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Date Posted: 09:59:07 02/19/12 Sun
Author: Ankur Patel
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Subject: Re: CSUN Hosting Anti-Israel Anti-Semitic Extremism on its Website
In reply to: david 's message, "CSUN Hosting Anti-Israel Anti-Semitic Extremism on its Website" on 16:42:03 12/07/11 Wed

The specific information that opened me up to criticism of the Israeli Defense Forces are the t-shirts that the IDF soldiers design and wear as part of their graduation.

"ONE SHOT TWO KILLS" is the caption as a pregnant woman in a burka has a target put on her. Images of these shirts are also linked to on the pages that Mr. Aminoff, the AMCHA Initiative, professor Tammi Benjamin, professor Leila Beckwith, and other uncritical Israeli supporters refer to when they lever allegations of anti-semitism on California State University Northridge and professor David Klein, who is admittedly presenting this information in a confrontational manner.

The particular venom directed toward the tactic of boycott is comic. The Knesset voted to make boycotting Israel illegal? How does that legislation make sense when we are treated like nothing more than mindless consumers by the warmongering corporate structures?

One innocent civilian killed is too many, but we are at a point where we don't even acknowledge the death of innocents on the other side -- as if there was an other side that wasn't created through cultural indoctrination.

My comments are not anti-Israel, let alone anti-semitic, but criticizing policy is part of academia. It is the responsibility of intellectuals to have these conversations in public forums. The people that would defend Israeli policy regardless of the number of innocent civilian deaths would probably also defend American wars that have brought death, rape, destruction, and $100,000,000 contracts to Halliburton.

I am critical of all war and am more critical of the United States' warmongering policies than Israel's, but both are intertwined.

It is my right, duty, and responsibility as an intellectual to criticize all policies implemented by the status-quo.

I want to do so in a respectful manner that leads to constructive dialogue, not hate mail.

-Ankur Patel

M.S. Interdisciplinary (California State University Northridge, expected 2012)

B.S. Ecology, Behavior, & Evolution (University of California Los Angeles, 2007)

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