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This is propaganda. It is not history.
But that’s how Israeli history is taught at too many of our major universities. Revisionist Israeli history is all the rage, with Israel as the bad actor and the Arabs who routinely attack Israel as the victims of Western colonialism. It’s a photo-negative version of history first touted by Edward Said, and it predominates across the country.
The question, however, is how those who teach it are qualified to do so. Israeli history is not a series of Jewish misdeeds. It’s a history of bringing civilization to a region that has virtually none, and of building up a country from the ground up that treats its own Arab citizens better than Arab countries do their citizens. Has Israel made mistakes? Of course. But the campus preference is to cast every Israeli mistake as a concerted attempt to commit genocide, and every Muslim attempt to commit genocide as a misconstrued, happenstance coincidence.
If Malekafzali is truly teaching this sort of propaganda, he’s doing his students and the university a disservice. If he’s quoting Holocaust minimizers to do it, he’s going further than that. His job should certainly be on the line for this sort of indoctrination.
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