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[TAU History] Gadi Algazi in the service of comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa

TAU Prof. Gadi Algazi (right) 

Algazi's TAU webpage is defunct since approx. 5 years

His CV page online has not been updated since 2010.

Email: gadi.algazi@gmail.com


Editorial Note

Gadi Algazi, a professor of history at Tel Aviv University, specializes in medieval history.  But as other radical faculty, he spends much of his time on political activism.  As a matter of fact, Algazi made his name when he became the first draft “refusenik” in 1979 for which he served time in prison.

Besides serving on the bureau of the HADASH Party, Algazi is one of the founders of Ta'ayush (living together), a group that describes itself on its website as "a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership", as well as of Tarabut-Hithabrut, which is a "joint Arab-Jewish social movement seeking to address the most burning issue – the division in Israeli oppositional politics between struggles against the occupation and struggles against inequality and for social justice within Israel itself."  

Using his academic credentials, Algazi embarked on the Jewish National Fund (JNF) with his comrades.

In a film screening that took place last week in Annemasse, France, Algazi was brought to present the alleged misuses of the JNF and to discuss "the importance of resistance to Israel".

The film is a new project that conceptualizes the alleged similarities between apartheid South Africa and Israel's treatment of Palestinians. The story is about a Jewish woman from South Africa who travels to Israel to visit the South Africa Forest of JNF in the Galilee. The woman discovers that the forest is located on parts of the former Arab village that was destroyed during the War of Independence.

Like his activist peers, Algazi has worked hard to create a younger generation of scholar-activists. One of his former students, Natalie Rothman, wrote in the introduction to her book: "I thank Gadi Algazi, my MA advisor and friend, whose unwavering commitment to scholarship and activism, to the study of the past and the transformation of the future, continue to inspire me."  

IAM repeatedly noted that TAU and other universities had opened their doors to political activists because of an extremely liberal interpretation of academic freedom as per the Law of Higher Education 1958: "The university shall conduct its affairs the way it sees fit."  In spite of past attempts, the law was never changed, creating an academic anomaly; the tax payer footing the bill for scholar activists who use their tenured positions to produce “academic” work that is used to push for academic BDS against Israel.


Annemasse: Palestine cultures; Palestine-Israel testimony 

"3 days" 
Published Monday, October 20, 2014. 

Festival in Annemasse 

The 24, 25 and 26 October in Annemasse 
To honor the year of Palestine, proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations 

"Cultures Palestine; Palestine-Israel testimony"

Meetings with guests from Palestine, Israel and France to make a non-exhaustive overview of the causes of suffering of the Palestinian people. 

Lectures, discussions and screenings ... 

Including an original French film "Village in the Forest", a documentary by Mark J. Kaplan & Heidi Grunebaum 
When Reforestation becomes an act of Clearing 
Deployed as a personal meditation on the Jewish diaspora, this documentary explores the hidden Lubya Palestinian village destroyed and engulfed in a forest remnants knowingly kept, called "Forest of South Africa," testimony of a strong South African Jewish, Heidi Grunebaum. 

Award in the international meeting of South Africa, Documentary Film Festival, Best South African Documentary 2013 

But also stands (library, information, snacks) 


- Maurice BUTTIN - lawyer moderator 
- Gadi Algazi - academic, the importance of resistance to Israel 
- Suhair Farraj - Director of an NGO freedom of artistic creativity under occupation 
- ABU Nisrin AMARA - researcher Palestinians in Israel - apartheid? 
- Mazin QUMZIYEH - academic, the impact of colonization on the destruction of the environment 
- Moncef CHAHED - activist Palestinian prisoners - insult to Human Rights 
- Imen HABIB and Jean-Guy Greilsamer - activists, BDS effective action by the international civil society 
- Serge Gordey - producer nature - a victim of showdown

Annemasse : CultureS Palestine ; témoignages Palestine-Israël

"3 jours"
Publié le lundi 20 octobre 2014.

Festival à Annemasse

Le 24, 25 et 26 octobre à Annemasse 
Pour honorer l’année de la Palestine, proclamée par l’Assemblée générale des Nations-Unies

« CultureS Palestine ; témoignages Palestine-Israël »

Rencontres avec des invités de Palestine, Israël et France pour faire un survol non-exhaustif des causes de souffrances du peuple palestinien.

Conférences, débats et projections...

Notamment un film inédit en français «  Village sous la forêt  », documentaire de Mark J. Kaplan & Heidi Grunebaum 
Quand la Reboisement devient un acte d’Effacement 
Déployé comme une méditation personnelle de la diaspora juive, ce documentaire explore les vestiges cachées du village palestinien de Lubya, détruit et englouti sous une forêt, sciemment entretenue, appelée « Forêt d’Afrique du Sud », témoignage fort d’une Sud-africaine d’origine juive, Heidi Grunebaum.

Primé à la rencontre internationale d’Afrique du Sud, Festival du film documentaire, meilleur documentaire sud-africain 2013

Mais aussi : stands (Librairie, informations, petite restauration)


  • - Maurice BUTTIN – avocat, 
  • - Gadi ALGAZI – universitaire, 
    l’importance des résistants en Israël
  • - Suhair FARRAJ – directrice d’une ONG, 
    liberté de création artistique sous occupation
  • - Nisrin ABU AMARA – chercheuse, 
    Palestiniens en Israël – apartheid ?
  • - Mazin QUMZIYEH – universitaire, 
    l’impact de la colonisation sur la destruction de l’environnement
  • - Moncef CHAHED – militant, 
    les prisonniers palestiniens – insulte aux Droits de l’Homme
  • - Imen HABIB et Jean-Guy GREILSAMER – militants, BDS action efficace de la société civile internationale
  • - Serge GORDEY – producteur, 
    la nature – victime de l’épreuve de force


Ciné-débatVendredi 24 octobre 2014 à 20h30LE VILLAGE SOUS LA FORÊT de Mark J. Kaplan et Heidi Grunebaum
Film suivi dʼun débat avec Gadi Algazi, Israélien, premier refuznik, emprisonné pour ne  pas avoir voulu servir dans lʼarmée israélienne sur les territoires occupés, et Suhair Farraj,  Palestinienne, directrice dʼune ONG (média, féministe) venant dʼun camp de réfugiés de Bethléem.
Dans le cadre du Festival CultureS Palestine ;
Témoignages de Palestine-Israël, organisé par lʼassociation Jeunes Palestiniens en Chemin.

Movies discussion 
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 20:30 
THE VILLAGE UNDER THE FOREST Mark J. Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum 
Film followed by an discussion with Gadi Algazi, first Israeli refusenik, imprisoned for not wanted to serve in the Israeli army on the occupied territories, and Suhair Farraj
Palestinian, Director of an NGO (media feminist) coming of a refugee camp Bethlehem. 
Under the Palestine Festival cultures; 
Evidence of Palestine-Israel, organized by Assoc. the Jeunes Palestinians Way.

Mark J. Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum 
2013 - - 1:08 - Vo.st South Africa 
Single session Friday, October 24 at 20:30, followed by a discussion with Gadi Algazi and Suhair Farraj. 
Proposed in the Palestine Film Festival cultures; Evidence of Palestine-Israel, organized by the Association Young 
Palestinians Way. 
The village "in the forest" is one of nearly 500 destroyed Palestinian villages whose existence is carefully hidden from the 
public. The co-director of the film, Jewish South African, went into Galilee (Israel), to see what was the money that the 
community sent regularly to help the new state of Israel. Coming on the scene, she realized the injustice suffered by the 
Palestinian people and their literature is extensive advocacy against apartheid and for the rights for the Palestinians.


de Mark J. Kaplan et Heidi Grunebaum

Afrique du Sud - 2013 - 1h08 - Vo.st

Séance unique vendredi 24 octobre à 20h30, suivie d'un débat avec Gadi Algazi et Suhair Farraj.

Film proposé dans le cadre du Festival CultureS Palestine ; Témoignages de Palestine-Israël, organisé par l'association Jeunes Palestiniens en Chemin.

Le village «sous la forêt» est un des presque 500 villages palestiniens détruits dont l’existence est soigneusement cachée au grand public. La co-réalisatrice du film, juive d’Afrique du sud, s’est rendue en Galilée (Israël), pour voir à quoi servait l’argent que sa communauté envoyait régulièrement pour aider le nouvel état d’Israël. En venant sur les lieux, elle s’est rendu compte de l’injustice que subit le peuple palestinien et son documentaire est un vaste plaidoyer contre l’apartheid et en faveur des droits pour les Palestiniens. 

The Village under the Forest-by Mark Kaplan & Heidi Grunebaum

Unfolding as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora, "The Village Under The Forest" the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest. 

Using the forest and the village ruins as metaphors, the documentary explores themes related to the erasure and persistence of memory and dares to imagine a future in which dignity, acknowledgement and co-habitation become shared possibilities in Israel/Palestine. 

Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J Kaplan "The Village Under The Forest" is written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum. The documentary will have its African premiere at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival Africa's premier documentary event. 



CT | Fugard  | Mon 10 | 6.30pm + Guest
JOZI | Bioscope |  Sat 15 | 8pm + Guest
Mark J. Kaplan & Heidi Grunebaum | SA | 2013 | 67min

As a child in South Africa, writer/narrator Grunebaum put her pennies in a box to help build a forest in Israel. 20 years later she revisits the forest she helped finance, only to find that it was not a project for growth but rather one that would disguise deliberate obliteration.

Under a cultivated plantation called ‘South Africa Forest’ are hidden the remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya. Prompted by a questioning of what it meant to be complicit with Apartheid, the film tackles the question of responsibility in light of the erasure of the village.

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