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Northeastern University Professors Compare Israelis to Nazis (VIDEO)

April 3, 2012 10:58 am 23 comments

A video released Monday by Americans for Peace and Tolerance/On Campus (APT/OC) shows how professors at Northeastern University in Boston are using theHolocaust as a vehicle to equate Israel's actions with those of the Nazis. Photo: Screenshot.

A video released Monday by Americans for Peace and Tolerance/On Campus (APT/OC) shows how professors at Northeastern University in Boston are using the Holocaust as a vehicle to equate Israel’s actions with those of the Nazis.

The video, which can be found below, documents the statements of guest speakers invited to Northeastern by professors holding the Stotsky Professorship in Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies, which was established specifically to study the genocide of European Jewry.

Alice Rothchild, an activist with Jewish Voice for Peace in Boston and a frequent critic of Israel, says in a guest lecture that out of the catastrophe of the Holocaust, the Jewish people created “another catastrophe.”

“Much like the child of abusive parents, Israelis are capable of committing their own abuses in the name of security and in defense of their own sense of victimhood,” she says.

The Holocaust Awareness Committee at Northeastern in 2010 screened the film “Defamation,” which contends that anti-Semitism is a media creation. Norman Finkelstein, author of “The Holocaust Industry,” says in the film that the Holocaust is “a pretext and excuse to humiliate, degrade, and torture the Palestinians.”

23 Comments

  • Fascinating. All these Israel apologists yet not one refutes anything found on the Amnesty International site.

    What I wonder is if you did read it would you just shout “Lies! Lies from Jew haters!” or would you shrug and think “Well there always has to be a victim and it’s better to be the one in the jackboot.” or would you grin and say “Muslims are subhumans, the sooner we apply a final solution the better!” or perhaps it’s the most banal of evils, you just don’t give a sh*t.

  • You all Really should not waste your time with a troll and hater like Salvage.

    Israel has it flaws as any country does bu like SA? Sorry, these are just lies and amnesty int. has no credibility except to justify it’s own existence.

    The fakistinians? They are a creation and a lie. They want a homeland watered in Jewish blood, nothing less.
    They were offered just about everything at Camp David and said no.

    Your hatred permeates everything you say or state.

    Quite sad but not surprising and very typical.

    • >You all Really should not waste your time with a troll and hater like Salvage.

      Ah, thank you, see Edward H that’s the sort of thing I’m talking about.

      >Israel has it flaws as any country does bu like SA?

      Yes, that’s the comparison and while there are significant differences there are disturbing similarities.

      >Sorry, these are just lies and amnesty int. has no credibility except to justify it’s own existence.

      Ha! Ha! Yes! They are smelly hippies too! They just lie and lie and lie so they can exist. That makes complete sense.

      >The fakistinians? They are a creation and a lie.

      Ha! Ha! Yes! No people ever lived in Israel before the 1940s! They were living elsewhere and they heard that Jews were trying to move to Israel so they ran in first and said “No! This is my homeland!” because they hate Jews you see.

      >They want a homeland watered in Jewish blood, nothing less.

      Ha! Ha! Yes! They are evil cartoon monsters! Not human at all! They want to use the blood to make pita bread!

      >They were offered just about everything at Camp David and said no.

      You are clearly a historical scholar! It’s true they offered the Palestinians their own country but they were all “No! You have to kill all the Jews first so we can make more pita bread!”.

      >Your hatred permeates everything you say or state.

      It’s okay, Edward H has gotten the idea of what a stupid argument that is, no need to belabour the point.

      >Quite sad but not surprising and very typical.

      Yes, you are quite the philosopher as well.

  • That’s crazy! Nazis didn’t bother trying to white wash their minority oppression, they certainly didn’t hire PR firms. Israelis are more like the South Africans during Apartheid in the 70s.

    But what we do know is that the only reason anyone anywhere would criticize the Israelis is that they’re anti-Semites. There is no other possible explanation.

    • When anti-Israeli propaganda leads to vandalism and violence against the Jewish community then it is indeed inciting Antisemitism.

      • There was no Antisemitism before the founding of Israel?

        Somehow I don’t see the White Power or other NeoNazi movement being all that sympathetic to Muslims.

        In this case we have someone saying this:

        … out of the catastrophe of the Holocaust, the Jewish people created “another catastrophe.”

        Is that wrong? Sounds about right to me or do you consider the situation in Israel to be a success?

        Would someone hearing that and having no previous opinion of Jews would suddenly leap off their couch and vandalize the nearest synagogue?

        Doubtful.

        The reality is that Jew haters have no logical reason to hate Jews and never need one. Reason and bigotry never get along. If they take up the banner of the Palestinians it’s a mere convenience if not fig leaf.

        The Palastinaians on the other hand have a legitimate grievance but it’s not with the Jews being Jewish it’s with the Israelis forcing them into second class citizenship on the land of their ancestors.

        Recent ancestors that trump Biblical ones.

        No, this does not mean that terrorism is right or justified, it’s wrong when they do it and it was wrong when the Jews did it when the British were running the place.

        But when you force people into a corner what do you expect them to do?

        And do you think it helpful to shriek ANTISEMITIC! every time someone points out that Israel does wrong things? Don’t you think that denigrates if not out right exploits the real thing in the most crass of way? Do you think the victims of real antisemitism would appreciate it?

        Or is it just such a handy tool for silencing critics that you just don’t care?

        • “There was no Antisemitism before the founding of Israel?”

          That is not what I said in any respect and I would appreciate it if you would not put words in my mouth. Antisemitism has existed for centuries and has no chance of going away any time soon. One of the founding principles of Israel was to be a safe haven for the Jewish people from antisemitism and persecution. The problem arises when critics of Israel refer to the actions of the government as the action of the Jews. This incites ADDITIONAL antisemitism well beyond Israel’s boarders.

          “The Palastinaians on the other hand have a legitimate grievance but it’s not with the Jews being Jewish it’s with the Israelis forcing them into second class citizenship on the land of their ancestors.”

          The “second class citizenship” which you speak of is a result of decades of violence for which the government of Israel took action to protect its people. The Palestinians do not want to be part of Israel so why should they expect Israel to treat them as one of her own? Under international law every nation has the right to protect her own people and boarders which is why Israel’s actions have been legal.

          Furthermore at what point did you see me shrieking “ANTISEMITIC! every time someone points out that Israel does wrong things?” Criticizing the government of Israel is not antisemitic however singling out the Jewish people for hate, belittlement, and violence is.

          • >That is not what I said in any respect and I would appreciate it if you would not put words in my mouth.

            I didn’t, I asked a question with a clear point that a university lecture about Israel doing wrong things is not going to increase antisemitism. That is what apologists like to imply, that if you criticize Israel than you MUST be antisemitic. See it’s a handy way of completely ignoring the criticism on the grounds that it is based on hate rather than some facts.

            > safe haven for the Jewish people from antisemitism and persecution.

            Sure and the only problem is there were people already living there so now they need a safe haven. The founding of Israel solved on problem and created another.

            >The problem arises when critics of Israel refer to the actions of the government as the action of the Jews.

            Example please, show me legitimate critics who say anything like that.

            Have you read what Amnesty International says about Israel? Are they doing that?

            >The “second class citizenship” which you speak of is a result of decades of violence for which the government of Israel took action to protect its people.

            Yes, from the people who where already living there who were forced into refugee camps and given no voice or say.

            So violence is the natural result of such an unattainable situation.

            No, again it doesn’t excuse anything but the cause and effect is clear and Israel bears a measure of responsibility for the cause. They have certainly gotten the lion’s share of the benefit.

            >The Palestinians do not want to be part of Israel so why should they expect Israel to treat them as one of her own?

            What they want is the same thing the Israelis want; a home.

            >Under international law every nation has the right to protect her own people and boarders which is why Israel’s actions have been legal.

            It’s cute the way you pick and choose which international laws to follow. Shall we list the ones that Israel breaks or does national security trump all? Tell me if Israel decided to start rounding up and killing Palestinians inc camps as national security would that be okay?

            >Furthermore at what point did you see me shrieking “ANTISEMITIC! every time someone points out that Israel does wrong things?”

            This is what I said:

            And do you ->>>think<<Criticizing the government of Israel is not antisemitic however singling out the Jewish people for hate, belittlement, and violence is.

            Agreed but to some they are one in the same thing.

    • Salvage,

      Of all the stupid things you have written, comparing Israel to South African apartheid is the stupidest of all. You’ve obviously never been to Israel. This is the greatest slander and lie of the left. It’s the other Arab countries that are like South Africa. Israel has anti-Israel arabs in the knesset. Go to any hospital in Jerusalem and it is filled with Arab women having babies, Arab patients, Arab doctors and Arab nurses.

      • Ha! Ha! Yes Mushe, I am the only one who makes that comparison.

        >You’ve obviously never been to Israel.

        Actually I have, I went there a zionist and went home with many questions because a lot of what I had been taught didn’t make any sense. Then I read some history books that weren’t from the Temple library and it started to make more sense and my views became balanced.

        Reality Mushe, I know you don’t understand it.

        >It’s the other Arab countries that are like South Africa.

        Oh, I’d say worse really, at least SA didn’t have slavery.

        See Mushe saying “We’re not as bad as the other guys!!” doesn’t mean you’re good.

        If I walked up to you and slapped you in the face I would be rightfully arrested and charged and if my defence was “Hey, there was a guy who stabbed a guy!” that would mean I was innocent now would it?

        >Go to any hospital in Jerusalem and it is filled with Arab women having babies, Arab patients, Arab doctors and Arab nurses.

        That’s nice, they better make sure they have their papers in order.

        Mushe why don’t you read some Amnesty International reports and tell me what they’re got wrong.

        http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/israel-and-occupied-palestinian-territories

        Or are they a bunch of antisemitics so there’s no point?

    • Salvage,

      The problem is very simple. Many Arabs want to destroy the state of Israel and glorify those who murder Jewish children. If they had formed their own state in 1947 like the United Nations voted then, none of these problems would exist. If they had formed their own state in the 20 years in between 1947 and 1967 there also would not be any of these problems. Instead they went to war to destroy Israel. You are a complete idiot.

      • The problem is very simple.

        You are a complete idiot.

        • I just realized you probably won’t get my point here so I’ll explain it.

          The problem is not very simple, I know you want to think it is because that’s easy and you are a lazy thinker. You want the Muslims to be the bad guys and you, naturally, the good ones.

          That sort of binary thinking is the beating heart of racism by the way.

          What happened in 1947 was far more complex than that, you really think everyone who lived there got together and had a vote or something? That they weren’t the very small pawns in an international fight between super powers with political calculus only the bravest of political scientist could figure out?

          You complete idiot you.

  • In fact it seems to be a tradition for some members of the community to routinely steal the sign off of Northeastern’s Hillel. The Middle East Studies Department has an extreme anti-Israel bias and they believe that inviting one of the most left wing Israelis in Boston to represent Israel in a debate constitutes a fair and unbiased lecture.

    • Tell me, is it possible to have a reasonable “anti-Israel” bias? Is there anything that Israel has done / is doing that is open to reasonable sanction?

      • The academic community has an obligation to maintain academic integrity and give its students an education, not an indoctrination. As tempting as it may be to lecture a captive audience on your beliefs, political views should be left at the door…especially in classes which have nothing to do with the conflict.

        • Uh huh.

          Now can you answer the question?

          • In your case, no considering that all you do is go on here to bait someone into saying something stupid.
            In the case of the rational human being, it is possible to criticize policies that the Israeli government has enacted so long as you accept Israel’s right to exist.

          • So it is possible! Well yes, that is the obvious answer but you couldn’t say it the first time and this second time you add an arbitrary condition that makes no sense.

            So if someone says “hey it’s wrong that Israel is doing X” you could possibly agree with the statement if the person saying it agrees that Israel should be allowed to exist?

            If the person doesn’t think that Israel should have been founded and that everyone who are born from the people that arrived from Europe in the 30s and 40s should go back to their respective nations suddenly X is no longer wrong?

            I’m not sure that makes sense so why don’t we just drop that whole bit and focus on facts.

            For instance can you think of any Israeli government / security apparatus action or policy that you would say was wrong?

            Put aside the whole should Israel be there or not, it is and no one sane is saying that the Israelis need to move back anywhere. What sane people would say is they need to learn to get along and make compromises. They also need to acknowledge the effects of the people who were already living in Israel and had their land taken away for nothing they, themselves did.

  • As a Northeastern Student, I can attest to the rising anti-zionist sentiment that has been taking over the university.

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