Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hebrew University's war against Orthodox Women
1. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, or more precisely its politicized School of Law, operated a fundamentalist jihad these past days … against religious women.
The law school has a number of religious women students. Each year it runs a spring "gala" party for students, with music and dancing. This year the religious women in the law school requested that a small corner of the hall be partitioned off in such a way so they could conduct there women's-only dancing, among themselves. The rest of the hall would have dancing for men and women together.
When word got out of the proposed atrocity, the anti-religious academic Left went on a rampage. The forces of darkness are seeking to thrust Israeli academia into clericalist coercion, they moaned. The coercion being of the form of letting the religious women who wish to do so dance in a corner without men. If a similar request had come from lesbians, the same people would have fallen over one another to endorse it!
On professors chat lists, the tenured Left denounced the very idea of even allowing such primitive religious people to attend universities. The same people who are the first to endorse "safe spaces" for black students on US campuses where whites are prohibited insisted that the separate dance corner was a threat to civilization. The radical feminizts in Israel denounced the idea as equivalent to turning Israel into Iran.
The very idea of accommodating the request of these women was a form of suppression and dehumanization of women, belched the tenured Left. Why can't they just be like us.
In the end the law school student union voted to refuse the women's request. No dance corner for them.
The secularist Left is again safe and unthreatened by backward religion and diversity.
2. Israel's worst-ever Prime Minister Joins the "Fascism" Choir of the Left
Yes, Ehud Barak, arguably the worst Prime Minister in Israel's history, the guy who proclaimed that if had been born an Arab he would be a terrorist, the guy that tried to surrender to Syria and let it move its armies to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the guy who set new lows in corruption, the guy who DID surrender to the Hezb'Allah and singlehandedly created the massive 2006 war against Israel by the Hezb'Allah, the coward who simply fled the scene of a massive military training accident. He also wanted to turn the Old City of Jerusalem over to the savages.
That is the same Barak this week claiming that the Likud leaders are fascists, joining the list of mindless leftists who insist that everyone who disagrees with them are fascists.
Repost of old item: ISRAEL'S MUSIC MAN
The Israeli Labor Party recently selected Ehud Barak, who had been prime minister from 1999 to 2001, to serve as its party chief and contender for prime minister in the next election, probably in 2008.
But once he left the army, he went out shopping for political ideas and ended up buying the silliest ones available on the Shimon Peres/Oslo vintage clothing rack. He attempted to turn the Golan Heights over to Syria, which would have allowed the Syrian military to advance to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This inspired me at the time to write a parody of an old Bobby Darin classic, with Ehud Barak singing "Splish Splash I was taking a Ba'ath."
It continued: "Splish, Splash! I jumped back in the bath. Well how was I to know here was appeasement going on?"
And now Barak is desperately looking for a new campaign jingle. Being a helpful sort, I thought I would give him a hand.
To understand the new song, you need to recall that in 1998 Barak declared: "I imagine that if I were a Palestinian of the right age, I would, at some stage, have joined one of the terror organizations."
My proposed campaign song for Reb Ehud is based on the wonderful "If I Were a Rich Man" from "Fiddler on the Roof." Ready? Here goes!
Dear God, you made so many, many cowardly people.
I realize, of course, that it's no shame to be a coward.
But it's no great honor, either!
So, what would have been so terrible if
I had a small dose of gumption?
If I were a terrorist,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba
deedle deedle dum.
All day long I'd biddy biddy bomb.
If I were a Hamas man.
I wouldn't have to work hard.
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba
deedle deedle dum.
If I were a biddy bomber bum,
3. The following was posted to a list of University of Haifa professors, after several members of the tenured Left posted messages there insisting that there was no nefarious agenda behind the holding of "Nakba Day" mourning events:
The Arab nationalist anti-Israel radicals and their fellow travelers from the Jewish radical Left are insisting that everyone commemorate "Nakba Day," where Nakba means catastrophe. On that day they want the world to mourn the victory of Israel over its genocidal enemies and also to mourn the very existence of Israel. Apologists for the Nakba nuts are claiming that they simply want everyone to commemorate all forms of suffering, including the "suffering" of the genocidal Arab militias, gangs, and armies that unsuccessfully attempted to annihilate the Jews of Israel in 1948-9. There is no political agenda to be read into those taking this position, argue the apologists for Nakba Day events with a straight poker face.
Well, it behooves us to make a list of OTHER completely apolitical and neutral positions regarding human suffering that demonstrate that there are no political agendas behind the choice of which "tragedies" are selected to be commemorated and mourned.
First, we must all agree that a day of commemoration for the tragic losses in property values by white slave owners in the American south, stripped of their slave assets, as a result of the loss of the Confederacy in the American Civil War would be a great step in the direction of neutral apolitical honoring of human rights and dignity. Clearly there would be no political agenda behind such a position.
Then we should be holding special campus days of commemoration and empathy for male rapists who have been injured while violently raping women. Their bruised knees and knuckles and scratched faces are human tragedies that all compassionate members of society must honor and respect in the name of neutral human rights and apolitical dignity. While we are on the subject, members of the Boko Haram group in Nigeria who have ever been insulted or called names by Christian girls should also be specially honored and empathy expressed for their plight. Clearly there would be no political agenda behind those taking such a position.
After that, we need to hold a special day of remembrance for the guards at Gulag facilities in the days of Stalin who suffered terribly and at long distances from their homes and families in order to man and staff the gulag internment camps. Clearly there would be no political agenda behind those taking such a position.
Then a special day of sympathy should be held on September 11 each year to remember the sufferings of the Al-Qaeda hijackers who died such terrible deaths that day in 2001.
A much more important even would have to be the day in which the German and Japanese victims of Allied bombing raids are remembered and honored, and there of course should be no need to mention any other people who suffered during World War II, since there is no need for proportionality or inclusion of unrelated cases of human suffering. Clearly there would be no political agenda behind those taking such a position.
To top it all off, we would of course want the Law School at the University of Haifa to operate special clinics for prisoner rights that only provide free legal counsel to convicted Arab terrorists. Why confuse the issue by bringing up unrelated cases of prisoners, which would only make people think there is an ideological agenda behind the choice?!
And after all of that, then by all means, do hold completely apolitical Nakba Day mourning events that have nothing at all to do with any ideological agenda. Clearly there is no political agenda behind those engaging in such behavior.