Israel’s Institutions of Lowly Education Ruth King
It is alarming enough to witness the outright libel against Israel so prevalent in American media and academia. It is even more appalling when tenured academics in Israel are the genesis of these canards. Hebrew University is considered one of the world’s great institutions. How is it then that its administration and its thousands of generous supporters throughout the world sanction tenured professors who libel Israel and abet the goals of its enemies?
Exhibit A: Amiram Goldblum, tenured professor of pharmaceutical studies at Hebrew University.
It would be better to say his sub-specialty is pharmaceutical studies, since his primary agenda is demonizing Israel as an “apartheid regime” and filing “lawfare” harassment suits against those who criticize him and the far Left.
Goldblum set up and leads Peace Now’s “Tattletale” SWAT team, which feeds “information” to hostile foreign groups about Israel’s settlement activities, in order to trigger international pressures against Israel. He claims to have been present on the day in 1983 that Emil Grunzweig became a martyr, when a lone lunatic tossed a grenade into a Peace Now demonstration. Goldblum today claims that Grunzweig was in fact murdered by Likud leaders. This smear comes from the loudest whiner in the Israeli Left about how he himself is supposedly being targeted by a “smear” campaign.
Goldblum was behind the recent “Apartheid Survey” campaign against Israel. He himself had commissioned a blatantly manipulative “survey” of attitudes among Israeli Jews towards Arabs. It was financed by the “Yisraela Goldblum Foundation,” a far-leftist fund set up by Goldblum in memory of his dead wife, who had been a senior apparatchik in the New Israel Fund (on whose board Amiram continues to serve.) The “Foundation” commissioned a handful of far-leftists, including Alon Liel (a radical ex-diplomat who calls for boycotts against Israel) and Michael Sfard (an ultra-leftist lawyer-agitator) to write “survey questions” designed to elicit responses that Goldblum and his friends could misrepresent as indications that Israelis favor “apartheid.” (Naturally Goldblum and his cadre never bothered to solicit measures of Israeli Arab hatred towards Jews.)
As part of “surveygate”, Goldblum and his hit team insisted that if Israeli Jews favor separate roads in the West Bank for Jews and Arabs, because of the daily attempts by Arabs there to murder Jews, it shows that Jews are racists who favor an apartheid regime. The survey evidently used the term “hafrada” in Hebrew, meaning separation, a word that can also mean apartheid. So when many Israeli Jews indicated that they favor hafrada, Goldblum and his Smeartroopers had their headline: Israelis favor apartheid.
Other indicators of “Jewish support for apartheid” were found by the Goldblum team when many Israeli Jews favored affirmative action preferences in hiring in favor of Jews. Never mind that the entire Left in Israel has long lobbied for racist quotas in favor of Arabs!
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