Check out this article in the Cornell Daily Sun about the campus visit of an Israeli Bedouin diplomat, a really wonderful and informative event and well reported by the Cornell Daily Sun. What I find quite fascinating about this article is not the reporting itself which is excellent, but the comments. They are so reminiscent of the type of attitude one hears amongst intelligentsia in Europe. Are these reflective of an anti-Israel bias at US Ivy League schools generally? Would such an extrapolation be accurate?
The situation in the US currently appears to me to have parallels with that I experienced in British universities in the 1990’s. Strong support for Israel is gradually overtaken by “trendy anti-Semitism”, dripping drops of poison into the climate which gradually erodes the political process. The constant drip-drip of anti-Israel bias was one of the reasons I was so happy to come to the US. I would greatly appreciate hearing from others if this perception makes any sense or not.
ETA I would refer anybody interested on this subject to the remarkable 2006 statement from Antony Julius and Simon Schama published in the Guardian.
“The Palestinian cause, still less the cause of peace, is not served by promoting discrimination against Jews.”
Read the full article here.