The Left’s Hypocritical Critique of Zionism

Prager University recently released a video about what the left calls “social justice.” In it, Jonah Goldberg addresses the idea that the term fails to have a concrete meaning, and it defines an abstract theory that is deeply rooted in ideological inconsistency and intellectual dishonesty. The concept espouses these leftist ideas of equality and of the redistribution of resources for the betterment of all. The irony, of course, is that the far left will stand for any “inequality,” even if that means supporting those who reject ideas of equality for all genders, races, and sexual orientations.

On college campuses, the “social justice” mantra and Zionism cannot work together. Without fail, these campus “social justice warriors” projecting this idea fundamentally believe in fighting for the underdog. In the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the media and other left-leaning organizations portray the Palestinian-Arabs as the underdog against the “big, bad, and powerful” Israel. Anyone who follows the media’s biased coverage of the conflict recognizes that these fake journalists utilize phrases and make outrageous claims that have no basis in historical fact and also have no standing within a legal framework.

One such example remains the “occupation.” According to international law, one cannot occupy the land of a state that does not legitimately exist through the context of the Montevideo Convention. There has never been a legitimate, sovereign state of “Palestine” in history. However, when “social justice warriors” discuss the “occupation,” they say that international law does not matter because the Palestinian-Arabs feel occupied. Because there are legal security barriers surrounding areas around Judea and Samaria and a legal blockade against Gaza, the Palestinian-Arabs feel that they’re living in an “open-air prison” and that this “occupation” is preventing them from living their lives as human beings. Thus, historical fact and international law remain irrelevant to feelings, which are seen as more legitimate and should be seen as “absolute truth.”

However, these same activists who claim to focus on justice do not hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for continuously rejecting peace deals with Zionist communities and later on the Jewish state since 1937 while simultaneously spending their aid money on terror tunnels, bullets, and bombs. Where’s their condemnation of Palestinian leadership? I have yet to see it. These same leftist social justice warriors, especially in the Jew-hating group Students for Justice in Palestine, also claim to support the issues of the LGBTQ community, women’s rights, racial equality, and other “social justice” causes. However, we do not hear a single instance where even “moderate” SJP students condemn “Palestine” for its treatment of homosexuals and women, nor do we hear SJP condemning Hamas for taking part in the Arab world’s extensive slave trade of African refugees. This flagrant hypocrisy continues to poison the legitimacy and the honesty of the left’s cause.

The issue remains that Zionism and its advocates focus entirely on tactics that remain diametrically opposed to what the left stands for. While Israel’s existence is entirely legal, the left continues to call Israel a “racist, illegitimate state.” Despite the fact that 17 Arab politicians will be in the Knesset following Tuesday’s election, the left calls Israel an “apartheid state.” Finally, Hamas puts its children on rooftops, but the left accuses Israel of killing babies. Without fail, the proponents of leftism, and therefore “social justice,” cannot ideologically stand for our cause and Israel’s legitimacy as the legal nation-state of the Jewish people.

Though I respect the belief that attempt to bridge the gap between fighting for “social justice” and fighting for Israel’s legitimacy, it remains impossible to address these activists and hope that they will understand our perspective. Because of that, we cannot waste our time trying to forge alliances the anti-Israel and anti-Zionist left, rather the pro-Israel community needs to humiliate and embarrass the ideological inconsistencies of the far left. In theory, Israel and Zionism should be liberal causes. However, those “liberals” do not belong to organizations like J Street or Students for Justice in Palestine. We must be required to put their feet to the fire and challenge their preposterous claims rather than trying to change our strategy to appease them.

About the Author
Elliott Hamilton is a JD/MPH candidate at Boston College Law School and Tufts University School of Medicine. He was credited as a researcher in the 2016 film "Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus."
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