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Professors for the Appeasement of Terror


   In today's Haaretz there is an ad with a petition, placed by a group calling itself "Gisha" or "Accessibility".  The ad then includes the signatures of 200 lecturers and professors from Israeli academia (and some PhDs not in academia), demanding that the Israeli government stop preventing Palestinians from the Gaza Strip moving freely to the West Bank for purposes of studying and attending classes.  The signatures include many of the familiar extremist Israel haters and "Post-Zionists" in Israeli academia, plus some fellow travelers.

What are we to make of this call?

Seemingly, it is all innocent enough.  These do-gooders and bleeding hearts just want Gaza students to be able to go attend classes in the West Bank, indeed - all subject to appropriate security arrangements, they add explicitly in the petition.

Except for a few things.

First of all, the reason Gaza students are not being allowed to go study in West Bank "universities" (those "universities" by the way spend far more time in teaching bomb making and Holocaust Denial than neoclassical economics or mathematics) for one simple reason.  As long as the Hamas in Gaza is holding the kidnapped Israeli soldier hostage and firing rockets at Negev civilians every day, Gaza Palestinians are not being permitted to go about their lives and routines as usual.   Until the kidnapped soldier is returned unharmed and the rocket attacks stopped, as far as Israel is concerned all of Gaza is under figurative house arrest.  (I personally think they should be LITERALLY under house arrest and confined to their houses.)

The "academics" signing the petition are all pretending they do not understand WHY the Gaza students are not being allowed to go about their student lives in business as usual.  Indeed, the very demand by these people to allow the students free movement and "accessibility" to the West Bank schools is tantamount to a demand that Israel capitulate and stop all forms of anti-terror action in Gaza, even non-violent "sanctions" against the terrorists such as blocking the movement from Gaza to the West Bank.  (In addition, there is fear that in the guise of "free movement", terrorists and maybe even the kidnapped soldier will be moved.)  In other words, here we have 200 "academics" demanding that Israel abandon all attempts, other than total capitulation to terrorism, at getting the kidnapped soldier released.

These same bleeding hearts and do-gooders are also noteworthy in what they do NOT demand in the same petition.  They do not demand the release of the kidnapped soldier nor the end to Kassam and Katyusha attacks on Israel, which  if ended  would be all that would be needed to get the travel ban lifted and would allow all those nice students to go attend West Bank classes.  The signers do not include a proposal that maybe Gaza students be sent to Egypt or Sudan or Iraq as a substitute for studying in Nablus.  The signers have nothing to say about the academic apartheid in the West Bank whereby no Jewish students may study at any of the "Palestinian" schools there, unlike the Ariel College in the West Bank where Palestinian students are welcomed.   No Jew would be admitted in a Palestinian "university" and anyone showing up would be lynched. 

That does not bother the signers.  Nor does the frequent participation of Palestinian "students" in terror atrocities, including suicide bombings.  So the anguish of the 200 academic signers of the petition is highly restricted and selective.

Meanwhile, a second petition appears in the same issue of Haaretz.   It is a demand for Israel to completely release and end surveillance on convicted spy and traitor Mordecai Vanunu, who tried to disclose Israeli nuclear secrets.  It assigned by communists and anti-Semites and Israel bashers from all over the world.  But it also includes some signatures by Israelis.  At the top of the list is Professor Moshe Zimmerman, that post-Zionist history prof from Hebrew University, best known for saying that all children of Jewish settlers are Hitler Jugend.


Steven Plaut

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