Professor Critical of Jewish Lobby Loses Job
By Foreign News Desk, Istanbul
Published: Saturday, April 01, 2006
A storm is looming in America over an article written by two professors. The article that targets the Jewish lobby cost one of the professors his job at the university for uncovering the impact of Israel on the policies the Washington administration follows.
In his statement, Professor Stephan Walt, a Harvard dean, said he will resign in June as he has been subject to severe criticism from the Jewish lobby for co-writing an article with John Mearsheimer, a Chicago University professor, over the Jewish lobby and over the US foreign politics.
The two professors hinted at a possible US demise to be caused by the Israeli burden on the States in the 83-page article posted on 23 March on the Harvard web site.
"Israel receives about $3 billion in direct assistance each year, roughly one-fifth of the foreign aid budget, and worth about $500 a year for every Israeli...The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread 'democracy' throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardized not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world...The US has turned a blind eye to Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons...Backing Israel was not cheap, however, and it has complicated America's relations with the Arab world...The US has a terrorism problem in good part because it is so closely allied with Israel, not the other way around...There are also Jewish senators and congressmen who work to ensure that US foreign policy supports Israel's interests."
The two professors highlighted that the Jewish lobby has actually played a great role in waging a war on Iraq, a point that must be kept in mind in possible military operations of the United States against Iran and Syria.
The Harvard University officials extracted its logo from the article when the article was posted on the internet.
Alan Dershowitz, a Jewish lawyer for Harvard, vowed to write an article to argue against the "ignorant propaganda," referring to the professors.
The professors were unable to get a publisher in America to publish the article. It was, instead, published in the London Review of Books.