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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

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Most Recent Updates

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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!

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

 

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 "ethinic 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…

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

 

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.

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

 

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?

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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?

[Shliam] 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
Tzachi Mitznamcher
Leah Tsemel
Sammi Shalom Shitreet

Anyone with a bit of knowledge of Israel's far-left, and radical anti-Zionist Left is aware of the long list of crimes these people have committed in the moral sense against Israel and some, in the actual criminal-sitting-in-jail sense, not to mention defending terrorists.

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University of Haifa - Faculty Protest Leftist Thought Police within the Steering Committee

One fourth of the faculty members at the University of Haifa protest the Steering Committee's decision to deny awarding an honorary doctorate to Prof. Aumann.

More than 100 faculty members at the University of Haifa, including those closely identified with the left, are protesting the university's decision to deny an honorary doctorate to a Nobel Prize-winning economist because his political views were considered too far to the right.

"We the undersigned, members of the academic faculty of the University of Haifa representing all positions on the political spectrum, agree that the disqualification of Prof. Yisrael Aumann as a candidate for receiving an honorary doctorate from the University is embarrassing and has done enormous damage to the university's image and public standing. We believe that the university's Executive Committee exceeded its authority when it deemed it proper to explain this invalidation and to justify it retroactively by citing Prof. Aumann's political opinions…" said the statement protesting the university's decision.

Sources at the university said Aumann's political views were explicitly discussed in the meeting about his candidacy for the honorary doctorate. An executive committee member said his remarks about Arabs made it difficult for committee members to grant him the honorary doctorate…

Widely considered Israel's most left-wing university, the University of Haifa regularly finds itself in the sights of right-wing groups like Im Tirtzu. But this time its own staff is criticizing the decision. One of the 160 signatories is Gad Barzilai, the law school dean described by the conservative website Frontpage Mag as "a radical active in leftist 'human rights' groups."

The statement expressed a need to set clear criteria for the awarding of honorary doctorates and to delineate the values of the university.

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Tel Aviv University - Anat Matar (Dept of Philosophy) Chants her Mantra: Release the Terrorists! (so they can kindly come and murder us)

Matar attacks IDF soldiers as vile murderers of women and children. She blindly blames the Governments of Israel, the Security Forces, and Police for whitewashing all Arab deaths.

The hypocrisy that characterizes the public discourse on the issue of the release of Palestinian prisoners is getting worse. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reprimands Mahmoud Abbas for his celebration of the prisoners' release, saying that "murderers are not heroes," and no eyebrows are raised. All the speakers interviewed on radio broadcasts – including those who support prisoner release, such as Meretz MKs and analysts considered moderate – writhe in discomfort facing the release of people imprisoned decades ago, giving no thought to the fact that in their very own neighborhoods, murderers no less vile than the Palestinians walk free. According to data provided by the B'Tselem human rights agency, since the assault on Gaza five years ago, about 100 minors and women have been killed in the occupied territories by Israeli security forces. Who are the murderers of these people? We do not know, and we shall never know.

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The anti-Israel Tenured Far Left still trying to create the State of Bedouinstan in the Negev

Oren Yiftachel (Ben Gurion University, Dept of Geography) and Alexander (Sandy) Kedar (University of Haifa, Dept of Law) refute long-standing State Policy regarding the Bedouins and sling claims of dispossession at the State of Israel. Yiftachel et al find "proof" of Bedouin ownership of Negev lands. Is this another Tantura Hoax in the making?

The state is ignoring the history of Bedouin land and settlement. It claims the Bedouin had an opportunity to register their lands until April 1921, as required under the British Mewat Land Ordinance (the so-called "dead land" ordinance), but failed to do so, becoming trespassers. Is this claim credible? Our research refutes it.

The attempt to nationalize the land has been based on what we call "the dead Negev doctrine," which was drawn up as a response to Bedouin claims by a team from the Justice Ministry led by attorney Plia Albeck. (She became known later for her key part in legally facilitating Jewish settlement in the West Bank.) This doctrine states that until the British Mandate era, the Bedouin were nomads with no permanent localities or agriculture, so the land in the area was effectively 'dead.'

The state claimed that the lack of registration in 1921 rendered the land "dead" forever, regardless of its being settled or cultivated. In other words, the state dispossessed the Bedouin retroactively using a doctrine similar to the one Europeans used to take control over land in Africa, Asia and Australia. Owing to the Bedouins' political and legal weakness, the "dead Negev doctrine" was never really challenged, enabling the creation of powerful legal precedents dispossessing the Bedouin, which are difficult to overcome in the Israeli legal system.

Yet our research, which includes the following three key points, shows that the claims on which the doctrine is based are false.

Purchase by Jewish organizations: The purchase of large tracts of land from the Bedouin by Jews during the Mandate period provides further clear evidence of ownership by the sellers. The Jewish National Fund and other organizations bought more than 100,000 dunams of land, rendering the claim of the former, which denies Bedouin ownership today, particularly hypocritical.

Coincidentally, the land for Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev and the land of the Al-Turi tribe (who live in the unrecognized village of Al-Araqib) were purchased in the same region and in the same year – 1926. The purchase of the kibbutz was recognized, while the village of Al-Araqib, accused of trespassing, was destroyed more than 50 times. The inequality speaks for itself.

Therefore, the Prawer bill, which is based on the assumption that the Bedouin have no legal right of ownership over their land, should be buried, and the use of the distorted "dead Negev doctrine" should be stopped. But the main question here is not a legal one, but one of ethics, history and geography: Is it appropriate for the state to dispossess an indigenous population from its traditional holdings by means of legal acrobatics?

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University of Haifa - Anti-Israel fanatic Micah Leshem (Dept of Psychology) Spells Out his Agenda on Segel Plus

How Auman's [sic] Ideas will work.

We have an Honourable candidate who advocates ethnically pure railway lines and bus routes connecting the Bedouin villages in the Negev to each other, crisscrossing the Jewish transportation system…

Who is a Jew, who is an Arab.

Next, will Knesset decide also "Who Is An Arab" as it has settled the "Who Is A Jew" issue? Or shall we leave both for the Palestinian Parliament? If each decides for themselves, might the Palestine Parliament decide that all of Magreb and Middle Eastern origin are Arab? The southern half of Tel Aviv, and all the Development Towns will then be connected to the Arab transportation system and become part of the Palestinian State…

Minor Problems

Having read Ra'anan's posting of Aumans' [sic] Scientific scenario for evolving hostilities with the Palestinian State which was adopted by our Prime Minister and President Obama (maybe), we are left with Zahal having to contend with Arab Train mounted Mortar fire into Jewish transportation nexi, stones thrown from Arab buses where they cross above Jewish ones - a veritable Nightmare Intefada [sic]. Why Auman [sic] worries they will import ballistic missiles in the guise of agricultural goods from Iran is not clear – it seems somewhat contradictory (but maybe that is part of his Nobel-certified scientific model, it is beyond me)…

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Tel Aviv University - Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education) conducts a "poll" that shows that Israelis want the Palestinian "narrative" taught in Israeli schools

Yet another pseudo-poll from the Israeli Far Left

According to Prof. Bar-Tal, "it was surprising to discover that, at present, the majority of the public thinks that the school system should present the Palestinian narrative of the conflict, in contradiction to the country's leaders. In recent years, the Education Ministry has rejected textbooks that tried to present both narratives, and every time some right-wing politician thought that Jewish schoolchildren were exposed to a different narrative, he or she would raise a hue and a cry, to the extent that one couldn't utter the word "nakba" ["disaster" in Arabic, referring to the establishment of Israel.]"

"It would seem that the public is more open to the Palestinian narrative that some of its political leaders," Bar-Tal concluded.

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The Grand Unified Theory of Stupidity at University of Haifa

One professor's take on the decision making process at the University of Haifa.

Subject: Re: [Segel-plus] Aumann responds to Haifa University

When I found myself reading the words of folks such as Bennet and Eldad and nodding in agreement, it dawned on me just how foolish the decision to deny Aumann's Honorary Doctorate is.

If it was foolish for just one reason, "nu meile". But here, a few independent factors converged, rendering this fiasco The Grand Unified Theory of Stupidity: the decision itself, the way it was published, the fact that (of all Israeli universities) it HAD to be "davka" UoH making this decision, and – the icing on the cake -- the backdrop of the academic boycott we're struggling against.

Don't we have enough problems as it is? Do we have to make matters so much worse for ourselves? What a shame...

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The Ivory Cartel Gets Clobbered

Israel's seven universities plus the "Open University" petitioned the Supreme Court against recognizing Ariel as a university and Court rules against the cartel.

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected a petition by seven universities against the decision to upgrade Ariel University Center into a full-fledged university. The ruling removes the last barrier to the upgrade of the institution, located in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

The court said it saw no grounds for intervening in the decision made by the Council for Higher. Education in Judea and Samaria (CHE-JS), as it found no flaws in the approval process.

A petition against the decision was then filed in the High Court by all eight existing Israeli universities – the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Open University and Bar-Ilan University. The latter asked that its name be withdrawn from the petition shortly afterward.

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Tel Aviv University - Aviad Kleinberg (Dept of History) Makes Excuses for the BDS Terrorists

Kleinberg refuses to see that judging Israel by a double standard is an expression of anti-Semitism.

It should be noted that we have so far enjoyed this exemption much more than we are willing to admit. For different reasons, Western governments have turned a blind eye to the Israeli violation of human rights, including what they define as blatant violation of the international law (for example, Israel's settlement policy). They usually settle for weak condemnations while expressing pious concern over the future of the "conflict."

This turning of a blind eye will likely be over soon. Western governments cannot ignore public opinion – or trends, if you like – for long… This public is not anti-Semitic, and doesn't particularly "love Arabs" either (in fact, it may be quite the opposite). It does understand one thing: That in the Israeli occupation territories, the "norm" is systematically denying the population's civil and human rights. The people of the "advanced" countries read this in a thousand reports and articles and watch it on a daily basis in news reports in their countries. This is not propaganda; it's not a problem of information either; it's the reality. This reality, which we have gotten used to so much that we fail to see it anymore, bothers them.

An "advanced" country doesn't control another people, doesn't leave an entire population under military occupation for nearly 50 years, and doesn't discriminate in any way against its subjects who are deprived of rights. An advanced country doesn't have subjects. This boycott, and those which will follow, means that the public in the bloc of advanced countries is demanding that we decide what kind of a society we are. It scares me to think that we've already decided.

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University of the Witwatersrand - Israel-hating, Marxist Expatriate, Bush Sociologist Ran Greenstein (Dept of Sociology) Jumps on the "Israel is Apartheid" Bandwagon Pogrom

How can we define and understand the essence of the struggle against political oppression in Israel/Palestine? On the face of it the answer is simple: the target is the Israeli regime and its practices. But, is there a common principle in whose name the struggle is being waged? …

The Cuban campaign was waged from within, mobilizing peasants in support of armed fighters against government forces. The militants came from the outside initially, but their constituency was the majority in the country…

The case of Palestine was different. It was not only armed militants and leaders who were in exile but the bulk of their popular constituency. This was not a temporary situation but rather a semi-permanent one, the only case in modern history of people fighting to liberate their country from colonial conquest, forced to operate from beyond its borders. Palestinian strategists usually acknowledged these unique conditions but operated as if these could be overcome with revolutionary rhetoric combined with external support. But reality inexorably asserted itself, and gradually the focus shifted to a conventional anti-colonial struggle against the 1967 occupation, especially after the 1973 October war. This did not mean an automatic change of model; a gap opened between the resilience of the original conceptualization and the practical adaptation of strategy. It was necessitated by the failure of the armed resistance organizations to make inroads into Israeli-controlled territory, and their defeats first in Jordan and then in Lebanon. Their removal to Arab countries away from the Israel/Palestine arena finally doomed the prospects for change directed from outside the country.

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University of Haifa - Nobel Prize Winner Prof Aumann Responds with Stinging Sarcasm to HaifaU's Left-Wing Boycott

Prof. Aryeh Eldad, Head of the Professors for a Strong Israel, asserts the decision exposes the true anti-Zionistic face of Haifa U.

Speaking to Channel 1's program Roim Olam, Aumann joked : "I've prayed and aspired to getting an honorary doctorate from Haifa University for my whole life."

"I'm very disappointed," he added, sarcastically.

Former Member of Knesset and professor Aryeh Eldad, head of the Professors for a Strong Israel forum, responded to Haifa University's decision with a warning that the university is hurting itself, not Aumann… It is "excellent" that Haifa University allowed its decision to be made public, Eldad continued. "It reveals the university's true face, which varies between five shades of anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism, between simply recognizing the Arab right to the land of Israel and establishing legal clinics for terrorists as an exercise for law students," he said.

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Ben Gurion University - BGU's "Israel is Committing Symbolic Genocide" Sociologist (Dept of Sociology) - 'Peace Process' delusion worse than Apartheid

Grinberg claims that Israel's participating in any peace process that does not involve total capitulation to Arab demands makes Israel worse than an apartheid regime.

The result of the 'Peace Process' delusion has been worse than South African apartheid; more accurately, it was the realization of South African Whites' frustrated plans: the division and fragmentation of the Palestinians into several separate and segregated areas under various regimes of control and oppression. This was the objective of the failed Bantustan Plan of the South African apartheid regime. Fearing that Israel was pushing him into accepting Palestinian Bantustans, Arafat declared that he would resist the plan, but without international support, his struggle failed. Israel has managed to effectively divide the Palestinians into five different discrimination regimes: the Arab citizens of Israel; the residents of East Jerusalem; the inhabitants of the West Bank; the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip; and the Palestinian refugees who are outside Israel's control. Each of these groups is controlled in a different manner, so that its political struggle has taken a different shape. The Palestinians are thus unable to unite, and it is eminently clear that without massive international support, they can never break free from Israel's iron grip. Violence on its own can only lead to another round of pointless bloodshed.

It is important to understand that this is not about the Palestinians not having a Mandela to lead them; Israeli prisons are home to a number of nationally recognized and respected Palestinian leaders. Rather, it is about Israel having no de Klerk to liberate them, and to negotiate towards putting an end to a regime of Jewish privileges. And without de Klerk, even Mandela would have died in obscurity.

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Tel Aviv University - Anat Matar, Anat Biletzki, and Rachel Giora Sign Petition to Permit Cameri Actors to Culturally Boycott Ariel

We, the undersigned, call upon you to respect the conscientious objection of the actresses playing in Anat Gov's "Best Friends" (Hahaverot Hachi Tovot) who do not want to perform in the settlement of Ariel. There can be no artistic merit in a theatrical performance in which the actresses are forced to appear against their will, in violation of their consciences, and under a direct threat to their livelihood.

Among the signed:
Prof. Yehuda and Nurit Nini [Tel Aviv University, Dept of Jewish Studies]
Prof. Yitzhak (Yanni) Nevo [Ben Gurion University, Dept of Philosophy]
Yona Pinson, Prof. [Tel Aviv University, Dept of Arts]
Kobi Snitz [Weizmann Institute of Science - Dept of Neurobiology]
Rachel Giora [Tel Aviv University - Dept of Linguistics]
Anat Biletzki [Tel Aviv University - Dept of Philosophy]
Ofer Neiman [Hebrew University - Dept. of Computer Science]
Anat Matar [Tel Aviv University - Dept of Philosophy]

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University of Haifa - MK Ayelet Shaked Wonders Where is the Freedom of Expression at HaifaU

MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) sent a letter Monday to the office of Ami Ayalon, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Haifa University, and Minister of Education Shai Piron (Yesh Atid), appealing the controversial decision not to grant an honorary doctorate to Professor Yisrael Aumann.

Ayalon and other board members decided Sunday to decline the grant of an honorary doctorate to the laureate, on the grounds that his "political views are not in line with University values."

She also quoted the words of noted Professor Dr. Haim Shane, who sharply condemned the move earlier this week. "While the State of Israel is fighting on the world's stage against mixing politics and science, the University of Haifa has joined worst enemies of Israeli academia and gave them a boost [...] the decision of the Executive Committee cuts off the very values on which the University was founded."

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Mixing Science and Politics at University of Haifa is Reminiscent of Humanity's Darkest Days

The Executive Committee's disqualification of Aumann oozed politics. A post-Zionist Israeli university has rejected an internationally recognized scientist just because he is Zionist. Aumann's biggest sin is that he believes, in accordance with game theory, that the left-wing's obsession with concessions is illogical and totally dangerous. After several years' experience, one no longer has to be a distinguished professor to understand that capitulation, withdrawal and concessions do nothing to advance peace. On the contrary, they push peace further away. Honorary doctorates are given for scientific merit, not political opinions, and that is very important to understand. Academic disqualification based on political beliefs is reminiscent of humanity's darkest days.

While Israel is struggling on every international stage against mixing science and politics, the University of Haifa is jumping in, throwing its support behind Israeli academia's most ardent adversaries. If Aumann is disqualified at the University of Haifa for his nationalist opinions, it is no wonder that universities in Britain reject Israeli scientists just because, in their eyes, the Haifa campus is located in occupied Palestine. The Executive Committee's decision cuts off the very branches supporting the university. Overseas, they don't distinguish between Israeli universities. As far as they're concerned, all of Israeli academia is contaminated.

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Questions over how decisions are made at the University of Haifa

"There's no doubt that this makes no difference to Nobel prize winner Professor Yisrael [Robert] Aumann. But this unacceptable phenomenon raises questions about the way decision-making was done in the past, at present and in the future."

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Ben Gurion University - David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences) Gets Caught Subverting Wikipedia to Attack his Enemies

Newman, the busy beaver used the Wikipedia editor handle "Newmanthfc".  He  created his own Wikipedia entry and shamelessly promoted himself; vandalized the 'Im Tirtzu' Wikipedia entry; attacked and delegitimized Steinberg's NGO Monitor; got into editing wars to remove sections that were critical of Newman and got banned from editing. Whines about being criticized by IsraCampus, too. This behavior, all performed in the 3rd person, is reminiscent of similar antics by Amiram Goldblum. Did Newman's willful vandalization 'spur' Goldblum to do the same?

The vast majority of Newman's edits involve self-promotion, particularly regarding his academic career and ideological causes. Despite a warning from an administrator that "You have an obvious conflict of interest with this, suggesting that you are not the best person to write the article," he created his own Wikipedia article. Unsurprisingly, initially it read like a "self-written bio, no sources, in style of a resume." He presented himself as "A noted peace activist in Israel and international expert on borders", and lavished praise on his own work celebrating what he claims is activity to counter UK academic boycotts of Israel, and referencing his own academic writings in a number of Wikipedia articles.

He has also vandalized the articles of ideological opponents and academic rivals, copying content that appears repeatedly in his Jerusalem Post column. Newman has focused this activity on the Israeli political advocacy organization Im Tirzu, as well as Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar Ilan University and head of NGO Monitor.

Newman's editing of his personal Wikipedia entry, as well as NGO Monitor's, resulted in an edit war, in which Newman blatantly violated Wikipedia rules, and he was sanctioned with a 48-hour ban. However, he continues to refer to himself in the third-person in his edit summaries (short descriptions of edits that appear in the history pages of articles), suggesting that he is seeking to obscure the clear conflict of interest. This is reminiscent, albeit on a smaller scale, of the Wikipedia behavior of another Israeli professor, Amiram Goldblum.

The edits included Newman's removal of any factual material that criticized Newman, even though it was sourced to reliable online publications, as per Wikipedia standards and rules. He also added unreferenced editorial comments in order to support his cause.

Newman's edits have targeted Im Tirzu repeatedly, and these appear in his Jerusalem Post column as well. For instance, on January 8, 2011, Newman vandalized the Im Tirzu entry, labeling the organization as "ultra right wing anti-Zionist" and claiming that "Its objectives are to impose constraints on the freedom of speech and opinion within the Israeli academic community, through the use of threats against the faculty which do not share their extremist views."

He has also attacked NGO Monitor, an organization headed by academic rival Gerald Steinberg, from Bar Ilan University… Newman sought to delegitimize NGO Monitor by labeling the think tank as "an extreme right wing NGO"…

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences), in his pidgin English, proclaims the "NGO Monitor" watchdog as the bitterest enemy of peace, human rights, and small puppies

In statements using his personal Facebook account, Goldblum attacks NGO Monitor as an "enemy of Israeli human rights" and stoops to vicious ad hominem attacks in an attempt to divert the topic and to obscure to his losing arguments. Goldblum also claims Israeli "apartheid" and throws in a Nazi slur in reference to the Settlers, evoking gas-chambers imagery.

Goldblum feels entitled to run the country according to his Bolshevik diktats due to his personal contributions to the defense of Israel, as well as those of his family, and of the "Zionist" Left in general. If he built it - he can also undermine it, without having to suffer any criticisms either. There's "democracy" for you.

Amiram Goldblum · Top Commenter · האוניברסיטה העברית ירושלים
Former MK WIlf joined the major enemy of Israeli Human Rights and of Peace Organizations, NGO Monitor…
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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Dreams of Disarming Israel of Nukes so it can be nuked without fear of retaliation

On jihadist, pro-terror Al Jazeera, Gordon elaborates on how Israel should be made to dump their alleged stockpile of nuclear weapons and place Israel's security in the hands of others. Gordon's latest flight of fancy comes at a time where PA leaders are advocating using nuclear weapons and the Iranian regime wants Israel "wiped off the map." For Neve Gordon, as always, blaming Israel is the solution to every problem and Israel is the problem to every solution.

So why are politicians and mainstream media outlets concentrating on Iran and its decision to embark on a nuclear programme instead of adopting a more ambitious framework that considers the steps needed to make the Middle East a zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction? To be sure, I am against Iran developing a nuclear weapon, but I am also opposed to Israel having a nuclear arsenal, which at 200 warheads, would be larger than the arsenal of Britain.

Israel, too, must take initiative to demonstrate that it is seriously interested in a regional zone free of weapons of mass destruction. The experts propose a series of steps: Israel should begin by ending any further production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, declaring the size of its stocks of these materials, and placing portions of its fissile material stocks under IAEA safeguards for elimination. By the time a Middle East zone comes into force, Israel would need to have eliminated all of its nuclear weapons and placed all of its fissile materials under international safeguards - as South Africa did when it gave up its nuclear weapons in the early 1990s.

To keep everyone honest, the IPFM proposes that discussions be launched among the members of a possible Middle East free zone committee, on the design of regional verification arrangements strong enough so that all countries in the region can have confidence in the absence of secret nuclear weapon programmes, and that countries are complying with the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions. This regional inspection system would be in parallel to the international verification systems associated respectively with the NPT and the Chemical Weapons Convention. There is currently no international system to verify the Biological Weapons Convention.

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University of Haifa - Academic Bolshevism in Red Haifa

Haaretz reports that the University of Haifa has decided not to grant an honorary doctoral degree to Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Aumann because the University disapproves of Aumann's political opinions. He is decidedly non-Left.

A few months ago the same University of Haifa had no problem granting an honorary PhD degree to Shulamit Aloni, and has granted similar degrees to other far leftists.

The University of Haifa has been in the news recently for the naked politicization of some of its academic units. The university's law school was the focus of a blistering report by the Im Tirtzu Zionist student organization exposing the fact that some of its law clinics were coercing students into providing legal aid to convicted terrorists and are also collaborating with anti-Israel radical NGOs such as Adalah. The law school had earlier prohibited the singing of the national anthem Hatikva at its graduation ceremonies. Other university universities are similarly… The University also continues to allow the anti-Semitic "ALEF LIST" chat list to operate under university auspices and to proliferate anti-Jewish and anti-Israel hate propaganda (see http://isracampus.org.il/ALEF Watch.htm for details)… All of this has been in the name of "pluralism and diversity."

It turns out that Prof. Aumann is not covered by the University's devotion to pluralism and diversity.

Want to tell the University heads what you think of all this? Write to

Mr. Amos Shapira
President
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

 

Prof. David Faraggi
Rector
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8288094
Fax: 972-4-8342101
E-mail:
faraggi@stat.haifa.ac.il

Mr. Leon Charney
Chairman of
the Board of Governors
Law Office of Leon H. Charney
Broadway 1441
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-819-0994
E-mail:
charney@lhcharney.com

University "Friends of" Offices Outside Israel are listed here: http://www.haifa.ac.il/html/html_eng/friends.htm

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Ben Gurion University - Isracampus expresses its sorrow at the passing of Dani Censor Z"L

Isracampus would like to express its sorrow at the passing of Dani Censor Z"L from BGU, who was a tireless warrior against the tenured Fifth Column at BGU and in Israel in general. He was active in attempting to shut down the flawed Department of Government and Politics department at BGU.

Sites that show some of Dan Censor's work:

Dan Censor catalogued and saved for posterity all relevant documentation from the trial of Teddy Katz and Tantura Hoax, a thesis, mentored by Ilan Pappe at Haifa University. [Hebrew]
http://www.ee.bgu.ac.il/~censor/katz-directory/

Dan Censor publicly supported the Counsel for Higher Education's attempt at fixing the problems at the Political Science Dept at BGU, including the option of closing the department. [Hebrew]
http://rotter.net/forum/gil/25636.shtml

Dan Censor criticizes the Department of Government and Politics, calling them ''useful idiots' for destroying their own environment. [English]
http://isracampus.org.il/third level pages/BGU - BGU faculty against the Sci Pol Dept.htm

Dan Censor, bucking the Leftist trend in Israeli Academia, announces the start of a new watch group to monitor the seditious behavior of the anti-Israel anti-Zionist traitorous extreme Leftist in Israeli Academics and their electronic publications. [English]
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Dan Censor dismisses all of Zahava Gal-On's criticism of the Likud's involvement in the Counsel of Higher Education's attempt to fix the problems at the Political Science Dept at BGU as Gal-On's 'pre-election farting.' [English]
http://www.unitedjerusalem.org/index2.asp?id=1617549

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George Mason University - Orli Fridman Continues the Jihad of her Mentor Oren Yiftachel against the Jewish State

Fridman is a prime example of anti-Israel cloning produced by the Israeli Academic Left. She also provides Yiftachel another international stage from which to sling anti-Israel propaganda.

Fridman serves as an example of how Israel's universities can produce the most deceptive of anti-Israel academics who would seek the dismantling of the Jewish state. The hidden agenda of IFCCS is to dismantle Israel to create a Muslim-dominated 'Palestine' and perhaps draw in international military intervention to do so.

Before her current stint she was a research associate for Professor Oren Yiftachel, the ultimate arch-hater of Israel, whom she also invites as guest lecturer in her current programs. Yiftachel has been described as "one of the worst anti-Israel academic extremists" and he has built an entire career upon churning out bash-Israel propaganda branding the Jewish state a "racist apartheid entity," dubbing it with his invented nonsense word "an ethnocracy," and he has justified the firing of Hamas rockets into Israel.

She reiterates Arab and Muslim propaganda that has changed history so much and she relies on writings of the most anti-Israel of Israeli "academics", like Baruch Kimmerling and Oren Yifchatel, for what she chooses to believe. Her lectures declare the Palestinian Arabs as the "indigenous" people of what is today Israel, suggesting that the Jews are "colonizers". This runs smack dead into changing the facts. There has always been a Jewish presence in the Holy Land for 5,000 years, the Jews certainly predate the Arab population and the bulk of Arabs living in the Holy Land emigrated to the area en masse as the same time as many Jews did during the 1930's and 40's through the Zionist movement that purchased legally land in the "disputed" area. What was declared Israel by the United Nations in 1948 had a larger Jewish population than the so-called Arab areas. Jews were certainly not "colonizers" of a imaginary Arab country called "Palestine" but were in fact victims of British colonialism the same as the Arabs. The "collective memories" of the Arabs are mainly fabricated.

[Quoting Fridman on Israel's 60th anniversary of the War of Independence] "Like other independence celebrations of settler-colonial states, this anniversary marked not only the consolidation and recognition of a particular nation-state (Israel), but also the history of an indigenous community's displacement (the Palestinians)… Consequently, the event being marked in May of 2008 was not only the celebration of Israel's independence but also the commemoration of the Palestinian Nakbah (catastrophe in Arabic). The creation of the state of Israel featured the displacement of over 750,000 indigenous Palestinian inhabitants of historic Palestine and the simultaneous destruction of over five hundred of their villages. While both the eradication of six million Jews from Europe and the ethnic cleansing of a majority of Palestine's indigenous Arab inhabitants are historical facts separated by time and space, the narratives surrounding these events, their legitimacy as historical collective memories, and the appeal to themas discursive resources are strongly entangled."

It should be noted the term "ethnic cleansing" was a propaganda term used extensively by the Saudis in the Serbia-Albanian Kosovar dispute in worldwide media as they were helping Muslims to chop off the heads of Serbian Christians. Despite the repetition of the Big Lie of 750,000 forced Arab "refugees" after Israel was born, the actual figure was 420,000, most of whom left on their own. Israel also repatriated about 120,000 Arab refugees after its war of Independence in 1948 from 1952-1982 bringing any legitimate "refugee" total down significantly. The Palestinians count second and third generation "refugees" as among their totals adding to their "collective memories."

It is noteworthy that Fridman uses as course material a "toolkit" created by the anti-Israel anarchist group Zochrot to teach the "Nakba narrative" in Hebrew about how Israel's existence is a calamity. She also uses documents furnished by Israeli draft dodgers from Breaking the Silence, an active International Solidarity Movement subversive group.

Fridman demands international intervention against Israel as was done by NATO against Serbia. The apple does not fall far from the Yifchatel tree. She was part of a lecture series she did in collaboration with Yifchatel in Europe and the two have cooperated on lecture programs and research to de-legitimize Israel for years.

Once again, Israeli academia produced another clown at Israeli taxpayer expense to promote the destruction of Eretz Yisrael as a Jewish state. Is there no common sense?

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The Albatross that Israel's Leftist Academia has Become

Clinging to their irrelevant political beliefs and unable to produce a majority-elected government, yet unwilling to give up positions of power, the Left would rather destroy Israel than give up their powers of obstruction.

From one angle, Israel has emerged out of the shadows of the left. Under conservative governments, it has modernized and innovated. The Israel of the startup probably would not exist if the kibbutz was still a viable proposition. From another angle, Israel is a conservative country in the grip of an unelected left.

The unelected left has become Israel's albatross, irrelevant but immovable, incapable of adapting and incapable of giving up power. Its leaders have trouble winning elections, but they pervade academia, the media, the judiciary and even the ranks of the top military brass. And they are making it clear that they would rather destroy the country than lose control over it.

A divided Israel has not been able to break away from the peace process. And it is unable to stop Iran. Netanyahu's dilemma is not just that he has to convince Obama or dance around him, but that he has to figure out a way to do the same thing for the country's domestic left whose parliamentary presence is limited, but whose actual obstructive powers are huge. And the left will insist on waiting until the very last second while claiming that Netanyahu is manufacturing a crisis for political advantage until it's almost too late.

Israel's left ran out of ideas long ago and runs instead on the recycled effluvia of the European left. It has adopted the conviction of the international left that Israel is always to blame. Except it replaces Israel with its favorite right-wing villains and is surprised every time it is confronted with the fact that the international left doesn't bother making any fine distinctions between settlers in Ariel and Kochav Yair and between the good Israeli soldiers who will only serve within the Green Line and the bad Israeli soldiers who will serve beyond the Green Line.

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Emmanuel Farjoun (Hebrew University) and Kobi Snitz (Weizmann Institute) Join Other Israelis and "Academics" in a Call for Boycott of the Oral History Conference at Hebrew U

Farjoun calls for the boycott of his own university. Farjoun and Snitz sign their name to a misleading petition that misrepresents a Unified Jerusalem as "occupied territory" according to "international law"; misquotes the Fourth Geneva Convention to try to prove their point; utilizes creative lawfare to come up with "grave violations" of the Geneva Conventions; and accuses the university of apartheid.

We are a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America calling on you to boycott the June 2014 'International Conference on Oral History' organised by the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy, as we explain below.

Specifically, the land on which some of its Mount Scopus campus buildings and facilities were expanded was acquired as a result of Israel's 1968 illegal confiscation of 3345 dunums of Palestinian land. [1] This confiscated land in East Jerusalem is occupied territory according to international law. Israel's unilateral annexation of occupied East Jerusalem into the State of Israel, and the application of Israeli domestic law to it, are violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been repeatedly denounced as null and void by the international community, including by the UN Security Council (Resolution 252, 21 May 1968). Moving Israeli staff and students to work and live on occupied Palestinian land places the Hebrew University in grave violation of the Fourth Geneva Conventions.

The conference is an attempt to improve the image and reputation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the West and to cover up for the fact that the university is closely associated with Israeli annexation and 'Separation/Apartheid Wall' policies—policies that were strongly condemned on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.[6]

Until Israel fully complies with international laws and conventions, we sincerely hope that international academics will not participate in endorsing their violations and the basic human rights of Palestinians – even if inadvertently. We call on our colleagues to treat Israel exactly the same way that most of the world treated racist South Africa – or indeed any other state that legislates and practices apartheid: as a pariah state… We, therefore, urge you to boycott the Hebrew University of Jerusalem oral history conference and to call on your colleagues to refuse to participate in it; to refuse to cross the Palestinian picket line.

Among the signed:
43. Professor Oren Ben-Dor, Southampton University, England
54. Professor Hagit Borer, Queen Mary, University of London, England
59. Professor Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, University of London, England
87. Dr. Uri Davis, AL-QUDS University, Jerusalem, Palestine
113. Professor (emeritus), Emmanuel Farjoun, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
166. Shir Hever, Independent Economist/Researcher, Palestine-Israel
213. Professor Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
220. Professor (emeritus) Moshé Machover, Kings College, University of London, England
269. Professor Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, England
278. Professor Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
332. Dr. Kobi Snitz, Weizmann Institute, Israel

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Tel Aviv University - Ben-Dror Yemini, Ma'ariv Editor, Bashes Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) over his Participation in the Bedouin Blood Libel

With the help of Haaretz newspaper, Islamofascism and anti-Semitic Leftists combine to incite charges of apartheid and transfer against Israel for enforcing the rule of law on Bedouin land grab practices.

In the background a campaign has being going on for a long time, crafted by Haaretz. There have been a lot of baseless claims, but I will make do with just two that were published this week. Oudeh Basharat claimed that Israel was robbing the Bedouins of land in Umm al-Hiran, and immediately called this apartheid. One day later, Prof. Eyal Gross claimed that Bedouins were being evicted from their homes in order to build a Jewish town. When a lie is repeated a thousand times, it becomes fact.

The words transfer and apartheid appeared in the campaign, in order to finger the culprit. This, of course, is the Zionist enterprise. This is what it did in 1948. This is what it is doing in the territories. This is what it is doing to the Bedouins. This is how incitement is created. This is how demonization is done. Haaretz readers have no inkling that Bedouin began to live in Umm al-Hiran only after the initiative to establish Hiran. Is it unreasonable to demand that a law professor know the facts before writing a report?

It's not that Jews are doing to the Bedouins what anti-Semites did to the Jews. Just the opposite. It is the "rights groups" and Rabbis for Human Rights, and it's Haaretz that are continuing the old, despised tradition of libels. In the past it was against the Jews. Now it's against the State of Israel.

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Hebrew University - Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) wants the Arab-Israeli conflict solved the same way as the "deal" with Iran, meaning capitulation to Islamic Fascism and Terrorism

Netanyahu is convinced, and rightly so, that the Iranians will try to deceive and cheat. He knows this because that’s what he would do in their situation. After all, that is what his government is doing daily in the occupied territories, better than anything else it does…  For Netanyahu, lies and deception are a foundation of international relations, an expression of political astuteness and of a capacity to get things done.

… What was established [in Geneva] was new ways of thinking and doing that could be applied to the efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict… A concerted effort by the P5+1 powers can bring both sides to the table and force them to start talking seriously. It will be hard to play games with these nations…

If it turns out that the political process that was embarked on in Geneva is successful, and strict supervision shows that Iran is complying with the agreement and that it was halted in its pursuit of a military nuclear option, the Geneva framework will become the only option in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Indiana University - Shaul Magid's (Dept of Jewish Studies) Dilution of the Jewish Faith and Backing of the Irredentist Terror Supporting Arabs

Despite what might seem a background in a love and promotion of the history of Judaism, Magid sees traditional Judaism, at least in America, as archaic and out of date. As a member of the far-leftist anti-Israel splinter group Americans for Peace Now, he talks of "post-ethnic Judaism."

Magid's "theological" opinions are that the Palestinians are victimized by us archaic-thinking Jews, the ones who actually practice Judaism. "Renewal Jews" develop a model of worship that includes "progressive" (Marxist?) American political activism and environmentalism. And lots of good dope.

Magid laments that some of his fellow hippie olim in Israel … yet support Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state:

"In my experience, while still in the US (in the 1970s and early 1980s) many of these newly religious people maintained a commitment to leftist ideas, including peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians… At that time, American counter-cultural Jews had not met the settlers (whose movement was just getting under way in Israel); nor had they been introduced to the romantic Zionism of Rav Kook that was being forged in various yeshivot and religious kibbutzim… The Jewish version of this outlook was easy prey for an emerging settler spirituality that institutionalized a 'divine connection to the land' that had little tolerance for coexistence if it meant sharing said land. While these American counter culturalists sympathized with the subaltern in principle, as they became more integrated into this new Zionist romanticism of the settler movement, the divine connection to the land began to take precedence."

Magid also insists that Israel's support of the settlers is based on a phony hasbara (public relations) for American consumption. He uses leftist buzz words like "the other" when referring to the Palestinians and never mentions the very way Arabs and Muslims treat their "Others." His hippy-dippy New Age Renewal Judaism incorporates liturgies of Christian, Islamic and Buddhist practices in synagogue prayer, while supporting the Jew killers among the Palestinians or, at minimum, simply ignoring them. And, oh, yes, he accuses Israel of apartheid, even though it's the only state in the Middle East that doesn't practice apartheid.

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University of Haifa - Conflict of Interests between Haifa U and Adalah, the Arab rights NGO associated with the Beleaguered Legal Clinics

Haifa U bans waving the Arab flag at the demonstration against the Bedouin settlement plan. Adalah, with whom some of the Leftist faculty at Haifa U cheer on and collaborate (including many at the Law School), is pushing to have the Arab national flags waved at the demonstration as 'freedom of speech.' Adalah must want to show solidarity with the denial of Israeli sovereignty over the Negev that waving a Palestinian flag implies.

The University of Haifa banned Arab students from waving Palestinian flags during protests that took place earlier this week against the Begin-Prawer plan, causing reactions from NGOs for and against the decision.

Fady Khoury, a lawyer for Adalah, an Arab legal rights group, told The Jerusalem Post that the university is violating the principle of freedom of speech and should not act as a filter or interfere in the substance of expression.

Regarding the issue of banning the Palestinian flags, Im Tirtzu sides with the university since one must distinguish between freedom of expression or academic freedom and Arabs creating "an atmosphere of fear." It is an abuse of freedom of speech, he said.

Alon Schwarzer, the campus coordinator for Im Tirtzu, told the Post… "Students are scared to say things in class and are worried about their grades if they go to complain."

University of Haifa spokesman, Ilan Yavelberg, told the Post that all of these groups are creating provocations in order to get into the news.

"Haifa University will not allow provocations from any party, which causes damage to the life on campus and violations to the public order," said a statement sent to the Post.

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University of Haifa - Im Tirtzu Publishes their Executive Summary over the Disturbing Political Activity at the University of Haifa Law Clinics

Im Tirtzu's new report reveals a disturbing political character to the activities of Haifa University's Legal Clinics. Some of the clinics have actually morphed into branches of radical anti-Zionist organizations, as shown by the extensive and multifaceted ties of the legal clinics with these organizations. These ties in turn reflect the unsettling fact that many employees of the clinics are actually key members of such organizations.

The legal clinics are trying to camouflage and conceal their controversial agenda in order to to avoid a critical and incisive discussion of their activities. At the same time, participating students have been victimized by having to be accosted with chauvinistic anti-Israel propaganda. Needless to say, such anti-Israeli propaganda only wears away at the fabric of Israeli society.

A sample case is the Prisoners' Rights Clinic, the most active among the clinics in terms of the number of legal proceedings in which it engages. The following are examples of cases undertaken by this clinic:

o  Walid Dakka, a terrorist convicted of having participated in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam, z''l.
o  Sallach Said, a terrorist who participated in a shooting attack in the course of which Israeli soldier Yair Turgeman, z''l, was killed.
o  Karim Yunes, a terrorist convicted of the murder of Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg, z''l.
o  Raed Sallahut, a terrorist convicted of attempted murder, aiding the enemy during wartime, and shooting at a police station.
o  Fouad Soltani, a terrorist convicted of spying on behalf of Hezbollah.
o  Ahmed Elheib, a terrorist convicted of spying on behalf of Hezbollah.


It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Clinics have been transformed from a social educational project into a destructive and biased mechanism for political indoctrination. The clinics mislead the students and do not provide a credible image with respect to their activities.

Ultimately, the Clinics represent an academia that is devoid of discussion, pluralism and ideological alternatives.

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University of Haifa - Tsafrir Goldberg (Dept of Education) Concocts Experiment that Shows how Alternative Teaching Methods Coerce Jewish Pupils into Accepting Responsibility for the 1948 Arab Refugees.

Goldberg believes it is the job of high school "peace education" to indoctrinate children in the need for Israel to capitulate to the demands of the Arab aggressors and enemies. Stalinist schools in the USSR also ran programs in "peace education" in the 1950s.

Goldberg's "research" is designed to make Jewish students succumb to the Arab irredentist claims about Jews being responsible for the 1948 Arab refugee problem. This "research" focuses on the need to brainwash Jewish children in the Arab Big Lie! Goldberg sells out the Jewish pupils and the Israeli Narrative from fear of "raising antagonism" with Arab students. However, he finds these alternative methods of indoctrination quite successful for promoting agreement, or rather capitulation to Arab yarns, in the field of "Peace Education." In fact, it is this subordination of Jewish responsibility to the Arab refugee problem that frequently forms the only basis for continued dialog between the Arab and Jewish pupils in the study. In view of Goldberg's personal views on the Arab-Israeli conflict, could this be another study for which the conclusions were written before the study took place?

In the wake of the book recall [reported earlier on Isracampus], one of its authors − Dr. Tsafrir Goldberg, from the teacher education department at Haifa University − decided to try and explore the impact of instructional methods (the traditional one of the Education Ministry versus two alternative approaches) on the national identification of Jewish and Arab students; on the extent of tolerance of each side; and on their ability to reach agreements.

The study was recently completed, and the conclusions are quite clear: identification is not harmed when students learn the narrative of the other side, and teaching according to the principles of the Education Ministry has a negative influence on the degree of interest in encountering the other and understanding his point of view.

The study looked at some 180 Jewish and Arab students aged 16-18 from 10 schools around the country. The teenagers were divided into three groups, which learned about the beginning of the War of Independence and the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem through a variety of approaches to teaching history, with a control group that was not exposed to any of those approaches. Before and after class, the students answered detailed questionnaires that ascertained identification with their national group, openness to contradictory narratives of the conflict, and their perceptions regarding the historical topic in question. Later on they split into binational
pairs, and were asked to discuss two questions: Which side is responsible for the refugee problem, and can it be resolved?

The discussions were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed quantitatively (for example, the rate of cases in which the students reached an agreement [as defined by Goldberg to be capitulation to Arab demands of Israeli responsibility for the 1948 Arab refugees - Isracampus]) and qualitatively (such as manifestations of dominance and even taking over the conversation).

The first approach the study tested was the traditional method of teaching history, as formed by Education Ministry directives. This is a fairly authoritative approach, which purports to pass on to the next generation "the events as they were." This is an illusion, of course, but the factual description, which is ostensibly neutral, makes challenging it difficult − and, moreover, blurs the fact that we are talking about historical interpretation…

The other two approaches the study tested took an empathetic approach − which is based on a textbook that includes Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian narratives − and a critical approach − which relies on a skeptical examination of historical sources, identified and contrasting, in a manner reminiscent of the core curriculum in the history department of any academic institution.

As far as is known, this is the first study of its kind to examine the impact of different methods of teaching the history of the Jewish-Arab conflict on national identity and relations between the two nationalities.

By contrast, real differences were found in connection with the teenagers' degree of interest in getting to know the other side: Interest in the other showed a decline after a class conducted in the traditional-authoritative method, as opposed to an increase was noted after a class employing the empathetic approach (and, to a lesser extent, also the critical approach). The impact was greater among the study's Arab participants than their fellow Jewish students.

Significant differences were also found when the teens were divided into pairs and asked to discuss the refugee problem. From a purely quantitative standpoint, it turned out that students who learned in keeping with the traditional approach decidedly reached a lower rate of agreement [i.e. capitulation - Isracampus] between them, compared to ones who learned according to the empathetic approach and the critical approach (for example, 38.5 percent, 53.3 percent and 75 percent, respectively, agreed on the responsibility for the refugee problem). Less definitive differences also surfaced in quantitative analysis of the conversations: those held by students who learned according to the alternative methods tended to be more equitable.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) and the Vegan Jihad

Transgendered Jihad is not Sufficient! Just when you think Aeyal Gross could not get any wackier.

It should be stressed that there is no contradiction between concern for animals and concern for human life. Quite the contrary, opposition to the suppression of human beings easily dovetails with opposition to the suppression of animals; in both cases, one is expressing an overall sensitivity to the oppression and suffering of the Other and to the exploitation of the weak.

More and more restaurants and coffee shops are catering to the needs of vegetarians and vegans; moreover, the local media are showcasing this development. While this trend must be welcomed, one must not ignore the gap that exists between increased support for veganism and the ever-growing indifference in Israeli society to the oppression and exploitation inherent in Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory…

When veganism becomes a tool to improve the IDF's image, or that of Israel as a whole – which is what Megged suggests – and when attempts are being made to cover up the fact that the IDF operates an occupation mechanism that denies people their basic human rights, veganism is being appropriated for propaganda purposes.

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University of Haifa - Tsafrir Goldberg's (Dept of Education) Campaign to Teach Israeli Students that Israel's Existence is a Nakba and that Israel Conducted Ethnic Cleansing

Goldberg complains about censorship after the Israeli Dept of Education catches his attempt to sneak claims of Nakba and ethnic cleansing into Israeli high school textbooks. Goldberg uses biased sources with which to make these claims. In Goldberg's opinion, these claims are "not extreme."

"Collecting the books from the shops is an unnecessary [form of] censorship," said Dr. Tsafrir Goldberg, who wrote the controversial chapter on the war. "The process of approving the text was completed in serious fashion from both the pedagogic and the historic points of view. The fact that the education minister changed does not mean that it is possible to bypass this procedure."

On September 22, Haaretz reported that the textbook, which is meant for 11th and 12th-grades, for the first time presented the Palestinian claim that there had been ethnic cleansing in 1948.

"Presenting Israel's claims as being equal to those of Arab propagandists is exactly like presenting the claims of the Nazis alongside those of the Jews," one of them said.

Among other things, the Shazar Center was asked to exchange the original Palestinian text that appears in the book, written by Walid Khalidi, for another that is closer to reality, said Goldberg, who finished making the changes recently.

Another demand was that the term "ethnic cleansing" be redacted. Goldberg says that he changed the phrase and spoke instead of an organized policy of expulsion… "The state has the right to determine the contents of textbooks but this is not supposed to be done by the education minister," Goldberg said.

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The textbook, "Nationalism: Building a State in the Middle East," was published several weeks ago. It contains a passage stating "the Palestinians and the Arab states contended that most of the [Palestinian] refugees were civilians who were attacked and expelled from their homes by the armed Jewish forces, which instituted a policy of ethnic cleansing, contrary to the proclamations of peace in the Declaration of Independence."

The book presents the Palestinian and the Jewish-Israeli points of view side by side…In summarizing the two versions, the chapter says: "Later historical research has raised a complex picture in which alongside the abandonment of cities there were also incidents of organized expulsion, such as in Lod and Ramle," and that "the flight from the villages frequently occurred following attacks on them by Jewish forces."

The chapter gives three notable sources in its description of events, including Yohanan Cohen, who was a company commander in the War of Independence and later served as a member of Knesset. Cohen recounts that "not only was the flight of the Arabs directed and carried out at the initiative of the Arab leadership, but also the leadership of the Jewish community tried more than once to stop it and prevent it." The second point of view is from the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, who wrote that 13 operations, carried out, he contended, in the context of so-called Plan Dalet [Pand D] were a historic opportunity for the Jews to cleanse the country of Arabs, and to deny the Arab presence simply by wiping it out. The third source, Benny Morris of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, said Plan Dalet gave certain commanders of the prestate Jewish Haganah a free hand to empty strategically key areas of their inhabitants, adding that each unit interpreted and carried out the instructions as it understood them and in accordance with local circumstances. There was no decision, he said, to expel the Arabs from the territory of the Jewish State.

Tsafrir Goldberg, who was responsible for the chapter on the Palestinian refugees, said yesterday: "… I believe one of the ways to develop historical thought is to confront the student with conflicting points of view." He said he did not present the contentions regarding ethnic cleansing as fact but rather as a Palestinian version of events. "It is not extreme," he added, "in my view, to know that someone thinks differently than you do."

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Tel Aviv University - Yehouda Shenhav's (Dept of Sociology)  Racist Residues Taint his Theories over the Arab - Israeli Conflict.

Shenhav's self-admitted troubled childhood, strife with Mizrachim – Ashkenazim cultural conflicts, makes him lay all the blame for Zionism, the Arab problem, and culture conflicts on Ashkenazim.

This theoretical and philosophical position has implications regarding our discussion today i.e. the connection between the Mizrahi and Palestinian questions. I would like to propose that if the positions of the Mizrahim toward the Arabs are more militant, this is at least partially the result of years of European Zionist ideology which regards Arab culture with contempt. Having internalised this ideology, the Mizrahim learned to reject their own Eastern, or Arab roots in order to get closer to the centre of the Israeli collective. Rejection of their Arab roots is expressed in at least two ways. The Mizrahim, whose identity is split between their Jewish religion and their Arab cultural roots, may choose to stress their religious identity at the expense of their cultural identity. The religious path offers the Mizrahim a way to enter Israeli society while rejecting their connection to Arab culture. Another form of rejection is to adopt an Israeli identity and to deny the relevance of their Mizrahi identity.

Here I would like to look, through the Mizrahi issue, at the complex question of Palestinian nationalism. The Israeli left, which for the most part remains Zionist, Ashkenazi, and secular, has developed a standpoint that on one hand recognizes the Palestinian question in all its complexity, and on the other hand denies the social and ethnic issues of the Mizrahi question…

I can speak for hours about ambivalence surrounding my identity, creating dilemmas in my childhood between my Israeli identity and my Mizrahi – Arab identity. When I brought friends home my mother made it clear to me who were my good friends and who were my bad friends. It was not in anything she said directly. But when I brought home an Ashkenazi friend I received compliments, and when I brought home a Mizrahi friend my mother made a face. After a while you get the message and begin to adopt Ashkenazi ways of thinking.

Regarding the Mizrahi issue, which is connected to the Palestinian issue, it is important to understand how memory works. The Mizrahim, as opposed to the Palestinians, have a very ambivalent attitude towards Zionist nationalism. And Zionist nationalism has a very ambivalent attitude towards the Mizrahim. There is tension between processes of inclusion and exclusion in relations between Jewish nationalism and Mizrahim. It is as if we are told, "You are one of us, but a distant relative." That is to say you are almost like the Ashkenazim - but not exactly. As opposed to the Palestinians, you are a part of the collective. However within the Zionist nationalist movement you are marginal and have become ethicised.

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University of Haifa - Calls to have Haifa U Spokesman Ilan Yavelburg Dismissed over Defamatory Statement

Yavelburg overstepped his mandate by defaming students as "extremist". Instead of redressing the problem of representing terrorists, the university and its spokesperson have decided to malign the messenger.

Ilan Yavelburg needs to issue an immediate apology to the "Im Tirtzu" student organization or to resign or be dismissed from his position as University spokesperson.

According to the media, Yavelburg is issuing defamatory statements against the Im Tirtzu Zionist student organization, calling it an "extremist political organization." Im Tirtzu is a Zionist student organization, which of course makes it an extremist group in the minds of the Far-Leftist anti-Zionists, including the anti-Israel tenured extremists in Israel. For them, any Zionist group of any sort is "extremist." One can agree with Im Tirtzu's opinions or disagree, but it is not Yavelburg's mandate to defame students at the university as "extremists." Let us note that he never attacked as "extremist" the Arab student union for producing a calendar with photos of Nasrallah and Bin Laden, nor for countless other provocations.

Im Tirtzu issued a critical report about the activities of the law clinics at the University of Haifa. One clinic in particular, the one supposedly concerned with "prisoner rights," is a highly politicized institution engaged in advocacy and indoctrination, as evidenced by the set of "prisoners" it decided to adopt. (Biased politicization if not exactly a rarity in the rest of the law school.) Instead of redressing the problem, the university and its spokesperson have decided to malign the messenger.

If it is Yavelburg's position that all Zionist students are extremists, then let him resign and seek employment at Bir Zeit "university." If it is the belief of the university officials that Yavelburg's anti-Zionist defamation of Im Tirtzu is also the university position, then let them have the integrity to communicate this to all university donors and to the Knesset educational committee.

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The Cover-Up of "Clinic-gate" at Haifa U Begins
University of Haifa under pressure over Legal Aid to Terrorists

Hysterical response from Haifa U spokesman, Ilan Yavelburg, who denounced the Student Movement 'Im Tirtzu' as an "extremist political organization," kicks off the beginning of a slanderous offensive to divert attention from the legal assistance given to terrorists at Haifa U's student legal clinics.

A day after the Im Tirtzu movement published a report decrying what it termed the politicized nature of Haifa University's legal clinics, reactions began flooding in from the university, terror victims and Knesset members.

Ilan Yavelburg, a spokesman for the university, described the report as "manipulative and biased" and deemed Im Tirtzu an "extremist political organization."

Haifa University's legal clinics are apolitical, he said, adding: "Im Tirtzu are the ones who are crudely injecting politics into the academy for the sake of their own publicity. ... It is no accident that Im Tirtzu chose to ignore this wide range of activity and to spotlight, in an intentional and biased way, just one narrow issue among many..."

Reacting to Im Tirzu's report, Almagor, the terror victims' organization, sent a letter to the president of Haifa University on Monday. ... "In Haifa, there is a population of terror victims and bereaved families who in the past joined our legal battle to prosecute terrorists who hurt us, and we did not see the University of Haifa offer us its services, which it offers, ironically and unfortunately, to some of these terrorists."
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"This is another scandal at the University of Haifa, which under the cover of academic freedom harms the freedom of choice of students and imposes on them a post-Zionist agenda," MK Yariv Levin (Likud) told Maariv newspaper on Sunday.

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University of Haifa - Terror Victims Association Demands HaifaU Law Clinic Representation

Haifa University should help victims of terrorism just as it assist terrorists, the head of the Almagor terror victims association, Meir Indor, said on Sunday.

Indor was reacting to a report by the Im Tirtzu organization, which found that the legal clinics at Haifa University devote most of their resources to helping non-Jews, with a special preference for Muslim-Arab terrorists.

"In the wake of the academic assistance of terrorists, we turn to Haifa University and demand that they set up a clinic for victims of terrorism," Indor told Arutz Sheva.

He stressed that "every victim of terrorism has the option of demanding, in the name of justice, that the law be followed. Therefore, a clinic such as this can help prevent the release of terrorists and be a real help when we turn to the High Court of Justice. Haifa University, you are helping the terrorists? If so, help the victims of terrorism as well.”

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University of Haifa - Legal Support for Terrorism at the University of Haifa

Gad Barzilai (Dean of the Law School) justifies the representation of Arab terrorists by HaifaU law students as defending the "weakened populations" in Israel.

In recent days the University of Haifa in northern Israel … has come under intensive criticism because the "legal clinics" operated by its School of Law here are assigning law students the task of counseling and defending convicted Arab terrorists and mass murderers of Jews. The President of the University recently issued a statement defending the activities of these "clinics." The Dean of the Law School together with the head of the "clinics" went on the attack and denounced those who criticize the practice of the "clinics" to counsel and defend the terrorists.

The Dean, Prof. Gad Barzilai, is a radical active in leftist "human rights" groups and involved in academic politicization in Israel (Barzilai was a defender of the Department of Politics at Ben Gurion University – the worst anti-Israel agitprop center in the country – when an international panel of experts called for shutting it down). He claims that all criticism of the law school for its involvement with terrorists is politically motivated. In particular he denounced the Zionist student movement "Im Tirtzu" for criticizing the law school. Several faculty members at the University called for filing SLAPP suits against the students to silence them, and one anti-Israel faculty extremist complained that the clinics were not defending the terrorists enough.

Im Tirtzu claims that 80% of the cases taken on by the University of Haifa legal clinic for "prisoner rights" involved Arab terrorists and spies. One involved a terrorist and convicted rapist seeking a furlough. Dean Barzilai insists that the law school is simply devoted to "repairing society" and defending the "weakened populations" of Israel. In the past, the law school prohibited the singing of Hatikva, the Israeli national anthem, at its graduation ceremonies, claiming it would offend the sensitivities of Arab students.

Finally, it is always refreshing when people openly promote the idea that the purpose of a university is to indoctrinate students in far-Leftist ideology and to engage in political advocacy. It helps prevent confusion of purpose. It helps to convey the single correct point of view. After all, alliance, collaboration, and semi-merger with far-Leftist anti-Israel activist groups is not political at all for a university department. Only the Im Tirtzu student group is political.

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University of Haifa - Anti-Israel fanatic Micah Leshem (Dept of Psychology) complains that the University of Haifa legal clinics do not spend ENOUGH time defending convicted terrorists and mass murderers of Jews

I am disappointed in the Faculty of Law response that ONLY 2.5% of cases of one of their clinics dealt with trivial issues re security prisoners. First of all it sounds like an apology, as Joseph made very clear. Secondly, we all know that they are discriminated against – there do not have the familial, social and gov'tal support that Jewish scum get, eg the Jewish Terrorists, who barely saw the inside of a cell before they were pardoned, and even then they were sun-tanning on the beach…

The attack on the Faculty of Law is clearly political and as they state racist, which is not surprising because that is the Ethos of the boors who instigated it. They are not supporters of a just tolerant and egalitarian society - they are for the hegemony of their view of extreme ethnic nationalism.

The moral of the story, Menachem, is that you should be very careful making excuses for Im Tirzu and their types – they feed on that; you can be sure your piece will be cited quoted and publicized by those fascists as a professor supporting their dastardly aims.

Micah

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Alon Liel (TAU - Dept of Political Science), Nurit Peled-Elhanan (HebrewU - Dept of Education), and Oren Yiftachel (BGU - Dept of Geography) are Examples of Anti-Israel "Outside Insiders" - The "Zionist Elite" Academics Who have Turned Against Zionism

Seth Frantzman, Jerusalem Post Editor, concludes the policies assumed by these "Outside Insiders" are a result, in part, of the studies they received at university. Ultimately, he concludes, these Israel-bashing anti-Zionists are uneducated and irresponsible with their critique, and for all their intimate knowledge, offer no real constructive criticism.

However, radical critique of Israel is not an outsider phenomenon; while it may be a minority voice, that minority is often the elite of the Jewish and Israeli community. They are "outside-insiders": those masquerading as outsider critics but who in fact were groomed by and recognized as part of the elite Zionist structure.

[The] narrative of growing up in a traditional Zionist home and then becoming a critic isn't the exception, it is the rule. Alon Liel, former Foreign Ministry director-general, claimed in a February conference that, "In the situation that exists today, until a Palestinian state is created, we are actually one state. This joint state – in the hope that the status quo is temporary – is an apartheid state." His comments were greeted with shock.

He told his listeners: "As someone who knows the original apartheid well, and also knows the State of Israel quite well – I was born here, grew up here, served and fought for it for 30 years – someone like me knows that Zionism isn't apartheid and the State of Israel that I grew up in wasn't an apartheid state."

Whatever happened to the good old Israel? … Nurit Peled-Elhanan [Daughter of Israeli general Matti Peled, granddaughter of Israel's Declaration of Independence Dr. Avraham Katsnelson], was quoted at Mondoweiss as saying "Apartheid in Israel and Palestine, imposed and practised by the Israeli security forces, is enabled by the most profound racism, practised every day, in every domain of life."

It is a mistake to pretend that these are outsider opinions.

They were generated and sculpted by the very leaders and founders of Zionism, by Israeli generals and a family that signed the declaration of independence. These views didn't just come out of nowhere, either, they formed over time, in coffee houses and in the homes of the elites, on the kibbutzim and in the universities.

OPPOSITION TO Zionism is in fact a central feature of Zionism; opposition to and "daring" criticism of the State of Israel is integral to being an insider in Israel.

Many other radical critics, like Oren Yiftachel, who compares Jewish communities in Israel to "pure" white settler states like Australia and Canada, proudly describes being raised on a kibbutz "in a northern Israeli kibbutz, where socialism was not a curse and social justice was not a mere theory."

The fact is that anti-Zionism and critique of Israel are the ultimate insider's career path. Those insiders who become anti-Zionist or radical critics rarely offer constructive criticism, and this differentiates them from the descendants of other founding generations… Critics of Israeli policy could be constructive; a solution to the conflict with the Palestinians is in everyone's interest, and combating racism is a good thing. But the way in which many of these insiders go about it, becoming more famous at Harvard and in London than they are in Israel, seems counterproductive, to say the least… Responsible insiders work for change from within, but unfortunately the Jewish community and Israel is not cultivating a responsible elite culture of critique, but an irresponsible one.

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Hebrew University - Marxist Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) says all centrist parties in Israel are far worse than Le Pen's Fascist National Front Party in France and that Israel's centrist and right-leading parties are borderline Nazi entities.

Sternhell has hysterical anxiety attack over the return of fascism. However, Sternhell has been apprehensive about fascism for over 20+ years - forever repeating his mantra that the elements of fascism are about to sweep the country. The little boy who cried wolf.

In light of what is happening today, a simple fact must be understood: The chauvinistic, racist right is an integral part of European culture and is a built-in element in European ethnic and cultural nationalism. Furthermore, it must be understood that the emergence of the chauvinistic, racist right in the 20th century was not just an incidental result of the First World War and the crises that erupted in its wake. Many people are now asking the frightening question: Are we witnessing a return to the 1930s?

An Israeli participating in this conference could not help but compare the situation in Europe with what is happening today in Israel, and could not resist recalling that the last time the Israeli left held a similar discussion was the period immediately following the debacle in the 1977 elections. The Israeli left shuns ideology; it clings to "pragmatism," which is nothing but crass opportunism, because by being "pragmatic," it hopes to prove that it is fit to be the ruling party. Second, in failing to vigorously oppose the ethnic, religious and messianic perception of nationhood that is being promoted by the right, the Labor Party's leftist establishment is actually collaborating with the right.
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When comparing Europe and Israel in 2013, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that among Western states, the country where the radical right is the most powerful (and is even in power), and where the left is the weakest, is Israel. Here as well, the source of the problem is to be found in the country's culture, in the concept of the nation as a tribe and in the problematic definition of Jewish identity. It is even harder to avoid the conclusion that the Israeli right – from the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu to Habayit Hayehudi – is very far to the right of Marine Le Pen's National Front. Compared to most of the cabinet ministers and Knesset members, Le Pen looks like a dangerous leftist.

Israel is today at the extreme rightist end of the political spectrum, and its rightist groups are among the worst and most dangerous of those currently operating in democratic societies, with the exception of neo-Nazi groups. Israel is gradually being distanced from the family of the world's enlightened nations – by laws being proposed in the Knesset that are founded on openly declared ethnic and national discrimination, and by the oppressive regime in the West Bank.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross (Dept of Law) Continues his Jihad against Heterosexual Jews

Gross takes issue with the 'new homonationalism.' He exploits the murder within the LGBT community to bash the 'new homonationalism' as an impediment to practicing far-leftist activism. Gross gets offended that the Israeli Government and right-wing politicians can seem to be "liberal and democratic" when peddling to the LGBT community. Ultimately, Gross rejects 'homonationalism' as a passing fad.

In the past, it was widely assumed that LGBT rights would correlate with advances in civil rights and the peace process. Today the opposite may be true: LGBT rights are used as a fig leaf, and the larger the area that needs to be hidden, the larger the fig leaf must be. Although conservative and especially religious politicians remain fiercely homophobic, this is partially counterbalanced – even in years when a conservative government has been in power – by the new homonationalism and the important role gay rights plays in burnishing Israel's liberal image.

This change allowed the cementing of an unwritten deal that had long been in the works, between Israeli established homonormative politics and the new Israeli homonationalism… Its terms are that "we" will be good, normative and Zionist gays, who are willing to partake in the discourse of Israel as a liberal democracy and collaborate, directly and indirectly, in the state's use of gay rights as a fig leaf for Israeli democracy, and in return we will get sympathy and some support from the state.

It seems that each party seized the day to advance its own agenda. Now, not only Israel as a state, but also right wing politicians, could utilize gay rights to consider themselves as liberal and democratic, while continuing to support oppressive policies towards the Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories…

Almost a year after the murder in Bar Noar, we see that the community is not united in a battle against homophobia. Instead, the "deal" struck in its aftermath aligned the newly invigorated homonationalism with homonormativity and exacerbated the conflicts between Israeli LGBT and queer activists, as was all-too apparent in the contentious period before the pride parade. There is more need than ever for queer politics which will reject homonationalism, while not denying the progress achieved on GLBT rights and the need to join efforts in fighting homophobia, a need that is more apparent than ever in the wake of the Bar Noar murder.

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Tel Aviv University - Yehouda Shenhav (Dept of Sociology)  Touts the 'No State' Solution

Shenhav rejects the 'Two-State' Solution as violent and inapplicable, as well as the 'One-State' Solution that would end the Jewish State of Israel. Thus he presents a 'One-Space' Solution for which he has no idea how it should work but it feels good.

Professor Shenhav, from where do you get the idea that the two-state solution is no longer relevant? At this very moment, diplomatic negotiations are being held along these very guidelines.

''New winds are blowing now and people are beginning to understand that the two-state solution is not possible… "People come and tell me, 'We ridiculed you five and 10 years ago, and now we are beginning to understand that we have no choice.' On what are they basing this 'no choice' idea? We are all aware of the power of the settlers and that evacuating half a million settlers is an illusion. Even if we assume, like Akiva Eldar, that only 150,000 would have to be evacuated, that is also a dangerous illusion. The settlers are a power group in politics, in the army and the Israel Land Administration, they are too strong.''

''It will never actually happen because it is clear to everyone that Israelis approach the conflict with the '67 paradigm in their heads; in other words, if we return what we conquered in '67, then everything will be OK. I claim that the Palestinians don't think this way. They think about '48. As far as they are concerned, that war never ended, and there are 6 million people waiting to hear something new. The Palestinian leadership cannot betray them, and justifiably so… And therefore there won't be two states for two nations.''

We think that we have two options: a two-state solution or a binational solution. This is a well-known sociological trick of deception, because there never are only two alternatives. Between the two paradigms - of "a nation of all its citizens" and "two states" - are many more options. People refuse to see this.''

What are the other options?

''I am not an engineer or politician who can determine how to go. But I know that from a moral point of view it is a mistake not to consider other options. We are stuck with the 'two-state solution,' which is a very violent solution; and on the other hand, there is the 'state of all its citizens' option, in which we will all drown in an Arab ocean and they will eliminate us. But in between, there are a trillion other options.

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Beit Berl College - Lecturer Erella Shadmi's (Dept of Gender Studies) Furious Lesbian Campaign to Obliterate Israel

Erella Shadmi, a lecturer at the semi-academic Beit Berl College. Shadmi is a bit of an anomaly. She retired as a high official in Israel's national police force to become a lecturer at Beit Berl. There she claims to be an expert on how women are discriminated against in Israeli society and how this translates into Palestinian victimization. She in turn has been invited to American colleges and at symposiums in Israel, where she lectures among the wannabe intelligentsia…

Shadmi recites a mantra that [Coalition of Women for Peace] and its associated lesbian-dominated groups banter about: Women in Israel have no equal rights, Ashkenazi women are persecuted too but contribute to the persecution of the Mizrahi women. Female Israelis, of course, ultimately contribute to the persecution of the poor Palestinians through the "occupation" (remember, all of Israel is occupied, not just Judea and Samaria). She says she is against militarism but offers no alternative to the defense of Israel that does not involve the use of the military. Of course, she really doesn't want to defend Israel at all.

Here is Shadmi writing about her daughter's being called up by the IDF:

"When my daughter turned 17 she got her first call to the Israeli army. We both looked at the letter not knowing what to do… I told her unequivocally that I wanted her to refuse, not to join the army… One day she asked me, 'what will you do if I decide to join the army?' I said, "it will be a terrible moment for me. I will be sad."

… But note how Shadmi doesn't want her to serve at all, because to do so means being in favor of "the occupation" of Israel by Jews. The Arabs may conduct terror attacks and kill Jewish children and women, but Erella Shadmi's delicate sensitivities consider all military service as engaging in needless violence.

Shadmi says she became a "feminist" (lesbian activist) after she became furious. Can anything be more frightening than a furious anti-Semitic leftist lesbian feminist?:

'Fury made me a feminist. This fury has slowly accumulated over the years. I was not aware of the way it accumulated, growing more and more, until one day, when the conditions had ripened, it erupted, and it erupted with a big cry and a lot of joy—a cry against men that treated us, women, so viciously… The fury has been translated into demonstrations, politics, organizing, research, teaching, and words…

'The never ending stream of narratives, incidents, experiences that women began to tell has turned into a demand for men to take responsibility, to recognize the evils they have done, to confess the truth—so as to bring about reconciliation, exactly as the Germans did after the Shoah…

'In the same way I demand the three Rs from men: Reflexivity, Responsibility and Reparation…'

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Ben Gurion University - David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences) demands shutting down Ariel University to solve all the problems facing Israeli academia

Newman, fronting the EU's attempt to sidestep the democratically elected Israeli Government, makes call to "thousands of academic faculty" to capitulate to Arab demands and accept the EU bribe in the form of Horizon 2020 academic funding. Funny how he does not think the demands by the international panel insisting that Newman's OWN department of politics be shut down are worthy of attention.

Israel cannot allow, under any circumstances, its internal politics to come in the way of full participation in the next generation of EU-funded research. The guidelines concerning the non-funding of projects and institutions in the occupied territories did not, contrary to the messages which came out of Israel's Foreign Ministry, come as a surprise. While the government's decision to go ahead with the recognition of Ariel as a fully-fledged university was not helpful in this respect, the EU discussion of the new guidelines had been on the table for a much longer period of time.

It is time for our leaders to take on a serious dose of political realism. We cannot afford to play politics and to endanger the future of our next generations of researchers and scientists. We cannot afford to exclude young Israeli scientists from being part of the cross-border global generation of future Nobel prize winners.

Israel must sign wholeheartedly into Horizon 2020 while, at the same time, accepting that this will apply to the bona fide institutions which are located within the recognized sovereign territory of the State of Israel and will not extend to those institutions who operate beyond these territorial limits.

While the Israel Academy of Sciences and the Council for Higher Education (MALAG) have issued statements in this respect, the heads of our universities and scientific community need to be more forthright in their opposition to any attempt by government to hold up or delay Israel's full participation in the next stages of research cooperation. The collective voice of the university deans and thousands of academic faculty, regardless of their political positions vis a vis the politics of the Israel-Palestine conflict, should be heard.

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University of Haifa - 'Im Tirtzu' Levels Charges of Arab Nationalist Indoctrination at Haifa U's Legal Clinics

The Legal Clinics, which specialize in defending Arab terrorists against the State, lure unsuspecting students into the "Arab nationalist struggle against Zionism."

The [Im Tirtzu] report focuses on three clinics in particular, the Clinic for Prisoners' Rights, the Clinic for Human Rights in Society and the Clinic for the Rights of the Arab-Palestinian Minority.

The report says that these clinics have become anti-Zionist, radical organizations that "cooperate with organizations that oppose the existence of the State of Israel as a democratic state."

The report also says that the causes chosen by these clinics are part of the "Arab nationalist struggle against Zionism." These causes, according to the report, include undermining the status of the national anthem, providing legal aid to Arab-Israeli security prisoners and opposing Jewish settlement in Acre and Meron. Furthermore, the clinics use public funds and enlist unsuspecting, well-meaning students towards an Arab nationalist agenda, the report says.

Out of more than 20 legal cases that the clinics have handled since 2009, only two were the cases of Jews, the report stated. In all of the other cases, the clinics represented Arabs against the State of Israel (in one case the recipient of legal aid was not even an Israeli citizen). There are more than 10,000 prisoners in Israel. Out of these, 132 (about 1 percent) are Arab-Israeli security prisoners. Out of the 10 cases handled by the Clinic for Prisoners' Rights, eight (80%) involved security prisoners, the bulk of whom are terrorists.

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Special Isracampus Report:
Maariv editor Ben Dror Yemini Reports on the Suppression of Academic Freedom by the Israeli Radical Left

Yemini also admonishes the complacent University Heads who have allowed this process to happen.

In Israeli academia, anyone who is not a member of the bolshevik horde has difficulties finding positions and getting in, and his articles will not get published, or he will simply be treated as an outcast. So the problem here is not heterodox ideas and opinions, or even the university law clinic that functions as an extension of a radical political organization. The problem is quite simply that Israel is losing its academic freedom, which is being replaced by academic bolshevism. Because there is not the slightest chance in hell that any university will ever open a law clinic that is under the control of some radical rightwing organization, and it is good that this is so. But every case of "collaboration" is always in a single direction, that with radical leftist organizations.

It is quite possible that the "Im Tirtzu" student group is, as the university chiefs claim, interested in provocations. Fine, let the university chiefs prove that their charges are false. Come show us cases of collaboration between university units and NGOs that are NOT from the radical left, similar to the collaboration between the University of Haifa Law School and ADALAH. To demonstrate for us the pluralism that is flowering. But the universities have nothing to say in their defense besides charges of "provocations" and "McCarthyism." There is something very, very alarming going on in Israeli academia and it is nothing less than the suppression of academic freedom.

It was only last year that the bolshevik campaign succeeded in stifling criticism of the Department of Politics at Ben Gurion University. And it does not matter WHO is expressing the criticism. It is not only in response to criticism from right-wing NGOs that the kneejerk reactions proliferate. It was exactly the same reaction when the critics were a panel of international experts. In fact it is the same reaction heard when even professors from the sane moderate Left speak out. (What sane moderate Left? -- SP)

(Yemini ends the column with a quote he heard from a man who recently served as the head of an Israeli university and admitted to him that the radical Left is exercising hegemony over Israeli academic institutions. Yemini says that they ALL know this is true.)

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University of Haifa - The hardcore Stalinist Tamar Katriel (Dept of Communication) Produces More Propaganda to Belittle Jewish Heritage as "Phantom Nostalgia"

Both museums reconstruct the particular trajectories of the culture and history of the Jews in cultural areas demarcated by language-use as well as the story of their immigration to Palestine/Israel and their often painful incorporation into Israeli society. Both, too, walk a thin line between affirmation and rejection of the Jewish Diaspora past, a sense of belonging and alienation vis-à-vis mainstream Israeli society on the one hand and European culture on the other.

Established through the efforts of Holocaust survivors backed by immigrant associations, these two museums serve both commemorative and pedagogical functions as they negotiate their claims to cultural distinctiveness. They pay tribute to the Jewish communal past and shared sense of loss yet go beyond Jewish victimhood through affirmative and forward-looking displays of energizing past accomplishments. They thus inculcate members of younger generations with a sense of "phantom nostalgia" - a "presence of absence", a reaching out to places and times they never knew.

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Ben Gurion University - Yonatan Mendel (Dept of Political Science) Attempts to Present the Jihadist Hamas as a Beacon of Moderation

Muhammad Abu-Tir, a resident of Umm-Tuba village in the eastern part of Jerusalem, seemed like the perfect man for the mission. He was a candidate to the then upcoming Palestinian elections, and represented Hamas in the Jerusalem District. Almost as importantly, he had an orange beard. He coloured his beard in glowing orange henna, a Muslim tradition that goes back to the days of Prophet Muhammad, and for me, an Israeli who grew up in a society that treats "Hamas" and "terrorism" as synonymous, it was the detail that made him the least threatening Hamas member around. "Real terrorists", I pondered, "do not have orange beards."

Abu-Tir was nothing like I had imagined. His political vision was clear and included neither my annihilation, nor "throwing the Jews into the sea". Instead, he opposed violence against civilians, and supported a Palestinian non-violent struggle to end the occupation. He said Hamas would be willing to accept the two-state solution as long as it was based on the 1967 lines and the end of the Israeli occupation. He said that Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas (assassinated by Israeli Apaches in 2004, aged 68, while in his wheelchair) had also publicly supported, on a few occasions, a similar solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I knew that this was not the whole truth; that the military wing of Hamas spoke in a different voice to its political leaders, and that even within the political leadership a range of views existed. As a Jerusalemite, I also remembered well that Hamas was responsible for dozens of dreadful operations, which included explosions of buses and restaurants, in which hundreds of Israeli civilians had been killed. However, for me, the fact that I sat with Abu-Tir, in his house, and heard about Hamas as a response – to Fatah's corruption, to Israeli occupation, to the continuation of settlements building, to the despair which quickly spread in the Palestinian street – brought me to rethink the deceit hidden beneath the Israeli, and worldwide, concept of "terrorism".

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University of Exeter - The Continuing Devastating Damages from the Ilan Pappe / Teddy Katz Fraud at the University of Haifa

When Dismal Academic Standards Cause Destruction: The Tantora Hoax of Katz at the University of Haifa, and perpetuated by Pappe, who fled Haifa for the standards-free University of Exeter, continues to serve as libelous munitions against Israel. Now in the form of propaganda on stage, the Tantora Fabrication is being produced at "Theater J" in Washington DC. At the center of the outrage is the funding of the "theater" by the local Jewish community.

Israeli academia is crawling with anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic propagandists. But few come close to Ilan Pappe in their sheer malevolence. Having fled from the University of Haifa a decade ago, Pappe is today the professor of Israel Bashing and Hate Propaganda at the sixth rate University of Exeter in the UK, a silly imitator of an academic institution. Pappe is a fraud and an open liar, and indeed has bragged that he sees no reason to stick to facts when pursuing the sacred mission of Israel's annihilation… He has done more than any other pseudo-scholar in inventing the fiction of Israeli "ethnic cleansing" of Palestinians in 1948-9…

Pappe may also be best known for his fabrication of an imaginary massacre of Arabs that he claims took place in Tantora near Haifa in 1948. The evidence that such a massacre took place consists entirely of Pappe's insistence that it took place.

Now a radical anti-Israel "playwright" named Motti Lerner is staging a "play" about the entire affair, essentially one written from Pappe's point of view. Lerner has a long history of trashing Israel and Jews. He staged a play that misrepresented Hanna Senesh (or Szenes), the famous heroic paratrooper in World War II, as a traitor and informant.

Lerner's play is from the same genre as the propaganda play about Rachel Corrie. And like with the Corrie play, leftist Jewish asslibs in America are rushing to promote any Israel bashing blood libel. The so-called "Theater J" is a Washington DC "theater" run by Jewish assimilationist Far Leftists. It has a history of propaganda on stage. The problem is that it is propped up and financed with funds from the organized Jewish community of Washington, the DCJCC. Many a real Jew is demanding that the DCJCC cut off all funds to the "theater" permanently… Naturally, the Left is bellowing about how any criticism of this "theater" is McCarthyism and an assault on freedom of speech…

Caroline Glick does a wonderful job at exposing this whole story:

For his part, Lerner [the playwright], who has dramatized Katz's blood libel, was quoted by The Washington Post saying that his purpose wasn't to tell the truth, either. "The play is trying to suggest that these historical memories [of what happened at Tantura] have to be explored and revised continuously in order to create a solid basis for reconciliation between the two people."

The "revised" – that is, false – memory Lerner seeks to create serves a clear purpose. By portraying the Jews as murderers and as the aggressors in 1948 and the Arabs as their victims, he wishes to convince everyone that it is okay for the Arabs to continue seeking Israel's destruction, and for the world to keep pressuring the Jewish state for more unilateral concessions. Only if justice is solely on the side of the Arabs is it possible to promote "compromises" in which the Jewish state makes endless concessions to the Arabs, and in return receives terrorism, war and hatred.

The true history of Israel's War of Independence in which local Arabs, assisted by invading Arab armies attacked the Jews of Israel with the declared purpose of annihilating them, is inconvenient for the likes of Lerner and Pappe. They have no use for the fact that every area conquered by the Arabs was rendered Jew-free, by massacre or expulsion. They certainly don't want anyone to know about the heroism of Jews who defended themselves and their nascent state, and prevailed, albeit at great cost.

In other words, a blood libel depicting Israeli soldiers – and the society that supports them – as mass murderers, is not beyond the pale. It is the beginning of an important conversation regarding whether or not Israel is a criminal state born in war crimes.

From the perspective of those who place ideology over facts, this is the best of all possible outcomes. Supporters of Israel – and of truth – are forced to spend hours gathering evidence to prove that a lie is false. Meanwhile those who propagate it are free to play the victim of a McCarthyite attempt to silence them. And then, they can have a debate that places on Israel the burden of proving that the lie you just watched on stage is untrue and maliciously so.

The Chief Executive of the DCJCC is Carol R. Zawatsky and her email is carolez@washingtondcjcc.org. You can get the names and other emails of officers at the DCJCC here: http://washingtondcjcc.org/about/. You might want to let them know what their chances are for ever again getting a dime from any Jewish contributors if they do not immediately defund the Theater J completely and absolutely.

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Hebrew University's "Lack of Rape of Arabs by Israelis proves Jews are Racist" Thesis Continues to Strike Waves

All thanks to Prof. Eyal Ben Ari, until recently a sociologist at Hebrew U.

On other occasions, anti-Israel activists called me a rapist. The claims go beyond being absurd – in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none. She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, “You IDF soldiers don’t rape Palestinians because Israelis are so racist and disgusted by them that you won’t touch them.”

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Ben Gurion University - Oren Yiftachel (Dept of Geography)  Continues to Push for a Rwanda Solution to the Existence of Israel

Any proposal in which the ultra-leftist, anti-Israel Academics Niv Gordon, Ilan Pappe, and Haim Bresheeth all agree cannot have the best interests of the Jewish State of Israel in mind.

On the one hand, the Jewish colonialism in the West Bank prevents, and apparently will continue to frustrate, the establishment of a viable Palestinian state as a foundation for conciliation; on the other hand, the existence of Israel as a recognized state and the strength of Zionist nationalism prevent the coming of the one-state-solution (bi-national or secular) between Jordan and Sea…

Consequently, I will argue that we urgently need, now, to create a third space–conceptually and politically–that leads to creation of an Israel-Palestinian confederation… The Palestinian state will realize the right to self-determination for the Palestinians and the Israeli state the right to self-determination for the Israelis, with the full rights of the minorities living in both states being ensured. The inhabitants of the confederation will maintain a joint economy and benefit from freedom of movement between the two entities. An autonomous, jointly-run capital region will be established in Jerusalem.

However, these observations, that are closer to the Zionist narrative, do not contradict the Palestinian perspective that the conflict over Israel/Palestine is also the result of a clash between a Jewish colonial society, whose aim is to colonize the land, and its indigenous Palestinian population. The literature defines colonialism as the organized expansion of a group to new territory, generally accompanied by conquest, settlement, appropriation, and exploitation of local population and resources. The current Jewish regime in Israel/Palestine fits this definition… Thus, the Zionist-Palestinian conflict is both a clash between colonizers and indigenous peoples, and between two nations battling over the same territory. Any progress towards a solution must take into account this deep structure.

I may add that one cannot make a clear distinction between both sides of the Green Line since Israel is also colonizing and Judaizing parts of its own legitimate territory, particularly the Negev and the mixed cities, in a process I describe as 'internal colonization'. The result is the gradual institutionalization of "separate but unequal," and a structural process I have termed "creeping apartheid" that we have witnessed in the past decades.

On the face of it, the one-state framework has great appeal. It is based on important ethical arguments; it is comprehensive, inclusive, and even elegant. It treats the political territory created by the British in 1917 as the basis future regime, and properly contends that for almost one hundred years (since 1917), with the exception of only nineteen years, the whole country was under one regime…

The attractive idea has spread rapidly. In recent years, it has been the most "bon-ton" proposal among Arab academics, and some Jews, primarily outside Israel… The popularity of the idea among Palestinians is not surprising. It fits well with the long history of Palestinian opposition to partition recognition of a Jewish political entity in Israel/Palestine, fueled from the outset with some elements of political Islam… Since the rise of Hamas in the 1990s, and its victory in the 2006 elections, the Islamic agenda is again salient in Palestinian politics and with it the one-state idea. As we know, most Islamic movements view all of Israel/Palestine as sacred Waqf, which must be liberated, sooner or later, peacefully or violently. The one-state agenda fits well with these deep currents in Palestinian spatial imagery and aspiration.

Support for the one-state idea exists to a much lesser degree among Israeli Jews. It includes researchers such as Meron Benvenisti, Yehouda Shenhav, Niv Gordon, Ilan Pappe, Haim Braishit, Gabi Piterberg, and, recently, Yoav Peled

. My comments should not be understood as approval for the immoral acts committed by Israel–expulsion, ethnic oppression, settlements, prevention of Palestinian self-determination, and so forth–against which I have fought for decades. But a distinction must be made between a critical analysis of Israel's criminal policies and its existence itself, which should not be a subject for discussion between people interested in reconciliation and peace.

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Ben Gurion University - David Newman's (Dean of Social Sciences) McCarthyist Assault on Im Tirtzu

Nearly every sentence in Newman's article ["Hijacking Zionism" Jerusalem Post 1/10/2013] is a gross distortion or outright falsehood, this coming from one of the senior officials at Ben Gurion "University" and the darling of BGU's president Rivka Carmi. Newman, who sits in the same department with some of the worst leftwing fascists in Israel and who opposes freedom of speech for critics of the Far Left, chants his praises for the partisan judge who defamed Im Tirtzu as fascists in the biased ruling in question. Writes Newman: "During the trial, various expert witnesses were called upon by the defense. These included Prof. Ze'ev Sternhell, emeritus professor of political science at the Hebrew University and who himself has been the subject of violent attacks by right-wing groups, including a letter bomb posted to his house."

This is typical Newman. Sternhell, whom Newman says is a "an undisputed expert on European history," is a disputed expert on nothing at all and is an idiotic believer in communist. Sternhell was not attacked by any groups at all, but rather by the mentally deranged Jack Teitel, who also violently attacked homosexuals, missionaries, the police, and others. The only "groups" involved with Sternhell were some that criticized Sternhell's radical extremist political opinions, but Newman has been claiming for decades that criticizing leftwing extremists is McCarthyism and such critics must be suppressed. In the same breath, Newman attacks the NGO Monitor web site and organization, which is also guilty of exposing and criticizing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic leftist organizations. It too has no right to exercise freedom of speech, in the opinion of Komrad Newman!

Newman adds: "The right wing, such as Im Tirtzu and similar organizations, are often termed 'fascist,' while they in turn define the left-wing, pro-peace and pro-human rights groups as 'traitors,' 'self-hating Jews' and 'quislings' in an ongoing attempt to delegitimize and silence the voice of anyone who thinks differently than they do." So radical anti-Israel propaganda groups propped up by funding from anti-Semitic sources are "pro-peace and pro-human rights," and never mind that none of these NGOs have condemned terrorist atrocities against Jews nor supported the right of Jews to defend themselves against such atrocities. But Im Tirtzu is fascist when it points out that traitors, self-hating Jews, and Quislings are in fact traitors, self-hating Jews, and Quislings…

Finally Newman denounces the Likud government for attempting to break the hegemony of the Left over the Council on Higher Education, which governs and funds Israeli universities, and for introducing school textbooks that give the Zionist, meaning the historically accurate, version of history and civics. The fellow who set up the department of politics at Ben Gurion "University" in which no non-leftist Zionist point of view may be expressed is suddenly concerned in his Jerusalem Post column that "alternative" (meaning leftist anti-Israel) points of view will be suppressed by the Israeli "Right."

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Ben Gurion University - The anti-democratic dean, David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences), denounces Im Tirtzu as a fascist Student Organization because it criticizes Leftwing Fascists

Newman, who has cheered on an Anti-Semite who filed a SLAPP suit against a Zionist professor, cites the anti-democratic Marxist fanatic Zeev Sternhell as His Mentor

The court got it right when it recently ruled against the libel suit brought by the Im Tirtzu movement against its detractors, effectively arguing that the term "fascism" could be used in association with the movement and some of its activities.

While the ruling stated that one cannot conclude that Im Tirtzu is a fascist movement as such and that a full correlation does not exist between the movement and fascism in its entirety, it does imply that certain equivalencies exist.

During the trial, various expert witnesses were called upon by the defense. These included Prof. Ze'ev Sternhell, emeritus professor of political science at the Hebrew University and who himself has been the subject of violent attacks by right-wing groups (sic), including a letter bomb posted to his house.
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The radicalization of the debate, even among students at the country's universities, is telling us that a generation of young adults and leaders who were born into and have grown up in a democratic system of government are unable to recognize legitimate differences of opinion. They are constantly resorting to attempts to silence and delegitimize the "other," using verbal (and sometimes even physical) threats in an attempt to exclude them from the public discourse altogether.

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Israeli Academics Participating in Tel Aviv Conference Calling for the Elimination of Israel

The following list of far-left academics pour over the details of making the return of the 1948 Arab refugees a reality, a process that would obliterate the Jewish State of Israel. A list of the topics follows.

Prof. Dan Rabinowitz - Tel-Aviv University
Yoav Kapshuk - PhD Candidate, Tel-Aviv University
Dr. Aïm Deüelle Lüski - Tel-Aviv University, Philosopher and Artist
Michal Ran - Ph.D Candidate, University of Chicago
Areej Sabbagh-Khoury - PhD Candidate, Tel-Aviv University
Prof. Nadim N. Rouhana - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston, Founding director of Mada al-Carmel
Dr. Haim Yacobi - Architect and planner, Head of the MA Program in Urban Design, Bezalel, Jerusalem
Noa Levi - Lawyer and a graduate student, Tel-Aviv University
Roi Silberberg - Political educator, PhD Candidate, Haifa University

 

List of Far-Left Academics and the topics discussed:

- The Right to Refuse: Abject Theory and the Return of Palestinian Refugees / Prof. Dan Rabinowitz - Tel-Aviv University.
- Reconciliation in Peace Agreements: The Geneva Initiative as a Test Case / Yoav Kapshuk - PhD Candidate, Tel-Aviv University.
- Return as the Key for a One-State Solution / The Jaffa Group for One Democratic State- Multilingualism as a Model for Post-Utopian Multi-Existentialism /Dr. Aïm Deüelle Lüski - Tel-Aviv University, Philosopher and Artist.
- Returning to Mi'ar / Michal Ran - Ph.D Candidate, University of Chicago.
- Returning to al-Ruis /Ibraheem Abu al-Hayja- Refugee from al-Ruis and Michal Ran - Ph.D Candidate, University of Chicago.
- The right of return in Palestinian political consciousness in Israel /Areej Sabbagh-Khoury - PhD Candidate, Tel-Aviv University, and Prof. Nadim N. Rouhana - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston, Founding director of Mada al-Carmel.
- Respondent / Dr. Haim Yacobi - Architect and planner, Head of the MA Program in Urban Design, Bezalel, Jerusalem.
- Return and compensation Tracks and second occupant as case study / Noa Levi - Lawyer and a graduate student, Tel-Aviv University
- The theoretical problems of education for a culture of return /Roi Silberberg - Political educator, PhD Candidate, Haifa University.

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Tel Aviv University - Rachel Giora (Dept of Linguistics) Brags about Israeli Academics Supporting the EU BDS Lawfare Against Israel on Far-Leftist Chat List

FROM: Rachel Giora [rachel.giora@gmail.com]
SENT: 20 September, 2013
TO: Micah Leshem
SUBJECT: More than 600 Israeli intellectuals signed the Israeli petition supporting EU guidelines on funding of Israeli entities

More than 600 Israeli intellectuals, senior academics and leading artists send a petition to President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Catherine Ashton in support of the European Union guidelines that exclude funding of Israeli entities active in the occupied territories.

We the undersigned support the European Union recommendation to its member states, to avoid signing agreements with Israeli organizations and companies if they are active, directly or indirectly, in the occupied territories over the green line of June 4, 1967.

We hope that this decision will be implemented as soon as possible by all European states, and will convince other countries such as US, Russia, China and India to accept and join the European initiative.

Among the signed,
Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, Tel Aviv University
Prof. David Enoch, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Emeritus Yaron Ezrahi, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Chaim Gans, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Alon Harel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. David Harel, the Weizmann Institute.
Prof. Eva Illouz, President of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem
Prof. Menachem Klein, Bar-Ilan University
Prof. Yehoshua Kolodny, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Miki Kratsman, Head of Photography Department of Bezalel Academy
Dr. Alon Liel, former Director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry
Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Emeritus Zeev Sternhell, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Idit Zartal, historian
Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, Tel Aviv University

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University of East London - Haim Bresheeth (Professor of Jew Baiting) Promoting the Boycott of an International Conference at Hebrew University

In Bresheeth's pathetic eagerness for results, he surmises that misrepresentation of UN Resolutions, slander, and deception are all part of the basic ethical/moral foundation of an Academic. Also brags about an Israeli Academic 5th Column supporting the BDS - Boycott from Within.

Academics have been going to conferences in Israel, especially in Jerusalem, for five long decades of occupation, engaging with their Israeli counterparts. It's bad enough that these engagements have resulted in nothing positive, but to make matters worse, they have become part and parcel of Israeli political strategy: more engagement, discussions, meetings, negotiations between the sides ad infinitum. The current phase of such fruitless exercises recently initiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry will likely join the others in the dustbin of history

Worse yet, under the guise of continuing discussions and negotiations – a delaying tactic developed by PM Shamir in the 1980s – Israel has managed to add 700,000 illegal settlers in the Occupied Territories of Palestine and Syria. This is almost the number of Palestinian refugees who were forcibly driven out of Palestine in 1948 by the Israeli forces and never allowed back, despite numerous UN resolutions.

In over six decades of its existence, Israel has defied the UN on the most crucial resolutions passed on the rights of the Palestinians; it illegally settled the territories it occupied; it defied the Geneva Convention on numerous counts, including its failure to look after the population under occupation. Among other things, it has refused to grant Palestinian universities a license to operate, and closed the exiting institutions for long periods. During this time, not once did Israeli faculty unions or the university senates call for reopening of Palestinian universities, or for the restitution of academic freedom in Palestine. Israeli universities have themselves been directly complicit in Israel's violation of Palestinian human rights and international laws, and all have collaborated in some way with the military occupation, including assisting the military-security-industrial complex.[ii] In the case of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, its Mt. Scopus campus was expanded onto illegally occupied and confiscated land.

Today, there are active boycott campaigns in Spain (PBAI), Berlin (BAB) and India (IncACBI), all of which were initiated in 2010[v], and in Ireland – AFP (Academics for Palestine) was created in 2012[vi]. Perhaps the most important development was the development of a BDS movement inside Israel – Boycott from Within

We wonder what the two advocates of engagement solicited for keynotes will do, and especially how the Hebrew University will respond. Will it, for instance, throw generous travel stipends to participants, rendering them party to the Israeli propaganda machine? We hope, instead, that oral historians around the world will heed the call not to cross the Palestinian picket line, thereby honoring the basic ethical/moral foundation of the historian's work. [viii]

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Tel Aviv University - The Deep Academic Thoughts of ultra-feminist Marxist Orly Lubin (Dept of Comparative Literature)

To illustrate just how bad the situation of women in Israel is, Lubin cites the example of driving. "I tell my women students that we were all taught to be bad drivers. If a woman is a good driver, like I am, then people say that she drives like a man. Whenever someone delays me on the road, it's always a woman, because we were taught to be bad drivers. Women have no experience driving because a man won't let them drive if he has to sit next to her in the car."
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Asked why a program like Gender Studies is necessary and what one does with such a degree, Lubin becomes indignant. "Questions like that are the kind of thing that make me mad. Do you know what it's like to read a theoretical text in feminism? It's very hard work. Why don't you ask why we need a history department? You have to write that this academic program was made possible with the aid of the National Council of Jewish American Women, because they invested about a million dollars in it," she instructs me.
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"This morning I read an article by Hannah Kim in Haaretz about the first government in Israel that is a totally right-wing government - economically and diplomatically. I read it and cried, really. I'm genuinely distraught. We've really regressed."
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Lubin regularly receives about 20 professional journals dealing with feminism, Third World culture and the intellectual left. "I go through them all and use them as a lecturer," she says.

According to your new book, femininity is a stereotype. How do you define your own femininity?

"First of all, it's very intellectual. I've never been concerned with the question of whether my particular femininity is worthy and if it meets the criteria for worthy femininity, because I'm not from the feminist police and this has never bothered me. I don't know what's feminine and what's not feminine, because it's a function of so many things - of fashion, of norms, of a Hollywood decision. I'm interested in it, but in a very intellectual way."

Is being well-dressed feminine?

"I certainly am. I buy clothes only in New York because I don't have time anywhere else and I wear clothes by an American designer named Eileen Fisher who makes what are called `Women's Sizes.' It costs a fortune because she has a certain reputation. Her clothes fit me well."

How do you see yourself?

"I'm always lamenting the fact that I have to be on a diet. Even right now when I'm chewing on a brownie at a cafe, I'm lamenting that fact."

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Hebrew Univeristy - David Kretzmer (Dept of Law) Supports the EU's BDS Economic Warfare Against Israel

Some Israeli and American lawyers have raised arguments over the years challenging both the application of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the illegality of Israeli settlements. This is not the place to explain the inadequacy of these arguments. Suffice it to say that they often seem to ignore the establishment in 1948 of the State of Israel as the recognized home of the Jewish people, rest on pre-State instruments such as the League of Nations Mandate rather than on contemporary standards of international Israel should not be at all surprised by the EU guidelines on settlements The chickens come home to roost The duty of a legal adviser is to state the law, and not what he or she would like it to be law for the conduct of states, and disregard the internationally recognized right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

Their arguments have failed to persuade many (if not most) of Israel's international lawyers, a few of whom have gained worldwide recognition as leading experts in the law of armed conflict, in general, and the law of belligerent occupation, in particular.

This in itself may not concern decisionmakers.

What should have concerned them, however, is that these arguments have found absolutely no support among states, which remain the prime actors in international relations and law.

By presenting an esoteric and decidedly minority interpretation of international law, without warning the government of its incompatibility with the unanimous position of the international community, the recent Edmond Levi Commission may have fostered illusions among members of both the government and the settler community that were bound to be shattered. In so doing it failed in the duty of any legal adviser, which is first and foremost to inform his or her clients of what the law is, and not what he or she would like it to be. Does anyone truly believe that in choosing between the unanimous view of the Security Council, the International Court of Justice and the legal advisers of leading Western states and that of a government-appointed committee only one of whose members is an international lawyer, the EU or any state or group of states would prefer the latter? Indeed, the government of Israel needs to recognize its limitations in the sphere of international law. The Knesset may have the legislative power to forbid Israeli residents from calling for a ban on products from the settlements. The government must be aware, though, that neither it, nor the Knesset, has the power to change international law or to force other states to accept its interpretation, even if it has the support of a government-appointed committee.

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Tel Aviv University - The Adventures of Priscilla Gross (Dept of Law) Queen of the Desert

Aeyal Gross leading the campaign on behalf of transvestites and "transgendered"

This opinion, together with Joubran's ruling, are the first signs of judicial recognition of a right to equality for transgender people, who suffer from workplace discrimination and face unreasonable barriers to changing their gender from the health and interior ministries. This recognition must be reflected in openness on the part of these ministries to the way individuals with various identities define their own gender.

The idea that some identities are "unequivocal" and others aren't is based on a binary view of gender that assumes everyone must be either 100 percent male or 100 percent female. This worldview is prepared to accept transgender individuals only if they adapt themselves and their body to a particular gender - including by surgery, as the prison service demanded. Real equality, in the spirit of Joubran's ruling and that of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, will be achieved only when we free ourselves of this oppressive view and allow a variety of genders to flourish.

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Anti-Israel "Academics" from the Far Left Denounce Zionism as Fascism

In Israel freedom of speech is understood differently – if it is understood at all. To put it simply freedom of speech is not an essential value in Israel; it is not sufficiently celebrated and neither is it defended. This was made obvious by a recent case at the Jerusalem District Court. A group called Im Tirtzu had sued five left-wing activists who maintained a Facebook page called "Im Tirtzu is a fascist movement." Judge Rafael Yaacobi threw out the case to much applause from the Israeli Left.

But the court's ruling in fact constitutes a grave danger to freedom of speech; the judge didn't throw out the case based solely on free speech grounds, the way the US court found in favor of Flint. Instead, the judge noted that there
were indeed similarities between Im Tirtzu and fascist groups.

The Left's rejoicing that the "silencers" are being deterred completely misinterprets the ruling. What the Left has now been handed by the judicial system is simply carte blanche to slander anything on the Right as "fascist," because the judicial system has concluded that anything Zionist, i.e. anything that favors the national interest over the universal, is "fascist." However the ruling shields the Left from similar accusations, unless it can be proved that a left-wing organization is favoring one group over another.

The judge's ruling of "Zionism equals fascism" to deride those on the right has a respectable pedigree… Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz claimed parts of Israel were a "Judeo-nazi" state. Prof. Moshe Zimmerman has said "there is an entire sector of the Jewish public which I unhesitatingly define as a copy of the German Nazis."

Crying "fascism" is part of the soul of Israeli Left; it has few other descriptive words for its political enemies and has not altered or matured in its dialectic since the 1930s. The recent court ruling has only enshrined it in law… Thus there are professors who advocate free speech but then sue those who critique them. When Im Tirtzu first appeared on the scene several years ago, a department dean said: "find a way to sue them" in order to stop their activities.

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Freedom of Speech under Attack Spearheaded by Radical Leftist Academics

A large and evidently growing number of sitting judges Israel believe that it is their constitutional calling to impose the partisan political agenda of the extreme Left upon the country, especially with regard to questions of freedom of speech.

Other SLAPP suits have been filed by heads of "Peace Now" to harass those who dare to disagree with that group's extremist agenda.

The courts have pandered to these harassments by radicals, failing to defend freedom of speech. As demonstrated by the case of rabbis who were arrested after recommending a book the Left found objectionable, in Israel, freedom of speech ends when leftists find the speech objectionable.

Verdict D: A few days ago, Judge Raphael Yaakobi in Jerusalem District court tossed out the libel suit filed by Im Tirtzu student activists against a gaggle of far-leftists who had set up a Facebook page accusing them of being "fascists." The judge actually proclaimed that Im Tirtzu actually bore some similarities to a fascist organization. His "evidence" was that the communist, anti-Israel, antidemocratic extremist Ze'ev Sternhell agreed that Im Tirtzu students are fascists…

Im Tirtzu is a non-partisan Zionist organization. By accusing it of being fascist, the judge himself not only slandered the group from his bench but for all intents and purposes declared that Zionism itself resembles fascism. Like all judges in Israel, this one, who was a long track record of politically motivated rulings, cannot be impeached.

The conclusion could not be more clear: Leftists in Israel enjoy unlimited freedom of speech, even when it involves outright lies, naked defamation or criminal interference with military operations. On the other hand, anti-Left protesters in Israel have no freedom of speech. When non-leftists exercise freedom of speech, they are guilty of sedition and fascism.

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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Publishes his Oslo New History Revisionism in Jihadist Al Jazeera; George Orwell would be Proud

It is high time to put an end to Oslo's colonial framework, and to begin thinking of creative political - rather than neoliberal (sic) - solutions to the current devastating reality.

All this, it is important to emphasise, is not a matter of interpretation, but rather written in black letters in the Oslo agreements. This is why when Israeli friends ask me why I am not more critical of the Palestinian Authority, I am not eager to the lay the blame on its shoulders. Much criticism is no doubt warranted, but targeting the Palestinian Authority assumes that this governing body is a free agent. The truth, however, is that the Palestinian Authority is a product of Oslo, an Israeli subsidiary of sorts that is confined by structures much greater than it can ever overcome in the current reality.

Reading the agreements carefully it becomes clear how Oslo created the Palestinian Authority as an Israeli subcontractor, and how it transferred to this fledgling body weak civil institutions and a totally dependent economy that could not support the institutions.

The manifestations of this legacy are apparent everywhere - not least in Gaza, where the water crisis serves as an allegory of what Oslo has inflicted on the Palestinians. It is also a good metaphor for the stifling Oslo-effect, particularly because it underscores the fact that Palestinians do not control their own resources - in this case, the water aquifers in the West Bank - and do not have a sustainable infrastructure.

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Hebrew University - Moshe Zimmermann (Dept of History), the Israel hating Far Leftist who claims "Im Tirtzu" is a fascist group because it filed a libel suit, lost his own SLAPP suit

The fascist Left in Israel continues its campaign to paint "Im Tirtzu," the Zionist student group, as a fascist group. One of the leading anti-Israel extremists leading the charge against Im Tirtzu is Moshe Zimmermann, a professor of German history at the Hebrew University.

Now as it turns out, Zimmermann's interest in libel suits did NOT begin with the suit filed by Im Tirtzu against its defamers. Zimmermann has some personal track record when it comes to SLAPP suits and 'Judicial Terrorism' against the right of freedom of speech.

Anyway, it seems that Herr Zimmermann decided a few years back to file a SLAPP suit against Israel's leading daily, Yediot Aharonot… Zimmermann was suing the paper because the paper had the nerve to report truthfully Zimmermann's comments about settlers and soldiers being "Nazis". Zimmermann claimed these comments were reported by the paper "out of context," as if there could be any proper context in which they would not be outrageous. So, he filed a 1.2 million shekel suit against the newspaper. In the first week of February, the suit was thrown out of Tel Aviv District Court by Judge Anat Brun. She not only dismissed the suit as frivolous, but she hit Zimmermann with court costs. In her ruling, she went out of her way to denounce Zimmermann's malicious SLAPP tactic.

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The Isracampus Challenge
for Yariv Oppenheimer from "Peace Now"

Denounce Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) for his Judicial Terrorism

Yariv Oppenheimer is the leader of "Peace Now." He has been leading a well-oiled media war against what he calls "Judicial Terrorism," meaning defamation suits filed against leading public figures to harass and silence them. Oppenheimer himself was successfully sued for libel by Arie King and ordered to pay 6500 NIS in damages. Together with his close cronies at "Haaretz," Oppenheimer and the Far Left are suddenly all upset by what they claim are politically motivated SLAPP suits filed against the Left. Oppenheimer denounces these in a column in Maariv, in which he claims that such suits endanger freedom of speech and democracy.

This is all very nice, and we at Isracampus are always happy to hear Oppenheimer speak out for a change in favor of freedom of speech. But as part of his efforts at suppressing SLAPP suit harassments and what he dubs "judicial terror," perhaps Oppenheimer should issue a condemnation of the behavior of his buddy Amiram Goldblum, one of the founders of "Peace Now," due to the large number of frivolous anti-democratic harassment SLAPP suits that Goldblum has filed against those who dare to criticize Goldblum's own political behavior and the ideology of the Far Left. We would also like to hear Oppenheimer say a few words about the role of Tsali Reshef, another leader in "Peace Now," in collaborating with Goldblum in this SLAPP suit harassment and in Goldblum's campaign against democracy and freedom of speech. Or what Oppenheimer calls judicial terror.

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Columbia University and Tel Aviv University: Nira Reiss demands foreign troops to protect the Arabs

Lecturer Nira Reiss is yet another Israeli academic who can't do enough for the Palestinians and whines about their being eternal victims of the Jewish state. At least when she is not promoting her militant feminist agenda in the guise of college courses.

She signed onto the following statement calling for foreign troops to be brought in to defend the Palestinians from the Jews:

"We the undersigned, Palestinian and Israeli intellectuals and activists, view with grave concern the unbearable and inhuman situation imposed on the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza. Such a situation has been brought about by the repression, blockades, and daily humiliation exercised by the military occupation and by the daily harassment that Jewish settlers inflict on the Palestinian Population. We cannot remain unmoved while the suffering of Palestinians and the violation of their human and political rights continues undeterred… We feel it is our duty to support the call for the immediate provision of an international force to protect the Palestinian people in its struggle for the exercise of its right to self-determination and freedom, and to put an end to the military occupation of its land."

There actually is an army in the West Bank that protects the Palestinian population: it's called the Israel Defense Forces… Few people in the West realize the IDF protects these Arabs as part of its responsibilities under the Oslo Accords.

Reiss is a member of the pro-terror anti-Israel "Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace," yet another NGO that pretends to promote peace but actually promotes the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state… The organization's advertises "educational tours" designed to bring American students to the Holy Land to hear speakers who are virulent Jew haters and anarchists. One key speaker is Omar Barghouti, who takes credit for founding the BDS economic warfare aggression against Israel and who has openly stated he wants Israel eradicated… Another is the so-called Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions that opposes anti-terrorist actions and whose arch-hater of Israel, leader Jeff Halper, went to Gaza and supports Hamas.

Reiss was one of the people who supported and celebrated the communist -terrorist- accomplice Tali Fahima after she helped her terrorist boyfriend plan atrocities. Fahima later converted to Islam. In contrast, Reiss never showed any humanitarian concern for Gilad Shalit because he was part of the IDF.

Nira Reiss is now teaching most of the time at Columbia University. We can all wonder how many minds she will poison there among America's upcoming generations to hate Israel.

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Hebrew University - Peace through Surrender! - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Demands Unilateral Israeli Capitulation to Arab Demands

Only a short time before the Gaza Disengagement Debacle, Amiram Goldblum demanded unconditional unilateral Israeli "withdrawal" from all "occupied territories." Shortly afterwards, the Israeli government implemented what Goldblum was demanding in Gaza. The result? Hamastan terror and thousands of rockets fired at the Negev!

A unilateral withdrawal of the settlers and IDF is not attainable under the present or the next government of Israel. But the peace camp could adopt it as a platform for public debate, in the hope of winning enough supporters for politicians eventually to put the idea into their own manifestos. It is a struggle that will take a long time. But, in the end, the path may be shorter than any alternative.

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University of Michigan - Ruth Tsoffar (Dept of Literature and Women's Studies) Demands Israel Criminalize Slang and Censor Speech

Comrade Tsoffar has as Op-Ed in Haaretz from August 30, 2013 demanding that Israel pass a law making it a crime to use the word "freicha." … The word "freicha" is Israeli slang for skank. The term is used pretty much the same way "skank" is, although in some contexts or when used by some people it carries the implication of a Oriental Jewish woman skank…

Tsoffar's conclusion from this premise is that Israel needs to pass a law that criminalizes the use of the word "freicha." She compares the word to the N-word in the United States, saying it is just as bad. The word epitomizes "ethnic discrimination" in Israel she says, as well as bigotry towards lower economic classes. Moreover, its use directly causes violence against women, and her evidence for this amazing assertion is that she thinks so. She demands a legal speech code that would lead to indictments of people who use such slang terms as "freicha."

[T]he use of the "N word" is not illegal in the United States… civilized people in polite company do not use the word, and someone using it in a bar would likely get punched in the nose. Judges might consider the use of the word hate speech that justifies such a punch. But using the word is protected speech. It will not get you arrested. And it goes without saying that no one could ever be indicted in the US for using the word "skank." …

Tsoffar is opposed to freedom of speech. She wants words and sentences that she considers to be insensitive to be prohibited by law. Of course she has emigrated to the US and would not be affected by any such censorship, should her proposal ever be adopted in Israel. Tsoffar is not just anti-Israel and goofy, she is a leftwing fascist.

And a pseudo-academic skank.

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University of Haifa - Tamar Katriel (Dept of Communication) to Undermine the State and Main Media at European Conference

Katriel scheduled to give a lecture about the disreputable testimonies of the "Breaking the Silence" organization to her EU financial backers. Her intent is to "challenge official state-sponsored proclamations" and "mainstream media depictions" of the "occupation regime," to create fertile ground for the creation of an Israeli fifth column or "counter-publics."

My discussion focuses on one such form of counter-discourse, generated, circulated and archived by the veterans' organization Breaking the Silence [hence, BTS]. By creating an edifice of soldiers' testimonies on their experiences as upholders of the occupation regime in the Palestinian territories, during and since the second Intifada, this group's memory activism is designed to inscribe the scene of military occupation in public memory and to trigger an open discussion of its moral implications…

Their project consists of circulating counter-memories of erratic and brutal military conduct, including memorable incidents of "moral shock" (Jasper 1997), which challenge official state-sponsored proclamations and mainstream media depictions of the occupation regime. In so doing, the soldier-activists seek to create counter - publics (Warner 2002) that will respond to their call for "epistemic responsibility" (Linell and Rommetvreit 1998) and will eventually lead the way to the end of the occupation.

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Hebrew University - Oren Barak (Dept of Political Science) declares War on Army Vets

Barak rejects bestowing extra benefits to army veterans that would "subordinate democratic rule Israel." However, he has no problem getting his salary paid by the same anti-democratic government.

As is becoming the frequent case in the leftist-dominated academia in Israel, Barak's ideas about security blames everything wrong with the world on Israel and the "occupation." It is interesting to note Barak's involvement with "conflict studies," a field or pseudo-field that actually grew out of marriage counseling courses in mid-western colleges in the U.S. Counseling married couples always seemed to work if one partner took an "evenhanded" approach to what was bothering the other partner.

Oren Barak chooses, like most of those in the Israeli "peace camp," to ignore the facts about Arab genocidal belligerency and hurl "the blame" at Israel and its policies of self–defense. How dare the Jews use weapons to prevent a new Holocaust?

It's also strange that an academic whose salary is paid by the Israeli taxpayer like Oren Barak would also object to benefits for IDF veterans. But apparently he feels an attempt by the Knesset to grant even more such extra benefits is not in keeping with the idea of the nation state of all the Jewish people. A translation of one of Barak's articles in Ha'Aretz reads thusly:

"The current wave of legislative initiatives for "Zion" in the Knesset, from not only the opposition parties but also those who see themselves as the party of the main opposition, seeks to subordinate democratic rule Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people to prefer veterans and National Service Reception civil service..."

To provide benefits to those who serve in the army and risk their lives to defend their country is a traditional practice in all countries and most certainly in democratic ones. For Oren Barak to consider doing so as "subordinating democracy" is ridiculous. Perhaps Barak would rather see Anarchists Against the Wall receive benefits from the very government they as anarchists would destroy for the Arabs? At the same time, veterans' benefits have always been an incentive in democratic countries to provide security for members of the citizenry, Apparently Barak objects to this, but doesn't mind his own salary and pension paid for by the Israeli taxpayer for him to teach that Israel needs to do less, not more, for those who risk their lives for the country.

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University of Haifa - Radical Israel hater Micah Leshem (Dept of Psychology) Produces Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Leshem pens anti-Semitic cartoon for an Italian Pro-Arab website which depicts PM Netanyahu, an IDF soldier, and two Orthodox settlers participating in a particularly gruesome blood libel. IsraCampus refuses to reproduce this vile, malicious, defamatory cartoon on its front page. Readers unsatisfied with only the description above are invited to click here or here to see for themselves.

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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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) Stifling Free Speech

Anti-Israel Extremist Neve Gordon sees nothing wrong when Jews are prevented from moving into Arab towns and villages, but when the mayor of Upper Nazareth exercises his freedom of speech, Little Neve finds Racism. Even Hatikva, the national anthem, is too racist for Little Neve

"Since then," the mayor concludes, "racially pure kibbutzim without a single Arab member and an army that protects a certain racial strain have been established, as have political parties that proudly bear racist names such as 'Habayit Hayehudi' 'the Jewish home.' Even our racist national anthem ignores the existence of the Arab minority in other words, the people Ben-Gurion did not manage to expel in the 1948 war. If not for all that 'racism,' it's doubtful we could live here, and doubtful that we could live at all."

Gapso's clear-sighted analysis of the dominant Zionist narrative speaks volumes about Israel's state in the new millennium. With jingoist pride he reveals the logic of exclusion that defines the current Israeli political and social landscape. The novelty is not so much in what he says, but that he is has no shame in saying it. The only thing that he forgets to mention, however, is that racism is not "natural," something one is born with or should be proud of, but rather a trait one acquires by internalizing the horrific lie that certain human beings are less than fully human.

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Hebrew U Faculty Member Emmanuel Farjoun and other Tenured Israeli anti-Israel Radicals Join Call to Boycott Israel and Hebrew University Conference

The petition and the signed Academics misrepresent the Fourth Geneva Convention in order to condemn Israel and the Hebrew U with 'war-crimes'.

We are a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America calling on you to boycott the June 2014 'International Conference on Oral History' organised by the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy, as we explain below.

Specifically, the land on which some of its Mount Scopus campus buildings and facilities were expanded was acquired as a result of Israel's 1968 illegal confiscation of 3345 dunums of Palestinian land. [1] This confiscated land in East Jerusalem is occupied territory according to international law. Israel's unilateral annexation of occupied East Jerusalem into the State of Israel, and the application of Israeli domestic law to it, are violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been repeatedly denounced as null and void by the international community, including by the UN Security Council (Resolution 252, 21 May 1968). Moving Israeli staff and students to work and live on occupied Palestinian land places the Hebrew University in grave violation of the Fourth Geneva Conventions.

At a time when the international movement to boycott Israeli academic and cultural institutions is gaining ground in response to Israel's flagrant and persistent infringement of Palestinian human and political rights, we urge scholars and professionals to reflect upon the implications of taking part in a conference at a complicit institution, and to refrain from such participation. The conference is an attempt to improve the image and reputation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the West and to cover up for the fact that the university is closely associated with Israeli annexation and 'Separation/Apartheid Wall' policies—policies that were strongly condemned on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.[6]

Among the signatories:
12.Professor Oren Ben-Dor, Southampton University, England
13.Professor Hagit Borer, Queen Mary, University of London, England
15.Professor Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, University of London, England
16.Professor Michael Chanan, University of Roehampton, England
19.Professor (emerita) Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Université Paris, France
23.Professor (emeritus), Emmanuel Farjoun, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
35.Shir Hever, Independent Economist/Researcher, Palestine-Israel
44.Professor Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
47.Professor (emeritus) Moshé Machover, Kings College, University of London, England
56.Dr. Dorothy Naor, Independent researcher, Israel
60.Professor Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, England
62.Professor Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA, USA
72.Dr Kobi Snitz, Weizmann Institute, Israel

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Tel Aviv University - Dahlia Scheindlin (Dept of Political Science) believes Israeli security requires complete capitulation to the jihadis

Scheindlin suggests jumping into final agreements with both feet without stop-checks to verify Arab compliance to signed treaties. She presents a list of "corrections" to the failed Oslo Accords that makes Israel and Israelis the culprits for all of the agreement's drawbacks and inadequacies. There is no mention of Arab terror, Arab incitement, and unilateral Arab proclamations as deathblows to the Oslo Accords.

Anat Lapidot-Firilla of the Van Leer Institute recommends an non-democratic external "Peace Authority" to coerce, bully and intimidate Israel into undefendable strategic positions.

4. Peace Authority. Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla, the academic director of the Mediterranean Neighbours program and a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Institute believes that Oslo failed to establish a body charged with actually implementing peace – not something run by government ministries, but a body with authority, some measure of independence and, she specifies, substantial funding: "not just to execute things, but to initiate – ways to realize the actual agreements, create projects, tie the strings together, cement the peace."

7. Oversee implementation, solve problems on the ground. Baskin states that implementation and progress of the accords must be "monitored and verified by a third party," and that each further stage of progress will be conditional on fulfillment of the previous stage on the ground, not based "declarations." When disputes inevitably arise, a sub-task (and perhaps a sub-section) of the third party monitoring the accords will be an "effective real time dispute resolution mechanism." This mechanism can help resolve small incidents and problems before they fester and loom large.

8. Fast phases or none at all. I will take the liberty of adding the final criticism. Phased processes must be swift or they shouldn't happen in phases at all. Agreements cannot be isolated from their context, and the Middle East is a place of hot tempers and short fuses; the only predictable thing is the unpredictable. No implementation stretched out over six years can expect to face the same challenges of six years earlier. The phased element of Oslo, I believe, was a result of the fundamentally interim nature of the accords…

I've heard many Israelis say that peace can't happen so quickly, it takes time. That's what I call a mistake.

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Tel Aviv University - Ran Hacohen (Dept of Comparative Literature) condemns the Genocidal Jewish Crimes in the Scroll of Esther

Both events – the lynch in Tel Aviv and the attack in Jerusalem – were reported widely in the Israeli media (separately or even together [Hebrew]), justly framed as hate crimes, sometimes with reference to similar crimes in the recent past. Some public protest followed – a demonstration, petitions and op-eds. However, no report I've seen mentioned the fact that both crimes were committed on Purim (24.2), a one-day holiday that lasts a day longer in Jerusalem (24-25.2)...

Is the Jewish holiday really irrelevant? The notion that the attackers were drunken can be easily traced back to the religious duty to get drunk on Purim. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Purim has been identified with Jewish violence (and with accusations of violence against Jews, true or false) for centuries...

The genocidal roots of Purim go even deeper: Haman, as the short Book of Esther repeatedly stresses, is an "Agagite", that is, an offspring of Agag. Agag was the King of the ancient Amalekites, the archetypal enemy of the Jews, on which the Bible commands to inflict genocide: "you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; do not forget" (Deuteronomy 25,19). When King Saul sins by sparing King Agag's life, God regrets He had made him king of Israel, and Prophet Samuel "hews Agag in pieces before the Lord" (I Samuel 15,33).

These are not just idle interpretations for the learned or deep secrets known to the few; it's all anchored in the liturgical practice of Purim. While the public reading of the Book of Esther is at the heart of the holiday itself, the Torah-text on blotting out Amalek is read in synagogue on the "Sabbath of Remembrance", the last Saturday before Purim.Once the Arabs are seen as Haman/Amalek, Purim turns into a carneval of incitement against them.

It's truly amazing that the Israeli media ignored the Purim context of the violent events in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Jewish Israelis are witnessing a trend of "rediscovering of" and "reconnecting to" their "Jewish roots". In such an atmosphere, one would expect those "rediscoverers" to be aware the Jewish context of the violence: after all, this is also part of the Jewish legacy they are allegedly so fond of. But no: instead of coming to terms with the lights and shadows of the rich Jewish tradition, non-Orthodox Israelis fall prey to ominous Jewish demons without even noticing them, demons that have enjoyed an uninterrupted existence among Orthodox Jews like the radical settlers of Hebron, but have now sneaked even into "secular" Tel Aviv.

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Marxist Academics Participate in the 7th Annual Gulag for a Day in an Event Hosted by the Stalinist MAKI Communist Party

Dani Filc (Ben-Gurion University), Avishai Erlich (Tel-Aviv College), and Efraim Davidi (Ben Gurion University) are the Academics among the participants.

The next Marx Conference will be held on Friday, June 27th in Tel Aviv at Hagada Hasmalit, Ahad Ha'am 60 and during the month of July in Haifa at Emil Touma Institute, Lochamei HaGetaot 27. Among the participants in the multiple panels: MK Dr. Dov Khenin, Dr. Shimshom Bichler (Kinneret College), former MK Tamar Gozansky, Prof. Dani Filc (Ben-Gurion University), social activist Omri Evron, Prof. Avishai Erlich (Tel-Aviv College), Dr. Awni Kahil; Dr. Efraim Davidi (Tel-Aviv and Ben Gurion universities) and social activist Asher Levy.

The agenda is admittedly ambitious for the framework. Despite these difficulties, there is a sense that the annual Marx conference is becoming a valuable asset to the work of the left in Israel… The Conference is being organized by activists from academia and the Left Bank College. Hagada Hasmalit (Left Bank) is an alternative cultural space which has been active for a decade in Tel Aviv and is supported the Communist Party of Israel and Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality). The Left Bank also maintains the leading alternative Hebrew language site of the militant left in Israel.

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Ami Pedahzur (University of Texas) and Arie Perliger (SUNY Stony Brook) manipulate historic events to reach the prediction that Jewish terrorism will run rampant if Israel uproots Judea & Samaria settlements.

In their book, Ami and Arie tell one whopper after another while going out of their way to link Judaism to terrorism. Mixing their facts with fiction, Pedahzur and Perliger suggest that the Masada martyrs mass murdered each other in a bloodlust terrorist act. They smear the founding organizations of Pre-State Israel as Terrorist Organizations, describe the social support of Jewish terrorism among the Settlers, and delusionally absolve Islam from founding modern international terrorism. Benny Morris dismisses the book from which he doubts anything can be learned.

In their effort to establish pattern and continuity, Pedahzur and Perliger trace the roots of the extreme right-wing Jewish terrorists of the end of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st to the Maccabees (apparently resisting the temptation to trace them back to Cain), the family of Judaean priests who led a successful nationalist-religious revolt against the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire in the mid-second century BCE.

The historical "background" Pedahzur and Perliger provide is a stretch, flimsy, and, at times, derisory… But the authors write that "despite the great historical gulf between the Hashmonai revolt and contemporary Jewish terrorism, it is hard not to be impressed by the similarity of the factors responsible for the violence." I see absolutely no connection between that revolt against foreign oppressors of yore and contemporary Jewish terrorism against Arabs (and, occasionally, left-wing Jewish Israelis).

[Pedahzur and Perliger] suggest that the 1,000-odd Jews who held out in the Judean Desert fortress of Masada until it was vanquished in 72-73 CE did not, in the end, commit "mass suicide," as described by Josephus, but, rather, that "the Sicarians committed mass murder among themselves." Of course, the authors have no historical evidence for branding the Sicarians of Masada "murderers" (Josephus is the only historical source for the Masada story), and one wonders what purpose such a designation serves.

[B]ut the authors' purpose is clear: to establish that the Jews have a rich tradition of terrorism…

Pedahzur and Perliger's thesis, laid out in the book's preface, is that modern fundamentalist terrorism is a result of a "totalist" ideology or religion that produces a "counterculture community." That collective, or some of its activist members, turn to terrorism when an "external" event occurs that "poses a potential threat to the community or its most cherished values" and when leaders, often clerics, emerge who frame that event as "catastrophic." Some sort of crisis, personal or communal, then propels the activists into terroristic action. All this sounds fairly reasonable.

Not so, however, some of their extrapolation. Pedahzur and Perliger, driven it seems by political correctness, go out of their way to absolve Islam of being uniquely, internationally, responsible for contemporary terrorism, arguing that "religious terrorism is not a one-faith phenomenon"—as if the modern world has also witnessed waves of Christian and Buddhist and Hindu (and Jewish) suicide bombers and airplane hijackers…

I seriously doubt that anything one can learn from this book, primarily about the last century of small-scale Jewish terrorism in Israel and the West Bank, will prove useful in fathoming what is happening in the darkest recesses of the Islamist world.

The authors predict an unprecedented level of violence by Jewish terrorists if Israel ever decides to uproot the West Bank settlements. Should a Jewish terrorist attack against the Islamic holy sites on the Temple Mount ever succeed, it "could open the doors to hell," the authors write. This may be so. But it is worthy of note that Israel's destruction of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and its uprooting of 7,000 settlers and thousands of their supporters in 2005 passed without serious incident—no one killed, no one severely injured. Then again, destroying settlements in Judea and Samaria, the heartland of Judaism, may prove to be something else entirely.

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Tel Aviv University - Aviad Kleinberg (Dept of History) thinks asking the Israeli electorate what they think is undemocratic

Naftali Bennett wants a referendum. If the government will ask to withdraw from areas in Greater Israel, it will have to be put to a referendum. Why is this so important to him? I suppose it is not for the sake of democracy. Even Judaism (which in its current format advocates a process in which a small group of people who were not elected by the entire community make all the decisions) is not the issue. Bennett wants a referendum in order to add another obstacle on the way to a peace deal. That's all.

A thousand and one reasons can be found not to trust the Arabs, not to trust the elected officials and not to trust the government…

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Tel Aviv University - Ishay Rosen-Zvi (Dept of Hebrew Culture Studies) Serving the Jihadi Demons

Rosen-Zvi leads the crusade against the legal Jewish homeowners in the Shimon HaTzadik Neighborhood (Sheikh Jarrah for the Arab apologists).

[Ishay Rosen-Zvi] seems determined to implement his evil inclination by means of participation in Israel's radical anarchist Left. Specifically, Rosen-Zvi is an activist member and leader of the Sheikh Jarrah Soliarity Project, created and promoted by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

Shimon HaTzadik is a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, which Arab apologists call Sheikh Jarrah. It was the scene of a notorious massacre of Jews by the local Arabs. After the war of independence, the Arabs began moving into Jewish homes that had been overrun in the neighborhood. Subsequently Jews brought suit after 1967 to recover their homes. The lawsuit dragged on nearly twenty years, but the Israeli Supreme Court (which has sided many times with the Arabs) ultimately found in favor of the Jews, who could produce deeds going back to the Ottoman Empire.

When Israeli courts side with the Arabs against Jews, the Arabs celebrate. When the same courts side with Jews, the Arabs riot and make threats or kill Jews. Rosen-Zvi wrote an editorial in Ha'Aretz where he serves as the public relations agent for the jihadists. In the article he calls for Jews to enlist in the campaign by radical Arabs and support the unilateral "Palestinian declaration of independence" and the demand that Jerusalem be divided with the good parts given to the "Palestinians"…

"On July 15th, an unprecedented event in the history of Zionism is set to take place in Jerusalem: a Jewish-Palestinian independence march. This march will not be yet another demonstration in support of the negotiations; not a call for an end to violence nor for a bilateral two-state solution. We've had enough of those. This time Israelis, Jews and Arabs, will show our support for the unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence expected in September; a free state in the 1967 borders, with its capital in East Jerusalem. No more favors, thank you very much."

Note the failure to call for an end to violence above. Is that not an example of Yetzer hara given the murders of so many Jews by Arabs who insist Israel as a Jewish state must not and cannot exist? It is an acknowledgement by Rosen-Zvi that the Arabs use violence but tries to use equivalency regarding the Jews. It's the PA that refuses to negotiate peace and stop terrorists, it's the Arabs who insist it is a religious duty to wipe out the Jews.

An article Rosen-Zvi wrote mentions that the Israeli anarchists and ISM types like himself managed to organize a
march and rally for Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood that brought out 3,000 moonbats in support of giving the Arabs what they want. That 3,000 number has some significance for those interested in Torah and the Talmud, but not for Rosen-Zvi. When Moses came down from Sinai he discovered the Jews had strayed and began worshipping the Golden Calf. He ordered his followers to kill those Jews who had strayed to paganism and they killed 3,000.  The Levite tribe got promoted thanks to its role in this.  Apparently the curse of the evil 3.000 has returned to the Jewish people, in part under Rosen-Zvi's leadership.

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Tel Aviv University - Anat Matar (Dept of Philosophy) cheers on the Murderers of Israelis that the Government plans to Release as "Warriors against Occupation"

You will be happy to hear that Anat Matar, a faculty member in the department of philosophy at Tel; Aviv University, insists that Netanyahu has not gone far enough in releasing mass murderers of Israelis. Writing in Haaretz today (29/7/13 Hebrew only, at http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.2083774). Wanna guess why they are not running it in English?

Little Anat has long led the Israeli movement demanding international BDS sanctions against Israel. Her offspring Haggai is a big honcho in the violent anti-Israel anarchist gang and in the group organizing mutiny among Israeli soldiers, and has spent time in prison…

In her Op Ed in Haaretz today, Momma Anat proclaims that the imprisoned Palestinian murderers are seen by the Palestinians (and of course also by her) as legitimate warriors against occupation, no more guilty of anything than Israeli soldiers when they use weapons to prevent a new Shoah.

Meanwhile, if you would like to let the heads of Tel Aviv University know what you think of this terrorist teaching at the school, write to
Tel Aviv University:
President, Professor Joseph Klafter
Email klafter@post.tau.ac.il
Tel Aviv University
P.O. Box 39040
Tel Aviv 69978
ISRAEL
Tel: 972-3-6408254 972-3-6408254
Fax: 972-3-6406466

Rector: Prof. Aron Shai
Email: aashai@post.tau.ac.il
and rector@post.tau.ac.il
Tel Aviv University
P.O. Box 39040
Tel Aviv 69978
ISRAEL

American Friends Offices of Tel Aviv University:
http://www.aftau.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_contact

Other "Friends of" Groups: http://www.tau.ac.il/friends-eng.html

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Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) continues his Jihad against Israel from Princeton using Al-Jazeera as his mouthpiece.

While on sabbatical at Princeton, Gordon supports the criminal activity of the Bedouin squatters on Negev State Land and attacks the State of Israel with the intent to "Judaize" the Negev.

The Plan's ultimate objective is to Judaize the Israeli Negev. In order to do this, however, seventy thousand (out of 200,000) Bedouin who currently live in villages classified as 'unrecognised' by the Israeli government must be moved. The government already forbids them from connecting to the electricity grid or the water and sewage systems.

Numerous articles have used the term invader when describing Bedouin activity in southern Israel, while a popular news website notes that the Bedouin have begun invading the country's central region. Even in a Ha'aretz opinion piece, which supported the High Court of Justice's ruling against the government practice of spraying poison on "illegal Bedouin agricultural fields", the author refers to the Bedouin population using the term invader.

The ethos in which all this is being played out is grounded in Israel's ethnocratic commitment to dispossess the non-Jews, which is cynically elevated to an act of self-defence and, ultimately, justice.

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Ben Gurion University - Oren Yiftachel (Dept of Geography) wants Israel to disappear inside an Arab led "confederation"

Continuing Jewish oppression and forced separation, even if accompanied by the establishment of a weak Palestinian state, is likely to continue the instability in the region. A sieged and divided Palestinian state—the one offered in the past by Israel—would most likely be hostile and greatly influenced by Hamas or other radical elements. The typical dialectics of ethnic conflict would likely produce evermore hardline Israeli governments, which would deepen the deadlock. A two-state solution would also leave a small and fragmented Palestinian state dependent on Israel, unable to properly absorb Palestinian refugees and forced to manage frustration regarding the lack of substantive progress on several core issues, most prominently genuine sovereignty, mobility, and the right of return.
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a stable resolution requires changes within Israel, particularly in regard to the deprived status of the state's large Palestinian Arab minority, now totaling 1.4 million. Here the democratization of majority-minority arrangements is needed to prevent the eruption of internal conflict that has torn apart states the world over. Such arrangements would have to allocate Palestinian citizens acceptable collective rights of autonomous communal management, as well as proportional share of the state power and resources.

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Tel Aviv University - Knesset Review of PA Textbooks Refutes Daniel Bar-Tal's (Dept of Education) Whitewashing of Hateful Arab Incitement

Dr. Arnon Groiss presented to the Knesset panel evidence of delegitimization and demonization of Israel in PA textbooks. This stands in stark contrast to the conclusions of a US State Dept funded report on hate in PA and Israeli textbooks that was co-authored by Daniel Bar-Tal. Groiss had been part of an advisory panel to the report, however, Groiss claimed that the panel rarely met and had very little input to the final draft. Groiss distanced himself from the conclusions of Bar-Tal's report which was used to validate the profound distortions of the Arab "Narrative."

The textbooks used in UNRWA-funded schools never acknowledge any Jewish rights in “Palestine”, nor any Jewish past in the Land of Israel, said Dr. Arnon Groiss, a respected expert in the promotion of Tolerance in Education at a briefing in the Knesset reviewing the Palestinian Authority Textbooks used in UNWRA schools.

Israel is almost never shown on any map and no city is ever identified as a Jewish city, he said, reiterating the extensive history of Anti-Israel propaganda in Arab textbooks.

"Israel is delegitimized, and demonized in these texts and no peaceful solution to Arab-Israel conflict is ever discussed', Groiss noted, adding, "The rights of 4.5 million Palestinians around the world is heavily promoted." The event was chaired by David Bedein, Director of the Near East Policy Research Center.

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Rachel Avraham Reports from Anti-Israel Israeli Academics Awareness Conference

In the past, Avraham had suffered attempts to stifle her Academic Freedom and other intimidations by Oren Yiftachel and various BGU officials after she exercised her right to free speech in criticizing Yiftachel's far-leftist classroom indoctrination methods. She reports that attempts to delegitimatize Israel by the Anti-Israel Israeli Academics, many of whom are employed at Ben Gurion University, are utilizing the Neo-Marxist "soft asymmetrical conflict" critical perspective and anti-Israel activism.

According to Michael Gross, another speaker at the conference, Neve Gordon has "a long track record of calling for boycotts of Israel" and has referred to "Israel as a so-called fascist Nazi apartheid-like state." In addition, other professors at Ben Gurion University behave similarly including Oren Yiftachel, who devoted "most of his career to misrepresenting Israel as an apartheid regime;" Lev Grinberg, who is best known for "accusing Israel of committing symbolic genocide" when Israel killed the leader of Hamas and compared Hamas terrorists to the "Maccabbee heroes"; and Eyal Nir, who teaches chemistry at BGU and "is not only anti-Israel but was in the media in the past year for openly calling for critics of the left to be murdered."

In the concluding session of this conference, this author spoke about how soft asymmetrical conflict was applied at Ben-Gurion University, where anti-Israel activism was quite widespread as part of an orchestrated campaign to educate international students to view Israel negatively. Examples of this included the social coordinator at the time, Noah Slor, organizing anti-Israel trips, professors teaching about Israel in an anti-Israel propagandist style; and instances of pro-Israel students, such as myself, facing intimidation for having the chutzpah to speak out against the anti-Israel activism that was taking place on campus.

For example, Yiftachel was teaching international students that "Israel is in a colonial situation with the Palestinians," "the whole Israeli state is what you call an ethnocracy," "Ashkenazis colonize the Mizrahim," "Israeli Arabs have ghetto citizenship," "Israel is like Sudan in ethnocratic structure," and that "Israel imposes Judaism on her Palestinian citizens." When I attempted to write exposés on this, Yiftachel arranged to have me intimidated by the then head of the Middle Eastern Studies department, Dr. Avi Rubin, who threatened "possible ramifications" and the involvement of the university's legal department.

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University of Alberta, Canada - Prof. Clement Leibovitz, self-described "Jewish Palestinian," stalks Israel from his Grave

Leibovitz was born in Egypt but escaped to Israel with his parents after the pogrom in Egypt in 1936. He then availed himself of Israel's education system by attending the Technion in Haifa.

From there he became a Professor of Computer Services at the University of Alberta in Canada. Once in Canada he declared himself a "Jewish Palestinian" and embraced anti-Semites in his new country who promoted propaganda against his former homeland… Leibovitz claimed that Israel was founded and led by a "criminal establishment". He was in favor of a one-state solution in which Israel would cease to exist.

He crayoned, "With much more justification, and in total solidarity, I do proclaim that I AM A JEWISH PALESTINIAN. And I accuse the Israeli government of savagery and barbarism against MY OWN PEOPLE, the Palestinian people to which I belong, AS A JEW." … It's easy to see why he was a regular writer on the anti-Semitic "ALEF list" that still continues to operate under the auspices of the University of Haifa.

Of course, the fact the Arabs were killing Jews on a regular basis in the Holy Land long before the so-called "occupation", even in places like his birthplace, Egypt, gets no consideration. What a compassionate guy.

Lest one think that Leibovitz just had it in ONLY for Israel, he was an anti-American and pro-al-Qaeda, even making excuses for the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001… Here's his "description" of terrorists (written right after the World Trade Center bombing), in which Leibovitz refused to condemn the killers

We'll probably never know how many students at the University of Alberta were poisoned/influenced by this critter and how many more will also have the same fate in the future as Leibovitz's obnoxious words reach out from the grave.

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Tel Aviv University - Orly Lubin (Dept of Comparative Literature) Likens Israelis to the Murderer of the Newtown School Children

Orly: Shoyn (really?), as they say in Yiddish, will wait and see. though waited for [Obama] in Israel for four years and saw nothing… and doubt I’ll see him do anything on that front during the magical “second term,” as well — what we are doing in the West Bank and Gaza is not that much different than Newtown.

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Hebrew University - The Settlements Monitoring Staff set up by Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Long headed by an Open Anti-semite

We all know "Peace Now" as the hardcore anti-Israel far-Leftist organization that is soft on terrorism and hard on any Jews daring to move into "Arab neighborhoods" where "they do not belong." But there is increasing evidence that Peace Now is an anti-Semitic organization.

Take for example the Op-Ed in Haaretz today (Hebrew only, as if often done when articles are too hardline for overseas Jewish readers to stomach, at http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.2055977) by one Dror Etkas. He is a senior Peace Now honcho, and runs the tattletale "Settlement Monitor Staff" at Peace Now, set up by the radical anti-democratic Amiram Goldblum, the person who initiated and ran a recent pseudo-poll claiming to show that most Israeli Jews favor apartheid.

The open anti-Semitism now emerging from Peace Now is extremely dangerous, but is also very important. Since Israel has an anti-racism law on its books, one never applied to anyone except right-wing Jews, the time has come to proclaim Peace Now an illicit racist organization, and maybe even to ban it.

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) is a Disgusting anti-Semite even in the View of Leftist Academic Carlo Strenger

In the past few years, Shlomo Sand has enraged many Jews with his thesis, laid out particularly clear in his book, "The Invention of the Jewish People," that Zionism created something called the Jewish people that didn't and doesn't really exist, and that it has led to the ethnocentric policies of Israel's government within and beyond the Green Line.

Now he has followed it up with a short pamphlet, so far only available in Hebrew, called "When and Why did I stop Being Jewish?" Its basic thesis is that the ethnocentrism and racism that characterizes much of Israel's policies are a function of the country's Jewishness, which is why Sand prefers to identify with and focus on his nationality, not his religion.

Thus, I think Shlomo Sand has made a big mistake in arguing that the nationalism and racism of much of Israel's rabbinical ultra-Orthodox establishment and many of its right-wing politicians stems from their Jewishness. The opposite is true: this ethnocentrism is an anomaly in modern Judaism, not the norm.

The way out of Israel's current conundrum, therefore, is not to detach Israeli identity from Jewishness. This is both a historical and a psychological impossibility. The very raison d'etre of Israel's existence is for Jews to have a state of their own and to create a safe haven for every Jew under threat somewhere in the world.

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Tel Aviv University - Stalinist Shlomo Sand (Dept of History), expert on the French cinema, explains why there is no such thing as a Jewish people who can have their own state

The "Jewish people" or the "Chosen people" are theological concepts that existed before the birth of Zionism and, it appears, will survive after it exits the historical stage… Zionism took the religious and ambiguous concept of "people" and injected it with national meaning, much as it did with other terms and symbols from the Jewish heritage. Originality and deception were both concealed within this linguistic process. If today we frequently apply the term "people" to a human group that shares a secular public culture, such as language, music or food, it would indeed be strange to use this term to refer to world Jewry

Israel, which insists on defining itself as a Jewish state and not as an Israeli republic, alienates and discriminates against 25 percent of its citizens who, to their misfortune, aren't registered by the Interior Ministry as Jews. A normal democracy always sees itself as an expression of its citizenry and doesn't make note of its residents' ethnic origin or religion (imagine the uproar if in a Western country the population registry would mark the descendants of Jews as such, like is done in Israel, without asking or consulting with them).

In view of the 20th century's history of persecution and suffering, Israel can continue to serve as a place of refuge for descendants of Jews persecuted due to their ethnic origin or religious faith; but it cannot be both a democracy and at the same time belong to "world Jewry." This is an oxymoron that has severe consequences: it creates injustice; it leads to exclusion of native locals, and it may bring destruction upon us all.

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Tel Aviv University - Aeyal Gross' (Dept of Law) Anti-Zionist Heterophobia

Gross uses the Barnoar attack to bash the Police, the media and heterosexuals in general. For Gross, any form of criticism of LGBT community by heterosexuals is a form of "liberal homophobia."

It's much more difficult to spot liberal homophobia, with its sweet and pretty face and appearance of enlightenment. At its foundation is mainly a distinction between private and public space, with acceptance of homosexuality as long as it exists in the private sphere. … Such positions adopt "liberal color-blindness" while ignoring heterosexism and society's inherent homophobia while ignoring the fact that heterosexuals share their sexual preference with society all the time: in weddings; while walking on the street without fear of violence; and in what they say in the family setting and in the workplace about couples and relationships without fear of hostility or discrimination. Every incident of this kind is a display of heterosexuality and an answer to the question of whom the person sleeps next to in bed.

The most obvious expression of liberal homophobia after the murders at Barnoar was the one that sought to negate the relationship between the attacks and homophobia with the claim that the murders might have been committed for personal reasons an assertion that is being made now as well. It was as if indiscriminate shooting at LGBT teenagers at Barnoar could be disconnected from the social structures of heterosexism and homophobia, even if it was committed by a person whose personal history fueled his hatred.

One must look closely at the narrative published by the police so far to see this blindness. In this narrative, the murder suspect was told that his relative, a minor, had been seen several times at Barnoar and asked him what he had been doing there. His relative answered that he had been there, that a community activist had allegedly "sodomized" him and he wished to retaliate.

…The narrative is also a scenario for homophobia within the family. One relative asks another what he was doing in a gay hangout. The very nature of the question makes the respondent vulnerable to homophobia within the family and fear the response to being found out a response that could consist of hatred of homosexuality and of gay people in general.

The reports that the activist allegedly had sexual relations with the minor also played a part in the liberal-homophobic dance. "Do you think the community will engage in soul-searching now?" a researcher for a television program recently asked me. Yes, I answered, soul-searching is needed, but everyone should do it. Why does the heterosexual society require it of the LGBT community without doing it itself?... [T]hat does not justify the homophobic way the topic is treated as we saw last week, and this discourse has no legitimacy when it focuses exclusively on the gay community. When Segal writes [in a column in Yedioth Ahronoth] that the gay community has "fewer reasons for pride," he is taking advantage of the incident, as others have done, to smear it and absolve the heterosexual world of any blame.

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Hebrew University – 'Im Tirtzu' and other HebrewU Students Protest Awarding Terrorist Degree in Chemistry

"I think it's going too far to allow someone with Himdi's record to study at Hebrew University," said Elan, a third-year student in politics and communications. "It's one thing to have a criminal record, but to have a terrorist record is entirely different matter."

On Wednesday afternoon, Hebrew University criminology student, Adi Golan organized a protest against the university's decision along with other student movements including Im Tirtzu.

"We organized this protest because we don't believe it's legitimate to allow someone who has a terrorist background to earn a doctorate in a subject like chemistry," Golan told Tazpit News Agency. "Who knows how he [Hidmi] will use the academic and research knowledge he gained against Israel in the future?" she asked.

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Hebrew University - Convicted Terrorist Adel Hidmi Receives PhD in Chemistry from Hebrew U

Hidmi (now employed at BirZeit Dept of Chemistry) was at the center of the storm in a report by Channel Two News that was later partly retracted. According to the report, the terrorist was reinstated to Amiram Goldblum's Medicinal Chemistry Dept., however, Channel Two later said they did not know who specifically within Hebrew U had made the decision to reinstate Hidmi.

A terrorist who served two prison terms for involvement in terrorism, including a plot to carry out a suicide bombing, has been awarded his doctorate in chemistry from Hebrew University, Maariv reports.

The terrorist is an Israeli citizen and a resident of eastern Jerusalem.

He began working on his doctorate prior to his second terror conviction, several years after serving time in prison for membership in a terrorist organization. He did his research in the Hebrew University laboratories.

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Ben Gurion University - Jerusalem Post Readers Respond to David Newman's (Dean of Social Sciences) Expected Honor

The brainless scarecrow got a diploma, the heartless tin man got a citation for caring, the cowardly lion got a commendation for courage, and the anti-Israel anti-democratic David Newman...... [talkback "hitzhaki (signed in using yahoo)"]

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Zippergate at Ben Gurion University
BGU President Rivka Carmi Investigates Critic's Forgotten Unzipped Zipper

Carmi trumps up insignificant faux pas into a sexual harassment investigation. She probes unzipped zipper but not much else; ignoring far-leftist faculty members when they issue calls for murder, call for Israel to be annihilated, or cheer on terrorist atrocities against Jews. Legitimate line of investigation or an effort to harass her critic?

Professor David [longtime critic of Carmi and of the politicization and radical indoctrination that has dominated the BGU campus under her reign of error] one day received an email message out of the blue from one of President Rivka Carmi's underlings, saying that he was under investigation for "sexual harassment." …

Israeli universities claim to take sexual harassment seriously, at least when non-leftist faculty are involved. Leftist faculty are another matter. It took years for the Hebrew University to take disciplinary action against the far-leftist professor of sociology Eyal Ben Ari after evidence was presented that he had been raping his own students…

The plaintiff was not a student at all but a middle-aged divorced female departmental engineer in his school... And the basis of her complaint to the authorities was that the good professor had entered her office after he had used the gent's and, Oh the Humanity, he had forgotten to zip up… A forgotten zip code.

BGU's Prez Carmi ordered a commission of investigation more than a year after the "incident" took place. Prof. David insisted it was part of Carmi's campaign of harassment against faculty members who dare to criticize her...

So the leftist Ben Gurion University president who refuses to take action against her own far-leftist faculty members when they issue calls for murder or when they align themselves with neo-nazis and call for Israel to be annihilated or when they cheer on terrorist atrocities against Jews has suddenly discovered her inner Amazon. She has launched a merciless campaign against zippers

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) Continues to Invent Reasons Why Israel Should Cease to Exist

Sand validates Israeli Arabs rights to an Israeli Identity and downplays any Jewish Diaspora right to same identity in an attempt to separate "Church and State". Mocks the Study of Zionism as 'obsolete'.

The conceptual world that characterizes the Cherrik center [for the Study of Zionism] is a closed and fuzzy world that is obsolete. From Shumsky's arguments one gets the impression that he believes he is living in the 1920s, between the intellectual appeasers of Brit Shalom and Hashomer Hatzair from back in the day. That is why he returns to their outdated views when he turns to discussing the nationalism of today.

In the last 30 years the majority of the most important scholars involved in the study of nations broke free from the vague and generalizing language that was used until the early 1980s. For years no serious scholar has applied the term "nation" to every cultural-linguistic group, or to every collective identity…

No nation, or nation-state, has ever been created without the political dimension, which aspires to make the borders of culture and identity congruent to their sovereign borders. That is why Zionism or the Palestine Liberation Organization are national movements, which did, or do, represent the demand for independent political sovereignty, and that is why the Jews of the world who do not want to immigrate to Israel cannot be included in that category.
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[A]long with the ongoing alienation of the Jewish state, have brought them [the Israeli Arabs] closer to the Palestinians in the occupied territories, they are already too Israeli to live under the sovereignty of Hamas or even the "secular" Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas. They are also far closer to us, linguistically and culturally, than are the Jews of Belarus who do not live here.

Still, I don't believe that they will agree for much longer to live in a "Jewish" state, which by definition cannot be an inclusive civic state. Of course they justly demand, and will continue to demand, cultural autonomy in the State of Israel, but some of them also are aware that every state has a super-character that serves as a basis for communication, identification and joint cultural administration of those contradictory interests.

What Shumsky has trouble understanding is that his "secular" Jewishness, within its borders and by its very definition, is the identity of a closed, exclusive club that you cannot join if you weren't born into it.

By definition, being Israeli - like being American, British, French or having any other national identity that is not ethno-religious - could potentially represent an open political and cultural identity that is not based on a fictitious ethnocentric principle… It is also what increasingly connects all of us, we who are so different from one another, but at the same time so similar. Of course, Shumsky has every right to continue to identify himself as a (religious or "ethnic") Jew, but as in liberal Western Europe, and unlike in Eastern Europe - that must remain his own private affair and not an official and public matter.

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Hebrew University - Iranian News Site Reports on Nurit Peled-Elhanan's (Dept of Education) International Diatribe

Peled-Elhanan's smears of 'racism' and 'cruel occupation' are props for Iranian propagandists to describe Israel as the 'threat to the world' in justification of its drive towards nuclear weapons.

An Israeli human rights activist asked for worldwide support for the Muslim community, reiterating that Israel, and not Islam, is the real threat posed to the world.

The remarks were made by Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan addressing a ceremony marking the International Women's Day in Strasbourg, France.

"Islam like Judaism and Christianity is in itself not a threat to me or to anyone, but American imperialism is, European indifference is … and Israeli racism and its cruel occupying regime is," Peled-Elhanan said…

Peled-Elhanan underlined that Islam is not a threat, but the real threat is Israel and the Israeli army.

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Tel Aviv University - Moshe Zuckermann (Cohn Institute) Says Israel Uses Iran for 'Diversion Policy'

Israel has been instrumentalizing the issue of Iran threat ideologically to divert attention from its growing problems, said renowned Israeli historian and sociologist Moshe Zuckermann.

Addressing an international conference of radical leftist parties in Berlin, Zuckermann said that the Zionist regime has been using the alleged Iranian 'threat' as a 'diversion policy' to cover up its own racist policies and its failure to seal a peace agreement with the Palestinian side.

He likened the current state of affairs in Israel with the rise of the German Nazi regime in 1933, saying the Zionist regime has become an 'apartheid regime.'

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Israeli Leftists whine about being included in the Boycotts against Israel by Foreign Leftists

Left-wing Israeli academics have in the past few years faced a great challenge. Threatened with censorship, prosecution and ostracism in their home universities, they have been subtly forced to hold their tongues when it comes to publicly expressing their political opinions. In 2009, Neve Gordon nearly lost his job as a politics professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev after writing an op-ed arguing that Israel has become an apartheid state that can only be saved by an international boycott. One year later, in 2010, world-renowned art theorist Ariella Azoulay was denied tenure by Bar-Ilan University apparently due to her pro-Palestinian political views [In fact Azoulay was NOT turned down for tenure because she is a far leftist; rather she was turned down for tenure because she has no bona fide academic publications. -- Isracampus]. These incidents send Israeli academics a clear message: tolerance of critical opinions is running out.

It is for exactly this reason that many Israelis pursue academic careers abroad. But in the international academic community, they often find that no matter how far left or pro-peace they are, their "Israeliness" remains an obstacle. Universities and scholars that explicitly support boycotting Israeli academic institutions are still relatively rare, but it seems that to avoid undesirable political rows, many universities choose not to collaborate with their Israeli counterparts or offer scholarships to Israeli students.

The dual rejection by the academic communities inside and outside Israel can be extremely frustrating, especially for those of us who see our academic work as part of a profound educational obligation and the academic environment as an opportunity for dialogue and exchange.

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Thought Police and Academic Fascism at the Betzalel Academy

It seems that Bezalel now operates a North Korean style mechanism of thought police when people apply for admission to its architecture program, one that weeds out anyone who is not a far Leftist. The applicant is asked to state what the status if the Jerusalem suburb of Gilo is. Anyone who gives the factually correct answer that Gilo is a neighborhood of Jerusalem is disqualified! The only correct answer is that Gilo is occupied Palestine.

In another case, a young woman from the Galilee who was applying was interrogated about what she thought of "acceptance committees" in some small closed community villages in the Galilee. The Left is upset by these because they are designed to keep these hamlets Jewish and in some cases Orthodox. The Left is not upset that Jews who try to move into Arab towns in the Galilee are targeted by snipers and arsonists. When the lass in question said she understood why they are used, she was turned down for acceptance. Acceptance committees for Galilee hamlets are "racist" but acceptance committees that disqualify those who are not leftist from studying at Bezalel are artistic and progressive.

The new CEO of Bezalel, one Eva Illouz, was contacted by Heitner and asked about the above… She completely justified the thought control. Thought police is the highest form of academic freedom in her opinion.

Want to vent? Write to

Rabbi Shai Piron
The Minister of Education
sar@education.gov.il
Fax 02-5602246
03-6951769

 

and

The Council for Higher Education in Israel
(governmental body that funds and supervises Israeli universities and colleges)
 

Prof. Manuel Trachtenberg
Chairman, Council on Higher Education
Email: manuel@post.tau.ac.il
POB 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel

Dr Avital Stein
Director-General for the Council for Higher Education
Director-General for the Planning and Budgeting Committee
Email: director-general@che.org.il
P.O.B. 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel

And also

Bezalel Arts College
 

President
Prof. Eva Illouz

Mount Scopus Campus
Mount Scopus P.O.Box 24046
Jerusalem 91240
Telephone: 02-5893333
Fax: 02- 5823094
Her personal email address is illouz@mscc.huji.ac.il

Officers: http://bezalel.ac.il/en/about/leadership/staff/
Contact Info: http://bezalel.ac.il/en/contact/

Friends Offices: The Friends Organizations
Ms. Amira Ben-Dor
Chairwoman of the Jerusalem Friends of Bezalel
Ms. Jennifer Roth
President of the Friends of Bezalel New York
Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Inc.
501 Fifth Avenue, New York,
NY 10017

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LeHigh University - Nitzan Lebovic (Dept of History) rubs elbows with other ex-pat Israelis who promote the end of Israel in the Israeli Opposition Network

Lebovic is another Israeli academic busy calling for the deconstruction by means of destruction of the Jewish state. Lebovic is a member and organizer of the Israeli Opposition Network. a new consortium of anti-Israel Israeli academics in the U.S. who object to the newly-elected government by the people of Israel. Their philosophy is that only their select group of intellectuals abroad, many belonging to communist and anarchist groups, knows what is good for Israel.

As a history professor, one of Lebovic's purported areas of expertise is the Holocaust and Lebovic likes the Shoah to be viewed from assorted philosophical lenses that portray Zionism as similar to Nazism. Lebovic was in the past associated with the Marxist Van Leer Institute in Israel, and the German-linked Minerva Institute at Tel Aviv University, neither of which has shown itself to be a friend of a Jewish state. Perhaps his funding and affinity with Germans plays into his subtle support for enemies of the Jews.
...
Lebovic signed on to a petition "in solidarity" with the Palestinians complaining about a checkpoint set up around Bir Zeit University that allegedly caused temporary closure of the campus during a period of heightened terror attacks. This was circulated among academics, some who are Israeli leftists, that accused Israel of hindering academic freedom and inquiry. Never mind that Bir Zeit's student government consists of terror groups like Hamas, PFLP and Fatah running against each other with campaigns where they debate which party has murdered the most Jews and Israelis:

Lebovic apparently considers it a right to education to promote the killing of Jews at Bir Zeit and likens Jewish national determination to Nazism like his German-Jewish philosophers were prone to doing. So why should anyone be surprised at how his twisted mind tries to link the Jews and the Holocaust to an alleged "Palestinian nakba" so many years after the Holocaust …

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IDI Watch - Pseudo-Research at the IDI about "Discrimination"

The new IDI "research" by [Tanya] Steiner (with input from [Mordecai] Kremnitzer) concerns the activities of Israel's Commission on Equal Opportunities in Employment. This is a relatively new regulatory body set up supposedly to promote equality in the workplace… Steiner's "research" on the commission appears as a chapter in a propaganda book that has been published by Macmillan called "Palestinians in the Israeli Labor Market." You will not be surprised to hear that the book has nothing to say about Palestinians in the Israeli Labor Market. Rather it discusses Israeli Arabs in the Israeli labor market. It adopts the now trendy rhetorical invention by Israel's far Left of referring to Israeli Arabs as Israeli Palestinians…

A Hebrew synopsis of the "research" appears in a report in Haaretz' Marker today (in Hebrew this is at http://www.themarker.com/career/1.2032423). The main "finding" of Steiner is that Israel is such a racist and discriminatory place that only 3% of all of the complaints from people claiming to be victims of discrimination come from Israeli Arabs (who are around 18% of the workforce)! Really!

Yes, it turns out that only a tiny proportion of complaints sent to the Commissioner on Equal Opportunity in Employment in 2011 (the year investigated) were submitted by Arabs. A full 46% were sent in by Jewish women, the rest by others (she does not report how many were sent in by Orthodox Jews!). Only three of the complaints received in the entire 2011 year by the commission about alleged discrimination against Arabs were deemed worthy of investigation. Now an ordinary citizen might be tempted to interpret this as a great success for Israel and for Israeli Arabs, where the numbers indicate how rare are cases where there are even allegations of discrimination against Arabs in the workplace.

Ah, but not for the IDI and for Sistuh Steiner. Her "research" concludes that the low numbers just show how hopeless Israeli Arabs regard their dire circumstances, where they do not even think it is worthwhile filing complaints about the massive universal discrimination against them. In short, the absence of complaints about discrimination against Arabs in Israel proves how widespread and awful is discrimination against Arabs.

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Isracampus Envisions a Possible, Closed-Door Scenario of Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) with his Peace-Now-Maker

 

University of Haifa - David Blanc (Dept of Math) uses University facilities for Personal Reasons and to Promote Draft Dodging

Blanc utilizes Haifa U computer infrastructure to garner support for his son's treason and lawbreaking. Where is Blanc's 'Equal Burden'?

From: David Blanc [mailto:BLANC@MATH.HAIFA.AC.IL]
Subject: Demonstration in support of Natan Blanc at the Qirya in Tel-Aviv on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:00

A demonstration in support of Natan Blanc, who has been sentenced to a tenth term of 28 days in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli Army, will take place this coming Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 18:00 opposite the Ministry of Defence on Kaplan Street in Tel-Aviv. Please be there at 6 PM sharp.

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Isracampus would hereby like to nominate Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) for an honorary membership in the National Rifle Association where he can serve alongside Charlton Heston

 

Hebrew University - Cowboy Goldblum Packed Heat to Shoot Jews

Warring Wikipedia editors discuss report that Amiram Goldblum owned a Peace-Now-Maker to shoot fellow Jews, whom he says "threaten" him by criticizing him.

The Sydney Morning Herald piece is of 1600-1700 words, with the following mentions of Goldblum who was interviewed, a few weeks after the murders: "Amiram Goldblum is a Hebrew University Professor and a spokesman for a movement known as Peace Now which advocates a dialog with the Palestinians and whose supporters come largely from Academia and the professions. Mr. Goldblum lives in Baka on the top floor of a stone house whose most conspicuous feature is a large burglar alarm mounted over the front door - he has long been a target of the Israeli Right, an "ashafist" or PLO supporter in the words of his Jewish detractors. So inflamed was the mood, fuelled by the arrival of dozens of extremist Jews, on the day of the Baka murders that accusations levelled that he had sheltered the murderer in his house. Rocks were thrown, but Mr Goldblum has taken the sensible precaution of closing the metal shutters over his windows". He also consulted a senior police officer who advised him to arm himself against possible attack. So it is that Mr. Goldblum now carries a gun at home "to protect myself", as he says ruefully, "not against Arabs but against my fellow Jews". As this is NOT a report by someone who was on the spot on the day of the murders, it is questionable to what extent one can use it except for the direct single quotation of Goldblum. It is interesting that in the WP article about Baka, Jerusalem, the murder is not even mentioned. it is also not mentioned in the article about Baka on Hebrew Wikipedia.

Goldblum also stoops to personal attacks on other Wikipedia editors and inflammatory statements about large swaths of the Israeli public. The attacks were part of a (failed) ploy to divert attention from the discussion of a possible Conflict of Interest for his obsessive editing on his own Wikipedia entry to prevent addition of even "correct information" by "right wing" editors.

I suggest to any editor to view the history of the contribubtions of Scarletfire2112 to Wikipedia, starting three days after the initial smearing attempt by Soosim and failing on most of his comments, citation demands and editings on the Goldblum article. I wonder to what extent there is a similarity or deep symbiosis between those two twin haters of Goldblum, probably belonging to the extremist National Religious sector of Jewish settlers or very close to them (they never edit on Saturdays...), hating Goldblum for his anti-settltments acitivities and having an enormous political conflict of interest with him. More on that soon. רסטיניאק (talk) 07:11, 22 May 2013 (UTC)רסטיניאק

IMO, the reverse of the current discussion should take place here. The editors who should be examined for conflict of interest are Soosim and scarletfire2112, due to their constant and coordinated attempts to smear and defame Goldblum. Soosim is edit warring on political issues on many articles, all reflecting his extreme right wing anti human rights and anti Israeli left wing and liberals positions… My edits were in line with the issues expressed on the COI page under "Non controversial edits", introducing reliable sources and erasing the many attempts to vilify, smear and vandalize by those right wing highly politically motivated editors. The political views of Soosim are obvious from his hundreds of edits, with the largest relative part focused on Goldblum. In Israel, political rivalry has already led to violent actions that are always from the right and National religious groups against the liberal and the left wing. The way Soosim wishes the article to be is boarderline [sic] with incitement, which I will not allow…Giving him the ability to block corrections of the smears that he and Scarletfire2112 wish to introduce to the Goldblum article is to give a prize to the scoundrels. In the eyes of Soosim and Scarletfire2112, even writing the correct information about Goldblum having been active in Peace Now and in the New Israel Fund should help smearing him in the eyes of their own groups...  רסטיניאק (talk) 07:40, 22 May 2013 (UTC)רסטיניאק

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רסטיניאק: Again, not relevant to this discussion. Start a new COI section.

This discussion is about you. The Amiram Goldblum article is evidently about you. Your responses have constituted only attempts to derail and redirect this discussion…Amatulić (talk) 17:30, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

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Weizmann Institute of Science - Kobi Snitz (Dept of Neurobiology) Organizes Naksa Day Demonstration

Continues to organize demonstrations at Nil'in despite second warning from the GSS.

Date: 7/6/2012
Subject: Fwd: Saturday: Demo in the displaced village of Beit Nuba to mark 45 years of Occupation

Demo in the displaced village of Beit Nuba to mark 45 years of Occupation this Saturday
The village of Beit Nuba was destroyed in 1967 and its residents displaced forcefully. The Wall now separates them from the remaining lands of their original village.

When: Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 15:00
Where:
Beit Nuba village (near Beit Liqya, off road 443)
Register for transportation: Kobi Snitz 054-219-1547

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Date: May 1, 2013
Subject: Fwd: הרשמו להפגנות המשותפות של סוף השבועי 3.5 - 4.5 Register for the Weekly joint Demos

Register for Transportation to May 3rd - May 4th Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements

...
Ni'lin Friday May 3rd
Contact Kobi at 054-2191547

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Leftists Demand that the Defamation of the IDF is Protected "Freedom of Speech"

Leftwing liars wet their pants about new law placing them on the financial hook for spreading lies about the IDF. They wish to continue their slander of the IDF with impunity.

Well, many years too late, the Knesset is now considering a new law that would grant the legal standing to sue people making false defamatory claims about the actions of soldiers. The idea is that if someone claims falsely that Israeli soldiers carried out some sort of atrocity or crime against humanity and it could be proved that the claims are lies and the person making the claims knew they were lies, than the liar could be sued for defamation in civil court. Anyone who has any evidence of actual misbehavior by any soldier would of course be protected from being sued. Any soldier or civilian could file civil suit against the liars. Read more about the law here: http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Knesset-ctee-approves-law-to-ban-defaming-IDF-312235

The Israeli fascist Left of course is up in arms and is screaming to high heavens about this new "assault against freedom of speech and democracy." This from the very same people who spent recent years cheering on the persecution of rabbis and others for endorsing or recommending a book the Left considered to be racist, or who cheered on the denial of freedom of speech to the Kahanists.

The Left insists that defaming Israeli soldiers is part and parcel of freedom of speech. The very same far leftists who cheer on the leftwing academics who file fascist SLAPP harassment suits against anyone who dares to criticize THEM and tell the truth about THEM are now suddenly all upset about the possibility that leftwing liars could be sued for defamation.

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University of Exeter - Ilan Pappe Accuses Israel of Genocide

In a regal interview he gave the Israeli press on the eve of the state's " Independence Day," Shimon Peres, the current president of Israel, said the following:

"I remember how it all began. The whole state of Israel is a millimeter of the whole Middle East. A statistical error, barren and disappointing land, swamps in the north, desert in the south, two lakes, one dead and an overrated river. No natural resource apart from malaria. There was nothing here. And we now have the best agriculture in the world? This is a miracle: a land built by people" (Maariv, 14 April 2013).

This fabricated narrative, voiced by Israel's number one citizen and spokesman, highlights how much the historical narrative is part of the present reality. This presidential impunity sums up the reality on the eve of the 65th commemoration of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of historic Palestine…

The comparison is very different when it is viewed historically and it is in this context that we should realize the criminality of Peres' narrative which is as horrific as the occupation — and potentially far worse. For the president of Israel, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, there were never Palestinians before he initiated in 1993 the Oslo process — and when he did, they were only the ones living a small part of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

In his discourse, he already eliminated most of the Palestinians. If you did not exist when Peres came to Palestine, you definitely do not exist when he is the president in 2013. This elimination is the point where ethnic cleansing becomes genocidal. When you are eliminated from the history book and the discourse of the top politicians, there is always a danger that the next attempt would be your physical elimination.

It happened before. The early Zionists, including the current president, talked about the transfer of the Palestinians long before they actually disposed them in 1948. These visions of a de-Arabized Palestine appeared in every Zionist diary, journal and inner conversation since the beginning of the 20th century. If one talks about nothingness in a place where there is plenty it can be willful ignorance. But if one talks about nothingness as a vision or undeniable reality, it is only a matter of power and opportunity before the vision becomes reality.

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Tel Aviv University - Yehouda Shenhav (Dept of Sociology) Defends the 'Nakba'

Calls to define Jews from Arab countries as refugees were made in the past, but back then, they were silenced by Israeli governments. Why the change of policy? Partly due to a relatively new recognition that Israel will no longer be able to hide its responsibility for the Nakba.

The Foreign Ministry's bookkeeper's trick betrays the fear of the Palestinian claim of compensation and return – a central tenet of Palestinian demands. It proves that Israeli recognizes that the '67 paradigm will not bring an end to the conflict, due to its denial of the Nakba. As a result of this recognition, the leaders of the new campaign hope to use the Mizrahi Jews to block the Palestinians from carrying out their "right of return," and offset the compensation claims might be forced to pay for the Palestinian property that was expropriated by the Custodian of Absentee Property (the Israeli authority that confiscates and manages Palestinian property, most notably real estate). It is an idea that is historically twisted, unwise from a policy perspective and unjust from a moral point of view – as its history demonstrates.

The analogy between the Palestinian refugees and the Jewish Mizrahis is thus baseless, not to mention offensive and immoral. It serves to cause friction between Mizrahi Jews and Palestinians, it is an insult to a great number of Mizrahim and harms chances for real reconciliation. More than that: the analogy points to a clear lack of understanding regarding the meaning of the Nakba. The Nakba does not only refer to the events of the war. The Nakba is, at its core, the prevention of those who were expelled from returning to their homes, lands and families after the establishment of the State of Israel. The Nakba is an active and clear policy of the State of Israel – not just the chaos of war.

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Ben Gurion University - Defeatist Lev Grinberg (Dept of Sociology) Promotes Capitulation to Hamas' Demands as a Means to Stop Gaza Terror

The fundamental problem with Israel is that it is able to think only in terms of force… At best, the problem is identified in time, which leads to negotiations. But usually it takes a strong blow to pave the way to negotiations, or simply to run away.

Israel was willing to negotiate with Egypt only after the 1973 war, which was a military victory but a political defeat. The 1982 Lebanon war was both a political and a military defeat, eventually leading Israel to recognize the Palestinians in the early 1990s, following the First Intifada, when the Chief of Staff declared there was no military but only political solution. Only then did the politicians get the message and begin negotiations.

Operation Pillar of Cloud reveals that Hamas gains the upper hand in any situation, even if an unconditional ceasefire agreement is signed, because it has survived the Israeli attack and will be able to continue arming itself for the next campaign. It is therefore the only partner for preventing violence.

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Ben Gurion University - David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences), who set up a university department in which no non-leftist opinion may be expressed, complains that the Israeli government is "McCarthyist" and Suppresses Pluralism

Newman bemoans the fall of the Left, pines for the periods of Mapai hegemony, and supports the right those who participate in attacks on Israeli soldiers to also participate in the determining the laws of the country.

Leading Israeli government figures, not least former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman and Education Minister Gidon Sa'ar, have demonstrated, time after time, that they do not understand the basic principles of what a true democracy is about. In his attempt to shut down an academic department at a university, Sa'ar has been exposed as an enemy of freedom of speech…

In their boycotting of leading Israeli philosopher Rivka Feldhai, preventing her from taking part in the meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a group of leading Israeli and German scientists, the government has demonstrated to the world that it does not understand the distinction between legitimate debate and criticism of government policies, and the dangers of a 2012 version of McCarthyism, where dissenting voices are targeted and threatened, or prevented from being heard in important international meetings and conferences.

It is 35 years since the first right-wing government, under Menachem Begin, came to power. Begin and his government set about altering the previous ideological and institutional hegemonies of the Left, which had been controlled by the Mapai party ever since the establishment of the state. During the ensuing 35 years, there have been more right-wing governments than left-wing ones, but this has not prevented these political leaders from continuing to accuse the newspapers, the TV, the universities and the courts of being controlled by the Left, and thus justifying their continued attempts to target as many as possible as they impose their own version of contemporary newspeak.

This oft-repeated mantra flies in the face of reality as one looks at the composition of such bodies as the media agencies (the right-wing Makor Rishon and Israel HaYom instead of the left-wing Davar and Al-Hamishmar), the politicized Council of Higher Education (which under Gidon Sa'ar has become a right-wing watchdog of the country's universities) and increased political intervention in the appointment of High Court judges. And yet they continue to target any form of dissenting opinion as though they, the country's leaders and government, still belong to a minority who continue to be disenfranchised, despite their gradual takeover of the country's institutions in a way unsurpassed even during the periods of Mapai hegemony.

One small glimmer of hope for Israel's democracy in the coming year was Sunday's High Court decision to allow MK Haneen Zoabi to contend in the forthcoming elections, after her candidacy was vetoed by the right-wing-dominated election committee.

The High Court, even with its political appointees under the Netanyahu administration, has sent a clear message to the government about the inherent dangers in the continued erosion of Israel's democratic values. It is to be hoped that this message will not be lost on the next Israeli government which is likely to be even more right-wing than the outgoing administration.

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Tel Aviv University - Tovi Fenster (Dept of Geography), and her fellow members of the academic jihad, battle against Israeli defense measures that keep out the mass murderers and suicide bombers

Fenster sets the academic stage for the redivision of Jerusalem - the Capital of Israel.

Amidst this spatial and social reality, a separation wall was established in 2002 around East Jerusalem, which undermines the city's social and spatial arrangements on a number of different levels, from the metropolitan urban and municipal to the personal. The official Israeli justification for the construction of the wall hinges on security considerations, with the declared objective of preventing terrorists from the West Bank from entering Israel. But in Jerusalem, a metropolitan city that is home to two national groups engaged in a prolonged conflict, the main effect of the wall is a separation between Jerusalemite Palestinians and Palestinians living in the West Bank, resulting in the disruption of relations between the city and its eastern hinterland. Studies on the effects of the wall at the municipal level suggest that the construction of the wall has had serious negative impacts in the areas of employment, transportation, economics and demography, among others.4

We argue that while the Israeli justification for the construction of the wall is based on security considerations, from the perspective of Palestinian residents, the building of the wall reflects Israeli aspirations for the Judaization of space in Palestinian East Jerusalem…

For Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, the wall represents the Israeli establishment view of them as those who are "on the wrong side of the wall" or "foreigners" and as a threat to Jewish hegemonic ambitions for the demographic "Judaizing" of space. Many Palestinians living in the vicinity of the wall in Ash-Shayyah understand this separation as a first step in a process aimed at expelling them from the city to the West Bank. These feelings are heightened by additional processes occurring in the city, such as house demolitions, the infiltration of Jewish settlers into Palestinian neighborhoods and a slow but steady increase in the number of people deprived of residency status.

The spatial realities of these processes have placed the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem within a complex geography which creates ambivalence both in functioning and identity. This geography causes them to assume an intermediate position that reflects their hybrid status. On the one hand, they feel a moral, religious and national obligation to stay near their holy places and protect their national cultural assets in the city despite the difficulties posed by the Israeli establishment's policy of discrimination and dislocation. On the other hand, to the east of the wall, a national and political space is slowly forming to which Palestinians living in the city demand the right to belong13 and to operate freely — a claim denied them in the context of their living space. Between these options stands the separation wall, which fences off and deepens the paradoxical situation that the Palestinian population experiences as a spatial object within a social geography of isolation and alienation.

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Martin Sherman Warns of the Growing Dangers from the Delegitimization of Israel Facilitated by the Israeli Post-Zionist Tenured Radicals

Sherman gives kudos to Isracampus, and others, for doing 'sterling work' exposing the 'vindictive and malevolent slander' by these Radical Tenured Academics.

AK: Would the primary thrust of your effort be directed principally toward foreign sources of delegitimization?

MS: No, not at all. One of the major sources – and arguably most pernicious one - is domestic: The post/anti-Zionist academics in the Israeli universities –a.k.a. tenured radicals.

Indeed, entrenched faculty in Israel academe have in many respects become the epicenter of the forces for the delegitimization of Israel and the demonization of anyone who dare supports it. In the past I have expressed my concern publicly on this matter (see By thy own hand, Academic Freedom and the Shape of the Earth , Dishonest or incompetent? , and most recently A Giant Pall of Shame ); as have others who share my sense of foreboding ( see Academics on rampage , Mount Scopus or Mount Olympus? and  Academic Brainwashing: Anatomy of Israel Higher Education, 2010 (translated from the Hebrew in "Maariv"). Also see the brilliant interview with Melanie Phillips on Israeli TV.

AK: How bad is the situation?

MS: Several recent studies have shown that virulent anti-Zionist themes have become an overriding – or at least extremely common – feature of much of the teaching and research conducted in the social sciences and humanities faculties throughout Israeli academe. Indeed, in many ways it has become accepted as the sole – or at least dominant – standard for academic wisdom.

This cadre of anti-Zionist academics have become – whether directly or indirectly – the dominant provider of intellectual input for many individuals and institutions – including those in Jewish communities across the globe. This in turn has resulted in the exacerbation of hostility towards Israel among its enemies, and an erosion of support among its friends.

Unless this phenomenon is confronted, curtailed and counteracted, no form of Israeli advocacy can be effective for:

  • It undercuts all pro-Israel messages and amplifies all anti-Israel ones.
  • It lends credence to the venom of Israel's foes and undermines the credibility of Israel's friends.
  • It serves as "proof" of Israeli fiendish malfeasance and is exploited to dismiss any evidence disputing this.

AK: How can this problem be addressed?

… It is crucially important that such facilities be set up inside, and that their intellectual output emanate from within, existing mainstream academic establishments…

Moreover, a significant time period is likely to be required for such nascent centers to acquire adequate public stature and prestige, creating a detrimental delay in bringing their influence to bear on the public discourse.

AK: So how do you deal with that?

MS: By contrast, locating a substantial policy research center with a countervailing pro-Zionist orientation within, or interfacing with, the current academic establishment will do much to circumvent – or at least greatly reduce – these difficulties, since neither its geographic location nor its organizational affiliation can be used to disqualify or disparage its work.

AK: How would the IISS differ from say the various "Monitors" that are active today, such as the NGO Monitor, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) , MEMRI, IsraCampus and Israel Academia Monitor (IAM)?

MS: The IISS sees it role extending beyond that of a monitor.

There are a number of organizations doing sterling work in exposing vindictive and malevolent slander being directed against Israel from both domestic and foreign sources –like the ones you have just mentioned. However – by their very mandate as a monitor – they are reactive bodies rather than proactive. They respond to the initiatives of Israel's detractors rather than embark on initiatives of their own.

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Ben Gurion University - Yonatan Mendel (Dept of Political Science) Asks a Stupid Question

Acting as a reporter for Walla News, Mendel utilizes his ultra-leftist powers to deem himself more knowledgeable about Iran than a panel of experts on the Iranian Conflict.

The crowd applauded. It isn't every day that Israelis and their American supporters get to hear that they have nothing to do with the instability of the region. The US invasion of Iraq? Israel's forty-year occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? Israel's continual refusal to reply to the Syrians' proposals for negotiations? All of these are part of the past. Fortunately, a new demon had been found to take everybody's sins on himself: Ahmadinejad.

The professor returned to his seat. I held my pen tight, as if it was my last friend on earth. After a few seconds I started breathing. The crowd was still applauding. I couldn't understand why such a distinguished professor was not willing to lift the fog over Iran by supplying even the most basic facts. Why didn't he mention that Ahmadinejad has no control over Iran's nuclear programme, or its army, or any of its security forces, or any of its strategic plans; and that even if he was both stupid and crazy he would still be unable to make these kinds of decision? Why did Lewis, an expert on the Middle East, not find it appropriate to mention that power over Iran lies entirely in the hands of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei? Was it because such an explanation might put paid to the unity of the panel or stand in the way of the audience's notion that a pre-emptive attack was needed? We wanted a war so much.

I waited a few seconds and said: 'My name is Yoni Mendel and I am from Walla News Israel. I would like to ask Mr Woolsey a question, because it deals with US foreign policy. The four of you represent the same point of view. But there are also other views. Professor David Menashri, the head of the Tel Aviv Iranian Studies Department, and Ephraim Halevy, the former head of Mossad, have argued on various occasions that a dialogue with Iran, or even a secret negotiation channel with the US, could be the solution to the crisis… Well, the question is: don't you think that American policy is not helping to halt the Iranian nuclear programme, but contributes to the exact opposite?'

There was giggling around me. Woolsey didn't hesitate. 'I think that's nonsense,' he said. The crowd applauded: an easy knockout. … [H]e concluded, 'I don't believe that anybody who knows anything about Iran, frankly, believes that serious negotiations are possible.'


I phoned my boss and shamefully reported that among a pro-war audience with pro-war experts in a pro-war country I had asked a stupid question. Rottem told me not to worry too much. I was cheered to think I hadn't lost my job.

The worst of it is that – among the audience, the media, the participants, the politicians, the academics – almost no one felt that something or someone was absent… How can an audience go on clapping their hands at a discussion that is discussion-free? On the eve of a war with Iran, a war with unknown consequences, Israelis refuse even to consider an option that does not involve violence. A country that has lived by the sword refuses to question it, even when its own future is at risk.

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Oranim College - Caroline Glick Exposes Danny Zamir's (Leadership Academy Director) Role in the Attack on the IDF as Part of a Joint Leftist Academic-Journalistic Pincer Movement

The Yitzhak Rabin pre-military academy in Jaffa is run by the kibbutz movement. It is the only pre-military academy that is openly and avowedly leftist. Its founder and director Danny Zamir was jailed in 1990 for refusing to serve in Nablus during the height of the Palestinian uprising. In 2004 he allowed his 1990 manifesto calling for soldiers to refuse orders to be reprinted in a book Refusnik: Israel's Soldiers of Conscience which was published with a forward by Susan Sontag and a recommendation by Noam Chomsky.

In its year-long program, Rabin academy cadets are subjected to post-Zionist political philosophy that according to sources familiar with the institution indoctrinates them to believe that Israel has no right to exist as a Jewish state…

Last month Zamir organized a conference of his former cadets who are now serving in IDF combat units. There, he encouraged these young soldiers to tell him and their war stories. In what can only be compared to a Communist group confessional, Zamir told Channel 10 that young soldiers were encouraged to view their actions in Gaza as immoral. A number of them accepted the terms of debate and described purportedly immoral acts they alleged were carried out in Gaza. In most cases, Zamir's soldiers acknowledged that they were not present on the scenes in the events they described…

Zamir claims that he took these non-eyewitness accounts to the IDF and asked that they be investigated. Since he refused to provide the names of the soldiers involved in the alleged incidents and his eyewitness accounts were from soldiers who had not witnessed the accounts, the IDF officers he spoke with said they would have a hard time investigating.

UNHAPPY WITH THIS response, Zamir published the unsubstantiated accounts in his school's bulletin and gave the bulletin to two far-left reporters - Ofer Shelach from Channel 10 and Amos Harel from Ha'aretz.

In an act of unmitigated journalistic malpractice, on Friday night Shelach presented the unattributed testimonials as first-person accounts. He used actors to read out the soldiers' statements as if they were the soldiers themselves, and never told his audience that the voices they were hearing were not the voices of the actual soldiers. Then, he attacked the IDF for refusing to take these accounts seriously and for having the nerve to note that the Rabin pre-military academy is a known leftist institution. He of course didn't mention that Zamir himself served a prison sentence for refusing orders or that as recently as 2004 he contributed to a book explaining why the IDF is an immoral army.

As for Harel, he published the soldiers' statements in Ha'aretz. He then wrote an "analysis" arguing that the IDF cannot discount the statements by these anonymous voices because, in his view, the soldiers have "no reason" to lie. The fact that they present no evidence of their claims is apparently of no importance.

Now by presenting these second hand accounts of battles as fact; by presenting Zamir as a credible and objective observer; and by instructing the IDF to be ashamed of itself and mend its ways, Shelach and Harel are certainly atoning for their "sin" of supporting the army in Operation Cast Lead. Perhaps for them, that was all this was about.

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Leftist Radicals Rally to Endorse the Hunger-Striking Terrorist Samer Al-Issawi

[A] group of radical leftists, including quite a few tenured anti-Israel radicals, have published a petition cheering on the "hunger striking" terrorist and demanding that he be released. They insist he is innocent. Their proof? He says he is. So do his parents.

Al-Issawi was actually convicted of terrorist acts in 2002 and sentenced to 26 years in prison. He was released in the massive "exchange" that allowed kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to be released. Later Al-Issawi resumed his terrorist activities and was arrested again. Since Israel in the past agreed to release some terrorists who engaged in hunger strikes, Al-Issawi decided to jump on that bandwagon.

Israeli intelligence agencies insist he resumed his terrorist activities and was arrested for this. The tenured anti-Israel leftists say they believe the terrorist and not the security forces. Some of those extremists proclaiming their adoring faith in the claims of the terrorist have track records in calling for world boycotts against Israel or in denouncing Israel as a fascist apartheid regime.

Among the tenured Leftists proclaiming their support for Al-Issawi in the petition that appeared in Haaretz on April 14, 2013:
Amir
am Goldblum, Hebrew University - Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Alon Liel, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Political Science
Yehuda Bauer, Hebrew University - Dept of Contemporary Jewry
Haim Ben-Shachar, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Economics
Menachem Yaari, Hebrew University - Dept of Economics
Gabi Salomon, University of Haifa - Dept of Education
Danny Filc, Ben Gurion University - Dept of Politics and Government
Motty Perry, Hebrew University - Dept of Economics
Menachem Klein, Bar Ilan University - Dept of Political Science
Zeev Sternhall, Hebrew University - Dept of Political Science
Arie Arnon, Ben Gurion University - Dept of Economics
Joseph Agassi, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Philosophy
and Shimon Shamir, Tel Aviv University - Dept of History

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Ben Gurion University - Yonatan Mendel (Dept of Political Science) gets turned while in England

While a PhD student at Cambridge, Mendel's ultra-leftist heart bleeds during Operation Cast Lead, however is hard pressed to find any time to write about the suffering of the children in Sderot.

Since I was a soldier myself ten years ago, I worry I might be called up as a reservist. If I were to refuse now, when Israel is at war, I would be sent to prison. But still, I tell myself, that would be so much easier than being part of what my country is doing…

[B]ear in mind that in Israel every man is a soldier, either in uniform or in reserve, there is no avoiding the conclusion that there are great pressures for it to act as a military society. Not acting is damaging to the IDF's status, budget, masculinity, power and happiness, and not only to the IDF's. This could explain why in Israel the military option is almost never considered second best. It is always the first choice.

I have problems speaking to my closest friends and family these days, because I can no longer bear to hear the security establishment's propaganda coming from their mouths. I cannot bear to hear people justifying the deaths of more than 200 children killed by Israeli soldiers. There is no justification for that, and it's wrong to try to find one. Usually I feel part of society in Israel. I feel that I am on one side of the political map and other people are on the opposite side. But over the last few days, I feel that I am not part of this society any more. I do not call friends who support the war, and they do not call me. The same with my family. It is a hard thing for me to write, but this is how it is.

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Letter Cheering the Imprisoned "Hunger Striking" Arab Terrorist Circulated on the Israel Social Science Chat Forum of Israeli Professors

Anti-Israel "activist," Noam Hoffstater (Ben Gurion University, Israeli Center for Third-Sector) posted the letter below (in Hebrew) endorsing the imprisoned "hunger striking" Arab terrorist Samar Issawi. The letter was distributed on the 'Israeli Social Science Chat List' to the great applause of many professors on the list.

When Roni Shtarkshall from the Hebrew U expressed outrage that it had been posted on an Israeli academic list, he was attacked in numerous emails by the usual tenured Left for expressing his "anti-democratic" objections, including Gal Levy, Julia Chaitin (from Sapir College), and Iris Agnon (who runs the censored leftist-only "public education" forum at Ben Gurion University).

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Tel Aviv University - Communist Gadi Algazi (Dept of History) admits that he and other left-wing activists are undermining the State of Israel

As part of a speech during a 2013 Land Day rally, Algazi also promotes illegal land squatting, rejects the Jewish nature of the State, and redefines the legal actions of the Israeli Government and Courts as 'warfare'.

But I am not here only because of the past but also because of the present, because of what is happening now. Land Day is not just a day of remembrance. It is a day of struggle against what is happening now. The State of Israel's war against its residents continues today in the Negev. In the Negev, heavy police forces and bulldozers go out to commit systematic destruction about once or twice a week. We have grown used to the fact that once or twice a week, heavily armed police forces gather in the Shoket junction or the Beit Qama junction in order to go forth on a campaign of demolition. We have grown so used to this that we don't perceive that this is actually a form of continuous warfare.

This country continues to be the site of a war. Modern warfare is conducted not only with tanks, but with bulldozers. You don't only fight it with bombers, but also with zoning plans. Yes, this is a war waged by the state, and real people are its casualties: their health, their hopes, their futures, their human and national dignity. True: Many states around the world neglect their citizens, and Israel also neglects and humiliates its poor. But not many states in the world take part in never-ending wars against their own citizens.

I am here to tell you, alongside many other left-wing activists in this country, that we refuse to take part in a the state's war against its Palestinian citizens. We will do all we can to undermine it, in Jaffa, in Acco, and in the Galilee, but mainly in the Negev.

There is not "Bedouin Problem" in the Negev. The problem is a racist government and its dispossession projects. We must stop the Prawer Plan! This is indeed the struggle of the Negev's Arab residents, but we cannot, we cannot, leave them to wage it alone.

A state of all its citizens and of both its peoples, a state that is both a Jewish and an Arab state, a Jewish-Arab state, with full, equal rights for all. Not just political equality but also cultural and national equality, equality that comes with correcting the injustices of the past, giving back land, the return of the refugees, and a more equitable distribution of wealth and opportunities.

A state in which the Arab past is not being erased; a state whose future belongs to the people who live in it, to all its citizens, men and women, and not to racist demographers, who are busy counting babies and for whom real people's lives do not count.

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Oranim College - Danny Zamir (Leadership Academy Director) Stirs the Pot with Racial Slur

A Labor conference grew boisterous Thursday after a speaker referred to the audience as "arsim" – a derogatory, often perceived as racist, Hebrew slang term used to describe the Israeli stereotype of 'vulgar' men.

Following the statement, the audience protested, as several people got up and many voiced their offense. Security officers tried to calm things down, but the crowd was appeased only after the speaker – Danny Zamir – apologized for what he had said.

Zamir is the chairman of the Rabin Pre-Military Academy, and his comment was made while he was sharing the stage with Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich.

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Ben Gurion University - Yonatan Mendel (Dept of Political Science) Promotes Nakba Awareness

While a PhD student at Cambridge, Mendel also slandered Israeli Democracy and the IDF in unfounded dismissing statements typical of the Ultra-Leftist's Demonization, Double-Standard, and Delegitimization campaigns of Israel.

Tel Aviv University showed the power of its imagination when, in May 2008, the student council decided to hold the fun and enjoyable annual Day of the Student on the exact day that Palestinians commemorate the Naqba. The excuse given by the student council was that 'we were not told of the problematic timing of the celebrations.' This is arguably even more dangerous than saying that it was done on purpose: it makes it plain that for the Jews in the country, even the educated and 'liberal' citizens of Tel Aviv, the Palestinian people are invisible. The bill that would make it illegal for Israeli Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel to commemorate the Naqba was initially approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in May this year. I don't know if the bill will become law, but the Naqba undoubtedly took place; it is not a day of celebration for many people. A recognition of the Naqba, taking responsibility for the fate of the 700,000 Palestinians who escaped or were expelled in 1947-48, a willingness to try and compensate these refugees, now numbering several million: these gestures, even if symbolic, even if too late, would mean the beginning of the end of Israeli denial. But soon, the bill suggests, anyone who dares to express their feelings on this day will be imprisoned, in the 'only democracy in the Middle East'.

The claim to be the 'only democracy', as well as to have 'the most moral army in the world': these phrases are great examples of the Israeli fantasising project... This 'liberal' terminology acts like a sleeping pill for a society that wishes to dream about being liberal and democratic. Maybe it is time for someone to wake it up.

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Hebrew University - Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) Calls for Washington to Suppress Israeli Sovereignty

Sternhell insists that his misguided Leftist Ethics must trump Jewish Values, which he claims deny democracy.

Only massive American intervention, backed by an elegant threat on critical security matters, can break open the lock of the settlement movement. Indeed, there will be no solution to the Palestinian national problem, which dictates the future of Israeli society more than any other factor, unless the United States decides that American interests require it....
It's reasonable to assume that researchers in Washington know that it has been this way since the state was established. Israel went to wars it had initiated, but never once did it come up with a peace initiative out of free choice. Every proposal was condemned as defeatism or rejected for fear it might undermine Israeli society's belief that it was completely right, or that it had an absolute right to every inch of the Land of Israel. There's no reason to believe that in our time, when the settlers hold the real power, there will be a dramatic change in these behavior patterns, which are deeply ingrained in the way we regard the Arab world....
It's likely that Israeli domestic politics will force us into a situation where we must choose between the left's ethical and ideological values, and the settler right wing. The right wing is trying not only to prevent Palestinian independence, but to turn Israel into a country whose identity is dictated by its Jewish essence while its democratic component is wiped out.

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Tel Aviv University - Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education), who called for silencing and suppression of Isracampus, now suddenly thinks the anti-Israel Left is being Silenced by Patriots

The anti-Zionist Marxist propagandist discovers a threat to democracy

This approach is reminiscent of the spokesmen of the Chinese regime, who use the same reason to silence criticism from within and exert tight control over the media, cultural works and academia. The approach of Oren and his colleagues must therefore justify regimes that attempt to silence criticism of anti-Semitism in their countries for fear that making such criticism public might damage their countries' image and interests. ... Oren and those like him are dictating to the public what the government believes to be the rules of appropriate behavior. Conservative groups operating on the ground strengthen these messages by keeping track of statements that are made or written and then smearing anyone who expresses opinions that differ from the leadership's. This is how a political climate is constructed in which people are afraid to express their opinions and where free speech, one of the most prominent characteristics of a democratic society, is restricted.

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Israeli Academics Accused of Spearheading the BDS Campaign against Israel

Isracampus plugged as part of the effort to expose these Academics who have gone beyond "critical thinking" into treacherous activities.

Steven Plaut, an economist at Haifa University and a founder of IsraCampus, a self-styled "campus watchdog" group, summed up the right's mood in a recent commentary in Arutz Sheva, the settlers' main news agency.

He accused Israeli academics, particularly in politics and sociology departments, of spearheading the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. "Arguably, the worst institution in the country when it comes to anti-Israel agitprop (misrepresented as academic performance) has been Ben Gurion University (BGU)," he wrote. "And the worst anti-Israel department in all of Israel has been BGU's Department of Politics" ("Shut down Ben Gurion U politics department," 19 September 2012).

The real aim of the campaign against Gordon and Ben Gurion University was noted by a professor at the university, who wished to remain anonymous. "It sends a very strong message to other academics and departments in Israel that they should not engage in critical thinking. In the present climate, it's either cheerlead for Netanyahu or keep your head down."

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Ben Gurion University - "Rabbi" Yonatan Mendel (Dept of Political Science) Complains how Zionism "Hijacked" Judaism

While a PhD student at Cambridge, Mendel surmised that Israel ignore basic tenets of Judaism - moral basis for State policy - in order to satisfy his ultra-Leftist reflexes. Mendel also alludes to Zionism being a racist movement, however, conveniently ignores that the phrases 'Hebrew labour' and 'Hebrew market' were born in a time when the Jews of the Ghettos were denied the right to own land and thus could not be farmers.

This attitude enabled the founders of Zionism and the majority of Israelis today to pull out of the sea of Jewish knowledge religious precepts that support their agenda. Like skilful pearl divers, Israeli society has brought up to the surface only those glowing stones which have Zionist purposes, and kept those which do not (including those in which God himself is mentioned) deep at the bottom of the ocean. Consider some of the more popular Israeli-Jewish 'moral validations' of state policy. These validations, drawn exclusively from Jewish tradition and texts, have become part of the political consensus, and secure the place of religion not just in the 'secular' political debate but in wider Israeli-Jewish society.

Ha-Ba le-Horgekha Hashkem le-Horgo is a teaching of increasing popularity among Israelis. Taken from the Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 72:1, its most precise translation is: 'If someone comes to kill you, get up early to kill him first.' It seems that every online newspaper Comment section will include this sentence when discussing Israeli aggression: the Gaza offensive? 'Kill him first'. The Second Lebanon War? 'Kill him first' again. A Google search for the expression 'kill him first' and 'flotilla' yields more than 4,200 Hebrew results, confirming the centrality of this narrative. This convenient license to kill extends beyond the online community to Israeli decision makers and politicians.

Almost as popular as these two precepts is 'Aniyei 'Irkha Kodmim, loosely translated as 'the poor of your city take precedence over the poor of a different city.' Taken from the Babylonian Talmud, Bava Metzia 71:1, this is used by Israelis to justify the preferential treatment of Jews. It is quoted almost every time human rights organisations highlight the inferior treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel or the living conditions for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The use of this quote has intensified lately due to the debate about the thousands of refugees and migrant workers threatened with deportation. The fact that many of them have children who were born in Israel, or that deporting them would endanger their lives, does not convince large parts of the Israeli public, who cleave to principle of the 'precedence of our poor'… "The poor of your city take precedence"' Six weeks later, the poor people of Gaza had buried 1,400 men and women. These three verses, overused in Israeli-Jewish discourse, exemplify the hijacking of 'Judaism' to suit the Zionist programme.


Zionism's basic separationist aspirations—Hebrew labour, a Hebrew market, a Hebrew state—have been nurtured and protected by the belief that 'the poor of your city take precedence over the poor of a different city'. In contemporary Israel, this verse provides a pseudo-religious justification for racist practice, while in its original context it is closer to our own 'charity begins at home'.

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University of the Witwatersrand - Ran Greenstein (Dept of Sociology) Presented an Event that Denied Israeli Democracy and Proclaimed it an Ethnocratic State

Greenstein could not get a REAL job in Israel, SO instead he fled to the African bush, pretends to be an academic, and from there defames Israel. Shlomo Sand (TAU) gets in on the act as well.

The Afro-Middle East Centre and WISER invite you to the launch of a new book on Israeli politics.

Presented by:
Ran Greenstein

Can a state be both democratic and ethnically self-defined? The Afro-Middle East Centre's (AMEC) latest publication Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state unpacks this issue by using Israel as a case study. Based on papers presented at AMEC's 2010 conference themed 'Locating ethnic states in a cosmopolitan world: The case of Israel', the book interrogates concepts such as 'cosmopolitanism', 'nationalism', 'ethnocracy' and 'citizenship'.

One section elaborates on comparisons between Israel, apartheid South Africa and pre-Good Friday Northern Ireland. Also tackled is the thorny issue of forms of statehood and rich debate takes place in the book between those advocating a South Africa-style single state solution and those promoting a binational state as the most just solution to the inherent contradictions between Israel's claims of being both a Jewish and a democratic state and its discrimination against Palestinian citizens and occupation of Palestinian lands.

The concluding chapter, by assessing post-apartheid South Africa, looks beyond the conditions and stipulations that would result in a single state wherein Jews and Arabs enjoy the same rights, to teasing out the steps that need to be taken to ensure that these rights are substantive.

Contributors to this volume include award-winning author Shlomo Sands, whose piece debunks the notion that Jews form a genealogical ethnicity; South Africa's former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, whose chapter uses the South African Communist Party's 'colonialism of a special type' framework to assess and explain the behaviour of Israel.

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University of Toronto - Noa Shaindlinger Joins the Terrorists in Testing IDF Reactions

Shaindlinger and friends contradict local Arab customs that keep women out of the front lines. In Hebron, she and other extreme-left activists act as human shields while taking advantage of the IDF's unwritten agreement that respects the local female population's non-combatant status.

Annual "Open Shuhada Street" demonstrations have been met with excessive violence by the Israeli military, as I witnessed myself this past February. In light of recent successful women-only actions in Nabi Saleh and the growing visibility of women in protests throughout the West Bank, local activists decided to test the ground and see how the army reacts to an all female-direct action. Since any action in Shuhada street necessarily involves the risk of brutal arrests, which are much more complicated for Palestinians, they decided to invite Israeli and international solidarity activists for this symbolic – but important – act.

Later on, as some of us mused that they were probably confused by our actions. We were women, unarmed, Israeli and international citizens, which made our presence there perfectly legal. Their confusion becomes even more obvious when one considers they were pushing us towards the Palestinian-controlled area, which is legally forbidden for Israeli citizens.

Some of us had expressed doubts about this action. A few said that the dress-up part reminded them of oriental lore; others were critical about the prominent role of men in organizing and "defending" us. But after we exited the checkpoint, spirits were up. The general sense was that this action was successful – we did, after all, achieve our goal of walking up Shuhada street to the checkpoint, as planned, embarrassing the soldiers and the settlers while we were at it. As one Israeli activist from Jerusalem explained to me: the idea to dress up originated from Palestinians as a strategy…

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Ben Gurion University - Yonatan Mendel (Dept of Political Science) Accuses the Government of Israel and the Zionist Movement of Discrimination

This debate is nothing short of astounding. There's the Israeli government sitting on top of private Palestinian land, and negotiating with the Jewish settlers such details as the compensation level, the number of houses that will be built instead for them…

It seems as if the Arabs, the ones who actually own the land, are not a party to the dispute. Nobody offers to build ten buildings in the West Bank to compensate them for any building constructed on their land illegally. Nor has anybody suggested them an even fairer compromise proposal… Not only does Israel never compensate Palestinians for construction it mainly talks to them in the language of destruction. But the absence of such proposals from the Israeli discourse, and the general absence of Arabs in the discussion, indicate that something in Epstein's critique has not faded yet, despite the 105 years that have elapsed. The Zionist movement, and now Israel, still do not see the Arabs. So even in 2012, it still seems to have remained the "hidden question"; it remains and annoying buzz that there is really no need to address.

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University of Haifa - Yousef Jabareen (Dept of Law) Brings 'Israeli Apartheid Week' to Israel

Jabareen participates in conference that promotes the BDS movement and the academic boycott of Israel. Ronen Shoval, 'Im Tirtzu' Chairman, denounces the participation of Jabareen in the 'Antisemitic propaganda campaign against Israel.'

The ["Israeli Apartheid"] conference, held as part of the "Apartheid Week," will feature Dr. Yousef Jabareen, senior lecturer at Haifa University, who will speak about "racism within the Green Line," and Dr. Haidar Eid, a professor from a Gazan university, who will speak over Skype about "the similarity between Palestine and South Africa before the removal of Apartheid laws."

Event organizers are young Arab activists who are members of the local branch of the BDS movement, which leads the international boycott campaign against Israel.

Raja Zaatara, one of the organizers and a member of Hadash party politburo, said: "The green line has a policy of apartheid and the territories have a regime of apartheid…

"If anyone in the U.S. or in Europe chooses to boycott Haifa University because it discriminates against Arabs, or Tel Aviv University because it runs more than 50 projects for the Army, I can quite understand them… The boycott is a legitimate tool of civilian struggle."

"This is yet another play of the Theater of the Absurd, which continues to break new records. Arab citizens of Israel—Israelis such as Dr. Yousef Jabareen, who lectures in Israeli academic institutions and even heads an academic institute in Israel, taking part in a conference accusing the state of Israel of apartheid," said Im Tirtzu Chairman, Ronen Shoval. "This conference is part of hallucinatory Antisemitic propaganda campaign against Israel and against Israeli democracy."

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand Defames his own University

Sand makes this comment and others on Iranian PressTV - Feb 2013.

Sand: Why this village? Because you see I'm working in Tel Aviv University, I am a professor of history in Tel Aviv University. And Tel Aviv University is built on the land of this village that disappeared in the 30 of March 1948. Now it was a friendly village, it wasn't against Zionist colonization, I'm speaking till '48 and the university is built on this land and also my apartment in the same area, in the same neighborhood. And I think that to write about the land of Israel, to meet the land of Israel, I'm obliged also to confront myself with the fact that I am working in a place that has no sign that this village existed.

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Tenured anti-Israel Extremists Produce Headlines from the recent 'Apartheid Conference' held under the Auspices of the Van Leer Institute:

Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Chemistry) founds yet another radically Leftist 'Watch Group' to document Israeli 'Apartheid'.

Bar-Ilan University - Menachem Klein (Dept of Political Science) claims Israeli rule in unified Jerusalem 'illegal'.

Hebrew University - Frances Raday (Dept of Law) complains how Israeli Policies might not qualify for 'Apartheid' under International Law.

Ben Gurion University - Oren Yiftachel (Dept of Geography) abandons the term 'occupation' for the term 'apartheid'.

Tel Aviv University - Alon Liel (Dept of Political Science) calls on US President Obama to cancel visit due to the 'shame' of Israeli apartheid.

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Claims on an anti-Israel semi-communist web site that Maariv editor Ben Dror Yemini is "inciting" to get Goldblum murdered!

Goldblum's evidence? Yemini dared to criticize Goldblum's anti-Israel agitprop!

'It appears that Yemini enjoys providing the combustible materials to the radical and violent Right. If one of them injures one of the "Goldblums" as Yemini calls us and against whom Yemini engages in criminal incitement, he will be awarded a grant and promotion.'

Original statement in Hebrew here: http://on-the-left-side.org.il/?p=6971

 

Hebrew University - Maariv Editor Ben Dror Yemini denounces Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) as a Serial Liar and Obsessive Defamer of Israel

Isracampus Translation of Excerpts from Yemini's March 8 column

Amiram Goldblum, who was the initiator of the "Survey" about Israeli attitudes about annexation, managed to manufacture for himself a front-page headline in "Haaretz" claiming that most Israelis endorse apartheid. This is a lie long ago debunked… But Goldblum is not giving up. He is setting up his own new organization. It is not trying to battle against apartheid. To the contrary, Goldblum is trying to convince anyone and everyone that Israel is ALREADY an apartheid regime. Here is Goldblum: "Israel's holding the territories between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, whether these are formally annexed or not, makes Israel a de facto apartheid regime."

Ah but the facts simply do not matter. After all, we have our Goldblums to fabricate a danger of impending apartheid! The contributions to their budgets will already be on their way, perhaps even from the EU itself. Maybe from countries where hostility towards aliens and foreigners is FAR worse than in Israel.

Goldblum's lying "apartheid survey" has been thoroughly discredited and debunked. But lies retain their own feet, as the Hebrew saying goes. Goldblum's survey has enjoyed international popularity and "success." That is because those forever seeking to paint Israel as a monstrosity and abomination never forego any new ammunition. Donations are assured. Perhaps even from the New Israel Fund [on whose board Goldblum sits -- Isracampus]. Maybe also from Europe.

So we should have no delusions. Goldblum's new initiative, like so many others in his same industry, will do nothing to promote human rights and will not be engaging in any legitimate criticism. It will just be one more assault weapon in the campaign of demonization against Israel.

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A Night of Apartheid

Amiram Goldblum, Oren Yiftachel and other Tenured Extremists hold event with Marxist Van Leer Institute denouncing Israeli "Apartheid."

Wednesday's event was organized by a group of left-wingers who are currently forming a new nonprofit called "For the struggle against racism and apartheid tendencies in Israel." The event, entitled "Is there Israeli Apartheid?" took place in a much smaller venue — the Van Leer Institute…

[Gideon] Levy is the journalist behind a controversial article about a controversial survey that ostensibly showed that Jewish Israelis would support Israel becoming an apartheid state or think they already live in one. (The survey was itself commissioned by Peace Now board member Amiram Goldblum, who introduced Wednesday's event.)…

The next speaker, Menachem Klein, a senior lecturer in Bar-Ilan University's political science department and a B'Tselem board member, focused his remarks on the situation in East Jerusalem. What happened there could not just be described using the A-word; it was, rather, "ethno-apartheid."

Hebrew University professor emeritus Frances Raday tried to answer the conference's question by looking at how international law (such as the United Nations' 1973 Apartheid Convention) defines the A-word. She also slammed Israel for refusing to cooperate with a recent UN Human Rights Council probe into the settlements, despite acknowledging that the body is obsessed with Israel.

"Not one country in the world thinks settlements are legal," said Raday, who directs the Concord Research Center for Integration of International Law in Israel. "This is not our territory to decide what's going on there."

Raday was followed by Oren Yiftachel from Ben Gurion University's geography and environmental development department, who said that we should stop using the word occupation to describe what's going on in the West Bank. "That word implies it's temporary, but that is not what's happening," he said. He then juxtaposed a map of Israel/Palestine and apartheid-era South Africa. "Some things that are similar, some things are different," he said.

Next up was Alon Liel, a former Foreign Ministry director-general, who said that it was hard for someone like him to agree with the harsh words already spoken. In the end, though, he had to acknowledge that "in the situation that exists today, until a Palestinian state is created, we are actually one state. This joint state — in the hope that the status quo is temporary — is an apartheid state."

Similarities between the "original apartheid" as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in Israel and the West Bank today "scream to the heavens," added Liel. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is no less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.

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Tel Aviv University - Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education) Vilifies Israel in an Attempt to Garner Support from Liberal US Jews

We have had bad years. We are witnessing a process of deterioration in Israeli society during which we have gone beyond boundaries that should not have been crossed. Every time we think we can't sink lower, we find that actually there is no limit to how low we can go. The last Knesset was particularly bad. It enacted racist and anti-democratic laws. It infringed on freedom of expression. Under Gideon Saar, the Minister of Education, the system took a clear turn in promoting undisguised jingoism. There were numerous attempts to silence criticism… The peace process has been silenced. These are only some examples in a long list of disquieting signs indicating our decline; and we do not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Among the signees:
Gaby Salomon
Ram Levy
David Harel
Sammy Samoha

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History) Fraudulently Picks his Quotes to Suit his Needs

Then to Shlomo Sand. Sand said Jews consider themselves a 'people' for purely selfish reasons - they want to own land and a people can own land whereas a religion cannot. Zionism and Judaism are opposed, he says. He claims there are no mentions of Israel in the Bible and there was no exodus of Jews after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. In the 19th Century, he says, Rabbis opposed Zionism, that's why the First Zionist Congress had to be in Basel and not Munich. He claims that the Talmud forbids Jews to go to Palestine; that "political public antisemitism" has disappeared; and that 'secular' Jews will diappear too because they define themselves by the Shoah and by antisemitism (cue for plug for next book which will be called "The Invention of the Secular Jew"). He calls Israel a racist state.

Fortunately Sand's lies were exposed by a number of good questioners.

That's Sand all over: an academic fraud who cherrypicks sources that he pretends proves his point and even takes them out of context when it suits him.....

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Tel Aviv University - Michael Kagan and Anat Ben-Dor (Dept of Law) Bash Israel, the most Pro-Gay Rights Country in Mid-East, over 'Pinkwashing' Arab Gay Rights

Kagan and Ben-Dor accuse Israel of violating the International Refugee Convention.

In their 2008 study, "Nowhere to Run: Gay Palestinian Asylum-Seekers in Israel," Michael Kagan and Anat Ben-Dor describe in detail Israel's unsympathetic and unbending policy towards gay Palestinians. In stark contrast to the vibrant gay culture within Israel, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip Palestinians face intense discrimination and often brutal violence if they are discovered to be gay… However, despite their desperation, Israel refuses to even review gay Palestinian applications for asylum (those who have successfully received asylum have had to submit their cases directly to the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva). Moreover, gay Palestinians who have illegally entered Israel have been arrested and promptly deported--returned to the very environments in which their lives were at risk and in which they will now face further danger as they are questioned not only for their sexuality but for their choice to spend time in Israel.

While Israel should be protecting gay Palestinians simply because of its commitment to human and civil rights, Kagan and Ben-Dor point out that Israel is also legally bound to do so under the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees that Israel ratified in 1951. (It should be noted that this Convention does not apply to those Palestinians who are refugees as a result of the 1948 or 1967 conflicts and who are receiving protection from UNRWA. However, there are many within and outside the Occupied Territories who are not registered with UNRWA and thus qualify for protection from the UNHCR)…

Kagan and Ben-Dor argue that Israel could easily avoid this discriminatory policy and democratic pitfall by addressing each request for asylum individually… Anticipating Israeli objections to their policy recommendation, Kagan and Ben-Dor explain that "granting asylum to a Palestinian in Israel would set no precedent, and have no relevance, to the dispute over whether Palestinian refugees from 1948 have a right of return. The right to seek asylum invokes a separate body of law from the debate over refugee return; the Palestinians we discuss in this report are seeking international protection in Israel as a foreign country, not return or repatriation to ancestral homes" (26).

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Ben Gurion University - Call for Yair Green's Resignation

Prof. Geoffrey Alderman, British Jewish Historian and Journalist, advises Green to step down, based on the principles of integrity, selflessness, accountability, and honesty, until his name is cleared from illicit Madoff funds.

But the matter that I now bring to your attention reaches far higher up the executive chain of command than a mere academic department. It touches upon BGU's board of governors, and in particular upon the man who currently chairs the executive committee of that board, Israeli lawyer Yair Green and Mr Green's alleged relationship with the infamous American-Jewish financer Bernard Madoff.

But the Madoff scandal is far from over… The American authorities are determined to track down the criminal profits these frauds generated… A court appointed "trustee," Irving Picard, has been authorized to unravel Madoff's schemes.

And in furtherance of his mandate, Picard has indicted Yair Green. Green has been a generous benefactor of Ben Gurion University. The fact that he sits on its board of governors should therefore come as no surprise, nor is this fact of itself troubling. But questions are now being asked about the ultimate source of the moneys he so charitably disbursed. Some months ago Channel Ten aired a disturbing documentary focussed on Green, his friend Madoff and their financial dealings. But he has so far rebuffed every call for him to resign his governorship of BGU. Scarcely less shocking, BGU is supporting him in his obstinacy.

Yair Green is innocent unless and until a court of law finds him guilty. Meanwhile, he should show us all that he is a man of integrity and selflessness and do the decent thing by retiring from BGU so that he can concentrate on preparing his defence.

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Tel Aviv University - For Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education) Israel can do no Right

Even after capitulating to Arab demands in the Disengagement, Bar-Tal still whined about 'Israeli Leadership'.

Our basic claim in this paper is that Israel does not want to negotiate with the Palestinians because the present leadership does not have anything meaningful to offer that corresponds to the minimal Palestinian goals. The minimal Palestinian goals, held by the majority of the populace and part of the leadership (see for example, Shikaki, 2006), correspond to the contours of the Clinton proposal, the Taba agreement, the Geneva accord or the Saudi proposal…

… The willingness of the international community to accept the unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2005, and to put the Road Map on hold, signaled to the Israeli leadership that it is possible to dictate a unilateral approach. This, in their view, is much safer than negotiations over difficult issues, such as Jerusalem and refugees.

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Tel Aviv University - Yael Berda (Dept of Sociology) forms "Israeli Opposition Network"

Another deed by the ISM agent in a long line of subversive activities that aim to delegitimatize the State of Israel.

Yael Berda is a PhD candidate currently at Princeton University in New Jersey, besides being an attorney and faculty member in sociology at Tel Aviv University. Together with other Israeli ex-pats in the U.S. who are part of the Israeli academic fifth column, she recently formed a new "Israeli Opposition Network" to "stand up against the new Israeli government," the one elected by the Israeli people. After all, Berda believes she is so darned smart that only she and her friends in far off America know what's right for the Jewish state, and to hell with its voters.

Berda has served as one of the leftist attorneys in Israel who volunteers her services pro bono to (or is paid secretly by) the pro-terror International Solidarity Movement and the Palestinians…

Comrade Berda also engages in the ISM and Arab propaganda tactic of "lying by omission" to push her ideas. This tactic involves leaving out just enough information in telling a story to give the reader a false impression. For example, one passage in her book reads as follows:

"… I was shocked by what I saw in the military courts. Not only were there different laws for the entire [Palestinian] population, but there was also physical separation in the court between the entrance for Jewish civilians and the entrance for Palestinian residents. There were even separate sitting areas…"

Of course, the separate seating areas in the court were not to separate Jews from Arabs. They were to separate Israeli citizens, be they Druze, Muslims, Christians, or Jews, from the Palestinians from the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority is a large terrorist camp in which terrorists roam freely with governmental collusion. Most of the Palestinian "police" are in fact also members of terrorist groups, like the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade. Berda knows this, but wants her American and other western reading audience to see this as racial segregation.

Berda's ISM pals at anti-Israel conferences and in churches love to tell Americans there are "Jew only" roads in the West Bank where Arabs are not permitted to drive. This is another example of lying by omission; bypass roads were created by Israel because Arab civilians throw bombs and rocks at Israeli drivers and Arab snipers shoot at them. True, they are Israeli only roads, but usable by non-Israelis once they obtain a security background permit.

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Tel Aviv University - Shlomo Sand (Dept of History): Israel is "a sh***y nation" and "the most racist society in the world"

Last night Tel Aviv University history professor Shlomo Sand referred to Israel as a "shitty nation" (clip 1). He called Israel "the most racist society in the world" and said that he has been fighting "Jewish racism all my life" (both clip 2). And he declared that anti-Semitism doesn't exist in the western world today (clip 3).

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Ben Gurion University - David Newman (Dean of Social Sciences) justifies BDS

The Ariel recognition has provided new ammunition for the pro-boycott and BDS movements which, until now, have been unable to justify their calls for academic boycotts inside Israel (largely unsuccessful and not implemented) due to the government's policies with respect to the Palestinians.

Many Israeli academics undertake their own personal boycott of Ariel, refusing to take part in joint scientific work with Ariel faculty. Nor do they attend seminars or conferences which take place at that institute.

Based on the academic criteria used for the recognition of Ariel, there are a number of large colleges of higher education in Israel which are no less deserving of full university status. But the country is not seeking to recognize new universities, and the only reason for the recognition of Ariel is the fact that it is located in the West Bank.

Many international faculty who actively oppose and fight against all attempts at academic boycott, and who promote scientific collaboration and research between the two countries, are telling us how this latest decision removes the very basis and justification for their antiboycott activities. Some have made it clear that they are no longer able to defend Israel's universities in front of their colleagues. For their part, those who actively promote and support boycott are now able to prevail upon their dithering colleagues, who until now have hesitated from taking such action. They are able to show them that the Israeli government makes no distinction between civilian activities inside Israel and those operating in the West Bank.

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Ben Gurion University - Political Science Dept to Remain Open

On Tuesday, the council [of Higher Education] decided to overturn the decision [to close the Political Science Dept] and recommend that new students be admitted to the program next year, provided that the faculty hire an additional two or three faculty members by the end of the year.

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Tel Aviv University - Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education) Trashed for Validating the "Profound Distortions" of the Arab "Narrative"

Yaakov Ahimeir is appalled that Bar-Tal equates the factual depictions of Terror Acts as a negative description of "the Other." Ahimeir the famed journalist questions the Academic integrity and objectiveness of Bar-Tal and his Textbook Study.

A textbook taught at one of the Palestinian Authority schools states that the "ancient history of Palestine bore witness to the invasion of the Israelites, led by Joshua in [the 12th century B.C.E.], and to their battle with the Canaanites and the Palestinians."… In that case, it was Palestinians who lived between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

"King David fought the Canaanites and the Palestinians and built his kingdom on part of the Palestinian land," so claims one Palestinian textbook…

And there is another so-called fact printed in Palestinian textbooks that has been deemed worthy of teaching Palestinian schoolchildren: We didn't know it, but the Palestinians were led by Goliath. The Philistine Goliath was a Palestinian leader…

The research, presented by Professors Daniel Bar-Tal of Tel Aviv University, Bruce Wexler of Yale and Sami Adwan of Bethlehem University, was funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department. In the study, the professors examined 492 Israeli textbooks and 148 Palestinian textbooks on various subjects.

… "Terrorism peaked when 13 students and teachers from Moshav Avivim were murdered on their way to school (1970)." Is this a "negative" representation of the Palestinians, as the study asserts, or simply a description of fact, of a terrifying incident that actually happened? In the eyes of learned professors, including one Israeli, this is an example of "negative" representation. Was this terrible incident fabricated? Is there any ideological bias in this description? Or is it simply factual truth?

Why is it so important whether Goliath was Palestinian or Philistine? Because that is not how one teaches peace, reconciliation or mutual recognition.

… Non-Israeli diplomats have warned in the past of profound distortions found in Palestinian schoolbooks. Perhaps the books have been slightly modified since, but why weren't the three educated professors who conducted the study more appalled by the examples above? Is it really possible to look at these things with nothing more than academic neutrality?

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Tel Aviv University - Daniel Bar-Tal's (Dept of Education) Report on Israeli and PA textbooks Suffers from Pre-Existing Bias

Bar-Tal's prior, biased opinions and questionable objectivity on the Arab-Israeli Conflict should have invalidated his participation in US State Dept's Survey.

At a press conference on Monday, Wexler slammed Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar… This political attack makes one wonder whether bias was built into the project from the start.

Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal has a long history of critiquing Israel's education system for what he claims are its values of belligerence and victimization. As co-editor of the radical Left Palestine-Israel Journal from 2001 to 2005 (whose masthead shows the colors of the Palestinian flag next to an Israeli flag that does not include a Star of David), he wrote about "The Arab image in Hebrew School Textbooks" (2001). He concluded that "the great majority of the books at best stereotype Arabs negatively, but often they also delegitimize them in the context of the conflict." Foreshadowing the current study, he wrote that the stereotypes were backed up by "graphic descriptions of Arab pogroms, murders and riots."

Bar-Tal's views should have led to concern about the potential for bias in the CRIHL study. In 2009, he published a startling condemnation of Israel for its actions in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead…

The war, he wrote, "derived from the continuous dehumanization of the Hamas organization." He went on to claim that "most Israeli Jews do not know that Hamas was originally founded by the Israeli authorities."

A university professor who believes Israel created Hamas and argues that it is a victim of dehumanization by Israel, rather than the other way around, was supposed to provide an unbiased opinion on Israeli textbooks? One is left with the conclusion that there is overwhelming evidence of pre-existing bias on the part of the authors.

The project set out by naming a scientific advisory panel of 21 experts. According to panel member Arnon Groiss, a PhD from Princeton and an Arabic language journalist at the Israel Broadcasting Authority, the advisers were rarely allowed to be involved in the project and almost never met.

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Israeli Academics Sign up for "Jews for Justice for Palestinians"

Jews for Justice for Palestinians

WE BELIEVE THAT

  • Peace in the Middle East will only come about with mutual recognition and respect and must be seen as just by both sides.

  • Peace requires the end of illegal occupation and settlement.

  • Violence against civilians is unacceptable.

  • Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza are breeding hatred and resentment.

  • It is crucial that Jews speak out for Palestinians' human rights.

  • The humanitarian values of Judaism have been corrupted by the Israeli state's human-rights abuses…

WHO WE ARE

Jews for Justice for Palestinians is a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not. We oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.

We support the right of Israelis to live in freedom and security within Israel's 1967 borders.

As well as organising to ensure that Jewish opinions critical of Israeli policy are heard in Britain, we extend support to Palestinians trapped in the spiral of violence and repression…

Israeli Academics among the list of signatories:
Prof Emeritus Moshe Machover
Prof Haim Bresheeth
David Newman
Amir Paz-Fuchs
Eyal Weizman

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Tel Aviv University - Ludicrously-Stretched Reasoning in Daniel Bar-Tal's (Dept of Education) Co-Authored Report Whitewashes Examples of Hateful Arab Incitement

For example, Bar-Tal's report equivalates suicide bombers with IDF service.

For a long time, researchers and critics have provided ample documentation that textbooks of the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas glorify suicide bombers, demonize Israelis and feature maps that erase the Jewish state altogether.

Now comes still another study, funded by the State Department, that this time purports to give equal critical weight to the contents of Israeli and Palestinian textbooks. The study has all the academic earmarks of expert, balanced authorship -- a joint effort by an Israeli professor, Daniel Bar-Tal of Tel Aviv University, and a Palestinian professor, Sami Adwam of Bethlehem University.

Except that under all their professional veneer, the two professors have to stretch mightily to the point of ludicrousness to support their basic thesis that when it comes to inciteful propaganda, there is little, if any, difference between Israeli and Palestinian textbooks. To achieve this result, the study whitewashes the worst examples of hateful Palestinian incitement.

So how does Professor Bar-Tal, the Israeli co-author, manage to put Israel in the same dock when it comes to inciting children to become "martyrs" -- i.e. suicide bombers? How do Israeli textbooks match that? According to the Israeli professor, "both sides are in the stage of mobilizing, with most Israeli children being prepared for compulsory army service," Kershner reports.

In other words, the study finds Palestinian suicide bombings and IDF service equally abhorrent.

To her credit, Kershner alerts Times readers to the fact that previous studies of Palestinian textbook by monitoring groups showed that they promoted widespread dehumanization of Jews and Israel and rejection of Israel's right to exist -- unlike the new study that "avoids harsh language and couches the bad news in a kind of symmetry." A polite way of saying that Palestinian sins are treated with kid gloves, while Israel gets tarred -- all in an absurd effort to achieve equivalence.

No wonder that the Israeli government boycotted the study, sensing a propaganda trap. The Israeli Ministry of Education dismissed it as "biased, unprofessional and significantly lacking in objectivity with pre-determined findings" and without reflecting any "reality."

Arnon Groiss, an Israeli member of an Israeli-Palestinian advisory panel to the study and author of many previous reports critical of Palestinian Authority textbooks, distanced himself from the new study. "Palestinian Authority textbooks," he said, "prepare the pupils for a future armed struggle for the elimination of the state of Israel."

Simply put, an anti-Israel gambit by the State Department, with American taxpayers left to pay the freight.

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Tenured Leftists at Bar Ilan University Smear IDF and the Settlers

BIU's Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women published a pamphlet containing uncontested claims of sexual harassment of Arab women by Settlers and IDF. BIU denies the slander charges as "only a Hebrew translation of the UN document". The Rackman Center is offended by the "demagogic and fraudulent" accusation.

A brochure published by Bar Ilan University, Israel's only religious university, contains the outrageous claim that Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and IDF soldiers sexually harass Arab women. The claim is not contested in the brochure.

Titled "A Guide to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women," it was authored by Rackman Center head Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari and Adv. Tamar Megiddo.

The molestation claims appear in CEDAW's 2011 remarks on Israel, under the heading "Violence against Women and their Harassment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories." It reads thus:

"While it notes the complexity of governmental administration in the area, the committee notes with deep concern that Palestinian women and girls continue to suffer from violent attacks, both by state elements (Israeli soldiers) and by non-state elements (settlers, among others), as well as all other forms of violence within their communities, including the violation of their right to life, physical, mental and verbal abuse, and sexual harassment. In addition, the committee notes with great concern that only rarely are such incidents accompanied by documentation, legal charges or punishment… Moreover, the committee notes with concern that the limitations on movement in the occupied territories, as well as routine harassment of children and teachers by settlers on their way to school and from it, have adversely affected the access of women and girls to education and health."

Despite the fact that there has never been a single known incident of sexual harassment of Arab women by soldiers or Jewish residents since the liberation of Judea and Samaria in 1967, at no point does the brochure make any reference to the outlandish claims by CEDAW, or attempt to deny them.

We asked Bar Ilan University to explain why it published uncontested libelous accusations against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, and the soldiers who serve there. We also asked whether Prof. Halperin-Kaddari attempted to protest against the inclusion of the accusations in the CEDAW remarks.

Bar Ilan University's spokesman, Haim Zisowitz, spoke to Prof Halperin-Kaddari and said that her position as Vice President of the UN's CEDAW implementation committee did not allow her to protest the contents of the convention.

The university's written response to Arutz Sheva reads as follows:

"This is an official document of the UN committee that was handed over to the official Israel delegation in January of 2011, after the country reported to the convention. In no way is this a publication by the Rackman Center, but only a Hebrew translation of the UN document."

The Rackman Center added this reaction:

The document is an official UN committee document, which was translated into Hebrew by the Rackman Center. These are the committee's recommendations to the state of Israel, and they appear in the Justice Ministry's official website in the same wording… It is therefore demagogic and fraudulent to make this accusation regarding the Rackman Center!

It is obvious that the Rackman Center disagrees with those paragraphs in the committee's recommendations. Only one who is seeking to libel can interpret these matters as an expression of support by the Center of the UN committee's accusations toward the soldiers and settlers.

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Tel Aviv University - Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education) Gets Caught Defending Arab Hate-Indoctrination in PA Schools and the Terror it Promotes

Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch Director, exposes Bar-Tal's flawed analysis, inaccurate methodology, misrepresentations, and blatant omissions in the recent Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land report.

It is hard to imagine a more flawed analysis of Palestinian Authority schoolbooks than the recent report of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, led by Sami Adwan of Bethlehem University and Daniel Bar-Tal of Tel Aviv University.

The report's inaccuracies start with its methodology of systematically citing all quotes from Israeli and Palestinian schoolbooks under the same headings – forcing the appearance of symmetry even when none exists.

Another major flaw is giving as much weight to the fringe, ultra-Orthodox school system in Israel as it does to mainstream state schools. This artificially inflates the number of problematic examples on the Israeli side to support the report's misleading attempt to demonstrate equivalence.

But the ultimate failing of the report is that it intentionally masks the hate and promotion of violence that are central to the PA educational system. This hatred, together with the hate and terror glorification expressed by the daily actions and messages of the PA leaders and through their controlled institutions, is rapidly condemning the next generations to continued conflict.

What did this report hide from the world? That the overall message that permeates the PA's teachings about Israel throughout the school system is the total rejection of Israel's most fundamental right – its right to exist.

IT IS significant that neither this legitimization of "armed struggle" "against colonial and foreign rule and racist regimes" – the PA's definition of Israel – nor the mandating of eternal religious violence against Israel were even mentioned in the Bar-Tal/Adwan report.

Had the authors included this area of research, they would have been forced to concede that there is no corresponding defense of terror and promotion of violence in Israeli textbooks.

The failure to cite these significant and dangerous messages in the PA's schoolbooks – messages which have been promoted actively by PA leaders since 2000 to justify their terror against Israel and killing of Israelis – is indicative of the report's flawed methodology and fundamental errors.

These and the many other omissions and misrepresentations necessitate immediate and public rejection of the findings by the US State Department, whose funding in 2009 launched the project.

While the Palestinian Authority is ultimately responsible for the hatred and terror it promotes, its defenders, especially Israelis like Bar-Tal, are ultimately enablers of this hatred. Such misleading reports could ease the international pressure that has been put on the Palestinians to replace their hate education with peace education.

Public rejection of this Bar-Tal/Adwan report by the US is not merely the right thing to do. People's lives are depending on it.

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Scandal at Ben Gurion University
Ben Gurion University - Yair Green, BGU's Chaiman of Executive Committee Who is Under Investigation in the Madoff Scandal, Might Have Donated Illicit Funds to BGU

Monies dispensed by Green awarded him his BGU position, an honorary PhD, and political contacts in the Labor Party, including Israeli President Shimon Peres. Has the salary for Neve Gordon been paid in part with stolen funds?

Ben Gurion University in Israel is probably best known for being home to many of the worst far-leftist anti-Israel radical faculty members in the country, people like Neve Gordon, Oren Yiftachel, and David Newman… Now it has been learned that the University is also up-to-its-neck involved in the Bernard Madoff mega-scandal. Indeed, it appears that part of the salaries for Neve Gordon and his ilk come from funds stolen by Bernard Madoff from his victims and transferred to BGU.

In recent months many details have emerged about the connections between Ben Gurion University and the Madoff scandal. In particular, attention is focusing on the role of Israeli lawyer Yair Green, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of Ben Gurion University. BGU was a major beneficiary of donations transferred to it by Green, whose source was money stolen by Madoff. The University has indicated no plans or willingness to return any of the stolen funds.

Green is being investigated in the United States and in Israel; he has been indicted in the United States by the court-appointed trustee Irving Picard, who is in charge of unraveling and cleaning up the disaster left over by the Madoff Affair. That Affair involved the largest Ponzi scam in human history, in which losses to investors amounted to more than $50 billion. While Madoff's victims came from across the spectrum, a very large portion of them were Jewish institutions, philanthropies, and individuals. Green is suspected of being involved in several funds with close ties to the Madoff operations, and also operating a "charity fund" in Israel that made donations to Israeli universities and other institutions using funds stolen by Madoff from his victims.

Green not only ran "Magnify," but also some other funds or operations in which Igoin was involved, including Primero and Strand, based in the Virgin Islands. In 1988 Green set up with Igoin the so-called Yeshaya Horowitz Association, which funded applied research projects in Israel. It is named after an 18th century kabbalist and Rabbi. Its stated purpose was to channel donations to Israeli universities, hospitals and other institutions.

Green was also the direct beneficiary of funds handled by his operations, including a payment of over three million dollars from the "Magnify" fund. Green's children also received cash "gifts." Green claimed that some of these came from the daughter of Albert Igoin, who now lives in Europe. But when contacted by Israel's Channel Ten, she denied even knowing who Green is or having met him. Igoin himself died in 1995.

Green began raising funds for Ben Gurion University while the Madoff scheme grew. In exchange, he was first granted an honorary PhD by the University and later appointed chairman of the executive committee of the University's Board of Governors by its leftist President Rivka Carmi, a post he still fills. Green also developed political ties with Israeli politicians, especially from the Left. He has close ties with Israeli President Shimon Peres and with assorted Labor Party activists and leaders, including Avishai Braverman, past president of BGU. The Labor Party's one-time Minister of Education Yuli Tamir appointed Green to sit in the country's Council on Higher Education. Peres received funds from Green and granted him honors in exchange.

If you would like to demand that Ben Gurion University return all the stolen funds it received out of the Madoff Affair, then please write to

The Council for Higher Education in Israel
(governmental body that funds and supervises Israeli universities and colleges):

Prof. Manuel Trachtenberg
Chairman, Council on Higher Education
Email: manuel@post.tau.ac.il
POB 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel

Aharon Beit-Halahmi
Planning & Budgeting Committee Chairman
Council for Higher Education
Email: betha@eurofund.co.il
P.O.B. 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel
Tel: 02-5679911
Fax: 02-5679969
E-mail: info@che.org.il

Ministry of Education

The Honorable Gideon Sa'ar
Acting Minister of Education
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem
Email: gsaar@knesset.gov.il
Additional Email: sar@education.gov.il
Phone: 972-2-6408131
Fax: 972-2-6753525

Shalomit Amichai
Director General of the Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem
Email: mankal@education.gov.il

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University of Haifa - David Blanc (Dept of Math) Does his Best to Remove the Jewish State from the Equation

After completing his PhD in Mathematics, David Blanc went home to Israel and began a gig paid for by the Israeli taxpayer teaching at the University of Haifa… Blanc has urged his students to refuse to serve in the IDF, has supported Palestinian colleges that are really bases for terrorist groups, and has routinely taken a stance against anything that normative Israeli society considers as necessary for the security of the state.

Another of Blanc's accomplishments is that he taught and encouraged his son, Natan, to refuse service in the IDF, to be a "refusenik" (a.k.a. draft dodger).

Natan Blanc makes it clear he's not a pacifist. Other conscientious objectors to the IDF serve as medics or do desk jobs to help fellow Israelis. Natan Blanc, well-schooled and encouraged by his daddy, makes it clear that his refusal to serve is not religious but rather political. He says that "after four years full of terror... it is clear that the Netanyahu government, like that of his predecessor Olmert, is not interested in finding a solution to the existing situation, but rather in preserving it."

It's easy to see where young Natan gets his distorted world view on Israel: from daddy. David Blanc routinely signs anti-Israel statements and petitions, like the following:

"We, faculty members from a number of Israeli universities, wish to express our appreciation and support for those of our students and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories… For thirty five years an entire people, some three and a half million in number, have been held without basic human rights… We hereby express our readiness to do our best to help students who encounter academic, administrative or economic difficulties as a result of their refusal to serve in the territories…"

He misuses the University of Haifa's name, as do other leftist faculty members, to attack the Israeli government in the name of "academic freedom":

"We, past and present members of academic staff of Israeli universities, express great concern regarding the ongoing deterioration of the system of higher education in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. We protest against the policy of our government which is causing restrictions of freedom of movement, study and instruction, and we call upon the government to allow students and lecturers free access to all the campuses in the Territories, and to allow lecturers and students who hold foreign passports to teach and study without being threatened with withdrawal of residence visas…"

Of course, the above involved lockdowns of campuses like Bir Zeit during a terrorism spree. Bir Zeit is a Hamas recruiting and meeting stronghold and where even the student governments are led by terrorist factions like the PFLP, Fatah and Hamas. An-Najah University even held an art exhibit in honor of the Sbarro Pizza Parlor bombing with blood and body parts of Israelis strewn around a makeshift pizzeria. Arabs attend Israeli universities, including Ariel University, but no Jews can attend "Palestinian" ones, in which student government candidates argue over who has killed more Jews.

David Blanc cloned himself with another bad apple.

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Israel-hating Ex-Israelis in the US announce plans to set an anti-Israel "Opposition"

"It's a mistake to look at the results of today's election in Israel as a division between two blocks," says Nitzan Lebovic, a professor of history and a member of the Israeli Opposition Network. "The large majority of the parties in both blocks represent something closer to a Conservative agenda in American and European terms."

"As advocates for human and civil rights, we fear election results still reflect a political deadlock that stifles the possibility for change. The rise of a centrist party calling for the draft of the ultra religious is not expected to address the more serious concerns about Israel. As long as control is maintained over a large population of Palestinians with no representation and no citizenship, Israel's label as 'democratic' remains an unfulfilled promise," says Itamar Mann, an Israeli lawyer at Harvard Yale Law School.

"With over 25% under the poverty line and the wholesale privatization of national assets to a small number of families, while most of the public struggle with massive debt and the inability to afford a home, the current leadership benefits the few while over four million Palestinians whose lives are controlled by the Israeli Government could not participate in the vote," says Liron Mor, currently at Columbia Cornell University.

"We want Israel to be a democracy. We are part a growing opposition in Israel, not only to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza but also to the corrupt and unjust economic policies that have sent the middle classes spiraling into poverty. We care deeply for the public in Israel, are extremely concerned for the residents of the occupied territories and for future of the state in the region. We believe we must raise our voices in the US to show that there is a young and capable democratic opposition to the current Israeli leadership," says Yael Berda, an Israeli Lawyer at Princeton University.

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University of London - Eyal Weizman's (Centre for Research Architecture - Director) Agitprop Constructed on Hate

Weizman's perceptions of "humanitarian law" have led him to promoting the aims of the Palestinian terrorists and Hamas apparatchiks, and his ideas are based on those of dead French communists and Ayatollah Khomeini supporter Michel Foucault. His "Forensic Architecture" (a nonsense term he invented) allows him to tie his field of study to complain about Israel's "occupation" as a "violation of human rights." Apparently, the blowing up school of buses of Jewish children is NOT a forensic human rights violation.

In an interview in a communist website about his book, Hollow Land, he ties architectural structures to his condemnations of Israel… Weizman's architectural analysis leads to his condemnations of the IDF, citing, for example, the tactic of boring through the walls of Arab homes in Jenin to avoid ambushes on the streets outside as a horrific atrocity by Israel. He doesn't mention (or probably even care) how 23 IDF soldiers were killed unnecessarily in an ambush in fighting in the streets of Jenin back in 2002 that led the IDF to develop such a life-saving tactic…

Hollow Land and three other architecture oriented books by Weizman were all published by the Marxist ultra-leftist Verso publishing house in London, which publishes all manner of anti-Israel and revolutionary communist propaganda books for the communist reading market. Other publishers worldwide ignore such books.

Of course, Weizman is heavily involved with such far-leftist anti-Israel NGO's which try to present Israel's lifesaving Security Fence as an "Apartheid Wall" that denies human rights to the Palestinians. After all, it makes it tougher for them to send out suicide bombers. Weizman served on the board of directors of the extremist anti-Israel, EU-funded NGO B'tselem, which strives to smear Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and the IDF and Israel in general whenever possible.

Quoting another interview with Weizman:
"If you look at the layout of settlements, they are always built on hilltops. People know that, but they may not realize that they also are built in rings, over the summit, in a way that generates territorial surveillance in all directions. I began to understand that these are urban-scale optical devices, and every design move in them is calculated to enhance vision. The planners always speak about the view as pastoral and biblical, almost in a romantic sense. They speak about the terraces and olive groves and stone houses, which are obviously created for them by the Palestinians. The Palestinians are almost like the stage workers who create a set, but they then have to disappear when the lights come on. The army also uses the eyes of the civilian settlers, almost hijacks them, to generate territorial surveillance. There is almost an illegal use of civilians to generate supervision of another part of the civilian population."

Weizman is also on the board of advisors of the Human Rights Project at Bard College in upstate New York, the only college in the U.S. that has an official chapter of the ISM and was involved in planning the Gaza Flotillas. It is a strange juxtaposition of Israeli leftists and communist-anarchists who affix to everything, even architecture, the idea that Israel violates humanitarian law and decency.

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Haaretz Tries and Convicts 'Im Tirtzu' of Spying on the Radical Left

There is a fascinating story underway at the fringes of election-eve Israel. Israel's radical Left has always been anti-democratic, and is showing increasingly fascist tendencies these days. One manifestation of this is that the Left tries at every opportunity to suppress the freedom of speech of non-leftists. It does so in a variety of ways, including legislation, court lawfare, suppression of pluralism in many of the country's media, and so on.

But the most amusing twist to all this is the growing number of complaints coming from the same anti-democratic leftists about how freedom of speech for leftists is supposedly under attack by Israeli conservatives! And they are increasingly pointing to the supposed surveillance and "spying" activities against them being carried out by critics of the far Left.

Several watchdog groups and web sites, led by Isracampus.com, keep tabs on and monitor the radical tenured Left in Israel, the extremists who are on the faculty at Israeli universities. They operate a bit like Campus Watch in the US. The monitoring consists of citing verbatim what the radicals write and say in public. The Israeli Left has long claimed that such monitoring is equivalent to creating "blacklists," supposedly like the lists of people boycotted in the days of Joseph McCarthy. Of course a more accurate description of these exposure and monitoring efforts would be "citation."…

Another group that has been very successful in exposing the far Left has been the Zionist student movement Im Tirtzu, headed by Ronen Shoval… The Im Tirtzu students have also (gasp!!) recorded what left-wing professors say in their classroom lectures and published these statements. Left-wing professors have accused the students of "spying" because they obtain course outlines and syllabi from propaganda courses operated by tenured leftists in the universities and publish their contents. In other words, the students are engaging in journalism. The far leftists insist this is really spying and McCarthyism.

A few months back Shoval and his Im Tirtzu students filed a huge libel suit against a small gaggle of leftists for setting up a Facebook group accusing Im Tirtzu of being a "fascist organization" and accusing its leaders of being "fascists." The suit is for 2.6 million shekels ($660,000) in Jerusalem District court. As part of their court action, Shoval and his people are also keeping tabs on the radical political activism of the lawyer representing the defendants, the ultra-leftist Michael Sfard. He is associated with Israel's "Association for Civil Rights in Israel," a far-leftist NGO group that has no interest in defending any civil rights for Jews or in defending freedom of speech… Student leader Shoval dared to provide information on Sfard's activities to two newspapers. I guess that makes Shoval guilty of journalism.

… [Haaretz] has been covering the story of the "spying" on Sfard in detail, which is a bit amusing because one of the defendants in the libel action is herself a Haaretz writer and editor. Haaretz even cites the claim by one of the far-leftist defendants that reporting what leftist NGOs do is a form of terrorism.

This is just the tip of the oppressive iceberg to suppress the radical Left, screams Haaretz. In an op-ed by its educational reporter this week, it points to a long litany of supposedly anti-democratic initiatives by the Israeli Right…

So from all the above, you can see that the complaints by the Left that freedom of speech and pluralism are under a McCarthyist assault in Israel are completely valid. The only problem is that the assault against freedom and democracy is coming from the Fascist Left.

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Tel Aviv University - Iranian propaganda website builds case for the Delegitimization of the State of Israel Sovereignty with Shlomo Sand's (Dept of History) academic subterfuge

Sand denies the Exodus, trashes the Bible as a blasé political treatise, and refutes the Jewish historical connection to the Land of Israel in an interview with Haaretz. Sand's claims are used to argue that Anti-Zionism is not modern Anti-Semitism and props Iranian attempts to delegitimize Theodore Herzl, the Balfour Mandate and the UN partition.

In an interview for Haaretz.com… Tel Aviv University lecturer and author of the book, The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sands [said]:
There is no such thing as national territory that has belonged to the Jewish people since the Biblical period and I prove that in my book. That is a mythic statement which is characteristic of national leaders in the modern history of the past 200 years. The territorial myth has worked well since the start of the 20th century.

Other researchers… along with Sands himself have a new approach to Biblical research. These scholars among others believe that the Bible was written around the 5th century B.C.E. and the third century C.E. According to Sands, "It (the Bible) began to be written after the political intellectual elite were exiled from Judea to Babylon… There is no doubt that the talented authors knew the meaning of exile first hand." Sands added…

This implies that more than spiritual guidance to mankind, or real history, these researchers believe that the Bible is actually a political treatise, written in coded languages to the masses of people who were under the thumb of hostile rulers…

Not only do the modern secular scholars of the world realize that the idea of Jewish homeland and Jewish nationality are foreign to the Jewish religion, the very construction of such ideas are considered heresy by the authentic Jewish religious authorities…

This statement makes two very important points that cannot be ignored in an exploration of the heretical concepts of Jewish homeland, Jewish people and nationality that led to the Balfour Mandate and the UN partitioning of Palestine to create a Jewish homeland. They are 1). Theodore Herzl, who is credited with being the father of Zionism was a secular Jew with no rabbinical training or background. 2). He had no political, or religious authority to interpret Jewish law, nor did he have the authority to create any new laws or introduce any innovations to Jewish law or tradition such as the creation of a Jewish homeland, or the existence of a Jewish nationality or people.

If Jewish researchers such as Shlomo Sands and others are revealing the truth about the Zionist hoax that led to the establishment of Israel in Palestine and understand the importance of these facts in respect to peace, why is it that Muslim and Arab researchers are not addressing these issues? The liberation of the land is difficult because the hearts and minds of the world must be free from guilt, which is the effects of the century old Zionist myth of an historic Jewish people and homeland in Palestine.

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Hebrew University - Orit Kedar (Dept of Political Science) Endorsing the Stalinists

In the op-ed titled "An irresponsible vote," Cohen and co-author Orit Kedar, a Hebrew University political science professor, responded to an article the week before by Prof. Shlomo Avineri, who called on those who opposed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the left to vote for the Labor Party.

Cohen and Kedar wrote: "The Labor party headed by Shelly Yacimovich is not an alternative for right-wing voters, but weakens the red left and turns it into a faded pink.... A democracy with Likud-Beiteinu at its head needs a fighting opposition, a true and brave alternative, not one that is afraid to say the word 'occupation.'

"Hadash, which Avineri did not even mention as a legitimate party, has to its credit social and progressive legislation it succeeded in passing in the most right-wing Knesset ever," the op-ed continued. "[Hadash] has also managed to stop a significant part of Netanyahu government's attempts to pass anti-democratic legislation.... In the present political climate, strengthening these forces is the most responsible action."

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Hebrew University - Amiel Vardi's (Dept of Classics) endless accusations against Israel in the name of "peace", "democracy" or "human rights" are nothing more than attempts to de-legitimize Israel

Vardi, the "Human Rights Activist", participates in confrontation to secure the freedom to pee and gets arrested.

Amiel Vardi is senior lecturer in the Classics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem…Vardi also is a co-founder of the far-leftist NGO, Ta'ayush, another of the closely linked International Solidarity Movement (ISM) groups that strive to promote the irredentist and revanchist goals of the Arabs against Israel.

Vardi recently made the tabloids and the local news in Israel when he confronted an IDF Colonel in a closed military zone after he and his fellow "protesters" were ordered to leave the property belonging to the settlement of Maon in the West Bank. The settlement was being trespassed on by an Arab shepherd and his flock. The Ta'ayush crowd claimed to be "defending" the shepherd and his "ancestral land". A video of the confrontation appeared on the virulently anti-Israel weblog Mondoweiss and showed Vardi facing down an IDF Colonel after being told to leave the area. Vardi kept demanding an explanation, screaming at the officer. "You have to tell us why we have to leave," he bellowed at the Colonel.

The Mondoweiss video has since been removed, perhaps because Vardi feared it could be used as evidence against him in court. The Israeli government has finally started to crack down on some of the deliberate interference with the IDF. However, another video, possibly part of the same one, has reemerged on You Tube here. Vardi, a college professor, is clearly shown interfering with the IDF and led away in handcuffs at the end of the video. Part of the issue in the video is a Bedouin woman who tried to reenter the close military zone in order to urinate being told she cannot do so and to go elsewhere.

So there you have it. The IDF prevents Arab women from peeing! Perhaps another complaint for the International Criminal Court?

[A]fter being asked his opinion about comments by the judge about the necessity of preserving democracy and civil society, Vardi says, "Democracy has become just a word, I cannot see how one can refer to the State of Israel as a democracy. Some 3 million Palestinians under occupation have no given rights whatsoever. A democracy it is not—a democracy of those who believe the Others should not have any rights. This is not a democracy."

The simple fact is that Amiel Vardi's endless accusations against Israel in the name of "peace", "democracy" or "human rights" are nothing more than attempts to de-legitimize Israel.

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Hebrew University - Sarah Stroumsa, the University Rector, and other Tenured Academics sign a petition sponsored by the Anti-Israel Left to oppose archeological research in the City of David

SO it is no surprise that the Hebrew University's plague of tenured leftists is growing:

The express intention of [the Elad] Foundation is to "Judaize" the area known as the "Holy Basin," including Silwan. It pursues this aim by gaining control, through purchase or other means, of houses in Silwan and by planting colonies of Israeli settlers, under armed guard, in the neighborhood. Elad also funds and oversees archaeological excavations and development of the National Park in Silwan as part of its ultra-nationalist program.

Apart from the direct, deleterious impact of these excavations on the lives of the local residents, Tel Aviv University is about to enter indirectly into partnership with an extremist political organization—thereby establishing a de facto position on an issue that is at the center of crucial debate within Israel, with serious political and moral implications. In entering into such a partnership, Tel Aviv University will be granting the Elad Foundation the professional recognition it seeks, recognition that academic institutions in Israel and abroad have thus far refused to grant.

Israeli Signatures
3. Professor Bernard Avishai, Dartmouth College
5. Dr. Louise Bethlehem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
13. Professor Naomi Chazan, Hebrew University and Dean, School of Government and Society, the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, former MK
24. Professor Yaron Ezrahi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
29. Dr. Elizabeth Freund, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
32. Dr. Amos Goldberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
37. Professor Ruth HaCohen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
39. Professor Peter Hilman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
40. Professor Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
48. Professor Barbara Hochman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
49. Professor Baruch Hochman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
50. Professor Zvi Jagendorf, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
56. Professor Anita Mittwoch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
62. Professor Ilana Pardes, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
66. Professor Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
72. Professor David Shulman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MacArthur Fellow
73. Professor Dina Stein, University of Haifa
74. Professor Zeev Sternhell, Hebrew University; Fellow, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
86. Professor Dror Wahrman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
88. Dr. Tali Bitan, Haifa University
93. Professor Guy Stroumsa, University of Oxford, Hebrew University, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
94. Professor Sarah Stroumsa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
138. Professor Jérôme Bourdon, Tel Aviv University
142. Professor Veronika Cohen, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

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Queen Mary University of London and USC - Hagit Bohrer's (Dept of Linguistics) L.A. Times diatribe is a masterpiece in lies and pseudo-history

Bohrer was born in Israel and moved to the US at the tender age of 25 to attend graduate school under Chomsky. But two years earlier she was already part of "Palestinian solidarity activities," in her words, as well as anti-Zionist groups both in and outside of Israel. These include the Hamsin Collective, the Committee in Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Deir Yassin Committee, Women in Black (London and Israel) and others.

As it turns out, it was long before the Oslo debacle in 1993 when Hagit Bohrer decided she was a supporter of Palestinian irredentist terror groups. As a linguist, she says her specialty is syntax, or how sentences and words are formed. She uses this skill well in her diatribes against Israel, where she lies by omission, leaving out just enough information to demonize Israel. She uses no "syntax" where Israel is concerned, preferring to claim that Israel is a great big bully that persecutes Arabs and stole their country—even Jerusalem. In doing this, she even claims the Six Day War was all Israel's fault, a device to steal east Jerusalem from the peace loving Arabs.

In an article she wrote for the LA Times explaining why she was on the ISM Gaza Flotilla boats to aid Hamas, Hagit Bohrer explained why she was helping a terror group whose Charter calls for ultimate annihilation of all world's Jews. She also appeared on You Tube calling Israel "her country," even though she has spent her entire career abroad. She then participated in the Flotilla whose real aim is to open up the sea lanes for Iran to bring in missiles to shoot at Israelis.

'It is a different Jerusalem now. It is not their Jerusalem, for it has been taken from them. Every day the Palestinians of Jerusalem are further strangled by more incursions, by more 'housing developments' to cut them off from other Palestinians. In Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood built by Jordan in the 1950s to house refugees, Palestinian families recently have been evicted from their homes at gunpoint based on court-sanctioned documents purporting to show Jewish land ownership in the area dating back some 100 years. But no Palestinian proof of ownership within West Jerusalem has ever prevailed in Israeli courts. Talbieh, Katamon, Baca, until 1948 affluent Palestinian neighborhoods, are today almost exclusively Jewish, with no legal recourse for the Palestinians who recently raised families and lived their lives there."

And more still from her: "Did we know in 1967, in 1948, that it would come to this? Some did. Some knew even then that a society built on conquest and dispossession would have to dehumanize the conquered in order to continue to dispossess and oppress them.

Continuing the diatribe, she says, "Let us note that some Israeli Jews do stand up and protest. There are soldiers who refuse to serve, journalists who highlight injustice, and human rights organizations, activist groups, information centers. In a sense, all of us seeking justice have been on a virtual boat to Gaza all these decades. We have been trying to break through the Israeli blockade, in its many incarnations. We wish to say to the Palestinians that, yes, there are people in Israel who know that any viable future for the Middle East must be based on a just peace — not the forced imposition spelled out by Netanyahu to Congress — or else we are all doomed. We want it known that the soldier is not the only face of Israeli Jews. There are those who say to the government of Israel, 'You do not represent us.' "

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Hebrew University - Dan Avnon (Dept of Political Science) - The Non-Believer in Academic Freedom

Recently the tenured chattering classes in Israel were hysterical when it turned out that one of their own, the leftist political science professor Dan Avnon, found himself the target of a campaign of boycott against Israel.

Well, we will tell you where the free academic inquiry is. Just ask Moshe Foxman Shaal. He is today a PhD student at Tel Aviv University. But before going there, he did his MA at the Hebrew University in their political science department.

While there, he approached a senior faculty member with his proposal to write his Master's thesis about the "national-liberal" philosophical doctrines of Menachem Begin. Yes, liberal. Begin was a stickler for the rule of law, for due process, for liberal values, for freedom of speech, and he even gave lip service to economic liberalism.

Foxman-Shaal approached the Hebrew University don to be his thesis supervisor. The professor replied that he would only agree to be the supervisor if Foxman-Shaal wrote his thesis about how Menachem Begin was really a fascist, and otherwise he refused.

And just who was that Hebrew University professor? You guessed it! … Dan Avnon. You know, the symbol of free academic inquiry, objective scholarship, and freedom of speech who is now the martyr saint of the Fascist Left. (Hat tip, Makor Rishon, Dec. 21, 2012)

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Freedom of Speech For Arabs and Leftists Alone; The Israeli Left Defends Hanin Zoabi's "Freedom"

The Israeli Radical Left signs petition to reinstate Zoabi. However, most of these posturing, anti-democratic "free speech absolutists" have been involved in limiting freedoms from opponents in the past.

A few days ago, the Israeli Elections Commission banned the violent terrorist Hanin Zoabi from running for the next Knesset. Zoabi had attacked Israeli soldiers violently when they boarded the Turkish terrorist Flotilla ship on which she was riding to support the Hamas… She openly supports terrorism and the destruction of the state in whose parliament she wants to sit.

… A large petition appears in the Israeli press today [27/12/2012] under the caption, "Not for Jews Alone." It is a solidarity petition with Zoabi and a protest against her having been banned from running for election. It is also a smear campaign against Israeli non-leftist public figures. It is signed by a gaggle of tenured extremists plus some other prominent leftists.

[T]he more appropriate caption for their petition should be "For Arabs and Leftists Alone." Freedom of speech, that is! These are decidedly not people who favor democracy and freedom of expression for all. Many signers have been involved in other petitions to deny parties and public figures from the Right the ability to run in parliamentary elections or exercise their freedom of speech.

Among the signers of the petition against "criminals" running for the parliament is Amiram Goldblum, Hebrew University professor and founder of Peace Now. A criminal indictment was filed against Goldblum himself a few years back for his violations of Israeli campaign finance laws, but the court procedures were indefinitely "postponed" when Goldblum admitted guilt.

This is the same Goldblum who begat the recent distorted pseudo-poll that claimed that Israeli Jews support apartheid. The same Goldblum, pretending here to be a free speech absolutist, is the Israeli champion for filing frivolous SLAPP suit harassments designed to deny critics of the Left freedom of speech and to attempt to get the courts to censor non-leftists.

… They are joined by Marxist anti-Zionist professor Daniel Bar-Tal from Tel Aviv University, whose career has been devoted to churning out propaganda for anti-Semitic agencies claiming to prove that Israeli Jews are racists. Bar-Tal has been openly calling for suppressing watchdog groups like Isracampus.com that monitor and expose the anti-Israel Left. Some free speech absolutist!

Then there is Chaim Gans, the law professor at the Tel Aviv University law school, whose devotion to freedom of speech is evident in the fact that he organized the petition there to bar a woman army colonel from lecturing in the Law School because Gans does not like her political opinions. He is joined by Alon Liel, the ex-diplomat now organizing world boycotts against Israel…
 

Then there is Hebrew U's David Shulman, serving as a one-man lobby for convicted violent thug and child molester Ezra Nawi. Ze'ev Sternhell, the Marxist Hebrew University professor who urged the Palestinian Arabs to murder "settlers and who denounces "settler" children as Hitler youth, is one more great defender of freedom of speech in the petition.

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Beit Berl College - Michal Chacham and Atrocity at Beit Berl

Iris Almog lost much of her family on October 4, 2003. They were in a Haifa restaurant, Maxim, owned by a Christian Arab, when the 28-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat, an educated lawyer, detonated the explosive belt she was wearing in the restaurant. She murdered 21 Israelis, many of them children, and wounded 51 others. Five members of Iris' family were murdered, including her father, who was a senior navy officer, her mother, her brother, and her two nephews, aged 9 and 11.

These days Iris has been taking courses at the Beit Berl "College," which is a pseudo-college run by the Kibbutz Movement in Israel. This past week she was attending a course taught there by one Michal Chacham, a radical anti-Israel pseudo-academic who teaches "women's studies." Chacham (whose name is more than ironic) is a sponsor of calls for world boycotts against Israel… She supports the "Palestinian right of return" that would destroy Israel
(see http://www.isracampus.org.il/third level pages/Petitions - the Ogla document.htm)...

In Chacham's course, which turned out to be largely a recital of the Palestinian pseudo-history of the "Nakba," Chacham screened the slanderous anti-Israel propaganda film "Jenin Jenin," produced by terrorist Mohammed Bakri… You can imagine Iris' reaction when she saw that the course in which she was registered morphed into a celebration of the genocidal terrorists who murdered her own family… Iris was subject to abuse by the "college," forced to relive the murder of her parents and other family members while her lecturer celebrated the murderers.

Beit Berl campus officials defended this atrocity and the lecturer. The time has come to strip Beit Berl of its accreditation and to shut it down.

If you would like to express your anger about this, write to

Beit Berl College

The Council for Higher
Education in Israel

Ministry of Education
 

Dr. Tamar Ariav
President of Beit Berl College
Tel: 972 (9) 747 8701
Fax: 972 (9) 7478700
Email: ariavt@beitberl.ac.il

Prof. Manuel Trachtenberg
Chairman, Council on Higher Education
Email: manuel@post.tau.ac.il
POB 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel

 

The Honorable Gideon Sa'ar
Minister of Education
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem
Email: gsaar@knesset.gov.il
Additional Email: sar@education.gov.il
Phone: 972-2-6408131
Fax: 972-2-6753525

 

 

Aharon Beit-Halahmi
Planning & Budgeting Committee Chairman
Council for Higher Education
Email: betha@eurofund.co.il
P.O.B. 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel
Tel: 02-5679911
Fax: 02-5679969
E-mail: info@che.org.il

 

Shalomit Amichai
Director General of the Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem
Email: mankal@education.gov.il

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Defeat For Moonbats – Ariel University Center Officially Recognized; University Heads run to the High Court of Justice

Outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak has instructed GOC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon to officially recognize the Ariel University Center of Samaria as a full-fledged university, as per Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's recommendation.

The Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities blasted the decision: "It's unfortunate that the attorney general has decided to uphold an inadequate measure that is plagued with political interests and extraneous considerations and will prove to be disastrous for higher education in Israel," the council said.

The council claimed that no proper inquiry was made into the feasibility of the accreditation and into the college's academic quality.

"The matter is now in the hands of the High Court of Justice and we believe this decision will be overturned," the council said.

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Weizmann Institute of Science - Kobi Snitz (Dept of Neurobiology), the radical leftist and fifth column activist, gets questioned by the GSS about his subversive activities

The Shin Bet security service includes among its activities something it calls "delegitimization." At least that's what one can infer from a Shin Bet operative's statements to a left-wing activist, Dr. Kobi Snitz, who was summoned for interrogation on Wednesday...

Snitz, 41, is a mathematician employed by the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. He was summoned for questioning by the Shin Bet for the first time two years ago...

In its response to Haaretz, the Shin Bet said it possesses "information indicating that Dr. Kobi Snitz is involved in organizing illegal gatherings and illegal entry into restricted military zones in the West Bank. Dr. Snitz was summoned to the Rehovot police station for interrogation regarding his activities."

According to the Shin Bet, "At that time, Dr. Snitz was advised of the gravity of the illegal activities attributed to him, and was warned that enforcement measures would be taken against him if he continued to act illegally as previously mentioned.

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Tel Aviv University - TAU Students Fight Against Academic Boycott

They stand up to face off the well-orchestrated boycott campaign which is promoted in part by Israeli NGO's and Israeli Academics

The biggest sin of Joy Harjo was that she has written on her Facebook page she's on her way to visit Tel Aviv. Harjo, a Native American poet and musician, was invited to perform for students of the Department of American Studies at TAU, and provide a glimpse into the rich, indigenous culture of the American continent. But the anti-Israel activists had other plans for her: Within a few hours after her announcement, Harjo's Facebook and Twitter accounts were filled with dozens of threats and hate talkbacks.

[Coalition of Women for Peace]'s member, Dr. Dalit Baum, a former lecturer at Haifa University and today a US resident, presented herself as a an "Israeli teacher" and begged Harjo to boycott TAU and its students, again, because of the so called "apartheid." Yes, the same TAU which allowed its Arab students only a few months ago to host a 'Nakba' memorial ceremony is now accused of being an apartheid institution…

In response, we, dozens of TAU students from across the Israeli political spectrum, have personally wrote a letter of support to Joy Harjo. Those activists call themselves "liberal and feminist," but at the same time they choose to intimidate an elder spiritual woman and Native American human rights activist into boycotting knowledge, freedom of thought, ideas and people - all the things which form the foundation of the academic institution we are so proud to be educated in.

Joy Harjo's case revealed once again the true face of the well-orchestrated boycott campaign being waged in recent years around the world against Israel - often with the help of Israelis - to pull the rug out from under Israel's legitimacy, its institutions and its society. This is a campaign that relies primarily on intimidation of many people overseas who are not proficient in the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, using half-truths and whole lies that are constantly presented as facts. It is also difficult not to notice the paradox, in which Israeli academics, with the backup of self-proclaimed "peace NGO's," promote the boycott of academic institutions while they still educate generations of Israeli students and scholars, the future of the Jewish state.

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Israel's Tenured Left Rallies to Support anti-Israel Violence and Child Abuse

Once again the Israel dual justice system has showed its ugly face. This is the court-cum-prosecution system that promotes the agenda of the Left and refuses to convict leftist criminals of anything, while at the same time refusing to defend the freedom of speech and other basic constitutional rights of non-leftists.

The Jerusalem District court just overturned a conviction of the far-leftist child molester Ezra Nawi for calling an army officer a war criminal. Seems that this is protected speech, unlike