Israel an apartheid state…nothing could be further from the truth, Re: Tips for countering ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ on college campuses, Bare Naked Islam, February 23, 2014

Today marks the start of Israeli Apartheid Week 2014.

What is Israeli Apartheid Week?

It is a weeklong anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hatefest which takes place on college and university campuses throughout the West. It seeks to convince people that Israel is an apartheid state, that Israelis are the cause of all the maladies which afflict Palestinians and that the lives of Palestinians would improve exponentially if only Israel would leave them to their own devices. It blames Israel for everything Palestinians have to deal with, absolves them of any blame or responsibility for anything, is full of lies and distortions and is extremely dishonest and unbalanced. It demonizes and vilifies Israel and Israelis and casts Palestinians as freedom fighters and paragons of decency and virtue who are constantly victimized by their evil neighbors. Biased, distorted and dead wrong only begin to describe it and it is all of course utter nonsense and completely divorced from history and reality.

Israel an apartheid state…nothing could be further from the truth.

Palestinians freedom fighters, paragons of decency and virtue, blameless victims not responsible for their behavior and activities and lives or for anything that befalls them…what a load of rubbish.

I have written about Israeli Apartheid Week on several occasions over the years and thought it would be instructive if I re-posted an essay I wrote about the 2012 event because the sentiments I expressed then are every bit as relevant, important and dead accurate now as they were two years ago.

More, all things considered.

Here we go.

Israeli Apartheid Week is being foisted on us once again.

Israeli Apartheid Week is not only an affront to unbiased and knowledgeable observers of the Middle East, not only an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatefest full of positions and statements which have no basis in reality, not only a terrible disservice to Palestinians because the false sense of victimhood it fosters precludes them from taking constructive measures to improve their lives and not only a violation of academic integrity by the universities that allow it to take place because it is very one-sided and unbalanced and contrary, more rational and honest views are either ridiculed, discouraged or not permitted…no, awful and disgraceful as all of this is, it is much more than that. It is a frontal attack on two of our most fundamental, inalienable rights, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

IAW organizers and participants are not interested in dialogue or the unfettered exchange of ideas. They know that they would come out a distant second if they were challenged and that no person with a sound and open mind would take them seriously. They would be revealed for exactly what they are; ideologues, fascists, religious fanatics, crazies, brainwashed, poorly informed, easily manipulated, unthinking, irrational, bigoted or any combination thereof. That is why anyone who raises his or her voice in protest at an IAW event is harassed and threatened and shouted down and that is why their pronouncements are trite and filled with cliches and hyperbole, or to put it more succinctly, bull…. They have nothing else. They can’t compete so they have to demonize and vilify and prevent others from speaking or otherwise expressing themselves.

Whatever one’s views are on the Middle East as people living in free, democratic, secular societies we have every right to express them in whatever way we see fit. The minute that someone prevents us from doing so and gets away with it is the minute we can no longer call ourselves free and the minute we come closer to having a totalitarian, theocratic state imposed on us. Israeli Apartheid Week brownshirts are attacking our freedom by trying, with some success I might add, to intimidate and shut up anyone who opposes them. We must not let them succeed. Rest assured, if freedom of speech and freedom of expression is lost, a free press, an independent judiciary, freedom of and from religion and all the other hallmarks of our way of life will be too.

Israeli Apartheid Week won’t bring down Israel or raise up Palestinians. The mentality behind it and the bilge it secretes diminish us all and pose a serious threat to our civil liberties however and it is incumbent on each and every one of us to counter its odious, dishonest activities with energy and passion.

There you have it…Israeli Apartheid Week 2014…a weeklong anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hatefest with no basis in reality, past, present or future…just like all the one’s before it.

For those who wish to counter it the article in Bare Naked Islam is well worth a read.

Actually, its well worth a read anyway.

Well worth acting on too.

Israel an apartheid state…nothing could be further from the truth.

Palestinians freedom fighters, paragons of decency and virtue, blameless victims not responsible for their behavior and activities and lives or for anything that befalls them…what a load of rubbish.

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