It’s shocking I know.
Singling out the Jewish State for unfair and dishonest attacks while being absolutely fine with such beacons of human rights as China, Saudi Arabia and Russia is in no way indicative of anti-Semitism.
And yet somehow the most passionate advocates for boycotting the Jewish State seem to really dislike Jews.
A resolution against Israel is being voted on by the general membership of the Modern Language Association.
And it’s brought out the best in those who hate Israel.
Former Rutgers TA and Temple University Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian Alessio Lerro offered this rationale for his support of the MLA resolution: “This resolution rightly targets only Israel given the humongous influence that Jewish scholars have in the decision making process of Academia in general.”
Don’t worry folks, it’s not anti-Semitism. It’s anti-Zionism.
On Facebook, he seemed to express skepticism about the figure of 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Keep telling yourself, it’s not anti-Semitism. It’s anti-Zionism.
Finally, this resolution cannot be accused of being anti-semitic. Criticizing the Israeli government and military is not the same as anti-semitism. See Judith Butler, “No, It’s Not Anti-Semitic,” in Reframing Anti-Semitism, Jewish Voice for Peace Publication, 2004.
Posted 20 Mar 1:18 pm by Cristina Malcolmson, Professor of English at Bates College.
Whew. Judith Butler also believes that “understanding Hamas, Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important.”
I hope Cristina believes it too.
Professor Basem Ra’ad of the Palestinian Al Quds, whose university has faced criticism for holding Hamas terror rallies, wrote.
“Israel dispossessed and still dispossesses people. It has a system built on robbing other people’s properties and destroying their culture. Hundreds of thousands of people were made refugees in 1948, their homes either destroyed or used by Israeli Jews without any sense of shame.”
Those darn Jews again.
Like the Israeli Jews of the Jewish Quarter in East Jerusalem who were driven out by the conquering Arab armies and had their homes turned over to Muslims… until the liberation of Jerusalem.
At which point the left began accusing the Jews who returned to live there of being settlers.