When I first saw this press release below from B’nai Brith in Canada, “‘York University conference questioning Israel’s right to exist an exercise in anti-Zionist propaganda,'” I was sure they were exaggerating.
Well I checked out the speakers list and the website and it clearly is one of the most absurd conferences on the subject possible. Check out the website and see for yourself. This line on the website is telling: The conference seeks to systematically measure the two state model against the promise of alternatives; very specifically the potential in the model of a single bi-national state.
Bi-national, my friends is a sanitized way of saying – no more Israel. As even Uri Averny wrote (a far-left wing Israeli writer and activist):
A bi-national state means the abandonment of this aim, and, in practice, the dismantling of Israel itself. The Jews would return to the traumatic experience of a people without a state throughout the world, with all that that implies. And not as a result of a crushing military defeat, but as a free choice. Not very likely
So what does York hope to achieve? To further and further isolate Israel as a pariah and illegitimate state. No Bi-National state exists in the world that has succeeded.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘York University conference questioning Israel’s right to exist an exercise
in anti-Zionist propaganda,’ says B’nai Brith Canada
TORONTO, May 22, 2009 – B’nai Brith Canada has characterized as a “blatant
exercise in anti-Zionist propaganda” the upcoming June conference at York
University titled, Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths
to Peace. The Jewish human rights organization also expressed particular
concern over a recent statement by York University President Mamdouh Shoukri
who insisted that the conference will continue to form part of the
University’s publicly advertised 50th anniversary celebrations.
“This sham of a conference, which questions the Jewish State’s very right to
exist, promises to be a veritable ‘who’s who’ of anti-Israel propagandists,”
said Frank Dimant, B’nai Brith Canada’s Executive Vice President. “This is
not an issue of academic freedom, despite the great lengths the University
is going to try to paint it in that light. It is purely and simply about
delegitimizing the Jewish State and its supporters here at home – an
exercise that runs far afield of so-called legitimate academic discourse.
“We question why an event that promotes hatred and encourages the
destruction of the Jewish State would connect in any way to York University’s
50th anniversary celebrations.
“We call on York University professors, students, benefactors, alumni and
members of the public at large to demand that York cease becoming a breeding
ground for encouraging anti-Jewish hatred. Instead, it ought to use the
opportunity of its 50th anniversary to return to its roots and celebrate the
diversity and multiculturalism of its student body, and ensure the tolerance
and respect for all that should accompany it.”
For more information, please contact, Karen Lazar, National Director of
416-633-6224 X 140
B’nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875
as the Jewish community’s foremost human rights agency