Why the Jews are Los­ing the War on Col­lege Cam­puses

A fail­ure to brand the Amer­i­can ac­com­plices of ter­ror­ism

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: David Horowitz

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study con­ducted by the “Brand Is­rael Group,” sup­port for Is­rael among Jew­ish col­lege stu­dents has dropped 27% in the last 6 years. This mir­rors a smaller but still sig­nif­i­cant drop in sup­port among Amer­i­cans gen­er­ally, from 76% to 62%. Ac­cord­ing to Fern Op­pen­heim, the founder of the Brand Is­rael Group that con­ducted the sur­vey, the source of this drop is the per­ceived lack of shared val­ues be­tween col­lege stu­dents and the Jew­ish state. The same study found that 1 in 3 Jew­ish stu­dents re­ported anti-Semitic in­ci­dents on their cam­puses. Of these, 59% said that the in­ci­dents were re­lated to anti-Is­rael at­ti­tudes. To ex­plain this, Op­pen­heim blamed a po­lit­i­cal “at­mos­phere” on cam­pus that di­vides the world into op­pres­sor groups and vic­tims, Is­rael be­ing a sym­bol of the for­mer.

“We are al­low­ing Is­rael to be de­fined by its de­trac­tors,” Op­pen­heim warned, which is un­for­tu­nately true. But her pro­posed rem­edy to step up ef­forts to brand Is­rael as not only a tol­er­ant so­ci­ety but, in fact, the helper of vic­tims, even of its en­e­mies is flawed. To sup­port her strat­egy, Op­pen­heim of­fers the case of Is­mail Haniyeh, a leader of Ha­mas, the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion sworn to de­stroy Is­rael and ex­ter­mi­nate its Jews. Op­pen­heim ob­serves that Haniyeh sent his ill grand­daugh­ter to Is­rael to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment be­cause he knew “Is­rael is too de­cent to turn her away,” and says: “Peo­ple need to know this.”

Per­haps they do. But this is clearly not the so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. If it were, Is­mail Haniyeh would have left Ha­mas and joined Is­rael’s sup­port­ers. Re-brand­ing Is­rael alone is not the an­swer to a pro­pa­ganda war, based on geno­ci­dal lies, whose goal is Is­rael’s de­struc­tion. The only vi­able so­lu­tion is to do what Jew­ish or­ga­ni­za­tions have so far re­fused to do: brand the Amer­i­can sup­port­ers of Ha­mas and the cam­pus pro­mot­ers of its lies as ter­ror­ist en­ablers and al­lies.

The strat­egy of merely pro­mot­ing Is­rael’s good deeds, while pre­tend­ing that Ha­mas’s Amer­i­can sup­port­ers are merely mis­in­formed, is fail­ing for a sim­ple rea­son: If you are ac­cused of steal­ing other peo­ple’s land, im­pris­on­ing them in Gaza-size ghet­tos, and seg­re­gat­ing them by race, the fact that you are send­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions to Haiti and other needy cases or pro­vid­ing med­i­cal care to your mor­tal en­e­mies is not go­ing to ex­cul­pate you in the eyes of peo­ple who have been se­duced by Pales­tinian lies. In their eyes, you are still the op­pres­sor and these good deeds are merely ef­forts to ob­scure that evil fact. That is why les­bian left­ists at the “Dyke March” in Chicago banned rain­bow flags with the Jew­ish star – even though Is­rael is the only coun­try in the Mid­dle East where a gay pride pa­rade can be held. They see Is­rael’s ac­cep­tance of gays as “pinkwash­ing” – a fig leaf pro­vided by one vic­tim group to cover up its crimes against an­other. The left even has a term for this: “in­ter­sec­tion­al­ity.”

The only way to counter such ma­li­cious at­tacks is to brand the cam­pus al­lies of Ha­mas for what they are: sup­port­ers of geno­ci­dal lies and a ter­ror­ist war to oblit­er­ate the state of Is­rael and kill its Jews. These Amer­i­can al­lies of Ha­mas ter­ror­ism in­clude Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine, the Mus­lim Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Jew­ish Voice for Peace, and as­sorted left­wing groups who sup­port them.

Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine, the leader of this anti-Is­rael, pro-Ha­mas coali­tion was founded in 2001 by Hatem Bazian, a Fatah ac­tivist at the time. He cre­ated it as an an­cil­lary sup­port for the sui­cide bomb­ing Sec­ond In­tifada, launched in that year. The chief fun­der of SJP and or­ches­tra­tor of its cam­paigns is a well-es­tab­lished Ha­mas front, Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine. Hatem Bazian is the chair­man of the AMP board. Since Ha­mas is a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine and its cam­pus coali­tion are clearly in­stru­ments of its ter­ror­ist cam­paigns. They do not them­selves plant bombs but they sup­port the ter­ror­ists who do and spread their po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda, much the way the Ir­ish po­lit­i­cal party Sinn Fein was a work­ing part­ner of the ter­ror­ist Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army.

Stig­ma­tiz­ing the cam­pus sup­port­ers of ter­ror­ists would ef­fec­tively neu­tral­ize the at­tacks on Is­rael. It would pro­vide the ba­sis for a cam­paign to pres­sure Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties to with­draw their recog­ni­tion and fund­ing from these groups. It would dis­credit the lies that fuel their cam­pus cam­paigns and in­spire the anti-Semitic at­tacks that have reached epi­demic pro­por­tions.

The David Horowitz Free­dom Cen­ter has con­ducted cam­paigns that em­ploy this brand­ing prin­ci­ple for ten years at over 100 cam­puses. But ours has been a lonely voice. At vir­tu­ally ev­ery cam­pus where we have or­ga­nized events, our ef­forts have been un­der­mined by Hil­lel and Stu­dents for Is­rael groups who smear us as “Is­lam­o­pho­bic” and “racist,” though we are nei­ther, and who come to the de­fense of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine as though they were vic­tims and not ag­gres­sors. In other words, these Jew­ish groups pre­fer to join hands with an or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­port­ing a geno­ci­dal war against Jews, in con­demn­ing (in my case) a Jew who doesn’t mince words in op­pos­ing our en­e­mies. If Hil­lel and groups that care about Is­rael’s sur­vival would in­stead turn their guns around and brand Is­rael’s en­e­mies for what they are, the tide of anti-Semitic ha­tred on cam­pus would be­gin to re­verse it­self, and sup­port for the Jew­ish state would surely grow.

The only way to counter such ma­li­cious at­tacks is to brand the cam­pus al­lies of Ha­mas for what they are: sup­port­ers of geno­ci­dal lies and a ter­ror­ist war to oblit­er­ate the state of Is­rael and kill its Jews

(FRONT PAGE MAG) Re-printed from The Times of Is­rael David Horowitz is the au­thor of Big Agenda: Pres­i­dent Trump's Plan to Save Amer­ica, now in its tenth week on The New York Times’ best-seller list

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study con­ducted by the “Brand Is­rael Group,” sup­port for Is­rael among Jew­ish col­lege stu­dents has dropped 27% in the last 6 years. This mir­rors a smaller but still sig­nif­i­cant drop in sup­port among Amer­i­cans gen­er­ally, from 76% to 62%.

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