The Crumbling Defence of the Indefensible

A recording of a debate between the Israeli Consul General to the Pacific Northwest, Akiva Tor, and a tenured professor at Cal State Stanislaus / visiting professor at UC Berkeley, As’ad AbuKhalil, who also blogs at the Angry Arab News Service.

The quality of the audio is not great, but it will reward your focus and attention.

I’ll let the video speak for itself, but do keep an eye out for the projection on the part of the defensive party in the debate – the accusations of recourse to baseless rhetoric, of ahistorical lack of perspective, and so forth – as well as the attempts to smear by association. Perhaps you could turn it into a sort of drinking game.

This all comes in the responses toward the end of the debate, at about 39:10, though even if you’re only interested in the pugilism you should watch both participants’ speeches in order to ground those verbal blows in the context of their approaches to debate.

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