Mug shots of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
JERUSALEM – Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, a close associate for years of President Obama, is one of 431 academics to sign a petition calling for divestment, boycott and sanctions against Israel.
“As educators and scholars of conscience in the United States, we fully support this call,” reads the online petition by an organization calling itself the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
“We urge our colleagues, nationally, regionally, and internationally, to stand up against Israel’s ongoing scholasticide and to support the non-violent call for academic boycott, disinvestment, and sanctions,” states the petition.
The petition claims Israel persistently violates international law and carries out “illegal” discriminatory policies comparable to apartheid in South Africa.
The text fails to note that about 20 percent of Israel’s population consists of Arabs who have democratic rights as citizens, including full representation in the Knesset. Indeed, Arabs living in Israel have more fundamental rights than Arabs living anywhere else in the Middle East.
The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, institutionally discriminates against Christians and Jews. Israel was required to evacuate all Jews from the Gaza Strip before handing the territory over to the Palestinians. Any future Palestinian state will be Jew-free.
The petition does not once mention Palestinian terrorism.
The text also claims all “forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law.” The petition does not mention that Israel multiple times offered the Palestinians a state in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem only to have the Palestinians turn down the gesture without a counter offer. After such an offer during U.S.-brokered talks ending in September 2000, for example, the PA initiated a terrorist intifada that killed 1,078 Israelis.
The Twitter feed of the Republican Jewish Coalition first noticed that Ayers’ name was among the list of academics on the boycott petition.
Ayers became a name in last year’s presidential campaign when it was disclosed the radical worked closely with Obama for years.
Ayers helped launch Obama’s political career with a fundraiser in his home. Obama served on the board of a Chicago nonprofit alongside Ayers. The terrorist later hired Obama to serve as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a job Obama later cited as qualifying him to run for public office.
While at the CAC, Obama and Ayers both granted funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
WND columnist Jack Cashill has produced a series of persuasive arguments that it was Ayers who ghostwrote Obama’s award-winning autobiography, “Dreams from My Father.”
Ayers, and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were two of the main founders of the Weather Underground, which bombed the New York City Police headquarters in 1970, the Capitol in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972. The group was responsible for some 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S.
Characterizing Weatherman as “an American Red Army,” Ayers summed up the organization’s ideology: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.”
“Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon,” Ayers recalled in his 2001 memoir, “Fugitive Days.” “The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”
Ayers brandished his unrepentant radicalism for years to come, as evidenced by his now notorious 2001 interview with the New York Times, published one day after the 9/11 attacks, in which he stated, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.”
Ayers posed for a photograph accompanying the New York Times piece that showed him stepping on an American flag. He said of the U.S.: “What a country. It makes me want to puke.”