When it comes to hating Israel, the academic Left can spew out the anti-semitic vitriol better than most Ku Klux Klan-ers. After all, their brand of Jew-baiting is couched in progressive palaver, that noisome NewSpeak that allows educated elitists to demonize entire human populations with impunity.
Progressive posturing centers on saving the world through the perverted precepts of social justice jingoism. The progressive punchline claims to speak for the world’s downtrodden. In America, the downtrodden come pre-packaged in the form of gender, racial, ethnic, and sexual orientation samplings. But it is in the global extension of Western progressivism where the ultimate agenda of Left-wing ideology comes into full play. In the US, the progressive hate hawkers simper over women, gays, and minorities. But beyond the shores of civilization, the liberal penchant for their homegrown stock in trade victimettes transforms itself into sheer indifference.
And proof of this academic indifference to the very real plight of women, gays, and lesbians in the Muslim Middle East has been garnered by a rogue member of the academic establishment itself. In response to a 2009 petition that was circulated by David Lloyd, Professor of English at the University of California condemning Israel for ‘crimes against humanity’, Fred Gottheil, Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, decided to test the academic community’s supposed commitment to genuine social justice in the Middle East.
Over 900 academicians had signed Lloyd’s condemnation of Israel. So Professor Gottheil decided to contact these conscientious faculty members and ask them to sign a Statement of Concern over the treatment of women, gays, and lesbians within Muslim societies.
I thought it fitting to contact the signatories of the Lloyd petition to offer them yet another opportunity to express their commitment to social justice in the region, this time by endorsing a Statement of Concern regarding human rights abuses practiced against gays and lesbians and against women in general in many of the Middle Eastern countries, including the territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The idea was really uncomplicated: Since they expressed a concern about social injustice in Israel, they might also be willing to express their concern about human rights abuses practiced against women, gays, and lesbians in other parts of the Middle East.
Professor Gottheil’s Statement of Concern included detailed reports from various United Nations’ agencies outlining the systematic support for and practice of brutality against women and gays, including honor killings, wife beatings, and female genital mutilations.
The results? Only 27 out of the 675 academic elites who were contacted were willing to sign the Statement of Concern. Less that 5%. In other words, 648 (95%) of the campus faculty who signed the petition condemning Israel for human rights violations didn’t care a flying frick about the fate of women and gays in Muslim controlled societies.
But what is even more disturbing is that 169 (25%) of these academicians were faculty members associated with women’s studies programs. Only 5 of these academicians were willing to sign the Statement of Concern.
Professor Gottheil has come to the conclusion that “the academic Leftists are caught in a discriminatory trap of their own making”. In accounting for this deadly double standard, the Professor had this to add:
Some on the Left identify Israel with the US and that’s damning enough. Others, I think, see themselves as championing the cause of third-world people and, in this kind of mind-set, see Israel as white and successful, a deadly combination. There are some leftists — Marxists, mostly — who claim to oppose any form of nationalism and therefore regard Jews who are Zionist as enemy. Incidentally, these same leftists don’t seem to get too upset with African-style nationalism or even Arab-style nationalism. It’s just Jewish nationalism that gets their goat. Interesting, isn’t it? And we can’t discount the gorilla in the living room: plain old Anti-Semitism.
And if you think that the Left’s indifference to violence against women, gays, and lesbians perpetrated by Muslims will only be reserved for those atrocities that occur Over There….Think again, comrade, think again.