Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Atrocity at Beir Berl

Iris Almog lost much of her family on October 4, 2003. They were in a
Haifa restaurant, Maxim, owned by a Christian Arab, when the
28-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat, an educated
lawyer, detonated the explosive belt she was wearing in the
restaurant. She murdered 21 Israelis, many of them children, and
wounded 51 others. Five members of Iris' family were murdered,
including her father, who was a senior navy officer, her mother, her
brother, and her two nephews, aged 9 and 11.

These days Iris has been taking courses at the Beit Berl "College,"
which is a pseudo-college run by the Kibbutz Movement in Israel. This
past week she was attending a course taught there by one Michal
Chacham, a radical anti-Israel pseudo-academic who teaches "women's
studies." Chacham (whose name is more than ironic) is a sponsor of
calls for world boycotts against Israel, was a supporter of t e
traitor/spy Azmi Bishara, and was one of the extremists calling for
Israeli soldiers to mutiny and refuse to serve. She claims Israel is
an apartheid regime that carries out ethnic cleansing. She supports
the "Palestinian right of return" that would destroy Israel (see
). She was a supporter of Tali Fahima, the convicted
girlfriend-accomplice of a terrorist who helped him plan atrocities.

In Chacham's course, which turned out to be largely a recital of the
Palestinian pseudo-history of the "Nakba," Chacham screened the
slanderous anti-Israel propaganda film "Jenin Jenin," produced by
terrorist Mohammed Bakri. The film portrays Israeli soldiers as
Nazi-like monsters who committed mass massacres in the Battle of Jenin
in 2002. Bakri himself admits his film is a tissue of lies. In
street to street fighting there against entrenched terrorists, perhaps
20 Palestinians died and almost as many Israeli troops, thanks to the
reluctance of the military to use artillery to dislodge the
terrorists. Bakri was sued for libel by a group of Israeli fighters
who took part in the battle, but a leftist court judge (who has been
in the news for years because of allegations of corruption) exonerated

You can imagine Iris' reaction when she saw that the course in which
she was registered morphed into a celebration of the genocidal
terrorists who murdered her own family. She and other students walked
out of the classroom in outrage when the "film" was screened. The
full story (in Hebrew) is here:
Iris was subject to abuse by the "college," forced to relive the
murder of her parents and other family members while her lecturer
celebrated the murderers.

Beit Berl campus officials defended this atrocity and the lecturer.
The time has come to strip Beit Berl of its accreditation and to shut
it down.

If you would like to express your anger about this, write to
President of Beit Berl College
Dr. Tamar Ariav
Tel: 972 (9) 747 8701
Fax: 972 (9) 7478700


The Council for Higher Education in Israel
(governmental body that funds and supervises Israeli universities and colleges)
Prof. Manuel Trachtenberg
Chairman, Council on Higher Education
POB 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel

Aharon Beit-Halahmi
Planning & Budgeting Committee Chairman
Council for Higher Education
P.O.B. 4037, Jerusalem 91040, Israel
Tel: 02-5679911
Fax: 02-5679969

Ministry of Education
The Honorable Gideon Sa'ar
Minister of Education
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem
Additional Email:
Phone: 972-2-6408131
Fax: 972-2-6753525
Shalomit Amichai
Director General of the Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Kiryat Ben Gurion, Jerusalem

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