Academia Askew

Zionism has been taking ever-increasing hits from academic circles, where the levels of knowledge of history, rationality and logical thinking have been sinking ever lower.  Campuses seem to be locations for learning how not to think more than anything else these days.

Let me provide one example.

Sara Amighetti of the Department of Political Science, University College London, United Kingdom and Alasia Nuti of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom have now published “A Nation’s Right to Exclude and the Colonies” in the journal Political Theory.

As the abstract phrases it, the essay “contends that postcolonial migrants have a right to enter their former colonizing nations, and that these should accept them”. They openly challenge justifications for restrictions in immigration-policies based on a nation’s self-determination and the legitimate preservation of national identity.

Edward Said, but of course, is quoted and they presume to offer us “a more sophisticated account of national identity than that of liberal nationalists”. In their view,

the national identity of former colonizing nations cannot be understood in isolation from their ex-colonies. This entails that liberal nationalists cannot justify the restriction on the entrance of members of the nation’s former colonies by resorting to an argument about the preservation of national identity: the former colonized constitute an inseparable element of that national identity, because they are already historically part of it.

But I thought to myself, did not Arabs seek to colonize Europe? Did not Arabs sweep out of the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, Mesepotamia and Syria to conquer vast Europeans territories, turning those lands into “occupied territories”?  Let’s check here and we learn.

641: Muslims conquer southern areas of Azerbaijan, Daghestan, Georgia, and Armenia.

649: Muawiya I, a member of the Umayyad family, leads a raid against Cyprus

652: Sicily is attacked by Muslims coming out of Tunisia

653: Muawiya I leads a raid against Rhodes, taking the remaining pieces of the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world) and shipping it back to Syria to be sold as scrap metal.

654: Muawiya I conquers Cyprus

668: First Siege of Constantinople

674: Arab conquest reaches the Indus River.

700: Muslims from Pamntelleria raid the island of Sicily.

April 711: Tariq ibn Malik, a Berber officer, crosses the strait separating Africa and Europe with a group of Muslims and enters Spain

715: By this year just about all of Spain is in Muslim hands.

716: Lisbon is captured by Muslims.

721: a Muslim army under the command of Al-Semah and that had crossed the Pyrenees is defeated by the Franks near Toulouse.

725: Muslim forces occupied Nimes, France.

730: Muslim forces occupy the French cities of Narbonne and Avignon.

One could easily go on and on but the essence is that Islam was an imperialist, colonialist occupying power and still is.

These two academics may have a good theory but perhaps it is a bit reversed.

Or worse, we are witnessing a new conquest and subjugation of the identities of peoples, their territories, their cultures and lifestyles as well as their religions. And all these aided and abetted by such academics with their theories.

Oh, and we shouldn’t ignore this:

634: Victory against the Byzantines in Palestine (Ajnadayn).

634-644: Umar (c. 591-644) reigns as the second caliph. The Muslims subjugate Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia.

637: Jerusalem falls to invading Muslim forces.

638: Caliph Umar I enters Jerusalem.

Yes, the Jewish homeland, then occupied by the Byzantine Empire after a Jewish revolt in 132-35 against the previous Roman occupier had failed, was invaded by Arabs.

The claim of Amighetti and Nuti, that

the former colonized constitute an inseparable element of that national identity, because they are already historically part of it

is not at all applicable to our situation in Israel, which less than Europe.

As the Maccabean leader Shimon declared in the second century BCE:

 “We have not occupied a foreign land; we have not ruled a foreign land; we have liberated the land of our forefathers from foreign occupation.”




About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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