Shachar is a thirteen year old girl. Like many girls her age she is interested in horses and, therefore, she decided to write a school essay on the origin of horses.
Dr. Marsha Levine is an expert in the history of the domestication of horses. Although she is now retired, she has worked ten years at the McDonald Institute of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. „If there is a woman who can help me with important information for my school project,“ thought Shachar, „then it’s Dr. Levine.“
The thirteen year old sat down and wrote the professor emeritus an email in her best school English sounding something like this:
„Dear Dr. Marsha Levine,
I know you are a very important person and I’ve read your article about horses (Domestication, Breed Diversification and Early History of the Horse). I love horses and it will be an honor if you will answer my questions.
1. What ancient horse breeds preserved and were a base to the breeds we know today?
2. How did the ancient humans create new breeds or kept the ones who already were existent?
3. What ancient horse breed the ancient humans used the most and what were those uses?
4. Where did the ancient horse breeds live?
Thank you for reading my questions,
Dr. Marsha Levine’s response arrived promptly. She told the girl that she was not prepared to answer her questions because she is an Israeli.
„You might be a child,“ she wrote to the girl, „but if you are old enough to write to me, you are old enough to learn about Israeli history and how it has impacted on the lives of Palestinian people“, and in no uncertain terms, she added: „I will only answer your questions, when there is justice for Palestine.“
Questioned by the British Telegraph, Dr. Levine explained:
“Kids have questions, I usually answer their questions,” she said. “But I have agreed to BDS [the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel], and I do want to see justice for Palestine. In Israel the majority of Israelis support the policies of the government which abuses the rights of Palestinians, so the fact is I don’t want to help Israelis, and if you don’t start with children where do you start?”
As a Jewish supporter of the BDS movement [the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel], Dr. Marsha Levine added in her email to Shachar: „Maybe your family has the same views as I do, but I doubt it.“
Shamir Rabinovitch, Shachar’s father, was shocked by the academic’s attitude:
„You have to ask yourself: what is there to gain from not talking to a 13-year-old girl? How does that solve anything? She asked a very polite question about horses, something she is interested in. Why do you reply with such anger? It really crossed the boundary. I think it’s ok to have different opinions about Israel and we make a lot of mistakes in this country, like in all countries. But it’s not ok to involve children in this stuff. How can she make all these assumptions about what we think and who we are?“
Dr. Levine’ attitude has a long tradition in England. A few years ago, the British politician and then member of the British Parliament, George Galloway, left a debate at Oxford University when he realized that one speaker was an Israeli. „You said we,“ Galloway interrupted after Eylon Aslan-Levy used the word „we“ in relation to Israel and questioned further: „Are you an Israeli?“ When Aslan-Levy answered in the affirmative, Galloway left the room saying, he doesn’t debate with Israelis because he doesn’t recognize the State of Israel.
George Galloway’s political party names itself the „Respect Party“. So that’s what “respect” looks like. Eylon Aslan-Levy retold the affair:
„I am appalled that an MP would storm out of a debate with me for no reason other than my heritage. To refuse to talk to someone just because of their nationality is pure racism, and totally unacceptable for a member of parliament.“
George Galloway’s hatred knew no boundaries. In 2014 he proudly declared the city of Bradford as an „Israel free zone“.
There are many people in England who share George Galloway’s hatred. At some universities Israeli professors are no longer permitted to teach. Some time ago, a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall was disrupted because the protesters did not want to see Jews from Israel on a British stage.
In April 2012, the festival „Globe to globe – 37 languages, 37 plays“ took place at London’s Globe Theatre. At the festival, 37 nations presented productions of Shakespeare’s plays in their national languages. They included countries such as Russia, Belarus, China, India, Turkey and also an ensemble of the Palestinian Authority.
Although homosexuals are arrested in Russia, the Globe Theatre presented „Measure for Measure“ from Moscow.
Although Belarus is ruled by Europe’s last dictator, the Globe Theatre presented “King Lear“ from Minsk.
Although artists are imprisoned and Tibet is occupied by China, the Globe Theatre presented „Richard III“ from Beijing.
Although leaders of the Palestinian Authority call for the annihilation of all Jews, the Globe Theatre presented „Richard II“ from Ramallah.
Although a bloody war is raging in South Sudan, the Globe Theatre presented „Cymbeline“ from Juba.
But, there was only one exception to be made!
The actress Emma Thompson, the playwright Caryl Churchill and a few other artists were not in favor of inviting an ensemble from Tel Aviv. The offense: they were Israelis.
At the time, I wrote an email to the artists in my best school English. I never got an answer. Even though I’m not a thirteen year old girl from Israel.
Marsha Levine, George Galloway, Emma Thompson and Caryl Churchill are only the avant-garde of Israel bashing. Now, the European Union has come to their aid with the labeling decision, which is obligatory all across Europe. It’s exactly what the English BDS cronies have wished for, i.e. special treatment of Israel. Alex Feuerherdt commented on that attitude with these precise words:
„That’s why the Israeli government has consequently sidelined the European Union for now as a mediator in the Middle East peace process.“
(Translation: William Wires)