Juan Cole Peddles Hamas Propaganda on Gaza Blackout
Ever the enabler for the purveyors of radical Islam, professor Juan Cole now lends his voice to peddling Hamas propaganda on the Gaza blackout. I expand on the subject at the Campus Watch blog:
When it comes to off-the-wall commentary on the Middle East conflict, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole is the gift that keeps on giving. If there's anti Israel propaganda to be found, one can be sure Cole will be peddling it at his ironically named blog, Informed Comment. His labeling of Gaza in September, 2007 as "the worst outcome of Western colonialism anywhere in the world outside the Belgian Congo" is a case in point.Read the rest here.
As noted by Noah Pollack at Contentions, Cole's latest blog ramblings ratchet up the hysteria another notch. Not content with alleging persecution of the self-defeating Palestinians, Cole has now decided to crown them with the martyrdom of slavery. As he puts it:
The Israelis are going to have to live in the midst of the Palestinian people for the rest of the century. The Palestinians are not going away. The Israelis cannot wish them away or intimidate them into accepting statelessness, dire poverty, foreign domination and a condition analogous to slavery.
This is reminiscent of accusations of "genocide" against Israel, even as the Palestinian population has grown exponentially over the past several decades. But for Cole, it's par for the course.
Cole's paranoia seems to know no bounds. In the above-referenced post, "Israeli Atrocity on Gaza Civilians," Cole accuses Israel of perpetrating "war crimes" against the residents of Gaza, and of using the U.S. election season to cover them up:
It is a perfect time for the Israeli government to commit a war crime on the miserable civilians of the Gaza Strip. The US primary season has created a news blackout on US television about foreign news…So most Americans will never even know that the Israelis have cut off fuel to Gaza's power plant, depriving tens of thousands of people of electricity.
For this dramatic claim, Cole relies on an Associated Press article that, along with other mainstream media coverage of the blackout, has been subjected to extensive criticism.