Thursday, October 21, 2004

More antisemitism at American Universities

From Pejmanesque, a story in the New York Sun about an underground film made at Columbia University. The first few paragraphs:

"At a history class, a professor mockingly tells a female Jewish student she cannot possibly have ancestral ties to Israel because her eyes are green.

"During a lecture, a professor of Arab politics refuses to answer a question from an Israeli student and military veteran but instead asks the student, 'How many Palestinians have you killed?'

"At a student meeting on the topic of divestment from Israel, a Jewish student is singled out as responsible for death of Palestinian Arabs.

"Those scenes are described by current and former students interviewed for an underground documentary that is causing a frisson of concern to ripple through the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University, where the incidents took place."

Some readers may remember Columbia professor Nicholas DeGenova's speech to 3,000 students and faculty in 2003, when he said:

"Peace is not patriotic. Peace is subversive, because peace anticipates a very different world than the one in which we live--a world where the U.S. would have no place."

And later:

"The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military. I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus."

And then:

""If we really [believe] that this war is criminal ... then we have to believe in the victory of the Iraqi people and the defeat of the U.S. war machine."

And at another rally:

"The heritage of the victims of the Holocaust belongs to the Palestinian people. The state of Israel has no claim to the heritage of the Holocaust."

I never really understood the "milllion Mogadishus" statement, since that would mean 20 million American soldiers dead versus a billion of the bad guys, but the point of my post here is that this is what goes on at our institutions of higher learning. And you're paying for it whether you like it or not. Hit the title of this post and read all of it.

Then again, Noam Chomsky said, "in the West anti-Semitism scarcely exists now," so I must be imagining all this.

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