Phi Beta Cons

Campuses Dumbing Down Arab-Israeli Debate

Alan Dershowitz reports in the Huffington Post that the quality of discourse concerning

the complex conflict between the Arab and Muslim world on the one hand, and Israel on the other…has become increasingly dumber, shriller, and less nuanced. Name-calling has replaced serious academic discussion. This is particularly so among hard left Israel-bashers. Israeli policies certainly warrant just criticism, as do the policies of Israeli’s enemies. I am not talking about such comparative and contextual criticism. I am talking about abusive words that contribute nothing of substance to the quest for peace. Indeed, by demonizing Israel and dehumanizing its supporters, this kind of hate speech encourages those who oppose a compromise peace and discourages those who seek it.