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When Prof. Shlomo Avineri

When Prof. Shlomo Avineri
(http://www.loc.gov/bicentennial/bios/democracy/bios_avineri.html
 ) takes on the Post-Zionists, there may yet be hope that Israel will survive.

Avineri is the dean of Israeli political science. Basically a Labor Party loyalist and a longtime sympathizer with Marxism (see "On Shlomo Avineri's "How to Save Marx from the Alchemists of Revolution" by Alan Gilbert http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0090-5917(197608)4%3A3%3C369%3AOSA%22TS%3E2.0.CO%3B2-8 ), he is left-of-center and has long been pro-Oslo. But he seems to be coming to his senses slowly.

Avineri has a guest Op-Ed in Haaretz in which he trashes the
"Post-Zionists." Titled "Post-Zionism doesn't exist"
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/878936.html

Basically Avineri argues that "Post-Zionists" are simply anti-Zionists and anti-Semites, people who not only deny the right of Israel to exist but also deny that there exists a Jewish people at all.  They are obsessed with the gibberish of post-modernism, and declare that Jewish nationhood is merely a Zionist "narrative".  In postmodernist Newspeak, "narrative" is the term used to analyze everything even though it does not mean anything.  "Palestinian" nationhood of course is an unchallengeable fact!

Avineri says that Post-Zionists are simply recycling the old arguments of the communists and the socialist Bund, the latter's leaders were by and large annihilated by the Bolsheviks.  (Actually most Israeli post-Zionists are themselves communists.)   The Post-Zionists wage a semantics war, declares Avineri, trying to discredit Israel by constantly referring to its land as "Palestine" and describing Israelis as colonists.  They simply promote the Arab "narrative," meaning the Arab lies about history. Avineri says that little is left of communism (he himself was one of the last analysts of the Soviet Union to realize communism was collapsing) besides Post-Zionism.

All well and good.

But Avineri stops short of drawing the logical conclusions and applying his logic to his own and to other universities in Israel.  The simple fact is that the Israeli universities today are in large part sewers of Post-Zionism, with entire departments and schools under the hegemony of the Post-Zionists, people who turn their classrooms into North Korean style indoctrination camps in hatred of Israel and of Jews. The academic Post-Zionists have managed to corrupt academic hiring and promotion processes in the universities, so that Post-Zionist leftists with the most embarrassing academic records get recruited and tenured, where academic standards are trashed for the sake of promoting "politically correct" comrades and intellectual fads and leftist agitprop.  Avineri's own department at the Hebrew University (Avineri is actually retired) contains quite a few of these extremists and moonbats.  Avineri proposes nothing in his article to correct the situation in Israel's universities, nor to deal with Israel's academic fifth column.

 

Steven Plaut

 

 

 

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