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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
by Steven Plaut at
This is NOT a spoof!
I thought you should see what sort of anti-Semitic hatred is being
disseminated via the "ALEF" chat list, supposedly of Israeli
academics, operating under the auspices of the University of Haifa.
The following message cheering the attack on the yeshiva children
was disseminated via this ALEF list on March 10 (the following is
one long citation):
[alef] Arabs to the Gas Chambers, Medical experiments on Arabs -
HaRav - a training centre for illegal occupation and murder
tony greenstein tonygreenstein at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 10 19:56:37 IST 2008
I've just come across this excellent article from Scottish Palestine
Solidarity Campaign on how the Yeshivah that was bombed last week is
probably one of the most vile institutions one could imagine. A
veritable centre of neo-Nazi or Judaeo Nazi ideas.
Medical experiments on Arabs, Arabs to the gas chambers
Mercaz HaRav - a training centre for illegal occupation, murder and
"Arabs to the Gas Chambers"
A Palestinian killed eight Israeli students in a settler
movement training centre, in retaliation for Israel.s massacre of
over a hundred Gazans, mostly civilians. Hundreds of the seminary
students later chanted "Death to the Arabs" at the gates of their
seat of learning. This was somehow missed by the BBC.
British prime Minister Gordon Brown, following Bush, hurried to
condemn "the murders" of the Israelis at the settlers. training
centre. This contrasts with his deep silence during Israel.s recent
massacres in Gaza. The BBC would have us believe that Mercaz HaRav
yeshiva is a normal school where 'religious students' pursue
esoteric religious studies. In fact Mercaz HaRav is the main
educational and training centre of the fanatical Israeli settler
movement, Gush Emunim, what the British newspaper,The Independent,
somewhat disingenuously calls the "controversial settler movement".
Many Mercaz HaRav graduates fill the ranks of Gush Emunim, which
organises attacks on Palestinians from Jewish-only military
settlements across the West Bank as part of its declared aim of
dispossessing Palestinians of 100% of Palestine.
The Mercaz HaRav yeshiva is based on contempt for all Gentiles, not
only Arabs. The parent organisation, Gush Emunim, is heavily armed
and carries out the most revolting crimes against innocent
Palestinians across the West Bank. This writer has visited the
Palestinian village of Yanun after settlers had washed their dogs in
the Palestinians. drinking water. A Medieval ideology goes hand in
hand with Medieval tactics - Hebron settlers poison village wells
with putrescent chickens. They beat and shoot Palestinians, poison
their sheep, generally act like the violent thugs they are. One
well-known graduate of Mercaz HaRav, Rabbi Moshe Levinger who
founded the colonies of ultras in Hebron was such a vicious
psychopath towards Palestinians that he was even found guilty of
killing a Palestinian by an Israeli court, for which he served three
months in detention. Rabbi Levinger was also found guilty of
unprovoked assaults on women and children, unusually, since the
settlers enjoy complete immunity; many a Palestinian has been found
guilty by the Israeli authorities of beating himself up in the
vicinity of Jewish settlers.
Mercaz HaRav yeshiva was founded by Rabbi A.Y. Kook, and later led
by his son, T.Y. Kook. The manner in which young minds are shaped at
this Yeshiva can be guessed from one of A.Y.'s spiritual
pronouncements, that "The difference between a Jewish soul and souls
of non-Jews . all of them in all different levels . is greater and
deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of
cattle." Kook's classification of Palestinians as non-human allows
the graduates of Mercaz HaRav to ignore those commandments that
forbid stealing, murder and coveting.
Since non-Jews are similar to another species in the Kooks.
world-view, the very notion of human rights governing the relations
between Jews and others is naturally repugnant to his followers;
human rights are definitely not on the syllabus at Mercaz HaRav. The
Kooks' primitive god is similar to that of their American Christian
fundamentalist counterparts. Both groups of fundamentalists believe
that the coming of the Messiah is imminent (they disagree on whether
this is a first or a return visit) but they agree that the normal
forms of human decency are no longer in force. For reasons that need
not concern us here, the beginning of the messianic age allows the
activation of the rule, as expressed by another unlovely Gush Emunim
Rabbi, Shlomo Aviner, that "While God requires other normal nations
to abide by abstract codes of justice and righteousness, such laws
do not apply to Jews."
The suspension of 'such laws' extends to non-Jews' right to live and
breathe. Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh, another settler leader, asked
pragmatically whether "If a Jew needs a liver, can he take the liver
of an innocent non-Jew to save the Jew?" He replied in the
affirmative, supporting an Israeli fundamentalist theology that
should make anyone think twice before taking the kids on that beach
holiday in Israel. Palestinians have to take Ginsburgh's ideas
seriously, though, for the learned Rabbi leads a heavily-armed gang
of settlers,14 past graduates of the classrooms of yeshuv Mercaz
Mercaz HaRav graduates don't just believe they can use your, or
any passing Palestinian's, liver. Gentiles can also be useful to
science. The Israeli Attorney General was forced to intervene to bar
Rabbi Lior's election to Israel's top religious body following
concern over his public proposal to use captured Arab .terrorists.
to conduct medical experiments.16 (Gush Emunim considers all
Palestinians to be 'terrorists'.) Lior is reputed to be the top
student of Kook fils. Note that Lior had to be barred by
adminstrative methods after he had secured
enough votes from his supporters to secure a seat on Israel's
Supreme Rabbinical Council.
The idea of using Arabs for medical experiments ought to be a
clue to something bigger. Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, in
Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, spell it out: "the similarities
between the Jewish political messianic trend and German Nazism are
glaring. The Gentiles are for the messianists what the Jews were for
the Nazis." If you think that stealing peoples organs is just your
average settler yeshiva ghoulishness, Gush Emunim settlers. idea of
leisure time activities after yeshiva is out is to decorate
Palestinian homes in Hebron with "Arabs to the gas chambers".
Jerusalem, like Palestine as a whole, is saturated with armed
Jews, uniformed soldiers and police as well as gun-toting settlers.
Both groups cooperate to control the Palestinian population, who are
kept unarmed in order that they can be dispossessed. This
dispossession is achieved by a combination of the illegal
occupation's 'legal' means combined with the settlers. violent
extra-legal actions. Any armed Palestinian is killed on sight.
Jerusalem, like all of Palestine, pits Jewish supremacism and
military power against a colonised population, whose anger at their
status and hostility towards their occupiers and violators is
natural and healthy. Should they kiss the whip held over their
heads? Palestinians continue to resist and we should be inspired by
their courage, fortitude and endurance against an enemy that
threatens them openly with a 'Holocaust.'24
Alaa Abu Dheim killed eight students who were being trained to
oppress and dispossess him, his family, his entire people. He was
himself killed by an armed student. Abu Dheim's sister, Iman, said
he had been deeply affected by the Israeli massacres in Gaza. She
said her brother had told her "he wasn't able to sleep because of
the grief". Rafael Eitan, a past Army Chief and Deputy Prime
Minister explained the rationale behind Israel's incessant
brutality:the crushing of the Palestinians. "When we have settled
the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to
scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle".
Israel's brutality towards Palestinians is a means to the Zionists'
declared end, shared by dominant groups in both secular and
religious camps, to dehumanise the .cattle., the 'cockroaches.'
Israel was cleared for immigration in 1948 by terror, and is still
to this day based on terror against the entire Palestinian people.
(Mick Napier is Chair of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign,
affiliated to PSC-UK.)
Want to tell the heads of Haifa University, through whose auspices
and computer the above was disseminated, what you think of this?
To whom can you complain?
University of Haifa:
President of the University of Haifa
Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze.ev
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Rector of the University of Haifa
Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Chairman of the Board of Governors
Mr. Leon Charney
Law Office of Leon H. Charney
New York, NY 10018
University "Friends of" Offices Outside Israel are listed