Two recent anti-Israel events at Columbia University's Middle East Institute demonstrate how far academics are willing to go to promote anti-Semitism under the guise of anti-Zionism. One involved a panel of professors equating the Holocaust with the "Nakba" (Arabic for "catastrophe," or Israel's founding), while the other featured Rutgers University professor and "organ harvesting" blood libeler Jasbir Puar. Karys Rhea's report for Campus Watch appears at the Tower.
Preaching to a like-minded audience of around eighty, the speakers took pains to shield themselves from charges of antisemitism or moral relativism: "We are not claiming that they are equally equivalent events," declared Hebrew University Professor Amos Goldberg.
This strategic disclaimer was repeated several times throughout the discussion, even as panelists consistently portrayed the two disparate events as morally equivalent.
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