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March 09, 2012

Being There at the Harvard Hate-Fest

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Leila Farsakh, Associate Prof at UMass Boston, and Baylor Professor Marc Ellis

It can't have been easy for anyone concerned with facts, history, reason, scholarship, moral clarity and so on to spend a weekend listening to anti-Israel agitprop at Harvard's One-State Conference. Janet Tassel's mordant review of the gathering in today's American Thinker offers insights into the speakers' views on dissolution of the Jewish state and their speculation on the fate of its Jewish inhabitants.

One possibility for the newly disempowered Israeli Jews, said Leila Farsakh, associate professor in political science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, would be to "reconnect with their Arabism." Indeed, the term "Arab Jew" became ubiquitous toward the end of the conference. Or, as Marc Ellis, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, himself a Jew, said, "Becoming un-Jewish is the first step." After that would come, in his words, "revolutionary forgiveness."

Among the Harvard faculty to appear were the notorious Stephen Walt in addition to less well-known figures like

Timothy McCarthy, a lecturer at the Kennedy School, who dissolved into tears when he recalled [a six-city LGBT trip to Israel that met with] groups like Palestinian Queers for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions... Although he described himself as "a fierce queen" who "steps right up to bullies," he brimmingly lamented that he found "violence all over Israel"

It's probably too much to hope the many scholars at the university who care about the truth and the many concerned trustees who care about the reputation of the institution and the many brilliant students who know hate-mongering doesn't belong at the Kennedy School will all use this as an opportunity to investigate what's gone so wrong.

Posted by AL at March 9, 2012 06:47 PM

Comments

As Steven Plaut said about Marc Ellis.
Ellis is a passionate endorser of the "One-State Solution," also known as the Rwanda Solution, in which Israel will simply be eliminated as a Jewish state and will be enfolded within a larger Palestinian-dominated state that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

Posted by: Ed Frias at March 10, 2012 02:17 PM

Its rather unfortunate and shocking that Harvard University can dare organise such a forum!surely,just such ungodly&unthinkable to discuss such weird topic!

Posted by: Charles wachiuri at March 13, 2012 09:48 PM

This is consistent with the "ChrIslam" themes that are being espoused on Univeristy campuses which is nothing more than Islamic Theocratic imperialism attempting to subvert Christian and Jewsih institutions with the over simplification that we all agree that we worship the same "God"; Allah. Instead of focusing on divergence, pluralism, and genuine democratic themes their goal is "sameness" that is in the end just a banner of Islamic chauvinism enforced by shariah codes that in turn are nothing more than Jim Crow laws for non-believers.

Posted by: jeb stuart at March 15, 2012 12:28 PM

Please forward the three links shown below to anyone who supports peace in the middle-east then ask them the question I have posed below:

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4061540,00.html

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=223181

Have you seen the contents of the three links above mentioned anywhere in the mainstream American media. Did the contents come up during the Harvard Hate-Fest?

After the experience of Jews in the Holocaust, I don't believe Israel would be agreeable to being wiped off the map, or allowing their people to be killed where possible.

Can there be any serious talks or negotiations under these conditions? You tell me.

In conclusion, my question to those seeking a solution to the conflict is, "What is Israel's compromise position supposed to be in talks with an adversary that is REQUIRED by their written objectives to wipe it off the map and kill Jews when they can? Does agreeing to let HALF the country be wiped off the map in perhaps twice the time, sound like a fair and reasonable compromise?".

I would really like to know the answer. I'm sure the Israelis would as well.

Unless these attitudes towards Israel change dramatically, I'm afraid there will be no peace in the Middle-East.

Posted by: MarioG at March 15, 2012 12:45 PM

WHERE R THIS GREAT SCHOLARS WHEN IT COMES TO SPEAK
ABOUT SYRIA? IRAN? & THE REST OF THE ARAB COUNTRIES + SUDAN? & ARITREA &THE REST OF THE WORLD. KEEP BASHING ISRAEL THAT GAVE THE WORLD
MORE THEN ANY COUNTRY IN SEINCE & TECHNOLOGY.

Posted by: leaann orwitz at March 16, 2012 07:29 PM

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