And Jews who hate their Jewish identity are all too common. They don't like being in a hated group so they join the haters in an effort to cast off that identity. Excerpt below:
Antisemitism (AS), like any other prejudice, is the unfair treatment of individuals based on group characteristics. In academia, antisemitic prejudice operated in various vicious forms before the defeat of Hitler, the most notable example being the prejudicial treatment of German Jewish academics. In the years after the war, and until recently, this sort of prejudice was essentially eliminated at least at an organizational or institutional level not only in European and Australian universities, but also in North American universities..... During the last decade, however, some subtle forms of AS have arisen in the democracies of the free world. I regard the move by various academic organizations and institutions to boycott all Israeli academics in such matters as academic contacts, appointments to editorial boards, and collaboration in internationally funded research, as underpinned by antisemitism, even though some Jews have supported the boycott.
Let me give you the background, which you might like to supplement with the list of boycott highlights I have provided at the end of your handout. The academic anti-Israeli boycott began in April, 2002 on British soil, when The Guardian published an open letter from Professors Steven and Hilary Rose (both are Jews). The letter, signed by over 120 people, advocated a moratorium on all cultural and research links with Israel until Israel changed its internal policies which were labeled an apartheid regime, and its external policies such as the way it dealt with the problem of the so-called militant Palestinian freedom fighters. A few weeks later, a similar initiative was begun in Australia, headed by a Jewish and a Christian Lebanese academic, and this letter initially secured some 90 signatures. The proposers set up a petition online, which is still registering signatures (about 3000 so far).
The first thing that struck me about this proposed boycott is that this action against individuals because of the policies of their government is not proposed for academics living under governments whose policies are far more objectionable than Israel's. It is this feature that makes me suspect that this boycott is antisemitic rather than merely anti-Israel or anti-Zionist. For example, no boycotts have been proposed of Chinese academics on account of the Chinese government's policies toward Tibetans and the Falun Gong. This boycott applies a double standard, in a prejudicial way, and singles out members of the Jewish state for special treatment.
We are all familiar with double standards when it comes to judgments of Israel. A particularly notable application of the double standard occurred when Louise Arbour the U. N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Canadian member of the Supreme Court argued that if Israeli (but no other soldiers) accidentally killed civilians, they should, in her expert opinion, be charged with war crimes. The 2nd and 3rd web references under the first claim analyse Arbour's opinion in some detail, and I think this is justified, given the status and supposed legal expertise of this former supreme court judge.
But rather than cite other examples of the double standard that is applied to Israel, let me just refer to a recent statement by Nobel prize winning physicist Steven Weinberg, who declined an invitation from the Imperial College London because of its support for the boycott. This Nobel laureate wrote: "I know that some will say that these boycotts are directed only against Israel, rather than generally against Jews," he wrote. "But given the history of the attacks on Israel and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness of other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a moral blindness for which it is hard to find any explanation other than anti-Semitism."
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