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Israelis in Non-Israeli Universities
Yigal Arens thinks leftists are being denied freedom of expression in Israel. We wonder what planet he is on.

Yigal Arens is a son of Moshe Arens. He refused to serve in the Israeli army about 30 years ago and left the country for the United States (where he now works at the Information Sciences Institute in the University of Southern California). In fact, Yigal Arens was listed as a speaker at the Palestinian Right of Return Conference that was held in Long Beach, California, on October 5-7, 2001.


From: Yigal Arens <arens@ISI.EDU>
To: Alef <alef@list.haifa.ac.il>
Subject: [alef] Apparent official Israeli influence on an academic meeting

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 13:45:08 -0800

I thought the Alef readership might be interested in this.

On January 11 I was called by a US professor who specializes in  security informatics.  He said that he was co-organizing a small  workshop on the Internet and its growing role in terrorist and anti- terrorist activities.
 The goal of the workshop would be to identify  key research issues and
set a research agenda.  The workshop would  include 20-30 people and was being paid for by NATO.  The other co- organizer was Dr. Bracha Shapira of Ben-Gurion University, and the  workshop would be held at BGU in early June.

The US researcher invited me to participate in this workshop.  He  said that the organizers were particularly interested in my presence  and were very eager for me to accept the invitation.  I have been  involved in organizing related activities for several years now.

I told the US professor that I would have to think about this.  I had  a potentially conflicting obligation.  Also, I said I wanted to be  sure that I'd be treated no different than any other American  participant, since I'd had an unpleasant past experience at another  scientific meeting in Israel.  He said he wasn't aware of any problem  -- the Israeli organizer wanted me there.  I said I'd give him an  answer in a week.

On the following Tuesday, January 16, I received a urgent call from  the US prof.  He apologized profusely and said that he had been told  by the Israelis that government personnel would be present at the  workshop and that they would feel uncomfortable if I participated,  and therefore he was told to rescind the invitation, which he was doing.

I wrote an email to Dr. Shapira to ask what happened to suddenly  change their mind. That was on January 16. Since she didn't respond I  sent her another email on January 19. She finally answered yesterday,  on January 21. Her explanation was that the US co-organizer "exceeded  his authority in extending the invitation without full consultation  with the conference organizers."

Obviously, this doesn't answer any of the questions that come to mind  given the specific interactions I had with the US co-organizer.  She  also uses strange language to describe the relationship between two
co-organizers of an academic workshop.

Anyway, I just thought you folks might be interested in this little  story. --


Further reading on Yigal Arens:

http://www.pmwatch.org/pmw/manager/features/display_message.asp?mid=69 http://www.adc.org/action/2001/04august2001.htm




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