With Columbia University having recently established the very first Center for Palestine Studies (CPS), the Jewish community – especially Jewish donors – has failed miserably. We have been sleeping at the wheel for way too long.
According to Barnard College Assistant Professor of Literature Bashir Abu-Manneh, the goal of the new center is to “focus on the promotion of scholarship in Palestinian history, culture, arts, and literary studies,” and “one of the missions of the center is to inform people about the Palestinians in an academic setting.” Abu-Manneh conveniently omits any reference to Israel or Zionism in his statement, a wily way to not raise any red flags. And the CPS website reflects this strategy. It is filled with references to Palestinian choice words like occupation, settlements, settlers, aggression, and Nakba (day of the catastrophe, or Israel’s anniversary), but is also careful to make no reference to Israel or Zionism. This strategy fools the Jewish community and puts it to sleep. But those who have not been sleeping for the past 62 years know that Palestinian identity can only be defined through Zionism. Palestinian identity was created only to hate and delegitimize the legally established Jewish state of Israel.
It hurts to watch the whole world use lies to attack Israel,but it is frighteningly tragic to fund our own demise. It should not be this way. If prestigious universities are compromising intellectual honesty for a low, dishonest academic “diversity” that spews lies by verbally espousing everything anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, Jewish donors and students have a right – and an obligation to their own people and to Israel – to demand accountability and hold those institutions responsible for the illegitimate propaganda they endorse. This is not about freedom of speech. It’s about academic integrity.Yossi Cukier
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