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NY Daily News Editorial: “Vile at Vassar”

NY Daily News Editorial: “Vile at Vassar”

“SJP responded on the web by attacking Jacobson and the audience …. First were nasty cartoons from racist and “white power” websites … Then SJP used the Nazi poster….”

In early April, The New York Daily News had a blistering Editorial regarding the anti-Israel Climate at Vassar College, Vassar’s miseducation, focusing on the anti-Israel climate we documented in Anti-Israel academic boycott turns ugly at Vassar.

Today the Daily News has another devastating rebuke to Vassar, focusing on the reaction to my speech at Vassar which culminated in the now-infamous posting of a Nazi propaganda poster by Students for Justice in Palestine.

I previously knew that the several academic departments which co-sponsored the anti-Israel Max Blumenthal and Ali Abunimah appearance the week before my appearance, would not sponsor me.  I did not previously know that college funds were used for the Blumenthal-Abunimah appearance.

Read the whole thing.  Here’s an excerpt from Vile at Vassar:

… Faculty members have joined the depravity. Thirty-nine professors protested after [Vassar President Catharine] Hill properly said in January that Vassar would not join the American Studies Association’s anti-Semitism-tinged call for boycotting Israeli universities.

The 39 backed the boycott, with some asserting that Hill’s action “silenced discourse on campus,” as one put it. Duh, they claim they want dialogue while supporting a boycott against dialogue.

Then it turned out that the 39 lacked the courage of their convictions. When Cornell University Law School professor Bill Jacobson challenged the entire group to debate the merits of boycotting Israel, they all ducked. So on May 5, Jacobson spoke — without fee — on campus at the invitation of the Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union, which is headed by a Muslim student.

The libertarian union had sought co-sponsorships for Jacobson’s talk from numerous student groups and academic departments. All refused, a fact that demonstrates how strongly anti-Israel sentiment holds sway at Vassar, perhaps inducing a climate of fear among those who feel otherwise.

Consider that five days before Jacobson’s visit, Israel-bashers Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal stopped at Vassar on a national road show selling separate books calling for Israel’s destruction. Paid for by student activity fees and departmental funds, their event was sponsored not only by SJP but by Vassar’s departments of religion, political science, sociology, English and geography.

For good measure, the Jewish Studies program, the International Studies program and a variety of student groups signed on in support.

In his talk, Jacobson demolished the rationales behind the BDS movement, a cause that seeks to delegitimize Israel through boycotts on trade, disinvestment in the Jewish state and economic sanctions. During 90 minutes, he proved that the boycott of Israel is based on factual, historical and legal falsities and is anti-Semitic.

SJP responded on the web by attacking Jacobson and the audience of “old white people” and rolling out its artwork. First were nasty cartoons from racist and “white power” websites. One showed Israel inflicting a Holocaust on Palestinians and the other said that the Nazi Holocaust cows the West from criticizing Israel.

Then SJP used the Nazi poster, putting the group beyond even Hill’s tolerance of intolerance.

For those of you who haven’t heard it, here is my speech which ignited the fury:

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[Featured Image – Part of Nazi poster used by Vassar SJP]

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Comments

casualobserver | May 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

Just as the U.S. gets increasing blame for the actions of Islamic radicals (or past and present behavior incites them), so will all bad actions by SJP and other like minded organizations be excused as being driven to their mistakes by Israel’s actions.

The truth is it has little to do with actions, and everything to do with existence. For both Israel and the U.S.

DidntBuildit | May 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

Speaking truth to power! Keep up the good work Professor. The haters and the anti-Semites have met their match. Vassar needs a new President. And I know who would be perfect for the job 🙂

“Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out”.

Looks like you’ve been doing a REAL good job of poison hatching, Prof.

LOVE it when people strip them of the pretense of civility, and they show their asses like they have!!!

“The 39 backed the boycott, with some asserting that Hill’s action “silenced discourse on campus,” as one put it. Duh, they claim they want dialogue while supporting a boycott against dialogue.” Is this correct? Thirty-nine teachers took this intellectually unsound position? Do these thirty-nine have names?

I am disappointed and amazed to see that our system of higher education has become such a comfortable venue for unlettered bigots. These people surely were of no better intellectual quality three months, or three years, ago. In my experience, people simply do not change so much over a lifetime. That means these people have been exhibiting the kind of stupidity that should be unacceptable for a teacher in an intellectually challenging environment, probably since their undergraduate years.

How did they ever qualify for the positions they hold? What slipshod system allowed them to be hired, and then failed to fire them?

    janitor in reply to Valerie. | May 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Do these thirty-nine have names?… How did they ever qualify for the positions they hold? What slipshod system allowed them to be hired, and then failed to fire them?

    How many were affirmative action diversity hirees?

Re the poster: what is that strange suited figure holding the sign in the foreground? His head looks like a doorknob with ears. I find the symbolism obscure.

Fire them all.

“For good measure, the Jewish Studies program, the International Studies program and a variety of student groups signed on in support.”

What is wrong with the Jewish Studies program in particular? I wonder if they protested the wall of truth being taken down?

Wait a minute – this kid who risked so much to support Israel, is a Moslem?

Can we stop making blanket attacks against Islam, now, please?

Empress Trudy | May 19, 2014 at 8:40 am

Call them at their game. Ban entry into Vassar by all these people by name, for life.

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