How the Hatred Spreads

My alma mater, San Francisco State University, has emerged as among the most violently anti-Jewish universities in the United States.

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Dusty, over at Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers and San Francisco State Unbecoming, alerts us to the fact that SFSU not only sponsors student organizations that call for the murder of Jews, but is now hosting a panel discussion that seeks to undermine the well-being of the Jewish State of Israel and thus undermine the well-being of the besieged Jewish minority in the Middle East.

On Thursday, March 6, between 4 PM and 7 PM, a number of anti-Jewish activists, including SFSU professor, Rabab Abdulhadi, are meeting to spread hatred.  If you would like to attend simply drop by the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building, room 116, between those hours.

This is their description of the event:

During January 2014, a delegation of six academics and one labor rights activist based in the U.S. and Canada went to the West Bank and the 1948 areas of Palestine. Each delegate came to bear witness to the political and economic realities confronting Palestinians as a result of Israel’s occupation of their homeland and to build working relationships and solidarities with Palestinian scholars, artists, and activists consistent with their 2005 call for “a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights” (BDSmovement.net). Several of the delegates are members of the Asian American Studies Association, the American Studies Association, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and were active in securing their association’s resolutions in support of the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (ACBI).Repeatedly, delegates experienced and witnessed the realities of Israeli apartheid, racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing, and undermining of Palestinian rights. This report will provide a brief reflection on those experiences and a public reaffirmation of our support for resolute actions in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

I want to take this bit by bit because I find it fascinating.

During January 2014, a delegation of six academics and one labor rights activist based in the U.S. and Canada went to the West Bank and the 1948 areas of Palestine…

The “West Bank,” of course, refers to heart of the Jewish homeland, Judea and Samaria, the place where Jews originated over 3,500 years ago.  The term, itself, was introduced by the Jordanians after the ’48 war in order to rob Jewish people of Jewish heritage and Jewish land.

Its continued use today serves the same purpose.

Judea and Samaria have been referred to as “Judea” and “Samaria” for millenia.  If you wish to use the term “West Bank” then you must recognize that you are using anti-Jewish terminology that was designed to erase Jewish history.

As for “1948 areas of Palestine,” the phrase has no meaning whatsoever.  The only people who have ever had national sovereignty on that bit of land are the Jewish people and we did so thousands of years before Arab imperialists conquered our land, Eretz Israel.

Each delegate came to bear witness to the political and economic realities confronting Palestinians as a result of Israel’s occupation of their homeland…

It must be recognized, as a matter of social justice and human rights, that the tiny bit of land referred to, no bigger than the American state of New Jersey, is the traditional homeland of the Jewish people.

The homeland of the Arab peoples is the Arabian Peninsula.

Israel is the homeland of the Jews.

The Arab-Muslims invaded the Middle East directly after the death of Muhammed in the 7th century.

They did so primarily by force, conquered Spain, and almost conquered the rest of Europe, as well, in the ensuing decades and centuries.

build working relationships and solidarities with Palestinian scholars, artists, and activists consistent with their 2005 call for “a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights” (BDSmovement.net).

The main promoter of the BDS movement is Omar Barghouti and he calls specifically for the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.  This is something akin to calling for the end of France as the State of the French people or calling for the end of Japan as the State of the Japanese people.

Given the history of the Jewish people under Arab-Muslim imperial rule – not to mention European domination and slaughter for so many centuries – what Barghouti wants, and therefore what BDS and its SFSU supporters want, is for the dissolution of the lone, sole Jewish state and, therefore, an end to any physical protection for the Jewish people in the Middle East.

I do not believe that we are going to allow this to happen and if San Francisco State University wishes to support the call for the helplessness of the Jews by organizations like the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) then it may, in the future, experience some drop off of Jewish support.

Repeatedly, delegates experienced and witnessed the realities of Israeli apartheid, racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing, and undermining of Palestinian rights.

This is where the Big Lie gets delicious.

Apartheid!  Racial Discrimination!  Ethnic Cleansing!  Palestinian Rights!

This is the kind of language, in the contemporary iteration, that has traditionally lead to the persecution of the Jewish people.  The Nazis also spoke of Jewish depravity and evil-doing toward the “indigenous” population.

In every generation we are told why we deserve a good beating and in this generation the apparent reason is because we are allegedly mean to the Arab majority in the Middle East.

They blow up our children with suicide bombers and then accuse us of “racism” for putting up a fence to prevent them from blowing up our children with suicide bombers.

They get away with this because they are playing the Europeans and the western left like a fiddle.

400 million Arabs and 6 million Jews.

Our odds are are one in seventy and, yet, we continue to beat those odds.

Nonetheless, San Francisco State University gives money to an organization that incites hatred and violence toward the harassed and threatened Jewish minority within living memory of the Holocaust.

My father’s side of the family was slaughtered by the Nazis in the Ukrainian town of Medzhybizh during Operation Barbarossa in the summer of 1942.  They were forced to road building and once the road was built they were forced to dig trenches.

Once those trenches were dug 3,000 Jews were lined up within those trenches and shot dead by the Einsatzgruppen.

If you care about your kids, when we say, “Never Again,” we better damn well mean it.

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Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.

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