Friday, February 22, 2013
A "Sh**ty Little Pseudo-Professor" from Tel Aviv University
become of Tel Aviv University. Shlomo Sand is an anti-Semitic
Stalinist pseudo-academic with "expertise" in the French cinema. He
now claims to be an authority on Jews and Judaism.
(go to page to link into the clips)
Shlomo Sand at SOAS: Israel is "a shitty nation" and "the most racist
society in the world".
Posted on February 21, 2013 |
Shlomo Sand in full flow at SOAS last night.
Last night Tel Aviv University history professor Shlomo Sand referred
to Israel as a "shitty nation" (clip 1). He called Israel "the most
racist society in the world" and said that he has been fighting
"Jewish racism all my life" (both clip 2). And he declared that
anti-Semitism doesn't exist in the western world today (clip 3).
He was speaking in London at the SOAS launch of his new book The
Invention of The Land of Israel. The much discredited thesis of his
previous book The Invention of The Jewish People is that there was no
expulsion of the Jews from the Holy Land; diaspora Jews, therefore,
must have all descended from converts and so have no right to return
The already much discredited thesis of The Invention of The Land of
Israel is, simply, that the land of Israel holds no religious
significance for Jews either.
First, he claimed, there is no mention of "Israel" in the bible; it is
only mentioned in the Talmud. This is not true (see note 1). Second,
he claimed that political Zionism grew out of Christianity, not
Judaism, and he solely credits Lord Shaftesbury and the evangelical
Christian movement in London for the idea that Jews should return to
the Holy Land.
But Sand, conveniently, regards great religious figures like Rabbi
Alkalia and Rabbi Kalischer, who in the early nineteenth century wrote
voraciously about the pressing need for Jews to return to Zion, as
only minority influences.
Sand claimed that the Balfour Declaration came about due to three main reasons:
1. The ideological background of many leaders who wanted Redemption
via a Jewish return to the Holy Land.
2. The colonialist interests of Britain in the Middle East.
3. Anti-Semitism – Balfour didn't want suffering Jews from the East
coming to Britain.
Sand said Jews preferred to move to America but after 1924, when
America stopped eastern European immigration altogether, no country
would accept Jews who then had no choice but to go to the Holy Land
against their will.
Sand, again, conveniently ignores the examples of the Jewish pioneers
in the Hibbat Zion and BILU movements who volunteered to move to the
harsh conditions of the Holy Land during the 1880s to try to make a
Sand views Israelis as a nation even if a "shitty one". But, for Sand,
they aren't a Jewish nation because he doesn't recognise such a
concept exists. Sand views being Jewish as a purely religious concept
and said that Hamas in Gaza are much more likely to be descended from
the ancient people who once inhabited the Holy Land than he is.
Sand says he desires a two-state solution with equal rights for Arabs
living in Israel and for Jews living in a future Palestine.
Presumably, it would be an Israel where diaspora Jews would have
limited, if any, rights to move to.
And on anti-Semitism Sand said:
"The century of anti-Semitism between 1850 and 1950 is finished.
Pro-Zionists don't understand history. I don't think that political
public anti-Semitism exists today in the western world. You cannot
find members of Parliament in Britain or the United States who are
openly anti-Semitic. You cannot find journalists who are anti-Semitic.
You cannot find films that are anti-Semitic."
This is what many in the audience wanted to hear. It was their
official certificate that they are not Jew haters even though they
focus solely on opposing the Jewish state while ignoring atrocities by
both sides in Syria, by Hamas in Gaza and by the Saudi Arabian
monarchy and the Iranian government which both brutally oppress their
own people. To name but a few.
Once again, Sand conveniently ignores or is unaware of the example of
Liberal Democrat David Ward who recently accused "the Jews" of
inflicting something akin to a Holocaust on the Palestinians.
Sand is the master of cherry-picking anything that backs up his
argument while ignoring anything inconvenient that might detract from
His recent books are not based on proper fact, record or history. They
are simply driven by a hatred for the Jewish state.
1. For a superb taking down of Sand's new book see here via Elder of Ziyon.
2. For a superb analysis of Sand speaking at The Frontline Club the
previous night see here via Jonathan Hoffman.
Clips from last night (not good sound quality):
Clip 1 – Sand declares Israel a "shitty nation":
See also: http://www.thejc.com/blogs/jonathan-hoffman/shlomos-away-with-the-fairies
If you would like to complain to the university that refuses to fire
Sand, write to:
Tel Aviv University:
President, Professor Joseph Klafter
Tel Aviv University
P.O. Box 39040
Tel Aviv 69978
Rector: Prof. Aron Shai
Tel Aviv University
P.O. Box 39040
Tel Aviv 69978
American Friends Offices of Tel Aviv University:
Other "Friends of" Groups: http://www.tau.ac.il/friends-eng.html
2. A bit long but you may find interesting: The Collapse of Iran's Rial:
3. Citation From Carl Jung. The Collected Works Volume 18, The
Symbolic Life, 1939, Princeton, Princeton University Press p. 281.
first appeared here: Carl Jung, The Symbolic Life, 1939
Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, was asked in the late 1930s
in an interview if he had any views on what was likely to be the next
step in religious development. He replied, referring to the rise of
Nazism in Germany, "We do not know whether Hitler is going to found a
new Islam. He is already on the way; he is like Muhammad. The emotion
in Germany is Islamic; warlike and Islamic. They are all drunk with
wild god. That can be the historic future."
Some other similar citations are here in an interesting piece:
4. Learn the truth about BDS - go to PACBI.com
David Newman justifies BDS at