Middle East studies in the News
A Guardian Left Extremist Mourns Israel's Continued Existence [on Joseph Massad]
If we could vote on it, I suspect that his Nov. 30 essay at CiF, The UN vote to recognise Palestine legitimises a racist status quo, deconstructed by Adam Levick at The Guardian approved malice of Joseph Massad, would beat out articles by such worthy contenders as Ben White, Chris McGreal, and Hamas spokesmen for first place in its sheer outpouring of racist hatred towards those who he terms "colonists" – Jews who settled in Israel.
Massad managed a truly imaginative job of rewriting history in one column. According to Massad, Arab armies did not invade the new Jewish state to tear it apart at birth – they "intervened to stop the expulsion" of Palestinians.
Not for him are the records of Jewish mayors begging Arabs to stay, or Arab leaders urging Arabs to move aside to better enable the slaughter of the Jews, the census results recording the massive influx of Arabs from other countries to partake of the growing economy of the Jewish towns and farms of the Mandate. It's all very simple and clear in his mind. Indigenous Arabs were expelled by colonist Jews, to become 6 million refugees (or even 12 million, later in his article).
In line with his teachings that Zionists are now the true anti-Semites, and Arabs their "victims", Massad even managed to work in a comparison of "Palestinian refugees" to those who perished in the Holocaust – now there are "six million other [Palestinian] refugees", a marvelously convenient number echoing the Holocaust that presumably includes every "refugee" living comfortably and teaching at American Universities, like Jordanian-born Massad himself.
Nevertheless, if there is one group of people Massad loathes more than the Jewish "colonists" in Israel, it is what he terms the "collaborationist Palestinian Authority". As the vitriol drips down the screen, it seems that he hates them even more than Hamas does. Ismail Haniyah might, for the sake of political expediency, shake the hand of Abbas, even kiss him on both cheeks, but one feels that Massad would never be trapped into such a glaring surrender of his principles.
And therein lies a strange kernel of truth that this excoriator of Zion reveals about the recent UN vote on "Palestine". Like Balaam, he came to the Guardian to curse Israel and in the end, blesses her and curses the PA.
Leave aside the false arithmetic that ignores the existence of Jordan as part of the former mandate territory of Palestine, thus inflating the percentage of land grabbed by those greedy colonists, the miraculous growth in one article from six million to 12 million Palestinian (see next excerpt), and observe how he mourns what he sees as the monumental blundering away of his version of what "Palestine" should be. The PA has created "West Bankers" rather than "Palestinians" — and, worse yet, implicitly endorsed the acceptance of the existence of that racist state of Israel and reaffirmation of by the UN of the 1947 partition plan!!
Massad's racist summation of his article was a masterful example of Hamas reasoning and a revelation of the desire to take over the thriving, prosperous state of Israel rather than have two non-viable statelets competing for the title of "Palestine" (I leave out some of the most racially charged parts of his concluding diatribe):
But let us focus on the positive. This hatemonger concludes that:
If Massad is to be believed, perhaps this second November 29th was as good a day for Israel in the General Assembly as the one 65 years ago!!Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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