Modern Language Assoc. features anti-Israel slurs in resolution debate

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(JTA) — Amid debate featuring anti-Israel slurs, the full Modern Language Association membership voted on a resolution singling out Israel for denying academics entry to the West Bank.

At least 10 percent of the full MLA membership of 30,000 was required to participate in Sunday’s vote to make it official. The results have not been released to the public.

A number of resolution proponents criticized “Zionist attack dogs” and “the Zionist lobby,” which “railroads its way through Congress, universities and civil society,” according to some of the debate published on Pastebin.com. The language was leaked on an internal MLA website.

“I am pleased to see the tactfulness of the Palestinian resolution, as I’m tired of Zionists constantly carping at those who support Palestinian rights … such as this Jewish American,” wrote Richard Pressman, a communications professor at St. Mary’s University in Texas.

The full membership was voting on a resolution passed in January by the MLA’s delegate assembly. The 60-53 vote approved a measure calling on the U.S. State Department to “contest Israel’s denials of entry to the West Bank by U. S. academics who have been invited to teach, confer, or do research at Palestinian universities.”

Resolution opponents noted that countries with abysmal records on human rights and academic freedom were not singled out for condemnation like Israel.

“This resolution rightly targets only Israel given the humongous influence that Jewish scholars have in the decision making process of Academia in general,” wrote Alessio Lerro, an adjunct assistant professor of comparative literature at Temple University.

Lerro in a Facebook post on Holocaust Remembrance Day questioned the number of Jews who died in the Shoah, sparking accusations of Holocaust denial.

“6 million? mh…. we all know (or should know) that the counting of Jews is a bit controversial,” Lerro said in the post, which has since been deleted. “This said, without the death toll of The USSR, we would all speak German now.”

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  • June 8, 2014 at 11:25 am
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    We Jews must use the power of prayer [Koach HaTefillah] against those who attack us, whether they attack us with missiles, or whether they attack us with words.

    When we recite the Birkat HaMinim, we should have in mind:

    the Modern Language Association, the anti-Israel BDS movement, Jimmy Carter, the Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, Israel-bashing journalists, Israel-bashing professors, the New York Times, Reform “Rabbis,” and Jeremy Ben-Ami and his J-Street organization.

    It is also correct to recite Tehillim for the downfall of those who attack us.

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