Jan. 18, 2017
I’ve looked at both antisemitism and what I’ve called misoziony (irrational hatred of Israel) for a long time, and yet I’m still astonished at stories like this (I edited the two stories together):
Syrian opposition figures making a rare public appearance in Israel called Tuesday for stepped up Israeli assistance to the Syrian opposition, including help in establishing a safe zone for rebel elements in southern Syria along the Golan Heights.
Speaking to a packed auditorium at an event sponsored by the Hebrew University’s Truman Institute, Germany-based opposition activist Issam Zeitoun made a blunt appeal for help. “All Syrians have suffered under this regime. Something must be done. The Syrian people are too weak. We need the help of the international community.”
As the conference progressed, several Arab students began yelling at the Syrian speakers and reprimanding them for entering a dialogue with Israel. “The Golan has been occupied since 1967; you’re a traitor and a conspirator!” yelled one of the student protestors. Zitun answered the students by saying, “Shame on you; you live in paradise compared to Syrians.”
Kajjo and Zeitoun’s remarks were repeatedly interrupted by Arab students angry that they were breaking a taboo and according a kind of recognition to Israel.