“How can professors who are so biased against the Jewish state accurately or fairly teach students about Israel or the Arab-Israel conflict?”
This question was asked by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and faculty at the University of California Santa Cruz. The AMCHA Initiative is self-described as “a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, educating about, and combating anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America.”
As Lori Lowenthal Marcus of The Jewish Press reports, the AMCHA Initiative has developed a tool to see if a university professor is biased against Israel after over 200 “Middle East scholars” signed a “boycott Israel” petition in August. (This list has now grown to 560 after an update.)
At the top of the petition is an assistant professor of Arabic, no surprise. However, others on the list include professors of political science, comparative literature, history, social sciences, “international development, community, and environment,” religion, and even things like English, art or literature. Another subject on the list is media and communication, shaping how our media reports on Israel.
Islamic studies is also included as one of the subjects being taught by petitioners, certainly no shock, but imagine what students must be learning in that class!
One of the most appalling subjects being taught by an anti-Israel professor in America is gender studies. In a region where women are often treated worse than animals, Israel stands out as one nation where women are treated fairly and are given equal opportunities. In fact, Arab women have more rights in Israel than they would in most Muslim nations. (See Israel’s Arab Success Stories: This is Apartheid? to read about successful Arab-Israeli women.)
Several on the petition teach Middle Eastern studies, and the students in their classes can only be receiving an anti-Israel bias from professors who have joined the BDS movement.
Colleges and universities have always been liberal with a left-leaning political slant, but when that becomes a bias against Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, and the professors are a part of the largely antisemitic movement against the country in the Middle East most in line with American ideals and morality, the nation which is the closest ally the US has in the region, there is a problem.
The BDS movement is a BS movement, quite frankly, and socializing young adults to hate Israel and essentially hate Jews, provoking anti-Semitic harassment and attacks on Jewish students is a way of institutionalizing the hatred on American campuses. This is a despicable practice which has no business existing in the United States.
Not only have we brought over Muslim immigrants, but we have welcomed their antisemitism into our classrooms, which is now being used to indoctrinate American students. The Middle East is now a part of North America, with all its culture, practices and so-called “religion” from “the old country,” as Islam and its Jew hatred and goal to destroy the only Jewish State is weaved into our children’s education with the increasingly abhorrent practice of “political correctness” as an excuse.
Written by Rachel Molschky
Originally published at Cherson and Molschky