Stephen Vizinczey wrote, "Strange as it seems, no amount of learning
can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it."
When I first read this quotation, I was at once reminded of the
sophisticated --and by now commonplace-- hatreds that have been directed
against the State of Israel and those courageous Jews who dwell therein.
These hatreds, once seized upon, can fester fast, and be disseminated
as truth even faster. And believe it or not, those who should know
better, those who boast of intellect and morality, are more often than
not found to be at the forefront of this character assassination of Jews
and their Judaism (which, by definition, includes a Jewish state). And
no amount of placation, not even the weight of truth, can dissuade these
anti-Zionists from their odious obsession.
One problem I have with these academics is their demonization of a basic tenet of Judaism, which is Zionism. They present a Zionism tangential from Judaism, which is not a Jewish Zionism at all but rather their invented version--an ersatz version they propagate to the world as being an evil and illegitimate political ideology. All other peoples of the world may win territory as a result of winning wars, but Israel, or so these academics propound, is to exist below and outside of these universal practices of law; all other religions may demand as sacrosanct their holy sites, regardless the manner by which these sites were acquired. But Israel and her Jews must accept the imposition of other peoples' religious expansionism, even when that same religious expansionism obtrudes upon Jewish holy sites.
These academics have no problem with a Muslim mosque being
situated--by weight of religious partiality--upon Solomon's Temple
Mount, as though Jews have no history whatsoever in the Middle East, but
they have a problem with Jews building houses on land allotted them in a
Torah that precedes all other conflicting religious bona fides by
thousands of years.
Doug Larson wrote, "A lot of people mistake a short memory for a
clear conscience." So it is with these academics presently obsessed with
excoriating Israel and the Jewish people for a so-called "religious
expansionism" (Zionism) they have otherwise zealously defended on the
part of other religious, particularly Arab Muslims. When it serves the
purpose of Arab Muslims, this academia can trace history back to the
beginning of mankind, but when it comes to addressing Jewish historical
issues, these same "intellectuals" cannot manage a rearward glance as
far back as the Holocaust.
I've never understood "divestment from Israel" anything. How wise is
it, especially for academics, to boycott the State of Israel when it is a
prevalent fact that the Jewish people can boast of winning more Nobel
prizes than any other race in the history of mankind? In my opinion,
such boycotts of Jewish genius are indicative of why so many non-Jews
are not winning Nobel prizes. We can rise no higher than the company we
How do Western academics come up with the term "Palestinian" anyway?
As Yoram Ettinger has written in a thought-provoking essay Who Are the
Palestinian-Arabs? the observation, "Contrary to political correctness,
Palestine was never an Arab entity with a unique national, geographic,
cultural, identity." This is to say, the so-called Palestinians are
nothing but a conglomerate of Arab Muslim peoples from those countries
surrounding present day Israel. Conversely, Mr. Ettinger also recounts
John Haynes Holmes writing back in 1929 that, "Scratch Palestine
anywhere and you'll find Israel.... There is not a spot which is not
stamped with the footprint of some ancient [Jewish] tribesman.... Not a
road, a spring, a mountain, a village, which does not awaken the name of
some great [Jewish] king, or echo with the voice of some great [Jewish]
prophet.... [The Jew] has a higher, nobler motive in Palestine than the
economic.... This mission is to restore Zion; and Zion is Palestine."
I cannot understand how Western academics, in good conscience, who
boast of having attained such high levels of education, can so willfully
obfuscate fulgent hallmarks of ancient Jewish history while
simultaneously, and with great zeal, propagate an empty and contrived
history of a people who never existed before Yasser Arafat invented
Penny Rosenwasser, of Jewish Voice for Peace, recently remarked, "A
lot of Jews have a lot of fear because we were nearly wiped out 70 years
ago. But we can't let that get in the way of fairness." Now there's a
mouthful of contradictions. First of all, I've never met an Israeli Jew
yet who is afraid of anything, least of all of his enemies. It is the
enemies of Israel who are afraid, and this is the only method by which
peace and harmony can be achieved in a preponderantly Arab-Muslim Middle
East. Secondly, it is not the virtue of "fairness" to allow an enemy
bent on your destruction to dictate where you shall live and where you
shall die, which is the long and short of any Arab Muslim excogitation
regarding the future of the Jewish people of Israel. That is not
fairness. That is suicide.
So let's leave it to the Jews of Israel--and not to the PhDs of this
world--to decide how they shall deal with their enemies. No other
democratic government in the Western hemisphere is required to subjugate
their very citizens to the hateful whims of an enemy, which is what the
world's academia requires of the State of Israel. Israel and her Jews
have long ago paid for admission into the pretentious realm of
"fairness" Penny Rosenwasser and her noetic "fellows" have only imagined
in what is become their fortified stupidity.