Harvard's latest assault on Israel


By Advis3r
March 1, 2012
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Soon at a University near you!
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By RUTH WISSE
In 1948, when the Arab League declared war on Israel, no one imagined that six decades later American universities would become its overseas agency. Yet campus incitement against Israel has been growing from California to the New York Island. A conference at Harvard next week called "Israel/Palestine and the One-State Solution" is but the latest aggression in an escalating campaign against the Jewish state.

The sequence is by now familiar: Arab student groups and self-styled progressives organize a conference or event like "Israeli Apartheid Week," targeting Israel as the main problem of the Middle East. They frame the goals of these events in buzzwords of "expanding the range of academic debate." But since the roster of speakers and subjects makes their hostile agenda indisputable, university spokespersons scramble to dissociate their institutions from the events they are sponsoring. Jewish students and alums debate whether to ignore or protest the aggression, and newspapers fueling the story give equal credence to Israel's attackers and defenders.

A featured speaker at Harvard's conference is Ali Abunimah, creator of the website Electronic Intifada, who opposes the existence of a "Jewish State" as racist by virtue of being Jewish. A regular on this circuit, he also keynoted a recent University of Pennsylvania conference urging "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS) of, from and against Israel. Ostensibly dedicated to protecting Palestinian Arabs from Israeli oppression, BDS has by now achieved the status of an international "movement," some of whose branches exclude Israeli academics from their journals and conferences.

But the economic war on Israel did not start with BDS. In 1945, before the founding of Israel, the Arab League declared a boycott of "Jewish products and manufactured goods." Ever since, the Damascus-based Central Boycott Office has tried to enforce a triple-tiered boycott prohibiting importation of Israeli-origin goods and services, trade with any entity that does business in Israel, and engagement with any company or individual that does business with firms on the Arab League blacklist. Although the U.S. Congress took measures to counteract this boycott, and the Damascus Bureau may be temporarily preoccupied on other fronts, the boycott momentum has been picked up by Arab students and academics.

Freedom of speech grants all Americans the right to prosecute the verbal war against Israel. But let's differentiate toleration from abetting. Harvard may tolerate smoking, but its medical school wouldn't sponsor a conference touting the benefits of cigarettes because doctors have learned that smoking is hazardous to health. The avowed mission of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, host of the upcoming conference, "is to strengthen democratic governance around the world by preparing people for public leadership and by helping to solve problems of public policy." How farcical that instead of seeking to strengthen democratic governance, its students hijack its forum for "studying" how to destroy the hardiest democracy in the Middle East.

The pattern of anti-Israel attack, administrative embarrassment, Jewish confusion, and media exploitation of the story will continue until all parties realize that the war against Israel is fundamentally different from biases to which it is often compared. Once Americans acknowledged the evils of their discrimination against African-Americans, they abjured their racism and tried through affirmative action to compensate for past injustice. Arab and Muslim leaders have done the opposite. Having attempted to deny Jews their right to their one country, they accused Jews of denying Arabs their 22nd. After losing wars on the battlefield, they prosecuted the war by other means.

Students who are inculcated with hatred of Israel may want to express their national, religious or political identity by urging its annihilation. But universities that condone their efforts are triple offenders—against their mission, against the Jewish people, and perhaps most especially against the maligners themselves. Smoking is less fatal to smokers than anti-Jewish politics is to its users. Remember Hitler's bunker.

Ms. Wisse, a professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard, is the author of "Jews and Power" (Schocken, 2007).

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Real Real Zionist

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:08

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Maybe if Israel abandoned it's imperialist expansionism and the imposition of a violent military dictatorship on the people of the west bank ?


Advis3r

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 13:15

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Words words meaningless words which you endlessly repeat in the mistaken belief that right minded people will actually believe them. Goebbels had the same idea - it doesn't work. The truth may have only got its boots on when your offensive lies are already half way round the world but it gets there in the end. Israel is not imperialist and nor has it imposed a violent military disctatorship on Judea and Samaria if you actually believe it has you probably also believe in the Easter Bunny.


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 13:22

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Isn't it amazing how people in one breath can say " Judea and Samaria belong to the Jewish people" and in the very next say they favour a two state solution.


Advis3r

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 13:48

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Yes why not. It belongs to us that is not to say that in the interests of achieving a genuine peace we would agree to the Palestinians setting up a state of their own on part of it.
However nothing so far would convince me and most Israelis that what the Palestinians desire is other than the dismantling of the State of Israel. So when they come to their senses, accept that we are not going back to the status quo that existed before 1967 and give up any claims to the fictitious "right of return" there may be something to talk about. Not so difficult is it?


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 14:47

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"Yes why not. It belongs to us that is not to say that in the interests of achieving a genuine peace we would agree to the Palestinians setting up a state of their own on part of it."

What a nut case. Looks it's one happy family between the river and the sea then.


Advis3r

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 14:59

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Oh dear weren't expecting that were you - collapse of stout party. Faced with the truth you can't handle it. I didn't say one state from the river to the sea you did and we know what you want that state to be. Why not admit you hate the thought of the Israelis and Palestinians actually concluding a peace agreement there would be nothing on which to focus your unremitting hatred. You are not only a racist you are a pathetic racist.


Mary in Brighton

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 15:06

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He really is howling at the moon isn't he. I suppose there is no point in reading him or engaging with him in any way.


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 15:13

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No point whatsoever.Just consign him to the cesspit the Israelis have made of the Jordan river since they took control of it.


Mary in Brighton

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 15:14

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lol


Advis3r

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 15:20

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Oh dear RRR no where to run. The truth is uncomfortable isn't it? The only declared one stater on this blog is you. Ad hominem attacks on me will not disguise that truth. You want the dismantling of Israel simply because you consider its creation was a mistake - delusional.
How about you letting us have your thoughts on possible solutions to the Israel/Palestine problem Mary? Or would that be too taxing for you?


zaheerayin

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 15:33

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What interests me is, is this idiot a typical Israeli? Or is it just the case that every country has it's share of gar gar's ?


Advis3r

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 15:50

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So come on zaheerayin instead of the pathetic ad hominem attacks - I've seen them all before you are nothing special - how about you letting us have your thoughts on possible solutions to the Israel/Palestine problem. After all surely that's why you blog here?


Advis3r

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:01

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The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming!


Harvey

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 15:12

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Mary in Brighton
From another thread .
Instead of going round the houses why not spell out in full what you want to say .
Only instead of hiding behind a silly moniker , provide your full name and address and your allegation . I'm happy to throw a few bob at it if you are . However I m also guessing that any financial restitution following your half hearted attempt at defaming me will only result in a likely offer of £1 a week for the next 20 years .
I've seen that stunt already .
So how about it . Put your money where your mouth and in the meantime i will do a credit check to see if you're worth it . Which I doubt .

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