Sunday, July 16, 2006
"Red Haifa" Now Bearing the Price of Its Long Support for the Left!
1. The following article was published in National Review on December 3,
Life in Haifa
Will there be an awakening at last in this quiet dream world of Leftist
delusion? (Published after a civilian bus was blown up by a suicide
bomber in Haifa)
By Steven Plaut, professor at the University of Haifa.
December 3, 2001 9:35 a.m.
Haifa is Israel's third city, but by international standards it is a small
town. It is also the least Israeli of Israel's cities. It has weather like
the Riviera. It is cosmopolitan: On the top of the mountain German is
still spoken, at the bottom Arabic, and in the middle Russian. It has the
country's only subway train. It has lots of trees and a huge
environmentalist movement. In Haifa, children dare not venture outside nor
make noise during the siesta hours of the afternoon. A dirty park bench
will produce storms of protests and letters to the editor.
Haifa was always the least religious city in the country, and buses ran on
the Sabbath long before they did elsewhere. It is reputed to have the best
Jewish-Arab relations in the country. A bleeding-heart institution for
Jewish-Arab dialogue named Beit Hagefen is a major symbol of the city.
Haifa is also arguably the largest remaining bastion of the Israeli Left.
It has never had a mayor not from the Labor party. Its current mayor
postures to the left of Ehud Barak, hoping to grab his position as leader
of the Labor party. "Red Haifa," as it was once known thanks to its
trade-union ruling class, is in fact a middle-class city of yuppie
elitists and employees of the high-tech industries. It was the only
serious city that voted for Barak in the last elections. It is home to the
Technion and the University of Haifa, the second of which contains the
largest Arab student body in the country as well as a gaggle of extremist
anti-Zionist "New Historians." Haifa is home to the largest chapter of the
Israeli Communist party, and the comrades are largely Jews, unlike
chapters elsewhere. The Haifa Theater is a bastion of anti-Zionism, where
any play purporting to show that Zionists are Nazis is sure to be staged.
The university is almost wall-to-wall Leftist, and semi-Marxist Meretz is
considered as far right as most academics are willing to venture. The
Leftism infiltrates everywhere, and even my colleagues in the business
school have ideological positions ordinarily only to be found among social
workers or deconstructionist sociologists.
Haifa Leftists have long been convinced their city would be spared PLO
atrocities because Haifaites are such nice, progressive people, and
because they purport to have such good relations with local Arabs. When
many Jews stopped coming to restaurants and stores owned by local Arabs
briefly after the high-holiday pogroms last year, teams of Haifaites,
including many tenured Lefties, made a point of showing their solidarity
with their Arab neighbors, at the same time that their Arab neighbors were
making a point of showing their solidarity with PLO bombers and Hamas
Haifa Lefties believed they were protected due to their progressive image,
their obsession with recreational compassion and environmentalism, and
their Leftist solidarity with Arabs. They were sure that the wave of Arab
atrocities in which Israel is being bathed would pass over them, like a
Palestinian angel of death in a parody of the story of the Exodus.
Needless to say, they were wrong.
Will there be an awakening at last in this quiet dream world of Leftist
No there will not. For one, Haifa yuppies do not take buses. Within a day
or three, they will return to their habitual peacespeak. The Peace Now
stickers will reappear. The university leftists will resume their
activities. The mayor will call for a return to peace talks with the PLO
with greater Israeli flexibility. The local Jewish communists will resume
their protests against occupation, as will the Arab student unions. The
local politicians will resume their sacred mission of making sure the
malls stay open on the Sabbath. The Arab students will hold celebrations
and parties in which the bus bombing today will be toasted tomorrow, while
the Leftist Jewish students and faculty will rote-recite their solidarity
with them and pat themselves on their backs for sticking to their
ideological guns in the face of adversity and atrocities by their peace
The Kishinev pogrom in 1903 is supposed to have changed history. It
shocked Eastern European Jews into seeking to escape czarist Russia for
safety. It inspired a famous poem by Bialik. And in many ways it was the
trigger for the formation of mass immigration by Jews to the Land of
Israel, then misnamed Palestine. It brought down the wrath of the world on
czarism. At the Kishinev pogroms, 45 helpless and defenseless Jews were
killed and about 600 wounded.
Shimon Peres and the Israeli Left have created a situation in which a new
Kishinev Pogrom takes place in Israel every week, while its legendary army
sits along the sidelines, shackled by the politicians, and exercises
restraint, while its leaders await the day when they can conduct peace
talks with the pogromchiks.
2. Patriot Missiles are no deployed on the campus of the University of
Steps from my office. There most effective use in ending this war would
be if they were fired through the office windows of certain University of
Haifa faculty members.
3. You can always count on Haaretz. A few days before the war it ran
We need a Nasrallah
By Aluf Benn Haaretz 6 July 2006 [IMRA: A week before the war]
Nasrallah hates Israel and Zionism no less than do the Hamas leaders,
Shalit's kidnappers and the Qassam squads. But as opposed to them - he has
authority and responsibility, and therefore his behavior is rational and
reasonably predictable. Under the present conditions, that's the best
possible situation. Hezbollah is doing a better job of maintaining quiet
the Galilee than did the pro-Israeli South Lebanese Army.
In the territories there is no such Nasrallah today. PA Chair Mahmoud
(Abu Mazen) is opposed to terror and wants diplomatic negotiations, but he
operates as a tortured intellectual and a commentator, rather than as an
authoritative leader. The Hamas government, which at first showed
signs of organization and discipline, has behaved like him and shrugged
shoulders during the kidnapping crisis. The weapons in Gaza are split
organizations, gangs and clans, which Israel has difficulty deterring.
The events of the past weeks in Gaza have once again demonstrated that the
essential condition for a quiet border is a responsible finger on the
trigger on the other side. The conclusion we must come to is that until
appearance of a factor that will take control of security and weapons on
West Bank - Israel will not be able to withdraw from there. Negotiations
with Abbas are not sufficient, nor is an agreement with him. It is more
important that his statement about "one law and one weapon" be implemented
on the ground. Even if it is implemented by a Palestinian Nasrallah.
4. Wanna know how we got to this point?
5. Welcome to Kapostan:
Israel's treasonous far Left is out cheering for a Hezbollah victory and
for as many Israeli civilian deaths as possible. This I am exaggerating?
Look at this:
http://counterpunch.com/atzmon07142006.html (writer is on record favoring
the destruction of synagogues)
What Does Israel Want?
Ilan Pappe, The Electronic Intifada, 14 July 2006
"I know these generals as well as one could know them. In the last week,
they have had a field day. No more random use of one-kilo bombs,
battleships, choppers and heavy artillery. The weak and insignificant new
minister of defense, Amir Perez, accepted without hesitation the army
demand for crushing the Gaza strip and grinding Lebanon to dust. But it
may not be enough. It can still deteriorate into a full scale war with the
hapless army of Syria and my ex-students may even push by provocative
actions towards such an eventuality. And, if you believe what you read in
the local press here, it may even escalate into a long distance war with
Iran, backed by a supreme American umbrella.
Even the most partial reports in the Israeli press of what was proposed by
the army to Ehud Olmert..s government as possible operations in the coming
days, indicate clearly what enthuses the Israeli generals these days.
Nothing less that a total destruction of Lebanon, Syria and Tehran. "
(Offset by a lone voice of sanity at Haaretz:
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