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Jewish Students Sent to Meet with Hamas

April 11th 2011
A recently published letter to Chancellor Drake of UC Irvine signed by the O.C. Jewish Federation and the Rose Project dated October 8th. 2009 clearly shows the extent to which the Olive Tree Initiative and UCI were prepared to go in order to conceal the very real danger in which they had placed students when they arranged a secret meeting with an Hamas leader well inside the disputed territories. It seems their devotion to burnishing their liberal, one-way multiculturalist credentials far exceeded their responsibility to their students and constituted a prima facie case of reckless endangerment as well as an awful lapse of judgment. The students were deliberately put in harm's way and for what exactly? What sort of arrangements had been made for their security? Who was going to rescue them if anything went wrong while they were in the lion's den? Who was going to make the call to their parents if they had been kidnapped or murdered? How was this surreptitious meeting with an avowed Jew-killer supposed to enhance the students' understanding of Judaism or the State of Israel which, after all, was the ostensible purpose of the trip?
Had any of the students at any time been advised to read the Hamas Charter which calls for the killing of Jews in Article 5 and the destruction of Israel in Article 15? Were they told that the Hamas Charter is one of the most unambiguous documents of hatred ever produced? Had they been made aware that it contains the boast that Hamas' destruction of Israel will be their contribution to the eventual establishment of a global caliphate? Is it possible that the students' professorial chaperones were ignorant of all of this? Surely not. The whole episode is an outrage and a disgrace. What is worse is that it was wrapped in the cloak of "outreach" a favorite tactic of appeasers who can't bring themselves to imagine that their enemies actually do want to wipe them off the face of the earth. This is the same sort of failure of imagination that led to the murder of 6 million Jews in concentration camps. Nevertheless, it exposed those who are unable to distinguish between collaboration and education. Confusing the two can be fatal. This time it wasn't but it is unwise to put one's faith in luck. It is far better to realize that terrorist organizations do not behave in ways that comport with lofty academic discussions held in the Senior Common Rooms and at the High Tables of universities. Furthermore, "outreach" to a religious political ideology that in 2011, with relish and a good deal of enthusiasm, still kills children, subjugates women, hangs homosexuals and persecutes non-Muslim minorities is an excercise in futility. It is better to keep in mind Thomas Mann's observation that, "Tolerance is a crime when applied to evil " but to understand that one must possess the kind of moral clarity disturbingly and obviously absent in this case.

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