The hypocrisy of the event was epitomized as speakers condemned the very existence of a “Jewish” State, but urged the creation of a Palestinian Muslim state which envisions Islam as the official religion, Arabic as the official language, and the principles of Islamic Sharia law, with its gender inequities and religious apartheid, as the main source of legislation.
By presenting a one-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and discussing the ways to achieve it, the conference advocated the demographic destruction of the Jewish State, thereby denying the right of the Jewish people to exercise their own sovereignty. By funding and hosting this conference, Harvard University lent its prestige to, and provided a supportive forum for, one of the most ancient forms of bigotry and hatred.
The conference, in the opinion of some, turned out to be “rather tame and uneventful,” “much ado about nothing,” and with “few surprises.” Even Professor Dershowitz, one of the conference’s harshest critics, concluded that “we are winning” in the campus PR war against Israel.
In the opinion of the present writer, these benign post-mortems miss the real problem. Any hate-fest such as this, which proudly sports the imprimatur of any Western university, poses a real and present danger to Israel; and it plants the seeds of a future existential peril to the Jewish people and to Western civilization.
After almost 20 years of events and rallies and conferences at churches and universities around the country, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement has achieved almost nothing, and interest among audiences other than its true believers has diminished. The same seems to be true of the “Israel Apartheid Awareness” programs that annually blossom on campuses across the country. Attendance is down and audiences are mostly hard-core anti-Israel ideologues.
So to remedy flagging interest, the forces that brought us BDS, “Israel Apartheid Week” and lawfare have invented a new front in the campus wars over Israel.
And this is where the great peril lies. Back in the ’70s an anti-war movement that originated at one prestigious campus (Berkeley) soon spread to other campuses, and from there to the street and to mainstream media; and it eventually toppled a president and brought home American troops in retreat, defeat and shame, from Viet Nam. Without regard to the merits of the anti-war movement, it serves today as an example of the power of campus activism.
As Senator Brown asserted, “Academic elites need to understand that their ideas have real world consequences well beyond the comforts of the ivory tower, and the last thing Israel needs is Harvard legitimizing a terribly misguided idea.”
In the decades before the Holocaust, academia and other elites in the West gave legitimization to the racist doctrine of eugenics, and this doctrine gave the German intellectuals the philosophical underpinning for their age-old Jew-hatred, gentrified with a newly minted pseudo-scientific term, “anti-Semitism.” This is the precise what is happening today, on campuses throughout the country. Today’s intellectually feeble, psychotically challenged, or morally bankrupt academics and other intellectuals who seek Israel’s demise proffer scholarly venues for Muslim Jew haters who there create a mendacious veneer of intellectual inquiry and a faux mantle of historical legitimacy in order to justify the murder Jews on a scale brutally reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
It is shameful and irresponsible that the leaders of America’s most prestigious university remain indifferent to, or collude with, what is in essence a new front in the Arab terrorist campaign. However tame or uneventful it may have been, Harvard’s event was far from “much ado about nothing.” It was the first salvo in a new Arab PR war against Israel and Jews; and in this its organizers’ goal was achieved.
 For an assessment of the extreme pro-Muslim bias in the Outreach Center’s activities, see http://www.algemeiner.com/2011/12/21/report-anti-israel-agenda-at-harvard-middle-east-center/; and for influence on Massachusetts schools see http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=118&x_article=2161 and http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=257997 and http://emetonline.org/index.php?/inthenews/harvards_role_in_miseducating_
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