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Israeli Academic Extremism

NY State Announces it is Boycotting all BDS Activists
Isracampus Issues The Following Call:

Demand that NY State boycott anti-Israel Israeli "academic" extremists who endorse BDS terrorism against Israel!!! Put 'em in Rikers!!

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order No. 157 directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. The first-in-the-nation action will ensure that no state agency or authority engages in or promotes any investment activity that would further the harmful and discriminatory Palestinian-backed Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in New York State. The Governor made the announcement at the Celebrate Israel Parade.

Governor Cuomo said… "New York and Israel share an unbreakable bond and I pray that the Israeli and Palestinian people will find a way to live side by side and find peace, prosperity and security."

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'Im Tirtzu' Exposes Israeli Academics Collaborating with Anti-Israel Propagandists

Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter), Uri Davis (University of Exeter), Anat Matar (Tel Aviv University), and Simona Sharoni (SUNY, Plattsburgh) have all been named as participating in "Israel Apartheid Week" activities in report published by 'Im Tirtzu'.

On March 4, 2016, extreme leftist Israeli Dr. Ilan Pappé presented a lecture at Columbia University titled, "Why Is Palestine Still the Issue in 2016?" The event was organized by Columbia's Students for Justice in Palestine organization during IAW.

Dr. Uri Davis was prominently featured at a press conference during South Africa's "Israel Apartheid Week" on March 6, 2016. Davis was born in Israel, joined the Palestinian Arab movement Fatah, converted to Islam, and is now married to a Palestinian Arab in Ramallah. He defines himself as a "Palestinian Hebrew national of Jewish origin, anti-Zionist, registered as Muslim and a citizen of an apartheid state – the State of Israel."

A conference held in Nazareth during IAW titled, "BDS and the 1948 Palestinians: Between International Influences and Local Contexts," featured an array of Israeli speakers including Dr. Anat Matar of Tel- Aviv University and former MK and current Chairman of the Arab Supreme Oversight Committee, Muhammad Barakei.
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Other Israelis on Im Tirtzu's list included historian Ilan Pappe, one of the leaders of the academic boycott of Israel and of the greater boycott, divestment and sanctions movement; Dr. Uri Davis, a Fatah member who converted to Islam and married a Palestinian woman from Ramallah; academic Dr. Simona Sharoni; Jeff Halper, one of the Israelis who participated in a 2008 Gaza flotilla; Ronnie Barkan, one of the founders of the Boycott From Within movement; Sahar Francis, director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, which provides legal assistance for Palestinians in Israeli prisons; and Joint Arab List Knesset members Hanin Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka, who according to Im Tirtzu, have participated in Israeli Apartheid Week activities this year or in past years.

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Ben-Dror Yemini: The Israeli Left Lives in a "Bubble of Pure Hatred"

Yemini uses Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew U) as an example of how the Left has radicalized from criticism to hate and demonization.

It seems that part of what used to be the Left has moved from criticism to hatred, and for that purpose it must portray Israel as a country endangering itself. It must radicalize the horror propaganda. It must move to a discourse of hatred.

As time goes by, it is becoming more and more radical. On Monday, Prof. Amiram Goldblum of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem published a short piece countering an article in which I argued that there is a fascist element in the attempt to impose "what is good for the State" via an external source, while showing contempt for the democratic choice.

Goldblum claimed the obvious: If there were a Hitler here, it would have been our duty to oppose him. And that's precisely the point. Because there is no Hitler here. There is a democracy here. But the activists of the discourse of hatred need growing portions of the hatred drug.

Let's leave Goldblum alone, he is not the issue here. The problem is that those he addressed his post to included serious people. No one commented on it. On the contrary. Eliezer Yaari, the former director-general of the New Israel Fund, even praised him.

It's scary. They have created a bubble of pure hatred. They have to turn Israel into a Nazi state and the justice minister into Nazi scum. They have to sink deeper into demonization.

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Ben Dror Yemini Lambastes the Israeli Left

Yemini torches Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University), Oren Yiftachel (Ben Gurion University), Nurit Peled-Elhanan (Hebrew University) and Anat Bielski (Tel Aviv University) for their graduating from being anti-occupation to being anti-Israel.

When did anyone level relevant criticism against you? If your automatic reaction has been for many years to cry out "fascism" or "a danger to democracy," and never really address the issue at hand, then something has gone completely wrong with you, because this is the way to close yourselves off, it's not the way to deal with it.

The reality is that in recent years, some left-wing activists have been going down a dangerous path. They're not opposing the occupation, they're opposing the State of Israel. They're not dealing in criticism, but in demonization. They're not against the settlement enterprise, they're against a Jewish and democratic state.

Some of the leaders of the organization over the past decade, Prof. Anat Biletzki and Prof. Oren Yiftachel, are avid supporters of the "right of return…

This week, Yifat Erlich uncovered, in this very paper, the ties between Alon Liel and Breaking the Silence. Liel is leading the international anti-Israel campaign in the service of the Palestinian demand to be recognized as a state. He knows, and certainly should know, that the Palestinians are turning to the international community because they refuse to accept the formula of two states to two peoples. He knows they're insisting on a "mass right of return," which means the destruction of Israel. He's not promoting peace, he's bolstering Palestinian intransigence. He wants to turn Israel into South Africa, a boycotted and leprous apartheid state, "and then, as soon as there is recognition that this is unbearable, things will start moving," he explains. And he's trying to pave the way for Breaking the Silence.

He doesn't have to work hard. Contrary to the repeated claims of the organization, they receive financial aid from, and cooperate with, organizations that support the BDS movement, like, for example, the Irish Trócaire Fund. But they keep telling us that they're not part of the boycott campaign. Who do they think they're fooling? They had a mentor even before Liel, Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan. She has a long history of horrifying comments. For example, "All of the sickening characteristics the anti-Semitic world attributes to Jews exist in the leaders of the State of Israel." This is no longer anti-Zionism, it is fully-fledged shameful anti-Semitism.

This is a call to the Zionist left… Demonization is not criticism. Calling for the destruction of the Jewish state does not require interpretation. Why aren't you speaking up? Why should sane Israelis, who support peace, join your camp, which legitimizes the insane hatred of the very existence of Israel?

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Dominance of the Far-Left in Israeli Academia: "Right-Wing People are Hiding in the Closet"

Ronen Shoval warns that the leftist agenda manifests itself in the curriculum warping academic freedom and stifling freedom of speech for right-wing opinions.

Shoval, Chairman of the Academic Council for National Policy, uses the attack on Justice Minister by Hebrew U Academics as an example of how "Israeli academia is dominated by the Left."

"At Hebrew University, Haifa University and Tel Aviv University, the pendulum swings between Hadash and Meretz," he asserted. "Right-wing people are hiding in the closet."

According to Shoval, professors' left-wing agenda also seeps into the curriculum. "There is a serious problem of lecturers and professors who take advantage of their academic standing to promote a political worldview."

"You see an exclusion of certain positions in syllabi," he listed, "silencing students, ignoring students with nationalistic positions. This attitude took vivid expression this week, with the inciting statements of two prominent professors who unprecedentedly attacked Ayelet Shaked."

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

 

The Illegitimate and Anti-Democratic Tactics of "Shtinkers" and other Rats

Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University - Dept of Political Science) pressures foreign governments to reject diplomats posted by the Israeli government. Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University - Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) is labeled a dirty informant "shtinker" when he defends Liel's actions in TV interview.

The latest tactic of Israel's anti-democratic Fascist Left is a campaign to pressure foreign governments to refuse to accept Israeli diplomats posted to serve there if the diplomat holds opinions contrary to those of the Radical Left.

Things escalated when several Israeli radical leftist ex-members of the diplomatic corps, led by Alon Liel, who teaches at Tel Aviv University and whose wife just happens to be the head of the BDS-supporting New Israel Fund in Israel, interfered and issued their own call to Brazil to refuse to approve the appointment.

Liel is an anti-Zionist who is a leading figure in the BDS terrorism movement that calls for a world boycott of Israel. A petition of ultra-leftists is now circulating in Israel to support the campaign for Brazil to BDS Dayan.

Liel's sidekick Amiram Goldblum, a founder of Peace Now, who together with Liel fabricated the now-infamous "apartheid" pseudo-survey, appeared on a Channel One TV newscast to defend those calling on Brazil to reject Dayan. The Channel One MC, not known for rightist views, then referred to such people as "shtinkers," Hebrew slang for informers or rats. Goldblum and Liel had earlier initiated petitions to EU governments to unilaterally recognize "Palestine."

The Channel One MC blasted Goldblum and his friends, claiming that since they are evidently incapable of persuading the Israeli public of the correctness of their positions, as the election results proved, they were using illegitimate tactics to coerce Israel into accepting the radical left's agenda, using foreign pressures and extortion.

Zionist Union MK's in Israel are denouncing the ultra-leftists involved in the campaign to get Brazil to reject Dayan and other Israelis are calling them traitors.

In general, the Far Left in Israel has never had any respect for the rule of law and democracy. Since it cannot convince more than 4% of Israelis of the correctness of its agenda, it resorts to underhanded anti-democratic tactics involving recruitment of pressures from foreign entities to coerce Israel. The Far Left opposes Israeli sovereignty and supports efforts to undermine that sovereignty.

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

 

Ben Dror Yemini Declares the BDS Movement a National Threat; Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter) Plays an Essential Role in the Demonization of Israel

Yemini reveals that Pappe believes in a double sin: the first in Israel's foundation and the second in its continued existence.

The BDS movement has been conducting a campaign for awareness on multiple fronts – on campuses, in workers' unions, and in the media. It is amassing troubling victories. More and more student unions in the US are joining the boycott. Leading newspapers like the New York Times are providing a platform for boycott advocates.

Their influence has invaded the Hillel groups on campuses, as BDS supporters exploit the organization's wish for openness to disseminate their campaign. When you tell a young student that "Israel expelled hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948" and he does not know that in those same years tens of millions underwent such expulsions – as that was once the norm – and that more Jews were kicked out of Arab lands…

Israel is enduring one of the most systematic attacks against its existence. You don't need to be part of the BDS movement in order to be on the anti-Israel front.

When a member of Breaking the Silence appears at events sponsored by BDS, that is not criticism. That is demonization.

Dr. Ilan Pappe, an ardent detractor of Israel, explained that the campaign is based on a way of thinking that believes in two sins: The first ingrained in the formation of Israel and the other ingrained in Israel's very existence.

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The New Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to Define the Border Between Critical Thinking and Treason for the Radical Left Extremists

Ayelet Shaked is now Israel's Justice Minister – and she has been a clear voice of reason stating that the extreme, radical left must be stopped for their dangerous actions towards the Jewish State. One hopes this will see the radical, left-wing extremists of American Jewry, including Alisa Doctoroff, President of the UJA-Federation of NY, the Jim Joseph Foundation, Leichtag Foundation and others stop giving millions to the New Israel Fund (NIF).

The real Jewish extremists are on the left, and with Shaked as the Minister of Justice, it is possible we will see an enhancement of law enforcement against boycotts such as those practiced by NIF, which Israel's High Court of Justice recently called "economic terrorism."

As Israel's incoming Justice Minister noted, "These NGOs cause Israel significant international damage, in general, and to Israeli soldiers, in particular, by helping draft petitions presented to various European courts. One such example is the significant contribution of the Adalah organization to the Goldstone Report — Israel is still dealing with the fallout from that document. Another example is the expert opinion provided by the organization in a petition presented to a Spanish court against senior Israeli defense officials. The proposed bill seeks to curb the ability of foreign entities to influence activities of this kind."

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Israeli Academic Leftists Continue to Provide Fodder for Israel Bashers Who Claim Israel is not a Democracy

The author quotes Daniel Bar-Tal (Tel Aviv University) who declares the "occupation" a threat to Israeli Democracy and links it to a rise in abusive relationships in Israel society. The author also uses Yaron Ezrahi's (Hebrew University) stereotypical generalizations to marginalize the entire Israeli electorate to the right of Meretz. Finally, the author supports his outlandish claims upon data garnered from the Israeli Democracy Institute.

"The consequences of occupation are evident in all aspects of Israeli life, including its political, social, legal, economic, cultural, and psychological spheres," Bar-Tal and Schnell wrote in their 2012 collection of Israeli academic research into this question. "Occupation has shaped Israel's national identity as a whole."

Some of those effects are personal: the researchers found, for example, that spousal abuse has risen as Israeli soldiers accustomed to the daily brutalities of enforcing military occupation come home.

But many effects were much broader and more troubling. The needs of maintaining occupation are "seriously hampering, if not reversing" the "process of self-democratization of the state," according to a chapter in a 2012 study authored by Tamir Magal, Neta Oren, Daniel Bar-Tal, and Eran Halperin.

In other words, their research found, Israel is trading its democracy, piece by piece, to maintain the occupation of the West Bank…

Israelis do not necessarily see themselves as making a choice between democracy and permanent occupation. Yaron Ezrahi, a political scientist at Hebrew University, has described an Israeli ideological divide that is much wider and more profound than the divide between, say, American Democrats and Republicans.

One side, Ezrahi has said, champions "the Enlightenment ideal of progress" and "a deep sense of the limits of military force, and a commitment to liberal-democratic values." And the other, "founded on a long memory of persecution, genocide, and a bitter struggle for survival, is pessimistic, distrustful of non-Jews, and believing only in Jewish power and solidarity."

It is this latter view that Netanyahu represents, and that is increasingly dominant in Israeli politics.

The Israeli Democracy Institute points out, though, that 74 percent of Jewish Israelis say that "crucial national decisions on matters of peace and security should be made by a Jewish majority." Sixty-one percent say Jewish Israelis should be the group that decides on governance and economic issues.

In other words, Jewish Israelis express an abstract desire for democracy, but do not support enacting it in practice. Rather, they want a state that gives Jews greater political rights and authority.

Members of the Israeli left are concerned that they could be the next to be marginalized, and it is easy to see why. Forty-six percent of Israelis support a law banning public criticism of the government, according to the Democracy Institute's findings. New Israeli public school textbooks are teaching Israeli children that their country is meant to be more Jewish than it is democratic. Israeli sociologist Idan Yaron found recently from his research observing high schoolers, "The students think that being left-wing is almost worse than being an Arab."

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"Matzpen" - Reviewing the Thought Processes behind the Israeli Socialist Organization

The first example of Far-Leftist Extremists abusing Freedom of Speech to disseminate acute anti-Zionist and anti-colonial rhetoric with the desire to see their own country delegitimized and destroyed.

The Israeli Socialist Organization (ISO) known later as Matzpen was founded in 1962 but did not earn much notice until after the 1967 Six- Day War when it attracted great attention, chiefly for being the first Israeli organization to speak against Israel abroad.

The perception of the 1948 war changed from that of a liberation struggle against the British to that of a colonialist war. The State of Israel, which was seen at the inception of Matzpen as an imperialist tool, starting from 1964–1965 was seen as a colonialist state on its own "merit". The Six-Day War strengthened Matzpen's perception of Zionism as a fundamentally colonialist phenomenon and "promoted" Israel to the status of a prominent partner in the imperialist system instead of barely a pro-Western junior associate as it was seen before 1967.

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

 

Isracampus Calls for Applying the Supreme Court Ruling to the Tenured Anti-Israel Radicals First

Lawsuit Barrage Against Leftist 'Settlement Boycott' Groups

The Legal Forum for Israel is preparing to submit a series of lawsuits against leftist organizations that call to boycott products from Judea and Samaria, after the High Court this week ruled that those calling to boycott the state of Israel must pay compensation for their economic damage.

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Tenured Extremists Vote for Stalinism, Fascism, and Anti-Semitism in Israel

The following Tenured Extremists pledge to vote for the "United Arab List" in the upcoming elections as a statement against "occupation, oppression, and racism."

Tel Aviv University - Adi Ophir, Anat Matar, Rachel Giora, Moshe Zuckerman, Yehouda Shenhav, Yigal Brunner
Weizmann Institute - Communist Party activist Oded Goldreich
Haifa University - Avner Giladi, Avraham Oz, Yuval Yonay, Vered Krauss and Arik Shapira
Hebrew University - Nurit Peled Elhanan and Emmanuel Farjoun
Ben Gurion University - Nitza Berkowitz, Haim Jacoby, Ido Landau, Haggai Ram, and Israel's pseudo-academic Lord Haw-Haw Neve Gordon

This is what Israeli taxpayers are financing.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Ben-Dror Yemini Scolds the Israeli Xenophobic Leftist Academia

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

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

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

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

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

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Israeli Leftists, Traitors and Expatriates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Israeli Left's Petition Fascism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Tenured "Suicide Bombers" of Academia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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University Heads Establish BDS Counter Forum

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

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

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

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The Discussion of Legitimate Limits to Abuse of Freedom of Speech by Far-Leftists Reaches the Public Sphere

The abuse of individual rights and personal freedoms by the Far-Left has prompted Martin Sherman to suggest enforcing existing laws, or to draft new ones, to make "academics" criminally culpable when advocating irresponsible policies for which the outcome is blatantly detrimental to national security or the physical safety of its citizens.

It has been a long accepted principle in the most democratic of nations that the right to free speech is neither unconditional nor unconstrained. This is especially true when such nations find themselves in a state of belligerency.

It is this potential abuse of individual rights and freedoms that may imperil collective freedoms and rights which comprises the major thrust of the ensuing discussion…

The US legal system stipulates two related offenses, "reckless endangerment" and "depraved indifference."

Without engaging in scholarly debate regarding the legalistic differences between the two, it would be true to say, in informed layman's terms, that the defining characteristic common to both is that they each entails conduct, exhibiting a clear disregard for foreseeable consequences of the act involved, which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to others. Significantly, the focus in these offenses is on the risk created by such conduct, not the actual injuries resulting.

Yakobson's proposal to abandon Jews to alien sovereignty of course comprises a grotesque inversion of Zionist ideals, which always strove to achieve the opposite – bringing Jews to live under Jewish sovereignty. His latest article takes this manifestly misguided myopia even further.

Yakobson is proposing implementation of a policy that has failed consistently and catastrophically for almost a quarter century, incurring the murder and maiming of thousands upon thousands of his countrymen.

But, because Israel's democratically elected government has not been sufficiently submissive to Palestinian demands in adopting such a perilous and imprudent policy, Yakobson suggests that it be promoted (read "imposed") by the US administration – whose misunderstanding and incompetence regarding the political realities in the international system in general, and the Mideast in particular, have been starkly apparent for at least a decade.

If this recommendation to have a disastrously disproven policy imposed on his own government by an inept alien entity does not constitute a clear and present danger to Israeli national security, it's difficult to think what does.

The trenchant question that remains is: How long will we, as a society, continue to tolerate, not only the articulation but the proactive propagation of harebrained, hazardous hallucinations, no matter how clearly detrimental to the national security of the state and the physical safety of its citizens, before they are accorded the public outrage and societal opprobrium they so richly deserve?

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University Heads Boycott Ariel U

[Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, chairman of the Committee of University Heads] delivered his speech to an incomplete forum. The Ariel University president was absent. The formal explanation given for his absence was that the Ariel University president is not a member of Committee of University Heads, so he was not invited.

That explanation, however, obviously neither holds water nor lives up to a single legal or even ethical criterion. If such is the case, then it means Trajtenberg refuses to accept Ariel University's status as a true university, despite the government's decision to upgrade the institution. Actually, it makes Trajtenberg the head of a committee that refuses to honor the government's decision. So be it.

Any reasonable individual can see that the university professor heads have conglomerated, acting as an extortionist gang and doing with academia as it pleases. Divvying up the budget among the council, an estimated 8 billion shekels ($2.3 billion), is done as if the universities were state unto themselves.

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Two Leftist Academics Demand Israel "Recognize" Palestine even if the Arabs Refuse to Recognize Israel

Oded Eran (TAU, Institute for National Security) and Robbie Sabel (Hebrew U, Dept of Law) preach capitulation to Arab irredentist claims while posturing over the merits of creating a second Hamastan bordering on the Israeli heartland. Eran and Sabel allege that a self-claimed Arab State would be no better than the State of Israel as neither have fixed borders or a formally recognized capital. *This* is who led negotiations and advises the Foreign Ministry. We now know how Israeli politicians were hoodwinked into signing the failed Oslo experiment.

Notwithstanding its concerns it might be worthwhile for Israel, and maybe the US, too, to consider taking the initiative and supporting the State of Palestine's accession to the UN. True, it will be a state with no permanent borders and a self-declared capital, with major issues such as the refugees still unresolved. It will not, however, be much different from its neighbor Israel in this respect. Israel's borders with the Palestinians, both in Gaza and the West Bank, and with Lebanon and Syria are still to be permanently fixed, and its capital, Jerusalem, is not formally recognized by the international community.

Beyond exposing the hollow Palestinian threat, such a move will turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into just one of close to 200 international disputes on territories and borders. Jerusalem, security, refugees and mutual recognition of their national status will still have to be negotiated, but that will be carried out by two legally equal entities.

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Haaretz Questions What Constitutes Legitimate Expression

Haaretz Newspaper, The Radical Left-Wing Mouthpiece, has started to question what "constitutes legitimate expression." Haaretz runs Amiel Ungar's op-ed questioning where 'Critical Thinking' stops and where abiding the enemy and treason begins. Exposed are the methods of the Israeli Far-Left for framing and controlling the 'legitimate' political debate by 'outlawing' opinions with which it can not compete. As a minority opinion, the Israeli Far-Left has been warned to curb its abuse of the subjective processes of politicized selection and rewards.

High school civics teacher Adam Verete, who used his position of authority to impose his extreme left-wing views on his students, and made a student who courageously challenged his views an object of ridicule, was reinstated. Popular music icon Ariel Zilber's lifetime achievement award (given by Israel's national performing artists' association) was downgraded … for uttering politically incorrect views that were no more inflammatory than those uttered by prize winners identified with the Israeli left.

As both stories were in the spotlight in Israel simultaneously, it naturally raised the issue why freedom of expression was upheld for Verete the leftist teacher and denied Zilber the rightist musician. … The debate over the limits of free speech in Israel is not an honest one but merely a continuation of the political struggle by other means.

Israel's political left wants to frame the political debate by dictating what constitutes legitimate expression and what constitutes "racism" or "incitement." In this way it can monopolize the debate and exclude opinions that it disagrees with. One means of doing so is to punish the proponents of "incorrect" viewpoints. In December 2013, for example, we witnessed the grotesque spectacle of Haifa University retracting an honorary doctorate from Nobel laureate Professor Israel Aumann because it found his political views discordant.

But why wait for a person with incorrect views to make a name for himself and then blackball him? A better tactic is to adopt a Bolshevik prophylactic approach that will prevent entire categories of undesirables from achieving influence and renown. This was the thrust of Amir Oren's warning that the top ranks of the Shin Bet security service were becoming infested with religious Zionists the most dangerous carriers of incorrect thinking…

One can understand the anguish of the left in seeing the representatives of religious Zionism advance to major positions in the IDF and the Shin Bet because these positions presage future corporate and political leadership roles. But if the left is worried that there are too many knitted skullcaps in the Shin Bet, it must beef up its own share of potential applicants.

If Oren and his friends want to impose what Huntington called the "subjective model", where correct political viewpoints would trump qualifications, they should ponder the consequences not only for the Shin Bet but for the Israeli left as well.

Israel's political and demographic trends in Israel are far from encouraging for the left, and as a minority it has more to lose from a politicized selection and rewards process. For example, the makeup of Israel's Supreme Court or the Political Science Department at Beersheva University would look a lot different if they had to reflect dominant political opinions rather than presumed objectivity. By denying Zilber and Aumann honors and seeking to block the career advancement of religious Zionists, the left is inviting a backlash and an overdose of its own medicine.

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The Israeli Radical Left Demands Academic Freedom Suppression to Defend (Leftist) Academic Freedom

Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew U), the anti-democratic prof, organizes a petition to suppress Academic Freedom at Bar Ilan University, and gets mocked by the Israeli Maariv daily newspaper. Goldblum is joined by his academic fellows in the Radical Leftwing Suppression of Free Speech: Daniel Bar-Tal from TAU; Avraham Oz and Hannah Safran from Haifa U; Oren Yiftachel from BGU, and Frances Raday from Hebrew U. Will Goldblum file a new SLAPP suit against Maariv?

It sounds like a Purim gag, and if only it were.

A petition was organized to denounce Bar Ilan University for allowing Black to speak on campus and demanding that the event surrounding the publication of Black's book be cancelled. The petition was organized by Peace Now co-founder Amiram Goldblum, a far-leftist professor of pharmaceutical studies at the Hebrew University… Goldblum is behind many of the attempts to paint Israel as an apartheid regime and has called for international pressure to suppress Israeli sovereignty and coerce the country to accept the diktats of the tiny ultra-leftist minority.

The new petition initiated by Goldblum demanding that Black be prevented from speaking, with its Orwellian title of "Support Free Speech," can be read here in Hebrew and English: http://www.atzuma.co.il/supportfreespeech. Yes it is there in black and white - the petition demands that freedom of speech be suppressed for Black in order to support freedom of speech. Ben Dror Yemini in Maariv this past weekend devotes part of his column to mocking Goldblum and his fellow petitioners:
http://www.nrg.co.il/app/index.php?do=blog&encr_id=f2b4c1b55be76d1e6d7b777256ea0370&id=4900

It is also amusing to see the list of tenured radicals who signed the petition to suppress academic freedom at Bar Ilan University. The list includes many academics who have ever demanded that critics of the Radical Left be silenced and suppressed. It is worth going through the list of signers one by one.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Yifachel'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - say - saying that people who want to enjoy rights should also comply with duties and obligations (THAT slogan was just banned as "racist" by the leftists on Israel's elections commission because it was thought to offend the delicate sensitivities of Arabs).

Nawi is a violent leftist hooligan who has been involved in a long series of violent confrontations with soldiers and police, as he pursues his promotion of Palestinian violence. He was arrested in 2007 for violence and hooliganism. He was convicted of assault and sentenced to a month of hard jail time plus 3 years of probation.

In 2009 he was in a protest in which he called a military officer a war criminal. Nawi was part of a violent anti-Israel demonstration there that the soldiers were dispersing. He was charged in 2010 with insulting a public official, which is a crime in Israel. The problem is that it is a crime that the courts are only willing to convict Jewish Right-wingers for. As far as I know, no Arab or leftist was ever convicted for it.

Nawi was convicted, but appealed and the Jerusalem appeals court just overturned the conviction. After all, under the dual justice system, laws for the geese never apply for the ganders.

Because he is both anti-Israel and gay, Nawi became the hero and mentor of some of the worst anti-Semites on earth. He has been celebrated by Neve Gordon and Noam Chomsky, among others. For example, here is Gordon proclaiming Nawi his idol, in the anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi web magazine Counterpunch:
http://www.counterpunch.org/gordon05082009.html. Gordon also raised funds for Nawi. As you can see, Gordon claims Nawi was arrested for "caring about people's homes." Sure and Gordon was hired and promoted at Ben Gurion "University" thanks to his being a serious scholar. The Hebrew University's tenured leftist David Shulman has also spent years beatifying Nawi.

And while we have the conscripted judicial Left in our sites, let us also mention that today's Israeli press carries large paid ads of solidarity with Hanin Zoabi, signed by leading leftist law professors. Zoabi was the Arab woman Knesset member who personally participated in violent attacks against Israeli troops in the "Turkish Flotilla" terrorist incident. She was also running for re-election to the parliament of the state which she does not recognize and which she seeks to destroy. Except the Knesset ethics committee voted to bar her from running, due to her participation in violence (and open support for terrorism).

A group of tenured law dons are unhappy with this. After all, they insist, why should Zoabi be any less entitled to run for the Knesset than Bin Laden would be to run for the US Senate?

Well, 17 of the worst leftist law dons in Israel signed the petition, opposing the banning of the terrorist form running for the parliament.

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The Feldhay Snub Exposes the Boycott Double Standard of Israel's Tenured Left

For a number of years now, Israel's tenured Left has rallied in defense of the "right" to boycott other Israelis and the right to boycott all of Israel. Whenever a public figure would speak out against the Israeli tenured traitors who call for world campaigns of divestment and economic sanctions against Israel, the Far Left bellows that this is "McCarthyism," that no one should be permitted to express disgust with such traitors… It is to a large extent the creation of Israeli tenured leftists.

… The Israeli Left wants to boycott every Jew who lives in the West Bank, including and especially Ariel University. It wants products made in the West Bank and Golan to be boycotted, and calls on foreign anti-Semites to promote such boycotts. Whenever any eyebrows are raised in Israel at their behavior, the leftists again scream "McCarthyism" and insist they are simply defending "academic freedom," and "freedom of speech." When Israel's Knesset passed a law allowing victims of such leftist boycotts to file civil suits for damages against the Leftists organizing the boycotts, again the Left bellowed that this was fascism and suppression of democracy…

In fact, there is only one form of boycott which they see as anti-democratic, treasonous, and fascist. That is when a leftist is boycotted. And that is why over the past few weeks the tenured Left in Israel has been soiling itself over the "boycott" of a leftist Tel Aviv University by Bibi Netanyahu.

Now the truth is that Prof. Rivka Feldhay was not really "boycotted" by anyone. She was just pointedly not invited by Netanyahu to participate in a pow-wow in Berlin with the German Prime Minister…Netanyahu does not consider participation in any ceremony with the German PM to be an automatic entitlement for anyone. But the Left considers Netanyahu's unwillingness to include Feldhay in the ceremony to be a fascist assault on academic freedom.

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Prof. Ziva Shamir Exposes the Eradication of Free Speech and Academic Freedom by the Extreme Radical Left in the Social Sciences

Explains the processes in which Departments like BGU's Political Science Dept are allowed to form. Laments the loss of Academic Standards that Leftist 'discourse' has brought about.

She says, "Very few will dare admit openly that several departments in Israel's largest universities, like many places around the world, are now on the most radical fringe of the political map, and quite a few fields of study long ago gave up solid research for fashionable 'discourse.'" In certain departments, says Shamir, it is impossible to express all opinions freely because the "defenders of free speech" will set up an immediate outcry and boycott any 'non-standard' speech without delay. They will condemn the speaker vociferously and delegitimize him publicly.

"Nobody will even admit that in quite a few departments, many of the lecturers can no longer be trusted, since they are tainted by extreme radical thinking. They use the objects of their research and the subjects they teach as nothing but a platform on which to proclaim their extreme political axioms," Shamir says.
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There are lecturers who commit political harassment. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference when it comes to the fine points of what is allowed and what is not, but it's important to know that political harassment is like sexual harassment. Lecturers in classes have authority over their students. Add to that the fact that low-ranking staff members are dependent on their superiors for years.

"This leads to phenomena that are similar to cloning. A department head collects people around him who think as he does. Sometimes, the staff member behaves at first like one of the anusim [the Jews of Spain who were forced to convert to Catholicism during the time of the Inquisition, also called Marranos]. Later, they end up 'converting' because they have no choice. When a language teacher gives the class a sentence for analysis such as 'IDF soldiers at checkpoints act like neo-Nazis,' what is there to talk about? Israeli academicians call abroad for the boycotting of Israel and its educational institutions and then they're astonished when the rug is pulled out from under them."

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The Assault by the Totalitarian Left against Academic Freedom on Israel

Sharp criticism of the "Solidarity with Ben Gurion University" movement

In recent weeks the very worst assault upon academic freedom in Israeli history has transpired in the form of a growing campaign of "solidarity" with the Department of Politics at Ben Gurion University. This "department" is nothing more than an anti-Israel far-leftist propaganda and indoctrination center, containing pseudo-academics, misrepresented and disguised as a university academic department. It is also a department in which freedom of speech and academic freedom are brutally suppressed.

The department is the epitome of the ideal of the Far Left regarding what they think universities should be, namely totalitarian indoctrination centers in which students are brainwashed into Marxist and Far-Leftist ideology, in which no non-leftist dissent is tolerated.

The nature of the Department of Politics as a pseudo-academic
taxpayer-funded anti-Israel agitation center is well known by now. An international panel set up by Israel's Council on Higher Education investigated things and recommended that the department be shut down altogether. Since then, the anti-democratic totalitarian Left in Israel and abroad has been circling the wagons in solidarity with the department and denouncing the Israel Council on Higher Education as a fascist oppressive tool of the "Right." In typical Orwellian inversion, these enemies of academic freedom and freedom of speech demand that the BGU department of politics be preserved as a totalitarian anti-democratic indoctrination center, one in which no pluralism or diversity or dissent from leftist dogma is permitted.

Anyway, today (5/10/2012) the Deputy Editor of Maariv, Ben Dror Yemini, who is himself left of center but is a bona fide Zionist patriot, takes on the "Solidarity with Ben Gurion University" movement. He does so in Hebrew here:

The academic world has found itself in the heart of yet another storm in response to the recommendations to end all registration of new students in the degree programs of the Department of Politics at Ben Gurion University. Hundreds have signed petitions demanding that this "assault against academic freedom" be stopped. As usual, the outward impression is supposed to be of the forces of enlightenment battling against the forces of darkness, meaning those seeking to silence "critics." This impression is worth a closer look!

While failures exist in many departments, the only one for which the panel issued a call that it be shut down was the politics department at Ben Gurion University, at least unless major changes and reforms were to take place in it. The CHE unanimously adopted the panel's recommendations. It is worth noting that the members of the CHE are NOT political hacks or apparatchiks and they were NOT appointed by the Right or even by the Minister of Education. The panel included two prominent and distinguished political scientists from Germany….The "reforms" were supposed to be two-fold, first in the area of recruiting faculty who could teach sub-disciplines not currently taught in the department [meaning anything other than Marxist leftism – SP] and introduction of diversity of points of view, so that not only "critical" [meaning Marxist – SP] ideology was being taught.

The department did hire three new people. [All three were also far-leftists; what grand diversity!! – SP]. No one checked up on their political opinions or challenged their credentials. The problem was with regard to the second goal. Two of the three [Yemini is wrong – actually all three – SP] were hired in direct defiance of the instructions of the CHE. The panel had criticized the fact that most of the existing departmental faculty members belong to the "critical" [meaning Marxist – SP] strand of political science, considered fringe in academia. These are people who toss out conjectures that cannot be tested or disproved in a scientific manner. The CHE ordered the department to diversify away from its monolithic "critical" makeup. So what did Ben Gurion University do? It hired MORE "critical" faculty members. One of these is not even a political scientist at all… Meaning that the department simply defied the CHE.

This is the background to the recommendation by the CHE to shut down the department! But that recommendation served as the spark for a new campaign (by the anti-Israel far Left). So instead of carrying out the CHE instructions, BGU and its department of politics launched a political campaign.

Those are the facts, but the "campaign" has been launched, impervious to facts and truth. Academics and journalists from around the world are sending swarms of angry messages to the CHE. Petitions inside and outside Israel are being collected. The signers are unaware of the fact that this is a battle by the CHE AGAINST those who seek to suppress pluralism and restrict academic freedom [the department of politics at BGU and its supporters – SP]. The CHE is the agency SEEKING diversity and pluralism! But it is always such fun to proclaim that Israel is a reactionary backward primitive entity that censors and silences its leftist academic critics. This is an unprecedented campaign of intimidation and distortion directed AGAINST the members of the CHE by these who would coerce them into adopting the political agenda of the Far Left. This is no academic campaign. …

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Tenured Leftwing Fascists in Israel calling for Illegal Boycott of Ariel University

Prof. Chaim Ganz [Tel Aviv University] suggests drastic measures: "Stopping our work at the universities for at least one day in the course of the first or second week of studies while holding protests and informational gatherings, seems to me to be a minimum. We can also think about stopping studies for one day a week in each of the first six weeks. As a minimum."

Prof. David Levy-Faur of Hebrew University encourages his colleagues to take heart: "Do not despair. We gave back Sinai, we left Gaza, we will solve the problem of the other territories as well… but unfortunately it will cost another war or two. We are in the midst of a change in the tactics of the struggle. From a civil protest that characterized our actions since 1967, to civil resistance. The goal should be to bring all of the settlers home by the fiftieth year of the occupation, 2017."

Prof. Menachem Hofnung [Hebrew University] suggests that everyone resort to calling the institution at Ariel a "college" even if "the government" decides to approve it as a university.

Prof. Alon Harel of Hebrew U. suggests that Ariel's academicians and degrees be treated as those of "a foreign country."

Dr. Julia Chaitin of Sapir College suggested that Ariel U. be made to accept lecturers and students from the Palestinian Authority (PA). She may have been unaware, writes Bigman, that it was the PA that jailed several lecturers who participated in a conference at Ariel several months ago.

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Ariel University Will be Established because it's "the Will of the Voters" Despite 40 years of Leftist indoctrination

For over 40 years Israeli society has been subjected to an intense indoctrination onslaught, involving the "Ministry of Truth" marketing its special lexicon by way of media mouthpieces and the Israeli academia: Peace (which has instigated war), human rights (excluding the right of Jews to a national home and to self defense), rule of law (as long as the law adheres to the Left's values), democracy (meaning a disregard for majority rule), pluralism (meaning giving room to all the minority opinions, even the most esoteric ones, but not to the majority opinion), silencing (after having grown accustomed to hearing only themselves, they become angry when voices that differ from their own appear in the media here and there), enlightenment (meaning ignorance of historical facts but a solid grasp on emasculating political correctness), etc.

Another important battle currently being waged in the education arena is the declaration that Ariel University Center in Samaria is officially the eighth Israeli university. The Left has completely lost its mind on this issue. The government has managed to overcome every obstacle on the path to approving Ariel's official university status. The hypocritical objections voiced by the Committee of University Heads to the status upgrade will be remembered with shame, just like previous objections to the establishment of the existing universities. The self-promoting, short-sighted professors will be confronted by elected officials and the latter will bring about the will of the voters. The Ariel University will be established.

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The Ivory Cartel Circles the Wagons to prevent Competition and Sharing of the Fiscal Loot

The presidents of Israel's universities and one of its larger colleges on Monday petitioned the High Court of Justice to overturn a decision granting Ariel University Center (AUC) official status as a university.

The university heads contend that since the budget committee concluded there was no need for a new Israeli university, AUC should not receive exceptional treatment. Moreover, they argue that Israel's higher education scene has been in crisis for a decade in terms of financing, an issue that has significantly harmed the ability of universities to perform research and other functions at competitive levels internationally.

The petition says the financial crisis has led to brain-drain, with some of Israel's brightest students and researchers choosing to study abroad. It adds that even if the Judea and Samaria council had the jurisdiction to make AUC a university against the position of the Council of Higher Education, the criteria it used were unreasonable.

The petition says the criteria compared AUC only to the goals it created for itself, and not to other Israeli or international universities, and emphasized quantity and a bland list of factors divorced from wrestling with the holistic question of whether AUC really deserved to be a university.

The president of Hebrew University, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, referred to the financial crisis in the academic sphere by saying the state would need to add billions to the budget, both for the entire academic community and for a new university, as the $50 million Steinitz had promised would not be sufficient.

Ben-Sasson also said that if Israel were going to add a new university, at least five other quality schools should be ahead of AUC. He stated that the move had both undermined solidarity among Israeli universities and caused problems for Israeli universities in relation to universities abroad.

AUC responded in a statement accusing the university heads of trying to undermine a decision of Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein, who ratified the Judea and Samaria council's decision as legal.

The statement slammed the Council of Higher Education as a "cartel" attempting to preserve its hegemony over higher education in Israel and preventing newer institutions from competing in research, pursuing knowledge and receiving budgetary resources.

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Ending the Politicized Leftist Hegemony in Israeli Higher Education

Here is an infuriating historic moment: the establishment of the Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee. On May 17, 1977, the conservative camp won the general election, assuming leadership of Israel for the first time after 50 years of left-wing hegemony (since 1931). On June 20, 1977, Menachem Begin was sworn in as prime minister. In the interim, the Left was in hysterics and launched a frantic effort to cement its other strongholds outside the government. On June 6, three weeks after the election and two weeks before the new government was sworn in, the leftist interim government deviously transferred authority over the higher education budget (and more) from the government’s hands into the hands of the Planning and Budgeting Committee, or, in other words, into the hands of the academic establishment. In short, anything to prevent the Likud savages from gaining control over higher education as well.

If you try to be hired at any of Israel’s universities with a conservative (right-wing) resume, you will find that even if your academic achievements outrank those of your leftist colleagues, the underlying test question will be whether or not you belong to their exclusive club. Does this remind anyone of the current situation in the Israeli media or in the Israeli justice system? There is reason for that. Academia, the media and the justice system are the three leftist strongholds that the conservative camp is having trouble infiltrating. But their immunity will not last forever. The leftist hegemony is beginning to crumble on all three fronts, and all three strongholds are heading toward extensive pluralism and healthy friction between opposing viewpoints.

In conclusion: Ariel University will flourish as Israel’s eighth university and pose a profound Zionist challenge to the old academic establishment.

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Counterpunch, the venue of choice for people like Neve Gordon, Uri Avnery, Ilan Pappe, Hannah Safran, Lev Grinberg, Jeff Halper, and all the other Israeli anti-Semites, is proclaimed a Neo-Nazi magazine by the prestigious British web site Harry's Place:

Counterpunch's front page story is an article by Eric Walberg.

Here are a few other stories by Walberg, a couple of which are published on neo-Nazi sites. A couple were written under the pseudonym "Simon Jones", but Terry Glavin is clear that this is Walberg.

Does anybody here still seriously want to argue that Counterpunch is not a magazine of the far Right?

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Melanie Phillips, British journalist and author, Plugs IsraCampus' Efforts in Documenting the "Systematic Corruption of the Academy by Jewish Academics"

One of the most shocking aspects of the campaign to demonise and delegitimise the state of Israel is the part played in this diabolical endeavour by Jewish and Israeli academics on the political left. We're not talking here about people who are merely critical of Israeli policies. We're talking about people who lend their names and academic credentials to lies, libels, distortions, fabrications, misrepresentations and other malicious fantasies in order to demonise and delegitimise Israel, treatment they afford to no other country.

Within Israel itself, the demonisation of their own country by Israeli academics has to be seen to be believed – not least for the free rein they are usually given to debauch the role of a university and substitute lies and propaganda for facts and knowledge. If anyone challenges them, they start screaming that they are being demonised. Not surprisingly, a steady stream of them find their way onto the campuses of Britain, where the already Judeophobic atmosphere supplies them with an unlimited supply of the oxygen of hatred. The IsraCampus website is doing sterling work recording this systematic corruption of the academy by Jewish academics both within Israel and abroad. It is a deeply tragic and unique phenomenon.

Bizarre? Grotesque? Suicidal? Sure. Yet astonishingly, all but ignored by Jews in Israel and elsewhere, who choose to pretend this is not happening. IsraCampus is fighting back. Where are all the rest?

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Yaakov Ahimeir, senior Israeli journalist, Warns of the Dangers of the Agitprop and Indoctrination dispensed by the Academic Radical Left

Joins the call to dismiss Academics who support the BDS movement

[Prof. Shamir] warns against politicization becoming the dominant power: expressions of politicization, she stresses, turn academic instruction into nothing less than uncontrollable and unrestrained brainwashing and indoctrination.

Pulling from her own experience, she maintains that there are quite a few "crusader" lecturers who try to convert their students to their "religion." The days during which teachers understood that they can't turn their classrooms into branches of their political parties are long gone. Teachers no longer feel the need to avoid troublesome political dictates that promote discrimination and segregation. Shamir also calls for an examination of the academic establishment – she urges the establishment of a committee, comprising jurists, philosophers, linguists and researchers – but without politicians – that would formulate the essential distinction between research and political propaganda.

We must eradicate the improper practice, which has spread among quite a few faculty members, of turning classrooms and university offices into branches of the political parties whose flag they wave, while making undue use of the university's mail services, internet services and telephones.

Fearlessly, Shamir calls for the immediate dismissal of lecturers who promote boycotting Israeli academic institutions: "they themselves can have the honor of teaching abroad," she says.

In my opinion, Shamir's charges are harsh, but true. The Council for Higher Education, and its chairman Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, cannot maintain indifference in the face of such accusations. Without fearing what others may say, they must reach tough conclusions. This is not about limiting academic freedom, not by a long shot.

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Knesset to Close Nakba Law Loophole

Right-wing groups were not the only people upset by a Nakba Day ceremony held at Tel Aviv University on Monday. On Wednesday, Yisrael Beiteinu MKs were due to submit a new bill that would allow the government to deny or revoke budgets from universities that allow such ceremonies on their premises.

The bill is meant to bolster the Nakba Law, which the Knesset passed a year ago and that allows the Finance Ministry to withhold government funds from organizations that organize or allow events that violate "the principles of the state."

The Nakba Law defines such events as ceremonies that deny the existence of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state; that support terror or racist propaganda; that mark the founding of the state as a day of mourning; or damage the symbols or flag of Israel.

Education Minister Gideon Saar has looked into the question of whether it was legally possible to withhold funds from Tel Aviv University because of the Nakba Day ceremony, but found that since the university hadn't funded the event, it was not. The new legislation from Yisrael Beiteinu, authored by Education Committee Chairman Alex Miller – who also wrote the Nakba Law – is designed to close this loophole.

Tel Aviv University said in response that "the university has always operated and will always operate in accordance with the laws of Israel."

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Special Isracampus Report:
Maariv exposes Sexual Misconduct and Predation by Tenured Leftists

Isn't it delicious when leftist academics get nailed for their sexual misbehavior?

Well, Maariv April 2, 2012 runs a special expose of the sexual molestation of students by faculty members at Israeli universities. It proclaims Tel Aviv University the country's champion institution for faculty sexual misbehavior. TAU may also hold the single largest menagerie of far-leftist tenured faculty members in the country.

The paper also reports how the administrations at Israeli universities try to stonewall and protect the tenured offenders. The cases range from inappropriate grabs to outright rape, and cover all manner of pankying and hankying.

Israel's State Comptroller is currently preparing a detailed report on the cover-ups and failures of the universities to maintain law and order among their tenured sexual predators. Maariv ran its own independent investigation and found that complaints by students of being sexually molested and harassed by faculty are routinely buried and shoved under the rugs. In cases where disciplinary hearings are held, a faculty molester gets judged only by other faculty members, people having no legal credentials. Among the now famous cases of molestation discussed in the paper today are that of Eyal ben Ari, far-leftist anti-Israel sociologist from the Hebrew University, who was fired because of his behavior, and his colleague Gideon Aran, the radically anti-Orthodox sociologist from the same department, Ehud Olmert's brother-in-law, who was ordered to pay compensation to a woman with whom he had "improper relations."

The paper claims the number of offenses and the number of complaints from students have been increasing dramatically. While the paper does not note this, most – if not all – of the offenders are academic leftists.

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Leftist Fascist Academics Exempt from Prosecution when They Call for Murder

The State Attorney's Office has refused to file charges against a former lecturer at the Bezalel art school who wrote "death to the settlers" on his Facebook page.

The man, Tzvi Elhayani, wrote: "Death to the settlers – because you are a spiritual murder of the nation of Israel."

Following this publication, the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel asked the Attorney General and Government Legal Advisor to initiate an investigation on suspicion of incitement to murder.

Last June, a lecturer at Ben Gurion University [Eyal Nir – Isracampus] called for violence against Jewish participants in the Jerusalem Day Flag March. "I call on the world to come and help break these scoundrels' necks," he wrote on his Facebook page, and described the flag-bearing marchers as "gangs of bandits swarming in our country."

While an investigation was reportedly launched against Nir four months later, there has been no report that charges have been filed.

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Haim Kreisel, BGU Professor, Dismisses the Radical Left "Blacklist" claims as "Ludicrous"

Attests that Far-leftist Positions helps in the Promotion Process in the Social Sciences Dept

I am referring to the recent comical attempts to depict all those who challenge this movement's growing strength in the academic world as the heirs to the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, in particular the mainstream Im Tirtzu student movement and its purported "blacklist."

I am not disputing the claim that Im Tirtzu compiles lists of academics who write and teach against the Zionist Idea (or Israel as a Jewish State) and even goes so far as to criticize some of them publicly. Im Tirtzu occasionally even calls for the ouster of an academic whose salary comes mostly from the government but still calls for international boycotts of Israel, and even of its universities of which he/she is a member.

But calling this a "blacklist," with all the historical associations involved is, well, ludicrous....But yesterday's tragedy becomes today's farce; I know of no academic criticized by Im Tirtzu who has lost his/her job as a result, or whose academic career was jeopardized. In fact, I can testify as an academic insider that Im Tirtzu's claims that in a number of academic departments in the social sciences holding far-left (or "post" Zionistic) positions actually gives one an edge, and certainly helps in the promotion process, are true.

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Ziv Tidhar, Israel Radio announcer, blasts the local Radical Leftist Shoah-deniers' use of the "Twisted Parallel" between the "Nakba" and the Nazi Regime

Just like seasonal flu, upon the arrival of remembrance days Israel's media is overcome by a murky wave of opinion pieces by Israeli Shoah-denying intellectuals… The local Shoah-denier is inspired by the radical Left in the world's most prestigious academic institutions. He engages in dwarfing the implications of the Shoah and in minimizing its relative weight as a constitutive event that has no parallel in the history of humanity.

Through verbal juggling, the denier turns the victim of the Holocaust into a belligerent thug who must be restrained, silenced, and preached to…These people, who experienced the Shoah on their own flesh, as well as their descendents, are accused of refusing to leave behind this "post-trauma," which is said to cloud their overall judgment…

For Holocaust deniers, the "Shoah trauma" is not an emotional experience that calls for compassion and stands in and of itself, but rather, merely an argument used by Israelis as an excuse for their "narrative," which faces the "Palestinian narrative." The latter also offers a trauma in the form of a "Nakba," translated as "Shoah" to Hebrew.

There are no similarities whatsoever between the German extermination machine and the Palestinian national tragedy, yet the twisted parallel is almost explicit when "post-Shoah paranoia" is enlisted as an explanation for Israeli aggression.

The open and explicit threats to eliminate the State of Israel, growing global anti-Semitism, and the extermination ideologies that are being taught again – this time at schools located only a few kilometers away from here – are presented not as a realistic translation of reality, but rather, as merely reflecting the abovementioned paranoia.

These Shoah deniers argue that without the Holocaust, the State of Israel would not have been established as result of the pressure exerted on the nations of the world by the paranoid Jews. These nations are said to have been pushed, against their will, to approve the inception of the new state in sin, while perpetuating a conflict that Israelis refuse to terminate (as noted, because of that same "post-trauma.")

This is how the well-oiled Holocaust denial machine works. This is how Shoah discourse is being dwarfed and minimized. Instead of a discussion on universal implications, we get a constant trickle of the Middle Eastern context, for the purpose of making the crimes of occupation and militarism seem graver.

Israel was not established because of the Shoah. The Zionist enterprise has moral validity even without the Holocaust. The denier will always cheapen and dwarf the Shoah's universal implications in order to produce a narrow, localized debate, while slamming and abusing the survivors as the last to learn the "lesson." Meanwhile, there are people worldwide who read the words written by these Israeli Shoah deniers, quote them, and rush to send them an invitation for the next academic convention.

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Isracampus answer to Haaretz and to Those Accusing us of "McCarthyism"

Here is everything you need to know about academic freedom and freedom of speech in Israel:

Leftists who insist that only leftists are entitled to exercise freedom of speech - are fascists.

Leftists who insist that all people who criticize leftists are McCarthyists - are fascists. They are also McCarthyists.

Leftists who claim that the exercise of freedom of speech by anti-Oslo dissidents in the 1990s caused Rabin to be assassinated - are McCarthyists. They are also fascists.

Leftists who claim that no one should be allowed to refer to anti-Israel traitors as traitors - are themselves fascists.

Leftists who pretend that other leftists who call for BDS or Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel are anything other than traitors – are liars. They are also fascists.

Leftists who endorse terrorist attacks against Jews are traitors.

Leftists who demand a "Palestinian right of return to Israel" are traitors.

Leftists who endorse Arab fascist movements - are fascists.

Leftists who support or vote for the communist party are mentally deranged. They are also fascists.

Leftists who support the elimination of Israel are traitors and fascists.

Leftists who attempt to use the courts to suppress freedom of speech for non-leftists – are fascists.

Leftists who censor chat lists of academics in order to bar non-leftist opinion from being expressed - are fascists.

Leftists who demand that non-leftists be silenced because their exercise of freedom of speech produces violence – are fascists.

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Haaretz reports on how Isracampus Exposes the Tenured Left

Three self-proclaimed watchdog organizations have labeled about 10 percent of Israeli academics as anti-Zionist, according to a recent study by a group of academics, artists and university students who aim to counter the categorizations. The organizations, which are open about their activities, are Im Tirtzu, IsraCampus and Israel Academia Monitor. … Members of the group include political scientist Prof. Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Israeli Film Directors Guild chairman Rani Blair; and the chairman of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum, Uri Rosenwaks.

University of Haifa economist Prof. Steven Plaut, one of the founders of IsraCampus, said in a statement: "Our main function is to quote what these teachers say and write ideologically and politically in order to bring it to the attention of the public. The issue is not an ideological argument, but rather publicizing the anti-Israel group that openly supports the enemy," Plaut said.

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The Pseudo-Academic Shir Hever (Alternative Information Center) makes Apartheid comparison

His 'economic lens' is conveniently blind to suicide bombers and security concerns

The segregation of Palestinians in the OPT is even more blatant. With most Palestinians confined to caged communities, which they can leave only with a special permit from Israel, surrounded by roads which they are not allowed to travel on, and subjected daily to a humiliating and arbitrary system of surveillance, the similarities between the life of Palestinians in the OPT to the life of blacks under apartheid in South Africa are even more striking than those of Palestinian citizens.

Israeli citizens, and especially Jewish settlers, enjoy privileges in the OPT over the indigenous Palestinian population. As a result, the Palestinian economy is strangled. Businesses depend on special permits from the Israeli authorities for importing raw materials and machinery, for transporting finished goods (not only to Israel but also within the OPT itself). As the Palestinians have no borders, Israel controls all of their imports and exports, and collects customs from products intended for the OPT (customs which are often withheld by the Israeli government). Meanwhile, Israeli businesses enjoy unrestricted access to the Palestinian economy.

The Palestinians have been deprived of the right to work freely, to produce, trade, and generally to sustain themselves. In the Gaza Strip, many have thus become dependent on international aid for food. Israel has not only robbed them of their livelihood, but also of their dignity.

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The death of academic freedom in Israel!

Israel's Leftist Thought Police Demands Censorship over “incorrect information” in a textbook

Could the same censorship be applied to “incorrect information” in Shlomo Sand’s book - ‘The Invention of the Jewish People’?

A number of homosexual activist academics started a campaign against the book [Prakim nivharim b'psichiatria, 2010 ed.], and the chat lists of Israeli faculty are filled with calls for suppression of the book and censorship of "incorrect" ideas about homosexuality. The book contains "incorrect information," insist the censors. Suppose that it does. But so does the book by Shlomo Sand. Since when does the fact that a book contains incorrect information entitle the leftist thought police to suppress and censor it?

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Isracampus Invites you to send Condolences

As you no doubt have heard, Kim Jong Il, the goosestepping Stalinist brat who had been running the North Korean gulag in recent years, just croaked. Isracampus would like to invite you to send an e-note of condolence to Noam Chomsky; his email address is chomsky@MIT.edu

Then, please send similar letters of condolence to Israel's own leading hardcore communists and Stalinists. These include TAU "historian" Shlomo Sand: shlomosa@post.tau.ac.il; his sidekicks Gadi Algazi at gadi.algazi@gmail.com and Yoav Peled at pol1@post.tau.ac.il; Oded Lowenheim, who teaches international relations at the Hebrew University, at oded.lowenheim@huji.ac.il; Jacob Katriel, retired Technion Stalinist, at jkatriel@techunix.technion.ac.il; Eyal Nir from Ben Gurion University, an active communist party member, at eyalnir@bgu.ac.il; Ofer Cassif, central committee member, at ofercass@mta.ac.il; and Yuri Pines from the Hebrew University, at pinesy@mscc.huji.ac.il (if you do not think he is a Stalinist, see his web page at http://www.eacenter.huji.ac.il/Pines).

 

Canadian Conference singles out Tel Aviv University as "the epicentre" of Israeli Academic Fifth Columnists

Sally Zerker, York University professor emeritus and a pioneer in Canadian Professors for Peace in the Middle East, deplored the apparently increasing number of Jews who publicly denounce Israel...

Zerker is especially enraged by Israeli professors she calls "fifth columnists" and "traitors," terms she doesn't hesitate to use because "Israel is at war, delegitimation is war, which means the Jewish people is at war as well."

Fellow panelist _National Post_ columnist Barbara Kay concurred, but instead of getting angry she finds Israeli academics and intellectuals who denounce Israel ludicrous.

She cited several examples, singling out Tel Aviv University as "the epicentre of the phenomenon. They'll never see another dollar from me."

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Academics Uri Hadar (TAU, Dept of Psychology) and Oren Yiftachel (BGU, Dept. of Geography) named as part of a concerted effort to deconstruct Zionism

The scenes of the Israeli army's attack on Gaza at the turn of 2008 evoked... images of Auschwitz. I came out... saying to myself: Of course, we found our [sacrificial] lamb – the people of Gaza.
– from The Hermeneutic Underpinning of Ethnic Brutality: The Jewish Israeli Case, Prof. Uri Hadar, Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University, 2011
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The sentiments expressed in the citation from Tel Aviv University's Uri Hadar at the start of this column dovetail well with those of his colleague Oren Yiftahel of Ben- Gurion University.

In The Jailer State (January 18, 2009), the good professor states: "Palestinian violence, and particularly the shelling from Gaza, should also be perceived as a prison uprising... suppressed with terror by the Israeli state."

In her meticulously researched and documented 'Tenured Radicals' in Israel, Prof. Ofira Seliktar traces the ongoing activities of academics who exploit their positions to promote the delegitimization of Israel. This is becoming evermore prevalent not only in academic research agendas but also in the content of courses taught and of conferences/ seminars held, as well as an increasingly weighty factor in the selection of faculty.

Seliktar describes how the "Zionist endeavor" is routinely portrayed as a "colonialist enterprise" in which the Jews have no any more rights to Palestine than the British had to India.

According to her study, Israeli academics support petitioning the International Criminal Court against IDF officers, and Israeli academic institutions are depicted – by those employed by them – as an indivisible part of an oppressive state, which has perpetrated unforgivable crimes against the Palestinian people.

Numerous Israeli scholars endorse the boycott, sanctions and disinvestment measures against Israel and even support sanctions against the very universities paying their salaries – salaries that they are somehow loath to "boycott," despite the fact that they come from the coffers of the iniquitous racist state they decry.

Might this not be cause for the average Israeli to ponder the use being made of taxes deducted from his hard-earned income?
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The conceptual foundations underpinning the Zionist enterprise are being deconstructed; the ideological edifice embodying the notion of Jewish political sovereignty is being eroded. This deconstruction, this erosion, is being carried out by those who should be entrusted with the maintenance of those foundations and the enhancement of that edifice – those charged with dispensing justice, imparting knowledge and conveying truth

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Israeli Professors of Hate

These Israeli academics abuse academic freedom by utilizing their universities as launching pads to delegitimize their own country and people. The extreme damage to Israel’s reputation and Jewish identity inflicted by these and other Jewish intellectuals has been greatly underestimated.

Whether it is Professor Shlomo Sand, who achieved celebrity status in Europe by publishing a book denying the existence of the Jewish people, or Professor Oren Yiftachel, who called Israel "a white... pure settlement colonial society", these Israeli celebrities gained fame and fortune by trashing their own country and people.

The same phenomenon happened in czarist Russia, when some Jewish social agitators endorsed pogroms against their own kinsmen, hoping that by venting their frustrations on Jews, the masses would ultimately turn on the czar.

At the Ben-Gurion University, Neve Gordon accused the IDF of being "war criminals" and promoted the boycott of Israel in a Los Angeles Times editorial. Gordon's articles have also been published on the web site of Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel and in Iran's state media.

Ze'ev Sternhell, in the midst of the Second Intifada, when his own students were being butchered on buses and restaurants, declared that Palestinians should "concentrate their struggle against the settlements".

In May 2001, after Arabs sadistically bashed the skulls of two "settler kids" in Tekoa, Israeli psychiatrist Ruchama Marton declared that "the settlers raise little monsters".

Anat Matar of Tel Aviv University openly supported boycotts of her own university. You find professors such as Moshe Zimmermann and other members of the progressive community who compared the Israelis to the Nazis. Also professors such as Idith Zertal, who thinks that the Zionist absorption of Holocaust refugees was a form of rape.

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Martin Sherman castigates the Leftist Tenured Traitors for abusing their academic credentials to delegitimize Israel

For an increasingly visible, vocal and vitriolic sector among Israeli academics is playing an influential role in the public discourse on the Arab-Israeli conflict that can only be defined as detrimental, dysfunctional and, regrettably, at times disloyal.

Motivated mainly by fear of donor desertion, university authorities have attempted to downplay the scope of the phenomenon – trying to dismiss it as marginal in influence and negligible in size.

This is a manifest misrepresentation of the facts.
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But it is not only what Israeli academics have failed to do that is of concern. What they have done is even more disturbing.

Many — some unwitting, others wittingly — have thrown their weight behind the burgeoning drive to delegitimize Israel internationally, particularly in intellectual circles across the globe.

Regrettably, frequent use — or rather abuse — is made of academic titles or positions to create an aura of authority on issues where none exists.

Take for example the good Prof. Shulman, who is listed at Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. On his website he details his areas of academic expertise as the history of religion in South India, poetry/poetics in Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit; Dravidian linguistics; and Carnatic music, none of which appears to have any relevance for the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Yet making use of his academic credentials, he blogs regularly in The New York Review of Books, vilifying Israel and validating much of the vitriol of its detractors.

Thus almost immediately following the IDF interception of the Mavi Marama in its attempt to break the naval quarantine of Gaza, he applied his expertise in South Asian culture to the realm of maritime law and national security.

...Such examples are far too numerous to catalog in this essay, but some will be dealt with in future columns, for this is an issue that has far too long been neglected.

A giant pall of shame
Israeli academe will have much to answer for to future generations. For despite its long list of illustrious accomplishments, a giant pall of shame and disgrace is beginning to rise above it — shame for what it has done; guilt for what it has not.

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The Goosestep March of Israel's Anti-Israel Academic Extremists

Consider the following, albeit a tiny sampling of their high profile utterances: Professor Yehudah "Judd" Ne'eman, Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University Faculty of the Arts, an Israel Prize Winner (usually reserved for those on the far left), publicly called for a civil war. Unlike the above rabbis who simply interpreted Jewish law, Professor Ne'eman urged his fellow leftists to execute a "war between the political left and the Jews of Judea and Samaria," AKA the "settlers." Even though recordings of Ne'eman's statements were obtained and publicized by Israel's TV Channel 1, incredulously, he was never called in for investigation by the state prosecutor's office.

His call follows a recent statement by former Technion physics professor Oded Regev that he would be willing to volunteer in a civil war against the radical right. Oded lobbed this verbal grenade, "I believe that there is only one way to overcome the religious extremists and that is through organized violence, through launching warfare in the full meaning of the term. Anyone who does not surrender in that war will be incarcerated. Those rabbis and their friends continue in the tradition of Goebbels."

Not to be outdone in his leftist vitriol, Professor Eyal Nir, of Ben Gurion University's chemistry department (following in the infamous footsteps of Neve Gordon, BGU's poster boy for worldwide anti-Israel rhetoric) likewise incited against the nationalist sector, calling "on the world to come and help break these scoundrels' necks." His "scoundrels" were young Jews who marched with Israeli flags on Jerusalem Day through areas lightly populated by Jews in our united capital.

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The Protests to the Citizenship Law by the Israeli Left Draws the Ire of other Academics

If there were an annual award for hypocrisy, the Israeli leftists now protesting a proposed amendment to the Citizenship Law would surely have this year's title sewed up. The rhetoric has been utterly over the top: the Association for Civil Rights in Israel called the amendment "anti-democratic"; author Sefi Rachlevsky termed it "fascist"; Prof. Gavriel Solomon even compared it to the Nazis' Nuremberg Laws.

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MK Alex Miller, Head of the Education Committee, proposes no funding for Academic Institutions that do not play the National Anthem

MK Alex Miller, Head of the Knesset’s Education, Culture and Sport Committee, is initiating a bill that would make academic institutions that do not play the national anthem in their ceremonies ineligible for state funding.

“This action has nothing to do with academic freedom and expresses the private will of people to use their position and status in order to express a radical political stance that disrespects national symbols. Some hinted that they decided to forgo the playing of HaTikva so as not to offend certain populations. This is a slippery and dangerous slope. What will be the next stage? Will they also remove the national flag?”

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Open Calls for Bloodshed and Violence coming from the Israeli Far Left

First, a few days ago, the leftist anti-Israel extremist, Professor "Judd" Ne'eman, who teaches film at Tel Aviv University, outdid himself and called for a civil war against the Israeli "Right." Ne'eman made it clear that he wants this civil war to break out as a tactic to aid the Palestinian campaign against Israel. He has a long, long track record of issuing violently anti-Israel pronouncements

Actually, Ne'eman is not the only lefty tossing about the term "civil war" these days, when referring to something they would like to see happen because too many Israelis refuse to endorse the extremist Left. A.B. Yehoshua uses the term also. They do not mean a civil war in which people challenge one another to spelling bees or soap box debates. They mean a civil war in which lots of people get killed.

… But the calls for bloodshed coming from Comrade Ne'eman and his friends are tame compared to what just came out of the mouth of one Oded Regev, a faculty member in physics at the Technion (http://physics.technion.ac.il/~regev/). … Regev published an internet article in response to Ne'eman's call for civil war entitled, "If you will have me, I am in." He adds there that if he would be permitted to lead a company of artillery he would gladly open fire at the evil side, meaning the Right and the religious Jews. He adds, "I also believe that there is only one way to overcome the religious extremists and that is through organized violence, through launching warfare in the full meaning of that term. Anyone who does not surrender in that war will be incarcerated." Regev went on to describe those rabbis arrested by Shai Nitzan and his friends as "those who continue in the tradition of Goebbels."

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Open Call for Violence at BGU too

For months the cabbagehead president of Ben Gurion University, Rivka Carmi, has been telling everyone and anyone willing to listen that there are no tenured traitors at all at her university besides Neve Gordon (SHE calls him a traitor!). … There are no problems at all at BGU, insists Madame Cabbagehead, other than Little Neve.

Well, let us introduce you to Dr. Eyal Nir, who teaches chemistry at BGU, at least when he is not busy as an activist in the HADASH Stalinist Party and other anti-Israel groups. Over the weekend, the YNET news web site, run by Israel's largest daily Yediot Ahronot, reported that Nir issued a call for murdering Israelis who fail to support his far-leftist communist political positions. Specifically, he called for the breaking of the necks of Israelis who march with Israeli flags and support the right of Jews to live in neighborhoods of East Jerusalem where Stalinists like Nir think that Jews do not belong.

The "theory" that "incitement" produces murder has been embraced by all of the Israeli media and by almost all of the political establishment. … Preventing "incitement" that will cause violence is the figleaf of the leftists in the Attorney General's office when they harass, interrogate, and arrest rabbis and activists who express opinions of which leftists disapprove. … But the crusade of the Israeli establishment against freedom of speech and "incitement" has never extended to incitement to murder by leftists. Not a single leftist has ever been jailed for expressing approval of terrorism, of murders against Jews, or for endorsing anti-Semitic groups, ideas or positions.

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Names of Academic Crusaders against Hatikva at Haifa U

“We support the freedom of expression and demonstration, but the attempt to present the law faculty in Haifa as an anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli entity is illegitimate,” they wrote…

… Professor Michael Birnhack of Tel Aviv University Law faculty, who initiated the letter, said the support stems mainly from a deep concern for Israeli society.

“The question of whether to sing the anthem at the end of the ceremony is a legitimate question that is worth debating,” he stressed, adding that “what is illegitimate is that those who hold different views from the other side to the discussion immediately get labeled as anti-Zionists”.

“There is no connection between the decision to sing the anthem at an academic ceremony and the Zionist or anti-Zionist nature of an individual or institution,” Prof. Birnhack noted.

Names of Signatories found here [in Hebrew]

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The Death Throes of Israel's self-hating Left

The genius of the NGO movement is its promotion of Israelis themselves to make the case against Israel. Who better to convince Westerners that they are wrong to admire Israel than Jews feigning concern over Israel's moral standing? The story of those Israeli Jews who have made careers out of attacking Israel's right to exist, such as Biletzky and Yiftachel, illustrates the degradation of the once mighty Israeli peace movement.

Originally the movement sought legitimacy and prominence in Israeli politics, and received it for a time—and because it was part of the political process, it was constrained by the need for electoral support and popular legitimacy. Yet the collapse of the Oslo Accords in 2000 and the Palestinian terror war that followed presented the peace movement with an existential crisis: With whom, exactly, were Israelis supposed to make peace?
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This "human-rights community" has thus not only opposed every consensus Israeli security measure­Operation Defensive Shield during the intifada, the security fence to stop suicide bombers, the targeted killings of terror-group leaders, the Lebanon War, and the Gaza War­but has branded them war crimes and human-rights violations for which Israel should be punished.

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A Call on Israeli Society to Boycott the Boycotters

This is simple and easily done, and each and every one of us can contribute. Take a person like Professor Emmanuel Farjoun from the Hebrew University. He was interviewed by Channel Two and he admitted that he was trying to bring us to our knees by means of an international boycott. Professor Farjoun has students, colleagues, research assistance, neighbors, relatives. There are stores he shops in, cafes he frequents. Each and every one of those locations ought to turn him into a persona non grata. And wherever it is legally possible, they ought to refuse to serve him, to give him work; they ought to turn him a cold shoulder. The same applies to Professor Neve Gordon from Ben-Gurion University. This man has worked to have IDF officers prosecuted by foreign courts. The same applies to Kobi Snitz, an Israeli mathematician who belongs to the group that led to the cancellation of the Pixies' concert.

The time has come for students to refuse to enter lectures given by Neve Gordon, for people to refuse to work and fraternize with Kobi Snitz, for their aunts, relatives and acquaintances hang up the phone on them. Of course, there are more people and groups on the list, such as Yesh Gvul. They all repudiate the right of Israeli and Jewish society to determine its own fate. They are all trying to twist our arm by means of foreign courts and governments. They have all become far more dangerous than Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah, and the time has come for us to respond accordingly.

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Israel's Tenured Taliban Targeting Bar-Ilan University

Israel's Tenured Taliban is out in force this week. The academic extremists have a new cause celebre. They are bashing Bar-Ilan University because Bar Ilan refused to grant tenure to one Ariella Azoulay. The Tenured Taliban are claiming that she was turned down because she is a leftist and because Bar Ilan University represses and suppresses leftists. A group of 70 academic extremists sent a petition to the Israel Council on Higher Education, denouncing Bar-Ilan, demanding that the Council "investigate" politicization at Bar-Ilan. Among the signatories to this petition are people like Lev "The Hamas is Today's Heroic Maccabees" Grinberg from Ben Gurion University, Yehouda "Replace Israel with a Rwanda" Shenhav, a Marxist sociologist from Tel Aviv University, and of course Israel's academic Lord Haw-Haw, Neve Gordon from Ben Gurion University.

The spectacle of THESE signatory people complaining about politicization of the campus is rather amusing. Many of them are people who were only hired and promoted by Israeli universities in the first place thanks to their own anti-Israel far-leftist and Marxist politics. Many were simply hired as acts of political solidarity by other leftists in the system. Not a single one of the signatories had anything at all to say about Ben Gurion University firing people who had expressed unfashionable politically incorrect thoughts, including Yeruham Leavitt, who was fired by BGU for saying he did not think it was healthy for children to be raised by gay couples.

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Prof. Gerald Steinberg explains why the real Danger to Democracy is Leftist Whining about Financial Transparency of Radical NGOs

When officials from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, and another dozen nations use their "soft power" to fund dozens of Israeli groups, such as Breaking the Silence, Yesh Din, and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israeli, whose officials travel the world declaring that Israel is a nation of war criminals, these groups are also promoting the interests of their sponsors.

(In contrast, the U.S. government generally does not fund Israeli political advocacy NGOs, and the few exceptions, such as the ill-advised attempt to use the "Geneva Initiative" organization, ended quickly.)

… The new legislation, which is based on the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act, is designed to prevent these exceptions, and to promote the public’s right to know who and what forces are behind powerful political campaigns that take place outside, and often in direct opposition to, the electoral process.

Had the NGO recipients endorsed this transparency legislation, instead of falsely denouncing it as anti-democratic, the proposed investigations aimed only at one side of the political spectrum (and misdirected at alleged Arab government funding) would not have been introduced.

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Ronen Shoval, Chairman of "Im Tirtzu", defends Knesset probe for NGOs

Chairman of Im Tirtzu Defends Knesset Demand for Transparency in Funding Far Leftist Anti-Israel NGOs

During the past year, the vast majority of the public became convinced that the organizations that call themselves human rights groups actually belong to the extreme left and seek to force their radical values on others through foreign funding. The vast majority of the public does not believe the lies that are being spread against the IDF fighters, and knows that Israel makes every effort to avoid harming innocent people. Most of the public knows that Israel is a democratic and open state. They do not buy the lie that all of us are backward, violent and racist, just because a negligible minority decided it has a monopoly over enlightenment, democracy and human rights.

… Since Israel is a democracy, and since transparency is a condition for democracy, we are entitled to know who is funding and fueling the campaign of hatred against us. Which special interests are meddling in Israeli democracy and bestowing great power - sometimes disproportionate, sometimes undemocratic - in the hands of a radical minority? In another few months, we shall get the answers to which we are entitled.

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Isi Leibler, past VP of World Jewish Congress and Jerusalem Post columnist, recognizes the danger in Leftist NGOs

Some of these NGOs are also directly responsible for the demonization of the IDF, which takes extraordinary measures to minimize civilian casualties in a manner unmatched by any other military force.

They succeeded in slandering soldiers as inhuman monsters and war criminals deliberately killing innocent civilians, and laid the foundations for the lies and distortions upon which the Goldstone commission findings were based. This also led to calls to try our soldiers as war criminals at the International Criminal Court.

What made these NGOs so effective were the enormous funds at their disposal. Much of this money originates from European governments and elements hostile to Israel exploiting these organizations as vehicles to blatantly interfere in the internal affairs of our country and undermine our global standing.

There is thus every reason to expose the sources of these funds, both to highlight the unethical activities of the governments concerned and to enable Israelis to appreciate that many of these NGOs, acting under the guise of human rights advocacy, are in reality promoting a very different agenda, funded by foreign political groups seeking to delegitimize the Jewish state

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Mona Charen exposes Israel's Academic Fifth Column

Neve Gordon, a professor at Ben Gurion University of Beer-Sheva, has led international efforts to boycott the Jewish state. Rachel Giora, a professor at Tel Aviv University, actively encourages international divestment campaigns. Shlomo Sand, the son of Holocaust survivors and a professor at Tel Aviv University (and Berkeley), proclaims that “there is no Jewish people and no justification for a Jewish state.” Meirav Michaeli, the leading announcer on the Army radio channel, has urged Israelis to resist the draft. Israeli professors have cheered the idea of issuing international arrest warrants for leading Israeli politicians and army officers — though none has so far volunteered to renounce his own salary as a contribution to international sanctions.

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Harvard University's Kenneth Levine (Dept of Psychiatry) on the Israeli Academic "rot"

Within humanities and social science departments of Israeli universities, the all-too-common abandonment of education and its replacement with anti-Zionist and "post-Zionist" indoctrination built on false and defamatory claims, is well documented and widely recognized. An incident such as Teddy Katz receiving a grade of 97 from Haifa University's history department for his masters thesis, submitted in 1998, falsely claiming that Israeli soldiers massacred Arabs in the village of Tantura during the 1947-1949 war, is just one of the more notorious examples of this phenomenon.

But the involvement of large numbers of natural and physical science faculty members in the recent petition - their categorical endorsement of claims against Israel that are either bogus or, at best, dubious and open to incisive counter-argument - represents more than simply a numerical expansion of those Israeli university departments touched by a debauching of academic integrity.

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Soros Poodle and Pappe Groupie Yehuda Elkana thinks Mass Murdering Suicide Bombers are Equivalent to Jewish Settlers

"When I came out of the camp and settled in Israel I had decided that what happened in Nazi Germany should never happen to Jews again. At the same time, I wished that the same brutality should not be unleashed on others. And hence, I believe that Palestinians should be protected from Israel's occupations as the violence is no less brutal than Nazi occupation," said Elkana. According to him, Palestinian suicide bombers and Israeli occupants are born out of the same mould.

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Martin Sherman in Jerusalem Post on Israel's Academic Fifth Column

In fact, in the context of Israeli academe, the contrary if true. It is the complacency/complicity/capitulation of the academic mainstream visà- vis the radical leftists that has constricted the freedom of expression and the scope of "permissible" opinions and/or research. This is undeniable in light of the almost total absence – certainly the gross underrepresentation – of pro-Zionist perspectives, and certainly of robustly hawkish ones, across the entire spectrum of the nation's faculties of social sciences and humanities (including law).

This wildly disproportionate dearth is even more remarkable – and revealing – given that over the past two decades, the dominant dovish paradigms have been refuted by reality – apparently demonstrating that such "intellectual inbreeding" has severely degraded the quality of academic output.

...The problem extends far beyond the explicitly post/anti-Zionists who propose annulling the country's status as a Jewish state and transforming it into a "state of all its citizens," and/or openly condemn it as an ethnocratic apartheid regime, meriting not only international censure but sanction.

Oren Yiftachel, for example, depicts Israel (on both sides of the Green Line) as a "colonialist ethnocracy," and Neve Gordon has explicitly called for a boycott of the country because of its "apartheid policies."

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Knesset Member Daniel Danon Calls for Investigation of Anti-Israel Political Groups Operating in Israel with foreign funding

They call themselves the guardians of human rights as a way to ease their conscience.

But some extreme left-wing organizations are financially supported by foreign governments that are clearly anti-Israel. A more obvious term comes to mind for such organizations: fifth column. This is the appropriate name for those who work nonstop to weaken the very state they live and work in.

Many of these groups have been working for years against the IDF and the government, as we strive to deal with the complicated realities of the Middle East. In many other democracies (including those that fund these organizations), these groups would have to deal with legal action against them – not to mention widespread public outcry.

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Emmanuel Navon accuses Leftist Israeli Academia of "Scorn and Arrogance"; Rectors of BGU and TAU stoop to heckling at Knesset hearing

Instead of addressing the issues raised by the IZS and by Im Tirtzu, the academic establishment has reacted with scorn and arrogance. At the Knesset hearing, Ben-Gurion University rector Zvi Hacohen interrupted IZS's presentation, calling it "nonsense" and claiming (without proof) that its paper did not meet the most basic criteria of academic research. Tel Aviv University rector Aharon Shai also claimed IZS's paper was not a research paper (without explaining why) and added that adopting an academic code of ethics (as proposed by Sa'ar at the beginning of the hearing) would "destroy Israeli academia."

... TWO DAYS after the Knesset hearing, Haaretz came out in defense of the universities by claiming that adopting a code of ethics would harm academic freedom. It wrote that Sa'ar proposed such a code as a result of the lobbying of Im Tirtzu. But the idea of a code was first proposed by Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, a renowned academic with impeccable liberal credentials. Moreover, BGU has such a code (the only local university to have one).

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Martin Sherman likens the claim "Israel is an "Apartheid State'" and other "ridiculous social theories" to promoting the Earth is Flat Theory; implores Israeli Academia to change their ways or have change thrust upon them

For example, it is highly implausible that a geography professor would win the support of his colleagues were he to promote a theory that the earth is flat. Similarly it would be difficult to imagine that an aeronautical engineer could mobilize much backing for his right to disseminate a thesis casting doubt on the existence of gravity - despite being able to present irrefutable evidence of leaves being wafted aloft by updrafts of air.

Absurd examples? Ludicrous comparisons? How about the claims that Israel is an "apartheid state", implementing a policy of racial discrimination like that of South Africa, alleged proven by the different legal systems applied to Israeli citizens - whether Jewish or not - and to Palestinians without Israeli citizenship?...

There is an enormous difference between legitimate disagreement on the prudence and/or efficacy of measures taken to defend one's civilian population, and the baseless accusation that a country - in which non-Jews are elected to parliament, appointed to senior positions in the judiciary and the diplomatic corps, and serve as ministers in the government - is in any way similar to the apartheid-era South Africa.

So if academic freedom does not apply to theories of a flat earth and non-existence of gravity, why should it be invoked to cover equally ridiculous social theories?

… However, beyond the confines of the "ivory tower," many expressed their concern, warning that the noble vision was in fact a dangerous fantasy. Then came bitter reality. And alas, the assessments of the greengrocers, the cabdrivers, the market vendors proved correct; the forecasts of the academic experts and the learned scholars, totally baseless.

… The Israeli academia must indeed engage in some searing soul-searching without delay. In fact, if those responsible for its future do not initiate such a process, others will soon impose it on them.

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Knesset holds hearings on the Tenured Anti-Israel Extremists and their suppression of Academic Freedom

The complaints that reached the committee concerned departments such as sociology and political science, as well as law faculties. As part of its "partnership with organizations" effort, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, according to its website, has academic partnerships with dozens of NGOs from the extreme left, including B'Tselem, Amnesty International, Yesh Din, Machsom Watch and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. A few of these, such as Adalah and Mada al-Carmel, deny Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Students who volunteer with these NGOs are awarded scholarships, and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev they even receive credit.

A considerable number of instructors in these departments teach their students that Israel is the spearhead of colonialism in the Middle East, that Zionism is a racist movement that supports expulsion and that the Law of Return is racist. They call for getting rid of "Hatikva," the national anthem, and the other symbols of the Jewish state, and quote from "research" establishing that Israel is a war-mongering nation. And if all that were not enough, students have complained, anyone who dares to protest is reprimanded and pays the price in their grades, while faculty members who fail to toe the line are not promoted.

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University Officials furious with Education Minister Saar's Academic Freedom Ethics Code

Israeli university officials are wetting themselves in a tantrum. It seems the Israeli Minister of Education Gideon Saar wants them to adopt an "ethics code." In it, he wants it to say that faculty members and students will not be victims of discrimination because of their political beliefs. And by that he means that he wants to make sure that non-leftist faculty and students are no longer victimized. ... Saar also wants to include calls by faculty members for boycotts of Israel and endorsements of attacks against Israel as examples of "unethical behavior."

The University heads are proposing instead that each university adopt its OWN ethical code written internally. You know, codes they have never quite gotten around to formulating over past decades. But this is absurd. The officials at Israeli universities, including at Ben Gurion University, Haifa University and Tel Aviv University, have all come out in the past year in OPPOSITION to the rights of critics of tenured Leftists to criticize them. They demand that such "McCarthyism" be silenced. … And any "ethical code" the campus heads would adopt would be based first and foremost on defending the rights of radical leftist faculty to collaborate with the enemies of Israel, to call for its destruction, to call for world boycotts against Israel, and to endorse Hamas demands.

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Knesset Committee Discusses the Lack of "Opposing Stances" to post-Zionistic views in Israeli Academia; Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar to publish "Basic Principles" for Academic Freedom

Adi Arbel, of the Institute for Zionist Strategies, argued that there was an academic diversion towards post-Zionistic views, but no representation of opposing stances. "We examined research centers working under academic institutes and discovered five of them support post-Zionistic agendas. Looking at the representation of different subjects in panels and conferences, we examined each subject according to the methodology presented to us. We found these panels to be very unbalanced."

Arbel claims that 'Zionistic' lecturers are not appointed positions in the academy. "We have a number of examples of well known people, even in the media, who were not hired or promoted due to their points of view. For example, the Political Science Professor Abraham Diskin of Hebrew University in Jerusalem who for some reason or another was not appointed a regular faculty member."

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IsraCampus gets Academic Review

In 2008 a group of academics broke away from Israel Academia Monitor to establish IsraCampus. The tone and content of their website indicate that they felt IAM had become too moderate, as reflected possibly in its revised mission statement. IsraCampus has no such inhibitions. Its self-description on its homepage states: "Monitoring Israel's Academia Fifth Column. Following Anti-Israel Extremism on the Israeli Campus." It also has a "rogues gallery" of around 120 people of whose activities it does not approve. As well as the usual suspects the list includes Amos Oz, Alice Shalvi, and Yuli Tamir.

In explaining itself, IsraCampus says it is "modeled in part on Campus Watch," though whether Campus Watch would accept that designation is open to question. While its description of the problem facing Israeli campuses is similar to that of IAM, its approach is much more self-promotional. Thus it declares, "A specter is haunting the Israeli Academic 'Post-Zionist' extremists in Israel, and it is ISRACAMPUS."

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Israeli Universities - Dens of Dishonesty and Incompetence

Despite the criticism, there is in fact no real difficulty in proving that which the detractors seek to deny - namely the prevalence of a grave imbalance in the range of political opinions represented among the senior ranks in Israel's institutions of higher education - at least as far as the faculties of social sciences and humanities are concerned.

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This is no trivial matter! After all, it is rare indeed to find instances in which all the basic assumptions of a major policy measure involving crucial long-term strategic ramifications were disproved and discredited so utterly and so rapidly as in the case of Oslo. So the very fact that throughout the entire academic establishment not a single figure of major stature rose to express even the slightest "heretical" doubts as to the possible adverse consequences of the chosen policy -consequences that were entirely predictable, indeed predicted (by others) - implies that one of the following two possibilities must hold true:

Either the academic silence was due to the political bias of senior faculty members, who resolved not to express any opposition to the Oslo process, lest it undermine a measure consistent with their political preferences - despite the fact that they were aware of its substantive and dangerous defects.

Or this academic silence was not due to political any bias - but simply to the failure of faculty to identify and grasp the significance of these substantive and dangerous defects

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Tenured Leftists coming out against a Pledge of Loyalty in Israel; they would have NO problem with a pledge of DISLOYALTY!!!

Tel Aviv University's Haim Gans warned that the government was humiliating the Israeli Arab community by forcing new citizens to make the new pledge.

The pledge, he said, would have practical consequences for the Israeli Arab community, since Arabs from other countries, including the West Bank, who wish to marry Israeli Arabs, will be unable to do so because they will be unwilling to pledge loyalty to the "Jewish and democratic state."

"In light of Israel's interpretation of its Jewish nature, which is hierarchical and non-egalitarian, this proposal is another means for humiliating its Arab citizens," he charged

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AIC Watch - In anti-Semitic web magazine Counterpunch, Shir Hever (Alternative Information Center) calls for more boycotts and political pressure on Israel to force it to defy the business interests that perpetuate the "occupation"

This reality is clearly the result of decades of conflict, occupation and resistance to occupation.

Financial companies also benefit from the culture of fear and the instability in the capital markets, although their benefits are less direct than those of the arms dealers. ...

Only external pressure can truly bring change to this society, and allow democracy to take hold in the region, not only for the benefit of Palestinians, but for the benefit of Israelis too. External pressure, by using political and economic tools such as sanctions and boycott, returns the issues of civil rights and democracy to the fore, and deprives Israel of the option to use its military might to make the problem go away.

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Ronen Shoval, Im Tirtzu Chairman, claims Zionist Donors Must Start Thinking Differently

In a Rosh HaShanah interview with Arutz Sheva, Ronen Shoval, 29, chairman of the movement, expressed his belief that the movement and others like it could be doing a lot more to save Israel if only Jewish donors begin to think differently. Donors, he said, are used to buying houses from Arabs in Judea and Samaria or eastern Jerusalem, and settling Jews in them. That is important, but they should also be thinking about shaping public consciousness.

"The question is," he explains, "do facts on the ground create public consciousness, or is it the other way around? The Jewish approach" he feels, "is that the universe was created through words: that is to say, consciousness creates reality." ...

"We must invest in thinkers, in culture – and not just in yet another outpost and another useless caravan. What is it good for? If the public consciousness is not there, it will be seen as an illegal outpost and torn down. But if the public consciousness is primed, it will be seen as part of the Zionist settlement ethos and a great mitzvah."

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Gerald M. Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, declares Far-Leftist Tenured Israeli Academics to be tools of the world-wide De-legitimization of Israel campaign

The political war aimed at delegitimizing Israel, and at preventing the IDF from acting to stop terror attacks, is now recognized as a major threat. These are not the sentiments of alarmists; this is the conclusion drawn by Eitan Haber, a close advisor to prime ministers, including Yitzhak Rabin ("IDF isn't enough in face of global de-legitimization campaign faced by Israel.")

Haber's analysis only scratches the surface of the de-legitimization campaign waged against Israel. These efforts are not new; since the 2001 UN "World Conference Against Racism" in Durban, South Africa – international NGOs and some within Israel have introduced into the public lexicon slogans referring to Israel as an "apartheid state" guilty of "war crimes" that does not have the right to exist. ...

NGOs orchestrate these incidents, stripping away the context of terror and hate, and placing Israel and its supporters on the defensive. This strategy is coupled with ongoing efforts, such as the boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, to single out and isolate Israel. A parallel tactic, promulgated by Israeli-Arab NGO Adalah (funded by the New Israel Fund -NIF and the European Union) portrays "Israel as an inherent undemocratic state." Similarly, NGO "lawfare" cases against Israeli officials in foreign courts attempt to delegitimize the Israeli justice system.

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Caroline Glick asserts - The Israeli Public is fed up with the Academic Left's "Intellectual Terror" led by the likes of Neve Gordon

Israeli academia is in an uproar. And this is a good thing. Last week, the Zionist student movement Im Tirtzu opened a rather modest campaign against Ben- Gurion University's Politics and Government Department....

And the howls of protest stretched from the Negev to the border with Lebanon. One of Im Tirtzu's central goals is to engender an atmosphere of academic freedom and intellectual pluralism on university campuses. Over the past generation or so, those campuses, and particularly the humanities and social sciences faculties, have become hotbeds of anti- Zionist activism and intellectual terror. Stories of professorial intimidation of and discrimination against Zionist students are widespread, as are instances of outright indoctrination in the classrooms.

...

The situation at Ben-Gurion University's Politics and Government Department is particularly distressing. It is headed by Dr. Neve Gordon, an anti-Zionist activist who has written that Israel is a "proto-fascist state," has castigated it as an "apartheid state" and has signed petitions calling for international academic, scientific, economic and cultural boycotts of the country.

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Ben Dror Yemini defends the Rights of Critics of Academic Leftists - The real McCarthyists are Those who Try to Silence Critics of the Left

(translation from Maariv)

But there is something else that is permitted: to publicize the existence of these courses, their contents, their motivations and political bias, and to publicize their use of brainwashing. ...

It is also perfectly permissible to disclose that the vast majority of professors from the Political Science and Sociology Departments hold extremist anti-Zionist views. Anyone who claims otherwise really wants leftist academics to be allowed to do whatever they wish without criticism.

Yet at the same time anyone who so much as dares to think differently from the leftist Canon is not permitted to utter a word. It is prohibited to criticize, expose or refute. The reason for that is that the "sanctity of the academia" is reserved exclusively for the radical Left. Every word of criticism is met with screams about "McCarthyism", "Fascism", and other "isms" from the bla bla of the academic First Amendment.

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Moshe Kaveh, President of Bar-Ilan University, Calls for Dismissal of Tenured Traitors who Support the International Academic Boycott

The president of Bar-Ilan University has called for Israeli professors who support an academic boycott of their country to quit or be fired.

The statement comes as Israel's parliament debates legislation that would allow lawsuits against academics and others who support various boycotts of the Jewish state. The bill is not expected to become law, but it is generating questions about the role of scholars at public universities in Israel.

Bar-Ilan's Moshe Kaveh, a former chairman of Israel's Committee of University Presidents, is the first leader of an Israeli university to back the dismissal of the handful of Israeli professors who publicly expressed support for a boycott. Last year the president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev had no kind words for Neve Gordon, a professor of politics and government, for advocating an international academic boycott, but did not fire him.

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Joel Golovensky, President of The Institute for Zionist Strategies, states that denial of Academic Freedom by Anti-Zionist McCarthyists in Israeli Academia is now a documented fact

The phenomena and dynamics of academic conformism have been well investigated and do not need revelation by the Institute for Zionist Strategies (see, for example, "The Politically Correct University," edited by Robert Maranto, Richard E. Redding an Frederick Hess, and the writing of Harvard University professor Harvey Mansfield). ...

This is the anti-Zionism found to govern Israel's sociology departments. Wouldn't it be important to know if this is in fact the case? Haaretz's editors may be the only reputable people in the country who genuinely believe that there is no serious anti-Zionism bias in the sociology departments - a bias now thoroughly researched and documented. ...

The study by the Institute for Zionist Strategies finds that works reflecting a Zionist viewpoint are discouraged, and that students are effectively denied a fair presentation of the Zionist perspective. If these facts are true - even in part - academic freedom and excellence is being thwarted, impeded and seriously undermined. This situation cannot be swept away by epithets and gestures - certainly not by a serious journal of news and opinion.

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When Naiveté Becomes Sedition - How the Left has Crossed the Line

That a growing number of Israeli leftists regard their own country as a paragon of evil is bad enough. Also growing, however, are the manifestations of open anti-Semitism among Jewish Israeli leftists. Their intellectual nexus is Israel's professoriate (exposed in detail at www.isracampus.org.il).

Israeli tenured academics are the sponsors and initiators of campaigns all over the world to boycott Israel, including boycotts against the very universities that pay their salaries.

Hundreds of Israeli university professors have been involved in organizing mutiny and insurrection among Israeli soldiers, and some have even been arrested for violence. Israeli university authorities wink at such faculty behavior and sometimes condone or promote it.

Israeli students are increasingly complaining about being harassed by leftist faculty members if they dare express dissenting pro-Israel opinions in the classroom, and some claim their grades were lowered as punishment for this felony.

In-classroom anti-Israel indoctrination is becoming more common at Israeli universities. Israeli extremist academics have misused their classroom podiums to force-feed their students anti-Israel libel and anti-Jewish venom. Some courses consist of little more than North-Korean-style one-sided political indoctrination. "Academic" conferences held weekly on Israeli campuses are often anti-academic exercises in one-sided advocacy of leftwing positions.

Faculty hiring and promotion decisions are often subordinated to political bias and gestures of leftist political solidarity. Authors of tracts as openly anti-Jewish as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are granted tenure automatically. Israeli extremists with mediocre academic records are hired and promoted as acts of solidarity by other leftists within the university system. University officials often pretend that anti-Israel political propaganda is serious scholarship and research.

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Anti-Israel Israeli Radicals again whining about "McCarthyism"

At the front line of the conflict are a handful of academics, such as Rachel Giora, professor of linguistics at Tel Aviv University, who support international calls for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Pointing to “the growing number of Israeli assaults on Palestinians’ cities, towns, villages and refugee camps both within and outside the occupied territories”, as well as events such as the attack on Gaza during the winter of 2008-09 and the deaths on the “Freedom flotilla” in May this year, Professor Giora argued that “the state’s legitimacy has been gradually undermined”, leading to “waves of vocal criticism” across the world.

International condemnation has also created a far less comfortable environment for internal critics, she said, having led to “massive defence tactics aimed particularly at bashing academics supportive of boycott initiatives”.

Professor Giora said: “Repression of protest was no longer implicit. All hell broke loose.”

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“Academic Freedom” and a Tale of Two Professors

The absurdities surrounding the leftist take on academic freedom have never been so glaring as in a pair of events, involving two very different professors in Israel, both allegedly involved in “sexual insensitivity.”

… The tenured extremism at Ben Gurion University has long been defended by the university officials on grounds of “academic freedom.” But that just made the recent firing of Professor Yeruham Leavitt all the more outrageous. Leavitt is actually a retired professor who was retained by Ben Gurion University to teach an ethics course to students in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Department. Alas, Leavitt, was guilty of political incorrectness, and was fired for that. The very same President of the University, Rivka Carmi, who defends having dozens of radical tenured traitors on her academic staff, defended the decision to fire Leavitt because he had made “offensive” and “insensitive” statements.

… For the second of our Tales, let us introduce Eyal Ben-Ari. He is a far-leftist full professor of sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a department famous for employing far-leftist and Marxist anti-Israel radicals. He claims to know something about the sociology of the military. He is an anti-Zionist extremist with a track record of turning out anti-Israel propaganda, such as claims that Israel is an ultra-militarist society. … He is now famous for two things – his supervising a ludicrous thesis claiming that Jewish soldiers are racists because they do not rape Arab women, and for himself being arrested under suspicion of multiple counts of rape. From his role in that now famous “rape thesis,” it was already known that Ben-Ari had goofy ideas about sexual (mis-) behavior. But it turns out that the ultra-feminist Israel-bashing professor of sociology practices what he preaches.

… Ben-Ari has not been dismissed for his “sexual insensitivity.” Unlike Leavitt, Ben-Ari is a far leftist. Could that have anything to do with the difference in his treatment?

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Asher Maoz, TAU Professor of Constitutional Law, decrees Academic Boycott as "the greatest threat to Academic Freedom"

'Yet another lecturer calls for a boycott of Israel because of the occupation. His colleague calls for an academic boycott of Israeli universities, including the one that employs him. Another lecturer's students claim he silences them when they disagree with him. ... But the greatest threat to academic freedom is the academic boycott. This weapon - even if those who preach it are trying to target government policy - strikes a mortal blow at the freedom to research and develop, because it cuts the scholar off from sources of funding for his research and from colloquy with colleagues, which is essential to academic research.

Nor can we ignore the fact that those who call for a boycott will not be harmed by it themselves. They will enjoy the best of both worlds - both the rights conferred by belonging to the boycotted university and the right to exemption from the very boycott they advocate.'

[Note how many articles are suddenly appearing in the Israeli press about academic freedom – and this one actually appeared in Haaretz and was actually written by a TAU prof! And it actually favors academic freedom!]

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A Review of the Bash-Israel Pre-Conference organized by Far-Leftist Academics prior to the Prestigious International Geographical Union’s regional conference held in Tel Aviv

As happens so often, the ideological opinion offered by Israeli scholars, under the banner of free speech and pluralism, at these conferences was primarily monolithic, anti-Israel, and leftist. If scholars were somehow still able to leave these conferences with a neutral or positive view about Israel, it was in spite of the best efforts of Israel’s academics who organized the pre-conferences, not because of them.

... For Newman, only one voice should be heard in a democratic society, the voice of critique and anti-state hatred. The only ‘beacon of light’ in Israel are the organizations and individuals who compare the country to a fascist state and the only “value” of democracy is the voice of extremism. On the other side democracy is having a “black day” when other organizations use free speech to critique those who critique.

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Dan Illouz clarifies the Goals of Im Tirtzu through Examples of Leftist McCarthyism on Israeli Campuses

Rachel Avraham, a student at Ben Gurion University, published two critical academic exposes on the content of a lecture given by Ben Gurion University's Dr. Oren Yiftachel, entitled "Selected Topics in the Geography of the Middle East". After publishing these exposes, Rachel Avraham was summoned by the head of the Geography department, Prof. Avi Rubin, “to discuss the possible ramifications” of her “defamatory” exposes. An email communication between the two was then started. Rachel Avraham felt threatened by the tone and nature of these emails. Fearing she would be discriminated against for having disagreed with her professor, she hired a lawyer to deal with further communications with the university. Defending Rachel Avraham’s right to disagree with her professor is not an affront to Dr. Oren Yiftachel's right to free speech. It is not McCarthyism. It is nothing other than the defence of free speech.

In November 2009, Professor Nira Hativa, who was responsible for the computerized feedback provided by students to their professors, wrote that “there are a lot of students that complain and report that they feel significantly hurt by the presentation of facts from a perspective which is contrary to their views but that they are worried to express opposing views because they feel such an expression might reflect badly on their marks or other things which professors have control over.” Professor Hativa continued and wrote: “I was exposed to many complaints from students of professors who express extreme leftist positions in their lectures and attack the State of Israel, the Israel Defence Forces, the Zionist movement and other, even worse, things”.

A PhD student at Hebrew University testified that he was once told that “anything “right of Meretz” was best not spoken aloud or it would have a serious detrimental impact on my career in Israeli academia”.

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Emmanuel Navon accuses The Left of being too busy delegitimizing "Im Tirtzu" to hear what they have to say

Instead of relating to what they have to say, Leibowitz is “warning” us that he will end up in a concentration camp if we don’t shut them up. Similarly, Hebrew University historian Dmitry Shomsky wrote an op-ed in Ha’aretz on June 22 to dismiss the book of Ronen Shoval, Herzl’s Vision 2.0, as a fraud. But rather than addressing Shoval’s thought-provoking points, Shomsky’s critique boils down to “don’t listen to him.” .... The reaction of Shoken, Shomsky, Leibowitz & all is both pathetic and encouraging. They know that they are losing a power they artificially hold via manipulations.

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"Academic Freedom" does not include threatening Israel's Legitimacy or Existence through Boycott

Academic freedom does not grant academicians the right to risk their colleagues’ place of employment, and should such academicians believe their university deserves to be boycotted, they should be honest with themselves and start the boycott themselves by resigning and shunning their salary and the research budget they received.

There is no reason that would require a State, just like any other organization, to fund and sponsor people who travel the world and call for boycotts and sanctions against it, as such people threaten the State’s legitimacy and thereby its existence as well.

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Knesset at Long Last Taking Action against Tenured Traitors; Plans to Impose Large Fines on Academics calling for Boycott of Israel

According to the proposal, a group or a person who was harmed by a boycott on behalf of Israeli elements will be able to sue the boycott organizer or party promoting it for NIS 30,000 ($7,756.35) without the burden of proof of damage. In addition, the party will also be able to gain an additional sum through a civil suit in accordance with the level of damage it sustained.

The bill's initiators noted a similar law exists in the United States which forbids American citizens from taking part in boycotts of friendly countries, including Israel. The bill aims to target elements in the Arab sector which participate in the economic boycott imposed by the Palestinian Authority on goods manufactured in Israeli factories in the settlements and Israeli territory. The bill also aims to deter academics who participate in international academic boycotts of Israel.

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Benny Morris' radical retreat helps expose where New Historians disseminate "propaganda or even falsehood" instead of history

As noted, Morris speaks openly about his failed expectations regarding the Palestinians' aims in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Probably, in addition to his learning process on the roots of the conflict, he could not ignore the fact that there are virtually no "new historians" on the Arab or the Palestinian side who could inquire into how the religious factor was so detrimental in perpetuating the conflict and how radical Islam was instrumental in inciting against the acceptance of a Jewish state. Hence, he ends his study on 1948 with a clear "J'accuse" against those historians who fail to understand the Arab rejection of the Jewish state and disregard clear facts and statements of religious hatred.

In his more recent books and articles, Morris has become the leading and most effective voice in exposing how the remaining New Historians cling to their unfounded and false messages. Morris's journey and his radical retreat from his earlier publications constitute an unusual testament to the thin line separating history from propaganda or even falsehood. When the recording of events is motivated by a determination to create a postmodern political narrative, it may end up escaping from history altogether.

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Isi Leibler, retired Senior Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, warns of Stalinism at Ben-Gurion University (or just behavior in a "degenerate manner")

The firing of Dr. Leavitt exemplifies the absurd and obscene double standards being imposed by Israeli academic institutions. Universities are willing to sack a lecturer for expressing a view not considered politically correct by dominant academic establishment. Yet the same authorities insist on retaining tenure for a senior academic like Gordon, described by Alan Dershowitz as a man "who has gotten into bed with neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and anti-Semites... a despicable example of a self-hating Jew, and a self-hating Israeli."

This episode demonstrates how a cabal of post-Zionist and far left academics have succeeded to create an environment in which tenured staff are conscious that they have a license to debase the State - and even call for the destruction of their own University in the name of academic freedom - whilst suppressing any views that are politically incorrect from their bigoted perspective. It is truly reminiscent of the universities in the former Soviet Union approved by Stalin.

The government and donors to Ben-Gurion University and other academic institutions should have their heads examined if they continue providing funds which can be exploited in such a degenerate manner.

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Ronen Shoval, Chairman of the Im Tirtzu Movement, condemns the Academic Left for “the attempt to escape” public debate on the over-representation of post-Zionism in Academia

The attempt to escape a matter-of-fact discussion on the anti-Zionist bias in some departments, and the feeling of exclusion and humiliation felt by many students will come to naught. Throwing around swearwords like "McCarthyism," "fascism" and "Stalinism" a dozen times a day won't stop the public and the students from asking over and over the following questions.

Is there, in some parts of academia, an over-representation of post-Zionism in complete disproportion to this worldview's representation in the overall population? How did this situation come about? Is it true that academic achievement is limited to these circles, or could it be that academics of such persuasions promote their fellow post-Zionists? Is it right for academics, people with a clear vested interest, to be the only ones marking the boundaries of "academic freedom" - or rather, deciding that such freedom means that everything is allowed? Don't the public, the education minister and NGOs have a right to help mark the borders of academic freedom? Is merely raising this question equivalent to censorship and a witch hunt? Could it be that the cries of McCarthyism are the real attempts at censorship?

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Education minister Gideon Sa'ar vows to punish Israeli professors who back academic boycott

A few days after saying he intends to take action against Israeli professors who call for an academic boycott of Israel, Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar is scheduled to appear on Monday before the Knesset Education Committee to discuss the limits of freedom of expression in schools. … "Israeli academia apparently suffers from 'Palestinomania,' a mild psychological illness whose symptoms include self-hatred, an affinity for Israel's enemies, Jewish anti-Semitism and/or anti-Zionism," Shamalov Berkovich said in the Knesset. "The spread of 'Palestinomania' demands the immediate and painful treatment for all of our sake, and the sooner the better."

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Israel Hayom Reports about Leftist Harassment of Students

The main article appears here. The headline is: “If you think like me, then you will get your grade.” The news story cites the latest report distributed by the Zionist student group Im Tirtzu in which they document the anti- and post-Zionist bias that exercises hegemony over Israeli academia. The story cites several people, including Prof. Eli Pollak from the Weizmann Institute, charging that Far Leftists control academic dialogue in Israeli universities. He describes how right-leaning professors are harassed at Israeli universities and fear for their careers. The article also cites anti-Semitic extremist Neve Gordon from Ben Gurion University, the Israeli Norman Finkelstein, as saying that complaints about leftist harassment is all hooey and the Im Tirtzu report is not reliable. You know, unlike Gordon’s propaganda books.

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David Solway, World Renown Poet, on self-hating Jewish "Intellectuals"

The same is more or less true of another Jewish luminary, Avishai Margolit, feted as Israel’s “foremost philosopher.” A founding member of Peace Now, which should tell us all we need to know, Margolit insists that Israel should lift the “siege” of Gaza, forgetting that the so-called siege allows thousands of tons of supplies, medicines and electrical power to transit from Israel into Gaza, except when the crossings are closed owing to Hamas sniper fire and mortar bombardments or when the Ashkelon generator comes under attack. The great philosopher also appears untroubled by the prospect of suicide bombers and guerilla fighters sifting into Israel as students, laborers and patients. Further, Margolit does not seem aware of the fact - he has much company here - that Israel is under no obligation, neither domestic nor international, neither legal nor moral, to victual and replenish an uncompromising enemy. What other nation on the planet would commit a folly of this nature? Margolit may be an acclaimed “thinker” but he is neither wise nor street-smart; the fatuousness of his proposals is exceeded only by the dangers they would unleash. In short, Margolit is a typical Jewish savant of emeritus caliber, crowned with laurels and showered with awards, dispensing nuggets of pseudo-sagacity, and completely irrelevant.

Then there are the Jews who embody the yetzer hara, the propagators of lies and harms. These are Jews like Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University, famous for describing the country that pays his salary, which he is apparently in no hurry to forgo, as an “apartheid state,” and for having raised his arms in solidarity with Yasser Arafat in his Mukataa compound during the last intifida. Or Bard College professor Joel Kovel who has published a book titled Overcoming Zionism in which he condemns the creation of Israel, places the term Islamo-Fascism in scare quotes, traffics in barefaced lies (“Israel’s bombing of ambulances,” its deliberate targeting of “humanitarian aid workers and UN observers,” its causing of ecological disasters, etc.), and opts for the one-state solution beloved of closet antisemites. Or poet Aharon Shabtai who in his volume J’Accuse vilifies Israeli soldiers as killers from the egg. Or author Shlomo Sand, celebrated in Europe for his recently published The Invention of the Jews which argues that the Jewish “nation” is a late social construct without historical or biblical warrant. Or Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, who solicits funds from the Saudis and flagrantly tilts HRW reports to excoriate Israel and “parrot Palestinian testimonies.” Or filmmaker Shimon Dotan whose documentary Hot House sympathetically profiles Palestinian terrorist Ahlam Tamini who murdered fifteen Israelis, eight of them children. Or the leftist daily Haaretz’s literary critic and belletrist Yitzhak Laor who champions the late, fiercely anti-Israeli Palestinian laureate Mahmoud Darwish (who compares Jews to “flying insects”) and considers Israel as a country fighting a “dirty war,” a killer of “unarmed Palestinians.” Or Middle East prof Mark LeVine who believes Israel needs to be saved from itself and that the Gaza war was unjustified, and cites highly contaminated sources like “a joint Tel Aviv University-European study,” Jimmy Carter, a Hamas spokeman in the Los Angeles Times, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), revisionist Avi Shlaim, Haaretz Israel-bashing lefties Gideon Levy and Amira Haas, and of course the redoubtable Neve Gordon, to support his bias. Of despicables like Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Naomi Klein and Ilan Pappe, nothing more need be said; the very names are sufficient.

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Gerald Steinberg, NGO Monitor Chief, condemns Leftist manipulations of Freedom of Speech by David Newman, Daniel Bar-Tal, and others

'Others involved in this ideological trench warfare include Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal. In a conference at Tel Aviv University, allegedly focused on academic free speech in the context of conflict, Bar-Tal condemned imagined “right-wing” McCarthyite threats to Israeli democracy and freedom of speech. The list of speakers also included, Prof. Galia Golan (Peace Now), Newman and Prof. Naomi Chazan, head of the controversial New Israel Fund. Chazan passionately wrapped herself in the bandages of victimization, while saying nothing when I presented the examples of how the NIF and partner organizations seek to silence their critics.'

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Isi Leibler uses Tel Aviv University as an Example for Anti-Israel Academics who have Crossed The Line

Regrettably, the TAU scenario represents a microcosm of how the loony left have imposed a regime of madness in this country. It is noteworthy that Anat Kam, who exulted in stealing classified IDF military information in the name of freedom of expression and attempted to present herself as a heroic figure, was educated at TAU, in a philosophy department in which professors called for a global boycott against Israel.

Examples of unacceptable behavior abound: the Chair of the Philosophy Department, Professor Anat Biletzki, is a close supporter of Asmi Bishari ,the Arab MK calling for the dismantling of Israel; Biletzki also gathered signatures for a high school student petition justifying the right to refuse to serve in the army; Anat Matar, another lecturer at the philosophy department, initiated an (unsuccessful) campaign to deny the right of Col. Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, who headed the international IDF law division during the Gaza war, to lecture at its law school on the grounds that she would “justify the killing of civilians, including hundreds of children”; the Law School convened a conference on the subject of the alleged mistreatment of “political prisoners” at which one of the principal speakers was a former terrorist who had been sentenced to 27 years for throwing a bomb at Jews on a bus; Professor Adi Ophir campaigned to lobby embassies in Tel Aviv to impose sanctions against Israel to prevent atrocities in Gaza; TAU academics were prominent signatories in a petition backing the US Berkeley boycott against Israel; two professors, Anat Matar (who earlier participated in a London conference promoting a general and academic boycott of Israel) and Rachel Giora recently signed a petition denouncing The Boston Museum of Art for sponsoring an exhibit of Israeli medical and high tech achievements; etc etc.

Freedom of expression is a treasured feature of democracy but the dividing line must be drawn between academic freedom and breaching the law or indulging in subversive activity

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Dershowitz vs. Tenured Extremists

Suddenly, academic freedom of speech is the leading topic of discussion in Israel. Suddenly, the local newspapers and TV shows are filled with debates about "censorship" in academic institutions. Suddenly, everyone in Israel can see the anti-democratic nature of Israel's academic fifth column. And Israel owes Prof. Alan Dershowitz a debt of gratitude for exposing the damages of Israel's anti-Israel academic far Left, the academic copperheads who support the enemies of their country in time of war!

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Alan Dershowitz attacks Israeli Far-Left who partake in “legal terror” against Israel

According to the prominent lawyer, these acts are "legal terror" aimed at slandering Israel's name. He went on to explain that Israel's greatest enemies were not radical Muslims, who he said only strengthened its claims, but rather Jews and Israelis worldwide using their descent in order to boost their unrestrainable attacks against Israel. ... Dershowitz said that Israel must launch a real war against incitement, in any place possible

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A Governor at Tel Aviv University attacks Israel's Academic Fifth Column

To what extent are governors conscious of the hatred resulting from those Israeli academics that promote BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel? Is it not strange that they are able to travel abroad calling for the boycott of the very universities from which they receive their livelihood?

Do governors recognize the devastating effect of this Israel-bashing on students in their respective countries? For example, a number of Israeli academics spearheaded the recent “Israel Apartheid Week” (now in its sixth year) aimed to show the country as an apartheid state like South Africa was. London was the scene of major anti-Israel activity during this “Apartheid Week,” led by an associate professor from Tel Aviv University. The prime objective was to isolate, delegitimize and dehumanize the one Jewish state. This is particularly disturbing when seen in conjunction with Jewish students who feel unable to stand up to the increasingly virulent anti-Israel bombardment on campus.

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Dr. Yitzhak Klein gives reasons for Israeli Academics justifying Terror; suggests counter-measures

In an interview given to Arutz Sheva TV, Dr. Yitzhak Klein, director of the Israel Policy Center, explains about the motives for anti-Israel Israeli Academics supporting terror against Israel. According to Klein, who gave a lecture titled “Darkness at Noon: Israeli Academics Justify Terror against Israel” (extract can be seen here) at the three-day seminar - Intellectuals and Terror: the Fatal Attraction - being held at the Ariel University Center, some of these public statements by the anti-Israel Academics are criminal offences that should be prosecuted under Israeli Law.

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Hebrew University Professor Elhanan Yakira (Dept of Philosophy) denounces the Academic Fifth Column in Israel

Who are the big names in the Israeli community of opprobrium?

There are so many, and no doubt most of them are unfamiliar to English readers.  Haifa-born Ilan Pappe, who now teaches in England, completely embraces the Palestinian narrative. There is Yehuda Shenhav, who has a new book out challenging the right of Israel to exist even within the 1967 "Green Line." I devote part of my book to Adi Ophir, former editor of the post-modernist Hebrew journal Theory and Criticism and an academic at Tel Aviv University and the Shalom Hartman Institute. There is also Oren Yiftachel at Ben-Gurion University, who speaks of Zionism as a "colonialism of refugees" and "creeping apartheid."  Then there is the Haaretz crowd, including Amira Hass and Gideon Levy. Outside Israel, a key name is the historian Tony Judt, with his advocacy of a bi-national state.

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The Israeli Far Left congenitally disposed to treason?

After the assassination of Rabin, every Israeli newspaper and leftist commentator denounced Bar-Ilan University, where Yigal Amir had been a law student. Many even called for shutting the university down. Not one of those same people has called for closing down Tel Aviv University, where Kamm was a student in the history and philosophy departments and where, together with the sociology and political science departments at TAU, one would have to search long and hard to find faculty members who are not leftists or out and out communists.

Not a single mainstream media outlet in Israel is denouncing the radicals at Tel Aviv University for inspiring and breeding Anat Kamm, nor are pundits calling for the university to undertake a complete "critical self-examination" to understand its own guilt, which is what they had demanded of Bar-Ilan.

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Leftist anti-Israel Academics whine about "McCarthyism" and about Isracampus

Hardly a week goes by here without the claim, usually by groups on the Left, that people are being silenced and censored by McCarthyism. In an October 2009 article, Benjamin Pogrund claimed that university groups such as Isracampus and Israel Academic Monitor were attacking leftist professors in “classic McCarthyite style.” David Newman of Ben-Gurion University has written that “the academic McCarthyism of the right endangers Israeli democracy and society. It threatens the very basis of freedom of speech.”

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Professors fuel fire of anti-Israel propaganda

Radical Israeli Jewish academicians that condemn Israel’s right to exist fuel the fire of anti-Israel rhetoric, said Dr. Yitzchak Mansdorf, former director of the pro-Israel campus advocacy David Project, at the recent Jerusalem Conference.   He was referring to the anti-Israel propaganda war on college campuses, saying that the new form of antisemitism challenges Israel’s legitimacy on a political, ideological and academic level. ...Ignorance of Jewish history – by non-Jewish and even by Jewish-Israeli professors – is another reason cited by Mansdorf.

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Prof. Amnon Rubinstein exposes how "University Publishers" outside Israel promote the Israeli Academic Fifth Column:

"The latest product in the flourishing bash-Israel literature is Iranophobia. The book debunks Israeli and Western anxieties about the Iranian dangers. The author, Prof. Haggai Ram of Ben-Gurion University, argues that Israeli anti-Iran phobias are largely projections of perceived domestic threats to the prevailing Israeli ethnocratic order. In plain language, he holds that Israel has to demonize Iran so as to identify the Islamic Republic with its suppressed minorities in Israel: the Mizrahi and the haredi communities. Iran, on this theory, is the hated "role model" with which these suppressed minorities can be associated: "the production of Iran as a radical external other in Israeli imagination is to be understood in relation to the emergence of ("Iran-like") ethnic and religious internal others that violated the Jewish state's self-image as 'the West.'"

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Israel's Academic Fifth Column and its "Post-Colonial" Disgrace

Gadi Taub on YNET denounces Israel's extremist anti-Israel academics: “Israel’s radical leftist academicians promote false, immoral notions.”

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The Pathology of Jewish Anti-Semitism

" Jewish-anti-Semitism is a modern disease. In the twenty-first century the world is experiencing an explosion of it, a virtual plague. Among the most malicious and venomous of all bigots, the Jewish anti-Semites are at the forefront of each and every smear campaign against Israel and other Jews. Jews today are leaders in the campaigns to boycott and "divest from" Israel, including the "Solidarity with Terrorists" groups. They make pilgrimage to the terrorist camps of the Hamas and the Hezb'Allah, cheering on terrorist atrocities against Jews. They pioneered the smear campaign to paint Israel as an apartheid regime and denouncing Israel as equivalent to Nazi Germany is their favorite pastime. Western campuses are crawling with them. Some of the Jewish anti-Semites even hold leadership positions in Hillel houses. Many others are tenured professors. An anti-Semitic Jewish judge chaired a UN commission demonizing Israel. A Jewish member of Britain's Parliament (Gerald Kaufman) compared Hamas terrorists to Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto and denounced Israel as a Nazi entity. And a shockingly large number of Jewish anti-Semites are Israelis or ex-Israelis. "

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Israel’s taxpayer-supported academic McCarthyism

'Pogrund and Newman are incensed that IsraCampus and other campus watch groups might expose to the public Israeli professors who promote the academic boycott of Israel’s universities, or who work to support the dissolution of the Jewish state. Pogrund quotes David Newman in an interview on an Arab website based in the EU: “I have no hesitation in calling this a McCarthyite campaign. What they are doing is very dangerous.”' Hmmmmm.

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The IDF shows discrimination: ignores the insubordination of 350 academic “rabbis” and the anti-Israel ALEF forum at Haifa University

The IDF also has a hesder (arrangement) with the University of Haifa, where some 40 staff members signed a petition calling for insubordination. At that university, senior officers from the National Security College study for a master's degree (Ilan Pappe also taught in that program). In addition, naval cadets and officers from Military Intelligence study there for bachelor's degrees. And lo and behold, in the university's central computer, in a file entitled "war criminals," a group called Aleph published photographs of dozens of officers and by doing so blacklisted them. (The list includes Gabi Ashkenazi, Yohanan Locker, Yigal Slovik, Yoav Mordechai, Avi Blot, Yuval Halamish, Herzi Halevi and Gur Rosenblatt, as well as former foreign minister Tzipi Livni.)

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A Call by Isracampus for the Immediate Dismissal of Shai Nitzan as Israel Deputy Prosecutor

We at Isracampus would like to ask you to take a few moments from your Hannuka week to strike a blow against anti-democratic Thought Control in Israel. We would like to ask you to take a few moments to demand the immediate dismissal of Israel’s worst politicized Inquisitor, Israel’s leftist thought policeman and enemy of democracy, Mr. Shai Nitzan, operating as the Deputy Prosecutor in the Ministry of Justice. Nitzan, who has a track record of partisan political decision making as the Deputy director of Israel’s Prosecution Office, must be immediately dismissed because of his campaign of persecution and harassment against Dr. David Bukay, for the crime of incorrect thinking and speaking. … Last week, the leftist Deputy Director of the Israel Prosecutor’s Office, Shai Nitzan, ordered Dr. Bukay to come into his office as part of an investigation into incorrect thinking and speaking by Dr. Bukay in his classroom. The story is reported in full in detail (in Hebrew only, alas) in the weekend issue of Maariv, and can be read here: http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART1/977/492.html and here: http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART1/977/491.html

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The Israeli “Academics” doing the Dirty work for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Few Israelis and even fewer Americans know much about the Alternative Information Center (AIC) which is located both in the West Bank in Beit Sahour and also in downtown Jerusalem. The Alternative Information Center was set up by an Arab physics professor from Bir Zeit University named Ghassan Andoni. It was a precursor for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), an extremist pro-terror anti-Israel group, previously going under the name Alternative Tourism. Andoni and his organization represent the Christian communist terrorist wing of the PLO, George Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Andoni’s Center has become a major source for anti-Israel propaganda and disinformation. … Just as wars are fought not only directly on the battlefield between soldiers, but through economic warfare, this latest report from the AIC is designed to cut the line of supply to the IDF of educated personnel. Recall that the AIC itself grew out of the PFLP terrorist movement. It still has the destruction of Israel in mind.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reviews IsraCampus and the debate it hopes to create

Left-right tensions are rising on Israeli campuses over the complex legacy of Zionist ideology and the place of Zionism in Israeli society, with a call for students at one university to report on "Thought Police" professors, a campaign that is being likened to "McCarthyite" tactics in the United States. … Things came to a head at University of Haifa with the publication this fall of an advertisement in the new student calendar by IsraCampus, a watchdog modeled on Campus Watch in the United States. … "There's a group of Israeli professors who are misusing the classroom for political indoctrination," said Steven Plaut, an associate professor of business administration at Haifa, who paid for the IsraCampus advertisement. "They are using their positions within Israeli academia to basically promote an anti-Israel political agenda. Other people have the right to know what they're doing."

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Many Israeli Academics are “disconnected” and “unsure of their place” in Israeli society

It is apparent that the central problem with too many of Israel's academics is that they are unsure of their place in society, they misunderstand their relevance and they are embittered and hysterical in their pronouncements to the point of having a childlike "crying wolf" mentality when discussing the conflict in the Middle East. … There was a time in history when academics understood that their role in society, shaping its culture, encouraging it along a proper course, developing the national narrative. The academy knew that its life was intricately linked to that of the society it lived in. It was the highest level of that society and had a responsibility to it. Israeli academics who call on European powers to invade the country to "save it from itself," those who call the country "Nazi," those who call for boycotts of their own country, those who go into "exile" abroad or those who encourage the murder of citizens in the country simply do not view themselves as responsible for the country at large. They are so disconnected from the society that they no longer feel any responsibility to be decent and mature in their rhetoric toward it.

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Erez Tadmor, Im Tirtzu Director, warns about the Anti-Zionist “thought police” at Israeli Universities and Colleges; cautions about the harm to Israel’s international image

“Anti-Zionist professors have created an informal “thought police,” he said. Those academics who hold different political views are passed over for promotion, he charged. “This is cynical exploitation of the system by professors... there is a general atmosphere meant to frighten those with different views.” … Another problem created by the existing situation is that of poor public relations, he noted. When many Israeli academics are openly critical of the state of Israel, their views become fodder for anti-Israel activists abroad, and the result is harm to Israel's image in the international community.

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Im Tirtzu Poster invites students to report Anti-Israel Faculty

Attached here (in Hebrew) a poster the Im Tirtzu student organization is displaying on all Israel campuses this week. It calls on students who witness political indoctrination in class or in course syllabi to bring the matter to their attention.

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Hebrew University - Ze'ev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) insists Israel is guilty until proven innocent and maybe even after that

'Everyone understands that the army's opposition to a probe of the accusations against it can have only one reason: There is something to hide. It is not the Goldstone report that has opened another painful phase in the erosion of Israel's credibility, but rather the cavalier attitude here toward the heavy Palestinian losses. In broad circles of Western European and American intelligentsia (sic) - in the universities and among cultural and media figures - Israel arouses ever-deepening hostility.'

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Monitoring sites, like IsraCampus.Org.il, have the Israeli Tenured Left hysterical

Haaretz today [23/10/2009] ran in its English web site a hysterical column attacking the monitoring groups and web sites, including Isracampus.org.il, for daring to expose the political activities of Israel’s Tenured Left. As you know, these include open advocacy by tenured academics in Israel of terrorism against Jews, of boycotts against Israel, and of Israel’s annihilation. The Haaretz column is a hysterical attack on those who cite verbatim what anti-Israel leftist academics write and say. That constitutes “McCarthyism,” according to the writer, Benjamin Pogrund. The writer is not an academic but is a leftist journalist from South Africa living in Israel, known mainly for once having ties with Nelson Mandela and for his writings against apartheid when he lived in South Africa. Today he is a leftist Zionist of sorts, and has made some speaking tours overseas with Palestinians to tout the Left’s agenda.

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Tel Aviv University – Summary of the Anti-Israel Activity in the Philosophy and Political Science Departments

In all, Tel Aviv University’s department of Philosophy has two major activists who have signed the most radical petitions and supported the most radical anti-Israel activities, including calling on soldiers to have the “courage to refuse,” and requesting international boycotts of their own university. A further three have supported international involvement against Israel and signed more benign petitions. In total only 15 faculty have not signed any of the petitions while 13 have, meaning the department appears to be about equally balanced, however this ignores the fact that several of the faculty who are not activists are retired or visiting lecturers. Removing them brings down the number of faculty not signing petitions to 10. Thus the youngest faculty, particularly the up-and-comers, as well as the chair of the department, are at the forefront of “activism” in the “peace movement,” which means, many times encouraging soldiers to break the law and refuse orders. … The activism of TAU’s philosophy department might be seen to be relatively within the bounds of what an average department might produce, a few radicals and numerous other academics, were it not for another related philosophy department known as The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. It is this institute that might be considered TAU’s school of radicalism, where its most extreme voices have gathered and where almost every single faculty member has been active in radical Israel-critical petitions. … In Contrast to the Philosophy Department and the Cohn Institute, the Political Science Department at TAU’s faculty are relatively tempered in their criticism of the state which supports their research. Only three signed the “academic freedom” petition and only one has shown a consistent pro-Palestinian agenda. … The importance of Philosophy and Political Science to the continuing functioning of the state is apparent. The two disciplines help provide needed analysis, critique and ideas for the development of politics and political theory. Many of the ideas central to the Western World and its embrace of citizenship and democracy have originated in these disciplines. However at Tel Aviv University an increasing number of academics no longer embrace these ideas. In their political activism on behalf of the Palestinians they have come to support a radical Islamist regime where citizenship, democracy and an open society are non-existent. … This is an unfortunate and irresponsible conclusion and one that has a continuing worrisome impact on the state of Israel and the training of its up and coming minds.

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Isi Leibler, retired Senior Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, calls for legislation to “deny tenure” for tenured Anti-Israel Academics

Regrettably, successive Israeli governments failed to respond even when professors at universities funded by Israeli taxpayers and Diaspora Zionists began exploiting their positions to delegitimize their country. They identified with Israel's enemies, calling on the world to boycott Israeli institutions, including their own universities. Israel prides itself on being the only country in the region in which genuine freedom of expression reigns supreme. … To tolerate such abominations in the name of freedom of expression is taking an ideal to a lunatic extreme. Besides, it is hard to visualize the authorities adopting such a laissez faire approach had the offenders been racists, fascists or even radical right-wing extremists. In fact, when senior academics like Ben-Gurion University's Neve Gordon, call Israel an "apartheid state" and encourage the world to boycott Israeli institutions, they are the ones abusing academic freedom. It is thus high time for the Knesset to set up a non-partisan commission to recommend legislation to deny tenure at state-sponsored institutions to those indulging in such activities.

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Isi Leibler, retired Senior Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, asserts its time to “expose” and “marginalize” tenured Anti-Israel Academics

It is thus surely time to stop ignoring the self-loathing Jews and Israelis who now occupy key roles in the campaigns to delegitimize and demonize our people. Freedom of expression enables them to continue articulating their vile attacks on their own people, but it is high time that they be exposed and marginalized from mainstream Jewish life. It is an absolute scandal that some of the worst culprits, including those calling for boycotts of their own country, retain tenure in Israeli universities funded by Israeli taxpayers and Diaspora Zionist philanthropists.

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Dr. Emmanuel Navon accuses the Academic Left of creating "dogmatic" and "intellectually boring" students

What is anchored on Israeli university campuses, however, is not true power, but true weakness. I have … always been struck by the fact that my students are confused when I ask them to think. This confusion confirms what I experienced as a graduate student in Israel. We were asked to learn, but not to think. To repeat, not to be critical. All the professors were on the same political wavelength (guess which one), and they did manage to produce formatted and dogmatic students that knew their field but had no culture and critical mind. Israeli campuses introduced me to something new: intellectually boring Jews. Faced with uncritical and ignorant 20-somethings who just finished the army and only care about getting a degree and a job, Israel's most radical professors have it easy. And what they have to say hardly makes our universities a source of national strength: Young Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria are like the Hitlerjungen (Moshe Zimmerman, Hebrew University); Israel's policy toward the Palestinians is one of politicide (Baruch Kimmerling, Hebrew University) and ethnic cleansing (Ilan Pappé, formerly from Haifa University); the very existence of a Jewish people is a "myth" invented by Zionism (Shlomo Sand, Tel-Aviv University); there never was a unified Israelite monarchy in biblical times (Israel Finkelstein, Tel-Aviv University); Israel is an apartheid state that should be boycotted by the world community (Neve Gordon, Ben-Gurion University), etc.

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Prof. Uriel Reichman of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center Denounces anti-Israel anti-democratic members of the Israeli Academic Fifth Column

The most extreme allegations against Israel are often made by a small anti-Zionist group of Israeli university professors. … Recently, in an article published in the Los Angeles Times, an Israeli professor called his audience to boycott Israel on all levels, to "save that apartheid state from itself." How should a university respond to such writing? Is it a case of constitutionally protected free speech or academic freedom? There is a difference between internal democratic debate, what course should a nation adopt, when being called in for sanctions by other countries. The professor who wrote the L.A. article would probably support the use of international military forces, in case the sanctions fail its "save Israel from itself" campaign. Calling other nations to take action against your own country - be it by economic sanctions or military force – means turning your back on the internal democratic system. … it is very odd that such a professor is requiring a salary from a state university funded by the tax payers' money. Freedom of speech is guaranteed to enable free debate in a society; it does not extend to calls for force, which will actually terminate debates. Such calls have also nothing to do with academic freedom. It is a joke to regard a call for academic boycott as being part of academic freedom.

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The Orwellian Lobby for Neve Gordon

Neve Gordon makes Ilan Pappe look like a serious academic and a patriotic Zionist. He makes Micah Leshem and Yuval Yonay look rational and pro-Israel. It is always amusing watching the Israeli Academic Fifth Column joining anti-Semites from all over the world, rushing out to defend the right of anyone to smear Israel and Jews, and to defend the most mind-bogging falsehoods and blatant fabrications in the name of "academic freedom." These are invariably the very same people who oppose freedom of speech for those who disagree with their own political agendas and, in particular, oppose freedom of expression for those who think Israel has the right to exist and the right to defend itself

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Uri Davis – the token Jew on the Fatah Council; reduces Zionism to “land grab based on ethnic cleansing”

He has been here before, not least as the man who first proposed the critique of Israel as an "apartheid state" in the late 1980s. Davis's involvement in the first UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban in 2001 was condemned by the Anti-Defamation League. During a career of protest he has been described – inevitably – as a "self-hating Jew". He calls himself an "anti-Zionist". And his personal history is a fascinating testimony to the troubled history of the postwar Israeli left and forgotten trajectories in the story of Israel itself. The man elected to the Revolutionary Council in 31st place from a field of 600 has been as much shaped by the tidal forces of recent Jewish history – not least his own family's sufferings in the Holocaust – as any fellow citizen of Israel. But he disputes a largely manufactured account of that experience that he believes has been used deliberately "to camouflage" its "apartheid programme". Now he enjoys an extraordinary mandate to explain his own views. And he hopes, too, that just as the small number of white members of the ANC widened its legitimacy during the apartheid era in South Africa, other Jews can be attracted to participate in Fatah, transforming it into a broader-based movement that stands for equal rights for both Arabs and Jews in a federated state. ... His own self-description is a case in point, fine-tuned over the decades. "It has gone through a number of stages. In my autobiography in the mid-1990s I described myself as a Palestinian Jew. That has now changed to a Palestinian Hebrew of Jewish origins." How he frames his own identity is part of his attempt to impose an "alternative narrative" to the one that has dominated Israel since its foundation in 1948 by what he describes as "a settler-colonialist" strand of Zionism built on a massive act of "ethnic cleansing". That moment – known as the "Nakba", or the catastrophe to Arabs – saw the flight of 650,000-750,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes by Jewish forces. Davis is careful with his definitions of both "Zionism" and his own "anti-Zionism". The Zionism that he opposes is the "political Zionism" of Israel's founders, the Zionism that amounts, he says, to land grab based on ethnic cleansing.

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Academics lining up to endorse or condemn Neve Gordon's call for a worldwide Boycott against Israel

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Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009 20:48:47 GMT
From: Niza Yanay <niza@bgu.ac.il>
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Personally, I don’t believe that Dr. Gordon will be fired. Rather, the university seems intent to do whatever it needs to make his life at BGU unpleasant so that he will leave of his own accord… and then pretend that academic freedom in Israel has not been compromised at all. …

-Sydney Levy

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Bemoaning the Plague of Self-Hatred at Israeli Universities

The Israeli university reflected Zionist ideals. It maintained the continuity between the traditions of the past and the country taking form in the present without foregoing the secular-pioneer mission of building a sovereign independent state without waiting for divine intervention. However, as enlightened freedom of thought is replaced by a politically correct agenda, over-emphasis of secular anti-religion remains and paves the way for self-hating revisionism. For instance, one of the "new historians" "proved' that Jewish self-awareness as a nation and their continued connection to the Land of Israel are inventions meant to justify Zionist ideology retroactively. A well-known archeologist, who was awarded a prestigious award, regurgitated this claim and applied it to biblical times. According to him, the kingdom of David and Solomon never existed and was only invented to justify control of the Palestinian territories with a claim of historic right. A third "new historian" went far enough to say that the Jewish people are an invention, saying that Jews are all converts from other nations. With this kind of curriculum to rely on, it is no wonder that students are staying away from Jewish university studies.

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University of Exeter – Uri Davis, the “Palestinian Hebrew” and convert to Islam, is the first Jewish nomination for the Fatah Revolutionary Council

Dr. Uri Davis told Ma'an that one of Fatah's weakest attributes has been its failure to establish ties with international parties, movements and human rights organizations, and promised to step up efforts, if elected. Born to Jewish parents in Jerusalem, Davis describes himself as a Palestinian Hebrew. Davis has written a series of books and articles that classify the State of Israel as an apartheid state, alleging that Israel's policies towards Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of Israel, are comparable to South Africa's apartheid policies.

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Attack on Homosexuals triggers Massive Orthodox Bashing by Israeli Bigots

In other words, the McCarthyists are claiming to enjoy powers of clairvoyance. The police have not indicated that there is the slightest piece of evidence that the perp or perps were even Jews, yet the politically correct postureurs “KNOW” that Orthodox Jews are behind it! Would it not be interesting if it turns out that the murderers were Arab terrorists who happened to take note of the club in Tel Aviv? Or, even more plausibly, that the murderers were from the Fat’h or Hamas, groups whose intolerance of homosexuality is notoriously murderous. Homosexuals are routinely tortured and murdered by Palestinians groups, and the situation is no better in most Moslem countries. You will hear very little about that from the pro-intifada gay militants.

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Im Tirtzu Activists protest anti-Semitic one-sided “conference” on the conduct of IDF combat soldiers during Operation Cast Lead hosted at the Van Leer Institute

A group of activists from the student organization Im Tirtzu held a demonstration outside a Rabbis for Human Rights conference at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The conference is focusing on the conduct of IDF combat soldiers during last January's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. Holding up signs that decried "Blood libels against IDF soldiers for the sake of European cash," the activists heckled participants arriving at the conference and explained to curious passersby that they were unnerved by the one-sided testimonies being given inside the conference and the apparent lack of factual data backing up the claims.

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PsychoActive conference at Tel Aviv University - Yet another TAU "academic" exercise in one-sided Israel-Bashing

These people live in another universe; they fail to recognize that the Arabs are ‘playing’ the ‘liberal’ Jews. It was a touchy-feely group. Feelings are everything, even if they are phony, Facts and reality are meaningless. … I think that many of the participants do not consider themselves to be Israel bashers or that they are a threat to the State.

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A Litmus Test For Opponents of the "Nakba Law"

There are two types of people posturing their outrage at the proposed "Anti-Nakba" law. One consists of free speech absolutists. The other consists of anti-democratic haters of Israel, many of them people with a neo-fascist disdain for freedom of speech. The first group truly believes in freedom of speech, even for radicals, traitors, and extremists. The second group consists of people who are fighting against the "anti-Nakba law" because they agree with the "Nakba nuts" that Israel's very existence is a catastrophe, something that should be corrected by means of exterminating Israel.

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The IsraCampus challenge to Israeli Law Professors

Isracampus hereby challenges the professors and lecturers in law schools in Israel to speak out against the McCarthyist suppression of freedom of speech and the anti-democratic firing and political persecution, in the case of Rabbi Israel Shiran at the Moriah-Barkai high school in Haifa, Israel. He was fired and demonized by Minster of Education Yuli Tamir because he dared to express a political opinion of which she disapproved, namely,  his belief that Yitzhak Rabin's political ideology should not be a matter for indoctrination in Israeli schools.

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Israeli communist academics to participate in new Stalinism Days

Tel Aviv University has not yet recovered from its Stalinism Day a few weeks back and now yet another Stalinism Day, or days, May 15 and May 16. Among the participants will be a host of communist party officials, plus convicted terrorist spy Udi Adiv, plus Hebrew University math professor Emanuel Farjoun, BGU sociologist Uri Ram, and others.

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Anti-Zionist and Post-Historians Pose an Existential Threat to Israel’s Continued Autonomy

As Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a recent interview, "Politicians, whether they know it or not, are guided by ideas. Right now, in Israel, they are starting to be guided with the wrong ideas." These wrong ideas stem from the current post-Zionist discourse promulgated in the media and academia. … Today, though, the majority of Zionist students on Israeli campuses remain silent while a small but vocal minority of anti-Zionist and post-Zionist students are taking control of the public discourse. This creates a tragic reality as Israel's future leaders are being inundated with anti-Zionist and post-Zionist ideas as part of the education upon which they presumably will base their eventual leadership.

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The Israeli Left just awarded to itself the Israel Prize once again

A panel of people appointed by Labor Party Minister of Education Yuli Tamir, all of whom had personal ties to the Israel Democracy Institute and had received money from it, decided to award this year's Israel Prize to - (drumroll) - the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI). The IDI is a leftist political SWAT team, promoting the Left's agenda.

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Israeli academics collaborating with the Boycott Israel efforts of the anti-Israel "FFIPP"

Koby Snitz and Hannah Safran participated in Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace’s (FFIPP) campaign with the Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine, Amherst, MA to push for the boycott of Israel by the Hampshire College.

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When it Does not Add Up: Anti-Israel Mathematicians at Israeli Universities

Israeli far-leftist anti-Israel academics in the mathematics field may have their own abstract ways of looking at things, but they are paid by the Israeli taxpayers, and then promote an anti-Israel agenda that sometimes involves terrorist attacks against those same taxpayers.

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Tel Aviv University to be Converted to a Gulag (for a day)

Many of us have long suspected that Tel Aviv University (TAU) often serves as a communist re-education gulag, dominated by its post-Zionist anti-Israel far-leftists in whose classrooms no Zionist or non-leftist opinion may ever be expressed. But this coming March 25, 2009, it really will be a gulag! At least for one day! Israel's pro-terror communist party MAKI will hold its "congress" that day in the TAU law school, which has been much in the news recently for attempts at suppressing academic freedom there, gulag-style.

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The Israeli Academy and the Gaza War

Many of the Israeli scholars who opposed the war in Gaza did so under the increasingly fashionable guise of being ‘lone voices,’ standing up the oppression of their own country. In the English language environment (including the internet) in which many of them published, this claim was used as an all-purpose calling card and publicity gimmick. The most common themes in their writing are that of Gaza being a ‘prison’ and the need to compare Israel’s actions to some other ultra-evil regime. The favorite regimes for comparison have been the Nazis, but sometimes apartheid south Africa, Russian pogromists, or European colonizers can be recruited. The theme of Gaza being a colonized ‘prison’ is used in order to justify the ‘resistance’ of Hamas, meaning its terror and rockets. This recycles the dialectic of Albert Memmi’s Colonizer and Colonized or Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth. Under the logic of "post-colonialism," the colonized is always allowed any extreme so long as he is opposing what can be dismissed as colonialism.

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Site that collects the Who's Who of the anti-Israel Academic Israeli Left

Get to know your anti-Israel Academic Extremists
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Anti-Zionists and Post-Historians exposed gleefully rewriting history in an attempt to prove that Jewish labor and love of the land was really just a reason to destroy another people

The rewriters, like Benny Morris, Ilan Pepe and Baruch Kimmerling, mostly publish first in English to gain the praise of the West's "justice seekers." Their works are then quickly grabbed for translation into Arabic and displayed in marketplaces in Damascus, Cairo and Tunis. Their conclusion is almost uniform: that in practise Zionism amounted to an evil, colonialist conspiracy to exploit the people dwelling in Palestine, enslave them, steal their land, and disinherit them. … Such calumny is not new: the doctrine that Zionism is a colonialist movement serving imperialism by exploiting and enslaving Arab peasants and laborers was formulated and disseminated in Soviet propaganda organs since the 1920s, embellished with "scientific" terms from the Marxist-Leninist lexicon. … Ze'ev Sternhal, Yigal Eylam, Yehoshafat Harkabi and many other academics, slavishly imitated by journalists and politicians, regard stressing religious, cultural and emotional affinity to the land - the most important rationale for our existence here - with sheer contempt. They see it as contaminated by nationalism, fundamentalism, fetishism ("a pronounced national fetish, like the Land of Israel," wrote Eylam) - and even fascism.

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Israeli student protest group - Im Tirtzu - publishes statistics on anti-Zionist studies in Israel

 

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Israeli Academics join in supporting Palestinian lies

Israeli support for the Palestinan call for action

We the undersigned Israeli citizens support the urgent appeal issued by Dr. Heydar Abdel-Shafi, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Dr. Azmi Bishara, Rana Nashashibi, Dr. Eyad Sarraj, Khader Shkirat and Raji Sourani on 29 March, entitled: "Break the Conspiracy of Silence, Act Before it is too Late" [published by Al-Ahram Weekly last week]. We hereby call upon our fellow citizens to join us:

Prof. Aharon Eviatar, Hoffit
Dr. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin
Prof. Avraham Oz, Tel Aviv
Prof. Baruch Kimmerling, Jerusalem
Dr. Daphna Levit, Tel Aviv
Dr. Daniel Amit, Rome
Dr. Edeet Ravel, Toronto,Ca.
Haim Hanegbi, Journalist, Tel Aviv
Dr. Ilan Pappe, Haifa
Dr. Lev Grinberg, Jerusalem
Pnina Feiler, Kibbutz Yad Hanna
Dr. Ruchama Maton, Tel Aviv
Adv. Tamar Pelleg-Sryck, Tel Aviv
Dr. Tikva Honig Parnass, Jerusalem
Yehudith Harel, Ramat Hasharon
Dr. Yossi Amitay, Kibbutz Gvulot
Uri Avnery, Journalist, Tel Aviv

Please send your signature to: &ltRaji Sourani-pchr@pchrgaza.co.il> and cc to: &ltye_harel@netvision.net.il>

PLEASE circulate this appeal as widely as possible.

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Hypocrisy of the Israeli Left

For Sternhell and those of his mindset on the Israeli Left, though, the main charge against the settlements was that they supposedly perpetuated Israeli rule over the Palestinians -- in their view the crux of all evil. And it was when the positions of such left-wing academics, writers, and cultural figures seeped into the mainstream, being adopted by politicians like Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, that Israel created the PA, dismantled most of the “occupation,” and replaced it with direct Palestinian rule.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Sternhell and his friends to do some soul-searching about the result -- a reign of horrific abuses inconceivably worse than the few instances of settler misconduct they keep harping on.

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About that Attack on Prof. Sternhell

Beyond that, several other rather tame observations might be mentioned. These include:

- Sternhell's political outlook and opinions were repugnant before the attack and did not become any less repugnant because of the attack.
- Radical Leftist sedition does not become legitimized because of the attack on Sternhell, no matter who carried it out.
- Critics of the radical Left do not become delegitimized because of the attack on Sternhell, no matter who carried it out.
- Critics of Prof. Sternhell's opinions have as much right to express their criticisms as Sternhell himself has to express his.

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The Two Societies: the university and the security services

When the state calls upon its men and women to serve, and if needs be die, those called upon deserve recompense from the state. If that comes in the form of discounts and decent pay and a good education at a top ranked university that is only fair. To claim that the university owes them nothing, to claim that the ivory tower exists in a vacuum may sound nice today, but one day that vacuum may be rudely punctured, as it was by the July 2002 terrorist attack at Hebrew university. Then suddenly the civil society begs for protection.

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Post Zionist Uri Davis shows true colors, abandons Judaism

Just two months ago, Davis took part in an Arab-sponsored "Haifa Conference," billed as "defend[ing] a secular democratic state in historic Palestine." A summary of the conference written by Yoav Bar states that the Conference "was our moment to raise our heads from the exhausting daily struggle and promise ourselves and the world that the suffering of the Palestinian people may be brought to an end and there can be a bright future for everybody in Palestine after we get rid of the racist Zionist disorder." ... Dr. Davis gave one of the three Hebrew speeches at the Conference; the others were delivered by Yehuda Kupferman of the "Committee for a Secular and Democratic state in the Whole of Palestine," and Dr. Anat Matar, a leading supporter of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and the rights of Israeli youth to refuse to serve in the IDF.

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Israeli University Heads Join Leftist anti-Israel Group in Demanding that All Controls be Removed from Palestinians entering Campuses

The Israeli university system is not only corrupt and mediocre but dominated by leftist politicization. While university officials often shrug their shoulders when listening to complaints about the many tenured traitors operating out of their campuses, insisting that it is all just a price that needs to be paid if academic freedom is to be preserved, they generally insist disingenuously that politicization of the campus leadership by the Left does not exist at all.

Oh no? Consider the petition to the Israeli Minister of Defense sent by the members of the Council of University Presidents this week, as reported on the YNET news web site (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3574835,00.html). These are university PRESIDENTS, not rank and file Post-Zionist academic quacks!

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Does Yuli Tamir want to be education minister for the Palestinian Authority or Israel?

Yuli Tamir as Education Minister on July 22, 2007 approved a school text for Israeli children describing the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 as a 'Nakba', or catastrophe, for use in Israeli Arab schools. Asked her reasoning, Tamir replied on Israel Radio that "The Arab public deserves to be allowed to express its feelings.” ... Simply put, the Nakba is a myth perpetuated by the education ministries of the totalitarian Arab world to justify taking back Israel from the Jews.

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Pluto Press, outlet for anti-Israel academics, scrapped by the University of Michigan

Pluto Press lost its American source of distribution through the prestigious University of Michigan Press due to poor scholasticism and a pattern of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish books said to counter “Zionism” (a.k.a. Jews). StandwithUS, a Jewish and Israel advocacy group, showed U. Michigan that material that was not scholastically accurate was being disseminated by U. Michigan Press as scholastically accurate material and included downright polemical tomes against Israel that were not even subject to peer review before dissemination as with other books. This was damaging the University’s academic prestige.

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Israeli academics lobbying against Israeli security control of movements and in favor of "freedom of movement" for Palestinian terrorists in the name of academic freedom. See the role call of signatories:

The initiators of the petition:

Prof. Menachem Fisch, Tel-Aviv University

Prof. Raphael Falk, The Hebrew University

Prof. Eva Jablonka, Tel-Aviv University

Dr. Snait Gissis, Tel-Aviv University

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Israel Academics Participate in Conference that promotes "ending the Occupation"

The following Israeli academics participated in FFIPP-International Conference that promotes "ending the Occupation":

Menachem Klein, Bar Ilan University - Dept of Political Studies
Kenneth Mann, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Law
Eyal Wiezman, University of London - Dept of Visual Cultures

 

It has been almost two years since the last FFIPP conference in Ramallah.
Since then, the situation in the Occupied Territories has deteriorated with the
rapidly worsening conditions in Gaza, the continued construction of the Wall
and the settlements, continued violence— mainly against the Palestinians- and
the lack of any progress in the ‘negotiations’. The tensions between Hamas and
Fatah continued as well and the isolation of Hamas contributed to the general
deterioration. The Annapolis conference has failed to produce any positive
change in the region and the occupation of Iraq is now threatening to escalate
into, potentially, a major confrontation with Iran.

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Israeli Academics threaten the future of the Israeli State

A list of Anti-Israel statements and actions are laid out in the following article.

Among those mentioned are Haifa University politics professor Ilan Pappe, who is quoted saying:

  • “I want people to boycott Israeli institutes.”

  • “I think the de-Zionisation of Israel is a pre-condition for peace; I have no doubt about that.”

and Ben-Gurion University politics lecturer Neve Gordon who went to Ramallah in February 2002 and clasped hands with Yasser Arafat.

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Good Morning, Elijah: Amos Oz Does The Peace Tour

Oz is at his silliest when he tries to distinguish between stark unequivocal moral choices and complex ambiguous ones. “You Europeans have a tendency to frame everything in simplistic good vs. bad terms,” he says. “This is OK for some conflicts, like that between fascism and anti-fascism, or that between colonialism and anti-colonialism, or that between the U.S. and Vietnamese, but the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not that.”

Of course, the allegedly simple moral conflicts offered by Oz tell us more about him than about the conflict. Anti-fascists have at times been worse than fascists; anti-colonialists generally were far more savage and brutal than European colonialists; and Oz’s insistence that the U.S. was the unambiguous evil power in Vietnam is little more than the attempt of an Israeli leftist to pander to fashionable anti-Americanism, to ingratiate himself with those who imagine Europe is the moral superior of the U.S. – something Oz tries to do repeatedly throughout the evening.

The other problem with Oz’s silly characterization of moral clarity vs. ambiguity is that the Arab-Israeli conflict is actually as morally unambiguous as was World War II. Yes, Allied troops sometimes conducted acts of injustice and, yes, German and Japanese civilians were often killed as the war was fought out, but that changes nothing about the moral unambiguousness of that conflict.

The Arab-Israeli conflict exists because the Arab world, controlling 22 states and territory nearly twice that of the United States (including Alaska), is unwilling to allow the Jews to enjoy any self-determination or control over even a tiny piece of territory. Ultimately, the tremendous damage that Oz and his kind have done has been in muddying what should be a clear moral understanding of the Middle East war, all in the name of the sanctity of moral symmetry, and this muddying has undercut Israeli willingness to resist and fight.

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Israeli State Radio Outs the Academic Fifth Column

Until now, Israel's state-owned media have generally never done any investigative reporting on Israel's Far left and Academic Fifth Column. The TV and radio stations are owned by the Israel Broadcasting Authority, and the IBA has always been a poorly-disguised promoter and guardian of the Left. Its heads have never hidden the fact that they think their mission in life is to advance the Left's agenda.

That is why the decision to run a series of radio shows viciously attacking the academic far Left and the "Post-Zionists" is so significant, and why it has the far leftists in Israel soiling themselves in anguish.

Recently the first of what is promised to be a series of two-hour radio shows on the subject was aired on Reshet Bet, one of the large state-run radio channels in Israel. It can be heard via the internet in Hebrew at this URL:, where you need to click the program entitled "The Anti-Zionist Congress." (or listen directly here or download the program as a file here) These shows are part of the wider state-media coverage of Israel's 60th independence anniversary celebrations.

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The Fate of Jewish Anti-Zionists

by Ami Isseroff

Israelenews.com

March 31, 2008

http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/4939

Anti-Zionist Jews and those whose views amount to anti-Zionism are an unpleasant fact of life. This article was not written to condemn them, or to refute their ideas in detail, but rather to point out that they will eventually find themselves isolated by the people whose cause they are championing. This is already happening.

Anti-Zionist Jews are among the most vociferous, visible and effective opponents of the existence of the state of Israel today. Who has done more to advance the myth of Zionist "ethnic cleansing" than Ilan Pappe? Who has done more to combat the "Holocaust Myth" by his subtle and effective "Holocaust Industry" campaign than Norman Finkelstein?? Who has been at the forefront at spreading the libel of "Apartheid Israel," if not Jeff Halper? Who has made hatred of Israel respectable in US Academia if not Joel Beinin? Who has done more to advance the image of Israel as a tool of the colonialist imperialist warmongers than Noam Chomsky? Who has been the ideological soul of the British boycott campaigns, if not Jacqueline Rose? Who has done more to discredit the IDF and demoralize Israeli youth than Dorothy Naor with her "New Profile" movement? It is the Golden Age of anti-Zionist and anti-Israel Jews. All over the world, the watchword is "Just Peace in Palestine." Jews are leading the fight to brainwash the world into thinking that genocide is justice. Anti-Semitism was abandoned by the respectable right; now it is the Jews who must lead the anti-Zionist fight, the struggle to deny the rights of the Jewish people. Surely it is absurd that Jews lead the anti-Zionist movement!

 

Homemade Israel-bashers

By Amnon Rubinstein

'Incitement against Israel can be found on the lowest level in some of the social science departments in Israel's universities. A well-known philosopher in Tel Aviv University called Israel the dustbin of Europe - and students, as we know, are influenced by their teachers, even when the latter are seized by a frenzy of hatred toward the state that provides their livelihood, and at the expense of which, thanks to their attacks on it, they make their names.'

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Professors of hate

By Isi Leibler

The flow of new initiatives from academics throughout the world seeking to delegitimize Israel continues unabated. Now the emphasis is directed towards anti-Israeli boycotts as exemplified by the recent outrage from the British Association of University Teachers.

Sadly, in many universities, academics of Jewish origin have assumed key roles denigrating Israel often claiming to do so out of "a sense of Jewish justice."

But the most harmful academic purveyors of hatred against the Jewish state are located at our own universities. They demonize their own country and try to persuade their students that Israel was born in sin. Their negative impact abroad is devastating.

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