Anti-semitism and Britan

Anti-semitism and Britan
: Benyamin Cohen at Jewsweek has an excellent story bringing us up-to-date on the Oxford anti-semitism scandal (professor turns down student just because he’s Israeli; professor hangs onto his job by the threads of his KKK hood). The speed of the Internet exposed the crime for the world to see:

…the viral nature of the Internet proved all too troublesome. By Sunday, the e-mail had been forwarded to thousands of individuals and was posted on several Jewish and pro-Israel Weblogs. Officials at Oxford tried to clean up the mess by issuing a press release and an official apology…

The story also tracks the BBC vs. Israel saga.

The new issue of Jewsweek isn’t up until Thursday but you get a sneak preview of the piece here.

  • Excellent piece. The money quote (for my money, anyway):
    “His prejudice is clearly politically motivated, but he goes beyond acceptable criticism. Using the Holocaust as a justification, he holds Israel to a higher than normal ethical standard so that he can discriminate against Israelis.”
    “Anti-Zionists” will quickly whine about their criticism of Israel being equated with anti-Semitism, as if holding this one country to an impossibly high standard has nothing to do with that country being Jewish.
    A few weeks ago, I actually heard Pat Buchanan say with a straight face that sure, Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorism, but that it should do more to prevent civilian casualties, like we Americans do.

  • Jeremy

    Well, believe or not, but we Americans do go out of our way to avoid civilian casualties.
    Invading a country like Iraq or Afghanistan and only accidently inflicting 3000 civilian casualties (at most) is nothing sort of amazing.
    The US uses aeriel strikes only when it either has to, or it’s a very top target. For instance, the current operation sidewinder – they captured several Iraqi insurgents. It would have been easier to just flatten the building they were in.
    Israel frequently uses targetted assassination when it could simply go in and arrest the target.Which is stupid, because a) it usually inflicts civilian casualties, and b) it rarely kills the intended target

  • Jeremy:
    I’m certainly not insinuating that the U.S. doesn’t go out of its way to prevent civilian casualties, but your comparison is simply wrong.
    I’ll take your word for it that Operation Sidewinder only involved ground forces, but your assertion that we only use air strikes when they are absolutely necessary is laughable.
    You are woefully ignorant about IDF rules of engagement. Like the U.S., they only use air strikes against high value targets. I’m not sure what you mean by “a very top target,” but we took out a mid-level al-qaeda operative in Yemen with a hellfire missile last year, which was certainly comparable to the Hamas leaders targeted by Isreal. We also hit a couple of wedding parties with AC-130 gunfire, and ground troops would have sufficed in those instances as well, had we deployed enough of them. When we liberated Baghdad, we hit two reporters in a hotel, responding to sniper fire with tank fire.
    Anyone who has read my blog knows that I don’t fault our military for these actions, but your suggestion that we use only the amount of force that is necessary is dead wrong. For over a decade, we’ve employed a doctrine of overwhelming force, and all of our recent engagements have reflected this.
    The Isreali Defense Forces are quite restrained by comparison, and most of their engagements are by land forces, using small arms against small arms. And while they don’t get the same coverage as Israeli missile strikes, their troops also go door-to-door, arresting terrorists in situations that pose great risk to the soldiers.
    You’re right that fighting our last two wars with only 3000 civilian casualties at most is a remarkable feat, but you might want to do some more research on Israel’s war on terrorism before you make such broad — and inaccurate — statements. The IDF faces terrorists who hide behind women and children and care nothing of their own lives, much less those of civilians. And yet the percentage of civilians killed by IDF actions is quite small in relation to combatants. That’s also quite a remarkable feat.

  • I’ve also been covering this story for the past week. Lots of links.

  • Yehudit

    Actually, the most recent post is here, and you can jump to the previous one from there.
    Apparently Wilkie sent someone an apology in which he said: “My stance was based on [Duvshani’s] service in the Israeli army and the violence that potentially entails. I would feel uncomfortable working closely with someone who had been through that, which you may not respect but I hope you can understand. The same would apply (to a greater extent, actually) for a palestinian terrorist (although I haven’t heard of one applying for a PhD).”
    Words fail me.