Ari Bussel & Norma
Fighting for Israel, But Why?
September 11, 2009
"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.”
– Attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
A senior minister of the Israeli Government is in Los Angeles this week
with a message for Americans (Christians and Jews) to relate to the
Administration: The Settlements are not the issue. The head of
opposition from Israel, Israel’s foreign minister until just a few
months ago, is arriving in LA toward the end of the week. She is coming
with a completely different message than her counterpart, asking the
very same people to send a contradictory message to the Administration.
Confused? No need to be.
Another visitor to Los Angeles and San Diego this weekend is Prof. Rivka
Carmi, the president of Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Prof. Carmi
is coming to meet with major donors who withheld University donations
following an Opinion piece in the LA Times. Prof. Neve Gordon of BGU
brands Israel an Apartheid state and calls for the world to "Boycott
Professor Carmi will highlight all the good things happening at the
University. Yes, she has been aware for years that there are a few bad
apples, but as she wrote in a reply in the Los Angeles Times, "her hands
are tied.” Professor Carmi may now have to deal with her major donors,
who for some unknown reason took Prof. Gordon’s piece to heart, but she
would like nothing better than to put a lid on the case and move on.
The call to "Boycott Israel” is neither new nor unique to Prof. Gordon.
Professor after professor from Tel Aviv University, Haifa University,
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion are standing behind
Prof. Gordon. Some support his right to "academic freedom,” others his
contention that for the sake of his two boys, Israelis and Palestinians,
an effective, global boycott of Israel is necessary.
Confused again? Really, there is no need to be.
The Muslim Student Association at the University of California Irvine
(UCI) has been highly successful at demanding free speech. The students
as well as outsiders in their midst then abuse the right and perpetrate
pure hate-filled speech. More worrisome is their denial of the same
right to anyone who does not subscribe to their interpretation of
Freedoms are not absolute. The right to free speech doesn’t include the
right to silence opposing views or espouse hate speech for propaganda.
Academic freedom does not entitle rewriting history or spreading lies in
the name of education. If misuse of freedoms is allowed, there is a
danger the whole academic installation may collapse.
But let us focus on basics rather than on the academia.
A basic tenant common to Western Society is the Judeo-Christian belief
that God promised the Land of Israel to the Hebrews. A Covenant, lasting
for all time, for a thousand generations, between God and His people,
serves the basis and the justification for the continued existence of
Jewish people in the Land of Israel for over three millennia.
Today however, the Palestinian propaganda machine has excelled once
again: The expectation of recognizing the (modern) State of Israel as a
Jewish State and the Jewish Homeland is … RACIST? Is Italy racist
because it is the home of Catholicism? Is Azerbaijan racist because it
is a moderate Muslim country?
If there were no confusion thus far, now is the time. Israel is being
challenged at the very essence of its being.
Confusion aside, the story continues.
At approximately the same time the Los Angeles Times published the Op-Ed
"Boycott Israel,” the leading Swedish paper Aftonbladet published an
Opinion piece by freelance journalist Donald Bostrom claiming (based on
interviews with Palestinians) Israeli soldiers were harvesting organs
from bodies of young Palestinian males.
Like Prof. Gordon, he was just "expressing his opinion.”
He told CNN "he had no proof [emphasis added] that Israeli
soldiers were stealing organs, and that the purpose of his piece was to
call for an investigation into numerous claims in the 1990s that such
activity was going on in the West Bank and Gaza.”
Two radical calls to action: one by the head of a department at a top
university in Israel, another by a reporter in Israel. The Israeli
Government Press Office is withholding the reporter’s credentials, and
the university promised some internal action against the professor –
nothing public of course – and wants the matter to go away.
Sweden’s foreign minister refuses to apologize and the paper’s
editor-in-chief, Jan Helin, says he is not a Nazi. Is hatred and
anti-Semitism confined to only members of the Nazi party?
The real question must be: is spreading lies and hatred to destroy a
country protected or merely treasonous? As Joseph Goebbels was so fond
of repeating, "Tell a lie often enough it becomes the truth.” How much
easier it must be for Israel’s enemies when the world is so willing to
believe lies about a people they despise?
Israel must decide: Are settlements good for her or not? Should there be
multiple representatives sending mixed signals to the US Administration
via her support base? Is she a Jewish state or not? Is Jerusalem her
capital or not? Is Jerusalem divisible or not? Is Israel an Apartheid
state or not? Should we boycott Israel or not? In fact, is it important
she continues to exist or should the format or location change?
To hear there are "bad apples” in the mix is insulting to one’s
intelligence. If left to rot, the entire bag of apples will ultimately
be tainted and destroyed.
Israel cannot allow herself to ignore the above incidents. Prof. Carmi
and Ben Gurion University’s Board of Governors must not sleep until they
send a clear public signal to all the bad apples. Anything less than
decisive, immediate and forceful action would be capitulating to
Supporters and lovers of Israel sit and worry over what is taking place,
even as Israel’s enemies evaluate, learn and implement more distorted
lies. The enemy sees the Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times by an
Israeli Jew was effective against Israel. If these lies have convinced
the world there are many vocal, powerful professors in Israel that
believe a boycott is warranted, who can imagine what the next lie
and call to action will be?
If the libelous accusation about murdering Palestinians males to harvest
their organs is effective, imagine the next episode in their scripted
Who better to invent horrific lies than those who invented the practice
of strapping bombs to their own children and sending them to die as
martyrs? It is no wonder few can compete with the Palestinians at evil
lies, when normal minds cannot conceive of such tactics.
Even if you can’t imagine, no need to worry. Israel’s enemies will. They
are incredibly creative. They have perfected the art of propaganda. A
Thousand and One Arabian Nights, moving full speed ahead and the
next installment is on its way.
Malcolm Muggeridge said "People do not believe lies because they have
to, but because they want to.” This is the key to the Jewish plight. As
long as the world embraces anti-Semitism, it will welcome the lies.
please wake up. We cannot fight these lies when your own people call to
support them. We cannot overemphasize the importance of Jewish presence
in Judea and Samaria if you waiver about the about "settlements” and
"East Jerusalem.” If you do not wake up, if the watchmen on the walls
let down their guard, we will soon arrive at the end of days. Surely
there are at least fifty righteous people left, forty-five, thirty,
twenty, possibly even ten? Wake up before it is too late, or perhaps the
eagerness to accept such treasonous lies is a sign it already is?