Thursday, April 30, 2009

Professor William Robinson: "Gaza is Israel’s Warsaw"

For those just getting up to speed on the William Robinson controversy (discussed here), here's a portion from the e-mail that's the basis for the investigation:

Gaza is Israel’s Warsaw - a vast concentration camp that confined and blockaded Palestinians, subjecting them to the slow death of malnutrition, disease and despair, nearly two years before their subjection to the quick death of Israeli bombs. We are witness to a slow-motion process of genocide (Websters: “the systematic killing of, or a program of action intended to destroy, a whole national or ethnic group”), a process whose objective is not so much to physically eliminate each and every Palestinian than to eliminate the Palestinians as a people in any meaningful sense of the notion of people-hood.
Check the comments from my post from this morning - and the links therein, if you've got the stomach - for some sample pushback from the anti-Israel forces arrayed against those speaking truth to moral clarity.

Ken Davenport's responded to my earlier essay, "
Your Tax Dollars at Work."

See also, David Horowitz, "
Finally a University Takes Action Against a Faculty Agitator in the Classroom." And, Inside Higher Ed has a report, "Crossing a Line."

At UCSB, see the campus mobilization efforts to defend Robinson, "
Committee to Defend Academic Freedom at UCSB." It turns out that Noam Chomsky's coming to Robinson's defense, "Scholars Condemn Attack on Academic Freedom at UC-Santa Barbara."

9 comments:

Azim said...

I do not understand why any criticism of Isreal can be anti-semitic...a country's political actions are under serious question here and the injustice done to the Palestinians by the occupiers are wrong. This is not anything against the Jewish community. Isreal happens to have a majority of Jews..it is as simple as that.

Donald Douglas said...

Azim: That's "Israel."

Anonymous said...

I do not understand why any criticism of Isreal can be anti-semitic..

No - not just any critcism- the criteria is quite specific- and the email that was sent crossed teh line. . William Robinson's criticism iwas anti-Semitic, acording to EU and US state dept. standards.

jewbonics said...

Correct, according to those standards, which rather elides the question of if those standards are defensible or coherent (they aren't).
Jewbonics

Dave said...

So, Azim, just exactly how many missiles fired by camel-washing cowards, who hide behind women and children, were the Israelis supposed to eat before they retaliated?

5000? 10,000? A million perhaps?

If I had been running Israel, it would only have taken ONE.

You rather predictably refer to the Israelis as "occupiers."

When you can produce a superior deed to those lands like the one that was granted to the Jews 6,000 years ago by God himself, then maybe we will talk.

Perhaps you will enlighten all of us by setting us straight on exactly what years the Palestinians actually had a "homeland."

I eagerly await your reply.

-Dave

PEACE - NOT WAR said...

Poor Israeli ... always murdered by vilains Palestinians with their tiny little bombs.

How many Jews died since the beginning of their colonization of Palestine by the settlers ... 100 ?
How many Palestinians have been killed by Jewish settlers? 10 000 ? 100 000 ?

Gaza death toll: 5 Israeli vs. 1500 Palestinian, in just 3 weeks ...
thank God, Israel had to stop bombing civilian mass due to the inaugural day of Obama.

Please do not talk about the Holocaust, because the Palestinians are not concerned by the murder of Jews in Europe.

What saddens me is the Jewish and Palestinians children victims of the bombs and the horror of the massacres committed.

But you never talk about the daily murder of palestinians by israeli.
This did not seem to bother you that Palestinian children are dying. Only the death of Jews who annoys you.

Be careful, you are wrong about Palestinians, here is the truth : israeli=palestinians=people=humans

May God guide you.

Anonymous said...

Azim, Jewish community is at 99.9% supportive of Israel and actually equates itself with Israel. You can say, Jewish community is Israel, it's not a stretch. That's why criticizing Israel is equivalent to criticizing Jewish community and thus is anti-Semitic.

Anonymous said...

Ever considered these questions;
- What's the root cause of hopelessness and desperation of these Palestinians to strap a bomb to their chest and blow themselves and innocent civilians. Sure, millions of Palestinans cant be all mentally screwed up.
- Why Rachel Corrie chose to stand in front of Israeli tanks.
- How many UN resolutions for peaceful solution that the rest of the world voted for but were ignored by Israel.
- How many UN resolutions Israel violate on a regular bases
- Why incompetent militant Yasser Arafat lived and ruled for so long but most of the competent Palestinian leaders were ambushed killed by Israel.
- Why Jews get kicked out of every country around the world and why they are hated by so many people of all beliefs and nationalities?

Anonymous said...

"So, Azim, just exactly how many missiles fired by camel-washing cowards, who hide behind women and children, were the Israelis supposed to eat before they retaliated?"

Hypocrisy and racism is unpleasant and unintelligent. The Israelis are occupiers. If the Israelis are innocent of crimes, why would they have silence any criticism of their actions, which involve, for example, targeting schools?