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Jewish Americans, WW2 and UCSB

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Media, WW2 | 0 comments

Morris mentions in a letter that a Jew has come on board his naval ship to help the fight. His ship, at least as far as Morris was concerned, was an American ship.

On the radio a few nights ago was a broadcast from UC Santa Barbara. A student was interviewing a teacher there named Prof. Robinson, who is a Jew, on a Jewish topic. Robinson mentioned a recent event; a Jewsish editor of a Jewish newspaper was fired for publishing an article by a Jewish American (his word order) journalist criticizing the occupation of the West Bank.

Robinson discussed his ordeal in 2009, a furious campaign that had been launched at UCSB to get him fired from the university. It all started because of a handout, a photo, included with his optional reading list for a class. The photo showed concentration camps in Warsaw Germany side by side with modern day Gaza in Palestine.

Prof. Robinson admits he enjoys jarring his students into critical thinking. A couple students, two out of eighty, decided the photo was offensive to Jews themselves and they dropped his class. It didn’t stop there. They took action, the sort of action students are encouraged to take these days. This one lead to Robinson beind branded a villain unfit to teach. He says he almost lost his job at UCSB. Like Carly Simon’s song about love break-ups “It happens everyday”.

Linked below is Robinson’s Truthout interview. He points out that at least on a college campus the democratic process can still prevail. Rah America.

Recently I heard a Jewish radio broadcaster protest, but indirectly, saying, “I didn’t say it!” -that 100 United States senators voted to continue funding Israel, thus the war that former Pres. Jimmy Carter calls apartheid in Palestine in his new book. 

Henry Ford explained that it’s up to the Jews to sort themselves out. If you’re one of the folks bothered by Henry Ford because you think he was anti-semetic, this may require some real critical thinking; don’t shoot the messenger.

If you’re a Jew and don’t like what’s going on in Israel but you can’t afford to lose a job or be barred from visiting Israel, can’t afford to go off the air or boycott materialism, maybe there’s something you can do. Perhaps you can simply do as Prof. Robinson does in this interview below, use the word order Jewish American.  PBS does in the 2008 series “The Jewish Americans”.

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