Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Americans for a Safe Israel expose Hebrew University Radical Professor and Peace Now Founder, Amiram Goldblum
Hebrew University - "Outpost," the Magazine of the Americans for a
Safe Israel, blasts Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Studies)
as an Anti-Israel Anti-Democratical Fanatic
The article recounts Goldblum's lifework as a fanatical anti-Israel
agitator and calls for sanctions against his employer, the Hebrew
University, until Goldblum is dismissed.
The AFSI article in Full:
Written on November 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm by Ruth King
Israel's Institutions of Lowly Education Ruth King
It is alarming enough to witness the outright libel against Israel so
prevalent in American media and academia. It is even more appalling
when tenured academics in Israel are the genesis of these canards.
Hebrew University is considered one of the world's great institutions.
How is it then that its administration and its thousands of generous
supporters throughout the world sanction tenured professors who libel
Israel and abet the goals of its enemies?
Exhibit A: Amiram Goldblum, tenured professor of pharmaceutical
studies at Hebrew University.
It would be better to say his sub-specialty is pharmaceutical studies,
since his primary agenda is demonizing Israel as an "apartheid regime"
and filing "lawfare" harassment suits against those who criticize him
and the far Left.
Goldblum set up and leads Peace Now's "Tattletale" SWAT team, which
feeds "information" to hostile foreign groups about Israel's
settlement activities, in order to trigger international pressures
against Israel. He claims to have been present on the day in 1983 that
Emil Grunzweig became a martyr, when a lone lunatic tossed a grenade
into a Peace Now demonstration. Goldblum today claims that Grunzweig
was in fact murdered by Likud leaders. This smear comes from the
loudest whiner in the Israeli Left about how he himself is supposedly
being targeted by a "smear" campaign.
Goldblum was behind the recent "Apartheid Survey" campaign against
Israel. He himself had commissioned a blatantly manipulative "survey"
of attitudes among Israeli Jews towards Arabs. It was financed by the
"Yisraela Goldblum Foundation," a far-leftist fund set up by Goldblum
in memory of his dead wife, who had been a senior apparatchik in the
New Israel Fund (on whose board Amiram continues to serve.) The
"Foundation" commissioned a handful of far-leftists, including Alon
Liel (a radical ex-diplomat who calls for boycotts against Israel) and
Michael Sfard (an ultra-leftist lawyer-agitator) to write "survey
questions" designed to elicit responses that Goldblum and his friends
could misrepresent as indications that Israelis favor "apartheid."
(Naturally Goldblum and his cadre never bothered to solicit measures
of Israeli Arab hatred towards Jews.)
As part of "surveygate", Goldblum and his hit team insisted that if
Israeli Jews favor separate roads in the West Bank for Jews and Arabs,
because of the daily attempts by Arabs there to murder Jews, it shows
that Jews are racists who favor an apartheid regime. The survey
evidently used the term "hafrada" in Hebrew, meaning separation, a
word that can also mean apartheid. So when many Israeli Jews indicated
that they favor hafrada, Goldblum and his Smeartroopers had their
headline: Israelis favor apartheid.
Other indicators of "Jewish support for apartheid" were found by the
Goldblum team when many Israeli Jews favored affirmative action
preferences in hiring in favor of Jews. Never mind that the entire
Left in Israel has long lobbied for racist quotas in favor of Arabs!
Even the predominantly leftist Israeli press including Ha'aretz
denounced Goldblum and his smear campaign, some comparing it to the
lies and distortions of the UN's "Goldstone Commission." On October
26, 2012, the deputy editor of Maariv, Ben Dror Yemini, called
Goldblum an anti-Israel anti-democratic fanatic. The pseudo-survey was
so ridiculous that even the New Israel Fund, with which the Yisraela
Goldblum Foundation is tied, repudiated the entire "survey" and its
But Goldblum also has another rap. He was involved in violations of
Israeli campaign financing laws in the election of 1998, when he
surreptitiously placed illegal media ads in favor of leftist contender
Ehud Barak. When Goldblum got nailed for this, a criminal indictment
was filed against him. But in Israel, far-leftists are never really
prosecuted by the politically-biased Attorney General's office. So
after Goldblum signed a statement in which he confessed his guilt,
criminal prosecution against him was "postponed," meaning it was
indefinitely frozen. Goldblum likes to tell people that this
"postponement" means he was cleared of his legal woes. It does not but
The Hebrew University Friends offices in New York ignores the fact
that this scoundrel remains in the faculty and donations keep pouring
Goldblum was also involved in another disgrace, when it turned out
that a convicted PLO terrorist was being employed in Goldblum's own
laboratory at the Hebrew University, a lab in which dangerous
chemicals are kept. An Israeli Channel Two TV news broadcast accused
Goldblum of personally intervening on behalf of the terrorist and
hiring him out of ideological solidarity with terrorists. Goldblum
denies he himself made the decision to hire the terrorist, and then
badgered Hebrew University spokespeople into issuing a statement
saying that some other mysterious nameless campus officials were in
fact the ones who had made the decision to hire the terrorist, not
Goldblum himself. Channel Two then issued a partial retraction of that
part of its story. Except we do not know of a single case in the
entire world where someone gets hired to work in a professor's
university lab without that same professor's approval and
confirmation. But again, these inconvenient truths are airbrushed by
the administrators of the university and those who solicit funds.
Goldblum's anti-Israel agitation did not start yesterday. He has
proclaimed that "messianic" Judaism is a worse threat to Israel than
Iran or Hamas.
As far back as October 23, 1990 the Los Angeles Times reported that
outraged residents of Jerusalem protested his support for Palestinian
terrorism and Iraqi missile aggression against Israel. What is new is
his open hostility toward democracy, freedom of speech, and the rule
of law. At a convocation of Israel's far Left this past spring,
Goldblum called for Israeli democracy and sovereignty to be suppressed
and for the world to impose upon Israel the Left's (Palestinian)
agenda by force. Never mind that 95% of Israelis reject that agenda.
Goldblum, who loves to whine that the Right "smears" him, is active in
the "Stop Moscowitz" smear campaign directed at vilifying
industrialist Irving Moscowitz, run by anti-Israel pseudo-rabbi Haim
Dov Beliak (known in the Jewish community as "Rabbi Bellyache"). The
same Goldblum, whose delicate sensitivities are so injured whenever
anyone dares to disagree with his political opinions likes to libel
critics of the radical Left as "Kahanists" and "Fascists." He
published on Wikipedia a subliterate attack against his critics in
English, calling them "nose pickers."
But the very worst part of Goldblum's misbehavior is his serial
harassment of critics of leftist extremism. Goldblum has discovered
the delights of political "lawfare," using the courts for ideological
warfare to suppress freedom of speech, a harassment tactic developed
by Islamofascists and other anti-democratic extremists. He has filed
endless frivolous SLAPP nuisance suits against conservative
professors, NGOs, web sites, a radio personality, and others, all
designed to force them into silence and bear the costs of fighting off
his SLAPP suits. Israel has no penalties against SLAPP suit
harassment. Goldblum never wins any of these but misuses the courts as
a "lawfare" weapon to "punish" his ideological opponents, seeking to
convert the courts into bludgeons of censorship.
It is tempting to dismiss Goldblum as a self-hating Jew. On the
contrary, like many of his ilk, he thinks immensely highly of himself
as an Olympian resting on the moral heights. No, Goldblum does not
hate himself, he hates Israel.
As concerned American supporters of Israel and its many academic
institutions, we must make it clear to the Mt. Scopus officials that
our support for their university is contingent upon their dismissal of
Amiram Goldblum for his misbehavior, and his outrageous assaults
against freedom of speech.