FROM STEVEN PLAUT: EVEN AL-HA-ARETZ NOTICES THE TENURED LEFT IN ISRAEL’S UNIVERSITIES ****
Well you know the radical anti-democratic Left in Israel is upset
when even Haaretz runs a major news story about Isracampus and the
watchdog groups that are monitoring and exposing Israel’s tenured
Haaretz today ran the following news story, complete with all the
usual spins, half-truths and outright lies you would expect from
Haaretz. Distortions and all, the real message gets through. Haaretz
and the Left are hysterical! The tenured Left is being exposed! The
Israeli and overseas Jewish public are learning the truth! Can
anything be more frightening than that for the Radical anti-Israel
10 percent of Israeli academics labeled ‘anti-Zionist’ by campus watchdogs
Survey comes up with the names of more than 1,000 Israelis, 800 of
whom are academics but also including authors, journalists, public
intellectuals, and past and present cabinet ministers.
By Talila Nesher
Three self-proclaimed watchdog organizations have labeled about 10
percent of Israeli academics as anti-Zionist, according to a recent
study by a group of academics, artists and university students who aim
to counter the categorizations. The organizations, which are open
about their activities, are Im Tirtzu, IsraCampus and Israel Academia
The group’s survey came up with the names of more than 1,000 Israelis,
800 of whom are academics but also including authors, journalists,
public intellectuals, and past and present cabinet ministers, that
appear on a list maintained by the trio of organizations.
Members of the group include political scientist Prof. Neve Gordon of
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Israeli Film Directors Guild
chairman Rani Blair; and the chairman of the Israeli Documentary
Filmmakers Forum, Uri Rosenwaks. They recently created the Blacklist
website (blacklist.co.il), which invites visitors to check whether
they themselves appear on the lists.
“There is a real concern for the future of Israeli democracy and about
McCarthyism against anyone who criticizes the government’s policies in
the occupied territories or social aspects,” Gordon said. “Every week
new names appear on these sites, and we wanted to examine the extent
of the phenomenon. The people who will be hurt most are junior faculty
members who are trying for university positions and are wary of being
‘marked out,’” Gordon said.
Israel Academia Monitor said in a statement: “We are not a right-wing
organization, but rather an organization that is unaffiliated
politically and that keeps its distance from politics. Our role is to
protect the universities from political forces, and especially from
the extreme left, that exploits the institutions for its needs and
acts as if they were its private playing field.”
University of Haifa economist Prof. Steven Plaut, one of the founders
of IsraCampus, said in a statement: “Our main function is to quote
what these teachers say and write ideologically and politically in
order to bring it to the attention of the public. The issue is not an
ideological argument, but rather publicizing the anti-Israel group
that openly supports the enemy,” Plaut said.
Im Tirtzu said: “We are not familiar with the study, but spin and
manipulation cannot obscure the gravity of the deeds of the extreme
left. Anyone who signs petitions in support of the refusal to perform
military service, of Azmi Bishara and of the boycott against Israel,
and who silences students, are marking themselves.”
First of all, the groups in question are not “Right Wing Groups” but
Zionist non-partisan groups. Isracampus has no ideology or political
stand other than the need for the public to know about Israel’s
academic Fifth Column. It believes students, taxpayers, alumni,
journalists, donors, and others have the right to know what tenured
extremists do and say.
Secondly there is no “black list” at all. That is a typical Haaretz
fabrication. There are search engines and indices of names of Israeli
academics who have signed anti-Israel statements and published
anti-Israel opinions, such as calls for world boycotts of Israel.
There are no theater people or literary figures in those indices, in
contrast with the Haaretz article. Also the “1000” and 10% numbers
are all Haaretz inventions. Also, the Haaretz claim that the web
sites target journalists, writers, “public intellectuals” (whatever
that is), and cabinet ministers is another lie. Isracampus only
targets leftist academics.
The “blacklist” web site that is so ballyhooed in the article is an
empty web site set up this week by Ben Gurion University anti-Semite
Neve Gordon. Here is little Slapp-suit Neve whining about how those
critics of the Left are McCarthyists who stifle freedom of speech.
Stifling freedom of speech? Silencing the Left? When the whole goal
of Isracampus is to PUBLICIZE what the Leftists say and let everyone
know what they write!!
Little Neve’s pathetic little web site (blacklist.co.il) has no lists
of people who have asked to be added to the “blacklist,” in contrast
with what the Haaretz article claims. And the search engine on that
site, which promises to allow academics to search the watchdog web
sites to see if they are mentioned or discussed, does not work. See
McCarthysim they said? Well, the usual McCarthyist censors at Haaretz
blocked and removed all right-wing “talkbacks” from the article on the
English web site, but on the Hebrew web site the talkbacks regarding
this article were about 4 to 1 in favor of the Right and against the
But the Haaretz article has now put the reading Left on notice! They
cannot pretend they do not know! They cannot hide! The good guys are
watching them. And they are hysterical! Not a dry diaper in
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