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CUNY college fuels anti-Semitism with pro-Palestinian forum

Give Brooklyn College a dunce’s cap for co-sponsoring a hate forum

Brooklyn Daily

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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one star from midwood says:
The Islamic world is incapable of introspection. It has no sense of itself.

Why is NOTHING invented in the Islamic world?

Have you noticed that muslims NEVER win Nobel Prizes for the tough stuff -- chemistry, physics, medical sciences?

One muslim -- Naguib Mahfouz -- won a Nobel for Literature. But his work offended Islamic fundamentalists who tried to kill him.

How can it be that Islamic nations are so pathetically backwards? It takes a lot of work to keep the modern world far away. Honor killings. Women as virtual slaves.

Islam means an absolute ban on freedom of speech and a ban on freedom of religion. Islam = a sick ideology.
Feb. 1, 2013, 6:16 pm
Deva from Williamsburg says:
Wether we agree with it or not, last I checked, this is still the America. Where people and institution have the freedom of expressing a point of view. We have the right to agree to disagree. NO one person owns the patent on being "right" and therefore lets leave room for the possibility that WE may have something to learn from the other side. To lump everyone in to a catagory is what allowed Hitler to push his agenda-- lets not participate in that kind of action towards others. Hopefully as jews we have learned to be more compassionate to the "Islamic World" than the German's were to us.
Feb. 1, 2013, 8:49 pm
Julio from Brooklyn says:
Israel must withdraw all settlers or face ICC, says UN report: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/israel-must-withdraw-settlers-icc
Feb. 4, 2013, 11:33 am
Andy from Williamsburg says:
Judith Butler is Jewish, and last I checked, she's actually known for her work in feminist theory, not for hating Israel. Of course, she has written political theory on the subject, but this article is just a hate-filled piece of halftruths and out-right lies.

"[Israel] 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."

Last I checked, it became an advanced economy on the back of a US-subsidized military. Plus, if Israel actually had a relentless commitment to peace and progress, maybe it wouldn't launch missile strikes against Hamas leaders who were working on a permanent peace treaty, then accelerate settlement construction when the US forces them to accept a ceasefire. Maybe they would try and avoid, you know, bombing one of the most heavily populated regions in the world?

"[The 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"

I didn't know that Barbara Boxer was a foreign citizen. Isn't it illegal for an Israeli to be a Senator?
I also note that you leave out the single MOST IMPORTANT Jewish person to come out of Brooklyn College, and that is the famed philosopher Hannah Arendt, who it just so happens derided the Zionist movement as a fascist movement.

"[Palestinians] brainwashed [their children] with the anthem, “Death to Israel, death to Jews”"
That article you cited? Yeah the paragraph above that is about how Israelis chant "Death to Arabs" (even in special schools designed to bridge the gap twixt the two countries) from the age of 5. In addition, the source for the supposed Death to Israel/Jews chant is a single video which the teacher recalled watching one time.

"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...spawning a destructive culture of dependency. "
FTFY

Also, it's pretty problematic that you word it that way. "Israel graciously allows its Bantustan to get some supplies through the embargo that Israel placed on it."

Also, a large part of the reason they need those supplies are the fact that the Israelis make it nearly impossible for the Palestinians actually work , what with the endless checkpoints between the Palestinian workers and the Israeli jobs and on top of that the embargo. You can't jumpstart an economy when it's nearly impossible to trade and you don't have all that much in the way of natural resources to start with.

It's also odd that you leave out Israel's rampant racism, from sterilizing Ethiopian Jews to making it illegal for an Israeli to marry a Palestinian.
Feb. 4, 2013, 1:56 pm
Andy from Williamsburg says:
one star, you should bother to do a basic google search, especially when you're making comments about a religious group that is composed of nearly a billion people. Abdus Salam and Ahmed Zewail are muslim Nobel Laureates for Physics and Chemistry respectively.

You should also note that the Islamic world has invented massive numbers of things, certainly many more important things than Israel.

Here's one: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,78,9
There's a reason they're called arabic numerals.

They also created the economic ideas that Adam Smith would later swipe, etc.

Maybe you should try learning more before you start ——ting on massive, rich cultures.
Feb. 4, 2013, 2:02 pm
one star from midwood says:
Andy from Williamsburg,

Your muslim chemist gained his education in the US and won his Nobel for research conducted here. In his case his religious background is irrelevant.

Salam left Egypt for his advanced studies. Again, the Islamic culture NEVER provides for advanced academics.

You're wrong about inventions in the Islamic world. The last mathematical advance that is possibly attributable to a muslim living in the Islamic world is the concept of ZERO.

That happened about 1,000 years ago. Since then the Islamic world has suffered a continuous intellectual dry spell.

Islamic "scientists" were fans of Alchemy, which, as you should know, is a scam. Some people like to claim that muslims were important star-gazers. Astronomers. But the telescope was invented by??? Not a muslim.

Meanwhile, all Islamic economies are poor, with the possible exception of Kuwait. Muslims accept monarchs and allow them to siphon off most of the money in those economies.

You really know nothing about Islamic history or contemporary Islam. As I said, NOTHING is invented in Islamic countries. There's no need for patent offices in those countries.

Israel, on the other hand, is a hotbed of intellectual activity. Every technology is advancing in Israel.

Nothing is advancing in Islamic nations.
Feb. 6, 2013, 11:17 pm

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