Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Why Anti-Israel Rhetoric Can Be Anti-Semitic

Britain's academics are calling for a boycott of Israel's professors, which is dumb and misguided. A Palestinian Professor discusses why he is against it:

'the Palestinian president of Al-Quds University. "If we are to look at Israeli society, it is within the academic community that we've had the most progressive pro-peace views and views that have come out in favor of seeing us as equals," Sari Nusseibeh told The Associated Press. "If you want to punish any sector, this is the last one to approach." Nusseibeh acknowledged, however, that his is a minority viewpoint among his colleagues. '

However, this person describes why people are so suspicious of anti-zionist motives:

'"It just reminds people that somehow Israel is always singled out, that we're the case study," David Newman, a professor of politics and government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva, said.....

But the latest resolution by the British association, encouraging a boycott of Israeli academics, touched a raw nerve in the Jewish state.

"I wonder why not China, why not Chile, why not Burma, where the human rights issue is far, far worse than here," Newman said.'

Exactly. Why is Israel singled out for something it has almost no control over, whereas countries with open slave trades, rebel militias destroying entire villages, and governments that jail even mild dissidents, aren't even given a slap on the wrist? You tell me.


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