What struck me more than anything else was the fact that many of the people I met on the campuses supported Hamas and believed that it had the right to “resist the occupation” even if that meant blowing up children and women on a bus in downtown Jerusalem.
I never imagined that I would need police protection while speaking at a university in the U.S. I have been on many Palestinian campuses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and I cannot recall one case where I felt intimidated or where someone shouted abuse at me.
Ironically, many of the Arabs and Muslims I met on the campuses were much more understanding and even welcomed my “even-handed analysis” of the Israeli-Arab conflict. After all, the views I voiced were not much different than those made by the leaderships both in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. These views include support for the two-state solution and the idea of coexistence between Jews and Arabs in this part of the world.
The so-called pro-Palestinian “junta” on the campuses has nothing to offer other than hatred and de-legitimization of Israel. If these folks really cared about the Palestinians, they would be campaigning for good government and for the promotion of values of democracy and freedom in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Their hatred for Israel and what it stands for has blinded them to a point where they no longer care about the real interests of the Palestinians, namely the need to end the anarchy and lawlessness, and to dismantle all the armed gangs that are responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent Palestinians over the past few years.
This hits the nail on the head regarding campus campaigns against Israel. They are, by and large, promoted by politically immature wannabe revolutionaries, often coming from comfy upper middle class backgrounds, who buy into a whole load of pseudo-leftist bullshit and who dream (assisted by copious amounts of weed) of being some kind of ‘revolutionary’ vanguard. Of course they don’t really care about Palestinians – they’re too wrapped up in their own narcissistic fantasies to seriously examine the Israel-Palestine situation. Having missed out on 1968, these kids instead indulge in Israel-bashing and the thrill of vicarious terrorism through their ’solidarity’ with Hamas and other Islamists. The only good news is that most of them will soon be getting their hair cut, packing away their keffiyehs and entering the adult world.