Freedom Center Journalism Fellow and author Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D., recently made an appearance on The Water Cooler podcast, which is hosted by journalist David Brody, to promote his new ebook, Jew Hatred Rising: The Perversities of the Campus War Against Israel and the Jews, which was published by the Freedom Center this month.
Host David Brody began the show by discussing the recent incident with actress and commentator Whoopi Goldberg, who was suspended from The View for two weeks after she inexcusably declared that the Holocaust was not about racism.
“The controversy with Whoopi Goldberg illuminates part of the problem that on university campuses there’s an obsession about race, and in Whoopi’s mind the Jews were white people,” Cravatts explained. “And on University campuses now, Jews are not considered to be a minority group that’s worthy or deserving of protection in the way that blacks, gays, Muslims, Hispanics and other minority and ethnic groups and identity groups are protected.”
Cravatts lays the blame for much of modern anti-Semitism squarely on anti-Israel hate groups like the Hamas-funded Students for Justice in Palestine. Instead of attacking Jews directly, Cravatts explained, SJP relies on “the substitution of Israel for the Jew so that people that authentically hate Jews or don’t like the idea of a Jewish sovereign nation are able to express their animus towards Jews by heaping criticism and obsessing about the many long and egregious list of faults about Israel.”
“And can we stop saying that the Palestinians want to live peacefully with the Jews,” interjected host David Brody. “No they don’t! They want to drive them to the sea! And by the way, that’s not my analysis, it’s their own words.”
Cravatts agreed: “From all evidence that we have based on their own behavior, and the fact that they rejected statehood when it was offered to them in 1937, in 1947, in 1967, in 2000, in 2005, the Palestinians don’t actually seem to be interested in a state…what you can detect from listening to the chants on campus when they say “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” what they are actually saying is we’re not interested in creating a Palestinian state next to Israel, living side-by-side in peace. We’re interested in subsuming Israel, in extirpating Israel, in eliminating it, and creating a new Arab nation that will envelop modern-day Israel and cause it to cease to exist. So this lie about wanting statehood and two nations living in peace is something that progressives and liberals and naïve people keep telling themselves as a way of excusing the bad behavior of the Palestinians.”
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