Monday, February 20, 2012

Harvard to host Jew-hating conference

It is plainly a conference against Israel and Jews, hosted by one of the most honored universities ever created.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Organizers of the event include Students for Justice in Palestine and the Arab Caucus, and the thrust of the conference is to position a "one-state solution" to the current crisis.  The organizers see Israel as the problem, throwing around the usual "ethnic cleansing" and "occupation" canards, and along with speakers like Ilan Pape and Ali Abunimah call for the destruction of Israel through the one state proposition and the "right of return" of millions of refugees which, when the dust clears will have resulted in the elimination of Israel as a country and the establishment of a false and created 'Palestine" with no Jews at all.

If the powers that be at Harvard know about the history of the organizers and participants, and still give their blessings for the event, they should be held accountable and forced to present an opposing viewpoint. If they are truly blind to the realities of the who and what, they should be kicked off of whatever board they are on at Harvard, and taught how to ask if fries would be added to the order.  The continued demonization of Israel and Jews by the bastions of open dialogue and fairness is spreading, and colleges across the world are experiencing a new surge of anti-semitism.  Harvard is but a symptom of the disease called "kick the Jew."

From Israel National News Feb 19 by Rachel Hirshfeld

Harvard to Host Conference of Hate

Harvard University is going to be hosting a conference entitled “One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One State Solution,” scheduled to take place March 3-4.

According to the “Vision and Goals” of the conference, as outlined by its website:
“To date, the only Israel/Palestine solution that has received a fair rehearsal in mainstream forums has been the two-state solution. Our conference will help to expand the range of academic debate on this issue. Thus, our main goal is to educate ourselves and others about the possible contours of a one-state solution and the challenges that stand in the way of its realization.”

The conference was organized by a number of student groups including, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Palestine Caucus, the Arab Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and the Association for Justice in the Middle East, all of which perpetrate an ideology based on the belief that Israel is an “apartheid state,” responsible for the “ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population.”

Speakers include, Ali Abunimah, the Executive Director of the Electronic Intifada; Dalit Baum, of the BDS organization Coalition of Women for Peace; Ilan Pappe, radical left Israeli academic and fervent supporter of the BDS movement; Marc Ellis, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, who compares Zionism to colonialism and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazi treatment of Jews; as well as a number of other academics and scholars who advocate similar beliefs. 

“Most of the speakers are heavily involved in anti-Israel advocacy. The conference program features an activist workshop, in contrast to an academic or research framework in which different perspectives are presented… Such events represent the antithesis of constructive academic dialogue and peaceful coexistence,” the NGO Monitor claimed.

Those who promote a one-state ‘solution’ advocate creating an entity which would, through its merger with the Palestinian Arab population of the West Bank and Gaza and an influx of Palestinians from neighboring states, lose its Jewish majority and its Jewish character. In effect, Jewish self-determination would be nullified,” the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) reported. The forum is clearly focused, therefore, on “dismantling the Jewish State of Israel.”

“According to the working definition of anti-Semitism developed by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and recognized by the United States Department of State, the One State Conference, in implicitly 'denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination,' is an exercise in anti-Semitism,” CAMERA explained.

In a conversation recorded on February 9, 2012 at Imperial College in London, Norman Finkelstein, who describes himself as having devoted his life to the “Palestinian cause” told his interviewer, “You know and I know exactly what we're talking about because if we end the occupation, and we bring back 6 million Palestinians, and we have equal rights for Arabs and Jews, there's no Israel. That's what it's really about.”

So there it is, in black and white, yet no one will call him on it, or challenge the claim that this whole thing is about the destruction of Israel and the scattering of the Jews to the four winds.  

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