By Victor Davis Hanson for Mosaic
obscure academic organization called the American Studies Association
not long ago voted to endorse a resolution calling for a boycott of
Israeli universities. The self-appointed moralists were purportedly
outraged over the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.
Given academia’s past obsessions with the Jewish state, the targeting of Israel is not new.
why do the professors focus on Israel and not Saudi Arabia, which
denies women the right to drive and only recently granted them the right
to vote? Why not Russia, which has been accused of suppressing free
speech, or India, which has passed retrograde anti-homosexual
The hip poet Amiri Baraka (aka Everett LeRoi Jones)
recently died. He was once poet laureate of New Jersey, held prestigious
university posts and was canonized with awards — despite being a
After 9/11, Baraka wrote a poem that
suggested Israel knew about the plan to attack the World Trade Center.
One of his poems from the ’60s included this unabashedly anti-Semitic
passage: “Smile, jew. Dance, jew. Tell me you love me, jew . . . I got
the extermination blues, jewboys. I got the hitler syndrome figured.”
Yet that did not preclude The New York Times and NPR from praising him
after his death.
Trendy multicultural French comedian Dieudonné
M’bala M’bala is known for his anti-Semitic provocations and for making a
gesture that has been described as an inverted Nazi salute. He recently
quipped of a Jewish journalist: “When I hear him talk, you see . . . I
say to myself, gas chambers . . . a pity.” Auschwitz is now a joke?
In politics, Israel often finds itself at the wrong end of a troubling double standard.
Secretary of State John Kerry seems to be camped out in Israel these days.