Tufts Prof Thomas Abowd: Jews Colonial Usurpers in Jerusalem

Israel “has built a whole national mythology out of the City of David” in a “weaponization of myth,” stated Israel-hating Tufts University professor Thomas Abowd on March 17 at Washington, DC’s anti-Israel Jerusalem Fund think tank. Condemnation of “Israeli Colonial Racism” described in a Powerpoint presentation formed his lecture’s central theme, which incongruously presented Jews as colonial usurpers in their own ancestral national homeland before an audience of about twenty.

Abowd presented material from his bizarrely titled book, Colonial Jerusalem: The Spatial Construction of Identity and Difference in a City of Myth, 1948–2012. An opening slide of a map depicting “Jerusalem from 1948-1967” portrayed Israeli Jews as imperialists in a Zion where the “new Israeli state occupied the west side, the Jordanian state the east side.” Although Hebrew-founded Jerusalem is of central importance to Judaism and has had a restored Jewish plurality/majority since the mid-nineteenth century, he rejected calling Jerusalem Israel’s “eternal, immutable capital.” Quoting the late anti-Israel charlatan Edward Said, Abowd dismissed this claim as among “representations that exist outside of history.” Carrying revisionist history to absurd heights, he speculated during audience questioning that the centrality to Judaism of the Western Wall, a remnant of the Jewish temple destroyed in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., is an “invention of relatively recent construction.”