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Editorial Article

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

By Steven Plaut

Israeli universities are the occupied territories of the Far Left. The cartel that oversees and controls the university is known as the Council on Higher Education, whose main appendage is the VATAT or Budget and Planning Committee, which allots all public funds to Israeli universities, using arbitrary and curious criteria. The VATAT consists of university professors who divvy up among their own institutions the loot taken from the taxpayer.

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 and officialdom 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. These are university PRESIDENTS, not rank and file Post-Zionist academic quacks!

It was part of their efforts in support of a court petition filed by "Gisha," one of the countless leftist pro-Palestinian political groups operating in Israel. "Gisha" is one of the extremist groups monitored fir its anti-Israel activities by the NGO-Monitor web site. Funded by the extremist New Israel Fund and other anti-Zionist groups, it likes to denounce Israel as an "apartheid" regime that violates international law (see this and this). The University presidents denounced the Ministry of Defense for interfering with the right of Palestinians to enter freely and study in Israeli universities. It seems that the Ministry of Defense would like to restrict entry to the universities to Palestinians who are not known terrorists. After all, there have been terrorist attacks within the Hebrew University campus in which students and other living things were murdered.

The Ministry also wants Palestinian students prevented from entering certain fields, like nuclear engineering or similar fields in which Palestinians can learn to murder Jews more effectively.

The University chiefs think otherwise, and see nothing wrong with teaching Palestinians the basics of constructing nuclear warheads or other skills helpful in murdering Jews. We are reminded of the recent story of a leftist professor of pharmacy at the Hebrew University insisting that a convicted Palestinian terrorist be granted access to lab chemicals. The University chiefs also seem to think that the six Hebrew University students recently arrested for membership in Al-Qaeda represent a protest movement that needs to be expanded.

The chiefs openly endorsed the Gisha court petition. Besides the University chiefs, those who asked to join the petition were astronomy Professor Zvi Mazeh of Tel Aviv University, who complained that Jews were subject to quotas for centuries and so quotas should not be applied to Arabs in Israel (see this). You would never know from his statement that Arab applicants to all Israeli universities enjoy affirmative action preferences and reduced admissions standards. Other signatories included Professor Moshe Ron, a retiree from the Hebrew University's general literature department and long an advocate of insurrection and mutiny among Israeli soldiers (see this), and Ehud De Shalit, a Hebrew University mathematician.

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