Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 9 May 2014

On A US Campus, BDS Meets Quenelle?

In yet another must-read post on his Legal Insurrection blog, Professor William Jacobson draws attention to the disturbing intimidation of and discrimination against pro-Israel students that has been taking place on some American campuses:
'Soon after the defeat of anti-Israel divestment resolutions at U. Michigan and UCLA, I began to see anti-Israel advocates single out pro-Israel students who had gone on trips to Israel sponsored by pro-Israel groups, or had received advocacy training from pro-Israel groups.
These trips and advocacy training are critical because some campuses have become openly hostile to pro-Israel students as a result of “direct action” and other intimidation by relatively small but highly coordinated anti-Israel groups like Students for Justice in Palestine. Professors actively participate in demonizing pro-Israel students. [My emphasis]
So I was not completely surprised when I learned from reader emails over the past several days that there is an attempt at UCLA to disqualify any student who received pro-Israel training or trips from being on the Student Council...'
Be sure to read the entire post, with its supporting evidence and video, here

Meanwhile, boasts the so-called Students for Justice in Palestine group at the University of South Florida regarding a BDS initiative there last month:
"They collected 10,000 student signatures demanding that their university end investments and involvement with those companies. They chose human rights over profit. By collecting 10,000 student signatures, which is 25% of the entire student body at USF, they made history as the largest student petition ever in the state of Florida."
We're told here:
'In Florida, students organizing a divestment petition said they drew inspiration from the words of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. engraved on the center of the campus: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 
They submitted a petition of more than 10,000 signatures calling on the University of South Florida Foundation to divest from companies complicit in human rights violations in Palestine.
The students’ petition listed three direct demands: transparency, ethical investment, and divestment. “We support SJP’s petition to make USF a [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] school,” said Gage Lacharite, president of Students for a Democratic Society.“...'
But as the above photo shows, one of the victors celebrated by seeming to give the antisemitic quenelle salute.

Sure is ethical, eh?

What other causes has Martin Luther King's quotation inspired the student body to embrace, I wonder.  The persecution of Christians, dissenters, apostates and gays in the Islamic world?  The Islamic war on women? The outrages against democracy in Iran, North Korea, China ...?

I think we should be told.

6 comments:

  1. Overlooked Psychology of the Arab-Israeli Peace Process
    by Mr. Cohen of the Derech Emet yahoo group, 2014/4/27


    In a very famous Bible story, King Solomon threatened to cut a baby in half
    to satisfy the claims of two women who claimed possession of the same baby
    (Melachim Aleph, chapter 3, verses 16 to 28).

    The fake mother did not object to cutting the baby in half,
    but the real mother begged King Solomon to not do it
    because the real mother did not want to see her baby die.

    Arabs are very familiar with this Bible story and they apply it
    to the conflict over possessing “Palestine.” Arabs believe that
    just as the fake mother in the court of King Solomon was
    willing to divide the baby, the Israelis are fake owners of
    “Palestine” because they are willing to divide it.

    According to this logic, Arabs can never agree to less than 100%
    of “Palestine” because doing so would make them like the fake
    mother in the court of King Solomon who was willing to divide the baby.

    www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/07/the-new-york-times-whitewashes-anti-israel-terrorism/

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  2. Refuting the Jew Haters by Mr. Cohen, 2014/4/27,
    moderator of the Derech Emet yahoo group,


    I do NOT suggest that any Jew waste his or her time arguing
    with Jew haters, for many reasons.

    First, our obligation as Jews is to serve G_d, not argue with
    Jew hating lunatics.

    Second, they can be dangerous, and even if you think you
    are anonymous on the internet, you are not as anonymous
    as you think you are, and they may find you, G_d forbid.

    Third, many Jew haters are fanatics and/or lunatics,
    who will never listen to anything you say, or even use
    your words against Jews in ways you did not anticipate.

    Still, there are rare situations when it helps to know how
    to refute their accusations against Jews; for example,
    when a sincere Gentile co-worker or neighbor is
    influenced by the accusations of the Jew haters.

    One favorite accusation of the Jew haters is that Jews
    have been expelled from many countries and cities.
    Jew haters use this to imply that Jews are bad people.

    This accusation can be countered.

    When a Medieval king expelled Jews from his country,
    Jews were usually not able to take their possessions
    with them, so all the possessions of the Jews became
    the property of the king, including: land, houses,
    furniture, gold, silver, jewels, farm animals, etc.

    Even if the Jews had some way to take their money with
    them (which was far from guaranteed) they could not
    take their larger possessions with them. This permitted
    the kings to increase their wealth quickly with little risk.

    So kings had big financial incentives to expel their Jews,
    as did lords and dukes.

    Another reason why Jews were expelled many times from
    Christian countries was that Medieval Christians did not
    tolerate people whose beliefs disagreed with their own.

    Medieval European Christians also persecuted other
    Christians whose beliefs differed from their own.
    For example:

    In October 1536 CE, William Tyndale was publicly
    executed because he translated the Bible into English,
    even though he was Christian.

    Most Christians alive today tolerate people with different
    beliefs, but this tolerance is around one or two centuries old.

    We Jews should THANK G_D that we live in an era
    when most Christians no longer believe their religion
    wants them to persecute Jews.

    www.jewishpress.com/blogs/nyt-promotes-arch-terrorist-as-peacemaker/2014/04/09/

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  3. I understand the childlike Jew hate of college morons. That's simply what they do. But why don't South Florida students mount a flotilla to next-door Cuba or something?

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  4. Hi Daphne, I took a closer look at that picture:

    https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10172799_707498345962859_3965484546883199331_n.jpg

    And I'm not sure the SJPers in question is actually doing a "quenelle." It looks like he's just holding his arm to the side and not touching his other arm, which is held further back. The quenelle is usually done with four fingers not two:

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=quenelle+gesture&go=Submit&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=quenelle+gesture&sc=8-10&sp=-1&sk=

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  5. Hmmm. It still looks sus to me, But I've edited the post in light of your comment, Zach.

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  6. Yeah. The guy with the shades is just reminding the runner to tag on a long fly. The other is ordering two brewskis. The guy between'em seems to have lost his bubblegum.
    An interesting factoid: In photographs of three or more quennellists; at least one of them is doing it the other way round.
    I'm not sure but the gal five over (left) in the white scarf seems to be flashing the classic "hook'em horns"

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