The Chutzpah of Omar Barghouti

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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With that background, Omar Barghouti’s campus Jihad combined with a campus outpost is unsurprising, he is only following the family tradition of burrowing into academia and building a career denouncing Israel. The boycott program has opened a new front in the war against Israel by giving terrorist sympathizing leftists in Europe an excuse to reject papers from Israeli academics and bar the door against students with Israeli diplomas, not including Barghouti of course. It is also building a power base for the new generation of the Barghouti clan.

The BDS movement, which aims for a boycott of Israel, has never been accused of fielding a coherent argument. Barghouti’s own articles and speeches are equally incoherent. Playing the professional Palestinian, Barghouti insists that Jesus was a Palestinian. Aside from the absurdity of retroactively assigning a 20th century Arab nationalist identity to a figure who lived in the twilight days of a Jewish state, Barghouti’s own Palestinian identity seems rather shaky considering that he only stopped by the area as an adult.

Why a Qatari-born immigrant like Omar Barghouti should have more legal and civil rights than a Jewish child born in Israel cannot be defended in any way except by an appeal to the racial and religious superiority of the construct of a Palestinian identity. A fraud that the Barghoutis have done a good deal to perpetuate in academic life.

In a recent op-ed promoting the Penn State BDS conference taking place in February, Omar Barghouti tried to latch on to Occupy Wall Street by claiming to represent “the global 99 percent.” Considering how much money and power the Barghoutis have, they are the 1 percent, both locally and globally. Anyone who has seen the mansions of the ruling elite in the West Bank can only laugh at Omar’s assertion that Israel is part of the 1 percent exploiting the rest of humanity, while the influential clans like the Barghoutis are the 99 percent.

While it is easy to ridicule Omar Barghouti’s shopworn anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories, his boycott tours enable leftist bigotry by dressing up the racism of their academics and activists in the fringed scarves and t-shirts of a national liberation movement. And yet Omar has already made his own argument against the existence of a Palestinian state.

Omar Barghouti has asserted that Israel is a racist apartheid state and accordingly has no right to exist, but that would be a far more accurate description of the goals and purposes of Palestinian Arab nationalism, which has set out to not only ethnically cleanse the Jews, but which has also managed to ethnically cleanse much of the Arab Christians from the territories under their control.

While Israel has a multiethnic and multi-religious population that encompasses the refugees of many nations, from Vietnamese boat people to Sudanese refugees, the Palestinian Arab nationalist vision is obsessed with the supremacy of the Arab Muslim clans like the Husseinis and the Barghoutis who want to preserve their tribal privileges and feudal power. The only refugees they care about are their own uncles and cousins.

Omar talks about equality, but it isn’t equality that he is after; it’s power. And in his chutzpah he accuses Israel of the crimes of his family and the Palestinian Arab supremacist national movement.

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  • Jeff

    Learn more about this terrorist at http://www.isracampus.org.il

  • Marylou

    Israeli taxpayers need to stop playing nanny to the world. Tell these whiners and malcontents to go home, already.

  • Bamaguje

    What were the Israelis thinking when they allowed a hostile foreign-born Muslim Arab with known family ties to terrorists, to study in their country?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Same thing Americans and Europeans do when they allow the same.

  • kblink45

    "The bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed."
    -Hitler

  • Lady_Dr

    Great article – I hope you will do something in the future to expose the left's control of Israeli university. It is as bad, or worse than their control of universities in America.

  • jacob

    Sounding repetitive, there is nothing to wonder about this no goodnik taking
    advantage of Israel's stupidity, considering that the Israeli govmt. slaps Israeli
    employers of Arab workers (who actually constitute the bulk of the working force
    of Israel) with a PAYROLL TAX whose proceeds are handed over to the so
    called "Palestininan Authority" or PA in short and which, due to the length of time
    it has been running, is considered already an "acquired right" even by the UN….
    Therefore, is there anything to wonder ????

  • george a. way jr.

    one bullet strategically placed

  • steven L

    Similar things happen in the liberal universities in the US and EU. They get millions of petro$ to attack Jews and deny their right of free speech.
    Nothing is new.
    Will overcome.

  • steven L

    O. Barghouti is a typical brainwashed Muslim from age three or four like the three or four year old Palestinian kid who is brainwashed to hate and kill Jews. His time in an Israeli university was a waste. His software was permanently damaged by those who thought him the Kur' an because he was never thought how to think for himself but to memorize. Poor humanity.

  • maria

    Leftists in Israel made that absurd possible. Leftists destroying country from within in Israel, US and everywhere. They bite the hand which fed them. Useful idiots.
    Barhouti is just a devoted Muslim who follows Koran's ordains: Jihad against all non-Muslims using non-violent stealth as well. Plus taquyya, lie to fool "unbelievers" to promote Islam. They can be successful only with Leftists help. Democratic society should be cleaned from inner enemies Leftists who very often on petro$ payroll.
    McCarty saved US in 50th from communism. Now we need such kind of person.
    I like Gingrich and Santorum as well. They have principals and they are Patriots of our country.

    • ziontruth

      "McCarty saved US in 50th from communism."

      Unfortunately not. He was railroaded by the Commie symps before he could finish the job, thus clearing the way for a Gramscian takeover of the media outlets and education centers in America starting in the 1960s.

      All the talk about Obama this, Obama that bespeaks ignorance of this exact issue. Obama is a figurehead and a symptom. Worldwide in the entire free world (including Western Europe, India and Israel), the Far Left's ownership of the majority of mainstream media outlets allows treasonous policies to be advocated as a norm and enacted on that basis even when pro-nationalist politicians are in power, with not the slightest heed given to the people's say.

      Our countries (I speak as an Israeli, but this applies to America just as much) will not be out of danger until the Far Leftist stranglehold on media and academe is permanently broken and banished beyond regrowth.

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,I speak as an American,and I say,Omar Barguouti is a slimeball.

  • UCSPanther

    The question I have, is why do these morons, if they hate us so much, move to our countries and proceed to make seditious buffoons of themselves.

  • FormerMuslim

    Israel should never have given this man a visa. They should kick him out. But please do not ship him to America, we already have plenty of leftists and occupiers. Let him go back to Qatar or Egypt and get a real job. It is the West that creates these bozos in the first place.
    Israel is not helpless … deport him

  • Kyra

    Really good article. Perhaps, in your spare time you could just go alphabetically down the list exposing each and every one of these dimwit dis-honored muzzies & their leftard dhimmis.
    I really think under all the religious rhetoric, the muzzies/Arabs are just pissed off because Israel routed them again & again. They are humiliated in the way that only an Arab can be humiliated. That is why they work so hard to spill Israeli/Jewish blood. That’s the way of all honor killings.

  • DomusCanus

    Barghouti, a Jaded Jihadi without a cause or a clue. Years ago I read a book on Hollywood types wanting to attach their name to charities to get more exposure for their career, thus making them a patron of this or that cause. The agent of one 'star' in particular was finding it difficult to dig up a worthy charity because "all the good diseases have been taken by the big fish". This is Barghuti today, looking for his disease. Yet Israel allows this specimen to infect their homeland by his very presence? Kick the bum out.

  • DaveedR

    I don't understand why wanting a secular state with equal rights for all (like we have here in America) is a bad thing. It seems to me that Israel should be a state safe for Jews (and all others as well) and should be a state for all Israelis (not just Jewish Israelis). I just don't see why Jews should have superior rights to the indigenous Palestinians. As to Barghouti not being born in I/P, neither were all the Jews who made aliyah to Israel. We need to treat all people with one set of rules and laws…something which currently isn't being done.

  • Robin

    DavidR
    The definition of Israel is one who is a descendant of Jacob who was named Israel (read Genesis). The word Jew comes from Judah, one of the tribes of Israel. Israel was split into 2 kingdoms following the reign of King Solomon. 10 Tribes of Israel were exiled and lost. The Judean Kingdom were exiled as well with the destruction of the 2nd Temple. Jews of today are direct descedants of the Judean Kingdom which were from the Tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi who was dispersed among all ther 12 tribes. Israel is the inheritance and Biblical Homeland of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Palestinians do not fit in this category. Strangers are allowed but under the condition that they abide by the 7 Noahide Laws and accept Israels Sovereignty.

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  • garyfouse

    This past week at UC Riverside, Barghouti unveiled his new response to the obvious hypocrite charge for studying at Tel Aviv Univ. In describing himself as a palestinian, he said that he chose to study “at home”. In Feb 2012, at UCI, he refused to answer where he was born saying it is irrelevant.