By Steven Salaita

How Zionism turned a great ideology within the eyes of the West

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Obama’s election brought out other forms of Israeli racism. In 2009 Shas Party 38 b Chapter 1 spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef referred to Obama as a slave: “American insidiousness tells us to build here and not to build there as though we were slaves working for them. . ”22 Yosef’s comment is reminiscent of the one offered a month earlier by Israeli Science and Technology minister Daniel Hershkowitz, who deemed Obama “Pharoah” in reference to the (presumably black) Egyptian enslaver of the ancient Jews.

The moment that an anti-Zionist voice is burdened with its counterpart in the service of balance, all semblance of intellectual integrity has been compromised. The problem with balance is that it’s never truly balanced; even if we could achieve true balance, it would be undesirable. Nobody should seek balance as a form of intellectual engagement; truth is a much better goal. Balance is merely a sneaky way to maintain extant power structures. Balance isn’t just passively conciliatory; it is actively destructive.

The production resembles a Young Democrats conference with an ethnic twist. Nowhere in the packet’s front matter is there mention of Israel. The great majority of presentations likewise avoid the topic, concentrating instead on such topics as philanthropy, dialogue, technology, diversity, and service learning. The only geographical space identified in the program is Darfur, the darling issue of organized Jewish activism. Yet Hillel’s devotion to Israel is no secret; an entire section of its website is reserved for promotion of Israel as a destination for students and a nation worthy of unqualified support.

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