Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

British Boycott Against Israeli Academics? It's a Mad, Mad World

P. David Hornik has an excellent article at Frontpage Magazine today titled "Boycotting the Jews in Britain." Pointing to the topsy-turvy moral universe inhabited by Britain’s University and College Union (UCU) and the other groups that recently voted for a boycott against Israeli academics, Hornick has this to say:
BBC reporter Alan Johnston has been held since March 26 by a terrorist group in Gaza, where he had been the last international journalist to keep living and working. He appeared last Thursday in a video wearing an orange sweatshirt and reading a prepared statement. Meanwhile British soldiers are under attack by Muslim and Arab terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, and fifteen British sailors were recently kidnapped and held in harsh conditions for two weeks by Iran.

Closer to home, a survey found one-quarter of British Muslims expressing sympathy for the London bombers of July 7, 2005, and British intelligence estimates that about 16,000 of them are capable of carrying out such attacks themselves. Indeed, last August 11 the left-wing Guardian reported that British Muslim “suicide bombers were within days of blowing up 12 passenger jets above five US cities in an unprecedented terrorist attack designed to commit [quoting intelligence sources] ‘mass murder on an unimaginable scale.’”

Yet Britain’s University and College Union, made up of university academics, as well as other groups have figured out who their real enemies are...the Jews.
As to the oft-repeated claim, made again by the UCU in their resolution, that these sorts of actions do not constitute anti-Semitism, Hornick blows it out of the water: is of course not anti-Semitic to make Israel the sole and obsessive focus of efforts at condemnation and excommunication by academics, journalists, doctors, architects, clergy, and ordinary workers at a time of ongoing genocide in Sudan and constant severe human rights abuses in the likes of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the Palestinian Authority itself—to go no further than the Muslim Middle East.

It is not anti-Semitism, it is just that the Jews, in their not-quite sixty years of statehood after two millennia of dispersion, have managed to create the world’s most evil society and the only one so repugnant that even its academics need to be silenced and ostracized. It is not anti-Semitism, it is just that all the problems of Arab and Muslim aggression the world over stem from that one primal sin of “Israeli occupation”; just that the Jews have somehow once again managed to poison the wells and be at the root of all evil.
As Hornick notes in his conclusion, the West, in accepting the false narrative of Israeli aggression and Arab victimhood despite all evidence to the contrary, not to mention an inability to "tell enemies from friends," has lost its moral compass.

We have indeed, in the words of Lewis Carroll, gone "through the looking glass," and Alice only knows when and if we will return to reality.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have arrived, dear Cinnamon, at the conclusion that the Brittish academic crowd has lost its collective mind. There can be no doubt that it is anti-semitism which plagues the Brittish so, after all, it must have been the Joooos that set off the bombs on 7/7. And, expecting rationality out of these egg-heads is about as futile, as well (and since you mentioned Louis Carrol)... as the White King said "You might as well try to catch a Bandersnatch."

Thursday, June 07, 2007 1:08:00 PM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

It is now ok to hate Jews as long as it is through the smokescreen of just criticizing Israel.

There's no comparison between the Arab countries and Israel in terms of human rights, womens' rights, gay rights, voting rights and a free press. To look at the Middle East and see the Jews as the problem is admitting that you're stupid and have bought years of Arab propaganda. The facts are out there about the birth of Israel. To deliberately choose not to see them makes these "academics" Jew haters. Cowardly ones at that.

Thursday, June 07, 2007 1:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are anti-semites and appeasers who kowtow to the Arabs. It infuriates the English eggheads that so few Jews can stand up to so many Arabs. And the Arabs-well you know their litany ad nauseum Cinnamon.

Thursday, June 07, 2007 6:18:00 PM  

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