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Tel Aviv University - Philosophy Professor Anat Biletzki’s “philosophy” is to smear Israel abroad

By Lee Kaplan

Professor Anat Biletzki is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. She grew up in the United States and Canada where she was educated through her high school years, then earned her college degrees in Political Science and Philosophy at Tel Aviv University.  She earned her Master’s degree with a thesis on Aristotle’s logic and determinism and her PhD with a dissertation on the history of the philosophy of language. An instructor at Tel Aviv University since 1979, she has traveled widely as a guest lecturer, a visiting fellow and scholar in the Philosophy departments of such distinguished universities as Cambridge and Harvard and in the Social Sciences division at Princeton. She is considered an expert on the Philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Thomas Hobbes, on “analytic philosophy,” “political thought” and “human rights.” She is also the former chairperson of B’tselem. (to see original article, use the following link, click here)

According to her own profile, she “has been engaged for three decades now, in bridging  the two --philosophy and politics—by attempting to use analytic philosophy in the investigation and study of human rights” and by “investing her work in human rights organizations with philosophical grounding.” In her own words: “Philosophy is my profession, politics is my life.”

Sadly, Professor Biletzki’s analytical philosophy is to smear Israel abroad politically at anti-Israel symposiums and events on college campuses and elsewhere that are fundamentally organized by Arab irredentist groups that frequently use the words “human rights” and “peace” as a deceptive cover to destroy the Jewish state. As an expert in the philosophy of language, Professor Biletzki of all people should understand how language is used to mask real intent,  particularly by Arab propagandists. Despite this, she speaks frequently to and is quoted extensively by members of the International Solidarity Movement (http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6233) who claim to be “nonviolent human rights advocates” in one breath, then endorse violence against Israelis as “legitimate resistance” in the next as they act as human shields for terrorists. (http://home.comcast.net/~jat.action/ISM_info.htm)

Like the ISM, that claims it merely seeks peace, but instead helps one side wage war against Israel, Professor Biletzki claims she is working for the human rights of the Palestinians but somehow never touches on the Israeli need for self-defense. Hence, this expert in the philosophy of language uses terms such as “Apartheid Wall” for a Security Fence to keep out suicide bombers and terrorists and brands almost any anti-terrorist activities by the Israeli government just as in Arab propaganda as being violations of the human rights of Palestinian Arabs. As an expert on Wittkenstein who postulated “the limits of my language are the limits of my world,” Professor Biletzki limits herself to Palestinian propaganda: demolishing a house where a terrorist cell builds bombs is demolishing Arab homes for no reason, checkpoints are merely there to “humiliate” the Arabs who praise and encourage suicide bombers and terrorists, and Israel is an “occupier” with no claims to the land, biblical or otherwise.

 Wittkenstein was a Jew who abandoned his faith for Christianity, then embraced atheism and ultimately went back to Christianity. Perhaps Biletzki is carrying through the same philosophy of the Jew who abandons other Jews for Jew-killers and does so through her  own philosophical window of language that exists in her  own world separated from reality. Meanwhile, people get killed perpetually on both sides, hardly a sustainable outcome promoting “human rights.”

Hobbes on the other hand was someone who in some circles has been claimed to ruin biblical studies (http://www.crisismagazine.com/november2004/w) for Christianity. What better way for a philosopher like Biletzki to make a new name for herself as a Jewess and philosopher who equally discounts the right to exist of a Jewish state that many of its inhabitants consider a biblical miracle and struggle to keep alive against a massive Arab force out to destroy it?

While some other Israeli academics may take a one-sided and almost passionate stance against Israel on behalf of the Arab strategy of boycotting and slandering Israel unconditionally at any price, Biletzky has come out against the Academic Boycott of Israeli academics like herself (to see original article, use the following link, click here) (bad for business, you see) while still endorsing an economic boycott of Israel. The Arab League boycott of Israel of course sends 30% of Israel’s population to soup kitchens, mainly the elderly and children, including Arab Israelis, but these people do not fit into Biletzki’s “human rights” worldview  (the ability to tour the world, expenses paid, to speak at events paid for indirectly by petrodollars to fund Middle East Studies Centers and various anarchist communist groups against Israel on college campuses with academic departments where Israel-bashing is the rule is no doubt too good to pass up for personal principles). Biletzki underscores her need to continue doing so in part to deny what she does is anti-Semitism.

The French writer-philosopher Voltaire summed up Biletzki’s type of philosophical academic thinking and use of language best when he wrote "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” If one can be judged by the company one keeps (and academics who travel the world keep a lot of company), then Biletzki’s friends with whom she meets and uses propaganda language in support of the Palestinians seeking the destruction of Israel are very telling. Biletzki clearly is part of the pro-communist/anarchist clique  (to see original article, use the following link, click here) that is allied with Arab irredentists against the Jews.

She has spoken at symposiums given by Al Awda, (http://www.al-awda.org/) the Palestine Right to  Return Coalition that unequivocally calls for the end of all of Israel by declaring the Arab right of return “non-negotiable” (unconditionally allowing five million Arabs to move inside Israel’s borders, thus spelling the end of the Jewish state).  Al Awda was founded by a former Yale geneticist,  Mazen Qumsaiyeh, who was fired for using the University’s email system to send out an anti-Semitic missive and  who has called Jews living in Israel “a disease.” According to ex-PLO terrorist Walid Shoebat,  Qumsiyeh is a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_Front_for_the_Liberation_of_Palestine) a designated terrorist group. Biletzki has no qualms about rubbing elbows with or supporting Al Awda and its goals, even though the organization has even been linked to the Aryan Nations (American Nazi Party) (http://www.aryan-nations.org/about.htm) due to equal antipathy against Jews and openly supports Hamas and Hizballah. Its affiliated Radio Islam website even speaks of Jews as “Satan’s Jewish soldiers” and lists all Al Awda events (scroll down to the letter from Aryan Nations leader Pastor Redfeairn (http://www.radioislam.org/resistance/massacr.htm) of the Aryan Nations, then the schedule of activism events for Al Awda).

And Biletzki certainly lives up to her statement that “politics is her life” both inside and outside of Israel. In Israel she gathered signatures for high school students to refuse to serve in the army and became a close supporter of Asmi Bishara, the Arab Knesset member who openly calls for the dismantling of Israel (Bishara has called Biletzki one of his “brothers.”). (to see original article, use the following link, click here) She called for the release of Tali Fahima who smuggled weapons for terrorists to kill Israelis. As an academic with the ear of American (and some even Jewish) college students she appears as an “educated voice” calling for the unconditional right of return of any Arab to Israel as a means of dismantling Israel. (http://www.thestruggle.org/jr2r.htm) She has done this  from Boston University (to see original article, use the following link, click here) across the US to Santa Cruz, California.

Biletzski even  wrote a memorial to Edward Said (http://www.philosophynow.org/issue44/44biletzski.htm), who reviled even Arafat for making any kind of peace or negotiations with Israel and said the Arab scholar was born in Palestine (Said, like Arafat, was born in Egypt to see original article, use the following link, click here). In doing so, she called Said the ultimate champion of “Palestinian freedom.”

 But what is freedom in her philosophy of language? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_language) Is it the reality of the freedom to live under dictatorship and Sharia Law (http://www.themiddleeastnow.com/news/hamassharia.htm) that would be doubly bad for the Jews who were not murdered in the takeover? Biletzki also conveniently classifies terrorists killed by the IDF as " civilians” killed in violation of “international law” (to see original article, use the following link, click here ) on behalf of a movement that has no respect for international law to stop terrorists or end terrorism against her fellow Israelis. This isn’t the process of a human rights philosopher as much as a sophist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophism) who discounts the value of the lives of her fellow citizens. It is also a common tactic of Israel’s communist party and their allies across the globe.

Like her Marxist and anti-Zionist allies in the International Solidarity Movement, Anat Biletzki says one thing but has another purpose and meaning, and that meaning is to smear Israel and help its enemies achieve their goals of domination over the Jewish people and destruction of the Jewish state as a haven for all people.

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Upcoming events with Anat Biletzki:

 http://judaismandisrael.blogspot.com/2007/10/dr-jeff-halper-of-icahd-you-will.html

 Monday October 22, 2007 6:30 – 8:30 PM "Human Rights and Politics in Israel-Palestine" Jeff Halper & Anat Biletzki (Professor of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University and Former chairperson of B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.) MIT building 66, room 110 (66-110) Sponsored by The MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice and the MIT Center for International Studies

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http://www.uua.org/events/44847.shtml

 A Conference: The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel: Issues of Justice and Equality Friends of Sabeel - New England will be presenting a conference entitled “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel: Issues of Justice and Equality”

October 26 – 27, 2007 Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston

Friday—2:30 PM—10:00 PM Saturday—8:00 AM—4:30 PM

Keynote Address: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Panelists: Naim Ateek * Anat Biletzki * Diana Buttu * Noam Chomsky * John Dugard * Farid Esack * Noura Erekat * Jeff Halper Donald Wagner * David Wildman

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http://www.yale.edu/caas/calendar.html

Wednesday, November 7, 2007, Quinnipiac University, Hamden

"The Rhetoric of Apartheid"

Anat Biletzki, Albert Schweitzer Scholar in Residence, Quinnipiac University Senior Lecturer, University of Tel Aviv Research Fellow in the Program for Human Rights and Justice, M.I.T.

Reception at 5:00 p.m. Lecture at 5:30 p.m. (FREE open to the public)  followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. for members and guests ($40 pp. reservations required) Mancheski Seminar Room, Lender School of Business Quinnipac University, Hamden

 

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