Monday, August 25, 2014

The Symposium against Patriotism and Democracy at Tel Aviv University


   The Symposium against Patriotism and Democracy at Tel Aviv University



   In recent weeks Israel has seen an unprecedented unification of spirit, with nearly the entire Jewish population strongly endorsing the military activity against the Gaza savages.  The main criticism of the operations is coming from people who believe that the government is not using ENOUGH firepower and force.


   The Radical academic Left has maintained an eerie silence throughout much of the operation,  But this week a group of Tenured Leftists held a symposium to denounce the widespread patriotism that they fear has infected Israel.  The symposium at Tel Aviv University was titled "How to Think about the War," the purpose of which was to tell people how to think.  And of course the correct way to think is how the Far Left and communists think. 


   The symposium was organized in response to an innocent memo sent out by the Tel Aviv University administration expressing support for Israeli soldiers during the war, "embracing them," while at the same time denouncing "hurtful and extremist" comments being made by people in the social media and internet.   That statement enraged the tenured Left.  How dare the heads of Tel Aviv University say that they are embracing the soldiers. 


     The anti-patriotism rally was organized by Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, an ultra-leftist faculty member at TAU in "Hebrew Culture."   Rosen Zvi has a long track record of pseudo-academic Israel bashing (see ) .   He said he organized the symposium because he felt that the administration's statement about embracing soldiers was silencing freedom of speech and also because he felt revulsion at the wave of patriotism and unity in the Israeli media.  After all, hardly any treasonous opinions were being aired during the war!  Rosen Zvi demanded that the media be cleansed of the endless security-oriented and patriotic opinion, which is "designed to suppress freedom of speech."  (Hebrew report in Haaretz on this is at ). 


   Rosen Zvi was particularly irate at the fact that deaths of Israeli soldiers were not producing defeatist sentiments in the public.  In the past, he said, such deaths produced pressures on the government but now they were simply contributing to a sense of national unity.  In addition, Rosen Zvi denounced what he describes as "violence against the Left," by which he means public criticism of the Left.   Other speakers at the symposium denounced the "excess" number of injuries of Gaza civilians as war crimes.  

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