Victimology 101 at UC San Diego

Of course, proponents of boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel are never apologetic about their efforts to hobble the Jewish state; in fact, they profess high moral purpose for their efforts to confront the racism, apartheid, and other vagaries of the Zionist regime. What they fail to admit, or what they clearly do not care about, of course, is that divestment resolutions like this one, which if successful would strip Israel of its ability to defend itself, are clearly not efforts that will bring peace at all, only help insure that Israel’s jihadist foes can attack it more successfully and that its destruction can thereby be facilitated.

There is, of course, no mention in the divestment resolution of Palestinian terrorism and the random slaughter of Jewish civilians by Arabs on buses and at cafes, or the 10,000 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza into southern Israeli towns over the past six years (and that continues even today in a new round of violence). No acknowledgement was forthcoming as to the reasons why “the use of force against the civilian Palestinian population” existed as part of daily life for Israeli citizens as well as Arab ones; that is, that Israel’s so-called “brutal occupation” and its military incursions were necessitated by Arab aggression and terrorism, and the use of force had not been a random occurrence based on the whims of a sadistic Israeli military.

In fact, by targeting firms which supply arms to Israel, the UCSD divestment effort was not more morally sound than other divestment calls that have included non-military firms as well; the participants were actually helping to achieve what Israel’s Arab foes have long-wanted -- a militarily-weak Israel whose defenseless citizens could be massacred and the Jewish state weakened so it can be replaced by a new, Islamist state. More disingenuously, the UCSD divestment proponents fell into the morally convenient trap which ascribed the root cause of terrorism not where it belongs -- with the homicidal madmen who perpetrate it in the name of jihad -- but once again to Israel, due to its very presence in the Levant as an oppressor of the ever-suffering, always innocent Palestinians.

If the tendentious student and faculty activists at UCSD who purport to seek peace in the Middle East actually wanted to take steps to effect that noble goal, instead of seeking to deprive a sovereign nation from its ability to defend itself they might consider some alternate tactics. Perhaps, for example, rather than obsessing about the defects of Israel and only Israel, they could focus on the pathologies of Palestinian society, crystallized and made more malevolent by the rule of Hamas itself, in which Palestinian children are inculcated nearly from birth, with seething, blind, unrelenting, and obsessive hatred of Jews and the “Zionist regime,” so that kindergartners graduate with blood-soaked hands while toting plastic AK 47s and dedicating their lives to jihad, and older children are recruited to hide explosives on their bodies to transform themselves into shahids -- a new generation of kindling for radical Islam's cult of death.

They might speak to Palestinian parents, who glorify death and martyrdom and seek the death of their children if they distinguish themselves by murdering Jewish civilians. Perhaps they could also advise Palestinian leadership not to incite violence against Jews, and name summer camps and town squares after homicidal “martyrs” who slaughtered Jewish civilians. They could suggest that Hamas not broadcast children’s TV shows with animal characters who repeat hateful propaganda about Israel and who encourage children to attack and kill Jews, and that it is morally perverse to produce Palestinian elementary textbooks that depict Jews as apes and pigs, that erase Israel from history and geography books, and that demonize Israelis in particular and Jews in general as subhuman monsters who are swindlers, thieves, and murderers.

“If you cannot answer a man’s argument,” Oscar Wilde once quipped, “do not panic. You can always call him names.”

That advice has clearly been followed by the UCSD divestment proponents who, once they were defeated in their attempt to promote their odious divestment campaign, took to accusing their opponents of being racist victimizers of underrepresented students of color, as if that argument had anything to do with the core sentiment of the divestment initiative in the first place. The tactic of trying to demonize the thought of your ideological opponents and accusing them of having immoral motives for supporting their own views is obviously antithetical to the free and open debate that universities have traditionally sought.

Concern for the Palestinians may be a commendable effort, but the exclusion and demonization of support for the viability and continued existence of the Jewish state as a tool for seeking social justice for that one group “represents a profound betrayal of the cardinal principle of intellectual endeavor,” observed commentator Melanie Phillips, “which is freedom of speech and debate,” something universities should never stop diligently defending. And neither UCSD nor any other university should certainly ever abandon that pursuit due to the baleful whining of ideological bullies intent on suppressing the views of others while simultaneously cloaking their enmity and loathing of Israel with their own victimhood.