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Hebrew University

Hebrew University – Alon Harel (Dept of Law) heads “Leftist-only” Conference

Well, the very same Harel distributed an electronic call this past week for academics to attend a "conference" on the Mount Scopus campus on "Legal Aspects of Jewish Settlement in 'Sheikh Jarrah' and East Jerusalem." 'Sheikh Jarrah' is the Arab name for the Simon the Righteous neighborhood where the Left is attempting to prevent Jews from moving in. Every single speaker at this "conference" is a far-leftist. When the invitation reached Yoed Halbersberg, a PhD student in law at the Hebrew University, he was offended by the fact that the "conference" in the invitation included no non-leftists. So he wrote the organizer, Harel, to ask him about the lack of any philosophical diversity. Harel replied that the "conference" was clearly meant to be a leftist-only event.

 

 

http://thejewishpress.blogspot.com/2010/01/yet-another-one-sided-leftist.html

Yet another One-Sided Leftist Indoctrination "Conference" at the Hebrew University

Posted by Steven Plaut
January 16, 2010

Makor Rishon January 15, 2010 carries an interesting news item about the Hebrew University. Leftwing one-sided indoctrination "conferences" take place there all the time. But now the organizer of one rather uncharacteristically ADMITS that it is a one-sided indoctrination "conference."

The story involves a Far-Leftist law professor at Hebrew University, Alon Harel. He has a long track record of refusing to endorse freedom of speech for non-leftists and routinely endorses the various leftist sacred cows. Naturally he also defends those calling for a worldwide boycott of Israel to force it to capitulate to Arab demands. He also supports calls on Israeli soldiers to engage in mutiny and imsurrection out of pro-Palestinian political ideology, and has also referred to Israel as an "apartheid" regime.

Well, the very same Harel distributed an electronic call this past week for academics to attend a "conference" on the Mount Scopus campus on "Legal Aspects of Jewish Settlement in 'Sheikh Jarrah' and East Jerusalem." 'Sheikh Jarrah' is the Arab name for the Simon the Righteous neighborhood where the Left is attempting to prevent Jews from moving in. Every single speaker at this "conference" is a far-leftist.

When the invitation reached Yoed Halbersberg, a PhD student in law at the Hebrew University, he was offended by the fact that the "conference" in the invitation included no non-leftists. So he wrote the organizer, Harel, to ask him about the lack of any philosophical diversity. Harel replied that the "conference" was clearly meant to be a leftist-only event. Only leftist perspectives on the legal issues would be permitted. That is because in the view of the totalitarian Left there is only one permissible point of view.

So why exactly are the heads of the Hebrew University turning over the campus to indoctrination "conferences" in which only leftist opinions are permitted?

If you would like to ask them precisely that question, contact:
Hebrew University:

President of the Hebrew University
Prof. Menachem Ben-Sasson
Email hupres@cc.huji.ac.il
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel. 02-6584143, 02-5881905
Fax. 02-5811023

Rector of the Hebrew University
Prof. Sarah Stroumsa
Email stroums@vms.huji.ac.il
Sarah.Stroumsa@huji.ac.il
stroums@huji.ac.il
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Telephone: 02-6719698, 02-5883676
URL: http://pluto.huji.ac.il/~stroums/

Hebrew University "Friends of" Offices:
http://www.huji.ac.il/huji/eng/friends_e.htm

comments:

Yoed Halbersberg said...

My name is Yoed Halbersberg, and since my name appears here I would like to put things more accurately:

Prof. Alon Harel is not the organizer of the said conference, but its chairman.
Prof. Harel expressly stated that right-wing students etc. are invited and will be heard, as long as they express remarks on the subject matter.
Furthermore, prof. Harel suggested that a right-wing conference on that issue should be held . He specifically did not say that there is only one permissible point of view. Quite the contrary.
Our political differences notwithstanding, I admire Prof. Alon Harel as a great legal scholar and a brave supporter of democracy. My correspondance with him was meant for faculty eyes only, between friends, and should absolutely not be referred to as revealing any "letist conspiracy" or indoctrination etc.
Anyway, you somehow got your facts somewhat wrong.

January 16, 2010 5:52 PM

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