“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.”
–Robert Frost, Mending Wall
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Palestinian in possession of a Qassam must be in want of an Israeli university into which to lob it. How else to explain this bizarre story:
According to the Jerusalem online newspaper Mynet, Hebrew University’s Student Union Chairperson, Ofer Raviv, recently recommended that a Separation Wall between the university’s Mount Scopus campus and the nearby Palestinian village of Issawiya be constructed. Hebrew University officials suggested that such a wall could be financed by the parking meters located on Mount Scopus and the Jerusalem Municipality has agreed to examine this possibility.
I think it’s the job of student body presidents to come up with whacked out ideas and tell the administration it’s the greatest idea since sliced bread. But it’s the job of the university to reply: “Are you out of your f’ing mind?” Apparently, the first thing happens in Israel, but not the second because the school administrators are almost as ideologically whacked out as the students.
The ostensible reason for the Wall is that the villagers of Issawiya are thieves. Everyone knows that all Palestinians are thieving vermin who will just as soon slit your throat as look at you. So ma pitom, why should anyone be surprised at the sensibleness of such a proposal? The more walls the better I say. If I could build a wall entirely sealing off West Jerusalem from East I would do it. Better yet and to be completely secure, let’s a build a wall around every square block of Jerusalem. I always say: “Good walls make good neighbors.” Or is it “no neighbors?”
What have the Palestinians ever done for us anyway? If they would just shut up and let us transform this land from the swamp it was when we inherited it from them and make it bloom with silicon and wi-fi networks as God intended, we’d all be better off. Or maybe just we Jews would be better off. The Palestinians can’t read anyway so how will computers help them? Aw, f(&k ’em.”
Seriously though, not content with the Separation Wall which appropriates 15-20% of Palestinian land beyond the Green Line, the Hebrew University, under pressure from its right-wing student body president is actually contemplating building a new and improved wall within a wall.
I would like those Hebrew University administrators who squawk about the international BDS movement and the academic boycott to explain how building this wall buttresses their argument that Israeli universities are the bastions of liberalism and the free interchange of ideas. How these institutions of higher learning are the solution to the problem and not the problem itself. How they conduct research that benefits the underprivileged Palestinians and educate their young. Given this contemplated heinous atrocity why should anyone in the world give them or their arguments the time of day?