Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monitoring Seditious Israeli Academics

From the "About Us" page on Israel Academia Monitor, by Dana Barnett, Director:

Who are we? What is Israel Academia Monitor?...

Lately, increasing attention has been focused on the activities of tenured extremists at universities in Israel. Israeli university campuses may be more politicized and contain larger numbers of extremists than universities in other democratic countries, people working to support the enemies of their own country during a time of war. Israeli universities are increasingly serving as bases for open seditious activism by a large number of faculty members, who serve as fig leaves for those attacking Israel and opposing it very existence, serving as the "Israelis critical of their own country" who supposedly clear the enemies of Israel of any suspicion that they operate out of ulterior motives. These Israeli academics justify anti-Israel terrorism, denounce Zionism as a form of racism, and denounce Israel as a supposed fascist country

To expose these extremists, Israel Academia Monitor monitors abuses of academic freedom and politicalization of Israeli campuses by radicals who collaborate with anti-Semites and bashers of Israel from around the world. The purpose of Israel Academia Monitor is to bring to light abuses of academic freedom in Israel, including on-campus indoctrination in political extremism. It is modeled in part on the highly successful "Campus Watch" in the USA.

... Among the many rogues featured on the Israel Academia Monitor web site are Oren Yiftachel from Ben-Gurion University, denouncing Israel repeatedly as an apartheid state, Neve Gordon, also from BGU, declaring that Israel is becoming fascist and is a terrorist state worse than the Hamas, Moshe Zimmerman from the Hebrew University comparing the Torah to Mein Kampf, Tanya Reinhart and Paul Wexler from Tel Aviv University calling for a worldwide boycott of Israeli universities, Ran HaCohen from Tel Aviv University endorsing Hizbullah attacks on Israel, and many, many more.

IAM documents the Israeli university faculty members who promote mutiny and insurrection by soldiers, who collaborate with anti-Semites and enemies of Israel, who sign petitions defaming Israel and Jews, and who support lawlessness and terror....

[I have added a permanent link to Israel Academia Monitor in the "Jewish World Links" on the right-hand side of the page - SL]
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