Sunday, January 09, 2011
"People of Odor"
of Spirit" (the Hebrew term for intellectuals) were denouncing the
Knesset move to demand transparency and disclosure regarding the
funding sources of the anti-Israel Far Left organizations. The term
should have been spelled slightly different: "Anshei Ray-ach" or
People of Odor.
The signers include leading figures from the Tenured Left and the
Literary Left, the latter being the very same people now demanding
that the government fix minimum prices for books in book stores so
that the authors can collect more royalties.
Israeli intellectuals decry Knesset plan to investigate Leftist groups
In letter sent to all Knesset members, signatories say investigation
of citizens by elected officials signals the end of democracy.
By Jonathan Lis
A group of Israeli intellectuals has sent a letter to all Knesset
members decrying the intent to establish a parliamentary committee of
inquiry into Israeli human rights groups.
The group includes a number of Israel Prize laureates, among them
professors Yehuda Bauer, Chaim Adler, Yermiyahu Yovel and Micha
Ullman, Shulamit Aloni, David Tartakover, Danny Karavan and Ram Loevy.
Signatories also include Prof. Haim Ben-Shahar, Prof. Yaron Ezrahi,
the painter Yair Garboz, Prof. David Harel and authors Ronit Matalon,
Sami Michael, Yehoshua Sobol, Sefi Rachlevsky and Yoram Kaniuk.
"Last week, the Knesset raised its hand against democracy in Israel,"
the letter states, adding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had
encouraged the initiative by imposing faction discipline on the vote.
"He, and each of the 41 MKs who voted for the establishment of a
political committee to hunt the human rights organizations, will be
remembered as being the ones who attempted to smash what is left of
democracy in Israel and impose a fascist regime. What is worse, only
17 MKs bothered to try to stop the destruction. Each and every MK who
did not find time to oppose the initiative to end democracy in Israel
bears personal responsibility for the disaster. A black flag now flies
above the legislature in Israel."
The letter also states that in a democracy citizens are sovereign, and
the task of elected officials is to supervise the work of the
government. "When elected officials, even led by the prime minister,
seek to investigate citizens, democracy ends," the document said.
The letter ends by saying that if the committee is established, "the
government in Israel will lose the last of its legitimacy. All its
activities, its laws and its demands of its citizens will be patently
illegal. Thus, the obligation of citizens in a democracy to respect
its laws will be fundamentally undermined."
2. Looking for 155 Ideas of people who should be Boycotted?
Here is a great list:
155 Members of the Tenured Left call for Boycott of Ariel University
Could they be after the budgets granted to Ariel?
Note how the Haaretz piece emphasizes that "Israel Prize Winners" are
among those signing. In reality, this just illustrates how the award
process for Israel prizes has been politicized and captured by the
anti-Israel radical Left, which then awards the prizes to other
The Empire of Sedition Strikes Back:
The signatories state that Ariel was an illegal settlement whose
existence contravened international law and the Geneva Convention. "It
was established for the sole purpose of preventing the Palestinians
from creating an independent state and thus preventing us, citizens of
Israel, from having the chance to ever live in peace in this region."
The petition was initiated and organized by Nir Gov of the Weizmann
Institute's Department of Chemical Physics. Unlike other such
initiatives, over a third of the list's signatories are from the
natural and exact sciences.
3. The Obama people have gone to court to get a writ issued by a
federal judge that orders web servers in the US to reveal the email
accounts of Wikileaks.
No need to wait for the actual headline – here is an advance
notice of tomorrow's Haaretz headline: "Fascism, Racism and
McCarthyism breaking out all over the US"
4. What about sauce for the lemming?
5. And yet another victory: Ben Gurion Airport blocks access to
seditious anti-Israel web sites on its WIFI service (or so says
Haaretz and no one else reporting it):
6. Those civilized Euros:
7. Peace Now undies getting soiled: