Professors for Jew-Hate

omarReprinted from Romirowsky.com.

In 1915, John Dewey of Columbia University and Arthur Lovejoy of Johns Hopkins University came together with other educators to establish the American Association of University Professors, an organization designed to preserve academic freedom and professional values.

The association’s 1915 Declaration of Principles set the guidelines for the foundation of what academic freedom should be stating that, “the freedom of the academic teacher entail[s] certain correlative obligations … . The university teacher … should, if he is fit for his position, be a person of a fair and judicial mind; he should, in dealing with such subjects, set forth justly, without suppression or innuendo, the divergent opinions of other investigators … and he should, above all, remember that his business is not to provide his students with ready-made conclusions, but to train them to think for themselves.”

Today, however, academic freedom is incorrectly equated with unrestricted faculty free speech and the “correlative obligations” or presenting “divergent opinions” have been swept away. As the late Gary Tobin put it, “Academic freedom has evolved from protection against political influence to job security — an employment contract rather than an intellectual contract.”

Nowhere is this more true than in the case of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel and Israeli academics.

Here academics have taken the lead in attempting to condemn and restrict access to an entire country through vilification, through lies and exaggeration, and by efforts to restrict the free speech of others.

The latest edition of the Journal of Academic Freedom — the AAUP’s flagship journal — edited by Ashley Dawson, who takes this to fairly Orwellian new heights with an entire issue devoted to the BDS campaign against Israel. This is hardly mitigated by a passing statement from the journal’s editor that, “in view of the association’s longstanding commitment to the free exchange of ideas, we oppose academic boycotts.”

Dawson is no stranger to such overt pronouncements as someone who personally endorsed the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. All in all, Dawson gives space to six pro-BDS pieces out of the nine pieces for the sake of “balance.” Dawson includes one meek piece defending the AAUP’s position among the seven essays.

The icing on this cake is the contribution of BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti, an individual who has built his entire career on demonization of Israel.

For years, Barghouti has called for Israeli universities and academics to be boycotted but hypocritically claims his studies at an Israeli university are a “personal matter.”

But for someone who holds degrees from Israeli universities, Barghouti’s condemnation of them, and Israeli society as a whole, is total. His argument:

“Unlike the South African academic boycott, the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel is institutional in nature; it specifically targets Israeli academic institutions because of their complicity, to varying degrees, in planning, implementing, justifying, or whitewashing Israel’s occupation, racial discrimination, and denial of refugee rights. This collusion takes various forms, from systematically providing the military-intelligence establishment with indispensable research — on demography, geography, hydrology, and psychology, among other disciplines — that directly benefits the occupation apparatus to tolerating and often rewarding racist speech, theories and “scientific” research; institutionalizing discrimination against Palestinian Arab citizens; suppressing Israeli academic research on the Nakba, the catastrophe of dispossession and ethnic cleansing of more than 750,000 Palestinians, and the destruction of more than 400 villages during the creation of Israel; and directly committing acts that contravene international law, such as the construction of campuses or dormitories in the occupied Palestinian territory, as Hebrew University has done, for instance.”

This is vilification at its most total, which is undone by a calm examination of how higher education works in every country. His tone also reflects fairly unhinged hatred; Barghouti is unwilling to list a single attribute of Israel that is tolerable, even his own university education. Anything except total agreement with him about the Arab-Palestinian conflict is automatically whitewash, a denial, institutionalized discrimination and so on.

He ignores the fact — evident from any Israeli newspaper much less a passing acquaintance with Israeli universities — that the issues he raises, such as discrimination and “occupation,” are constantly discussed. These are among the voices he wishes to be shut out.

The stated aims of the BDS movement are nothing short than the dissolution of Israel and its replacement with a bi-national, majority Palestinian, entity.

That the BDS movement and its supporters, now tacitly endorsed by the AAUP, have been given a platform to single out Israel as absolutely the worst society on Earth is distressing and is nothing less than a “ready-made conclusion” of the most extreme sort.

The AAUP should stand up against such polemists; instead it legitimizes them by offering them a platform to promote racism.

We can only imagine the response had the organization published articles calling for Palestinians to be boycotted on the basis of their racist, homophobic and misogynist society, or Syria, because of its murderous totalitarianism, or Turkey for its century-long repression of Kurds and unacknowledged extermination of Armenians.

Such calls would have been rightly condemned as utterly intolerant, overly broad and sweeping, and completely in opposition to a peaceful settlement of disputes.

In the case of Israel, however, such characterizations are acceptable, as are calls for its destruction.

Boycotts don’t engender peace, especially not in the Middle East. They act as a vehicle to deflect from the real obstacles to peace and the real opportunities, many of which are provided precisely by academia. The AAUP should focus on promoting balanced scholarship regarding the Middle East and not extremist views.

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  • Veracious_one

    …..by efforts to restrict the free speech of others.
    just look at the treatment received to those individuals who bravely seek to discuss the truths about Islam and/or Obama…..it’s as if academia is anti-truth….and unwilling to equally listen to both sides of a discussion…giving its students a false education…

    • itaintmojo

      So true. Arabs are allowed to gather in free speech and it no problem. Then when a counter rally is organized to give the other side, the Arabs get offended to the point they have successfully managed to have those counter rallies canceled because the schools won’t be able to guarantee security for the event. Totalitarian is the only word for that.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Especially in the “uk”.

        Jihadis openly threaten the “uk” and eurabia with 9/11 scale attacks.

        • itaintmojo

          Yes I have been keeping up with the goings on in the UK regarding Sharia appeasement, and the politically correct leftist cover up of Muslim extremism. Like in North America now, saying anything about Muslim covert activities, is met with being labeled a racist or being Islamophobic. The thought of Londonstan becoming a reality is not a warm one for me.

    • Drakken

      Well fight fire with napalm, they are happy and willing to shout and shut down debate, do the same with them. The time for niceties and pleasantries with the left is over.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Tell it to Malala, the Palistani girl shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban, for wanting an education.

    • glennd1

      Funny, you advocating for the wellbeing of Muslims. Your track record belies your hypocrisy.

      • Drakken

        Well Glen, come on ole buddy, put your money where your big liberal heart is and go join those poor misunderstood jihadist in gaza and the west bank.

      • Gee

        Muslims are treated better in non-Muslim countries than Muslim countries.

        They have rights which do not exist in any of the Muslim regimes, better education, health care, etc. etc.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        glennda, Tell the Pakistani Taliban you want an education too.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        You still cold heartedly refuse to show any sympathy for Malala, for wanting an education – and for that want was shot in the head by your islamofascist pals.

  • herb benty

    Israel, even it’s existence, makes the leftist/ Islamist very nervous as they know full well that God Almighty has numerous prophecies about the chosen people and their country. They stupidly think, along with communism and Satan, that if Israel can be destroyed God’s plans can be delayed or halted. What other reason is there for this frantic demonization of the most persecuted people on earth, a people most deserving of their own safe country?

  • glennd1

    The issue isn’t that Israel’s radical Zionism isn’t supremacist, bigoted or that it has a a bloodsoaked history that any moral person should be repulsed by. That is obviously true to any objective person who studies the history of political Zionism from 1880 forward.

    The issue is academic integrity and the purpose of intellectual inquiry. The academy must be a place where ideas flow freely, without political constraints and the best way to make progress is via engagement. The real hypocrisy here is that any Arab scholar from any Arab country comes from a society that is at least as morally questionable as Israel’s. Is anyone going to dare tell me that Saudi Arabia or Jordan are morally superior to Israel with a straight face? It’s the selective outrage that must be addressed to.

    I’m a frequent critic of Zionism on these pages, but would never support an academic boycott of Israel or any nation. It’s particularly amusing when its proponents don’t show the same outrage about Iran, or say Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror that killed as many as 60.000 of its own citizens per year in service to political terror. While relations were obviously curtailed, the level of moral outrage just isn’t there. I was just reading that there were 118 Jihadi attacks in Thailand last month and the Al Qaeda attacks in Iraq are back to 2007 levels – where is the outrage? Where are the demands for us to divest from Saudi Arabia, where much Al Qaeda funding emanates and is managed?

    Nowhere. Me? I’m anti-zionist and anti-islamist – the only moral position one can take.

    • itaintmojo

      It is not obviously true at all. It might have been had Arabs not called for Jihad the moment Israel was reborn, and everyday for the last 65 years since then. Everything israel did was in response to Jihad, and to protect its State and country. Israel is far from perfect, and many decisions can be spun to make them look evil, but in reality, Arabs never gave Israel the respect, and there is still no sign whatsoever, that Jihad will ever stop, until they destroy Israel finally.

      • glennd1

        But of course it is obviously true that political Zionism was a campaign of invasion, occupation, colonization and expulsion. That’s exactly what the Zionists did in Palestine from 1880 to 1948. The factual record is there for anyone to see.

        It’s really galling to see Zionists claiming their ethnic cleansing was really about fighting Jihad, Don’t dare conflate your religious supremacism to our fight against Jihadis. The Zionists talked for decades (Jabotinski, to name just one) about how they would achieve a Jewish majority state and that always involved “transfer”. But the Arab Muslims in Palestine did not want to give up their homes – shocker.

        And now you call yourselves victims, using terrorism and the Holocaust to justify the despicable actions of Israel. Even worse are the political conditions in Israel today. Arabs in Palestine are treated like non-people by the Jews there, and the politics visit new Jewish supremacist laws and court rulings by the week. Israel is a psychotically violent state that should be shunned by any moral person.

        • Drakken

          So just exactly do you call all of those states that surround Israel which makes up less than 1 % of the land then? Oh yes what where those states before islam came crawling out of the desert? Those effing rag heads deserve everything they get and more.

          • glennd1

            I forgot, you can’t read. I actually was very critical of some Arab states above and am critical of them all the time. Do you realize how absurd you are? How awfully you come across? If you have kids, if one of them saw what you write here they would be ashamed of you. Do you have any morality whatsoever?

          • Drakken

            Yes, we do understand that your a puzzy, and your mommy didn’t pay enough attention to you, I read just fine boy and the fact that you think that you can deal with Islamic jihad by appeasing them, shows the complete lack of moral character and lack of a backbone, history is littered with wishful thinking useful idiots like you, so you go ahead and try to appease islaimci jihad in the hopes it won’t consume you and yours, the rest of us won’t.

          • glennd1

            Of course, you retarded savage, I said nothing of the sort.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Your calling the prophet of “the religion of peace” a retarded savage isn’t a way to endear yourself to the Red/Grean Axis of EVIL.

          • Drakken

            Side with the muslims over the Jews of Israel makes you a Quisling, it is that bloody simple, but your too bloody stupid to get it.

          • defcon 4

            “very critical” being faint praise for islam0nazism.

          • glennd1

            Only in your feral mind. My original comment here was highly critical of Arab/Muslim countries and terrorism. Read much?

          • defcon 4

            “highly critical” you’re a laugh riot.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            “critical”.of arab/muslim regimes.

            Horrors!

            I see a fatwa in your future glennda.

          • Father Dacius

            One of the faults on these conservative websites, is that they have to deal with two kinds of Trolls; left-wing progressive types, and then the neo-nazi skin head ones.

          • glennd1

            But of course, I’m neither. You are a dimwit though – we established that in our last exchange in which you failed to form a single cogent argument or substantive response to any points I’ve made. Just as you have here, you superficial dingbat.

          • defcon 4

            I don’t think there are as many ne0-nazi skinheads as there are islam0fascists. I can’t even remember the last time I read about or saw any ne0-nazis doing anything in the US. They’re a fringe element, a deluded, disenfranchised minority. The antisemitism that is on the rise in US colleges and universities has only ONE source: islam0fascists. Period. Full stop.

          • glennd1

            Is this kind of commentary considered acceptable in the sewer you live in? Cuz here’s a newsflash; Stating “those effing rag heads deserve everything they get and more” is the definition of being a savage and a bigot. You are what you accuse them of. In another comment you claim you want me to go to Gaza so you can use me for target practice. You do realize that in all civilized circles – regardless of ideology, you would be considered an animal and to be shunned for making such a statement, yes? But here, on this site, you get cheered on. What does that say about the sickos here?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            glennda, Is it asking too much to hold Islamofascist savages to civilized standards – or is that “counter revolutionary”?

            I’d call the Boston Marathon bombers “effing rag heads”, and their “rag head” mother, and the assassin of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and the 19 hijackers of 9/11, and the “rag heads” who bombed London transport on 7/7/05, and the “rad head” who cut the throat and beheaded Lee Rigby in London…

          • Drakken

            Blah blah blah blah blah, that is what is spewing out of that bloody coc*holster of yours, you call people names and get your poor precious feeling hurt when they play the same game you do, tough sh*t Sparky, if you can’t hang with the big dogs, stay on the porch with the pups. You use the words, bigot, racist and civilized like a bludgeon to shut down any type of debate because it doesn’t fit your leftarded mentality and world view. Useful idiots like you who openly side with Islamic jihad deserve final sanction, it is that bloody simple, so take your cocktail party, two faced, civilized circle jerk and bloody shove it.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            bigot, racist, uncivilized?

            See muslim brotherhood, socialists, hamass, hezbullah, regressive “progressives”, wahabis, salafis, al qada, taliban, boko haram, jihadis, paleswinians, ayatollahs, sheiks, imams, troofers.

          • defcon 4

            Strangely enough, when the holey quran refers to Jews as the “descendants of apes and swine” or the “most despised” of people you have no problem with that. Or the various “authentic” hadith that call for the worldwide extermination of Jews.

        • itaintmojo

          Obvious only to you and your assuming label giving kind. Jablonski and others talked. You can go ahead and hold out conversations as your reasoning if you need to. You will never be able to definitively know how Israeli’s would have reacted to Arabs saying yes in 1948, or anytime after. Not all Arabs who fled were chased out. Many left because they were told to leave and wait till the jews were cleansed. Many Israeli official asked the Arabs to stay. Very few did, but those few are the lucky ones, because its quite clear that Arab citizens of Israel, despite their loath for Israel, are the best treated Arabs in the middle east by far. Arabs in east Jerusalem are busy now, looking for apartments in areas that won’t be on the Arab side of a possible agreement. Not one of them would move to Gaza if you paid them to, nor Syria, nor Egypt, nor any neighboring country there. Israel, has proven with Egypt, that once it’s borders are secure, it can be a generous and solid neighbor. This has nothing to do with religious supremacism in any way. Israel was awarded a country in 1948. A rebirth of Israel. This came after the British Mandate which had control over the place. The Ottoman Empire was overthrown. The British decided there should be a rebirth of Israel. The league of nations at the time made their choice. So did Arabs, by attacking the fledgling state on the very 1st day. If Arabs had accepted, they might not have ever been removed or felt the need to remove themselves from their homes. They didn’t agree with a Jewish state, and they still do not. They chose Jihad, and they still choose Jihad. Being on the side of israel, I do not feel victimized, or at least not nearly as victimized as I would expect an Arab to feel. Arabs are the true victims in the middle east mess. Arabs are victims of their own choices. Israeli’s live, learn, love, laugh, work, raise loving families, and protect themselves from the dangers they face. Arabs are busy teaching their kids Jihad and all about evil Zion. Abbass is busy stealing money from Arabs by skimming aid money into his Swiss pockets. Sharia law advocates will never allow a real peace deal. If Anwar Sadat could talk he would clue you in, that Sharia will never accept anything less than Israel’s removal. That’s Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim brotherhood, Taliban, Al Qaida, , Boko harem, Al Shabob, 50 million Sharia peeps in Iran, and another 50 million in Pakistan. Never will these people ever accept Israel. Not in 1948 and not now. Your Jihad will always get you return fire. The next time you come to wipe us out do it right, and get the job done. Otherwise if you can’t, then stop your whining, twisting facts, and be thankful us “despicable” people are civilized enough not to have incinerated you, as you wish to do to us.

          • glennd1

            Bullshit, top to bottom. Go read Max Blumenthal’s Goliath which lays out the horrific condition of Arabs and Muslims in Israel and greater Palestine under the jackboot of the Zionists.

          • itaintmojo

            You, Max, Finkelstein, and Chomsky can lay out all the horrors you want, but you will never convince an Arab citizen of Israel to move to Gaza, and live under Hamas rule. What you call bullshit is documented and catalogued. You calling it bullshit is bullshit.

          • glennd1

            So you know better than Benny Morris and Schlomo Ben Ami (former foreign minister of Israel) who both readily admit that political Zionism was a campaign of invasion, colonization, ethnic cleansing and occupation. Got it – you can keep listening to yourself, I’ll listen to the most respected historian in the world on the topic and the statements of leading, established Israeli politicians.

            And you haven’t read Blumenthal’s book, right? I mean, you have no idea what he’s actually said in Goliath, right? To lump him in with Chomsky and Finkelstein only shows your weak reasoning skills as they are not a matched set. And Goliath is very much about current day Israel.

            If you are as interested in the truth and facts as you want us to believe, read the book and get back to me.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            glennda, If you are sincerely against “occupation”, then please end your brutal, racist, fascist occupation of the Native American land of North America.

            No Double Standard “comrade”.

            P.S. Jews were in Israel before the murderous bandit mohammed came on the scene.

          • itaintmojo

            Perhaps the comparison was unfair. I will look for the book. I don’t mind reading the other side of the story. I do a lot of that. These days with information at our fingertips so readily available, I find the more I look at both sides, the closer I can come to the truth. So far, I lobby for Israel’s version of events as being way closer to the truth, than the Arab side. I always try and be fair, and I have no problem admitting a wrong doing. I have no doubt that israel is a far more humane country than any of its Arab neighbors. Syria has a million or so refugees now living in tents villages, and Egypt’s Coptic Christians are having their churches, homes , and businesses burned by Sharia Muslim Brotherhood types. Israel comes in a distant last on the atrocities scale in comparison to its neighbors, except to those who hold it to a higher standard, and point out every mistake.

          • Omar

            It is hilarious that you would reference Chomsky’s so-called “works” to accuse Israel of alleged misdeeds committed towards it’s neighbors, considering the fact that Chomsky has a long history of supporting dictators all over the world, especially if those dictators are socialist and/or anti-Western. Fact-check.

          • glennd1

            I did not cite Chomsky – I don’t consider him to be reliable in many issues. Even though he did basically reduce Dershowitz to dust when he last debated him… Keep making stuff up though, giggling. You guys are absurd, do you realize that?

          • Drakken

            Your mental gymnastics is a absolute sight to behold. Leftards, you just can’t fix them.

          • defcon 4

            I’ll bet you giggle over dead najjis kaffir too don’t you?

          • Gee

            Yes Chomsky is well known for admitting if he doesn’t like a fact – he will invent one

          • Raymond_in_DC

            Next you’ll reference Ilan Pappe. Blumenthal has an anti-Israel axe to grind. Try instead Benny Morris, Ephraim Karsh, or Hillel Cohen. That you even use the term “jackboot” exposes your own prejudices.

          • glennd1

            So, you’ve read Blumenthal’s recent book then? Lol, of course not, all you have are smears, not facts. Go away, punk.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Why would would anyone want to read a screed by a regressive “progressive”?

            maxies reputation is known.

            Anyone can look at his regressive “progressive” Youtube channel.

          • glennd1

            I have cited Benny Morris on this thread. See his quotes a few comments up. He makes the case for me.

          • Andy_Lewis

            Max Blumenthal ain’t nuthin’ but an Uncle Jake, glenny baby. No surprise that you worship him.

          • $1420579

            How dopey you must be. I don’t worship Blumenthal – but I am reading his latest book, Goliath, which provides great factual detail about the ongoing oppression and hate in Israel and greater Palestine by Zionists aimed at Arab Muslims.

            You haven’t read his book, have you? Tell me, dingbat how can you comment on a book you haven’t read? More to the point, how can you support what Israel is doing? Are you aware of all the discriminatory laws that have come out of the Knesset? Are you aware that Israel has essentially made it illegal to not support radical Zionist aims?

            If you want to discuss facts, fair enough. But you? You are a joke,

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            No one respects an Uncle Tom.

          • glennd1

            Fyi, among real historians – including many Jewish, Israeli ones – there is no debating the issue of whether the Zionists were the aggressors. Here’s a couple of quotes from Benny Morris, a Jewish, Zionist and Israeli historian.

            T Rami al interviewed Morris for the newspaper Yediot Ahronot in December 1994:
            Morris: “As one who received his education in Israel, I thought I knew that the Arabs had ‘run away.’ But I knew nothing else. The Jewish generations of 1948, however, knew the truth and deliberately misrepresented it. They knew there were plenty of mass deportations, massacres and rapes…The soldiers and the officials knew, but they suppressed what they knew and were deliberately disseminating lies.”

            Benny Morris also said this:
            “Israelis like to tell the world, that they are running an ‘enlightened’ or ‘benign’ occupation, qualitatively different from other military occupations the world has seen. The truth was radically different. Like all occupations, Israel’s was founded on brute force, repression and fear, collaboration and treachery, beatings and torture chambers, and daily intimidation, humiliation and manipulation.” Benny Morris, “Righteous Victims.”

            And he’s on “their side”, lol…

          • Gee

            Benny Morris is a liar. He has been proven on several occasions to claim access to documents that he never saw. Invent quotes for things that were never said.

            John Bagot Glubb, the commander of Jordan’s Arab Legion, said: “Villages were frequently abandoned even before they were threatened by the progress of war.”

            April 23, 1948, Jamal Husseini, the chairman of the Palestine Higher Committee, told the UN Security Council that instead of accepting the Haganah’’s truce offer, the Arabs “preferred to abandon their homes, their belongings, and everything they possessed in the world and leave Haifa.

            The U.S. Consul-General in Haifa, Aubrey Lippincott, wrote on April 22, 1948, for example, that “local mufti-dominated Arab leaders” were urging “all Arabs to leave the city, and large numbers did so.”

            In his memoirs, Haled al Azm, the Syrian Prime Minister in 1948–49, also admitted the Arab role in persuading the refugees to leave:

            “Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call to them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return.”

            The Secretary of the Arab League Office in London, Edward Atiyah, wrote in his book, The Arabs: “This wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the boastings of an unrealistic Arabic press and the irresponsible utterances of some of the Arab leaders that it could be only a matter of weeks before the Jews were defeated by the armies of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arabs enabled to re-enter and retake possession of their country.”

            But those people were there and mostly Arabs, what did they know – right?

          • itaintmojo

            Just because you can name a few Jews who testified against Israel doe not make you accurate. I can name a few Arabs who will testify against Arab behavior as well.
            The truth is that there were some Palestinian Arabs that were evacuated from their towns. Albeit it was a minority, but there were some. Israel was at war and you can justify this action because of it, but nevertheless it did occur. Lets not forget Israel was being attacked by 6 Arab neighbors on the 1st day of their rebirth.
            When I wrote that Israel did not expel the Palestinian Arabs, I did not mean that no Israelis have forced any Arab residents of Palestine to evacuate their homes at any place or at any time during the past sixty years. Rather I meant that there was never any mass expulsion of the Arab population as a whole from Palestine/Israel, or from any region or part of Palestine/Israel, either during the Israeli War of Independence in 1947 – 49(the usual time-frame given by the anti-Israel “revisionist” or “new” historians for the alleged expulsion) or at any other time, and that it was never the policy or objective of Israel’s government to make Israel or Palestine “Arab-free,” or of “ethnically cleansing” the country of Arabs. If there ever was such a policy, then it would be impossible to explain how 1.4 million Arabs live in what is now sovereign Israeli territory today — many more than lived in the same territory before the state of Israel was founded. Just before the outbreak of first major Arab-Israeli war on November 30, 1947, a few months before Israelis declared their independence, there were at most 900,000 Arabs living in this same area.

            Today there are large Arab populations in every region of modern-day Israel — the Galilee region in the north, the central coastal plain, the Judean hills, the “Shefela” or foothills region, and the Negev desert in the south. Arabs are at least 20 per cent of Israel’s present-day population. Arabs are half the population of two Israeli cities, Ramla and Lod, from which the Arab residents were, according to many historical accounts, expelled by Israeli soldiers during the War of Independence.

            Naturally, I am skeptical of these accounts, since they don’t explain why there are more Arabs residing in these two cities (which were only small towns in 1948) than there were before the Arabs were allegedly expelled from them. Akko, another Israeli city, still has an Arab majority, just as it did in 1948, before Israeli soldiers gained control of it. There are large Arab communities in Israel’s three largest cities, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Jerusalem, and Haifa, as well as in the city of Beersheva, which was a tiny village in 1948, but now has a combined Jewish and Arab population of over 100,000 people.

            Over 100 of the Arab villages that were in what is now Israel before the nation was reestablished in 1948 are still in Israel today; some of them, such as Umm-el-Fahm, Nazareth, and Sakhnin, have grown into all-Arab cities over the past sixty years. The Israeli government has also built new towns for its Arab citizens at locations that were previously uninhabited, and provided new homes and land to the Arab “settlers” in these communities at little or no cost to them.

            And all of this Arab population is additional to the Arab inhabitants of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza region, who now number (depending on which population estimate you choose to believe) somewhere between 2.4 and 3.6 million people. This makes for a total present-day Arab population of what had been the territory of western Palestine under the British mandate of somewhere between 3.6 and 5 million people — about three times the total Arab population of this territory right before the War of Independence, and seven to ten times the Arab population in 1891. And if we include what is now the Kingdom of Jordan in “Palestine,” which we should, since it was the eastern section of the original British Palestine Mandate territory, then the total Arab population of Palestine has risen for about 1.7 million immediately before Israel became independent to perhaps eight million today. Some expulsion!

            As for the more specific and limited question of whether the Israel Defense Forces expelled some Palestinian Arabs from their homes in some villages, and possibly one town (Lydda or Lod, then with a population of 15-30 thousand people) during the Israel War of Independence sixty years ago, the answer is, “yes, but only because the Israelis were compelled to carry out these measures in self-defense.” The Israeli soldiers, in some places and at certain times in the course of the war, had no other way to repel a massive armed offensive by a coalition of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Palestinian Arab guerilla-terrorist “civilians,” acting in concert with tens of thousands of guerilla “volunteers” and regular army soldiers who poured into Palestine from six Arab states, but to remove the Arab inhabitants, or some of them, from certain villages that served as bases of operation and sources of recruits for the Palestinian and other Arab guerilla-terrorists.

            The Israeli forces were extremely reluctant to take any measures against their Palestinian Arab neighbors, whom most of the Israeli or Palestinian Jews regarded with respect and even affection. But the Israeli soldiers were sometimes forced to take such measures because many of these same Arab neighbors, acting on instructions or orders from their political leadership, had launched a violent, sustained attack on the Jewish population of Israel-Palestine. If the Israel-Jewish defense forces had not undertaken some harsh counter-guerilla measures in some localities, the Palestinian-Israeli Jewish community, which then numbered only 650,000-750,000 people, and which was interspersed among nearly twice that many Arabs, might easily have suffered complete annihilation.

            The overwhelming preponderance of the evidence strongly indicates that it was Arab, not Israeli, actions that were the primary cause of the displacement of Palestinian Arabs during the war.

            The war was begun not by Israel, but by the Palestinian Arab leaders and by the governments of the Arab states, in an effort not only to strangle the infant Jewish state in its crib, but also to exterminate its Jewish inhabitants. The Palestinian and other Arab leaders were quite frank about having begun the war. Jamal Husseini, the Acting Chairman of the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine, told the United Nations Security Council on April 16, 1948:

            The representative of the Jewish Agency told us yesterday that they were not the attackers, that the Arabs had begun the fighting. We did not deny this. We told the whole world that we were going to fight.

            Ismayil Safwat, one of the commanders of the Palestinian Arab guerilla-terrorists, admitted in March, 1948 that:

            “The Jews haven’t attacked any Arab village, unless attacked first.”

            Nor did the Palestinian and other Arab leaders make any attempt to conceal their genocidal objectives. The supreme Palestinian Arab leader, Hajj Amin el-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem , exhorted his followers over Radio Cairo,

            “I declare a holy war, my Moslem brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all!”

            Other Palestinian leaders made similar pronouncements. As for the objectives of the Arab states’ invasion of Palestine-Israel, they were expressed clearly enough by the Secretary General of the League of Arab States. According to a report in The New York Time son May 16, 1948,

            “On the day that Israel declared its independence, Azzam Pasha, Secretary General of the Arab League, at Cairo press conference declared “jihad”, a holy war. He said that the Arab states rejected partition and would set up a “United State of Palestine.” Pasha added: ‘This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.’ ”

            The Palestinian Arab guerilla/terrorists began the war with a massacre of Jewish civilian passengers in a bus passing through the Arab town of Lydda (now Lod), on November 30, 1947. They subsequently attacked nearly every Jewish village and urban neighborhood in Palestine, and closed all of the major roads in Palestine to Jews through a regular system of ambushes and sniper attacks. They also killed upwards of two thousand Jews, at least half of them civilians, and wounded thousands of others in the course of the war. In addition to attacking their Jewish neighbors on their own, the Palestinian Arab guerilla/terrorists cooperated closely with the invading armies of the six intervening Arab states, who attacked the Jews with artillery, tanks, aircraft and British-trained, and sometimes British-commanded, soldiers.

            The Palestinian Arab guerilla-terrorists’ siege of the roads created severe shortages of food and fuel in some Jewish communities, most notably in the Jerusalem area, where the Jewish inhabitants had to be put on starvation rations by their own government and came close to starving to death. The Arab guerilla-terrorists even blew up the water aqueduct to the Jewish sections of Jerusalem, forcing the inhabitants to drink only carefully rationed rain water.

            For defending themselves against both the armed Palestinian Arab “civilians” and the invasion forces of the Arab states, the Israelis had only a hastily organized army that was really an ad hoc civilian militia, poorly armed, and consisting mainly of men and women who had no previous military training or experience, and who were drafted from their normal civilian occupations only after the Arab attacks had already begun. Only a small core of men and women, less than 10,000, were fully trained and more or less professional soldiers. The Israeli soldiers were not trained or experienced in occupying Arab communities and separating out armed guerillas from peaceful civilians. In any case, the Israelis had no manpower to spare for such delicate and sophisticated counterinsurgency operations, since they had to repel the armies of the invading Arab states even as they were forced to deal with the “local” guerilla-terrorists as well. These unfortunate military realities occasionally made expulsion of the inhabitants from “hostile” villages that served as bases of operation for guerilla attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians the only practical means of halting these attacks.

            On the other hand, Arab villages from which guerilla-terrorist attacks did not originate, and that did not offer armed resistance to the Israeli forces, were left alone by the Israeli soldiers; or if they were occupied by the Israelis, the inhabitants were well treated, and were not asked to leave Israeli-held territory. In a few cases, Arabs from villages in which only a few families remained were asked to resettle elsewhere in Israel, in more populous Arab villages a few miles away. Where most of the inhabitants of a village had chosen to remain, the village was left in place and undisturbed. That is why over a hundred of the Arab communities dating to before Israel’s independence still exist in Israel, and have in fact expanded their populations by as much as sevenfold in sixty years — one of the most rapid population growth rates in the world.

            But Israeli counterinsurgency operations and security measures accounted for only a small minority of the Palestinian Arabs who became refugees during the War of Independence, or who claimed refugee status after the war. A much larger number of Arabs fled their homes in response to the urging, or even the orders and threats, of Arab politicians and/or military commanders. Substantial contemporary documentary evidence, much of it published at the time, clearly indicates that both the Palestinian Arab leadership and the governments of the Arab states that attacked Israel called on their own people to evacuate large areas of the country. For example, Kenneth O.Bilby, the correspondent in Palestine for the New York Herald Tribune during the War of Independence wrote in a book published shortly afterwards that said:

            The Arab exodus, initially at least, was encouraged by many Arab leaders, such as Haj Amin el Husseini, the exiled pro-Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem, and by the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine. They viewed the first wave of Arab setbacks as merely transitory. Let the Palestine Arabs flee into neighboring countries. It would serve to arouse the other Arab peoples to greater effort, and when the Arab invasion struck, the Palestinians could return to their homes and be compensated with the property of Jews driven into the sea.

            After the war, the Palestine Arab leaders did try to help people — including their own — to forget that it was they who had called for the exodus in the early spring of 1948. They now blamed the leaders of the invading Arab states themselves. These had added their voices to the exodus call, though not until some weeks after the Palestine Arab Higher Committee had taken a stand.
            – Kenneth O. Bilby, New Star in the Middle East, (Doubleday, 1950).

            And the British news magazine The Economist, no friend of Israel or the Zionist movement, reported on October 2, 1948, while the war was still in progress, that

            Of the 62,000 Arabs who formerly lived in [the Palestinian, now Israeli, city of] Haifa not more than 5,000 or 6,000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air by the Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit… It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades.

            On May 3, 1948, the American news magazine Time reported that

            The mass evacuation, prompted partly by fear, partly by order of Arab leaders, left the Arab quarter of Haifa a ghost city…. By withdrawing Arab workers their leaders hoped to paralyze Haifa .

            Sir Alan Cunningham, the last high commissioner for the British administration of Palestine, which was in the process of withdrawing from the country while the fighting raged, wrote to the Colonial Office in London on February 22, 1948, and again on April 28, 1948, that

            British authorities in Haifa have formed the impression that total evacuation is being urged on the Haifa Arabs from higher Arab quarters and that the townsfolk themselves are against it.

            The American consulate in Haifa had telegraphed Washington on April 25 that “local Mufti-dominated Arab leaders urge all Arabs (to) leave (the) city [Haifa] and large numbers are going.” Three days later the consulate followed up this communication with another that said, “reportedly Arab Higher Committee ordering all Arabs (to) leave.”

            On April 23, Jamal Husseini, the Acting Chairman for the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine , admitted as much in a speech to the United Nations Security Council:

            The Arabs did not want to submit to a truce. They rather preferred to abandon their homes, their belongings and everything they possessed in the world and leave the town. This is in fact what they did.

            And on April 27, 1950, only two years after the Arab evacuation of Haifa, the Arab National Committee of Haifa asserted in a memorandum submitted to the governments of the Arab states that

            The removal of the Arab inhabitants… was voluntary and was carried out at our request… The Arab delegation proudly asked for the evacuation of the Arabs and their removal to the neighboring Arab countries…. We are very glad to state that the Arabs guarded their honour and traditions with pride and greatness…. When the [Arab]delegation entered the conference room [for negotiations with the Jewish authorities in Haifa] it proudly refused to sign the truce and asked that the evacuation of the Arab population and their transfer to neighboring Arab countries be facilitated.

            In June 1949, only six months after the conclusion of hostilities, Sir John Troutbeck, the head of the British Middle East office in Cairo and, according to historian Efraim Karsh, “no friend to Israel or the Jews,” made a fact-finding visit to Gaza and interviewed some of the Arab refugees there. Troutbeck reported that he had learned from these interviews that the refugees

            …express no bitterness against the Jews (or for that matter against the Americans or ourselves) [but] they speak with the utmost bitterness of the Egyptians and other Arab states. “We know who our enemies are,” they will say, and they are referring to their Arab brothers who, they declare, persuaded them unnecessarily to leave their home… I even heard it said that many of the refugees would give a welcome to the Israelis if they were to come in and take the district over.

            And the Palestinian Arab newspaper Falastin, only a month after the war ended (Feb. 19, 1949), reported that

            The Arab states which had encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies, have failed to keep their promise to help these refugees.

            Whatever their motives for giving such reckless, irresponsible instructions to the Palestinian Arabs, the leaders of the jihad against Israel, including both the chiefs of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arab leaders, bear a heavy load of guilt for inflicting suffering on their own people, and then dishonestly blaming Israel for the consequences of their own actions. The time is long overdue for the Arab League governments to accept responsibility for the people whom they have displaced and in many cases left stateless by their attempt, in cooperation with the Palestinian Arab leadership, to strangle Israel and exterminate her people in the year of her birth. And it is high time that today’s Arab leaders, and the Palestinian Arab terrorist organizations whom they finance and sponsor, cease to exploit, as a propaganda weapon in their ongoing war against Israel, the suffering that an earlier generation of Arab leaders inflicted on their own people.

          • glennd1

            Oh shut up already.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Shove it.

          • itaintmojo

            I will not. Not so long as I see distorted versions of history, rife with omissions when it comes to Israel bashers. I admitted Israel’s culpability, and I admit there were land grabs by Israeli’s during Arab attacks. No Jew, no matter how high up, can know what would have happened if the 6 nations had not attacked, and tried to wipe out Israel from day 1 of its rebirth. Its all conjecture. I have real life documented events to concur that Israel made a deal with Egypt and held their end of the bargain. No Jewish scholar, high ranking politician or military officer can say for sure if Israel would not have ended up respecting the 1948 lines if Arabs had chosen differently and accepted the Jewish state. Arabs would not have been displaced had they accepted, no matter if you stubbornly choose to call it 100% expulsion. Calling it a 100% expulsion is a denial of multiple documented quotes from several Arab and world leaders at the time, who admitted that the Mufti Husseini, and other high officials of Arab nations urged Arabs to leave, till the Jews were cleansed. I can’t shut up, because I can’t let these one sided versions stand.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            The real Nakba is that 5 Arab armies could not defeat the Jews of Israel, just 3 years after the end of WW2 and the Holocaust.

            The Arab savages thought that the Israelis were the unarmed Jews of Khybar or WW2.

          • itaintmojo

            Yes, sort of like a double nakba. The decision to partition was the 1st catastrophe, and the failure of the arabs to drive the Jews into the sea was the 2nd catastrophe, even bigger than the 1st. And Jihad continues till this day, in all its forms. Physical, educational, financial, and propaganda Jihad is relentless with no end in sight.

        • cep32101

          Aren’t the Palestinians the people who have received the most financial aid on the planet? Last I checked it was nine times more than Sudan. Where did all that money go? The PA? Sadat? Who calls themselves victims?

          • glennd1

            You all are so funny here. At the slightest whiff of criticism or disagreement you circle like a pack of rabid animals. I think you all take great satisfaction in doing this, thinking your are defending Israel or Zionism or Jews or something – which just makes me laugh. You guys are not talking to anyone new – this site is the very definition of an echo chamber.

            I come here because I know right wingers are here – I’m of the right as well. I want them to learn the FACTS that I’ve learned and realize how badly the Zionist cause and Israel has been misrepresented to people on the right. I was like some of you once and bought the line that Israel were the victims and the only good and decent country in the region. I bought every justification over the decades and sided with the right. And then 9/11 happened.

            As I tried to press more deeply into the basics of what was going on with Al Qaeda, etc, I realized that even though I was pretty well read and also read many periodicals, and sort of kept up, I really didn’t understand the actual history of the region, whether it was Zionism, Islam, or even the recent history. It’s very dense and somewhat complex and doesn’t really yield to pat, one liner good guy-bad guy dyads.

            So I read some history books on Islam – non-ideological ones. From this I concluded that Islam is truly a separate arc of human civilization, rather than just another religion. They do not hold the same morality or view of the institutional setup of society as we do. They are very, very different that westerners. I read about their conquests and Mohammed’s bloodthirsty Jihads and viciousness.

            I also read about Zionism. I couldn’t believe how backwards I had it all. Their were several “wtf” moments, but the first big one is when I just looked at population and maps. When I realized that in 1880, the Jewish population of Palestine was about 2-3 pct of the population, that struck me. When I realized the Zionists ethnically cleansed 500 villages/towns/cities of Arab Muslims I was stunned.

            When I finally arrived at the role of the U.S., I was ashamed. When I found out Bin Laden attacked us primarily because we based soldiers on holy muslim land – Saudi Arabia, I was shocked.

            I learned much, much more which I won’t bore you with but more study only makes the situation look more different from the tropes perpetuated on the right about what’s really going on the mideast and us. I hope another right winger like me reads this and goes wow, did the Zionists really cleansed 800,000+ Arab Muslims from their homes in 1948? Do Jewish historians admit this and excuse it by saying the Zionists “didn’t mean to”.

            Wake up. While there are hardcore Zionists on this site who will never give up supporting it, there are also many right wingers trying to keep up. If you want to know more, read Benny Morris’s 1948 (and watch the Zionists here tell you in response to this that Morris supports them, giggling).

            Have a nice day everyone.

          • defcon 4

            Zionists have made a paradise in the Mid-East — at least relative to the islam0fascist misery theme parks of the rest of the Mid-East and N. Africa.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            700,000+ Arabs fled Israel in 1947/48.

            800,000+ Jews fled for their lives from Arab countries.

            It’s a wash.

            I can see that compensation should be paid to the Jews from Arab countries and your so called “palestinians”.

          • defcon 4

            That 800,000 figure was current of 1980 (or 1970?). It’s not like Jews have stopped fleeing the ongoing persecution going on in ALL muslime states. I’m sure that figure is much closer to a million by now.

          • Drakken

            Your a left wing nutjob who thinks that Israel is the cause of Islamic jihad, there is no fixing stupid, not even with duct tape.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            A little stoning, lashing, whipping, throat cutting, courtesy of the muslim brotherhood and its affiliates might fix it.

            But considering the irrationality of groups like “queers for palestine”, I doubt it.

          • Drakken

            I would actually enjoy sitting back under an umbrella sipping a good bourbon watching, as reality comes to bear on those leftist wishful thinkers, Darwin does love his winners.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Happy Eternal Nakba!

            May all your pals Jihads turn into personal Nakbas!

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Every atrocity committed by your islamofascst pals disprove your arguments.

            You think that the Boston Marthon bombing helps your cause?

            The “death to america” chants from your islamofascist regime of iran helps your cause?

            The beheading of British soldier Lee Rigby by islamofascist scum helps your cause?

            The bombing of churches in Nigeria by islamofascists helps your cause?

            But knock yourself out frothing at the mouth.

            LOL!

    • Veracious_one

      I was just reading that there were 118 Jihadi attacks in Thailand last month and the Al Qaeda attacks in Iraq are back to 2007 levels – where is the outrage?
      Where’s the Muslim outrage…or do Muslims actually love this perpetual violence contrary to their claims otherwise….

      • glennd1

        Indeed, there is something very sick inside some parts of Islam. The cult of martyrdom and the willingness to kill is sickening. Thanks for making a substantive comment, fyi. Unlike the absurdly hateful Drakken above or the denialist below, you seem to want to discuss facts.

        Anti-Zionist and Anti-Islamist – the position every American should take.

        • Drakken

          You and facts in the same sentence is an oxymoron, there is no quarter with islam and there never has been and never will be, but useful idiots of the left like you really do try don’t you.

          • glennd1

            Azzwipe, how many times do we have to go through this? I’m not a leftist. Seriously, are you retarded or something?

          • Drakken

            You openly get bent out of shape when one of your little pali buddies get’s so much as a hang nail and scream and whine calling it genocide. Son, you are what we call, less than useless. By the way, you whine like a little bitch, grow a pair and stand up for yourself.

          • glennd1

            So presumptuous calling me “Son” – I’m 51 and nobody has called me son to my face since I was about 19…And your characterization of my comments here is absolute gibberish. You are delusional, and not that smart.

            I have stood up for myself my whole life – actually grew up in a pretty tough place where fighting was a way of life. But see, unlike you, I realized that adults shouldn’t go around being threatening or ready to do violence all the time. You see, I’m a civilized human being, you though, you are a bigoted thug who’s mind is twisted by hate and rage.

            Please, go back to jacking off the Glenn Beck TV now.

          • Drakken

            Obviously smarter than you boy, at 51 you haven’t learned jacksh** about real life. See, I work in these nasty areas where they do try to kill you by whatever means they can, you on the other hand, never wore a uniform nor had to defend folks from extreme measures and call people like me names for doing so. Your one of those spoiled leftards who point fingers at people without having to get your hands dirty, well those days are coming to an end, so put up or shut the fk up, put your money where your big mouth is and go to gaza and the west bank and defend these savages if you believe they are so oppre3ssed by those mean jews, people like me need the target practice.

          • glennd1

            Seriously, do you have a cognitive deficit of some sort? You and I have gone over this many times now. I don’t support the Islamists. My entire point here, every time I comment is that there is no moral basis for the U.S. to support Israel. I’m even happy to offer asylum to Jews in the U.S as they assimilate and do well in our society – contrary to Muslims. But to support their bloody campaign of conquest in Palestine? Nah. There is no reason for it. It is the definition of an “entangling alliance” which our founders warned us about. I do think we should exit the region utterly militarily, stop aid to all countries there and let them work it out for themselves.

            In other words, Americans have no legitimate stake in this fight. In fact, what we really need is a winner – either way. I say we do everything to promote the final showdown so the region can then begin to stabilize. The status quo seems to be endless instability. It’s simply none of our business in the first place.

            Last. I wonder, do you have any idea what a vicious thug you come off as? How violent, mindless and hate-filled you appear to be? How completely uncivil your rhetoric is? It’s so funny to me that you go on and on about Muslim “savages” but then act like a savage yourself. You wear your hate and bigotry like a badge of honor – how vile.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            glennda, Why would you and your comrades support “paleswinians” who

            - assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
            - celebrated the 9/11 sneak attack on the US
            - sided with saddam hussein when he invaded Kuwait (that’s why the Kuwaitis kicked out the “palestinians” living in Kuwait
            - tried to over throw King Hussein of Jordan
            - kill opponents and drag their body behind motorcycles in gaza, throw opponents off rooftops?
            - encourage their own children to aspire to become martyrs for “paleswine”
            - kidnap journalists (alan johnston)

            glennda, your slip is showing.

          • glennd1

            I don’t support the Palestinians. I do sympathize with their plight as they have been screwed royally. But they’ve also conflated that cause with Jihad, and the Muslim Brotherhood etc, so I could never make common cause with them. But none of that means I have to support the repulsive cause of Zionism and it’s horrific history.

            You see, I care about the U.S.A. I simply want to leave the Jews and Arabs to sort themselves out. Our non-stop interference in the region since the close of WWII has created a nightmare of blowback, costing us trillions and many lives.

          • defcon 4

            Your implicit (and unproven) argument is that somehow, Zionism is morally equivalent to islam0fascism.

          • glennd1

            No, but both are morally objectionable to me. Many things are morally objectionable but that doesn’t mean they are equivalent. Think much?

          • cep32101

            They’ve been screwed royally by their own Arafat, who took over a billion dollars from the PA that should have gone to feeding his people! He’s still a Martyr. Idiots.

          • Drakken

            Useful idiots like you who take the faux high moral ground are always buried in it. I play by the same rules the muslims play by and I make no apologies for it, my tactics work because I know and understand the enemy, you on the other hand think that you can stick your head in the sand and it will all go way if we just ignore it and sacrifice a western ally (Israel) to the Islamic hoards in the hope that they will leave us alone, they won’t, appeasement with islam leads to Islamic aggression, they know and understand and respect you if you level a town or 2 when they get out of line. As for your poor pali friends, your lucky that I am not in charge, you really would have a serious case of the vapors if that were to happen, for there would be a new Carthage in Gaza and the west bank would be completely pali free.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            I’ll add that a M.A.D. doctrine might help to temper world-wide islamofascist terrorism..

            That’s Mecca Assured Destruction.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            I don’t believe that Drakken supports bestial savages who hijack passenger planes and fly them into buildings.

            That is your ideology.

          • glennd1

            But of course I don’t support their ideology, as I’ve said time and time again here. What is revealing though is your response, You seem to believe that by going nutz and swarming your lied and ignorance are more valid when the simple truth is you defend the indefensible. You think volume makes up for the deficit of facts and morality but it doesn’t. You just parrot debunked lies over and over and over. It’s go to be like jacking off or something.

            As I’ve told you before, I’m not here to speak with you. I’m here for the one or two right wingers out there who are like me, wondering what the real story is in Palestine. If one person get’s curious and wants to learn more, I’ve done my job. They could look at this video by Miko Piled, a Jew and Israeli and son of an Israeli General. http://youtu.be/etXAm-OylQQ

            It will blow your mind if you are open to the facts and truth.

          • defcon 4

            Is the peaceful imposition of Sharia law a laudable goal?

          • Omar

            Our founding fathers said to avoid “entangling alliances” at a time when the United States was still a new country. That was the late 18th century. At that time, the United States wasn’t as developed as it is now. Today, the United States is much more developed and needs strong alliances with other countries in order to have a strong foreign policy in the contemporary world. That’s the reality.

          • defcon 4

            “Islamists” that really says it all. The word of the islam0fascist propagandist. The word that implies there is a “moderate” islam, when it’s all just one dull, evil, monotonous, mendacious continuum.

          • glennd1

            Right, because there are no moderate or more secular muslims in the world, right, sure. I do agree that radicalism is resurging, that there is a history of conquest in Islam and that it’s a totalitarian ideology when strictly interpreted as many do. None of that means there aren’t many Muslims living peacefully in the world

            I guess I’m going to stop coming here. It’s the same thing over and over again with you bigoted curs. Why don’t you all just move to Israel and get on with taking Palestine from the “River to the Sea” for Jews. Just leave the U.S. out of it. It’s of no consequence to the U.S. or most Americans. If Israel disappeared tomorrow, most Americans would not even notice…

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            51 is glenndas IQ.

          • Gee

            You have the mind of a child and the reasoning skills of a 2 year old – son grow up already

          • glennd1

            You offer nothing of substance, and then presume a pose of superiority? Do you get how badly you come across? How insubstantial you are?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Pot. Kettle. glennda.

          • Drakken

            He is superior to you in every way, shape and form, your puzzy, he is a war veteran and frankly, your not fit to lick his dusty combat boots.

          • defcon 4

            Words aren’t a substitute for an argument and neither are ad-hominem attacks.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            glennda, This isn’t your diary. If you want to tell the World your Life Story, get yourself a blog.

            Meanwhile we don’t give a crap about your self infatuation.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            ” I realized that adults shouldn’t go around being threatening or ready to do violence all the time.”

            You haven’t heard of al qada, muslim brotherhood, hamass, hezbullah, the ayatollahs of iran, the taliban, wahabbis, salifis, socialists.
            .

          • Omar

            Right. You must be of the isolationist Ron Paul brand. You know, Paul got the least amount of votes of the four Republican presidential primary candidates last year due to his isolationist stance and pandering to the radical left. Meanwhile, most Americans support the great efforts of the Tea Party to demand more responsible government, as well as a strong, active foreign policy.

          • glennd1

            No, I loathe Ron Paul as he’s a racist and far too friendly to Christian nationalists in our midst. You may not be aware, but there is a huge split in libertarian politics between the Rothbard/Rockwell/Paul wing and those who supported Gary Johnson. The Paul claque were called Paleo-Libertarians and after Paul’s humiliating loss in 1988, they decided consciously to appeal to culturally bigoted people, bashing minorities and gays relentlessly. They were welcoming to frothing at the mouth madmen like Gary North and David Duke – in other words, beyond what any sane person would consider moral. So, yeah, I’m as opposed to those folks and am harder on them than I am Zionist-fluffers like you. And no, I’m not isolationist either. I do want a much lower profile for the U.S. around the world but I do want us to face down strategic threats pre-emptively. But hey, just keep making stuff up about me without any factual basis.

            As for the Tea Party, it’s a populist movement largely made up and driven by the same Christian Dominionists/Reconstructionists/Fundos who gave us George W. Bush. They are politically moronic and most just want to homeschool their children into believing evolution is wrong, gays are evil and our founders intentionally built a Christian Nation that privileges Christianity above all religions. The Tea party is rapidly losing it’s power – and they don’t know it. Just look at the Cuccinnelli race – a libertarian candidate has emerged who is taking 10% of the vote. Why? Cuz Cucc does things like press for anti-sodomy laws – which are already unconstitutional, and he was rebuffed by SCOTUS just last month. You see, valuing liberty has nothing to do with hating gays or loving Jesus, and may people are starting to see through lies about supporting liberty, and moving on.

            Care to have an intelligent discussion? Are you capable of doing so? Put another way, if you ever had an original thought, did it die of loneliness?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            The left is far too friendly to criminal, terrorist imperialist Islamofascism.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            That’s MORON Paul.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            glennda, YOU LIE.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Anti-socialist, anti-communist, anti-FAKE “progressive”, anti-race hustlers (tawana brawley hoax), anti-islamofascist – the position every American should take.

        • defcon 4

          Why should I be anti-Zionist Fatima? Israel is the ONLY state in the Mid-East and N. Africa that doesn’t allow muslimes to murder, persecute, rape and enslave the najjis kaffir w/impunity.

    • Drakken

      There is no moral equivalency between muslim arabs and jewish Israeli’s period. You leftist useful idiots tie yourselves in knots trying to put western Israeli’s into the same boat as eastern savage muslims, bloody pathetic. One last thing Sparky, there is no morality in war, only victors and vanquished, and it has been that way since man started to walk the earth upright. What I find extremely ironic is effeminate little leftards like you always depend on your betters to protect you. Maybe it is time to cut the apron strings and toss you into the lions cage of real life and let Darwin have is due.

      • glennd1

        You again. I get it, you are a savage, hate filled bigot. Yawn…

        • Drakken

          Libtarded useful idiot throwing out the race/bigot card again when they can’t make a point other than I feel, therefore I am. Side with the muslims, pay the price. Priceless!

        • defcon 4

          LOL, bigotry against islam is all it deserves — as the murder of millions of najjis kaffir in islam’s past testifies to as well as the continuing slaughter of same, right now, in the 21st century.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          You sure LIE like a REGRESSIVE “progressive”.

    • Omar

      Are you aware that Zionists provide the only inclusive democratic state in the Middle East? Zionists also provide women’s rights, minority rights, homosexual rights and virtually everything that Islamist states prohibit under harsh penalty. That’s the reality.

      • Manaphy

        Israel a democratic state? the only democratic state? a democratic state at all?

        LOL

        • Omar

          Yes. Israel is a democratic state, unlike it’s despotic adversaries like Communist Cuba and Islamist Iran, where freedom of speech is met with brutal repression. That’s the reality.

        • defcon 4

          The only democratic state in the Mid-East and N. Africa. The only democratic state that recognizes concepts like freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

        • glennd1

          Indeed, it’s only a sort of democracy if you support radical Zionist aims and are a Jew. Otherwise, your freedom of speech and association are severely limited.

          • dartson

            Migrants are not citizens of Israel and are not entitled to the rights that citizens have. They cross the border illegally to find jobs in Israel (i.e., they are illegal immigrants). If the USA grant an automatic citizenship and amnesty to every Mexican that illegally crossed the border, it doesn’t mean that the rest of the world must do the same.

          • glennd1

            Giggling. All persons in the United States – whether citizens or not – have the same rule of law apply to them as well as due process This has nothing to do with immigration status or amnesty here in the U.S. (which I oppose as ardently as anyone on this site). In other words, your comment is pure nonsense.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Not your jihadi comrades in Guantanamo.

            Happy Eternal Nakba!

          • defcon 4

            You have him pegged SS, he’s a lying jihadi. A weak willed SoA unwilling to give up his material comforts and kill the najjis kaffir as his prophet commanded.

          • defcon 4

            “Horrific law”? Are you insane? Or just a lying muzzie? The muslime world is beheading women and men for being sorcerors. Flogging women for drinking beer or being in public without their slave owner. Raping and murdering people of other faiths. And you call this law “horrific”? You’re horrifically stupid, terribly ignorant or hypocritically mendacious.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          What is “progressive” about supporting people who stone women to death, hijack planes, hijack ships, bomb the Boston Marathon, bomb buses, bomb London transport, bomb Pan Am 103, issue death fatwas against writers like Salman Rusdie?

          manaphy, GFY.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Hey n a z i filth, Here is a video to remind you of your past.

          Germany Surrenders, Unconditionally to the US, UK and SU

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4qTWVY6dAU

    • Gee

      You are a lying racist moron without fact and as for morals – you won’t know what those are if they bit you

      • glennd1

        Tell me, do you think this somehow reflects well on you and poorly on me? Calling me a racist, just like the leftists do to right winger when they want to shut them up, shows that you have no real argument. Please, tell me, where is my statement factually inaccurate?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          You only tell half the story. EXACTLY like a REGRESSIVE “progressive”.

          Here’s a test.

          Show us the blogs where you rip Islamists/Islamofascists/JIhadis/Sand Nazis. There should be at least 100 posts in your name.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The issue isn’t that Islam’s radical Jihadism isn’t supremacist, bigoted or that it has a bloodsoaked history that any moral person should be repulsed by. That is obviously true to any objective person who studies the history of political Islamism from 1920 forward.

      The issue is academic integrity and the purpose of intellectual inquiry. The academy must be a place where ideas flow freely, without political constraints and the best way to make progress is via engagement. The real hypocrisy here is that any “progressive” scholar from any Western country comes from a society that is at least as morally questionable as Israel’s. Is anyone going to dare tell me that Muslim Brotherhood, Hamass, Hezbullah, Wahabbists, Salifists, Saudi Arabia or Jordan are morally superior to Israel with a straight face? It’s the selective outrage that must be addressed to.

      I’m a frequent critic of REGRESSIVE “progressivism” on these pages, but would never support an academic boycott of Israel or any nation. It’s particularly amusing when its proponents don’t show the same outrage about Iran, Pakistan, Egypt or Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror that killed as many as 60.000 of its own citizens per year in service to political terror. While relations were obviously curtailed, the level of moral outrage just isn’t there. I was just reading that there were 118 Jihadi attacks in Thailand last month and the Al Qaeda attacks in Iraq are back to 2007 levels – where is the outrage? Where are the demands for us to divest from Saudi Arabia, where much Al Qaeda funding emanates and is managed?

      Nowhere. Me? I’m anti-socialist, anti-FAKE progressive, and anti-islamist – the only moral position one can take.

  • garyfouse

    Barghouti is the ultimate hypocrite for getting his education in Israel while trying to destroy that country. When he spoke at UC Irvine this year, he wouldn’t even answer my question as to where he was born because he knew where the question was going.

    It is amazing that the number one issue of contention on North American university campuses is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-now underlined by the AAUP.

    • Drakken

      Next time bring the tomatoes and toss liberally.

      • N. Wasse

        Even better bring the rotten eggs

  • Drakken

    Enough is enough, if the academic left openly sides with Islamic jihad in the face of western civilization, there is only one thing left to do, make the left fear you, then they will respect you, the time for niceties and pleasantries with those on the left who wish Israel’s demise and us to soon follow, is over. Disrupt the BDS meetings with whatever means necessary, get downright mean and nasty for they have no reservations about doing the same to you.

  • V

    Frankly speaking, those creeps are nothing but propagandists who are bent on spreading lies about Israel and re-shape history. “it specifically targets Israeli academic institutions because of their complicity, to varying degrees, in planning, implementing, justifying, or whitewashing Israel’s occupation, racial discrimination, and denial of refugee rights”. Give me a break. Refugees from everywhere , including many Palestinians, are flocking to Israel to enjoy the life provided to them by Israel and the freedom they get.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Ah, but the influence of the AAUP is even more pernicious than this article indicates. Almost every book approved by the AAUP has a definite left-wing slant. In addition, the university presses they administer sometimes steal an unwary author’s story, make the author pay THEIR expenses in re-writing it, then act like they’re doing the author a favor by putting his or her name on the book. The tricks of the left….