More on the closure of YIISA – Alex Joffe

There is no need to impute a conspiracy here; it suffices to recognize a confluence of factors—and a mindset. Exactly 60 years ago, the young William F. Buckley, Jr., in God and Man at Yale, published a withering critique of, in the words of a recent appraisal, “the intolerance of the academy toward unfashionable concepts, . . . the stultifying effects of elitist groupthink on thought, and . . . the failure of the university to engage a wide range of ideas fairly and in simple good faith.” At the time, the particular issue salient in Buckley’s mind was the academy’s refusal to engage the subject of God and man. Today, it is the refusal to engage the global campaign to defame, de-legitimate, and demonize the Jewish people. As the fact of anti-Semitism grows, including on some North American campuses, one large, serious academic effort to study anti-Semitism has been shut down.

Read the whole piece, by Alex Joffe on Jewish Ideas Daily.

Scottish socialist contextualizes the beheading of a 3 month old baby

Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children were murdered in a West Bank settlement in March. The youngest victim, three month old Hadas, was decapitated.  Jim Bollan the councillor behind West Dunbartonshire Council’s boycott of Israel said:

“Violence breeds violence. Have you any idea what may have motivated this man [Awad] to commit this crime? Could it have been because he may have seen Palestinian children slaughtered by the IDF?”

More in the JC.