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Ron Radosh

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April 11, 2014 - 12:15 pm

My friend Jeffrey Herf, a brilliant historian and prize-winning author, has written a most powerful letter to the president or Brandeis University. He writes the following:

 I have had occasion to address the role of Islam and Islamism in fanning the flames of Jew-hatred. In publishing work that documents the role of the Islamist interpretation of the Koran in promulgating the most absurd and idiotic ideas about the Jews, I have faced intolerance from scholars working on the Middle East. They have denounced well-founded scholarship as “Islamophobia” or “Zionist propaganda” and denied that the Koran or Islamism could possibly have anything to do with anti-Semitism. Like Tony Kushner and Desmond Tutu, to whom Brandeis has given honorary degrees, they have erroneously argued that Arab and Islamist antagonism to Israel is exclusively the result of the alleged sins of Israel. As far as I know, neither has had anything of substance to say about the role of Islam and Islamism in fanning the flames of hatred of the Jews and of Israel. These critics have said that those of us who point to the anti-Jewish elements of the Koran and the Jew-hatred of modern Islamists are guilty of intolerance towards Muslims. I have seen this up close for years now. The last place I expected to find groveling, embarrassing appeasement of this rubbish was from the president of Brandeis University.

Read his entire letter at The Weekly Standard.

Ronald Radosh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, and a Prof. Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He is the author or co-author of 14 books.

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Dr. Radosh, your link, which is apparently supposed to take us to Herf's full letter at the Weekly Standard, actually takes us to the PJM home page. Just letting you know in case that was unintentional....
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By the way, this is the link to Herf's letter:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/disgraceful-act_786780.html
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The problem with Islam is that it doesn't even pretend to aspire to societal tools of self-criticism, which is what our Constitution is and what the values we aspire to are. We are not always perfect, but we aspire to principle over identity. Islam does not aspire, it is a supremacist ideology with no interest in neutral principles. In instances where Islam is a sizeable minority in nations, Islam has no trust or faith in being fairly governed by neutral principles of a non-Muslim majority.

An example of American principle in action is in siding with Muslims against Christians in the former Yugoslavia. No Islamic nation would ever unilaterally lead the way in such an equivalent action.

A real-world example in action is how differently a rather similar event to the creation of the State of Israel is perceived, and that is the creation of Pakistan, and at the same time.

The reason you don't hear about the echoes of Pakistan in the same way you do Israel is that, in the case of Pakistan, Muslims got their way. Whether it was right or wrong to violently induce the mass exodus of Hindus from the newly formed Pakistan had nothing to do with it. Islam was happy.

The second reason you don't hear about the echoes of Pakistan is that Hindus are not such unprincipled supremacists. In other words, the Hindu Pakistani refugees simply moved on with their lives, as have the Jewish refugees from Middle Eastern states booted out as a result of the creation of Israel.

Islam never moves on because it is never wrong, willing to call it a day, or even willing to call it a tie. Islam is the opposite of pragmatic and rationalist. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than in their hypocritical stance as "anti-Crusaders," though those Crusaders only invaded Islamic colonialists, and in a far smaller area of land and time frame. In short, Islam were far worse Crusaders in terms of land invaded and permanently occupied, but due to their ideological supremacy, they cannot do without the small areas of Israel and Kashmir. There can never be reasoned debate with Islam, only holding them off with brute force.
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I hope other alumni react as Herf did. Furthermore, I hope they--and other contributors--refuse to give Brandeis one more red cent unless and until the university changes its decision.
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