When we hear a statement like “The elimination of the Zionist entity is beyond debate,” we naturally assume that it came from a head of a terror organization, a radical Muslim cleric, or Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But no, this statement was actually made by an Egyptian professor who is the head chairman of Port Said University’s Political Science Department in Egypt.
Professor Gamal Zahran was being interviewed on Iran’s state-run Al-Alam TV when he made the comment above, as well as other equally inflammatory statements. During the interview, Zahran explained that the Arab revolution “generates the people’s hope that one day, Jerusalem and Palestine will return to them.” And he concluded his dialogue with the “blessing,” “By next year, Allah willing, Israel will be annihilated.”
Seeing an Egyptian university professor on television promoting the elimination of the state of Israel is not shocking to me. It makes me angry, yet it does not surprise me. Living in the Middle East has made me acutely aware of radical Islamists’ hatred toward Jews in general, and Israel in particular. I know in my heart that the only thing that separates Jews living in Israel today from the European Jews who were isolated in ghettos before being gassed in Nazi death camps is our ability to defend ourselves.
What is shocking, and equally disturbing, is that an anti-Semitic, hate-spewing professor like Zahran is on equal footing with other academics in western universities. In fact, Zahran taught as a visiting professor at George Mason University, John Hopkins University, Georgetown, and other distinguished academies in the US.
Zahran is a member of the Washington-based American Society of Political Science, an organization which serves as a network for political science professors worldwide, and a member of the International Society for the Study of the Future (a future in which, according to Zahran, Israel will cease to exist).
In Israel, we are aware of the dangers posed to our society by the radicalism that is sweeping across the Middle East and the entire Muslim world. Yet it seems that the western world is turning a blind eye to this danger, assuming that they are immune to the threat of radical Islam and that it’s solely a Jewish/Israel problem.
The international community seems to suffer from a severe case of memory loss. Do we not recall the last time when propagators of a fanatical ideology – Nazism – spoke openly of their intention to wipe out the Jewish people and were convinced of their right and destiny to dominate the world? Ignoring the threats didn’t work then, and the world paid gravely with the onslaught of WWII. Do you think ignoring them now will work?