Sunday, July 26, 2009

University of Haifa promotes the Supervisor of the "Thesis" that Fabricated the Tantora "Massacre"


Hebrew University Prof. Wants Homes of Maj. Klein and 'Terrorist Settlers' Razed
Av 3, 5769, 24 July 09 10:34

by Gil Ronen

( Professor Yuri Pines, Head of the Department of East Asia Studies at Hebrew University, caused a stir among his students Thursday when he wrote in an e-mail message that he hopes the home of fallen IDF hero Maj. Roi Klein is razed.

Replying to an e-mail petition against the planned demolition of Klein's home, Pines wrote: "I hope that not only the Major's home will be destroyed, but the entire settlement, and that the mitnachablim will all be gone with the wind."

Mitnachablim is a word invented by Israeli leftists as a slur against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. It is a combination of the words mitnachalim (settlers) and mechablim (terrorists).

"This is a completely un-academic response," said a student in the East Asia Department, who was one of those who spread the petition. "Pines has the right to think whatever he wants and to delete the mail he received, but we were shocked by the harsh reaction from an academic whose salary is paid by a public institution."

Pines told a Maariv reporter that he stood by what he wrote. "This is my position," he said. "I did not reply as a lecturer but as a person with a political view. I favor a complete annihilation of the settlement enterprise and a return to the Green Line borders. The hilltop youth are my enemy."

In an email interview for an online magazine nine years ago, Pines, who was born in the Soviet Union, is quoted as saying of himself:

I was... disgusted and astonished by the belief in Jews being the "chosen people", in the "eternal Jewish rights" and in the need of all Jews to gather in Palestine.

My refusal to accept all this brought me to the only political organization which was strongly anti-nationalistic, namely, the Communist Party of Israel. Even my anti-Communist background in the USSR could not prevent me from joining the party which rallied under the slogan of "Jewish-Arab brotherhood" and "two states for two peoples."

He also expressed implicit support for refusal of orders:

More philosophically speaking, I believe that the real loyalty is due neither to the country nor to the government, nor to any kind of imagined community, but primarily to one's own moral and ethical principles. One must do whatever is just, and not whatever is demanded by some government, even if this government is democratically elected.

A French soldier in Algeria, a US soldier in Vietnam, an Israeli soldier in the West Bank or in Lebanon may claim that he is serving his country, but in fact he is a criminal, and serves criminal ends. Wearing a uniform does not absolve you from thinking and considering what is appropriate to do, and does not absolve you from the highest sort of responsibility. In some cases it is better to "betray" one's country, and not one's self. Of course, you must be prepared to pay the price of your decision.

2. "Affirmative Action" at the University of Haifa: Supervisor of the Thesis Fabricating Tantora Massacre promoted to Full Professor

The University of Haifa just decided to promote Prof. Kais Firro to the rank of full professor, despite the fact that Firro has very few academic publications to his record. Firro is best known for having been the formal thesis advisor to the anti-Israel extremist Teddy Katz, in which the thesis fabricated an imaginary "massacre" of Arabs in the village of Tantora by the Alexandroni battalion of the Palmach during Israel's War of Independence. Katz later admitted in court that the allegation was a fabrication. For details, see this: While the malicious Ilan Pappe, back then on the faculty of the University of Haifa in political science, has generally been assumed to be the driving force behind the fabrication, Kais Firro officially supervised and approved the thesis and gave it a grade of 97. The University later revoked Katz' degree and refused to recognize the thesis.

Firro is a radical anti-Israel Druse, who has published anti-Israel propaganda in the Journal of Palestine Studies, a PLO-run journal, including an article entitled "Druse and the Nakba." His "academic" publication record consists of two books about the Druse and two books about Lebanon. He has a very small number of articles appearing in academic journals, although has quite a few that appear in anti-Israel propaganda magazines like the Journal of Palestine Studies.

For more on University of Haifa anti-Zionism, see this:

For the latest on sedition at Tel Aviv University, see this

For more on Israel's academic fifth column, see this:

3. British politicians urge that peace talks be held with Hitler in his moderate ear:

Government Urged to Talk To Hamas Moderates
8:27am UK, Sunday July 26, 2009

The Government should urgently look at ways to communicate with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, a group of politicians has said.

4. The whole world is talking about the set of scandals in Northern New Jersey, and the media are naming heads of the Syrian (Haleb) Sephardic Jewish community as supposedly being involved. I do not have any special information or insight in this matter, but just wanted to say that I am highly skeptical that the Rabbis who head the Syrian Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Deal, New Jersey, are really guilty of what the media are charging. I could readily believe Madoff was a crook but would want convincing evidence before believing that the Deal Jews are really involved. I remind everyone that they are innocent until proven guilty.

My only mental association with all this is an old Townes Van Zandt folk song entitled, "Oh, No, Deal"

Lyrics here:

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