Jeffrey Herf on the ideology of mass murder.
An earlier Quillette post reviews Herf’s book Israel’s Moment. The Palestinian Nakba narrative is discussed, along with the collaboration between the Nazi regime and Haj Amin al-Husseini, the preeminent leader of the Palestinian Arabs in the 1920s and ’30s.
CDR Salamander has a four-part post series on the situation; the first three posts are already out and are well worth reading:
Part II: Prelude to Slaughter
Part III: Gaza COA Decision Brief
The Diplomad sees an analogy with the Tet offensive of the Vietnam war.
30+ student organizations at Harvard issued a statement holding Israel “entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.” See Harvard is a National Disgrace by Jacob Howland, who directs the Intellectual Foundations Program at UATX (commonly known as the University of Austin). Some students affiliated with these organizations are now saying they didn’t know about the statement and don’t support it–and there was also a counter-statement by a number of faculty members–but overall, this level of support for such an extreme and malevolent statement says that something is seriously wrong at Harvard.
Larry Summers says: “In nearly 50 years of Harvard affiliation, I have never been as disillusioned and alienated as I am today.”
Well, Summers was President of Harvard. Doesn’t he feel some sense of responsibility for not having pushed back effectively against the politicization of the university? Christopher Rufo says “Harvard has been promoting “decolonization,” critical race theory, and radical ethno-politics for decades. They know exactly what they’re doing—they’re just scrambling because they got caught supporting people who butcher babies.” And maybe if student admissions and faculty hiring had focused more on excellence and less on nose-counting, there would have not been so many people there that were eager to sign on to such a statement.
At Yale, an ‘American Studies’ professor says: “Settlers are not civilians. This is not hard.”
Marc Rowan, the CEO of Apollo Global and the chair of the Board of Overseers at Wharton, says:
While Hamas terrorists were slaughtering Israeli Jews, university administrators were figuring out how to spin it. Do not just take my word for it; read their statements. Across academia, administrators issued statements on behalf of their institutions expressing a repulsive moral equivalence between victims of terror and the perpetrators of that terror. The antisemitic rot in academia is unmistakable.
At the University of Pennsylvania, where I sit on the Wharton School’s Board of Overseers, leaders have for too long allowed this kind of anti-Jewish hate, which sanitizes Hamas’s atrocities, to infect their campuses. There must be consequences.
I call on all UPenn alumni and supporters who believe we are heading in the wrong direction to close their checkbooks until President Liz Magill and Chairman Scott Bok resign.
Cliff May on the role of Iran, and on the land-for-peace effort of 2005.
BLM Chicago put out a meme which strongly implies its support of the Hamas terrorism. They have since made some attempt to walk it back.
A company founder says: “As a startup founder in 2020 I was under tremendous pressure to ‘publicly support’ BLM to appear anti-racist. I was told that “silence is violence” when I even questioned this pressure….well, the mask is finally off.”
If you’re on Twitter, you can see some of the responses she got to this post.
A thoughtful post by a Jew who has lived in Israel and who sees some responsibility on the part of Israel for the present situation. He has little to suggest in the way of practical solutions, though.
CNN’s Jake Tapper says:
“These last few days have been a real eye-opening period for a lot of people, a lot of Democrats, a lot of progressives, in terms of anti-semitism on the Left.”
…to which Glenn Reynolds notes: Well, up to now you managed to keep your eyes closed, and not without some effort.