November 11, 2002

HANNA ROSIN on the anti-semitism of the anti-Israel campus divestment movement:

There should be a way to design a movement objecting to Israel’s policies that is free of anti-Semitism. There even ought to be a legitimate way to object to Israel’s very existence on purely political grounds. But so far, it seems, no one has managed to do it.

Yes, that pretty much says it all. On the other hand, there appears to be an epidemic of good sense among Ivy League university presidents, as this statement by Lee Bollinger, Columbia’s President, indicates:

As President of Columbia, however, I want to state clearly that I will not lend any support to this proposal. The petition alleges human rights abuses and compares Israel to South Africa at the time of apartheid, an analogy I believe is both grotesque and offensive.

“Both grotesque and offensive.” Indeed.

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