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.”

  • Rosenmops

    It is frightening that someone so ignorant of history is allowed to talk about his crazy ideas at a university. But this sort of thing is happening at every university in Canada.

    • Observer

      Not only is it happening in every Canadian university and college, but foreign instigated student groups funded out of all students’ levies and collected by the colleges and universities goes to support this propaganda.

    • Academics are working very hard to discredit the value of a university education.

      • Observer

        But think of all the top notch jobs you become qualified for with a Masters in Gender Studies.

      • Surele Surele

        and are very successful at that

  • Just a thought

    The Torah, which is roughly 3500 years old, delineates the borders of Israel as well as numerous geographical details. It also firmly establishes the legitimacy of Jewish claim to the Land. We have also had a continuous presence in the Land, often (if not always) being more numerous than any other ethnic group. The “palestinians” have “existed” as a fictitious people from about 1967, and have no history as an identifiable and independent people prior to that.

    It’s pretty obvious that what passes for “professor” these days has about as much legitimacy as “palestinians.”

  • Jay Currie

    Ah, but your friendly Safalist has an answer: everything pre-Mohammed was in error and thus of no consequence. Which is why the monuments are being destroyed and the books burnt. Jewish claims to Israel, pre date Mo and are thus in error.

    Problem solved.

    • Frances

      However they also claim descent from Abraham via Ishmael (son of Hagar, his wife’s slave). They conveniently forget that – in the Jewish scriptures, the land is explicitly given to Isaac and his descendants. To quote a commentary on Genesis: “…Ishmael, though favoured with prosperity, will not be the inheritor of the promises of the covenant made with his father Abraham.” Or, to quote the Bible, “for in Isaac shall they seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.” So God blesses Ishmael (from whom Muslims claim descent), but it is Isaac whose descendants will inherit the chosen land, and who will follow the Jewish G_d (although – as Scripture later states – not always, and not always well). So the Muslims also stake their claim based on pre-Mohammed history.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Mohammed himself said in the Koran that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews.

      • Surele Surele

        they are not known for logical thinking.

      • Minicapt

        Yes, but as the Prophet explained, the peoples of the Book made up those parts of the Torah, and later the Bible, in order to deny the birthrights of the future people of Allah.