Ever since Aggie reported that the American Anthropological Association had voted overwhelmingly to boycott Jews in the field, I have been troubled and confused. Isn’t anthropolgy a science, and aren’t scientists persuaded by facts? (Both rhetorical questions—the answer to both of which being “in your dreams”.)
First, what is antropology?
Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.
Social sciences, “sociocultural anthropology”—I think I see the problem. For while the Jewish soul of Israel is irrefutable in the fields of archaeology, biological/physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology, “sociocultural anthropology” sounds like a death knell.
Whereas, For decades, despite condemnation by the United Nations and other international bodies, the Israeli state has denied Palestinians — including scholars and students — their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, discrimination, and military occupation;
Whereas, The United States plays a decisive role in enabling Israel’s systematic violations of Palestinians’ basic rights under international law, and U.S. academic institutions facilitate Israeli academic institutions’ complicity by continuing to maintain close, extensive and privileged ties with them; and whereas the AAA is a leading U.S.-based academic association;
Whereas, Anthropological frameworks and methods, ethnographic and archaeological, are actively used by the Israeli state to further occupation and colonization…
You get the point; it goes on at much (and painful) length.
The Jews are colonizers. Never mind their ancient faith and religious texts—their prayers, tales, legends, parables, and rites, all of which cite a return to Jerusalem and Israel; never mind their identity as a people maintained over millennia; never mind their temple to their God, which still sits resolute though in ruins atop Mount Mariah, where Abraham offered Isaac in sacrifice; never mind their language, resuscitated from disuse except in prayer, and spoken today on the freely-walked, communal streets. They are occupiers, colonizers.
Never mind that by international decree and treaty, they should have a homeland far larger than even the one I call for, which would include all of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank, Shomron).
Much of this is well known to you, the regular reader. But it would be known to anthropologists most of all. If “anthropology is the study of humans, past and present”, they would know chapter and verse of the Jewish identity of Israel. Yet they deny it; they reject it.
Only two reasons: one, Jews are not human. Their past and present would therefore be irrelevant.
The other is that Jews may indeed be human, but that the AAA so hates them, anthropologists will betray their very expertise—sell out their “academic principles” (not an oxymoron, an obscenity)—to join the baying pack of leftist “intellectuals” in academia. It is one thing—an evil thing, to be sure—to have your identity denied by the ignorant; it is something indescribably worse when those who know better—know the truth—stand with the ignorant and scream loudest of all for blood. We don’t have to wonder how bad it can get. It’s already worse.
PS: I read somewhere that US academic historians are readying a similar resolution. The same will go for them.