"I don’t know that any of these claims are true or false"
Comment by Bill Bilek — December 31, 2013 @ 5:02 PM
Im really confused by this article. The title says 'the proper response to the ASA boycott..' and yet all the author posts are one of the boycotters reasons for boycotting…while he admits he doesn't know if they are true.. including one that states Israeli schools are segregated.While it is true that most schools are segregated, it's because they teach religion as part of their culture and most towns are segregated…in integrated towns there are integrated schools that have Jewish and Muslim teachers with Jewish and Muslim students…it is not (unlike apartheid south Africa) a law that they must be segregated. How can the author list the boycotter's reasons for the boycott without attempting to find out if there is truth to them if he is offering ways to respond to the boycott?
Comment by Robin Birdfish — December 31, 2013 @ 5:18 PM
Muslims do not want to be seating with Jews,also Muslims kill gays ,also Muslims do not like women to drive.Also if terrorist survive after attack ,they are treated in Israeli hospitals .Israel delivers water ,electricity ,natural gas to ungrateful Arabs .I was a sergeant in Soviet Army .Let me tell you :Russians or any other nation would not help killers of their kids .And let me tell you – all boycotts of Israel perpetrated by hardcore Nazis and Jew-haters ,who disguise themselves as truth seekers .Shame on ASA for following Nazi propaganda ! ASA members have to face the truth – they are bunch of Jew hating academia and they will be punished by G-D .
The author seems very nice and very morally upright, but suffers from an inconvenient blind spot.
1) Just like in the Schengen space, the US, Canada, etc. the only people in need of an exit visa from the Israeli authorities are foreign residents. The problem with the majority of "Palestinians" is that they never bothered legalizing their situation in 1967, when the Jordanian Army left Judea-Samaria (aka: West Bank). As illegal residents, they cannot request such a document from Israel and must address themselves to Syria, Jordan, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia, depending where their grandparents came from.
2) Israeli public schools and universities aren't at all segregated, but they teach in Hebrew. Since the majority of Arabs living in Israel -whether or not they are Israeli citizens- wish for their children to be schooled in Arabic, they send their children to Arab schools. This is a right, not an obligation.
3) Anyone who resides beyond the "green line" has to go through the checkpoints, whether they are Jews, Christians, or Muslims. Yes it's inconvenient, but there isn't any common measure between a twice a day inconvenience and the plague visited by terrorists on the civilian population before the "wall" was put in place.
Comment by Myriam Obadia — December 31, 2013 @ 6:47 PM
Comment by Gregory Bernstein — January 1, 2014 @ 12:13 AM
What a terrible message this article sends. That ASA "is not a well regarded association and no one really cares what they say" is clearly, clearly negated by the empirical fact that this and other newspapers (including, as mentioned in the article, the NY Times) are covering it. There are other problems with the article, but that's the most glaring, and, in my opinion, relevant. Defaming organizations for decisions arrived at democratically seems a low, and in my opinion, reprehensible, tactic. Shameful.