Monday, August 16, 2010

Report: University departments in Israel are Centers for Anti-Israel Propagandizing by Post-Zionist Faculty


1.   As you know, the Israeli leftist media and Israeli leftist academics today obsessively use the word "McCarthyism" to refer to any criticism or denunciation of far-leftist treason.  They insist that critics of leftist treason be silenced.  They also insist on the right – nay, the duty – of universities to conduct one-sided anti-Israel and Marxist indoctrination in the guise of "education."  Well, the pressure is growing on universities to put a stop to the North-Korean style anti-Israel "re-education" that is conducted in so many departments there.  Which brings us to today's incredible development:


Haaretz Front Page Headline:  Rightist pressure prompts Tel Aviv University head to examine syllabi

Professor says believes university ordered the check in order to 'protect academic freedom against McCarthyism.'


Isracampus Headline:

Report:  Sociology Departments in Israel have become Centers for Anti-Israel Propagandizing by Post-Zionist Faculty


Tel Aviv University Marxist Professors once aagin whine about "McCarthyism"


full item   (Being Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper published in Hebrew, you need to read a bit between their post-Zionist lines!)



Published 00:41 16.08.10

Latest update 00:41 16.08.10

Rightist pressure prompts Tel Aviv University head to examine syllabi

Professor says believes university ordered the check in order to 'protect academic freedom against McCarthyism.'


By Orit Kashti


The president of Tel Aviv University asked to see the lists of reading material taught in several sociology courses at the university last week, in the wake of allegations that Israeli universities have a "post-Zionist" bias in their sociology departments.


  Students at Tel Aviv University.


The Institute for Zionist Strategies, which issued the report, defines post-Zionism as "the pretense to undermine the foundations of the Zionist ethos and an affinity with the radical leftist stream."


This was the latest in a string of complaints by right-wing (sic – that is Haaretz' term for Zionists – SP) groups against Israel's universities over the past year.


Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar has at least partly backed similar criticism. The founding chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies is Israel Harel, a former Yesha Council of settlements head and a Haaretz columnist.


Several Tel Aviv University lecturers criticized president Joseph Klafter's request yesterday.


"Right-wingers (sic) are trying to divide and label people in academia in a process designed mainly to sow fear. The university president shouldn't have cooperated with such an attempt," one said.  (Nameless of course – SP)


The university administration said that after it received the report from the Institute for Zionist Strategies, the president's office approached the relevant parties to ascertain the situation in a routine manner.


The university has stated that since this is Klafter's first year as president, he is intensively studying what is being taught at the university, and this includes reviewing course syllabi.


About a week ago, the institute published a nearly final draft of its report, called "Post-Zionism and Academia." The report surveyed various articles used in courses about Israeli society and categorized the authors of the articles as either Zionist or post-Zionist. The draft states: "The group of critical (that means Marxist – SP) sociologists has gradually taken control of the sociology departments on some of the campuses, and this continues to this day, despite the Israeli public's weak identification with [the group's] positions.


"At all of the universities other than Bar-Ilan, there is a clear post-Zionist bias in the sociology departments, which is especially great at Tel Aviv [University] and [at Ben-Gurion University in] Be'er Sheva."


The paper says final figures from the courses examined shows syllabi contained 146 sources the authors defined as Zionist and 440 sources deemed post-Zionist. It adds that the group has been conducting consultations over recommendations for decision makers in Israeli academia.


Several days after the latest draft was published, the secretary of the Tel Aviv University sociology department wrote to the department's lecturers, saying that Klafter's office had requested syllabi for several courses and that anyone who wanted more information as to why this was being done should contact the president's office directly.


Students studying for a bachelor's degree in sociology are required to take all but one of the Tel Aviv University courses noted in the report.


One of the department's lecturers took issue with the report on the grounds that researchers cannot be "categorized as Zionist or post-Zionist, as if those are the only two possibilities."


Yehouda Shenhav, one of the (Marxist – SP) professors whose course reading list was requested, said: "I have no doubt that the president and rector requested [the syllabi] to protect academic freedom against McCarthyism."


Hebrew story here


For background on Comrade Shenhav, see this: and this


2.  Harvard University fund sells all Israel holdings

No reason for the sale was mentioned in the report to the SEC.

15 August 10 17:15, Hillel Koren

In another blow to Israeli shares, the Harvard Management Company notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it had sold all its holdings in Israeli companies during the second quarter of 2010. No reason for the sale was mentioned. The Harvard Management Company manages Harvard University's endowment.

Harvard Management Company stated in its 13-F Form that it sold 483,590 shares in Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA; TASE: TEVA) for $30.5 million; 52,360 shares in NICE Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: NICE; TASE: NICE) for $1.67 million; 102,940 shares in Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP) for $3.6 million; 32,400 shares in Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL; TASE:CEL) for $1.1 million, and 80,000 Partner Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTNR; TASE: PTNR) shares for $1.8 million.

Harvard Management Company's 13-F Form shows some interesting investments. Its two largest holdings, each worth $295 million, are in iShares ETFs, one on Chinese equities, and the other on emerging markets. Harvard also owns $181 million in a Brazilian ETF.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on August 15, 2010

© Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2010


3.  Israel's radical feminists are demanding that the Terkel Commission, which is "investigating" the Flotilla Raid, include a woman.  For some reason they are not demanding that the entire commission be disbanded while insisting that they oppose all commissions whose starting premise is that Israel is guilty until proven innocent.  The feminists want woman to sit on all public commissions, even if a totally ignorant, dishonest or incompetent woman has to be recruited to meet their quotas.

Well, it will be interesting to see how they respond to this:,7340,L-3935621,00.html

Rightist rabbis: Let 'one of our women' probe raid

Following court order to appoint woman to commission investigating flotilla, dozens of rabbis make lists of candidates. 'Alongside values of justice, they will display loyalty to Israel'


Oh and speaking of McCarthyism and also of Rabbis:,7340,L-3936781,00.html

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?