Israel’s Secret Weapons Exposed
Sunlight, said Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, is the best disinfectant. Obviously, not enough of it has been shed in order for our Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, to conclude that the Muslim Brotherhood is a subversive organization and the parent of al-Qaeda and Hamas, which has sponsored or encouraged nearly every Islamic terrorist attack made against America and the West since it was created in 1928.
At the end of February J Street will be holding its second national conference in Washington. Some of its leadership (and much of its base) have shown that they have lost patience with its program and are taking a much more radical stance. They even started using the language of the PLO and Hamas to attack Israel.
A University of Toronto student named Jennifer Peto recently achieved fame by submitting a thesis called:
The victimhood of the powerful: White Jews, Zionism, and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education
Of course, while only in academia could one maintain respectability by making the morally obscene argument that those who support Holocaust Education are guilty of racism, Peto’s broader narrative, that Jews have become a “privileged” class, (in some form or another) may be more widely accepted than you might originally think. Indeed, her thesis came to mind recently, during the course of an argument I had at a bar in Jerusalem with an Israeli academic.
The “right to return” is not a human right. And it is also a non-starter — Israel cannot and will not absorb all the descendants of refugees, and everyone knows it. The only solution is to have these people become citizens of other countries, the way that every other refugee population in history has.
Their misery is the direct consequence of the Arab world’s desire to keep the Palestinian Arabs as pawns to pressure Israel.