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Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University to be Converted to a Gulag (for a day)

Steven Plaut March 18, 2009

Many of us have long suspected that Tel Aviv University (TAU) often serves as a communist re-education gulag, dominated by its post-Zionist anti-Israel far-leftists in whose classrooms no Zionist or non-leftist opinion may ever be expressed. But this coming March 25, 2009, it really will be a gulag! At least for one day! Israel's pro-terror communist party MAKI will hold its "congress," misrepresented as an academic conference, that day in the TAU law school, which has been much in the news recently for attempts at suppressing academic freedom there, gulag-style. The conference will consist of one-sided pro-communist indoctrination. Not a single anti-communist will lecture.

Tel Aviv University campus officials have agreed to allow campus facilities to be used for this "conference" of the Israeli Community Party, a party that has never gotten around to repudiating Stalin, Stalinism, or the Khmer Rouge. This is not a post-Purim joke, but for real.

The decision to hold the congress on the campus of Tel Aviv University was no doubt made thanks to the presence of a large number of open self-declared communists on the faculty there. Among those to speak at the communist convocation will be communist Prof. Yoav Peled of TAU's political science department and Prof. Gadi Algazi, who is on the faculty of the history department at TAU. They are joined by the far-leftist anti-Israel Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal, of the TAU psychology department, best known for his pseudo-academic research "proving" that Jews are racists and opposed to peace, based on the drawings of Jewish school children.

Other comrades to be organizing the dictatorship of the proletariat at the Tel Aviv University gulag include Uri Ram, a sociologist from Ben Gurion University, who thinks Israel's very existence is a crime against humanity. The party hacks from the communist party will also be addressing the congress.

The congress is being partially financed by the communist "Rosa Luxembourg Foundation," several different departments at Tel Aviv University, and posters advertising it are being disseminated in Israel, carrying a large hammer and sickle emblem. Professor Anita Shapira, who is a Zionist and not a communist, will greet the participants on behalf of the School of Humanities, but otherwise will not lecture them about communism. The fact that this indoctrination congress is nominally sponsored by various departments at Tel Aviv University is the true disgrace!

Now Israeli universities are pounding down the doors of the representatives of the taxpayers, asking for more handouts from the public coffers, as well as "shnorring" money from overseas donors. We certainly hope that Israel's fiscal officials are taking note of how the heads of Tel Aviv University are misusing public funds, and how they are turning campus facilities over to Stalinists.

Meanwhile, we suggest that all the campus cafeterias be shut down for the day to illustrate for everyone attending the Stalinist congress the starvation invariably produced by communism.

PS: I wonder if they will endorse the resolution of the Palestine Communist Party's 7th Congress in 1932 that "the revolt of the Arab masses in Palestine against the imperialists had been and would in the future be accompanied by a war of annihilation against the Jewish minority..." (Zachary Lockman, "The Left in Israel: Zionism vs Socialism," MERIP Reports, July 1976, p. 8)

Followup - the Romance between the Israeli Communist Party and Tel Aviv University

The poster that announces the conference carries a photo of Stalin and hammers and sickles. You can see it for yourself here.

Not a single anti-Marxist or non-Marxist is to speak, although Prof. Anita Shapiro, a Zionist professor, will give the opening greeting before the lectures begin. The spin doctors for Tel Aviv University are attempting to excuse the one-sided "conference" as ABOUT the communist party, but not a promotion OF the communist party. Yeah, sure. The list of lecturers, including several communist party officers and also university academics who are members of the communist party, belies this.

In any case, it is important to note that this is not the first romance between TAU and the communist party. In the past the university turned campus facilities over to the communist party so it could hold its "socio-economic college" lectures in political indoctrination there.

See these old postings of mine about that story:
July 23, 2004

Communists today lead the movement for a Second Holocaust of Jews. They seek the annihilation of Israel and its population. The communist countries have always been allied with Arab fascism and aggression and today support Islamist terror.

All of which might have been regarded by most people as more than a sufficient reason why a College of Communist Indoctrination should not operate within the auspices of Tel Aviv University.

But they would be wrong.

Today is the inauguration ceremony of the opening of the College of Communist Indoctrination at Tel Aviv University. Really. The official name of the "college" is the "Socioeconomic College," and it operates on the Tel Aviv University campus, although evidently not with direct funding by the Israeli taxpayer, at least not yet. The comrades will, however, be using the university facilities paid for by Israeli taxpayers.

The initiator of the College of Communist Indoctrination is Madame Gulag, Tamar Goszinsky, who was until recently the Stalinist Rent-a-Jew sitting in the Knesset as representative for the Hadash Stalinist Party. Hadash is an Old-Left anti-Israel Arab-national communist party, one that never quite got around to renouncing Stalinism.

Mademe Gulag has been unemployed, as are most people under communism, ever since her own party got tired of her hogging one of its parliament seats. (She is one of the speakers at the TAU conference "on" communism next week -- SP)

So she and her fellow commissar, a lawyer named Aviv Wasserman, came up with the idea. They decided they were sick and tired of the "capitalist hegemony in Israeli academia" (in their words see Haaretz July 23, 04), and you can see right away how someone who had spent the last few decades in some other galaxy might not be aware of the Far-Leftist hegemony that ACTUALLY operates in Israeli academia.

Students in this new re-education Gulag center to open at Tel Aviv University will be indoctrinated in the "theories" of Marxism that were totally debunked more than 160 years ago. They will learn the communist party's principles and its correct thinking about class struggle and other "social issues." The "college" will be administered by a pro-Hamas blogger named Efraim Davidi. Its "degree" will not be recognized as a bona fide academic degree, although it might be enough to get you a job in a Cuban torture facility.

The "faculty" at the "college" will consist of the usual Israeli Far-Leftist tenured radicals, including a Marxist economist from Ben-Gurion University, the extremist "Post Zionist" Moshe Zuckerman from Tel Aviv University, the Stalinist Dov Hanin who replaced Madame Gulag as the Hadash Party Rent-a-Jew (he will also speak at the TAU conference next week -- SP), some Arab non-academics whose academic credentials are that they are anti-Israel, and others. They do not get paid. I guess as their way of showing what happens to employees under communist regimes.

When challenged about their opening Felix Dzerzinsky College at Tel Aviv University (Felix Dzerzinsky founded the KGB under Lenin), the TAU campus commissars spout the usual "academic freedom" cliches, although nothing in academic freedom means free unpaid use of taxpayer financed campus facilities is an automatic entitlement for anyone off the street.

But there is a more important point I should have mentioned.

A few years back we posted a story about a senior lecturer at the business school at Tel Aviv University, associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, who petitioned the university authorities on behalf of a group of religious women students to be allowed to us empty classrooms in off-hours to study Talmud and the weekly Torah portions. The university turned them down flat. THAT would have been inappropriate use of campus facilities, unlike setting up a Stalinist Indoctrination College on campus, run by the communist party apparatchiks.

Also, you may recall that when Tel Aviv University decided to accept a large donation from a Swiss industrialist to build a synagogue building on campus, some leftist faculty and students held angry protests against the decision, maintaining that a synagogue would pollute the largely secularist campus. I guess Judaism pollutes Tel Aviv University, but not Stalinism.

Want to tell the heads of the university what you think of all this?
Write to
President, Professor Zvi Galil
Tel Aviv University
P.O. Box 39040
Tel Aviv 69978
Fax: 972-3-6422379 and 972-3-642-2752

Rector: Prof. Dany Leviatan
Tel Aviv University
P.O. Box 39040
Tel Aviv 69978

American Friends Offices of Tel Aviv University: and

Other "Friends of" Groups:
The Council for Higher Education in Israel
(governmental body that funds and supervises Israeli universities and colleges)
Prof. Shlomo Grossman
Planning & Budgeting Committee Chairman
Council for Higher Education
P.O.B. 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel
Tel: 02-5679911
Fax: 02-5679969

Minister of Education
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem
Phones: 972-2-5602330/856/584; 972-3-6935523/4/5
Faxes: 972-2-5602246; 972-3-6951769

To see the "congress" flyer (Hebrew), go here



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