Sunday, February 11, 2007
Will Bar Ilan University do something about its blood libelist crackpot?
2. Why isn't this Knesset Member in prison for treason, or before a
3. Goobers against Simon Wiesenthal:
4. New crime in San Francisco State U:
5. Making nice with Sunnis:
6. Bar-Ilan's resident blood libelist:
Bar-Ilan covering its toochis?
(Communicated by the Bar-Ilan University Spokesman)
Following is a statement by Bar-Ilan University Spokesman Shmuel
"Professor Ariel Toaff is among Israel's and the world's senior
researchers in medieval Jewish communities and the Italian Jewish
community. Bar-Ilan University (http://www.biu.ac.il/index_eng.shtml) .
like other universities . champions freedom of academic and scientific
expression as the basis for its research activity.
However, Bar-Ilan University expresses its strongest reservations over
reports in the media regarding Prof. Toaff's latest research regarding
blood libels against European Jews in the Middle Ages. Bar-Ilan
University . its officers and researchers . have condemned, and condemn,
any attempt to justify the awful blood libels against Jews.
According to the principles of academic research and in order to prevent
the dissemination of false accusations, the Bar-Ilan University management
believes that it would be proper to wait until the research itself and
explanations from Prof. Toaff are received before taking up the issue. As
of yet, there has been no contact with Prof. Toaff, who is traveling
abroad. Immediately upon his return to the country in the coming days,
Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh will summon Prof. Toaff
and ask from him explanations regarding his research. Until then, we
believe that we should refrain from relying on baseless reports that have
been denied by Prof. Toaff himself and which, apparently, lack any
connection to the research itself. Bar-Ilan University calls on all
elements dealing with the matter to wait for precise information, which
Prof. Toaff will provide to the University administration in the coming
For further details, please contact Bar-Ilan University Spokesman Shmuel
Algarbali at 03-5318121, 050-7401016, 03-6106666 #1781 or