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This cynical, and historically and factually inaccurate, view has meant leftists frequently denounces Western democracies as imperialistic, racist, militaristic oppressors precisely because they wish them to evolve to a purer, newly-structured society and feel that they, the leftists, have the collective insight and moral strength to effect this change as they strive for the social justice or its intellectually-flaccid offspring as articulated by Ms. Korn – “academic justice.”

Thus, when such radical campus groups as Students for Justice in Palestine have as their core mission bringing their own vision of justice to the Middle East, it is justice only for the oppressed, the Palestinians, and not for the perceived oppressor, Israel, whose position of power was made possible only because of military strength and imperialistic tendencies.

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In their mission to protect the sensibilities and emotional well-being of identified campus victim groups, universities – often violating their own written guidelines and codes of behavior – have instituted speech codes to prevent what is generally called “hate speech” but which has become a perverse tactic to marginalize, and exclude, the speech and ideology of those with whom liberals and leftists do not agree – those individuals who express ideas that offend the sensibility of Ms. Korn, for example.

The acting out and vitriolic language against Israel that so often defines campus anti-Israelism may make the activists feel good about themselves for striving for social justice, but, as journalist Khaled Abu Toameh has contended, these are hollow efforts; that “[i]nstead of investing money and efforts in organizing Israel Apartheid Week, for example, the self-described ‘pro-Palestinians’ could dispatch a delegation of teachers to Palestinian villages and refugee camps to teach young Palestinians English . . . .”

What was Abu Toameh’s conclusion about this misdirected effort to support the Palestinian cause? “What is happening on the U.S. campuses,” he wrote, “is not about supporting the Palestinians as much as it is about promoting hatred for the Jewish state. It is not really about ending the ‘occupation’ as much as it is about ending the existence of Israel.” And, he added, “we should not be surprised if the next generation of jihadists comes not from the Gaza Strip or the mountains and mosques of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but from university campuses across the U.S.”

“The whole problem with the world,” observed philosopher Bertrand Russell, “is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” That these two undergraduates display a certainty that is so stringent and so contrary to intellectual inquiry should give us all pause, and might make us question if we are teaching a whole generation of college students what to think instead of how to think.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Of course ,the dirtbag hypocrites have no problem with the wholesale , wanton slaughter in Syria , the violence & brutality in Egypt , especially under the now running muslimey brotherhoods of terror , hamas , the brutal repression & fascism in Iran. The slave trade & brutality ,murder in Sudan , the murderous terror in Somalia , the murderous cowardice of al shabaab , in Somalia ,crossing into Ethiopia ,Kenya , the nasty narcissistic loon & his regime in North Korea , etc, etc. Instead the s protest ISRAEL ,that gives free medical / dental ,water & electricity to Arabs ,even those violent ingrates , the fraud ” palis” , oh ,ISRAELis dare to build on ISRAELi sovereign soil , oh ,and ISRAEL regained her own lands after Victory against the fascist Arab war of aggression in 1967 , ISRAEL alone goes above and beyond striving for Peace ,giving up SinaI , ( a mistake ) , giving up gush katif ( a mistake ) allowing the ” palis” to continue to occupy Hebron ,Shechem ,East Jerusalem , Aaza ( “gaza”) ,mistaken efforts , although also trying to make peace with those who neither have any love of peace or love of life ! MISTAKES !

  2. ""Sandra Y.L. Korn, who is majoring, tellingly, in the history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality""". Let her take her degree, preaching what she's learned to the palestinians, pakistanis, and the saudis. Luckily for us, people like her went into her field of study because she wasn't smart enough for a degree based on a real science.

    I'd like to know why parents in America are willing to pay $50,000-100000+ on degrees like this. There aren't many job openings for people with BS degrees (professors usually keep those jobs until they die because they can't get a job anywhere else), so if you aren't going for a job in the field you majored, why not just learn all that stuff for free on the internet or public library? Save the money. Study the non-scientific stuff on your own time. Part of the problem is that colleges are full of people who are full of crap, and when they're given a classroom of "yes-men" who pay to be there, they get big heads and shout even more crap. Too bad the money coming in is worth more than the actual knowledge going out.

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