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June, 2005

McCarthyism Deja Vu: Zionist Thought Police On Campus
By Edward W. Miller, MD

"The Likud (Sharon's party) is closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties." -Albert Einstein, 1948
The military expansionism of Zionist Israel has occupied the media for well over half a century. As Israel has come under more scrutiny in a world increasingly tethered by the Internet and satellite communication, Sharon's campaign of both covert and violent colonization is condemned around the globe. In 2003 some 7,000 Europeans were asked to pick, from a list of 15 countries, those which represented the greatest threat to world peace. Chosen for first place by the vast majority interviewed was Israel, with the United States a close second.
American media, dominated by five huge consortiums, continues to both censure and distort the situation in the Mideast in favor of Israel. On American university campuses, however open and intelligent discussion had always been available, even in Universities sponsoring Mideast studies. Beginning sometime in late 2001, however, on some campuses, Zionist organizations have attempted to stifle criticism of Israel and its fascist behavior just as Senator Joseph R. McCarthy in his anti-Communist campaign during the Nixon Administration tried to stifle criticism and control public discussion, employing character assassination, innuendo with threats of political, economic and even judicial retaliation.
In March 2002 a network of Jewish organizations formed the Israel On Campus Coalition (ICC) in partnership with Hillel and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation which donated $1,050,000 to the Coalition. McCarthyism then made its appearance on the Web as "Campus Watch." Organized a by Zionist, right-wing columnist, and sometime professor, Daniel Pipes, student members of Hillel, the popular on-campus Jewish fraternity, were indoctrinated as "thought police" to report back to Pipe's headquarters in Washington any professors who made disparaging remarks about either Israel, the Zionist movement, or appeared to intimidate Jewish students in discussions relating to Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jewish organizations pressured their Representatives from districts where targeted departments were located., to warn university administrators that support from federal funding might be removed unless the accused professor was either chastised, or dismissed.
In New York, Rabbi Charles Sheer, director of the Columbia/Barnard chapter of Hillel, in December 2003, complained that the: "battleground regarding the Mideast at Columbia University had shifted to the classroom"… He hinted that as a counter-strike a student group was working on a video that records how advocacy teaching intimidated Jewish students. Producers of this so-called "David Project" are presently supported by AIPAC, AFDL and the American Jewish Committee. The group's frequently re-edited film has never had commercial showing. (Scott Sherman THE NATION 4 April 2005). .
On Nov. 21 2002, New York City's Daily News under the heading: " Poison Ivy: Climate of hate hits Columbia University, stated::" Dozens of academics are said to be promoting an I-hate Israel agenda, ..teaching that Zionism is the root of all evil in the Mideast. The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, and Fox News echoed similar sentiments .
Under Zionist pressure our House of Representatives passed HR 3077 mandating that "Studies programs funded under Title VI of the Higher Education Act must "foster debate on American foreign policy from diverse perspectives… thus sending a chill through academia. (The Nation , ibid).
This bru ha ha has continued. Targeted professors receive hate mail and phone threats. Rightist Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz speaking to Columbia's student activist groups" waned against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campus", while UC Berkeley's professor of Islamic Law, Hatem Bazian warned: " We have here a call for maintaining Middle East studies through the Israeli lens." (Robert Gaines WRMEA April 2005)
The administration at Columbia responded, naming a five-member academic panel to investigate student charges. After some weeks and many interviews the panel decided there was neither evidence of student intimidation nor racial bigotry at the University.
I called Professor George Saliba, one of three Columbia professors targeted by Damiel Pipes. Saliba told me he was much encouraged by the support he and fellow professors were receiving from the student body, and that the academic atmosphere was "improving." Meanwhile, at Oregon University, Professor Douglas Card, who refused to be intimidated when targeted by Pipe's group, recently settled out of court a lawsuit for "defamation of character" he had launched against Pipes .
Here in Marin, a January 29 headline in the Marin Independent Journal read: SESSION WITH TERRORIST STIRS OUTRAGE . A group of 9 students from San Francisco Theological Seminary students, on an educational tour of Mideast countries lead by Seminary chaplain Dr. Charles Marks, while visiting a deserted Israeli detention center in southern Lebanon at El Khiam, on June 1, 2004, watched a 20-minute documentary on the liberation of prisoners in 2000 after which a former detainee described the methods of torture visited upon them by the Israelis.
The Seminar group was also addressed by Sheik Nabil Qaouk, Hezbullah's commander in Southern Lebanon. A bru ha ha erupted after Syria's newspaper The Daily Star, reported the meeting and quoted Chaplain Marks as saying: "I am certain that my positive image of Hezbullah is different from that pictured in the West. I am happy to meet Hezbullah officials and listen to what they have to say." (Daily Star June 2, 2004)
San Francisco's Jewish Community Relations Council got wind of the student meeting and Yitzhak Santis, Director of Middle East Affairs for the Council met with Seminary President Phillip Butin. Santis (who refused to talk with me) was "troubled" by the group's "failure to condemn Hezbullah," but also troubled because the Presbyterian Church, in sympathy with the Palestinians, is calling on its members to divest themselves of stock held by companies profiting from Israel's Occupation of Palestine.
The Seminary's Chaplain Marks was right on target. Hezbullah is largely a social service organization and political party with 12 seats in Lebanon's parliament. Its military wing in 2000 kicked the Israeli army out of Lebanon after 22 years occupation and over 900 Israeli soldiers killed. and is therefore designated as "Terrorist" by a Washington that still supports the terrorism of Israel.

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