Monday, May 09, 2011

Man, Tony Kushner and CUNY

Found out about it through the Guardian and am just sitting back and watching it play out, although much of the drama appears to have died down in our 24 hour news cycle. Kushner, author of "Angels in America", was denied an honorary degree by the City University of New York because of his stance on Israel-Palestine.

One of the best parts is a statement by the person who blocked his degree:

"If his libelous statements against Israel were made by anyone outside the Jewish community, that person would be correctly labeled an anti-Semite."

There's actually nothing in Kushner's statement rebutting this and stating his actual viewpoint that hasn't been said by Noam Chomsky or Howard Zinn.

But anti-semitism is a weird thing these days. You can be anti-semitic for not agreeing with the Likud party on Israel, or for suggesting that shooting kids in the street for throwing stones is wrong, as well as seizing and demolishing another ethnic group's homes in order to build your homes there. Anywhere else that would be called 'ethnic cleansing', i.e. kicking people out of their area and replacing them with settlements in which only your group can live, but not in Israel, because Israel is incapable of doing something like that. I mean, hey, the Serbs did it to the Croatians, and vice versa, but they didn't live in the holy land.

I should add with reference to kids being shot to throwing stones that that happened in Rafah in the Gaza strip, before Hamas took over by the way, and they were shot from guard towers that surround that part of the city. Maybe the fact that the city has guard towers staffed by Israeli soldiers around some of it should clue people in to what's actually happening.

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