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Anti-Israel Petitions Signed by Israeli Academics

Israeli Left's War Against the Israeli Flag

Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University), Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University), Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University), and Ze'ev Sternhell (Hebrew University) are among a group of about 100 radical leftists against waving the Israeli flag on Jerusalem Day. PLO, Hamas and Isis flags are ok, however, the blue & white Magen David is a symbol of fascism.

So a group of about 100 radical leftists placed an ad in the press last week, paid for by you-know-who, denouncing plans to wave Israeli flags in Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day. The ad said that, as peace seekers, the signatories demand that the government and police prohibit the waving of flags in the "Muslim Quarter" of the Old City, which — they added — is near the Temple Mount, and near the Ramadan holiday. It should be noted that the signers did not express any opposition to PLO, Hamas or ISIS flags flying on the PLO-controlled Temple Mount itself, nor in any leftist street rallies anywhere else in the country.

So who are the brave souls devoted to freedom of speech and true democracy who signed this petition demanding the suppression of Israeli flag-waving? Some of them are notorious activists in the movement to create a world boycott against Israel in the name of Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) warfare against Israel, such as Tel Aviv University's purple-haired faculty dingbat Rachel Giora or anti-Israel ex-diplomat Alon Liel.

Some others are also Tenured Extremists. One signer was Liel's constant sidekick, the "Peace Now" professor, Amiram Goldblum from the Hebrew University, who has devoted much of his career to demonizing Israel as a fascist apartheid regime, while he himself opposes freedom of speech and democracy in Israel, and claims Judaism itself is the root of all that is wrong in the Middle East. He was joined by Ze'ev Sternhell from the Hebrew University, a Marxist anti-Zionist who once called for terrorists to murder Jewish settlers and wants student Zionists to be suppressed because they are "fascists." A few dozen other radical-leftist sheep followed the herd of signatories.

The rage among leftists over the flying of the flag on Jerusalem Reunification Day is actually a thin disguise for what really is bothering the Left and what its real agenda is. The Left is not really opposed to flag-waving, but to Jerusalem reunification. It wants Israel back behind its pre-1967 Auschwitz borders, with the Western Wall a Muslim shrine in "Palestine's" hegemony, and with tens of thousands of rockets raining down upon the rump of Israel that will temporarily remain if the Left ever manages to impose its agenda on the country.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Israeli Academics Demand Teaching Anti-Israel Propaganda to College Students

Israeli "academic frauds" bellyache over "censorship of the Palestinian narrative"; sign petition to reinstate politics textbook after the publisher, McGraw-Hill, pulled the book from circulation over non-academic anti-Israeli agitprop.

Last month, publishing giant McGraw-Hill Education withdrew and destroyed copies of a US college level textbook because of complaints from supporters of Israel over a series of maps showing loss of Palestinian land from 1946, shortly before Israel was established, to 2000.

In response to this shocking and outrageous act of censorship of the Palestinian narrative from US schoolbooks, dozens of respected Palestinian, Israeli, and American academics have signed onto the enclosed open letter calling on McGraw-Hill Education to reverse its decision.

This blatant act of censorship, in response to complaints from those who seek to suppress a free exchange of knowledge and ideas about Israel and Palestine, is shocking and unacceptable.

It is neither. The maps are lies from beginning to end, both individually as well as in the way they are presented as a series. But you wont find any of these "academics" actually answering the proofs that they are propaganda. If they were true academics, who wouldn't lower themselves to answer my proofs, they should answer the objections of Yaacov Lozowick, who really is a historian unlike virtually all of the signatories.

In short, there is no academic source for this series of maps. It was placed in the textbook even though it had nothing to do with the text, referencing a paper that had no relationship with the map to give it academic cover. There was some effort involved on the part of someone to include this piece of propaganda and to hide its origins from anti-Israel hate groups.

The Isrsel-haters know that the maps are a great propaganda tool and they cannot stand the fact that its lies have been exposed so publicly…

Among the signatories:
Daniel Boyarin
Ilan Pappe
Avi Shlaim
Simona Sharoni

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


The Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University) Tag Team Petitioning to the UN to Coerce Israel into Submission

Where does critical thinking stop and treason start?

We, the undersigned, Israeli citizens, call upon all members of the UN Security Council to support the proposal to fix a firm date for terminating Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and to set a time limit for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. That, in the spirit of the recent proposal put forward to the Security Council by Jordan. We believe that the continued Israeli occupation is destructive to both Israel and Palestine. A decision by the Security Council to set a date for ending the occupation and to determine the parameters for negotiating a fair and just peace, will salvage the two-state solution, and will allow Israel and Palestine to live side by side securely in peace and equality.

 [Alon Liel] ד"ר אלון ליאל
 [David Harel] פרופ' דוד הראל
 [Menachem Klein] פרופ' מנחם קליין
 [Amiram Goldblum] פרופ' עמירם גולדבלום

Among the signed
David Blanc                              חנה ספרן
Prof. Yona Pinson                    Prof. Jon Anson
Micah Leshem                          Chaim Gans
אורן ברק                                   Daniel Bar-Tal
לב גרינברג                                 David Tartakover
Snait GIssis                              Zeev Sternhell
אלון הראל                                  Avner de Shalit
Prof. Itzhak Galnoor                 Anat Biletzki
Moshe Zuckermann                  Dimitry Shumsky
nurit peled-elhanan                    Avraham Oz
יצחק (יאני) נבו                            Naomi Chazan
Amos Goldberg                        Alon Liel
Amiram Goldblum

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Israeli Anthropologists Supporting BDS and its Implementation

The signed Israeli Academics make a feeble, morally-lacking attempt to justify their support of BDS by claiming that discussion does not equal support, only to launch into a tirade of reasons why Israeli Academia should be boycotted for participating in "the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people." The signed also misrepresent "true dialogue" as a process where acts of violence are accepted.

In our opinion, the letter contains misleading statements regarding what BDS sets out to achieve and the manner in which it does so. Moreover, the letter misrepresents the structural position held by anthropologists in Israeli society, as well as the responsibility of the practitioners of anthropology in Israel as elsewhere towards the Palestinian people and other victims of Israel's policies. One does not have to be a supporter of BDS in order to believe, as the undersigned do, that discussion of the academic boycott and other measures of censure of the State of Israel is an ethical prerogative for the AAA.

… Specifically, we support the AAA Executive Committee's call for an open, transparent, and productive process and discussion of the position that the AAA should take with respect to Israel/Palestine. The IAA letter aims to prevent this discussion, finding fault with the AAA for hosting panels and talks that have yet to take place. … We do not expect this to be a placid, easy process; but then, true dialogue never is.

… Israeli anthropologists have never as a body declared their opposition to the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. Second, contrary to the claims of the IAA letter, and as the proponents of BDS claim, the Israeli academy is a central pillar of the state, playing a key part in its repressive policies. … The IAA has never collectively repudiated these practices, nor has it ever publicly questioned the legitimacy of the "University" of Ariel, a higher education institution recently established on confiscated Palestinian land in the post-1967 occupied Palestinian territories.

At the same time, we urge the IAA to condemn the oppression of the Palestinian people, and especially the recent murderous war in Gaza. In taking such a stance, the IAA would take a first step towards dissociating itself as a body from policies and values that anthropologists cannot support in good faith. Until the IAA does so, its call to avoid discussion of boycott in the name of "dialogue" evades the cause it claims to uphold.

Among the signed:
Dr. Uri Davis, … AL-QUDS University … University of Exeter
Dr. Khaled Furani, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Dafna Hirsch, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
Dr. Yeela Raanan, Sapir College, Sderot
Noa Shaindlinger, PhD student, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
Dr. Dalit Simchai, Lecturer, Tel-Hai College

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Ben-Dror Yemini Trashes Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel's (Tel Aviv University) Fascist Petition that Prevents Peace

Goldblum, Liel, and the other "Academics" who signed the petition, join the motion of a known anti-Israel British MP who wishes to wipe Israel off the map.

Palestinian propaganda notched up an important victory this week, with 274 British MPs voting last Monday to back the recognition of Palestinian statehood and just 12 rejecting the motion… What's more interesting is the fact that hundreds of Israelis published appeals to the MPs to vote in favor of Mahmoud Abbas' initiative.

… Well, the Palestinian move is not aimed at achieving a peace settlement, and the British initiative falls entirely into the realm of hatred and incitement against Israel. It's a move aimed at bypassing any chance of achieving a settlement.

The British parliamentary motion was tabled by Labour MP Grahame Morris, well known for his anti-Israel stance. He promotes a "Free Palestine" agenda in which there is no room for Israel at all. He is also part of the Nazification-of-Israel camp. Demonization doesn't cut it for him. He wants something on a higher level.

There's something sad about the fact that former minister Yossi Sarid and former Foreign Ministry official Alon Liel have slipped into the realms of the radical left in recent years.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


The Israeli Left's Petition Fascism

The Extreme Left brings international pressure to bear on Israel to bypass Israeli sovereignty and attempts to silence anyone who dares to criticize their Fascist ways.

Now the same "Israel is an Apartheid Regime" propaganda team is back, rallying the rest of the anti-Israel academic Left to attempt to bypass and neutralize Israeli sovereignty. Their initiative also reflects the utter contempt and disdain that Leftists in Israel have for democracy.

No one is stopping the Radical Left in Israel from peddling its ideological wares in the marketplace of public opinion. … The public simply repudiates the Left's agenda. Treason just has not proved to be the grand vote grabber that the Left expected. Certainly since the outbreak of the recent battles in Gaza, almost no one in Israel still favors the so-called "Two State Solution." Almost no one is willing to see Israel "withdraw" from the West Bank and allow a Palestinian terror state to operate there. Almost no one is willing to reward Hamas with "concessions."

The Left understands that its "ideas" have been rejected by nearly the entire Israeli political spectrum. Since it is incapable of persuading Israelis of the correctness of its agenda, it has decided instead to recruit foreign powers to "do the job" for it and bully Israel…

Goldblum, the organizer of the petition calling for European recognition of the "state of Palestine," has a long track record of calling for Europeans to suppress and override Israeli sovereignty and impose policies upon Israel from without opposed by the bulk of Israelis. In a notorious speech before an assembly of leftists in May 2012, Goldblum was quoted as calling upon Israel's Left to stop wasting its time attempting to persuade the general public to embrace its political agenda, evidently because it is clear that the public will never do so. Goldblum said he has no interest in the Israeli electorate and general public and called upon the radical Left to go directly to political groups abroad, outside of Israel, and recruit them as pressure groups to coerce Israel into accepting the agenda of the Israeli Left.

His comrades in Petitiongate are not very different. Among the signers calling on Europeans to "recognize Palestine" are Shlomo Sand, the pseudo-historian from Tel Aviv University who is the most openly anti-Semitic "academic" in Israel, Oren Yiftachel, who has built an "academic" career by asserting that Israel is an apartheid regime…

The only thing the signers of the petition detest more than their own country is freedom of speech. The Israeli far Left is a fascist movement that ferociously opposes not only Israeli sovereignty but also democracy and freedom of speech for non-leftists. Critics of leftists must be silenced and indicted, insist the Far Leftists, because the exercise of freedom of speech by non-leftists produces violence and it is a clear and present danger.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Israeli Academic Slacktivists Join Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel's (Tel Aviv University) Petition to Circumvent Israeli Sovereignty

Goldblum and Liel, previously among the initiators of the Apartheid Smear Campaign, gather support of those who'd wish to thwart Israeli democracy, many of whom have ties to the New Israel Fund. They demand that the British House of Commons recognize an Arab State of Palestine, which never existed, and to which a majority of Israeli citizens object. As a long standing strategic policy suggested by Goldblum himself, the Fascist Left does not need to convince the Israeli electorate when they can recruit foreign countries to compel their unpopular Leftist Diktats.

363 Israeli public figures have signed a letter to the Members of the British Parliament, calling upon them to vote in favor of British recognition of a Palestinian State, to be created side-by-side with Israel.

The letter reads: "We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we, the undersigned, urge members of the UK Parliament to vote in favor of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014, calling on the British Government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel ".

Among the Israeli Academic Slacktivists signed
Alice Shalvi                  Alon Liel
Alon Harel                    Alon Confino
Amiram Goldblum        Amos Goldebrg
Anat Matar                   Aner Preminger
Arie Arnon                   Avinoam Ben-Shaul
Avner Cohen                Avner De-Shalit
Avraham Oz                 Bernard Avishai
Chaim Gans                  Charles Greenbaum
Chen Alon                    Coby Sonnenschein
Colman Altman             Dan Jacobson
Dan S. Tawfik              Daniel Kahneman
David Harel                  David Blanc
Dimitry Shumsky          Edward Edy Kaufman
Esther Levinger             Eva Jablonka
Galia Golan                  Galit Hazan-Rokem
Hagai Ginsburg             Hannah Safran
Idith Zertal                    Ilan Saban
Ishay Rosen-Zvi           Itzhak (Yani) Nevo
Jochanan Benbassat      Kobi Peterzil
Kobi Snitz                    Maya Bar-Hillel
Menachem Klein          Micah Leshem
Michael Steinitz            Mira Zakai
Naomi Benbassat         Naomi Chazan
Neve Gordon               Noga Efrati
Nura Resh                    Nurit Peled
Oren Yiftachel              Ron Kuzar
Shimon Sandbank         Shir Hever
Shlomo Sand                Uri Hadar
Vered Kraus                Yaron Ezrahi
Yeela Raanan               Yona Pinson
Yona Rosenfeld            Yonathan (Jon) Anson
Yoram Bilu                   Yuval Yonai

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University) Spurring the British Parliament to Recognize an Arab State of Palestine

Goldblum authors a desperate plea, to which Liel also gives his name, for other Israeli ultra-leftists to join their anti-democratic measure to circumvent peace negotiations and create a belligerent Arab state in the Israeli heartland as a reward for terror.

"We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we the undersigned urge members of the UK parliament to vote in favour of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014 calling on the British Government to recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel"

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Israeli Academics Join the Movement to Outlaw Criticizing BDS Anti-Semites

They join a petition that demands the right under the auspices of "academic freedom" to conduct anti-Semitic "discourse" under the pretexts of "anti-Zionism" and "critical viewpoints of Israeli policy". They reject attempts by AMCHA to educate innocent, impressionable young adults from being caught unaware from the pending anti-Semitic far-leftist indoctrination to be experienced in the classrooms of the listed "academics".

AMCHA has also circulated a list of more than 200 Middle Eastern studies faculty whom it urges Jewish students and others to avoid because, it asserts, they espouse anti-Zionist and even antisemitic viewpoints in their classrooms.

It goes without saying that we, as students of antisemitism, are unequivocally opposed to any and all traces of this scourge. That said, we find the actions of AMCHA deplorable.

Its technique of monitoring lectures, symposia and conferences strains the basic principle of academic freedom on which the American university is built. Moreover, its definition of antisemitism is so undiscriminating as to be meaningless. Instead of encouraging openness through its efforts, AMCHA's approach closes off all but the most narrow intellectual directions and has a chilling effect on research and teaching. AMCHA's methods lend little support to Israel, whose very survival depends on free, open, and vigorous debate about its future.

AMCHA's tactics are designed to stifle debate on issues debated in Israel and around the world, and the presumption that students must be protected from their own universities is misguided and destructive. Efforts such as these do not promote academic integrity, but rather serve to deaden the kind of spirited academic exchange that is the lifeblood of the university.

Among the signed:
Bernard Avishai, Dartmouth College
Hannan Hever, Yale University
Shaul Magid, Indiana University

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Ben Gurion University - Neve Gordon (Dept of Political Science) and other Israeli "Academics" Support Anti-Semite after he Gets Canned over Anti-Semitic Twitter Tweets

Gordon and the other Israeli "Academics" show solidarity with Steven Salaita, who's new appointment at Illinois U was rescinded over demeaning and juvenile anti-Israel Twitter tweets. Campus-Watch describes Steven Salaita's Twitter posts as "inflammatory, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic" and describes his academic record as "atrocious".

Whereas news reports from several reputable sources such as Inside Higher Education assert that the administrative decision of Chancellor Wise to block Professor Salaita's employment at UIUC was a response to complaints about his postings to;

Among the signed: [as of 23/9/2014]
142. Neve Gordon, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
699. Moshé Machover, King's College, London
911. Ella Shohat, New York University
1076. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, London
1370. Yael Ben-zvi, Ben-Gurion University
1855. Hagit Borer, Queen Mary University of London

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Israeli Academics Join Hands with International Anti-Semites from the Extreme Left and Right

Ben-Dror Yemini reprimands the nomadic band of Israeli "Academics" of every anti-Israeli petition, Shlomo Sand, Yehouda Shenhav, Anat Matar, Udi Adiv, Adi Ophir and others, who signed their name to claims of fabricated acts of slaughter.

Is Anti-Zionism also anti-Semitism? Let's check. While the recent war raged, the medical journal, The Lancet, published an open letter against Israel's alleged war crimes – another example of academics being recruited into the Hamas propaganda machine.

… Concurrent with the letter came an additional petition, claiming acts of slaughter, published by Israeli academics, among them members of the nomadic band of every anti-Israeli petition, like Shlomo Sand, Yehouda Shenhav, Anat Matar, Udi Adiv and Adi Ophir – good souls.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Israeli Academics Join their Anti-Semitic Comrades in Attacking Israel and Supporting the Academic Boycott of Israel

The petition manipulates the support of IDF soldiers by Israeli Universities and the on‑campus collection of food donations for the soldiers into culpability for a long list of misrepresented Israeli "atrocities" from the war on terror. The petition accuses the silence of the "colleagues in the Israeli academy" with "complicity" with the "atrocities" mentioned above, thus, making both them and their universities 'legitimate' targets for boycott.

The academics feel that they have a holier than thou obligation to police world ethics. Their singling out Israel for reprimand, while ignoring nuclear proliferation, beheadings by terrorist regimes, the use of weapons of mass destruction, and other civil-war atrocities, is just another form of repressed anti-Semitism under the guise of anti-Zionism.

The academics dictate terms for capitulation to the end of the Jewish Democratic State of Israel and subjection to a second Holocaust through unmitigated terror, indefensible borders, return of hostile displaced Arabs of 1948 and their descendants, and the creation of a third Arab state in the Negev run by the Bedouins.

We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel's new military assault on the Gaza Strip—the third and most devastating in six years—constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of scholars engaged with the Middle East, have a moral responsibility to do so.

Neither the violation of international law nor the destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza, however, began or will end with the current war. Israel has maintained an illegal siege on the Gaza Strip for seven years. It has limited the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, rationing Palestinian calorie intake at just above subsistence levels.[1] Moreover, the suffering of Palestinians is not limited to Gaza: the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions, all have long histories and no apparent end in sight. They will continue unless people around the world act where their governments have failed.

The ongoing Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, Technion, and Ben Gurion University have publicly declared their unconditional support for the Israeli military [6]…

Our colleagues in the Israeli academy have been silent, by and large, in the face of such violence and injustice. We applaud the few dozen Israeli academics who have protested against their government, and the several dozen who signed a petition calling for an end to Israel's bombardment of Gaza [10]

As Middle East scholars and librarians, we feel compelled to join the growing number of academics in Israel and around the world who support the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli academic institutions…

[W]e call on our colleagues in Middle East Studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and we pledge not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences and other events at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based in Israel. We call for doing so until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law, and respect the full rights of Palestinians by calling on Israel to:

1. End its siege of Gaza, its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967, and dismantle the settlements and the walls;
2. Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the stateless Negev Bedouins to full equality; and
3. Respect, protect, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

Among the signed:
Haim Bresheeth
Ronit Lentin
Yosefa Loshitzky
Ilan Pappe
Noa Shaindlinger
Simona Sharoni
Ariella Azoulay
Smadar Lavie
Gabriel Piterberg

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Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University), Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley), and Haim Beresheet (London U) Support Blood Libel in NYT

These and other Israeli "academics" join Holocaust survivors to condemn "the massacre" of Arabs and other falsified "atrocities" supposedly perpetrated by Israel in Gaza.

[Daniel Boyarin] lists himself as "great grandson" of victims of Nazism… Boyarin belongs to what has been called the "sissy" school of contemporary Jewish thinkers… For him the moral center of Jewish history is a celebration of the renunciation of national interest, as if that were the only criterion of a just politics… But when Israel is being bombed, Boyarin is less queasy about violence, and now takes the side of Hamas, which has been firing thousands of missiles at Israeli citizens for weeks on end. No matter the circumstances, Boyarin keeps repeating, with steam-engine regularity, that Jews are "collectively engaged in war/wars against Muslims," and likens all Israeli self-defense to the Nazi Holocaust.

Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

As Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine… Genocide begins with the silence of the world.

We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever-pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia.

We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza
. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.

Among the signed
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen, London.
Rachel Giora, daughter of Polish Jews who fled Poland, Israel.
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky, daughter of Holocaust survivors, London, UK.
Noa Shaindlinger, granddaughter of four holocaust survivors, Canada.
Daniel Boyarin, great grandson of victims of the Nazi genocide, United States.

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Israeli Academics Among Those Who Insist the EU Force Israel to Surrender to the Hamas

The petition presents Israel as an unprovoked agent of death and destruction. No reference to any Hamas war-crime violations or rocket fire mentioned.

We, the undersigned citizens of Israel, call on the European Council, Commission and Parliament to pressure Israel to accept the terms of truce presented by Hamas (as they were published in Israeli and international media outlets).

Israel's reluctance to seriously address all political and diplomatic proposals made by Palestinian leadership, regional and international mediators, is costly in lives. It also gives rise to worrying tendencies within the Israeli public, swayed by governmental rhetoric of "no partner". This can no longer be acquiesced.

We are all appalled by the death and destruction in Gaza. Yet, this is not simply a tragedy; this is a policy. It can and it must be changed. It is in the power of political leaders and peaceful nations. We urge you to act immediately so that Israel ceases all violence against the people of Gaza, ends the siege and takes action towards a just peace.

Among the signed:
Adi Ophir, Tel Aviv University
Aharon Eviatar Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Tel Aviv University
Dr. Anat Matar, The Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
Ariella Azoulay, Brown University
Prof. Emeritus Colman Altman, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa
Dr. Dafna Hirsch, The Open University of Israel
Dorit Naaman, Professor of Film and Media, Queen's University
Prof. Eli Glasner, Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Esther Levinger University of Haifa Israel
Emmanuel Farjoun Hebrew University
Dr. Felix Laub, Pensioner, Davidson Institute of Science Education, Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Galia Patt-Shamir, Chinese Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
Hagar Kotef, Tel Aviv University
Haggai Ram, Chair,Dep. of Middle East Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Hagit Keysar Ben Gurion University
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, University of London
Dr. Hannah Safran, Woman to Woman – Haifa
Hila Amit, PhD Student, SOAS, University of London
Idit Elia Nathan, PhD candidate at Central St Martin's College of Art and Design, London
Ilana Hairston, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College
Kobi Snitz, Tel Aviv 101.
Prof. Miriam Eliav-Feldon, Dept. of History, Tel Aviv University
Noa Levy, Adv., Deputy Chair of the Junior Faculty Union, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Heb. University. 2001 Laureate of EUP Sakharov Prize for Human Rights
Oded Regev, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Technion
Prof. Ofra goldstein-Gidoni, Tel Aviv University
Prof. (Emeritus) Ron Barkai, Tel Aviv University
Rachel Giora, Professor of Linguistics, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Roy Wagner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Tamar Berger, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Tommy Dreyfus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
Yonathan (Jon) Anson, Dept. of Social Work, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Israeli Academics Publish Vile Condemnation in Haaretz

At the height of the terrorist assault on Israel, the "Academics" publish a vile misleading statement in the Haaretz Hebrew edition. Making a ludicrous equivalence between Terror and the War Against Terror, the Israeli "Academics" would deny Israel's right to defend its citizens, with each Hamas missile fired being casus belli for the start of Operation "Protective Edge." The signed also demand that the International Community impose a one-sided, Pro-Arab, Rwanda-style resolution of the conflict that grants the return of Arab refugees and thus destroy the Jewish and Democratic State of Israel.

We, the undersigned, are united in calling for an end to Israel's obscene assault on Gaza.

The U.S. and international community have stood by and watched while Gaza burns. In a public statement, the Obama administration denounced the firing of rockets at Israel but made no mention of the massive air assault on Gaza. This shows an appalling moral obtuseness. The only mildly critical statement toward Israel it could manage was to oppose a ground invasion. This weak, ineffectual response which will do nothing to stop the killing.

The current war and especially an escalating ground invasion must be resolutely opposed by the world community. If Israel proceeds with such an onslaught, sanctions should be threatened. The Security Council must take action to call the Gaza attack what it is: the wholesale slaughter of a civilian population.

There is an international consensus on the necessary first steps to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: a return to 1967 borders, Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two peoples, and the right of refugees expelled during the Nakba to return to Israel. Any efforts to conclude peace not based on these principles will fail the test of justice and will not be long-lived. The clash of armies and militant groups will never solve the conflict. A political solution is the only way. If the parties cannot agree to this themselves then the international community must step in to force a resolution.

Among the signed:
Adi Ophir, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Avi Shlaim, St Antony’s College Oxford, UK
Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Haggai Ram, Israel
Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, UK
Neve Gordon, Israel
Niza Yanay, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Yehouda Shenhav, Tel Aviv University, Israel

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Tel Aviv University - Israeli Academics Sign a Bash-Israel Petition Organized by Rachel Giora (Dept of Linguistics)

As Hamas missiles fall on Israeli civilians, Israeli "Academics" place a narrow-minded emphasis on Arab suffering in Gaza.

The signatories to this statement, all academics at Israeli universities, wish it to be known that they utterly deplore the aggressive military strategy being deployed by the Israeli government. The slaughter of large numbers of wholly innocent people, is placing yet more barriers of blood in the way of the negotiated agreement which is the only alternative to the occupation and endless oppression of the Palestinian people. Israel must agree to an immediate cease-fire, and start negotiating in good faith for the end of the occupation and settlements, through a just peace agreement.

Among the "Academics" in Israeli universities who have signed: [as appeared on 6/8/14]
Prof. Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University
Dr. Kobi Snitz, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Dr. Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University
Prof. As’ad Ghanem, Haifa University
Prof. Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Adi Ophir, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Vered Kraus, Haifa University
Dr. Yuval Yonay, Haifa University
Prof. Gadi Algazi, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Idan Landau, Ben Gurion University
Prof. As’ad Ghanem, Haifa University
Prof. Micah Leshem, Haifa University
Dr. Ilan Saban, University of Haifa
Prof. Yehuda Shenhav, TAU
Dr. Hannah Safran, The Academic College for Society and the Arts
Prof. David Blanc, University
Dr. Haim Yacobi Bezalel, Ben Gurion University
Prof. Paul Wexler, Emeritus, Tel-Aviv University
Prof. Tamar Katriel, Haifa University
Dr. Roy Wagner, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Uri Hadar, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Yuri Pines, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Orly Lubin, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Halleli Pinson, Ben-Gurion University

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University of East London - Haim Bresheeth (Dept of Israel Bashing) Updates his Petition Denouncing Israel for Defending its Citizens

Bresheeth rides anti-Israel sentiments in academia to describe a very narrow-minded view of Arab civilian suffering during Operation Protective Edge in order to bash Israel. The petition also has special section for the Israeli Tenured "Academic" Traitors organized by Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University).

An open letter was sent on July 13, 2014 to Israel's academics, who, on the whole, remained silent in the face of the deterioration over the last few weeks, and the slaughter of the innocents in Gaza by the IDF…

We hope that this call may help to bring about a change in Israel's public debate about this illegal and immoral use of the army in Gaza, constituting war crimes, according to the UN. The list of signatories speaks for itself, we feel. This is clear evidence of the raw nerve struck by the action, and the widespread anger and frustration amongst academics and intellectuals everywhere about the Israeli continued slaughter, apparently immune to legal challenges and to pressure from all quarters. Let us hope that this list is only a begining of larger actions against the brutalities of the illegal occupation.

Since the operation began, at least 205 Palestinians have been killed (as of the morning July 16th) and over 2,000 have been wounded. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries. Thousands of northern Gaza residents fled their homes on Sunday after Israel issued warnings of forthcoming air strikes. Numerous homes have been destroyed, as well as the very fragile infrastructure, severely damaged in 2008/9 and 2012, and hardly repaired since then.

If you are an Israeli academic and agree with us on the urgent need to bring an immediate end to those atrocities, and to act to end the illegal occupation in Palestine, please sign the statement at the bottom of this letter by sending Prof. Rachel Giora (Rachel Giora <>) a mail with your name, title and affiliation.

Among the Signatories:
Prof. Richard Falk, Princeton University, USA
Prof. Noam Chomsky, MIT, USA
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, UK
Prof. Moshé Machover, KCL, UK
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky, SOAS, UK
Prof. Hagit Borer, QMU, UK
Prof. Ronit Lentin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Yigal Arens, USA
Prof. Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA, USA
Prof. Ariella Azoulay, Brown University, USA
Dr. Yael Korin, UCLA, USA
Prof. Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, UK
Prof. Dorit Naaman, Queen's University, Canada
Dr. Yoad Winter, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Prof. Daniel Boyarin, UC Berkeley, USA
Rann Bar-On, Duke University, USA

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Israeli "Academics" Against Israel Defending Itself

The petition, promoted by Micah Leshem, Rachel Giora, and Haim Bresheeth, places the fault for Arab Missile War-Crimes on Israel for searching for the murdering kidnappers of the three Jewish youths.

These are desperately bad times. The government of Israel, having provoked the firing of rockets by its rampage through the West Bank, is now using that response as the pretext for an aerial assault on Gaza which has already cost scores of lives. An atmosphere of hysteria is being deliberately provoked in Israel, and whole communities are being subject to collective punishment, a war crime. People are dying, and for what? To prevent a unity government of Fatah and Hamas?

We invite you, as fellow academics and intellectuals, to join your voices in an open and resounding protest about these war crimes by the Israeli government – your government. We urge you to stand up and be counted, to answer the call of your Gazan colleagues and make your voice heard. We hope that you will be able and willing to come together and voice your total opposition to the war crimes committed in your name!

If you are an Israeli academic and agree with us on the urgent need to bring an immediate end to those atrocities, and to act to end the illegal occupation in Palestine, please sign the statement at the bottom of this letter by sending us a mail with your name, title and affiliation.

Among the signers:
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, UK
Prof. Moshé Machover, KCL, UK
Prof. Hagit Borer, QMU, UK
Prof. Ronit Lentin, TCD, Ireland
Prof. Yigal Arens, USA
Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, HUJ, Israel

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Israeli Academics Outraged at the Defense of Israel

Apparently, defending Israel from hate-speech is now a crime punishable by silence on American campuses. Israeli academics give their support in stifling criticism of anti-Israel activity at San Francisco State University. The signed below dismiss the condemnation of terror-funded delegitimization of Israel as 'propaganda,' and by some twisted logic, agree that combating the "occupation" will also protect Jews and Israelis from racism and prejudice.

We, the undersigned members of Jewish communities, are writing to express our outrage at Tammi Rossman-Benjamin's vicious and baseless attacks on Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED).

Rossman-Benjamin, who has a history of attacking faculty and students who are critical of Israel, claims that actions by Abdulhadi, such as leading a delegation to Palestine that highlighted the plain reality of Israeli occupation and settler-colonialism, have been "compromising the campus climate for Jewish and Israeli students at SFSU."

Abdulhadi supports and teaches about movements for justice and histories of oppressed peoples, including work that challenges anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism as well as the occupation of Palestine. As such, Abdulhadi's teaching, scholarship and public advocacy directly contribute to combatting racism and prejudice against all peoples, including Jews. Suggesting that such work creates an unsafe atmosphere for Jewish students is simply propaganda…

Not only are these accusations of misconduct completely unfounded, but these attacks are a reflection of politically motivated, false charges of antisemitism targeting Palestinian and Arab faculty and students around the country… By characterizing protected political speech as antisemitism they cheapen and weaken crucial civil rights protections. This is but one example of the outrageous law-fare being used to target Palestinian students and professors and their supporters.

As Jewish people well-versed in the history of antisemitism that is backed with state power, we reject Ms. Benjamin's manipulation of our history… Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA and similar organizations do not speak for Jews when they irresponsibly slander Palestinian students and faculty.

Among the signed:
Gabriel Piterberg, Professor of History & Director of the Gustav von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies, UCLA
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, School of Oriental and African Studies and Director of Camera Obscura Films
Hagit Borer, Professor & Chair, Dept of Linguistics, SLLFQueen Mary, University of London*
Ilan Pappe, Writer and Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter*
Kobi Snitz Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Israel*
Neve Gordon, Professor, Israeli political scientist and author of Israel's Occupation
Orly Lubin, Tel Aviv University*
Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University*
Ronit Lentin, Associate Professor, Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin. Ireland*
Simona Sharoni, Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, SUNY Plattsburgh*

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum's (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) New Pet NGO is Placing Anti-Israel Ads in the Media

Goldblum and his NGO are proclaiming that "John Kerry was Right" (about Israel being 'apartheid'). Goldblum posts a similar ad on his personal Facebook page.

The new picayune anti-Israel NGO, previously reported by Isracampus, is calling itself "Equality – the Organization for the Prevention of Racism and Apartheid in Israel." From the group's registration records, it is headed and run by Amiram Goldblum, a founder of "Peace Now."

On May 7, the group ran an ad in the Israeli media under the headline (in English and Hebrew): "John Kerry was Right! Without a just two-state solution – Israel will become an apartheid state." It is not clear where the funding comes for the ad and it would not be surprising if it turns out to be from overseas anti-Israel forces.

Among the signers/endorsers of the group appearing on the ad are at least two faculty members from Ben Gurion University: Dan Filc and Naomi Shir. Curiously, Goldblum's own name does not appear on the list in the ad.

However, Goldblum signs his name to the ad that appears on his Facebook page, along with the academics Menachem Klein, Gabi Solomon, Zeev Sternhell, and Dan Tawfik.

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Far-Leftist 5th Columnist Israeli Academics Sign Petition Supporting the BDS Movement from Within

The petition, designed only for Israelis citizens, tries to pass off the double standard applied to Israel as "not anti-Semitic."

We, Palestinians, Jews, citizens of Israel, join the Palestinian call for a BDS campaign against Israel, inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid.1 We also call on others to do the same.

We are deeply concerned about the potentially irreversible damage inflicted on Palestinians by Israel's brutal occupation, systematic oppression of its Palestinian citizens and denial of the right of return of Palestinian refugees. We have come to the conclusion that these practices will end only when their cost for Israel- its elites in particular- outweighs the benefits.

In light of attacks on BDS supporters, we emphasize that a critical stance against the occupation and apartheid, including explicit BDS actions taken by individuals and organizations, are not antisemitic [sic]. On the contrary, only resistance of this kind as part of the struggle for peace based on justice and equality will enable a common future for Arabs, Jews and all inabitants [sic] in the region.

Academics among the signatories [as of 22/4/2014]

Last Name First Name City Country
Baum Dalit Tel Aviv Israel
Bresheeth Haim London UK
Davis Uri Ramle Palestine
Elhyani Zvi Tel Aviv Israel
Giora Rachel    
Hadar Uri Ramat Hasharon Israel
Katz Teddy Magal Israel
Lentin Ronit Dublin Ireland
Matar Anat    
Neiman Ofer    
nir eyal Tel-Aviv Israel
peled-elhanan nurit Jerusalem Israel
Shaindlinger Noa Toronto and Tel Aviv Canada and Palestine
Snitz Kobi Haifa  

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Hebrew University - Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Organizes a Petition to Suppress Academic Freedom

As the basis to revoke Bar Ilan's Academic Freedom, the petition implies, in bold letters by Goldblum, that the University is producing more of the same "incitement" that produced Yigal Amir. Goldblum's petition gets supported by the usual group of Radical Leftwing Academics.

However, the ad published by Bar-Ilan says something else: The Book …. PROVES how Israeli Human Rights Organizations fuel the culture of terror and confrontation in Israel... PROVES, no less. Nothing left for a discussion and debate. Bar Ilan thus adopted the slandering position of the book, so that the claim of Hershkovits in support of free speech has no basis and is ridiculous

Freedom of speech is a main cornerstone of democracy. We condemn the Bar Ilan style of that publication that blocks free speech and debate. Bar Ilan has well known reasons to learn from past experience and should thus be more sensitive and exercise the utmost efforts to teach its students to respect democratic values.

We the undersigned condemn the blocking of free speech in that ad of Bar Ilan, we declare our pride in Israeli Human Rights organizations and reject all attempts, by Bar Ilan or by others, to harm them.

Among the signed:
[Daniel Bar-Tal] דניאל בר-טל
[Avraham Oz] פרופ' אברהם עוז
[David Bar-Gal] פרופ דוד בר-גל
[Hannah Safran] חנה ספרן
[Alon Liel] אלון ליאל
[Sadra Ezrachi] פרופ' סדרה אזרחי
[Oren Yiftachel] אורן יפחתאל
frances raday [sic]
[Amiram Goldblum] עמירם גולדבלום

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The Israeli Radical Left Demands Academic Freedom Suppression to Defend (Leftist) Academic Freedom

Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew U), the anti-democratic prof, organizes a petition to suppress Academic Freedom at Bar Ilan University, and gets mocked by the Israeli Maariv daily newspaper. Goldblum is joined by his academic fellows in the Radical Leftwing Suppression of Free Speech: Daniel Bar-Tal from TAU; Avraham Oz and Hannah Safran from Haifa U; Oren Yiftachel from BGU, and Frances Raday from Hebrew U. Will Goldblum file a new SLAPP suit against Maariv?

It sounds like a Purim gag, and if only it were.

A petition was organized to denounce Bar Ilan University for allowing Black to speak on campus and demanding that the event surrounding the publication of Black's book be cancelled. The petition was organized by Peace Now co-founder Amiram Goldblum, a far-leftist professor of pharmaceutical studies at the Hebrew University… Goldblum is behind many of the attempts to paint Israel as an apartheid regime and has called for international pressure to suppress Israeli sovereignty and coerce the country to accept the diktats of the tiny ultra-leftist minority.

The new petition initiated by Goldblum demanding that Black be prevented from speaking, with its Orwellian title of "Support Free Speech," can be read here in Hebrew and English: Yes it is there in black and white - the petition demands that freedom of speech be suppressed for Black in order to support freedom of speech. Ben Dror Yemini in Maariv this past weekend devotes part of his column to mocking Goldblum and his fellow petitioners:

It is also amusing to see the list of tenured radicals who signed the petition to suppress academic freedom at Bar Ilan University. The list includes many academics who have ever demanded that critics of the Radical Left be silenced and suppressed. It is worth going through the list of signers one by one.

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Tel Aviv University - Anat Matar, Anat Biletzki, and Rachel Giora Sign Petition to Permit Cameri Actors to Culturally Boycott Ariel

We, the undersigned, call upon you to respect the conscientious objection of the actresses playing in Anat Gov's "Best Friends" (Hahaverot Hachi Tovot) who do not want to perform in the settlement of Ariel. There can be no artistic merit in a theatrical performance in which the actresses are forced to appear against their will, in violation of their consciences, and under a direct threat to their livelihood.

Among the signed:
Prof. Yehuda and Nurit Nini [Tel Aviv University, Dept of Jewish Studies]
Prof. Yitzhak (Yanni) Nevo [Ben Gurion University, Dept of Philosophy]
Yona Pinson, Prof. [Tel Aviv University, Dept of Arts]
Kobi Snitz [Weizmann Institute of Science - Dept of Neurobiology]
Rachel Giora [Tel Aviv University - Dept of Linguistics]
Anat Biletzki [Tel Aviv University - Dept of Philosophy]
Ofer Neiman [Hebrew University - Dept. of Computer Science]
Anat Matar [Tel Aviv University - Dept of Philosophy]

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Emmanuel Farjoun (Hebrew University) and Kobi Snitz (Weizmann Institute) Join Other Israelis and "Academics" in a Call for Boycott of the Oral History Conference at Hebrew U

Farjoun calls for the boycott of his own university. Farjoun and Snitz sign their name to a misleading petition that misrepresents a Unified Jerusalem as "occupied territory" according to "international law"; misquotes the Fourth Geneva Convention to try to prove their point; utilizes creative lawfare to come up with "grave violations" of the Geneva Conventions; and accuses the university of apartheid.

We are a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America calling on you to boycott the June 2014 'International Conference on Oral History' organised by the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy, as we explain below.

Specifically, the land on which some of its Mount Scopus campus buildings and facilities were expanded was acquired as a result of Israel's 1968 illegal confiscation of 3345 dunums of Palestinian land. [1] This confiscated land in East Jerusalem is occupied territory according to international law. Israel's unilateral annexation of occupied East Jerusalem into the State of Israel, and the application of Israeli domestic law to it, are violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been repeatedly denounced as null and void by the international community, including by the UN Security Council (Resolution 252, 21 May 1968). Moving Israeli staff and students to work and live on occupied Palestinian land places the Hebrew University in grave violation of the Fourth Geneva Conventions.

The conference is an attempt to improve the image and reputation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the West and to cover up for the fact that the university is closely associated with Israeli annexation and 'Separation/Apartheid Wall' policies—policies that were strongly condemned on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.[6]

Until Israel fully complies with international laws and conventions, we sincerely hope that international academics will not participate in endorsing their violations and the basic human rights of Palestinians – even if inadvertently. We call on our colleagues to treat Israel exactly the same way that most of the world treated racist South Africa – or indeed any other state that legislates and practices apartheid: as a pariah state… We, therefore, urge you to boycott the Hebrew University of Jerusalem oral history conference and to call on your colleagues to refuse to participate in it; to refuse to cross the Palestinian picket line.

Among the signed:
43. Professor Oren Ben-Dor, Southampton University, England
54. Professor Hagit Borer, Queen Mary, University of London, England
59. Professor Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, University of London, England
87. Dr. Uri Davis, AL-QUDS University, Jerusalem, Palestine
113. Professor (emeritus), Emmanuel Farjoun, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
166. Shir Hever, Independent Economist/Researcher, Palestine-Israel
213. Professor Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
220. Professor (emeritus) Moshé Machover, Kings College, University of London, England
269. Professor Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, England
278. Professor Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
332. Dr. Kobi Snitz, Weizmann Institute, Israel

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Tel Aviv University - Rachel Giora (Dept of Linguistics) Brags about Israeli Academics Supporting the EU BDS Lawfare Against Israel on Far-Leftist Chat List

FROM: Rachel Giora []
SENT: 20 September, 2013
TO: Micah Leshem
SUBJECT: More than 600 Israeli intellectuals signed the Israeli petition supporting EU guidelines on funding of Israeli entities

More than 600 Israeli intellectuals, senior academics and leading artists send a petition to President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Catherine Ashton in support of the European Union guidelines that exclude funding of Israeli entities active in the occupied territories.

We the undersigned support the European Union recommendation to its member states, to avoid signing agreements with Israeli organizations and companies if they are active, directly or indirectly, in the occupied territories over the green line of June 4, 1967.

We hope that this decision will be implemented as soon as possible by all European states, and will convince other countries such as US, Russia, China and India to accept and join the European initiative.

Among the signed,
Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, Tel Aviv University
Prof. David Enoch, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Emeritus Yaron Ezrahi, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Chaim Gans, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Alon Harel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. David Harel, the Weizmann Institute.
Prof. Eva Illouz, President of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem
Prof. Menachem Klein, Bar-Ilan University
Prof. Yehoshua Kolodny, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Miki Kratsman, Head of Photography Department of Bezalel Academy
Dr. Alon Liel, former Director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry
Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Emeritus Zeev Sternhell, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Idit Zartal, historian
Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, Tel Aviv University

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Hebrew U Faculty Member Emmanuel Farjoun and other Tenured Israeli anti-Israel Radicals Join Call to Boycott Israel and Hebrew University Conference

The petition and the signed Academics misrepresent the Fourth Geneva Convention in order to condemn Israel and the Hebrew U with 'war-crimes'.

We are a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America calling on you to boycott the June 2014 'International Conference on Oral History' organised by the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy, as we explain below.

Specifically, the land on which some of its Mount Scopus campus buildings and facilities were expanded was acquired as a result of Israel's 1968 illegal confiscation of 3345 dunums of Palestinian land. [1] This confiscated land in East Jerusalem is occupied territory according to international law. Israel's unilateral annexation of occupied East Jerusalem into the State of Israel, and the application of Israeli domestic law to it, are violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been repeatedly denounced as null and void by the international community, including by the UN Security Council (Resolution 252, 21 May 1968). Moving Israeli staff and students to work and live on occupied Palestinian land places the Hebrew University in grave violation of the Fourth Geneva Conventions.

At a time when the international movement to boycott Israeli academic and cultural institutions is gaining ground in response to Israel's flagrant and persistent infringement of Palestinian human and political rights, we urge scholars and professionals to reflect upon the implications of taking part in a conference at a complicit institution, and to refrain from such participation. The conference is an attempt to improve the image and reputation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the West and to cover up for the fact that the university is closely associated with Israeli annexation and 'Separation/Apartheid Wall' policies—policies that were strongly condemned on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.[6]

Among the signatories:
12.Professor Oren Ben-Dor, Southampton University, England
13.Professor Hagit Borer, Queen Mary, University of London, England
15.Professor Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, University of London, England
16.Professor Michael Chanan, University of Roehampton, England
19.Professor (emerita) Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Université Paris, France
23.Professor (emeritus), Emmanuel Farjoun, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
35.Shir Hever, Independent Economist/Researcher, Palestine-Israel
44.Professor Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
47.Professor (emeritus) Moshé Machover, Kings College, University of London, England
56.Dr. Dorothy Naor, Independent researcher, Israel
60.Professor Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, England
62.Professor Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA, USA
72.Dr Kobi Snitz, Weizmann Institute, Israel

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Leftist Radicals Rally to Endorse the Hunger-Striking Terrorist Samer Al-Issawi

[A] group of radical leftists, including quite a few tenured anti-Israel radicals, have published a petition cheering on the "hunger striking" terrorist and demanding that he be released. They insist he is innocent. Their proof? He says he is. So do his parents.

Al-Issawi was actually convicted of terrorist acts in 2002 and sentenced to 26 years in prison. He was released in the massive "exchange" that allowed kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to be released. Later Al-Issawi resumed his terrorist activities and was arrested again. Since Israel in the past agreed to release some terrorists who engaged in hunger strikes, Al-Issawi decided to jump on that bandwagon.

Israeli intelligence agencies insist he resumed his terrorist activities and was arrested for this. The tenured anti-Israel leftists say they believe the terrorist and not the security forces. Some of those extremists proclaiming their adoring faith in the claims of the terrorist have track records in calling for world boycotts against Israel or in denouncing Israel as a fascist apartheid regime.

Among the tenured Leftists proclaiming their support for Al-Issawi in the petition that appeared in Haaretz on April 14, 2013:
Amiram Goldblum, Hebrew University - Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Alon Liel, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Political Science
Yehuda Bauer, Hebrew University - Dept of Contemporary Jewry
Haim Ben-Shachar, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Economics
Menachem Yaari, Hebrew University - Dept of Economics
Gabi Salomon, University of Haifa - Dept of Education
Danny Filc, Ben Gurion University - Dept of Politics and Government
Motty Perry, Hebrew University - Dept of Economics
Menachem Klein, Bar Ilan University - Dept of Political Science
Zeev Sternhall, Hebrew University - Dept of Political Science
Arie Arnon, Ben Gurion University - Dept of Economics
Joseph Agassi, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Philosophy
and Shimon Shamir, Tel Aviv University - Dept of History

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Tel Aviv University - Daniel Bar-Tal (Dept of Education) Vilifies Israel in an Attempt to Garner Support from Liberal US Jews

We have had bad years. We are witnessing a process of deterioration in Israeli society during which we have gone beyond boundaries that should not have been crossed. Every time we think we can't sink lower, we find that actually there is no limit to how low we can go. The last Knesset was particularly bad. It enacted racist and anti-democratic laws. It infringed on freedom of expression. Under Gideon Saar, the Minister of Education, the system took a clear turn in promoting undisguised jingoism. There were numerous attempts to silence criticism… The peace process has been silenced. These are only some examples in a long list of disquieting signs indicating our decline; and we do not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Among the signees:
Gaby Salomon
Ram Levy
David Harel
Sammy Samoha

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Israeli Academics Sign up for "Jews for Justice for Palestinians"

Jews for Justice for Palestinians


  • Peace in the Middle East will only come about with mutual recognition and respect and must be seen as just by both sides.
  • Peace requires the end of illegal occupation and settlement.
  • Violence against civilians is unacceptable.
  • Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza are breeding hatred and resentment.
  • It is crucial that Jews speak out for Palestinians' human rights.
  • The humanitarian values of Judaism have been corrupted by the Israeli state's human-rights abuses…


Jews for Justice for Palestinians is a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not. We oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.

We support the right of Israelis to live in freedom and security within Israel's 1967 borders.

As well as organising to ensure that Jewish opinions critical of Israeli policy are heard in Britain, we extend support to Palestinians trapped in the spiral of violence and repression…

Israeli Academics among the list of signatories:
Prof Emeritus Moshe Machover
Prof Haim Bresheeth
David Newman
Amir Paz-Fuchs
Eyal Weizman

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Hebrew University - Sarah Stroumsa, the University Rector, and other Tenured Academics sign a petition sponsored by the Anti-Israel Left to oppose archeological research in the City of David

SO it is no surprise that the Hebrew University's plague of tenured leftists is growing:

The express intention of [the Elad] Foundation is to "Judaize" the area known as the "Holy Basin," including Silwan. It pursues this aim by gaining control, through purchase or other means, of houses in Silwan and by planting colonies of Israeli settlers, under armed guard, in the neighborhood. Elad also funds and oversees archaeological excavations and development of the National Park in Silwan as part of its ultra-nationalist program.

Apart from the direct, deleterious impact of these excavations on the lives of the local residents, Tel Aviv University is about to enter indirectly into partnership with an extremist political organization—thereby establishing a de facto position on an issue that is at the center of crucial debate within Israel, with serious political and moral implications. In entering into such a partnership, Tel Aviv University will be granting the Elad Foundation the professional recognition it seeks, recognition that academic institutions in Israel and abroad have thus far refused to grant.

Israeli Signatures
3. Professor Bernard Avishai, Dartmouth College
5. Dr. Louise Bethlehem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
13. Professor Naomi Chazan, Hebrew University and Dean, School of Government and Society, the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, former MK
24. Professor Yaron Ezrahi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
29. Dr. Elizabeth Freund, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
32. Dr. Amos Goldberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
37. Professor Ruth HaCohen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
39. Professor Peter Hilman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
40. Professor Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
48. Professor Barbara Hochman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
49. Professor Baruch Hochman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
50. Professor Zvi Jagendorf, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
56. Professor Anita Mittwoch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
62. Professor Ilana Pardes, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
66. Professor Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
72. Professor David Shulman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MacArthur Fellow
73. Professor Dina Stein, University of Haifa
74. Professor Zeev Sternhell, Hebrew University; Fellow, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
86. Professor Dror Wahrman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
88. Dr. Tali Bitan, Haifa University
93. Professor Guy Stroumsa, University of Oxford, Hebrew University, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
94. Professor Sarah Stroumsa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
138. Professor Jérôme Bourdon, Tel Aviv University
142. Professor Veronika Cohen, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

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Freedom of Speech For Arabs and Leftists Alone; The Anti-Democratic Israeli Left Defends Hanin Zoabi's "Freedom"

The Israeli Radical Left signs petition to reinstate Zoabi. However, most of them has been involved in limiting freedoms from opponents in the past.

A few days ago, the Israeli Elections Commission banned the violent terrorist Hanin Zoabi from running for the next Knesset. Zoabi had attacked Israeli soldiers violently when they boarded the Turkish terrorist Flotilla ship on which she was riding to support the Hamas… She openly supports terrorism and the destruction of the state in whose parliament she wants to sit.

… A large petition appears in the Israeli press today [27/12/2012] under the caption, "Not for Jews Alone." It is a solidarity petition with Zoabi and a protest against her having been banned from running for election. It is also a smear campaign against Israeli non-leftist public figures. It is signed by a gaggle of tenured extremists plus some other prominent leftists.

[T]he more appropriate caption for their petition should be "For Arabs and Leftists Alone." Freedom of speech, that is! These are decidedly not people who favor democracy and freedom of expression for all. Many signers have been involved in other petitions to deny parties and public figures from the Right the ability to run in parliamentary elections or exercise their freedom of speech.

Among the signers of the petition against "criminals" running for the parliament is Amiram Goldblum, Hebrew University professor and founder of Peace Now. A criminal indictment was filed against Goldblum himself a few years back for his violations of Israeli campaign finance laws, but the court procedures were indefinitely "postponed" when Goldblum admitted guilt.

This is the same Goldblum who begat the recent distorted pseudo-poll that claimed that Israeli Jews support apartheid. The same Goldblum, pretending here to be a free speech absolutist, is the Israeli champion for filing frivolous SLAPP suit harassments designed to deny critics of the Left freedom of speech and to attempt to get the courts to censor non-leftists.

… They are joined by Marxist anti-Zionist professor Daniel Bar-Tal from Tel Aviv University, whose career has been devoted to churning out propaganda for anti-Semitic agencies claiming to prove that Israeli Jews are racists. Bar-Tal has been openly calling for suppressing watchdog groups like that monitor and expose the anti-Israel Left. Some free speech absolutist!

Then there is Chaim Gans, the law professor at the Tel Aviv University law school, whose devotion to freedom of speech is evident in the fact that he organized the petition there to bar a woman army colonel from lecturing in the Law School because Gans does not like her political opinions. He is joined by Alon Liel, the ex-diplomat now organizing world boycotts against Israel…

Then there is Hebrew U's David Shulman, serving as a one-man lobby for convicted violent thug and child molester Ezra Nawi. Ze'ev Sternhell, the Marxist Hebrew University professor who urged the Palestinian Arabs to murder "settlers and who denounces "settler" children as Hitler youth, is one more great defender of freedom of speech in the petition.

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Hebrew University - Nurit Peled-Elhanan (Dept of Education) Signs a BDS Petition calling for Embargo of Israel and Rejecting Israel's Right to Self-Defense

Now is the time for a military embargo on Israel!

Horrified at the latest round of Israeli aggression against the 1.5 million Palestinians in the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip and conscious of the impunity that has enabled this new chapter in Israel's decades-old violations of international law and Palestinian rights, we believe there is an urgent need for international action towards a mandatory, comprehensive military embargo against Israel. Such a measure has been subject to several UN resolutions [1] and is similar to the arms embargo imposed against apartheid South Africa in the past.

Israel's attempt to justify this kind of illegal use of belligerent and disproportionate military force as "self-defence" does not stand up to legal — or moral — scrutiny, as states cannot invoke self-defence for acts that serve to defend an unlawful situation which they have created in the first place [2].

Among the signees
Nurit Peled, professor of language, Israel

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Pro-Hamas Petition includes Israeli Academics - appears in the Neo-Nazi Counterpunch Magazine

Yehuda Shenhav, Ilan Pappe, Haim Bereeshit, Daniel Boyarin, Rachel Giora, Gabi Piterberg, Peled-Elhanan, Dorit Naaman, Moshe Machover, Ronit Lentin, Eyal Sivan, Eyal Weizman, Nira Yuval-Davis, Yosefa Loshitzky, Oren Ben-Dor, and Hagit Borer all sign their name to a petition that slanders Israel, supports terror, and promotes dis-information.

We the undersigned watch with horror yet another ruthless and criminal Israeli assault on the defenceless people of the Gaza Strip. The assassination of the Hamas' military commander, Ahmad al-Jabari, by Israel was intended to disrupt any chance for a permanent cease fire between the two sides and caused the current cycle of violence. For the last five years al-Jabari had been responsible for limiting rocket attacks on Israel.

The inaction of the Western governments is further proof of their indifference to their electorates' wish to stop Israel from perpetrating yet another massacre against the Palestinian people.

We call upon our governments, which have stood aloof and indifferent, in the face of Palestine's dispossession and colonization since 1948 to take immediate and effective action. No other people in the world has been subjected, for more than sixty years, to such relentless acts of collective punishment and military brutality as have the Palestinian people.

Among the signed:
5.      Professor Ilan Pappe (Exeter, UK)
7.      Professor Haim Bresheeth (London, UK)
8.      Professor Yehuda Shenhav (Tel Aviv, Israel)
10.    Professor Yosefa Loshitzky (London, UK)
11.    Professor Daniel Boyarin (Berkeley, US)
17.    Professor Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv, Israel)
18.    Professor Gabi Piterberg (Los Angeles, US)
23.    Professor Oren Ben-Dor (Southampton, UK)
38.    Professor Nurith Peled-Elhanan (Jerusalem, Israel)
57.    Dr Dorit Naaman (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
62.    Professor Moshe Machover (London, UK)
71.    Professor Ronit Lentin (Dublin, Ireland)
97.    Mr Eyal Sivan (Paris, France)
99.    Professor Eyal Weizman (London, UK)
109.  Professor Nira Yuval-Davis (London, UK)
133.  Professor Hagit Borer (London, UK)

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Cracks in the Leftist Ivory Hegemony over Where Protest & Free Speech End and Incitement & Treason Begin

Even leftist Stern from IDI thinks the signers are traitors. Calls petition to IDF pilots led by Chaim Gans (Tel Aviv University - Dept of Law) and others an "act of betrayal"

The online petition, effectively a call to mutiny, was organized by several academics, led by Tel Aviv University law professors Menachem Mautner, former head of the Law Department, and Chaim Gans. The letter says that an attack on Iran would be a "mistaken gamble," and that Israel would pay a heavy price for an attack that would at best delay Iran's nuclear program.

The petition says that while those signing could be jeopardizing their military service and even civilian careers, they would be "rendering an important and vital service to the State of Israel and all who live here" by showing Israelis that they do not have to "blindly obey" the government's apparent intention to embark on a highly questionable mission. It does not raise the issue of a democratically elected government's right to make decisions that law-abiding citizens obey and the lawful methods to fight decisions with which a citizen disagrees

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Leftist Israeli Academics despair another Masada; Sign Declaration of Capitulation and Subjugation

“Recognition of the Palestinian State – and then negotiations – rather than another Masada. In front of our very eyes, an insane drama is being acted out. The Prime Minister of Israel is leading his citizens to Masada. Human morality, Jewish history and the interests of Israel – all clearly show the way to being the first state in the world to recognize, in the United Nations, our neighbor state and them to enter into negations, based on equality, regarding territorial exchanges and security arrangements. After all, the Palestinian State recognizes the State of Israel in the "67 borders. The Jewish People arose in the Land of Israel, there they developed their identity. The Palestinian People arose in Palestine, there they developed their identity. Therefore, we sincerely welcome the expected declaration of independence by the Palestinian State, Israel's neighbor, and within the borders at the time of our independence which were determined at the end of the War of Independence in 1949; the borders more commonly known as the '67 borders. This is the natural right of both the Jewish and the Palestinian people – as written in Israel's Declaration of Independence "to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State". The independence of both peoples strengthens one and the other, it is both a moral and basic necessity at one and, the same time, it is the foundation upon which good, neighborly relations are built. We, the undersigned, call on all persons seeking peace and freedom, and upon all nations to join us in welcoming the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, to support it and to work and act together in order to encourage the citizens of both countries to live together in peace, based on the '67 borders and mutual agreement. A final and complete end to the occupation is a basic condition for the freedom of both peoples, for the realization of Israel's Declaration of Independence and a future of peaceful coexistence.”

Among the list of signatories

Prof. Chaim Adler, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Joseph Agassi, Philosopher

Prof. Eva Illouz

Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Haim Ben Shahar, former President of Tel Aviv University

Prof. Miriam Ben-Peretz, Israel Prize laureate

Daniel Blatman,Head of the Department for Contemporary Judaism

Prof. Menachem Brinker, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Judith Buber Agassi

Prof. Yehuda Elkana, former President of the Central European University

Prof. Yaron Ezrahi, winner of the Political Science Society Award

Prof. Menachem Fish

Prof. Haim Gans

Prof. Galia Golan

Prof. Amiram Goldblum

Prof. Naomi Graetz

Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund, former President of the Hebrew University

Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem

Prof. Ruth Hacohen

Prof. David Harel, Israel Prize and Emet laureate

Prof. Naomi Chazan, former Knesset member

Prof. Avnet Katz

Prof. Elihu Katz, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Yehoshua Kolodny, Israel Prize laureate

Dr. Alon Liel, former Director General of Foreign Ministry

Prof. Avishai Margalit, Israel and Emet Prize laureate

Raz Naftali

Prof. Dov Pekelman

Prof. Itamar Procaccia, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Gabi Salomon, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Hillel Schocken

Prof. Alice Shalvi, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. David Shulman, Emet Prize laureate

Prof. Zeev Sternhell, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Carlo Strenger

David Tartakover, Israel Prize laureate

Prof. Zeev Tzahor, President of Sapir College

Prof. Menahem Yaari, Israel Prize laureate, President (Emeritus) of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Prof. Yossi Yonah


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Academics Supporting Bedouin Squatting and Grabbing State Lands in Unrecognized Villages

However, the Beer Sheva District Court has already rejected the Bedouin 'proof' of claims to vast stretches of Negev 'wasteland' and bashed Oren Yiftachel's shameful and inaccurate testimony in the process

All these forces with government and Jewish National Fund (JNF) bulldozers arrived at the village to uproot 300 residents, young and old, and raze their homes to the ground - all to plant a JNF forest on their land. Since then they have repeated the spectacle some twenty times, in recent days and weeks with vicious beatings and shooting of Bedouin children, women and men, causing some to be hospitalized.

Even if it is true that they came with legally signed orders, it is no less true that the Bedouin residents and the Israeli government are locked in a dispute over ownership of the land. This is not the way to settle a dispute that is still under deliberation in the courts. The Bedouin residents have documents and proof of their traditional rights to the land and of their residence there for hundreds of years, from the time of the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate, prior to the establishment of the state of Israel.

This policy violates the basic rights to shelter, to life, and to well-being, rights which the state ensures for the Jewish population in Israel, but ignores with regard to the Arab population. The right to housing is anchored in international law, particularly in treaties on social, economic and cultural rights that Israel has signed and ratified.

Among the Signatories

David Grossman

Prof. Naomi Chazan

Anat Matar

David Tartakover

Prof. Oren Yiftachel

Prof. Aryeh Arnon

Gadi Algazi

Prof. Ilana Krausman

Prof. Uri Ram

Dr. Mordechai Bar-On

Prof. Moshe Shoked

Prof. Iris Parush

Prof. Amiram Goldblum

Prof. Itzhak Nevo

Prof. Aeyal Gross

Prof. Ruchama Marton

Jonathan Pollack

Prof. Neta Ziv

Prof. Daniel Bartal

Dr. Dan Filk


Prof. Avner Ben-Amos

Prof. Anat Biletzki


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Academics Ariel Rubinstein (TAU, Dept of Economics) and Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew U, Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) express support for Academic Boycott of Ariel College

"The petition's objective is to undermine the normalization in the relationship between Israel and the occupied territories," Rubinstein said. "We are dealing with a catastrophe whose implication is a failure to partition the land; this may threaten the State's existence as a Jewish entity."

Rubinstein added that he does not dismiss the possibility of imposing an academic boycott similar to the one imposed against South Africa during the apartheid era.

Another signatory to the boycott petition is Professor Amiram Goldblum, a chemistry lecturer at
Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

"By signing, we declare that we shall refuse invitations for lectures or seminars in the territories," he said. "We will not appear at the Ariel College or at its branches, because we believe that any appearance or academic discussion there violates the law and international conventions, which Israel should adhere to like all other nations."

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Matar and Algazi support the boycott of Israel in Letter of 500 against the prohibition of the conference "Israel: an apartheid state?"

We would hereby like to express our dismay at your decision to withdraw permission you had previously given to the symposium "New approaches sociological, historical and legal to call for an international boycott Israel: an apartheid state? ", to be held on 27 and 28 February next at your institution.

This decision seems particularly serious because it threatens free speech and academic freedom. The reasons that you call, including the risk of "disturbing public order", we do not seem very convincing in terms of the implications of your decision.

Among the signatories
Anat Matar (Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University),
Gadi Algazi (Historian, Tel Aviv)

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Hundreds of Tenured Leftists Trying to Sabotage Ariel University because they do not Like its Geographic Location

The college in Ariel was established as part of a vision whereby Israel continues indefinitely its occupation of these territories. This policy rules out the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, and inevitably leads to the violent repression of the Palestinian population. The Palestinians living in the region of Ariel are barred from entry into the settlement and the college. An academic institution that is not serving the population around it, and in fact ignores and alienates the local population, can not be part of a free academia in a democratic state.

The Israeli academia has flourished so far due to it being a part of a free, democratic society, with close ties to the academic communities of democracies around the world. Mixing the Israeli academia with the ideology of occupation and settlements undermines these ties, and compromises its functioning.

The continuing occupation and settlements policies destroy the democratic foundation of the state of Israel. Democracy is the essence of the academic establishment, and we therefore see it as our duty to stop the attempt to recruit the Israeli academia in the service of the occupation effort.

4. We call on the heads of the existing Israeli universities to refuse to accept the representative of Ariel University into the Council of University Heads.

Among the signers
67. Anat Bielski
122. Amiram Goldblum
129. Neve Gordon
134. Rachel Giora
143. Haim Ganz
187. Alon Harel
230. Hanan Hever
267. Oren Yifatchel
298. Orly Lubin
324. Idan Landau
326. Micah Leshem
344. Anat Matar
366. Judd Neeman
402. Hanah Safran
405. Avraham Oz
422. Dani Filc
430. Nurit Peled-Elhanan
447. Bill Freidman
487. Menachem Klein
497. Vered Kraus
541. Haggai Ram
567. David Shulman

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Israeli tenured leftists among extremists demanding that Netanyahu government leave the sitting judges alone and not intervene in how they appoint judges anti-democratically all on their own

Some of the signatories to the petition include Sefi Rechelvsky, Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Prof. Ze'ev Shternhal who suggested that terrorists attack settlers and not other Israelis, and radical left authors Amos Oz and Yoram Kaniuk.

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The tenured Left is Demanding that Professors be Paid their Salaries when Imprisoned for Lawbreaking and Refusing to Serve in the Military

Dear Professor Carmi,
We, the undersigned, staff and faculty members of different universities, protest your mistreatment of Professor Idan Landau, a faculty member at Ben Gurion University, of which you are the president. Last May, Prof. Landau was imprisoned for a week for refusing to do army reserve service in the occupied Palestinian territories. Your institution deducted half of his weekly salary, without any legal or disciplinary procedure, on grounds of "absence of research activity", as if his imprisonment deprived him of the possibility of engaging in research.

… It is hard not to suspect that the motivation for this punishment is connected to Professor Landau's political views and has absolutely nothing to do with his research activity…

Among the Signatories:
6.      Prof. Adi Ophir, Tel Aviv University
7.      Ariella Azoulay, Tel Aviv University
17.    Prof. Gadi Algazi, Tel Aviv University
31.    Prof. Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv University
47.    Dr. Nir Gov, Weizmann Institute
52.    Prof. Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University
61.    Prof. Chaim Gans, Tel Aviv University
62.    Dr. Eyal Gross, Tel Aviv University
69.    Prof. Uri Hadar, Tel Aviv University
79.    Prof. Alon Harel, Hebrew University
92.    Prof. Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University
95.    Prof. Hannan Hever, Hebrew University
102.  Dr. Yuval Yonai, University of Haifa
114.  Dr. Orly Lubin, Tel Aviv University
126.  Prof. Micah Leshem, University of Haifa
158.  Dr. Hannah Safran, Jezreel Valley College
161.  Prof. Avraham Oz, University of Haifa
172.  Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Hebrew University, Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought
183.  Dr. Kobi Peter (Peterzil), University of Haifa
193.  Dr. Hagai Kupermintz, University of Haifa
201.  Prof. Vered Kraus, University of Haifa
217.  Prof. David Shulman, Hebrew University

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Israeli Academics Lobbying for "recognition" for "Palestine"; What will they say when Tel Aviv is bathed with rockets fired from Recognized Palestine?

We, the undersigned, call on all persons seeking peace and freedom, and upon all nations to join us in welcoming the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, to support it and to work and act together in order to encourage the citizens of both countries to live together in peace, based on the '67 borders and mutual agreement. A final and complete end to the occupation is a basic condition for the freedom of both peoples, for the realization of Israel's Declaration of Independence and a future of peaceful coexistence.

Prof. Chaim Adler, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Joseph Agassi
, Philosopher
Prof. Eva Illouz
Prof. Elie Barnavi
, former Ambassador to France
Prof. Yehuda Bauer
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Haim Ben Shahar
, former President of Tel Aviv University
Prof. Miriam Ben-Peretz
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Menachem Brinker
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Judith Buber Agassi
Prof. Yehuda Elkana
, former President of the Central European University
Prof. Yaron Ezrahi
, winner of the Political Science Society Award
Prof. Menachem Fish
Prof. Haim Gans
Prof. Galia Golan
Prof. Amiram Goldblum
Prof. Naomi Graetz
Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund
, former President of the Hebrew University
Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem
Prof. Ruth Hacohen
Prof. David Harel
, Israel Prize and Emet laureate
Prof. Avnet Katz
Prof. Elihu Katz
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Yehoshua Kolodny
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Avishai Margalit
, Israel and Emet Prize laureate
Prof. Dov Pekelman
Prof. Itamar Procaccia
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Gabi Salomon
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Hillel Schocken
Prof. Alice Shalvi
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. David Shulman
, Emet Prize laureate
Prof. Zeev Sternhell
, Israel Prize laureate
Prof. Carlo Strenger
Prof. Zeev Tzahor
, President of Sapir College
Prof. Menahem Yaari
, Israel Prize laureate, President (Emeritus) of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Prof. Yossi Yonah
Prof. Yirmiyahu Yovel
, Israel Prize laureate

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Hebrew University - Nurit Peled Elhanan (Dept of Education) continues to mourn her daughter by promoting the agenda of her daughter's killers; flaunts the Boycott law

"Dear South African peers,

"We are members of BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within, a group of Israeli students, professors, citizens, and residents who are active against our government's policies of apartheid, occupation and racism.


"We support your resistance to the Israeli government's propaganda in your universities and your efforts in advocating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel campaign at your campuses.

"In Solidarity!

"Professor Professor Nurit Peled-Elhanan and 25 others on behalf of BOYCOTT!"

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Israeli Fifth Column Academics Continue Call for Boycott to Spite the Newly Passed Anti-Boycott Law

We, Israeli citizens, members of Boycott![2] [footnote #2: Our full name is: "Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within". Aka: "Boycott from Within"], hereby reiterate our support and promotion of the Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights[3]. We declare this in spite of the new legislation by the Israeli Knesset, which aims to penalize our and our partners' activities, curbing freedom of speech and political organizing and most importantly – banning Israeli citizens from acting according to their conscience when it conflicts with the deplorable policies of the state.

Among the Signatories:
Shir Hever
Anat Matar
Ofer Neiman
David Nir
Kobi Snitz

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Tel Aviv University – Far Leftist Faculty at TAU wants Shaul Mofaz, the Minister of Defense, to stand trial for "war crimes"; blames him for "moral decline"

In a more just world, Mofaz would have had to stand trial before the International Court of Justice in The Hague on grounds of war crimes. In a more just university, staff would have been ashamed of hosting this man at an official occasion and would organize to struggle against him and his methods - methods which have brought Israel to an unprecedented moral decline.

Among the Signatories:
Prof. Adi Ophir, Cohen Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science
Prof. Gady Algazy, Dept. of History
Prof. Anat Biletzky, Dept. of Philosophy
Prof. Rachel Giora, Dept. of Linguistics
Prof. Haim Ganz, Faculty of Law
Prof. Uri Hadar, Dept. of Psychology
Dr. Amalia Ziv, Dept. of Literature
Prof. Shlomo Zand, Dept. of History
Dr. Anat Matar, Dept. of Philosophy
Prof. Yoav Peled, Dept. of Political Science
Prof. Moshe Zuckerman, Cohen Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science
Prof. Yehuda Shenhav, Dept. of Sociology

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Jews for Genocide!

Israeli academics among those calling for the obliteration of Israel, in petition by pro-Jihad "Palestine Justice Network":

Among the pro-genocide signers:
Oren Ben-Dor (Dr.), School of Law, University of Southampton, UK
Haim Bresheeth (Prof.), BRICUP and University of East London
Ilan Pappe (Prof.), University of Exeter

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Rachel Giora wants the Pirate of the Caribbean to help her Make Israel walk the Plank!

Tel Aviv University's Rachel Giora (Dept of Linguistics) joins the rest of the Jews for a Hamas Victory in demanding that Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp boycott Israel

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Tel Aviv University - Anat Matar, Rachel Giora, and their Fellow Israelis for the Elimination of Israel demand that Israel be Boycotted by Winner of Jerusalem Prize

As Israeli citizens who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions call on Israel, we believe that if Ian McEwan accepts the Jerusalem prize next month in Jerusalem (Letters, 26 January), it will make him a collaborator with Israel's worst human rights offenders and its "business as usual" policy. The Jerusalem prize is awarded by the Israeli establishment, which is keen on branding Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular, as beacons of enlightenment and democracy. In reality, Ian McEwan will be playing into the hands of and shaking hands with cynical politicians who are trying to whitewash their systematic human rights violations. Specifically, he will be legitimising the actions of Jerusalem's racist mayor, Nir Barkat, who pursues and defends the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, in order for them to be occupied by Jewish settlers. If McEwan "opposes illegal Israeli settlements", how can he accept the accolades of the people who are responsible for that abomination?

Here are the names of the Signers:
Ronnie Barkan, Ofra Ben-Artzi, Joseph Dana, Professor Rachel Giora, Neta Golan, Iris Hefets, Shir Hever, Eytan Lerner, Dr Anat Matar, Rela Mazali, Ofer Neiman, Jonathan Stanczak

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Weizmann Institute of Science - Nir Gov (Dept of Physics) Organizes 155 Members of the Tenured Left to call for Boycott of Ariel University

The signatories state that Ariel was an illegal settlement whose existence contravened international law and the Geneva Convention. "It was established for the sole purpose of preventing the Palestinians from creating an independent state and thus preventing us, citizens of Israel, from having the chance to ever live in peace in this region."

The petition was initiated and organized by Nir Gov of the Weizmann Institute's Department of Chemical Physics. Unlike other such initiatives, over a third of the list's signatories are from the natural and exact sciences.

[Could they be after the budgets granted to Ariel? Looking for 155 Ideas of people who should be Boycotted?]

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Israeli Tenured Traitors call on the Dutch to Boycott Israel

In view of the facts presented here, we would like to share with you our conclusion that the Hebrew University is institutionally complicit in Israel's illegal policies of occupation and racism. Therefore, we would like to ask you to respect the memory of Prof. Cleveringa and move the 2011 Cleveringa lecture to a different venue!

We would be interested in your response.

Ofra Ben Artzi
Prof. Rachel Giora
Neta Golan
Ohal Grietzer

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Ben Gurion University - Ran Greenstein (University of the Witwatersrand) signs name to a blatantly Anti-Semitic petition to have Johannesburg U cut ties with BGU; Criticism of Neve Gordon's treasonous call for boycott cited as reason enough to boycott BGU

What goes around comes around. South African University threatened to boycott Ben Gurion University. Its hordes of tenured treason did not spare it from accusations of engaging in "apartheid" made by South African anti-Semites!

"Written in part by Omar Barghouti:

A true breakthrough in the academic boycott of Israel!!

A South African, long brewing, campaign at the prestigious University of Johannesburg to cut off academic links with Ben Gurion University due to its complicity and racist practices has won the endorsement of John Dugard, Desmond Tutu, Breyten Breytenbach, Allan Boesak, Mahmoud Mamdani and almost 200 other academics from 22 academic institutions in SA.

Here is the petition to sever links with Ben Gurion University



• BGU has been publicly criticised for disciplining academic staff, such as Professor Neve Gordon, the head of the politics department, for supporting the non-violent boycott of Israeli companies and institutions which profit or are complicit in the Israeli occupation."

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Anat Biletzky is distributing and promoting this petition that denounces Israel for being fascist, calls for boycott of Israel

Posted to Anti-Semitic Alef List
FW: antifa
From: Anat Biletzki <>Add to Contacts


For all those who are worried about boycotts, which boycotts, smart boycotts, solidarity boycotts…something to do, even when the campus is very quiet. Please distribute far and wide so that we reach 1000!

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Israeli Professors from Tel Aviv University claim Technion “develops death tech”

Professors from Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute have signed a letter along with other academics world-wide denouncing Boston's Museum of Science for co-sponsoring and hosting a week-long exhibit surveying ground-breaking Israeli innovations and inventions in the fields of clean energy, medicine, and technology.  ... However, this display of Israeli pride was received with little enthusiasm among some members of the academia, including Jewish linguist Noam Chomsky, and faculty members hailing from Israeli institutes of higher education – Dr. Kobi Snitz from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Prof. Rachel Giora and Dr. Anat Matar, bother from Tel Aviv University.

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Israeli academics insist that Germans be more anti-Israel

Beyond this, the weakness of the Palestinians requires strong pressure from the international community. The strong side never relinquishes its position without substantial pressure and indeed, Israel has proven time and time again that it is not ready to act for peace and an end to the occupation without intensive pressure from civil society or various governments abroad....The state of Israel does not deserve prizes for its occupation, racist separation and its war crimes. Only international policy which emphasises to Israel that violations of international law are not tolerated will succeed in promoting a just peace for all residents of this land.

among signers:
Gadi Algazi TAU
Yehuda Shenhav TAU
Roy Wagner TAU
Anat Matar TAU
Orly Lubin TAU
Ofer Neiman Weizmann

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Israeli anti-Israel academics backing Berkeley boycott against Israel

There is enough evidence today which (sic) allows one to safely state that the only pressure Israelis are sensitive to these days is that put forth by BDS activities. Boycott, sanctions and divestment from Israel and from companies invested in Israel are perceived by Israelis as questioning the legitimacy of Israeli policies and Israeli society. This indeed seems to be a cost Israelis are not willing to pay....We believe that actions such as yours will make Israelis face the fact that the people of the world will not be silent when human rights are crushed. We therefore applaud your efforts and thank you for them. They are not only the best hope for Palestinians but also for Israelis.

Among those signing the petition:
Prof. Rachel Giora
Prof. Lev Luis Grinberg
Dr. Anat Matar
Dr. Dorothy Naor
Ofer Neiman
Dr. David Nir
Dr. Kobi Snitz

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Trinity College (Ireland) - Ronit Lentin (Dept of Sociology) leads Anti-Israel academic extremists from the UK (including Pappe and Shlaim) and elsewhere in order to "defend" anti-Israel lecturer/propagandist at BGU Ahmad Sa'di  (Dept of Politics) from make-pretend "persecution"

We, Israeli, Palestinian and British academics, are writing to express our deep concern at the treatment of Dr Ahmad Sa’di, a Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government, who was subjected to racist treatment on 3 January 2010 when he arrived at Ben-Gurion University train station, as he does every teaching week.  He was humiliatingly searched, yelled at and embarrassed by the security staff at Mexico Gate, which we find offensive and unacceptable. … Dr Sa’di strongly believes that his treatment at Mexico Gate on 3 January was only the last in a whole series of racist encounters and harassment he has faced in the past ten years of his employment at Ben-Gurion University. Other incidents included his car being stopped, his bags searched and security staff making calls to ascertain whether he should be allowed to enter the university.

Signed by
Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford University, UK
Professor Nur Masalha, St Mary’s University College, UK
Dr Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland
Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London, UK
Professor Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA, US
Professor Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, UK

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A Little Problem of Consistency at the University of Haifa

A university in Norway is calling for worldwide boycotts of Israel. Meanwhile the president and the rector of the University of Haifa have taken to the airwaves to denounce that initiative. See this:

The only problem? They have done nothing about the members of the faculty at the University of Haifa who are themselves calling for a worldwide boycott of Israel! Prof. Daphna Carmeli, Prof. Yoram Carmeli, and Prof. Vered Kraus are listed here.

These University of Haifa leftist anti-Zionists were calling for such a boycott against Israel and against Israeli universities even before the recent call for such a boycott issued by anti-Israel extremist Neve Gordon from Ben Gurion University.

Want to let the heads of the University know what you think of this “inconsistency”? Write to University of Haifa:

President of the University of Haifa
Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240101
Fax: 972-4-8240281

Rector of the University of Haifa
Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240405
Fax: 972-4-8342101

Chairman of the Board of Governors
Mr. Leon Charney
Law Office of Leon H. Charney
Broadway 1441
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-819-0994

University "Friends of" Offices Outside Israel are listed here:



Israeli Professors make call for international intervention during Operation “Cast Lead” in The Guardian

Meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinian civilians get killed, thousands are bleeding to death, tens of thousands are uprooted and wandering in vain in search of some shelter to protect them. The Israeli army bombs hospitals and Unrwa relief centres, and, defying international convention, it uses white phosphorus bombs against civilians. "What else can we do?" these leaders keep asking. Well, here is what you can do: move from words to deeds. Only immediate, decisive and strict sanctions against the state of Israel and its limitless aggression will make it realise that there's a limit. We, as Israeli citizens, raise our voices to call on EU leaders: use sanctions against Israel's brutal policies and join the active protests of Bolivia and Venezuela. We appeal to the citizens of Europe: please attend to the Palestinian Human Rights Organisation's call, supported by more than 540 Israeli citizens ( boycott Israeli goods and Israeli institutions; follow resolutions such as those made by the cities of Athens, Birmingham and Cambridge (US). This is the only road left. Help us all, please!

Among the signatories
Prof. Daphna Carmeli (Haifa University), Prof. Yoram Carmeli (Haifa University), Dr. Ovadia Ezra (Tel Aviv University), Prof. Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University), Prof. Vered Kraus (Haifa University), Dr. Aim Deuel Luski (Tel Aviv University), Moshe Machover, Dr. Anat Matar (Tel Aviv University), Dorothy Naor, Prof. Yehuda Shenhav (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Kobi Snitz (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology)

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Academics - Anat Matar, Rachel Giora and Kobi Snitz -organized a petition signed by “Israeli citizens” that demands international intervention to stop “Israel’s destructive criminal policy” during Operation “Cast Lead”; presented the petition to foreign embassies

Israel has returned to openly committing war crimes, worse than what we have seen in a long time. … Israel's destructive criminal policy will not cease without a massive intervention by the international community. However, except for some rather weak official condemnation, the international community is reluctant to intervene. … In the past the world knew how to fight criminal policies. The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves: its trade relations are flourishing, academic and cultural cooperation continue and intensify with diplomatic support. This international backing must stop. That is the only way to stop the insatiable Israeli violence. We are calling on the world to stop Israeli violence and not allow the continuation of the brutal occupation. We call on the world to Condemn and not become an accomplice in Israel's crimes.

Among the other signatories:
Dalit Baum, Anat Biletzki, Haim Bresheeth, Uri Davis, Lev Grinberg, Adam Keller, Yael Korin, Moshe Machover, Haggai Matar, Dorit Naaman, Dorothy Naor, Judd Ne'eman, Ofer Neiman, Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Oren Yiftachel

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Tel Aviv University – Anat Matar (Dept. of Philosophy) back lobbying for boycotts of Israel and denouncing  Jews as racists

Original Message -----
From: Anat Matar
To: 'bbffww'
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2009 9:37 AM
Subject: [bfw] Open letter to the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

I've just sent my signature. I urge you to do the same.

We understand that you intend to tour Israel with the Choir of Clare College to perform J.S. Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio' between 25th and 30th December this year and we are asking you to reconsider this decision. Artists and musicians in Palestine, inspired by the example of the campaign which brought an end to apartheid in South Africa, have asked people of conscience around the world not to perform in Israel as an act of solidarity with them. … December 27 will be the anniversary of the terrible day last year that Israel unleashed a military onslaught on the trapped population of the Gaza Strip. While the rest of the world will be remembering the massacre of 1,400 Palestinian people, your choir will be performing in the capital city of the government which perpetrated acts now regarded as war crimes, according to the latest UN report from Judge Richard Goldstone.

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Tel Aviv University – Anat Matar (Dept. of Philosophy) and Rachel Giora (Dept of Linguistics) embrace the pack of lies called the Goldstone Report; divest themselves from Mahmud Abbas

We write to join the Palestinian political parties, civil society groups, trade unions, and citizens that have condemned the recent decision at the UN Human Rights Council to withdraw Palestinian support for a resolution endorsing the report of the "UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict," led by Richard Goldstone. We consider this decision a betrayal of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and of broader efforts to promote human rights and a just international system. … But by withdrawing support for a resolution in the Human Rights Council, you have done more to undermine these efforts than all of the sustained, high-level attacks by Israel and its allies combined. … Furthermore, we believe this self-inflicted wound raises serious doubts about the soundness of your leadership and the authority of the diplomatic missions under your control worldwide to represent the interests of the Palestinian people. … We demand that you restore full Palestinian diplomatic support for advancing the Goldstone report through the United Nations system, including to the Security Council and the International Criminal Court. Furthermore, we reiterate our support for efforts to restore the unity and legitimacy of the Palestinian national struggle. Until such unity is restored, any appeals for solidarity or support from you or your subordinates will carry no weight.

[Among the] Signed,

Noam Chomsky
Omar Barghouti
Dr. Anat Matar, head of Israeli Association for the Palestinian Prisoners, Prof., Tel Aviv University
Rachel Giora, Prof., Tel Aviv University

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The usual Leftist cronies sign a petition in support of Neve Gordon & BDS; join the call for “external pressure” on Israel

BOYCOTT! would like to extend its support and appreciation to Dr. Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva for publishing his position in support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in an LA Times Op-Edi. In an overwhelming assault on freedom of speech, Gordon has met with immediate condemnation in the Israeli media, coming from the Minister of Educationii and several political parties. Even though he was writing on a subject directly within the scope of his academic expertise, he was attacked by his own university, whose President, Prof. Rivka Carmi, went as far as to say that "the university may no longer be interested in his services".iii The attempt to silence Gordon as well as the threats leveled against him illustrate how resistant Israeli society and institutions are to bringing about change, thus confirming the need for external pressure in an attempt to force Israel to end its colonial and apartheid policies and bring about justice for Palestinians.

1. Prof. Rachel Giora - Tel Aviv University
2. Dr. Anat Matar - Tel Aviv University
3. Dr. Kobi Snitz - Technion
6. Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University – Dept of Math
8. Dr. Marcelo Svirsky – Cardiff University (previously from University of Haifa)
9. Prof. Zvi Razi - Tel Aviv University – Dept of History
13. Haggai Matar, Tel Aviv
16. Prof. Uri Davis, Ramle
19. Dr. Dorothy Naor, Hertzliya
21. Dr. Eyal Nir, Tel Aviv
22. Dr. David Nir, Hebrew
University – Dept of Math
26. Dr. Aharon Shabtai – T
el Aviv University – Dept of Literature
27. Dr. Haim Yacobi, Ben Gurion University - (Dept of Politics)
30. Dr. Aim Deuelle Luski Tel Aviv University (Dept of General Studies) & Bezalel (Dept of History)
31. Dr. Ruchama Marton Tel Aviv University (Dept of Mid East Studies)
33. Dr. Orly Lubin - Tel Aviv University (Dept of Comparitive Literature)
35. Iris Bar, University of Haifa
37. Ofer Neiman, Hebrew University (Dept of Computer Science)

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Tel Aviv University – Rachel Giora spearheads a call for Madonna to boycott Israel and Israelis to boycott the concert

According to Tel Aviv University Prof. Rachel Giora, a member of the group, the organization is also encouraging Israelis to boycott Madonna's performance, "to let Israel's government know how they feel... thereby hoping to encourage the Israeli government to reconsider its policies."

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Israeli Academics who join Norman Finkelstein to eradicate the Jewish State of Israel

Research has shown that the return of refugees and the compensation of others who choose not to return is well within the means of Israel and its international backers in addition to being morally and legally right. It would be incredibly helpful if Jews were identified with the cause of the refugees.

Meir Amor, Israeli sociologist
Yigal Arens, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
Hagit Borer, Professor of Linguistics, University of Southern California
Yoav Elinevsky, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Amherst, Massachusetts
Micha Levi, Historian, Tel Aviv
Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, History Department, Ben-Gurion University, Be'er Sheva, Israel
Tanya Reinhart, Tel Aviv, Israel
Dudy Tzfati, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UC San Francisco
Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor of Gender & Ethnic Studies, University of Greenwich

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Israeli Academics join in a call for Academic boycott to protest the “occupation”

Drawing on past experiences of peace and human rights movements in Europe, we think that it is first necessary to expose, and then to break, all academic ties with the occupation - with its apparatus and support efforts, including military research - and with settlements and settlers.

3. Jacob Katriel, Professor Emeritus, Technion, Haifa, Israel
15. Dr. Anat Matar, Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Israel
16. Prof. Batja Guggenheim-Ami, St.Gallen, Switzerland
37. Micah Leshem PhD, Psychology Department, University of Haifa, Israel
38. Dr. Michael Dahan, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
39. Prof. Michael Saltman, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Haifa, Israel
41. Dr. Yehiam Soreq, Beit-Berl college, Israel
46. Professor Motty Perry, Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
51. Prof. Hanan Frenk, Dept. of Psychology, Tel Aviv University and Head of the School of Behavioral Sciences, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
52. Professor Uri Hadar, Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Israel

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Haifa University – Bill Freedman and 230 other academics vow to disobey anti-Nakba laws if passed

According to the declaration, the proposals are "harshly anti-democratic, and all gravely violate basic rights essential to democracy and to freedom of expression." … The initiative to circulate the declaration began when Professor Bill Freedman of Haifa University sent an email to his colleagues on the matter.

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Tel Aviv Univeristy - Rachel Giora (Dept of Linguistics) Boycotts the University that Over-Pays her Salary; next letter should be letter of resignation

But shouldn’t Israeli academic institutions be exempted, some wonder? After all such institutions focus on academic research with no recourse to the military or state politics. But in fact Israeli academia is no different from any other Israeli institution and in many cases it plays an active if not a vital role in supporting Israeli apartheid practices against the Palestinians. For example, “the R&D [Research & Development] Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defense is currently funding 55 projects at TAU [Tel Aviv University]”… “People are just not aware of how important university research is in general and how much TAU contributes to Israel’s security in particular”

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Israeli anti-Israel Academics, Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University) and Kobi Snitz (Technion) join David Nir and Dorothy Naor to call on Barcelona Municipality to cancel "Twin City" planning with Tel Aviv due to the "brutality" of the "Gaza massacres"

Israel had unleashed an extreme level of brutality in the recent Gaza massacres. The silence of the international community to the Israeli atrocities during the 22-day "operation" only encouraged the Israeli regime to intensify the butchery. Mind you that the Spanish court system has gained our respect for undertaking that responsibility to prosecute Israeli criminals that had masterminded those atrocities.

1. Prof. Rachel Giora,Tel Aviv, Israel
Dr. Kobi Snitz,The Technion, Haifa, Israel
Dr. David Nir, Tel Aviv, Israel
19. Dorothy Naor
, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Israeli Academics “Dissociate” themselves “Israel's brutal policies”; call on Leonard Cohen to boycott Israel

Unfortunately, recognizing Palestinian rights will require a fundamental shift in Israeli society. We suspect that this change will be achieved only via external pressure. … given your longstanding, vocal commitment to justice, we cannot envision you cooperating with continued Israeli defiance of justice and morality; we cannot envision you playing a part in the Israeli charade of self-righteousness. We appeal to you to add your voice to those brave people the world over who boycott Israel. We urge you to cancel your planned performance in Israel.

The following Israeli academics signed the petition to Leonard Cohen to support the boycott of Israel.
Diana Dolev, Holon Institute of Technology
Prof. Nomi Erteschik-Shir, Ben Gurion University – Dept of Linguistics
Prof. Rachel Giora, Tel-Aviv University - Dept of Linguistics
Dr. Irit Katriel, Brown University - Dept of Computer Science
Dr. Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University - Dept of Philosophy
Dr. Nurit Peled, Hebrew University - Dept of Education
Dr. Kobi Snitz, Technion - Dept of Mathematics

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Israeli anti-Israel Academics think that International Pressure on Israel will miraculously solve the region's problems

We wish to express our support for students at Manchester University and elsewhere, who are drawing attention to the gross violations of academic and human rights in Gaza. We have seen their list of demands and feel that it is in the interest of an established and reputable university such as Manchester to address their concerns productively and to demonstrate that it is committed to upholding human rights. We strongly believe that without some pressure from outside Israel and without concrete support for Palestinians nothing will change in our part of the world. For us, Manchester students and students across Britain and the US are providing an inspiring example of commitment and decent human compassion, which others should emulate.

Prof. Rachel Giora, Tel-Aviv University
Prof. Eva Jablonka, Tel-Aviv University
Dr. Anat Matar, Tel-Aviv University
Prof. Adi Ophir, Tel-Aviv University
Dr. Kobi Snitz, Technion, Haifa

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Tel Aviv University - Anat Biletzki (Dept of Philosophy) and Anat Matar (Dept of Philosophy) support Hampshire College divestment from Israel

They endorse, among other things, the boycotting Israeli goods and calling on the American Government to stop funding Israel.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Anat Matar and Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University), Kobi Snitz (Technion), and Jeff Halper (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) join an American Petition to President Obama to stop supporting Israel; call for the termination the Jewish State of Israel

Also among the charges to which these Israeli Academics signed are:

calling Israel an apartheid regime;
claiming ethnic cleansing;
protesting the disproportionate use of excessive force;
calling all of the above crimes against humanity; and
supplying the justification for terrorism

'Public figures as diverse as Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter have recognized that Israel too maintains an apartheid regime, in practice if not in name. South Africa, now a functioning multi-racial democracy, was a white state for a white people. Israel is a Jewish state for a Jewish people.'

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Israeli anti-Israel Academics call to recognize the “Right to Return” – “The Olga Document” – a document based in fear

Israel, 2004, is a state on the road to nowhere. Fifty-six years after its establishment - notwithstanding its many achievements in agriculture, science and technology, and albeit a great regional military power, armed with doomsday weapons - many of its citizens are heartsick with existential worry and fear for their future. …

We are united in a critique of Zionism, based as it is on refusal to acknowledge the indigenous people of this country and on denial of their rights, on dispossession of their lands, and on adoption of separation as a fundamental principle and way of life. Adding insult to injury, Israel persists in its refusal to bear any responsibility for its deeds, from the expulsion of the majority of Palestinians from their homeland more than half a century ago, to the present erection of ghetto walls around the remaining Palestinians in the towns and villages of the West Bank.

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Ben Gurion University - Haim Yacobi (Dept of Politics & Bimkom Board Member) and Prof. Zvi Bentwich lead an Israeli call to stop the "disproportionate harm" and investigate "grave violations" by the military

[You may recall that just before the US and its allies invaded Iraq to topple Saddam, a group of more than 500 Israeli "academics" disseminated a petition all over the world in which they announced that the moment the first GI stepped foot in Iraq Israel was planning to conduct Nazi-like genocidal atrocities against Arabs. The GIs arrived and no mass murders of Arabs took place. Not a single one of those 500+ faculty members then issued an apology. Several explained that Israel really WAS planning to conduct a genocide but was scared off from doing so thanks to their petition.

Well, now a smaller number of similar moonbats, including some of the usual Israeli academics for Hamas, are back, with a new petition. It is being promoting by a gaggle of treasonous pro-terror leftist groups, led by Uri Avnery, Israel's Lord Haw-Haw:]

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British Academics call for Israel to lose; and trust in “justice and peaceful coexistence” of seventy years ago

The intellectuals, among them Palestinians as well as Israel-born academics Professors Haim Beresheet and Ilan Pappe, wrote: “Israel must lose,” and “We must do what we can to stop Israel from winning its war. Israel must accept that its security depends on justice and peaceful coexistence with its neighbors, and not upon the criminal use of force.”

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Israeli Academics in UK lead a call to boycott Israel; compare Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto and Israel to apartheid

We the undersigned are all of Jewish origin. When we see the dead and bloodied bodies of young children, the cutting off of water, electricity and food, we are reminded of the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto. When Dov Weisglass, an adviser to the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, talked of putting Gazans "on a diet" and the deputy defence minister, Matan Vilnai, talked about the Palestinians experiencing "a bigger shoah" (holocaust), this reminds us of Governor General Hans Frank in Nazi-occupied Poland, who spoke of "death by hunger".

The real reason for the attack on Gaza is that Israel is only willing to deal with Palestinian quislings. The main crime of Hamas is not terrorism but its refusal to accept becoming a pawn in the hands of the Israeli occupation regime in Palestine.

The decision last month by the EU council to upgrade relations with Israel, without any specific conditions on human rights, has encouraged further Israeli aggression. The time for appeasing Israel is long past. As a first step, Britain must withdraw the British ambassador to Israel and, as with apartheid South Africa, embark on a programme of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Ben Birnberg, Prof Haim Bresheeth, Deborah Fink, Bella Freud, Tony Greenstein, Abe Hayeem, Prof Adah Kay, Yehudit Keshet, Dr Les Levidow, Prof Yosefa Loshitzky, Prof Moshe Machover, Miriam Margolyes, Prof Jonathan Rosenhead and 65 others

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Haim Bresheeth (University of East London) leads another British boycott of Israel and equates IAF pinpoint bombing to the indiscriminant “Nazi firebombing of Guernica” in 1937

Since our governments decline to take action against Israel, we, as citizens, must act. We declare that, in solidarity with the bombed, maimed, tortured and ethnically cleansed people of Palestine, we will, individually and collectively:

  • refuse to buy any fruit, vegetable, flowers, cosmetics, underwear, swimwear or piece of technology manufactured or produced in Israel or the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and we will inform shops that we object to them stocking Israeli products;
  • we will not go on holiday to Israel;
  • we will research which brands of computer contain Israeli-designed and manufactured components, make the information public, and and press all computer manufacturers to end research partnerships with Israel;
  • we will boycott Israeli films, theatre companies, dance groups and orchestras, and make known our objections to the management of theatres and cinemas;

Signed by Prof. Haim Bresheeth and other local British Anti-Semites

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


The "usual" Israeli Academics sign a call sponsored by bicycle riders for the EU to suspend trade with Israel

What the Peace Cycle has witnessed illustrates the abuses of human rights that at different times over many years have been judged to be illegal by international courts across the world. Yet the EU does nothing visible to bring Israel to account. Whilst this abuse goes on, the EU-Israel Association Agreement has allowed trade with Israel to flourish, with the addition of the EU-Israel Action Plan in 2005-2008 that has allowed for even closer partnerships to develop.

We call for an immediate suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and any further trade between Israel and EU Member States in protest against Israel's continued violation of human rights of the Palestinian people.

The Israeli Academics among the signed:
# 180:May 22, 2008, Moshé Machover, United Kingdom
# 286:May 22, 2008, Haim Bresheeth, United Kingdom
# 721:May 25, 2008, Dorothy Naor, Israel
# 790:May 25, 2008, Anat Matar, Israel
# 2339:Jun 10, 2008, Kobi Snitz, Israel

For more details and to see the full original article, go here


Academics supporting boycott of Israel - Dorothy Naor initiates a letter of supporting the boycott of Israel by the United Methodist Church, Other Academics signed.

We assure the Methodist Church that it is no more anti-Semitic to criticize and oppose Israeli government policies than it was anti-American to oppose the Vietnam war or is anti-American to oppose the present war in Iraq. It is never anti-Semitic to oppose injustice, destruction, gross inequity, and inequality. We also assure the Church that Israel, having the fourth most powerful military in the world, is in no existential danger.

Among those signed are the following Academics:

92. Prof. Kobi Peterzil Haifa
88. Haim Bresheeth
67. Moshe Machover
18. kobi snitz haifa
12. Anat Matar
1. Dorothy Naor Herzliah, Israel

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New Leftist Blood Libel - Israeli leftist academics invent claim that Israel plans to attack Iran. Trying to start war through their lies?

A constant flow of information bears witness to the fact that the Israeli government is seriously considering attacking Iran, in order to disrupt its nuclear plans. We do not disregard irresponsible actions by the Iranian government - we also oppose atomic weapons in principle and support the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction from the region. However, it is clear that the main source of the immediate danger of a new, widespread war stems from the policies of the Israeli government and the flow of threats from it, backed by provocative military maneuvers.

Coordinating Group: Prof. Gadi Algazi; Judy Blanc; Prof. Rachel Giora; Prof. Anat Matar; Prof. Adi Ophir; Prof. Yoav Peled; Reuven Kaminer, Prof. Haggai Ram; Prof. Yehuda Shenhav; Prof. Oren Yiftachel.

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Israeli Academic "Righteous Jews" that "commemorate Palestinians who have been depopulated, dispossessed, humiliated, tortured, and murdered by the Zionists".

You will all be pleased to hear that an American Holocaust Denier and Neo-Nazi has set up a web site to honor what he regards as "Righteous Jews," meaning anti-Semitic self-hating Jews and those working against Israel.

It is supposed to imitate the "Righteous Gentiles" honors by Yad Vashem. Many of those so honored are Israeli leftist academics.

The "Righteous Jews" web site ( is run by one Daniel McGowan, a notorious Holocaust Denier (see for details)

Gowen was once a lecturer at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York, now retired. For more on McGowen's Nazi activities see

The test for inclusion in the list is supposed to be that the recipient of the "award" helped to "Commemorate Palestinians who have been depopulated, dispossessed, humiliated, tortured, and murdered by the Zionists."

Among Israelis so honored by the Neo-Nazi web site are Adi Ophir, Aharon Shabtai, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Anat Biletzki, Ariella Azulay, Avishai Ehrlich, Avraham Oz, Boaz Evron, Daphna Golan, Haim Bresheeth, Haim Yacobi, Ilan Pappe, Moshe Machover, Moshe Zuckermann, Nurit Peled Elhanan, Oren Ben-Dor, Oren Yiftachel, Orit Kamir, Yigal Arens, Uri Davis, Shimshon Bichler, Uri Hadar, Ruchama Marton, Yitzhak Laor, Zalman Amit.

The full list of the laureates appears here:


Israeli Academics who wont be celebrating Israel's Independence Day

We're not celebrating Israel's anniversary

The Guardian,
April 30 2008

In May, Jewish organisations will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. This is understandable in the context of centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocaust. Nevertheless, we are Jews who will not be celebrating. Surely it is now time to acknowledge the narrative of the other, the price paid by another people for European anti-semitism and Hitler's genocidal policies. As Edward Said emphasised, what the Holocaust is to the Jews, the Naqba is to the Palestinians.

In April 1948, the same month as the infamous massacre at Deir Yassin and the mortar attack on Palestinian civilians in Haifa's market square, Plan Dalet was put into operation. This authorised the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expulsion of the indigenous population outside the borders of the state. We will not be celebrating.

In July 1948, 70,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in Lydda and Ramleh in the heat of the summer with no food or water. Hundreds died. It was known as the Death March. We will not be celebrating.

In all, 750,000 Palestinians became refugees. Some 400 villages were wiped off the map. That did not end the ethnic cleansing. Thousands of Palestinians (Israeli citizens) were expelled from the Galilee in 1956. Many thousands more when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Under international law and sanctioned by UN resolution 194, refugees from war have a right to return or compensation. Israel has never accepted that right. We will not be celebrating.

We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations.

We will celebrate when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East.

Prof. Haim Bresheeth
Uri Fruchtmann
Yael Oren Kahn
Paul Kaufman
Prof. Adah Kay
Yehudit Keshet
Prof. Eleonore Kofman
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky
Prof. Emeritus Moshe Machover
Orna Neumann
Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead


Tel Aviv University - Anat Biletzki (Dept of Philosophy) issues a call to the Prez of TAU

Commemorate Sheikh Muwanis

Published by StudentCoalition on Mar 30, 2008

Category: Politics

Region: Israel

Target: students/workers of Tel-Aviv university and other supporters

Web site:


(The petition is available in Hebrew, Arabic and English)

A letter to the president of Tel-aviv university - A request for commemoration of the village of Sheikh Muwanis on campus and in university publications

(signatures would be added to the letter).

Please note your status and department at TA university, if relevant.


To: Prof. Tzvi Galil

President, Tel Aviv University

Re: A request for commemoration of the village of Sheikh Muwanis on campus and in university publications

Dear Sir,

We, students and employees of Tel Aviv University and their supporters, hereby request that you take action to commemorate a chapter in the history of our institution which has heretofore been silenced – the fact of its erection on the lands of the Palestinian village of Sheikh Muwanis, which was destroyed in 1948 and its residents forced to become refugees.

Commemoration is possible through many means, for example the construction of memorial markers, as is common around the world and in Israel. We consider it particularly important to make public the past of the university club, the "Green House", formerly the home of the Abu-Kahil family of Sheikh Muwanis. This building is one of the sole remnants of the village, but its history is absent from the official publications of the University. It would also be appropriate to respect the memory of the village's cemetery, upon which many university parking lots have unfortunately been constructed.

In our opinion, a leading institution dedicated to the search for and revelation of the truth, such as Tel Aviv University, is morally obliged to take this important step of recognition of historical truth – documented among other places in research done at the University itself. In addition, this is a gesture of rapprochement of the kind which we deem very necessary at the present moment. While Israel celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of its foundation, the Palestinian people are marking six decades since their national catastrophe, the Nakbah. After such a long delay, the University would do well to act against the willful ignorance of the plight of the Palestinian people and the deliberate erasure of its presence. We would appreciate it if you would agree to meet with a delegation of the signatories to this letter to discuss the topic.

This letter recaps the content of a previous letter, sent on 28 October 2003 to then-University President, Prof. Itamar Rabinowitz, by students and employees of the University, the descendants of the residents of Sheikh Muwanis, and the members of Zokhrot organization. The previous letter is hereby attached.

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Israeli Academics Support UNISON's Boycott

Israeli citizens who support UNISON’s boycott of Israel proposal

Report by Nitza Aminov and 85 others

Published: 15/06/07


We are a group of Israeli citizens who support UNISON’s boycott of Israel proposal. We are sending you a letter we wrote in support of the proposal. We circulated the letter among our networks and in a few days gathered 86 signatures of Israeli citizens. We decided to stop gathering more signatures and to send you the letter today so that you will have time to circulate the letter among your constituents before your June 19th meeting. We wish you well in your efforts, and thank you very much for taking action to try to bring the Israeli occupation to an end. We hope to keep in touch and we would be very happy to cooperate further with you on this matter. Please find the letter below as well as in an attachment with this e-mail. We would appreciate it if you could confirm having received our letter.

Thank you very much.

Citizens of Israel in support of the proposal for a UNISON Economic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

We Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel strongly support the proposal for UNISON to implement an economic and cultural boycott of Israel. We commend this proposal, especially in the wake of the historic decision by the University and College Union in Britain and similar proposals by the Architects for Peace and Justice in Palestine and the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Actions such as these have an immediate impact within Israel. They receive wide coverage in the mainstream media and provide an extremely effective tool in our joint struggle to bring the occupation to a just end.

We are Israeli citizens active against our country’s occupation of Palestine. We refuse to accept the state of poverty, unemployment, oppression and violence from which our Palestinian brothers and sisters are suffering in the OPT. We stress the connections between the violent oppression of the Palestinians in the OPT, and the oppression of the working poor, women, immigrant workers, the unemployed, Arabs, and other minority groups within Israel. The ongoing conflict in the region prevents Israeli workers from effectively mobilizing against neo-liberal reforms and an accelerated process of privatization, under the guise of an ongoing state of emergency in which national security always take precedence over societal needs.

It is now evident that the so-called disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005 has, in fact, kept the military occupation of the strip intact. Since the implementation of the disengagement plan in August 2005, the Israeli military has killed more than 590 Palestinians in direct conflict in the Gaza Strip, including 113 children, and injured over 1, 600, including 103 children. It is also evident that the current situation in Sderot is the direct consequence of Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Since the ruling of the ICJ court in Hague against the Separation Wall, and in blatant violation of that ruling, the Israeli government has accelerated construction of the Wall, leading to progressive violations of the human rights of residents of the West Bank. It also continues to build and expand settlements, including on land confiscated for the purpose of building the Wall, illegal according to international law.

As citizens devoted to the promotion of peace and democracy in the region, we are especially bewildered at the international community’s decision to punish the Palestinians and to withhold funds from the PA for having exercised their democratic right to elect the government of their choice. At the same time, the international community continues, through economic investments in Israel, to actively support Israel’s daily violations of international law and accelerated colonization of the occupied territories. We fear the potentially irreversible damage created by Israeli and international policy, and realize that the occupation will truly end only when its cost becomes higher that its gain for Israeli society. As Israelis, we stress that divestment and boycott actions taken by individuals or organizations against the occupation are neither Anti-Semitic nor Anti-Israel. We also recognize that boycott, divestment and sanctions constitute one of the few effective methods left to civil society in the absence of intervention by governments and official policy makers. We salute UNISON for putting the proposal for boycott of Israel up for consideration, and strongly encourage others to take similar steps.


Nitza Aminov, Dr. Aharon Shabtai, Dorothy Naor, Romm Levkovitz, Talma Bar-Din, Jeannette Herzberg, Michael Warschawski, Shai Carmeli Pollack, Kerstin Sodergren, Emmanuel Farjoun, Dr. Anat Matar, Angela Goldfrey-Goldstein, Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass, Roman Vater, Hillel Barak, Angelo Aidan, Yoav Barak, Dr. Kobi Snitz, Amit Ron, Ofer Neiman, Tsilli Goldenberg, Adam Keller, Beate Zilversmidt, Aviv Sela, David Nir, Shira Pinhas, Alissa Ben-Ari, Rann Bar-On, Neta Golan, Reuven Kaminer, Mazen Masri, Emily Schaeffer, Amit Ron, Yael Levi, Einat Podjarny, Jonatan Stanczak, Amit Perelson, Elana Wesley, Dr. Ilan Pappe, Ronit Lentin, Deb Reich, Moshe Machover, Ali Al-Azhari, Ruth Tenne, Edna Canetti, Racheli Bar-Or, Racheli Gai, Itay Greenstein, Yotam Pappo, Tamar Fleishman, Galit Hess, Racheli Merhav, Rela Mazali, Dr. Rachel Giora, Yonatan Pollack, Yfat Doron, Hanna Aviram, Juliano Mer Khamis, Matan Cohen, Dr. Hubert Law-Yone, Arie Finkelstein, Shmuel Yerushalmi, Nina Mayorek, Yosef Atia, Judith Blanc, Dafna Kaminer, Alla Nikonov, Dorit Abramovitch, Layla Tripoli Mosenson, Nadav Franckovits, Lymor Goldstein, Hanna Knaz, Dr. Hannah Safran, Hed Roth, Sergio Yahni, Ronnie Barkan, Asaf Weit, Adi Dagan, Netta van Vliet, Tamar Berger, Yael Lerer, Israel Puterman, Raja Zaatry, Aisheh Sedawi, Hagit Borer, Hisham Naffa



Anat Biletzki (Tel Aviv University) incites academics to refuse to serve

We, faculty members from a number of Israeli universities, wish to express our appreciation and support for those of our students and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories. Such service too often involves carrying out orders that have no place in a democratic society founded on the sanctity of human life.

For thirty five years an entire people, some three and a half million in number, have been held without basic human rights. The occupation and oppression of another people have brought the State of Israel to where it is today.

Without an Israeli declaration of an end to the occupation, accompanied by appropriate action--unilateral, if necessary--the present war is not being fought for our home but for the settlements beyond the green line and for the continued oppression of another people.

We hereby express our readiness to do our best to help students who encounter academic, administrative or economic difficulties as a result of their refusal to serve in the territories. We call on the University community at large to support them.

Faculty members who wish to join are welcome to contact Anat Biletzki.

This letter is being updated. So far, 358 faculty members have signed it.

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Israeli academics endorse Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

Palestinian Civil Society

Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights

9 July 2005

One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal, Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court's decision. Thirty eight years into Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights

Tikva Honig-Parnass, Dalit Baum, Kobi Snitz, Moshe Machover, Haim Bresheeth, Hagit Borer, Dror Warschawski, Dorothy Naor


Israeli academics endorse Palestinian call for International Involvement


The elimination of the Palestinian national presence west of the Jordan River is implicit in the long-term aims of the Israeli right wing. A violent, apocalyptic driving-out of the entire Palestinian population is explicitly advocated by the rightmost political circles. What has actually been taking place since the beginning of the 35 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but at an unprecedented rate for the last two years, is a systematic process of demolition of Palestinian private and public property, and mass expropriation of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. The guiding principle is the effort to minimize the size of the area actually inhabited by Palestinians. At the same time, huge-scale harassment has been taking place, by means of prolonged curfews, road-blocks, humiliations, beatings, military invasions of densely populated areas, detentions of thousands without trial under sub-humane conditions, obstruction of access to work, medical care, schools and universities, and a host of other means. The soldiers were given license to treat any Palestinian as a potential terrorist. Millions of Palestinians have been reduced by Israeli government policies to life in fearsome ghettos. Most are now subsisting under the poverty line, on savings or handouts from humanitarian organizations.

The ever-intensifying oppressive measures are being inflicted on Palestinians by the Israeli government, ostensibly to fight terror. We unequivocally condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. There can be no justification for acts of violence against any unarmed people. However, the Israeli policies are not a way to reduce terror; rather, they promote it, as evidenced by the dramatic increase in terror acts during the last two years. The terror acts are then cynically used by Prime Minister Sharon as a pretext to inflict more damage and hardships on the Palestinians, and to further de-legitimize their existence in the occupied territories in the perception of the Israelis. THE PALESTINIAN PRESENCE STANDS IN THE WAY OF SHARON'S LIFE-LONG VISION OF GREATER ISRAEL, WITH SETTLERS SUPPLANTING PALESTINIANS. THIS OBJECTIVE IS TRANSPARENT TO ANYBODY WHO FOLLOWS WHAT HIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ACTUALLY DOING, rather than listening to the frequently uttered but empty declarations about peace intentions, "once the security problems are solved".

The Israeli society pays a high price for the attempts of its politicians to extend the Israeli domination, and for their addiction to territorial expansion. The drive to develop Israel as a modern, productive and tolerant society was cruelly truncated. This drive has been evident in periods of hopeful peace negotiations with neighboring Arab states, and with Palestinians. Fatalistic resignation to the vicious circle of fear, oppression, violence and counter-violence is depriving the whole society of positive energy, forward looking projects and hope. The drain on the state resources by the war effort and the expansion of the settlements and the concurrent loss of investment result in large scale unemployment and economic recession. Large sectors of the Israeli society are denied access to a decent standard of living, to decent education, and to productive integration into modern technological and cultural world. Instead, backward-looking ultra-nationalistic ideologies are taking firm hold on the social and political scene. Young Israeli soldiers sent to implement the brutal occupation measures are likely to be morally scarred for life.

The ongoing devastation of Palestine must be stopped, for the sake of both Palestine and Israel.

Prof. Zach Adam, Prof. Colman Altman, Dr. Janina Altman, Dr. Issam Aburiya, Dr. Amotz Agnon, Dr. Shmuel Amir, Prof Daniel Amit, Prof. Zalman Amit, Dr. Yossi Amitay, Prof. Michael Ardon, Dr. Judith Avrahami, Prof. (Emeritus) Shalom Baer, Dr. Outi Bat-El, Prof. Maya Bar-Hillel, Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, Prof Ron Barkai, Dr. Anat Barnea , Prof. Matania Ben-Arzi, Ofra Ben-Arzi, M.A., Dr. Shmuel Ben-Dor, Prof. Ziva Ben-Porat, Dr. Louise Bethlehem, Prof. Anat Biletzki, Dr. Jose Brunner, Dr. Ido Bruno, Prof. Victoria Buch, Prof. Ruth Butler, Raz Chen-Morris, Dr. Eliot Cohen, Dr. Raya Cohen, Dr. Veronica Cohen, Dr. Leo Corry, Dr. Michael Dahan, Prof. David Degani, Prof. Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, Dr. David De-Vries, Athena Elizabeth DeRasmo, Prof. Tommy Dreyfus, Dr. Otniel E. Dror, Dr. Freema Elbaz-Luwisch, Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, Dr. Elizabeth Freund,Prof. Gideon Freudenthal, Dr. Iris Fry , Prof. Michael Fry , Michal Gal, Prof. Chaim Gans, Dr. Ido Geiger, Prof. Avner Giladi, Prof. Rachel Giora, Dr. Snait Gissis, Prof. Eli Glasner, Dr. Daphna Golan, Prof. Oded Goldreich, Dr. Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Dr. Neve Gordon, Prof. Lev Grinberg , Prof. Yossi Guttman, Dr. Ruth HaCohen, Prof. Uri Hadar, Dr. Jeff Halper, Yuval Halperin, Shoshana Halper, M.A., Prof Don Handelman, Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem, Prof. Avram Heffner, Dr. Sara Helman, Dr. Yitzhak Hen, Prof. Hanna Herzog, Prof. Ze'ev Herzog , Prof. Hannan Hever, Prof. Peter Hillman, Uri Horesh, Prof. Ehud Hrushovski, Tal Itzhaki, Prof. Eva Jablonka, Dr. Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, Prof. Naftali Kaminski, MD, Prof. Jacob Katriel, Prof. Tamar Katriel, Dr. Shoshana Keiny, Prof. Baruch Kimmerling, Judy Kupferman, Dr. Orna Kupferman, Prof. Raz Kupferman, Dr. Ron Kuzar, Dr. Idan Landau, Prof. Hubert Law-Yone, Daphna Levit, Joyce Livingstone, MS, Prof. Ram Loevy , Dr. Orly Lubin, Haim Luski, Prof. Ruth Manor, Prof Uri Maor, Dr. Anat Matar, Dr. Nina Mayorek, Dr. Sara Meilijson , Prof. Isaac Meilijson, Prof. Amnon Meisels, Prof. Ben Tzion Munitz, Dr. Doron Narkiss, Prof. (Emeritus) Gad Nathan, Dr. Isaac (Yanni) Nevo, Prof. Ami Oren, Prof. Avraham Oz, Ronie Parciack, Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Prof. Yoav Peled, Dr. Kobi Peter, Dr. Yuri Pines, Dr. Uri Ram , Dr. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Dr. Ofra Rechter, Prof. Ya'acov Ritov, Dr. Daniel Rohrlich, Prof Freddie Rokem, Dr. Dana Ron, Dr. Moshe Ron, Prof. Tova Rosen, Dr. Maya Rosenfeld, Dr. Zeev Rotem, Dr. Amalia Sa'ar, Dr. Ilan Saban, Prof. Benny Shanon, Dr. Nita Schehet, Dr. Christoph Schmidt, Prof. Avraham Schweiger, Dr. Gideon Shelach, Ricki Shiv, Prof. Moshe Shokeid, Prof. Idan Segev, Prof. Leon Sheleff, Rinah Sheleff, M.A., Prof. Nomi Shir, Prof. David Shulman, Prof. Anna Sfard, Marcos Wasem, Dr. Amiel Vardi, Dr. Vered Vinitzky, Renata Wolfson, M.A., Smadar Tabenkin-Ezer, M.A., Dr. Zvi Tauber, Dr. Dudy Tzfati, Rakefet Zalashik, Dr. Niza Yanay, Dr. Michael Yogev, Prof. Joseph Zeira, Dr. Moshe Zuckermann, Prof. Moshe Zimmermann