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It looks like more and more Professors are coming out of the woodwork and standing up to the leftist intimidation prevalent at Universities. Here’s the most recent example from the National Post:

From March 1-8, Canadian universities and cities around the globe are settings for “Israel Apartheid Week.” Organizers insist that the Israeli state is an illegitimate child of Zionism worthy of boycotts, sanctions, and liquidation. We are told by the champions of “Israel Apartheid Week” that “prominent Palestinians, Jewish anti-Zionists, and South Africans have been at the forefront of this struggle.”

As a university professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, one of the “Israel Apartheid Week” participating cities,  I will deconstruct the five illusions of “Israel Apartheid Week.”: 1) Israel is a racist state comparable to formerly apartheid South Africa; 2) Israel is an absolute oppressor and Palestinians and Arabs passive victims of the conflict; 3) A one-state solution will solve the conflict; 4) A two-state solution is not an option; and 5) Anti-Zionism is superior to Zionism.  

First, Israel is no apartheid state. It has over one million Israeli Arab citizens of various faiths that comprise about 19 per cent of Israel’s population, including political science professors, political parties and parliamentarians, and members of the national football team seeking to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, and like any democratic state, it can evolve by allowing more upward mobility for Israeli Arabs in the state and civil society. In contrast, Jews are not welcome in Gaza or Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Jews are less-than-tolerated minorities in once prominent Jewish communities in the Arab world from Morocco to Iraq.

Second, Israelis and Palestinians, the Arab and Muslim worlds, and world powers are all players in perpetuating the conflict. Palestinians are victims of a historical tragedy and statelessness, but also destructive ideologies and leadership. Along with Arab states, they rejected the UN call for two states in 1947 through war, declared no to recognition, negotiation, and peace with Israel at the Arab summit in Khartoum in 1967, and began a campaign of suicide bombings under Yasser Arafat and assorted Islamists after progress was made towards a two-state solution with the Oslo Accords in 1993. Israel played its part in the cycle of conflict as a regional, military power that in the past did not adequately recognize legitimate Palestinian aspirations to statehood.

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