You’re scheduled to give a presentation about sixteenth century romantic French poetry but you are a professor at Tel Aviv University and the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) have decided you are not to be permitted to speak on their campus in the United States. They are taking turns chanting “Free, free Palestine; Occupation is a crime; free, free Palestine!” at the top of their lungs and started a full five minutes before the presentation was to begin. Don’t fret as the actual facts and International Law defines the Israeli border as the Jordan River on the east and that is not contestable. Volume does not make one correct or convincing or even the one heard, as facts and calm presentations win the day over time. Start off by calmly walking to the podium and stand there motioning to anybody who appears preparing to depart giving up on your ability to give your presentation. Simply place your hands facing down and wave them signaling for them to remain and be patient and calmly mouth if needed, “Give me a moment more, please.” Let them chant for another five minutes and then tap the microphone as if checking to see if it is on and functioning. Then calmly ask, “Are any of our boisterous friends care to take the stage and debate as reasonable human being or should I call for the (City, County, State) police which I have on speed-dial.” If they do not choose the debate then simply make the call about a small disturbance preventing a scheduled presentation which students were to receive credit and the Campus Security are too timid to remove (5, 8, 12 place approximate number here) demonstrators preventing (your) my freedom of speech.” It may have been wise to work with the police beforehand as pre-warned is the first step to prepared.
Your debate with them may prove to be one of the shortest in history as they are very likely not to have ever suffered reading BTC so they will not realize the traps they are about to walk into. First thing you ask is whether Nablus is part of the Palestine. Continue with Bethlehem, Jenin, Nazareth and do not change your intonation just because you have crossed back over the Green Line and continue on the west side of the Green Line with, Tiberius, Beersheba, Akko, Eilat, Netanya, and now smoothly go for the last two, the obvious two which you offer together, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem? They will likely claim all as they have not been bothered with the use of Taqiyya and thus are not as polished as Mahmoud Abbas, not to imply he is smooth, just a mediocre liar as compared to the average city Alderman in the United States, or Saab Erekat, Yasser Abed Rabbo or the other two-faced connivers Abbas surrounds himself with. The next question is the one anybody who has realized what you are doing is waiting for as they realize that the trap has been sprung and now we are just attempting to see how far this one will go with the routine they have been trained to say as they were never intended to discuss, just to yell and disrupt so this one is out of their element. Ask them, what are the borders to the state of Palestine they appear to want formed? Here they may need a little shove, after a momentary pause, interject, from the river to the sea? After they have gone through claiming all that is Israel ask them a simple question, “Then where do you plan for Israel to exist?” They will probably start yelling slogans again, but then you can simply ask those waiting to see where your game was going to simply force them from the room with the same tactic of yelling slogans and suggest that their slogan should be a simple one, “Never Again!” That should force the disrupters from the hall as those who came to hear your presentation are probably a larger group and just too polite and reserved to do such an obvious fight back as to actually scream at the intimidators as that will scare these bullies more than anything else. Their entire act is one of pure threat and once they lose the initiative, which they will as they reel in shock that their intimidation has failed and instead has only steeled the targets to fight back, because that is the secret, to fight back.
These instigators only know one thing as they have been taught nothing else in any of their preparations before being mindlessly sent out to rampage and intimidate. They have been schooled that simply by their united presence all acting as one that those they are attempting to intimidate are easily cowed and frightened and thus are too afraid of the truth to fight back because they know they are on the wrong side and have no argument which is why when you yell your slogans they retreat. They are schooled that the rest of those who are on the side of Israel and the Zionists, the Jews and their fellow travelers who are blindly following their Jewish master and programmers will wilt before any challenge as they have no ammunition with which to argue. Filling these automatons heads with this faulty programming that their victims’ silence is due to knowing they are on the wrong side of history, their latest buzzword straight from President Obama, that they shy from confrontation. They are not told that those they are shouting down simply have manners and are ill equipped to oppose such rude behavior mainly because they do not understand how any thinking human being could act so boorishly and are shrinking from the tactic and not the argument. They become shrinking violets when opposed either with reason or with brutishness every bit as antagonizing as they are employing to shut down the argument. And there lies the secret.
What every Israeli, Jewish or known supporter of Israel need to learn are some of the tactics the left and the fascists use to end any opposing argument, boorishness. Trained by the modern day Alinskyites, these almost useful idiots, if they were actually useful idiots they could form sentences and potentially argue a few points and remember things that did not necessarily rhyme, they are ill equipped to debate the finer points of the argument and if well prepared have been instructed not to fall for the trap of anybody offering to debate the topic, as they are being told that their opposing side is based on all lies which one cannot argue with because lies are so difficult to refute. Of course they are fully aware that lies are difficult to argue against as that is about all their side offers in defense of the terror ridden Arabs who call themselves Palestinians often with no knowledge where the word originated nor what its supposed reference actually was, a sect of Greeks who settled in the area we today call Gaza and parts of the northernmost Sinai Peninsula whose main claims to fame other than fishing was attempting to wipe out Israel and murder every last Israelite, every last Jew, the Philistines. Of course to know that they would have to actually know some history, something even the best educated are often completely lacking of any understanding as they are completely ignorant of history because one cannot know what they were never taught or even exposed to in their studies or elsewhere in life.
Even the leaders of these screamers, I liken them to the pod people from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” realize that debate will only work if their points are made with a large jeering sector who are there to interrupt and drown-out those they oppose should they start to talk, thus making their side the only argument anybody can hear. Silencing the brute force is necessary if any debate, real, actual honest debate is to be allowed to happen. Unfortunately the other side does not believe in debate but only believe in shouting down all opposition as brute force and blunt force trauma are the only tactics they know. On rare occasions one will run into the rare talented one who knows sarcasm and ridicule but is often either filled with falsities they are told are facts or are simply deploying what they believe passes for intelligent debate. Once somebody has been sold a bill of goods the last thing their own self-worth can allow is for this basis upon which their entire belief structure has been built and is what they have been convinced is the only real worthwhile and necessary argument in this universe to be yanked from beneath their feet. Their psyche has been predicated on this knowledge and having it refuted leaves them without any base of support and thus can be devastating to find they were lied to and mislead. If you ever get through to one of these people, other than Israeli post-Zionists whose fanaticism is beyond all reason, who appear to be caring and intelligent people; take the time to buy them a cup of coffee and try to educate them so that they might look into the matter further and afterwards be there to answer any questions they may have. Their programming may be so intensive and thoroughly invasive that they cannot release themselves from the ideas they have been weaned upon their entire adult life; but even those, as long as they show any curiosity, can learn new facts. But if after a short while they appear to be doubling down or not being responsive, then perhaps they are too far gone for saving and only time might water something you told them and somehow resonated and eventually will force them to seek further knowledge and to research things on their own. There is always hope.
This leads us to the most unsettling area about why such entities as SJP are so quick at picking up new adherents to their cause when so few ever seem to question anything they are told despite how defamatory the accusations may be. Part of the reasoning is plain and simple anti-Semitism. That’s right, pure hatred of any and everything Jewish exists today in as near a number as it did in any time in history with the possible excepting of the Pharaoh’s court after the first four of five plagues. Then there is latent anti-Semitism which is far more insidious as often a person suffering from latent anti-Semitism actually is unaware of their anti-Semitic prejudices as they harbor such feelings subconsciously and is usually quite oblivious to their condition. People in this category are far more difficult to address their hatreds and misgivings about the Jews as they themselves are not aware of these very real feelings. These are often victims to some of the most underhanded dealings in the anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic world and the feelings they hold that there is a different and more sublime distortion of events. People holding such prejudices were affected by a parent, a teacher, another family member, or a friend; somewhere they were exposed to anti-Semitism in one of its many forms, some might say without number. Such an individual may not even realize their bigotry and even have numerous friends who are Jews and they not have any troubles until one day somebody will say something and voilà, out comes a phrase, a position or a supposition revealing the ease at which all too many people harbor biases and stereotypes of people because of their religion. Some phrases which do not, in and of themselves, sound all that obnoxious, yet are very humiliating when said to some, should be met without expression and your points continue to be made as any interruption is usually intended to lead to an ‘end of discussion keyed phrase’ which elicits boisterous response as their debater walks away feigning actual accomplishment. It is these slights which are the most demeaning should they come from a friend, as one can but should not fire back with both barrels and risk losing a friend forever. But friend, acquaintance or stranger, when one is faced by anti-Israel, anti-Zionism, or especially anti-Semitism one is obliged to be affronted by such boorishness, such unsociability, such ignorance that one is forced to take some form of rebuttal if only to distance oneself from such ignorant behavior, such incomprehensible ignorance and by refuting such gird oneself from being perceived of being of similar mind. History has taught those of us who have studied it beyond dates and chronologies that whatever form anti-Semitism takes as it roars to the fore is exactly the form the ignorance and hatreds which drive the next war which threatens to engulf the known world. The other trait one finds is that the forces which oppose Israel are the same forces wishing to tear ordered and lawful society with morality at its core asunder replacing morality with hedonistic anarchy and lawful society with the whims and degradations of the animalistic man leaving reason, love and caring aside as such are the burdens of the reasoned soul of man. These are also the standards that humanity wishes to cast aside once again such that they can forsake Hashem and return to their former primitive ways which leads very soon to the worship of mankind as the ultimate intelligence in this universe and such folly beats a path to the return of Sodom and Gomorrah and the ways of pure animalistic barbarity. Where mankind sinks from there we have seen as it was when mankind sunk to the depth that the assassination of a single man, no matter their importance, led to a world at war and that drove mankind to remember the need for Eretz Yisroel to shine her light and show mankind the righteous course. But then man stymied the formation of Eretz Yisroel and was given yet another world war which drove the need home and Eretz Yisroel was formed. Now mankind will soon unite as a world with very few exceptions against Eretz Yisroel which will be the final undoing of mankind where the wicked will be judged unworthy, the righteous as righteous, and the wayward but true and honestly lost will find their path illuminated; but not by Eretz Yisroel, as she will be the reflection that she has always been, the moon reflecting to illuminate the night and provide hope, but now the source of that reflected light will once again sit in the Temple in Jerusalem and all shall desire to bask in the light of Hashem and be purged by its intensity of all sinfulness.
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