Virginia Tech Professor Likens Israel to ISIS


professor-steven-salaitaVirginia Tech professor Steven Salaita, who according to his VT faculty page, “writes and teaches in the areas of American literature, ethnic studies, Indigenous Studies, and critical theory,” took to Twitter on Tuesday to liken Israel to the radical Islamist terror group ISIS:

and are but two prongs of the same violent ethnonationalism.

Israel, functioning as America’s closest ally in the Middle East, is currently battling the radical terrorist group Hamas and attempting to eliminate their terror infrastructure in the Gaza strip. ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has terrorized the Middle East and recently declared a calaphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. On Tuesday, NBC News reported that the group told shop owners in Mosul “to cover the faces of male and female mannequins, apparently in line with strict interpretations of Shariah law that forbid statues or artwork depicting the human form.”

Salaita has a checkered history with regards to anti-Semitism and is a staunch supporter of the anti-Semitism Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. His interests include “Palestine. Native America. BDS. Decolonization. Indigenous Studies,” according to his Twitter profile.

His most recent book is titled Israel’s Dead Soul in which he “argues that endowing nation-states with souls is a dangerous phenomenon because it privileges institutions and corporations rather than human beings,” according to an description.


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  1. Interesting to note that if you ask any Arab who was in Israel before 1948, “what are you?”
    He would simply answer, “An Arab” Not a Palestinian. The JEWS who lived there before 1948 were called…………… guessed it, PALESTINIANS

  2. I think this is a great place to add these comments:
    A very eloquent but abrasive man – Dennis Miller

    For those of you who don’t like Dennis Miller, who is not Jewish, you may want to reconsider after reading his brilliant comments that follow. Please pass it on to your friends.

    For those who don’t know, Dennis Miller is a comedian who has a show called Dennis Miller Live on HBO. Although he is not Jewish, he recently had the following to say about the Middle East situation:

    A brief overview of the situation is always valuable, so as a service to all Americans who still don’t get it, I now offer you the story of the Middle East in just a few paragraphs, which is all you really need.’

    Here we go:

    The Palestinians want their own country. There’s just one thing about that: There are no Palestinians. It’s a made up word. Israel was called Palestine for two thousand years. Like ‘Wiccan,’ ‘Palestinian’ sounds ancient but is really a modern invention. Before the Israelis won the land in the 1967 war, Gaza was Owned by Egypt , the West Bank was owned by Jordan , and there were no ‘Palestinians.’

    As soon as the Jews took over and started growing oranges as big as basketballs, what do you know, say hello to the ‘Palestinians,’ weeping for their deep bond with their lost ‘land’ and ‘nation.’

    So for the sake of honesty, let’s not use the word ‘Palestinian’ any more to describe these delightful folks, who dance for joy at our deaths until someone Points out they’re being taped. Instead, let’s call them what they are: ‘Other Arabs Who Can’t Accomplish Anything In Life And Would Rather Wrap Themselves In The Seductive Melodrama Of Eternal Struggle And Death.’ I know that’s a bit unwieldy to expect to see on CNN. How about this, then: ‘Adjacent Jew-Haters.’ Okay, so the Adjacent Jew-Haters want their own country. Oops, just one more thing: No, they don’t. They could’ve had their own country. Anytime in the last thirty years, especially several years ago at Camp David. But If you have your own country, you have to have traffic lights and garbage trucks. And Chambers of Commerce, and, worse, you actually have to figure out some way to make a living.

    That’s no fun. No, they want what all the other Jew-Haters in the region want: Israel. They also want a big pile of dead Jews, of course that’s where the Real fun is — but mostly they want Israel.

    Why? For one thing, trying to destroy Israel – or ‘The Zionist Entity’ as their Textbooks call it — for the last fifty years has allowed the rulers of Arab Countries to divert the attention of their own people away from the fact that they’re the blue-ribbon most illiterate, poorest, and tribally backward on God’s Earth, and if you’ve ever been around God’s Earth, you know that’s really saying something.

    It makes me roll my eyes every time one of our pundits waxes poetic about the great history and culture of the Muslim Mid east. Unless I’m missing something, the Arabs haven’t given anything to the world since Algebra, and, by the way, thanks a hell of a lot for that one.

    Chew this around and spit it out: Five hundred million Arabs; five Million Jews.

    Think of all the Arab countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches sitting in the middle of it. And now these same folks swear that if Israel gives them half of that pack of matches, everyone will be pals.

    Really? Wow, what neat news.

    Hey, but what about the string of wars to obliterate the tiny country and the constant din of rabid blood oaths to drive very Jew into the sea? Oh, that? We were just kidding.

    My friend, Kevin Rooney, made a gorgeous point the other day: Just reverse the Numbers. Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not.

    Or marshalling every fibre and force at their disposal for generations to drive a tiny Arab State into the sea? Nonsense.

    Or dancing for joy at the murder of Innocents? Impossible.

    Or spreading and believing horrible lies about the Arabs baking their bread with the blood of children? Disgusting.

    No, as you know, left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death.

    However, in any big-picture strategy, there’s always a danger of losing moral weight. We’ve already lost some. After September 11th our president told us and the world he was going to root out all terrorists and the countries that supported them. Beautiful. Then the Israelis, after months and months of having the equivalent of an Oklahoma City every week (and then every day) start to do the same thing we did, and we tell them to show restraint.

    If America were being attacked with an Oklahoma City every day, we would all very shortly be screaming for the administration to just be done with it and kill everything south of the Mediterranean and east of the Jordan..

  3. To rfried: thanks for the Miller time, I appreciate his take on this. Who is the eloquent but abrasive man you refer to though?