Academic Free Speech Under Zionist Attack At Notre Dame
By Dr Gideon Polya
16 December, 2015
16 December, 2015
Dr Sandra Nasr, lecturer in Middle East politics at
This is the sorry statement by Notre Dame University (Australia): “The opinions and comments expressed by Dr Sandra Nasr were not endorsed or sanctioned by the University and do not, in any way, represent the views of The University of Notre Dame Australia. The University expresses its disappointment and apologises that comments causing such offence have been associated with it. Notre Dame is addressing this issue in accordance with its relevant processes and will not make any further comment until these have been duly followed" .
If anything, Dr Sandra Nasr's article is remarkable for its restraint. Thus it refers to and documents repeated expressions of “racial superiority” and “ethnic cleansing” in the Old Testament but in relation to present-day Palestine merely talks of human rights abuse and “Delegitimising through Dehumanisation: Palestinian “human” rights denied” by the Zionists ruling all of Palestine today (plus a largely ethnically cleansed slab of Syria) .
Dr Sandra Nasr: “Notions of ‘racial' superiority are contained in Jewish scriptures and Rabbinical pronouncements have the effect of relegating ‘the other' to a standard which is sub-human and, therefore, not deserving of the same considerations that are reserved for one's ‘own kind'. The status as God's ‘Chosen People', who are superior to all others, in receipt of ‘The Covenant' and His gift of a ‘Promised Land' cleansed of its previous inhabitants makes for a very attractive concept, and a dangerous one. Modern-day Israelites found practical and ideological expression of this concept in Zionism. This is evident in the words made famous by Golda Meir, later an Israeli PM, referring to
Professor Richard Dawkins in his book “The God Delusion” (pages 253-257) reported the findings of Israeli psychologist George Tamarin: “Tamarin presented to more than a thousand Israeli school children, aged between eight and fourteen , the account of the battle of Jericho in the book of Joshua [which states] Then they utterly destroyed all in the city, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and asses, with the edge of the sword … Tamarin then asked the children a simple moral question: “Do you think Joshua and the Israelites acted rightly or not? They had to choose between A (total approval), B (partial approval) and C (total disapproval). The results were polarized: 66 per cent gave total approval, and 26 per cent total disapproval, with rather fewer (8 per cent) in the middle with partial approval … Tamarin ran a fascinating control group in his experiment. A different group of 168 Israeli children were given the same text from the book of Joshua, but with Joshua's name replaced by “General Lin” and “
Decent, sensible people are outraged by primitive religious clap-trap being foisted on children, and regard this as constituting egregious intellectual child abuse. How infinitely more egregious and evil is invasion, devastation, brutal subjection, remorseless humiliation, mass murder and genocide imposed on the Palestinian people by the neo-Nazi Zionists who justify this by the obscene, genocidally racist spoutings of genocidal barbarians of 2,500 years ago who asserted that their God had chosen them as his Chosen People and instructed them to destroy all others. Thus the Old Testament declares in Deuteronomy chapter 7: “1 When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; 2 And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: 3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. 5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth” .
US scholar Professor William Cook's recent seminal book ”Age of Fools”  is a powerful condemnation of Jewish Zionist and Christian Zionist racism and summarizes the ongoing Palestinian Genocide by the racist Zionists (RZs) of US-backed Apartheid Israel: “Few know that Palestinians are, in all legitimate ways, the indigenous population of the area; that in 1870, 98% of the population was Arab and only 2% Jewish; that in 1940, Palestinians accounted for 69% of the population even as Jews thronged to the area from Europe in an attempt to escape the Nazis; that in 1947, the year that the UN created Israel without the approval of the indigenous population, the Palestinians represented 65% and the Israelis less than 35% of the 1,845,000 who lived there; that Israel now occupies all but 22% of the Palestinian land , having taken it in the 1967 war and consistently refusing to return it to its proper owners” (, page 47).
Today in 2015 the genocidally racist Israelis have now ethnically cleansed 90% of the
In this context, “holocaust” means the death of large numbers of people whereas “genocide” is defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention thus: “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group” . Article 3 states that “The following acts shall be punishable: (a) Genocide; (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide; (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide; (d) Attempt to commit genocide; (e) Complicity in genocide”; Article 4 states that “Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals” . Accordingly a large body of eminent anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish contributors to the book “The Plight of the Palestinians” referred to an ongoing Palestinian Genocide [9, 10].
The annual per capita GDP is $2,900 for
Of course all decent people around the world – and notably anti-racist Jews – are utterly opposed to this US-backed Apartheid Israeli New Nazism and can respond effectively and peacefully by application of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against US-backed Apartheid Israel and its supporters (notably Apartheid America and its lackeys the UK, France and Apartheid Australia), just as boycotts were successfully used against US-, UK- and Apartheid Israel-backed Apartheid South Africa. Pro-Apartheid Israel France has disgustingly criminalized advocacy of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid Israel  and the pro-Zionist Australian Coalition Government has declared that it will cut off Federal funding to any academics supporting BDS (this including anti-racist Jews who are outstanding in Australia and around the world as strong critics of Apartheid Israel).
Dr Nasr's article was concerned with racist Zionist attitudes and accordingly did not deal with the attitudes of anti-racist Jews who are for reasons of simple humanity utterly opposed to racist Zionism and the ongoing Palestinian Genocide and gross human rights abuses of Palestinians by Apartheid
Numerous outstanding anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish scholars and leaders have declared their opposition to racist Zionism and Apartheid
Australia's most eminent Jewish public figure, Sir Isaac Isaacs (the first Australian-born Governor General of Australia) (circa 1946) : “The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism" and "the Zionist movement as a whole...now places its own unwarranted interpretation on the Balfour Declaration, and makes demands that are arousing the antagonism of the Moslem world of nearly 400 millions, thereby menacing the safety of our Empire, endangering world peace and imperiling some of the most sacred associations of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem faiths. Besides their inherent injustice to others these demands would, I believe, seriously and detrimentally affect the general position of Jews throughout the world" .
For anti-racist Jews and indeed all anti-racist humanitarians the core moral messages from the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and from the more general WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead) are “zero tolerance for racism”, “never again to anyone”, “bear witness” and “zero tolerance for lying”. Yet the racist Zionists and their US Alliance supporters grossly violate these precepts in their pursuit of the Palestinian Genocide (2 million dead from violence or imposed deprivation since 1936)  and the US War on Muslims (over 30 million Muslim deaths from violence or imposed deprivation in 20 substantially or significantly Muslin countries invaded by the US Alliance in the 21st century alone) [12, 21-23].
Yet these horrendous realities are kept from Western public perception by Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI) –subverted Mainstream media, politicians and academics. Indeed a fitting anagram for
Outstanding anti-racist Jewish American scholar Professor Ollman Bertell has stated: “An all out struggle against Zionism by Jews, therefore, is also the most effective way to fight against real anti-Semitism. Furthermore, if Zionism is indeed a particularly virulent form of nationalism and, increasingly, of racism and if Israel is acting toward its captive minority in ways that resemble more and more how the Nazis treated their Jews, then we must also say so. For obvious reasons, the Zionists are very sensitive about being compared to the Nazis (not so sensitive that it has restrained them in their actions but enough to bellow "unfair" and to charge "anti-Semitism" when it happens). Yet, the facts on the ground, when not obscured by one or another Zionist rationalization, show that the Zionists are the worst anti-Semites in the world today, oppressing a Semitic people as no nation has done since the Nazis.” .
In my view, Professor Bertell's proposed “all out struggle against Zionism by Jews” - and by anti-racist non-Jews – should involve (a) informing everyone they can; (b) sidelining racist Zionists (RZs) and their supporters from public life as has already happened to like racists such as the Nazis, neo-Nazis, Apartheiders and the Ku Klux Klan; and (c) urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid Israel and its supporters, as were successfully applied against Apartheid Israel-backed Apartheid South Africa.
. Heather McNeill and Colin Cortbus, “Perth university lecturer Dr Sandra Nasr in hot water over anti-semitic article”, WA Today: 11 Decemebr 2015: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/perth-university-lecturer-dr-sandra-nasr-in-hot-water-over-antisemitic-article-20151211-gllhqk.html#ixzz3u9GScOPO .
. Dr. Sandra Nasr, “Delegitimising through Dehumanisation: Palestinian ‘human' rights denied”, London School of Economics and Political Science, 3 December 2015: https://archive.is/HSoC4#selection-167.0-445.65 .
. Richard Dawkins, “The God Delusion”, Mariner, 2006.
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. Gideon Polya, “Book Review: “Age Of Fools” By William Cook – Stop Neocon & Zionist Palestinian Genocide, War On Muslims & War On Humanity”, Countercurrents, 3 November, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya031215.htm .
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. Gideon Polya, “Review: “The Plight Of The Palestinians. A Long History Of Destruction”, Countercurrents, 17 June, 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya170612.htm .
. Gideon Polya, “Horrendous Pro-Zionist, Zionist And Apartheid Israeli Child Abuse Exposed”, Countercurrents, 21 April, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya210414.htm .
. Gideon Polya, “Paris Atrocity Context: 27 Million Muslim Avoidable Deaths From Imposed Deprivation In 20 Countries Violated By US
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. Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, that includes a succinct history of every country and is now available for free perusal on the web: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ .
. Naomi Klein quoted in Yotam Feldman, “Naomi Klein: oppose the state not the people”, Haaretz, 2 July 2007: http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097058.html .
. Nelson Mandela quoted in “Nelson Mandela quotes: A collection of memorable words from former South African president”, CBS News, 5 December 2013: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nelson-mandela-quotes-a-collection-of-memorable-words-from-former-south-african-president/ .
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. Gideon Polya “Current academic censorship and self-censorship in Australian universities”, Public University Journal, volume 1, Conference Supplement, “Transforming the
Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,
) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan,