Thursday, March 19, 2009
Followup - the Romance between the Israeli Communist Party and Tel Aviv University
Follow up on the story from yesterday. We reported here yesterday that
Tel Aviv University is to host a conference on the 90th anniversary of the
founding of the Israeli communist party. Details here:
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" is 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.
I wonder if the participants in the "conference" 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)
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 facilties 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
It is conservatively estimated that communism directly caused about 100
million deaths in the twentieth century. These of course include the
millions starved to death by communist forced collectivization of
agriculture, by the intentional famines in the Ukraine and in China, and
by the massive shortages and upheavals and repressions, not to mention the
Gulags and mass murders. In China, massive cannibalism was produced by
communist food shortages, where families swapped children so parents would
not be forced to eat their own children.
A disproportionate number of those killed by communism were Jews. Jews
were always subjected to special venom and animosity by communists, and
the fact that some of the communist leaders and "thinkers" were Jews or
ex-Jews does not change anything, in fact it probably explains the
anti-Semitism that has always characterized both communism and some forms
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
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, 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
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
Want to tell the heads of the university what you think of all this?
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:
Other "Friends of" Groups: http://www.tau.ac.il/friends-eng.html
The Council for Higher Education in Israel
(governmental body that funds and supervises Israeli universities and
Prof. Shlomo Grossman
Planning & Budgeting Committee Chairman
Council for Higher Education
P.O.B. 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel
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