Don’t say it

I reported a few days ago the case of a US professor being fired for daring to discuss Israel, Zionism and Palestinians in class. Censorship of the worst kind.

The fired teacher, Douglas Giles, has now spoken out and offered more details of the case. He was instructed to not discuss the following subjects in class:

– Students should not be allowed to ask whatever questions they want in class

– Nothing should be mentioned in class, textbooks, or examinations that could possibly open up Judaism to criticism, especially any mention of Zionism

– Nothing related to Palestinians or Islamic beliefs about Jerusalem should be mentioned

– Discussion of Zionism or the Palestinian issue was “disrespectful to any Jews in the class”

Gile’s boss, Susan Weininger, talked with Giles and the conversation, according to Giles, went like this:

W: “I hear you even allowed a Muslim to speak in class.”
G: “Yes, of course, I allowed all students to speak, regardless of their religion!”
W: “You shouldn’t! What disturbs me is that you act like the Palestinians have a side in this. They don’t have a side! They are ANIMALS (emphasis hers)! They strap bombs to their bodies and blow up women and children! They are NOT CIVILIZED! (emphasis hers)”

Many supporters of Israel are frightened of even discussing the Middle East conflict, and seemingly incapable of talking without spewing bile. They should be worried. The status-quo is not sustainable.

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