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So it is not terribly surprising that the Center’s curriculum about the Arab-Israel conflict demonstrates extreme anti-Israel bias. Center presentations on this topic dismiss Arab religious antagonism toward Jews as irrelevant, and criticism of Arab terrorism as “unsophisticated.” Explanations about the core dynamics of the conflict consistently ignore Israel’s position and omit reference to Arab-initiated wars and terrorism to which Israel has responded defensively, making it look as though Israel’s military activities arise from aggressive conquest. In short, facts are compromised, misrepresentation predominates, and the curriculum reflects the Center’s commitment to advance an anti-Israel agenda rather than any sort of scholarly evaluation of the conflict.
This year’s sophomore is next year’s Senator. High School and college youth educated into a perception of Israel as a genocidal war-mongering rogue state are not likely to be supportive of Israel when they reach leadership positions as adults, in government, academia, or media. The Outreach Center’s activities create a clear and future danger to the state of Israel. Those same youth, educated into a perception of Israel’s Arab enemies as innocent, peace-loving victims of the Jewish State’s aggression may well be sympathetic to those innocent victims’ desire to eliminate Israel entirely.
So, contrary to Dean Ellwood’s flaccid rejoinder to critics of the “One-State Solution Conference,” not only is Harvard endorsing a “…policy that …could lead to the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel;” it has, for more than a decade, been funding and promoting and directing an organization espousing that very policy. The Center operates under Harvard’s aegis and uses Harvard’s name, and its activities support those who earnestly desire the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel.
[i] See, inter alia, http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=118&x_article=2161 and http://www.algemeiner.com/2011/12/21/report-anti-israel-agenda-at-harvard-middle-east-center/ and http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=257997 and http://emetonline.org/index.php?/inthenews/harvards_role_in_miseducating_americans_about_the_middle_east.
[ii] See, inter alia, http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=849241&ct=873537 and http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?b=839367&c=ijITI2PHKoG&ct=1054741 and http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/2007/sept07/arab-world.html and http://www.textbookleague.org/spwich.htm and http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/460652.aspx and http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=10680&only=yes and http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/1391/Saudi_Cash_Paves_Way_for/ and http://web.williams.edu/go/native/arabtextbook.htm and http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=118&x_article=2161 and http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/221607/saudi-classroom/stanley-kurtz.
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