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Ben Gurion University – Idan Landau (Dept of Foreign Literatures & Linguistics) claims rock throwing is not a "violent protest"

Say, Landau, how come there are no photos on your blog of Jewish children murdered by West Bank Arab terrorists that the Israeli soldier failed to arrest?

Landau's choices of words resemble those on Hamas web sites.

Everything Israel does is "unlawful", "occupation" and "dispossession." Hezbollah terrorists are "freedom fighters."

Oh, and here's more of his take on rock throwing at Jews:

"Just to be clear: throwing stones at an occupying army which prevents you from demonstrating on your own land does not constitute "violent protest." It is the expected response to someone who not only steals your land but also denies you the basic right to protest this. If the army stops acting against the residents of Nabi Saleh and just gets the hell off their lands, no one will throw stones at it."

Since Idan Landau claims stone throwing is not a "violent protest," I think we should have students take stones into Landau's classes and throw them at him for fifteen months while he lectures. This could be our protest to his support for those who don't want to negotiate and settle with the People of Israel, but to really wipe them off the map.

 

 

Blogger for Rioting: Ben Gurion U - Idan Landau (Dept of Foreign Literatures & Linguistics), Out of prison for a change, shows his scholarly skills through his blog

By Lee Kaplan, www.IsraCampus.org.il
27/2/2012

Hear, O Israel! The same campus that brought you a human shield for Yasser Arafat in the form of anti-Semite politics lecturer Neve Gordon now also brings you a linguistics professor who just loves to use words (and to break the law) to fight against the right of Israel to survive. Idan Landau (best known for having demanded that he be paid his full university salary while sitting in prison for breaking the law about army service) does this through his internet weblog, which appears in both English and Hebrew. Given what passes for "scholarly research" these days at Ben Gurion University, we would not be surprised if the "research" in his blog gets Landau a promotion there.

I've written about Landau before at IsraCampus here and explained how this parser of words seeks to aid the Jewish state's enemies while claiming he is for "peace." He is the product of his mentors Noam Chomsky and the late Tanya Reinhart, both extremist anti-Israel linguistic professors. I wrote about Chomsky's mentors and their acolytes, including Landau, here.

Well… I can report to you that this expert on language and words, Idan Landau, is still at it.

Every Friday terrorists calling themselves "internationals" from the International Solidarity Movement, along with Anarchists Against the Wall (AKA crazy radical anarcho-fascists who adore suicide bombers), hang out in the West Bank to assault Israeli police and troops. There they gather with Arabs affiliated with terror groups at the local mosques. They incite the local Arabs to stage a riot against the Security Fence or over "Palestinian land" (by which they mean all of Israel).

That's right—THEY RIOT! And Idan Landau is regularly there to participate and write about it. The violent thugs seem reluctant to get started without him!

When the Border Police show up, sometimes with the IDF, the "peaceful" demonstrators throw rocks at the troops and otherwise attack them violently. This charade has gone on for years, particularly in Bi'lin. The "peace activist" Arabs carry flags of the genocidal Hamas and the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades as they march.

Go look at his Hebrew blog translated here at the virulently anti-Israel 972 Magazine website (funded by the EU and other anti-Israel forces).

One entry contains a photo of an IDF soldier pressing his rifle against the head of an Arab who is pinned to the ground. We, of course, don't know what preceded this. Is the Arab a murderer? Did the soldier just disarm the Arab who pulled a knife on him and his fellow soldiers, some of whom are women?

Here's what Landau wrote underneath the photo:

"Will the rubber-metal pellets go through that brain? Probably not. However, the thought about it doubtlessly goes through the man's mind. One could say that this is actually happening at the photographed moment. Does pressing the magazine to the head of a man lying on the ground constitute "dispersion of demonstrations" at a minimal range of 40 meters?"

A question for Idan Landau: Did the arrested man murder anyone or threaten to murder them?

But Landau answers the question himself thus:

"Pointless question. That is not the point here. The point is sowing fear and terror, emotional terror."

Landau continues:

"Was the picture taken out of context? Did the demonstrator "provoke" the soldiers, perhaps by throwing stones? That is a disingenuous question, the very answer for which takes it out of context. As if the "provocation" and the throwing of stones have no context; as if they do not occur against the background of the basic, unchanging context of occupation and dispossession. What the hell is an Israeli soldier doing on Palestinian land? Why is he protecting an unlawful settlement that robs its Palestinian neighbors, and how does he even expect the Palestinian to just sit there and do nothing when faced with this scandalous conduct?"

Say, Landau, how come there are no photos on your blog of Jewish children murdered by West Bank Arab terrorists that the Israeli soldier failed to arrest?

Landau's choices of words resemble those on Hamas web sites.

Everything Israel does is "unlawful", "occupation" and "dispossession." Hezbollah terrorists are "freedom fighters."

Oh, and here's more of his take on rock throwing at Jews:

"Just to be clear: throwing stones at an occupying army which prevents you from demonstrating on your own land does not constitute "violent protest." It is the expected response to someone who not only steals your land but also denies you the basic right to protest this. If the army stops acting against the residents of Nabi Saleh and just gets the hell off their lands, no one will throw stones at it."

Since Idan Landau claims stone throwing is not a "violent protest," I think we should have students take stones into Landau's classes and throw them at him for fifteen months while he lectures. This could be our protest to his support for those who don't want to negotiate and settle with the People of Israel, but to really wipe them off the map.

Landau isn't shy about claiming the IDF that protects the People of Israel is no better than terror groups like the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade. He once wrote after the IDF seized a huge weapons cache stored by the terror group in Nablus that "In fact, what were we expecting? That Palestinians accept our aerial raids and tank shells with a bare chest and an olive branch? This is a violent conflict and each side makes sure to arm itself to the teeth."

Uh, Idan, the Arabs are supposedly making "peace" with Israel for a two state solution. Of course to Landau, Arabs are always victims of the Jews.

He continues in the same vein that "Many Israelis cling to the over-used argument that 'yes, but we don't mean to harm civilians, and they do.' After 5,000 killed Palestinians including about 1,000 minors, 50,000 injured Palestinians, 30,000 razed homes, and 13 million (!) uprooted olive trees, this justification sounds like a bad joke and nothing but. It's better to remain silent in shame."

The old saw about Jews cutting down Palestinian olive trees for no reason at all is Arab propaganda at its best. There aren't even 13 million olive trees in all of Israel, Judea and Samaria. The fact is that Israel has planted one million such trees and even moved 60,000 olive trees that belonged to Palestinians that were displaced due to the Security Fence. Israel plants more trees than any country in the world. As for Palestinian casualty statistics by Landau, they also are like the Mohammed al-Dura fable, wildly exaggerated by Palestinian "witnesses" and where every armed terrorist is a "civilian." And Israel has not razed 30,000 homes, either. Homes that were razed were used as terror cells, bomb factories or weren't homes yet at all but domiciles built by Arabs on land that didn't belong to them without permits.

But hey, when you're a linguist, play with the words and numbers to get the syntax you want. In simpler English: lie, lie and lie some more! The end (of Israel) justifies the means. Peace can be yours if you let the Arabs destroy the Jewish state because they are such a peaceful loving people that only have weapons caches out of self-defense, never for the jihad or eliminating the Jews. Noam Chomsky and Tanya Rinehart would have been so proud of Idan.

Syntax is really only what some creepy linguists make it. You can be sure Landau would never live in Nabi Saleh among the rioters, he'd rather attack on his blog the IDF soldiers who protect his candy ass inside the Green Line.

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