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UCLA's Anti-Israel Moonbat By: Steven Plaut
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, May 19, 2005


Back in February of 2003, Edward Said came to Los Angeles from the Columbia Madrassa and addressed an audience at UCLA in a speech hailed by the usual California Islamic pro-terror lobbyists. After the speech, a leftist rabbi from the Hillel at UCLA addressed Arab students at UCLA and suggested to them that they pursue peace by recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller claimed that Said’s figures in his speech were wrong and then told Arab students they must recognize the state of Israel and Jewish people before he could talk to them.

Enter Yael Korin, a UCLA researcher and co-founder of Women in Black - Los Angeles. Korin attacked the left-leaning rabbi for not being sufficiently anti-Israel. She retorted that the Palestinians have already recognized the state of Israel. "It's the Israelis and Jewish people who haven't recognized the Palestinian people yet." Eavesdroppers no doubt responded with a collective "Huh?" Korin then told her friends in the Islamofascist web magazine "Muslim WakeUp!" that Seidler-Feller admonished her in Hebrew, stating she should be ashamed of herself and asking which Palestinians have recognized Jews and the state of Israel. She was unable to answer him.

Who exactly is this Yael Korin? Korin may be the most visible of the ex-Israeli far-leftists comprising a small Bash-Israel Lobby in the Los Angeles area, ex-Israelis working for the destruction of Israel. There has arisen a bizarre Diaspora of fanatically anti-Israel ex-Israelis, spread about the globe, and including such people as Avi Shlaim in Britain, Gabriel Piterberg also at UCLA, Zalman Amit in Canada, Yigal Arens, a Los Angeles extremist and son of Israel’s one-time Defense Minister, Gilad Atzmon, an ex-Israeli anti-Semite in Britain who has justified burning down synagogues. These people seek to see their native homeland destroyed and replaced by a "secular" state with an Arab majority (one hitch: the only visible Arab majority wants an Islamic state "from the Jordan to the sea").

Yael Korin is a co-founder of the Los Angeles branch of "Women in Black", an anti-Jewish and pro-terror propaganda organization. LA’s Women in Black routinely co-sponsor events with such outfits as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and "If Americans Knew". It also promotes the beatification of Rachel Corrie, who martyred herself by stepping in front of a bulldozer to protect Palestinian terrorists. The Women in Black groups are among the initiators of efforts to "divest" from and boycott Israel. Korin herself sums up the LA-Women in Black position in these words: "Most of us do not believe that keeping (alive) a Jewish state is in agreement with this position, and that the Jewish state is an outcome of the Zionist project. So our events reflect these ideas as well."

Korin is a pathologist at the medical school of UCLA, which is all more than a bit ironic because she evidently seeks to perform an autopsy on the corpse of Israel. She sees Arab terrorism as "nonviolent resistance to the violence of occupation," and has participated in panels devoted to that theme. Always the same: Jews are violent, Palestinians are victims.

She is one of the people who can be counted on to endorse the Palestinian "right of return," that is the right of anyone of five million Arabs pretending to be Palestinian refugees to immigrate to Israel and overwhelm its Jewish population demographically. You know - the same "right of refugees to return" to countries they left that has never been applied to any other group of refugees, like the twelve million Germans expelled from present day Poland after the Second World War.

She is a groupie of and collaborator with British "journalist" and pro-terrorism film maker John Pilger. She attends all the Bash-Israel events religiously, often dressed as an Arab.

She has been labeled "Ms. PLO" Korin by some web sites. She wants the American public to pressure the American government to stop military aid to Israel because of "the flagrant injustice of Israel's disproportionate use of massive military might-including high velocity bullets, helicopter gun ships and anti-tank missiles-against a Palestinian civilian population armed mostly with stones." She also says, "We refute the view that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for initiating the current conflict." The PLO is just a group of Quakers engaged in quilting. At an MLK Day protest against Israel, Sistuh Korin declared: "This week, Israeli soldiers continue to kill adults and children in Nablus and deny Palestinian residents food and medical care. This week, Israeli bulldozers continue to destroy homes, fields and olive groves to build the apartheid wall that is stealing lands and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians." That same week, in fact, Palestinian terrorists murdered Israeli Jews.

We did an intensive web search and we could not find a single instance of Korin speaking out against the mass murder of Jews by Palestinian terrorists nor in favor of the right of Jews to defend their lives against Islamofascist terror and genocide. Korin denounced Israel for assassinating Hamas-leader Sheikh Yassin, responsible for more than three hundred murders of Jewish civilians, many children. She considers the very existence of her native country to be a catastrophe (Naqba), one clearly in need of being erased. She has been active in fomenting and organizing mutiny and insurrection among leftists serving in the Israeli army. She denounces Israel as an "apartheid" country, whereas in reality it is the only country in the Middle East that is NOT an apartheid country, and she urges that Israel be boycotted. She insists that "Zionism is the REAL Enemy of the Jews." She has also been active in the pro-Saddam demonstrations organized by ANSWER, and is beloved by some communist party rags.

Korin is a radical feminist, except when it comes to pro-Israel feminists. She has been one of the shrillest people denouncing pro-Israel feminist Phyllis Chesler and recently demanded that leftist media outfits, like Pacifica Radio and Feminist Magazine prevent Chesler from expressing her views. Among Chesler’s grievous sins that upset Korin is the fact that Chesler publishes articles in Frontpage Magazine, and so clearly does not deserve freedom of speech.

The Los Angeles Jewish Journal cites Korin as saying, ""We know that the occupation is the source of violence." Living on occupied Mexican and Indian land in California, Korin insists the Jews had no right to migrate to Israel because there were "indigenous people" already there: "Indigenous" Arabs, most of whom themselves migrated to the same region after 1880 when the Jews started bringing capital into "Palestine".

In reality, the war of aggression by the Arab states against Israel in 1967 and the continuing anti-Jewish violence by the Arabs, encouraged by Korin, are the source of the Israeli presence in the West Bank and Gaza and not the other way around.


Steven Plaut is a professor at the Graduate School of the Business Administration at the University of Haifa and is a columnist for the Jewish Press. A collection of his commentaries on the current events in Israel can be found on his "blog" at www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.


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