Why do so many countries seem unfriendly to Israel?

Mudassir Ali
Dec 30, 2019 04:43 PM 0 Answers
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Why do so many countries seem unfriendly to Israel?

Mudassir Ali
- Dec 30, 2019 04:47 PM

because Israel is an anti Muslim country ive years ago, I was sitting in my office trying to figure out options for a desperate Palestinian woman. Her family had found her and her boyfriend together in his apartment in Queens, and they were threatening both of them with physical harm. I had been told that the young couple feared for their lives.

To help them, I reached out to an organization that was working to train the New York City police force about the difference between honor killings and murder (the former is often perpetrated by a close family member who would not be a suspect in a murder). While I was speaking to the liaison about the couple, I happened to notice an email update from a former classmate at Barnard with some news: A Columbia student organization formed to support victims of sexual assault, called “No Red Tape,” was aligning itself with Students for Justice in Palestine, a virulently anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian group.

The irony of the moment was powerful. Here I was, a Zionist Jewish woman trying to protect a Palestinian woman from violence, while a campus group that is supposed to be devoted to protecting women had attached itself to a group known for hateful tactics that target Jewish students, rhetoric that veers into anti-Semitism and a total refusal to engage with Zionist groups.

It’s not just ironic; it’s mysterious. How did social justice warriors, committed to liberal values, find themselves using hate speech, intolerant boycotts, and demonizing tactics towards a fellow minority group?

The answer they would no doubt give themselves — that it is Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians that drives their actions — can’t possibly account for things like the a-historical nature of their critiques, the tolerance and excuses for violent resistance against civilians, and the sheer vitriol unleashed on Jewish students. For this reason, the mystery of the social justice movement’s embrace of radical pro-Palestinian groups and their corresponding rejection of Israel is usually explained as nothing more complicated than anti-Semitism, albeit cloaked in the new language of anti-Zionism.

It’s certainly true that some of the more nefarious groups operating on college campuses are anti-Semitic. But there’s another historical explanation for how the feminists, the LGBTQ activists, the racial justice activists and the Palestinians ended up in bed together, one that is in some ways even more disturbing than the simple charge of anti-Semitism.

The relationship between left-leaning groups and anti-Israel activists can be traced back decades, to the late 1960’s, when alliances developed around a shared post-modernist, anti-colonialist understanding of the world. It was into this developing half-political, half-philosophical matrix that radical Palestinians deftly inserted themselves, despite the inherent contradictions. Anti-war activism, postmodernism, “Orientalism,” and intersectionality developed successively to complement each other, each enhancing the Left’s hatred of Israel for a new generation.

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