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University of Haifa

University of Haifa - Yuval Yonay (Dept. of Sociology) and In-Classroom anti-Israel Indoctrination at the University of Haifa

http://www.ee.bgu.ac.il/~academia/2006_11_09.txt

In-Classroom Indoctrination at the University of Haifa

by Moti Hareli
9/11/2006

The University of Haifa currently offers a propaganda indoctrination course based on one-sided propaganda being taught as "scholarship". It is in the Department of Sociology and is entitled "The Sociology of the Occupation". It is taught by an anti-Zionist lecturer who is probably the Hamas' second-favorite lecturer at the University of Haifa: Dr. Yuval Yonay. Yonay is a close collaborator with Ilan Pappe, including in promoting boycotts of Israel and "divestment". He helped to organize a series of "Nakba Days" at the University of Haifa with Pappe, in which Israelis were called upon to mourn the creation and very existence of their own country as a "catastrophe" (nakba, in Arabic).

Yonay is a cheerleader for convicted nuclear traitor Mordecai Vanunu, promotes the Palestinian "right of return," which means their "right" to destroy Israel, and has been active in the groups in Israel that organize mutiny among soldiers and refusal to serve. He has petitioned to prevent army officers in Israel from speaking with high school students, and is active in both the anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Gush Shalom organization and the Israeli communist party.

Yonay is a sociologist with a special interest in what he calls "Queer Studies". Yonay's academic work includes such groundbreaking articles as: "A Queer Look at the Arab-Jewish Conflict" in Theoria Uvikoret 19: 265-75 (Hebrew), which is a hardcore Marxist magazine; "Between Silence and Damnation: The Construction of Gay Identity in the Israeli Legal Discourse, 1948-1988" in Israeli Sociology 1(2): 257-93 (Hebrew); and "The Law on Homosexual Orientation in Israel: Between History and Sociology" in Mishpat u Mimshal 5(1): 531-86 (Hebrew).

Yonay's course outline is crawling with postmodernist Newspeak and gibberish, about conflicting "narratives" in the Middle East and about "colonialism". The course outline by Yonay makes little attempt to hide the fact that Zionism will be represented in the course as a form of colonialism and imperialism.

The course description contains the following caveat: "The course is built on the presumption that a complete separation between science (sic) and ideology is not possible, because ideological perceptions affect the way in which facts are understood and gain relevance." Well, let us put aside the question of whether sociology is even science. This course also promises large doses of "New History", meaning historic revisionism, meaning pseudo-history. New Historians generally think that facts never matter, especially when they stand in the way of destroying Israel.

Required course texts in Yonay's re-education camp include material by Edward Said and assorted Marxists and anti-Zionists, as well as non-academic leftist propaganda diatribes.

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