Harvard’s Academic Pogrom

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Harvard University is a school of rich tradition. And in a few days it will be restoring a great Harvard tradition dating back to the 1930s: the tradition of hosting Nazis and violent anti-Semites on campus seeking the mass murder of Jews.

Harvard is to hold a pseudo-academic conference devoted to calls for Israel’s extermination. This “academic conference” will be little more than a genteel campus pogrom. Misnamed the “One State Conference,” it will definitely not have any discussion of any “one-state solution” under which all of Western “Palestine” remains one single Jewish state, while “Palestinians” unhappy about living there as a political minority move to one of the 22 Arab states. When the conference organizers and speakers talk about a “one-state solution,” what they mean is a Rwanda solution, a final one, to the “Jewish Problem” of the Middle East. They want Israel annihilated and replaced by a “bi-national” state with an Islamist Arab majority in control. And it does not take a great imagination to understand just how Jews will fare under such a “solution.”

Naturally, Harvard is defending this campus atrocity with the usual protestations about academic freedom and freedom of speech. The administrators who justify such open and violent bigotry in the guise of an academic conference are the very same people who never seem to express any objections when campus hooligans disrupt and harass talks by Israeli diplomats and rallies by Jewish students. Harvard administrators would be the first ones in the Ivy League to shut down as “hate speech” any “conference” devoted to proving that black people have lower IQs than others, that called for evicting all illegal Hispanics from the nation, or that promoted the view that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

In any case, a brief review of pedigrees of the participants in this “conference” illustrates just how clearly this is to be nothing more than a bash-the-Jews campus crusade.

The “star” of the Harvard pogrom will be Ilan Pappe, who is arguably the most thoroughly discredited pseudo-academic on the planet. Pappe is a notorious fabricator, someone who claims proudly that facts and truth are of no importance. “Indeed the struggle is about ideology, not about facts. Who knows what facts are? We try to convince as many people as we can that our interpretation of the facts is the correct one, and we do it because of ideological reasons, not because we are truthseekers,” the French newspaper Le Soir, has cited Pappe as saying.

Pappe is an expatriate Israeli who devoted one of his “books” to his sons with the wish that they may grow up in a world without Israel. His own University of Exeter recently chastised him for his infamous habit of playing fast and loose with facts. Pappe is best known as a fulltime anti-Israel propagandist who has done more than any other anti-Israel Israeli to promote the moral equivalence of “Nakba denial” with Holocaust denial. (For those who are unaware, “Nakba,” meaning “catastrophe,” is the term Arabs use to refer to Israel’s birth.) He is a “new historian” in the sense of pseudo-historian. His mission in life is to invent an imaginary Palestinian historic “narrative.” Nearly all those beating the “Nakba” drum today cite Pappe and his books about the supposed “ethnic cleansing” of Arabs by Israel in its war of independence.

Pappe was a lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa, but moved to resume a pseudo-academic propagandist position at the University of Exeter in the UK. Even other anti-Zionists have repudiated Pappe as a liar and fabricator. He openly calls for Israel to be exterminated and endorses Hamas terrorism. He considers Noam Chomsky insufficiently anti-Israel.

Pappe, who ran for the parliament in Israel on the slate of the Stalinist communist party and played a central role in fomenting boycotts of Israel in the UK and elsewhere, was also the central figure in the now infamous “Tantura Affair.” In this incident, Pappe coached a graduate student of his into inventing a non-existent “massacre” of Arabs by the Hagana Jewish militia (Alexandroni Brigade) in Tantura, south of Haifa, a “massacre” that Pappe claims took place in 1948. Not a shred of any evidence for any such “massacre” exists. Arab and other journalists who were present at the time of the battle that took place in Tantura reported no massacre. Arabs living in the town at the time confirmed that a battle did occur, but that after the battle the Jewish militiamen aided and assisted the townspeople, not massacring anyone. The graduate student in question was sued for libel by the veterans of the Hagana militia. He later admitted in court with his lawyer present that the entire massacre was an invention.

No matter – Pappe roams the world and continues to spread the lie about the imaginary Tantura “massacre,” a lie that has found its way into nearly every anti-Semitic web site and Neo-Nazi magazine on Earth, and even a handful of otherwise respectable mainstream journalists foolishly rely upon him. Pappe has lied about practically everything else, including about being “persecuted” by his own university in Israel. In fact, Pappe was never fired for his fraud and fabrication by the University of Haifa, although he should have been. (Some wags even suggested the university should be boycotted for not firing Pappe.) That did not stop Pappe from waving his stigmata as a “victim of Zionism” before the European anti-Semites promoting “divestment” from Israel. His recruitment by the University of Exeter proves how indifferent that school is to scholarly standards. His coming appearance as the star of the Harvard academic pogrom shows that things are not much better there.

While Pappe may be the most notorious fabricator at Harvard’s Destroy Israel Conference, he is hardly the only one. A close runner-up will be Stephen M. Walt, who – along with his sidekick John Mearsheimer – is best known for proliferating medieval “theories” about a grand Jewish cabal plotting to control the world. Walt and Mearsheimer spin yarns about the imaginary power of the “Jewish lobby” that sound very much like German propaganda from the 1930s. It would be an exaggeration to say that there is no Israel lobby whatsoever in the United States, but only a small exaggeration. The “Israel lobby” does not come up to the pinky toes in terms of the power of the farm lobby and the teachers union lobby. Walt’s partner Mearsheimer has been in the news the past few weeks for endorsing and celebrating a notoriously deranged British Israel-born Holocaust denier, Gilad Atzmon. Walt also defends Mearsheimer’s choice of Nazi chums on his own personal blog.

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  • Jeff

    Call them the Jihad Jerkoffs

  • guest

    the oil lobby is the most powerful one I know of

  • Judy

    I wonder whether the reason Nazi Mormie Finkelstein is suddenly opposed to BDS is that he hopes that by posturing such, he might get some sort of job offer from somewhere or perhaps succeed in getting his first date in his life.

  • clarespark

    I was interested in the name of William Langer, for he wrote the afterward to a book by his brother Walter, described here: http://clarespark.com/2009/12/13/klara-hitlers-so…. "Klara Hitler's Son and Jewish Blood." But see also this series that documents how progressives adopted Nazi or German sykewar methods for the use of the U.S. military and civilian organizations: http://clarespark.com/2010/04/18/links-to-nazi-sy…. Some of the most esteemed of progressivism advocated these methods.

  • Colony14Author

    The list of speakers includes Ali Abunimah. As noted in The Obama Timeline, Abunimah, a long-time friend of Obama, serves on the board of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), an anti-Israel group. He introduced Obama when he spoke at a 1999 fundraiser for the Deheisha refugee camp in Israel’s occupied West Bank.

    Abunimah, a co-founder of ElectronicIntifada.net, claims that Jews lied about the Holocaust, writing, “if Zionists could lie about their present and ongoing torment of my (Palestinian) people, usurpation of my homeland and arrogation of my rights, and they do it rather obscenely, couldn’t they likewise lie, equally obscenely, about the holocaust, an event that took place over half a century ago?”

    In July 2008 Obama told Abunimah he could not talk more about the “Palestinian cause” because his primary campaign had “constrained” what he can say. Abunimah told the far-left radio talk show Democracy Now! he has known Obama for many years and that “…he used to attend events in the Palestinian community in Chicago all the time.” Abunimah responded to Obama’s soft support of Israel during the campaign by remarking, “He is merely doing what he thinks is necessary to get elected and he will continue doing it as long as it keeps him in power.”

    Abunimah also wrote that Israel’s days were numbered, and that “It is within reach, in our lifetimes.” With the election of Obama, Abunimah assumed that “…the other pillar of Israeli power—Western support and complicity— is starting to crack. We must do all we can to push it over.”

  • Divrr1230

    How true the old Biblical Proverb:
    "The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of destruction." (Proverb 16 verse 4)
    Blind fools these Jew-haters and those who form plans to destroy the blessed people of the Promise.
    The more I read about these highly regarded perverted souls and their Jew-hating agendas, the more the words of Almighty God ring in my soul in regards to His beloved people the Jews:
    "I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12 verse 3)

  • aspacia

    I fear we may be facing another Holocaust.

    • pyeatte

      I don't think we will, but if it happens, Israel will not go down without taking the muslim world with it.

  • א ביסל שכל

    Regarding Marc Ellis, I wonder if he is in fact Jewish. I don't believe that his parents were Jewish. Yes, his title at Baylor University is "Professor of Jewish Studies," but his entry on Wikipedia also indicates that he was "a member of the Catholic Workers Movement in 1974-1975." There it is also indicated that he "became a faculty member at the Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, New York," a not-very-Jewish sort of a position. Nothing in his bio indicates that he is Jewish.

    I don't think he is Jewish at all – from what I can determine, he is the child of American Christians – he grew up in the 1950s, a time when open antisemitism was still a common occurrence in American life – he probably grew up in a home of that kind. (sadly, thanks to SOBs like him, and the left in general, Jew-hatred is coming back to America.) Coming of age in the 1960s he rebelled against his parents, including the antisemitic environment of his home, perhaps even going through a period of philosemitic curiosity, but certainly infused with "leftist theology." That initial leftist theological philosemitic curiosity gradually morphed into the criticism, and ultimately, full-blown hatred of Israel and hatred of Jews.

    To repeat , nothing in his resume or biography indicated that he is in fact Jewish. Much more likely, he enjoys the fact that people, including Jewish people, ASSUME that he is Jewish. He seems actually to be masquerading as a Jew, but he is a person determined to spread hatred of Jews as much as he can. That is his mission.

  • Marty

    I'm happy to report that I have the privilege of teaching on a state-supported campus that has thus far successfully ignored most of the blight of political correctness and multi-culturalism in order to provide students with real educations that will enable them to prosper in and deal with the real world and pursue a rewarding career. Currently, I'm teaching a course on the Israeli-palestinian conflict and get to present the facts and truth. It's a wonderful and redeeming feeling. I pity the students at harvard who are exposed to liars, leftists, appeasers, and anti-semites.

    • alan g

      Where is this college?

  • mrbean

    Harvard is a highly overrated and overpriced artsy-fartsy finishing school for those with enough money to pay the outrageous tuition. There are too many overpaid leftists on the faculty whose publications are trash, and who use the classroom as a forum for indoctrination and not as a platform to cultivate the intellect, The result are the student indoctrinates siding with Palestinian savages who strap on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent Jewish women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes. The Palestinians in their own words and by their actions are committed to the genocide of the Jewish people and the destruction of Israel.

  • Dan Kelso

    Dont forget as Martin Kramer mentioned on Frontpagemag, Mearsheimer In late 2002 and early 2003, a group of far-out professors of Middle Eastern studies peddled a petition warning that Israel might ethnically cleanse Palestinians under the cover of an Iraq war. "We urge our government to communicate clearly to the government of Israel that the expulsion of people according to race, religion or nationality would constitute crimes against humanity and will not be tolerated." This is what I wrote at the time (December 2002):

    The claim that Israel is plotting the mass explusion of Palestinians is one more lunatic-fringe conspiracy theory, hatched by Palestinian propagandists who want "international protection" as the wage for their two disastrous years of insurrection. Unfortunately for them, Israel has done nothing that constitutes a "crime against humanity," and so Palestinians have had to fabricate one that never happened (Jenin) and cry wolf over another one that won't happen (forced "transfer"). Let me not put too fine a point on it: anyone signing this letter, effectively condemning Israel in advance for something it has no intention of doing, is either an ignoramus or a propagandist.

  • PAthena

    Note that the Arabs who call themselves "Palestinians" are lying. The names "Palestine" and "Palestinians" have been synonymous with "land of the Jews" or "the Holy Land" (since Jesus was a Jew), and "Jew" since the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" in 135 A.D. after he had defeated that last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba. (He also outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," his gens name being "Aelius.") That is why Great Britain after World War I was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" to be the "homeland of the Jews."
    In 1964 in Cairo, Nasser of Egypt and the Soviet Union, both haters of Jews, invented the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) with all the phony history and propaganda that has come from it. (Incidentally, Yasir Arafat was an Egyptian.) The Arabs hate Israel for religious reasons – they hate Jews, and they do not deserve yet another state miscalled "Palestine."

  • pyeatte

    Given the fact that whenever a Koran is accidentally burned or destroyed, the Islamists riot somewhere and kill a bunch of their own – perhaps that is a way to fight them. One burned Koran in South Carolina = 12 dead Islamists in some third world hell hole, minimum – no bombs, ammunition or soldiers needed.

  • http://onestate.info Roger Tucker

    Every once in a while I stumble upon a Jewish Nazi site like this one. You people are so diseased with paranoia and megalomania that you will probably bring about the realization of your worst fears. You will then, once again, like so many times before, cry out that you are innocent "victims." Good luck with that. As there will be no place in this now totally connected world for you to escape to, I suggest you start building space ships. Compass heading: the Schizoid Nebula.

    • Anonymous

      You wrote: "You will then, once again, like so many times before, cry out that you are innocent "victims." "

      Were my relatives not innocent victims when they were burned in Auschwitz, you filthy, stinking pile of walking pig vomit?

    • Poppakap

      I don't think I've ever read anything so reflexively stupid in a long time.

      The article is talking about Nazi sympathizing leftists and jihadists and you, Roger, call the reporting of such as "Jewish Nazi" stuff. Do you realize the imbecility and irony of what you're saying? Apparently not or you wouldn't have written such drivel.

      You have shown yourself to be one of the dumbest trolls to ever post on FPM. Congrats, that's an extraordinarily low hurdle to stumble across.

    • to mothertucker

      Obergruppenfuehrer Tucker, we no longer are defenseless against quasi-human filth like you, and as long as Israel survives, we will never be again.

      Zol dir lign in keyver der eyver, schmuck.

    • http://prosemiteundercover.phpbbnow.com/index.php Andy Lewis

      Phuque off and die, Nazi filth.

  • Roger Tucker

    I hate dem joos because I have such a tiny pecker

    • Western Canadian

      The only honest thing you’ve ever said.

  • Princeton67

    Just one more reason I'm grateful I matriculated at Princeton.

  • Ed Frias

    Plaut is totally correct when he says this.
    The question is why doesn't the Israeli left see this.
    Are they that blind? Read Palmediawatch.
    When the conference organizers and speakers talk about a “one-state solution,” what they mean is a Rwanda solution, a final one, to the “Jewish Problem” of the Middle East. They want Israel annihilated and replaced by a “bi-national” state with an Islamist Arab majority in control. And it does not take a great imagination to understand just how Jews will fare under such a “solution.”