Yet another American state has unequivocally backed the historical and even biblical claims of the Jewish people in the Holy Land. Arizona last week passed legislation requiring public schools to teach students that questioning the State of Israel’s right to exist is an act of antisemitism.
The legislation went further by referencing the Bible, “the oldest recorded deed,” as granting legitimacy to those Jews who choose to settle in Judea and Samaria, the so-called “West Bank.”
The Jewish presence in the entirety of the Land, the bill went on to note, has “remained constant throughout the past 4,000 years of history.”
The vote in favor of the legislation was far from unanimous. Local media reported that every Democratic lawmaker voted against the bill, resulting in it passing by only a slim margin of 16-14.
Democratic state senators said they understood the need to properly educate against antisemitism, but feared the particular wording of the legislation would prejudice debate against the Palestinians and stifle any and all criticism of Israel.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Paul Boyer, insisted such concerns were unfounded, noting that “if you’ve spent any time in Israel, you know that criticizing the State of Israel and the government is really an Israeli pastime.”
Boyer said his aim was to put to rest outlandish accusations such as the rebirth of Israel being a racist colonialist endeavor, or the notion that it is today an “apartheid state.”
Palestinian-American doctor sacked for slandering Israel
Speaking of outlandish accusations, a Palestinian-American doctor was fired in Arizona late last month for slandering Israel in what was deemed antisemitic terms.
Dr. Fidaa Wishah was a pediatric radiologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. On May 26, just days after the end of the most recent Gaza war, Wishah took to Facebook and ranted:
“We will expose the #massacre and #genocide you Zionists are proud of. We will uncover your thirst to kill our Palestinian children… A state based on atrocity, inhumanity, racism and cannibalism never lasts long! Hey #israel… your end is coming sooner than you think.”
Late last month, the Twitter account @StopAntisemites shared a screenshot of Wishah’s libelous post. That was in turn shared hundreds of times, and two days later, Phoenix Children’s Hospital tweeted that Wishah was no longer in its employ.
Wishah responded in a video clip charging that her right to “freedom of speech” was being infringed.