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"How are the so-called right wing groups limiting debate by engaging in debate?" (talkback 'McQueen' in the Jerusalem Post in response to a screed about "Academic Lynching" written by David Newman (BGU, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities Dept), December 6, 2011, in which he challenges the right to criticize tenured extremists at BGU

Recent Essays

The Pathology of Jewish Anti-Semitism

Steven Plaut
February 2010

 

The Power of Insinuation: the modalities and normative anti-Israel discourse of Israel’s academics as seen through The Power of Inclusive Exclusion - Book Review

Seth J. Frantzman
January 2010

Past Essays

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Most Recent Updates

Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) - the Highest Form of Zionism is Voting for the United Arab List

Mourning the fall of the Meretz Party and despondent over the waxing political power exerted by the far-left, Sand suggests voting for the Joint List of Arab parties to spite the Israeli electorate.

In recent years, doubts about significantly changing politics via elections have increased. Ideologically, parties in populist democracies more and more resemble empty shells.

But symbolically, a vote for [the Joint List of Arab parties] could be a decisive event in Israel's short history. It will be a protest vote that could make the Joint List the third largest power in the Knesset and remind everyone that for Israel's future and security it cannot keep viewing itself as the nation of all Jews around the world, including all the Sheldons. If Israel seeks a long-term existence, it must be a democracy of all its citizens, including the 25 percent who according to the Interior Ministry are not defined as members of the Chosen People.

Moreover, those for whom the concrete Jewish memory, not the mythological one, is dear to their hearts, must vote for the Arab Israeli minority. Anyone who remembers that in the distant and recent past Jews lived as humiliated subjects, second-class citizens and suspect neighbors must identify with whomever is persecuted today by voting for the Joint List of Arab parties.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Ben Gurion University - David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences) Bashes Teaching Zionist Thought on Campus

David Newman and the rest of the Ben Gurion University Tenured Left denounce the efforts by Im Tirtzu to break the Leftist campus monopoly. How DARE Im Tirtzu offer students a seminar (not for credit) in which they learn Zionist values! Leftwing Fascists protest the existence of the heterodox seminar, a project funded by Michael Gross, an important donor and a member on the board of governors. Academic Freedom for Leftist Only continues to be the mantra of BGU's officials!

The right-wing Im Tirzu movement, which according to an Jerusalem court ruling bears some "fascist" characteristics, is offering a course entitled "A seminar on Zionist thought" at Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University. The program is given outside the universities' academic track and no credits are given, but the movement is using university facilities.

"The goal is to provide a Zionist intellectual response to students who keep hearing what an apartheid state this is. We give a different perspective, more patriotic and Jewish," Im Tirzu said.

At BGU the program was sponsored by one of the university's donors, Michael Gross, who is also a member of its board of governors. He is known for his opposition to what he terms post-Zionist bias at the university.

Lecturers at BGU have protested against this course, asking the administration why it was approved. The dean of humanities [David Newman - Isracampus] at BGU stressed that "there is no academic connection between the program and the university. We only deal with academic, not political programs. There are accepted routes for approving new programs, and it's shameful that this one is advertised with the university's name attached."

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

Hebrew University - Dimitry Shumsky (Dept of History) is IsraCampus' Nomination for the 2015 Most Absurd Article Award

Shumsky claims that the Israeli Left pursues the agenda of the Israeli Right because they are all afraid of being assassinated!

Even Netanyahu's most outspoken opponents, when from time to time they managed to take hold of the reins of government after Rabin's murder, took no diplomatic step to end the occupation that did not involve efforts to create a solid Jewish majority for it. But that is not possible because most Jewish Israelis are prepared to continue living with the occupation and the settlements.

In that sense, the despair of Netanyahu's opponents in Israel after Rabin's assassination is greater than that of Putin's opponents in Russia after Nemtsov's murder. Those who oppose Putin can at least dream that one day the gray KGB man from the Kremlin will be gone — even if they can't imagine how it will come to pass, considering the lack of a democratic tradition in Russian.

Netanyahu's opponents, however, know full well that thanks to the democratic system in Israel, Netanyahu may one day move out of the house on Balfour Street. But the realistic among them understand that even if another party forms a government, it is almost certain that its members, who have learned the lesson of Rabin's death, will continue to promote Netanyahu's policies, even if in a different form and by different means.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

University of Southampton - Oren Ben-Dor (Dept of Law) Hosts Inquisition to Renounce the Legitimacy of Israel under International Law.

Ben-Dror Yemini castigates Ben-Dor and his role as a Hamas mouthpiece. Locals have petitioned to the University to abort the “conference”.

The invitation makes it clear that the conference this time will not be dealing with Israel's actions, but "will focus on exploring themes of Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel's very nature."

There's an Israeli among the organizers too - Professor Oren Ben-Dor, another one of those wild weeds, those BDS supporters, who reject the right of the Jews to a state and try to sell us the same old goods, believing that silencing Israelis who think differently is the true expression of freedom of speech and thought. And now this evil man is organizing a conference that essentially negates the existence of Israel. Hamas doesn't need a propaganda department. It already has PR agents doing the work.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Tel Aviv University - Aviad Kleinberg (Dept of History) Has Conniption

In a classical Orwellian Inversion, Kleinberg blames the Government for "disassembling the Zionist project of the 'Jewish and democratic' state" by following Rav Kook's philosophy. Kleinberg vexes how rabbinical "post-Zionist" messianic fanaticism in governmental policies will turn the Israeli democracy into an "ethnoratic dictatorship".

Post-Zionist government leading us to a binational state
Op-ed: The Netanyahu governments, even when they include Labor and Yesh Atid members, are disassembling the Zionist project of the 'Jewish and democratic' state.

Many of these housing starts (perhaps most) are outside the settlement blocs, and some are in isolated settlements, whose main goal is to prevent any possibility of territorial continuity on lands which have theoretically been allotted to the Palestinian state…

This time we are not talking about a Jewish state, but about the binational state which is taking shape.

The Netanyahu governments (even when they included members of the Labor Party and Yesh Atid) are post-Zionist governments which are disassembling the Zionist project of the "Jewish and democratic" state. No one is declaring it (the opposite is being declared), but it's happening on the ground: Anyone who takes a look at the map of the West Bank territories realizes that the State of Israel has intentionally created on them a network of communities, which the only logic that can be found in them is turning the separation between us and the Palestinians from a difficult task into an impossible one.

This plan is not phrased in messianic terms. It is phrased in the boring terms of master plans and housing units and infrastructure. But the Zionist project – which sees territory as a tool for the main thing, which is creating a state with a solid Jewish majority which sustains democratic institutions – is no longer behind it.

According to the world view of Netanyahu and his partners in Judea and Samaria, territory comes first, followed by the Jewish majority, and democracy comes last. This is messianism which has exchanged the festive language of Rabbi Kook with the bureaucratic language of the Israel Land Administration.

If a miracle doesn't happen, we'll give up the least important part of the triangle – democracy. Israel will declare itself an ethnoratic dictatorship – a state in which only Jews have civil rights.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Jerusalem Post Summary: Scandalous Academics and Far-Leftist Extremism have Continually Plagued the Israel Prize

But in 2008, the same court adopted a noninterventionist stance towards Prof. Ze'ev Sternhell, among the bluntest spokesmen of Israel's far Left. That was despite the fact that Sternhell had previously written: "Only those ready to storm Ofra [a settlement in Samaria] with tanks will stem the fascist tide, which threatens to engulf Israel's democracy."

One of the judges Netanyahu sought to dismiss is Prof. Ariel Hirschfeld, who openly urged young Israelis to refuse military service. In a 2002 stint as judge, Hirschfeld foiled a majority decision to award the Israel Prize to author Aharon Megged. He did this behind the backs of other panelists.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Bernard Avishai (Dept of Business Administration) Still Peddling Peres' New Middle East Delusions

Avishai preaches capitulation to Arab aggression and wishes up some fantasy economics where regional pseudo-peace will sprout prosperity rather than missiles. Avishai insists that we should envision his ivory-tower tinted dream world of opulence in a peaceful Middle East to deflect attention away from the potential game changer to the economy – Israeli energy self-sufficiency. Since the gas supply is slated to come online sometime during the upcoming 20th Knesset, Avishai naturally wants to get his finger in the pie.

Avishai suggests creative peacemaking and aspires to place the future security of the State of Israel in the hands of the likes of Europe and Obama. He also places the well-being of Israeli citizens living beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines in the hands of some as yet non existent, foreign police force. Examples like Avishai's grotesque inversion of Zionist ideals has prompted Martin Sherman to suggest making "academics" criminally culpable when advocating irresponsible policies for which the outcome is blatantly detrimental to national security or the physical safety of its citizens.

The blame game is rehashed too. Avishai fingers Netanyahu and Bennett for impeding his utopian vision of peace and prosperity, just as anyone to the political right of Mertez has been blamed, and being blamed still, for murdering peace.

While he's at it, Avishai would also like for us to gloss over the Left's fishy election funding reminiscent of the 1999 NGO scandal in which Buji Herzog was a top aide, and Amiram Goldblum was indicted and admitted to obstructing justice.

Avishai seems to have been out of touch the last 20 years.

You all know that there is an economic crisis in this country. But nobody else will tell you the truth about it.

Let me be clear. Our future is in a global economy. That's where Eretz Israel actually lives, that's where we shine. The fact that business is so science-based today, so networked, so personal, has been our opportunity. But it is also what puts us in great jeopardy. We don't export oil; we can't eat algorithms. Every advanced country must deepen its integration with global commercial and scientific networks, from which they dare not disconnect. Palestinians will not just go to the International Criminal Court. They will go to the International Trade Organization, which can impose sanctions on us.

… But with Netanyahu and Bennett as the face of Israel, disdain for Israel will now increase – and fast – even in America.… I'll say it again: Israel cannot alienate the world's intelligentsia and not suffer devastating economic consequences.

So here is the last thing nobody else will tell you – and Palestinian leaders are beginning to understand this, too… To make the dream of two states work, we cannot implement full separation…

We'll need highly cooperative institutions, with Western and regional help, to manage an undivided municipality of Jerusalem, especially if sovereignty is shared. And when you recognize the inevitability of cooperation, you might more easily imagine accepting a small, symbolic number of Palestinian refugees living in Israel but remaining citizens of Palestine, while many Israeli settlers live in Palestine but remain citizens of Israel.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Purging Bias out of Israel Prize Committee: Ariel Hirschfeld (Dept of Hebrew Literature) Sacked from Prize Panel.

After a long list of rabid anti-Israel Israel Prize "academics", the far-leftist bias on the Prize Committee is being tackled.

The leftist advocacy group "Israel Democracy Institute" was granted the Israel Prize for "lifetime achievement." Zeev Sternhell, the hardcore Marxist anti-Zionist pseudo-academic best known for calling on terrorists to murder settlers, was granted the prize in "political science." The malicious Israel-hating propagandist Judd Neeman (from Tel Aviv University) was granted the prize in film. Far leftist professor Avishai Margalit (Hebrew University) got the prize in philosophy. The vile vulgar ultra-leftist politician Shulamit Aloni was granted the prize for "lifetime achievement," and her achievement largely included malicious bigotry and slander against Orthodox Jews. The far-leftist education professor Gavriel Salomon was granted the prize for developing in-classroom propaganda centers in "peace education." … Far leftist Yehuda Bauer was granted the prize, as was Shlomo Avineri, a recovering Marxist now moved to the moderate Left. Amos Oz was given the prize and you all know where he is politically. … Marxist sociologist Sami Samoocha won the prize in sociology, for his pseudo-research on ethnic inequality in Israel. … And we could go on. My guess is it is only a matter of time until anti-Semite Shlomo Sand gets a prize.

Suddenly this past week, Netanyahu decided to disqualify some of the more openly political ideologues sitting as judges in the committees that award the prizes. One of those disqualified (Ariel Hirschfeld) is a radical professor who has long promoted insurrection and "refusal" by soldiers to serve in the military. Unlike those "judges," Netanyahu has been elected to office by the people of Israel.

Some of the "judges" have resigned from the prize award committees in protest. None ever resigned when the prize was granted to Sternhell, Aloni, or the IDI. The leftist media are denouncing Netanyahu for his "philistinism" and his "politicizing" the prizes…

But now, how dare Netanyahu and the Likud exercise their power to govern simply on the basis of the fact that they were elected to power!!? That, you see, is undemocratic.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Eva Illouz (Dept of Sociology) No Longer Advocating Sado-Masochism Just in the Bedroom

Illouz, utilizing allegories from the world of S&M, portrays the Prime Minister as a security-oriented 'Dom' intimidating the Israeli electorate into submissives. Illouz minimizes the legitimate existential threat of the Iranian bomb into right-wing demagoguery or an election tactic aimed at feeding newspaper headlines. Illouz also whitewashes the damage to Israel's international standing caused by the global crusade of de legitimization waged by the Israeli Extreme Left.

Few democratically elected heads of government have used fear as blatantly in defining their discourse as Netanyahu. Fear is his surest and closest political companion: It is Iran's nuclear power; it is the Arab world; it is a Europe that hates the Jews; it is the Jews who have forgotten to be Jews (and presumably are about to destroy the Jewish civilization); it is Isaac Herzog who betrayed the nation in going to the recent Munich Security Conference; it is the leftists who want to sell the country to the Arabs – in short, it is all those, outside and inside the country, who want to bring about the demise of Israel and the Jews.

For one, fear, far more than anger, justifies the aggressiveness and violence that are at the heart of the Israeli right-wing view of politics. That is, it is easier to justify morally military aggressiveness or domination by invoking fear than by claiming proudly to be the neighborhood bully. If you are the kind of guy who enjoys carrying weapons, it is easier to explain this publicly by claiming you are afraid of street crime, than it is to say you value the feeling of power that a gun gives you. Fear is the moral excuse of the violence and "securitism" that have replaced political know-how and wisdom.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

University of Haifa - Writing on Segel Plus, Israel Hater Micah Leshem (Dept of Psychology) Composes some Imaginary Statistics

Since the holocaust, most Jews in the world have been killed in Israel, by far. It's the most dangerous place on earth for Jews. We are killed @ ~ 1,000 each year here. Far far fewer Jews are killed in the whole of the rest of the world.
Safest for Jews is to emigrate from Israel.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Sapir College - Ido Nevo (Dept of Management) Spearheading Religious Persecution and Discrimination at Sapir College

Hot on the heels of the "Slaughter the Jews" and the "Judaica Lingerie" taxpayer-funded atrocities under the banner of freedom of speech, Nevo offends religious Jews and prohibits use of millennia-old custom. Sapir College had no comment.

UPDATE: Sapir College issues scathing reprimand to Nevo.

Students at a course in Sapir College in Sderot said that they were shocked to learn that the term "Basad" - the Hebrew-language contraction for an expression that means "with the help of G-d" - had been banned from the blackboard by a professor at the school.

Dr. Ido Nevo, a professor of political science at Sapir, is not enamored of the expression – to the extent that he issued a written order to adjuncts who were supervising a test for him that they were forbidden from writing the expression on the blackboard.

When told that erasing the expression is insulting to the many observant students in the course, Nevo responded that the blackboard was "his," and that he could decide what would or would not appear on it.
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UPDATE: Sapir College President Professor Omri Yadlin issues a scathing response to the incident, according to the news site, and demanded that all students and professors respect the differing values among the student body. … "The lecturer was explained to regarding the gravity of the event, he received an explanation and a reprimand, and promised it would not happen again." Yadlin noted that the issue is a matter of freedom of speech, as well…

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Marxist Anti-Zionist Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) Hates his Own Country and Would Like to See it Erased

Therefore, no matter what sort of government is formed after the elections, the chance that Israel will into enter serious negotiations with the Arabs is close to nil. If that were not the case, Israel would have long ago adopted the joint Arab initiative of 2002. Israel sees no reason to reward the Arabs for their helplessness: the settlement enterprise, the oppression of the Palestinians and keeping them under conditions of apartheid will continue as long the European Union and the United States do not jointly apply massive diplomatic and economic pressure on Israel.

But the cult of power is only one aspect of reality. The feeling of being the persecuted victim was always the second. Israeli whining, ugly and by now well-established, and the embarrassing use of the memory of the Holocaust by Israeli officials have transformed the cultivation of existential danger into one of the pillars of Israeli policy.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Eva Illouz (Dept of Sociology) Thinks the Problem with the Gaza Terror Tunnels is that they Harmed the Left

Yisrael Medad explores the problems posed by Eva Illouz' increasing departure from logic.

Illouz seeks out, what is for her, 'evil' not in the thinking and actions of those who activiely engage in promoting the killing Jews and the undermining of the state of Israel, but through her illusions, also in that element of the nation's spirit which seeks to shore up Zionism and Jewish peoplehood and sovereignty and those positive values are harmed by her irrationalizations.

She bemoans the weakness of Leftists in Israel as a counterpoint to the danger she has identified. Weakness? She calls it 'the collapse of the Left' and finally points an accusing finger at Arabs:

The recent discovery of tunnels inside Gaza, for example, can only further weaken the left camp.

Another Illouzian illusion – those tunnels weren't so much a threat to lives as they harmed the Left.

My imagination seems to be telling me that Ms. Illouz has become detached from logic's moorings as her disdain for values of nationhood, Judaism and the intrinsic meaning of the Land of Israel grows.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew U (Sapir College and Tel Aviv-Yaffo College) - Stalinist Ofer Cassif Demeans Students in Uncontrolled Outburst on Campus

Cassif uses verbal violence in an attempt to stifle students from expressing their freedom of speech. After the students filed a complaint, Cassif was summoned to the Faculty Dean, who forced Cassif to issue an apology.

The activists claim that while they were distributing and posting the cover around campus, Dr. Ofer Kassif, a professor of political science at Hebrew University, approached them and began, without any apparent reason, to shout curses at them such as "Scumbags!" and "Rubbish!" He allegedly turned to the students that stood by and asked "What are these [expletive] doing here?… You scumbags, go back to your friends in Italy from 70 years ago!" -- an apparent reference to the Fascist movement under Benito Mussolini.

Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirtzu, said: "The thuggish and violent behavior of Dr. Ofer Kassif, a professor at Hebrew University, crossed a dangerous red line. It is against all students who want to express their views on campus using legitimate means."

The Hebrew University Spokesperson told Arutz Sheva … "The university encourages open, cultured discourse and denounces any use of vile language and verbal violence. The Dean of the Faculty for Social Science, Prof. Vered Vinitzky Sarousi, has spoken to Dr. Kassif, who has apologized for the way he spoke.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Gideon Shimoni (Dept of Contemporary Judaism): The "No Apartheid ‑ But" Academic

Shimoni is an inverse modern-day Balaam, initially coming to defend Israel but then abandons her, and his integrity, to phony claims of supposed Israeli "apartheid."

The good Professor Shimoni is certainly not openly anti-Israel or opposed to a Jewish state (except maybe in Judea and Samaria). Born in and a product of South Africa, he recently wrote some articles in which he denied comparisons between South Africa and Israel. He happily says that Israel is not an apartheid state like South Africa was and correctly describes those who use such comparisons as people who really want Israel dismantled. In that respect, Professor Shimoni is correct and should be commended.

But Professor Shimoni's integrity falls apart the moment he engages in debate over the "occupied territories." He is certainly entitled to his opinion that Israel should simply get out of the West Bank and let the terrorists run the show there. That in and of itself just makes him naïve, not anti-Israel. The problem is that he then joins the bash-Israel anti-Zionist bandwagon of demonization.

Professor Shimoni wrote this in the Jerusalem Post:

"It is in this respect alone that use of the South African analogy to critique Israel is justified, and importantly so. Never as grist to the mill of those who labor to delegitimize and demonize Israel by falsely labeling it an apartheid state and subjecting it to sanctions and boycotts, but certainly as a warning cry lest perpetuation of the occupation regime cause Israel to replicate South African reform-phase apartheid; a strategy which proved to be not only morally reprehensible but also realistically untenable."

Is Shimoni so naïve as to misunderstand the role of the "apartheid" calumny aimed at Israel by the anti-Semites? Does he not realize what his own endorsement of the calumny, no matter how many caveats he adds, will have? Has it never occurred to him what the anti-Semites will do with this "condemnation of Israeli apartheid" written by an Israeli professor who grew up in South Africa?

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

University of Haifa - Terror Expert Links an Islamic Movement Student Fund to Hamas Financing on Campus

The Islamic Movement's Fund denies the allegations made.

Speaking to Ynetnews, they said the Islamic Movement on campus limits its activities to operating a small fund, known as Eqraa, which they said was "a limited fund to aid Muslim students."

But Eqraa also happens to be the name of Hamas' civilian infrastructure fund, designed to provide a cover for terror activity, according to the Israeli security website, Intelligence. Could the two Eqraas be linked?

Colonel (Res.) Jonathan Fighel, a senior researcher for the Institute of Counter-Terrorism, at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya:
"Eqraa is linked to Hamas and to radical forces among Arab-Israelis, and the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel," he said, adding that the fund is part of a Da'wa effort (missionizing and spreading radical Islam).

Fighel outlined a number of contexts in which Eqraa operated, each one linked to Hamas, Saudi Arabia, or even al-Qaeda.

"It's totally clear we are talking about a charity which has a mission. It is backed by a Saudi radical madrassah and is linked to Hamas," Fighel said.

On Thursday, Ynetnews received an email, claiming to be from Eqraa, rejecting Fighel's claims. The email said "Fighel's words are lies based on hatred and racism" and claimed he was talking "nonsense.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

University of Exeter – Critics of Ilan Pappe's (Dept of Israel Bashing) Speech at Indiana University Turn to Isracampus to Help Fight his Propaganda and Blatant Lies

The Critics also suffer counter-attack and more distortions at the hands of Pappe's supporters.

Ilan Pappe, a discredited historian, spoke at Indiana U. on Jan. 30. Earlier, the local Jewish Community Relations Council expressed their disappointment
(http://indyjcrc.org/2015/01/indianapolis-jcrc-statement-on-ilan-pappe-visit-to-iupui/
[1]).

I was not there, but my understanding is that there were no disturbances; Pappe spoke as planned. Yet a petition is being organized to affirm that JCRC "smeared" Pappe, used "shameful tactics," made "blatant attempts to bully" them and falsely accuse them anti-Semitism.
(https://www.change.org/p/indiana-palestine-solidarity-support-the-interfaith-statement-on-ilan-papp%C3%A9-visit-to-iupui [2])

It's an inversion of reality. I read Pappe's book "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" and found his distortions so jaw-dropping that I made a video about it. Thus I know that Pappe has no business gathering respectable audiences or having his book in public libraries (history section?) and certainly not being presented as a victim. BDS nevertheless uses him successfully to make their case.
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Indianapolis JCRC Statement on Ilan Pappe

However, there is a stark difference between respectful discourse and even extreme criticism – and that of hate speech. It is our belief that Dr. Pappe falls into the latter category. Not only does Dr. Pappe falsely accuse Israel of genocide and ethnic cleansing, he is an avid supporter of the BDS movement, which is anti-Semitic at its core, calling for a one-state solution, meaning the Jewish State of Israel would cease to exist. Indeed, he says he dreams of a day "when Zionism will be defeated as the ideology that governs our lives between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea".[1]
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Support the Interfaith Statement on Ilan Pappé

In response, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) tried to smear Prof. Pappé and accused us, at least indirectly, of advocating anti-Semitism.[i] We write to challenge these claims, defend our reputation, and say, loudly and clearly, we will not be intimidated by these shameful tactics.

Before Prof. Pappé had uttered a word, the JCRC issued a public statement calling him a "discredited" historian and a purveyor of hatred. Both of these claims are demonstrably false.

Prof. Pappé is one of the most well-respected and prolific scholars on the history of the Middle East conflict…

The JCRC is right about one thing: Prof. Pappé opposes the violent form of Zionism that justifies the ethnic cleansing of Arab people—and denies them their rights. His opposition is not born out of hatred of his own people, but out of love. Prof. Pappé dreams of an Israel in which all are free and safe from violence, including Palestinian Arabs. He advocates democracy: one person, one vote.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

University of Haifa - The Grand Iranian-Israeli Inversion of Israel Waismel-Manor (Dept of Political Science)

In the ultimate manifestation of the Orwellian inversion, Waismel presents Israel as the ultra-religious fanatical nation and the genocidal Shi'ite terrorocracy of Iran as secular, progressive and accommodating.

In the NYT article, Waismel draws what he considers similarities and moral equivalence between Israel and the current Iranian regime. Since Waismel-Manor is so obsessed with superficial looks, it's not surprising he tries to portray the mullah terrorocracy in Iran as moving forward in an increasingly secular world to accommodate the West. According to Waismel-Manor, the whole problem is the theocratic reactionary regime in …. ISRAEL!

In contrast, Israel, which funds Waismel's cushy job at Haifa University, is ever the ultra-religious fanatical nation controlled by Orthodox Jews, a country headed toward confrontation with the secular oriented Iran. What's more, he feels American Jews in the Diaspora are losing interest in Israel due to assimilation and disenchantment with those needlessly religious Jews, a manifestation which fuels a BDS (Boycott Israel) movement against the Jewish state that he insists is growing more powerful every day.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Twice-Convicted Terrorist Gets PhD

Adel Hidmi started his PhD at Hebrew U after serving his first prison term for terrorism. Hidmi was caught and sentenced to a second jail term for continuing his terrorist activities during his studies. After finishing his second sentence, Hidmi was returned to the Dept of Medicinal Chemistry. Hebrew U sees nothing wrong in accrediting a terrorist with an advanced degree in Chemistry.

Hebrew University awarded a twice-convicted terrorist, Adel Hidmi, with a doctorate in chemistry.

A resident of East Jerusalem, Hidmi has been convicted for his involvement with terrorist groups, most recently, following his assistance in plotting a suicide bombing.

Hidmi was sentenced to ten months in prison in 1992 when he was exposed as having a role within terrorist organizations. He began working towards his doctorate several years after his first release at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. According to Israeli newspaper Maariv, Hidmi lived a double life as a chemistry student and terrorist networker during the time.

… Hidmi was approached by two Palestinians in Ramallah who asked him to help locate a 'willing' suicide bomber. Hidmi had agreed, despite having several academic papers to complete, and successfully returned to the men with a participant who was more than content to assist them.

Hidmi was arrested by Israeli police three days before the scheduled attack in Jerusalem.

"The University does not prohibit those with criminal backgrounds from studying with its gates. The work of Adel Hidmi – who completed serving his sentence – was considered academically worthy and he met all the requirements to receive a doctorate degree…" stated a University-issued press release.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Hebrew University - Marxist Anti-Zionist Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) Calls for Destruction of the Israeli Economy

Sternhell demands "external intervention" to force Israel to capitulate to the agenda of the Far Left and to end "occupation".

A radical change will not happen here as long as the present regime does not bring about a major national crisis. A failure such as Operation Protective Edge is not enough, since the heavy price of that conflict was paid primarily by the Palestinians.

Therefore, the realistic alternative lies in external intervention that will be massive enough to shake Israelis out of the placidity of their comfortable lives.

Only when everyone among us can feel the price of the occupation in their flesh, will the end to blue-and-white colonialism and apartheid come. Only when the economy is hit in a way that affects the overall standard of living, or when security is undermined as a result of a serious threat to American interests in the region, will the real treatment for eliminating the occupation and guaranteeing our future begin.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

 

Ben Gurion University - David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences) Blames the Critics of the Left for Territorial Irredentism and McCarthyism in Ultimate Far-Leftist 'Newspeak'

Newman defends the problematic monolithic far-leftist school of critical "thought" in the Dept of Political Science which he founded. Newman bleats about the silencing of critical voices while attempting to silence those who would criticize Newman and the far-left.

There couldn't have been a better example of this sort of electioneering newspeak than the Facebook site of Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett. In a carefully planned video, posted just a few minutes after a visit to Ben-Gurion University last week, Bennett interviewed a second-year student and right-wing political activist at the university. Using a well-worn extremist right-wing mantra of recent years, Bennett used his Facebook site to make false statements about the university and its faculty as a means of advancing his own political agenda.

Bennett's new political stooge, Ronen Shoval, who made his name by heading up the right-wing Im Tirtzu movement, has spent most of his time attacking Ben-Gurion University by falsifying and misleading the general public about the educational and research activities of this prestigious institution.

It is the newspeak and lies which Im Tirtzu, Bennett and like-minded people have spread in recent years and their attempt to silence voices that do not toe their party line which have done such enormous international damage and harm to Israel's reputation as a place of academic freedom and freedom of speech.

Their extremist right-wing policies, aimed at the formal annulment of the Oslo Accords, the extension of Israeli sovereignty over the entire West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and the attempt to legislate a stringent definition of Jewish citizenship would, if ever implemented, deal a death blow to Israel's international reputation and would serve to break those few remaining ties of support with its most strategic partner, the USA – if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't already achieved that on their behalf.

Just as the earliest Zionists mistakenly believed that they could create a new Jewish identity through the image of the new secular Hebrew farmer divorced from their cultural and religious roots, so too Bennett believes that he can create a new Jewish identity through the means of a right-wing territorial irredentism and McCarthyism which, in the long term, will cause great damage to Israel's security and image. The only difference between these two vastly contrasting and alternative visions is that the earliest Zionists, the vast majority of whom were secular, laid the foundation for the creation of the State of Israel and a Jewish Homeland, while Bennett and his right-wing allies are chipping away at these same foundations in a way which, if pursued much further, will bring about the eventual dismantlement of the state.

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) Canceled by the University of Nice

Tel Aviv University's worst anti-Semite gets the bum's rush in the Riviera, however, Sand continues to be a source of inspiration to those who would besmirch Israel

Already banned (effectively) from the Maison des Associations on Nice's Place Garibaldi two years ago, Shlomo Sand is now silenced in the place where we would least have expected it: the university!

The Israeli government has just committed acts against the Palestinian population that the Russell Tribunal on Palestine called war crimes, crimes against humanity and incitement to genocide. Israel society in its majority approves of these crimes, partly because it is worn down by an incessant propaganda that denies Palestinians their dignity and their rights.

The UJFP (French Jewish Union for Peace) denounces these attacks on freedom of expression, which serve only to cover up for the destruction of Palestine that is currently underway. It demands that Shlomo Sand be able to speak freely at the university.

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Ben Gurion University – Li'l Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) is Back, and Writing on Pro-Jihad Anti-Semitic Counterpunch Website

Gordon denounces use of drones because they prevent the soldiers using them from being killed in combat.

Just as importantly, drones change the ethics of war. According to the new military morality, to kill while exposing one's life to danger is bad; to take lives without ever endangering one's own is good. Bradley Jay Strawser, a professor of philosophy at the US naval Postgraduate school in California, is a prominent spokesperson of the "principle of unnecessary risk." It is, in his view, wrong to command someone to take an unnecessary risk, and consequently it becomes a moral imperative to deploy drones.

Exposing the lives of one's troops was never considered good, but historically it was believed to be necessary. Therefore dying for one's country was deemed to be the greatest sacrifice and those who did die were recognized as heroes. The drone wars, however, are introducing a risk-free ethics of killing. What is taking place is a switch from an ethics of "self-sacrifice and courage to one of self-preservation and more or less assumed cowardice."

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) Understands the Charlie Hedbo Murderers

Sand attacks the Charlie Hedbo victims and insinuates that the French got what they deserved because of their neo-colonial war on terror.

Already, in 2006, I had perceived as pure provocation the drawing of Mohammed decked in a turban in the form of a bomb. This is not so much a caricature against Islamists as a stupid conflation of Islam with Terror; it's on a par with identifying Judaism with money!

At the moment, and particularly after this terrible massacre, my sympathy goes to the Muslims who reside in ghettos adjacent to the metropolises, who are at considerable risk of becoming the second victims of the murders perpetrated at Charlie Hebdo and at the Hyper Casher supermarket…

Moreover, and knowing that one's writings always occur in context, how to not raise the fact that, for more than a year, so many French troops are present in Africa to 'combat the jihadists', when no serious debate has taken place in France on the usefulness or the damage of these military interventions? The colonial gendarme of yesteryear, who carries an incontestable responsibility in the chaotic heritage of [arbitrary] borders and regimes, is today 'recalled' to reinstall 'law and order' by means of its latterday neo-colonial gendarmerie.

Of course, for an assassin to kill in cold blood innocent and unarmed people it is necessary to be cruel and perverse. But it is necessary to be hypocritical or stupid to close one's eyes on the particulars that have provided the foundations of this tragedy.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Cheering on the ICC LAWfare Against Israel

ICC inquiry is a game changer for Israel
The International Criminal Court will consider four issues in examining whether Israel has a case to answer for its actions in the Palestinian territories.

In this context, assessing the objectivity of the investigations Israel is conducting into the harm done to Gazan civilians during Operation Protective Edge last summer will be critical: Only an independent investigation – not one being done to shield Israelis from prosecution in The Hague – will be considered genuine.

However, there is no doubt that the rules of the game have changed. Israelis and Palestinians alike are coming, for the first time, under the jurisdiction of an international criminal tribunal. If the foreign minister is surprised, it's probably because he hasn't yet internalized that Israel's legal stance regarding a variety of issues is very far from the internationally accepted positions.

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University of Haifa - Students Commemorate "Martyrs"

Matan Peleg, 'Im Tirtzu' CEO: activists turning campus into an anti-democratic and anti-Israel political hotbed.

Arab students at Haifa University stood for a moment of silence Tuesday in memory of the "martyrs" ("shaheeds") killed and injured in the riots in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat by what they call the "racist regime."

In addition to the moment of silence, Arab students groups at Haifa University planned two demonstrations to protest police brutality.

Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirtzu, said: "[R]adical Arab activists come to the university with the goal of taking advantage of the campus and turning it into an anti-democratic and anti-Israel political hotbed."

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The Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University) Tag Team Petitioning to the UN to Coerce Israel into Submission

Where does critical thinking stop and treason start?

We, the undersigned, Israeli citizens, call upon all members of the UN Security Council to support the proposal to fix a firm date for terminating Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and to set a time limit for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. That, in the spirit of the recent proposal put forward to the Security Council by Jordan. We believe that the continued Israeli occupation is destructive to both Israel and Palestine. A decision by the Security Council to set a date for ending the occupation and to determine the parameters for negotiating a fair and just peace, will salvage the two-state solution, and will allow Israel and Palestine to live side by side securely in peace and equality.

 [Alon Liel] ד"ר אלון ליאל alonliel@netvision.net.il
 [David Harel] פרופ' דוד הראל david.harel@weizmann.ac.il
 [Menachem Klein] פרופ' מנחם קליין Menachem.Klein@biu.ac.il
 [Amiram Goldblum] פרופ' עמירם גולדבלום amiram@vms.huji.ac.il

Among the signed
David Blanc                              חנה ספרן
Prof. Yona Pinson                    Prof. Jon Anson
Micah Leshem                          Chaim Gans
אורן ברק                                   Daniel Bar-Tal
לב גרינברג                                 David Tartakover
Snait GIssis                              Zeev Sternhell
אלון הראל                                  Avner de Shalit
Prof. Itzhak Galnoor                 Anat Biletzki
Moshe Zuckermann                  Dimitry Shumsky
nurit peled-elhanan                    Avraham Oz
יצחק (יאני) נבו                            Naomi Chazan
Amos Goldberg                        Alon Liel
Amiram Goldblum

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Ben Gurion University - BGU to Host Anti-Israel "Truth" Witch Hunt

BGU agrees to host "truth commission" to document perpetration of Israeli war crimes with the intent of "proving" the 'Israel was born in sin' theory. Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) praises the attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel.

The first-ever "truth commission" in Israel, to be held on Wednesday, will feature confessions from veteran Israeli fighters of the 1948 war who are expected to admit to perpetrating war crimes.

The commission is the latest project by Zochrot that discredits a traditional Israeli narrative that some 750,000 Palestinians left under orders from Arab leaders and that Israel's army acted only in self-defence. Such beliefs have fed into the common assumption from the Israeli public that Israel's army is the "most moral in the world".

The commission will also move beyond the 1948 period and plans to examine expulsions in the semi-desert Negev region, comprising nearly two-thirds of Israel's landmass, for the 12 years following the war.

Zochrot had been successful in forcing Israelis to recognise the Nakba and a darker side to the 1948 war, said Neve Gordon, a politics professor at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, where the truth commission is to be held.

"A decade ago, if I mentioned the Nakba in a class of 150 students, hardly any of them would have known what I meant. Now 80 or 90 per cent would know," Gordon told MEE.

Gordon also attributed the change both to Zochrot's activities and statements by Arab legislators representing Israel's large Palestinian minority, comprising a fifth of the total population.

And with the long-awaited truth commission meeting tomorrow, yet more layers of Israel's controversial history may be laid bare.

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Sapir College - Newest Taxpayer Funded Atrocity: Talit Panties

The controversial art display at Sapir Academic College in the northern Negev near Sderot, which triggered a protest when it opened to the public last Tuesday, has reached a new low in offending Judaism in the name of "art."

In another shocking piece, a video shows apparently a man wearing tefilin (phylacteries) as sandal straps on his feet, along with a tallit (prayer shawl) - embroidered with the blessing said when putting it on - as underwear.

The vulgar appropriation of sanctified Jewish ritual objects to create "panties" exudes an obvious air of ridicule - furthermore, it can't even be said that there is a clear artistic "message" of the piece.

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Ben Gurion University - David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences) Bellyaching about Academic Watchdog Groups

Newman, in all his "wisdom", preaches ignoring the threat posed by the BDS Movement until it's too late. Furthermore, Newman exploits his International Conference to promote Far-Leftist views to international academics.

Only last month I was privileged to host an international meeting in the field of geopolitics, attended by almost 60 international participants, many of them critical of Israel and its policies… Participants were exposed to realities on the ground, including field trips to contested areas, and to the many critical perspectives concerning Israel's regional geopolitics – the sort of critical perspectives which only a free and open society can express.

None of this explains or justifies the boycott paranoia which has taken over the Israeli political response during the past year. From being largely ignored by the government and academic institutions, the so-called boycott threat has suddenly been transformed into a new "security threat" to Israel. Spurred on by the Strategic Unit within the Prime Minister's Office, the threat of boycotts has taken on a new dimension.

Another boycott-related event is being held this week at the Center for Anti-Semitism studies at the Hebrew University, sponsored, among others, by the right-wing NGO Monitor which has gone out of its way in recent years to accuse the left-wing NGOs of aiding and abetting boycott efforts. The Center for Security Studies in Tel Aviv, and the Center for Study of Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem – these are the mantras which are now being served up as boycott becomes the subject of simplistic slogans and political agendas, avoiding the real issues at stake.

It is not surprising that support for the traveling anti-boycott circus was expressed by the Israel Academic Monitor (IAM), an extremist right-wing website which spends most of its time defaming any Israel academic who holds centrist and left-wing views. IAM has probably done more to damage the international name and reputation of Israel as a place of academic freedom and open dialogue than any other right- or left-wing organization in Israel or beyond.

It would be wise to heed the experiences of those of us who combat boycott through dialogue and debate and through the strengthening and expansion of scientific links between Israel and its international partners, to engage less in politics and government- sponsored "hasbara" exercises, and a lot more in demonstrating the academic and scientific excellence of Israel's scientific community.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Complaining over Criticism of "Human Rights" Activism

Gross whines that Isracampus and other monitors of "human rights" NGOs are practicing McCarthyism and are a threat to democracy.

I did not need a response to know the answer: my views were distorted as part of a campaign to de-legitimize human rights organizations and everyone who is active in these organizations and, in fact, anyone that works on the issue. Today, the organizations that "monitor" human rights organizations and academia and define criticism as anti-Israel, attempting to delegitimize it often through distortion, are amongst the greatest threats to the defense of human rights and democracy in general. The McCarthyism that characterizes these groups, and their attack on the Goldstone Committee, is meant to terrorize those who champion human rights and those who criticize their violation. Without criticism and activism regarding human rights, and when the discussion is diverted to the "messenger" and not the violations themselves, the human rights situation will only worsen. This is a real and present danger, and thus everyone who fears for democracy and human right must denounce the strategy of "killing the messenger."

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) - The Tenured Traitor and The Arabs' Darling

Shaul Bartal compares Sand's book The Invention of the Jewish People to the likes of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf and has become an Arab propaganda tool "the purpose of which is to undermine the right of the Jewish people to its ancestral homeland." Bartal accuses Sand of misrepresenting established historical facts as lies and making questionable claims knowing full well that he can't be fired from his tenured position. Bartal ties Sand to the PLO, the defunct Israeli communist Rakah party, and to the pro-Arab teaching/writing of Mahmoud Darwish, a once prominent member of the same party. Bartal concludes that Sand's writings are not original, only that a Jew agreed to write such anti-Semitic trope.

Since the initial publication of The Invention of the Jewish People five years ago,[1] every interview with the Tel Aviv University historian has achieved great popularity in Arab media. Headlines refer to his name endlessly though his theories are anything but new and have long been popular in the Arab world, just as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf have been widely distributed in the Arab language for many years.[2] In essence, Sand's book has become a plank of Palestinian and Arab propaganda, the purpose of which is to undermine the right of the Jewish people to its ancestral homeland.

The unique aspect of Sand's book thus is not its content but rather its context. Sand's innovation is that he, a Jewish professor of history from a leading "Zionist" university, step-by-step, in beautifully phrased Hebrew, justifies and approves all the Palestinian historical claims. It is no surprise that The Invention of the Jewish People became a major best-seller in the Arab world and is treasured by Palestinians.

The damage caused by The Invention stems from its misrepresentation of established historical facts as lies. … So the Jews as a nation have no real historical claim to the territory of the State of Israel, including Jerusalem. That this ignores millennia of Jewish theological focus on the ideas of return and the place of Jerusalem is obvious. … The Jewish people, according to Sand, were never exiled and—in distinction to Zionists—the majority of Jews have adopted this myth for no reason.[12]

In Maher Sharif's editorial, "Shlomo Sand and the Invention of the Jewish People,"[18] the author, a member of the Palestinian People's Party, the reincarnation of the Israeli communist Rakah party, praised Sand's creation, specifically the French version entitled How the Jewish Nation Was Invented, from the Torah to Zionism. The Rakah context is vital. Sand's conclusions are directly related to his political stand as an ex-Rakah activist, his familial background, and his connections and friendship with the famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Darwish was also a Rakah activist until he left Israel in 1970 and joined the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Lebanon.[19]

With great appreciation, Sharif analyzed each chapter in the book and agreed with Sand's historical analysis. Sand's conclusions are not new and are accepted in every branch and form of the communist movement, both in Israel and the territories. So, Sand's book is, in effect, a product of the communist Rakah party.

The newspaper quotes Sand as saying that "there is a greater possibility that the Hamas fighters are the descendants of King David than the possibility that he [Shlomo Sand] could be the descendant of David."[22]

In other words, Israel was at fault for the situation because it had not been willing to declare the 1967 borders as final. According to Sand, Israel's refusal to accept the Arab League plan was enough to deny it the right to self-defense and justified the attacks on its citizens.

When asked about Hamas's continuing rocket fire despite the fact that Israel had left the Gaza Strip, Sand replied that Hamas had the right to continue firing rockets into Israel until the West Bank was completely freed from Israeli "occupation":

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Avi Shlaim (Oxford) and Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter) - the British Anti-Israel Vilifiers

Dennis Prager, the renown US author and moralist, exposes the British Stagnant Duo and their Anti-Israel Propaganda. Shlaim with his "Derisionist History" believes that Hezbollah has the right to attack Israeli civilians. Pappe makes claims of alleged Israeli ethnic cleansing and genocide of Arabs in Gaza, to which he pledges to prevent.

I encountered this at the University of Oxford … two virulently anti-Israel spokesmen. One of them was Avi Shlaim, an expatriate Israeli, who has devoted his life to using his professorship at Oxford to promote anti-Israel activism.

Here are some examples of what Shlaim said to hundreds of Oxford students:

"[Israel] is no longer a democracy. ... There is another word to describe the situation — apartheid."
"These military operations [of Israel] are cruel acts of state terrorism."
"The Palestinians have the right to resist the occupation, and Hamas is the vanguard of this resistance."

… [Shlaim] uses his high academic position in the U.K. to announce that Hamas is the victim, and the Jewish state — which he regularly labels an apartheid and terrorist state — is the oppressor. He had previously written… "I do believe that Hezbollah has the right to target Israeli civilians."

Benny Morris, professor of Middle Eastern history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the most prominent of Israel's "New Historians," … has rejected Shlaim as a colleague and even as a competent historian… [Morris] labeled Shlaim's work "Derisionist History."

Another example of a Jew hurting other Jews is Ilan Pappé, a professor at the University of Exeter in the U.K., where he is director of the university's European Centre for Palestine Studies. He and Shlaim tour Europe vilifying Israel.

One of his books is titled "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," and he is a leader in the European movement to boycott Israeli universities and academics. In July 2014, he wrote in a piece titled "Israel's Incremental Genocide in the Gaza Ghetto," published by the violent Islamist website The Electronic Intifada:

… "This is what I can pledge — to work to prevent the next stage in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza."

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Sapir College & IDI Watch - Ze'ev Tzahor (College President) Defends Massacre the Jews "Art" Exhibit

Tzahor is all for politics on campus as long as it is Leftist incitement and sedition. Tzahor justifies the subversion and believes there is "more than one truth".

The academia cannot be separated from politics. The academia's very essence expresses political thought.

And so, since its inception to this very day, the academia has been suspected of subversion – and rightfully so. The academia is subversive because pursuing the truth undermines the current situation and searches for a different truth through research and studies.

The main reason for encouraging political activity at Sapir stemmed from the principle of pursuing the truth and the assumption that there is sometimes more than one truth.

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Studies) Wants to Suppress the Sovereignty of Israeli Voters by Having Europe Recognize Palestine

Although there are no signs saying "only Israelis allowed" or "no entrance for Palestinians", restrictions are clearly enforced by barriers, fences, walls, or armed soldiers. It is now up to the European Union and others to secure the future of Israel as a democratic state, as it should and must remain. Those who really care for Israel should raise their hands in support of recognising Palestine and should not be deterred by the pressure and warnings of Netanyahu's government, which is captive to the religious-nationalist settlers and their supporters. Further steps may be required in the future, to protect and benefit Israel's democracy and to confront those who are currently undermining it.

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Hebrew University - Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) Dons a Palestinian Kaffiya to Attack the Cabal of Too-Powerful Right-Wing Jews in America

Only a small violent and vocal minority in Israel is holding us Palestinians by the throat, concomitantly choking Israeli society while trying to convince everyone that we are still fighting the battles of the 1940s

"At this point the United States, other than on its campuses, is lost to the Palestinians – right-wing Jews have too much money and influence there."

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Sapir College Inciting to Murder Jews

Sapir College allows student "art exhibit" with calls to murder Jews and liberate 'Palestine' with "blood and fire". Ronen Shoval, 'Im Tirtzu' head, files complain with Police. Sapir College's reply - all is good under freedom of speech and academic freedom.

Im Tirzu head Dr. Ronen Shoval has filed a complaint, through his campaign operatives, against Sapir Academic College with the Israel Police.

Shoval accuses the school, located in the northwestern Negev desert near Sderot, of stirring up incitement by displaying their current exhibit.

The exhibit features works of art containing the expressions: "Kill the Jews," "Daash [Islamic State]," and "With blood and fire we will redeem Palestine."

"It is ridiculous that the freedom of expression by the extreme left gets broad legitimacy, while the national camp suffers from being shut up."

Sapir Academic College responded to Shoval, saying "Free speech and free thought exist at Sapir Academic College in an effort to foster pluralism and tolerance. We expose to the faculty and students a variety of public opinions as part of their education."

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Studies) Can't Conduct a Debate without Having a Prissy Fit

A few years back Amiram Goldblum issued a demand that the Israeli Ministry of the Interior act to prevent Evangelical Christians from entering Israel. Writing on the "Academia" chat list for Israeli professors, Goldblum's problem with them was that the Evangelicals were too pro-Israel.

At the time, Sergio Tezza, another member of the Academia list, challenged Goldblum's bigoted comments about Evangelicals.

Goldblum then responded with the typical infantile prissy fits he so often performs whenever his political extremism is challenged and wrote in his pidgin English:

"And you, if you ever have the courage to get near me, I invite you to come nearer, and then i'll have the pleasure of spitting in your face, because you are not even worth a real punch in the nose."

Tphooo Tphooo

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law), Promoter of Transvestites and Inventor of the "Pinkwashing" Idiocy, Now Demands that the Sexual Orientation of Every Public Figure be Exposed and Publicized

The difference between the attitude toward the female MK and the male MK shows how behind the claim of privacy, even if claimed out of good intentions, hides a closet. That is part of liberal homophobia, which is built on the division between public heterosexuality and private homosexuality and bans the mention of homosexuality unless the individual mentioned gives a full confession in the weekend newspapers.

The discussion in recent weeks following journalist and writer Gal Uchovsky's call on the Labor Party chairman to give MK X a choice – come out of the closet or get out of the Knesset – misses the real story, the story of "inning" not outing, and of the hypocritical attitude of the media toward sexual orientation.

Indeed, it is a person's right not to reveal his or her sexuality. But the interesting question is not whether the MK is exercising his right, but rather whether he is doing the right thing. Many believe that an elected official should act differently. One might also wonder where the strange idea comes from that a person who has come out of the closet in the past and spoke about it publicly has the right to expect that the issue will remain confidential once he is elected to the Knesset.

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Tel Aviv University - Far Leftist Incitement on TAU Campus

TAU Officials authorize a pro-terror rally by Far-Leftist activists just two days after the gruesome terrorist attack on morning worshipers in Har Nof. The Far-Leftist activists justify the rally as part of the "resistance" and dismiss their incitement as "Israeli semantics". 'Im Tirtzu' counter-protest activists persuade organizers to reschedule the pro-terror rally and demand TAU officials to curtail far-leftist incitement.

Arab student groups at Tel Aviv University planned to hold a rally on campus "in memory of the martyrs and against the occupation" at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday - until a counter-rally led them to reschedule for Sunday.

… The protest was largely organized by the Im Tirtzu student group; roughly 200 students and activists demonstrated at the entrance to the campus, with some bearing prayer shawls featuring red stains to symbolize the attack on the Jerusalem synagogue this Tuesday.

Dr. Ronen Shoval, founder of the Im Tirtzu movement that organized the counter-protest, said "the Arab incitement on campus continues unabated. Arabs students rioting on campus should not come as a surprise. Israel has a serious crisis of sovereignty and should revoke the citizenship of anyone who is not acting as a citizen… Any delay in dealing with incitement may allow verbal violence to become physical violence."

Jabar Bassel, a member of the Arab communist Hadash student group and one of the organizers of the rescheduled event, told Walla! … "We don't see martyrs as terrorists… Suicide terrorists are those who were killed due to the continuing conflict, they are Palestinian resistance fighters… According to Israeli semantics it's as if we're coming out against the state… they may have thrown rocks but they fought in their territory, in the territory of the future state on '67 borders - they are fighting for their freedom."

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University of Haifa - Arik Shapira (Dept of Music) Composing "Music" for the Jihad

Recently promoted to a full professorship in Music at the University of Haifa, Professor Arik Shapira is striking a discordant tone with the rest of the Israeli public who through their taxes pay his salary. Shapira isn't just sympathetic to the Palestinians, he is sympathetic to Hamas and rubs elbows with the Free Gaza Movement to boot.

In a conversation with the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, the composer said, "This is a public that I despise. They didn't contribute anything in the years before the rise of the State... This is what they do, these scoundrels, these settlers. I abhor them."

Shapria's politics probably did more to earn him the Israel Prize in 1994 at the start of Oslo than any talent for music. He composes a lot of "political music," or "music" that has an anti-Israel far leftist political message.

In 1989 during the First Intifada and before Oslo, Shapira wrote, "I have never been so frustrated in my life. I can't bear the political situation here. The country is moving toward quasi-fascism—ultra-nationalistic, immoral and repulsive place to live in. …. I can't stand the idea of being introduced as an 'Israeli composer.' … If I were younger and bolder I would have left the pencil and bought a pistol. There are plenty of mad dogs barking here."

Naturally, Shapira has signed on to a "manifesto" showing his support of boycotting Israel and even his own university by Israeli musical academics. He also loves to petition against Israel, especially against Israeli "occupation" of Gaza. Of course, Gaza has not been "occupied" since 2005, but that did not stop Shapira from signing a petition protesting the "occupation" that calls on the EU and UN to end Israeli occupation there.

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Political Witch Hunt against Zionist Student at Ben Gurion University

Another scandal in BGU's troubled Department of Politics. A student was kicked out of class after showing political solidarity with the 'Im Tirtzu' student movement. The University's response: Blame the student and impose disciplinary actions.

Student: "After about 20 minutes in class, [lecturer] asked us to say something about ourselves. I said that I was a member of Im Tirtzu… Mine was the last introduction and immediately afterwards, she insisted in a disrespectful tone that I close my computer – which had already been open for 20 minutes – and gave me a disgusted look. It was no coincidence that it was after I exposed my political affiliations."

Ben Gurion University: "The student was asked by the lecturer to leave the class because of improper and unusual behavior that contradicts the class's syllabus, following which a complaint was filed against him with the university's academic director, in order to bring him before a disciplinary committee."

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Hebrew University - Eva Illouz (Dept of Sociology) Proclaims the Marxist Theory of "Occupation": Israel "Exploits" Cheap Arab Labor

Illouz would also have you believe that an Israeli public with a 90% governmental approval rate is just too anti-democratic. Does Illouz believe in Santa or the Easter bunny too?

Operation Protective Edge differed from other such operations, not only because of the scope and intensity of military power employed by Israel – 1,865 people were killed, 415 of them children, and entire neighborhoods and crucial civilian infrastructure were destroyed – but also because of the political climate in which it was carried out: According to polls conducted at the time, more than 90 percent of the Jewish population supported the operation, a consensus that was no doubt caused by the discovery of a network of border tunnels that threatened the heart of Israeli society, both geographically and politically. But even before the tunnels came to the fore, support for the war was accompanied, strikingly, by a hitherto marginal anti-democratic climate....

When Israeli Arab leaders called for a general strike to show their solidarity with Gaza Palestinians and their protest against the military operation, Lieberman urged Israelis to boycott businesses belonging to any Arabs who participated in the strike....

Third, the residents of the territories constitute a "captive market," one that benefits exporters and importers in Israel. Economist Shir Hever [who is NOT an economist – Isracampus] claimed, in a 2011 interview in Haaretz, that Israel still exploits the Palestinian market, which inevitably has little choice but to purchase and import products from Israeli companies almost exclusively. According to Sam Bahour, who serves as a board member of a leading Palestinian bank, Palestinians import more than 85 percent of their goods and services from Israel.

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Columnist Ben Dror Yemini Denounces the Goldblum-Liel Gang of Underminers

Yemini dissects the petition of Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University) and concludes that it is nothing more than Arab rejectionist propaganda.

Their appeal doesn't contain a single word on the Palestinian demand for the right of return. It doesn't demand recognition of the formula of two states for two peoples (as opposed to recognition of two states). There isn't even a hint of criticism of the Palestinians' rejectionist attitude. There's no call for an end to the incitement. Nothing.

Their appeal looks like a Palestinian propaganda leaflet. And as such, their appeal does nothing to serve peace, and primarily reinforces the Palestinian rejectionist approach. It also offers a tailwind to anti-Semitic elements in Europe.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Demanding Judicial Activism

Gross, complaining that the Supreme Court is too passive, demands that terrorist-collaborator Zoabi remain in Knesset, however, he has never objected to the bans on rightwing groups running for election. It would seem that Gross believes no leftist rhetoric can be sufficiently unethical to cross the line into treason or incitement and rejects the Knesset's prerogative to enforce disciplinary sanctions on one of their own. Finally, Gross would abandon Democracy, and the separation of powers therein, to have the Courts exceed its jurisdiction and enforce Gross' Judicratic ultra-leftist utopia.

Knesset members who do not like the views of other MKs do not have the right to impose sanctions because of those opinions, as the High Court should have made clear.

Last week's rejection of petitions by MK Haneen Zoabi isn't the first time the High Court of Justice has declined to intervene on the issue of Knesset sanctions imposed on the Balad MK for what it saw as her extremist rhetoric.

The judicial passivism that the High Court of Justice exhibited on the previous instance with Zoabi paved the way for the unprecedented Knesset sanction against her this time. And the failure to intervene this time around gives a green light to Knesset members, sending a message that they are allowed to do harm to a parliamentary colleague whom they love to hate.

The latitude the High Court gave the Ethics Committee to exercise its own judgment sounds in theory like good reasoning. But in practice, what is happening is that Knesset members are exploiting the political power of the majority to hinder the minority. And the High Court of Justice is not filling the breach.

It would have been appropriate for the court to rule that the Ethics Committee has absolutely no authority to rule on political expressions, and instead can deal only with conduct unbecoming in the Knesset itself, or with unethical conduct on the part of Knesset members – such as inappropriate statements directed at one another.

[T]he High Court should have used the opportunity to make it crystal clear to the Knesset that it cannot impose sanctions against MKs simply because their views outrage the majority of the members of the house.

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Tel Aviv University - Ishay Rosen-Zvi (Dept of Hebrew Culture Studies) Spearheading the Fascist Left's Censorship Drive at TAU

Rosen-Zvi, along with other Tenured Extremists, opposes an art exhibit by Hebron-based artists as a "political act designed to sanitize settlements".

According to reports in The Jerusalem Post's sister paper Ma'ariv, members of the university's academic staff – such as Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, the head of the Talmud program in the department of Hebrew culture studies, and Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum, chairman of the department of Jewish philosophy, Talmud and Kabbala – have complained to the library's management that featuring this art is a political act designed to sanitize settlements, particularly those in and around Hebron.

Certain assumptions have to be made to take on this sort of position. One must take as a given that art and politics are inseparable and that an artist's political views taint beyond redemption his or her artistic works. At the very least, one must believe that simply facilitating display of this art is tantamount to legitimizing the political views of the artist or of those living in the place from which he or she comes.

What is truly reprehensible about the behavior of Breaking the Silence, Rosen-Zvi and Lorberbaum is their attempt to equate settlers with an evilness so great it taints their artistic work. The reality is that many of the worst aspects of what is referred to as the "occupation" are the direct result of Palestinians' decisions to resort to violence and terrorism instead of dialogue and compromise.

We hope the management of Tel Aviv University's central library has the decency to stand up to pressure from radicals attempting to stifle freedom of artistic expression.

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) Ceases Being a Jew

At this point in my own life, in the early 21st century, I feel in turn a moral obligation to break definitively with tribal Judeocentrism. … I identified as part of an oppressed and rejected minority. … I stubbornly remained a Jew who had accepted this identity on account of persecutions and murderers, crimes and their victims.

Now, having painfully become aware that I have undergone an adherence to Israel, been assimilated by law into a fictitious ethnos of persecutors and their supporters, and have appeared in the world as one of the exclusive club of the elect and their acolytes, I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew.

I am aware of living in one of the most racist societies in the western world. Racism is present to some degree everywhere, but in Israel it exists deep within the spirit of the laws…

To live in such a society has become increasingly intolerable to me… I am often even ashamed of Israel, particularly when I witness evidence of its cruel military colonisation, with its weak and defenceless victims who are not part of the "chosen people".

I do not go to synagogues to dissipate this nostalgia, because they pray there in a language that is not mine, and the people I meet there have absolutely no interest in understanding what being Israeli means for me.

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Hebrew University - Apartheid "Survey" Sponsor Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Says Waving Israeli Flags Makes You a "Judeo-Nazi"

Professor Amiram Goldblum, a senior lecturer at Hebrew University and co-founder of the extreme leftist organization Peace Now, has made use of his Facebook page to tear into the nationalist camp, the Jewish Home faction and religious Zionism.

"Let someone dare say that this is not Judeo-Nazi youth," wrote Goldblum next to a video of the "rikudgalim" flag dance celebration on Jerusalem Day. "The Arabs are under curfew in the streets of the Old City. The apartheid that exists beyond the Green Line is in Jerusalem now. Jewish youths are raised on the monstrous style that we have seen in other places."

Prior to Jerusalem Day, Goldblum said that the right wing camp makes the historic day "look and sound like the neo-Nazi march through Skokie... let the call resound: fascists of the world, unite – the Golden Dawn from Greece, the religious right in Israel, brothers in fascism."

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Hebrew University - Mister Apartheid, Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Takes to Social Media to Continue his International Call to Undermine Israeli Sovereignty

Goldblum Undermining Israeli Sovereignty with Impunity
Goldblum exploits the French Parliament decision to impose a Palestinian Terror-State in the Israeli Heartland in order to continue the promotion of his proposal for imposing an International Final Solution to the Jewish problem.

Vive la France ! We hope that the decision by the Assemblee Nationale would spread over Europe and the EU parliament as the spirit of the French revolution spread against the tyranny of the Monarchs and the Clergy 200 years ago ! Great victory for the decision to recognize Palestine side by side with Israel. It increases the optimism for a UN security Council resolution on this issue without US veto… The negotiations should take place between the two parties - the EU and the US - to suggest a solution and to demand that Israel and Palestine would accept it, or...

Goldblum Reasons that Undermining Israel is the Highest Form of Zionism

KAF TET BENOVEMBER, 29 NOVEMBER, the most important date for the creation and existence of Israel, when the world nations voted in favor of its construction. Now it is time to complete that decision and recognize also the existence of Palestine side-by-side with Israel, and to have International involvement in Jerusalem to prevent Israelis and Palestinians from clashing over temple Mount. Calls by Israelis to the EU and the US to recognize Palestine is the ultimate patriotic action for the future existence and well being of Israel

Goldblum Using his Facebook Page to Undermine Israeli Existence and Promote European Recognition of the Nonexistent "Palestinian State"

Thank you Spain ! Another parliament voted for recgonizing the Palestinian state ! Spain is important also because it will soon be in the UN security council ! French Assemblee Nationale will vote on November 28 ! Israeli citizens, wherever you are , sign our call of support to the parliaments that initiated a vote of recgonition[sic]

Goldblum Calling for Boycott and Sanctions of Israeli MKs

This is a call to democracies in Europe and America: you MUST BOYCOTT and SANCTION those members of the KNESSET who propose APARTHEID laws !! … Do not allow those MKs whose names appear in the Jerusalem Post piece below to put their feet in any of your countries ! If you are REAL FRIENDS of Israel, this is the only way to reverse the moral disintegration of Zionism by the Israeli right wing… Sanction them, boycott them, block their moves into the free world !

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Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter) and Shlomo Sand (Tel Aviv University) Join their Judeophobic International Marxists in the Undermining of the Jewish State

The European Marxist Left has traditionally dismissed the rampant anti-Semitism inherent in the culture of European socialism and fascism as "a means to other political ends" that masquerades as "anti-Zionism". The American Left blames the Jews for the aggression they face in a classic anti-Semitic proposition. For the Jewish Marxists, the creation of a Jewish Nation-State has been a slap in the face to their Marxist views.

This connection between Marxism and Judeophobia has brought Pappe and Sand to express their "perverse form of humanism", "systematic denigration of Israel", and "Palestinophilism".

This analysis is now peddled by a growing numbers of leftist, anti-Zionist academics within Israel as well. Such rhetoric, divorced from historical truth and geopolitical reality, negates any possibility of reform or redress concerning genuine grievances. Shlomo Sand, a historian at Tel Aviv University, represents one particularly virulent strain of such "negationism" with his claim that both the concept of "Jewish People" and of Eretz Israel ("the land of Israel") are mere fictions or Zionist inventions. This former Israeli Trotskyist militant, trained in France (where his pseudoscientific delegitimization of Israel has enjoyed great popularity) has revived long-discredited theories—such as Arthur Koestler's deranged notion that Ashkenazi Jews sprang from Khazars who converted in the 10th century C.E.—to sever the Jews from their biblical ancestors. Wholly irreligious himself, Sand insists that Jews are linked by religion alone; he categorically rejects the Jewish identity of Israel and has announced to the world that he no longer considers himself a Jew. For Sand, Zionism can be understood only as the distillation of racism itself.

Small wonder that the worst enemies of the Jewish state regard Sand's work as invaluable. What could be better than an Israeli intellectual undermining the very roots of Jewish history, religion, cultural memory, and national identity in the land of Zion? …

In the "post-Zionist" narratives of Israeli historians such as Ilan Pappé (formerly an active member of the Israeli Communist Party, Hadash), the entire Jewish national project is a nightmarish tale of occupation, expulsion, discrimination, and institutional racism perpetrated by alien and demonic Zionist invaders. In such accounts, the Palestinians are the permanent victims; Israelis are forever the "brutal colonizers." According to Pappé, the "Zionist" ethnic cleansing of Palestine was already in full swing in 1948. It was a long-premeditated crime that has been escalating ever since. We increasingly find Jewish anti-Zionists presenting their certificates of divorce from the Jewish state, issuing petitions against Israel's "apartheid wall" (the security fence to defend against Palestinian suicide bombers), and denouncing Israel's allegedly racist oppression of local Arabs. At the same time, "progressive" Jews seem indifferent to the suffering of Israeli civilians—the innocent victims of so many savage Palestinian atrocities—including the recent murders of three Israeli teenagers near Hebron. … This is a perverse form of humanism in which the systematic denigration of Israel coexists with a wholly romanticized and abstract "Palestinophilism" devoid of any critical thought or normal human solidarity.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Explaining Why Israel Should Not be a Jewish state

Gross, taking time time off from promoting transgendered cross dressers, has no problem of course with Palestine being an Arabs only and Moslems only state.

In contemporary international law, it customary to talk about "external" self-determination, meaning the right of nations living under foreign rule to independence, and "internal" self-determination, or the notion that states represent multiple populations. The declaration in the proposed law that "the right to exercise national self-determination in Israel is exclusive to the Jewish people" undermines the notion that a large national minority in Israel is also entitled to representation and not just "individual" rights. In that respect, the proposal is a step toward greater discrimination against the country's Arab population, or perhaps toward Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's plan – to remove that population from within the country's borders.

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Ben Gurion University - PA Leader who Promotes Religious War to Speak about Religious Tolerance at BGU

Yoram Meital, Chairman of the Chaim Herzog Center that is hosting Mahmoud Al-Habbash, will address the session. The 'Professors for a Strong Israel' have protested the summit and called for the termination of the meeting due to the vehement anti-Israel incitement by Al-Habbash.

Mahmoud Abbas' Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash has been invited to speak tomorrow, Dec. 1, 2014, at Ben Gurion University on "Religious Aspects of the Israeli - Palestine conflict and the need for religious tolerance." This is striking since for years, Al-Habbash has been promoting conflict and war with Israel in the name of Islam, as reported by Palestinian Media Watch.

Al-Habbash recently taught that Islam prohibits accepting Israel's existence because the "entire land of Palestine" is Islamic waqf. As such, he forbids making peace with Israel because he believes Islamic law prohibits "facilitat[ing] the occupation of even a millimeter of it", i.e., "the entire land of Palestine":

Al-Habbash has recently said that the … occupation [Israel] is the one that will leave":

Finally, last year, Al-Habbash said that the entire peace process with Israel is a deceptive process modeled after Muhammad's Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. Although the Muslim Prophet signed a 10-year peace treaty with the tribes of Mecca, "in less than two years, the Prophet returned and, based on this treaty, he conquered Mecca. This is the example, this is the model," explained Al-Habbash in a sermon. [Official PA TV, July 19, 2013]

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Leftist Discrimination at Tel Aviv University

Three students who attend Ariel University and live in the center of the country arranged to meet to study in the Tel Aviv U. library simply because it was convenient. When they arrived and showed the university identification, they were told they must pay 30 shekels each. They asked to speak with the head of the library, who told them the same thing.

When asked to comment, school officials told Yisrael Hayom that it has an agreement with universities around the country regarding the library which does not include Ariel. When Ariel U. officials were asked, they explain they were never approached by Tel Aviv U. When Yisrael Hayom probed the matter with other universities around Israel, it learned there is no agreement with any of them regarding the use of the library in Tel Aviv U. and it appears the Ariel U. students were banned simply because the school is located in the Shomron, which does not jibe with the Tel Aviv U. leftist agenda.

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Berlin Humboldt University - Na'aman Hirschfeld - The Proud Coward

Hirschfeld, seeing conspiracies and corruption in every nook and cranny, claims that the Settlers are taking over the military and are colluding with other right-wing extremist to dominate public discourse. Throwing a tantrum, Hirschfeld rages against Israeli society like a pouting child who doesn't get his way, leaves the game, and wants to take the ball too.

Although he denies it, Hirschfeld is proud to be the coward who ran away from Israel to Berlin where the chocolate pudding is cheaper and where the Jews are not occupiers (or are they?).

When the going gets tough…

While Berlin is an alluring and advantageous city for economic, cultural and geographic reasons, no less significant in an Israeli perspective is the fact that in deciding to leave for Berlin, one performs an act of resistance…

Although like many Israelis of my generation I was experiencing financial difficulties, it was not my reason for leaving. Rather, the reason was and is the feeling that there is no future in Israel. The Israeli government does not serve the interest of the people. … The cause is the cruel and crushing oppression of the Palestinians in the name of an ideology that seeks to settle the entire territory between the river Jordan and the Sea….

The oppression of the Palestinians leads to a brutalization and corruption of Israeli society, and both are enabled by a semi-intentional blindness on the part of the citizenry, which makes the citizens culprits in their own exploitation as well as in the oppression of the Palestinians…

The vast majority of the Israeli public elects to give power to people who intentionally and actively demolish any possibility of a political solution to the occupation except the creation of an apartheid state. The continuous exploitation of the Israeli public (manifest in the current living-expense crisis for instance) is done in order to support the huge and corrupt security system that intertwines with both the political and economic elite of Israel to an extent that makes their separation impossible. … It is also done in order to support and expand the Jewish settlement on Palestinian lands, in which a shadow state under military authority collaborate and support the Jewish Extreme-Right.

… The Jewish population in these areas is also not run-of-the-mill Israelis but for the most part Jewish extremists, a large number of whom are driven by messianic beliefs and understand the occupation in terms of a religious conflict with Muslims or even Islam. … Although they are a minority within Israeli society, they are becoming increasingly more powerful and influential; forming a substantial element of the contemporary military and political elite.

And now Berlin: To immigrate here is a recognition of the impossibility of being in Israel; of the impossibility of making a change; of the fact that one's voice and actions have no substantial effect…

The very act of leaving embodies the choice in becoming post-Israeli: This is no longer a deviation from the Zionist narrative along the lines of post- or anti-Zionism but rather a breaking away from Zionism. Over the past decades 'Zionism' underwent a right-wing appropriation that gradually replaced the historical content of this term in a way that makes it analogous to 'Settlement.' Today to be a 'Zionist,' at least within the Israeli public discourse, means to support the "Settlement Enterprise" of the "Zionist-Right" and to accept this political language as a truthful description of reality.

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Hebrew University - One-Sided, Leftist-Only Panel Showers Praise on Hillel Cohen's (Dept of History) Deconstruction of the 1929 Arab Riots

The 1929 Arab Riots, one of the founding tenets of Zionism, gets rewritten by Cohen in his new book "1929 - The Zero Year of the Jewish-Arab Conflict". However, Cohen gets caught out whitewashing Arab incitement and violence, as well as changing order of events, to shift the blame on the Jews.

This is Hebrew University's Dr. Hillel Cohen addressing last Tuesday an intimate conclave arranged for his year-old book, "1929 - The Zero Year of the Jewish-Arab Conflict" (in Hebrew: "Tarpat: Shnat Ha'efes Ba'sihsuh Hayehudi-Aravi").

The session was, unfortunately, quite characteristic of the sorry state of academic scholarship on issues of the Arab-Israel (or Jewish-Muslim) conflict. The moderator, Dmitry Shumsky and the three other discussants - Israel Bartal, Vered Vinitzky-Serussi and Raef Zarik - were all of one persuasion, to the left in varying degrees, and cheered and applauded the book. It's not that because I am at an opposite ideological pole that I criticise this lack of balance. The fact is that the book came under sharp criticism by Anita Shapiro, Benny Morris, Avi Becker, Eliezer Schweid, and others. These are not lightweights. And yet, the people at the Hebrew University who organized the event seemingly could find no one who disagreed with the book's scholarship, methodology or conclusions to speak?

In short, Cohen's book seeks to even out the playing field by turning events on their head, which doesn't bother Haaretz's Uri Misgav.

My copy is full of notations. He deals with the attack on the Georgian Quarter opposite the Damascus Gate and positioned on this modern view (the two views are in opposite directions) and attempts to suggest that Jews first attacked Arabs there rather than Arabs who poured out of the Damascus Gate, incited by immams at the Temple Mount, who began to sweep up the street heading for Meah Shearim. He also tries to re-time events that also there attacks on Arabs preceded attacks on Jews. It's as if he's a conspiracy theorist.

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand's (Dept of History) Quest to End Jewish Existence and Make the World Judenrein

Just like the Haredi ideologues, Sand denies there is such a thing as Jewish secular culture. No achievement of Jewish secularists, he says, can be regarded as being Jewish, but is, rather, universal or belonging to the nations where they took place. The involvement of people of Jewish ancestry to him is totally incidental. This is classic Haredi thinking: Judaism and Jewishness only manifest in rabbinically prescribed religious practice – everything else is goyishe stuff.

But Sand has done the opposite of what they expected of him (and some of them have actually done themselves). Not only has he constructed for himself a new form of Israeli identity, but he denies these secular, progressive, non-Zionist Jews their intellectual integrity. He ridicules those who claim to be upholding Jewish values while criticizing Israel, and writes that they are no different from "overt pro-Zionists."

There is nothing ethical about Judaism, says Sand, blasting away the much cherished liberal notion of tikkun olam – if it's enlightened, then it's universal, and therefore not Jewish. The long lists of brave Jewish revolutionaries and human rights advocates so beloved of progressive Jews mean nothing, he claims. If anything, they were denying their parochial Jewish roots and joining a bigger and better global brotherhood of man and woman.

Sand is the scourge of anti-Zionist secular Jews. Criticize Israel, by all means, he tells them; but if you identify yourselves as Jews when doing so, you're phonies. You don't get any special moral standing just by accident of birth. You are no better than the goyim.

Sand's challenge to secular Jews who refuse to be defined by religious belief and practice is a strong and eloquent one. In the absence of religion, he claims, there are only ersatz identities, such as clinging to memories of persecution, which has largely disappeared from the world. Everyone wants to be a survivor, he says, that's the real "Holocaust industry." Or else Jewishness in this day and age is defined by one's artificial relationship with Israel, whether it's support or repudiation.

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Hebrew University - Moshe Zimmermann (Dept of History) and his Blitzkrieg against Zionism

Zimmermann justifies anti-Semitism as legitimate criticism, and blames the settlers as the obstacle to peace in a review of Zimmerann's academic career and his "Nazification of Israel".

Despite his parents' experience of fleeing the Nazis, Zimmermann has equated IDF soldiers, settlers and other Jews as "Nazis." But don't worry, it's merely "criticism" of Israel, not anti-Semitism to Zimmermann's highly developed, academic and intellectual psyche.

Alleged Palestinian-Holocaust equivalency and the "Nazification of Israel," have become a common calumny used among anti-Israel academics like Zimmermann. Simply put, Moshe Zimmermann is one of the more prominent members of this blitzkrieg.

Zimmermann prefers to blame the settlers for the lack of peace. He says this in an interview in the malicious anti-Israel leftist 972 Magazine, a European-funded web site that promotes Arab irredentist goals over the rights of Israelis:

"Of course, the majority of Israelis want to live in peace, enjoy life, be prosperous, have a good time, watch the World Cup, and so on," he says. "But there is a minority in this society that is interested in opposing peace." He then goes on insultingly to call settler youth in Hebron a new "Hitler jugend."

Of course, Zimmermann would never cop to being anti-Semitic himself. After all, how can he be, since he's a professor at Hebrew U… Zimmermann explains, "The moment Israel is criticized, it becomes, from the Israeli point of view, a criticism of the Jewish people." … Zimmermann picked up German anti-Semitism through osmosis during his stint as an academic in Germany.

Zimmermann encourages young Israelis to refuse to do military service and signs petitions accusing Israel of planning genocide and deportation of the Palestinians (such as during the start of the war to oust Saddam Hussein).

He continues: "Why is it important to have a Jewish majority? Where on earth was this phrase drawn from of a Jewish state? When was the Jewish state invented? Who invented this idea at all?" He's not that far off from the pseudo academic Shlomo Sand who would have us believe Zionism was invented solely to legitimize stealing a non-existent Arab country by the Jews.

And he extends his lofty interpretation of anti-Semitism as merely an exercise in criticism … "It needs to be possible to continue to criticize Israel's policies, and the accusation of anti-Semitism should not be misused to automatically protect Israel from criticism. Where will it leave us Israelis who do not agree with the government's actions, if criticism of Israel is automatically equated with anti-Semitism?" So in other words, let's defend the anti-Semites and believe them when they say they are merely offering constructive criticism even as they march Jews into the ovens.

These are the political and moral lessons that the good professor Zimmermann managed to extract from the persecution of his own family by the Nazi anti-Zionists. Zionism rescued him and his family, but he's so cutting edge he rejects that notion and embraces anti-Semitism to show his own uniqueness and self-sense of fairness. This is what our universities are full of today, Moshe Zimmermanns who don't really help make peace, but encourage the opposite with their heads in the clouds.

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Berlin Humboldt University - Na'aman Hirschfeld Proclaims the End of Zionism

From his nice safe perch in Berlin, the Motherland of Anti-Semitism, Hirschfeld joins the paranoid Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorists and promotes the apartheid blood libel against Israel. The conspiracies never stop for Hirschfeld, as he blames Israel for using the kidnapped teenagers as an excuse "to manufacture a war" with Hamas, and inciting a full-scale intifada over the Temple Mount.

Hirschfeld justifies his treasonous use of fascist tactics to enforce his leftist diktats because the Israeli public has undergone "a massive shift to the right". Hirschfeld feels intimidated by the Jewish nature of the State. He heaps all sorts of evils on the proposed Basic Law, including interference with the leftist leaning of the Supreme Court and the threatening of Democracy itself.

Hirschfeld promotes a feeling of helplessness and incites for leftist violence and treason to create an Arab Terror State in the Israeli heartland and to stop the passing of the Jewish State of Israel into law.

Although within Israel, Bennett's piece went relatively unnoticed, it was a momentous event, signaling the beginning of the public unmasking of the one-sided Israeli solution, making visible a system of apartheid that evolved over a long time, but did so in increments and always in a way that allows those in power to deny its existence.

… In Israel, apartheid was developed in a way that has masked its nature, employing the imposition of martial law and military control over the Palestinian population, to create a social and physical separation between them and Israelis and Palestinians, while simultaneously facilitating the seizure and settlement of Palestinian lands.

… Rather, it occurs elsewhere – in the West Bank and East Jerusalem… The Israeli settlers who do live in those areas … are actively and aggressively imposing apartheid by way of "facts on the ground."

Indeed this is the special character of this apartheid: Rather than being the foundational ideology of the state, it is an apparatus that is seemingly extrinsic to it – a de facto system of oppression and segregation that is wholly unspoken of in official rhetoric and nearly all Israeli media.

There is little hope for those who wish to stop this process. The political discourse in Israel is so powerfully controlled by the right, that this government – the most right-wing in Israeli history – is often criticized publicly for being "leftist."…

Although the rise of the extreme right in Israel has been in the making for many years, the past year saw a massive shift to the right not just in politics, but in society at large. This was not merely the result of events that occurred, or of conditions that ripened, but rather of intentional actions aimed at ushering in this very reality.

The facade of a "peace process" finally collapsed five months ago, when the kidnapping of three Israeli-Jewish teenagers was cynically used by the government to manufacture a war. Although the Israeli security services knew early on that the teenagers were dead, the government claimed early on that they were alive. This was done in order to justify the transformation of the search into a large-scale military operation against Hamas, which created the spiral of escalation that eventually served as the official cause of the war.

Although the war ended in mid-August, by late September, it was apparent that the Israeli government was trying to incite a full-scale intifada through aggressive steps in East Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the West Bank. At the same time, a full-scale media war was initiated against the Palestinian Authority – shifting the responsibility for the escalating violence onto Mahmoud Abbas, while in fact agitating for more violence.

[T]he successful enactment of apartheid will postpone indefinitely the creation of a Palestinian state, and shift the site of conflict and oppression from the occupied territories to the very core of Israeli society. This is the end of Zionism, its final result – a Jewish state that embodies the rationale of anti-Semitism.

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University of Wollongong - Marcelo Svirsky (Dept of Humanities) Promoting BDS Terrorism in Australia

Svirsky documented his trek across Australia to promote BDS awareness and presented a pro‑BDS petition to the Australian Parliament. Svirsky's petition became the focal point for bashing Israel in the Australian House of Representatives.

Melissa Parke, Federal Member for Fremantle, ALP, spoke strongly tonight in the Federal Parliament in response to a petition that urges Australia to "fully and consistently honour its obligations under international law by excluding relations, through boycott, divestment and sanctions, (BDS) with states, institutions and companies – Australian, Israeli or other – that are involved in the perpetuation of apartheid and discriminatory Israeli policies including the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza."

The petition with 720 signatories had been presented by Dr Marcelo Svirsky, a Jewish-Israeli academic teaching at Wollongong University. Three weeks ago, Dr Svirsky undertook a gruelling walk of 300 kilometres from Sydney to Canberra to gather support for this petition.

So, what has happened so far?
-A great send-off demo from Sydney Opera House with the BDS Sydney supporters
-Thousands of drivers who saw the BDS banner on my backpack
- Random conversations with people who asked what is BDS, like today at Penrose

- And finally, continue to gather signatures for the petition

TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

This petition of citizens and residents of Australia draws to the attention of the House the critical predicament of the Palestinian People in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza under Israeli occupation since 1967 and of the Palestinian citizens of Israel suffering racial discrimination since 1948. Notwithstanding UN resolutions condemning Israel's policies as illegal, Israel continues violating international law and human rights, expanding its colonies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, imposing a siege on Gaza, and persisting in apartheid and oppressive actions, policies and legislation towards the Palestinian people under its control.

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Ben-Dror Yemini Scolds the Israeli Xenophobic Leftist Academia

Yemini presents the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities as an example of the unified leftist School of Thought rampant in Israeli Academia lacking in academic standards and suppressing academic freedom.

But lo and behold, the most prestigious academic body in Israel, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, organizes a conference about the other which is characterized mainly by an exclusion of the other.

It's not just about the ethnic origin issue. It's possible that a very small minority of the participants are of Sephardic decent. The problem is also about opinion and outlook and a school of thought.

The problem is that the Academy of Sciences has been infected with a disease which characterizes a major part of the humanities and social sciences departments in Israel. There is no real openness. There is no willingness to listen to the other. Entire conferences are dominated by participants who share the exact same opinion.

Sometimes the academic staff in a certain department or institution is dominated by lecturers whose opinions range from radical left to even more radical left. … It's boring. It's banal. It's definitely not academic.

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Israeli Leftists, Traitors and Expatriates

Giulio Meotti describes the Israeli Extremists who have left the country and the fold.

A couple of years ago his book "The Invention of the Jewish People" sparked endless debates and controversy, selling millions of copies. Shlomo Sand, an Israeli historian who teaches at Tel Aviv University, has just written, in the Guardian, an article titled "How I stopped being a Jew." A statement of deep abjuration of Judaism and Zionism.

Sand, who now spends more time in England than in Israel, is not the first intellectual of the Israeli left who professes apostasy.

Since 2008, Ilan Pappe, former professor at the University of Haifa, lives in London. He is an icon of the "new historians" who sees the Jewish State as a mere colonization at the expense of the Arab people. Joining him in the UK are the Israeli historian Avi Shlaim and the Israeli jurist Oren Ben Dor at Southampton University.

In 1967, during the Six-Day War, in the newspapers and in the salons of the Israeli writers there circulated a bitter joke, saying that at the airport in Tel Aviv, a sign reads: "The last one to leave turn off the light."… Today it is what leftist Israeli intelligentsia, pampered by the anti-Semitic European élites, are doing.

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Tel Aviv University - Another Bad Peer Review: Shlomo Sand's (Dept of History) Latest Book has Nothing New to Say

Israel Bartal had reduced Sand's previous book "When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?" into a work of fiction, now blames Sand for being over-simplistic and lazy in his attempt to damn the Jewish State and the Zionist Movement in his next book "The Invention of the Land of Israel".

Shlomo Sand's political treatise, The Invention of the Land of Israel, is another link in his larger project of deconstructing the 'historical super mythos of the Jews as a wandering people' and severing the bond of memory between the ancient Land of the Patriarchs and the modern Jewish experience.

While the book is packed with historical information and contains lots of citations, as a veteran researcher of the history of the Jewish national liberation movement, I was surprised that it is hard to find even one research novelty in anything Professor Sand says. The book adds no new knowledge, historical insight or perspective that has not been presented before in regard to the changes that occurred in the Jews' connection with this piece of land. Furthermore, purely on the investigative level of Sand's work, I was unable to discover any factual statement that Zionist historiographers or prominent thinkers of the national movement would not also stipulate. The historical account that Sand offers is generally speaking true to the conventional wisdom of the old Zionist historiography.

However, the Zionist innovators, unlike Shlomo Sand, did not consider their venture and political culture a forgery, a lie or a propaganda trick. … The rediscovery of a real country with hills, vales, rivers and shores in ancient texts played a definitive role in the cultural endeavors of several preeminent Zionist thinkers. … In the historiographical part of his work, Sand describes accurately (albeit sometimes in a simplistic manner that overlooks the complexity of the cultural processes that modern nationalism instigated in Jewish society) the contours of this Zionist uprising.

… His onslaught has a different target: the popular myth, common in certain Israeli circles, about the existence of a direct relationship between the biblical Land of Israel and the piece of land that the modern Jewish national movement settled.

In sum, Sand's book illuminates the metamorphoses of the Zionist struggle to impress on members of an ancient people a renewed and revolutionary connection with a homeland, the memory of which had been maintained for generations in collections of books, festival rituals and prayerbooks. Alongside that sits the author's seething hatred of Zionism, and everything associated with it, and this prompts him to present the struggle of the Jewish national movement as a set of falsehoods, distortions and prejudices.

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Tel Aviv University - Newest Treason from Moshe Zuckermann (Cohn Institute)

Zuckermann gives an interview in Tages Anzeiger, the Swiss German-language national daily newspaper published in Zurich, in which he claims that Israel does not want peace at all. Furthermore, Zuckermann denies Israeli right to self-defense and insinuates that Israeli extremists will murder any politician who is "ready for peace".

The problem is that Israel will not have peace. Peace would mean a two-state solution, and wants to prevent Israel. In Israel today there is no political force that could tackle a two-state solution without risking an Israeli civil war. If Israel does not want to have this solution, this leads to a bi-national structure - four to five million Palestinians then live under Israeli sovereignty. If the Palestinians are denied their basic rights, we have an Israeli apartheid state. If you are granted the basic rights, it is a bi-national state, respectively the end of the Zionist state. Israel has maneuvered itself into a historical dead end.

With each passage of arms against the Palestinians Israel refers to its self-defense. That's understandable and legitimate.
This is absolute nonsense. In the moment when Israel commits its self-defense in accordance with international legal injustice, namely the occupation of Palestinian territories for decades, this has nothing to do with self-defense. In Israel there is no prospect of peace, the peace movement is pathetic small. The last Israeli politician who was ready for peace with the Palestinians, Yitzhak Rabin was. We know how that ended almost 20 years ago.

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Mizrahi Communists and Other Extremists Clinging to Bygone Allegations of Discrimination to Keep Careers Alive

Lyn Julius exposes the stale ideas and out-of-date stories told by Mizrachi Radicals such as Yehouda Shenhav (TAU), Oren Yiftachel (BGU), Smadar Lavie (Beit Berl College), and Ella Shohat (NYU), and pokes holes in their obsolete far-leftist conspiracies. Julius reveals how Shenhav, Shohat and the others absurdly align or identify Jews from Arab countries with Arabs, and displays how they ignore the fact that Arab imperialism has 'Arabised' the ancient Jewish Middle Eastern and North African civilizations.

The Moroccan-born poet Sami Shalom Chetrit and the sociologist of Iraqi-Jewish descent Yehouda Shenhav founded the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition in 1996 to challenge Ashkenazi hegemony in Israeli society.  Sami Michael, a popular author now in his 80s, is among a number of Jewish communists from Arab countries who continue to inveigh against Israeli 'racism'. Other activists include Oren Yiftachel and Smadar Lavie.

Similarly, Mizrahi leftist academics, like Ella Shohat in New York, borrow heavily from Edward Said's postcolonialist bible Orientalism, which divided the world crudely into 'the West versus the Rest', viewing both Mizrahim ('Arabs of the Jewish faith') and non-Jewish Arabs (the Rest) as victims of Zionism (the West). 'If Israel could find a way to reconnect with its own Middle-Eastern self, the chances are that this would result in the country having entirely different relations with the region,' writes Shabi. 'Because long before they were apparent arch enemies' she claims, 'Arabs and Jews were culture collaborators, good neighbours — and friends.'

Middle Eastern communities coexisted alongside each other, but rarely intermarried. Jews never considered themselves Arabs. Arabs did not consider them Arabs either. The 'Arab Jew' school of thought is a recent development. Interestingly, few intellectuals who glory in the label 'Arab Jew', were born in Arab countries, speak Arabic as their mother tongue, or lived in Arab countries for any length of time.

Fourth, many charges of early cultural discrimination no longer hold true in 21st century Israel. Mizrahi food culture has eclipsed kreplach, kugel or lochshen pudding on Israeli restaurant menus, while 'Mizrahi' music is the staple popular culture.

Today Mizrahim are generals, doctors, property developers, bank managers, and have held every government post except prime minister. Most importantly – a hugely significant fact that Shabi simply glosses over – intermarriage is running at 25 per cent and the mixed Israeli family is fast becoming the norm. Soon there will be no such thing as Mizrahi or Ashkenazi in the Israeli melting pot.

As a result, they are left with stale ideas and an out-of-date story that is increasingly useless in explaining the country as it exists right now. They miss the lively and potent fuel that drives the place, and they underestimate its resilience.'

And by whitewashing the past, Shabi has allowed herself to be co-opted into the Palestinian campaign to denigrate Mizrahi rights. In 2012, when Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon launched a media campaign for justice for Jewish refugees from Arab lands, Shabi – and likeminded intellectuals like Yehouda Shenhav – strenuously denied that these Jews were refugees at all: aggrieved parties should seek justice as individuals, they argued, not as a collective.

By applying the paradigm of Edward Said's Orientalism to the Mizrahi Jews, Mizrahi radicals deny a political solution to the Mizrahi Jewish question. Reduced to a religious subset of the Arab nation, they become tools of pan-Arabist politics. Their postcolonialism denies that cultural imperialism has 'Arabised' an ancient Middle Eastern and North African civilisation.

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IDI Watch - Arye Carmon and the Restricted Democracy for Non-Leftists

The IDI as an example of the Israeli Fascist Left denying Freedom of Speech to non-Leftists

A dispute has recently erupted between founder of the Israel Democracy Institute Dr. Arye Carmon and the religious research fellows of the institute about place of God in the public sphere. The dispute shows us where on the political map the institute is located, what its perception of democracy is, and what fundamental assumption its members are demanded to operate under.

Carmon also declared once and for all that God has no place in a combat order. "The army cannot be in any way tolerant of inculcating God."

Carmon was alerted to the subject because "even the moderate among us are moving toward the side of the threat." That is to say, toward "the extremists in the national-religious camp." … Take note of what the person who wants to teach us what democracy is about writes: "More than one opinion on this subject must absolutely not exist in our institute!! There is no place for two opinions; there is only a place for uncompromising support of democratic values."

Carmon is reinforcing a claim I've made more than once, that given the power, the Israeli Left will shut people up. That's what it has done and continues to do in the media, in academia, and in the court system. Democracy with a grain of salt.

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Israeli Anthropologists Supporting BDS and its Implementation

The signed Israeli Academics make a feeble, morally-lacking attempt to justify their support of BDS by claiming that discussion does not equal support, only to launch into a tirade of reasons why Israeli Academia should be boycotted for participating in "the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people." The signed also misrepresent "true dialogue" as a process where acts of violence are accepted.

In our opinion, the letter contains misleading statements regarding what BDS sets out to achieve and the manner in which it does so. Moreover, the letter misrepresents the structural position held by anthropologists in Israeli society, as well as the responsibility of the practitioners of anthropology in Israel as elsewhere towards the Palestinian people and other victims of Israel's policies. One does not have to be a supporter of BDS in order to believe, as the undersigned do, that discussion of the academic boycott and other measures of censure of the State of Israel is an ethical prerogative for the AAA.

… Specifically, we support the AAA Executive Committee's call for an open, transparent, and productive process and discussion of the position that the AAA should take with respect to Israel/Palestine. The IAA letter aims to prevent this discussion, finding fault with the AAA for hosting panels and talks that have yet to take place. … We do not expect this to be a placid, easy process; but then, true dialogue never is.

… Israeli anthropologists have never as a body declared their opposition to the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. Second, contrary to the claims of the IAA letter, and as the proponents of BDS claim, the Israeli academy is a central pillar of the state, playing a key part in its repressive policies. … The IAA has never collectively repudiated these practices, nor has it ever publicly questioned the legitimacy of the "University" of Ariel, a higher education institution recently established on confiscated Palestinian land in the post-1967 occupied Palestinian territories.

At the same time, we urge the IAA to condemn the oppression of the Palestinian people, and especially the recent murderous war in Gaza. In taking such a stance, the IAA would take a first step towards dissociating itself as a body from policies and values that anthropologists cannot support in good faith. Until the IAA does so, its call to avoid discussion of boycott in the name of "dialogue" evades the cause it claims to uphold.

Among the signed:
Dr. Uri Davis, … AL-QUDS University … University of Exeter
Dr. Khaled Furani, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Dafna Hirsch, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
Dr. Yeela Raanan, Sapir College, Sderot
Noa Shaindlinger, PhD student, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
Dr. Dalit Simchai, Lecturer, Tel-Hai College

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Tel Aviv University & Ben Gurion University - Ephraim Davidi Slanders Israeli Society in Argentina's Largest Newspaper

In an interview to the Argentinean newspaper Clarín, Davidi exaggerates Jewish right-wing violence to distract from Arab incitement and terror. Davidi wishes to erase 67 years of Israeli Statehood and grant the Arabs a 'do-over' with the 1947 Partition Plan.

"Today Israeli pacifists and leftists are afraid," he told Clarin Ephraim Davidi from his home in Tel Aviv, referring to groups that oppose the current military offensive. This Professor of Economics and History at the City University, member of the board of the Israeli Communist Party, is one of the harshest critics of the society they lived for more than 40 years. "If you go out there and show yourself 800 fascists who want to kill you, as you decide to stay at home," says the Argentine-born Israeli who has organized some of the recent protests in the country developed against the offensive in the Gaza Strip.

"The basic problem is the occupation of Palestinian territories and while that does not end the violence will continue," he explains. Davidi uses his college major to explain his reasoning, he says, must go back to November 29, 1947. Then the partition of the British Mandate of Palestine remembered only that they (the Palestinians) never came to have their State. That's in the background of everything, "he adds.

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UCLA - Gabriel Piterberg (Dept of History) and his Anti-Zionistic Propaganda are Pegged for Running a Once Successful Dept into the Ground

UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies was recently exposed as a propaganda front for Israel haters. … Now comes the news that the Center has been defunded (http://bit.ly/cnesucla). …. But isn’t it justice that it coincides with the exposure of the Center’s blatant bias? Kudos to Gabi Piterberg, Center director and Israel-boycotter. He and his comrades ran a once-splendid shop into the ground.

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Ben-Dror Yemini Trashes Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel's (Tel Aviv University) Fascist Petition that Prevents Peace

Goldblum, Liel, and the other "Academics" who signed the petition, join the motion of a known anti-Israel British MP who wishes to wipe Israel off the map.

Palestinian propaganda notched up an important victory this week, with 274 British MPs voting last Monday to back the recognition of Palestinian statehood and just 12 rejecting the motion… What's more interesting is the fact that hundreds of Israelis published appeals to the MPs to vote in favor of Mahmoud Abbas' initiative.

… Well, the Palestinian move is not aimed at achieving a peace settlement, and the British initiative falls entirely into the realm of hatred and incitement against Israel. It's a move aimed at bypassing any chance of achieving a settlement.

The British parliamentary motion was tabled by Labour MP Grahame Morris, well known for his anti-Israel stance. He promotes a "Free Palestine" agenda in which there is no room for Israel at all. He is also part of the Nazification-of-Israel camp. Demonization doesn't cut it for him. He wants something on a higher level.

There's something sad about the fact that former minister Yossi Sarid and former Foreign Ministry official Alon Liel have slipped into the realms of the radical left in recent years.

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The Israeli Left's Petition Fascism

The Extreme Left brings international pressure to bear on Israel to bypass Israeli sovereignty and attempts to silence anyone who dares to criticize their Fascist ways.

Now the same "Israel is an Apartheid Regime" propaganda team is back, rallying the rest of the anti-Israel academic Left to attempt to bypass and neutralize Israeli sovereignty. Their initiative also reflects the utter contempt and disdain that Leftists in Israel have for democracy.

No one is stopping the Radical Left in Israel from peddling its ideological wares in the marketplace of public opinion. … The public simply repudiates the Left's agenda. Treason just has not proved to be the grand vote grabber that the Left expected. Certainly since the outbreak of the recent battles in Gaza, almost no one in Israel still favors the so-called "Two State Solution." Almost no one is willing to see Israel "withdraw" from the West Bank and allow a Palestinian terror state to operate there. Almost no one is willing to reward Hamas with "concessions."

The Left understands that its "ideas" have been rejected by nearly the entire Israeli political spectrum. Since it is incapable of persuading Israelis of the correctness of its agenda, it has decided instead to recruit foreign powers to "do the job" for it and bully Israel…

Goldblum, the organizer of the petition calling for European recognition of the "state of Palestine," has a long track record of calling for Europeans to suppress and override Israeli sovereignty and impose policies upon Israel from without opposed by the bulk of Israelis. In a notorious speech before an assembly of leftists in May 2012, Goldblum was quoted as calling upon Israel's Left to stop wasting its time attempting to persuade the general public to embrace its political agenda, evidently because it is clear that the public will never do so. Goldblum said he has no interest in the Israeli electorate and general public and called upon the radical Left to go directly to political groups abroad, outside of Israel, and recruit them as pressure groups to coerce Israel into accepting the agenda of the Israeli Left.

His comrades in Petitiongate are not very different. Among the signers calling on Europeans to "recognize Palestine" are Shlomo Sand, the pseudo-historian from Tel Aviv University who is the most openly anti-Semitic "academic" in Israel, Oren Yiftachel, who has built an "academic" career by asserting that Israel is an apartheid regime…

The only thing the signers of the petition detest more than their own country is freedom of speech. The Israeli far Left is a fascist movement that ferociously opposes not only Israeli sovereignty but also democracy and freedom of speech for non-leftists. Critics of leftists must be silenced and indicted, insist the Far Leftists, because the exercise of freedom of speech by non-leftists produces violence and it is a clear and present danger.

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Tel Aviv University – Alon Liel (Dept of Political Science) Supporting BDS and the Campaign to Reverse Jewish Self-Determination

CiF Watch summarizes the 20+ years of Liel's erroneous renegade activities against the State.

One thing, however, is clear: Alon Liel (the author of the CiF piece of June 27th) is the type of Israeli with whom the Guardian can do business. He makes all the right noises, uses all the right buzz-words, is not averse to delegitimising his fellow countrymen and conforms splendidly to the simplistic 'Guardian World View'.

Thus, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) becomes a noble way in which to promote peace instead of what its instigators really intend it to be – a campaign to reverse Jewish self-determination.

The 'settlements', according to the Liel sound-bites, are of course 'illegal under international law' and on 'occupied land'. They – and they alone – jeopardise peace and a two-state solution. Not terrorism, not generation after generation of officially sanctioned Palestinian incitement, not the inability of Palestinian society to conduct democratic elections and come up with one truly representative leader with whom Israel can negotiate and not even the basic refusal to accept a Jewish presence in the Middle East.

As offensive as it is to see an Israeli collaborating with the campaign to delegitimize and dehumanize a significant proportion of the Israeli population, Alon Liel is of course entitled to his own opinion… But – as Israelis will be aware (and Guardian editors apparently choose to ignore), this is not the first time that Alon Liel has been wrong.

The former diplomat (who apparently had no qualms then about taking government salaries paid for in part by the income tax of people he today wishes to delegitimize and boycott) was part of the team which engineered the Oslo Accords. He is closely associated with Yossi Beilin – the author of the Geneva Accords – and the two have joint business interests today, in addition to Liel's own business, primarily located in Turkey.

Liel is also involved with the political NGOs 'Ir Amim' (board of directors) and 'B'Tselem' (public council), both of which have received funding from the New Israel Fund, of which his wife – Rachel Liel – is director in Israel. In 2006 Rachel Liel took part in an 'alternative' Independence Day torch-lighting ceremony organized by 'Yesh Gvul', which encourages Israeli soldiers to avoid "serving apartheid" by refusing to serve beyond the 'green line' and claims that the Sabra and Shatila massacres were "IDF supervised". She is also part of the management team of 'Agenda'.

Alon Liel is also known for his self-initiated attempts to negotiate with the Syrian government. Together with American-Syrian businessman Ibrahim (Abe) Suleiman, he conducted a series of unauthorized talks with Damascus beginning in 2004 and continuing for just under two years.

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Tel Aviv University – Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) Gets a Stage at London University to Cash In on his Jewish Anti-Semitism and Present his Works of Fiction as Fact

Now Sands is about to use a public platform provided by the London Middle East Institute and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of London, SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies) to hawk his new book. His talk is entitled: "How I Stopped Being a Jew."

In particular, Sand focuses on what he insists are racist values in Israel and the growth of those same racist values even amongst secular Jews worldwide, "whose main role has been reduced to justifying Israel's crimes against the Palestinians."

Perhaps the most significant details which reveal what kind of country Israel really is - one which values freedom of speech and expression, perhaps to a fault - is that not only is Shlomo Sand a professor at an Israeli university, but the fawning reviewer of his book, Mahmoud Muhereb, received his B.A. in political science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Israeli Academic Slacktivists Join Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel's (Tel Aviv University) Petition to Circumvent Israeli Sovereignty

Goldblum and Liel, previously among the initiators of the Apartheid Smear Campaign, gather support of those who'd wish to thwart Israeli democracy, many of whom have ties to the New Israel Fund. They demand that the British House of Commons recognize an Arab State of Palestine, which never existed, and to which a majority of Israeli citizens object. As a long standing strategic policy suggested by Goldblum himself, the Fascist Left does not need to convince the Israeli electorate when they can recruit foreign countries to compel their unpopular Leftist Diktats.

363 Israeli public figures have signed a letter to the Members of the British Parliament, calling upon them to vote in favor of British recognition of a Palestinian State, to be created side-by-side with Israel.

The letter reads: "We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we, the undersigned, urge members of the UK Parliament to vote in favor of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014, calling on the British Government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel ".

Among the Israeli Academic Slacktivists signed
Alice Shalvi                  Alon Liel
Alon Harel                    Alon Confino
Amiram Goldblum        Amos Goldebrg
Anat Matar                   Aner Preminger
Arie Arnon                   Avinoam Ben-Shaul
Avner Cohen                Avner De-Shalit
Avraham Oz                 Bernard Avishai
Chaim Gans                  Charles Greenbaum
Chen Alon                    Coby Sonnenschein
Colman Altman             Dan Jacobson
Dan S. Tawfik              Daniel Kahneman
David Harel                  David Blanc
Dimitry Shumsky          Edward Edy Kaufman
Esther Levinger             Eva Jablonka
Galia Golan                  Galit Hazan-Rokem
Hagai Ginsburg             Hannah Safran
Idith Zertal                    Ilan Saban
Ishay Rosen-Zvi           Itzhak (Yani) Nevo
Jochanan Benbassat      Kobi Peterzil
Kobi Snitz                    Maya Bar-Hillel
Menachem Klein          Micah Leshem
Michael Steinitz            Mira Zakai
Naomi Benbassat         Naomi Chazan
Neve Gordon               Noga Efrati
Nura Resh                    Nurit Peled
Oren Yiftachel              Ron Kuzar
Shimon Sandbank         Shir Hever
Shlomo Sand                Uri Hadar
Vered Kraus                Yaron Ezrahi
Yeela Raanan               Yona Pinson
Yona Rosenfeld            Yonathan (Jon) Anson
Yoram Bilu                   Yuval Yonai

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Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University) Spurring the British Parliament to Recognize an Arab State of Palestine

Goldblum authors a desperate plea, to which Liel also gives his name, for other Israeli ultra-leftists to join their anti-democratic measure to circumvent peace negotiations and create a belligerent Arab state in the Israeli heartland as a reward for terror.

"We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we the undersigned urge members of the UK parliament to vote in favour of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014 calling on the British Government to recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel"

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University of Illinois and Beit Berl: Clinical Psychology Professor Riva Bachrach, Co-Founder of Machsom Watch, Prescribes Draft Dodging, Interfering with IDF Security Measures, and Demanding Arab "Right of Return" to Terminate the Jewish State of Israel.

Apparently, Bachrach prefers to think "human rights" are violated by IDF soldiers trying to interdict those who would harm even other Arabs and their children. But when it comes to Palestinian exhortation for attacking Jews that comes on their television screens, that's not a human rights violation and such studies would be superfluous…

A member of the notorious hate-Israel Coalition of Women of Peace, Bachrach was an early co-founding member of Machsom Watch. Its aim from the get go has been to interfere with those nasty IDF soldiers who try to stop terrorists and hinder their freedom to travel. Why allow IDF soldiers to screen for killers when Bachrach's concept of "academic freedom" is at stake?

Bachrach also encourages draft dodging from the IDF. At a conference of leftist psychologists at Tel Aviv University, Bachrach explained that her mission is to make Israeli society aware of the negative psychological effect on Arabs and on Israeli soldiers because they are made to serve in the "Occupied Territories" where they protect "violent" settlers. IDF soldiers "mistreat" the Arabs who "suffer".

Riva Bachrach signed a petition distributed by Israel's communist party that endorses the so-called "Palestinian right of return." It states, "We are united in the belief that peace and reconciliation are contingent on Israel's recognition of its responsibility for the injustices done to the indigenous people, the Palestinians, and on willingness to redress them. Recognition of the right of return follows from our principles. … Only thus shall we stop being plagued by the past's demons and damnations and make ourselves at home in our common homeland."

Riva Bachrach is a psychologist who appears to have psychological problems and cannot see which side really seeks to violate the others' "human rights."

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Tel Aviv University - Dahlia Scheindlin (Dept of Political Science) and her Fictional State of Gaza

Scheindlin fabricates a non-existent pre-1948 Arab State to which Gazans once held citizenship. She then insinuates that State of Israel is to blame for this imaginary Arab State's demise. Why should Scheindlin let the fact that Egypt invaded and occupied Gaza for 19 years interfere with her fraudulent narrative?

Scheindlin sobs over the causalities resulting from Arab use of human shields to protect their military targets and blames Israel for using the kidnapped school children as "leverage" to "provoke" Hamas into committing war crimes.

Scheindlin suggests a "peace" plan that includes Israel capitulating to Arab terror. Is this a woman you'd want teaching some of our best, young impressionable minds?

The IDF is bombarding an area that it has already imprisoned by occupation from 1967, and then through suffocating border, movement, import and export control since 2007. Its residents have been stateless since 1948. It is attacking by air, land and sea, while Hamas attacks civilians in Israel through rockets and now through terrorist infiltration, at an increasingly frenzied pace.

In the long term, I shudder to think about the souls of people who lost two, three, or 18 family members to Israeli bombs. The sobbing father who begged his child to wake up because he had brought new toys; the woman who told her sister in England to stay away and live, so that at least
one of the family members would survive. I see what national trauma has done to the Jewish people more than 60 years following their darkest moments. The manifestations of Palestinian suffering in future generations will be terrible.

Second, like in 2012, there was another way: the reconciliation deal could have been cautiously welcomed; rewards and incentives could have encouraged Hamas pragmatism. The murder of three Israeli teens did not have to be disguised as a hostage-rescue effort for three weeks and leveraged to provoke the predictable violence of Hamas. Wrongful escalation from both sides could have been contained – of course, a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement would be the best mechanism for that. Eventually Palestinian elections could have been held; stabilization could have followed.

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Israeli Academics Join the Movement to Outlaw Criticizing BDS Anti-Semites

They join a petition that demands the right under the auspices of "academic freedom" to conduct anti-Semitic "discourse" under the pretexts of "anti-Zionism" and "critical viewpoints of Israeli policy". They reject attempts by AMCHA to educate innocent, impressionable young adults from being caught unaware from the pending anti-Semitic far-leftist indoctrination to be experienced in the classrooms of the listed "academics".

AMCHA has also circulated a list of more than 200 Middle Eastern studies faculty whom it urges Jewish students and others to avoid because, it asserts, they espouse anti-Zionist and even antisemitic viewpoints in their classrooms.

It goes without saying that we, as students of antisemitism, are unequivocally opposed to any and all traces of this scourge. That said, we find the actions of AMCHA deplorable.

Its technique of monitoring lectures, symposia and conferences strains the basic principle of academic freedom on which the American university is built. Moreover, its definition of antisemitism is so undiscriminating as to be meaningless. Instead of encouraging openness through its efforts, AMCHA's approach closes off all but the most narrow intellectual directions and has a chilling effect on research and teaching. AMCHA's methods lend little support to Israel, whose very survival depends on free, open, and vigorous debate about its future.

AMCHA's tactics are designed to stifle debate on issues debated in Israel and around the world, and the presumption that students must be protected from their own universities is misguided and destructive. Efforts such as these do not promote academic integrity, but rather serve to deaden the kind of spirited academic exchange that is the lifeblood of the university.

Among the signed:
Bernard Avishai, Dartmouth College
Hannan Hever, Yale University
Shaul Magid, Indiana University

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University of Haifa - Natan Zach (Dept of Literature) Supporting Arab Claims of Genocide

Nathan Zach, the famed poet and Israel Prize laureate, was quoted in Hebrew-language media outlets on Tuesday as saying that he supported Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's characterization of Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip this past summer as "genocide."

In an interview with Army Radio, Zach said it was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech that was "slanderous" while Abbas "spoke the truth."

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Yale - Omer Shatz (Dept of Law) Finds Some "Racism"

Shatz accuses the State of discrimination, racism, war crimes, and the murder of children. Shatz is infuriated that the High Court of Justice does not strike down every any non-far-leftist law that the Knesset may pass.

In the same regard, it is hard to understand all the noise made by the tiny left. For beyond the list issued in honor of the Jewish High Holidays, courtesy of the Central Bureau of Statistics, which is usually no more than a curiosity item for the holiday issue, laws have been passed for years that deepen discrimination and racism, and erase the memory of the Palestinian tragedy.

And of all things, the issue of erasing Arab names from the statistics makes exceptional waves compared to the daily apathy that allows (with High Court of Justice approval) the citizenship and Nakba laws, the absentee landlord law and acceptance committees for Jewish communities. That apathy also clears the way for the accepted norms of administrative detention, assassinations and war crimes that will never be investigated – and over the Green Line they are legal, according to the courts.

But the effort to erase the name Mohammed actually fits in quite well, as do the failure and the minor commotion that followed. Because we didn't erase the children's names, but rather the lives of the children themselves.

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University of Exeter – Video Footage of Ilan Pappe's "Expert" "Testimony" to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Hearing on Palestine

Pappe uses a litany of false or misleading facts and other untruths in an attempt to substantiate accusations of "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide" of Arabs by Israel in 1948. Any Court of "Law" that would accept testimony from Ilan Pappe, a disgraced academic and linchpin in the Tantura Hoax, must be blatantly incompetent and obviously biased.

Youtube video of Pappe's claims
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETKqPp1lYic#t=16

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Tel Aviv University - Assaf Sharon (Dept of Philosophy) Smears All Non-Leftists as Disciples of Kahane's Militant Jewish Supremacism

Founder of 'Breaking the Silence' and Career Activist finds home at TAU.

The deeper shift is not in the level of public support for the two political camps, but in their make-up. On the right, the liberal and democratic elements have been overtaken by chauvinist populists. Prime Minister Netanyahu's party, Likud, whose members used to walk out on Kahane, is now populated by some of the most vocal inciters. The last remnants of its democrats were ousted in the last primary elections, and the remaining moderates pander to the pugnacious extremists that dominate the party. The prime minister himself has maintained utter silence in the face of growing racism and political violence. The left, on the other hand, has lost its political stamina and its moral courage. A depletion of ideas, debilitation of institutions, and putrefaction of leadership have left it politically inert. The social mechanisms that kept Kahane's racism at bay have all but disintegrated.

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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) and other Israeli "Academics" Support Anti-Semite after he Gets Canned over Anti-Semitic Twitter Tweets

Gordon and the other Israeli "Academics" show solidarity with Steven Salaita, who's new appointment at Illinois U was rescinded over demeaning and juvenile anti-Israel Twitter tweets. Campus-Watch describes Steven Salaita's Twitter posts as "inflammatory, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic" and describes his academic record as "atrocious".

Whereas news reports from several reputable sources such as Inside Higher Education assert that the administrative decision of Chancellor Wise to block Professor Salaita's employment at UIUC was a response to complaints about his postings to twitter.com;

Among the signed: [as of 23/9/2014]
142. Neve Gordon, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
699. Moshé Machover, King's College, London
911. Ella Shohat, New York University
1076. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, London
1370. Yael Ben-zvi, Ben-Gurion University
1855. Hagit Borer, Queen Mary University of London

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Hebrew University - Mister Apartheid, Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Keeps Providing Ammunition for the Israel Haters

The Goldblum-funded Apartheid "Poll" gets quoted to help support claims of Israeli fascism, genocide, and "ethnic cleansing" in an anti-Semitic rant on Truth-Out.org.

These calls for ethnic cleansing and genocide are increasing in frequency. The political climate in Israel has continued to shift so sharply to the right in the past few years that a fascist discourse is now palpable in the daily life of the country. In Tel Aviv in August, some of the right-wing protesters who beat leftists demonstrating against the siege of Gaza wore T-shirts bearing neo-Nazi symbols and photos, including T-shirts bearing the slogan "Good night left side," a neo-Nazi slogan popular in Europe at rock concerts featuring far-right bands, as a response to the original anti-fascist slogan: "Good night white pride." Nearly half of the Jewish population of Israel supports a policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and major portions of the population support complete annexation of the occupied territories and the establishment of an apartheid state, according to a 2012 poll.

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Tel Aviv University - Carlo Strenger (Dept of Psychology) does not Think Israel is Liberal Enough to be Allowed to Exist

US Jewish Liberals, who live in a country that Occupies the Territories taken from Mexico, are not comfortable with an Israel that Defends itself. So Strenger's solution is to allow the Hamas to turn the West Bank into a New Rocket Base

But underlying this debate is a profoundly painful process that many liberal Jews, both in Israel and the Diaspora, are undergoing: They feel like let-down lovers. They wonder, what place can they give in their emotional lives and their identity to an Israel that does not correspond to their core values of universal human rights? Can they remain attached to a country that violates these principles, primarily through an occupation that has now lasted for two-thirds of Israel's history?

Therefore, he argues, liberal Jews should drop the idea of the Jewish homeland. They should accept that there will be only one state west of the Jordan, and invest their energy toward making sure that individual political and human rights of all inhabitants of this area (primarily Palestinians, of course, whose rights are being trampled) be respected.

When it became clear that the occupation was not a passing episode, but had become a feature of most of Israel's history, their perception shifted radically. They began to see Israel as a racist, colonial enterprise that simply didn't behave along the moral lines of the Free World. It still thought in terms of annexation and ethnic cleansing – notions that had become anathema in the Free World that had evolved after World War II.

Israel is an impressive achievement in many ways, but it was never an ideal society. The historical circumstances in which Israel came into existence were brutal, tragic and characterized by vast population movements – nowadays called ethnic cleansing. These ranged from the expulsion of millions of ethnic Germans from their homes in Poland, Czechoslovakia and other Eastern European countries after WWII, to the massive population transfers of millions when large parts of India became what is today Pakistan and Bangladesh.

We must let go of the shtetl mentality that Jews must stick together, and that a good Jew doesn't say bad things about other Jews in the public sphere. We no longer live in the shtetl, whether in Israel or the Diaspora – even if some of us like to indulge in shtetl nostalgia via love for hazanut or klezmer music once in a while.

We have the right to voice our displeasure about what other Jews – Israeli or not – do, as much as the Americans and French can dislike some of their fellow countrymen.

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Goldsmiths College - Eyal Weizman (Dept of Visual Cultures) Attacks Israel with 'Forensic Architecture'

Utilizing the 'forensic architecture' techniques that he developed himself, Weizman gathers 'evidence' for the future international prosecution of Israel by NGOs, the UN, and other organizations. Using one such "technique", Weizman claims that the red roofed houses in Israeli townships are in fact a preconceived form of an Israeli military identification system. When not developing new 'forensic architecture' techniques or collecting "evidence" of Israeli crimes, Weizman dreams of a future Israel without Jews.

Since then, Weizman has also made a name for himself as the chief proponent of "forensic architecture", by which he analyses the impacts of urban warfare for clues about the crimes that were perpetrated there. To Weizman, buildings are weapons. … "The weapons and ammunitions are very simple elements: they are trees, they are terraces, they are houses. They are barriers."

… [Weizman] says the most obvious and contentious aspect of what he calls the "architecture of occupation" is the system of Israeli settlements. Perched on West Bank hilltops, they are strategically positioned, according to Weizman, so that they look out over the Palestinian valleys and towns below, in order "to dominate".

Each of the uniformly suburban-looking houses – all with mandatory red roofs so that on flyovers the Israeli army know not to target them – is "itself like an optical instrument," he tells me.

In this manner, architects can become "archaeologists of the present", piecing together how things unfolded – which building was destroyed by artillery, which by tank fire, which by bulldozers. Weizman now leads the Forensic Architecture team at Goldsmiths, University of London – a unique project that provides "architectural evidence" for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs and the UN…

If the Gaza conflict were ever to make it to the International Criminal Court, Weizman supposes he'd work with the prosecution…

For Weizman, though, it's not all about architecture as a means of occupation, or as evidence of a crime. … In this future, he imagines how settlements might be turned into Palestinian public institutions, and military bases into nature parks for migratory birds.

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Oxford - Israel-Hating ex-Israeli Avi Shlaim Blames Israel Because Israel Fired Back

HonestReporting and TruthRevolt criticize Shlaim's faulty logic.

A column written by Avi Shlaim, professor emeritus of international relations at St Antony's College, Oxford University takes the absurd position that Israel started the Gaza War because it responded to the killing of three Israeli Boys and the continued rocket attacks by Hamas.

Shlaim makes the self-contradictory statement that calm prevailed before Israel struck back. Assuming he meant that before the most recent Gaza War there were no Hamas rocket attacks, the retired professor is way off.

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UK-based Israeli academic and longtime Israel critic Avi Shlaim has weighed in on the Gaza war in the Guardian's Comment is Free section, and predictably, he unleashed a scathing critique of Israel.

To do so, however, Shlaim invokes a logic so twisted, it's hard to believe he himself subscribes to it.

For example, he insists that Israel is responsible for starting the war and for "initiating the cycle of violence."

And how exactly does Shlaim define "calm" it if it included the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli youths? What sort of calm is that, and why is the response to that the act that set off a "cycle of violence," not the act itself?

Put another way, whether Hamas is kidnapping innocent Israelis or firing rockets at Israeli civilians, the violence only begins when Israel fires back.

The effort to whitewash Hamas, however, doesn't end there…

If Hamas is, indeed, guilty of terrorism, it would be dishonest to remove the terrorist tag until the group at least renounces the use of violence. But for Shlaim, waiting for that would be inconvenient for peace – presupposing, of course, that peace can be reached with an organization that is "guilty of terrorism."

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Oxford - Israel-Hating ex-Israeli Avi Shlaim Whitewashes Arab War Crimes Perpetrated by Hamas on Israeli Civilians

To facilitate this goal, Shlaim absurdly blames Israel for initiating the violence in Operation Protective Edge. In contradicting statements, Shlaim demands that Hamas is "a legitimate political actor" but yet claims that "Israel would have no peace and no security" from Hamas terror attacks unless their irredentist demands are met. Following the same warped line of thought, Shlaim blames Israel for any and all agreements violated and demands granting Hamas all the benefits of peace as a prize for terror.

Hamas had more solid reasons for rejoicing, despite the horrific suffering endured by the people of Gaza. By any objective criterion, the outcome of the conflict was a draw. But for a small and poorly armed militia to stand its ground against one of the mightiest armies in the world is a remarkable achievement… Above all, Hamas succeeded in sending a clear message that Israel would have no peace and no security as long as it continued to occupy Palestinian territory.

Second, it is time to remove from Hamas the terrorist tag. This is a powerful weapon in the propaganda war but useless in the quest for peace. Hamas is indeed guilty of terrorism but it is also a legitimate political actor, having won a fair and free election in 2006. Netanyahu claims that Hamas is indistinguishable from the murderous fanatics who make up Isis. Hamas, however, is not a messianic jihadist movement but a local organisation with a pragmatic political leadership and limited aims.

These existential issues may or may not be addressed at a later stage. For the time being in Cairo the two delegations are negotiating, through Egyptian mediators. Israel's main demand is the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip. This is unrealistic because Gaza is the last outpost of resistance to the 47-year-old occupation and Hamas is not about to lay down its arms. Hamas is calling for the lifting of the illegal seven-year Israeli blockade of Gaza and the reopening of the borders. Other Hamas demands include the rebuilding of Gaza international airport, which Israel destroyed in 2001, the release of prisoners and the reopening of the "safe passage" to the West Bank. These are not new but grounded in earlier agreements that Israel violated.

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Israeli Academics Join Hands with International Anti-Semites from the Extreme Left and Right

Ben-Dror Yemini reprimands the nomadic band of Israeli "Academics" of every anti-Israeli petition, Shlomo Sand, Yehouda Shenhav, Anat Matar, Udi Adiv, Adi Ophir and others, who signed their name to claims of fabricated acts of slaughter.

Is Anti-Zionism also anti-Semitism? Let's check. While the recent war raged, the medical journal, The Lancet, published an open letter against Israel's alleged war crimes – another example of academics being recruited into the Hamas propaganda machine.

… Concurrent with the letter came an additional petition, claiming acts of slaughter, published by Israeli academics, among them members of the nomadic band of every anti-Israeli petition, like Shlomo Sand, Yehouda Shenhav, Anat Matar, Udi Adiv and Adi Ophir – good souls.

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University of Exeter - Ilan Pappe (Dept of Israel Bashing): Israel the 'Supremacist' Jewish State

Pappe slanders Israel with Nazi-flavored terminology, popularized by extreme anti-Semites, to draw a clear analogy with Nazi Germany.

The first is the present drive among infertile Jewish parents to seek the sperm of the combatant elite units who fought in Gaza. This is to ensure the purest and most supreme DNA possible for their prospective children. And it is fully supported by the official Israeli Sperm Bank.

To be honest, these soldiers did not do too well in the battlefield. Conventional armies are inept when it comes to battling face-to-face with desperate guerrillas dug deep in tunnels and bunkers. Possibly the HAMAS DNA would have been a bit more fitting for this purpose, if one wishes to take ad absurdum this Israeli Jewish obsession with human engineering.

It was bad enough to base the whole Zionist idea on the wish to create an exclusive and supremacist Jewish democracy, in a land where the Jews were not and are not going to be ever such a majority (unless they genocide the local population).

With later references to "visions of ethnic purity and supremacy," Pappe is drawing a clear analogy between Israeli society and Nazi Germany that placed an ideological value in the purity of the German "race" and the use of eugenics to achieve this.

So 30 out of a sample of 60 infertile women over a time period of days rather than weeks, months or even years is considered a credible sociological, scientific and academic sample of Israel's 8 million population. Hardly worthy of a high school student let alone a professor.

Far from Pappe's vision of Israeli women creating some sort of master race, a look at The Times of Israel story shows a far more obvious motivation in a quote from the director of the Rambam Medical Center's sperm bank:

"A man who served in a combat unit comes across as someone who has impressive physical attributes that live up to the genetic aspirations of the women," she explained. "Generally speaking, he will be physically fit and in good health, in addition to other important attributes."


The term "Jewish supremacism" – an especially vile form of the 'Zionism = Racism" charge – has been popularized by extreme antisemites such as former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and a neo-Nazi style extremist named Gilad Atzmon. Indeed, the doctoral thesis written by Duke was titled 'Zionism is a form of ethnic supremacism'.

But, at the heart of Pappe's charges is something much darker than merely a commentary on Zionism. If you recall, back in 2011 the Guardian's Deborah Orr achieved well-deserved notoriety for complaining that so many Zionists believe "that the lives of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate [Palestinian] neighbors" – "Zionists" of course being a euphemism for "Jews".

Such an ugly distortion of the Jewish 'chosen people' idea often suggests that the Jewish faith, in practice if not by theological design, arguably shares an ideological similitude with other odious, exclusivist 20th century ideologies in that they see their group as a superior race.

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Hebrew University - Daphna Golan-Agnon (Dept of Law) - Consigliere for the Anti-Israel Law Mafia

Golan-Agnon , the (co-)founder of B'tselem and Women in Black, is part of Israel's academic fifth column. To her, "human rights" are not for Jews at all and the term merely serves as a cover for the campaign to tear down the Jewish state.

These days every anti-Semitic and anti-Israel group in the world claims to be fighting to defend "human rights." Their problem is they do not count Jews among the humans entitled to rights. One such attorney is Daphna Golan Agnon.

Golan-Agnon was one of the co-founders of B'tselem (In God's image), a far-leftist anti-Israel activist and propaganda group. Billing herself as a "human rights" attorney, she is currently a lecturer in the Hebrew University law school and a research fellow at the Harry S Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Jerusalem… When one reads Golan-Agnon's comments and prejudices in support of Israel's enemies, it is frightening to think she is promulgating her ideas in the classroom.

She co-founded B'tselem in 1989 on the premise that the NGO "acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories…" … It engages in misrepresentations of international law, inaccurate research, and skewed statistics."

B'tselem under Agnon-Golan's leadership has sought to undermine the IDF, since each and every act of self-defense by Israel is in its view a violation of Arab human rights. B'tselem even employs Arab staff who are Holocaust deniers to spread anti-Semitism.

Not surprisingly, Agnon-Golan herself is a fountain of anti-Israel rhetoric. She accuses Israel of "apartheid," perpetrating "war crimes," "beating and abus[ing]" Palestinians, "demolition of [Palestinian] houses as punishment," and forced "deportations."

Agnon-Golan's constant accusations of human rights abuses against the Arabs makes its way into distorted western media. As mentioned, Golan-Agnon loves to compare Israel with apartheid South Africa:

Agnon-Golan also co-founded the ultra-anti-Israel Women In Black, which supports mutiny and insubordination ("resistance") by IDF soldiers. She was even sighted tearing down pro-IDF posters on the Hebrew University campus during Operation Cast Lead. Caught red-handed, she whined that she was being angrily ridiculed by students who were also serving in the army:

Daphna Agnon-Golan is part of Israel's academic fifth column. To her, "human rights" are not for Jews at all and the term merely serves as a cover for the campaign to tear down the Jewish state. All the while she is sitting in her cushy Hebrew University office paid for by the Israeli taxpayer.

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Ben Gurion University – Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Accuses Israel of Undermining of Arab Universities

Arab Academics then quote Gordon to bash Israel.

Neve Gordon, professor of Politics and Government at Israel's Ben-Gurion University, said in an interview over Skype [June 2012] that…
"These professors have a large network abroad. They come for a semester and live in Ramallah or Nablus or Hebron, and suddenly they experience firsthand what's going on in the West Bank or Gaza. It's very powerful –the experience of teaching first-hand at a Palestinian university. An academic who comes for a half year or a year is much more threatening than the average John or Jane. And then, in a sense, these academics become ambassadors for the Palestinian people. And that's what Israel doesn't want".

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Hebrew University - Anti-Israel "Survey" Sponsor Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Continues his Smear Campaign Against Israel, Falsely Accusing Her of "Apartheid"

Goldblum relabels the war on terror and judicial processes of the court system as proof for Israeli "apartheid".

Israel is not an apartheid state, but it runs an apartheid regime beyond the "green line", which was the border between Israel and Jordan's West Bank (WB) until June 4, 1967. The facts are crystal clear: Jewish settlers and Palestinians live in that area under two widely different legal systems. Jews are subject to a civil administration and Palestinians are subject to a military one. Most of the 2.5 million Palestinians are restricted to some 220 "Palestinostans" (Similar to the dozen "bantustans" in apartheid South Africa, also called "homelands" to clarify that this is those are the homes of the black people). These were called "area A" (full Palestinian security control of the main cities) and "area B" (Palestinian civilian control, mutual Israeli-Palestinian security – which deteriorated in the intifada of 2000) by the Oslo agreement. Those are 220 islands of Palestinian existence, each of them fully surrounded by the IDF fully controlled "area C". The Oslo agreement was put together as an interim solution for 5 years, but remains unchanged ever since… Many of the Palestinians in the Jordan valley and in the south part of the Hebron mountain range are pushed out of their homes by the combined pressures and "convincing" of the settlers and the IDF, frequently at the point of a gun. The focal point of apartheid in the West Bank is the city of Hebron, where some 1000 settlers and IDF personnel control the lives of 40 thousand Palestinians in the "area C" part of Hebron, called H2. Hebron's H2 is the apartheid capital of the WB, where only settlers enjoy the Israeli laws and voting rights, while the annexed East Jerusalem, where 300 thousand Palestinians are devoid of civil rights despite the annexation, became a major source of manual work for the Jewish parts of Jerusalem. Practical apartheid is prominent in Arab Jerusalem, and is propelled by some prominent members of the municipality of Jerusalem…

Those who oppose the use of the "A" word to describe the situation in the WB claim that ingredients of South African apartheid are not found in the West Bank. This is a typical claim by many South Africans, who are very well acquainted with the SA apartheid, which was based on institutionalized racism, while the Rome convention had already extended the term to other types of institutionalized separation… Still, many roads to settlements are closed for Palestinians, there are separate bus lines for settlers and for Palestinians, and water is distributed with huge preference to the settlers.

In Hebron, the apartheid capital, all of this is much more visible: a divided road leads to the cave of the Patriarchs, Palestinian property is taken over by Jews, who are supported by the IDF, and the supreme court legalizes "taking back" property from before the 1929 massacre in Hebron, or the 1949 cease fire agreement, solely on the basis that it once belonged to Jews.

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Hebrew University - Dimitry Shumsky (Dept of History) Insists that Israel Betrays Zionism When it Does Not End the "Occupation" and Allow the Hamas to Set Up a New Terror Base in the West Bank

Hatred of the State of Israel in our times – which spills over occasionally into hatred of Jews wherever they are – points indirectly at a fundamental failure in the fulfillment of Zionism. This failure, which contains within it an existential danger to the Jewish people's status throughout the world, is just as bad as the one Herzl saw in his own day as the basis of modern anti-Semitism. Its main component is the failure of Israel, which never succeeded in integrating into the family of nations because of the intolerable anomaly of civil oppression and national subjugation, which are perpetrated under the banner of democracy and freedom.

The more deeply this anomaly becomes entrenched, the stronger the trend of shunning Israel and ostracizing it from the international community will grow, together with confirmation of Zionism's failure to bring the Jews' anomalous political status into line with that of the rest of the nations. This anomaly – of a supposed right to be occupiers and yet be thought enlightened – endangers Israel's status and sabotages the Zionist normalization project of the Jewish people. Since it is growing even stronger under the government of Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman, which sees itself as impeccably Zionist, one might say that it is the government of the real betrayers of the Zionist idea.

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Israeli Academics Join their Anti-Semitic Comrades in Attacking Israel and Supporting the Academic Boycott of Israel

The petition manipulates the support of IDF soldiers by Israeli Universities and the on‑campus collection of food donations for the soldiers into culpability for a long list of misrepresented Israeli "atrocities" from the war on terror. The petition accuses the silence of the "colleagues in the Israeli academy" with "complicity" with the "atrocities" mentioned above, thus, making both them and their universities 'legitimate' targets for boycott.

The academics feel that they have a holier than thou obligation to police world ethics. Their singling out Israel for reprimand, while ignoring nuclear proliferation, beheadings by terrorist regimes, the use of weapons of mass destruction, and other civil-war atrocities, is just another form of repressed anti-Semitism under the guise of anti-Zionism.

The academics dictate terms for capitulation to the end of the Jewish Democratic State of Israel and subjection to a second Holocaust through unmitigated terror, indefensible borders, return of hostile displaced Arabs of 1948 and their descendants, and the creation of a third Arab state in the Negev run by the Bedouins.

We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel's new military assault on the Gaza Strip—the third and most devastating in six years—constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of scholars engaged with the Middle East, have a moral responsibility to do so.

Neither the violation of international law nor the destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza, however, began or will end with the current war. Israel has maintained an illegal siege on the Gaza Strip for seven years. It has limited the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, rationing Palestinian calorie intake at just above subsistence levels.[1] Moreover, the suffering of Palestinians is not limited to Gaza: the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions, all have long histories and no apparent end in sight. They will continue unless people around the world act where their governments have failed.

The ongoing Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, Technion, and Ben Gurion University have publicly declared their unconditional support for the Israeli military [6]…

Our colleagues in the Israeli academy have been silent, by and large, in the face of such violence and injustice. We applaud the few dozen Israeli academics who have protested against their government, and the several dozen who signed a petition calling for an end to Israel's bombardment of Gaza [10] …

As Middle East scholars and librarians, we feel compelled to join the growing number of academics in Israel and around the world who support the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli academic institutions…

[W]e call on our colleagues in Middle East Studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and we pledge not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences and other events at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based in Israel. We call for doing so until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law, and respect the full rights of Palestinians by calling on Israel to:

1. End its siege of Gaza, its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967, and dismantle the settlements and the walls;
2. Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the stateless Negev Bedouins to full equality; and
3. Respect, protect, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

Among the signed:
Haim Bresheeth
Ronit Lentin
Yosefa Loshitzky
Ilan Pappe
Noa Shaindlinger
Simona Sharoni
Ariella Azoulay
Smadar Lavie
Gabriel Piterberg

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Hebrew University - Im Tirtzu Protests the Nomination of the Far-Leftist Barak Medina (Dept of Law) as a Supreme Court Judge Candidate

Medina helped organize the petition in the fight to allow 'Nakba' ceremonies at the University of Haifa. Medina also joined forces with those who crusaded against the HaTikva national anthem.

The grassroots Zionist student movement Im Tirtzu on Tuesday called on Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) to rescind the nomination of Prof. Barak Medina to the Supreme Court, after he pressed for the "right" of Arab residents to protest Israel's very existence.

Im Tirtzu cited a campaign initiated by Medina for academics to sign an open letter to the University of Haifa President Amos Shapira, pressing him to allow a "Nakba Day" ceremony on May 15 commemorating the "catastrophe" of modern Israel's establishment.

While Medina has claimed he was not among the initiators of the campaign, his name is in fact listed first among the initiators in the letter, and further his e-mail address is given in the mail for those who wish to sign on to reply to.

"Therefore we ask that (you) act to rescind the nomination of Prof. Medina....It is inappropriate for a person with such radical views - those that are inconsistent with the character of a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state of Israel - to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court of the State of Israel," concluded the letter [from 'Im Tirtzu'].

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Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University), Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley), and Haim Beresheet (London U) Support Blood Libel in NYT

These and other Israeli "academics" join Holocaust survivors to condemn "the massacre" of Arabs and other falsified "atrocities" supposedly perpetrated by Israel in Gaza.

[Daniel Boyarin] lists himself as "great grandson" of victims of Nazism… Boyarin belongs to what has been called the "sissy" school of contemporary Jewish thinkers… For him the moral center of Jewish history is a celebration of the renunciation of national interest, as if that were the only criterion of a just politics… But when Israel is being bombed, Boyarin is less queasy about violence, and now takes the side of Hamas, which has been firing thousands of missiles at Israeli citizens for weeks on end. No matter the circumstances, Boyarin keeps repeating, with steam-engine regularity, that Jews are "collectively engaged in war/wars against Muslims," and likens all Israeli self-defense to the Nazi Holocaust.

Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

As Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine… Genocide begins with the silence of the world.

We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever-pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia.

We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.

Among the signed
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen, London.
Rachel Giora, daughter of Polish Jews who fled Poland, Israel.
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky, daughter of Holocaust survivors, London, UK.
Noa Shaindlinger, granddaughter of four holocaust survivors, Canada.
Daniel Boyarin, great grandson of victims of the Nazi genocide, United States.

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand's (Dept of History) Newest Incitement on the Anti-Semitic Pro-Jihad Stalinist-Neo-Nazi Website Counterpunch: The Gaza War was all Israel's Fault

In Israel, the population would prefer for Gaza to disappear; but it does want to keep the Golan Heights. Israel has left Gaza; it wants only to quietly colonize its 'Judea and Samaria' (the West Bank), without its ambitions being inhibited by a cruel enemy. In Israel, the country prays for the extermination of Hamas and its partisans, and the hardliners add the young who are presumed destined to become Hamas supporters. Meanwhile, Jewish Israelis aspire to develop and reinforce the Jewish character of the Israeli state, rendering invisible a quarter of the citizens, not defined as Jewish.

'No normal state can accept being the target of rocket fire', claimed the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the beginning of the war. He's quite right. But it should have also been necessary to remind Netanyahu that no normal state could accept that, in its capital, the capital of Jewish people, one-third of its inhabitants should be deprived of sovereignty and lack democratic rights. Equally there are few states that obstinately refuse, for years, to establish definitive borders, in the hope, ill-concealed, of expanding them further. Does there exist, perhaps, any link between all these things that characterize Israel's 'abnormality'?....

However, the Israeli government, caring little for the lack of identification of those responsible, while seeking the killers it simultaneously engages in a generalized test of force against Hamas in the West Bank. In contempt of the acknowledged rules of the game, it has not hesitated to arbitrarily arrest, yet again, an important number of prisoners, members of Hamas in the West Bank, who had been freed at the time of the accord involving the exchange for Gilad Shalit. At the same time, and without arousing the least attention, five young Palestinians, unarmed, were killed during protest demonstrations in the West Bank, and a Palestinian adolescent was burned alive by a gang of Jewish Israelis.

Did the Israeli leaders imagine that Hamas would not be forced to react after such a declaration of war against it?

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Ariel University - Amir Hetsroni (Dept of Communication) Justifies the BDS Movement's Academic Boycott of Israel

Born Again Leftist Amir Hetsroni takes his personal vendetta with Ariel University to new heights. He endorses the BDS while demonstrating a basic lack of respect for conventions of Israeli society in times of crisis.

[S]omething profound happened in Israeli academia during the war in Gaza, something severe enough to make me believe the option of boycotting is no longer out of question in some cases.

I am speaking of the undeniable attempts by academic management to prevent students and faculty from speaking their minds and punishing those who protest against the war. At the Technion, a medical student of Arab origin is about to stand trial for writing a joke on his Facebook page regarding the three teenagers kidnapped and murdered near Hebron.

Hadassah College in Jerusalem and Western Galilee College in Acre suspended students or their scholarships who wrote that Israel's activities in the Gaza Strip are war crimes. … Ariel University – as one might have expected of an institute identified publicly as an academic outpost of the right-wing – warned students and faculty that any statement contradicting Zionist tenets violates the university's disciplinary code and would be treated accordingly.

Obviously, wartime is not the perfect season to change radical views, but it is a time when the commitment to freedom of speech and academic freedom was most urgently needed. A college that prohibits students from taking part in political protest is not an academic institute. A university that vetoes its faculty's right to publish non-Zionist (not to say anti-Zionist) scholarship is not a university. In such cases an academic boycott might be an acceptable response – not because the institutes are placed in politically disputed land but since they show a lack of respect to the basic principles of science and democracy.

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Tel Aviv University - Ultra-Leftist Ishay Rosen-Zvi (Dept of Hebrew Culture Studies) Leads Anti-Patriotism Symposium at TAU

In his best Bolshevik thought-control fashion, Rosen-Zvi and his enraged committee of comrades plot ways to combat the patriotic spirit of the Israeli public and compel the non-believers to adhere to their far-leftist concepts.

The Radical academic Left has maintained an eerie silence throughout much of the operation, but this week a group of Tenured Leftists held a symposium to denounce the widespread patriotism that they fear has infected Israel. The symposium at Tel Aviv University was titled "How to Think about the War," the purpose of which was to tell people how to think. And of course the correct way to think is how the Far Left and communists think.

The anti-patriotism rally was organized by Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, an ultra-leftist faculty member at TAU in "Hebrew Culture." Rosen Zvi has a long track record of pseudo-academic Israel bashing (see http://isracampus.org.il/third level pages/Editorial - Lee Kaplan - Ishay Rosen-Zvi - leads crusade at Shimon HaTzadik Neighborhood.htm). He said he organized the symposium because he felt that the administration's statement about embracing soldiers was silencing freedom of speech and also because he felt revulsion at the wave of patriotism and unity in the Israeli media… Rosen Zvi demanded that the media be cleansed of the endless security-oriented and patriotic opinion, which is "designed to suppress freedom of speech." (Hebrew report in Haaretz on this is at http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/education/.premium-1.2415984).

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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Attacks Gerald Steinberg, NGO Monitor, and 'Im Tirtzu' as Leading the Strategy to Delegitimize the Anti-Israel "Human Rights" NGOs and the New Israel Fund Which Funds Them

Israel-Hating, "SLAPP-Suit" Neve Gordon writes his latest babbling diktat while on sabbatical at Princeton. Gordon is upset that Israeli Society is redefining freedom of speech to exclude the seditious undermining activities by "human rights organizations" and other radical left-wing anti-Israel NGOs. Gordon slanders Israel over these efforts by lumping her with notorious human rights offenders such as Egypt and China.

Gordon labels "neo-conservatives" with the label "lawfare". This from Israel's most notorious filer of fascist anti-democratic SLAPP suit harassments. He does this in an effort to deflect attention away from the more common definition of the illegitimate, politically or ideologically motivated attempts at "legal terrorism" by human rights NGOs with the aim of intimidating Israeli Government Officials and Military personnel with persecution in international courts of law.

Gordon quotes from many of his Israeli far-leftist and anti-Israel cronies to make his point and complains how Israelis no longer see "human rights" as an acceptable weapon with which to bash Israel.

In this article, I show how the term lawfare is being deployed as a speech act in order to encode the field of human rights as a national security threat. The objective, I claim, is to hinder the work of human rights organizations that produce and disseminate knowledge about social wrongs perpetrated by military personnel and government officials, particularly evidence of acts emanating from the global war on terrorism—such as torture and extrajudicial executions—that constitute war crimes and can be presented in courts that exercise universal jurisdiction.

The construction of human rights as a security threat, it should be emphasized, is carried out not in order to reject human rights tout court, but in order to curb what neoconservative groups define as a particular "political" application of human rights. In other words, the objective of constituting liberal human rights NGOs as a national security threat is to replace a certain conception of human rights and to alter certain types of rights work with ones that better suit the existing sociopolitical relations and forms of military warfare. Although the discussion concentrates on processes taking place in Israel, the implications of this campaign are global, as its ultimate aim is to restrict the utilization of human rights as a mechanism of subjecting warfare to legal oversight.

The increasing exercise of universal jurisdiction is the main reason for a noticeable if gradual shift in the past decade in which liberal human rights NGOs in Israel and abroad are being branded as a security hazard by neoconservative actors. The movement toward the securitization of these NGOs is part of a process that began to take shape after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and even more intensely after the publication of the UN Fact- Finding Mission on the 2008–2009 Gaza Conflict also known as the Goldstone Report.

We know that human rights NGOs are attacked in countries like Russia, Egypt, and China, but as these countries often simply use brute force to handle oppositional human rights groups, it is not surprising that they have not used lawfare as an instrument to clamp down on human rights NGOs. Lawfare has been deployed as a discursive device to frame and limit the work of human rights NGOs only in countries considered to be liberal democracies.

Leading the campaign is NGO Monitor, whose aim is to generate and distribute critical analysis and reports on the output of the domestic and "international NGO community for the benefit of government policy makers, journalists, philanthropic organizations and the general public" (NGO Monitor 2012).8 Founded in 2002 by political scientist Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University… Its goals is to expose "distortions of human rights issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict" and "to end the practice used by certain self-declared 'humanitarian NGOs' of exploiting the label 'universal human rights values' to promote politically and ideologically motivated agendas" (NGO Monitor 2012)… NGO Monitor in the context of this article is a securitizing actor; it was the first Israeli organization to voice its criticism of liberal human rights organizations in security discourse, claiming that they constitute a national security threat to Israel.

Joining NGO Monitor in this campaign was Im Tirtzu (if you will it),14 a grassroots organization that was established in 2006 in order to renew, in its words, "Zionist discourse, Zionist thinking and Zionist ideology, to ensure the future of the Jewish nation and of the State of Israel." … Both NGO Monitor and Im Tirtzu used their considerable resources to launch a campaign against liberal Israeli human rights organizations and the New Israel Fund (NIF), the single largest donor to Israel's human rights community; hence, the strategy was not only to delegitimize these organizations in the public's eyes by portraying them as a security threat to Israel, but also to create a wedge between the rights groups and their funding sources.

The Ministry's logic is straightforward: (1) lawfare is a form of terrorism; (2) liberal human rights NGOs are lawfare enablers; (3) hence, liberal human rights NGOs are part of the terrorism network. The legislature also drew this connection. In January 2011, the Knesset voted overwhelmingly (41 versus 16) in favor of establishing a panel of inquiry to probe sources of funding for rights groups accused of "delegitimizing" the Israeli military… The objective, so it seems, was to intimidate Israeli rights groups and their donors in the hope that this would help stifle the production and flow of human rights knowledge.

[I]t is crucial to limit the flow of information reaching these courts. Accordingly, in order to circumscribe the efficacy of universal jurisdiction suits, it becomes necessary to hinder the work of liberal human rights organizations that produce and disseminate evidence about social wrongs perpetrated by military personnel and government officials, particularly acts that constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and torture.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Takes Time Off from Promoting Transvestites to Support All Hamas Demands.

Israel never stopped "occupying" Gaza, he says, in spite of the absence of a single Israeli there.

Despite the Israeli illusion that the occupation had ended, the lives of Gaza residents remained dependent on the arbitrary policies of Israel's government. At the same time, Israel continued to ignore peace initiatives like the Saudi proposal and golden opportunities like the Palestinian unity government. A weakened Hamas entered this government on terms set by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, thereby enabling us to conduct negotiations with a representative Palestinian government. Instead, Netanyahu used the unity government as an excuse to avoid negotiations, even though now he is negotiating with Hamas.

If you think that by refusing negotiations, continuing construction in the settlements and abusing Gaza residents Netanyahu caused the situation to deteriorate into war, it's impossible to separate the diplomatic from the military. We were dragged into war because Netanyahu, contrary to the popular myth, did not display restraint and moderation....

Why did a war that could have been prevented, that achieved nothing and that claimed many victims both in Israel and among civilians in Gaza win such sweeping support? Did the propaganda and the intimidation silence Israeli society, which has become insensitive to the suffering we cause the Palestinians, and even remains silent in the face of a preventable sacrifice of Israeli lives?

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Hebrew University and IDI Watch - Yuval Shany (Dept of Law - Dean) Refuses to Sack Anti-Israel William Schabas from Advisory Board

The blatantly anti-Israel Schabas has participated in the shamelessly biased Russell Tribune on Palestine, and targeted both PM Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to stand trial at international courts. Schabas has recently been appointed to head an UN "Human Rights" Kangaroo Court on Israeli violations during Operation Protective Edge.

The Israel Law Review, which is published under Hebrew University auspices and management, has announced it has no intention of removing William Schabas from its International Advisory Board, following his appointment to head a UNHRC commission investigating the operation in Gaza.

According to a report in Israel Hayom, following Schabas's appointment, Attorney David Shonberg contacted the university requesting that Schabas be removed from the institution's Faculty of Law, but Faculty Dean Prof. Yuval Shany, who is on the board of the far-left B'Tselem organization, rejected the request.

Shany wrote to Shonberg, "Professor Schabas was appointed to the law faculty's advisory board due to his expertise in human rights law, not because of his political views."

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Leading the Lawfare Battle and Joining the Arab Usurpers of International Law against Israel

Gross slanders Israel as a land-grabbing, power-hungry, war-mongering evil entity utilizing the ambiguity of International Law, and uses it to shackle Israel with a suicide pact. Gross joins Israel's detractors by inappropriately applying the Geneva Convention and draws moral equivalence with terrorist organizations. He rejects the legitimate Israeli claim to sovereignty over all lands West of the Jordan River under International Law and blames Israel for the dispossession and exploitation of "Arab" resources.

International law can often be subject to different interpretations, be used to give a stamp of approval to various injustices, and be part of the problem rather than the solution. But the Palestinian request to stipulate that international law be one of the bases for negotiations was clearly motivated by the view that, in terms of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the standard interpretation of contemporary international law points mainly in one direction: It prohibits the acquisition of territory by force; recognizes the right of people living under foreign rule to self-determination; and prohibits an occupying country from settling its population in the occupied territory.

These are the legal positions the International Court of Justice in The Hague adopted when it discussed the issue of the separation barrier, and even though the committee headed by former Supreme Justice Edmond Levy (appointed by the Israeli government to explore the legalization of unauthorized outposts) adopted the opposite position in its findings in 2012, its stance is not accepted by most experts in international law.

However, the Israeli position, reflected in that quote from Livni, is not to conduct negotiations in accordance with international law. This might seem to be a reasonable, pragmatic approach that gives preference to discussion and compromise between the parties in order to attain good and viable solutions, without an obligation to adhere meticulously to legal principles. But in reality, in the Israeli-Palestinian context, this is not what abandoning international law really means: What it means is that negotiations shall be conducted in a framework in which there is an imbalance of power between the parties, in a way that affects the situation on the ground and the results.

Above all, the agreements did not expressly prohibit continued settlement activity. Moreover, because it was determined that the settlements would be one of the issues to be agreed upon in a final status accord, Israel was able to use that as an excuse when confronted with claims about the illegality of the settlements, as if the Palestinians' consent to discuss them later effectively allowed their authorization in the meantime, and nullified the prohibition of such as stated in the Geneva Convention.

International law is not a panacea, but in the present situation, and considering the present balance of power, adherence to the Palestinians' rights as derived from it as a basis for any agreement – which the Palestinians demanded and Livni refused – sounds much more reasonable. So, even if in theory, negotiations can lead to good practical agreements on both sides, without close adherence to the law (as in the case of territorial exchanges, for instance), in light of the context and after many years of experience – if we want to keep the "peace process" from once more becoming a cover for exploitation and dispossession, the rights granted to the Palestinians by international law should be immediately implemented, without being subordinated to negotiations colored by an imbalance of power.

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Prof. Eva Illouz, President of Betzalel and anti-Jewish Hebrew U sociologist, promotes Sadomasochism and "Bondage" when she is not Battling against Freedom of Speech for Non-Leftists

Have you ever had sadomasochistic fantasies? If you are like me, not only have you never had any, but you even view sadomasochism as an exotic and very distant land. Assuming that most people are boringly similar to me, then it is a puzzle how "Fifty Shades of Grey" -- a romance novel in which BDSM (short for Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism) is the central plot motif -- became a phenomenal global success.

Moreover, I would argue that the sadomasochist relationship in general is a highly plausible solution to the complicated and uncertain labors of love for a number of reasons.

By definition, a BDSM relationship contains both pain and pleasure and thus neutralizes the ambivalence of relationships that alternate between pain and pleasure.

  • One of the greatest difficulties of modern relationships is relinquishing one's autonomy to another because, in doing that, our sense of dignity is always at stake. The BDSM contract does the logically and psychologically impossible: It makes one willingly give up one's will and autonomy to another. In that sense, it solves the problem of relinquishing one's autonomy.
  • The equality that has been promoted by 40 years of feminism demands ongoing, ceaseless negotiation. The BDSM contract stops the endless bargaining by setting up and freezing caricatured and exaggerated roles and positions. In fact, BDSM makes inequality acceptable because it is consensual, contractual and pleasurable.
  • Finally, sadomasochism can take place only between two people who fully trust each other. The dominant partner stops hurting the submissive partner as soon as he or she says the code word. In that sense, BDSM is the very performance of the scarcest commodity: trust.

Against this context, it is our ordinary heterosexual relationships that have become queer indeed: complicated and elusive and impossible to predict and control. They demand an enormous sophistication in our capacity to play many roles, endlessly negotiate boundaries and make sense of our own and the other's ambivalence. If conventional relationships have become queer, then the romance between Grey and Steele suggests that BDSM actually holds the promise of erasing that queerness by giving us access to erotic ecstasy without the anxiety of ambivalence and uncertainty.

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Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy - Theophobic Eva Illouz (HebrewU Dept of Sociology and Bezalel President) Airs her Dirty Laundry in Der Spiegel and Slanders Israeli Society

Illouz undermines legitimate Israeli security concerns and marginalizes the IDF Code of Ethics in an effort to misleadingly paint a brutalized, unhealthy country in constant state of anxiety. Illouz rejects any non-leftist alterations to the natural ebb and flow of discourse within changing demographics of a society over time. Illouz promotes the fallacy that religious institutions and democracy are diametrically opposed in the attempt to vilify the Religious Right. She supports the creation of a yet-nameless far-leftist fascist organization which would then impose anti-democratic measures in the name of "protecting democracy."

Illouz: Where you see human beings, Israelis see enemies. In front of enemies, you close ranks, you unite in fear for your life, and you do not ponder about the fragility of the other. Israel has a split, schizophrenic self-awareness: It cultivates its strength and yet cannot stop seeing itself as weak and threatened.

Illouz: I think Israelis have lost what we can call a "humanitarian sensibility," the capacity to identify with the suffering of a distant other. In Israel, there has been a change in perception of the "Palestinian other." The Palestinian has become a true enemy in the perception of Israelis, in the sense that "they are there" and "we are here." They ceased having a face and even a name.

SPIEGEL: Do you have an explanation for the shift?

Illouz: … The messianic right has progressively gained power in Israel. It used to be marginal and illegitimate; it is now increasingly mainstream. This radical right sits in Parliament, controls budgets and has changed the nature of discourse. Many Israelis do not understand the radical nature of the right in Israel. It successfully disguises itself as "patriotic" or "Jewish."

SPIEGEL: You describe a fearful, anxious country.

Illouz: Fear is deeply engrained in Israeli society. Fear of the Shoah, fear of anti-Semitism, fear of Islam, fear of Europeans, fear of terror, fear of extermination. You name it. And fear generates a very particular type of thinking, which I would call "catastrophalist." You always think about the worst case scenario, not about a normal course of events. In catastrophalist scenarios, you become allowed to breach many more moral norms than if you imagined a normal course of events.

SPIEGEL: Does this fear justify the kind of brutal violence that has been visited upon the civilian population in the Gaza Strip?

Illouz: Of course it doesn't. I'm only saying that fear is central to the Israeli psyche. These fears are cynically used by leaders like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He makes Israelis believe that they all want to destroy us. Hamas wants to destroy us, the UN wants to destroy us, al-Qaida and Iran want to destroy us. ISIS wants to destroy us. The European anti-Semites want to destroy us. This is basically the filter through which a conflict with Hamas is interpreted by the ordinary Israeli. Another dimension of this prism is that "they" are not human beings. Palestinians are dehumanized because they put their soldiers amongst civilians, send their children to fight, spend and waste their money on building deadly tunnels rather than on building up their own society. Along with the dehumanization of the other, Israelis have a strong sense of their own moral superiority. "We ask people to get out of their houses; we call them on the phone to make sure civilians are evacuated. We behave humanly," the Israeli thinks. An army with good manners.

Illouz: Israel started as a modern nation. It derived its legitimacy from the fact that it had democratic institutions. But it was also building highly anti-modern institutions in wanting to create a Jewish democracy by giving power to rabbis, in creating deep ethnic inequalities between different ethnic groups such Jews of Arab countries vs. Jews of European descent; Arabs vs. Jews; Jews vs. non-Jews. It thus blocked universalist thinking.

SPIEGEL: Would you say that the Jewish character of the country has subsumed the democratic character?

Illouz: Yes, definitely. We are at the point where it has become clear that Jewishness has hijacked democracy and its contents. It happened increasingly when the school curriculum started getting changed and emphasizing more Jewish content and less universal content…

Illouz: The only response is to create a vast camp of people who defend democracy. The right-left divide is no longer important. There is something more urgent right now: the defense of democracy. The voice of the extreme right is much louder and clearer than it was before. That's what's new: a racist right that is not ashamed of itself, that persecutes dissenters and even people who dare express compassion for the other side. The real danger to Israel and its sustainability comes from within. The fascist and racist elements are no less a security threat than the outside enemies.

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Israeli Academics Participate in the Pro-Hamas Capitulation Rally in Tel Aviv

Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy - Eva Illouz (HebrewU Dept of Sociology and Bezalel President) demonizes the Right for daring to criticize the Left while preaching incitement against the Right. Sapir College - Julia Chaitin (Dept of Social Work) oozes defeatism.

Dr. Julia Zeitlin ("Another Voice", Kibbutz Orim): In order for our lives to be good in Israel, their lives must be good in Gaza. We barely survived "Operation Pillar of Defense", now we are trying to keep our lives together. We are trying not to fall into the abyss of this war. I beseech the best minds in the country to find a way to save us from the war machine before it is too late.

 

Prof. Eva Illouz (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Fear has captured the center of the political stage. Arabs fear to walk down streets, the Left fear to walk down streets, and people fear to defend human rights. Israel's security has become a state of Fear and its citizens are afraid. This fear is not imaginary, this fear is not imaginary, but is the creation of a bunch of thugs, some of whom are sitting in the Knesset, some walking around the streets, some sitting in front of their computers or their Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. They act as if this country is their own, and they alone own this place. These people have declared a biblical war against us, against Amalek.

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Hebrew University - Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) - Israel at Fault for the War on Terror

In classic anti-Semitic trope, Sternhell gives terror a pass and demands a double standard from the Jews. He would sacrifice the safety and sanity of the residents of the south on his altar of far-leftist "humanism" to pursue a "diplomatic" solution of the Oslo Failure kind. Sternhell demands far-leftist anti-democratic measures to be implemented by the democratically elected government and denies that 5 million Israelis under threat of Hamas missile attack is an existential threat to Israeli livelihood. Can we finally conclude that Sternhell's common sense has finally succumbed to the ravages of time?

It should be said at once that it is very doubtful there are many Palestinians who are capable of seeing and understanding the Israelis, but because the Israelis are the strong ones, who control the lives of the Palestinians, we should demand much more of ourselves than we do of them, the occupied.

And so, despite the mortal danger, the suffering and the anxiety that are battering Israelis in the south, now is precisely the right time to make an effort to negotiate a comprehensive settlement. Now is the time to think both deeply and for the long term, and to come out against the prevailing opinion that all we can do is to either wait for the next crisis or reoccupy parts of the Gaza Strip.

This is also the moment of truth for Israeli democracy. Democracy means accepting the decisions of the majority in the Knesset, it does not require that we accept its opinions. The democratic system is designed for mature, rational citizens who think for themselves and who recognize that whatever human rights they demand for themselves are also the rights of the other…

The citizen who refuses to follow the majority has the right to say wholeheartedly that the present situation is not a war of survival for Israel… Therefore the individual citizen has not only the right, but the duty, to openly support negotiations toward a comprehensive agreement.

The entire past year was wasted on the refusal of the right-wing government to hold serious talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and on pointless demands for Israel's recognition as a Jewish state… Doesn't common sense demand that we try a different method?

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University of Michigan Law and Tel Aviv University - Lawyer Noam Wiener Seeks to Indict all of Israel

Wiener used his practical experience in "human rights" to litigate the Arab side against Israel. Wiener also used his clout at the International Court of Justice to intimidate Israeli Officers with persecution and harassment in Europe from the International Criminal Court. What influence does Wiener have in the UN's Office of Legal Affairs as an officer of anti-Israel lawfare?

Noam Wiener is one of the anti-Israel "Refuseniks" who refuses to serve in the IDF, especially in occupied territories from which all the terror is launched against Israel.

While Wiener grudgingly says Israel has a right to exist (how big of him!), he continually gives credence and justification to "Palestinian grievances." Wiener, the lawyer, dove into the fray when the Arabs went directly to the UN seeking statehood and ICC jurisdiction in violation of the Oslo Accords.

Noam Wiener received his LL.B. from Tel-Aviv University Law School in 2001 and his BA in political science from Tel-Aviv University that same year… During 2001-2002, Wiener worked in a boutique law firm in Tel-Aviv where he assisted in the litigation of "human rights" cases pertaining to the effects of the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Meaning he always took the Arab side against Israel.

Quoting Wiener again in 972 Magazine:

'This brings us back to Omri Barborg. If anybody in the Judge Advocate General or the Ministry of Justice thinks that by having sham trials Israel will get off the international hook, they have another thing coming. Convictions without punishment may convince those who think Barborg should not have been tried in the first place, but shielding Israeli soldiers by trying them in Israel with the sole intent of protecting them abroad is just not going to work.

'If I were Lieutenant Colonel Barborg, I would think twice before visiting Europe or Latin America in the near future."

So here we have the spectacle of a leftist Israeli lawbreaker threatening a military officer with persecution and harassment in Europe!

Wiener is really upset that Israel attempted to make it more difficult for the Hamas to smuggle in advanced rockets into Gaza. How dare Israel have a "blockade" to stop those rockets! "In response to this takeover, in light of Hamas's refusal to recognize Israel's existence, and pursuant to the whole rationale of leaving the Gaza strip in the first place – relinquishing responsibility for the population and declaring an end to the occupation – Israel declared Gaza a hostile power and proceeded to engage in a naval, areal and land blockade of the Gaza strip. Concurrently, and in this situation it is extremely difficult to determine what was the cause, and what was the effect…"

Wiener chooses selective history and events to justify his services as a lawyer in promoting the Hamas and Palestinians in general as victims of a recalcitrant Israel that breaks the law.

Which law is that? The one that says that murdering Jews should not count?

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Israeli Academics Among Those Who Insist the EU Force Israel to Surrender to the Hamas

The petition presents Israel as an unprovoked agent of death and destruction. No reference to any Hamas war-crime violations or rocket fire mentioned.

We, the undersigned citizens of Israel, call on the European Council, Commission and Parliament to pressure Israel to accept the terms of truce presented by Hamas (as they were published in Israeli and international media outlets).

Israel's reluctance to seriously address all political and diplomatic proposals made by Palestinian leadership, regional and international mediators, is costly in lives. It also gives rise to worrying tendencies within the Israeli public, swayed by governmental rhetoric of "no partner". This can no longer be acquiesced.

We are all appalled by the death and destruction in Gaza. Yet, this is not simply a tragedy; this is a policy. It can and it must be changed. It is in the power of political leaders and peaceful nations. We urge you to act immediately so that Israel ceases all violence against the people of Gaza, ends the siege and takes action towards a just peace.

Among the signed:
Adi Ophir, Tel Aviv University
Aharon Eviatar Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Tel Aviv University
Dr. Anat Matar, The Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
Ariella Azoulay, Brown University
Prof. Emeritus Colman Altman, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa
Dr. Dafna Hirsch, The Open University of Israel
Dorit Naaman, Professor of Film and Media, Queen's University
Prof. Eli Glasner, Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Esther Levinger University of Haifa Israel
Emmanuel Farjoun Hebrew University
Dr. Felix Laub, Pensioner, Davidson Institute of Science Education, Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Galia Patt-Shamir, Chinese Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
Hagar Kotef, Tel Aviv University
Haggai Ram, Chair,Dep. of Middle East Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Hagit Keysar Ben Gurion University
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, University of London
Dr. Hannah Safran, Woman to Woman – Haifa
Hila Amit, PhD Student, SOAS, University of London
Idit Elia Nathan, PhD candidate at Central St Martin's College of Art and Design, London
Ilana Hairston, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College
Kobi Snitz, Tel Aviv 101.
Prof. Miriam Eliav-Feldon, Dept. of History, Tel Aviv University
Noa Levy, Adv., Deputy Chair of the Junior Faculty Union, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Heb. University. 2001 Laureate of EUP Sakharov Prize for Human Rights
Oded Regev, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Technion
Prof. Ofra goldstein-Gidoni, Tel Aviv University
Prof. (Emeritus) Ron Barkai, Tel Aviv University
Rachel Giora, Professor of Linguistics, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Roy Wagner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Tamar Berger, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Tommy Dreyfus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
Yonathan (Jon) Anson, Dept. of Social Work, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) Betrays Israel in France

Following these recent worrying events, Saturday's Paris rally was classified "high risks" by the Prefecture of Police. The government called up 2,300 policemen to halt any violence and protect the Jewish properties in the area.

Similar, but authorized, rallies took place concurrently in other French cities. Controversial historian Shlomo Sand attended the protest in Nice where he declared himself "ashamed of being Israeli" in front of a cheerful crowd.

The Parisian gathering was organized by groups and parties such as France's most important far-left movement, the New Anti-Capitalist Party, the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic, Palestine Generation and Fatah France. Its aim was to "oppose corrupt and hypocritical leaders who stand with Israel and to thwart a colonial project that combines a racist ideology with a lethal technology and whose goal is to neutralize us," according to the Facebook page of the event.

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Israeli Academics Publish Vile Condemnation in Haaretz

At the height of the terrorist assault on Israel, the "Academics" publish a vile misleading statement in the Haaretz Hebrew edition. Making a ludicrous equivalence between Terror and the War Against Terror, the Israeli "Academics" would deny Israel's right to defend its citizens, with each Hamas missile fired being casus belli for the start of Operation "Protective Edge." The signed also demand that the International Community impose a one-sided, Pro-Arab, Rwanda-style resolution of the conflict that grants the return of Arab refugees and thus destroy the Jewish and Democratic State of Israel.

We, the undersigned, are united in calling for an end to Israel's obscene assault on Gaza.

The U.S. and international community have stood by and watched while Gaza burns. In a public statement, the Obama administration denounced the firing of rockets at Israel but made no mention of the massive air assault on Gaza. This shows an appalling moral obtuseness. The only mildly critical statement toward Israel it could manage was to oppose a ground invasion. This weak, ineffectual response which will do nothing to stop the killing.

The current war and especially an escalating ground invasion must be resolutely opposed by the world community. If Israel proceeds with such an onslaught, sanctions should be threatened. The Security Council must take action to call the Gaza attack what it is: the wholesale slaughter of a civilian population.

There is an international consensus on the necessary first steps to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: a return to 1967 borders, Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two peoples, and the right of refugees expelled during the Nakba to return to Israel. Any efforts to conclude peace not based on these principles will fail the test of justice and will not be long-lived. The clash of armies and militant groups will never solve the conflict. A political solution is the only way. If the parties cannot agree to this themselves then the international community must step in to force a resolution.

Among the signed:
Adi Ophir, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Avi Shlaim, St Antony’s College Oxford, UK
Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Haggai Ram, Israel
Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, UK
Neve Gordon, Israel
Niza Yanay, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Yehouda Shenhav, Tel Aviv University, Israel

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Hebrew University - Nurit Peled-Elhanan (Dept of Education) Undermining Israeli Sovereignty

Using anti-democratic measures, Peled-Elhanan turns to the EU to with the goal of imposing her far-leftist dictates on the Israeli Public. Impervious to change, Peled-Elhanan's blind chanting of the "Settlements are the sole obstacle to peace" mantra rings hollow while Hamas war-criminals target Israeli cities, Syrians die by the hundreds of thousands, Islamic Fundamentalists ravage war-torn Iraq, and Egypt suffers crippling economic crisis and governmental instability. Peled-Elhanan has also blamed Israel for the death of her daughter a in a terrorist attack, as well as expressed sympathy and admiration for her daughter's killers.

As an Israeli longing for peace and justice, I believe Europe has to contain the settlement policy with greater determination and more concrete measures. The world increasingly understands the threat that the settlements pose to peace and stability in the region. Over time, neither Palestinians nor Israelis can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians. Already, the undemocratic character of the state of Israel is increasingly transforming it into an apartheid state.

As a laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Human Rights, and as a mother and a human being, I call on the EU to use all the diplomatic and economic tools at its disposal to help save my country from the abyss of eternal occupation and injustice.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Issues a Legal Fatwa Against Cutting Power to Gaza

On the Social Sciences chat list, the academic debate rages over the legality of a theoretical Israeli discontinuation of the Israeli-produced electric supply to Gaza, for which Hamas and the PA owe half a billion dollars in unpaid bills. Gross posts a fatwa that sticks Israel with the continued supply of electricity under the belief that Gaza is still 'occupied' despite having been rendered Judenrein.

[from the posted link]

For the purpose of answering the question posed, the question whether the Gaza Strip constitutes territory occupied by Israel is decisive…. Israel, thus, remained in full control of the lifelines of the Gaza Strip. It is submitted that this is at least equivalent to a de facto control which, according to Art. 42 of the Hague Regulations, is constitutive for an occupation. If this argument is accepted, the cut of electricity and water supply would be a violation of Israel's duty to provide for the welfare of the population.

Second, like the group of experts [Eyal Benvenisti, Aeyal Gross, David Kretzmer, and others - Isracampus], Bothe believes that Israel does not have to formally occupy Gaza in order to have a positive obligation to provide it with water and power.

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The Tenured "Suicide Bombers" of Academia

Prof. Phyllis Chesler accuses the Left of murder, ethnic cleansing, and demanding more Jews be killed. For all those Israeli Academics who would qualify: follow here.

J'accuse: every single Western academic, each intellectual and journalist who has ever circulated and signed a Resolution against Israel and in favor of Hamas is a supporter of Islamist barbarism against Western civilization.
They are the West's equivalent of suicide (or really, homicide) bombers.

These are the professors and activists who are, essentially, anti-American in their point of view and who, like President Obama (who studied with them), want a de-militarized and diminished America. The 21st century manifestation of this sentiment in academia is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose aim is to starve the Israeli government by bullying even further already indoctrinated academics, artists, and businessmen into not working in Israel and/or into covering the news in only a pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian way.

This educated ship of fools demands a proportionality in asymmetrical warfare that only means one thing: that not enough Jews are being killed. So far, no traditional army with men in uniform knows how to fight, according to Western rules of war, against combatants who are not in uniform, hide behind their own civilians, and hide their heaviest weaponry in schools, hospitals, and private homes; combatants who value death over life and who have made life a living hell for their own people.

Make no mistake: This bleating barnyard of sheep do not really care about Muslim deaths. They are silent as Muslims are slaughtering and butchering other Muslims all over the Middle East and the Islamic world… They only howl in rage when Jews kill Muslim terrorists in self-defense and in defense of Israeli civilians.

The Western academics are "merely" calling for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank and Jerusalem—all the while accusing Israel of being the world's greatest ethnic cleanser.

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Ben Gurion University - Little Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science), suffering from "Tunnel" Vision, Rallies for the Hamas on Anti-Semitic Counterpunch and Pro-Jihad Al Jazeera Websites

Gordon channels blame for the militarization of schools, mosques, and hospitals away from the Hamas, who made them targets by storing and firing missiles from those sites. Gordon states that Gazans have no bombshelters and "nowhere to flee." This is not true. Millions of $$$ and tons of cement have been sunk into a tunnel network under Gaza for Hamas' cowardly exclusive protection from Israeli attack. Gordon justifies the use of the immoral and illegitimate human shield tactic as a legitimate form of resistance for thwarting a moral army and a justified war.

For Palestinians living in Gaza today, simply spending time in their own homes, frequenting a mosque, going to a hospital or to school has become a dangerous enterprise since any one of these architectural edifices can become at any moment a target. One can no longer safely assume that the existence of masses of human bodies - even the bodies of children - in civilian spaces can serve as defence of the weak against the lethal capacity of the hi-tech states.

Hence, the use of human shields is not only a violation. In contemporary asymmetric urban wars, accusing the enemy of using human shields helps validate the claim that the death of "untargeted civilians" is merely collateral damage. When all civilians are potential human shields, when each and every civilian can become a hostage of the enemy, then all enemy civilians become killable.

The residents of Gaza are bombed by cutting edge F-16 fighter jets and drones, yet they do not have bomb shelters, and they have nowhere to flee. Israel's residents are bombed mostly by makeshift rockets, many of which have been intercepted by Iron Dome missiles. The majority of the population in Israel has access to shelters and can flee out of the rocket's range.

The crux of the matter is that in the context of contemporary asymmetric warfare, the weak do not have many options. When there are no bomb shelters, people remain at home during extensive bombardment. And if, like in the case of the Palestinians in Gaza, fleeing is not an option - because all exits from the strip have been closed, or because the neighbour's house is under the exact same threat as one's own, or because one is already a refugee and does not want to become a refugee anew - staying put, which the high-tech states term "illegal human shields," constitutes a form of resistance.

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The Tenured Left has Discovered a New Cause to Silence and Censor

The caring Left protect their own when one of theirs commits a rape, however, the Tenured Left enforce a silence and censor protocol for any non-leftist opinions on the subject.

It seems Kedar was interviewed recently on Israeli radio about what can be done to stop suicide bomber mass murderers. This is clearly a difficult problem since threatening to kill them is not effective for obvious reasons. Kedar answered that such people are not deterred by anything except possibly threats to their own family. Specifically, Kedar said in the interview: "The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."

Well, you can imagine what sort of effect THAT statement had. Note that Kedar is hardly advocating that they be raped, just making an observation about what incentives, if any, would affect suicide bombers.

Now the Caring Left so aghast at Kedar's words is curiously silent when leftists deal with the subject of rape in cavalier manner. Remember that infamous MA thesis sponsored by Hebrew University far leftists that "found" that Israeli troops do not rape Arab women because the Jews are such racists? A thesis awarded a special prize by the Hebrew University and hailed as path-breaking research by the Left…
Curiously the Caring Left has also maintained its studied silence when actual rape takes place. For years everyone in academia knew about the allegations that Hebrew University's Eyal Ben Ari (sociology) had been raping his students, but because Ben Ari is a senior radical anti-Israel leftist, the Left refused to speak out because of their sense of solidarity with him. Until the Hebrew University fired him due to growing public outrage. Ben Ari, of course, was also the supervisor of that thesis accusing Jews of being racists because they do NOT rape Arabs. I guess Ben Ari just wanted to prove how unracist he was, and the Caring Left had his back.

See this: http://www.isracampus.org.il/third level pages/HebrewU - Eyal Ben-Ari - the non-rapist.htm and http://www.isracampus.org.il/third level pages/Editorial - Seth Frantzman - Eyal Ben Ari.htm

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Ben Gurion University - Benny Morris (Dept of Middle East Studies), a Sometimes New Historian and Sometimes Real One, Gets Debunked by Prof. Kramer for Reverting to his Pseudo-Historic Revisionism

As an adverse consequence to debunking Ari Shavit's accounting of the supposed Lydda "massacre," Historian Martin Kramer reaches the conclusion that Morris, the source for Shavit's "massacre" claim, has laid the foundations for Israel's detractors to prove the "born in sin" argument. The "original sin" not being expulsions but massacres, each one pre-planned and sealed up into a separate "black box of Zionism", a term presented in Shavit's book, with Lydda being the prime example. In the age of exaggeration and decontextualization by the Post-Zionists and New Historians, any disproportionate Israeli defeat of its enemies constitutes a massacre. According to this theory of disproportionality, to sustain its very existence, Israel must massacre again and again, decade after decade. Thus "Israel thus can never be legitimate; it is a perpetual war crime, on an ever-larger scale."

In this narrative, the "original sin" of Israel's birth wasn't expulsion. The Palestinians wouldn't have fled their homes had there not been repeated and planned massacres, which have since been sealed up in "black boxes." Lydda stands as the prime example.

"Disproportion speaks massacre, not 'battle.'" This equally repellent statement, by Morris, is just as defamatory of Israel as Shavit's. On Morris's principle, every occasion on which Israel exacts a numerically "disproportionate" cost in the lives of others—as it often must do, if it is to deter and defeat its enemies—constitutes evidence of massacre; to sustain its very existence, Israel must massacre again and again, decade after decade… Israel thus can never be legitimate; it is a perpetual war crime, on an ever-larger scale. So saith the "disproportion."

Shavit and Morris thus validate the argument for Israel's dismantlement. As anyone familiar with their politics knows, that is not their intent. Israel is precious to both of them, and they call themselves Zionists. But at an earlier point in their lives, they became habituated to ripping events from their context, which was the hallmark of what was once called the "new history." Their treatment of Lydda is a relapse into a past addiction, which consists of simplification, exaggeration, and decontextualization—in short, the very behavior displayed by those now addicted to hatred of Israel.

The other day, someone posted a video clip from Lod (Lydda). It shows a demonstration by Arab residents (who comprise about a quarter of the town's population) and possibly some Jews, in Palmah Square, alongside the small mosque. The demonstrators, waving Palestinian flags, are protesting against "Protective Edge," Israel's operation in Gaza. They carry a large banner with this message: "Stop the massacre in Gaza."

At the site of one presumed "massacre," yet another is presumed. This is how myths evolve into a mythology. And that is why it's so important to recognize that even in Lydda, supposed site of the "largest massacre" of 1948, we just can't be certain there was a "massacre" at all.

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The Sorbonne and Hebrew U - Esther BenBassa (Dept of Jewish Studies): The Bete Noire of the French Jewish Establishment

Esther BenBassa is a Professor of Jewish Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. Although born in Turkey to a Sephardic family, she partly grew up in Israel and earned her baccalaureate at Tel Aviv U. After earning her PhD abroad, she taught briefly at Hebrew U. in Jerusalem. Although her parents were strong Israel supporters, after their deaths, BenBassa decided to join the Eurotrash in denouncing and demonizing Israel, particularly in France. She blames Israel for the failure of the "peace process".

BenBassa has become a celebrity in France, as yet another Jewish intellectual that blames Israel for all the Palestinian "suffering." Her trendy anti-Israel position gets her invited non-stop onto French TV, where she enunciates such exercises in Newthink oxymorons as: "I love Israel. But because I am so attached to the country, I defend the Palestinian cause."

BenBassa goes on to claim that the reason why Israel is treating the Palestinians so "badly" is because they are inflicting similar "suffering" on the Palestinians as the Jews suffered in the Holocaust. That, says she, is the real reason for anti-Semitism. Esther: Tu es betes comme tes pieds.

She claims she fights daily against racism, including anti-Semitism, the blame for which she often puts squarely on Jewish shoulders. She says the Jews obsess over the Holocaust.

So this racism-hating scholar sees nothing wrong with embracing the worst racists and misogynists in the world, the Hamas. And how dare the Jews bring up that tired old Holocaust?

BenBassa explains how she arrived at her worldview on the Jews and how they themselves are responsible for world anti-Semitism, particularly among the French. She claims the Jews made the Holocaust something sacred, almost turning it into a secular religion. In France, the Emancipation in 1791 of the Jews defined individual Jews as "French of Mosaic persuasion," rendering them Jews on the inside but not on the outside.

She feels that Holocaust consciousness in France led to a change for the worse in the Republic's attitude toward pesky ethnic minorities. "When Jacques Chirac admitted France's responsibility for the Holocaust in 1995 it was the first time the Republic gave recognition to a particular community." In other words, Jews deserve no special recognition by France for that country contributing to their annihilation by the Nazis. And if the Jews speak out, well, that's why there's anti-Semitism against them.

She demands: "It must stop. The Masada syndrome of concentrating only on Jewish suffering is fuelling the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, which, in turn, is linked to anti-Semitism. It has to be stopped because this anti-Semitism is making life in the Diaspora much more difficult. If the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues, anti-Semitism will grow everywhere."

It is no wonder that, with views like these, Professor Benbassa is the bete noire of the French Jewish establishment. After all, if one ascribes to her logic, if Jews embrace their anti-Semites and ignore the Holocaust, then maybe those anti-Semites will stop killing them.

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Hebrew University - David Enoch (Dept of Law) Exposed as an "Academic Thug" Silencing non-Far-Leftist Opinions

In true Bolshevistic style common to the far-leftist Israeli "academics," Enoch seeks to harm the reputation of a colleague without checking any facts in a fit of far-leftist rage. Enoch makes a leftist anti-democratic fool of himself and is the laughingstock of the American academic community when the colleague denies ever having made the comments that prompted Enoch's senseless attack. Enoch's behavior, and others like him, create an atmosphere where "dissenters are afraid to voice their opinions."

Professor David Enoch of Hebrew University chose c [to denounce Prof. Bell, without providing any explanation as to why Bell's legal analysis is wrong], and concluded as follows: "I think that the legal academic community should do what it can to make it clear that there are consequences of such abuse of legal pseudo-scholarship and status in the service of gross immoralities – if nothing else, in terms of reputation." (As I was about to post this, I see Prof. Bell has responded here.)

So Prof. Enoch is basically seeking to harm Prof. Bell's reputation, without providing literally ANY documentation that Prof. Bell is wrong, much less so egregiously wrong that his work should be considered "pseudo-scholarship" and his reputation should suffer. We should instead just take Prof. Enoch's word for it because, … well it's not really clear why we should according to Enoch, except that Prof. Bell's work suits Israel's "right-wing," and therefore apparently must be legally incorrect.

I'm sure Leiter himself could tell us which logical fallacy this best represents, but I can't recall ever seeing a law professor attack another law professor in such a bullying manner, and without providing ANY indication that the attack is deserved beyond "trust me."

As an aside, as a colleague points out, bullying of a somewhat less egregious sort seems relatively common among international law scholars, where those who are outside the predominant leftist consensus are considered beyond the pale. Keep that in mind next time you see a reference to "consensus" in international law scholarship, and consider whether it means anything beyond, "dissenters are afraid to voice their opinions."

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University of Haifa - Anti-Israel Extremist Micah Leshem (Dept of Psychology) Bullying Academics from Ariel and Bar-Ilan Universities

Leshem, utilizing his departmental specialty, applies peer pressure in an attempt to get Academics from Ariel and Bar-Ilan Universities to sign anti-Israel petition.

If anyone wishes to add their signatures they should. Also, if you know any colleagues in Ariel and Bar-Ilan Universities, perchance they did not get the message – rather strange…

Micah

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Tel Aviv University - Israeli Academics Sign a Bash-Israel Petition Organized by Rachel Giora (Dept of Linguistics)

As Hamas missiles fall on Israeli civilians, Israeli "Academics" place a narrow-minded emphasis on Arab suffering in Gaza.

 

 

 

 

The signatories to this statement, all academics at Israeli universities, wish it to be known that they utterly deplore the aggressive military strategy being deployed by the Israeli government. The slaughter of large numbers of wholly innocent people, is placing yet more barriers of blood in the way of the negotiated agreement which is the only alternative to the occupation and endless oppression of the Palestinian people. Israel must agree to an immediate cease-fire, and start negotiating in good faith for the end of the occupation and settlements, through a just peace agreement.

Among the "Academics" in Israeli universities who have signed: [as appeared on 6/8/14]
Prof. Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University
Dr. Kobi Snitz, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Dr. Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University
Prof. As’ad Ghanem, Haifa University
Prof. Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Adi Ophir, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Vered Kraus, Haifa University
Dr. Yuval Yonay, Haifa University
Prof. Gadi Algazi, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Idan Landau, Ben Gurion University
Prof. As’ad Ghanem, Haifa University
Prof. Micah Leshem, Haifa University
Dr. Ilan Saban, University of Haifa
Prof. Yehuda Shenhav, TAU
Dr. Hannah Safran, The Academic College for Society and the Arts
Prof. David Blanc, University
Dr. Haim Yacobi Bezalel, Ben Gurion University
Prof. Paul Wexler, Emeritus, Tel-Aviv University
Prof. Tamar Katriel, Haifa University
Dr. Roy Wagner, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Uri Hadar, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Yuri Pines, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Orly Lubin, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Halleli Pinson, Ben-Gurion University

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University of East London - Haim Bresheeth (Dept of Israel Bashing) Updates his Petition Denouncing Israel for Defending its Citizens

Bresheeth rides anti-Israel sentiments in academia to describe a very narrow-minded view of Arab civilian suffering during Operation Protective Edge in order to bash Israel. The petition also has special section for the Israeli Tenured "Academic" Traitors organized by Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University).

An open letter was sent on July 13, 2014 to Israel's academics, who, on the whole, remained silent in the face of the deterioration over the last few weeks, and the slaughter of the innocents in Gaza by the IDF…

We hope that this call may help to bring about a change in Israel's public debate about this illegal and immoral use of the army in Gaza, constituting war crimes, according to the UN. The list of signatories speaks for itself, we feel. This is clear evidence of the raw nerve struck by the action, and the widespread anger and frustration amongst academics and intellectuals everywhere about the Israeli continued slaughter, apparently immune to legal challenges and to pressure from all quarters. Let us hope that this list is only a begining of larger actions against the brutalities of the illegal occupation.

Since the operation began, at least 205 Palestinians have been killed (as of the morning July 16th) and over 2,000 have been wounded. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries. Thousands of northern Gaza residents fled their homes on Sunday after Israel issued warnings of forthcoming air strikes. Numerous homes have been destroyed, as well as the very fragile infrastructure, severely damaged in 2008/9 and 2012, and hardly repaired since then.

If you are an Israeli academic and agree with us on the urgent need to bring an immediate end to those atrocities, and to act to end the illegal occupation in Palestine, please sign the statement at the bottom of this letter by sending Prof. Rachel Giora (Rachel Giora <rachel.giora@gmail.com>) a mail with your name, title and affiliation.

Among the Signatories:
Prof. Richard Falk, Princeton University, USA
Prof. Noam Chomsky, MIT, USA
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, UK
Prof. Moshé Machover, KCL, UK
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky, SOAS, UK
Prof. Hagit Borer, QMU, UK
Prof. Ronit Lentin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Yigal Arens, USA
Prof. Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA, USA
Prof. Ariella Azoulay, Brown University, USA
Dr. Yael Korin, UCLA, USA
Prof. Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, UK
Prof. Dorit Naaman, Queen's University, Canada
Dr. Yoad Winter, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Prof. Daniel Boyarin, UC Berkeley, USA
Rann Bar-On, Duke University, USA

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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Despairs from the Wall-to-Wall Israeli Support of Operation Protective Edge

In an Op-Ed on Al-Jazeera, Little Neve Gordon demands to know: How dare Israel retaliate for Hamas atrocities instead of capitulating to terrorist demands?

Finally, the left has organised several protests, fifty people here a hundred people there, and, while often this is how resistance begins, it is not clear how within the current atmosphere these sober voices will amount to anything. It is a time of deep despair for all those who envision a different and brighter future for this land.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross Upset at Israel for Defending its Citizens

Gross takes time off from promoting transvestites to denounce Israel for "war crimes." Gross also suggests a new strategy for terrorists: targeting the civilian residences of IDF battalion commanders.

Although each instance must be separately and carefully examined, the data that indicates that many of the casualties in Gaza are civilians, combined with some reports about the circumstances in which these civilians died, raises the prospect that Israel has committed forbidden actions, some of which could possibly be defined as war crimes. The quantity of these cases makes it very difficult to absolve them based on arguments of "inaccuracy" or "error."

According to the figures published to date, more than a fifth of the dead in Gaza are children, and many more are civilian noncombatants. Certain instances are particularly troubling…

As Amir Oren wrote here on Friday, the IDF is not only striking buildings used to store rockets and as launching pads, but the houses of the families of Hamas commanders. These cases are troubling and raise the question: What would Israel say about an attack on the civilian residence of an IDF battalion commander, killing the civilians living there? If such an act is illegal, then so it what is being done in Gaza.

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Israeli "Academics" Against Israel Defending Itself

The petition, promoted by Micah Leshem, Rachel Giora, and Haim Bresheeth, places the fault for Arab Missile War-Crimes on Israel for searching for the murdering kidnappers of the three Jewish youths.

These are desperately bad times. The government of Israel, having provoked the firing of rockets by its rampage through the West Bank, is now using that response as the pretext for an aerial assault on Gaza which has already cost scores of lives. An atmosphere of hysteria is being deliberately provoked in Israel, and whole communities are being subject to collective punishment, a war crime. People are dying, and for what? To prevent a unity government of Fatah and Hamas?

We invite you, as fellow academics and intellectuals, to join your voices in an open and resounding protest about these war crimes by the Israeli government – your government. We urge you to stand up and be counted, to answer the call of your Gazan colleagues and make your voice heard. We hope that you will be able and willing to come together and voice your total opposition to the war crimes committed in your name!

If you are an Israeli academic and agree with us on the urgent need to bring an immediate end to those atrocities, and to act to end the illegal occupation in Palestine, please sign the statement at the bottom of this letter by sending us a mail with your name, title and affiliation.

Among the signers:
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, UK
Prof. Moshé Machover, KCL, UK
Prof. Hagit Borer, QMU, UK
Prof. Ronit Lentin, TCD, Ireland
Prof. Yigal Arens, USA
Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, HUJ, Israel

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Ben Gurion University - Oren Yiftachel (Dept of Geography) Supporting the Bedouin Invasion of State Lands

Yiftachel celebrates the Israeli Supreme Court verdict to send Bedouin claims to arbitration over the District Court's rejection of these claims. Yiftachel is called an "expert" by the Left despite being dismissed as a charlatan by the District Court Judge,

Prof. Oren Yiftah'el of Ben Gurion University, who had given an expert testimony at the original hearing in the District Court, said : " After years of enormous effort in research we obtained - through archives, aerial photos and the testimonies of tribes people – solid evidence backing the land rights of Bedouins in the northern Negev. This is the first time that such materials are presented at the Supreme Court. Though there is as yet no ruling, I hope that presentation of these materials would in itself make it clear to the judges that sixty years of Bedouin dispossession in general - and the Ukbis' dispossession in particular – were based on a judicial and historical falsehood. A conciliation process might lead to a reasonable outcome, and we will continue as much as possible to help the Bedouins assert their rights."

Contact:
Nuri al –Ukbi +972-(0)54-5465556
Attorney Michael Sfard : +972-(0)54-4713930,
Prof. Oren Yiftah'el +972-(0)54-6775512

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University Heads Establish BDS Counter Forum

The Committee of University Heads in Israel announced on Tuesday the establishment of a forum to counter future academic boycotts against Israel.

"An academic boycott is an unacceptable and dangerous process contrary to the spirit of research, undermining its foundations. This is an increasingly growing phenomenon with one aim - attacking the state of Israel and the research performed within its borders," said Prof. Menahem Ben Sasson, president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and chairman of the Committee of University Heads in Israel on Tuesday.

To date, academic boycotts have surfaced primarily in the humanities disciplines, though there remains great concern among Israeli universities and officials that the phenomenon will spread to encompass the sciences.

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Tel Aviv University and Van-Leer Institute - One-sided "Academic" Leftists-Only Conference Bashes the "Settlements"

Leftists at a Conference hosted at Tel Aviv University denounce the wine industry in Judea and Samaria as "winewashing."

Third, the topics today were all treated in a negative critical manner, even the upbeat wine presentation. I may be slightly subjective but as an academic researcher myself there are positive stories to be researched: educational achievements, absorption successes, industry, agriculture, science, social welfare, child psychology, medical services, religious creativity, music, drama, literature (someone did try to point this out while others were surprised) and so much more. Does all that have to be framed as a colonialization act, a crime? The workshop which included various disciplines was seemingly one-dimensionally political and took for-granted that Jewish communities in the areas administered by Israel since 1967 are a 'crime', an illicit or illegal act.

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Tel Aviv University and Van-Leer Institute Host Another Leftists Only Conference at TAU

A long list of far-leftists, including David Newman, Sandy Kedar, Dani Filc, and Haim Yacobi, discuss "new perspectives" in the "settlement enterprise."

The rationale for organizing this research workshop is to explore less conventional approaches and angles that go beyond the immediate politico-diplomatic dynamics and impact of Israel's settlement policy. The underlying assumption is that the settlements' enterprise is not an exceptional phenomenon contradictory to other trends in Israeli society, but is a historical process that was shaped by and related to other long-term processes.

David Newman, Ben Gurion University, Settlement as Suburbanization: The Banality of Colonization

Comparative views on settlements
Discussant:
Sandi Kedar, Haifa University

The heterogeneity of settlers
Discussant:
Dani Filc, Ben-Gurion University

Haim Yacobi, Bezalel Academy, and Wendy Pullan, University of Cambridge, The geopolitics of neighbourhood: Jerusalem's colonial space revisited

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Israeli Academics Outraged at the Defense of Israel

Apparently, defending Israel from hate-speech is now a crime punishable by silence on American campuses. Israeli academics give their support in stifling criticism of anti-Israel activity at San Francisco State University. The signed below dismiss the condemnation of terror-funded delegitimization of Israel as 'propaganda,' and by some twisted logic, agree that combating the "occupation" will also protect Jews and Israelis from racism and prejudice.

 

We, the undersigned members of Jewish communities, are writing to express our outrage at Tammi Rossman-Benjamin's vicious and baseless attacks on Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED).

Rossman-Benjamin, who has a history of attacking faculty and students who are critical of Israel, claims that actions by Abdulhadi, such as leading a delegation to Palestine that highlighted the plain reality of Israeli occupation and settler-colonialism, have been "compromising the campus climate for Jewish and Israeli students at SFSU."

Abdulhadi supports and teaches about movements for justice and histories of oppressed peoples, including work that challenges anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism as well as the occupation of Palestine. As such, Abdulhadi's teaching, scholarship and public advocacy directly contribute to combatting racism and prejudice against all peoples, including Jews. Suggesting that such work creates an unsafe atmosphere for Jewish students is simply propaganda…

Not only are these accusations of misconduct completely unfounded, but these attacks are a reflection of politically motivated, false charges of antisemitism targeting Palestinian and Arab faculty and students around the country… By characterizing protected political speech as antisemitism they cheapen and weaken crucial civil rights protections. This is but one example of the outrageous law-fare being used to target Palestinian students and professors and their supporters.

As Jewish people well-versed in the history of antisemitism that is backed with state power, we reject Ms. Benjamin's manipulation of our history… Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA and similar organizations do not speak for Jews when they irresponsibly slander Palestinian students and faculty.

Among the signed:
Gabriel Piterberg, Professor of History & Director of the Gustav von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies, UCLA
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, School of Oriental and African Studies and Director of Camera Obscura Films
Hagit Borer, Professor & Chair, Dept of Linguistics, SLLF Queen Mary, University of London*
Ilan Pappe, Writer and Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter*
Kobi Snitz Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Israel*
Neve Gordon, Professor, Israeli political scientist and author of Israel's Occupation
Orly Lubin, Tel Aviv University*
Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University*
Ronit Lentin, Associate Professor, Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin. Ireland*
Simona Sharoni, Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, SUNY Plattsburgh*

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University of Haifa - Anti-Israel Extremists Micah Leshem and Avraham Oz rally to show solidarity with anti-Semite Norman Finkelstein

Prof Avraham Oz of Haifa University writes:

You may have heard that US academic Norman Finkelstein was detained a couple of days ago by the Israeli authorities at the airport upon coming to visit the occupied territories and sent back home. Now granted that Finkelstein is a controversial figure in academe: the reason for his detention and expelling from the country is based on his opinions, as expressed in his books and articles. So much for an academic establishment which made a loud worldwide noise when the University of Haifa was boycotted by a union of academic teachers: no whisper was raised by members of academia in Israel to protest the case of detaining a fellow academic for his opinions, radical as they might be.

from Micah Leshem:

The well oiled anti-academic boycott machine of the University of Haifa has swung into action to fight for the Academic Freedom of Dr. Norman Finkelstein, an American Scholar with views critical of the Israeli Establishment.

From Professor Steven Plaut

Finkelstein, described incorrectly in the news story as an "academic," something he is not and never has been, is a Neo-Nazi widely regarded as a Holocaust Denier (including by the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center), who was fired by DePaul university last summer because he has no academic credentials at all and has yet to publish an academic paper. While making a career out of mocking and denouncing Holocaust survivors as frauds, hoaxsters, and thieves, Finkelstein has spent most of his time since being fired by DePaul in promoting Hizbollah terror.

It is of course well in charatecter for the University of Haifa's own pseudo-academic anti-Zionists to rally on behalf of a Neo-Nazi and terrorist agent… These people believe that "freedom of speech" should always be defended only for those endeavoring to orchestrate a second Holocaust of Jews, but not for anyone else.

Perhaps the Israeli authorities should deny entry into Israel not only to people like Finkelstein but also to those Israeli "academics" who serve as apologists for Neo-Nazis and for Islamofascist terrorists?

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Hebrew University - Orit Kamir (Interdisciplinary Dept) Justifying Terror

Among the leading figures endorsing Hanin's celebration of the kidnappings has been Orit Kamir. Her endorsement of Hanin Zoabi appears in Hebrew here. She proclaims that Zoabi not only has the right to support the kidnappings but Kamir explicitly says she agrees with Zoabi. Who exactly is Kamir? Her story states volumes about the collapse of academic standards in Israel.

Kamir is a radical feminist "academic" who made headlines a few years back when she was denied tenure at the law school of the Hebrew University… But in 2001 she was turned down for promotion and tenure due to a lack of serious bona fide academic publications.

Kamir decided to turn herself into a feminist martyr and started harassing the University in court. She filed a discrimination suit in an Israel labor court… After dragging along for two years, the labor court proposed a compromise, under which Kamir could continue working at the Hebrew University but without tenure, for a period of 6 years. The Hebrew University administration caved and signed. She was allowed to stay on in one of the worst incidents of affirmative action in Israeli academia.

Kamir is the new defender of Hanin Zoabi and the rights of terrorists to kidnap Jewish children.

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Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy - Eva Illouz (HebrewU Dept of Sociology and Bezalel President) Manifesto has Arab Agenda Trump 'Ahavat Israel'

As an 'enlightened' 'intellectual' Illouz dismisses 'ahavat Israel' (love of Israel) as collective narcissism and embraces 'universality' as her new religion. Illouz deconstructs 'ahavat Israel' into three forms: the Israel Lobby in the US Congress; the institutionalization of Holocaust remembrance; and Zionism.

Illouz feels compelled to tell the hard "truth" about the "evils" of Zionism, and complains about the distain to 'criticism.' However, Illouz surprisingly reaches the conclusion that there is a limit to criticism, beyond which the quibbler places him/herself outside the group. Only to conclude that the Arab plight trumps Jewish 'ahavat Israel' in a deplorable about-face.

Given that many of the members of that Jewish community do not profess strict religious dogma (and are thus dissimilar from the Muslims who issue fatwas against their intellectuals), this raises a puzzle. Why have moderately religious Jewish communities become so reluctant to perform what has characterized the ordinary task of intellectuals since Socrates: namely, to criticize and question the assumptions of their group in the name of universals? Why has it become so palpably difficult to criticize Israel or Jewish communities…

Ahavat Israel is a form of solidarity, but slightly differs from it. For one, it is an explicitly formulated injunction to love one's group, whereas ordinary solidarity is invisibly embedded in social relations. The Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva made the injunction of loving one's neighbor into a rule, and his interpreters (Hazal, the sages) interpreted that rule as a commandment to love the close neighbor, the Jew. That interpretation became institutionalized in the 12th century by Maimonides' Mishneh Torah… I would call ahavat Israel a form of hyper-solidarity, an imperative that was all the more moral in that it invited one to consciously, actively love one's group and to protect it from self-destructive divisiveness and the threats of others.

… I would argue that the imperative of ahavat Israel intensified in the period after World War II by way of three major institutions: the structure of American politics; the memorialization of the Holocaust; and Zionism.

The Israel lobby institutionalized ahavat Israel in the space of American politics. Once it became institutionalized, it became a powerful, invisible, unspoken assumption of organized American-Jewish politics.

The second element that played an enormous role in the consolidation of Jewish solidarity in conditions of modernity was the institutionalization of the memory of the Holocaust… Such political recognition of liberal societies resonated with changes within Jewish communities after World War II, who reorganized their identity around non-religious values.

The memory of the Shoah became a source of secular identity for Jews, and was accentuated by the universalization of the Holocaust by liberal societies… Thus, the collective memory of the Shoah generated solidarity by becoming a form of, or a part of, Jewish identity.

The third and final element that turned solidarity into the prime emotional and political motif of world Jewish communities was Zionism itself. As a nationalist ideology, Zionism became somewhat anomalous: Instead of ending with the creation of the state, it only gained in strength and scope. In fact, it became an ongoing project of identification, membership and belonging for Jews around the world, both inside and outside Israel.

Critique in the Jewish world must either constantly provide proofs of love or must face accusations of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, various forms of ostracism, black lists, media watch agencies, organizations such as Im Tirtzu monitoring course curricula and universities, philanthropic blackmail, etc.

Some, like U.S. philosopher Michael Walzer, would argue that it is the responsibility of the critic to be heard in such a way as to remain inside the group. The best critics, Walzer claims, are those who speak in a tone that feels close and familiar to the group he criticizes; the best critics rebuke their fellows in the name of the values their group holds dear…

If the contemporary Jewish intellectual has an urgent task, then, it is to unveil the conditions under which Jewish solidarity should or should not be accepted, debunked or embraced. In the face of the ongoing, unrelenting injustices toward Palestinians and Arabs living in Israel, his/her moral duty is to let go, achingly, of that solidarity.

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Hebrew University Allows 5th Columnist Student Event on Campus

Palestinian Media Watch reports on the 'Watan' Student Movement, a self-claimed "Trojan horse" at Hebrew U, that sees all of Israel as occupied territories. Hebrew U officials grant access to 'Watan' for an event praising terrorist and suicide bombers who then proceeded to claim to have "reclaimed occupied territories in Jerusalem."

Official Palestinian Authority TV lauded Israeli Arabs of the student movement Watan ("Homeland") for a festival they held in the amphitheater at Hebrew University last month. PA TV reported that "songs dedicated to the prisoners and the Martyrs were sung," and described the event on the Hebrew University campus as "reclaiming occupied territories in Jerusalem." [Official PA TV, May 23, 2014]

PA TV reported that the Arab participants chanted "the slogan: 'The amphitheater is ours.'" The PA TV reporter added that "in fact it [the amphitheater] was theirs. They restored the Arab character of the land on which Hebrew University was built, even if only for one day."

In 2011, a member of the same Watan (Homeland) Arab student movement at Hebrew University called the Arab student organization a "cultural Trojan horse":

"The Watan movement was founded five years ago within the walls of Hebrew University, within the walls of an Israeli institution, and has proven the theory of the 'cultural Trojan horse.' It has proven that it can establish Palestinian identity within Israeli institutions." [Official PA TV, Nov. 25, 2011]

Later that year, at a demonstration organized by the Watan movement against an Israeli "Prawer Plan" for resettling several Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert, the same student also denied Israel's existence, referring to the Negev, Nazareth and "the north" as "Palestine":

"We and our people in the Negev [are] one... We need to make our voice heard on all levels, across the world, here at the University, in the Negev and in Nazareth, in the north, everywhere in Palestine, in order to emphasize that we are one arm, and that Palestine is one." [Official PA TV, Dec. 12, 2011]

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University of Haifa - Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Dept of Information Services) Peace by Capitulation to PA demands

The Palestinians aspire to have an independent state in the 1967 borders, with Arab Jerusalem as its capital and a substantial return of refugees to Israel. The Israelis wish to retain the Jewish character of Israel, being the only Jewish state in the world. Both sides wish to enjoy life of tranquillity and in security, free of violence and terror. Both sides need to make painful concessions and reach a compromise. Both parties should explicitly accept UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397 and then begin their full implementation. The endgame will be based on the following parameters:

Capital – Each state is free to choose its own capital; West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Prisoners – As an act of good will, part of the trust-building process, Israel will release a number of agreed upon prisoners. With time, as trust will grow between the two sides, all security prisoners will return home.

Refugees and their right of return – This is a major concern for both Palestine and Israel. For Palestinians, this issue is about their history, justice and fairness. For Israelis, this is a debated issue, where many Israelis are unwilling to claim responsibility for the Palestinian tragedy and most Israelis object to the right of return as this would mean the end of the Jewish State.

What needs to be done is to identify the population, establish the numbers, and after mapping the refugee population conduct a survey among them that would include the following options:

  •  Return to Israel;

  •  Return to the West Bank;

  •  Return to the Gaza Strip;

  •  Emigrate to third countries that would commit to absorbing a certain quota (appeal will be made to countries that receive immigration on a regular basis to participate in this settlement effort);

  •  Remain where they are.

The 1948 Palestinian refugees will be able to settle in Palestine. The rest of the world will be able to set immigration quotas for absorbing Palestinians who apply for settlement in their designated choice of country. Unification of families should be allowed in Israel on a limited quota scale annually. But massive refugee return to Israel will not be allowed. In addition, an international tribunal of reputable historians and international lawyers, including equal representatives of Israel and Palestine, will determine the level of monetary compensation. If needed, Israel and Palestine may establish an international relief fund to which humanitarian countries that wish to see the end of the conflict can contribute. Israel, Europe, the Muslim World, North America and other countries of good will (the Geneva Accord mentions Japan; we may add China, Australia and Brazil) would be able to secure the required funding. The United Nations and the World Bank may also be approached to offer assistance.

International commerce – Israel and Palestine will be free to conduct international commerce as they see fit. In order to develop trust between the two parties, some level of transparency about logs of commerce will be agreed and memorandums of understanding will be signed by the two parties.

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University of Washington - Assaf Oron (Dept of Statistics) Obsessed with Presenting Israel as an Economic "Addict" to "Occupation"

Oron cooks the books to "prove" that the "Occupation" is the source of Israel's economic growth. Making Carl Marx proud, Oron blames Israel's sustained economic growth upon the policies of "occupation" and exploitation of cheap Arab labor and rejects the effects of abandoning over 30 years of wasteful social practices and embracing capitalistic policies.

Bibi has presented Israel's recovery from the 2001-2003 crisis as evidence of his economic genius, and as his claim to gravitas in the eyes of Israel's socio-economic elites, who had up until then seen him as a superficial hack. Yet, here comes the head of the central bank's research department, who states in a formal report that in reality, Israel's economy mostly rode on George W. Bush's coattails to exit the crisis.

Emerging from the mid-1970s crisis and the late-1980s crisis required that Israel pay a political price. On the first occasion, it was returning the Sinai and (falsely) committing to Palestinian autonomy. On the second occasion the price was engaging in direct negotiations with the Palestinians, leading to some limited autonomy. But the exit from the 2001-2003 crisis was granted to us by the George W. Bush administration free of charge, as part of his crusade to reshape the Middle East, and of his generally superb skills in running things.

This unbelievable (and highly irresponsible) politico-economic gift from Bush has caused most Israelis to enter a mental bubble of smugness and disengagement from reality. It is this bubble that explains much of Israel's ridiculous military adventurism since the mid-2000s. It is this bubble that allows Bibi to boast of "saving Israel's economy" via some neoliberal magic potion. And it is this bubble, in which economists like Flug and Strawczynski attempt to "investigate," supposedly, what causes Israel's growth and recession cycles – all the while completely ignoring the occupation regime that actually underlies most of them.

If you are still confused as to what this little post's message is:

Post-1967, Israel's economy became an occupation economy first and foremost. Setting up the occupation regime gave us our biggest economic growth spurt. Since then, the occupation's woes have given us our worst crises.

Yes, there is also Israeli hi-tech, and there is also macro-economic policy. But studying Israel's macro-economy without explicitly entering the occupation regime into the picture, is – my apologies if this offends anyone – tantamount to economic malpractice.

On an overall calculation, my guess is that Israel is still somewhat ahead, economically, on the cumulative gains and losses from its occupation gamble. This is mostly at the expense of Palestinians, of course, but also increasingly at the expense of the U.S., the EU and others who have poured increasing amounts of money and effort to keep the situation in Israel-Palestine from falling completely off a cliff. That inflow of outside money has helped us retain many of the occupation's benefits… Yet, the occupation's annual balance is probably negative nowadays, and getting worse, on average, every year.

So why can't we give it up? Besides the well-known political and social reasons (fear of Palestinians in general and terror in particular, the settler Right's chokehold on national politics, plain inertia), there is also the memory of the original "high" of 1967-1973. That initial boom still lives in too many Israeli hearts and minds, equating the occupation and "greater Israel" with a sense of prosperity. That explains our collective behavior patterns, such as,

•  Pledging to give up the occupation again and again, yet not following up, and very often not even doing anything that can realistically lead to its end;

•  Denying or suppressing the occupation's existence, its nature or the magnitude of its impact upon Israeli life;

•  Blaming everyone but ourselves for its side effects.

In short, the classic behavioral patterns of an addict.

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Ben Gurion University - Duplicitous Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Finds New Extremes: Silence is Paramount to Active Participation in the "occupation"

Gordon formulates a conspiracy theory in which the cult of silence by non-Far-Leftist Academics and the Academic Institutions is proof of "colluding" with the "occupation." Bragging under the guise of 'critical thinking,' Gordon admits to have been undermining Israeli sovereignty for over 25 years.

In 2006, I was among 25 professors from five Israeli universities who filed a petition with the High Court of Justice in Israel requesting that the court put a stop to the transformation of a small college, located in the occupied West Bank, into a university. We submitted the petition because we were appalled by the idea that the Israeli government would use academe to advance its colonial project in the Palestinian territories.

Israeli universities have long acted as if they were mere bystanders, simply watching the demolition but not participating in it. Sitting in classes on Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus, studying philosophy in the midst of the first Palestinian uprising, in the late 1980s, we would often hear shots and see the clouds of tear gas rising from the valley below as the Israeli military quelled Palestinian protests in Arab East Jerusalem.

And yet the silence of Israeli universities was deafening. Yes, some professors did organize petitions and solidarity visits to the West Bank. But as an institution, not one university published a statement supporting its colleagues across the Green Line, in Palestinian territories.

Wittingly or unwittingly, Israeli universities play a central role in sustaining the occupation. They are the face of Israel's democracy that serves to hide its dark colonial side. One could call it "university washing."

Ariel University is perhaps an extreme case, since it was founded by military decree and is intended to play an active role in the suppression of another people. But the general failure of the Israeli academy to stand by Palestinian universities and against the occupation is no less colossal.

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Hebrew University and Van Leer Institute - Amos Goldberg (Dept of Holocaust Studies) discovers a Moral Equivalent to the Holocaust

Goldberg promotes the 'Nakba' as the equivalent of the Holocaust in an alarming trend that starts once he joined the semi-Marxist Van Leer Institute.

Goldberg's PhD dissertation concentrated on diary writing by victims during the Holocaust. But since joining Van Leer he has devoted much of his energies and attention to the idea that Israel should give "equal recognition" to the "Nakba," the supposed "catastrophe" that befell Arabs when they failed in their attempt in 1948-9 to conduct genocidal ethnic cleansing of Jews in Israel.

"Nakba" today sums up the Palestinian narrative about the "tragedy" of the founding of Israel. Goldberg writes widely about the need to convert Israel into a Rwanda-style bi-national state. Goldberg is involved with Zochrot ("Remembering"), an ultra-anti-Israel leftist NGO seeking to removing Jewish names from towns and villages in Israel and "restoring" their Arab identities. It is basically an Erase-Israel group. In other words, Zochrot seeks to undermine Jewish sovereignty and promote the idea of the Nakba, as well as the "right of return" of Palestinian "refugees" to Israel, destroying it demographically from within… He today insists it is important to give equal footing to Arab "suffering" and to the "narrative" that asserts they underwent a catastrophe because Israel won the war against it in 1948-9. Goldberg's writings constantly compare the Holocaust with the "Nakba."

Quoting Goldberg in an abstract:

"This article develops a theoretical framework for shared and inclusive Jewish and Palestinian deliberation on the memories of the Holocaust and the Nakba. It argues that a joint Arab-Jewish public deliberation on the traumatic memories of these two events is not only possible, however challenging and disruptive it may be, but also fundamental for producing an egalitarian and inclusive ethics of bi-nationalism in Israel/Palestine… The figure of the refugee, constitutive of Palestinian and Jewish histories and identities, we suggest, serves as a herald of this binational and disruptive ethics. We conclude that 'empathic unsettlement' also has a productive and transformative potential which gives further (however partial and initial) meaning, shape and content to the ethics and democratic politics of bi-nationalism heralded by the refugee."

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Hebrew University - Nurit Peled-Elhanan's (Dept of Education) Dismisses Israeli High Schools as Zionist Indoctrination Centers

Peled-Elhanan levels these charges in an attempt to undermine the 'Zionist national narrative' at a public church function in NYC.

Nevertheless, both [Nurit Peled-Elhanan and Miko Peled] have the same goal: to expose, challenge and overcome the Zionist national narrative.

The "racist discourse" in Israeli textbooks, Peled-Elhanan concluded, "infects students with ideology" and "prepares them for one thing only: to be good soldiers."

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Tel Aviv University - Leftilliteracy at TAU: Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education) Invents the Nonsense Anti-Israel Derogatory Term "Occupartheid"

Bar-Tal sees the Israeli education system as a "continuous and constant process of indoctrination" of Israeli school children. Despairing from recent polls, Bar-Tal hysterically, but correctly, reaches the conclusion that his far-leftist misconceptions will never again achieve an Israeli majority. This "moral deterioration" of Israeli Society under the influence of "occuparthied," prompts him to undermine Israeli sovereignty and ask the world to intervene in Israeli internal affairs. The response of Israeli Democracy to protect itself from the anti-democratic attacks on Israeli Society perpetrated by the Far-Left has Bar-Tal slinging ludicrous charges of a racist society and a non-democratic, immoral regime. Bar-Tal greatly inflates the numbers of his far-leftist followers to the hundreds of thousands. However, millions of Israelis know the leftilliterate Bar-Tal is wrong.

I write this letter with great concern for the future of my society and the State of Israel with the belief that the views presented here reflect the opinions of at least several hundred-thousand Jews living in Israel, who oppose the positions and the policies of the Israeli government and believe that these positions and policies are leading the country to disaster. This letter expresses my deep worry and conviction that Israel needs to be saved from the road chosen by the majority. Just because views are possessed by a majority does not mean that these views—-and the actions that result from them—-are right, moral or just.

Israeli Jews, who already practice occupartheid (defined as discrimination between populations on the basis of ethnic origin as a result of a lasting occupation that denies political and economic rights from the occupied population) will not be able to maintain this system forever and will eventually face a dilemma in which they will have to choose between two very different options: to be a democracy with a clear Jewish majority or to be a pariah, isolated state enacting formally a type of apartheid.

In this emergent situation it is imperative that none of us—-Jews, Palestinians, and other citizens of the world—-stand by passively!! Everyone must act to move the peace process back onto its tracks. This is not only a moral command: Stopping the present abysmal situation is deeply in the interest of both societies and the international community.

There is no doubt that the glorified victory of the 1967 war was the turning point in the societal consciousness of the Jewish people, a great majority of whom viewed the occupation as liberation and redemption for the nation. This view is still deeply entrenched in the dominant ethos, if we take into consideration that the Israeli Jewish population goes through continuous and constant process of indoctrination through socialization in schools, in the army, and even in media, indicating that the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River is the exclusive homeland of the Jews.

In addition while most of the countries of the world cherish democracy as the preferable political system and Israel self-proclaims itself as one of the strongest democracy, the reality is different. Israel is steadily moving away from the boundaries of democracy. This way finds expression in the spate of bills that seek to limit criticism of the government and the State, to restrict freedom of speech, to legalize illegal polices, to expand Jewish nature of the state over the democratic counterpart and to harm the Arab minority. Racist, nationalistic and antidemocratic rhetoric and acts have become part of the normative life of the society.

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Tel Aviv University - Dahlia Scheindlin (Dept of Political Science) Burdened by Zionism

Reminiscing about her leftist indoctrination at summer camp, Scheindlin describes how "Israeli-ness" should become a Cana'anite style melting pot of all its citizens. After more than a century of building the land, the Zionist interaction with the local Arabs has not brought the naysayers any closer to agreeing to share the Zionist Dream. However, Zionism has had to evolve and defend itself from baseless charges of racism and being hijacked by the far-left, such as Scheindlin, who would destroy the Jewish State of Israel and replace it with a Rwandan-style state of all of its citizens.

But Israel, by contrast, tries to formally define itself as Jewish. Instead of allowing "Israeli-ness" to develop into a blend of its (current) majority, fusing with its minorities like in France or America, Israel would like to narrow "Israeli" identity to the Jewish aspect – through a Basic Law proposal, an amendment to the Citizenship Law, Right of Return and draft laws. Maybe the current leadership isn't interested in preserving the Jewish numeric majority, as witnessed by creeping annexation policies, so it hopes to anchor the character of the state through legislation. There are also unwritten codes, such as favoring army service for employment, or unequal resource distribution, to divide the favored from the marginalized.

Inside this first inner demarcation, there is yet another, even narrower, boundary being drawn: Zionism.

In over a century of the modern usage, the term has never meant one thing alone. Its myriad tributaries merged and parted like the waters of the world's great rivers. Like a political party in Israel.

But lately, Zionism has come to refer not to the many ways of building Israel, but to a litmus test. The test is your label: you are "Zionist" – no matter what you mean by that – or else you are post-, anti-, non-Zionist.

There's a second current meaning. For Palestinians, Zionism has equaled racism from the famous UN resolution onward – and before. For them Zionism is both the occupation from 1967 and their ongoing 65-year-old stateless wandering that began in 1948 (even the Jews wandered in Sinai for only 40 years). In the name of Zionism, Palestinians' collective historic trauma was denied (understandably making their demand for recognition of their experiences more vociferous). To this day, they live as people in bondage, subject to military rule and stunted political growth.

It is a burden.

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Tel Aviv University - Carlo Strenger (Dept of Psychology) Believes that the "Occupation" is Israel's Greatest Threat

Poor Carlo Strenger cries in his beer that he and his fellow leftists are just poorly understood. Its not that they don't care about Israel, however, they care for the Arabs even more. Strenger banks the future security of Israel within the Liberal Vision of "Universal Morality."

But along with the blame game between Israel and the Palestinians, another blame game has been going on, in which Israel's right-wingers blame liberals for Israel's isolation. When you read Israel's right-wingers, you might think that Israeli liberals would rejoice in boycott. We are being accused of bad-mouthing Israel, of giving Israel's enemies ammunition and arguments that can be used by the BDS movement.

I want to ask these right-wingers a simple question. Has it ever crossed your minds that when you call us names like "anti-Israeli" or "self-hating Jews", you are missing the most obvious and simple point? Do you really think that Israeli liberals are interested in Israel's being ostracized?

It is time that you realize that we Israeli liberals care about Israel's interests exactly as much as you do. Do not lecture us that we are unrealistic about the dangers facing Israel and that we are naïve…

And yet we think that the occupation endangers Israel more than any external enemy. The difference between Israel's right-wingers and Israeli liberals is not one of naïveté vs. realism. Your vision of Israel is based on stones and bigotry and the myth that Israel doesn't need the West's friendship. Ours is based on universal morality, the firm belief that humans matter more than stones, and on the realization that Israel's long-term survival depends on a close relationship with the free world based on common values.

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Sapir College & Tel Aviv-Yaffo College - Zvi Bar'el Campaigning for Another Arab State

Bar'el encourages Obama and the International Community to force Israel into recognizing an Arab State beyond the Green Line and supplies a blueprint for undermining Israeli interests. Does advocating secession of territory from under Israeli sovereignty constitute Treason?

For example, there is no logical explanation for the continued refusal by the United States to recognize an independent Palestinian state that will receive recognized international status and benefit from the rights of a country under occupation.

The old argument to the effect that recognition of a Palestinian state is a matter for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is no longer valid.

When Hamas declares itself a political party, even if it doesn't recognize Israel, no country, including the United States, will be able to refrain from recognizing the unified Palestinian government. Such a government would not find it difficult to bring about the reopening of the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian side, to receive financial support from Arab countries, to join all the international conventions, and to demand recognition of its territory within the 1967 borders.

That is the little justice that the international community can grant the Palestinians, after proving itself incapable of forcing Israel to desist from the occupation or at least halting the continued Israeli invasion of Palestinian territory.

… But there is no reason why [the United States] shouldn't nurture the Palestinian president and his government, invite him to meetings in the White House, send money for the development of civil services, prevent Israel from imposing economic sanctions against Palestine, and declare Palestine an ally.

The European Union, which until now has watched the negotiations as a passive observer, also has a vital role. It can offer the Palestinian state the status of a satellite state, foster formal commercial ties, encourage investors and manufacturers to operate on the West Bank and in Gaza and condition the extent of cooperation with Israel on the extent of Israeli restrictions against the Palestinian state…

Although a flourishing economy and international support will not solve the territorial dispute, recognition of the Palestinian state would present Israel with a real dilemma. Is it a part of the international community or will it become fixed in the world's consciousness as an unworthy country?

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University of Haifa - Presenting Radical Israel Hater Micah Leshem's (Dept of Psychology) Latest Anti-Semitic Caricature: Israel Kills Arabs with Facebook

Leshem's other infamous anti-Semitic caricatures can be seen here and here.

 

IsraCampus encourages outraged readers to let their feelings be known:

University of Haifa President
Mr. Amos Shapira
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240101
Fax: 972-4-8288110
E-mail:president@univ.haifa.ac.il
a.shapira@univ.haifa.ac.il

University of Haifa Rector
Prof. David Faraggi
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8288094
Fax: 972-4-8342101
Email: faraggi@stat.haifa.ac.il

Board of Governors Chairman
Mr. Leon Charney
Law Office of Leon H. Charney
Broadway 1441
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-819-0994
E-mail: charney@lhcharney.com

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Hebrew University - Anti-Israel, Radical Leftist Moshe Zimmermann (Dept of History) Exploits European Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv to Claim Zionism is a Failure

Well, Herr Zimmermann is back in the news this week. He is all upset. What is he upset over? It seems that the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team won the European tournament and Zimmermann took this as a personal affront to his anti-Zionism.

But what upset Herr Zimmermann is that the outpouring of celebration interfered with the plans of the Radical Ultra-Left to convince Israelis they are a pack of racist Untermenschen who need to mourn their very existence.

Zimmermann denounced the celebrations (story in Hebrew here: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4521291,00.html) as an "obscene orgy over the failure of Jewish muscularity." Huh?

Zimmermann claims to have some knowledge of sports (unlike me) and insists that the victory of the Tel Aviv team actually proves that Zionism is a failure. He proclaimed, "The vision was for Zionism to create Jews who would excel in sports. But the fact that the basketball team recruits mercenaries from America to do the work is fraud and pretense. It is the very opposite of the Zionist vision."

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Neve Gordon (Ben Gurion University) and Nurit Peled-Elhanan (Hebrew University) Participate in a Palestinian Solidarity Conference with the Aim of Delegitimizing the Jewish and Democratic State of Israel

Gordon levels charges of apartheid and segregation against the State. He denies that Israel is a democracy. Gordon labels Israeli schoolchildren racists due to their [justified] apprehension of Arab terrorists. Gordon, worried of the 'horrors' his children would suffer if they came into contact with the 'racist' Israeli pupils, founded a bilingual post-Zionist school and kindergarten in which even 4 year-olds are brain-washed into observing the 'Nakba.'

With Nurit Peled-Elhanan's consent, an interview was screened in which she whines about 'the Arab image' and maps of 'Greater Israel' that are presented in Israeli text books. Peled also complains about the infrequent use of the word "Palestinian" [an usurped word for a made up people] to describe Arabs.

Where Neve Gordon mainly wants to talk about the situation in Israel itself. In Israel we have to deal with segregation and apartheid. According to Neve Gordon is the Israeli state built on a hyper-ethnic nationalism. For Israel, it is important to maintain. Majority of the Jewish ethnic group We could say that Israel is an ethnocracy rather than a democracy. Ethnic identity is vital for Israel, therefore the population geographically spread over the area. The intention is to judaizing the area.

The population of Israel, consisting of Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Israelis (Israel calls them Arab Israelis), is ethnically separated. There are no Palestinians living in Jewish neighborhoods or neighborhoods. They are therefore segregated neighborhoods.

Of course this also segregation in schools.

This racist attitude is not accidental, according to Gordon that is reinforced by the fact that Israeli and Palestinian young people simply have no contact with each other. They do not meet, they do not play with each other; and so the idea of the "dangerous other" has been maintained. Jewish children are afraid of the Palestinians, and therefore they are racists.

Seen in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the national histories are very important, both are stories told in school. The moment when the Jews 'Independence Day' Israel commemorate to the Palestinians after all, the anniversary of the Nakba (the catastrophe - the destruction of Palestinian society in 1948). It is not easy to bring children from 4 years old this on. Teachers tackle the very pragmatically. It starts on an emotional level, the Independence they tell the children that with independence comes responsibility. Responsibility for a small child means itself can attract clothes. For the story of the Nakba, they teach the children the basic concept of losing your home, losing your friends and neighbors, your pets and toys lose. The older the children are, the more dimensions are added to the story. A moment of silence was held for the Nakba and the Holocaust. In this way, a situation is created in which there can be taken into account with the other, and the other one is different.

During the conference was being watched a movie where Nurit Peled was interviewed about her research on Israeli textbooks…

Maps of Israel showing the textbooks becoming the 'Greater Israel', where the Palestinian territories and Israel form a whole. They show 'the land of Israel, "as opposed to" the State of Israel, "resulting in generations of Israelis who do not know where the boundaries of their own country. On any map, the Green Line stated.

On refugees is said that it was allowed to remain, they do not understand why they left them. Palestinians are presented as curious people, people who want to give the public any good pieces of land, to build playgrounds and so on. The word Palestinians is used very rarely, if ever, instead they use the word Arabs, so as to refer to the other Arab countries where Palestinians can go to.

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University of Haifa - Radical Israel Hater Micah Leshem (Dept of Psychology), Best Known for his Anti-Semitic Caricatures, Shows his Own University as a Guillotine for Murdering Arabs

Leshem captions his work "The Ivory Tower of Haifa University" in Hebrew at the bottom.

 

 

IsraCampus encourages outraged readers to let their feelings be known:

University of Haifa President
Mr. Amos Shapira
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240101
Fax: 972-4-8288110
E-mail:president@univ.haifa.ac.il
a.shapira@univ.haifa.ac.il

University of Haifa Rector
Prof. David Faraggi
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8288094
Fax: 972-4-8342101
Email: faraggi@stat.haifa.ac.il

Board of Governors Chairman
Mr. Leon Charney
Law Office of Leon H. Charney
Broadway 1441
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-819-0994
E-mail: charney@lhcharney.com

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Open University – Yair Auron (Dept of Political Science) Advocating for Nakba Culpability

But unless Israelis know about and recognize the crimes we committed in 1948, and their ongoing significance in Palestinian society, and unless Palestinians recognize the ongoing significance of the Holocaust in Jewish-Israeli society, there is no chance of a true reconciliation between these two peoples.

To me, the Holocaust has a degree of sanctity. Perhaps the appropriate response to Abbas' remarks would be to recognize the catastrophe of the Nakba, even though, in my view, these are two events where comparative research actually proves how completely they differed.

Racist, antidemocratic and, to my sorrow, even fascist manifestations are common in Israel. The official policy of the State of Israel in recent years explicitly contains fascist and racist elements.

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Tel Aviv University - 300 TAU Students Make No Sense; Mourn the "Catastrophe" of Israel's Creation

The students mimic Memorial Day ceremonies and promote "testimonies" of ethnic cleansing.

Some 300 students marked Nakba Day on Sunday with a demonstration at Tel Aviv University. Arab students carried pictures of relatives and read testimonies of Palestinians who were forced from their homes and villages during Israel's War of Independence.

Louis was not concerned by the counter-protesters… "There is no doubt that there are a number of narratives to what happened in '48. That makes sense."

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Sapir College & Tel Aviv-Yaffo College - Zvi Bar'el Lambasting the 'Occupation'

Bar'el calls the 'occupation' more dangerous than 'apartheid.'

Occupation by its nature creates deep discrimination and enormous disparities between the rights of the occupier and the occupied. These don't relate only to the way the occupation shapes daily life, or to the restrictions it places on freedom of movement, freedom of expression and the legal remedies to which the occupied are entitled. Occupation thwarts or delays the realization of national aspirations for independence and sovereignty, but it doesn't conceal them. Apartheid, in contrast, destroys the basis of equality between citizens of the same state.

And this is why the left is mistaken – or more accurately, confused – when it adopts apartheid as a greater danger than the occupation itself. It's as if it were saying, "Give us an enlightened occupation, and we could live with it just fine." This trend also includes another interesting development, which holds that if we can't end the occupation, we'll create a binational state in which the government will be forced to grant the Palestinians equal political and civil rights. This is paternalism. Did anyone ask the Palestinians if they want a binational state? Have they already given up their aspirations to become a free people in their own land?

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum's (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) New Pet NGO is Placing Anti-Israel Ads in the Media

Goldblum and his NGO are proclaiming that "John Kerry was Right" (about Israel being 'apartheid'). Goldblum posts a similar ad on his personal Facebook page.

The new picayune anti-Israel NGO, previously reported by Isracampus, is calling itself "Equality – the Organization for the Prevention of Racism and Apartheid in Israel." From the group's registration records, it is headed and run by Amiram Goldblum, a founder of "Peace Now."

On May 7, the group ran an ad in the Israeli media under the headline (in English and Hebrew): "John Kerry was Right! Without a just two-state solution – Israel will become an apartheid state." It is not clear where the funding comes for the ad and it would not be surprising if it turns out to be from overseas anti-Israel forces.

Among the signers/endorsers of the group appearing on the ad are at least two faculty members from Ben Gurion University: Dan Filc and Naomi Shir. Curiously, Goldblum's own name does not appear on the list in the ad.

However, Goldblum signs his name to the ad that appears on his Facebook page, along with the academics Menachem Klein, Gabi Solomon, Zeev Sternhell, and Dan Tawfik.

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University of Haifa - Israel Waismel-Manor (Dept of Political Science) sees Israel as Morally Equivalent to Iran

In a manner fitting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Waismel-Manor slanders Israeli Orthodox Jews as power-hungry, hawkish fanatics who are unwilling to make peace and aim to change Israel's democratic nature. Waismel-Manor greatly exaggerates the influence of the Israeli religious community and whitewashes the Iranian Ayatollah leadership. Waismel-Manor misleads his readers to believing that Israel is a country of religious fanatics and Iran a country of secular moderates, all the while preaching gloom and doom in his support of BDS sanctions.

As moderate Iranians and some of the country's leaders cautiously shift toward pragmatism and the West, it seems that many Israelis are moving away from these attitudes. In its 66 years, Israel has seen its share of ideological shifts from dovish to hawkish. These were natural fluctuations driven mainly by the country's security situation and prospects for peace.

But the current shift is being accelerated by religion and demography, and is therefore qualitatively different. While the Orthodox Jewish parties are currently not part of the government, together with Mr. Bennett's Jewish Home, a right-wing religious party, they hold about 25 percent of seats in the Knesset. The Orthodox parties aspire to transform Israel into a theocracy.

Israel's shift toward orthodoxy is not merely a religious one. Since the vast majority of Orthodox Jews are also against any agreement with the Palestinians, with each passing day, the chances of reaching a peace deal diminish. Nor is time on the side of those who want to keep seeing a democratic Israel.

If Israel continues the expansion of settlements, and peace talks serve no purpose but the extension of the status quo, the real existential threat to Israel will not be Iran's nuclear program but rather a surging tide of economic sanctions.

From academic boycotts to calls for divestment on American university campuses to the unwillingness of more and more European financial institutions to invest in or partner with Israeli companies and banks that operate in the West Bank, the "B.D.S." movement is gaining momentum. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently called B.D.S. advocates "classical anti-Semites in modern garb."

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Hebrew University - Alexander Yakobson (Dept of History) Promotes Anti-Democratic Plan to Create a Rogue Terror-State in the Israeli Heartland

Martin Sherman lambasts Yakobson over what amounts to Treason for encouraging the creation of an Arab State within striking distance of the main population centers and industrial zones with even the most simple terror devices. Yacobson and his colonialist cronies explain the refusal to acknowledge the Jewish State as an Arab response to Israeli diktats instead of demanding the non-semantic mutual recognition necessary to serve as the basis for a peaceful co-existence. Yakobson would rather give in to the irredentist Arab claims and grant the Arabs statehood without securing an annulment of future claims than admit that the continued Arab belligerence is a result of their commitment to a phased conquest of Israel. Since Yakobson's ludicrous moonbat proposal has no chance of ever finding an Israeli majority to implement it, he resorts to anti-democratic measures which undermine Israeli sovereignty.

Some such formula can be adopted in a peace agreement. It will be reciprocal, and it won't sound like an Israeli dictat. It won't be open to the objection that by recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, the Palestinians would have to renounce their historical narrative and subscribe to the Israeli one; it is obvious that by accepting such a wording, Israel will by no means be adopting the Palestinian narrative. The term "Jewish state" itself will probably not be there, but the substance of the Israeli demand will have been met, on a reciprocal basis.

The real question is not whether the Palestinians are willing to accept some semantic formula having to do with the Jewish state, but whether they are ready to accept the Jewish state itself. This question is raised in all its gravity by the Palestinian demand for a "right of return" to Israel for the Palestinian refugees of 1948 and their descendants…

Israel can live without any semantic recognition of the Jewish state, but not with this demand… Is the Palestinians' current position their final word? The only way to put this to the test is by submitting a peace plan that would offer the Palestinians a viable state on the basis of the 1967 lines, with a right of return to the Palestinian state, but not to Israel. Because the present Israeli government will not produce such a plan, the United States should.

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Hebrew University and Van Leer Institute - Amos Goldberg (Dept of Holocaust Studies) Equates the "Nakba" to the Shoah with the Goal of Creating a Binational Entity

Despite a 'non-equal' clause, Goldberg completes the ultimate hijacking of the Holocaust by the Arabs. Usurping 2000 years of Jewish stateless victimhood, Goldberg elevates the Arab refugees and "statelessness" through linguistic subversion to create an empathic, moral equation between the two events. Goldberg blames Israel with ethnic cleansing and promotes a delusional vague feel-good postnational state of some kind.

Goldberg also absolves Arab participation in the Holocaust. Strange for a Holocaust scholar, Goldberg blindly ignores the documented activities of Al-Husseini, the religious and political leader of the Mandate Arabs, in shaping the events of the Holocaust: denying Jewish Immigration from German Occupied Europe; recruiting Muslims to serve the Nazi cause; and perhaps even the suggestion of the Final Solution itself.

Our proposed binationalism, denoted by 'empathic unsettlement', allows for more ontological stability than Butler's excessive individualistic hybridity and radical alterity. Otherwise stated, our binationalism endorses a thin form of communitarianism that acknowledges the role ethnicity and nationalism play in Israel/Palestine. More precisely, our account recognizes the right to national self-determination of both national groups while insisting that this right ought not be realised in the form of an exclusive ethnic state.

Similarly, our attempt in this article has been to suggest a way to jointly think and deliberate on the two traumatic memories of the Holocaust and the Nakba without conflating them but also without completely separating them as if they have nothing to do with one another.

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The Discussion of Legitimate Limits to Abuse of Freedom of Speech by Far-Leftists Reaches the Public Sphere

The abuse of individual rights and personal freedoms by the Far-Left has prompted Martin Sherman to suggest enforcing existing laws, or to draft new ones, to make "academics" criminally culpable when advocating irresponsible policies for which the outcome is blatantly detrimental to national security or the physical safety of its citizens.

It has been a long accepted principle in the most democratic of nations that the right to free speech is neither unconditional nor unconstrained. This is especially true when such nations find themselves in a state of belligerency.

It is this potential abuse of individual rights and freedoms that may imperil collective freedoms and rights which comprises the major thrust of the ensuing discussion…

The US legal system stipulates two related offenses, "reckless endangerment" and "depraved indifference."

Without engaging in scholarly debate regarding the legalistic differences between the two, it would be true to say, in informed layman's terms, that the defining characteristic common to both is that they each entails conduct, exhibiting a clear disregard for foreseeable consequences of the act involved, which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to others. Significantly, the focus in these offenses is on the risk created by such conduct, not the actual injuries resulting.

Yakobson's proposal to abandon Jews to alien sovereignty of course comprises a grotesque inversion of Zionist ideals, which always strove to achieve the opposite – bringing Jews to live under Jewish sovereignty. His latest article takes this manifestly misguided myopia even further.

Yakobson is proposing implementation of a policy that has failed consistently and catastrophically for almost a quarter century, incurring the murder and maiming of thousands upon thousands of his countrymen.

But, because Israel's democratically elected government has not been sufficiently submissive to Palestinian demands in adopting such a perilous and imprudent policy, Yakobson suggests that it be promoted (read "imposed") by the US administration – whose misunderstanding and incompetence regarding the political realities in the international system in general, and the Mideast in particular, have been starkly apparent for at least a decade.

If this recommendation to have a disastrously disproven policy imposed on his own government by an inept alien entity does not constitute a clear and present danger to Israeli national security, it's difficult to think what does.

The trenchant question that remains is: How long will we, as a society, continue to tolerate, not only the articulation but the proactive propagation of harebrained, hazardous hallucinations, no matter how clearly detrimental to the national security of the state and the physical safety of its citizens, before they are accorded the public outrage and societal opprobrium they so richly deserve?

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Hebrew University - Omri Ben Yehuda (Dept of Comparative Jewish Literature) Trivializes the Holocaust

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ben Yehuda wishes to make room for fictitious Arab claims of Genocide in 1948.

'When we compare the Holocaust to other events, we not only abandon our posturing as the eternal victim but even more importantly enter the stand as humans, as people required to think, choose and make determinations. … When the Jew ceases to be ONLY a Jew, becoming partly a Turk, partly an Arab and even sometimes a Nazi, he himself as a Jew becomes a participant. Moreover, many researchers have noted in recent years the comparability between the traumas in a multi-cultural society, in which there is also room for the Holocaust of the Jews, such as comparing it with the Holocaust of black people in America and the Holocaust of the Arabs in 1948. The proper role of the genocide of the Jews is not to dismiss the Holocausts of other peoples but rather to cope with the connections to those Holocausts…'

If you would like to let the heads of the Hebrew University know what you think of all this, write to:

President of the Hebrew University
Prof. Menachem Ben-Sasson
Email hupres@cc.huji.ac.il
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel. 02-6584143, 02-5881905
Fax. 02-5811023

Hebrew University "Friends of" Offices:
http://www.huji.ac.il/huji/eng/friends_e.htm

Rector of the Hebrew University
Prof. Sarah Stroumsa
Email    stroums@vms.huji.ac.il
            Sarah.Stroumsa@huji.ac.il
            stroums@huji.ac.il
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Telephone: 02-6719698, 02-5883676
URL: http://pluto.huji.ac.il/~stroums/

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Hebrew University - The Colonialist Ideology of Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) and the Extreme Left Exposed

Dror Eydar topples Zeev Sternhell's flimsy far-leftist argument against Arab recognition of the Jewish State by staking the Jewish claim to the land of Israel based on moral, legal, historical and religious grounds.

The Palestinian's intransigence on Israel being a Jewish state has to do with one of the core questions, a question that parts in the Left have somehow ignored: Do the Jews, as a national and ethnic group, have a claim to this land, based on moral, legal, historical and religious grounds? At the very least, do they have claim on the portion of the land that would be left to us if Sternhell has his way?

As long as the Palestinians refuse to accept this demand, the conflict will endure. Any deal that is not considered final would merely be another step toward the implementation of the Palestine Liberation Organization's phased plan to destroy Israel. In other words, the delegitimization of the Jewish state would continue even after it had withdrawn to its narrow borders.

Sternhell's friends will then attack Israel as being an "apartheid" and a "racist" state. As far as they are concerned, because a fifth of the population is non-Jewish, this country is a binational state. It is just obvious. How outrageous it is that the law books overtly favor the Jewish majority.

Just look at how Sternhell defines this agreement: "For Israel's leaders, the word 'agreement' means unconditional Palestinian surrender.... The Palestinians must accept their inferiority." Unbelievable. Where did he get that from? Only a colonialist could talk like that. Only a colonialist would view the agreement as a deal where the locals accept their inferiority to the masters.

Sternhell has realized that he is part of a minority. He wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renege on the pledges he made to his voters, to disavow the very values he ran on and abort the historic mission he has pursued…

Sternhell implies that Netanyahu should withdraw from the heart of our homeland, just like de Gaulle withdrew from Algeria. But this is like apples and oranges. Algeria was never French. As for the Land of Israel, well -- it has been the land of the Jewish people since time immemorial. Yes, Mr. Sternhell. This has been the home of your people for ages. Could you believe it?

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Far-Leftist 5th Columnist Israeli Academics Sign Petition Supporting the BDS Movement from Within

The petition, designed only for Israelis citizens, tries to pass off the double standard applied to Israel as "not anti-Semitic."

We, Palestinians, Jews, citizens of Israel, join the Palestinian call for a BDS campaign against Israel, inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid.1 We also call on others to do the same.

We are deeply concerned about the potentially irreversible damage inflicted on Palestinians by Israel's brutal occupation, systematic oppression of its Palestinian citizens and denial of the right of return of Palestinian refugees. We have come to the conclusion that these practices will end only when their cost for Israel- its elites in particular- outweighs the benefits.

In light of attacks on BDS supporters, we emphasize that a critical stance against the occupation and apartheid, including explicit BDS actions taken by individuals and organizations, are not antisemitic [sic]. On the contrary, only resistance of this kind as part of the struggle for peace based on justice and equality will enable a common future for Arabs, Jews and all inabitants [sic] in the region.

Academics among the signatories [as of 22/4/2014]

Last Name

First Name

City

Country

Baum

Dalit

Tel Aviv

Israel

Bresheeth

Haim

London

UK

Davis

Uri

Ramle

Palestine

Elhyani

Zvi

Tel Aviv

Israel

Giora

Rachel

 

 

Hadar

Uri

Ramat Hasharon

Israel

Katz

Teddy

Magal

Israel

Lentin

Ronit

Dublin

Ireland

Matar

Anat

 

 

Neiman

Ofer

 

 

nir

eyal

Tel-Aviv

Israel

peled-elhanan

nurit

Jerusalem

Israel

Shaindlinger

Noa

Toronto and Tel Aviv

Canada and Palestine

Snitz

Kobi

Haifa

 

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Hebrew University - Marxist Anti-Democratic Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) Believes that Arab Recognition of the Jewish State of Israel is an Unreasonable Demand

Sternhell lays down an ultimatum to capitulate to Arab irredentist claims or suffer the humanist brand of apartheid because, according to Sternhell bizarre claim, Jews have occupied Israel since the First Aliyah. Sternhell smears even the liberal left-wing Judicial System as an "arm of Israeli rule." Since Sternhell's ridiculous and absurd ultra-Leftist views will never be a majority position, he calls upon the Western World to undermine Israeli sovereignty and meddle in Israeli internal affairs.

The demand that the Palestinians recognize a Jewish state is no coincidence; it's not to be taken lightly. It's the way to demand that the Palestinians admit their historic defeat and recognize the Jews' exclusive ownership of the country.

In the eyes of the right, the Jewish people won a decisive victory when they occupied the country in a process that began with the First Aliyah — the immigration wave from 1882 to 1903 — and continues to this day. Its two high points were the War of Independence and the Six-Day War, both part of the sequence of settlement. In that sense there is no difference between the occupation of parts of the country before and after 1949, while the Green Line has no significance except for being a temporary cease-fire line.

Therefore, for Israel's leaders, the word "agreement" means unconditional Palestinian surrender. For the Jews' exclusive right to the land to be complete and recognized, the Palestinians must accept their inferiority. This perception is anchored deep in the Israeli consciousness and is shared by the right, the center and the center-left, the towns in the country's outskirts and most residents of Greater Tel Aviv, the Labor Party and Likud. They all reject the principle of equal rights for the Arabs.

The road to South Africa has been paved and will not be blocked until the Western world presents Israel with an unequivocal choice: Stop the annexation and dismantle most of the colonies and the settler state, or be an outcast.

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University Heads Boycott Ariel U

[Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, chairman of the Committee of University Heads] delivered his speech to an incomplete forum. The Ariel University president was absent. The formal explanation given for his absence was that the Ariel University president is not a member of Committee of University Heads, so he was not invited.

That explanation, however, obviously neither holds water nor lives up to a single legal or even ethical criterion. If such is the case, then it means Trajtenberg refuses to accept Ariel University's status as a true university, despite the government's decision to upgrade the institution. Actually, it makes Trajtenberg the head of a committee that refuses to honor the government's decision. So be it.

Any reasonable individual can see that the university professor heads have conglomerated, acting as an extortionist gang and doing with academia as it pleases. Divvying up the budget among the council, an estimated 8 billion shekels ($2.3 billion), is done as if the universities were state unto themselves.

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Two Leftist Academics Demand Israel "Recognize" Palestine even if the Arabs Refuse to Recognize Israel

Oded Eran (TAU, Institute for National Security) and Robbie Sabel (Hebrew U, Dept of Law) preach capitulation to Arab irredentist claims while posturing over the merits of creating a second Hamastan bordering on the Israeli heartland. Eran and Sabel allege that a self-claimed Arab State would be no better than the State of Israel as neither have fixed borders or a formally recognized capital. *This* is who led negotiations and advises the Foreign Ministry. We now know how Israeli politicians were hoodwinked into signing the failed Oslo experiment.

Notwithstanding its concerns it might be worthwhile for Israel, and maybe the US, too, to consider taking the initiative and supporting the State of Palestine's accession to the UN. True, it will be a state with no permanent borders and a self-declared capital, with major issues such as the refugees still unresolved. It will not, however, be much different from its neighbor Israel in this respect. Israel's borders with the Palestinians, both in Gaza and the West Bank, and with Lebanon and Syria are still to be permanently fixed, and its capital, Jerusalem, is not formally recognized by the international community.

Beyond exposing the hollow Palestinian threat, such a move will turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into just one of close to 200 international disputes on territories and borders. Jerusalem, security, refugees and mutual recognition of their national status will still have to be negotiated, but that will be carried out by two legally equal entities.

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Tel Aviv University - TAU Officials OK Terrorist's Land Day Lecture on Campus

Students protest the participation of Mohammad Kana'neh, who served jail time after being convicted of working for Hezbollah, in a Hadash movement sponsored Land Day conference on campus. TAU officials believe that Terrorists are also entitled to freedom of speech. Conference participants believe they are above any criticism.

Students of rightist and centrist political groups in Tel Aviv University protested the invitation of an Arab-Israeli to partake in a Land Day conference on campus, after serving a prison sentence for contacting a foreign agent.

Ahead of the conference, expected to take place next Monday, the protesters turned to the university's management and demanded to cancel the participation of the man, Mohammad Kana'neh, former secretary general of the Abnaa el-Balad (People of the Land) organization. The event's organizers claimed the rioters attempt to silence them.

Kana'neh had served 30 months in prison after being convicted of contacting a source working for Hezbollah and transferring information to Palestinian terror activists.

"There is place for a pluralistic debate on campus, but no place for a terror-encouraging debate," the protesters noted while demanding "tighter inspection of the (Arab) movements' activities by the university."

Jaber Basal, member of the Tel Aviv University Hadash movement, said: "It is our right to partake in any conference on campus. Every person has a different view. They call some of us 'terrorists', and we also see the representatives of their political parties as criminals of war who should be persecuted in an international court… I suggest that no one teaches us what to do."

Tel Aviv University said in response: "The university maintains freedom of speech on campus, and it allows public activity initiated by the students in accordance to the rules of conduct of the State of Israel and previous court rulings, as long as the following conditions are kept: Keeping the law of the State of Israel, maintaining university regulations, procedures and property, keeping public order and the proper order of the teaching, research and work on campus. In the case in question, all of these conditions were met and thus the university approved the activity."

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Being Taken to Task for Running his Tendentious Anti-Israel Pseudo-Poll about "Apartheid"

Maurice Ostroff blames (somewhat maliciously) misleading questions and unethical analysis of the data for the "Apartheid" conclusion to the poll commissioned by Goldblum and his fund. Quite opposite to the poll's "conclusion," Ostroff maintains that the poll's data prove that Israelis are less racist than many Western countries or the Arab world.

Unfortunately the manner in which the poll was conducted and interpreted has achieved the diametric opposite. For example according to Haaretz, Arab MK's said that the survey verifies their sense of increasing radicalization of Israelis and the marginalization of Arab citizens to the fringes of Israeli society; hardly promoting the understanding and dialog that your fund aims to promote. Their conclusions would be acceptable if based on facts but their prejudicial views are unjustified since they result from flaws in the poll as explained below.

Worse still, rather than promoting peace, the reaction to the poll incites hatred of Israel, making peace with our neighbors more difficult. It promoted a viral international negative reaction by media who, without bothering to analyze the poll results, hastily and irresponsibly reproduced Gideon Levy's misinterpretation.

For the purpose of illustration, let's discuss the results of question 8 which asks whether respondents would object to having an Arab neighbor. In your press statement you unjustifiably infer an attitude of apartheid as you conclude that 42% of the total population does not want an Arab family as neighbors in their building.

This is not a reasonable inference as the actual results show that fully 68% of the 235 secular respondents and 66% of the 82 Russians have no objection to Arab neighbors.

The 79% of the Ultra orthodox and 62% of the Orthodox respondents that skew the results would object to any neighbors who don't observe the Sabbath, whether Arab or Jewish. Their attitudes bear no relationship to South African legislated apartheid. In any event these opinions cannot be regarded as significant as they are expressed by a very small number of respondents; only 60 Ultra orthodox and 50 religious.

2. Understanding the questions

The weakest aspect of this poll is the admission in your press statement that you asked about apartheid despite the fact that it was unclear what the respondents understood by the term. The poll should be dismissed as unreliable on this account alone.

Surely the most important requirement for any credible survey is that the respondents understand what they are being asked.

In fact it appears that even the pollsters don't understand the meaning of apartheid. Yes there are extremist tendencies in Israel that should be opposed but they bear no relationship to apartheid. I speak from personal experience… And I state categorically that the situation in Israel and the West bank bears no resemblance to South African apartheid.

In the circumstances I suggest with respect that the laudable objectives of the Israela Goldblum Fund have been seriously set back by this poll.

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Pace University - Professor Ilan Safit (Dept of Philosophy) Finds an Arab Moses

Safit makes his 'discovery' in his convoluted justification of the PA's bid for Statehood that bypasses the peace negotiations and violates the Oslo Accords.

Safit is an activist with One Voice, a far-leftist pro-Palestinian propaganda organization. He recently hosted some films at a presentation at the 7th annual "Other Voices from Israel" seminar. Safit's presentation was titled New Voices, and every one of these "New Voices" was a pro-Palestinian voice… One Voice activists are all for a two state solution, even if two states means Hamastan metastasizing from Gaza to the West Bank. Their "philosophy" is to cheer on the Palestinians no matter what they do or say. Amusingly, Palestinian activists and organizers like the ISM's Ali Abunimah still condemn One Voice anyway as being "too pro-Israel."

Safit, the Learned Philm Philosopher, tries to explain his ideas [supporting the PLO's attempt to bypass peace negotiations and violate the Oslo Accords in order to get the UN to declare a Palestinian state] based on Jewish morality and lofty aims in an article he wrote in The Jewish Week… He even recruits the Bible as pro-Palestinian propaganda:

He sums things up thusly: "It was Moses' greatness to tell the people the truth: 'We will not arrive soon at the Promised Land; but we will continue on the path, and we will endure, and one day, if not we, then our children, will prevail. Isn't this message exactly the one Palestinian leaders are now telling their own people? Doesn't it describe better the current Palestinian story than it does the current Israeli one? … Standing by the values that made you into a people proves a more trying task…'"

So Safit wants Jews to acknowledge that the true Moses of the 21st century is the Palestinian Other!

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University of Exeter – Ilan Pappe Participates in a Kangaroo Tribunal Using Mobocracy to Lynch Israel

Pappe uses a litany of false or misleading facts and other untruths to prove Plan Dalet "ethnic cleansing," make illegal the justified capture of the 1967 territories, and to vilify legitimate anti-terror military actions. Any Court of "Law" that would accept testimony from Ilan Pappe, a disgraced academic and linchpin in the Tantura Hoax, must be blatantly incompetent and obviously biased.

The testimony of Israeli historian and socialist activist Ilan Pappe was an interesting and revealing account of the Zionists' leadership strategy to rid the Palestinians from their homeland since the 1940s. He testified that the expulsions were not decided on an ad hoc basis, as other historians have argued, but constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, in accordance with Plan Dalet drawn up in 1947 by Israel's leaders then.

He testified that the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948 constituted ethnic cleansing, as the Zionists movement was not concerned with the native people. He revealed that it was as early as in the 1940s when the Zionists began deliberating the fate of the indigenous people of Palestine and that they wanted to take over Palestine with as little Palestinians in it by having them leave voluntarily or be forced out.

He further revealed that from 1948 until 1949, the plan was enforced by Zionist forces to cleanse villages and towns of Palestinians by encircling the villages/towns from three flanks to intimidate the residents into leaving by leaving one flank open. Some 530 villages were wiped out physically. Under the partition plan, 56% of the land [much of which the Negev desert - Isracampus] was to be handed to Israel wherein the 2/3 of the population was Palestinians. In the end, 93% of the land came under the control of Israel [after being attacked by 7 Arab armies - Isracampus] and 750,000 Palestinians were left out as refugees in neighbouring countries, in Gaza and West Bank. After the 1967 war, Gaza and West Bank were occupied.

He added that having taken over most of Palestine territories, the Zionist policy changed from expelling to destroying the Palestinians. Hence, the Sabra & Shatilla massacre was an attempt to destroy Palestinians in Lebanon.

He told the tribunal that the use of military action against Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank was considered genocidal against people who cannot defend themselves. Military operations such as Summer Rains, Autumn Clouds, and Cast Lead were just to kill the Palestinians and destroy the economy, culture and their spirit.

In cross-examination by Amicus Curiae Jason Kay, Prof Pappe agreed that his view of history is a minority view…

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Tel Aviv University - Carlo Strenger (Dept of Psychology) Wants Arab Cantons (That Can Then Secede?)

The consequences for Israel are clear. Like in Switzerland, the U.S. and Germany, the central government’s responsibility and authority should be cut back to the domains that can only be dealt with nationally, like the military, nation-wide transportation and ecological management. The rest should be delegated to smaller units.

The cultural differences in Israel are bigger than in Switzerland and probably the U.S. too, and the animosity between different groups here has led to the point where national religious, Haredi, Liberal and Arab citizens are afraid they can no longer live here. Moving towards a form of cantonal autonomy for Israel’s various groups could bring us all the relief that we can live and let live without stepping on each other’s toes.

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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Participates in Misleading Anti-Israel Propaganda Documentary

The documentary 'Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land' is a single-sided Arab viewpoint on the conflict that uses false premises and misleading assertions to place the sole blame for the lack of peace in the Middle East on the Israeli Government. Gordon and his fellows try to present the 'peace loving' Arab fallach farmers as being misunderstood simple folk that are being demonized by intimidating Jewish Organizations. Gordon and the others justify the use of violence these 'peace loving' people. However, Gordon and the documentary ignore the roles of terrorist organizations, suicide bombings, and the Arab Leadership in propagating the conflict.

Prof. Neve Gordon: When one lives under oppression, and there is no other way out, and he's being violated every day by violent means, then sometimes the only way out of that situation is through violence. Particularly if the one who is violating your rights, and taking away your freedom is ruthless. And uses systematic methods of violence to oppress you. Like torture.

Prof. Neve Gordon: That's not the kind of image that the media wants to create because then all these images of Jews and Arabs working together, of Palestinians wanting peace, would create a kind of dissonance. It would contradict the message that the media has been giving us for years and years. Then how do you explain it? You can't explain it.

Prof. Neve Gordon: Their struggle in many ways is a just struggle. And they're struggling for a state. We in Israel have a state, the American people have a state, why shouldn't the Palestinian people have a state?

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Continues to Lead the Anti-Semitic Heterophobes

Gross receives international acclaim as a leader within the 'pinkwashing' criticism movement of Israeli "apartheid."

The cynical use of queer rights as a publicity strategy to create a positive, humane image for Israel is not new, nor is it exclusive to New Zealand. In 2011 the Jewish lesbian writer Sarah Schulman published an op-ed in the New York Times criticising Israel’s ‘strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life’. Other prominent queer Jews have echoed Schulman’s criticism of pinkwashing, including Judith Butler and Aeyal Gross.

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Haaretz Questions What Constitutes Legitimate Expression

Haaretz Newspaper, The Radical Left-Wing Mouthpiece, has started to question what "constitutes legitimate expression." Haaretz runs Amiel Ungar's op-ed questioning where 'Critical Thinking' stops and where abiding the enemy and treason begins. Exposed are the methods of the Israeli Far-Left for framing and controlling the 'legitimate' political debate by 'outlawing' opinions with which it can not compete. As a minority opinion, the Israeli Far-Left has been warned to curb its abuse of the subjective processes of politicized selection and rewards.

High school civics teacher Adam Verete, who used his position of authority to impose his extreme left-wing views on his students, and made a student who courageously challenged his views an object of ridicule, was reinstated. Popular music icon Ariel Zilber's lifetime achievement award (given by Israel's national performing artists' association) was downgraded … for uttering politically incorrect views that were no more inflammatory than those uttered by prize winners identified with the Israeli left.

As both stories were in the spotlight in Israel simultaneously, it naturally raised the issue why freedom of expression was upheld for Verete the leftist teacher and denied Zilber the rightist musician. … The debate over the limits of free speech in Israel is not an honest one but merely a continuation of the political struggle by other means.

Israel's political left wants to frame the political debate by dictating what constitutes legitimate expression and what constitutes "racism" or "incitement." In this way it can monopolize the debate and exclude opinions that it disagrees with. One means of doing so is to punish the proponents of "incorrect" viewpoints. In December 2013, for example, we witnessed the grotesque spectacle of Haifa University retracting an honorary doctorate from Nobel laureate Professor Israel Aumann because it found his political views discordant.

But why wait for a person with incorrect views to make a name for himself and then blackball him? A better tactic is to adopt a Bolshevik prophylactic approach that will prevent entire categories of undesirables from achieving influence and renown. This was the thrust of Amir Oren's warning that the top ranks of the Shin Bet security service were becoming infested with religious Zionists the most dangerous carriers of incorrect thinking…

One can understand the anguish of the left in seeing the representatives of religious Zionism advance to major positions in the IDF and the Shin Bet because these positions presage future corporate and political leadership roles. But if the left is worried that there are too many knitted skullcaps in the Shin Bet, it must beef up its own share of potential applicants.

If Oren and his friends want to impose what Huntington called the "subjective model", where correct political viewpoints would trump qualifications, they should ponder the consequences not only for the Shin Bet but for the Israeli left as well.

Israel's political and demographic trends in Israel are far from encouraging for the left, and as a minority it has more to lose from a politicized selection and rewards process. For example, the makeup of Israel's Supreme Court or the Political Science Department at Beersheva University would look a lot different if they had to reflect dominant political opinions rather than presumed objectivity. By denying Zilber and Aumann honors and seeking to block the career advancement of religious Zionists, the left is inviting a backlash and an overdose of its own medicine.

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Hebrew University - Daniel Blatman (Dept of History) Calls Israel a "Racist Cancer" and Calls for a Boycott of Israel

If I were an American Jew, I’d worry about Israel’s racist cancer
Amid the awareness that Israel is sliding toward an apartheid regime, the silence of Jews worldwide is deafening.

If I were an American Jew who held Israel dear, I would view the crisis afflicting the greatest Jewish dream in modern times with despair.

When sitting down to Shabbat dinner with my adult children, I would hear that Israel no longer represents the values on which they were raised: human dignity, equal rights, a pluralistic society, and the obligation to fight for the weak and the persecuted. In the eyes of America’s future economic and political leaders, Israel no longer has a place in the family of enlightened nations. It has become the South Africa of the 21st century.

If I were an American Jew, I would conclude that this was a time of emergency. It’s not the Iranian threat that endangers Israel’s survival, it’s the moral and ethical collapse of its society.

But if the vision of an open, egalitarian and peace-loving Israel is important to Jews around the world, they can’t leave the chances of fulfilling it in the hands of the Israelis alone. The racist cancer, after 47 years of occupation and domination of another people, has spread deep into Israeli society.

World Jewry must help Israel be cured of it. It must speak out and act. It must come out openly and sever any economic, cultural or political tie with any person or organization that promotes turning Israel into a racist apartheid state, whether a settler, a rabbi who preaches violence, or a politician who promotes racist legislation.

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Ben Gurion University - SLAPP Suit Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Joins Those Insisting that Critics of the BDS Movement be Silenced

Israel-Hating Gordon, who filed a fascist SLAPP suit against a professor who dared to criticize his public political writings and behavior, feels intimidated by the efforts to curtail the hijacking of the public discourse on Israel by the BDS movement.

Whether one is for or against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as a means to change the current situation in Palestine-Israel, it is important to recognize that boycotts are internationally affirmed and constitutionally protected forms of political expression. As non-violent instruments to effect political change, boycotts cannot be outlawed without trampling on a constitutionally protected right to political speech. Those who support boycotts ought not to become subject to retaliation, surveillance, or censorship when they choose to express their political viewpoint, no matter how offensive that may be to those who disagree.

We are now witnessing accelerating efforts to curtail speech, to exercise censorship, and to carry out retaliatory action against individuals on the basis of their political views or associations, notably support for BDS.

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University of Haifa - Israel-Hater Micah Leshem (Dept of Psychology) Joins the Ku Klux Klan!!

Demands that crosses be burnt on the lawns of any Jews who move into Acre and into Arab neighborhoods of Haifa, where they do not belong!

Posting on Segel-Plus, March 6, 2014, Micah Leshem <micahl@psy.haifa.ac.il> wrote:

Well certainly it seems that this was a terrible criminal offence. However, in the general blackout of the Jewish media on what is happening in the Arab community (eg (sic) we are told almost nothing about the daily acts and incidents of harm and destruction to Palestinians civilians in the occupied territories) and we know little of what happens even close to our homes – eg (sic) how many of us know that a Yeshiva suddenly appeared in the middle of the Arab neighbourhood of Ein Hayam? Not a single Jewish family lives there, yet slap bang in its center - a Yeshiva. How did that come about? And similarly, how come right in the tenements of Acco where Arab families live, suddenly apartments were rented to Avrechim – not families, but Avrechim - how did that come about? And what did we hear about their contribution to the Yom Kippur riots in Acco – very little (the town was closed off by police and Magav next day. I had to sneak in and talk to people and met press folk who were kept at bay as well). Similar tactics are being attempted in Halissa, as some of us know, no thanks to the media.

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Organizes a Petition to Suppress Academic Freedom

As the basis to revoke Bar Ilan's Academic Freedom, the petition implies, in bold letters by Goldblum, that the University is producing more of the same "incitement" that produced Yigal Amir. Goldblum's petition gets supported by the usual group of Radical Leftwing Academics.

However, the ad published by Bar-Ilan says something else: The Book …. PROVES how Israeli Human Rights Organizations fuel the culture of terror and confrontation in Israel... PROVES, no less. Nothing left for a discussion and debate. Bar Ilan thus adopted the slandering position of the book, so that the claim of Hershkovits in support of free speech has no basis and is ridiculous

Freedom of speech is a main cornerstone of democracy. We condemn the Bar Ilan style of that publication that blocks free speech and debate. Bar Ilan has well known reasons to learn from past experience and should thus be more sensitive and exercise the utmost efforts to teach its students to respect democratic values.

We the undersigned condemn the blocking of free speech in that ad of Bar Ilan, we declare our pride in Israeli Human Rights organizations and reject all attempts, by Bar Ilan or by others, to harm them.

Among the signed:
[Daniel Bar-Tal]
דניאל בר-טל
[Avraham Oz]
פרופ' אברהם עוז
[David Bar-Gal]
פרופ דוד בר-גל
[Hannah Safran]
חנה ספרן
[Alon Liel]
אלון ליאל
[Sadra Ezrachi]
פרופ' סדרה אזרחי
[Oren Yiftachel]
אורן יפחתאל
frances raday [sic]
[Amiram Goldblum]
עמירם גולדבלום

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Hebrew University - Dimitry Shumsky (Dept of History) - Promotes the
Bi-National State to Replace Evil Ungrateful Israel

Apparently, Shumsky lives in his own Never Never Land composed of historical theories and analogies of life for Jews where the real existential threat to Jews plays no role. Shumsky is, most interestingly, an Ashkenazic Jew whose family came from the Soviet Union, which adds particular cynicism to his phony historical analysis of why Israel, the Jewish state, needs replacing by a binational state. The Jewish state gave a homeland to his family, Jews from Russia. Shumsky is clearly no Anatoly Sharansky, who sat in a Soviet prison for the right to live in Israel.

His recent article in Ha'Aretz calls Israel to task for bothering the poor Turks by interdicting the Mavi Marmara on its way to Gaza. He declares how much Israel and the Jews owe Turkey today for the Ottomans providing a refuge from Christian persecution as far back as 1492. Of course if Erdogan had been in power back then…

Shumsky makes it clear that he doesn't want the Jewish state … at all. To that end, he promotes the binational state which might explain his being an apologist for Turkey and other allies of the "Palestinians."

"Let both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian-Arab Israelis launch a movement to fight for the definition of Israel as a state of both nationalities…"

Ah, but talking about a Federation sounds so nice and all Kumbaya touchy-feely, especially at places filled with Jewish Diaspora adolescents such as at the University of Texas Hillel, where Shumsky lectured on his revolutionary ideas for "peace" (some might call capitulation).

Shumsky would have us believe the Arabs were dealt a raw deal when Israel was created:

"Luckily for Zionism, a sovereign Arab state did not arise in place of the Ottoman Empire. Instead the Arab territories were severed by the Western powers into separate countries in a process that strengthened tribe loyalties and deepened the cultural alienation among different Arab populations, creating or shaping new Arab national identities based on local territory."

He continues, "In this context, it's understandable that the Palestinians -- who did not reject the justified Israeli demands that Arab countries compensate Jewish refugees -- do not accept the comparison between Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Palestinian refugees from the Land of Israel/ Palestine." (Like the Arabs have seriously offered to compensate Jews for lost property in Iraq, in Egypt, in Lebanon, etc.).

SO there are kosher refugees in need of reparations, meaning Arabs, and unkosher refugees deserving nothing, meaning Jews.

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The Israeli Radical Left Demands Academic Freedom Suppression to Defend (Leftist) Academic Freedom

Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew U), the anti-democratic prof, organizes a petition to suppress Academic Freedom at Bar Ilan University, and gets mocked by the Israeli Maariv daily newspaper. Goldblum is joined by his academic fellows in the Radical Leftwing Suppression of Free Speech: Daniel Bar-Tal from TAU; Avraham Oz and Hannah Safran from Haifa U; Oren Yiftachel from BGU, and Frances Raday from Hebrew U. Will Goldblum file a new SLAPP suit against Maariv?

It sounds like a Purim gag, and if only it were.

A petition was organized to denounce Bar Ilan University for allowing Black to speak on campus and demanding that the event surrounding the publication of Black's book be cancelled. The petition was organized by Peace Now co-founder Amiram Goldblum, a far-leftist professor of pharmaceutical studies at the Hebrew University… Goldblum is behind many of the attempts to paint Israel as an apartheid regime and has called for international pressure to suppress Israeli sovereignty and coerce the country to accept the diktats of the tiny ultra-leftist minority.

The new petition initiated by Goldblum demanding that Black be prevented from speaking, with its Orwellian title of "Support Free Speech," can be read here in Hebrew and English: http://www.atzuma.co.il/supportfreespeech. Yes it is there in black and white - the petition demands that freedom of speech be suppressed for Black in order to support freedom of speech. Ben Dror Yemini in Maariv this past weekend devotes part of his column to mocking Goldblum and his fellow petitioners:
http://www.nrg.co.il/app/index.php?do=blog&encr_id=f2b4c1b55be76d1e6d7b777256ea0370&id=4900

It is also amusing to see the list of tenured radicals who signed the petition to suppress academic freedom at Bar Ilan University. The list includes many academics who have ever demanded that critics of the Radical Left be silenced and suppressed. It is worth going through the list of signers one by one.

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Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy - Intellectual Weakness and Moral Impoverishment of Eva Illouz (HebrewU Dept of Sociology and Bezalel President)

Illouz's flawed slavery analogy is just too flawed, even for leftists.

But her deeply flawed ["occupation" is "slavery"] argument—which, to judge by the number of times her essay has been forwarded to me since its publication this weekend, is enjoying its share of attention—deserves a sharp rebuttal let this morally repugnant analogy bloom any further. It's easy enough to debunk on historical grounds, and I hope some prominent historian of slavery soon does; in the meantime, however, I wish to point out not the intellectual weakness of Illouz's analogy but its absolute moral impoverishment.

But decrying Israel's needless arrests, wanton violence, or hard-hearted policies—all of which I've done, in print or in person—oughtn't to preclude one from observing that even Palestinian leftists are marching against negotiations with the Jewish state, or that in the midst of said negotiations the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed the convicted murderers Israel had released as a gesture of good will by celebrating them as heroes and saying not a peep about peace, or that a fair survey of the barriers to reconciliation erected over the course of the last two decades would assign a healthy dose of blame on both sides of the conflict. To assume otherwise is Manichean or, worse

If their [the Arab] existence is closely determined by anyone's decision, it's that of the governments they had freely elected. And when they fall victim to will and power, it's not always the will and the power of the Israelis: … 16 percent of all Palestinian civilian deaths were caused "by Palestinian groups or individuals," often as a result of infighting between various factions vying for power.

These observations, naturally, only complicate the black-and-white beauty of Illouz's slavery analogy, and as such go unnoticed. And that is an insult not only to those of us who struggle to keep our thinking on this complex issue grounded and free of fevered dogma… If there is indeed a dichotomy in the Jewish community, let it be between those of us who thumb the almanac of historical evils searching for some feint trace of likelihood with which to kindle our outrage and those of us who know better.

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Hebrew University - University Heads Allow Students to Bring 'Apartheid Week' to Hebrew U Campus

Students put up photo exhibit defaming IDF as an 'occupation army,' and call for 'Palestine' to be 'liberated' with the approval of Hebrew U's Regents.

Adi Golan, the head of the university's Ta Lavi pro-Likud student group, told Arutz Sheva that Arab students were behind the defamatory exhibit, which is located in a central hallway frequented daily by the university's regents. The Arab students put up photos depicting the IDF negatively with inciteful texts, reports Golan. The texts define IDF soldiers as "hunters of freedom," call Israel "Palestine," and the IDF an "occupying army." … Sections of the Arab text declare that "Palestine will be liberated."

Ta Lavi submitted a complaint to the board of regents, which responded by saying that the issue is being looked into.

A voice uniquely qualified for disproving accusations of apartheid against Israel was sounded last September by Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, a member of the Parliament of South Africa and founder of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP). Meshoe argued that "anyone who knows what apartheid really is and still makes such a claim [about Israel] should be told to their faces that they are lying."

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Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy - Eva Illouz (HebrewU Dept of Sociology and Bezalel President) Gets Caught Rewriting History Again

Ben-Dror Yemini, the Maariv Editor, rejects Illouz's claim of Arab Slavery and defines it as an attempt by Illouz to demonize Israel. He corrects Illouz's feeble attempts to distort the truth. Illouz seems to have mis-read data, quoted untruthful and long-since retracted stories, and misrepresented irrelevant data to such an extent that Yemini questions her common sense and analytical abilities.

The word "demonization" is commonly tossed around in the global debate on Israel. Demonization is not synonymous with criticism. Demonization, as its name implies, is the attempt to depict Israel as a monster -- a state established on the basis of crimes against humanity, racism, apartheid and fascism. We were recently subject to a fascinating example of demonization in a piece by professor Eva Illouz published in Ha'aretz ("47 years a slave," Feb. 7, 2014.) Illouz's argument, put briefly, is that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank requires a new definition: slavery, no less.

To the matter at hand: The West Bank is home to between 1.4-2.4 million people (demographers are split on the matter.) In what world does the demolition of 173 buildings lead to the conclusion of a systematic policy of house demolitions? Are philosophers and sociologists exempt from common sense? Every government, even in Sweden, prohibits illegal construction. Moreover, the Palestinian Authority is currently constructing an entire city, Rawabi, with thousands of houses. How does this relate to systematic house demolitions and what does "slavery" have to do with it?

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Professor Alan Dershowitz Bashes the Bigoted Anti-Semitic BDS Movement

Marez's benighted response is more than simply bigoted, it is mendacious.

His association is not simply starting with Israel, it is stopping with Israel… This too is the paradigm of bigotry: starting and ending with one ethnic or religious group and applying a different standard to every other group.

He too had to start and stop somewhere. So he singled out the Jews. Was this anti-Semitic? The answer to the question, is the singling out of the nation state of the Jewish people for an academic boycott an act of anti-Semitism, the answer is, if the shoe fits...

Here not only does the shoe fit, but like Cinderella's slipper, the bigoted shoe in this case fits only one group: academic institutions in the nation state of the Jewish people.

There are those who claim that the BDS movement against Israel cannot be anti-Semitic, because it is directed at a country and not at individuals… That defense won't work. Treating the Jew among nations precisely the way classic anti-Semites have treated the Jewish people is simply a new adaptation of the oldest of prejudices.

Let those who want to boycott nations apply the simple test of morality: the worst first. Let them apply another moral test: focusing first on those countries in which dissent is not tolerated and in which there is no internal recourse against violations of human rights.

Applying these tests to Israel would put the nation state of the Jewish people at the very bottom of countries deserving to be boycotted. But by ignoring the worst and condemning a nation that is near the very top in terms of human rights, academic freedom and the rule of law, the bigotry of the condemners becomes obvious.

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The Lack of Pluralism at Israeli Universities is an Existential Threat to the Economy and Society.

Many Israeli students are brainwashed with radical Marxist, anti-entrepreneurship dogma by their professors, producing useless diplomas and under-skilled graduates in the economic reality of the Israeli job market.

Things are much worse in Israel. Universities help shape a radical view where entrepreneurship is frowned upon. The ethos they espouse is diametrically opposed to the Zionist vision that touted hard work as the linchpin of a merit-based society. Liberal arts programs focus on "redistributing wealth" rather than on pursuing a successful career, as if wealth just descends from the heavens and simply needs to be distributed "fairly" (whatever that means).

What's worse is that students are told that profit is a product of exploitation and therefore any transaction is a zero-sum game. But that is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Israelis students come out of university determined not to be suckers; they make sure their clients and business partners will forever be at a disadvantage. Human capital is Israel's most important asset. But in academia, the social sciences and humanities are dominated by a group of postmodern neo-Marxist zealots who shun anyone who is not like them, anyone who does not adhere to their radical economic and political principles or subscribe to their anti-capitalist ideology. They have devoided higher education of any critical thought that is grounded in reality. (Remember that dissertation that accused Israeli soldiers of racism because they wouldn't rape Palestinian women?)

Hundreds of thousands of young Israelis enter universities because they want to get a better job, only to be systematically brainwashed on dogmatic principles. They graduate from universities without the proper skills, having been denied useful information or analytical tools for what lies ahead. It is then that they realize that their hard-earned diplomas have no real value on the job market…

The lack of real pluralism in Israeli universities poses an existential threat to our economy and society. Wouldn't the massive subsidies that help students obtain useless degrees -- which have no vocational value and create an inflation of hundreds of pseudo-academics -- be better spent on vocational training and real know-how?

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Hebrew University - Moshe Amirav (Dept of Urban Studies) Wants to Appease the PLO by Dividing Jerusalem Since that Sure Worked Well Before 1967

For years Amirav has been spewing the usual Leftist gloom and doom about the demographic specter of old and how Israel has failed to unify Jerusalem.

There are three national targets which all Israeli governments have been trying to achieve in Jerusalem since 1967: Demographic, territorial and political. The national effort has failed and the targets have not been achieved.

The political scenario is the most difficult: The annual Palestinian growth rate is 3.5% today, compared to a growth rate of only 1.5% among the Jewish residents. Within 10 years, Jerusalem will have a Palestinian majority.

In fact, in as early as the next elections they will have the possibility of becoming the ruling party in Jerusalem and crowning a mayor of their own. An organized vote will give them a majority in the city council, and a Palestinian mayor will anyway be elected… Our conclusion, which has become even stronger, was: Without dividing Jerusalem – we are about to lose it!

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Sapir College (Hebrew U and Tel Aviv-Yaffo College) - Stalinist Ofer Cassif Still Building Gulags

Addressing an International Conference of Communist Parties, Cassif promotes the Arab Water Hoax as part of his trashing the State of Israel as an imperialist, capitalist, and colonialist blight on the face of the Earth. Also rejects the implementation of Israeli Civil Law in the Negev and encourages the Bedouin land-grabs there in the name of Marxism.

If I may quote comrade Rosa Luxemburg, it seems that particularly nowadays the world as a whole faces two options only: socialism or barbarism. When capitalism runs amok and destructively tries to invade wherever and however it can; when imperialist powers (primarily USA and EU) are systematically in the offense, when the people's rights to democracy and social justice, control of natural resources and wellbeing are under vicious attack by imperialism, capitalism, chauvinism and xenophobia – it's our obligation, not solely right, to join forces and fight back our common enemies, namely capitalists and their allies…

The situation in Israel proper as well as in the Palestinian Occupied Territories is grave. As far as the occupation is concerned, Israel colonization of the territories is not only going on under the auspices of USA and its financial and political support, but actually only getting deeper and crueler. Natural resources like water and land are regularly robbed by Israeli Zionist authorities for the sake of Jewish settlers; Palestinians' freedom of movement, worship and assembly are strictly limited; peaceful demonstrators and non-violent protesters are often arrested, beaten, and occasionally even shot; and trees, fields and other assets owned by Palestinians are burnt and damaged on a daily basis by Jewish settlers, while Israeli soldiers and other officials ignore that fascist vandalism…

The most deprived population in Israel is the Arab Palestinian Bedouin of Al Naqab. Not only that that population is the poorest, with the least access to healthcare, education and other social services, but a great part of its communities live in historic villages which the governments of Israel consistently refuse to recognize and supply with elementary goods such as running water and electricity. Furthermore, just a few weeks ago the Israeli parliament (the Knesset) enacted the infamous Prawer Law whose realization is going to confiscate 800,000 dunums of land in Al Naqab and expel over 50,000 Bedouins from their native land and residence. This inhumane plan will also lead to the demolition of 35 historic Arab villages that the governments of Israel continuously refuse to recognize, and will confine 30% of Arab Bedouins in Al Naqab to 1% of the land.

As Marxist-Leninists, we know that reality should be analyzed as a totality. Indeed, the abovementioned elements are dialectically interrelated and together constitute one whole: a totality of capitalism interwoven with Zionist colonialism and racism. In the case of Israeli governments and ruling classes, Zionism and politics of fear are regularly used in order to divide the working class and the exploited strata as a whole and rule them by means of panic and intimidation. Thus, instead of directing their rage against their exploiters and oppressors, Israeli masses (especially the Jewish ones) are encouraged by those ruling forces to aim their anger and frustration at Arabs, refugees and other "outsiders".

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Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy - Eva Illouz (HebrewU Dept of Sociology and Bezalel President) - Israel Treats Arabs like Slaves

Illouz, who introduced the leftist litmus test for student applicants at Bezalel, claims Arabs are like black slaves in the US before emancipation. Later in the text she qualifies the claim as an imperfect analogy only to use it to bash Israel again. She likens the "Occupation" to American Slavery through ideologies of domination and demonstrates the presence of an Israeli domination ideology through the Ashkenazi-Mizrachi cultural wars of the past. In a tirade of ultra-Leftist distorted factoids, Illuoz selectively takes from Israel's war on terror to build her case for slavery and "cherry picks" quotes from Jewish theological theory to provide "evidence" of a widespread Jewish supremacist population. Illouz vilifies the Right as being moral-less while patting herself and her fellow ultra-Leftists on the back for being morally superior. Within her "morally superiority", she "emancipates" Israel's Enemies to drive the Jews into the sea.

If Israel is indeed singled out among the many nations that have a bad record in human rights, it is because of the personal sense of shame and embarrassment that a large number of Jews in the Western world feel toward a state that, by its policies and ethos, does not represent them anymore… Supreme irony of history: Israel has splintered the Jewish people around two radically different moral visions of Jews and humanity.
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I will call one group the "security as morality" group. For this group, Israel is twice morally beyond reproach. … Surveying history, the "security as morality" group observes that might has regularly been right, and that Israel is no less entitled to its violent policies than America or other countries have been to their own…

The second group of Jews derives its positions from universal standards of justice, and from the observation that Israel is fast moving away from the pluralistic, multiethnic, pacific democracies of the world. Israel stopped being a valid source of identification for these Jews not because they are self-hating, but because many of them have been actively involved, in deed or thought, in the liberalization of their respective societies…

Israel makes an unacceptable demand: it requests from Jews loyalty to its policies, claims to have a moral and political status superior to that of its neighbors, yet consistently violates the human rights of Palestinians, Arabs, and liberal Judaism; uses violence; violates international law; and practices state-sanctioned discrimination toward non-Jews. For liberal Jews, Israel bullies like a Goliath, yet persists in wanting to be admired as a David.

But the military metaphor with which Israelis have made sense of their relationship to Palestinians hides a disturbing fact: what started as a national and military conflict has morphed into a form of domination of Palestinians that now increasingly borders on conditions of slavery. If we understand slavery as a condition of existence and not as ownership and trade of human bodies, the domination that Israel has exercised over Palestinians turns out to have created the matrix of domination that I call a "condition of slavery."

The violence exercised by the military does not stop there. During Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09, the IDF used Gazan civilians as "human shields," a practice prohibited by Israeli and international law and conventionally viewed as barbarian. Using others as human shields consists of taking civilians as hostages, using them for Israeli military purposes, threatening their families with injury if they don't cooperate with the Israel Defense Forces' attempt to obtain information.

We can say conservatively and impressionistically that 70 percent of the Palestinian population live with a permanent sense of dishonor, conduct their lives without predictability and continuity, live in fear of Jewish terror and of the violence of the Israeli military power, and are afraid to have no work, shelter or family… These conditions can only be named by their proper name: conditions of slavery.

The reason for this is that Israel has its own proslavery lobby, which is now in the corridors of power, shapes Israel's policy and has successfully managed to make the occupation appear to be a containable casualty of war and nation-building. The settlers' discourse – which only 20 years ago was marginal in Israeli society –has become mainstream, and one can only be struck by its resemblance to the 19th-century American proslavery ideology.

An example of Jewish supremacy can be seen in the book "The King's Torah" ("Torat Hamelech"), written by the head rabbi of Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai. According to the book, Jews are superior to non-Jews, with Gentiles being close to animals because they did not accept the Seven Laws of Noah. In an amended world, killing a non-Jew who does not accept the commandments of Noah will become necessary… In a review of the book, the highly respected historian Yehuda Bauer suggests that the book is not a marginal phenomenon of a handful of extremists.

Israel is dangerously sailing away from the moral vocabulary of most countries of the civilized world. The fact that many readers will think that my sources are unreliable because they come from organizations that defend human rights proves this point. Israel no longer speaks the ordinary moral language of enlightened nations. But in refusing to speak that language, it is de facto dooming itself to isolation. Israel will not indefinitely have the cake of "democracy" and eat it in the occupation.

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Shenkar College and Tel Aviv University - Yuli Tamir (Shenkar College President & TAU Dept of Education) Continues to Slander the teacher Israel Shiran

In an example of uber-leftist hypocrisy and more than a decade after she had him unjustly fired, Tamir accused Shiran of Yigal Amir style incitement during a national radio interview to justify the usurping of his freedom of speech. Shiran has had his lawyers demand a retraction from Tamir and pay a huge sum as compensation.

One would be hard pressed to find a clearer illustration of uber-leftist hypocrisy. The same "professor" who initiated the campaign to get Shiran fired for expressing an opinion OUTSIDE of the classroom is also leading the campaign to defend the right of a communist to indoctrinate his students IN the classroom. All in the name of academic freedom.

Yuli was called to task for all this in a radio show this week, where she was interviewed by Yoaz Handel, a right of center journalist. Sister Yuli tried to explain the difference in her behavior in the two cases. In the case of Shiran, she explained, Shiran was clearly involved in "borderline incitement" when he wrote his letter to the Ministry of Government, the exact same sort of incitement that caused Yigal Amir to murder Yitzhak Rabin. (Yes, leftist theology in Israel continues to claim that freedom of speech being exercised by non-leftists produced the Rabin murder!)

In Yuli's words, Shiran crossed the delicate line between expressing an opinion and engaging in incitement that carries a clear and present danger of violence. Yuli: "When there is a clear and present danger of violence, the right of freedom of speech must be halted." She also accused Shiran of being a follower of Meir Kahane. He is not. I suspect however that Yuli is a follower of Stalin.

Shiran responded by having his lawyer send Yuli Tamir a letter threatening to file against her an immediate defamation suit. Given his successful track record in court, I certainly hope Rabbi Shiran will follow through with it.

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Oxford - Israel-Hating ex-Israeli Avi Shlaim Slings some Anti-Semitic Slime

Attacking Defense Minister Yaalon's comments on Kerry's questionable tactics, Shlaim expects Israel to shrivel up and go away because the Arabs want us to. Or because Kerry tells us so, even when it seems like Kerry is the one playing fast and loose with the facts. Where is Shlaim's outrage at racist Arab demands for a Judenrein state?

[Shlaim] suggests that the special relationship between the United States and Israel

"is a one-way street, with America doing all the diplomatic heavy lifting while Israel limits its role to obstruction and whining — repaying Uncle Sam's generosity with ingratitude and scorn...America gives Israel money, arms and advice. Israel takes the money, it takes the arms, and it rudely rejects the advice."

and later, goes overboard, with no manners, writing

"The Kerry-hating Mr. Yaalon and his hawk-infested Likud party"

"Infested"? Like in vermin?

So, if I write that Shlaim rhymes with slime, am I rude?

"There is no rational argument, however, that Israel's occupation of the West Bank serves America's national interest. On the contrary, as General David Petraeus told a Senate committee in 2010, the occupation foments anti-American sentiment throughout the Islamic world and hinders the development of America's partnership with Arab governments. A resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is therefore a major, if not vital American interest.

Mr. Kerry is to be commended for the energy and commitment that he has displayed in pursuit of peace in the Middle East and for the 11 trips he has made to the region in his first year in office. But his peace mission was doomed to failure from the start. The Kerry-hating Mr. Yaalon and his hawk-infested Likud party are committed to the geopolitical status quo on the West Bank at almost any price. Their real aim is to terminate the peace talks and blame the Palestinians.

In a normal country a defense minister who played fast and loose with such a crucial bilateral relationship would have been thrown out on his ear. But Israel is not a normal country."

The fundamental problem with American support for Israel is its unconditional nature. Consequently, Israel does not have to pay a price for acting unilaterally in a multilateral world, for its flagrant violations of international law, and for its systematic abuse of Palestinian human rights."

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Ontario College - BH Yael (Dept of Art) Uses her Biased Racism to Produce Bigoted Films with which to Attack Israel

As an ISM operative, Yael participated in the radical Israel Apartheid Week on Canadian Campuses in which she screened her "academic" films.

B.H. Yael was one of the original organizers of the despicable attempt by anti-Israel activists in Canada to malign the Toronto International Film Festival for its Tel Aviv spotlight in 2009. She spoke during Israeli Apartheid Week on her campus and other Canadian campuses alongside the serial ISM liars Anna Baltzer and Ali Abunimah, both of whom have called violence against Israelis an acceptable means of protest. Yael screened a film praising ISM rioters in the West Bank and showing alleged atrocities by Israel against the Arabs by Israel. She openly acknowledges her films are biased and upset Jewish audiences:

B.H. Yael's mother was an Iraqi Jewess who escaped Iraq (where today there are no Jews at all; not so long ago Baghdad was 40% Jewish). B.H. Yael claims she embraced her mother's background as an "Arab Jew," whatever that is. B. H. Yael wants her listeners and viewers to think that European Ashkenazic Jews brought with them a European colonialism racist mentality to persecute the "Arab Jews" and, even more so, the "Palestinians."

Yael's concept of the "Arab Jew," persecuted in Israel, was created by another ex-pat Israeli woman leftist Ella Shoehat from New York University and has been promoted by the self-loathing Coalition of Women of Peace in Israel, a leftist NGO dominated by communism, radical feminism, and, above all, lesbianism. B. H. Yael fits the cult's profile…

"Because I was brought up by my Mum, I felt much closer to that history, to the Iraqi Jewish narrative and the consideration of how Mizrahi or Arab Jews experienced racism in Israel. I have been thinking a lot about the politics of Israel, vis-à-vis Palestine, in the last number of years: about Indigenous issues in relation to Palestinians, about what happened to Jews in Europe, and the subsequent impact on Arab Jews in predominantly Muslim countries, and about the export of European racism by Ashkenazi (European) Jews as instituted in the state of Israel and in the Territories they occupy."

One of her chef d'oeuvres is the film Deir Yassin Remembered, the perennial Arab propaganda tale of how what would become Palestinian Arabs were "massacred" by Jewish terrorists during the War of Independence in 1948. Deir Yassin was a battle, not a massacre. The real massacres were those against Jews by Arabs. They do not interest Bad Hairdo!

Here is how B. H. Yael sums up her "Palestine Trilogy":

"With profound depth and grace these three, thematically related videos tell the tragic story of Palestine and dispel many myths. Deir Yassin Remembered deals with the past by focusing on a well-documented incident of the Nakba (Catastrophe, the Palestinian term for the takeover of "their" land in 1948) – the destruction of the thriving community of Deir Yassin. Even in the Desert, another film, explores the contemporary ramifications of the Israeli occupation – the displacements, checkpoints, surveillance, walls. And the final segment, A Hot, Sand Filled World is a visual/auditory poem signifying, perhaps, hope for the future. What makes the whole experience particularly moving is that the reasonable, non-confrontational voices throughout are those of peace and social justice activists from every side – Israeli, Palestinian, and international." Needless to say, she's a supporter of BDS.

B. H. Yael is more than willing to use her skills as a filmmaker to lie and manipulate audiences for such people to end the existence of Israel. It's a great way to build a career as an academic filmmaker. You do not even have to get a good hairdo to do so...

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The McCarthyism that Israel's Radical Left wants us to Forget

The list of attacks on Freedom of Speech perpetrated by the radical Left goes on and on.

For the past couple of weeks the Radical Left in Israel has been screaming about the "right" of communist teacher Adam Verete, employed as a civics teacher in a northern Israeli high school, to turn his classroom into an anti-Israel indoctrination center. He used his classroom time to urge his students to refuse to serve in the Israeli military. In other words, the Left insists the communist teacher has the "right" to advocate law breaking in his classroom, all in the name of freedom of speech…

The leading far Leftists defending the right of Verete to indoctrinate in the classroom include Yuli Tamir, who once led the campaign to fire a different teacher (and rabbi), Yisrael Shiran, because Shiran wrote a letter OUTSIDE HIS CLASSROOM with which Tamir disagreed… He was dismissed for this "crime" at the initiative of Tamir, but later sued the Ministry of Education for unrightful dismissal and won a large damages award.

Other defenders of the communist teacher include those Israeli "intellectuals" and "academics" who insisted that the Nobel Prize-holding Prof. Yisrael Aumann be proclaimed a pariah undeserving of an honorary PhD because he holds opinions disliked by the Left… And a great many of these leftists were among those who demanded that the freedom of speech of non-leftists be suppressed after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin based on their "theory" holding that non-leftists exercising freedom of speech produce murder. It goes without saying that not a single leftist in Israel has ever protested the selective denial of free speech rights to "Kahanists."

… [O]ne of the most outrageous examples of the anti-democratic assault by the Left has been ignored in recent years and overlooked in the debate over freedom of speech in recent days. It involves the case of Prof. Nahum Rakover.

Rakover is retired professor of law from Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and now serves as president of a small college in Israel… He is an expert in Jewish law. In the early 1990s he held a side position as deputy legal advisor for the government of Israel, this in the days of the Rabin-Peres government and the initiation of Oslo appeasement.

Rakover was invited in to say what Jewish Law and the Torah think of gay marriage. Rakover answered truthfully that the Torah considers it an abomination and that granting a spouse ticket to a gay partner is no different from giving it to someone practicing bestiality with his dog.

That sent the PC camp into ionospheric orbit. The Left launched a merciless venomous ad hominem assault against Rakover, demanding his dismissal from his civil service post… The real issue is whether Rakover or the Torah have the right to hold an unfashionable opinion about anything. The Israeli Left unanimously said no!

Within days, Professor Itzhak Galnoor, a Hebrew university leftist from political science, who had earlier been a Peace Now leader, attacked Rakover. Galnoor, today part of the semi-Marxist Van Leer Institute, has long advocated the position that any criticism of the Radical anti-Israel Left or questioning of its motives amounts to "McCarthyism" and should be suppressed. See this. … Galnoor opened up internal persecution of Rakover in the civil service and led the campaign to get him dismissed from his position. Demands for the dismissal of Rakover also filled the leftist press… Citing the Torah became in effect a hate crime in PC Israel.

But the radical Left's selective devotion to freedom of speech, where everyone has the right to agree with the radical Left but no one has the right to disagree with it, continues to run amok.

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Tel Aviv University - Adi Ophir (Dept of Philosophy) and Ariella Azoulay (Brown University - Dept of Comparative Literature) get Trashed for Authoring Sloppy and Shoddy Work

Even a hardcore progressive finds the book "The One-State Condition: Occupation and Democracy in Israel/Palestine" by Ophir and Azoulay a flight of fancy that is just too much to digest. The reviewer finds a long string of critical facts that have been conveniently omitted from the book to fraudulently lend credence to Ophir and Azoulay's belittling and demonizing tone in the book. Furthermore, he cites faulty, utopian, and delusional logic in Ophir and Azoulay's analysis of the peace process and their application of possible solutions to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

The authors have a mocking tone throughout, loading their text with sardonic quotation marks that invariably denigrate Israeli understandings of such phenomena as "terrorism" or "democracy" but never modify Palestinian phraseology such as "armed struggle" or "resistance."

Critical facts are sometimes omitted. The nearly 1,000 Israeli deaths during the second Intifada (overwhelmingly of non-combatant civilians within Israel's pre-'67 boundaries) are neither mentioned nor considered by the authors as they analyze current circumstances. Other events are peculiarly framed.

Incredibly, while Ophir and Azoulay cite Operation Grapes of Wrath, they omit mention of the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The authors never take into account the dynamic nature of Israeli politics and society; the fragile, unwieldy makeup of coalition governments makes bold actions difficult, with an electorate quick to punish established parties and promote new ones…

While Ophir and Azoulay are itching to illuminate the possibility of a one-state future, they devote only one paragraph to assert rather than explain how Palestinian refugees might be absorbed into Israel and the Green Line eliminated (they cite the joint activism of Israelis and Palestinians against the separation barrier and Jewish settlements as if this proves their case for modern binationalism). Their book thus claims there to be an alternative to a two-state solution without taking the opportunity to convince anyone of a one-state reality.

Nothing is said about the legitimate interests of Israeli Jews, or about Israel's serving as a bulwark against persecution for a historically hounded, stateless people. The authors allude positively to "Zionism pre-1947" as "an environment rich with political imagination that invented new possibilities for Jewish existence," before "The freedom to imagine... was cut down as the 'statist' stream of Zionism took over..." — as if Jewish helplessness during the Holocaust and ongoing Arab enmity had nothing to do with this process.

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Hebrew University - Marxist Anti-Democratic Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) Defends the BDS Anti-Semites

Just because they hate Jews, that is no reason to call them anti-Semites!

Refusal to cooperate with the occupation is reflected in the economic and cultural boycott against the Israeli settlers' colony. Among the vast majority of European public opinion the boycott is seen as a justified instrument of pressure to liberate the Palestinians. This opinion is shared by people from the entire political spectrum, including those who despise anti-Semitism and support Israeli wholeheartedly.

Among the educated public in Europe, Israeli culture and science enjoy a unique status that is not shared by any other small or medium-sized country. Israeli scientists, writers and artists have thus far been able to counterbalance the religious-nationalist fanaticism that is spreading here, and they are the ones who are preventing the attempts at an overall boycott. But for the most part they despise Israeli colonialism, which is symbolized today more than anything else by Ariel "University."

Israeli intellectuals are Zionism's best ambassadors, but they represent Israeli society, not the colonialist reality. They believe that trampling the rights of the Palestinians in the name of our exclusive right to the country and by dint of a divine decree is an ineradicable stain on Jewish history. Anyone who becomes entrenched in these views will end up bringing about the international ostracism of all of Israel, and if that happens, it won't be anti-Semitism.

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Shenkar College and Tel Aviv University - Ben-Dror Yemini reports in the Israeli national press on Yuli Tamir's (Shenkar College President & TAU Dept of Education) Lead Role in the Persecution of Israel Shiran by the Ministry of Education

Yemini also accuses Haaretz of heading the Leftist's charge against freedom of speech, indoctrination in the educational setting, and the demonization of Israel in general.

An Israeli newspaper recently called for the firing of a lecturer whose opinions were opposed to its own. That very same newspaper, Haaretz, is now conducting a campaign against the right of a school administration to investigate a complaint filed by one of its students. This newspaper, infected by racism, contributes more than any other entity to the demonization of Israel.

And the facts? Yuck. The students have no idea, for example, that in the 1940's, population transfer was the norm. They have no idea of the Arab leadership's continuous proclamations of intent to destroy the fledgling state of Israel at the time. They have not a clue about the pogroms and persecution that Jews suffered in Arab lands.

The protests over the Verta issue are not being held in order to broaden the knowledge of the students or protect free speech, because the protests are selective. A decade ago, a witch hunt of at least double the intensity was launched against another teacher, Israel Shiran, for his reservations about teaching Rabin's legacy. Yuli Tamir was Minister of Education and the verbal barbs emanating from that office against Shiran were frightening. "You are Satan's defender…this blasted inciter, will not be allowed into any school, even as a sanitation worker."

He was fired, but appealed and was reinstated. They kept after him for years and he once again turned to the courts and won the case. This was persecution. This was McCarthyism.

And this newspaper, that called for blackballing a professor, lectures the rest of us about ethics and morality, while branding others with McCarthyism. Unbelievable.

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Shenkar College and Tel Aviv University - Yuli Tamir (Shenkar College President & TAU Dept of Education) Joins the Campaign to Defend Communist Indoctrination of Pupils in the Classroom

Yuli Tamir, who as Minister of Education fired a teacher for expressing an opinion she disliked (Yisrael Shiran), joins the campaign to defend the right of a communist teacher to indoctrinate his students in the classroom. She demands that teachers promote what she considers to be "liberal and critical views." And Those Only! She made more sense back when she was defending clitoridectomies.

The controversy surrounding the remarks by Kiryat Tivon high-school teacher Adam Verete attests to the changes that have occurred in Israeli society over the last few years, and just how far the line that marks what one can and cannot say has shifted.

In recent decades public discourse has moved far beyond the right's positions. In other words, those same public stances that fluctuate on the spectrum between the critical, democratic and humane camp to the nationalistic camp where harming another, whether "the enemy," foreigner or refugee, is fair game and criticism is what's forbidden.

…I am ashamed over the persecution going on against teachers who express liberal or critical views, not because I feel estranged from the Israeli education system and its values but because I feel a great sense of belonging to that system and want to see it, as well as Israeli society as a whole, preserve freedom of expression.

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University of Haifa - The Tenured Ultra-Left at Haifa U gets Clobbered in Court

The case to sue the University of Haifa by Ilan Saban (Dept of Law), As'ad Ghanem (Dept of Political Science), and Yuval Yonay (Dept of Sociology) for violating their 'freedom of speech' to support terrorists during war-time gets tossed out of court and the Tenured Ultra-leftists are saddled with the court fees.

The prohibition on holding [pro-Hamas] campus protests [at the height of the Pillar of Clouds anti-terror incursion] enraged some members of the Ultra-Left. Three radical faculty members at the University of Haifa joined six students (five of them Arabs) and the far-leftist Association on Civil Rights in Israel, and together submitted a petition to the Haifa District Court against the University. They demanded that the court proclaim the University regulations that allow the President and Administration to regulate and even prohibit campus political rallies to be unreasonably disproportional, unconstitutional, and a violation of freedom of speech.

The three members of the faculty were led by Dr. Ilan Saban, an ultra-Leftist instructor in the University's School of Law. This is the same school of law that is so often in the news for things like coercing its students into providing free legal counsel to convicted terrorists, and for prohibiting the singing of the Israeli national anthem, Hatikva. Saban is one of the people who led the campaign to DEFEND the decision to proclaim Prof. Robert Aumann unworthy of getting an honorary degree because Aumann holds non-leftist views…

In the law suit against the University, this same Saban was joined by Asad Ghanem, a radical anti-Israel Arab nationalist instructor in political scientist, and by Yuval Yonay, a Marxist anti-Israel sociologist with expertise on "Queer Studies," which is what he himself calls it.

On January 19, 2014, the Haifa District Court issued its verdict in the case (verdict 51057-11-12, available only in Hebrew). The judge tossed out the entire petition with obvious disdain. She argued that there was nothing anti-democratic in the University's regulations about campus protests and there was no violation of freedom of speech. There was no infringement of student rights. There was nothing unreasonable or disproportionate. In other words, the petitioners are full of baloney.

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The Israeli Far-Left continues to Jihad against Freedom of Speech

Hebrew University - Dimitry Shumsky (Dept of History) is the next in a string of attacks on Freedom of Speech in which criticism of the far Left is no less than a threat to the fabric of Israeli Society itself. Shumsky seethingly proclaims any criticism of the fringe-left is tantamount to supporting the "occupation".

Finally Shumsky chimes in his own two cents in Haaretz. His is an intriguing argument. According to Shumsky (no relation to Chomsky), people like Ariel Rubinstein are part of the mechanism of "occupation oppression" when they criticize the "occupation." Really! He writes there: "One of the most efficient ways to perpetuate the occupation and in so doing endanger the existence of Israel and Zionism altogether is to convert internal Israeli opposition to the occupation into an integral part of the occupation itself." Huh?

His evidence is that Rubinstein opposes the operation of Ariel University in the West Bank but also supports the freedom of speech for Prof. Aumann. As you can see, Shumsky's contorted argument is reminiscent of the "pinkwashing" charges against Israel, which hold that tolerance towards homosexuals in Israel is all part of a Zionist conspiracy to oppress "Palestinians." The logic of Shumsky's piece exceeds anything since that notorious MA thesis at the Hebrew University supervised by Eyal Ben-Ari (yes, the convicted sexual predator professor), which found that the fact that Israeli troops never rape Arab women is proof that the Jews are so racist. Shumsky, by the way, has a long track record of supporting the bi-national Rwanda-style "one state solution," in which Israel will cease to exist altogether. His presence on the faculty of the Hebrew University is quite instructive about the academic standards in effect there.

The radical Left in Israel, including the tenured fifth column, continues to promote the idea that freedom of speech should be restricted to those who agree with the radical Left. And them alone.

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Ben Gurion University - Oren Yiftachel (Dept of Geography)   Sees Judaism and Zionism as Racist Threats to Society and Democracy

In a particularly vile far-leftist rant, Yiftachel makes excuses for Arab terror. He uses invented words, such as "ethnogratic" [sic] and "Judaizing", to bash the Jewish State of Israel. Yiftachel misleadingly portrays the State as stealing and colonizing land, which for the most part had been barren and in almost all cases Israel has the better claim historically and under International Law than Arabs. Yiftachel claims the ongoing "Judaization" is responsible for population transfer, dispossession of land, apartheid, racism within Israeli society, and other various forms of "discriminatory" legislation. Stopping "Judaization" thus is Yiftachel's delusional panacea to creating an idyllic far-leftist utopia free from strife.

In her soul-searching, riveting article, Prof. Eva Illouz argues that this ostensible regime of separation stems primarily from the distorted importation here of ethno-religious principles that dictated the isolationist, self-defensive Jewish existence in the Diaspora. … She appears to have fallen into what I have termed the classic "ethnogratic" [sic] trap: attributing inordinate importance to what is occurring within the Jewish "bubble."

If we lift our eyes a little above the roofs of the synagogues, yeshivas and rabbis' hats, and examine the formation of society in Israel from a comparative perspective, we will understand that the religious explanation, despite its importance, blinds us from seeing the primary cause of the separation regime: the process of the country's takeover − namely, its ongoing "Judaization." This process, which is imposing a Jewish identity on a land that was largely Palestinian-Arab in its recent past, "necessitates" Jewish expansion accompanied by coerced religious, ethnic, cultural, political and, most crucial, geographic separation…
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 The "Judaization factor" ceaselessly generates new legislation and policy initiatives which produce new types of polarization and conflict, such as the annexation of the Little Triangle of Arab communities – the Arab towns of Baka al-Garbiyeh, Taibeh and Tira – to a Palestinian state ‏(whose establishment Israel is preventing‏); the Nakba and the Boycott Laws; the proposed Prawer Law, the idea of conditioning citizenship on loyalty vows; the adoption of discriminatory family unification laws and the existence of selection committees in hundreds of suburban communities.

The Jews can be said, in effect, to have been "expelled to their homeland." … the Jews in Palestine/Israel spawned a process which can be defined as "colonization of refugees."

However, for the native inhabitants of this country − the Palestinians − the process of the Jewish takeover looked quite similar to other ethnic takeovers, which almost always assume the form of appropriation, settlement, expulsion and political subordination of the local population to settlers who come from afar. This being so, the Palestinians, too – like most of the colonized peoples – oppose the process with all their might, sometimes violently, and generate a constant threat to it. This dialectic intensifies the Jewish use of tactics of territorial expansion, amid an almost total separation from the retreating local residents.

The process reached a violent peak in the Israeli War of Independence ‏(the Nakba‏), when two-thirds of the Palestinians were forced out and hundreds of their villages destroyed, and have remained refugees to this day. However, contrary to democratic reasoning – which would have tried to stabilize ethnic relations after the crisis of 1948 – Israel did not stop but went on with the ethnic colonization, initially within the Green Line and afterward in the territories conquered in 1967. At the same time, Israel has so far prevented forcibly the establishment of a Palestinian state, which could provide an answer, partial but significant, to the question of the refugees and Palestinian sovereignty.

This process is creating an apartheid regime in the territories, which is increasingly creeping gradually into Israel and threatening the character of the entire regime.

What next? As I've shown, the greatest obstacle to the emergence of a sustainable democratic society in Israel is the momentum of ethno-colonialist takeover and the forced separation it necessarily entails. It is important to point out that the termination of the Judaization process does not mean the dissolution of the Jewish-Israeli national project, but quite the contrary: ending Judaization will place it on legitimate, sustainable foundations − without appropriation, suppression and expansion at the expense of others.

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University of the Witwatersrand - Israel-hating, Marxist Expatriate, Bush Sociologist Ran Greenstein (Dept of Sociology) Deconstructs the 1929 Arab Riots

Greenstein reviews a book on the 1929 Arab Riots by Hillel Cohen that describes how the 1929 Riots, a central tenet of the Zionist Movement in which many hundreds of Jews were killed or maimed in an unprovoked manner. Greenstein blames the Zionists for distorting and manipulating the events and claims the 1929 Arab Riots weren't really all as bad as the Zionist made them to be. Greenstein, promoting his own Marxist far-leftist agenda, promotes marginal liberal anti-Zionistic parts of the book that were not paid "much attention" to by Cohen.

In the Israeli-Jewish collective memory, 1929 provides the ultimate proof that there is 'no partner' for a political agreement with Palestinians, who would stab any Jew – regardless of his/her personal history or political affiliation – in the back, if given half a chance. The notion that all Arabs wish to throw Jews into the proverbial sea has its origins in that year. But, as Cohen demonstrates in the book, this is the impact not so much of the real, historical, events of 1929, but the way in which they have been reconstructed and represented in subsequent political and cultural discourses.

In a sense, all historical events are mediated through politics and culture. They never reach us in a pure form. This is true, of course, for 1929 as well, though its crucial role in shaping the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict means that the degree of political manipulation, use and abuse, has been larger than usual. Cohen does not wish to debunk the main story line from a Zionist perspective – the attack on and massacre of innocent civilians – but rather to contextualize it, sort out narrative discrepancies and queries, and provide an explanation, where possible, for its specific course and effects.

Cohen recognizes that there were forces opposing these trends but does not pay much attention to them, for understandable reasons: they were weak to start with and were further marginalized by the events. Nevertheless, their story is important and deserves a more thorough exposure. The bi-nationalist association Brit Shalom was shaken by the events in a way that became typical to Jewish liberals in the history of the conflict: some of them moved to the mainstream while others became radicalised.

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University of Haifa - Ami Ayalon (Head of the Steering Committee), the Ultra-Leftist, Abandons the Jordan Valley too

Ayalon demands that the State capitulate to Arab demands and forfeit Israel's legitimate claims to the lands beyond the Green Line as a gesture of good faith. As if releasing convicted terrorists, an action which flies in the face of justice, wasn't enough.

Knesset Member Miri Regev's bill to apply the Israeli law to the Jordan Valley, which was approved last week by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, turns them into hostages. Those settlers, some of whom arrived at the Jordan Valley 30 and 40 years ago, who gave the best years of their lives and their life's work as the State's emissaries, who are ageing and whose children no longer live close to them, will be trapped in a place where they see no future – neither personal nor national.

But that is not enough. The State of Israel's mission hangs over it all: To serve as a democratic state which is the national home of the Jewish people. For that purpose we must ensure that the State has a clear Jewish majority, and that is only possible if we create a reality of two states. The government must declare that it has no and will have no sovereignty claims east of the security fence. Such a declaration will increase the faith of the international community and Arab countries in the sincerity of Israel's intentions to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, and will reduce the international, diplomatic and economic isolation we are heading towards right now.

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Tel Aviv University - Anat Biletzky (Dept of Philosophy) Joins Treasonous Anti-Zionists in Support of Ex-MK Azmi Bishara while Suspected of Aiding the Enemy in Wartime

Azmi Bishara, in hiding after being wanted on charges of money laundering, spying and assisting the Hezbollah terror organization during wartime, received public support from Anat Biletzky and other disloyal Anti-Zionists.

The ad below reads "Azmi Bishara - We Are Brethren".


Well, the ad identifies his "brothers" as

Anat Biletzki
Lola Horowitz
Chaim Hanegbi
Mikado Warshawski
Eran Turbiner
Yael Lotan
Rami Livneh
Debbie Lerman
Chava Lerman