Skip to comments.Columbia University Considers the Elimination of Israel
Posted on 02/09/2005 7:12:35 AM PST by SJackson
Panel presents a program calling for a "One State Solution.
Columbia Universitys panel One State or Two: Alternative Proposals for Middle East Peace presented a biased, tendentious Israel-bashing program on Monday, January 31, that provided more heat than light. The very title was a dead giveaway: a one-state solution is widely understood to be a code word for the disappearance of the Jewish state and its replacement violently and/or demographically by an irredentist Palestinian majority.
The evening, nonetheless, began on a largely sober note with an overview of the Islamic Middle Ages by Professor Mark Cohen of Princeton. He spoke of the intolerance of monotheism, broad brushing all three Abrahamic faiths. He did, however, stress that Jews did a lot better under the Islamic rule during the Middle Ages than under Christianity. Anti-Jewish prejudices in the Middle Ages in the Islamic realm did not have the same salience as anti-Semitism in Christian Europe, he explained. He underscored dhimmitude (the second-class status of Jews and ChristiansPeoples of the Book) as a relatively benign form of both ethnic toleration and social discrimination. Compared to the Catholic Inquisition, the poll tax and various other civic humiliations Jews suffered in the Arab world were fairly tolerable. After all, he reminded his audience, anti-Semitism, as such, came to the Arab in the nineteenth century largely via Christian Arabs and French missionaries in the Levant. Until then Jews had not been persecuted qua Jews, but simply as one disfavored minority among others.
Cohen differentiated two interpretations of Arab treatment of the Jews in the Middle Agesthe conflict school and the harmony school. The latter viewed social and economic attitudes towards minorities as on the whole friendly, if somewhat stern and discriminatory; the former as riddled with interminable dispute and socially sanctioned degradation. Adherence to the conflict school led by extrapolation to a preference for a contemporary two-state solution, while belief in the harmony school propelled one in the direction of the one-state alternative. Cohen, in the end, subscribing to the conflict school, favored the two-state solution to the present Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The harsher, ideologically accented part of the evening began with Dr. Rashid Khalidis presentation. He spent a few tortured minutes stating that the talk he was giving was not the talk he wished to present because of time limitations, implying that he had heavier artillery in store. He declared that he was not speaking in favor of any one solution and that he came with no concrete proposals for peace in hand. However, he quickly underscored that Israels national sovereignity was won at the expense of another peoples and that its continued appropriation of Palestinian land boded ill for the future. He said he was far more interested in structural rather than discursive features of the Middle East, in the actual reality on the groundwalls, watchtowers and roadsrather than declarations and demarches issued by the powers-that-be. Largely pessimistic about the future, he appeared dismissive of the recent warming in Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Dr. Khalidi proved to be mere preamble to Dr.Joseph Massads philippic against the Jewish state, which he declared in no uncertain terms had not only expelled the Palestinian Arab majority and confiscated its property, but continued to prevent its rightful return. He almost always prefixed or suffixed the phrase the Jewish state with such adjectives as racist or apartheid. Gaza and the West Bank were invariably termed bantustans. Any state defining itself as specially Jewish was, in Massuds lexicon, ipso facto labeled racist and beyond the pale. The two-state solution, he argued, was asking diaspora Palestinians to commit suicide. Only within the confines of a bi-national state, he explained, can Palestinians be repatriated and Jews become equal citizens. In order to bring this equitable solution about, Israel must be sufficiently weakened by boycott and divestment for starters. Only a change in the balance of power in the Middle East, Massad averred, could bring to fruition his longed-for solution. (Some might even be forgiven the unholy thought that Massads arguments necessitate Mossads existence).
Not to be undone, Dr. Ilan Pappe of Haifa University, who some have named the Noam Chomsky of Israel, gave his own gloss on history, promising to add further polish and refinement to Dr. Khalidis position. He quickly reminded his audience that Israel controls 80 percent of mandatory Palestine, while the Palestinians are stuck with a mere 20 percent. He selectively ignored the historically recognized fact that 80 percent of the Palestine promised to the Jews as their national home by Lord Balfour was lopped off by Winston Churchill in 1922 and given to the Arabs as the kingdom of Trans-Jordan.
Dr. Pappes heavily sardonic tone served to portray Israel in the worst possible light as a blunt force riding roughshod over liberty-loving Palestinians. He privileged the Palestinian right of return, while contradictorily insisting that nationalism was even a more baleful force in the world than religion itself. He too invoked apartheid imagery whenever and wherever possible, daubing South Africa and Israel with the same thick brush.
Dripping sarcasm, Pappe described an Israel desperate to whiten its population, searching high and low for light-skinned immigrants. To appreciative laughter, nods and titters from parts of the audience, he recounted Israel looking for possible Hebraic tribesmen in the mountain fastnesses of Peru, the alluvial plains of India and the equatorial heart of Africa to bring to the Jewish state, while obstinately refusing entry to Palestinian Arabs. The preoccupation with Israeli demography is the basis of discrimination, he further explained.
Dr. Pappe saw little hope for a two-state solution. As a salesman, he declared, I would he hesitant to offer it. Preventing millions of Palestinians from reclaiming their land and homes was so large and insufferable an injustice in his own mind that nothing short of comparison with Nazi Germany would do. The Haifa University professor concluded by saying that as long as Israel denies the naqba (Arab defeat of 1948), no peace can ever be achieved. It is much like asking Israel and Germany to reconcile if Germany were today involved in Holocaust denial.
Sponsored by Qanun (the Arab students in Columbia Universitys School of Law), the Human Rights program of SIPA (Columbias School of Public Affairs), office of the University Chaplain, Student Services and the Student Senate, the evening, top heavy with rehearsed post-colonial rhetoricthe contemporary stock-in-trade of any number of academic satrapiesoffered little in the way of balance, probity or human rights.
The only solution to the Israeli-Pali conflict will be a Victor's Peace. Its just a matter of picking sides now.
Let's consider the elimination of Columbia University.
Just goes to show you how far down the road to destruction our Nation has gone.
That a US university would actually consider the betrayal of a democratic ally in favor of Islamic radicalism is a blinding illustration of this point.
Oh, dhimmitude was better than the Inquisition, so they should just live with it, eh? That's like telling a woman she should go back to her first abusive husband, since her second one beats her even harder. What a bunch of.....
I can think of a few more universities to add to the list (to destroy)
How about moving Israel to the Texas-Mexican border! That would soolve part of our border problem.
I don't know which is worse: the fact that Massad is a tenure-track professor at Columbia (who has not yet come up for tenure, however) or the fact that among the sponsors of this farce include the Human Rights program of SIPA (Columbias School of Public Affairs), the office of the University Chaplain, Student Services and the Student Senate.
Where are the advocates of the one-state solution in which Israel would maintain its sovereignty over the land west of the Jordan River while granting internal autonomy to Palestinian Arabs?
Why was there no discussion of relocating Israel's nearly 1.5 million Palestinian Arab "refugees" (who, as refugees, disclaim any right to permanent settlement in their current location) to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt or even Iraq?
When Columbia supports a program as tendentious as this one, it expends its intellectual capital. If it does this often enough, it will find that it has been diminished in formulating an academic approach to global political issues as much as CBS and The New York Times have in journalism.
I would like to see Columbia University's army go head to head with Israel's.
Anyone have an email address for this worthless institution of brainwashing? The only solution to these Liberal traitors is to pull the $$$--they've been sucking off society too long.
Elimination of Israel...what do they suggest the world do with Jews living there? Or anywhere else, for that matter, since that's the next step, elimination of Jews, period. Then it's elimination of Christians, Gypsies, blacks, those of mixed blood and anybody else Muslims don't like. This is so stupid, so insulting, everybody associated with it should be ashamed. Never mind, they probably all have tenure.
Let's see...the Jews are considered God's chosen people in the Bible (anyone who persecutes them is smoked)...and the Arab terrorists are "demons roaming the earth." My money is on the Jews!!!
Recycling the same old, tired, anti-semitic propaganda.
Now if only they would do it without harming others.
Don't forget the reasoning for lopping off most of Isreal and creating the nation of Trans-Jordan was to satisfy original claims by the Arabs for a Palestinian homeland... So - Jordan is the Palestinian homeland.
Was this a veiled reference to some of the millions of people killed by the papacy across Europe and Mesopotamia.
I will never cease to be amazed at the number of American Jews who work tirelessly to provoke and encourage other races, governments, and religions, to destroy all things Jewish in the world.
What a remarkable capacity for hatred and self-loathing they must possess, to demand the extermination and enslavement of their own extended family through the actions of others.
Cohen believes in the two-state solution. While the author lumps him in with the more radical speakers, his views don't seem to be anti-jewish.
The gentleman from Virginia seconds the memo to Columbia University from the gentleman from Israel. BAM - as Emeril Lagasse would say.
Seems to me that's been happening as long as I've been alive. A victor's peace because the Arabs are irrational, dishonest and unethical. Everyone knows this. But people have that ability to be like ostriches. We are doing that right here in the good old USA with the same attitude. The Jews can bury their heads in the sand of the desert they turned into an oasis. They can give back their victor's spoils and try to make peace. Hopefully the Arabs won't destroy them in the process.
Heh, the ultimate ZOT.
A fellow Freeper used the term "people born into Jewish families" for such moral cripples.
They are not Jews, they have only Jewish name, sort of cheap booze put into an expensive bottle. And they sell that name well to the highest bidder, mostly to Saudi-financed muslim terrorist cause of Palestine, Kosovo, Bosnia, you name it.
Some of them have even converted into Islam, like Suleyman Ahmad Stephen Schwantz
while keeping Jewish name for the outside world.
In the 1930's people like them did nothing to help Jews of Europe. (e.g. they could damage SS St. Loius" to give an excuse for disembarkment in American waters). They did nothing to spread the truth about Nazi horrors ( nazi extermination camps were menitioned for the first time in 1942 on the back pages of NYT). Yet, many lined up to collect the windfall of The holocaust reparations.
Their actions are cold-blooded. New Shoah is new business opportunity for them.
Odd that their "One State" possibilities don't include the elimination of the Palestinian political body. Must've been an oversight.
Fight chaya with chaya!
I'm sure you can scavenge some here: http://www.columbia.edu/faculty_staff/index.html
(Whenever I want to find out about a school, I type www.nameofschool.EDU , hit Enter, and see what happens.)
Perhaps we could declare a policy of irredentism with respect to Columbia and reclaim the territory and install us irredentas.
They'd only give it away like they are giving away their own nation.
Well said. I think you bullseyed that shot.
For some reason, it is always simpler to relocate 6 million Jews to nowhere than 1.5 million Arabs back to where they came from in a bigots mind.
The Islamic-leftist alliance in all it's glory. On campus of course
I often contemplate a world without Columbia Univ...what a coincidence!
The secularist view is that true advancement in the fields of science and sociology and a more-perfect world can come about only by the elimination of the destructive myths that both separate people in peace and engage them in war; lasting peace can be brought only by a common goal of man's worship of mankind and nature.
"destructive myths "