san francisco bay area
santa cruz, ca
process & imc docs
technlogy by cat@lyst and IMC Geeks
Hosting sponsored by:
ACADEMIC BOYCOTT: IN SUPPORT OF PARIS VI
by Tanya Reinhart
7:27am Thu Jan 30 '03
In April 2002, following the Israel's "operation" in Jenin, first calls for institutional academic boycott of Israeli universities appeared in England and in France.In the university Paris VI the board meeting on Monday January 27, 2003, reconfirmed the resolution with an overwhelming majority. A similar resolution was subsequently approved by two other French universities in Grenoble and in Montpellier. Below is my expression of support, to appear (in French) in Le Monde.
January 29, 2003
To appear in Le Monde
ACADEMIC BOYCOTT: IN SUPPORT OF PARIS VI
In April 2002, following the Israel's "operation" in Jenin, first calls for institutional academic boycott of Israeli universities appeared in England and in France. The British petition called to freeze European Union contracts with Israeli university as long as Israel continues its present policy. What started as the individual voice of concerned academics, has become lately a formal resolution of a French university. The Administrative council (board of Governors) of the prestigious Marie Curie university - Paris VI issued in its meeting of December 16, 2002 the following resolution:
"The Israeli occupation of territories in the West Bank and Gaza renders it impossible for our Palestinian colleagues in higher education to teach or pursue their research: the renewal of the European Union-Israel Association Agreement, in particular as regards research (6th Framework Program for Community RTD) is a form of support for the current political policies of the State of Israel and would contravene Article 2 of this agreement (relationships between the parties, as well as all the stipulations of this agreement, which are based on the observance of human rights and democratic principles guiding their domestic and foreign policies and which are a key feature of this agreement)" (Paris VI university press relase)
This decision raised an enormous storm in France. Bodies ranging from the Jewish Lobby, to conservative parties all came up with the standard anti-Semitism accusations. "Several hundred protesters, including the philosophers Bernard Henri-L?vy and Alain Finkielkraut, a leading Paris politician, the Nazi-hunting lawyer Arno Klarsfeld and Roger Cukier, the president of the Jewish umbrella organisa tion CRIF, waved banners and chanted slogans outside the campus entrance" (Guardian Jan 7, 2003). Threats of potential consequences and budgetary cuts if the university does not retract its decision came from official governmental sources. Under this pressure a second discussion of the resolution was scheduled for this week.
But Paris VI did sustain the pressure. In the board meeting on Monday January 27, 2003, the previous resolution was reconfirmed with an overwhelming majority. A similar resolution was subsequently approved by two other French universities in Grenoble and in Montpellier. Below is my expression of support, to appear (in French) in Le Monde.
It is not easy for an Israeli academic to support the calls for boycott of Israeli academic institutions these days. Like any other segment of the Israeli society, the universities are paying the price of Israel's war against the Palestinians, with severe budget cuts and deteriorating research conditions. A freeze of the EU funds would, no doubt, make things even tougher. It is therefore understandable that the Israeli academia is mobilizing its forces to attack any such boycott attempt. Understandable, but not just.
Most of the Israeli academics, just like their colleagues in France, supported the boycott of apartheid South Africa, which contributed to the end of apartheid. This means that they recognize boycott as a legitimate means for the international community to enforce a change, when serious breaches of moral and civil principles occur. The question, then, is whether the analogy between Israel and South Africa's apartheid is correct.
I believe that even much before its present atrocities, Israel has followed the South-African Apartheid model. Behind the smokescreen of the Oslo "Peace process", Israel has been pushing the Palestinians in the occupied territories into smaller and smaller isolated enclaves-- a direct copy of the Bantustans model. Unlike South Africa, however, Israel has managed so far to sell its policy as a big compromise for peace. Aided by a battalion of cooperating 'peace-camp' intellectuals, they managed to convince the world that it is possible to establish a Palestinians state without land-reserves, without water, without a glimpse of a chance of economic independence, in isolated ghettos surrounded by fences, settlements, bypass roads and Israeli army posts -- a virtual state which serves one purpose: separation (Apartheid).
But what Israel is doing under Sharon far exceeds the crimes of the South Africa's white regime. It has been taking the form of systematic ethnic cleansing, which South Africa never attempted. Since April last year (following the Jenin "operation") we are witnessing the daily invisible killing of the sick and wounded being deprived of medical care, the weak who cannot survive in the new poverty conditions, and those who are bound to reach starvation.
Since the US is backing Israel, and the European governments are silent, it is the moral right and duty of the people of the world to do whatever they can on their own to stop Israel and save the Palestinians. In fact, a boycott on Israeli institutions, economy and society is already taking place and growing: consumers boycott, tourism boycott, divestment movement in the US campuses, and cultural boycott. As in the case of South Africa, academic boycott is just one specific realization, yet it drew most fire, and the question which underlies the debate around this is whether there is something special about the Israeli academia that exempts it from the ongoing general boycott, e.g. something that distinguishes it sharply from the white academia of South Africa at the time?
The traditional spirit of the academia is that intellectual responsibility includes the safeguarding of moral principles. What could help to exempt the Israeli academia would be some institutional record of such safeguarding. But there is none. Never in its history did the senate of any Israeli university pass a resolution protesting the frequent closure of Palestinian universities, let alone voice protest over the devastation sowed there during the last uprising. It is not that a motion in that direction failed to gather a majority, there was no such motion anywhere in the Israeli academia. Even the closure of Al Quds university in Jerusalem last July left the Israeli academia unmoved. If in extreme situations of violations of human rights and moral principles, the academia refuses to criticize and take a side, it collaborates with the oppressing system.
At the individual level, there are pockets of resistance and opposition in the Israeli academia, as anywhere else in the Israeli society. Indeed, close to four hundred (out of the tens of thousands of) Israeli academics signed a petition supporting conscientious draft objectors. But the individual intentions are not what is under consideration here, because the boycott is institutional. (I do not support individual boycott, like stopping overseas collaborations with individual Israeli scholars.) The Israeli academia, as a whole, is not different than the white academia of South Africa. In both places there were also dissidents. It is sometimes a trait of intellectuals that they can choose the option of dissent. But the dissidents do not represent the academia; they are not dissidents thanks to the mainstream academia, but rather despite of it. Some of the real dissidents of the Israeli academia are being constantly harassed, publicly or behind the screens, by university authorities.
If one needs more indication of how detached the Israeli academia is from the perception of the apartheid reality, one can read the arguments of the Israeli opponents of the boycott. Thus, Jerusalem professor Idan Segev urges the intellectual community opposing the occupation to help in "constructing an open dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian universities". Rather than boycotting, the EU should "help us organize an international scientific congress in one of the universities of the West Bank" (Liberation, Jan 7, 2003). Though the Jerusalem campus is about 15 minutes drive from the prisons of the West Bank, Prof Segev appears to have no idea about what is happening in these prisons. He never heard that the Palestinian academic life is on the verge of paralysis, that the towns and village are isolated and locked, that there is curfew most of the time. It is in this pastoral setting that he believes a scientific conference will promote dialogue.
The first step in promoting dialogue would be to remove Israeli tanks from the gates of Palestinian universities.
Tanya Reinhart is a professor of linguistics at Tel Aviv University, and among the Israeli signers on the British boycott petition. She is the author of 'Detruire La Palestine - ou comment terminer la guerre de 1948', La Fabrique 2002; Israel/Palestine- How to end the war of 1948, Seven Stories, NY, 2002.
add your comments
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL OPPOSES ‘ACADEMIC BOY
by Kalman Rushdie
11:27am Thu Jan 30 '03
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL OPPOSES ‘ACADEMIC BOYCOTTâ€™ OF ISRAEL
The British Medical Journal, an internationally respected journal of science and medicine, has officially declared its opposition to the “academic boycott” against Israel that has been upheld by many European academic institutions.
"We start the new year with strong opposition to an academic boycott of Israeli scientists," wrote editor-in-chief Dr. Richard Smith in the “Editorâ€™s Corner” column of the Jan. 4 issue. "The BMJ deplores these actions and does not support any sort of boycott.
“Our position is based primarily on support for the 'universality of science, ' which is enshrined in the International Council of Scientific Unions and explicitly rules out boycotts on the basis of citizenship, gender, religion, or color," Smith wrote.
Smith added that a boycott would only be plausible if Israeli academics were debasing science, as Nazis scientists did during the Second World War. "Nothing similar has happened in Israel,” Smith wrote. “In contrast, groups like Israeli Physicians for Human Rights, which includes Jews and Palestinians, are working hard to draw attention to suffering on both sides of the tragic conflict."
The European academic boycott is directed at Israeli academic institutions as a form of political pressure on the Israeli government. However, zealots such as British linguistics professor Mona Baker have abused the boycottâ€™s emphasis on institutions rather than individuals, firing two Israelis employed at her linguistics journals purely on the basis of their Israeli nationality. Other academic journals have also refused to publish Israeli papers in the name of the academic boycott.
add your comments
6:26am Tue Feb 4 '03
Radicals Sans Rigueur
By Genesio Zenone
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 4, 2003
Journalist and author, Christopher Hitchens was
invited to Berkeley to give a talk at the Mario
Savio lecture series. Hitchens is a pleasure to
watch because he is consistently witty,
provocative, and intelligent. His erudition and
logical prowess make up a rhetorical arsenal that
few can match. Arguing with him can be like
stubbing your toe on the entire western canon.
Lately, there has been another reason to watch
him. He is almost always visited upon by radical
lefties that show up for the express purpose of
antagonizing in the only manner their wherewithal
will allow. They are confrontational,
inarticulate, and generally obnoxious.
Many radicals in the crowd were hostile, angry
that someone they view as a traitor could be
associated with Savio. They were relatively quiet
in the beginning, when Hitchens was discussing
his campaign against Kissinger, but when the
topic of war against terrorism and against Saddam
came up, an avalanche of boos ensued (they
sounded like moos). He was repeatedly interrupted
with expletives like "BULLSH-T!" He retorted that
the agitators were advertising their wares. Known
for not letting anyone get away with anything, he
arrived, as usual, ready for an intellectual
brawl; instead he got in some target practice.
The Q&A; period was pathetic. That it took place
at Berkley is a testament to an intellectual
decline at the hands of leftist ideology (had I
suddenly been teleported to a high school full of
misty-eyed indoctrinates?). There were perhaps
two decent questions in the entire period.
Some among the left state that the reason for why
they dislike Hitchens is that he is boorish. They
should be reminded that there was a time when the
left said of him: "he's a boor but he's our
boor!" He really only humiliates people who think
they are more clever then they are and whose
swollen egos beg for it.
It is really unclear what position Savio would
have taken after the world changed. 9-11 acts as
a litmus test for the left; it separates those
who advocate self-criticism as a responsibility
and who are willing to look beyond a stale
paradigm for new ideas, from those who are unable
to amend or renounce a model of the world that
has served them for a lifetime.
The differentiating question asks whether or not
oneâ€™s world view is dynamic. Is each
encounter with historical phenomena going to
result in lucid, honest and vigorous
deliberation? Or will an eventâ€™s
ontological status be tampered with (even
unknowingly) so that every phenomenon fits into a
It is clear that Hitchens disagreed very little
with Savio's ideas about the U.S. position in the
Vietnam War. Perhaps Savio might have shared
Hitchens' ability to distinguish between, for
example, deposing Allende and removing the
Taliban. This ability seems to have been removed
from, or worn down in, the minds of so many in
todayâ€™s anti-war left.
Itâ€™s not that those of us who can make the
distinction between one act of aggression and
another (and who and reject trite moral
equivalences) are pro-war; we simply acknowledge
that war (or the threat of war) is sometimes a
necessary evil, a lesser evil. Whatâ€™s
interesting is that most of the antiwar left
would agree with that proposition; they believe
(in principle) that there are some things worth
Of course, some are antiwar because they are
strict pacifists; killing, for them, is never
justified. While I am filled with both empathy
and disgust for their idealism and naiveté,
genuine pacifists exist as a very small group; it
will be a long time before Quakers start
affecting public policy.
But most people who were and are against the wars
in Afghanistan and in Iraq are either ignorant or
hypocritical, or both (they are not mutually
exclusive adjectives). Either they do not know
that, for instance, the "Not In Our Name" and
"International ANSWER" antiwar movements are
fronts for the world workers party (the same
group that defended Milosovichâ€™s right to
slaughter Muslims) or they do know. Those who do
not know are guilty of the sort of lazy posturing
that is all too common among those who strike the
subversive pose. Those who do know are acting in
bad faith, demonstrating anti-Americanism rather
then a desire for peace or human rights.
The left's hypocrisy is evidenced by more then a
half century of consistent anti-Americanism.
Nothing the US ever did was right: Leftist have
The War Against Nazism; The Korean War; The
Vietnam War; The first War in Afghanistan; The
Wars in Central America; The first Gulf war; The
War Against the genocide of the European Muslim
population; The War against the Taliban; the war
against terrorism; The Bush Administration's plan
remove Hussein from Iraq….
Now, I am against some of these wars and have
reservations about others. But the left not only
opposes or opposed all of them, it has found ways
to sympathize or actively support each enemy.
The inability to make moral distinctions and the
insistence on condemning the U.S. is explicitly
demonstrated by the anti-war protesters last
weekend. Their signs show no degree of
originality or sophistication: "BLOOD AND OIL
DONâ€™T MIX" or "BUSH IS EVIL" or "STOP
AMERICAN IMPERIALISM, GOD BLESS NORTH KOREA, IRAQ
How can anyone who demands rigor take this
If Bush is "evil," then what term could we use
for regimes that torture and kill dissidents or
for leaders like Kim Jong Il, who has reduced the
population in his dystopia to starvation or for
Saddam Hussein, who gasses his opponents and
murders his "friends"? Do those who throw acid in
the faces of women simply demonstrate a different
kind of "evil"?
It this the position of the new New Left?
The Taliban has been removed from Afghanistan,
and, while there is a long way to go, there is no
comparison between life under Taliban rule and
All that which the left foresaw (the "silent
genocide," the rush to build the pipeline…)
has not happened. In fact, aid organizations are
readjusting their projections of how many dead
because aid is flowing much more freely.
Many among the left cannot see that a wholly new
situation has risen. They insist on translating
this fresh, challenging information back into the
familiar language they already know, of empire,
and oil. What is noticed more than anything else
is the overwhelming monolithic and predictable
character of their position; everyone strikes the
same subversive pose. Nowhere in this group can
be found the philosophical calm, the objectivity
and the intellectual self-monitoring that one
would expect from a well-educated elite. And the
sycophantic followers are worse! Their
ideological miasma is a confused, haphazard,
bitches-brew of platitudes, clichés and nonsense
spewing in all directions.
add your comments
Leftists For Bombing Iraq back to the Stone
6:30am Wed Feb 5 '03
A Leftist's Case for War
By Mitchell Cohen
Dissent Magazine | February 3, 2003
Is Baghdad simply another miserable regime? Just
one of those unpleasant tyrannies that, sadly,
speckles our globe, but ought not to compel
overbearing concern? Much depends on how one
answers this question. The answer, I think, is
no. Saddam Hussein's dictatorship is pathological
and distinct from other rotten regimes today,
including those rooted in a similar ideology
(Syria, for example).
It is not just a matter of this regime's
fascist-like character (call it fascism-plus),
although its ruling Ba'ath Party fused
Pan-Arabism to the worst ideas of early
twentieth-century Europe. It is not just
Baghdad's brutality, although it is difficult to
imagine a more vicious, vengeful regime. It is
not just a question of Saddam's totalitarian
aspirations at home and aggressive ambitions
abroad, although Iraq's citizens and neighbors
know firsthand that these aspirations and
ambitions are beyond question. It is not even a
matter of Iraq's dogged pursuit of weapons of
mass destruction-although this is clearly
Saddam's fixation, and he has demonstrated his
readiness to use them against citizens and
neighbors (and would be pleased to do likewise
No, it is not "just" these things. It is their
combination with the fact that this regime never
keeps agreements. Virtually every major accord
Saddam has reached with domestic or foreign
foes-usually under pressures produced by his
recklessness-lasts only until he recovers
sufficiently to pursue his purposes. Ask
Iranians. Ask Kuwaitis. Ask Iraqi communists. Ask
Iraqi Shiites. Ask Iraqi Kurds. Recall the UN
So I conclude, reluctantly, that the options are
not "war or peace," but "sooner or later." Unless
there is a coup, force will eventually be needed
to defang Saddam's regime. The only real
questions are when, how much force, and what
Some people will, undoubtedly, protest: how can
you support the Bush administration? I worry a
great deal about the Bush administration-about
the fact that it has not thought out adequately
what happens after a war, about its cynical
exploitation of the Iraq crisis to pursue its
dreadful domestic agenda, about its
unconstructive unilateralist instincts, displayed
in matters like Kyoto and the International
Criminal Court. But I urge people on the left to
judge the Iraqi danger independently both of
distrust of Bush and of third-worldist
Sooner or later? "Sooner" will be costly, dicey,
scary. Wars always are, which is why every
sensible means ought always to be used to prevent
them. "Sensible" is the key word, however, and it
is perilous and not sensible to invent choices
that are comfortable to you, and then to choose
between them. So although I think that arguments
against preemptive war are formidable, and
although I share many of their assumptions, I
don't think that they are always persuasive.
"Kantianism has pure hands, but it has no hands,"
warned Charles Péguy, the French essayist,
a century ago.
"Later" will allow Baghdad to shore up, to
expand, and to conceal further its lethal
capacities. There can be no doubt that Saddam
will do so. UN inspectors, who are arriving in
Baghdad as I write, will, I hope, impair his
efforts at concealment, but their success is
likely to be temporary and partial. Inspectors
were readmitted only because of an immediate
American threat, not because of a Security
Council resolution-even if some Western
governments, intellectuals, and activists won't
admit it. For Saddam, inspectors are a problem to
be overcome, and he has proven staying power.
Disarmed-Saddam is an oxymoron. So, I'm afraid
that "later" just means rescheduling to his
advantage, and the likelihood of immeasurably
more suffering among Iraqis, their neighbors, and
any outside forces moving against him at another
The past inspection record is mixed. After its
spring 1990 inspection of Iraq, the International
Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Baghdad's claim to
be fulfilling its duties as a party to the Treaty
on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
("Exemplary" cooperation, said the supervisor of
the Agency's safeguards division.) A year later,
after the Gulf War, it was revealed that Baghdad
had initiated and concealed an ambitious nuclear
weapons program-between ten and fifteen billion
dollars of investment in some thirty sites, in a
workforce of twenty thousand, and, significantly,
in the production of highly enriched uranium. And
there was insurance: each important level of the
program had a duplicate.
The United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM),
established in 1991 to deprive Baghdad of its
biological, chemical, and nuclear arms and longer
range ballistic missiles, achieved a good deal.
The problem lies in what it could not achieve
because of Saddam's determination to undermine
inspections. (He acceded to them in the first
place only because of military defeat.) So UNSCOM
verified that thirty-nine tons of VX, the deadly
nerve agent, were destroyed, but it also feared
that Baghdad had sequestered chemical materials
sufficient to produce another two hundred tons of
it. Saddam manufactured mobile germ laboratories
and the like. Around a hundred and sixty bombs
and two dozen Scud missiles mounted with anthrax
could not be found by UNSCOM, according to its
final report. Its mission ended in 1998-not
because it was completed but because it was
frustrated so well by Saddam's apparatus.
In recent months, as the crisis intensified, some
voices protested: by what right does the United
States press this issue? The more important
question is this: why was Baghdad willing to
forgo a hundred and fifty billion dollars in oil
earnings rather than disarm? In some extreme
cases "right" doesn't matter. For instance,
Vietnam invaded Cambodia without right, for its
own purposes, in violation of international law,
and installed a new regime. I'm glad it did so
because it ended the genocidal rule of the Khmer
Other voices protest: isn't this Iraq business
just a ploy by Bush? "War should not start from a
bolt from the blue, but be the consequence of
demonstrated Iraqi unwillingness to accept
international rules," wrote Zbigniew Brzezinski,
Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, last
summer. He is, of course, right that war ought
never to originate from nowhere. But that is a
banality. If Saddam has not demonstrated
unwillingness to accept international rules, then
unwillingness to accept international rules is
indemonstrable. The UN-alas!-has demonstrated its
inability to enforce them adequately.
Current intelligence reports of Baghdad's
accelerated efforts to produce nonconventional
weapons surprise no one who has paid adequate
attention to and understood Saddam's pathology
and priorities. True, people don't always pay
attention. Back in the late 1990s, while Saddam
was freeing himself from UNSCOM (and while,
elsewhere, al-Qaeda was planning attacks), our
patriotic Republicans thought the nation's focus
ought to be on Monica Lewinsky.
Why deal with Saddam now? Because his menace,
especially nuclear, will only swell. The
situation was captured long ago by words
attributed to Cicero: "How can you believe that a
man who has lived so licentiously up to the
present time will not proceed to every extreme of
insolence, if he shall also secure the authority
given by arms? Do not, then, wait until you have
suffered some treatment and then rue it, but be
on your guard before you suffer; for it is rash
to allow dangers to come upon you and then to
repent of it, when you might have anticipated
I am wary of words like "anticipation" and
"preemption" because they can be abused
politically. They ought not to be a "doctrine."
But they are appropriate in some cases, and
Saddam's priorities demonstrate why he is one.
His pursuit of nuclear capabilities began over
two decades ago, although plentiful oil gives
Iraq no need of nuclear energy. Baghdad's budget
priorities after the vast carnage of the
Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), which Saddam
initiated, placed Iraq's high technology military
industry over civilian reconstruction. Saddam's
principal concern since UN sanctions began has
been his arms and not his citizens.
Sanctions permitted Iraq to sell oil to buy
medicine and food, but not military goods. Yet
for some time now a loud, scurrilous public
campaign has claimed on the basis of a UNICEF
report that sanctions helped to kill some one
million Iraqis. But why, then, did Saddam rebuff
UN appeals to buy baby formula in 1998-1999? Why
was he exporting food? Why was he importing
massive quantities of scotch for his hierarchy
and building an amusement park for the Ba'ath
elite? Why has he spent two billion dollars on
presidential palaces since the end of the Gulf
War and offered another one billion dollars in
aid to the Palestinian intifada? Why did
mortality rates fall in the semi-autonomous
Kurdish areas, where the UN-rather than
Baghdad-administers proceeds of "oil for food"?
Doesn't anyone notice that the UNICEF report was
written in collaboration with Saddam's Ministry
It is true that Iraqis have suffered. The reason
is not the sanctions regime (which has, in fact,
been quite porous). The problem is Saddam's
exploitation of it. I do believe that there is a
moral debt to be paid to Iraqis, but not because
of sanctions. It is due because the United States
encouraged Iraqis, especially the Kurds and
Shiites, to rebel at the end of the Gulf War, and
then stood back while Saddam slaughtered their
intifada. I am not optimistic about democracy in
Iraq, but this debt can be paid at least in part
by support for a Saddam-free Iraq, and by making
it clear that whatever the immediate post-war
arrangements, post-Saddam Iraq belongs to Iraqis,
not to the United States.
So I will not support an antiwar movement, even
if it includes many good people. I hope, for the
sake of honest public debate, that those good
people keep this movement focused on Iraq. Iraqi
suffering ought not to be exploited by
"activists" with other agendas (such as
Israel/Palestine, which has nothing to do with
Saddam's tyranny and must be addressed on its
own, unhappy grounds). In the meantime, I will
support Iraqi democrats, even if they are few in
number and their prospects difficult. I am
antifascist before I am antiwar. I am antifascist
before I am anti-imperialist. And I am
antifascist before I am anti-Bush.
*I cull these points from Michael Rubin's
devastating report, "Sanctions on Iraq," Middle
East Review of International Affairs (online),
December 2001. At various points in these
comments I also draw material from the Economist,
December 8, 2001, Chen Zak's Iran's Nuclear
Policy and the IAEA (Washington Institute for
Near East Policy Military Research Paper #3,
2002) and articles in the New York Times,
September 8 and 16, 2002.
Mitchell Cohen is co-editor of Dissent and
professor of political theory at Baruch College
and the Graduate School of the City University of
New York. He is currently visiting professor at
Stanford's Center for Integrative Research in the
Sciences and Humanities.
add your comments
Your comments that the sanctions are not responsible for the deaths of over a million Iraqis is completely anti-intellectual.
Before the Gulf war, the main health problem with children was obeisity. Saddam, though a brutal dictator, fed his people well.
After the sanctions were imposed, roughly 5,000 children died a month. The article correctly points out that UNICEF attributes these deaths to the sanctions.
However, rather than address the conclusion of this report, it goes on to make completely irrelevant claims. It states that Saddam imported Scotch, as if this can account for the deaths of one million people.
The palaces that Saddam built did not cost 2 billion dollars--that is a figure derived at if you calcuate what Western workers would have earned. In the deprssed Iraqi economy, the cost was many times less.
The author states that the Northern region did not suffer from sanctions, drawing the incorrect conclusion that Saddam must be abusing the program.
What the author didn't state was that the explanations for this discrpenancy have been given again and again by UN experts who administer the program. 1. The Kurdish region gets more money per person. 2. Thd Kurdish region has advanced means to distribute the goods that Saddam does not have. 3. The Kurds can trade with Turkey.
The author also didn't mention the words of the foremost experts on this subject, namely Dennis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck. Both of these men were directors of the oil for food program. Both resigned in protest because they realized that this program and the sanctions was killing 5,000 children a month, as Dennis Halliday was directly quoted as saying.
The author mentions that the UNICEF report was written in collobration with Saddam's ministry of health. This implies that is is propaganda, when in fact the methodology is open for anyone to see, and has not been disputed by any experts. Besides, what is the author actually doubting in the report? On the one hand, the author states Saddam is responsible for the suffering of Iraqis. But then, since the report is propaganda, they are not suffering at all! So which is it?
In fact, the report--and I did read every word of it--makes no mention of blame. If it did, it would not be a scietific report but a political tract. Instead, the report shows the rates of death before and after the sanctions. The UNICEF report is backed up by other reports done indpendently and by Americans. Were these reports also influenced by Saddam? What, did Saddam place a chip in these American's behinds?
Nor did the author mention the words of virtually every UN person involved with the oil for food program, that the Iraqi regime does an admirable job in distributing the food it has.
The author also mentions that Saddam fails to live up to international law. It is true that Saddam has violated 13 UN security council resolutions. It is also true that Israel has violated 69. So should we bomb Israel back to the stone ages because it doesn't have any respect for international law?
The author mentions that Saddam has used weapons against his own people and neighbors. True, but with the US help. So if Saddam is guilty of these horrible crimes--and he is, of course--so is Donald Rumsfield and a slew of other Americans who helped him committ them. Is this so-called leftist willing to see Rumsfield and his crew stand before the world court for war crimes?
In short, this article is typical of propaganda. It exaggerates, falsifies, and omitts in order to give a false picture. I am suprised that with the mass of evidence about the effect of the UN sanctions, anyone would post such nonsense.
add your comments
10:13am Wed Feb 12 '03
Left-Wing Anti-Semitism on the Rise
By Adrian Humphreys
National Post | February 12, 2003
The true threat of "the new anti-Semitism"
emanates not from right-wing nationalists, but
from the Left and anti-globalization activism, a
University of Toronto conference on anti-Semitism
"Before the [Second World War], the Right rather
than the Left was the paramount source of hatred
and contempt for European Jews," said Todd
Endelman, a professor of modern Jewish history at
the University of Michigan.
"This is no longer true. On the right,
anti-Semitism no longer functions as a cultural
code or a rallying cry, while on the Left, it has
become entangled with and draws energy from ...
anti-Americanism, Third Worldism and the
anti-globalization campaign," Dr. Endelman said.
The two-day conference, called Anti-Semitism: The
Politicization of Prejudice in the Contemporary
World, brings together nearly two dozen academics
to probe the roots and scope of anti-Jewish bias
Yesterday, scholars defined the differences
between the old anti-Semitism that was embodied
in Nazi Germany and the often more subtle
manifestations seen today.
Anti-Semitism is again on the rise, said Dr.
"There is more hostility to Jews in Western
Europe now than there was a decade or two
earlier.... Alongside the taunts of hooligans and
the ravings of skinheads, expressions of overt
hostility have sprouted in the liberal media."
Dr. Endelman offered examples, including the New
Statesman, the flagship weekly journal of the
British Left, which carried the cover headline "A
Kosher Conspiracy?" with artwork that would not
have seemed out of place in Nazi Germany, and the
Italian daily La Stampa, which carried a cartoon
of an Israeli tank attacking Jesus in a manger.
"In short, the bien pensant chattering classes
experience no compunction, as they might once
have, about deploying classic anti-Jewish
tropes," he said.
In recent years, a rampant anti-Israel and
anti-Jewish sentiment has emerged within the
left-wing circles that besieged European Jews
once sought refuge.
"The role of the Palestinians in the imagination
of the European left today was played previously
by other progressive, freedom-loving peoples,
including Cubans, the Vietnamese, the Nicaraguans
and the Chinese," Dr. Endelman said.
"Just as radical-minded college students once
travelled to Castro's Cuba to help harvest sugar
cane, so too students today rush to join Yasser
Arafat in his compound in Ramallah."
Steven Zipperstein, a professor of Jewish culture
and history at Stanford University, said Israel
is in danger of being "written off by much of the
left and, perhaps, by [many] liberal
opinion-makers in the Western world, as this
decade's South Africa," he said, referring to
international opposition to that nation's former
"In Europe, hundreds of academics, primarily in
England, pressed the European Union to cease its
dealings with Israeli academics and their
institutions as a protest against Israeli policy
in the occupied territories," said Dr.
In the United States, there is an effort to
pressure universities to divest from financial
holdings in Israel, echoing an activist tactic of
the anti-apartheid movement.
Dr. Zipperstein said the obsession with Israel's
actions by these academics, anti-globalization
activists and left-wing adherents stems from a
"distorted and painfully simplistic" analysis --
one that craves an obvious oppressor and a
clear-cut oppressed group -- but it is not, in
"Such prejudice against Israel, as disturbing as
it is, isn't the same as anti-Semitism, although
the two can, undoubtedly, co-exist and in some
instances clearly do," he said.
Dr. Endelman echoed that sentiment, but
questioned whether "forceful criticism of Israeli
policy has become the acceptable face of
anti-Semitism, a respectable vehicle for venting
hostility to Jews."
There is a clear distinction between thoughtful
disagreement with Israeli policies and
anti-Semitism, he said.
Dr. Endelman suggested the line is crossed when
opponents: question the legitimacy of a Jewish
state and Jewish nationalism, but no other state
or any other nationalism; blame the Arab-Israeli
conflict on Jews alone; and when there is an
obsessive concern for the "sins of the Israelis
and the plight of the Palestinians" while
virtually ignoring other nationalist issues,
occupations and human suffering.
"When these lines are crossed, one has left the
world of rationale foreign policy debate and
plunged into a cesspool of fantasy, obsession,
fear and irrationality," Dr. Endelman said.
As if to illustrate the speakers' themes, posters
promoting an anti-war march were pasted on
utility poles around the university. They feature
a large portrait of Cuban revolutionary Che
Guevera and promote speakers from an anti-poverty
group, a socialist coalition and a
The linking of anti-Semitism with the
anti-globalization movement clearly upset one
conference attendee, who said he is both Jewish
and an activist who sucked in tear gas during
anti-globalization protest rallies.
He said many Jews support the current anti-war
movement, which is "protesting against the
pending holocaust in Iraq."
The conference, organized by the university's
Munk Centre for International Studies, continues
add your comments
7:07am Thu Feb 13 '03
Tanya Reinhardt has decided to get a female
circumcision to show her solidarity with women in
the Moslem World!!
add your comments
by John Veldhuis
7:37am Thu Feb 13 '03
by Rebbe Morkover
10:31pm Thu Feb 13 '03
Get into new dimension!
Do not let your rabbi put his hand on your balls.
And your brains too.
As to your penis, it is mutilated and if you do not understand it you are not a Jew but an American moron.
Type the word circumcision on Google or GoTo and you'll get the full info about the deeds of your loving parents.
IDMP is not an IndyDemoMarxistParty.
IDMP is I DEFEND MY PENIS.
Well we all understand it's too late.
But you save the life and little worms of your children. If your wife is not a bloodthirsty New York meidele...
IDMP is the fundamental slogan of Jewish uprizing against
the hypnotized by dirty rabbis heroic Jewish people.
The revolution can never bypass penis. Penis is the basis of every revolt.
DYP is not a Do-It-Yourself Penis.
It is Defend Your Penis. Be strong.
add your comments
Lav ALL BOYS ALONE,,
by Anti Mutilation
12:36am Fri Feb 14 '03
Besides the obvious revolting practice of mutilating kids, The ritual has a pedophilia Connection too.
Once the helpless baby has been violated,
it is Customary for the Mutilator to Suck the blood from the babes balls,,,Yuck.
add your comments
12:42am Fri Feb 14 '03
Yes I don't belive in Violence
10:24am Thu Feb 20 '03
That was at least 70 lines a the conclussion is that you don't consider so-called leftwing arguments anything that should be taken seriously.
Then you comment all the *just* wars that U.S has participated in. Tell me how come that the U.S haven't interferd in the occupation of TIBET if they are that justfull.
I'll give you a clue which you heard before...
Lack of Oil or any other resurses that the Multi-national companies with their head offices in America, can EXPLORE.
THEY DON'T CARE, IF THERE IS NO MONEY IN IT.
Advice,,, do some traveling and don't sleep on the fancy hotels, take the lodge or guesthouse, than dress like the main stream and learn about life, live whith the locals, why don't you go to Afganistan, quite devestated.
When you done that, send a e-mail a tell me about your different experience.
add your comments