Monday, October 27, 2008

Prejudice Against Israel

John McCain is probably not going to win the vote of many college professors.
Surveys show the large majority of college professors are Democrats especially those in the realm of foreign studies. McCain's public proclamations of support for Israel has probably cost him a large number of votes nationwide. Many of the immigrants to this country in the last half century do not openly support Israel and many would not be disappointed to see Israel become a Palestine state.

Much of the prejudice in the universities is fueled by money and ideas coming from oil-rich Arab countries that have created endowed chairs or research centers where they exercise lasting control. Columbia and Stanford are appear to lead the charge of anti-Israel screed. MESA, Middle East Studies Association, the largest and most influential professional body for the study of the region; this approximately 3000 members group, is a hotbed of anti-Israel invective. Also, the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University whose faculty members have long been accused by students of abusing their positions in order to vilify Israel and to promote anti-Zionism and to stifle free discussion of the Arab-Israel conflict. This pervasive anti-Israel and anti-Jewish discourse by the academia elite against a Jewish state thriving in the Middle East is quite comfortably at home in Western universities.

Obama has paid basically lip service in countering the Iranian leader who would "wipe Israel from the face of the earth". Obama would meet with him for "no pre-conditioned" dialogue. Obama's committement for continuing support of our aid to Israel has been minimal and words of his support or Israel have not een made before the large groups who turn out to listen to his continual rant of "change". Obama, whose election promise to the "middle class", we know who he is really talking about, sounds considerably like Chavez in Venezuela. Mary Anastasia O'Grady, one of my most favorite columnists said in an WSJ article on 12/3/04 that "a police raid on a Jewish school in Caracas, had chilling anti-Semitic overtones". Chavez has close relationships with Middle Eastern militants.

Israel supporters in the U.S. should be interpreting the real meanings behind Obama's words.

"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. Slavery has so frightful an aspect to men accustomed to freedom that it must steal in upon them by degrees and must disguise itself in a thousand shapes in order to be received". David Hume, Of the Liberty of the Press, year 1742.

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