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  • February 11, 2013

    BDS and the Jewish Studies Trap

    Alexander H. Joffe:

    The recent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) event at Brooklyn College featuring professional Palestinian Omar Barghouti and celebrity anti-Israel academic Judith Butler was true to form. A dual purpose was served. For one, students and staff were treated to calls for the destruction of Israel, conducted in a quasi-academic setting, with the implicit endorsement of the institution. Second, as always, trap was sprung on opponents of such campus abuses. Having successfully planned the event and represented it as an intellectual exploration of the one state solution, in which Israel is made extinct, the inevitable complaints regarding its one-sidedness and borderline antisemitism were met with the usual howls of censorship and demands for academic freedom. Politicians became involved on both sides. City Council members were opposed to the campus and tax dollars supporting an anti-Israel recruitment rally. Mayor Bloomberg then came out in favor, and with characteristic tact and insight, condemned the event’s content and scolded the presumably close-minded opponents, wittily telling them to apply to school in North Korea. …

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  • Posted by Andrew Jaffee @ 8:37 am | 3 Comments »

    3 Comments to BDS and the Jewish Studies Trap

    1. ArnoldHarris says:

      The battle for the future of the State of Israel and the Jewish nation will be won or lost in Judea, Samaria, Golan and united Jerusalem, and not in a college in Brooklyn NY USA. Every consideration other than Judea, Samaria, Golan and united Jerusalem is irrelevant. Learn to focus your concerns and your attention, and ignore everything else.

      Arnold Harris
      Mount Horeb WI

    2. dweller says:

      @ ArnoldHarris:

      “The battle for the future of the State of Israel and the Jewish nation will be won or lost in Judea, Samaria, Golan and united Jerusalem, and not… etc”

      That may well be so.

      But it does not follow from that

      — that those who do the fighting of that battle will be enlisted or recruited exclusively from among the ranks of those presently living in those areas.

    3. It isn’t easy running a tyrannical dictatorship these days. That’s why North Korea wants distracts its people from the real problems occurring within their own country. A way to achieve such result is to mobilize public opinion against an enemy, but you need to create an enemy when you don’t have any. It may explain the aggressiveness of North Korea and it makes their nuclear program a dangerous threat.