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The anti-Israel Cult of Prof. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi of the
University of Haifa
Benjamin Beit- Hallahmi is Professor of Psychology at
the University of Haifa and has written a series of books and
articles painting Israel as an evil imperialist militarist society.
Compared to most other anti-Israel Israel academics, Beit-Hallahmi
has produced academic papers in his field and has published research
and books beyond works sponsored or paid for by the PLO or European
Union. His specialty is in the study of cults.
But is Beit-Hallahmi a member of a cult himself, a
cult of anti-Israel activists?
Apparently he is.
Hallahmi’s book, The Israeli Connection: Who Israel
Arms and Why, is in fact a conspiracy theory in which Israel
allegedly sold arms to Central America and South Africa, as well as
to the Shah’s Iran wherein Beit-Hallahmi suggests Israel, as an
oppressive colonialist enterprise, sought to maintain colonization
in those other parts of the world as a way to protect its own
colonialism of Arab lands.
This notion of democracies like America, Britain and
Israel shoring up dictatorships at the expense of indigenous
populations to keep some strategically important countries from
falling to Soviet imperialism and communist rule was a main staple
of the pro-Soviet Left’s propaganda campaign as the USSR conducted
its own colonialist expansion during the Cold War.
Hallahmi does have a point about dealing with
less-than-savory governments. But, as a psychologist, one would
expect him to appreciate that his “anti-imperialist” book fails to
take into consideration that if Israel did not find its allies where
it could during the Cold War, it ultimately would have been left
with none at all. The psychological malady of narcissism affects Ben
Hallahmi because he focuses on the bad acts Israel’s armaments
industry may have done in one period, one wart if you will, while
ignoring the big picture (a common psychological trait of
anti-Israel activists, by the way). The Soviets were busy with an
arms race back then and Israel as a loyal US ally was in Soviet
crosshairs as Arab dictators were also provided weapons to wipe out
Is Israel, let alone the rest of the world, better
off with the mullahs in charge in Iran instead of the Shah? Some
might call Hallahmi’s psychological perspective delusional.
Israel’s arms industry needed cash
revenues to grow rapidly enough to fund expansion given a growing
menace from the surrounding Arab states. For example, It was during
Israel developed the Kfir jetfighter to allow the
country more independence from the US and France
who even today can be erratic allies. An absurdity is the US
requires even today that Israel not upgrade its jetfighters it buys
from the US so as to put them on a par with those sold the Saudis
and the UAE.
So Israel was not a “lamp unto the nations” because
of some clients that it sold weapons to? Well, had Israel not
supplied those countries weapons, they could have fallen into the
Soviet sphere that sought as part of its goals the destruction of
the Jewish state. So one could argue that just as America supported
some unsavory characters, the long term security of the state may
have required it of Israel. Maybe Hallahmi wouldn’t be able to enjoy
his comfy office at the University of Haifa today had it not been
Israel may be God’s country, but it
doesn’t live in a vacuum. That is a trait of people who live in
cults, like the
International Solidarity Movement
that advocates lying as an acceptable tactic to bringing down the
Jewish state and ultimately the capitalist West “by any means
necessary.” One would expect Hallahmi to expose the Palestinian-led
and created ISM to the Israeli government to shut them down.
Instead, Hallahmi could be a member. Oddly enough, one of the US
leaders of the ISM, Jess Ghannam is a Ph.D in psychology at the
University of San Francisco. Born in the USA, he rails about Sabras
living on “his land” and has done so since his undergraduate days as
a campus radical at the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley and
supports Hamas as a leader of
Ghannam even claims
it was the Jews who drove the Arabs into the sea in
There’s something psychologically strange about
psychologists who can’t see the world beyond their own desired
goals. And if that goal happens to be the end of the Jewish state,
well, then…whatever it takes. “Colonialism” on a college campus is a
buzz word these days, even though Israel in no way is a colony of
anybody, nor are the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
Meanwhile, just keep spouting the same lie over and over.
It is this same narrow group think that Hallahmi the
anti-cultist adheres to that makes his background as a psychologist
all the more puzzling. He belongs to the anti-Israel cult that knows
neither logic nor fairness, something one in his position should
register in himself.
The PLO, that today is building a state next door
thanks to Israel’s help and with Israel’s participation, is
ultimately a beneficiary of that policy by the US of supporting
certain “bastards” with a long term goal and idea in the offing
since the American democracy pays for another constitution based on
Sharia Law for a 23rd fledgling Arab state that will not be truly
democratic but imitate present day Iran and Saudi Arabia. And it is
this continuance of Pan-Arab and Muslim cultism surrounded around
making the areas of Judea and Samaria and Gaza ultimately free of
Jews and subject to the Islamic Law. The Muslims and their mantra of
dismantling Israel is a far greater cult than anything Hallahmi can
criticize of the Jews and Israel for practicing economic and
military defense in an imperfect world.
In his book, Original Sins: Reflections on the
History of Zionism and Israel, Beit-Hallahmi goes beyond the
anti-Israeli academics deconstruction of history and he even denies
that Jews can legitimately claim to be a nation. Here, the
anti-cultist joins the cult of the Arab League, the communists, and
the anti-Semites to destroy Israel by not even acknowledging a
seminal right to exist (but exist it does). Using Nazi terminology,
Hallahmi claims Zionism is a form of racism, and labels it
Herrenvolk (the Nazi term for the “”master race”) ideology. He, of
course, alludes to the Nazis, making comparisons with Zionism or
Jewish determination and Nazism, just like the ISM and their Arab
Well, I’ve got a Nazi term for Hallahmi myself:
judenrein. It means “Jew-free” and it is the Arab mantra even in
Gaza today toward Israel next door now that Gaza thanks to Jewish
psychological introspection and guilt is judenrein. For 2,000 years
Jews have always said “Next year in Jerusalem” during Pesach and
Chanukah but Hallahmi denies they even have the same right to
determination that 22 Arab Muslim states enjoy.
It is the Arabs who buy Mein Kampf in droves and who
sport Nazi symbols except when they are accusing the Jews of being
Nazis and committing “genocide” for western world propaganda
consumption enhanced by pompous psychologists at Israeli
universities who want to impress the far-Left crowd of their
American colleagues abroad.
Judaism is an idea, not a race. Jews come in many
races I am sure Hallahmi knows. As a psychologist he certainly knows
how human beings set up for themselves their place in the world.
Apparently, his is not as a member of an identifying group opposed
by some “other,” so he need not fear a
psychologically-indoctrinated-with-Jew-hatred Arab entering his home
to blow his children’s brains out. It’s s “I’m OK-Your OK” in the
ivory towers of academe, you see.
He’s against a Jewish state. Jews are a cult. He’s an
expert on cults. Arabs aren’t a cult that raises their children to
want to kill, that treat their women and children as chattel and
won’t let the Jews live next door in peace. Well, maybe he does
think so, but the reality of their being that way is irrelevant
because those pesky Jews think they are better than the Arabs for
trying to set an example for mankind. How dare they? If
psychologically fit world takes away the Jews’ right to
self-determination after 2,000 years of persecution Arabs will live
in universal brotherly love with them and we can all have coffee
together at the campus coffee house.
Maybe this guy should see a shrink?
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