By Eric Golub
A "Gaza and Human Rights" symposium hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)â€™s Center for Near Eastern Studies instructed attendees on how best to spread anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Americanism.
UCLA history professor Gabriel Piterberg described an "Israeli onslaught on Gaza Palestinians" and labeled IDF soldiers "war criminals."
He alleged the "forced removal of the indigenous people in favor of the settler nation-state," with Palestinians supposedly being the former and Israelis the latter. He cited Karl Marx, referencing popular revolts in China and India and the Algerian struggle against France as examples of the proletariat overthrowing oppressors. Palestinians would rise up next, he predicted. He repeated the debunked charge that Israel has killed Gazans using white phosphorous.
Lisa Hajjar, University of California, Santa Barbara Law and Society Program Chair, was up next. Considering her biases, Hajjarâ€™s eloquence made her the most dangerous speaker.
She falsely claimed that "Israel violates the Fourth Geneva Convention." Moreover, like al-Qaeda, the Geneva Conventions don't apply to Palestinians. Neither are nations.
Israel was repeatedly labeled an "occupier" of "occupied territories," the Gaza Strip and West Bank, when the proper terminology is "disputed territories." The fact that Israel left Gaza in 2005 didnâ€™t seem to register either.
Next came Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara Professor of Global and International Studies and 9/11 conspiracy theorist. Falk is the newly created UN "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories" and was recently denied entry into Israel for his biased and morally repugnant statements.
He declared Gaza an "unequal war," as if Hamasâ€™s ineptitude should be treated as the war equivalent of affirmative action. He claimed Hamas initiated the Egyptian-mediated June 2008 cease-fire to avoid cross-border violence. He called the ineffectual cease-fire "a diplomatic initiative that would have ended the conflict."
He seemed to think that because Hamasâ€™s attempts to violate the cease-fire failed to murder Israelis, Israel had no retaliation rights. Falk described Hamasâ€™s daily firing of into Israel as "wrong, imprudent, and immoral," but added that "the rockets did little damage, and were not a significant threat."
...This symposium sent a pair of clear messages: Hamas and the Palestinians are identical. The academics involved absolved them both while blaming Israel alone. They neither distinguished self-defense from murder, nor disavowed murder. No mention was made of Israelâ€™s right to exist.
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