New Front in Israel Campus Wars

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The hypocrisy of the event was epitomized as speakers condemned the very existence of a “Jewish” State, but urged the creation of a Palestinian Muslim state which envisions Islam as the official religion, Arabic as the official language, and the principles of Islamic Sharia law, with its gender inequities and religious apartheid, as the main source of legislation.

By presenting a one-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and discussing the ways to achieve it, the conference advocated the demographic destruction of the Jewish State, thereby denying the right of the Jewish people to exercise their own sovereignty. By funding and hosting this conference, Harvard University lent its prestige to, and provided a supportive forum for, one of the most ancient forms of bigotry and hatred.

The conference, in the opinion of some, turned out to be “rather tame and uneventful,” “much ado about nothing,” and with “few surprises.”  Even Professor Dershowitz, one of the conference’s harshest critics, concluded that “we are winning” in the campus PR war against Israel.

In the opinion of the present writer, these benign post-mortems miss the real problem. Any hate-fest such as this, which proudly sports the imprimatur of any Western university, poses a real and present danger to Israel; and it plants the seeds of a future existential peril to the Jewish people and to Western civilization.

After almost 20 years of events and rallies and conferences at churches and universities around the country, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement has achieved almost  nothing, and interest among audiences other than its true believers has diminished.  The same seems to be true of the “Israel Apartheid Awareness” programs that annually blossom on campuses across the country. Attendance is down and audiences are mostly hard-core anti-Israel ideologues.

So to remedy flagging interest, the forces that brought us BDS, “Israel Apartheid Week” and lawfare have invented a new front in the campus wars over Israel.

And this is where the great peril lies.  Back in the ’70s an anti-war movement that originated at one prestigious campus (Berkeley) soon spread to other campuses, and from there to the street and to mainstream media; and it eventually toppled a president and brought home American troops in retreat, defeat and shame, from Viet Nam.  Without regard to the merits of the anti-war movement, it serves today as an example of the power of campus activism.

As Senator Brown asserted, “Academic elites need to understand that their ideas have real world consequences well beyond the comforts of the ivory tower, and the last thing Israel needs is Harvard legitimizing a terribly misguided idea.”

In the decades before the Holocaust, academia and other elites in the West gave legitimization to the racist doctrine of eugenics, and this doctrine gave the German intellectuals the philosophical underpinning for their age-old Jew-hatred, gentrified with a newly minted pseudo-scientific term, “anti-Semitism.”   This is the precise what is happening today, on campuses throughout the country.  Today’s intellectually feeble, psychotically challenged, or morally bankrupt academics and other intellectuals who seek Israel’s demise proffer scholarly venues for Muslim Jew haters who there create a mendacious veneer of intellectual inquiry and a faux mantle of historical legitimacy in order to justify the murder Jews on a scale brutally reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

It is shameful and irresponsible that the leaders of America’s most prestigious university remain indifferent to, or collude with, what is in essence a new front in the Arab terrorist campaign. However tame or uneventful it may have been, Harvard’s event was far from “much ado about nothing.”  It was the first salvo in a new Arab PR war against Israel and Jews; and in this its organizers’ goal was achieved.

End Notes

[1]  For an assessment of the extreme pro-Muslim bias in the Outreach Center’s activities, see  http://www.algemeiner.com/2011/12/21/report-anti-israel-agenda-at-harvard-middle-east-center/;  and for influence on Massachusetts schools see http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=118&x_article=2161   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.

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  • Canadian

    You are lying and distorting other peoples allegations in order to prevent a group of sadistic terrorists from being held to account. Which means you are actively taking part in the criminal conspiracy. Considering the level of psychological cruelty involved, and the psychotic disregard displayed by this group of war criminals and their supporters, that puts you squarely in the category of "monster".
    Personal note: Please "grow" some common sens into you, YOU ARE CURRENTLY CONDEMNING HUMANITY TO SUICIDE, AND YOU DO NOT HAVE EVEN ONE SHRED OF RATIONALITY IN YOU PRO-TYRANNY STANCE.

    • stern

      The thing I object to most about you is the name you've chosen for yourself. As a true Canadian, I thank heaven we have a decent Prime Minister who stands up to the hate-filled likes of you. You don't deserve to call yourself by that name.

    • Snorbak

      With regard to the "sadistic terrorists" being held to account; Hamas, Islamic Jihad etc copped yet another bloody nose over the weekend for the 160+ rockets they targeted at Israel, in case you missed the news.
      I also agree with you when you state "….the psychotic disregard displayed by this group of war criminals and their supporters, that puts YOU squarely in the category of "monster"."

      By the way, you mis-spoke your last statement, so I corrected it for you;
      ISLAM IS CURRENTLY CONDEMNING ITS CHILDREN & FOLLOWERS TO SUICIDE, AND I HAVE NOT ONE SHRED OF RATIONALITY IN MY PRO-TYRANNY STANCE.

      Regards,

    • UCSPanther

      Let's see:

      Support Israel-support democracy, human rights, tolerance, civilization, advancement and personal freedom.
      Oppose Israel- support totalitarianism, barbarism, intolerance, corruption, regression to the medieval times and no personal freedom.

      No surprise that antisemites and anti-Israel activists tend to support brutal and corrupt dictators…

    • Western Canadian

      Again, you are not a canadian…. Very few canadians have your incredible level of ignorance, combined with your rabid jew hatred.

  • Sally

    Anti-Semites hate dem joos because the anti-Semites have such tiny peckers.

  • artcohn

    Excellent article! Harvard has demeaned itself by holding this poluted conference.A great many intelligent and informed prospective students will no longer care to apply to Harvard. The university will be lrft with the dregs.

    • stern

      From your keyboard to those prospective students' ears!!

  • Larry

    Harvard has gone from a college of higher education to a college of lower education. I remember when a Jew or a person of color could not get into Harvard. Now Harvard wants to make it as uncomfortable as possible for a Jew to attend this college.

  • 080

    Well why not? These same people are in favor of a one state solution for America. There are now some 2,000 mosques in America and the number is growing. After all, Sayid Qutb the modern guru of the Moslem Brotherhood seems to have derived his critique of the West from Nietzsche, the same place as those advocates of modernity.

  • Glennd1

    The article refers to the Jewish people's "right" to sovereignty – which is the moral basis of the debate to begin with. I realize it's threatening to Zionists aspirations to have the morality of their religious claim to land questioned, but that doesn't make it illegitimate. If one thinks Zionism is not a moral cause in the first place, then the entire history looks quite different. The folks who oppose this conference oppose giving voice to that position at all, demanding resigning in defeat as a condition of entering into the debate. This is the same tactic as demanding that Hamas accept Israel's "right" to exist as a precondition to negotiating. The very foundation of the disagreement is Israel's "right" to exist.

    I realize this is calling into question the status quo and a state of affairs that many want to preserve. But to act as though there is no legitimate moral criticism available and that those who hold such views are not worthy of consideration is just boorish. If you are so convinced of the moral righteousness of Zionism, then defend it, don't decry attempts to debate it.

    Before you call me an anti-semite, read what I wrote carefully. There is nothing anti-semitic in what I wrote. I don't sympathize with the Muslims or the Islamists at all,. But I just think that Zionism was used to justify expelling 650,000 Arab Muslims from their homes, against all international efforts to stop it from happening and in defiance of the U.N. itself. This is the very action that gave rise to Israel and this action is justified by Zionists based on the Jewish "right" to sovereignty. This is why I disagree, and why many people like me don't accept the moral basis of the Zionist cause and hold Israel accountable for the crime against humanity that occasioned its very founding.

    I'm trying to be reasonable for once. Can anyone out there disagree with me but at least respect that I'm not a bigot but rather following my conscience as I see the facts?

  • Glennd1

    The article refers to the Jewish people's "right" to sovereignty – which is the moral basis of the debate to begin with. I realize it's threatening to Zionists aspirations to have the morality of their religious claim to land questioned, but that doesn't make it illegitimate. If one thinks Zionism is not a moral cause in the first place, then the entire history looks quite different. The folks who oppose this conference oppose giving voice to that position at all, demanding resigning in defeat as a condition of entering into the debate. This is the same tactic as demanding that Hamas accept Israel's "right" to exist as a precondition to negotiating. The very foundation of the disagreement is Israel's "right" to exist.

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