Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Worst, and the most Orwellistic, Hypocrisy in Zion

1.   The Worst, and the most Orwellistic, Hypocrisy in Zion
The rope could tear
By Israel Harel

One can imagine the uproar that would have ensued if 350 hesder-yeshiva rabbis issued a petition calling on their students to disobey their military commanders' orders, say, for the uprooting from the Gaza Strip. Such a document has never been released, nor will it be, of course. But 350 university "rabbis" have signed a petition calling on soldiers to refuse to serve in the territories. And this was not the only petition.

The education minister did not summon these institutions' heads for a hearing, nor did he suspend the subverters' leaders. These people take advantage of their academic, state-financed prestige to revile the state and encourage insubordination.

The hesder yeshivas are the darling of religious Zionism. This segment of society strongly opposes insubordination, for the most part. It is an obedient, bourgeois-oriented community that serves the state unconditionally. In recent years it has felt that the more it contributes, the worse it is treated by the state. It also feels discriminated against.

This community will never understand the lenient, even respectful treatment of the Israel Defense Forces, Education Ministry and justice system toward academics and media people who speak out publicly against joining the army and urge recruits to refuse to fight the enemy. Preaching and aiding draft evasion and insubordination are criminal offenses. At the same time they throw the book at Rabbi Eliezer Melamed and his yeshiva, although his students didn't really disobey orders even during the uprooting from the Gaza Strip.

The IDF also has a hesder (arrangement) with the University of Haifa, where some 40 staff members signed a petition calling for insubordination. At that university, senior officers from the National Security College study for a master's degree (Ilan Pappe also taught in that program). In addition, naval cadets and officers from Military Intelligence study there for bachelor's degrees. And lo and behold, in the university's central computer, in a file entitled "war criminals," a group called Aleph published photographs of dozens of officers and by doing so blacklisted them. (The list includes Gabi Ashkenazi, Yohanan Locker, Yigal Slovik, Yoav Mordechai, Avi Blot, Yuval Halamish, Herzi Halevi and Gur Rosenblatt, as well as former foreign minister Tzipi Livni.)

Why, it must be asked, has the chief of staff recommend rescinding the hesder arrangement with the Har Bracha yeshiva, while upholding the (far more expensive and complex) hesder arrangements with the University of Haifa?

At Ben-Gurion University, where trainee pilots study for their bachelor's degrees, some 40 lecturers signed the insubordination petition. Niv Gordon also called for international sanctions on Israel.

Academics who have called for insubordination regularly teach IDF workshops. Three senior academics who support insubordination were included in a senior IDF committee headed by the commander of the IDF's personnel directorate. Students at the National Security College have recently visited the Israel Democracy Institute to hear Prof. Yaron Ezrahi, who signed a petition saying that "while we categorically denounce terror activity against innocent civilians, we see Palestinian violence in general a legitimate rebellion against the colonialist occupation." The General Staff Forum also appeared at that institute no less than nine times.

In what way is the "academic freedom" of 104 Tel Aviv University lecturers or some 100 Hebrew University lecturers - who in the petition of the 350 encouraged insubordination to prevent soldiers from serving against the enemy - preferable to Rabbi Melamed's? He objects to evacuating settlements, but encourages his students to report to the front before all others. Is this, perhaps, why he has been targeted?

"How can you even compare?" academics will probably ask, trying to legitimize this abominable situation. But those who lit the fire must understand that the long-winded specious arguments they use to prove that academia is permitted what the yeshivas are forbidden infringes on thousands of people's most basic sense of justice, especially young people. If this feeling continues to be impinged upon, the protest started by two young recruits from the Shimshon Battalion could sweep thousands in its path, unless someone stands up and ensures that justice is done. The rope could tear.


 2.  Two posters:  one is a real  wanted poster for the mother of Tzipi Livni put up by the British during the days of the mandate when mom was a member of the Zionist underground.  The second is a parody - a wanted poster by the same British twits for Tzipi Livni.

Tzipi Livni and her mother, Sarah Livni

 (hope the photos come thru - see attachment)


3.   'Anti-Israel is the new anti-Semitism'
Dec. 16, 2009 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Anti-Semitism is being used to delegitimize the State of Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday.
Speaking at the Foreign Ministry's third annual Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, Lieberman said "classic anti-Semitism, along with Iranian funding and Islamic anti-Semitism, is being used to incite hatred against Jews, and to delegitimize the State of Israel."
He said that global anti-Semitism had "crossed the line," and that those behind the effort were "seeking to destroy the Jewish state piece by piece... using academic boycotts and economic sanctions." He also noted "human rights groups' effort to deny Israel legitimacy by pushing the United Nations Security Council to adopt the Goldstone Report," which accused Israel of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.
"Modern anti-Semitism," the foreign minister asserted, "has taken on the form of being anti-Israel... Instead of saying 'throw the Jews into the sea,' they talk of a world without Zionism, and without Israel."
Referring to the matter of Iran, Lieberman said, "It's scary that 60 years after the horrors of the Holocaust, we see examples of anti-Semitism being funded by Iran." He added that the Islamic republic "denies the Holocaust, calls for the destruction of Israel, and is trying to achieve nuclear capability. These efforts remind us of [the Nazis' rise to power] 70 years ago."
According to the registration list, over 500 participants plan to attend the two-day conference at Jerusalem's Crowne Plaza Hotel. Delegations comprising diplomats, academics, and policy makers from the United States, Germany, France, Hungary, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Venezuela and Argentina were listed on the GFCA roster.
Also speaking at the conference on Wednesday was Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, who cited anti-Semitic attacks around the world in the past year, noting that they took place "in 2009, not 1937."
He too spoke of a change in the nature of anti-Semitism: "No longer permissible to openly proclaim hatred of the Jews? So the anti-Semite must seek new forms and forums to release his poison."
"No longer politically correct to openly hate Jews. So he has repackaged his hate, and in doing so has been able to gain endorsement from academics, media outlets, and even political parties."
Edelstein went on to tell delegates that Israel had become the focus of global anti-Semitism, saying, "There are no more Jews. Instead there are Israelis. Israeli soldiers kill babies. Israeli soldiers attack pregnant mothers. Israelis started wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
During his travels abroad, the minister said, he often heard people expressing support for the creation of a Palestinian state, as well as the removal of the Jewish state, which they called "inherently racist." In response to such sentiments, Edelstein said, "I do not know if a more contradictory, irrational, and illogical argument have ever been made in the same sentence. The Palestinians are a people and therefore deserve a state. The Jews are a people, and therefore should not be allowed to have a state."
He concluded his address by stressing the need for education on tolerance, saying, "It is our moral duty to educate our children about anti-Semitism and the evils of senseless hatred."
Benjamin Weinthal contributed to this report.

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