Bill Maher likes to say that there’s only one prejudice that it’s still okay to practice, and that’s ageism.  But that’s not exactly true.  If you are a leftist, it’s okay to hate and denigrate all sorts of demographic groups as long as they don’t hew precisely to your own narrow-minded set of beliefs.  If you’re a blue-collar Trump voter, it’s okay for them to call you a smelly deplorable or (in the words of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser’s lawyer) a “miscreant.”  If you’re a black Trump supporter, it’s okay to call you a traitor to your race and smear you with the foulest racist stereotypes.  

And of course, the one prejudice that’s perfectly acceptable on the left these days is antisemitism.  The left seems to have adopted musical satirist Tom Lehrer’s sarcastic lyric, “Everybody hates the Jews,” as a personal creed, which is especially ironic coming from people who claim to hate Nazis and fight fascists, yet they support Middle Eastern factions whose beliefs are perfectly in line with those expressed by Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf.” (If you think I’m exaggerating, a survey in the late ‘90s found than an Arabic translation of that book was the sixth-biggest bestseller in Palestine.)   

It’s disturbing but sadly not unusual to find leftist virtue-signaling and antisemitism rubbing shoulders in all sorts of allegedly high-minded places in the West.  The latest example comes straight out of Heartland America, courtesy of a professor at the University of Michigan.

A student who wanted to study abroad at Tel Aviv University asked the professor for a letter of recommendation.  At first he agreed, but later wrote to say he would have to rescind that after realizing that the student wanted to study in Israel.  He explained, “As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living in Palestine.”  The BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaign against Israel seeks “to isolate Israel academically, culturally, economically and militarily” until it abides by key Palestinian demands.  And it specifically forbids writing letters of recommendation for students to study in Israel.

Instead of doing what students are expected to do these days – shut up and kowtow to leftist idiocy – the student went public with his complaint about this “disturbing” imposition of the professor’s personal anti-Israel bias on his professional duties.  The student said, “All I asked for was an academic recommendation regarding my work habits, diligence, and aptitude as a student,” and the rejection had nothing to do with any of that, just the professor’s animus against Israel.  

I assume that if the student had wanted to go to some oppressive nation like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia or Cuba, the prof would have had no objections, but he is completely intolerant of the only democracy in the Middle East, and the only one that truly protects human rights and freedom of religion for all believers.  To add insult to injury, this guy is a professor in – wait for it – the Department of American Culture!  Sorry, in my America, neither practicing nor supporting antisemitism is an acceptable part of American culture.

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I have been to Israel dozens of times over many years, and never fail to learn something new and valuable on every trip.  Might I suggest that this professor pull his smug butt out of his leftist academic cocoon and try visiting Israel himself.  Let him experience the peaceful, advanced, multicultural democracy of Israel, then visit the parts of that area controlled by the Palestinian Authority (some advice from personal experience: you’d better go under cover of darkness with well-trained armed guards.)  Maybe if he saw what Israel has to deal with on a daily basis as a matter of life or death, it would knock the antisemitic blinders off his eyes.


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  • Gil Bellamy

    09/18/2018 07:13 PM

    When are you going to point out that the name of the Nazi pay in Germany was the National Socialist Party? It might have been the National Socialist Worker's Party. I double-dog dare ya to check it you.

  • Anne Turner

    09/18/2018 05:38 PM

    I ,too have visited Israel. I am not Jewish but it is a country I admire. I do no agree with everything it does but neither do I agree with everything my own country does. I visited Muslim Arabs, had a Muslim Arab trip guide, Bedouin, and Duze who all love quite peacefully in Israel with all the same rights as Jewish Israelis. It is ver hard to make peace when the terms of the peace include wiping out your country. Much of the Israeli land expansion has been to have a perimeter for safety. It was the Palestinians and other Arab countries that attacked Israel in the first place, not the other way around. From the time of petition, the Arabs have fought against an Israeli State. Let’s not rewrite history, folks. Progressives just can’t stand to see people succeed from sheer hard work. The Israeli Jews took a pretty rotten piece of land and turned it into a flourishing, modern democracy. Progressives just can’t stand that.

  • Elizabeth Werner

    09/18/2018 03:51 PM

    I hope this student will get the opportunity to study in Israel. It is too bad the professor let his politics interfere with writing a letter based on the student's merits. Where is open-mindedness in the university? I read the Algemeiner article about this incident. The University of Michigan regrets the professor's actions.
    Also, I like your suggestion that the professor visit Israel and see the one democracy in the Middle East--that allows Muslims, Christians, Jews to have their places of worship. He should also visit the other Middle Eastern countries and see the difference.

  • Yvonne Shelton Crumpler

    09/18/2018 03:42 PM

    I cannot for the life of me understand how these left leaning political hacks and their minions are so nasty to the Jewish people. The Jewish I have known throughout my life have been kind, helpful and honest. Would that the so called Democrats and the so called professors at various universities and college be half as good and kind. I am a Southern female and I have never seen such mean, hateful people as I am seeing today that trash talk about our fellow Jewish Americans. These sorry communists, Democrats, and their ilk need to learn the history of the Jewish people. God save us from these sorry politicians.

  • Craig Richter

    09/18/2018 01:05 PM

    Governor, as I’m sure you and most, if not all of your readers understand, leftists have been deceived by Satan.

    We should pray that their hearts and minds be opened to the truth and saving grace of Jesus Christ.