When I first saw this press release below from B’nai Brith in Canada, “‘York University conference questioning Israel’s right to exist an exercise in anti-Zionist propaganda,'” I was sure they were exaggerating.
Well I checked out the speakers list and the website and it clearly is one of the most absurd, sham, reprehensible anti-Israel conferences of the last few years. Check out the website and see for yourself. This line on the website is telling: The conference seeks to systematically measure the two state model against the promise of alternatives; very specifically the potential in the model of a single bi-national state.
Bi-national, my friends is a sanitized way of saying – no more Israel. As even Uri Averny wrote (a far-left wing Israeli writer and activist):
A bi-national state means the abandonment of this aim, and, in practice, the dismantling of Israel itself. The Jews would return to the traumatic experience of a people without a state throughout the world, with all that that implies. And not as a result of a crushing military defeat, but as a free choice. Not very likely
So what does York hope to achieve? To further and further isolate Israel as a pariah and illegitimate state. No Bi-National state exists in the world that has succeeded.
[update] York U President had issued this statement defending academic freedom and against academic boycotts.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘York University conference questioning Israel’s right to exist an exercise in anti-Zionist propaganda,’ says B’nai Brith Canada
TORONTO, May 22, 2009 – B’nai Brith Canada has characterized as a “blatant exercise in anti-Zionist propaganda” the upcoming June conference at York University titled, Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace. The Jewish human rights organization also expressed particular concern over a recent statement by York University President Mamdouh Shoukri who insisted that the conference will continue to form part of the University’s publicly advertised 50th anniversary celebrations.
“This sham of a conference, which questions the Jewish State’s very right to exist, promises to be a veritable ‘who’s who’ of anti-Israel propagandists,” said Frank Dimant, B’nai Brith Canada’s Executive Vice President. “This is not an issue of academic freedom, despite the great lengths the University
is going to try to paint it in that light. It is purely and simply about delegitimizing the Jewish State and its supporters here at home – an exercise that runs far afield of so-called legitimate academic discourse.
“We question why an event that promotes hatred and encourages the destruction of the Jewish State would connect in any way to York University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
“We call on York University professors, students, benefactors, alumni and members of the public at large to demand that York cease becoming a breeding ground for encouraging anti-Jewish hatred. Instead, it ought to use the opportunity of its 50th anniversary to return to its roots and celebrate the
diversity and multiculturalism of its student body, and ensure the tolerance and respect for all that should accompany it.”
The freedom of independent scholars to organize events such as conferences on matters of legitimate academic inquiry goes to the very heart of academic freedom. It would be entirely inappropriate for the university administration to intervene in or to take responsibility for the academic content of such events, provided that they do not offend Canadian law, are consistent with the obligations cited above and deal with issues that are appropriate for academic debate.
You know legitimate things can be discussed like: Do the Jews control the media? Did the Jews cause the recent economic collapse? Are African Americans better at sports because of nature or nurture? Or like we have here in Long Beach – Can Kevin McDonald host a conference on his subject matter?
Judaism is a group evolutionary strategy to enhance the ability of Jews to out-compete non-Jews for resources. Using the term Jewish ethnocentrism, he argues that Judaism fosters in Jews a series of marked genetic traits, including above-average verbal intelligence and a strong tendency toward collectivist behavior.