College students and professors love “intersectionality.” Many also hate Israel. Is there a connection?
According to Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor emeritus, intersectionality is “a code word for anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bigotry”:
Nowhere has adoption of this radical paradigm been more pronounced than on college campuses where, in the name of “identity politics” and “solidarity,” intersectionality has forced artificial coalitions between causes that have nothing to do with each other except a hatred for their fellow students who are “privileged” because they are white, heterosexual, male and especially Jewish.
Dershowitz points to the “Jewish Privilege” flyers that went up around the University of Illinois-Chicago last month, which said Jews were “the 1%”:
This practice resembles the vile, anti-Semitic propaganda of the 1930s, when splashed across Der Spiegel was blaming Jews – and so called disproportionate Jewish wealth – for Germany’s losing WWI and the country’s subsequent economic downturn.
Because all “victimizations” are linked together in intersectionality, hatred of “Zionists” – just a “euphemism for Jews” – is made the sine qua non of progressivism, he says:
Lumping seemingly disparate groups under the “umbrella of oppression” leads to the forming of alliances between causes that at best, have nothing to do with each other, and at worst, are averse to one another’s stated mission. Their only common feature is that to join, they must demonize the nation state of the Jewish people.
The saddest example of this is Women’s March on Washington feminists who linked arms with “anti-Israel Muslim groups that tolerate, if not accept, the ‘honor killings’ and genital mutilation of women”:
There is a certain irony of many feminists and gay-rights activists refusing to condemn the sexism and homophobia in the Arab world.
Jewish Voices for People also bizarrely invited Rasmea Odeh, “a terrorist who quite literally has blood on her hands,” to speak at its conference, and anti-Israel activists linked the Flint water crisis to the “severe” water crisis in Gaza, Dershowtiz notes:
Exposing and condemning “intersectionality” for the bigotry that it represents is critical to ensuring that those repressive extremists, who falsely claim the mantle of progressivism, are not able to hijack important liberal causes in support of their own bigoted agenda.