Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Columbia's free speech issues

It is official: Columbia has reached the point where the presence of a viewpoint contrary to the farthest left-wing falsehoods about Israel is a sign of McCarthyism. Quite honestly, that university is sullying its reputation -- there's no higher learning in Middle East courses at Columbia, just expensive indoctrination. Read this post and the links therein for more.

And for this week's sign of the apocalypse: Columbia Professor Joseph Massad wrote that
. . . Zionists have adopted the identity of the anti-Semite and Palestinians have taken on a Jewish identity. In one of his latest essays, in the Winter 2005 issue of the scholarly journal Cultural Critique, Mr. Massad argues that Palestinian resistance is a struggle against anti-Semitism and that Israel as a Jewish state represents the most vicious form of anti-Semitism.

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In the essay, Mr. Massad also compares Israel's treatment of Palestinians to Nazi Germany's treatment of Jews. After Israel's founding, he writes, Zionism "transformed those who remained inside Israel into foreigners in their own land and, from 1948 until 1966, subjected them to life under a military, racialist system of rule that was reminiscent of the life of European Jews under the worst types of anti-Semitic rule." The Nazis, he argues, serve as "pedagogical model" for the Israeli army.

Thus Massad unites a deliberate misidentification (Palestinian Arabs as Semites) with effective Holocaust denial whilst recycling the various lies regarding Israel's treatment of the Arabs within its borders and territories.

What a disgusting environment Columbia has become.

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