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Virus infecting Academe?

Reader comment on item: Is Campus Watch Part of a Conspiracy? [On Mearsheimer-Walt and "The Israeli Lobby"]

Submitted by yzoleowl (United States), May 12, 2006 at 15:50

Where parents pay to have their children educated at colleges and universities to seek knowledge and truth taught to them by authoritative dedicated scholars, many of their so-called "educators" appear to be more of brash propagandists and dedicated "co-conspirators" in a compulsive drive to bash Israel.

Instead of researching for facts and studying statistics to present a neutral objective narrative of the middle east conflict, they brashly blow the trumpet uniformly denouncing Israel as the aggressor, the perpetrator, the oppressor of the innocent, peaceful peace-seeking Palestinians. While EU leaders recoil in horror and shock and denounce Iran's hysterical president-elect's announced goal of wiping Israel off the map and his planned buildup of not-so-peaceful nuclear supplies (guess who is scheduled to be the first victim), the combined voice of academe which should have led the shrill denouncement of the prez's threats and plans as a menace to world and regional peace, is unheard as the deafening silence overwhelms their muted reaction to the greater danger.

Those who should be counted on as scholars and students of history continue to ignore the unceasing depredations of Hamas and their cohorts by other names, branding Israel as the instigator of the massacre of innocents, while fighters for liberty bravely try to persuade parents to lose their children to fictional martyrdom by serving as suicide bombers.

When hearing of attacks on Israel by armed thugs through networks of tunnels, these scholars and authorities on history, even putting aside the demonic slaughter of innocents, don't rush to condem the cruel inhumanity of the martyrdom practice, or shout their outrage at the opportunists who are too busy distributing paychecks to the bereaved parents and recruiting new human timebomb replacments to find the time to themselves do the volunteer bit. Instead they leap to their defense by the bland rationalization, "Well, consider the cause!", to justify these unceasing attacks.

The masses of ordinary hardworking poverty-stricken Arabs in every middle east country are petrified with fear of retribution if they utter one word of peace advocacy with Israel. And over a million Israeli Arabs, legal citizens of Israel, have no desire to move to Gaza or the West Bank, content with working side by side with Israeli citizens, doctors, nurses, business people, etc. who treat all Israeli citizens alike, - Jewish, Christian or Muslim. In preference to their reacting to today's hysterical news flash - the preferred grist for their "impartial" mill, what academe has studiously ignored and will never put in th equation is the history of the Palestine region since the mid 1800s and learn how even before 1929, Palestinian Arabs who lived side by side with Jews, when word reached them of impending riots planned by agitators horrified at the fabuolous achievements of the Jewish populace changing their lives and the lives of their Arab co-residents, hid their Jewish neighbors in their homes, while imported immigrant thugs raced through the streets of Jerusalem, Hebron, etc., indiscriminately slaughtering every Jewish man, woman and child - infants to aged - they could find.

While today's descendants of the pioneer colonists of North America, who in forming our democratic society, destroyed indigenous residents with a 25,000-year history in this continent, exiling the survivors into desolate land, never cease condemning Israelis as "occupiers", who in actuality bought land from the wealthy "effendi" - nobility class - residents of a forgotten, neglected and ungoverned possession of a dying Ottoman Empire, chortling as they dumped desert and swamp land on the enthusiastic buyers at outrageous prices. The masses of "fellahin" - virtually slave labor to the wealthy class, found new hope and the realization of a better life working side by side with the new democratic pioneer society who paid them a decent wage and whose pioneering Jewish doctors ended malaria, trachoma, glaucoma, t.b., etc. With the burgeoning economy Jewish settlers produced, downtrodden Arabs from every corner of the Crescent gave up their miserable existence to flee to a better life by immigrating to the postage-stamp area of the 1918 Palestine, long before the founding of the Jewish-founded state, while their agitating leaders clamoring for expulsion of the Jewish pioneers, with their loud vocal legerdemain and regardless of their country of origin, insisted on identifying themselves the indigenous population while branding the Jewish creators of the better life for all residents - Arab and Jewish as the occupiers. Academe's view of history is seizing on the latest headline, preferring to maintain the double standard by ignoring the unending despicable outrages committed by the Palestinian leaders and branding Israel as the culprit.

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Interesting that they claim that we wish to control what is said about Israel, in islamic countries you have no freedom of speech. [51 words]Phil GreendMar 19, 2010 21:44170425
MERSHEIMER AND WALT AND ALLIES, CAUGHT IN THEIR LIES, ER, DISTORTIONS [670 words]JERRY BORISAug 13, 2008 17:30136682
M & W Mean that Dr. Pipes and Everyone Who Disagrees With Them -- Is The lobby [927 words]Sofa SogoodFeb 24, 2008 05:24120946
Phobic Fantasies of Exaggerated Jewish Power Distracts Attention from Vital Issues of National Interest and Brings Harm to Those Nations Who Indulge Them [1044 words]Sofa SogoodFeb 24, 2008 05:04120944
Sent to Mearsheimer. [285 words]YnnatchkahFeb 23, 2008 19:43120906
Great Links to other Critiques: [17 words]PTOct 8, 2007 13:30110742
The only thing missing from their lecture in LA was Wagner playing as you walked in [84 words]Allyson Rowen TaylorSep 24, 2007 09:27109561
Meisenheimer & Walt's characterization of Campus Watch [124 words]YzoleowlJun 29, 2006 21:0848487
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a question; a comment [277 words]roger wilkinsonMay 18, 2006 23:3745928
Your 2nd point [419 words]Robert ArbetmanMay 15, 2006 09:1045642
TO: R. ARBETMAN [167 words]Nick WadenaJun 12, 2006 01:5245642
Nick, you're wasting your time [62 words]Track JimonSep 11, 2007 11:4945642
another conspiracy theory? [48 words]robert fusfeldMay 14, 2006 10:2545572
Campus Watch a Conspiracy? [29 words]Monty PogodaMay 14, 2006 07:4545564
Lobbies [81 words]S.E. CervantesMay 13, 2006 16:2945526
What's Different About the Israeli Lobby [19 words]DougMay 15, 2006 11:5345526
What makes them so special! [185 words]Robert ArbetmanMay 15, 2006 16:5645526
Do you have an answer?!! [11 words]Seth CervantesMay 17, 2006 07:2745526
Israeli Lobby Supreme in U.S. Mid-East Policy [50 words]DougMay 17, 2006 19:0845526
The Israel Lobby [35 words]MaryMay 27, 2006 08:1145526
The Israeli lobby [31 words]donvanJul 11, 2006 12:3745526
Sam Saad - Arab racist 'lobbyist' [738 words]LouisaFeb 23, 2012 07:2845526
The logic of Mersheimer-Walt (M-W) [179 words]steven LMay 13, 2006 16:0145525
Research quality [381 words]S SilversteinMay 13, 2006 14:1445520
Lobby! [14 words]HarrakMay 13, 2006 12:1645515
Arabs or Jews? [42 words]robert aMay 13, 2006 10:1845507
Arabs or Jews! some food for the hungry intellects.. [349 words]HarrakMay 14, 2006 11:1645507
Harraksment [58 words]Sword of Islam & The Babies of BeslanMay 18, 2006 08:0145507
1Muslims are hard working [263 words]InfidelMay 18, 2006 21:1045507
Infidel? [6 words]Sword of Islam & The Babies of BeslanMay 24, 2006 16:3545507
Why be sarcastic and mean? [391 words]DavidMay 26, 2006 00:3245507
david [150 words]ahmad zafireMay 28, 2006 21:4245507
A pat on the back for David [13 words]ramsesyOct 3, 2006 18:4945507
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mohamed -contributor- The he he mmm scholar [164 words]HarrakNov 3, 2006 00:1845507
Let's rate lobbies [43 words]Robert AMay 13, 2006 10:0345505
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Daniel Pipes is my Hero [33 words]Mark HarrisMay 12, 2006 20:1445454
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re Pipes' defence against the criticism of Campus Watch [210 words]Jascha KesslerMay 12, 2006 18:4345450
Better proofing of original submittal, titled "Pipes is piping...." [217 words]Jascha KesslerMay 13, 2006 16:3745450
campus watch [63 words]ralph shapiroMay 12, 2006 18:0245448
Who should investigate whom? [19 words]Moshe Even-ShoshanMay 12, 2006 16:3145442
Virus infecting Academe? [759 words]yzoleowlMay 12, 2006 15:5045438
Same old hot air! [121 words]concernedMay 12, 2006 15:0345433
Academia [132 words]donvanMay 12, 2006 14:3845431
Israelites, the Blessed [116 words]Jay Martin BennettMay 12, 2006 14:1445427
Reply to JM Bennett [117 words]Charles FortnerMay 13, 2006 01:0245427
Amen to that [21 words]Yuval Brandstetter MDMay 13, 2006 14:1145427
Chinese the blessed! wake up snoring Bennett [79 words]HarrakMay 14, 2006 20:3345427
Amen! [26 words]HarrakMay 14, 2006 20:3845427
The Harraks of the World [80 words]Jay Martin BennettMay 15, 2006 07:3445427
Quantity vs quality [16 words]true believerMay 16, 2006 02:0845427
Chinese the Blessed [825 words]dawnAug 20, 2006 09:0245427
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1Event at American University on Arab Media [155 words]
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I spy with my little eye, something that is ..... [52 words]David W. LincolnMay 12, 2006 13:1545421
Is Campus Watch Part of a Conspiracy? [109 words]steven LMay 12, 2006 12:3145418
Arab paranoia [121 words]Octavio JohansonMay 12, 2006 14:3845418
"Arabs" [91 words]Abir ChaabanMay 12, 2006 16:3845418
Jewish conspiracy [103 words]steven LMay 12, 2006 20:3045418
pro arab universities [130 words]frank keefeMay 13, 2006 05:0145418
Dear Ari Chaaban [194 words]Octavio JohansonMay 13, 2006 17:4445418
iran/arabs [44 words]frank keefeMay 14, 2006 06:1045418
Let me clarify [214 words]Abir ChaabanMay 14, 2006 21:5145418
tests will show who is arab [151 words]G.BisvasMay 15, 2006 11:5245418
your asking too much.....could but would never happen. [117 words]ahmadzafireMay 18, 2006 16:0945418
arabs' right to be paranoid [128 words]omarAug 17, 2006 09:1545418
Arabs right to be Paranoid ? [579 words]dawnAug 20, 2006 08:0645418
Pro-Arab? Pro-American then, or Pro-Israeli in your case [167 words]MohammedOct 30, 2006 18:0145418
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Open response to Mearsheimer and walt [217 words]Maurice OstroffMay 12, 2006 12:0345415
Are they serious? [183 words]Abir ChaabanMay 12, 2006 12:0345414
How expected! [72 words]Kenneth S. BesigMay 12, 2006 12:0345413
Is that Lobby with a capital L [31 words]MichaelMay 12, 2006 11:3145408
Campus Watch [12 words]Walter D'UllMay 12, 2006 11:2445406

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