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Mainstream Jewish Institutions Honor Anti-Zionists

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Major Jewish institutions show a marked propensity to promote and celebrate the enemies of Israel and even anti-Semites. Here are some examples, working backwards chronologically:

* Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University: Plans to give its International Advocate for Peace Award to Jimmy Carter, author of Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, on April 10.

* The 92nd St. Y: Scheduled (but then postponed) a talk by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, leading exponent of artistic boycotts of Israel and purveyor of antisemitic canards.

* San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Showed Rachel, a film hailing anti-Israel activist Rachel Corrie, and had Corrie’s mother speak at the showing.

* Brandeis University: Bestowed an honorary degree on Tony Kushner, who says “it would have been better if Israel never happened” and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” Palestinians.

* Republican Jewish Coalition: Invited Christopher Hitchens to address it, despite his calling Ariel Sharon “vile” and Zionism a “false messiah for the Jews.”

* Cardozo Law School: Gave its International Advocate for Peace Award to Desmond Tutu who has said that “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid.”

These examples hardly exhaust the list: last month, for example, the Barrack Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia hosted Abdulaziz El Sayed Nosair, the son of El Sayed Nosair who killed Meir Kahane in 1990.

What is it about Jewish organizations that they acclaim their opponents? A belief that treating opponents generously will inspire reciprocity, even though this almost never works.

Here is a more serious example of this same impulse, concerning the Israeli government in 2000, as explained by David Wurmser in an article published a few days ago, “The Geopolitics of Israel’s Offshore Gas Reserves”:

To help the development of the Palestinian economy – which was seen as key by Israeli and American leaders to politically moderating the Palestinian population and solidifying peace – and lay to rest any potential arguments in the future over the resource, Israel carved from within the demarcation of its proposed Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between itself and Gaza an indentation rather than run the demarcation line straight from the coast as is done in every other EEZ demarcation across the globe. Israel agreed to allow the line to be indented to Israel’s disadvantage so that the entirety of Gaza Marine will be included in the Palestinian Authority area. The gas, which was to be used both inside Gaza for electricity production and exported to Israel, was to help the Palestinian Authority fund itself, have resources to build up its stature among Palestinians, and by stimulating development, to encourage political stability and moderation.

Comment: One watches and waits in vain for a recognition that being nice to enemies does not solve problems.

Originally published at DanielPipes.org, April 8, 2013.

Special Summershpiel Edition

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Question: What’s on your Summer reading list?

 

 


Believe it or not, I’m not much of a reader. I have, however, spent the past few weeks plowing through a difficult but rewarding book. The title escapes me just now, but at first I thought the main character was based on me. His name? Curious George. Have you heard of him?


George W. Bush, president of the United States

 

 

 


The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman, because I’ve always suspected that’s true. I am also looking into mass ordering The Book Of Useless Information by Noel Botham for our new curriculum. 


 Yuli Tamir, Israeli minister of education

 

 

 

 


As everyone knows, I’d been a loser in the political arena for a very long time. I never thought I would win an election, especially at age 83, but after picking up Rhonda Bryne’s The Secret, I willed my recent victory through the laws of attraction that surge through the positive energy I emit. I’m also loving God Is Not Great by that brilliant atheist Christopher Hitchens, because organized religion is the root of all our conflicts and should have no place in my country.


 Shimon Peres, president of Israel

 

 

 

 


When CBS News hired me as anchor, I started reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for inspiration. Currently, with the steep decline in my ratings, I’m engrossed in Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Sadaawi. Dan Rather has recommended I read Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. If my ratings don’t pick up soon, I’ll have time to read Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Just joking — I hope.

Katie Couric, CBS News anchor

 

 

 

 


A book I can relate to is Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. I conquered the real estate and business worlds with my expansion of Trump Towers and casinos; Trump Steaks have revolutionized the way the culinary world thinks of meat; and no one in the bottled water industry can copy the distinct flavor of Trump Ice spring water. Let’s face it – I’m unbeatable.


 Donald Trump, mogul

 

 

This week’s column is intended for satirical purposes only.  

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/potpourri/special-summershpiel-edition/2007/07/18/

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