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Israeli Academic Extremism

A Call on Israeli Society to Boycott the Boycotters

This is simple and easily done, and each and every one of us can contribute. Take a person like Professor Emmanuel Farjoun from the Hebrew University. He was interviewed by Channel Two and he admitted that he was trying to bring us to our knees by means of an international boycott. Professor Farjoun has students, colleagues, research assistance, neighbors, relatives. There are stores he shops in, cafes he frequents. Each and every one of those locations ought to turn him into a persona non grata. And wherever it is legally possible, they ought to refuse to serve him, to give him work; they ought to turn him a cold shoulder. The same applies to Professor Neve Gordon from Ben-Gurion University. This man has worked to have IDF officers prosecuted by foreign courts. The same applies to Kobi Snitz, an Israeli mathematician who belongs to the group that led to the cancellation of the Pixies' concert.

The time has come for students to refuse to enter lectures given by Neve Gordon, for people to refuse to work and fraternize with Kobi Snitz, for their aunts, relatives and acquaintances hang up the phone on them. Of course, there are more people and groups on the list, such as Yesh Gvul. They all repudiate the right of Israeli and Jewish society to determine its own fate. They are all trying to twist our arm by means of foreign courts and governments. They have all become far more dangerous than Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah, and the time has come for us to respond accordingly.

 

 

http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/121/269.html [in Hebrew]

IsraCampus Translation

Boycott The Boycotters

Nadav Haetzni
17/6/2010

In the past few weeks the phenomenon of Israelis pushing the entire world to boycott us has become decidedly salient. The phenomenon is nothing new, but the boycotters have recently recorded a number of successes, honing the grave danger posed by their activity. For many, the most painful was the Pixies' decision to cancel their performance here. Before that they urged Elton John and Leonard Cohen and every other artist who was planning to perform here to cancel the visit. They are responsible for the boycott of products that are manufactured in Judea and Samaria, they have brought about the boycotting of Israeli universities, they have brought about arrest warrants being issued against high-ranking officers and so forth.

That band of people has only bad things to say about us, and their worldview is anti-democratic and offensive. Since they have despaired of persuading us of their extremist positions, they try to force them on us from the outside. As long as they boycotted settler products they barely bothered a soul. But now the trend has changed, mainly since the damage that was done to the holy of holies - the Pixies. A majority of Israelis are furious with that band and suggestions have already been made to use the current body of law against them, to pass new legislation, to revoke their citizenship and so forth.

All of that is certainly justified, but in the meantime those bad people are continuing to go about their affairs and live among us as if nothing were wrong. We politely shake their hand, we invite them to talk shows, we hire them for work and we show up to hear their lectures as if they hadn't shown up as the spearhead of Israel's enemies. They render our blood forfeit in the world and turn us into lepers, whereas we smile at them with a closed mouth. This is an absurd situation that runs contrary to any logic and fundamental instinct. After all, what could be more natural than boycotting back the people who are boycotting you? That simple means is in the hands of each and every one of us: they want to turn us into shunned people? So let them receive, at least in our midst, a wall-to-wall shunning of their own. Of course, they must not be physically attacked, but the time has come for Israeli society to respond like a public that has the basic desire to survive and to defend itself. The people who break the rules of the game and try to ostracize us from the fraternity of nations is going to find himself ostracized from us.

This is simple and easily done, and each and every one of us can contribute. Take a person like Professor Emmanuel Farjoun from the Hebrew University. He was interviewed by Channel Two and he admitted that he was trying to bring us to our knees by means of an international boycott. Professor Farjoun has students, colleagues, research assistance, neighbors, relatives. There are stores he shops in, cafes he frequents. Each and every one of those locations ought to turn him into a persona non grata. And wherever it is legally possible, they ought to refuse to serve him, to give him work; they ought to turn him a cold shoulder. The same applies to Professor Neve Gordon from Ben-Gurion University. This man has worked to have IDF officers prosecuted by foreign courts. The same applies to Kobi Snitz, an Israeli mathematician who belongs to the group that led to the cancellation of the Pixies' concert.

The time has come for students to refuse to enter lectures given by Neve Gordon, for people to refuse to work and fraternize with Kobi Snitz, for their aunts, relatives and acquaintances hang up the phone on them. Of course, there are more people and groups on the list, such as Yesh Gvul. They all repudiate the right of Israeli and Jewish society to determine its own fate. They are all trying to twist our arm by means of foreign courts and governments. They have all become far more dangerous than Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah, and the time has come for us to respond accordingly.

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