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October 16, 2002

Show me the money Thomas

Show me the money

Thomas Friedman comes out swinging on the divestiture campaign targeted at Israel, and accuses the organizers of hypocrisy.

Memo to professors and students leading the divestiture campaign: Your campaign for divestiture from Israel is deeply dishonest and hypocritical, and any university that goes along with it does not deserve the title of institution of higher learning.

You are dishonest because to single out Israel as the only party to blame for the current impasse is to perpetrate a lie. Historians can debate whether the Camp David and Clinton peace proposals for a Palestinian state were for 85, 90, or 97 percent of the West Bank and Gaza. But what is not debatable is what the proper Palestinian response should have been. It should have been to tell Israel and America that their peace proposals were the first fair offer they had ever put forth, and although they still fell short of what Palestinians feel is a just two-state solution, Palestinians were now prepared to work with Israel and America to achieve that end. The proper response was not a Palestinian intifada and 100 suicide bombers, which are what brought Ariel Sharon to power.

It is shameful that at a time when some Palestinians are writing that they made a historic mistake in not nurturing the Clinton peace offer, pro-Palestinian professors and students in America and Europe pretend that the only reason the occupation persists is because of Israeli obstinacy. This approach will never gain the Palestinians a state, and those who dabble in it are simply prolonging Palestinian misery.

You are also hypocrites. How is it that Egypt imprisons the leading democracy advocate in the Arab world, after a phony trial, and not a single student group in America calls for divestiture from Egypt? (I'm not calling for it, but the silence is telling.) How is it that Syria occupies Lebanon for 25 years, chokes the life out of its democracy, and not a single student group calls for divestiture from Syria? How is it that Saudi Arabia denies its women the most basic human rights, and bans any other religion from being practiced publicly on its soil, and not a single student group calls for divestiture from Saudi Arabia?

How's this for a theory on the Israel divestiture campaign? It's all about the ooooooiiiiilllll, as Spleenville would say. It's easy to campaign for divesting in Israel, because the economic effect of such a divestiture on the protestors is nil. Divesting in Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, would hit the protestors directly in the pocketbook. Why, gas prices would go up, and we already know the Left is terrified of that. After all, it's one of the main arguments used against invading Iraq. You'd think that liberating the oppressed would be worth a few more pennies per gallon, wouldn't you?

Speaking of gas, when was the last time the Left protested against the polices of an OPEC member? When Indonesia was killing thousands in East Timor, where were the campus protests? Nigeria is about to stone a new mother to death for adultery, where are the petitions calling for economic sanctions? Iran is about to kill thousands of dogs, where are the PETA nudes?

It strikes me that there is a logical explanation for the Leftist focus on Israel and Iraq nowadays. What if they're not only scared of rising gas prices, but petrified that a fund source is about to dry up? The Arabs certainly gave a lot of money to Cynthia McKinney, and the Arabs haven't had that much involvement with a black woman since they were selling Cynthia's ancestors into slavery. It's too bad there's nothing like an opensecrets.org for college professors. I'd be real interested in seeing who gives Noam Chomsky money.

It's all well and good to say you're for human rights, to paint a nice little sign and shout slogans before you take a break and get a venti at Starbucks, but it's another thing entirely to actually apply those moral standards. The best friend of the habitual Saudi wife beater, of the Hamas member recruiting suicide bombers at a middle school, and the stone throwing Nigerian today is the Left, because the Left has decided that their worst atrocities are as nothing when compared to a Jewish democracy defending itself.

Here are the friends of the Saudi wife beaters and the suicide bombers at Tufts,
at Cornell,
at Harvard,
and at Princeton

Drop them a line, ask them if they'd hold a press conference and announce that none of the groups sponsoring this travesty is receiving money from the Arabs, has never received money from the Arabs, and will never accept money originating from non-democratic countries. Ask them to open up their financial records for outside inspection so that they can prove it.

But don't hold your breath.

Update: A reader points out that that at least some lefties were all over the East Timor issue.
Thanks, Yehudit.

Posted by Bigwig at October 16, 2002 03:15 PM | TrackBack
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