Douglas MacKinnon
Former White House and Pentagon Official and author

Students Must Drop Out of “Anti-Israel University”

Alarmingly, the anti-Israel “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” movement — allegedly working to “end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians” — is finding more and more receptive listeners and allies on American college and university campuses.

No surprise.

These would be the same colleges and universities which now teach next to nothing that will help their graduates survive and thrive in the real-world.

Instead, many seem to promote a curriculum heavy on safe-spaces, micro-aggressions, the eradication of all borders, globalism, the ever-changing narratives and fundraising tools associated with global warming, the evils of white male privilege, and the need for identity politics.

While it may make them heroes to the left, they are failing their students.

Unfortunately — and quite dangerously — some American colleges and universities are no longer satisfied with simply failing to educate their students while filling their heads with “it’s all about me,” socialist-nonsense.  A growing number of them have decided to morph into misinformation camps knowingly pushing lies for ideological reasons while purposely fostering hate and much worse in the process.

Much of the propaganda, falsehoods, and outright lies being directed at the State of Israel.

With the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, a majority of the deans and professors at these liberal institutions lost their minds and a great deal of their judgement.

For a number of years, the tide has been turning against Israel on many American college campuses.  A reality which was exponentially accelerated with not only the election of Trump, but his close relationship and friendship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

That needed and quite healthy relationship caused the already fragile minds of these deans and professors to completely snap.

Pushing a number of them to collectively form what I call:  “Anti-Israel University.”

One of the proud chapters of “Anti-Israel U” being New York University.  The school recently hosted a graduation speaker who predictably called President Trump a “fascist” before telling the students that “I am so proud, so proud, of NYU’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace for supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against the apartheid state government of Israel.”

Maybe the liberal graduation speaker, as well as the deans, professors, and students who applauded his dangerous anti-Israel rhetoric, should look up the definitions of fascism because they for sure are employing many of its darkest tactics.

The president of NYU later apologized, but the cheers still echo.

As the ADL rightfully states:  The BDS movement is a “campaign to delegitimize Israel and is being waged across the globe…it rejects Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and is the most prominent effort to undermine Israel’s existence.”

Dr. Harold Brackman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center reinforced that opinion saying the BDS movement, “…presents itself as a pro-peace initiative but in reality is a thinly-veiled, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic ‘poison pill’ whose goal is the demonization, de-legitimization, and ultimate demise of the Jewish State.”

With regard to the BDS movement being “anti-Semitic,” the German Parliament totally agrees and just proclaimed it so while warning that the movement echoes “the most terrible chapter in German history” while recalling the Nazi motto: “Don’t buy from Jews.”

When I was at the Pentagon, I spent three years interacting with the Israel Defense Forces on a regular basis.  Heroic men and women who spent their entire existence at the pointy-end of the spear.  Back then, there was no doubt Israel was one of our best and most trusted allies in the world.  Today, that relationship is even more important and the survival of Israel as a nation and a peacemaker more paramount than ever.

American author Mark Twain once correctly stated:  “A lie can travel half-way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

As of now, roughly 500 anti-Israel events – and the dangerous lies they spread — are held on American college campuses annually.

To those students who show up at such events, I would say:  “Drop out of Anti-Israel U.  Think for yourselves.  Condemn the lies.  And embrace the State of Israel and the good it represents for the Middle East and the rest of the world.”

Do so before the lies ignite a fire which cannot be contained.

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