Posted: 4/5/2015 10:00:00 AM
Author: David Horowitz
Source: This article orig9inally appearted in FRONTPAGE MAG on Apreil 4, 2015.
Muslim and Jewish Book-Burners by David Horowitz
On April 2, the Daily Californian, which is Berkeley’s campus newspaper, published an article I wrote giving the reasons why I had organized a campaign against Students for Justice in Palestine. The article cited a series of facts as evidence for identifying SJP as a hate group whose purpose was to spread the genocidal lies of the terrorist organization Hamas, and whose raison d’etre was the destruction of the Jewish state.
The following day, Students for Justice in Palestine posted a “response.” I put quotes around “response” because what SJP posted was actually not a response in the sense of an attempt to refute my claims or a reasoned defense of its mission. The SJP statement did not cite a single error or false statement in the article. And for good reason. The indictment laid out in my article is supported by the facts.
Before publishing my article, the Daily Californian fact-checkers went over its text with a fine tooth comb, even asking me for sources for the statement that Israel is not “occupied Palestine” but was created on land that belonged to the Turks for 400 years previous. This is a fact recorded in any respectable history of the Middle East. The fact-checkers also asked me for a source for the claim that the destruction of select Palestinian homes was not designed to carry out a policy of “ethnic cleansing” as SJP claimed but specifically to protect Israeli citizens from terrorist attacks. Even the left-leaning encyclopedia, Wikipedia, provided a source for this. Or the claim that Israel is an “apartheid” state, which is merely laughable.
SJP tweeted the following explanation for its one-day delay in responding to my article: “It took us longer to craft a response than other groups because many @SJPatBerkeley members were so shocked & scared by @dailycal‘s actions.”
This is certainly understandable. Facts are scary to liars. And they are particularly shocking to liars who puff themselves up as champions of “social justice,” when they are exposed as supporters of an ongoing attempt by Hamas and other terrorist organizations to create a second Holocaust of the Jews.
When the shock and awe of the truth had died down, what did the scared members of SJP actually write in response to my article? What they wrote was a condemnation of the Daily Californian editors for having the audacity to print my article. And that was it. That was their response. This makes sense too. When you don’t have the facts on your side, it is better not to try to defend your lies. It is better to suppress those who disagree with you. But then this is exactly the philosophy of Hamas and ISIS and other Islamic totalitarians. Stamp out the blasphemers.
SJP’s condemnation of the Daily Cal and me was supported in separate statements posted by SJP’s allies from the society of sick Jews. J Street and Jewish Voice for Peace not only called for the censorship of my article but justified it by a litany of easily disprovable lies about what I have written or said, cobbled from left-wing smear sites like Southern Poverty Law Center. Thus the Southern Poverty smear site describes me as “the godfather of the anti-Muslim movement,” without a single quote to justify its claim. Character assassination is not only the chief weapon of the anti-Israel, anti-American left. It is its only weapon.
Unfortunately for these latter-day McCarthyites, I have been libeled so many times and on so many occasions, that the slanders no longer have bite. And the facts still stand. And that is an insoluble problem for those who support the destruction of the Jewish state in the name of social justice.