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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Columbia University Professor and His "Zionist Conspiracies"

Hat tip Campus Reform

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"Zionists are master thieves— they steal"
-Hamid Dabashi


Columbia professor of comparative literature Hamid Dabashi is back in the news again. We have featured him before on this site. You can read his prior history here, and here, and here, and here.

Now Professor Dabashi informs us that those "evil Zionists" (code word for Jews) have infiltrated the women's movement.

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10484

“A progressive intersectional fraction of the Women’s March (far beyond its Arab and Muslim components) must immediately and categorically denounce this pernicious infiltration and appropriation of the movement and insist on raising the picture of Ahed Tamimi in EVERY AND ALL such rallies,” he insists, referring to a Palestinian activist known for confronting Israeli soldiers."

The above quote says a lot. Intersectionality is the delightful little theory dreamt up by radical academic leftists to connect every injustice in the world (real or perceived) to whatever their own pet grievance is. The Palestinian lobby uses this masterfully (if I may borrow a term from Dabashi). The "grievances and suffering" of the Palestinians, naturally brought upon them by the Zionists is linked to causes in the US such as the Black Lives Matter movement, feminism, and even gay rights. Yes, gay rights. Never mind that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that affords equal rights to gays, while they are killed in neighboring countries. In  response, the Palestinian lobby dreamt up the idea of "pink-washing" that condemns Israel for unfairly pointing out the above inconvenient truth as part of their "propaganda ". We can also apply the same irony to the women's movement and its refusal to speak out about the status of women in other Middle Eastern countries.

Intersectionality is, thus, a sort of "victims of the world unite" concept. In this case, conspiracy theorists like Dabashi can blame Israelis. Zionists, or Jews (take your pick) for any grievance held by anybody anywhere in the world. Neat.

Especially insidious is the fact that if you are a progressive who happens to be Jewish and/or support Israel, your participation in other causes (like feminism, gay rights or BLM) is increasingly unwelcome. You can thank people like Dabashi for that.

And what's really outrageous about this is that people like Dabashi are not standing on a park bench yelling this hateful nonsense to amused passers-by. They are teaching it to our kids in universities all over the land.

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

The ultimate LOGIC of "intersectionality" is that each individual is unique and different... because we are each an intersection of a variety of different backgrounds, experiences, opinions and perspectives... no two alike. Pass it on.