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Tel Aviv-Yaffo College - Ofer Cassif (Dept of Political Science), the publication-less "Academic" wonder

We tried to track down the academic publications of Ofer Cassif to see just what it was about him that inspired the Tel Aviv Jaffa College to hire him to teach students in political science. Alas, we could not find any. All we could find were a handful of anti-Israel Op-Eds in the internet, mostly in Hebrew. Cassif claims to be some sort of expert on "Social Justice," whatever that is. But we could not find anything academic he has published about that either, anywhere.

... Cassif's main "academic contribution" seems to consist of an Op-Ed that claims that Israel's citizenship law, which requires an oath of allegiance to non-Israelis who apply for Israeli citizenship, is at least as bad as German Nazism. The fact that most other countries have similar oaths of allegiance does not convince Cassif that THEY are Nazi regimes. Only Israel is so honored in his writing.

 

 

Tel Aviv-Jaffa College - Meet Ofer Cassif (Dept of Political Science), the Proud Stalinist "Academic"

By Ari Ben David
29/8/2011

We tried to track down the academic publications of Ofer Cassif to see just what it was about him that inspired the Tel Aviv Jaffa College to hire him to teach students in political science. Alas, we could not find any. All we could find were a handful of anti-Israel Op-Eds in the internet, mostly in Hebrew. Cassif claims to be some sort of expert on "Social Justice," whatever that is. But we could not find anything academic he has published about that either, anywhere. He teaches a course about it at the College, whose reading list is filled with Marxists and fellow travelers. We could not spot any non-leftists on his syllabus except Rawls. He also gives courses at the so-called "Socioeconomic College," which is actually a communist party front entity that dabbles in Marxist indoctrination for "students" who have too much time on their hands.

Cassif's main "academic contribution" seems to consist of an Op-Ed that claims that Israel's citizenship law, which requires an oath of allegiance to non-Israelis who apply for Israeli citizenship, is at least as bad as German Nazism. The fact that most other countries have similar oaths of allegiance does not convince Cassif that THEY are Nazi regimes. Only Israel is so honored in his writing.

Cassif is a card-carrying member of the Israeli Communist Party, a member of its "central committee," and is sometimes a featured speaker at its events. Israel's Arab-dominated communist party has never quite gotten around to repudiating Stalinism. The party loves having a token Jew to show off. His PhD thesis was entitled, "On Nationalism and Democracy, A Marxist Examination." Just in case you want to read it.

Cassif spends his time defending the communist party from its detractors, including those who criticize the party for not being quite communist enough. He was a loud voice defending the decision of the Israeli communist party to support and defend Syria's President Bashar Asad when the party justified the bloody armed suppression by Asad of the Syrian protesters against his regime. Cassif appeared at a party rally alongside Udi Adiv, an Israeli convicted spy who had undergone training in Syria and served a long jail sentence in Israel after being apprehended. Adiv today sometimes attacks the communist party for not being Stalinist ENOUGH! Cassif has been cited in the media for giving "academic lectures" in which he denounces the Israeli patriotic student organization "IM TIRTZU" as a fascist organization, one that should not be allowed to exercise freedom of speech.

Cassif is featured as one of the anti-Semitic worthy "righteous Jews" selected for honor by a web site of Holocaust Deniers and Neo-Nazis. Cassif is also on record as favoring the annihilation of Israel and its replacement with a "secular" Arab-dominated Palestinian state.

If you are confused as we are about why such a Stalinist is teaching students at the Tel Aviv Jaffa College, why not ask the College's president, Professor Israel Zang at israelza@mta.ac.il and Director General Mr. Dror Amir droram@mta.ac.il, with a copy to their PR officer: Email: liatweis@mta.ac.il

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