Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ward Churchill: "Zionists are Nazis"

Here's the promotion for Ward Churchill's upcoming speech posted by "students for peace and justice" at Indybay.com:

Ward Churchill will be speaking at the University of California, Davis on November 1st @ 8:00pm in room Chem 194 !!!

The official title of the speech is:

"Zionism, Manifest Destiny, and Nazi Lebensraumpolitik: Three Variations on a Common Theme"
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Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Band Cherokee) is one of the most outspoken of Native American activists and scholars in North America and a leading analyst of indigenous issues. He is former tenured Professor of Ethnic Studies and Coordinator of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, fired in retaliation for the exercise of his First Amendment-protected speech and in violation of the doctrine of Academic Freedom.He is also co-director of the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement and vice chair of the American Indian Anti-Defamation Council.

Churchill's many books include Fantasies of the Master Race, Struggle for the Land, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, From A Native Son, Critical Issues in Native North America, The COINTELPRO Papers, Indians R Us?, Agents of Repression, Since Predator Came, and A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas.

In his lectures and numerous published works, Churchill explores the themes of genocide in the Americas, racism, historical and legal (re)interpretation of conquest and colonization, environmental destruction of Indian lands, government repression of political movements, literary and cinematic criticism, and indigenist alternatives to the status quo.

Churchill is also a past national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, has served as a delegate to the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (as a Justice/Rapporteur for the for the 1993 International People's Tribunal on the Rights of Indigenous Hawaiians), and as an advocate/prosecutor of the First Nations International Tribunal for the Chiefs of Ontario.

"I have found [Churchill's writings on native American history] to be assiduously researched, making important contributions to a much-neglected part of this nation's history."
— Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Ward [Churchill]'s scholarship is very serious, measured, non-hyperbolic and uses primary sources extensively - in measured and honest ways."
— James Craven (Blackfoot Nation), Professor of Economics, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington

"Ward Churchill...defends the rights of oppressed people, and exposes the dark side of past and current history…These are achievements of inestimable value."
— Noam Chomsky, author and activist

"Without reservations, I support Churchill’s right to free speech and academic freedom, and regard the attack on him as scurrilous - and by now craven cowardice as well, as the state authorities and other critics pretend that the issue is (suddenly) his academic credentials and ethnic origins. That’s a real disgrace." - Noam Chomsky

He has claimed membership in the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, but reliable representatives from the tribe deny Churchill is or ever was, or has blood relatives on their rolls. He was granted an ''associate certificate'' by a former leader of the tribe (later impeached) for services supposedly rendered, not due to blood relations - but even the tribe declines to exactly identify what that means.

The University of Colorado conducted a thorough investigation into Churchill's bizarre and troubled career as an academic. This report really has to be seen to be believed -- the extent of Churchill's charlatanism is simply astounding. He has, on numerous occasions, plagiarized scholarly writings from other academics, and subsequently silenced them with threats. He has published papers based on shoddy, sometimes wholly fraudulent, scholarship (more here). He has plagiarized artwork that he has then sold as original. He, most notoriously, has slandered the victims of the World Trade Center as "little Eichmanns" (later taking what he must have considered a moderate position, saying that only SOME of the victims were like Nazis). He has spoken in favor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, saying in an interview on the February 12, 2005 "At Large w/ Geraldo Rivera: "my God, if you can't hit the Pentagon, what can you hit?"; and "[b]ut as it stands, it was absolutely necessary, and it was absolutely empowering, even if they get beat, that they actually drew blood where it counted."

As you may know, Ward Churchill was fired by the University of Colorado in July, 2007, a little over a year after announcing its intention to do so. Since then, Churchill has taken what he must consider the best career move for someone in his position. He's writing and lecturing on how Israel is like Nazi Germany.

And this isn't the first time he's done so. On May 10, 2007, Churchill gave an anti-Semitic speech at UC Irvine, at the invitation of their Muslim Student Association (MSA). Incredibly, Churchill's presentation was part of that university's "Holocaust Memorial Week"which was sponserred by the MSA and consisted almost entirely of anti-Israel propagandizing. (more here and here and here and here and here.)

Typical of a charlatan, Churchill has thrown stones at legitimate scholars. Back in December, 1996, Churchill wrote (in a piece called "Holocaust Denial in Context") that those who support the idea that the Holocaust is a unique event are themselves Holocaust deniers (he singles out Yehuda Bauer, Steven Katz and Deborah Lipstadt and actually has the chutzpah to question their legitimacy as scholars, and to say that their "offenses" are worse than those of Paul Rassinier or Harry Elmer Barnes).

So Churchill's charlatanism is a work in progress. He's said that Holocaust scholars are worse than the Holocaust deniers. He's said that victims of 9/11 are the same as Nazis. Now he's saying that the Jews are the same as the Nazis. Somehow, this isn't surprising in the least.


Anonymous said...

November 27th @ 8:00PM

Ward Churchill Speaks @ UC-Davis

"Zionism, Manifest Destiny and Nazism: Three variations on a common theme"

Sciences 123 Lecture Hall

Hey just to remind you adam here's the new date of the event it's taking place on the 27th of November at UC-Davis..



Anonymous said...

What a bunch of Bull Shit

Ward Churchill was FIRED for CAUSE, he plagiarized a paper and he is NOT a Native Indian.

Nice try feeding a line of BS


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