In Which I Blog about Stories that Cannot Possibly Have Occurred

Behold the following from Professor Jonathan Marks:

Need a break from grading? Head on over here, where someone has posted a partial record of Modern Language Association member comments on resolution 2014-1, urging the “United States Department of State to contest Israel’s denials of entry to the West Bank by United States academics who have been invited to teach, confer, or do research at Palestinian universities.” It is a spectacle. How often do you get to see scholarly colleagues refer to one another as “Zionist attack dogs?”

And then there is this:

A resolution against Israel is being voted on by the general membership of the Modern Language Association. It exhorts the US State Department to “contest Israel’s denials of entry to the West Bank by United States academics who have been invited to teach, confer, or do research at Palestinian universities.”

Professor Jonathan Marks (@marksjo1reports in the Chronicle of Higher Education that a partial transcript of the MLA listserv where the resolution is debated contains anti-Semitic comments by some MLA members. For example, Professor Elizabeth Jane Ordonez of MSU Denver (who creepily refers to Edward Said as “our beloved late leader”) complains of being pressured by “Zionist attack dogs”.  Basem L. Ra’ad of Al Quds University in Jerusalem calls out those “who control and twist the media” and “even pushed the US to wars for Israel’s sake”.

Most direct is former Rutgers TA and Temple University Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian Alessio Lerro, who offered this rationale for his support of the MLA resolution: “This resolution rightly targets only Israel given the humongous influence that Jewish scholars have in the decision making process of Academia in general.”

Professor Lerro has made other problematic comments about Jews.  On Facebook, he seemed to express skepticism about the figure of 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

And finally, there is this:

Three people were killed and one seriously injured in a spree of gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, officials said.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who was in the vicinity, said the scene “was terrible and left me shocked” as he saw two of the three dead lying at the entry of the museum, located in the swanky Sablon neighborhood.

Reynders added that “you cannot help to think that when we see a Jewish museum, you think of an anti-Semitic act. But the investigation will have to show the causes.”

Of course, as the title to this blog post indicates, these stories could not have possibly occurred, because as we all know, “anti-Semitism scarcely exists in the West.”