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Tel Aviv Philosophy Professor Anat Matar promotes draft dodging
from the IDF to aid her Palestinian Arab “Allies”
By Lee Kaplan
Anat Matar describes herself as a philosophy professor who “…was
raised in a leftist family and was involved in the past in all sorts
of political activities. For example, I was active in the movement
‘The 21st Year’ (1988 - 92), ‘Open Doors’ (later 90s, acting for the
release of Palestinian administrative detainees) and now Taayush and
The Campus is Not Silent.” Her particular efforts are devoted to
attacking the IDF and discouraging Israeli youth from joining.
Working with Yesh Gvul, Matar even got a UK law firm to file war
crimes charges against Israeli Reserve General Doron Almog and other
high ranking IDF officers. She proudly boasted how Almog was unable
to disembark from his El Al plane in London for fear he would be
arrested and needed to fly back to Israel for safety.
Apparently, Matar is good friends with and a working associate of
Anat Biletzki, the former head of B’tselem and Israel’s Communist
Party who also was the subject of
an expose here at Isracampus.org with whom she co-wrote a book
on Philosophy. There’s an old saying that great minds stink alike,
as both women seek to mimic in Israel what the radical left on US
campuses is doing these days to carbon copy the same thing in
Israel’s universities. In particular, this includes trying to
discourage young men from joining the Army to defend their country
so as to weaken their own homeland’s national defense.
Matar says she was influenced by the Philosophers Wittgenstein,
Collingwood and Dummit in formulating her ideas as a Philosophy
instructor. Naturally, all three were admirers of Karl Marx. One,
Wittgenstein, was said to be a staunch Stalinist.
But it could be said the only Marx that Anat Matar really emulates
It’s almost amusing that another of Anat Matar’s philosophic
interests that she lists on her
curriculum vitae is “Common sense,” as this radical leftist
professor’s activities in discouraging Israeli youth from going into
the IDF and her reasons why lack any common sense at all. With
Israel surrounded by hostile Arab states whose charters call for the
Jewish state‘s annihilation and the extermination of Jews, ceding no
rights to the land at all, even land legally purchased by the Jewish
Agency and set up by the United Nations, Anat Matar encourages not
only her own two boys to refuse military service but works to
encourage all Israeli youth to refuse to serve. This is not limited
to just in the Territories either, she does not want them to serve
in the IDF at all.
Reading more of her resume suggests this woman lives in her own
little world in her head. She says she is involved in
meta-philosophy (that she spells wrong)—which is
philosophy of philosophy (one conjures up the old scholars
debating how many angels can fit on the head of a pin) and she is
also subscribes to Intuitionism.
Intuitionism can be defined as “the doctrine that in perception
external objects are given immediately, without the intervention of
a representative idea” and is based on Metaphysical (other worldly)
ideas. Voltaire once said, “When he to whom one speaks does not
understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is
metaphysics.” In other words, Anat Matar does not see the Universe
as do the rest of us; i.e., there are no Arab terrorists, no
anti-Semitism, no threat to the Children of Israel, because she does
not accept that. In short, she, like most anti-Israel academic
leftists in Israeli universities, believes only what she wants to
believe and, first and foremost, she believes that Israelis should
not serve in the IDF because this somehow oppresses the poor Arabs.
It need not make any sense, you see, because as a taxpayer-supported
professor at Tel Aviv U we should understand she is, uh, really,
really, really smarter than the rest of us Israelis.
One has to wonder how Anat Matar’s convoluted philosophy would be
received by the Israeli mother Bat-Shevea Untermann, 33, driving a
Toyota last week on Jaffa Street who
barely handed her five- month- old baby out the car window to a
stranger to save the child just before Bat-Sheva herself was killed
by a bulldozer driven by an Arab screaming “Allahu Akhbar”!
The Arab who drove the tractor stopped only after he was finally
shot and killed by an off duty IDF soldier who had been refused
admittance to his elite unit for two years due to a bad record as a
youth, yet persevered and finally managed to get the IDF to admit
him. The Arab killer, a convicted drug addict and convicted rapist
of a Jewish woman, whose family members praised him as a shahid
(martyr), killed two other Israelis and wounded many more. The IDF
soldier saved many other lives that day but must now be anonymous
for fear of being murdered by other Arabs. He had a philosophy
himself too that day, one stated by Rabbi Hillel that says, "If I am
not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for
myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?" That drove him to act
and save his fellow Israelis.
Such philosophy does not apply in Anat Matar’s case, as she only
concerns herself with the “oppressed” as defined by Israel’s
Communist Party and the Arabs of the PLO and Hamas.
We can imagine how if only Anat Matar’s sons, Haggai and Oren, both
draft resisters per their mommy, been present during the tractor
attack how they might have philosophized on how Israeli oppression
caused the desperate shahid and convicted rapist to act in such an
assertive way. We have to wonder what their intuition might have
been, as it is certainly not to protect the people of Israel.
Israel’s treatment of conscientious objectors has been a slap on the
wrist in the past. In fact, one leftist organization even
distributed leaflets to IDF soldiers at train stations offering to
pay them salaries as they sat the three or four months in jail for
draft dodging (IDF conscripts are not paid during their service).
The simple truth is that
is down by 50% with
many more young people faking reasons not to serve as the
country is increasingly threatened.
Of course this is good news to Anat Matar who describes the
Palestinian Arabs who support IDF draft desertion as her
“allies” and describes service in the IDF as “immoral.” She advises
to other mothers, “Don't buy easily the slogans about "security
measures" which are "needed" and then actually take more lives, in
America, Israel, Iraq, everywhere. Secondly, expose your children to
those who suffer, to the pain inflicted on them, to what our
government does - don't hide these facts, fearing that your
sensitive kid won't sleep well.” In other words, suicide bombers and
terrorists, Hizballah, Hamas and other terrorist groups on Israel’s
frontiers are all figments of the imagination, and when the IDF
stops them and kills them they are only “taking more lives,” not
protecting the lives of Israelis.
If the rest of Israelis who pay her salary had her philosophy there
would be many more dead Jews.
Apparently her philosophy is if security is threatened in America,
Israel or Iraq, it needlessly takes lives when those countries
defend against totalitarianism. Yet this silly “philosopher” would
never live in any of the countries or entities that pose threats via
terrorism or weapons of mass destruction to their own populations as
well as the rest of the world. One has to wonder how Anat Matar
would philosophize living under a Saddam Hussein or even a Machmoud
Abbas. Point of fact, the people in such totalitarian societies she
describes as “those who suffer” do so because their leadership is
not democratic and takes advantage of them. This is why Israeli
Arabs have no desire to live in a Palestinian state instead of
And here Anat Matar, the self-avowed deep thinker and philosopher,
shows how she is neither. She states in an interview, “As for ending
the occupation itself, I'm far from being optimistic. But of course,
pressure on the U.S. government, boycotting Israel in all sorts of
ways - in short, making manifest the similarity between Israel and
Apartheid South Africa - all these could perhaps change something.
I'm not sure about the short run. But slowly, slowly this should be
understood by more and more people.” One wonders where is her
concern for the
30% of Israeli children and the elderly who must eat in soup
kitchens due to the Arab League Boycott she supports. The
suffering of Israelis apparently means nothing to Anat Matar.
The Arabs in Arabic have made clear “occupation” means Israel as a
Jewish state. That Anat Matar would make specious comparisons with
Israel, the only pluralistic state in the Middle East that is not an
apartheid state, and South Africa, that she also would parrot the
Arab propaganda so promulgated by the Communist Party in Israel,
reveals a groupthink mentality by this silly woman who would have us
believe she is a sound investment for the Israeli taxpayers to pay
to teach their children how to think and learn.
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