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[TAU, BGU] BDS Activist Hagar Kotef is in Charge of Grants at the Minerva Humanities Center at TAU and Lectures at BGU

Dr. Hagar Kotef




Editorial Note
Hagar Kotef, a BDS activist who received her Ph.D. in Philosophy at TAU under Professors Adi Ophir and Anat Biletzki, is a lecturer at the TAU Cohn Institute and often participates at the Lexicon group at the Minerva Humanities, headed by Adi Ophir. Kotef is also a lecturer at the Department of Politics and Government at BGU.

Like Ophir and his numerous students, Kotef has combined her political activism with her research interest in “gender and occupation,” as her academic record indicates.   While expressing one’s political opinion is legitimate, using academic research to besmirch Israel is not. But this is exactly what Kotef has endeavoured to do; by distorting factual reality of the checkpoints – the subject of her academic output – and whitewashing Palestinian terror.   

Her articles – co-written with another BDS activist, Merav Amir, Between Imaginary Lines: Violence and its Justifications at the Military Checkpoints in Occupied Palestine” in 2011, as well as the chapter in a new book in Hebrew entitled "The Price for Effectiveness: About Bodies, Fencing and Obstacles in Machsom Watch," which is based on their 2007 article, "(En)Gendering Checkpoints: Checkpoint Watch and the Repercussions of Intervention", are a case in point. The authors admit being active in Machsom Watch from 2003 to 2009.

Kotef’s  has a new position; she is now in charge of coordinating evaluations for grant proposals offered by Minerva Humanities Center.  With its deep pockets, Minerva has served an incubator of some of the most virulent criticism of Israel, which according to Adi Ophir is in some ways akin to a neo-Nazi, apartheid state that deserves to be bombed by NATO in order to pressure it to give up the territories.    There is little doubts that the new grant recipients will continue in the path of Ophir and Kotef.  

Finally, Kotef’s employment at BGU demonstrates that not much has changed since the Council of Higher Education found that the Department has a disproportional number of radical activists.   Once again, the taxpayers are picking up the tab. 

אוניברסיטת תל אביב – מרכז מינרבה למדעי הרוח


קול קורא

שתי מלגות קיום לדוקטורנטים/יות בהיקף של 50%  


קבוצת הלקסיקון של מרכז מינרבה למדעי הרוח תציע שתי מלגות קיום לדוקטורט בהיקף של 50% לשנת הלימודים תשע"ה,  2014- 2015 (החל מ- 01.10.2014).

בנוסף לעיסוק השוטף בתחום מחקרה* מקבלת המלגה תשתלב בפעילות השוטפת של הקבוצה ותיקח חלק בכנס הלקסיקון. פרטים נוספים על מסגרת המחקר של קבוצת הלקסיקון ועל מפתח, כתב העת שלה, ניתן למצוא ב: http://mhc.tau.ac.il/site/lexicon/



המלגה מיועדת לכל תחומי המחקר, אך תינתן עדיפות למדעי הרוח.

המלגה תהיה בהיקף של 50% מלגת קיום ותוענק למשך שנה (הסכום החודשי ההתחלתי הוא 2,156 ₪, לאחר אישור הצעת המחקר יעמוד על 2,507  ₪).


הענקת המלגה מותנית ברישום לתואר שלישי באוניברסיטת תל אביב לשנת הלימודים תשע"ה, מ- 01.10.2014.


תאריך אחרון להגשת מועמדות והמלצות: .2.5.2014

ראיונות למועמדים שהגיעו לשלב המיונים הסופי יתקיימו ב- 21 למאי.


את המסמכים יש לשלוח בדוא"ל לכתובת:  hagarko@gmail.com




Between Imaginary Lines

Violence and its Justifications at the Military Checkpoints in Occupied Palestine

  1. Hagar Kotef
    1. Society of Fellows, Columbia University, hk2544@columbia.edu
  1. Merav Amir
    1. Cohn Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University, mirmayr@post.tau.ac.il


Looking at one site, the Israeli checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian territory, this article seeks to understand the mechanisms by which violence can present itself as justifiable (or justified), even when it materializes within frames presumably set to annul it. We look at the checkpoints as a condensed microcosmos operating within two such frames. One is the prolonged Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process’ (the checkpoints became a primary technology of control in the period following the beginning of the peace process), and the other is regulatory power (disciplinary and biopower), which in the Foucauldian framework presumably sidelines the violent form which sovereign power takes. We argue that the checkpoints, which dissect the Palestinian occupied territories into dozens of enclaves and which are one of the most effective and destructive means of control within the current stage of occupation, can be seen as more than obstacles in the way of Palestinian movement; we suggest that they also func'tion as corrective technologies that are meant to fail. It is with this failure that violence can appear as justified. In order to show the operation of this embedded failure, we examine one mechanism operating within the checkpoints: ‘the imaginary line’. The imaginary line is both a component within, and an emblem of a mode of control that constantly undoes itself in order to summon violence. Since it is never visibly marked in the physical space, the imaginary line is bound to be unintentionally crossed, thereby randomly rendering Palestinians as ‘transgressors’ of the rule and thus facilitating eruptions of violence by the soldiers stationed at the checkpoints. This article proposes an analysis of this hidden demarcation of space in order to question the different relations between subjects and power which it both assumes and constitutes.

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