Tabitha Korol
Oberlin's onus
By Tabitha Korol
May 29, 2013

I was saddened to read Oberlin's Hillel Rabbi Shimon Brand's weak response to the Palestinian students' boycott against the American companies that do business with Israel ("Oberlin rabbi downplays divestment resolution impact, Cleveland Jewish News, May 10, 2013). He acquiesced to Sharia law, and trivialized, rather than dealt with, the bigotry and propaganda spewed against the only democratic country in the region.

How does Islamic intolerance on campus lead to outstanding leadership and organization skills, as noted in Oberlin's mission statement? How do their lies contribute to teaching democratic values? These students are damaging the learning environent with their irresponsibility and treachery – to Israel and to our own republic. The willl of the most violent culture on earth was permitted to spread throughout the school and into the community. Contrary to the Rabbi's dismissive statement, this is of great concern, because this is merely the bourgeoning continuation of the Islamic conquest begun in 623 AD, when Muhammad enslaved and slaughtered Jewish and Christian inhabitants of Mecca and Medina, and why Jews are fleeing Europe yet again.

Islam is a socio-political construct masquerading as a religion, and the Islamic false narrative of victimhood has been allowed to gain momentum; the entire school is complicit. The truth is the Arabs displaced the Jews – a hidden, major Arab migration and immigration took place into areas settled by Jews in pre-Israel Palestine. Most of the Arab refugees had foreign roots, and the number of Arab refugees from Israel in 1948 equalled the number of Jewish refugees that fled persecution from Arab lands. Oberlin and Hillel should have conducted a seminar for Jewish students – for all students – because Christians will suffer equally if Islam is allowed to flourish in America. As the Muslims say, "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."

The college is obligated to teach the truth – inform the uninformed that Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, and a modern State in 1948. In 1964, the PLO renamed the Israeli Arabs "Palestinians" to be a thorn in the side of the Jews, to provide a link to the territory, in order to steal the land that they could not win militarily.

The land has been Jewish since 1272 BCE, but Jordan's for only 22 years, with Jordan never disputing Jerusalem's heritage. Founded by King David, Jerusalem is mentioned more than 700 times in the Jewish Holy Scriptures, but not once in the Koran, and Mohammed was never there. Sixty-eight percent of the Arabs fled on orders of their armed forces, without ever having seen an Israeli soldier. And the Arabs who stayed at Israel's invitation, now 20.4% of Israel's population, enjoy a far better life than their brethren do in despotic Islamic countries.

Still, Israel relinquished the West Bank to Palestinians who, rather than form a viable, peaceful state, turned it into massive launching pads, using their own women and children as shields to increase the casualties and evoke compassion – again, their perverse victimhood. They have never attempted to established their autonomy, even when the land was barren and population sparse, and never showed signs of wanting peace. When given a chance at self-governance, the Arabs throughout the Middle East choose Sharia – obedience to strict, oppressive Islamic law, violence, and no democracy. They have destroyed Jewish and other holy sites, and continue their rocketfire and bombs against Israeli citizens even after announcing a truce.

The students should also know that under Israeli "occupation" (which was discontinued with the Oslo Accords in 1993), Palestinian life improved greatly – modernized infrastructure, increased manufacturing facilities, and seven new universities. Israelis taught them modern agriculture, set up medical programs with more than a hundred health clinics, instituted freedom of the press, and introduced a Palestinian administration heretofore unknown to these people who originated from oppressive Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Yemen. Unemployment fell, birth rate survival increased, life expectancy soared, and the population nearly doubled from 1967 to 1993. The West Bank and Gaza became the fourth fastest-growing economy in the world, ahead of such wonders as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, and ahead of Israel itself.

On May 22, 2013, the official PA daily news reported that PA Minister of Health, Hani Abdeen, visited Israel's Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and the Palestinian children who represent 30% of the child patients. The hospital also has a special program to train Palestinian doctors to treat cancer among children. On the other hand, Palestinian leadership continues to swear to have a Jew-free state.

And we might as well mention that Palestinians receive more funding from the UN than any other peoples, with no oversight for distribution; severe mismanagement of funds contributes more to deadly violence than to humanitarian needs. Funds for 700,000 Arabs in 1948 has now increased to billions of dollars to support millions of their descendants!

Make no mistake that Students for a Free Palestine are terrorists, doing the work of the Muslim Brotherhood and advocating for Israel's destruction. Muslims have been the most persistent and pernicious people on the planet for 1400 years, with an imperialist belief system designed to destroy Western civilization and progress and force the masses into obeying Islamist ideology. Their holy books are devoid of all morality, conscience and compassion, and contain concepts that force their own to sacrifice their humanity in order to commit evil for aggressive expansion. Not only do they slaughter, but they burn Christians in their African churches, amputate limbs, decapitate victims, kidnap toddlers for camel races, condone adult males' engaging in sex with prepubescent boys as well as with their newly deceased wives. One jihadist was recently seen on YouTube eating the heart pulled from his dead victim. This is the culture we are dealing with – the culture to which Oberlin is capitulating. This is Jihad.

Of the eight types of Jihad identified, the following two apply to Oberlin:
  • Intellectual Jihad, propagandizing to spread acceptance of Islam. Speakers in universities, libraries; interruptions and filibustering; forcing boycotts against Israel's books and products, and

  • Religious Jihad, using freedom of religion and tolerant religious leaders to advance Islam, while other religions are forbidden in theirs. Destroying antiquities; building mosques.
These students should be focusing on freedom for Muslim women who are victims of one of the most hideous barbaric rituals – female genital mutilation. Treated no better than animals, these untermenschen are enshrouded and forever demoralized and deprived of education, have no equality to men under the law, play no formal role in government, may take no action against spousal abuse or other forms of gender violence, and may receive no medical treatment without a man's consent. Women may not undertake domestic or foreign travel alone, qualify for inheritance equal to her brothers, expect a monogomous marriage to a man of her own choosing, keep her children in the event of divorce or widowhood, drive a car or sit in the front seat, among the many other restrictions.

What does Hillel propose now that we can no longer dismiss the boycott as a simple, inconsequential matter? Our schools and students have been inducted into the Islamic war against Israel and the West, whether we wanted it or not. We have already been invaded, and there is too much history behind us to assume that we will be immune to Islam's history of intolerance, slavery, war, conquest and destruction. If we allow Islam to take control, we forfeit our religion, independence, our country and our civilization.

© Tabitha Korol


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(Editor's Note: Tabitha Korol Zuckerman passed away on January 14, 2022. Her obituary can be read here. She was preceded in death by her husband Sheldon Zuckerman on December 20, 2021.)

Author of "Confronting the Deception," Tabitha Korol began her political career after 9/11, with letters to the editor and essays, developing a readership and earning two writing awards along the way. Her work appears on, Christian Action Network, Conservative News and Views, Dr. Rich Swier, iPatriot, Liberty News & Views,; Published Reporter, Renew America, Ted Belman, The Noisy Room, Trevor Loudon's New Zeal, Virginia Christian Alliance, WebCommentary, and others. Korol revised David Silberman's book of Holocaust survivors' accounts, "And You Saw That," for publication, and edited David Pristash's book, "Essay on Moral Philosophy in Western Civilization." She also proofreads/edits a monthly city magazine.


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