At about this time every year, Texans and others mark the anniversary of the siege of the Alamo (Feb 23–March 6, 1836), sometimes referred to as the thirteen days of glory.
At about the same time, for the last several years, college campuses in the U.S. and elsewhere in the western world play host to something called Israeli Apartheid Week…a very long week, apparently running from March 7 to March 20: indeed, we could (and I will) refer to it as the fourteen days of vileness.
Hostility toward Israel has become a defining characteristic of the “progressive” Left, and the recent NPR case shows just how acceptable anti-Israel attitudes–even extremely strident ones–have become to the mainline liberal establishment. Especially when they don’t think anyone is listening.
There is a very high correlation, of course, between anti-Israel attitudes and anti-American attitudes. I would hazard a guess that of those people who spell “America” with a “K”, substantially all of them are also anti-Israel. Attitudes toward Israel are a litmus test of an individual’s orientation toward collaboration or resistance regarding the radical Islamist threat to western civilization, and indeed toward all civilization.
The objective of the fourteen days of vileness is to bring about a policy of “BDS”…boycott, divestment, and sanctions…directed against Israel. A substantial number of individuals and organizations, some of them “useful idiots” and some of them quite sinister, are involved in this effort. See the BDS sewer system from NGO Monitor.
One of the legends of the Alamo is that Colonel Travis drew a line on the ground with his sword, giving each man an opportunity to stay or to go depending on which side of the line he chose to stand. Support for Israel is also a line in the sand…the risks to the individual standing on the “Israel” side are of course not comparable to those faced by the garrison of the Alamo (although they are not totally trivial for those in certain industries such as media and academia). Standing up against the attitudes manifest in the 14 days of vileness is important not only for the survival of Israel, but for the survival of the entire civilized world.