Letter: The Shame & Antisemitic Ignorance of The Wellesley News Editorial Board

Dear Letter to the Editor:

Recently the Editorial Board of the Wellesley News of Wellesley College in an editorial very publicly declared their total support for Omar Barghouti’s antisemitic genocidal BDS movement and the Boston Mapping Project which it unequivocally declared to be a “vital service” to the community.

Since 2005 Barghouti, a founder of BDS, has stated that the sole purpose of BDS is the euthanasia of Israel. A student of history, Barghouti knows full well that the Nazi T4 Euthanasia Project was the foundation of the Final Solution of the Jews as enacted in the Wannsee Protocols in January 1942. His use of the word euthanasia leaves no doubt he founded BDS to continue the antisemitic eliminationist mission formalized by Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann at the Wannsee Conference.

The Boston Mapping Project is the latest iteration of IBM’s “mapping” the Jewish population of Germany at the Nazis’ request to facilitate the arrest and murder of Jews for the Final Solution. (See “IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation,” Edwin Black, 2001).

The Boston Mapping Project in a similar vein identifies Jewish supporters of the 4000 year old singular foundational narrative of Judaism, A Return to Zion, colloquially known as Zionism, so that they can be subject to the euthanasia demanded by Barghouti’s BDS movement.

Not surprisingly Jews who believe in that 4000 year singular foundational narrative of Judaism excoriated The Wellesley News Editorial Board for their virulent antisemitism. As Nobel Peace Winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said at Cambridge shortly before his death with great wisdom and prescience: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews; you’re talking antisemitism”.

Faced with this deserved opprobrium The Wellesley News Editorial Board has reacted with utter shame and antisemitic ignorance. First, notwithstanding that college students fight to be on a college newspaper’s editorial board for the 15 minutes of fame it gives them, the Wellesley News Editorial Board wallowing in shame has removed all their names from the masthead.

Continuing the antisemitic drivel of the original editorial their names have been superseded (their names are blank) with the original ahistorially entitled editorial “Liberation of Palestine.” A title that can only result from one of two reasons: total ignorance of Middle East history by every member of the editorial board or antisemitic poisonous pedagogy by the Wellesley professors who “taught” the Editorial Board — or possibly both.

The historical facts are not complicated.

In recorded history there has never been a country called “Palestine” so there can be no “liberation of Palestine”. Repeat class: in recorded history there has never been a country called “Palestine” so there can be no “liberation of Palestine”.

“Palestine” was a Roman designation of an area, not a country, a designation designed to obliterate 2000 years of indigenous Jewish culture. For nearly one thousand years up until World War I the name “Palestine” did not appear on any map. There was the British Mandate for Palestine (1920-1948) — a trust, not a country.

On November 30, 1947 the Arabs of Mandatory Palestine rejected an independent state of when it was offered on that proverbial silver platter by the United Nations General Assembly. Their leader, Nazi war criminal the Grand Mufti Amin al- Husseini, when he rejected “Palestine” simultaneously commanded the Arabs to “Murder the Jews. Murder all of them.” Since then the Arabs have — to use the Grand Mufti’s terminology — murdered over 27,000 Jews.

The Arabs have also proceeded to expressly reject an independent state, under any name, in 1948, 1967, 1994, 2000, 2008, 2019 and 2020. The Palestinian Authority does not rule a country and is not a country.

In attempting to defend what is antisemitic and indefensible, the Editorial Board of The Wellesley News covered with shame has removed their names from the masthead — very properly assigning each one of them to the dustbin of history.

Richard Sherman
Margate, Florida

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