Thursday, November 23, 2006
Holocaust Denial on University of Haifa Chat List
Anti-Semites debate Hitler's guilt on the "ALEF" chat list for
anti-Zionists, which operates under the auspices of the University of
Haifa and on the official university computer. Must be read to be
Note how one member is an open fan of David Irving:
http://www.paulbogdanor.com/elam.html and also
Scroll down http://www.fpp.co.uk/docs/trial/RadDi180400.html
To tell the university heads what you think of the fact that such material
is being disseminated on official university facilities: contact
President of the University of Haifa
Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze.ev
Rector of the University of Haifa
Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi
2. Believe it or not, this appeared in HAARETZ:
Both attacked and condemned
By Yoel Marcus
For several years, there have been two items at the start of the news
broadcasts every morning: the weather forecast and the firing of Qassams
on Sderot. On April 16, 2001, the first Qassam was fired. Experts examined
the remnants of the first rocket in amazement and said it is a primitive
missile produced in primitive metal shops. Handmade. Not serious.
Two months later, this primitive killed two inhabitants of Sderot, one a
child. And for more than five years now, this primitive has been
improving, both in power and range. It is nearing strategic sites on the
outskirts of Ashkelon. From the air and from the ground, Israel has
eliminated scores, if not hundreds of primitive metal shops, but the
rockets continue to grow and attack Israeli locales.
They have turned the inhabitants of Sderot into chips for death poker. The
numbers of dead are not reckoned in the thousands or hundreds, but the
inhabitants of the town are dying of fright every day. The 20-second
warning seems like a joke; the inhabitants run across the street as though
racing against the second hand. One manages to find shelter, another is
stricken with disaster and a leg is amputated.
The mobbing of the buses that Arcadi Gaydamak put at the disposal of
Sderot residents, for a vacation away from the fear to Eilat, proves what
17 Qassams in one day, one woman killed and two people wounded, just like
that, for no particular reason, do to a town that does not know how to
combat despair. The inhabitants admit that were they not of meager means,
they would have abandoned the city.
After the Israel Defense Forces' bombardment of Beit Hanun, in which 19
Palestinians were killed by mistake, a huge majority at the United Nations
sees Israel as the cruel aggressor. Its apology was not accepted. Perhaps
it wasn't entirely believed. But have you ever heard Hamas apologizing for
killing women and children? Have they ever asked forgiveness for the
firing on Sderot? They have been firing on a civilian locale for more than
six years now, and it is Israel that is defined as the aggressor.
Israel is the only country in the world in which one of its cities is a
target for rockets every day. One wonders how France would react if Dijon
and Rouen were under bombardment. No country would put up with the
situation in which one of its cities is a permanent shooting range, and
where crossing a street or going to the grocery store has become death
poker. The head of the Shin Bet security service is reporting to the
Knesset Foreign Relations and Defense Committee that there are 33 tons of
explosives and hundreds of missiles and rockets of all types in the hands
of Hamas. The aim is to hit the Achilles' heel of Israel, which is the
Israel withdrew unilaterally from the Gaza Strip, thus signaling that it
is capable of not only dismantling Jewish settlements, but also returning
territories to the Palestinians under a peace agreement. Regrettably, it
is now becoming clear that the most extreme and pessimistic Jewish
settlers are the ones who were right. The Palestinians do not want to
recognize Israel or come to terms with its existence. And this time, under
the baton of Hamas, they are once again not missing a single opportunity
to miss an opportunity.
Instead of building up and developing the territory that Israel evacuated,
like the Egyptians did in Sinai, they have turned Gush Katif into a base
for firing daily at the inhabitants of the Negev, first and foremost those
of Sderot; firing that is aimed at civilians, women and children. The
warnings of former prime minister Ariel Sharon and Chief of Staff Dan
Halutz that if Qassams are fired after the evacuation of Gaza, Israel's
response would be stringent did not really frighten them. We invaded Beit
Hanun, we fired from the air, but it didn't help. The second war in
Lebanon undermined the standing of the IDF when it revealed the weakness
of the home front.
All of Israel's attempts to put an end to the firing of the Qassams, even
with Egyptian and European mediation, have proven fruitless. Israel is
finding itself both attacked and condemned. And diplomats and journalists
are finding themselves repeating over and over the same mantra - the
situation cannot continue like this. If Hamas continues to torpedo all
discussions by not recognizing Israel and employing terror against its
citizens, there will be no choice but to revert to the Biblical method of
an eye for an eye. This threat is banal and repeats itself; but what is
there left to do, since a leader has yet to arise, either here or there,
to help us reinvigorate the headlines with discussions and peace.
'It Is In Our Hands' : The Aumann Doctrine, Unvarnished And Profound
By: Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D. Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Last week, on a wet and windy night in Manhattan, hundreds flocked
into the beautiful main sanctuary of Kehillat Jeshurun to hear
Nobel-laureate economist and Israeli citizen Robert (Yisrael) Aumann
preach the word.
Unpretentiously, sporting an open shirt and a very long white
flowing beard, Professor Aumann stood on the bimah (synagogue platform)
and addressed us in perfect English. Here was a man who fled Nazi Germany
when he was a teenager, found refuge and an education in America, then
moved to Israel fifty years ago. Now he was back in New York to deliver a
sobering message under the rubric of the Bella and Harry Wexner
Distinguished Speakers Series on the occasion of Mrs. Wexner.s fifth
Dr. Aumann is a plain-talker, slow, deliberate, occasionally funny,
but easy to understand. He is also profound. While the audience was
respectful, and very attentive, their applause was reserved. The hour was
late, and many were in their 60.s, 70.s, even 80.s. Jews also have a long
history of not wanting to listen to hard, prophetic truths. We love life,
hate war, and want to live our lives in peace. We always hope things will
get better, but we also know that they can be . and have sometimes been .
a lot worse. We don.t always want to plan ahead.
For example, in 1980 I participated in a United Nations
international conference in Copenhagen where Israel was demonized in
unprecedented ways. The conference, which was supposed to have been about
women, had been hijacked by a Soviet- and Arab-orchestrated campaign
Afterward, I flew to Israel and was interviewed in all the major
media about an emerging anti-Semitism. I returned home and met with many
American-Jewish organizations. I proposed that they consider working on
programs to combat the anti-Israel propaganda that would eventually
overwhelm us. Everyone gave me a very polite, even warm, hearing, but it
did not lead to anyone tackling the project.
Now here we are many years later, after Oslo, a second intifada,
Gaza and Lebanon. Professor Aumann made no false promises, did not
enumerate .ten easy steps to an immediate and lasting peace. that many
Jews insist on hearing. What he did suggest was bracing, stoic, measured,
challenging, useful . and therefore perhaps even hopeful.
Dr. Aumann got right to the point, saying what needed to be said
with gravity and clarity. Although these last six years of the intifada
have been very hard both for Israelis and for all who love Israel, this
great man told them that our children and grandchildren and even
great-grandchildren will still be fighting for peace in the Middle East.
Yes, peace will come . but not for a long time.
Dr. Aumann pointed out that .war is always with us, it.s a
phenomenon, not a specific event.. He suggested that we study war as a
.general phenomenon,. not war as it occurs in one place or another. He
asked: .Can war be rational? His answer: .Yes. It is a mistake to say that
war is irrational..
In his view, .our Arab cousins and enemies. and their .shahids. are
very .rational.. They know what they want and they are patient . they have
all the time in the world. They are also .highly idealistic.. Treating
them as .irrational madmen. is wrong.
Our enemies are motivated . we motivate them. .They want the Jews
out. They believe they can accomplish this through violence and the
cultivation of patience.. Dr. Aumann said that the expulsion of Jews, by
Jews, from Gaza came about because of the anxious Jewish need for .peace
now,. but that in his view, such anxiety and impatience led directly to
the recent war in Lebanon, a war he believes Israel lost.
He is convinced there is no room for equivocation: The only way to
bring about peace .is to convince our Arab cousins that we are not the
Crusaders. We are here to stay. They must be convinced that we will not
move, that we also have time. And even if we want peace in 10-20 years we
have to change our policy now. Our people, not just our government, were
all responsible for the expulsion and for each and every act of
He recommended that Jews, like their enemies, adopt a posture of
patience: .If you are patient, you may get peace one day. If you want
peace now, you won.t get it..
In his view, Jews .need a sense of the future.. Jews are so
desperate for peace that .we run around in a frenzy, we can.t wait, we
expel people from their homes in an unprecedented act of barbarism,
self-hatred, and stupidity. We fall all over ourselves with anxiety and
Dr. Aumann again stressed that the shahids are not madmen. Their
goal is to get the Jews out of the Middle East. They have a vision of the
future and are determined as well as persistent. These are qualities the
professor respects, even .envies,. and he urges Jews and Israelis to adopt
just such qualities.
.Persistence and determination,. he declared, .are omnipotent.. Here
he quoted Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Thomas
Edison and Bella Wexner, the noted philanthropist whose name was stamped
on the evening.s proceedings . all of whom believed that persistence and
determination are everything.
.The Jewish nation, .he concluded, .will survive, no matter what.
But I am not sure about the State of Israel.. He barely paused before
reminding us that .it is in our hands. If we persevere, if we demonstrate
that no amount of violence will budge us, if we are willing to be patient,
if we stop appeasing them . it is in our hands..
People were invited to join Dr. Aumann for refreshments. I came
right home instead, compelled to share his words with you.
Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the author of many works, including the
bestseller .Women and Madness. (1972), .The New Anti-Semitism. (2003) and
.The Death of Feminism: What.s Next in the Struggle for Women.s Freedom.
(2005). Her forthcoming book is titled .The Islamization of America.. An
Emerita professor of psychology and women.s studies and the co-founder of
the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women.s Health
Network, she is currently on the board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle
East and may be contacted through her website, www.phyllis-chesler.com.
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10. Today Michigan, tomorrow Tel Aviv University?