Harvard anti-semetism, if that's what it is, isn't what Jews should be afraid of. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Richard
    • 14.03.12 | 10:20 (IST)

    It's not just academics in Harvard that are skeptical of Israel's policies toward Palestinians. The "Is Zionism Judaism?" "Are We Too [Hard/Soft] on Palestinians?" "Will the [Two/One/Three/Nineteen] State Solution be Workable?" and, basically every question raised by this article are, in endless variation, floated by the readers of Haaretz on virtually a daily basis. These aren't foreign academics who hate Israel either, they're written predominantly by Jews, both foreign and Israeli. That constancy of debate among Jews themselves should suggest that anti-semetism isn't really what's motivating people in the US to be critical of Israel. Or if it is, they seem to have picked up on a line of argument that holds some sway even among Jews. Realistically. The answer is just no, it is not anti-semetism motivating these criticisms. So what is motivating Harvard academics to be critical of Israel? Let me form a list: 1) 60 years of faithful support of Israel which have failed to produce a lasting peace. 2) Billions of dollars funneled to Israel even as the American economy goes down the toilet. 3) Or the thousands of Americans that died in middle-eastern wars against Israeli enemies. 4) Or the thousands of American civilians killed by extremists revolting against puppet regimes propped up to ensure middle-eastern stability. 5) None of the above would have happened if there was no lingering Israeli-Palestinian 'question' left unresolved. But ultimately, it doesn't really matter whether you call it anti-semetism or not. There are systemic reasons why Israel is criticized and it will only going to grow worse until the Palestinian question is solved in a way that ends the violent phase of the conflict for good. Americans who know anything about middle-eastern politics and US involvement therein want Israel to get on with signing a peace treaty - any peace treaty - already. And frankly, with the political and economic center of the world is shifting away from the US and toward South Asia, Israel's bargaining position is only going to weaken. Not only will the US be pressured to pull resources out of the middle east, but South Asian countries will begin to place greater and greater pressure both on the US to distance itself from Israel, as well as Israel directly to do make whatever deals it must to smooth things over with the Arabs and ensure oil price stability. Oil hungry developing nations, not Harvard students, are a far larger concern to Israel. If they use debt strings to pull the US off of shielding Israel, they can very well force a settlement at Israel's expense. It won't even be about Judaism. Just business. Just oil.

    from the article: Anti-Semitism in academic guise
    First published 03:07 11.03.12 | Last updated 03:07 11.03.12
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