UCLA 'Conflict Resolution' Program Features Anti-Israel Profs. on Both Sides
by Cinnamon Stillwell • Feb 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm
This just in from the UCLA Newsroom:
And who has been chosen to initiate the first of these enlightened, peace-loving lectures on the Arab-Israeli conflict? None other than Saree Makdisi, a UCLA English professor, nephew of the infamous Edward Said, and a well-known anti-Israel ideologue. In addition to promoting the usual canards about Israeli "apartheid" and imaginary atrocities, Makdisi routinely churns out op-eds and delivers lectures promoting the so-called "one-state solution," in which Israel, in its current form, ceases to exist. As he put it in a June, 2011 lecture at the University of Pennsylvania, the Jews--without a state and surrounded by twenty-two Arab-majority states--will have to "just get on with their lives." In other words, Makdisi is hardly an ideal candidate to teach about "conflict resolution."
Presumably representing the pro-Israel perspective in this seminar will be David N. Myers, former director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and current chair of the history department:
The problem is that Myers, although claiming to "hold different views" from Makdisi, is hardly unbiased. His response to a Center for Near Eastern Studies-sponsored 2009 symposium titled "Gaza and Human Rights" that garnered widespread condemnation for its anti-Israel invective (Myers's buddy Makdisi, one the speakers, asserted that "the goal of Israel is to deliberately starve children") was tepid at best. It's little wonder, since a Jewish Journal of Los Angeles article on the subject described Myers as having himself "publicly protested the level of Israeli force used in Gaza."
Beyond that, Myers, as noted in the April, 2011 Campus Watch article, "Anti-Israel Jewish Studies":
On one side we have a professor who believes Israel should no longer exist as a Jewish state, and on the other a professor who also believes Israel should no longer exist as a Jewish state.
Looks like there won't be any conflicts to resolve after all.
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