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Hebrew University - Moshe Zimmermann (Dept of History) and his Blitzkrieg against Zionism

Zimmermann justifies anti-Semitism as legitimate criticism, and blames the settlers as the obstacle to peace in a review of Zimmerann's academic career and his "Nazification of Israel".

Despite his parents' experience of fleeing the Nazis, Zimmermann has equated IDF soldiers, settlers and other Jews as "Nazis." But don't worry, it's merely "criticism" of Israel, not anti-Semitism to Zimmermann's highly developed, academic and intellectual psyche.

Alleged Palestinian-Holocaust equivalency and the "Nazification of Israel," have become a common calumny used among anti-Israel academics like Zimmermann. Simply put, Moshe Zimmermann is one of the more prominent members of this blitzkrieg.
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Zimmermann prefers to blame the settlers for the lack of peace. He says this in an interview in the malicious anti-Israel leftist 972 Magazine, a European-funded web site that promotes Arab irredentist goals over the rights of Israelis:

"Of course, the majority of Israelis want to live in peace, enjoy life, be prosperous, have a good time, watch the World Cup, and so on," he says. "But there is a minority in this society that is interested in opposing peace." He then goes on insultingly to call settler youth in Hebron a new "Hitler jugend."

Of course, Zimmermann would never cop to being anti-Semitic himself. After all, how can he be, since he's a professor at Hebrew U… Zimmermann explains, "The moment Israel is criticized, it becomes, from the Israeli point of view, a criticism of the Jewish people." … Zimmermann picked up German anti-Semitism through osmosis during his stint as an academic in Germany.

Zimmermann encourages young Israelis to refuse to do military service and signs petitions accusing Israel of planning genocide and deportation of the Palestinians (such as during the start of the war to oust Saddam Hussein).
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He continues: "Why is it important to have a Jewish majority? Where on earth was this phrase drawn from of a Jewish state? When was the Jewish state invented? Who invented this idea at all?" He's not that far off from the pseudo academic Shlomo Sand who would have us believe Zionism was invented solely to legitimize stealing a non-existent Arab country by the Jews.

And he extends his lofty interpretation of anti-Semitism as merely an exercise in criticism … "It needs to be possible to continue to criticize Israel's policies, and the accusation of anti-Semitism should not be misused to automatically protect Israel from criticism. Where will it leave us Israelis who do not agree with the government's actions, if criticism of Israel is automatically equated with anti-Semitism?" So in other words, let's defend the anti-Semites and believe them when they say they are merely offering constructive criticism even as they march Jews into the ovens.
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These are the political and moral lessons that the good professor Zimmermann managed to extract from the persecution of his own family by the Nazi anti-Zionists. Zionism rescued him and his family, but he's so cutting edge he rejects that notion and embraces anti-Semitism to show his own uniqueness and self-sense of fairness. This is what our universities are full of today, Moshe Zimmermanns who don't really help make peace, but encourage the opposite with their heads in the clouds.

 

 

Hebrew University - History Professor Moshe Zimmermann and his Blitzkrieg against Zionism

By Lee Kaplan, www.Isracampus.org.il
23/11/2014

Born in 1943 in Jerusalem, where he studied after high school and did his military service, he majored in history and political science at the Hebrew University. By the fall of 1972, Moshe Zimmermann was awarded a DAAD scholarship to study in Hamburg, Germany, the hometown of his parents who had fled to Palestine from the persecutions of the Nazis in1937. While in Hamburg, Zimmermann found material for a study, which was made into a Jacob Talmon doctorate titled, Hamburgischer patriotism and German nationalism: The emancipation of the Jews in Hamburg from 1830 to 1865. He later returned to Hebrew University as a Lecturer and later rose to full Professor, where he became the director of the Richard-Koebner Center, Minerva Center for German History, in 1986. In 2012 he retired, but keeps his hands in academia and anti-Israel incitement. Zimmermann has been described by writer David Hornik as the first major post-Zionist academic to promulgate the anti-Israel mentality that is so prevalent in Israeli academia today, as early as the 1980's. Despite his parents' experience of fleeing the Nazis, ZImmermann has equated IDF soldiers, settlers and other Jews as "Nazis." But don't worry, it's merely "criticism" of Israel, not anti-Semitism to Zimmermann's highly developed, academic and intellectual psyche.

Alleged Palestinian-Holocaust equivalency and the "Nazification of Israel," have become a common calumny used among anti-Israel academics like Zimmermann. Simply put, Moshe Zimmermann is one of the more prominent members of this blitzkrieg.

Whereas many Israeli "academics" like Neve Gordon or Kobi Snitz picked up their malicious anti-Israel attitudes in North America (Gordon got his at Notre Dame and Snitz at Concordia in Canada), Zimmermann developed his own hatred of Israel and Zionism on his own as any unique thinker in academia might do.

Accordingly, Zimmermann accuses Israel of opposing peace because it is "easier to want war". As expected, the Arabs play no role in any failure of any peace process.

Quoting Zimmermann:

"This is because Israel has more to fear from peace than from war –In a war, you have a good idea what to expect. This is not necessarily the case with peace," says Zimmermann. "Many people suspect that behind peace lurks deceit and peril, and that readiness to compromise will be construed as weakness." Zimmermann would deign to criticize Netanyahu because "In the Middle East, security ranks above peace and peace treaties. Whoever fails to understand this will remain without security and without peace." Of course, deporting 8,000 Jews from Gaza for Arab terrorists, or releasing thousands of Arab killers for one captured soldier are just some examples of how Israel "fears peace."

According to Zimmermann this amounts to a needless policy of deterrence. He says, "In any case, the assumption is that everyone surrounding Israel is intent on destroying the country, and, as Islamist movements such as Hamas and Hezbollah are regarded as spearheading the anti-Israeli camp, retaliatory strikes always seem to be the appropriate action to take in order to re-establish the deterrent effect."

Well, duh!

So when Nasrallah says he wishes all the world's Jews would move to Israel so he can kill them all in one place, when the Hamas Charter calls for annihilation of all the Jews in the world, or when Iran calls to wipe Israel off the map, these events are nothing to take precautions against if one is serious about peace like Moshe Zimmermann. All this according to Zimmermann's logic:

"The public discourse on these threats could be conducted in a different way, investigating the root causes of the problems and engaging in a search for alternatives for the future that could diffuse the threats or lead to some kind of turnaround."

As the former PLO terrorist turned Israel supporter Walid Shoebat once said to a similar peace activist at a university speech, "What part of 'we want to kill you' do you not understand?" What part doesn't Zimmermann understand?

Zimmermann prefers to blame the settlers for the lack of peace. He says this in an interview in the malicious anti-Israel leftist 972 Magazine, a European-funded web site that promotes Arab irredentist goals over the rights of Israelis:

"Of course, the majority of Israelis want to live in peace, enjoy life, be prosperous, have a good time, watch the World Cup, and so on," he says. "But there is a minority in this society that is interested in opposing peace." He then goes on insultingly to call settler youth in Hebron a new "Hitler jugend."

Of course, Zimmermann would never cop to being anti-Semitic himself. After all, how can he be, since he's a professor at Hebrew U and a distinguished one to boot. In commenting on a remark by a Greek musician that Israel is "the root of all evil," Zimmermann explains, "The moment Israel is criticized, it becomes, from the Israeli point of view, a criticism of the Jewish people." He continued, "The shift from anti-Israeli to anti-Jewish criticism has become more fluid. What we see with Theodorakis and others in Europe is a clear expression of that shift." The "root of all evil" isn't the slightest example of hyperbole? Zimmermann picked up German anti-Semitism through osmosis during his stint as an academic in Germany.

Zimmermann encourages young Israelis to refuse to do military service and signs petitions accusing Israel of planning genocide and deportation of the Palestinians (such as during the start of the war to oust Saddam Hussein).

Despite his umbrage at accusations of anti-Semitism against members of the academic Left, Zimmermann never hides how he feels about Judaism and Jews in their national homeland. During the debate over prisoner exchanges for Gilad Shalit he wrote:

"I really cannot understand how we as a nation can sit silent for so long and take ourselves out of the picture as if those who are involved in it [the government] know what they are doing. Why do not you tell us who are prisoners at stake, and will give a report why not release them, why is it taking so long? " It's taking so long, you see, not because the Arabs are doing anything to milk the situation, no, it's the Jews fault.

Asked if his internal discourse as an Israeli on such an issue weakens Israel's position, Zimmermann replied, "I do not understand why the ISA (the SHABAK) should manage the release of Gilad Shalit, I think that mothers had to manage it. Mothers of the prisoners, the soldiers' mothers." Yes, of course, Arabs respect women who want to make peace with the Jews. That's why there are none of them speaking for the PA.

Zimmermann would have us all believe that the Shalit deal was controlled solely by those who control the Israeli secret police to fight Arab terrorism and not the general political leadership like in the Prime Minister's Office. He then shows his true colors regarding all the Jews in Israel: "Why is it important to have a Jewish majority?" he asks. While he condemns Jewish sovereignty over Israel as utopian, he doesn't see any need for Arab mothers to prevent Arab shaheeds from killing Jews. Nor does he see the folly of Israeli mothers like Robie Damelin, a loyal communist, who embraced the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade sniper who murdered her son, a volunteer in the IDF against his mother's wishes, and seven other Israelis at a checkpoint.

He continues: "Why is it important to have a Jewish majority? Where on earth was this phrase drawn from of a Jewish state? When was the Jewish state invented? Who invented this idea at all?" He's not that far off from the pseudo academic Shlomo Sand who would have us believe Zionism was invented solely to legitimize stealing a non-existent Arab country by the Jews.

And he extends his lofty interpretation of anti-Semitism as merely an exercise in criticism even when it comes to the blatant Jew hatred found in contemporary German "poet" Gunter Grass's writings. According to Zimmermann, "Grass is on very dangerous ground -- that is something that must be said, but within the context of a civilized academic discussion. It should not be abused as a basis for political action." He defends Grass's writings against Jews and Israel even to the point of objecting to Israel's political leaders for wanting to keep the Jew hater out of the country:

"It needs to be possible to continue to criticize Israel's policies, and the accusation of anti-Semitism should not be misused to automatically protect Israel from criticism. Where will it leave us Israelis who do not agree with the government's actions, if criticism of Israel is automatically equated with anti-Semitism?" So in other words, let's defend the anti-Semites and believe them when they say they are merely offering constructive criticism even as they march Jews into the ovens.

Hamas are not misunderstood critics; they really want to kill all of us Jews, even the eggheads like Zimmermann who refuse to accept anti-Semitism for what it really means and is.

These are the political and moral lessons that the good professor Zimmermann managed to extract from the persecution of his own family by the Nazi anti-Zionists. Zionism rescued him and his family, but he's so cutting edge he rejects that notion and embraces anti-Semitism to show his own uniqueness and self-sense of fairness. This is what our universities are full of today, Moshe Zimmermanns who don't really help make peace, but encourage the opposite with their heads in the clouds.

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