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Ben Gurion University - Judge Dismisses Oren Yiftachel (Dept of
Geography) as a Charlatan
In an important landmark court case, Judge
Sarah Dovrat in Beer Sheba court dismissed the fraudulent claims
presented by Prof. Oren Yiftachel (Ben Gurion University, Dept of
Geography). Yiftachel has a long track record of granting "academic"
artillery support to fraudulent claims by Negev Bedouins to huge
tracts of land they do not own and to which they have no legitimate
claims. Yiftachel's position has long been that Israel needs to
recognize every imaginary "claim" to land made by any Negev Bedouin.
While dismissing Yiftachel's claims, the
judge accepted the arguments of a rival geography professor, Ruth
Kark, from the Hebrew University, testifying for the state against
the Bedouin claims.
In the verdict rejecting the Bedouin case,
the judge repeatedly blasted Yiftachel and his "research." She
accused Yiftachel of endorsing claims made by Bedouins without even
having bothered to read them. She attacked Yiftachel for relying on
the "Palestine Law Report" without even understanding what it was
referring to, and then trying to twist and turn his way out of his
being nailed for his errors. It would have been far more dignified
for Yiftachel to concede his errors, said the judge in the verdict.
The Bedouins were represented by radical leftist lawyer Michael
Sfard and were ordered to pay 50,000 in court costs.
A more detailed news report on the court
case appears in English here:
and in Hebrew here
Yiftachel is an anti-Israel extremist who
has built a career out of inventing claims that Israel is an
apartheid society. What little academic credibility Yiftachel might
have had before this court case was blasted to pieces by the judge.