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Israel Haters and Hezbollah at the University of Washington

Nov 15, 2013 by

by Michael Roberts –

While life goes on as usual in the caffeinated city, a concentrated and vicious strain of Israel hatred has taken root at the center of Washington State’s flagship University.

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I received the call in the late afternoon, “do you want to go to BDS 101 at The University of Washington tonight?”

 

BDS stands for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction of Israel and represents a radical movement bent on the destruction of the Jewish State. The D in BDS should stand for demographic destruction as the core demand of the BDS movement is the flooding of Israel with over five million hostile Arabs. Such an influx would mark the end of a Jewish majority in Israel and thus the end of Israel as a Jewish state. The Anti Defamation League, the American Jewish community’s central human rights and advocacy organization has identified BDS as an anti-Semitic movement .

 

The  BDS 101 program was held in a lecture hall filled with a mix of Muslim and Progressive students and a small handful of pro-Israel students and community members. The program  featured a four member panel anchored by Stefanie Fox of the anti-Israel group, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and included Cindy Corrie, mother of the infamous Rachel Corrie. Two co-ed hosts from the sponsoring group (SUPER-UW) opened the event by declaring their solidarity with all of the other righteous struggles on the planet “we condemn all injustice” they said.

 

 

The panel members each on cue took their turn at demonizing Israel. The perky Ms. Fox educated the students that Israel is a rogue apartheid state run by war criminal olive tree killers that must be penalized until in compliance with basic civilized norms.

 

 

 

As JVP’s Fox told the wide eyed students how she is “excited about BDS” and went on to advocate for the end of Israel as a Jewish majority state I could not help but be reminded of how the Seattle Jewish Federation’s newspaper, the JTNews continues to legitimize and provide a ready platform for this radical hate group.

 

Fox flaunted her Jewish bona fides with her comparison of the BDS call to boycott the Jewish state to a 1902 Lower East Side boycott of price gouging kosher meat producers. The only thing missing from her heimish plea to destroy Israel was a fiddler on the roof. There was a clear effort made to divide Jews into good Jews (JVP supporters and the like) and bad Jews (the rest of us). In fact the use of Jewish and Jew in a negative context was bandied about with uncomfortable ease and frequency. In a new and clearly deliberate effort the word Jewish was consistently attached to Israeli with the new amalgam identifier of “Jewish-Israeli” used at every opportunity.

Jesse Hagopian, a history teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle told of recently being part of a Christian delegation on an educational tour of the Palestinian controlled areas. He related to the impressionable students of how an elderly woman from Mississippi also on that junket told him that “Israelis are worse than the Ku Klux Klan, because at least the Klan are too ashamed to show their faces”. Hagopian shared that while meeting with local activists in Hebron a breathless young local dramatically burst into the meeting to alert the group that Israeli forces were poised to bulldoze an ancient Olive tree. I wondered how often that same shtick was used on credulous touristas.

 

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  1. Rebecca Smith

    Just a note to thank Jimmy for posting this article. It is very, very sad to see hatred promoted at a “university”. Has humanity sunk so low that the purpose of higher education is now to indoctrinate youth as to whom to hate and whom to love? I guess it’s easy to pick on Israel: one little country (with its rights and wrongs, just like all other countries), surrounded by enemies (who also have their rights and their wrongs). We who teach in the inner city are constantly trying to help our students find ways with words rather than fists or weapons to solve problems. How is it that grown-ups can’t apply the same principle to the social acceptable insanities of hate and war?

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