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[TAU & BGU] "The Marx Forum" - Tax payers should not be forced to subsidize political activism of professors

Editorial Note:
The fifth annual Marx Forum is a good occasion for Marxist academicssuch as Efraim Davidi, Lev Grinberg, Uri Ram and Dani Filc, both from BGU and Gadi Algazi (TAU) to touch base with other Marxist activists to "develop the intellectual and political status of Marxism in Israel." Lending a helping hand is the Communist Party and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundationrepresented by Dr. Angelica Timm, its Jerusalem office director.
As IAM reported, these and other Marxist and neo-Marxist faculty have used their classrooms as centers of Marxist indoctrination, with virtually no pretenseof offering a balanced curriculum. Theirwritings are another extension of political activism, as they routinely "find" Israelto be an apartheid, racist and colonial state. By comparison, mainstream political science has never put Israel in these categories.
Like other citizens, facultycan engage in political activism;but to blatantly mix politics and academics is an egregious violation of academic freedoms. Students deservemore than a Marxist rendition of the subject at hand and tax payers should not be forced to subsidize political activism of professors.

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Sent:Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 16:59
Subject:Marx Forum

Next weekend in Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Beer-Sheva:

The Marx Forum

The fifth annual Marx conference devoted to Left Perspectives on the International Crisis of Capitalism took place in Tel Aviv on May 2010,under the auspices of Hagada Ha'smalit (Left Bank) Alternative Cultural Center . In addition to 25 panelists, approximately three hundred people participated in the meetings and discussion. Summaries of lectures were published in the Hebrew website, Hagada Hasmalit and a video film on the conference was produced by Social TV collective,

The next edition of the Marx conference will be held nex weekend inTel-Aviv(Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2 atMinshar College, David Khachmi 18),Haifa(Thursady, May 31 atEmil Touma Institute, Lochamei Ha'Guetaot 27) andBeer-Sheva(Monday, June 4 atMultaka-Mifgash, Shlomo Hamelech 7). Among the participants in the several panels:Prof. Ramzi Suleiman( Haifa University ),Karin Zennig (Social activist, Germany ),Christina Kaindl(Rosa Luxemburg Foundation),Dr. Mousa Budeiri(Al Quds University),Dr. Yussri Jisran(Van-Leer Institute),Raj'a Oumari(Researcher),Issam Makhoul(Former MK, director of the Emil Touma Institute),Reuven Aberg'il(Social activist, Jerusalem),Rosinne Bisharat(Social activist, Jaffa),Alon-Lee Green(Social activist, Tel-Aviv),MK Dr. Dov Khenin,Angelika Timm(Rosa Luxemburg Foundation),Dr. Shimshom Bichler(Kinneret College),Dr. Iftach Goldman(Betzalel College),Prof. Gideon Freudenthal(Tel-Aviv University),Amira Hess(Journalist, "Haaretz", Ramallah),Ish'am Nafa'h(Journalist, "Al Ittihad", Haifa),Prof. Gadi Algazi(Tel-Aviv University),Muhammad J'bali(Social activist, Jaffa),Prof. Lev Grinberg(Ben-Gurion University of the Negev),Tamar Gozansky(Former MK, journalist and activist),Shy Gorsky(Student, Tel-Aviv University),Micha Rachman(Social and peace activist, Jerusalem),Yoav Goldring(Member of the Tel-Aviv City Council),Raj'a Zaatry(Social activist and journalist, "Al Ittihad", Haifa),Prof. Dani Filc(Head of the Political Science Dept., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev),Sapir Slutzker(Social activist, Rosh Hay'in) andAdar Stern(Social activist, Beer-Sheva)

It is not every day that a sizable group of academicians and social activists meet to develop a dialog, to debate and to cooperate in furthering their common aim of maintaining and developing the intellectual and political status of Marxism in Israel.

Among the subjects to be discus: the never ended capitalist crisis, the popular revolutions in the Middle East and class strategies, the danger of fascism in Israel . An also: social and workers' struggles in Israel during the last year, the Israeli capitalism and a session devoted to the new edition of Marx's "Das Kapital" in Hebrew. The large participation of many young people and students is noteworthy as their special interest in the practical side of social activism and labor struggles, especially the movement for the establishment of worker committees as part of a new drive for unionization.

The agenda is far too ambitious for the framework. Despite these difficulties, there is a sense that the annual Marx conference is becoming a valuable asset to the work of the left in Israel . The organizers have received addition requests for the analysis of different subjects, and there are additional people in academia who can be part of the future Marx annual conferences.

The work of the forum is based on a group of activists from academia and the Left Bank College. Hagada Hasmalit ( Left Bank ) is an alternative cultural space which has been active for a decade in Tel Aviv and is supported the Communist Party of Israel and Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality). The Left Bank also maintains the leading alternative Hebrew language site of the militant left in Israel .

For contact and further details:


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