant rube, as useful idiot to the "right", and you don't even know it. An even better version of the truth is that we've picked sides in the long simmering conflicts of Muslim world, whether our alliance with the Saudis or our bizarre "partnership" with some elements of the Pakistani government. By supporting a dicatator in Egypt, to pursue security on Israel's behalf, we turned a blind eye to the depradations of Sadat and then Mubarak, arming it's military which was arrayed not only outwards but also at the various factions opposing Mubarak internally.

            Of course, I don't sympathize with Islamists and Jihaidists – or terrorists of any sort. I don't think we have any national interest – moral or practical – in even "supporting" the liberty-loving people in such places, other than maybe to open up immigration to allow such people to come here.

            Lastly, your attempt to compare Islamism to Nazism should be axiomatically embarrassing. You do understand that in serious circles, attempts to compare anything to Nazism are considered to be non-arguments, a priori? Probably not, as by the coarseness of your commentary, one can readily tell that you haven't tempered your mind with much education in history or rhetoric. You fail to understand the complexity of "Islam" for example. Do you realize that unlike Catholicism, for example, there is no central authority dictating what the Koran means, particularly in Sunni Islam? That within "Salafists" (the belief sysem of Wahhabists) there are numerous interpretations of Sha'ria law, some that are much less imposing and bigoted than you would think?

            Do you realize that in 2007, Abdulaziz al ash-Sheikh, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, issued a fatwa prohibiting Saudis from engaging in jihad abroad and accused both bin Laden and Arab regimes of "transforming our youth into walking bombs to accomplish their own political and military aims."? There is a broader diversity of opinion in the Muslim world than you claim. There are many Western, moderate Muslims who want to live in a secular society. It's also true that there are many Muslims who support Islamism, and they have very good support in the Koran and Haddith for their positions.

            Islam's code of conduct is illiberal and repressive, but your bigotry against Muslims is the same exact kind of bigotry they display, and you don't even realize it. You are what you despise. How sad for you – and funny for those of us with functioning critical faculties.

          • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

            "This is a fact of history, not a topic of argument. If you don't know it, you are simply an ignorant rube," I suspect it is you who is ignorant of the history, because you spread the "occupation" lie, as if Israel has no right to the land,m or right to defend themselves and hold strategic land against the aggressors in MANY wars since 1948. Instead you paint Israel as being just as bad as the Islamists.

            "I've said absolutely nothing hateful" False, you've expressed a desire for a "contigous palastine" expressing no conditions on the palastinians to halt their genocide (in actions and propaganda) which would mean dividing the state of Isreal in half, and in effect causing genocide against the Jews. If you were mistaken, why not apolligize? If you were misunderstood why not clearify? You've also spread the "occupation" genocidal lie. There is no "occupation" and if Hamas (and other muslim arab states) stopped commiting genocidal war against the Jews, there would be no need for walls and checkpoints.

          • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

            " I also know that there is a moderate school of Islam out there."
            You mean the Unicorn sect of Islam. Could you please name it please? How many followers does it have? What do the other main sects (Shia and Suni) feel about this school? Are they ever persecuted by this main sect?

            It sounds to me your not working on actual facts, but emotions and hopes.

  • rachaelamb

    I wonder how this is going on our nation's college campuses all the time,when the most Americans are proIsrael at least according to the polls, and have been for years? Do these people even realize how out of touch they are with the majority of Americans?

  • Anthony

    Back during the Iranian Hostage crisis in the late 1970′s, I was a child watching the gigantic crowds chanting ” Death to America” on the tele. It left such an impression on me that o this day, I remember saying to myself, ” I’m glad these people aren’t here in America”.

    But as an adult, I sit in amazement at the thought that these people are now here, and en masse. Not just that, but they are a growing army within our nation, and they prove themselves at every turn to be sworn enemies of everyone.

    Now how can Jewish folks look at this dire problem? Well, they can try to ignore it like the Jews in 1933. Or they can reject their lockstep liberalism that partially helped transport savagery on America in the first place.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Deport every Muslim out of America before it becomes a bloody clash that no one can afford.
    These invaders subvert our culture and are a curse on the land, American society can not
    survive them any more than European Nations which are under attack daily by ther presence.
    In the window of our own future we shall see similar riots and depredations happening
    in our Cities that appear in Europe and worse the Middle East…………………William

    • aspacia

      Hey, I like Jasser and value his patriotism.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        It may be and anomaly but my thinking is anyone attendant to the cult of Islam that glosses
        over the plentiful and deep rooted hate is simply diverting attention to it by telling people
        what they want to hear. Sometimes there are special cases but leave one cancerous cell
        and the rest come back with a vengeance. I do not believe anything they say.
        William

        • aspacia

          Hi,

          If you are religious this may anger you, but after carefully reviewing the Bible you will find that huge parts of it are just as violent, except it does not call for the murder of infidels.

          • WilliamJamesWard

            Yes there is violence directed at many people in the Bible and for the reasons being
            that many people offended and angry God that did destroy the Earth according to the
            Prophets. He also destroyed the World in the flood durng Noahs time and regretted that
            He made man. Man is a fallen creature and has done evil, does evil and will continue
            to do so until dooms day. A cosmic muffin in the heavens makes for a more gentle
            and sociable deity but when I see what man has been up to it is not Ms.Maypoles
            kindergarten. The Bible calls for man to look for and partake in the Divine life, accept
            redemption by faith during a time of grace which will end it does not call for what Islam
            does which by any measure is unacceptable even by our laws……………William

  • Tommo2

    The word 'Apartheid' is a hangover from the voracious anti-Apartheid movement which was so successful in bringing down the white government of South Africa. "Well hey it worked on South Africa so lets try it on Israel". No pro-Palestinian activist I've spoken to knows or cares about how Apartheid worked in South Africa or what it's purpose was meant to be. Many activists don't know what they mean by Apartheid except that it was originally applied to a "white racist regime" who supposedly oppressed black people. When you ask them to explain about how Apartheid is applied in Israel they come out with the some hazy notion of land settlements, the anti-terrorist walls and Palestinian humiliation at check points. You cannot argue with them because their minds are closed and frankly they don't care about truth. They have their own agenda which is promoting Islam in all it's forms and do the mindless bidding of their Marxist handlers.

    • Consider

      … "who supposedly oppressed black people"____So, we hear, the South African white racist regime "supposedly" oppressed the black people?__The regime, it seems, was also "supposedly" "white and racist".

      • Tommo2

        Do you also condemn the black racist government of South Africa today who actively promotes racism, nationalises white owned farms and businesses and is riddled with corrupt?

        • Consider

          The issue was the white racist government, not the present South African government, be it racist, corrupt or not.
          If the present South African government is racist and corrupt it seems that it somehow follows that the white regime was not racist and has not oppressed black people.

  • Schlomotion

    "The piece never ran. That was over ten years ago. But nothing has changed."

    Not even with Sherman, Berman, Herman, and Ethyl Merman.

    • stern

      TBI – to be ignored, like all other trolls.

    • HoR_Emperor

      More vileness from another resident Jew-hating troll.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Happy Eternal Nakba Schlocky!

    • Anonymous

      schmuckLotion, a failure in the competition that is life, will be remembered for nothing.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Antisemitism is a virus. A deadly, fatal, fast spreading, highly infectious, global pandemic sponsored and promoted by Islam and the House of Saud.
    The only way to end such a disease is to stop it and completely eradicate it.
    Completely. Totally. Absolutely. Utterly. Finally.
    There is no alternative.
    The heart of Islam is the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
    Destroy the heart and you go a long way toward the destruction of the arteries and veins and body of corrupting, world dominating Islam.
    Anything less is not enough.

  • Marty

    The sickness of islam is very contagious. The carriers are the faculty and students at these universities who, similar to the nazi sympathizers in some American universities during the 1930s and communists in others, are professional anti-semites who bash Jews on the slightest pretext. Most of the faculty are delusional thugs who have become proficient at exploiting American taxpayers to provide them with decent salaries and job security. Like muslims, they view the rest of us as dhimmis required to pay them while they indoctrinate with lies and distortions in the classroom. I've met some of these people. Most don't even prepare for their classes. They simply read the new york times or the latest press releases from hamas.

  • BS77

    Israel is the most democratic, least apartheid nation in the Middle East. Israel is the MOST pluralistic, tolerant , progressive, prosperous and diverse society in the Middle East. If you want to see apartheid, go to Saudi Arabia where women and religious minorities are virtual non entities. There are no churches, synagogues, Buddhist temples permitted….but oh how the idiot leftists like to moan and groan over Isreal. They are silent about the mass extermination going on in Syria, silent over the horrible misogyny and Dark Age brutality of Sudan or the Afghan Taliban….Brainwashed leftist idiots.

  • Looking4Sanity

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't fundraising for known terrorist groups a Federal felony? What has happened to Rule of Law in America? We have blacks attacking whites in this country with apparent impunity, smarmy college radicals fundraising for murdering terrorists, antisemitism running rampant, a Federal Government that allows illegal aliens to pour across our southern border unchecked, spy drones being deployed to surveille US citizens…the list goes on and on.

    If I didn't know any better, I would conclude that our government is waging an undeclared war on its own population!

    • Mickey Oberman

      "Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't fundraising for known terrorist groups a Federal felony? What has happened to Rule of Law in America? "

      OBAMA.

      • Looking4Sanity

        Point taken, but one man can not institute this dramatic a shift in a society as large as ours. As much blame as he deserves for all of this, he is merely a symptom…not the cause.

        • Larry

          He is a member of the cause, over the years of being a radical activist academic brainwashing students.

          The symptom is a moron like him getting elected.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Even the morons who voted for him are only symptomatic of the real problem, which is their lack of moral values and common sense. Thanks for your opinion. It always makes me feel better knowing other people are getting this stuff too.

  • clarespark

    Antisemitism and the political left are joined at the hip. In America, the antisemitism that was virulent and widespread in the interwar period had never been addressed in academe or in the public schools either. I blame it on populism, as I wrote about here: http://clarespark.com/2010/09/11/is-wall-street-s… or here: http://clarespark.com/2009/09/11/oil-politics-and…. Some schools have Holocaust studies but as a pervasive antisemitic discourse, antisemitism is ignored. Watch television and see how many villains are Jewish or crypto-Jewish.

    • Jimi Belton

      Ms. Clare Spark, i value your words of wisdom….but isn`t it the Jewish of Hollywood that creates most of the media of tv…I an not accusing, just seems like the word of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ is the one that is spat upon with nearly every breath…..We Christians were told by Christ to not exact vengence for this kind of treatment….They can wear the cross, and its Jesus F##k##g christ, with every foul breath…..This is not to take from the anti semitism against the young Jewish on Campus….But Ms. Spark, it HURTS ……….Jimi

      • clarespark

        It is nonsensical to think that "Jews" control Hollywood. See this blog http://clarespark.com/2012/05/15/progressive-upli… for a beginning. Immigrant Jews who came to California to develop the film industry assimilated to Christian populism, and took care to marry gentiles. Whether we talk about film in the 1920s or today, populism rules, as does Christianity. Atheists and/or Jews not welcome and are often associated with the Devil (and Jews don't believe in the Devil).

  • dougjmiller

    The anti-Semitic hate groups that have taken over many American college campuses are the modern version of the Nazis. They are screaming for the annihilation of Israel and the extermination of the Jewish people. These hatemongers have free speech. The good and decent people of America also have free speech. We must speak out against these bigots.

  • marios

    Univercities stuff as highsclools one are members of Union. Unions as V.Lenin, leader of the bloodiest Russian revolution, described them as "School of communism". Look for unionized professors' salaries and benefits. Hundreds thousands $. 90% of teachers including Univercities professors are liberals, leftists. To maintain their previleges and benefits they are selling out lifes of their own children. They are not able to look for what is ahead. It is really very much recall situation in Germany in 1933 with all ramifications. BHO brought for 3 years 3 ML Muslims (1 mL per year) into our country. He said in Cairo speech that "US is the biggest Muslim country in the world" and he works on it. Muslims are his electorate. Hope situation will changed in Nov and our next Pres. will be Romney. We should help to make it possible.

  • clarespark

    I don't want my reply to Jimi Belton to be buried, so here it is again: Jews do not control Hollywood. There is no International Jewish conspiracy to do anything. The movie business is generally populist and promotes magical thinking. It is hostile to the tenets of anything resembling ancient Jewish thought, or anything else that promotes intellectual and emotional maturity, and more so since an audience of nihilists appeared in the 1960s. See http://clarespark.com/2012/05/15/progressive-upli…. To many antisemites, anything with the odor of Jewishness is considered too worldly and too disruptive.

  • Gunner57

    Hey Ben, so you say that you can't see any evidence that Obama has a natural born citizenship problem? Go crawl back into your hole coward.

  • Ghostwriter

    Isn't it amazing. The Palestinians and others like them scream "Death to America!" every five seconds are supposed to be objects of sympathy but the Israelis who actually CARE about Americans are vilified simply for wanting to exist. What an upside-down world idiots like Schlomotion inhabit.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      islamofascists scream "death to america" as the commies scream "death to america".

      THAT is why the green/red alliance is the latest axis of evil.

  • http://garyfouse.blogspot.com gary fouse

    Too bad there wasn't more about UC Irvine, where the problem is especially acute. The other point Shapiro missed was the negative influence of the Jewish Federation (at least in Orange County) and most of the Hillel chapters as evidenced by that absurd letter they wrote a few months back to the LA Jewish Journal that there was no problem on the UC campuses under the great leadership of UC President Mark Yudof and his all-star team of chancellors (sarcastic phraseology mine).

    The problem here is that the university is scared to death of the various Muslim Student Associations who bring these sordid events to our campuses. Even if some Jewish students complain about incidents of anti-Semitism, they are ignored by university officials and not supported by Jewish oragnizations that supposedly are there to do precisely that-support them.

    Just last week, UCI had to endure another Israel Apartheid week, which the campus newspaper headlined as "Liberation comes to UCI", as Amir Abdel Malik Ali spewed his poison and four members of the so-called "Irvine 11" proudly proclaimed that if the Israeli ambassador returned to speak at UCI, they would be there to disrupt him again.

    Gary Fouse
    adj teacher
    UCI-EXT

  • BS77

    my suggestion is for all the apartheid morons…..go to Israel and see a country thriving in the midst of hate….a nation of gardens and orchards in the desert….a nation of great diversity and modern technology…..see what you don't want to believe…the truth.

  • Consider

    Arguments like these do not help the cause of Israel.
    It portrays the supporters of Israel as bigots no better than the Taliban or Al Qaida members.

  • Jimi Belton

    AMEN, Mr Wasserman…There is a lot of non Jewish peoples in America that support you and your accurate word… As for me and My House [family] we will serve the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob….And Bless them whom He has blessed, The Jew….As a B.A. Christian you have my support, and I agree, we Christians will also fight your good fight, and there will be no anti- semitism directed against any young Jewish while i can still fight….Bless you, Jimi

  • HoR_Emperor

    No, it doesn't… unless you're an obsessive hater of Christians.

  • Consider

    What can be loved without reason, can be hated without reason ( and especially WITH reason).
    Why on earth one should love Christians?