Is this the relationship between Academia, BDS, Utopia?

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Academicians are smart. They’re educated. They know how to dream big dreams.

They want Utopia. They want to make the world perfect.

You know about Utopia? It’s a world where all are equal. All are well-fed. No one worries about health care. Education is free. No one is poor. Everyone lives in peace with his neighbour. Internet service is free.

Surely, that’s Utopia. Academia got the idea for such a world from—where else—a book. The book, ingeniously titled, Utopia, was written some 500 years ago by Sir Thomas More.

Sir Thomas More was the first to describe Utopia. If his description were to be revised to reflect the modern world, it would no doubt be updated to describe a world that contains multiculturalism,  universal food-stamps and soup kitchens-for-anyone-who-wants-to-come, Obamacare, free tuition for college, the redistribution of wealth and unrestricted immigration between countries—exactly what you hear about from today’s academicians.

It’s a wonderful world, this modern Utopia. The State will take care of you. You’ll never experience want. You’ll never go to bed hungry. You’ll get free dental care.

But then, if you’re Jewish, there’s something you ought to know about Utopia. In Sir Thomas More’s original Utopia—as in today’s modern Utopia—there are no Jews.

That’s right. Utopia, like Nazi Germany, is designed to be Jew-free.

Academicians know this. Their problem is, where can they find a Jew-free home in order to celebrate the potential for a Utopia?

We’re reminded of this question because three essays have recently surfaced. The first essay is about the American Anthropological Association (AAA) (William Jacobson, “American Anthropological Association facing self-destructive BDS resolution”, legaIinsurrection, October 28, 2015). This American academic organization has issued a Report (ibid) to its members. That Report recommends its members authorize a vote to boycott Israel’s academic institutions (ibid).

This Report uses language straight from the Homepage of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It argues for a boycott because, it says in part, Israel uses a ‘settler colonialism’ to ‘occupy’ ‘Palestine’ (ibid). The Report focuses on Israel’s security barrier. This barrier bothers the American Anthropological Association. It finds the barrier harms academics and students.

Bet you didn’t know Israel’s security barrier harms students. Actually, until this Report came out, neither did anyone else.

The Report dismisses the reason Israel built the barrier in the first place—to stop a ‘Palestinian’ suicide bombing campaign in 2001-2004 which killed almost 1,000 Israeli civilians (ibid). That barrier dropped suicide bombings against Jews down to zero. It worked.

It was a passive, non-aggressive tactic that proved successful. But the Arab Jew-hate industry didn’t like that success. So it turned the barrier into a propaganda device: it called the barrier an ‘Apartheid’ wall. It said, this wall harmed and humiliated ‘Palestinians’.

The AAA finds this ‘harm and humiliation’ to be completely unacceptable. Apparently, the murder of almost 1,000 Jews means nothing to these Utopian academicians. The ability of that barrier to protect Jews means nothing.

But a Jew-free ‘Palestine’? That could spell, ‘U-t-o-p-i-a’.

These anthropologists aren’t alone in their quest for a Jew-free Utopia. The second story about academicians that attracts us appeared November 15, 2015. This story reveals that the AAA isn’t the only academic Association to turn to the ‘Palestinian’ cause (Occam’s Razor, “Alert: Faculty Association anti-Israel boycott season has started”, legalinsurrection, November 15, 2015). This Fall and Winter, it’ll be joined by the National Women’s Studies Association, The Middle East Studies Association, Modern Language Association and the American Historical Association (ibid). All of these Associations will ask their members to join a BDS anti-Israel vote.

These academicians know ‘Palestine’ will be Jew-free. They know Utopia is Jew-free. Therefore, if the BDS ‘movement’ wants academic support to destroy Jewish Israel, how can academicians resist?

The ‘Palestinian Cause’ and its bastard-child, BDS, make an offer they can’t refuse: ‘Palestine’.  This Jew-free replacement for Jewish Israel could fulfil their dream. It’ll be the world’s first Jew-free Utopia gift-wrapped by the UN, the world’s guardian of international peace.

The third story that attracts us is also about the AAA (Aleister, “American Anthropological Association Votes to Boycott Israeli Universities”, legalinsurrection, November 22, 2015). On Friday, November 20, 2015, the members of the AAA voted in favour of a resolution calling on the group to authorize a vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions. The vote passed by a 1,040 to 136 margin (ibid). The 10,000 members of the AAA will now vote on BDS in Spring, 2016 (ibid).

These anthropologists dream of a UN-sponsored Utopia. They see Israel as standing in the way of that Utopia. They see the ‘Palestinian Cause’ as the path to that Utopia.

It doesn’t matter to these academicians that ‘Palestinianism’ is about killing Jews. Academicians don’t worry about Jews.

Jews don’t belong in Utopia.