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It didn’t take long for the American Administration to crudely interfere with an open society’s most sacred ethos, that of academic freedom. We learned this weekend that the US Department of Education has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake their joint Middle East studies program after concluding that they were offering students “a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region.”

Academic freedom is a relatively simple principle. It refers to the ”liberty to teach, pursue, and discuss knowledge without restriction or interference, as by school or public officials.”

This principle seems to be under attack in America. The American administration has openly interfered with the liberty to freely teach, pursue and discuss knowledge.

The New York Times writes: “in a rare instance of federal intervention in college course content, the department asserted that the universities’ Middle East program violated the standards of a federal program that awards funding to international studies and foreign language programs.”

According to the NYT the focus on ‘anti Israeli bias’ “appears to reflect the views of an agency leadership that includes a civil rights chief, Kenneth L. Marcus, who has made a career of pro-Israel advocacy and has waged a years long campaign to delegitimize and defund Middle East studies programs that he has criticized as rife with anti-Israel bias.”

One may wonder why America is willing to sacrifice its liberal ethos on the pro Israel altar? Miriam Elman provides a possible answer. Elman is an associate professor at Syracuse University and executive director of the Academic Engagement Network, which opposes BDS. Elman told the NYT that this “should be a wake-up call… what they’re (the Federal government presumably) saying is, ‘If you want to be biased and show an unbalanced view of the Middle East, you can do that, but you’re not going to get federal and taxpayer money.”

In Elman’s view academic freedom has stayed intact, it is just the dollars that will be withheld unless a university adheres to pro Israel politics.

Those who follow the history of Zionism, Israeli politics and Jewish nationalism find this latest development unsurprising. Zionism, once dedicated to the concept of a “promised land,” morphed decades ago into an aspiration toward a ‘promised planet.’ Zionism is a global project operating in most, if not all, Western states. Jewish pressure groups, Zionist think tanks and Pro Israel lobbies work intensively to suppress elementary freedoms and reshape the public, political and cultural discourse all to achieve Zionism’s ambitious goal. After all, Jewish power, as I define it, is the power to suppress criticism of Jewish power.

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This authoritarian symptom is not at all new. It is apparently a wandering phenomenon. It has popped out in different forms at different times. What happened in the USSR provides a perfect illustration of this symptom. In the early days of Soviet Russia, anti-Semitism was met with the death penalty as stated by Joseph Stalin in answer to an inquiry made by the Jewish News Agency: “In the U.S.S.R. anti-semitism is punishable with the utmost severity of the law as a phenomenon deeply hostile to the Soviet system. Under U.S.S.R. law active anti-semites are liable to the death penalty.”

Germany saw the formation of Jewish anti defamation leagues attempted to suppress the rise in anti Jewish sentiments.* There’s no need to elaborate on the dramatic failure of these efforts in Germany. And despite Stalin’s early pro-Jewish stance, the Soviet leader turned against the so- called rootless cosmopolitan s.” This campaign led to the 1950s Doctors’ plot, in which a group of doctors (mostly Jewish) were subjected to a show trial for supposedly having plotted to assassinate the Soviet leader.

In Britain and other Western nations we have seen fierce pro Israel campaigns waged to suppress criticism of Israel and Jewish politics. Different lobbies have been utilizing different means amongst them the adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism by governments and institutions. In Britain, France, Germany and other European countries, intellectuals, artists, politicians, party members and ordinary citizens are constantly harassed by a few powerful Jewish pressure groups. In dark Orwellian Britain 2019, critics of Israel have yet to face the death sentence, but they are subjected to severe reprisals ranging from personal intimidation to police actions and criminal prosecution. People have lost their jobs for supporting Palestine, others have been expelled from Corbyn’s compromised Labour Party for making truthful statements. Some have even been jailed for satirical content. And as you might guess, none of this has made Israel, its supporters or its stooges popular. Quite the opposite.

I learned from the NYT that the administration “ordered” the universities’ consortium to submit a revised schedule of events it planned to support, a full list of the courses it offers and the professors working in its Middle East studies program. I wonder who in the administration possesses the scholarly credentials to assess the academic level of university courses or professors? Professor Trump himself, or maybe Kushner & Ivanka or Kushner’s coffee boy Avi Berkovitch, or maybe recently retired ‘peace maker’ Jason Greenblat t?

It takes years to build academic institutions, departments, libraries and research facilities. Apparently, it takes one determined lobby to ruin the future of American scholarship.

*In his book Final Solution David Cesarani brings the story of the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens (Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith) that operated in Germany since the late 19th century “suing rabble rousers for defamation, funding candidates pledging to contest antisemitism…” You can read about the association and its activity here

(Republished from Gilad Atzmon by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. ‘…’Those who follow the history of Zionism, Israeli politics and Jewish nationalism find this latest development unsurprising. Zionism, once dedicated to the concept of a “promised land,” morphed decades ago into an aspiration toward a ‘promised planet.’ …’

    Brilliant.

    • Replies: @Gilad Atzmon
  2. Here is an article that examines the latest legislation passed in the United States to protect Israel’s interests:

    https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/06/florida-and-anti-semitism-new-degree-of.html

    It is quite clear that this legislation is in breach of the U.S. Constitution and that it sets a new standard for legislation designed to prevent any type of negative speech against Israel.

  3. Sean says:

    After all, Jewish power, as I define it, is the power to suppress criticism of Jewish power.

    I would define it as the most powerful power What is strong wins, not the truth, whatever that might be* .

    In his book Final Solution David Cesarani brings the story of the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens (Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith) that operated in Germany since the late 19th century “suing rabble rousers for defamation, funding candidates pledging to contest antisemitism…” You can read about the association and its activity here

    America is the most economically and technically and militarily powerful country on Earth, and there are far more Jews as a proportion of the country in America than Weimar. Germany had lost a war and the whole political class was discredited. Nothing is going to happen to America that will reduce the power of the Jews, short of an invasion by space aliens.

    According to the NYT the focus on ‘anti Israeli bias’ “appears to reflect the views of an agency leadership that includes a civil rights chief, Kenneth L. Marcus, who has made a career of pro-Israel advocacy and has waged a years long campaign to delegitimize and defund Middle East studies programs that he has criticized as rife with anti-Israel bias.”

    More like anti winner bias. There used to be a great deal of agitation against the death squad democracies like El Salvador and Guatemala because they were winning with merciless violent force against bleating clerics and the Communists who were trying to use the Christian flock as cover.

    Those academics who supported peasants against murderous security forces in Central America back then, want to bring them to the West now. The people in the British Labour party who would support boycotts and disinvestment against Israel, (which is far from the worst human rights violator on the world) would flood Britain with immigrants just like in the Blair years. Rubbing the face of the traditionally minded people of the country in their ongoing replacement by nonEuropeans is their way to finally win.

    https://boingboing.net/2019/09/12/brahmin-left.html
    Branko Milanovic (previously) reviews Capital and Ideology, making it sound really exciting. In particular, Piketty focuses on the transformation of labor parties into liberal parties whose core constituency is the middle class […] This part of the book looks empirically at the reasons that left-wing, or social democratic parties have gradually transformed themselves from being the parties of the less-educated and poorer classes to become the parties of the educated and affluent middle and upper-middle classes.

    Palestinians have it tough? I am sure they do, but how does then getting what they want, which rather than the post nationalist europia of Mr Atzmon is more the most nationalist state , help Westerners?. British Labour wanted to remake Britain, but they overdid it with the EU Poles. No one in the non immigrant working class is ever going to trust Labour again.

    It takes years to build academic institutions, departments, libraries and research facilities. Apparently, it takes one determined lobby to ruin the future of American scholarship.

    You Mr Atzmon did not need a vast academic aparatus the independently study and pronounce on the ME problem, you have decided that the Jews are not in the right. So what, everyone already knew that, it’s obvious because the Palestinians were there first. Nor can there be any question as to who has the might. The Jews would go berserk if Israel came to an end. Sorry but its not worth it, and we have responsibilities to our own that come first.

    *Andreotti said”We learn from the Gospel that when they asked Jesus what truth was, he did not reply. Another pertinent remark of Andreotti: “Power wears out those who don’t have it”,

    • Replies: @MarkU
  4. MarkU says:
    @Sean

    You have just posted a long, rambling, incoherent piece which is only tenuously connected to anything that Gilad Atzmon actually said.

    If you took the time to actually read through the tangential garbage that you write, you might notice that it is as badly written as it is badly thought out.

    Palestinians have it tough? I am sure they do, but how does then getting what they want, which rather than the post nationalist europia of Mr Atzmon is more the most nationalist state , help Westerners?.

    You Mr Atzmon did not need a vast academic aparatus the independently study and pronounce on the ME problem,

    It is also far from clear whose side you are on, on the one hand you are describing the (alleged) anti-Israeli bias as “More like anti winner bias” but later you state..

    you have decided that the Jews are not in the right. So what, everyone already knew that, it’s obvious because the Palestinians were there first.

    So what is your point? That it is OK to destroy academic freedom because everyone knows the Jews are not in the right anyway? And what have El Salvadorian and Guatemalan death squads got to do with it? You come across as a death squad fanboy by the way.

    There used to be a great deal of agitation against the death squad democracies like El Salvador and Guatemala because they were winning with merciless violent force against bleating clerics and the Communists who were trying to use the Christian flock as cover.

    To me it sounded like you wanted to have a dig at Gilad Atzmon for reasons which are unclear, threw in some unrelated ranting for good measure and then forgot to proof read it.

  5. Sean says:

    It is also far from clear whose side you are on, on the one hand you are describing the (alleged) anti-Israeli bias as “More like anti winner bias” but later you state “you have decided that the Jews are not in the right. So what, everyone already knew that, it’s obvious because the Palestinians were there first”.

    Yes the Palestinian got badly treated and are had their rights violated, I consider myself under any obligation to be on their side, I am on the side of the traditional people of the West in their own countries. For helping other peoples I need to see some benefit to my people, who cannot afford altruism. The Palestinians bring nothing to the table and are helpless. As someone pointed out to Giraldi the other day on RT one of the main reasons the Palestinians are helpless is because the other Muslims of the Middle East have lost interest in them. Now they are left with Iran.

    Those academics he lauds as somehow independent are the subtle class enemies of working people in western countries, they want to give some justice to the Palestinians and other indigenous people, but they hate the traditional people and culture of their own country. Atzmon just happens to be from a country where the traditional people were replaced by Europeans. The former social democrat parties have become free of workers. Instead they are full of people who believe in more and more education, and even more mass immigration. Blair’s Labour was not different to Coryn’s in that respect, Corbyn actually said there was no upper limit to immigration. These are the ones who want to help Palestine,

    Atzmon’s frames the Palestinian- Israeli conflict as one cased by Jewish national and religious particularism yet it’s clear to be he wants a world without any nation states, rather like John Lennon’s Imagine . Meanwhile the Palestinians want their own nation state. Does he think Duke University can solve the ME problem by explaining to the Palestinians that they should live in a binational state?

    “Power wears out those who don’t have it” is very relevant to Atzmon’s troubles, but he is going to be taught to appreciate it ever more deeply,

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
    , @renfro
  6. @sean 5:56

    you said, ‘Muslems of the Middle East lost interest. Now they are left with Iran.’ All the ME countries that have supported Palestine have been smashed to bits, destroyed. The only countries left helping Palestine are Syria (almost destroyed) and Iran, in the cross hairs. Even NZ has been harrassed by the Apartheid Occupation for offering support to Palestine. Come out of the tree, you are in a forrest.

  7. You are flat out wrong Gilad.
    There is a difference between criticism of Israel and racist talk. There has been a lot of racist behavior towards Jews going on college campuses. Students have been thrown off student boards just because they went to Israel on a birthright trip. University of California has a Israel Apartheid week, where Jewish students face physical abusive. Three is a curriculum course on called “How to eliminate Israel”.

    You have not followed American Universities closely and are taking one incident out of context see below what happened at a pro Gaza conference at UNC, when a Palestinian rapper got really racist.
    Just fill in Jews for Black, Muslim, gays, etc. There is a big difference you refuse to acknowledge because a lot of your followers are racist. Isn’t that what we are talking about? American Universities have trustees that donate tons of money. Here in NY. NYU lost a lot of trustee money from Alumni because of harassment by the SJP of Jewish students. In California Jewish students are routinely harass and bullied. Racism is racism, not about Jews.
    Columbia University had Edward Sayed and now Rashid Kaledi. Both who were outspoken critics of Israel, and continue uninterrupted. L

    This is what the rapper sang:

    “Let’s try it together. I need your help. I cannot be “anti-Semitic” alone,” Nafar said before singing, “don’t think of Rihanna when you sing this, don’t think of Beyonce – think of Mel Gibson. I’m in love with a Jew/Oh/I fell in love with a Jew/Oh/Her skin is white and my skin is brown, she was going up, up and I was going down.”

  8. @Sean

    The Palestinians are losers, who do not want their own state but rather they want the Jews gone. That is their entire raison d’être, not national sovereignty.

    It is you who need to come out of the trees.
    Every left winger wants to make the Pals out to be the natives who got kicked out. Not true, there were always Jews in Palestine, which belonged to no one and was a province of the Ottomans.
    It is a stupid story. 70% of Israelis come from Arab countries not Europe. The Pals are not the Native Americans, with a distinct culture and identity who were replaced by colonizers. It is a bogus story.

    Their leaders are Jihadist who want to murder Jews, if they wanted a state the whole thing would have been over like 50 years ago. Look at those corrupt leaders, keeping the entire population prisoners of their greed and lust for destruction. They care little for national sovereignty if it involves sharing land with the Jews.

    The Jews figured it out a long time ago, it is just a matter of weaning the global community from the propaganda and showing people what a scam the Palestinian cause is. The arabs have abandoned them a long time ago, because their cause was not sincere.

    Do no blame the Jews for all the death and destruction in the ME. Muslims have their own porblems.

  9. Prior to 9/11 the consensus of experts on the Middle East, Islam, Comparative Religion, etc. was that MI6 Zionist Bernard Lewis was an ignorant, extremist lunatic. When Lewis feuded with Edward Said, the whole academy sided with Said, who was elected president of MLA in a landslide.

    The 9/11 neocon-Zionist coup terrorized the academy and made Lewis a mainstream guru, advisor to Bush Jr. and bestselling author. Since then the insane Zionist party line, which has always dominated in both liberal and conservative media as well as politics, has been forced on the academy, whose experts are smart enough and knowledgable enough to know how insane it is…but what can they do?

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  10. bjondo says:

    Bernard Lewis is a great scholar like Cheney is a great statesman.

    Two 3rd rate, racist, rotted, sub humans.

    Well, maybe top rank, rotted, sub humans.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/alas-poor-bernard-lewis-fellow-infinite-jest-180528112404489.html

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2003/06/27/bernard-lewis/
    (C-P before Alexander C. died and mag went to hell)

    5ds

  11. @Kevin Barrett

    Yeah well Edward Said was a fake, claimed to be from Palestine but was later found out to be born in Egypt.
    Usually a fib like that will get you fired in Academia but he weathered the storm because of his victim status. Good for him, his book on Orientalism was outstanding.
    Your comments about Lewis are laughable, people say the same shit about Said.
    One mans ceiling is another mans floor.
    Your 9/11 BS is a syndrome a sickness. You are neither rational or sane.
    What academy?

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @bjondo
  12. Wally says:

    Atzmon tips his hand when mentioning the so called “Doctors plot” by citing Zionist dominated Wikipedia on the subject.
    Wikipedia is certainly not a reasonable, unbiased source for anything of special interest to Jews.

    recommended:
    How Israel and Its Partisans Work to Censor the Internet: http://www.unz.com/article/how-israel-and-its-partisans-work-to-censor-the-internet/?highlight=wikipedia
    Zionist Wikipedia Editing Course: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139189

  13. Wally says:
    @Fran Taubman

    Your “holocaust” BS is a syndrome, a sickness. You are neither rational or sane, as has been demonstrated repeatedly at this site.

  14. renfro says:
    @Sean

    ”For helping other peoples I need to see some benefit to my people, who cannot afford altruism”

    People like you are the dog shit on the bottom of the worlds shoe,
    You need to be scrapped off.

    The next time your ‘people’ are holocausted they better have something to bring to the table or they’ll get zero.

  15. bjondo says:
    @Fran Taubman

    That time: reach into the old BS box.
    BS don’t “fly” first 1000x
    from 1000 shekelgrubbers,
    try, try again
    with new shekelgrubber.

  16. @MarkU

    Yes, “Sean’s” comment is illustrative of an emerging tendency among sophistic, pilpul-pushing Jews (and some shabbosgoyim) in comment strings.

    One key feature that we see here is the traditional Jew resort to claims of inevitability for whatever goal the Jew is pursuing. The Jew is on the “right side of history.” And those in opposition are sure to be on the losing side. Note also the employment of Trump-like winner/loser dichotomy. The Jew looks at what “sells” to any particular slice of goyim. “Sean” figures that Trump-style language and phraseology will have some appeal here and so he uses these terms in his comment.

    Of course, the Jew has been thrown out of every place he has every infested. He first alienated the Greeks of the Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean, then the Western Europeans, then the Eastern Europeans, and ultimately in the 20th century, the Muslim world. So over the longer historical term, the Jews doesn’t really look like much of a winner. The things he does to “win” get him expelled or exterminated. But he is counting on the short historical memory of the goyim to render that reality moot.

    The Jew’s first inclination is to make a moralistic appeal. His sense of his own morality is a dominant characteristic of the Jew psyche. But here, “Sean” appeals explicitly to Jewish power–“the strongest power.” The Jew understands that the destructive obsessions of the Jew left (really, pseudo-left) and Jew Neocons have exhausted and alienated American goyim. So now he is trying to jump off that train and onto the MAGA or nationalist train. This is absolutely typical of how the Jew thinks and operates. He doesn’t really believe in anything except what happens to be “good for the Jews” at the moment and in the foreseeable future. The Jew observes that MAGA Goyim who think this way are inclined to accept power realities, so the Jew wants to appeal to that by asserting the overwhelming power of the Jew in the US, which, he informs us for our edification, is the most powerful country in the world. The message is that whether you like the Jew or not, his position is unassailable, so you might as well give in to it.

    Another characteristic feature of the contemporary faux-conservative scheming Jew is the inclination to co-opt anti-immigration sentiment. Notice how he links the British Labor Party, one of the Jew’s current bogeymen, with immigration, which he assumes is an emotive topic for MAGA goyim, in an attempt to make his enemy everyone else’s enemy. Again, this is typical Jew behavior.

    The Jews would go berserk if Israel came to an end. Sorry but its not worth it, and we have responsibilities to our own that come first.

    “Sean” concludes with a final warning that Jew power must be accommodated and projects an air of resignation. He also strangely appends two quotes from former Italian PM Giulio Andreotti:

    ”We learn from the Gospel that when they asked Jesus what truth was, he did not reply.

    “Power wears out those who don’t have it”

    Now who would know or take the time to come up with these pessimistic, even nihilistic comments from an old, Italian politician? It could be an utterly dejected and morally defeated Catholic–in theory. But it’s much more likely that this is all a Jew’s notion of how to promote the idea of the power of Jewry and the powerlessness of those who oppose Jewry’s global scheming. The Jew says to himself, “Well if the goyim are focused on the scheming of the Jews, then I will co-opt that focus to impress on the goy the idea that resistance is futile–that Jew schemes are destined to succeed no matter what the goy does.”

    TUR is clearly a place where a good deal of experimentation goes on–including Jew experimentation in how to anti-Jewish sentiments–judo-like–for use on behalf of the Jew.

    This sort of conniving–double and triple games–is at the very heart of how the Jew sees and behaves towards the goyim.

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  17. @Oscar Peterson

    Woha there bucaroo!
    Sean does not represent classic Hasbara thought or ideas. Not. He is not a classic Jew a phobic in his thoughts, and often strays from the message, so much so that we Hasbara Jews scratch out heads.
    Zionist Jews do not think the Palestinians got treated badly. They believe that the entire story is a Jihad against the Jews in an attempt to wipe them out as a religion. Nothing to do with land and or peace. That is the beginning middle and end of the story, and we care little about the Palestinians and their cause, talk to the Jihadist and stop them from trying to eradicate us.
    The rest of your story is pure speculation and bullshit and Jews have little time to ponder such far out thoughts as they are facing constant threats of annihilation from Islam.
    You may disagree with my points, but lets at least stay on track.

    Thoughts like this:

    Yes the Palestinian got badly treated and are had their rights violated, I consider myself under any obligation to be on their side, I am on the side of the traditional people of the West in their own countries. For helping other peoples I need to see some benefit to my people, who cannot afford altruism. The Palestinians bring nothing to the table and are helpless. As someone pointed out to Giraldi the other day on RT one of the main reasons the Palestinians are helpless is because the other Muslims of the Middle East have lost interest in them. Now they are left with Iran.

    This article by Melanie Griffin is what the Jews think
    https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/the-real-winners-in-this-election-are-the-israeli-arabs/

  18. “Sean” is clearly using standard Jew techniques of sophistic argumentation: Inevitability, selling Israel with different pitches to different goy audiences, attempting to sell pro-Jew intellectual schlock as a “package deal” with memes assumed to be favorably received by the targeted goyim.

    These are absolutely indicators of the Jew rhetorical style.

    Now, whether Sean is ultimately a classically conniving, dishonest Jew or an unconventionally conniving, dishonest Jew or a shabbosgoy who has learned at the knee of the conniving, dishonest Jew or a hapless goy whom the conniving, dishonest Jew has succeeded via his propagandistic efforts in demoralizing to the point of a Stockholm-Syndrome-style recitation is not a fully resolved issue. But clearly, we can see that the Jew or his influence has been at work here one way or another.

    Beyond that, you have said nothing except that you don’t like the post, which is not a concern for me in any case.

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  19. @Oscar Peterson

    No I am saying you are full of shit.

  20. @MarkU

    It’s no different from the mewling of the rest of the Hasbara here, the Taubman bint for example.

    Paid by the word.

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  21. @Bill Jones

    who pays you Neo Nazis and Jihadist? Oh you guys do it for love and lust. I get it. No one needs to pay you. How does that work? You got it right so no pay needed? But we need to get paid because Hasbara needs money.
    I just do not get that.

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    God’s Chosen Assholes

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