Monday, September 10, 2012

Ben Gurion "University" - a Criminal Scofflaw Institution?

The Mutiny by Ben Gurion President Rivka Carmi against the Israeli
Council on Higher Education

Special Isracampus Report:
Rivka Carmi, the president of Ben Gurion University, has announced her
intention to defy the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in Israel and,
in effect, to break the law and convert Ben Gurion University into an
outlaw institution.
Special Isracampus Report

Her campaign to turn her school into Scofflaw University is in
response to the recommendations by an Inspections Sub-Committee set up
by the CHE Council to follow any reforms or changes that Carmi and BGU
take in response to the recommendations by an international panel of
experts regarding the University's Department of Politics (political
science). The prestigious international panel, commissioned by the
CHE, had turned in a devastating report about the low standards, open
extremist politicization, and classroom indoctrination that
characterize the Department of Politics at the university.

The panel of experts proposed that the politics department be shut
down altogether unless major significant changes and reforms are made.
The CHE then set up an Inspections Sub-Committee, to follow up and
oversee BGU's behavior and decisions in response to the panel's
demands. This sub-committee reported a few days ago that little of
substance has been changed, and it repeated the demand that the
Department of Politics be shut down altogether starting in the 2013-14
school year. (It would allow students already in the department to
complete their degrees.) The Department of Politics at BGU consists of
far-leftist anti-Israel radicals who use their classrooms for
anti-Israel and Marxist indoctrination. The only Zionist and
non-leftist in the department was fired a few years ago for incorrect

Now the News1 web site, a news service in Hebrew, carries a report
here ( entitled
"Ben Gurion University Mutinies against the CHE." It reports that
Carmi and other officials at Ben Gurion University distributed a
letter to all faculty and students in the university this week,
announcing their intention to defy the CHE and ignore the demands and
the call to shut down the Department of Politics. The letter of
defiance, which can be read in its original in Hebrew here:, is signed by
Carmi, the BGU Rector Zvi Hacohen, and Dean of Social Sciences and
Humanities David Newman, himself a geographer who is a member of the
Department of Politics.

After announcing that a few cosmetic changes have now been made in the
department, the letter denounces the report by the Inspections
Sub-Committee, calling it unfounded and unprecedented and devoid of
facts. It also threatens to take legal measures against the CHE (which
provides the bulk of BGU's funding), to make sure that the
recommendations are not implemented. In the letter these BGU officials
insist that the demands of the Sub-Committee are an assault against
academic freedom and are politically motivated and undemocratic.
Evidently it is undemocratic for taxpayers to be able to expect
accountability and serious standards of academic excellence from a
university they pay for! (How amusing that the very same BGU people
insist on the right to maintain a one-sided department of anti-Israel
indoctrination within Ben Gurion University!!)

The letter adds that BGU is "proud of the faculty members in the
Department of Politics," which evidently includes their pride in Neve
Gordon denouncing Israel as a fascist apartheid state whose existence
should be ended, and who calls for a world boycott of Israel. The
letter concludes with the proclamation by its signers that the
Department of Politics will continue to operate unimpeded.

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