In other words, if objective and sophisticated documentation and analyses do not lead to the only politically correct conclusion, one which blames America, Europe, and Israel—but not Islam—for a history of colonialism, imperialism, and slavery; if one fails to heroize Palestinian terrorism and the so-called “Arab Spring,” then, by definition, such work is not viewed as “academic.” If one departs from the format of Big Lies and actually tries to tell the truth, one is castigated as a propagandist, reactionary, activist, non-academic, anti-academic.
This is a real Catch-22.
Back in 2003, the New York Times refused to review my book about The New Anti-Semitism. One of their own reporters, someone I did not know and whom I had never met, called me to say they had turned this reporter down flat. I suggested that she forget about my book, but, since her specialty was higher education, that she focus on the chilling of free speech and academic freedom on American campuses when the subject involved Israel or Islam. I told this reporter that I had already received many emails from professors all across the country who were afraid to say what they knew to be true if their conclusions departed, however slightly, from the politically correct view on Israel. I got permission from at least fifteen professors who were willing to speak to this reporter who began to do the story.
You never read this article because, as I was told, the piece had been “killed at the highest level.”
There is one other reason that Yale felt it could get away with shutting YIISA down. For nearly 50 years, Arab, Saudi, and Palestinian money men have patiently, carefully, silently, funded the American professoriate and media. No other counterforce existed; no one chose to fund “the truth,” or even “the other side.” Over the years, I implored certain organizations to consider doing so. I am not a good snake oil saleswoman, I do not have the knack of manipulating people to get them to part with their money.
In any event, no one thought that the war of ideas on the American campus and in the American media was important enough to fight. When I say “no one,” I mean no one. Not the Christian-American Evangelicals, the conservatives, the Republicans, the Jewish Zionists, the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Iranian exiles, the Israelis, etc. chose to put their money down to tell the truth about Islam, Islamism, jihad, “Palestine,” Saudi Arabia, Israel, or the West on increasingly left-wing American campuses.
We are now reaping the whirlwind.
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