Some Lessons in Effective Scapegoating
In the matter of the American Studies Association's just-ratified boycott of Israeli academic institutions, one must be thankful that the organization's president, Curtis Marez, is something of a dolt. What did Marez -- an associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at San Diego -- do to earn this designation? He failed to challenge the allegation that he was leading an effort to scapegoat Jews. Savvier scapegoaters know how indispensably important it is to deny singling out the world's one Jewish country for discriminatory treatment simply because it is Jewish. When asked "Why Israel?" they are ready with an answer: "Because Israel is a uniquely evil country."
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