web analytics
July 29, 2014 / 2 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
Blogs
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Why Carter at Cardozo Evokes Fond Memories


Carter&Sadat

Photo Credit: WikiMedia

I am a proud graduate of the Cardozo School of Law, and I support the right of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution to bestow the International Advocate for Peace Award upon former US president Jimmy Carter. And I do not agree with the so-called “Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni” who asked Cardozo Alumni to “to condition any continued support of Cardozo, be it financial or otherwise, on the cancellation of this event” (although I respect their efforts).

From the outset, a clarification is needed: the law school, as such, is not granting Carter the peace prize. Nor is the administration. Rather, it is the the Journal of Conflict Resolution — a student publication with a long history of honoring problematic public figures. This is a very important distinction: there are a lot of student-run journals (think of it as a type of club) on the Cardozo campus, and they enjoy the autonomy to run events such as this one.

When I was at the law school, the very same journal awarded Desmond Tutu the very same prize. Back then, there was this nice girl named Melissa, and she had formed the first pro-Israel club in the 25 years of Cardozo history. It was called CHAI: Cardozo Heightening Awareness for Israel – and she asked me to be the Vice-President of the club.

Tutu

The very same journal awarded Desmond Tutu the very same prize.

Soon after, Tutu, the Holocaust denier was about to show up on campus. Melissa and I put up posters all over campus with Tutu’s quotes. In 1988 he alleged that Zionism had “very many parallels with racism”, and regarding the Holocaust he said: “But who pays the penance? The penance is being paid by the Arabs, by the Palestinians. I once met a German ambassador who said Germany is guilty of two wrongs. One was what they did to the Jews. And now the suffering of the Palestinians.” And, of course, who can forget his lamenting of “the Jewish monopoly of the Holocaust” and his classic anti-Semitic fear-mongering: “the Jewish lobby is powerful – very powerful,”

We tried to shut down the event, but were rejected on the ground of academic freedom. Melissa and I then asked the administration for the right to organize a protest on campus. Our beloved Dean David Rudenstine told us that we may protest, but only outside the building.

I said to him: “Dean, Yeshiva University and Cardozo Law are private schools. They were established by the Jewish people so that our children would no longer be kept out of higher education. Now an anti-Semite is coming to our private school, established by our people precisely because of people like him — and I am the one who is going to be kicked out of the building?”

Dean Rudenstine relented. We had an amazing protest in the lobby of the law school, with placards detailing Tutu’s opinions. As Tutu walked by he was booed by many students who had joined CHAI’s loud and proud protest. Tutu had egg on his face, and I am not certain that the prize he received from the Journal of Conflict Resolution was worth the embarrassment for him. He certainly did not look happy.

Now Jimmy Carter is about to get that prize, and he is, indeed, a manipulative, long time anti-Israel agitator. In my class on Conflict Resolution at Cardozo, I read about how Carter bullied Prime Minister Begin at Camp David to give up on Israel’s vital security needs. Like Tutu, Carter equates Israel’s policies to the South Africa’s Apartheid regime, conveniently forgetting that Israel is actually the country most under threat of annihilation by the real racists of the Jihad. Carter also fails to mention that Israel is the shining star of freedom in the whole Middle-East and, instead, he embraces Hamas. In short, Jimmy Carter is to be reviled by lovers of Israel and lovers of freedom and peace of worldwide, and it is shocking that he should be honored by anyone claiming to be a Journal of Conflict Resolution at Cardozo.

About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is the Contributing Editor and PR manager at the JewishPress.com, and Israel's only English language broadcast radio show host (Galey Yisrael 106.5FM). Yishai is an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, they have two children, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

Please use the Facebook Tab below to leave your comment:

8 Responses to “Why Carter at Cardozo Evokes Fond Memories”

  1. Kol Hakovod. As a Cardozo alum, I am concerned that, while this is supposedly a student-concocted award, the administration and other right-minded people express their opposition and disgust loudly and forcefully enough.

    In the interest of "academic freedom," I'd love to attend to listen to a debate.
    If and when any is so organized and presented. Hear what everyone has to say to defend their positions and actions. But for a Jewish institution to host the bestowal of some perverse "honor" on someone who has expressed their Jew-hatred so eloquently? C'mon….

    In the absence of any such intellectual discussion, I am certainly not advocating anything violent. I just think it would be great if a goodly number of people, spread out among the audience, could properly express THEIR free speech and "boo" him throughout the course. One at a time.
    Over and over.
    And over again.

    We don't always need "polite" expressions of opposition.
    Sometimes, I believe we just need forceful contempt.

  2. Agreed. B'EH the folks who arranged this mockery of justice and decency will cancel the event.

  3. "Academic freedom" is nothing more than a euphemism for hate speech, especially against Jews and Israel. To even let Carter and Tutu entrance to YU is an affront to any and every Jew and non-Jew who believes in the sanctity of decency. It's about time we gave up the notion of "academic freedom" and replace it with "Screw you, you scumbags. Go peddle your anti-Semitism to your like-minded constituents."

  4. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  5. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  6. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  7. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  8. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
EyeOnZion_blog_470x330
Current Top Story
Some of the missile fire comes from launchers planted in cemeteries, mosques, schools and hospitals. This is an aerial photo of one such launch in Beit Lahiya earlier this week.
Sleepless in Rishon Lezion, IDF Attacks in Gaza Continue
Latest Blogs Stories
Ceasefire

So-called US military aid props up US military industries while disposing of surplus supplies.

soldiers praying

If Hamas would simply stop firing rockets into Israel, all the carnage would stop instantly.

Doug Goldstein, CFP

Doug’s interview with engineer and personal finance blogger Len Penzo.

In Islam, there is no such thing as peace with accursed dhimmis as the Muslims refer to us infidels.

A reader claimed the Disengagement from Gaza was good, because it reduced the number of murdered Israelis. Examining the numbers tells a different story…

JoeSettler points out that most Gazans want to leave, and most Jews want to go back home to Gush Katif. How about a solution that actually resolves the conflict?

These are the photos of our soldiers (and a citizen) killed in action during the current IDF ground operation in Gaza.

Jameel went on a pizza run down south, and translated a letter from a soldier on the border, along with some of his own personal observations…

Rabbi Kahane spoke of transfer, because it was what the Torah spoke of.

Her message to her soldier son on the battlefield: “Complete the Mission! Sayyem et HaMissimah!”

JoeSettler contemplated some new El Al slogans like: “El Al – Our pilots are trained in evasive maneuvers”…. Let’s hear your new El Al Slogans…

IDF volunteers come to Israel just to serve are the true idealists; Sean Carmeli was one of them.

And he whispers one last time, I love you mother.

It’s absurd, in this war places like Ariel and Shiloh are among the safest in the State of Israel.

Why aren’t American Jews coming s to Israel for the summer; Are they scared because of the war?

More Articles from Yishai Fleisher
Swatstikas in Jerusalem

Swatistikas were painted on the sides of the road leading up to the Mount of Olives.  

page_agirlmurderedsheli_w437_h328

Yishai and Malkah kick off this week’s show giving honor to the memory to Sheli Dadon, a young Jewish woman who was murdered by terrorists in Israel before Memorial Day. They move on to talk about former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s upcoming trip to prison and end with a discussion about how criticism of Jewish allegiance towards Israel can be seen as antisemitism.

It is easy to spot Haman in today’s world, but who is this year’s Esther?

Ambassador Dermer’s thoughts on what is ahead in the coming years between Israel and the USA.

The date for the end of one fruit crop and the beginning of the next is the 15th day of Shvat.

Well, Subaru, you stood up to tyranny in the past, and this Chanukah you shine once again.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/eye-on-zion/why-carter-at-cardozo-evokes-fond-memories/2013/04/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: