What I find most irksome in these attempts at shutting down panels of speakers defending Palestinian Rights is the notion of them being “one-sided.”
It’s OK for college campuses, msm outlets, our elected and non-elected politicians, and so-called ‘experts’ to present the ‘pro-Israel’ side [for decades] as if it is the Truth — but then when people begin to push back against this ideology the Truth-Keepers become hysterical with accusations of “divisiveness”, of “one-sidedness,” or “having an unbalanced presentation.”
—As if the other side hasn’t been the only one we’ve been taught since birth. Palestinian Rights champions *are* the other side. Give us the microphone for awhile.
These pathetic attacks make me think of an amusing anecdote: I once brought Noam Chomsky to campus to speak about Operation Cast Lead that had taken place in Gaza earlier that year. The *Human Rights* chair refused to have his department co-sponsor the event because it was ‘one sided.’ If we were going to bring Noam Chomsky to speak, he complained, then we should – to be fair – bring in Alan Dershowitz as well. He was serious, of course.
Chomsky commented during his talk that if we were going to bring Alan Dershowitz to speak then we should invite Osama Bin Laden, too, to make it balanced.
The audience loved it.