By Abraham H. Miller, Originally published in The Hill
With Turkish President Erdogan’s crackdown on tens of thousands of university professors, teachers, and intellectuals, American academic associations swung into high gear not only to denounce the actions but also to call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Turkey.
Amnesty International’s revelations that arrested Turkish “opponents” of the regime had been hogtied, pressed together like sardines and raped drew special outrage from American academics, ever eager to tout their sanctimonious bona fides by standing in the forefront against human rights abuses wherever they materialize.
On campuses across America, progressive student organizations called for the first week of school to be known as Turkey Fascist Week.
Of course none of that happened. The Turks are not Jews.
The incongruity of academia’s reaction to Turkey’s brutal crackdown on freedom versus the often fabricated crimes of which Israel is falsely accused, tells many of us what we already know. There is one standard for Israel and another for the rest of the world. That standard has far and away less to do with Zionism than traditional anti-Semitism.
Those of us who are part of the academic community have known this for decades. Scratch an anti-Zionist and you will find a virulent anti-Semite waiting to crawl out.