Saturday, April 16, 2011

The professor strikes again

What kind of person would make the following statement?

"I personally think that the various Bin Ladenite kooks and gangs in Gaza are run by Fath/Israel to sabotage Hamas."

That's right. He is none other than the American academic who
served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC, as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, and is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley.

Check it out for yourself.

Sadly, the mind doesn't boggle. It is par for the course on American campuses.

"The horrible thing about the Two minutes of Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic."


Another strike:

AA : " Feldman ... he has made over the years (especially when he questioned the ability of Arabs to act rationally)"

I don't know about acting rationally but when it comes to rational thinking -- if Angry Arab is anything to judge by (and I consider him pretty much representative of the mindset of the much fabled and feared Arab street) -- then the
professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley certainly gives one pause to consider the extent of his ability to think along rational lines.

Check out what kinds of conspiracies he promotes on his website:
Mossad propaganda about Latin America

BTW, unlike those " Zionist hoodlums" who are horrified by the violence of his candour, as he describes so graciously here, I welcome his anger and his honesty. He reminds me of Rashid Khalidi before he was groomed for public presentation by his mentor, Edward Said. You knew exactly what you were confronting in the old Khalidi and in this Arab academic who doesn't even pretend that he favours liberalism. It's all about raw revenge and self-indulging hatred. He is a visible lion, and as any safari tour guide will tell you, a visible lion is a safe lion. It's the very invisibility of the hungry lions that crouch and hide among the tall grass that renders them extremely dangerous.

Think about it.

When someone goes before an audience of Palestinian American Women’s Association, to which he says things like:

"...But no, never will we recognize the Zionist State of Israel! We must go back to the 1968 PLO charter, not the one engineered by Bill Clinton in Ramallah...

...We celebrate the demise of Israel, yes, Israel, your days are truly numbered!...

...I of course want only poisoned relationship with Israel... "

And is rewarded by
"a thunderous, standing five-minute ovation";

or when he writes on his blog:

" I would not recognize the state of Israel even if confined to the area of a cup of tea."

do you come away with the impression that these are rational, peace-loving people longing for a just solution to the I/P conflict? Would you like your kids being instructed by someone like that about world affairs, justice and conflict resolution, ostensibly what a professor of political science at a bona fide university is commissioned with?

Angry Arab is good for Israel. No amount of Israeli Hasbara can achieve what reading his blog entries for just one day can do, by way of explaining and illustrating exactly what kind of "peace partner" Israel has to deal with.


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