BDS Fever
Israel Feels Wrath of Modern Language Professors
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  • TommyTwo

    “A Conversation about Israel and Palestine”

    I am pleased to report the conclusions of a conversation I had with myself about our respective merits: I am wonderful and you are horrible.

    “Israel Feels Wrath of Modern Language Professors”

    Only to be expected, given Israel insists on using an ancient language.

  • Andrew Allison

    The MLA has has abandoned intellectual integrity. What, pray tell, is the relevance of Hebrew to modern languages. Were such blatant antisemitism not so nauseating, it would be laughable.

  • Peripatetic

    Wrath? Academics don’t feel such petty emotions — remember, academics merely give voice to norms of Public Reason. This, you see, is why there is really no need to include dissenting views: such dissent could only arise from unreasonable prejudice.

  • qet

    Attention editors: “scholars of Arab or Muslim dissent.” (Unless this is an intentional pun, in which case I say, Well done!).
    The misinformation runs deeper than what you say. A simple glance can determine the ethnicities, were the whiners interested in seeing. And no perception of anything is necessary to superimpose a political ideology onto a set of facts; the ventings of these academics is merely a form of psychotherapy. What is missing is an understanding of the history of this conflict, notably the absence of any Palestinian “people” until recently, invented after the fact, and the complicity of the neighboring Arab states in the miseries of these poor unfortunates. These academics are walking proof of the decline in significance of advanced degrees.

    • Kavanna

      What is even more amazing is the absence of any “conversation” about what’s going on in the Arab/Muslim world — say, the historic turmoil in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, or North Africa. Or the miserable prison that is Iran.

      • Kavanna

        I was being sarcastic, of course. I’m not expecting anything connected to the real Middle East coming from the MLA or similar organizations.

      • qet

        Agreed, but the Israel-Palestinian conflict is, I think, detachable from the larger Middle East conflict context. Its properties are different, being (i) a conflict between Islam and not-Islam, and (ii) an almost totally artificial creation, one invented for purposes of shoring up the international relations position of the Arab world vis-a-vis the West. It has also gone on continuously for many decades, and, having endeared itself to the Western media and Western academics, is by far the most politically relevant of the ME conflicts within the domestic politics of the Western nations.

  • free_agent

    When I read the title “Israel Feels Wrath of Modern Language Professors”, I thought that Israel must be really terrified now!

    • Kavanna

      I know. The Israelis will soon be feeling the heat from misplaced modifiers and signifying monkeys raining down on the Holy Land.

      • free_agent

        “signifying monkeys raining down on the Holy Land”

        Now there’s a Sign of the Apocalypse worthy of Dante!

        • Kavanna

          The inner circle of Hell … inhabited by MLA professors!

  • free_agent

    The seminar’s title is “Academic Boycotts: A Conversation about Israel and Palestine”. This use of “conversation” reminds me of the concept of “conversation” that Megan McArdle discusses in “You Can’t Have a Conversation About Sexism at Gunpoint” (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-13/you-can-t-have-a-conversation-about-sexism-at-gunpoint.html): One side states its grievances and the other side admits fault.

    • Kavanna

      Indeed. A conversation is not what this is, but a malicious, uniformed monologue. There was an attempt by some MLA members to have an actual debate. But it had to be held outside the official convention.

      • free_agent

        I think I could argue that the seminar was not *entirely* malicious or uninformed, but you are certainly correct that it was a monolog, and thus shouldn’t be called a “conversation” … especially by the teachers of the proper use of the English language!

  • DiaKrieg

    This headline jumped out at me today. Shouldn’t the MLA call an emergency panel and propose a boycott?

    “Nigeria passes law against gay relationships”

    Bill introduces long jail terms for gay marriage, public displays of same-sex relationships and belonging to gay groups.

    • free_agent

      It would make sense in principle. But I doubt there’s any interaction between the MLA and any Nigerian academic institution, so the boycott would be invisible.

      • DiaKrieg

        Actually there are 50 universities in Nigeria, including 25 federal ones. The University of Lagos is particularly distinguished. It has 45,000 students. I notice that it has departments in English, English literature, European literature and English literature education. Hard to imagine there are no connections with the MLA.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Lagos

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