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Brooklyn College’s political science department should rename itself the politically correct department without a con-science for co-sponsoring an anti-Israel rally next week and allowing anti-Semitic rabble-rousers to spew their hatred.
The taxpayer-funded college, which sharpened its academic chops on the brains of Jews like Nobel prize-winning biochemist Stanley Cohen (’43), California Sen. Barbara Boxer (’62), Hollywood director Joel Zwick (’62), and other Israelite alums, will welcome the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement Against Israel on Feb. 7 — a Jew-hating-fest to be sure, featuring Omar Barghouti, founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and Judith Butler, a professor at the University of California known for supporting anti-Israel campaigns.
Their hypocrisy is damnable.
Barghouti’s dreams include outlawing Israeli universities, but that hasn’t stopped the Qatari national from shunning inferior Arab schools and obtaining his degree instead from Israel’s Tel Aviv University. He’s no fool.
Terrorists also have an apologist in Professor Butler, a product of western largesse who feels “understanding Hamas [and] Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the left, that are part of a global left, is extremely important,” and is unconcerned that Uncle Sam considers Hamas a terror group, or that the worst terror attack against Americans before 9-11 was the 1983 Hezbollah suicide bombing in Lebanon that killed 241 Marines.
Any campaign to boycott Israel is well past its due date because Israel’s contributions to mankind are omnipresent and inextinguishable. The 65-year-old nation — the size of New Jersey with a population less than the Big Apple’s — has become an advanced global economy through hard work, and a relentless commitment to peace and progress that is the envy of its green-eyed foes.
In its short history Israel has managed to establish one of the mightiest armies on earth, made illiteracy almost extinct among its people, become a start-up country that boasts more patents per capita than almost any other land, and benefitted the world with its innovations — from drip irrigation, cherry tomatoes, and PillCam video capsules, to the planet’s first solar window, the Intel processor, bikes connected to strollers, and more.
Small wonder then that the besieged land has achieved statehood and global recognition over the bellyaching of its enemies.
Israel has fought fire with fire, yet demonstrated its gracious side, too. It has looked out for Palestinians above their own leaders, allowing more than a million tons of humanitarian aid to enter Gaza from Israel in 2010, accounting for nearly a ton of food and other life-saving supplies for every civilian in the war-torn cesspit.
Palestinians, by comparison, have been their own worst enemies, spawning a destructive culture of dependency. They have turned their children into suicide bombers and brainwashed them with the anthem, “Death to Israel, death to Jews” while naming their schools after terrorists — including the Dalal Mughrabi School honoring Dalal Mughrabi, who killed American photographer Gail Rubin and 36 Israelis in a 1978 terror attack.
But that likely won’t be on the agenda on Feb. 7.
Institutes of higher learning should be pillars for critical thinkers, not breeding grounds for bigots, and Brooklyn College needs to return to school to re-learn the difference before squandering taxpayer money on a hate rally without a cause.
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