Letter to the editor: In defense of Horowitz
After four very critical columns—two from avowed supporters of Israel—in the Sept. 22 issue of Student Life, it is time for someone to stand up for David Horowitz. The vehemence of the responses suggests that Horowitz told an inconvenient truth. In particular, his use of the word “genocidal” appears to have been inflammatory.
The Palestinian National Covenant only advocates ethnic cleansing, to drive the Jews from Israel, not to kill them. So does “Mein Kampf” with regard to the Jews of Germany. In fact, for the first eight years of their rule, the Nazis attempted to expel Jews, not kill them en masse, and the subsequent Holocaust was a secret, not announced policy. The use of the term “genocidal” by Horowitz is an extrapolation, but has historical precedent.
The inconvenient truth is that “every plan devised by the [mind of man] is nothing but evil all the time.” If you, like Anne Frank, believe in the fundamental goodness of humanity, this is disquieting.
If the Palestinian leadership wanted a state, they would negotiate it quietly and in private, with the Israeli leadership. They may prefer the power that comes from permanent conflict. Perhaps they have noticed that most Arab leaders who have negotiated with Israel (Abdullah of Jordan, Sadat of Egypt and Bashir Gemayel of Lebanon) were murdered by extremists.
When the World Trade Center fell, Palestinians danced in the streets. Those are the people Israel, and the world, must deal with.
Professor of Physics