Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
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?
Our intelligentsia do not view Jew-hatred or Israel-bashing as racism. Instead, telling the truth about radical Islam or even mentioning that the majority of the 9/11 suicide killers were Saudi Arab Muslims is condemned as racist. Acknowledging that Islam is the largest practitioner of gender and religious apartheid on earth is viewed as inflammatory hate speech.
The situation is quite Orwellian. And yes, we are facing a potential Islamification of America.
With that in mind, here is what I propose.
Iran’s Ahmadinejad is the closest thing to Hitler in our time. He means what he says. He wishes to annihilate Israel with nuclear weapons and he wishes to convert all infidels to Islam. He wants a Caliphate.
Just as Hitler was appeased until it was too late, so too has Ahmadinejad been appeased. Remember how President Jimmy Carter appeased Khomeini when Americans were being held hostage in the American Embassy? Similarly today, Ahmadinejad is being appeased by Europe, the UN, and even to an extent by America. Iran will not hesitate to sacrifice millions of Iranians to destroy Israel.
We are up against a new kind of enemy – people who loves death more than they love life; who have been indoctrinated and brainwashed to view the Jews as the source of all evil and who are joyfully ready to die in order to destroy Israel, Jews, America, the West, and even other Muslims.
According to German scholar and activist Matthias Küntzel, the Ayatollah Khomeni dispatched 450,000 children between the ages of 12-18 to fight in war between Iran and Iraq. Few survived. They swept the fields for mines, they comprised human waves that did not stop advancing even as other “basiji” sent before them were shot down or blown up. They carried little plastic keys around their necks that would open the gates of Paradise – or so their handlers told them. Only after Khomeini perfected this Shia-based death cult did the Palestinian suicide killers start blowing themselves up in the name of Allah.
We must render Iran’s nuclear capacity ineffective. We must stop Iran’s arming of Hizbullah and Hamas. (When Ahmadinejad was here in New York being feted, I repeatedly asked people: “Why is this man still alive?”) At the very least, we must begin by isolating Iran in every conceivable way.
We must fund long-term projects to combat Big Lies with truth. We do not do so at present. What we do is scattershot, reactive, immediate. Combating lethal propaganda has not been a Jewish priority.
As Jews, we must continue to love life but we must plan for war – a very long war. We cannot afford to hope for the best or wait for someone else to handle it for us. We cannot deny that we are at war, nor can we trust the UN (especially now that John Bolton will not be there), NATO, or our European allies. But, as Israeli Major General Ya’akov Amidror has pointed out, Israel and America might find some unexpected, temporary allies among the Saudis, Egyptians, and Jordanians who do not want a Shi’ite, Iranian take-over of their region.
We must live life in the moment – but also remember that we are an Eternal People obligated to eternal tasks. We cannot expect the battle between Good and Evil to cease – at least not until the Messiah comes. Evil triumphs when good people do not oppose it.
I have a distinguished friend who prefers not to use his own name here. Let us call him Wolf Papiermeister. Let me share with you some of his suggestions.
● Name the enemy as radical totalitarian Islam and all those who appease it. Even though our enemy is not a single nation state, it has a name – Islam – and an address – Mecca.
● Propagandize against totalitarian Islam and against all those who appease it. Use the full force of modern media to expose the imperialistic and barbaric aspects of Islam.
● Make it a national priority to develop non-oil alternatives. Why are we providing Islamists with the resources to destroy us?
● Put the West on a war footing. Reinstitute the draft. Use the military to enforce oil conservation.
● Restrict massive Muslim immigration into the West. Insist that immigrants pledge to uphold religious tolerance and democratic values, including women’s rights. Grant asylum to Muslims fleeing Islamic persecution.
● Leave the UN. Kick it out of the U.S. The UN is a disgraceful failure and a colossal waste of money.
● Secure our prisons from Islamic recruitment. Why do we allow the spread of Islamic hate groups among already violent criminals? We are creating yet another extremely dangerous fifth column.
● Declare that the law of our land is American civil and criminal law. Wherever Sharia, the Islamic legal code, conflicts with our law, our law should prevail.
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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