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U. Illinois Prof: Zionists partly to blame for recent outbursts of anti-Semitism

U. Illinois Prof: Zionists partly to blame for recent outbursts of anti-Semitism

Twitter has opened a window into the soul of the anti-Israel boycott movement.

Steven Salaita is one of the leaders of the anti-Israel academic boycott movement in the United States. He even has authored a guide for other faculty as to how to implement boycotts of Israel at their own universities.

Salaita currently is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech and starting in August will join the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s American Indian Studies Dept.

Salaita’s Twitter feed is crudely anti-Israel and has been since long before the recent Gaza conflict. Maybe that will be an issue for a later day.

But for today it’s worth noting that Salaita is following the path we are seeing widely on social media and elsewhere, including among leaders of the Boycott Divest and Sanctions movement in the United States — blaming Zionism for anti-Semitism.

We saw it in my post yesterday about a photoshop showing Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism,  giving birth to Hitler — an image approved of by Max Blumenthal, a frequent anti-Israel BDS speaker on campuses.

And we see it in this tweet by Salaita, blaming the recent outbursts of anti-Semitism around the world on Zionists who “eagerly conflating Jewishness and Israel” and therefore “are partly responsible when people say antisemitic shit in response to Israeli terror.”  (See Featured Image)

As we have seen in the recent anti-Semitic demonstrations in Europe, Turkey and even Boston, Jew hatred is as powerful a motivating force now as it has been for millennia — long before modern Zionism.

Did Zionists cause the pro-Palestinian protesters to carry signs that the Star of David is the “Star of the Devil” and “The Jews are Beasts”?

The Gaza conflict has been a clarifying event in many ways, not the least of which is how Twitter has opened a window into the soul of the anti-Israel boycott movement.

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“…partly responsible when people say antisemitic shit in response to Israeli terror.”

Nope. Nobody but the speaker is responsible for their “spit”.

And, if Israeli military power wanted to conduct a “terror” campaign they could simply do that. They have all the tools. But they very assiduously do NOT use them. Even when they know it will cost Israeli lives.

A typical Collectivist liar.

In a sense it is true. It’s a valid way to reveal the true bigot hiding behind their otherwise rationalizable statements

Alleged academics that do not know their history. Wonderful. Zionism was a RESPONSE to the murder of millions of Jews. Part of the remnant decided to try having a country with defensible borders after watching liberal, welcoming Germany turn into a Nazi hell-hole. They bought land, and petitioned for statehood under the local governate.

There is something especially shameful about academic liars. These type of perverse, ahistoric statements can and should be treated as signs of disqualifying academic incompetence.

Oh right — just as blacks are partly to blame for racism. See how far that would fly, Salaita, you Jew hater.

I’m a control sample. Soviet Union did not have diplomatic relations with Israel. We never heard directly from Israeli politicians (except of foreign radio). Zionism was maligned. And we all were Zionists. Being a Zionist is a natural for a Jew, but Mr. Salaita is warning us against it.

Phillep Harding | July 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Just look how Homo floresiensis is not hated. They had the courtesy to go extinct.

Jews have not, so /of/course/ they are at fault for being hated.

(sarc off)

Has a conservative ever used the word “conflate”?

Like most leftists and the raging BDS crowd in particular, Steven Salaita wouldn’t know the truth if it beat him about the head and shoulders.

Not to say it wouldn’t be worthwhile to try, though.

[…] Twitter feed has been a parade of foul-mouthed, Israel-bashing tweets for many moons now, observes William A. Jacobson, the Cornell University law professor who runs Legal […]

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