Updated identity politics terminology aside (Israel is a “homeland privileging Jews”), UC Hastings’ George Bisharat has been consistent for the last 15 years, smearing Israel in The Los Angeles Times as a pariah state which should be dismantled. His campaign for the elimination of the Jewish state, trendy political language notwithstanding, qualifies as antisemitism under the widely accepted definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The IHRA definition includes:
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
Of course, an Israel founded on equal rights for all will no longer be a “Jewish state” — just as South Africa, after the fall of apartheid, was no longer a state that institutionalized white supremacy.
My family, like survivors of the Nazi Holocaust seeking return of their seized works of art, insists that ownership of our grandfather’s Villa Harun ar-Rashid in West Jerusalem should be restored to us.
But if editors aren’t troubled that, barely a month after Poway synagogue shooting victim Lori Gilbert-Kaye was laid to rest, they are enabling the spread of antisemitism, perhaps Bisharat’s contempt for the facts may be of concern.
“It’s time to face some undeniable facts,” says the law professor, who goes on to make the entirely fallacious statement:
First, despite Israel’s every effort to establish and maintain a Jewish majority, the two peoples living under Israeli rule hover at near parity, at approximately 6.5 million Jews and 6.5 million Palestinians.
In 2007 Hamas staged a violent takeover of PA government installations in Gaza and has since been the de facto authority in the territory, which it governs with a combination of PA laws and Hamas decrees. Hamas maintained control of security forces in Gaza.