Scott Horton Interviews Stephen Zunes

Scott Horton, May 08, 2012

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Dr. Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses his article “University of California Takes Aim at Human Rights Activists;” UC President Mark Yudof’s likening of pro-Palestinian student activists to swastika-carving vandals; killing the free exchange of ideas in public universities; how excessive and unwarranted accusations of anti-Semitism lends credibility to real bigots; why racists should be defeated by rational argument, not silenced by law; and the established framework for a viable Israel-Palestine 2-state solution using the 1967 borders.

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Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina, Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

21 Responses to “Stephen Zunes”

  1. Israel won.

    Palestine no longer exists.

    Look at a map.

    Move on.

  2. The Palestinians are Israel's Native Americans.
    They are being exterminated and those remaining put on reservations.

  3. TIME101:Abu_Baker Quranic State shall wipe israeljor &westK$A out of Arabia

  4. PBS++ should correct their 'israel &the Palastinians" programs to Falastine and the criminalForeignerz.

  5. This problem goes a long way back. I took part in some protests against the occupation in a local university in the early 90's and I can tell you that many of the professors were terrified to speak out against Israel even though they were very sympathetic to the Palestinian oppression. They knew that if they said anything they would be stabbed in the back and no one would come to their aid. Look what happened to Helen Thomas and Rick Sanchez. I myself was branded a 'classic anti-Semite' by a local rabbi and that label still sticks in many people's minds. Everyone is afraid of what such an appellation could do to his or her career. One of the local news people did a segment that was only slightly sympathetic to the Palestinians about 8 years ago now and I haven't heard of her since. I don't know for sure what happened to her but I was not surprised that she was gone very quickly.

  6. If UC President Mark Yudof is the problem then he should be called on it. Presidents of a state wide university system are not supposed to be agents of a foreign government. They are not supposed to take the dictates of partisan factions of foreign governments. Oppression only works when people do not stand up to it.

  7. If you want neutrality, fine. If you have bigger fish to fry, fine. But I am not going to allow the Untied States to be a rigged country where we follow the dictates of a foreign government and their supporter factions. When your going into a syllabus of a university professor, and using the power of the State( (Mark Yudof) to censor an educational discussion as Dr Stephen Zunes points out. You have gone too far. You become squashed American educational rights to benefit someone else. That is not pro-American, that is pro ignorance and for suppression.

  8. If you want neutrality, fine. If you have bigger fish to fry, fine. But I am not going to allow the Untied States to be a rigged country where we follow the dictates of a foreign government and their supporter factions. When your going into a syllabus of a university professor, and using the power of the State( (Mark Yudof) to censor an educational discussion as Dr Stephen Zunes points out. You have gone too far. You become squashed American educational rights to benefit someone else. That is not pro-American, that is pro ignorance and for suppression.

  9. Sorry about that tech error Roger,that was meant for 'eCAHNomics'.

  10. Its only allowed to happen when its done in the dark. The United States should not be controlled by a foreign political faction: Israeli or Palestinian, Russian, Saudi Arabian, Maldovia, or ANYONE. When you HAVE A UNIVERSITY SYSTEM'S PRESIDENT taking the dictates of foreign influenced partisans, it should be a wake up call.

  11. Sigh…Please STOP talking over your guests Scott. It's very tough to hear what they're saying.

  12. Zionists and Israel-Firsters are anti-free speech fascists. They want to stifle all criticism of Israel and its crimes.

    Those pro-Palestinian student activists at the University of California are simply expressing their views on the horrendous mistreatment of the Palestinians by Israel. What the hell's wrong with that? Nothing. Of course, pro-Israel activities are just peachy, right, President Yudof?

    Perform a biological feat on yourself, Yudof, you taxpayer-supported fascist.

  13. Smokescreen Israel — Paper tiger Israel

    Israel was created by the Western corporate rich who rule the oil industry and the war materials industry, and the facts are self-evident:

    (1) All the terrorism Israel inflicts upon her neighbors, does this not greatly enhance the profits in trading Western war materials for Middle-East oil?

    (2) To achieve long range stability for our oil rights in the Middle-East, and to supply the deadly force needed to protect all our Middle-East investments, is not Israel perfect for the task?

    (3) When has anyone in media even suggested that the Western corporate rich have any control or guilt for all the harm being done by Israel?

    (4) Our voting majority, they being the 51% most wealthy, surely they love the way Israel improves the economy and their income by helping to keep crude oil prices low.

  14. You know it's a cult when the unbelievers are 'deniers.'

  15. All Israeli-Zionist information is strictly propaganda. Stifling free-speech in the U.S. is the duty of the Anti-defamation League. All foreign policy of the United States is directed by the American Jewish Community and enforced by the bought U.S. Congress. The sovereignity of the United States has been subjugated to Israel's demands. The Congress passes legislation for the U.S. to borrow and pay interest on money given to Israel. Where are all of the Members of Congress who insist that U.S. must cut spending for Medicare, Social Securiity, Food Stamps, etc. due to $15 trillion debt yet never consider obligations to and increased spending for Israel as increasing the U.S. debt?

  16. Congress just voted to stop the "meals on wheels" program which helps feed elderly and disabled U.S. citizens and is mainly supported by volunteers. The cost of the program is $287 million. Congress taxes U.S. citizens in order to give five thousand million dollars to Israel each year. Moreover, Israel demands cash for one thouisand million U.S. tax dollars it receives from the U.S. Actually Congress is subjugating the legitimate needs of hungery U.S. citizens in order to give billions of dollars to Israel. The Israeli government gives its citizens free college and graduate school education, free health care, free housing for settlers, etc. all at the expense of U.S. citizens who are taxed to pay for these benefits for Israelis.

  17. High Society — A brand-new game

    Collages have the same systemic problem as politicians, they both need donations from the rich in order to meet budgetary requirements.

    Like the U.S. Constitution which was never meant to be anything else but a paper smokescreen, just an illusion of good hiding anarchy ruled by the rich, if wealth is needed to enter the game, only the rich can play.

  18. The funny thing is the Jews in the west have traditionally taken a militant liberal attitude towards things like nationalism or humanitarian interventionism like Bernard-Henri Levy in France who supports the creation of Islamic states around the world like in Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, etc yet is a big supporter of Israel.

    Jewish commentators, journalists and politicians constantly equated Serbs to Nazis during the Balkans wars yet bemoan the same comparison in regards to Israel.

    Zionist groups aligning themselves to far right organisations like the EDL does not help them dispel the notion that Zionism=Nazism.

    The Israel-Palestine conflict itself is really quite uninteresting except to the extent it shows Jewish/Israel financial and political networks in the US and Europe that help maintain and pro-Israel foreign policy.

  19. Correction I meant to write Jews not "the Jews".

  20. Just asking — Not an opinion stating

    Is it anti-Semitic to say that Abraham and his sons and grandsons the Patriarchs of Israel were among the richest men on earth, and that as ability to achieve passes from father to son, and as wealth makes our human nature more selfish and self-centered, that this is why Israel refuses to stop stealing the land owned by Palestine?

  21. Zionist Lebensraumers learned well from the Nazis and Manifest Destiny crapola…People really ought to look at what ultimately is being planned for the future expansion of Israel….. (There is a reason Israel refuses to define it's borders.)

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