Degenerate Israeli Academics on the Rampage
by Isi Leibler
In the politically correct world of infantile leftism, words like sedition and disloyalty have effectively been erased from the political lexicon. Indeed, those daring to employ such terms are automatically smeared as “McCarthyite” or fascist.
Right of Reply: Israel’s academic Left on the attack
By GERALD STEINBERG
Claiming to be under unprecedented threat, the powerful Israel academic Left has launched fierce counter-attacks on enemies, real and imagined, among which I and NGO Monitor are included prominently. [..]
Others involved in this ideological trench warfare include Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal. In a conference at Tel Aviv University, allegedly focused on academic free speech in the context of conflict, Bar-Tal condemned imagined “right-wing” McCarthyite threats to Israeli democracy and freedom of speech. [..]
For this group, the right to free speech only applies to the Left. Their protests over the government’s misguided attempt to keep radical Prof. Noam Chomsky from visiting Bir Zeit University would be more credible if they had not sought to silence Alan Dershowitz. The Harvard professor criticized the use of classrooms for political indoctrination at Tel Aviv University recently.
Zionism has more than its share of critics, however. Some have equated it with “racism,” or “apartheid. What’s rather interesting is that many of these critics are supporters of other national movements. However, when it comes to Zionism their views seem to change.
Yet for seculars, the issue of a theological stamp of approval for the settlements among its fans is secondary. Even after God shifted to the backdrop, the conflict between secular Zionism to its settler-religious version remained fundamental. Recently I heard Uri Elitzur, who served as Netanyahu’s bureau chief in the past, explain this as follows: In his view, Zionism is the revival of the link between the People of Israel and Land of Israel. The State is merely a means for reviving this relationship.
Yet in the eyes of Herzl, Ben-Gurion, Weitzman, Jabotinsky, Rabin and even Begin, Zionism was a whole different matter. They believed in a Zionism-of-State, not Zionism-of-Land, and in their view the State was the objective, not the means.
- Assaf Wohl slams so-called Zionist Leftist camp’s preoccupation with settlements.
Leftist organizations managed to bring a total of 2,000 (two thousand!) participants to their rally Saturday; that is, a little fewer than the number of guests in the wedding of an average yeshiva boy. Indeed, on the surface it may seem as though this is not a large number, yet if we look at the overall leftist camp, 2,000 may represent a huge percentage of it. Meanwhile, we saw another innovation Saturday: The number of groups that participated in the rally was larger than the number of actual participants at the display