The Hypocrisy of Penn Divestment

The time has come for the American people and institutions to denounce and expel these nihilist students and the professors who encourage them to single out civilized and democratic nations.


The University of Pennsylvania has a new divestment movement called Penn Divest from Displacement. It is a newly contrived “action” group uniting the same fellow travellers, including Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Penn Arab Student Society, and other like-minded groups. They propose that the university divest from corporations “that profit through practices that displace people.” The companies Penn Divest from Displacement is charging with human rights abuses are involved in displacement of people. The targeted companies are those related to private prison industry, drone manufacturing, and bulldozers used against Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

Notice the hypocrisy. The Assad regime has displaced almost 4 million Syrians including tens of thousands of Palestinians, but the Assad regime isn’t on the Penn Divest from Displacement radar. Iran displaced hundreds of thousands of Ahwazi Arabs in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, but it too is not a target for Penn Divest from Displacement. Who is? You can guess: Israel. In heinous cases of Palestinian terrorists murdering innocent Israeli civilians, particularly if children are involved, demolishes the terrorist’s home as a preventive measure to discourage other would be terrorists. This sort of action was used by the British Mandatory government as a measure against terrorism. Israel applies the same rules.

As a student majoring in history, I too was outraged by injustices around the world. Although, at the time, in the 1970s we did not call for boycotts, divestments, or sanctions (BDS) against major perpetrators of human rights abuses. We knew exactly who the bad guys were. We knew for instance, that China occupied Tibet, that the Tibetans were oppressed by the Chinese Communist regime, and that their freedom of religion and civil rights were severely curtailed. We also knew that 30 million Kurds were denied a homeland. The Kurds were oppressed by the Arab regimes in Iraq and Syria, and non-Arab Iran and Turkey. In Syria, under the Assad regime and even earlier, 300,000 Kurds were displaced from their native homes in Syria’s northeastern Al-Hasakah province, and denied Syrian citizenship as well as access to passports, hospitals, and schools. The Damascus regime settled Arabs in the province instead. The world was silent because the Kurds, unlike the Arabs, did not have oil, nor were they confronting the world’s historical scapegoats, the Jews.

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Source:: American Thinker


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