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Another Thing The Lebanese Won’t Share With Israelis

By on 8.14.12 | 5:25PM

On the mainsite, I have an article arguing that Jews can do nothing about Arab/Muslim hatred so long as Arabs/Muslims, amongst other things, refuse to be in the same room with an Israeli.

I cite the example of the Lebanese judo team refusing to work out the in the same room as the Israeli judo team during the London Olympics. The organizers placed a screen in the room so that Lebanese judo team would not be scarred for life looking by gazing upon a Jew.

Well, Lebanese antipathy towards Israel is hardly confined to athletics. A similar incident occurred last December in Washington, D.C. when two Lebanese academics refused to share the same dais with two Israeli academics during a meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. The Israeli academics were asked to sit in the audience while the Lebanese professors presented their papers. (H/T Michael Warren of The Weekly Standard).

As shameful as the behavior of the Lebanese athletes and academics has been, the response of both the Olympic Committee and the American Council of Learned Societies (which organized the conference). Instead of telling the Lebanese "up your nose with a rubber hose" both the Olympic Committee and the ACLS facilitated anti-Semitic prejudice. As Edmund Burke said, "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing." It also triumphs when good men do the wrong thing.

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