"The unhinged conniptions of full-time Israel-despisers only convince the convinced”
The harassment of pro-Israel speakers on American college campuses is nothing new. There’s a strong perception among the Jewish community that colleges are hostile to Israel. There’s much reason --and evidence-- to believe this. However, I’ve found that most students seem to be open to serious, measured discussion on Israel. The burden is upon the powerful side to prove its good faith, but it can be done. So why do we even have to go up against anti-Israel protesters? What do they hope to accomplish? In my opinion, it is to exact a form of revenge for expressing or associating with pro-Israel views. After all, it’s class in realpolitik -- and the million-dollar prize is control. “The presence of bitter controversy around even the most innocent of presentations cloaks the Jewish state in a tenor of untouchability. This makes pro-Israel students shrink from public expression and makes the college environment uncomfortable for Israel’s supporters”. How can we fight this? I’d wager that disciplinary action won’t work. The real antidote is more expression, more debate. Refuse to be cowed into silence. Plan more lectures, discussions, and outreach programs for students and politicians. Intimidation only works to the extent that we allow ourselves to be intimidated.