Monday, November 29, 2004

The words of Alon Pinkas

I'm a big fan of Alon Pinkas, the former consul-general to New York (with the exception of his comb-over). I think he was one of the best spokesmen for Israel that I have seen. There is an interesting article in the Jerusalem Post where he speaks about public relations and the US. Unfortunately I think he is right....the US Jewish community can't put the blame on Israel, but on the lack of education about Israel which has been given to the youth.

I know I wasn't prepared to deal with the "General Union of Palestinian Students" (GUPS) at UWM when I went to graduate school. I had just spent nearly two years in Israel, and still didn't have the answers I needed

(Nor was I ready for the map in the computer lab which showed the Mid-East with Israel not labeled (it kind of looked like it was part of Lebanon).
Come to think of it, how did I end up at a School of Library and Information Science which publishes this? Well it looks like it hasn't been published since 2001, so I guess progress has been made!

Any thoughts on what the American Jewish Community can do?

1 comment :

PsychoToddler said...

Antisemitism is on the rise in campuses all over the US, especially Columbia. I look at it as an extreme form of political correctness. Anything that is presumed to be good must automatically be bad. Therefore, Jews, in actuality the underdog, become the villains, whereas terrorist cultivating palestinians become the heros.

Farkokt, as my bubbe used to say.

Feed the kids the facts, and start young. It's amazing how little Jewish kids know about modern Jewish history. Even in the yeshivas.