The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
In late November, mobs in Paris once again shouted “Death to the Jew” – the very chant that came to characterize the Dreyfus case. The Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer team had won its match with the Paris Saint-Germain team. An angry mob surrounded a French Jew named Yanniv Hazout and yelled “kill the Jew,” “dirty Jew,” “dirty Negro,” with many raising their arms in Nazi salutes. A black French policeman rushed to Hazout’s defense. The crowd threatened to kill them both. The officer fired his gun and killed one demonstrator and wounded another.
I see the noose tightening around Israel’s neck and the necks of the world’s Jews. The fix is in – Arab oil money can do that over a fifty- or sixty-year period. Today, Jews and Israel can do no right – even or especially when that is precisely what we do – and the nations who persecute us and others can do no wrong, no matter how many genocides or other human-rights atrocities they commit.
The propaganda has no limits, and it does not stop coming. No matter how many Big Lies you defeat, ten more immediately spring up to take their places.
Today, the truth goes begging for a scrap of respectful attention while every Naked Emperor is regularly given front-page headlines and invited to join the UN Human Rights Commission. If one tries to tell the truth about radical Islam, especially about Islamic gender and religious apartheid, or tries to say what I have been saying about anti-Semitism and jihad, one quickly finds oneself a pariah, scorned as a racist and “white supremacist.”
The cultural wars are as hot as the military wars. Concepts such as free speech and academic freedom are being used to protect Big Lies and hate speech and to silence truth-telling.
Those with views such as mine have been subjected to a silent boycott. We do not get invited to speak on campuses. Even some Jewish-American student groups are careful not to invite speakers who might “offend” Muslim students.
Simultaneously, those who are invited to speak on campus are mainly people who agree with the works of America- and Israel-bashers Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky and the late “post-colonialist” Edward Said. And when views such as theirs are exposed as anti-scholarly and bogus, guess what happens? They cry “persecution,” blame the “Zionist lobby” and attempt to silence all views but their own.
Careful exposure of such Naked Emperors does not stop them. They move on from publishing a paper to having their shoddy pseudo-scholarship defended at great cost in full-page ads in The New York Times-and then they garner book contracts with prestigious publishing houses. I refer here to Stephen Walt and John J. Mearsheimer of “Israel Lobby” fame – their publisher is now Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
How do campuses deal with truth-tellers? Many who have been invited to speak are suddenly disinvited, as happened to Nonie Darwish at Brown University in November. (After a firestorm of negative publicity, the university president re-invited Darwish.)
Recently, Cambridge University in Britain invited me to deliver a keynote address at a major international feminist conference – but then they disinvited me. Every other speaker is, predictably, on record as being in favor of abolishing the Jewish state or has been signing petitions to boycott Israel. One keynoter, hailed as a champion of human rights, routinely conducts anti-American protests outside the American Embassy in London. (They subsequently did invite me to deliver a stand-alone lecture but not when an international group would be present to hear it).
Often, pro-America and pro-Israel truth-tellers who are invited to address a college audience are subjected to a hostile work environment, peppered with hostile questions, booed, jeered, picketed.
In many cases, truth-tellers are confronted with audiences that have been unexpectedly diminished in size. This happened to ex-terrorist Walid Shoebat at Columbia on October 11 – at the last minute, three hours before Shoebat was scheduled to speak, Columbia, e-mailed disinvitations to hundreds of people who had reserved seats. Only Columbia faculty and students were allowed in.
I find it ironic, almost suicidal, that so many “politically correct” Western intellectuals who rail against American and Israeli “imperialism” and “colonialism” are absolutely blind to the extraordinary number of Islamic imperial outposts in our midst. Saudi Arabia gives twenty million dollars to Georgetown and – presto! – Christians are exiled from the Middle East Interfaith Institute (which was already Judenrein) and the Palestinian Solidarity Conference holds its fifth annual Hatefest there. Coincidence?
About the Author: Dr. Phyllis Chesler is a professor emerita of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow, and the author of fifteen books including “Women and Madness” (1972), “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003), and her latest, “An American Bride in Kabul” (2013). Her articles are archived at www.phyllis-chesler.com.
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
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She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
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Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
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“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
Few of the volunteers were experienced sailors, (Greenfield had been in the Merchant Marine). Few were Zionists.
My good colleague Kay is wrong about the early demise of conspiracy theories and blood libels against the Jews.
“I am surprised those Zionists are not outside protesting,” says one woman.
“Miral” is a film that has garnered an inordinate amount of media attention. In interviews, the director, Julian Schnabel, defends his right to tell the Palestinian “narrative” for what he claims is the first time. He seems not to know that many others before him have specialized in this particular line of work.
Our beloved, miraculous Jewish state is under siege.
It was assumed that the ceaseless persecution of the Jews in exile would cease once we again had our own sovereign homeland, our own army, navy, and air force.
In 1947-1948 I lived in Boro Park where, against parental and rabbinic advice, I joined a Zionist group. By 1950 I was packing machine-gun parts for Israel in a home not far from the Young Israel. But what I did as a child does not compare to what my friend and colleague David Gutmann did for love of Zion at that very time on the dangerous open seas.
Reality has become somewhat Scandinavian. It grows dark early and it is bitterly cold here in New York City and over a good portion of our fair land. Our Prince of Peace (The Norwegian Nobel, not the noble variety) is not yet asking whether “to be or not to be.” Perhaps he is not entirely convinced that “that is the question.”
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