Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor to speak at Columbia Law School tonight

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Amid all the controversy over whether the Political Science Department at Brooklyn College should have co-sponsored a forum on boycott, divestment and sanctions last week, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Columbia’s Law School has a Center for Israeli Legal Studies, dedicated to bringing Israelis to the school; and tonight it’s hosting the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations to lay out Israel’s situation on the global stage. Sorry, make that the “Jewish state on the global stage.” I see there’s a Q-and-A.

Prosor at Columbia
Prosor at Columbia

Here are some of Prosor’s choice views, on Palestinians:

“France’s foreign minister said this month that his country was fighting to prevent the creation of an Islamist terrorist enclave ‘at the doorstep of France and Europe.’ If Mali is on France’s doorstep, Gaza is in Israel’s living room,” Ron Prosor said at the UN Security Council’s monthly open debate on the Middle East.

“Make no mistakes: France’s principled stand should be commended. We only ask that France and all the countries who are supporting its principled stand today, support Israel tomorrow when we fight Islamic terrorism on our borders.”

That analogy doesn’t work. Malians invited France to intervene. Israel is practicing collective punishment against all Gazans. And it helped create Gaza by ethnically cleansing Palestinians from the Jewish state way back when.

P.S. Jewish Voice for Peace has issued a statement saying that the Brooklyn College event was a turning point in the US conversation:

Last week’s events at Brooklyn College may have been a turning point for discussion of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) in this country.

Emblematic of the shift in sentiment regarding overkill attacks on free speech, thousands of New Yorkers signed a petition telling Alan Dershowitz and City Assemblyman Dov Hikind  (known for  his homophobic and bigoted statements as well as strong links to Meir Kahane)  that their services as self-appointed spokespersons for the Jewish People, and Gatekeepers of Academia, were no longer required: www.firealandershowitz.org

Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director: “From Alan Dershowitz, to Dov Hikind to the Anti-Defamation League, it is becoming more and more clear that people have had it with a small group of bullies trying to impose their political litmus tests about what the rest of us can and can not discuss regarding Israeli-Palestinian politics. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to pressure Israel into being accountable to international law is a non-violent movement modeled on similar efforts against South African apartheid. It’s an increasingly hard sell to tell members of the Jewish and broader community, especially younger ones, that this conversation is beyond the pale.”

The Jewish community is split on this issue, as Judith Butler so eloquently laid out in her remarks.

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19 Responses

  1. Annie Robbins
    February 11, 2013, 1:10 pm

    i love Rebecca Vilkomerson, i love jewish voices for peace.

    New Yorkers signed a petition telling Alan Dershowitz and City Assemblyman Dov Hikind (known for his homophobic and bigoted statements as well as strong links to Meir Kahane) that their services as self-appointed spokespersons for the Jewish People, and Gatekeepers of Academia, were no longer required

    gamechanger.

    btw it shouldn’t be forgotten that Columbia’s Law School has a Center for Israeli Legal Studies, dedicated to bringing Israelis to the school

    it shouldn’t be forgotten that UCBerkeley has an Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society. no doubt they bring plenty of israelis to the school as well.

    link to law.berkeley.edu

  2. pabelmont
    February 11, 2013, 1:20 pm

    “And [Israel] helped create Gaza by ethnically cleansing Palestinians from the Jewish state way back when.”

    NOT EXACTLY. Israel (or the pre-state Jewish armed forces, militias, terrorists, security forces, armed thugs — whatever the mix) did something else; they helped create Gaza by ethnically cleansing 85% of the Palestinians from that part of the 30%-Jewish, 70%-Palestinian Palestine Mandate which became Israel — way back when.

    [All numerical figures approximate.]

  3. seafoid
    February 11, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Prosor was UK ambassador and when he went back to isr complained that yesha etc was impossible to sell to Europe.

  4. hophmi
    February 11, 2013, 2:42 pm

    “Here are some of Prosor’s choice views, on Palestinians: ”

    These are views on terrorists in Gaza, not on Palestinians.

    “Last week’s events at Brooklyn College may have been a turning point for discussion of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) in this country. ”

    Oh lord . . . there have been so many turning points in the BDS discussion that I’m beginning to wonder whether the BDS discussion is a maze.

    • eGuard
      February 12, 2013, 3:19 am

      Not exactly, hophmi. He talked about Islamic terrorism. Ambassador Proser has no problem with settler’s terrorism, or pre-Israel Zionist terrorism.

    • eGuard
      February 12, 2013, 3:49 am

      Proser: Time and again, we have sought peace with the Palestinians. Time and again, we have been met by rejection of our offers, denial of our rights, and terrorism targeting our citizens.

      He said this within weeks after the attack on Gaza last November, when over a hundred civilians, including children, were killed by Israel.

      Another Proser quote: … where a demilitarized Palestinian state will recognize Israel as a Jewish State.That’s right. Two states for two peoples. That is Apartheid, hophmi.

      link to timesofisrael.com

      • James Canning
        February 12, 2013, 7:45 pm

        Ron Prosor needs to comprehend that Israel must get out of the West Bank.

    • justicewillprevail
      February 12, 2013, 8:17 am

      Well, one of the turning points has been making you and your fellow travellers look like the hysterical bullying censors that you are. Why am i not surprised that now you are trying to downplay it, as if it was no big deal? There is only one side here which is twisting in the wind, changing its tune as soon as it is exposed as the ineffective fraudsters they are. Until the next hysterical attempt at closing down discussion and branding everyone as anti-semites.

  5. justicewillprevail
    February 11, 2013, 3:07 pm

    I await Dersh’s campaign against this one-sided event. Whoever wrote the blurb – where exactly did Prosor ‘earn praise for his articulate and forthright defense blah blah in the UK’? He was ridiculed as the water carrier for his masters, many Brits don’t like being lectured by a pumped up sycophant. Maybe Columbia Law School is more credulous and abject in its deferment to the ‘director general’, lol love the job title.

  6. James Canning
    February 11, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Ron Prosor surely is well aware that Israel itself has continually fanned the flames of Islamic unrest, thanks to the continuing insane programme of illegal Jewish colonies in the West Bank.

    • eljay
      February 12, 2013, 8:10 am

      >> Ron Prosor surely is well aware that Israel itself has continually fanned the flames of Islamic unrest, thanks to the continuing insane programme of illegal Jewish colonies in the West Bank.

      He is surely well aware of this, but because he is a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist as well as a mouthpiece for the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel, he probably attributes the unrest to anti-Semitism.

      After all – and as any Zio-supremacist will tell you – Israel isn’t as bad as Saudi Arabia or Mali, so what’s to complain about?

      “Israel: We may not be as good as the best but, hey, at least we’re not as bad as the worst!”(c)

      • James Canning
        February 12, 2013, 1:19 pm

        I think the primary focus should be on the fact Israel’s insane illegal colonisation programme in the West Bank has cost the American taxpayers many hundreds of billions of dollars. To be conservative.

  7. James Canning
    February 11, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Yes, the “Jewish state” on the world stage. Are all Israelis “Jews”?

  8. braciole
    February 11, 2013, 5:22 pm

    I do hope that Alan Dershowitz has demanded that Columbia Law School invite a representative of the Palestinian people to ensure that the attendees receive a balanced view of the situation, Anything less would imply that Alan Dershowitz is a hypocritical toad!

  9. aiman
    February 11, 2013, 9:10 pm

    Interesting how pro-Israel advocates build their common case with Europe through the “Islamic spectre”. Imagine if someone talked about the “Jewish spectre” or rather the “Judaic spectre”, no you would never hear that. These people continue to lump all Muslims together, incidentally they also lump all Jews together. Bernard Lewis’s wet dream come true.

  10. Ellen
    February 12, 2013, 4:27 am

    Why only France???

    Because France and only France has significant Tungsten and Uranium mining interests in Mali. The French power industry is completely dependent upon those mines. It has ZIP to do with Islamic Terrorism.

    Canadian mining firms work with the French in joint projects.

    To suggest anything else, such as the bogey man of Islamic Terrorism, is nothing more than cynical propaganda. It is resources as always.

    link to ctvnews.ca

  11. amigo
    February 12, 2013, 8:52 am

    Just when you wonder if there exists someone worse that a zionist, along comes Prosor or the other (dershitwitz” slug leaving a trail of slime in their wake.

    I must say I enjoyed watching Prosor get his just deserts at the UN Palestinian upgrade.

    I doubt I have heard one person tell so many lies in one session.

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