Allow peace activist Ms. Tali Fahima out of SOLITARY confinement
Allow peace activist Ms. Tali Fahima out of SOLITARY confinement
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We appeal to women and men of conscience worldwide, especially members of the medical, psychiatric and legal professions, on behalf of Ms. Tali Fahima, an Israeli peace activist whose conditions of imprisonment in prolonged isolation (since August 2004) threaten her long-term wellbeing.
Prison should not involve torture of any form, including the torture of solitary confinement. Please consider endorsing the appeal appended below by responding to this email at
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Appeal to allow imprisoned peace activist Ms. Tali Fahima out of solitary confinement.
We appeal to women and men of conscience worldwide, especially members of the medical, psychiatric and legal professions, on behalf of Ms. Tali Fahima, an Israeli peace activist whose conditions of imprisonment in prolonged isolation (since August 2004) threaten her long-term wellbeing. Having closely followed her case, we strongly believe that the legal grounds for her detention and prosecution are insubstantial and verge on the ridiculous. We believe it is used to deter Israeli and international peace activists who seek direct contacts with Palestinians in grassroots activities. See a website with relevant information at http://www.freetalifahima.org/eng.php?lang=en
On January 24, 2005, the Tel Aviv District Court ordered that Ms Fahima be released into house-arrest. This ruling was reversed by the Supreme Court, a move which was sharply denounced by many commentators, including an editorial article in the elite daily Haaretz, which said: "Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein's decision to place Tali Fahima under arrest until the completion of proceedings against her…is unreasonable and disproportional…" (Feb. 6, 2005). Ms. Fahima is being held in Neveh Tirza Women's Prison in complete isolation by the decision of the prison authorities. Her next court hearing was scheduled for July 17, 2005! These conditions constitute vindictive harassment.
Concerned about the effects of imprisonment under conditions of total isolation on Ms Fahima, we appeal for your intervention so that her conditions in prison are normalized in accordance with accepted Israeli and international standards.
Any statement you would wish to add to your signature would be greatly appreciated.
Signed (in alphabetic order):
Paula Abrams-Hourani, Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, BenGurionUniversity.
Rutie Adler, University of California, Berkeley.
Prof. Ammiel Alcalay, QueensCollege and CUNYGraduateCenter.
Professor Colman Altman, Technion, Haifa.
Dr. Janina Altman, Haifa.
Chaya Amir, editor.
Dr. Shmuel Amir.
Prof. Daniel Amit, Jerusalem. The violence of the state against Tali Fahima is a disgrace.
Dr. Yossi Amitay, Ben-GurionUniversity. I think the entire procedure against Tali Fahima is paranoiac and vindictive, and fully endorse the call to put an end to her solitary confinement.
Dr. Meir Amor, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada. The rule of law should be applied first and foremost to the institutions and people who administer the law in Israel. Ms. Fahima should be treated as innocent until proven otherwise.
Youval Arbel, Physical Geographer, Katsir.
Prof. Mira Ariel, TelAvivUniversity. I support the release of Tali Fahima.
Dr. Irit Averbuch, Tel-AvivUniversity.
Dr. Adina Aviram
Dr. Wesley Avram, YaleUniversity
David Bach. Good Luck Tali! I am among a growing number of Americans following your case, stay strong, your struggle is an inspiration for many others.
Connie E. Baker, Elmhurst, IL, ChairChurch Network for Education on Palestine. As the bright light of democracy in the Middle East, Israel should be working vigorously to apply the rule of law to the case of Ms. Tali Fahima. The Tel Aviv District Court was correct when it ordered Ms. Fahima to be released to house-arrest.
Mona Baker, UK.
Prof. Ron Barkai, TelAvivUniversity.
Dr. Moshe Behar.
Dr. Avner Ben-Amos, Tel-AvivUniversity.
Prof. Matania Ben-Artzi, HebrewUniversity.
Ofra Ben-Artzi, Jerusalem.
Eldad Benary, New York. In a democracy people are presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty in a court of law. In a democracy, people are not held in detention for many months without indictment.
Prof. Deborah Bernstein, University of Haifa.
Jeffrey Blankfort, Former Editor, Middle East Labor Bulletin, San Francisco.
Prof. Emeritus Joyce Blau, French Institute for Study of Oriental Civilizations and Languages.
Lissy & Ernst Bodenmüller, Pfullingen, Germany. We give our full solidarity to release Tali Fahima out of prison!!! Grüße.Viele
Christine Boeckmann, Magdeburg, Germany.
Sara Borrillo, student at Orientale University Naples, Italy.
Prof. Daniel Boyarin, BerkeleyUniversity.
Steve Brook, Melbourne. The imprisonment of Tali Fahima is not only wrong -- it also demonstrates a callous unconcern with Israel's image in the world.
Prof. Jose Brunner, TelAvivUniversity.
Prof. Victoria Buch, Jerusalem, Israel. Solitary confinement for Tali Fahima is a disgrace In Israel, the forever ineffectual judicial inquiry of a military man for shooting unarmed Palestinians is a good opener for a successful political career. But a punishment for an unarmed Israeli activist for the "crime" of befriending Palestinians is administrative detention, torture, and solitary confinement. And let us recall hundreds of Palestinians currently under admistrative detention, without a prospect for a fair trial, with rubber-stamp judges obediently extending every few months their incarceration. And the mainstream Israeli citizens who do not want to know anything about it, and who keep repeating propaganda mantras to justify their collaboration with the Occupation. That is Israel 2005 for you, in a nutshell.
Dena Bugel-Shunra, Port Townsend, WA, USA. It is an evil policy, punitive without a trial of a woman who's actions have hurt no-one.
Daniel Burnstein, Adjunct Professor, GibbsCollege. Ms. Tali Fahima should be allowed out of solitary confinement without delay. The Jewish community in Boston and the US generally is expecting Israel to make the effort needed to keep the peace initiatives in place. I am honored to join the academics listed below including Dr. Ruchama Marton who I met in Boston.
Dr. Annelise Butterweck As a member of Cologne "Women in Black" I support the endorsing of "No to Solitary Confinement" of peace-activist Tali Fahima. She must be released!
Paola Canarutto, Italy.
Smadar Carmon, Toronto, Canada. I'm afraid the way Tali Pahima is treated reflects what is happening today in Israel: although Israel likes to see it self as the "only democracy in the Middle East", the facts are that today there is no democracy in Israel. The only people that enjoy democratic rights are right wing, white colored Zionists.
Elena Cavallone Studi hanno dimostrato senza ombra di dubbio che la detenzione con regime di isolamento infligge danni fisici e psicologici che si prolungano nel tempo e che possono diventare permanenti, di ferquente comportano crisi depressive, psicosi e anche suicidi. Essere privati delle informazioni e delle comunicazioni personali aggrava il danno. Questo è contro la legge internazionale e la pratica dei diritti umani comunemete accettata. Se i giudici israeliani insistono a perseguire in giudizio Tali Fahima sulla base di soli indizi, senza prove, dovrebbero perlomeno tenerla agli arresti domiciliari fino al processo. Se questo non fosse possibile i carcerieri dovrebbero almeno cessare violenza e tortue e permetterle contatti con le altre prigioniere.
Prof. Julia Chaitin, Nova Southeastern University, Ft.Lauderdale, FL.
Dr. Raya Cohen.
Steve Conrad, Henrietta, Montana, USA. To hold someone in solitary confinement for merely trying to establish a rapport with the other side of a conflict is not only vindictive, it violates the very essence of the term "Humanitarian Law" and it sets a dangerous precedent while also discouraging discourse between the two sides.
Carmen Curcó, México.
Adi Dagan, Tel Aviv, Coalition of women for peace.
Prof. Emeritus Gedeon Dagan, Tel Aviv Univeristy.
Ora Dagan, social worker, Herzlya.
Dr. Yossi Dahan
A. E. Dangor, Physicist, ImperialCollegeLondon, UK. The imprisonment of Ms Fahima is unjust, vindictive and cruel. That she is held in solitary confinement is a crime against humanity.
Prof. Lawrence Davidson, West ChesterUniversity, West Chester, Pa, USA. I fully support this appeal
Prof. Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, University of Paris-7.
Tracie de Angelis Salim, Oakland, CA, USA.
Dr. David Degani, Haifa.
Mireille (Myriam) Delamarre, France. No to solitary confinement for Fahima no to prison for human rights Jewish Israeli activists. Shame on the Israeli governement and those Israelis that support it. Bousha al col ha israelim she shotkim al ma she kore ba shetarim ha palestinaim akvoushim. Bousha Bousha Bousha Not in our name
Dr. Diana Dolev.
Prof. John W. Du Bois, University of California, Santa Barbara. To subject an untried detainee to solitary confinement is an abuse and a punishment in its own right, and is unacceptable and uncalled for the case of Ms. Tali Fahima. Please release her immediately.
Wolf Zeev Ehrenberg, Switzerland. I join the appeal on Tali Fahimas revolting solitary confinement. Such methods remind me of the Holy Inquisition!
Prof. Ivar Ekeland, MITACS, SimonFraserUniversity, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Ehud Ein-Gil, Tel Aviv.
Yehudit Elkana, Jerusalem.
Hedy Epstein, St. Louis, MO, USA. In a democracy, which Israel claims to be, people are considered innocent until found guilty by a court of law. In a democracy, people are detained in humane conditions. Keeping Tali Fahima in isolation is in violation of Israel's & international laws. I hope Israel can live up to the very best it can be & provide Tali Fahima humane treatment. Shalom.
Sandra Ethell, NewZealand. Release Tali Fahima. Let Mordechai Vanunu go. Release all prisioners who are in solitary confinement in Israel/Palestine. The world expects better conduct from Jewish people.
Prof. Emeritus Aharon Eviatar, TelAvivUniversity. I think that holding Ms Fahima in solitary confinement constitutes torture and can have no justification. It is obviously a vindictive action on the part of the authorities who seem to feel personally offended by her. The judge in this case seems to have acted as a poodle for the security services and showed a lack of courage and integrity.
Debbie Eylon, The HebrewUniversity.
Prof. Laura Fainsilber, Chalmers Technical University, Sweden.
Pnina Feiler, Reg. Nurse
Shlomit Ferguson(Kleinman) Whenever I think that it cannot get worse, the Israeli government and its state apparatuses prove me wrong. Shame on you.
Gilberte Finkel There is no reason why Tali Fahima should be kept in solitary confinement. Her "crime" was talking to a Palestinian, which is exactly what the government is doing. Murderers of women and children are not treated this way. Amnon Cohen who burnt his wife to death and Ygal Axelrod who targeted and raped Tamar Brez haven't been treated this way. It seems that Ygal Amir is treated better than she is. Something must be done to stop this.
Prof. Danny Fox, MIT.
Prof. Gideon Freudenthal, TelAvivUniversity.
Hannah Friedman, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Executive Director.
Anne Frisius, Berlin. Ron Ganzfried, Bern, Switzerland. Dr. Miriam Garfinkle
David Gilbert, Chicago, Illinois. This solitary confinement is plainly intended to punish someone who has yet to be convicted of anything and to intimidate others. Israel is sliming itself again.
Adrian Gill Free Tali Fahima
Prof. Rachel Giora, TelAvivUniversity.
Dr Snait Gissis, TelAvivUniversity.
Charles Glass There is no reason to put anyone in solitary confinement. It is cruel and potentially harmful. I know. Hizballah held me in solitary confinement for two months in 1987, and most of the western world condemned them for it. I think we should condemn those who hold this woman.
Prof. Oded Goldreich, Weizmann Institute. I believe that the accusations against Tali Fahima are plainly ridiculous. The collaboration of the Israeli "Justice system" with her harassment is yet another low point in the sad records of the history of the present time at Israel.
Leigh Golterman, New York, NY. Stop the Solitary Confinement
Dr. Edna Gorney, Technion and LesleyUniversity, and Zev Labinger, Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. We strongly condemn the treatment that Ms. Tali Fahima is receiving from the State Of Israel. Lack of a clear judicial process and now solitary confinement is completely unacceptable. We are contacting politicians and dignitaries around the world to join in this struggle to maintain basic human rights. We demand her fair treatment, release to house arrest and a speedy, just trial.
Tamar Gozansky, BenGurionUniversity.
Yoram Gozansky, Friendship Movement.
Joanna Graham. I am following this case with great interest. I believe that the Israeli government is essentially torturing Ms. Fahima--and they are doing so for the simple reason that she is a working-class Mizrahi Jew. Twenty percent of Israelis are Palestinian and 60 percent are Mizrahi, Jews from Arab countries. These two groups share both an Arab culture and a second-class status in the "Jewish State," founded and dominated by Jews from Europe. If they ever get together, the days of Ashkenazi dominance would be over. Thus, it is essential for the government to keep them from discovering their commonality. In the same way the American government has always come down with special ferocity on leftists of color--because by revealing the class origins of "race" consciousness, they also threaten to overturn the lies which keep Americans from coalescing on their own behalf.
Dr. Alessandro Grimaldi, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy. Please, Allow Ms. Tali Fahima out of solitary confinement.
Jennifer Grosvenor, Portland, Oregon, USA. Dear Officials, Placing Ms. Fahima in isolation is will not promote Israeli long-term security or peace. It further documents that Israel is acting outside the law and international standards. Though it may seem that you can hide the truth from your citizens and Americans, you are only prolonging and adding to the complexities of Israel's systems of injustices.
Prof. Uri Hadar, Clinical Psychologist, TelAvivUniversity.
.Shuli Hartman, Israel
Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Hon. President, Norwegian Peace Alliance, Vice President, International Peace Bureau, Vice Pres., I Assn. Lawyers Ag. Nuclear Arms, International Free Vanunu Committee. I support the appeal to free Ms. Tali Fahima. In the past, in the Vanunu case, the Israeli courts have accepted isolation to a degree that amounts to gross disregard for the prohibition against torture
Valerie Heinonen, Ursulines for Justice and Peace.
Drago Heler, Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics, Auatralia.
Dolores Helman. Please release Tali Fahima not only from solitary confinement , but from prison and have a fair trial before any imprisonment
Hanita Hendelman, Tivon. Taly's action was showing to the world there are also people in Israel that are willing to risk themselves in order to state that a process of dialogue should start. Peace you do not make with friends but with the enemy. As well as that she is the song bird of peace, singing the song that is now becoming louder. The only difference is that she did it before the politicians were ready to soil their hands, therefore she is paying the price. It is a big stain (toppled by many others) on our garments if she continues to be punished instead of all the war mongers. Any day Taly remains in jail is one day too many. Release her now!
Prof. Hannan Hever, The HebrewUniversity.
Prof. Emeritus Peter Hillman, HebrewUniversity.
Prof. Eva Jablonka, Tel-Aviv Univeirsity.
Philippe Jacob. I wish this kind of treatment would be used only by undemocratics countries!
Prof. Pranav Jani, OhioStateUniversity.
Annegret Kabbani, Germany. Please free Talih Fahima! Working for peace should not be treated as a crime!
Dr. Nirit Kadmon, TelAvivUniversity.
Prof. Nancy Kanwisher, MIT.
Dr. Irit Katriel, Max Planck Institut fuer Informatik, Germany.
Prof. Emeritus Jacob Katriel, Technion, Haifa.
Shlomo Kav-Venaki, Kaye College of Education, Beer Saba.
Prof. Adah Kay, the CityUniversity, London. Protest the unlawful confinement of Tali Fahima.
Adam Keller, Gush Shalom.
Prof. Laurence Kirby, CityUniversity of New York.
Prof. Paul Kessler, Hon. Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the French Society of Physics.
Brigitte Keyl Setzen Sie der Einzelhaft von Tali Fahima ein Ende und entlasst sie in die Freiheit. In Solidaritätt mit Tali Fahima.
Annelien Kisch-Kroon, Ramat Hasharon.
Ali Kisserli, The Emirates. Silencing the voices of peace and dissent is not a democratic practice.
Paul Kivel. Free Ms Fahima, who is unjustly imprisoned by the Israeli authorities.
Dr. Peter Klosterman, University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Lydie Koch-Miramond, astrophysicist, Scientific Advisor to the French Atomic Energy Commission, Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of the French Society of Physics.
Attorney Orna Kohn, Haifa.
Sharon Komash I would like to express my deep concern for the direction in which my homeland is going. confining Tali for so many months, as if she were a dangerous murder, is totally not proportional and contrary to basic norms of humanity, justice and reason. It is a outrageous that in Israel today, a rapist can get a few months sentence, whereas a peace activist like Tali Fahima is put in a closed cell. I hope the protest of sane people will help bringing back the people that are supposed to serve justice to their mind.
Jacob Kramer, CityUniversity of New York.
Dr.Robert Krieg and Monika Nolte, documentary filmmakers, Cologne, Germany. 1991-1995 Robert worked as founder and head of a training program for Palestinian TV and Radio journalists and technicians / planning and set-up of the first radio station in the Palestinian territories, funded by the German ministery BMZ and the EU. We work together in our production company WORLD TV and made two long documentaries about the Israel-Palestine-conflict: "Intifada", 1989 - about the first Intifada in the occupied territories - and "I came to Palestine", 1998 - about 9 pioneers of the Israelian peace-movement, among others Uri Avnery, Shmuel Amir and Pnina Feiler.
Dr. Idan Landau, BenGurionUniversity.
Fr. George Larin. I'm appalled at such injustice and am truly sorry for those responsible for this inhumane treatment. At the end of the day, they will have to answer to a much higher authority.
Maria La Salandra, Milano, Italy. La detenzione con regime di isolamento è una tortura! Tali Fahima deve essere liberata!
Prof. Smadar Lavie, Tel Aviv.
Maire Leadbeater I support your campaign for better conditions and or the release of Ms Fahima.
James Marc Leas, patent attorney. Those in the IDF who ordered the extra-judicial killings should be arrested, not those who protest these crimes. Free Tali Fahima now. She rightly protested those killings.
Shamai Leibowitz, Attorney-At-Law. Israeli judges who render evil judgments under the guise of 'security' should be reminded constantly of Benjamin Franklin's warning: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Prof. Micah Leshem, University of Haifa. I endorse the appeal to treat Tali like any other untried detainee and with full cognizance of her rights under the law. Vindictiveness by state authority is a travesty and unacceptable, and those individuals in the prison service who are harassing Tali will have to answer for it.
Prof. Richard Levins, HarvardSchool of Public Health.
Prof. Malcolm Levitt, University of Southampton, Southampton, England. Tali Fahima's courage in opposing Israeli Apartheid is admirable. Solitary confinement of an activist because of her opposition to state policy is outrageous.
Lital Levy, UC Berkeley.
Samuel W. Levy, Ph. D., Canada. Free Ms. Tali Fahima without further delay.
Stacey Leyton, Esq., San Francisco, California.
Dr. R. Ruth Linden, Sociologist, Oakland, California, USA. Tali Fahima must be released at once from solitary confinement and returned to civil society.
Helge Loew, Berlin, Germany. This solitary confinement is totally inhuman! There must be put an end to it immediately.
Dr R. Lovell-Smith, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Prolonged solitary confinement amounts to torture and is not the practice of any civilised justice system.
Arno Lowi, Radio Let's Grow, Toronto. The historical courage and resistance of the Jewish people lives on in Tali Fahima.
Henry N. Lowi, Advocate, Barrister & Solicitor, Toronto, Canada. Tali is a hero of the movement for peace and reconciliation. Tali's solitary confinement is vindictive, a public display of cruel and unusual punishment. Free Tali Fahima!
Prof. Miriam R. Lowi, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J. Ms. Tali Fahima should be removed from solitary confinement immediately!
Dr. Orly Lubin, TelAvivUniversity.
Prof. Emeritus Moshe Machover, King's College, London. I endorse the appeal to allow the peace activist Tali Fahima out of solitary confinement, which is a serious violation of her human rights.
Dr. Angelika Maeser Lemieux, VanierCollege, Montreal, QC, Canada. Requesting amnesty for this Israeli peace worker.
Dr. Bruce J. Malina, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
David L. Mandel, Jewish Voice for Peace, Sacramento. Free Tali.
Joelle Marelli, translator, Paris. Thank you Tali Fahima for your courage and beautiful lesson of resistance. May your example be followed in many ways by many more.
Rachelle Marshall Solitary confinement can have only one purpose -- to pressure and intimidate the prisoner. There must be a limit on the inhumanity that the authorities practice against prisoners of conscience
Dr. Ruchama Marton, President – Physicians for Human Rights – Israel. Solitary confinement is torture. Fight against it.
Alex Massis, Film Producer
Dr. Anat Matar, TelAvivUniversity.
Birgit Max, Milano, Italia. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SOLIDARITY TO TALI FAHIMA ! ESPRIMO LA MIA PROFONDA SOLIDARIETA' A TALI FAHIMA !
Rela Mazali I endorse the appeal to discontinue the solitary confinement of Tali Fahima immediately
Maine McEachern , University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada. I protest the grotesquely punitive solitary confinement of Ms. Tali Fahima!!! She is the victim of a Supreme court ideologue's arrogant bigotry! This Supreme court "justice" should himself be impeached and imprisoned for gross abuse of power and breach of moral professionalism (nevermind for an outright sadistic instinct).
Gil Medovoy, Davis, California. Free Tali Fahima!
D. H. Melhem Please allow Tali Fahima out of solitary confinement. It has become a form of torture you cannot in good conscience countenance. Her "crime" is merely an assertion of her human right to free speech, and in a good cause. Please show mercy here.
David Merhav, University of Haifa.
Razia Meron, New Profile. Vindictiveness by state authority is a travesty and unacceptable.
Yael Meroz, Rome, Italy.
Clemens Messerschmid, Hydrogeologist, Ramallah.
Dr. Hannah Middleton, Convenor, Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition, Australia. Allow the peace activist Tali Fahima out of solitary confinement, which is a serious violation of her human rights and constitutes torture. Her incarceration and isolation are particularly barbaric and unjust since her "crime" is apparently talking to a Palestinian, something which the Israeli Government is doing.
Ingeborg Moa, Oslo, Norway.
Dr. Claire Moon, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LondonSchool of Economics and Political Science. Release Tali Fahima not only from solitary confinement, but from imprisonment.
Prof. Donald Moore, FordhamUniversity, Bronx, NY. I agree wholeheartedly that the decision of the Supreme Court to keep Ms Fahima in prison is a brand of 'cruel and unusual' punishment aimed at harassing Israelis and Palestinians who seek to cooperate in non-violent protests to the policies of the Israeli government. Why does the government fear non-violent protests?
Dr. Aura Mor, University of London.
Susy Mordechay, Giv'ataim.
Rayna Moss, Jaffa, Israel, International Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu. Mordechai Vanunu was the first Israeli to earn mention in the Guinness Book of World records, for the most time spent in solitary confinement in the modern age - 11 and a half years. Is solitary confinement our country's weapon of choice against dissidents?
Mitra Mosslemi All humans have the right to say what they believe in, search and try for peace. They have to be treated well.
Prof. Dorit Naaman, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. There is absolutely no justification for way the Israeli state is treating Tali Fahima, particularly in light of the very minimal charges brought against her in court. Clearly, the state would like to scare anyone from seeking dialogue with Palestinians. But despite their punitive measures, we will keep talking and working with Palestinians for a better future for all of us.
Sarah Nicholson, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Prof. Laurent Niederman, Universite Paris 11.
Heidi Niggemann, Berlin.
Norah Orlow, MachsomWatch, Jerusalem.
Dr. Eitan Ornoy, The HebrewUniversity. I strongly protest against holding Tali Fahima, as well as any other human-being, in prolonged isolation. Ms. Fahima deserves full rights and detention conditions as any fellow detainee in accordance with Israeli as well as universal code of justice. While declaring such, I do not share the sweeping criticism regarding the judicial grounds that brought about Ms. Fahima's confinement. I do share, however, the concern for a fair, reliable and un-biased trial, and admire Tali for her courage in fighting for her beliefs.
Janine Orssaud Je demande la liberation de Tali Fahima et reparation pour les prejudices subits. Je demande que la paix soit faite sur les bases des declarations de l'ONU et que soient enfin reconnus les droits du peuple palestinien a un etat pour vivre en paix. Il en va de l'existence d'Israel egalement.
Prof. Avraham Oz, University of Haifa.
Naomi Paltiel Lowi, M.D., Montreal. Demanding just treatment for Tali Fahima by the Israeli Justice authorities.
Dr. Joseph Parisi, physicist at the University of Paris-11.
Jean Pauline and Tom Brown, Oakland, California, USA. Studies have shown beyond doubt that solitary confinement inflicts long-lasting and often permanent psychological and physical damage, frequently leading to serious depression, psychosis, or death by suicide. Deprivation of media access & personal communications compounds the injury. Clearly it is the intent of the Israeli court and prison system to cripple or permanently disable Ms. Fahima, if not to kill her or drive her to suicide. This is counter to international law and commonly accepted practices of human rights, if not to Israeli law and practices (to say nothing of Jewish law!). If the courts insist on pursuing the ridiculous charges filed against her, Ms. Fahima should be released on personal recognizance pending trial. Or, at the very least, her jailers should cease and desist from further abuse and torture and she should be allowed to join the general prison population.
Prof. Yoav Peled, TelAvivUniversity.
Dr. Kobi Peter (Peterzil), University of Haifa.
Karen Platt, community college instructor, San Francisco, California.
Mitchell Plitnick, Director of Education and Policy, Jewish Voice for Peace.
Katha Pollitt, columnist, The Nation.
Vivienne Porzsolt, Sydney, AUSTRALIA. Let Ms Tali Fahima be treated in accordance with accepted Israeli and international standards and released from solitiary confinement. Her imprisonment is itself a violation of human rights.
Prof. Mary C. Potter, MIT. Protest against Ms. Tali Fahima's solitary confinement without justification in law or human morality.
Ram and Michaela Rahat , Jerusalem.
Roland Rance, LondonUK.
Ada Ravon, Adv., TelAvivUniversity. Release Tali Fahima from solitary confinement, in fact release her immediately. Tali Fahima has been created into the symbol of honest goodwill and clean ambition of good people, both Jews and Arabs, that believe in peace and co-existence. She has become the symbol of those of us who believe that just peace and mutual prosperity can and should be brought about through grass root involvement in both peoples, even if the leadership fails us.
Avi Raz, University of Oxford. The despicable solitary confinement of Ms Tali Fahima proves, yet again, that the Sharon government is adamant to maintain Israel's role as a dark to all the nations (hoshekh la-goyim).
Prof. Rush Rehm, StanfordUniversity. It is unconcionable that Israel continues in her inhuman and totally unwarranted punishment. Is it any surprize that decent people all over the world increasingly view Israel as a 'rogue' state, uninterested in basic human rights?
Prof. Tanya Reinhart, TelAvivUniversity and University of Utrecht.
Dr. Nira Reiss, Haifa.
Rivka Ribak, Haifa.
Dr. Nurit Rinott, Jerusalem.
Prof. Bruce Robbins, ColumbiaUniversity.
Marilyn Robinson, Denver, Colorado. I join the appeal to allow imprisoned peace activist Ms. Tali Fahima out of solitary confinement. It is an honor to write on her behalf. The Israeli government's action apparently is an attempt to silence peace activists not only from Israel but from around the world. They seem to be attempting to send a message to silence those who would protest the Israeli government's inhumane and illegal actions against the Palestinian people. To remain silent in the face of injustice is to be an Accomplice. Besides, the truth will never let you be silent
Prof. Dana Ron, TelAvivUniversity.
Prof. Nara Ronchetti, Venice, Italy.
Prof. Emerita Hilary Rose, University of Bradford, UK.
Prof. Emeritus Henry Rosenfeld, University of Haifa.
Yehoshua Rosin, Rehovot.
Eyal Rozenberg, Haifa.
Edith Rubinstein, Femme en Noir, Bruxelles, Belgique. Je n’ai qu’une chose a dire : « Le pire des terrorismes est le terrorisme d’Etat ! » Je vous souhaite beaucoup de success dans cet appel de pure humanite.
Ingrid Rumpf, Pfullingen, Germany. I vehemently protest against the conditions of imprisonment of Ms. Tali Fahima.
Maren Rytter Please release Tali Fahima.
Galit Saada-Ophir, Jerusalem.
Calanit Saenger, Jewish Voice for Peace Board. I have been following Tali's case closely and I am outraged and frightened by the response of Israeli judicial authorities. When I visited in Israel last time I came to take part in one of the hearings, but they prevented activists getting in. Tali's case shows the entire world that Israel is a military state and that its aspirations for democracy are flawed.
Yasin Safak, Istanbul Turkiye. I want to say "in solidarity" to this justice call which never knew,knows and will know any physical limit.No limit like geographic distances or borders and jails can stop this call aw long as people keep resisting.
Prof. Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University.
Sergeiy Sandler, Beer-Sheva
Etan Sanger Free political prisoner Tali Fahima immediately! This kind of attempt to harass peace activists in Israel should be fought against by all means. This is a behavior expected from totalitarian regimes, and so it becomes clearer more and more that this is the actual kind of regime that rules in Israel, giving the State of Israel the worse possible PR.
Anne Yosefa Sartiel, M.D. Continued denial of liberty and solitary confinement for Tali Fahima consist punishment without trial and unacceptable vindictiveness - unworthy of a modern state and its judicial system.
Emily Schaeffer, law student. Democracy cannot be sacrificed for Israel's fears. Free Tali Fahima.
Angelika Schneider, Cologne, Germany. I add my plea to those of many others: let Tali Fahima out of solitary confinement. She has done nothing but seek justice!
Prof. Dominique Schiff, director of the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the University of Paris-11.
Seth Schneider, Oakland, California, USA.
Dr. Yossef Schwartz, Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Avraham Schweiger, Academic College, Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Evalyn F. Segal Free Tali Fahima from solitary confinement; let her go home.
Itamar Shachar, Haifa.
Prof. Ellen Shifrin, Humber College (retired). The world is watching. Release Ms. Fahima immediately from solitary confinement, and either try her in a FAIR and IMPARTIAL and PUBLIC court, or set her free . Prof. Nomi Shir, Ben Gurion University.
Prof. Avi Shlaim, Oxford University.
Dr. Hagit Shlonsky, Jerusalem.
Prof. Ella Shohat, New York University.
Dr. Tal Shuval.
Dr. Ivy Sichel, Hebrew University.
Dr. Tal Siloni, Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Kobi Snitz, Ben Gurion University.
Eitan Sommerfeld, Karkur, Israel.
Dr. Tamir Sorek, Cornell University.
Dr. Yehiam Soreq, Beit-Berl College.
John Spritzler, Sc.D., Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Dave Stratman, Editor, New Democracy, Boston.
Gila Svirsky, Jerusalem.
Reda Taleb, senior, University of Michigan. I firmly oppose the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and the Palestinian people. I also oppose the ongoing demolition of Palestinian homes, and the Israeli Apartheid Wall, which is in reality a prison wall that cuts through homes, backyards and divides Palestinian families, and for some denies them access to their farms. I call for the immediate dismantling of the wall, and the immediate halt of settlements. It is the duty of every concientious member of humanity to fight for the rights of Palestinians and other oppressed peoples around the world.
Dr. Yoram Talmon, psychiatrist,Kaplan Medical Center.
Inbar Tamari, London UK.
Dr. Zvi Tauber, Tel Aviv University.
Jill Taylor, Mountain Ash, South Wales.
Robert Thompson, Avocat Honoraire au Barreau de Boulogne-sur-Mer. Solitary confinement is of itself a form of torture and thus a breach of human rights.
Gerard Toulouse, Department of physics, Ecole normale superieure, Paris, France. Violence backfires: History has shown how the unlimited brutality of European colonization in America, Africa and Asia boomeranged inside Europe, inducing internal brutalisation, arbitrary discrimination and inhuman treatments.
Lily Traubmann, Feminist activist.
Dr. Allon Uhlmann, The Australian National University, Canberra.
Ing. Valentina Valleriani, Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico d'Abruzzo, Italy. Free Tali Fahima.
Orit Waisman Free Tali Fahima NOW! This is injustice!
Jochi Weil-Goldstein, Zurich, Responsible for Projects of medico international schweiz, Department Palestine and Israel (formerly Centrale Sanitaire Suisse CSS Zuerich). As a former expert during many years in Penal Reform I’m clearly supporting the following part of the below appeal for Ms. Tali Fahima: “Concerned about the effects of imprisonment under conditions of total isolation on Ms Fahima, we appeal for your intervention so that her conditions in prison are normalized in accordance with accepted Israeli and international standards.” After reading in http://www.freetalifahima.org/eng.php?lang=en “Free Tali Fahima” I’m not able to decide, if the legal grounds for the detention and prosecution of Ms. Tali Fahima are insubstantial or not - also because I’m living in Switzerland and not in Israel. So I only may ask for a fair and urgent trial-procedure for Ms. Fahima. With best regards and Shalom
Yael Weisz-Rind Tali Fahima is a Prisoner of Conscience. Her harassment and persecution are disgrace to the state of Israel. Free Tali Fahima.
Shani Werner, New Profile.
Elana Wesley, Tel Aviv. Remove Tali Fahima from solitary confinement. She shouldn't be in prison at all - at the very worst, house arrest would have accomplished the control the government seeks over her movements until her trial - which should not need to wait until the summer or longer.
Hyla Willis, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Please end the solitary confinement and harassment of Tali Fahima.
Pamela Wilson, Berkeley, California. I agree with the Haaretz editorial which condemned the treatment of Tali Fahima as unreasonable and disproportional, and I ask for your intervention so that her conditions in prison are normalized in accordance with International Standards.
Shebar Windstone, Catskill, New York, USA. [See statement of Jean Pauline and Tom Brown].
Betsy Wolf-Graves. I believe that the treatment of Tali Fahima is torture. When I read of sleep deprivation, sexual harassment, lack of access to ordinary amenities, this is against International Law and against the International Declaration of Human Rights. She apparently has acted in good conscience by attempting to alleviate the pain for some Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. If more Israelis acted as Ms. Fahima, perhaps there would be more understanding between Palestinians and Israelis -- and, maybe, both sides would decide to engage in constructive interactions.
Dr. Yuval Yonay, University of Haifa.
Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London.
Adalah: The Legal Center For Arab Minority Rights In Israel.
Arbeitskreis Palästina, Tübingen.
Batshalom Nazareth Meggido & Haamakim. Free Tali Fahima.
Coalition of Women for Peace, Israel.
Jewish Voice for Peace.
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI).
Union juive francaise pour la paix (UJFP) de Lyon. UJFP de Lyon france est solidaire de votre action et exige la liberation de TALI FAHIMA.
B´Tzelem Board: Dr. Anat Biletzki, Henriette Dahan-Kalev, Dr. Menachem Fisch, Tamar Hermann, Dr. Menachem Klein, Dr. David Kretzmer, Dr. Avishai Margalit, Alla Shainskaya
Land Expropriation and Settlements
Since 1967, Israel has established in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip 152 settlements that have been recognized by the Interior Ministry. In addition, dozens of outposts of varying size have been established. Some of these outposts are settlements for all intents and purposes, but the Interior Ministry has not recognized them as such.
Israel has established in the Occupied Territories a separation cum discrimination regime, in which it maintains two systems of laws, and a person’s rights are based on his or her national origin. This regime is the only of its kind in the world, and brings to mind dark regimes of the past, such as the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
As part of the regime, Israel has stolen thousands of dunams of land from the Palestinians, on which it established dozens of settlements in which hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians now live. Israel forbids Palestinian to enter and use these lands, and use the settlements to justify numerous violations of Palestinian rights, such as the right to housing, to gain a living, and freedom of movement. The sharp change changes Israel made to the map of the West Bank makes a viable Palestinian state impossible as part of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
The settlers, on the other hand,. Benefit from all rights given to citizens of Israel who live inside the Green Line, and in some instances, ever additional rights. The great effort Israel has expended in the settlement enterprise – financially, legally, and bureaucratically – has turned the settlements into civilian enclaves within an area under military rule, and has given the settlers a preferred status. to perpetuate this unlawful situation, Israel has continuously violated the Palestinians’ human rights.
Especially conspicuous is the Israel’s manipulative use of the law to create a semblance of legality for the settlement enterprise. So long as the Jordanian law assisted Israel in advancing its goals, it seized the argument that international law requires that an occupying state apply the law in effect in the territory prior to occupation, construing international law in a cynical and tendentious way. When Jordanian law was unfavorable for Israel, it did not hesitate to revoke it though military legislation and develop new rules ti meet its ends. In doing so, Israel tramples on international agreements to which it is party that are intended to reduce human rights violations and protect people under occupation.
In that the very establishment of the settlements is illegal, and in light of the human rights violations resulting from the existence of the settlements, B’Tselem demands that Israel evacuate the settlements. The action must be done in a way that respects the settlers’ human rights, including the payment of compensation.
Clearly, evacuation of the settlements will be complex, and will take time. However, there are intermediate steps that can be taken immediately so as to reduce, as far as possible, human rights violations and breach of international law. For example, the government should cease new construction in the settlements, whether to build new settlements or to expand existing settlements. It must also freeze the planning and building of new bypass roads, and must cease expropriating and seizing land intended for the bypass roads. He government must return to Palestinian villages all the non-built-up land that was placed within the municipal jurisdiction of the settlements and the regional councils, eliminate the planning boards in the settlements, and, as a result thereof, revoke the power of the local authorities to draw up outline plans and grant building permits. Also, the government must cease the granting of incentives to encourage Israeli citizens to move to settlements, and to make resources available to encourage settlers to move inside Israel’s borders.
Professor Eva Jablonka of the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science, Tel-Aviv University signed the English boycott petition to boycott Israel. She has been quoted as saying: "I received very emotional reactions [from my colleagues], as though I am betraying them and personally working against them." (Fancy that!) She went on to say: "The people who care and want the State of Israel to survive, as an ethical country, as a country of peace." Judging from their published writings, she's wrong that all the signers wantIsrael to survive. "
* The writer is an Israeli academic working at the University of East London. He is the co- editor of The Gulf War and the New World Order, published by Zed Books.
Like a ventriloquist dummy speaking the words of its master, we heard the world`s most powerful man reciting a script written in Jerusalem by one responsible for bathing the Middle East in blood for decades. This most bizarre spectacle -- Bush unable to answer a simple question, repeating key phrases like a broken automaton -- was then followed by the even more bizarre suggestion by Blair that this was not a departure from what was policy in Washington and London for decades.
For those who were shocked by Bush`s retreat from his own nonsense programme -- the celebrated roadmap -- let us recall the conditions that led to this creature`s birth. It was Tony Blair who worked out that moving towards a political solution on Palestine may elicit Arab favour at a time most needed before the US and the UK went to war on Iraq. The plan worked. Now the roadmap is tossed like a rotten apple. Bush, reading from his new script, dubbed Sharon`s plan "historic and courageous", presenting it as a fresh start in Middle East history.
In Sharon`s book, Bush is just another pawn. Important as he is at the moment, he serves the master plan of ridding Palestine of its people -- a result to which Sharon has committed his life`s work. American presidents come and go while Sharon stands firm for decades, defeating all obstacles in his tireless, barbaric mission. With the help he now gets from Bush and Blair, he may yet complete his mission.
Sharon was the one to pioneer collective punishment and mass murder in the early 1950s as the creator and commander of Israel`s first notorious death squad, Unit 101. His early military career was spent in killing: not enemy soldiers but civilians in villages such as Kibyia. In Gaza during the early 1970s, he instigated a reign of terror, supposedly designed to end Palestinian resistance to the occupation. It was really another phase in his lifelong struggle to make as many Palestinians as possible flee their own homeland. He destroyed large parts of Beirut, and killed tens of thousands in his Lebanon war of 1982, in his obsessive hunt of Arafat and the PLO. As is well known, his campaigns have not been fully successful. Gaza has become the centre of Palestinian resistance and Arafat returned to Palestine after Oslo. But one of his other campaigns is about to mature: it is, of course, the grand project of settlements in the occupied territories.
If there is one man who can say he is responsible for the network of settlements, numbering hundreds and housing more than half a million Israelis, it is Ariel Sharon. As minister in whatever ministry he served, he only had one agenda and single-minded priority: to enlarge the settlements and strengthen them, surround all Palestinian towns and villages with roads which dissect their land yet are closed to them; with roadblocks cutting off village from village, farmers from their lands, workers from their jobs, water from habitations, children from schools and patients from hospitals. Four million Palestinians are living in total isolation in conditions that resemble more and more those experienced by Jews in ghettoes under Nazi control.
The constant battering of Arafat in Ramallah, the death sentence declared, now delivered, against all Palestinian leadership, the Apartheid wall, and now the Bush declaration where the settlements emerge fresh and clean-smelling, have all been phases in the Sharon project of closing all options for Palestinian life and existence. The aim here is not to get rid of the resistance to occupation, but to inflame the situation constantly, until a "final solution" to the Palestinian "problem" can be initiated. The continued resistance only fuels the Sharon fire: he will hit at the Palestinians come what may, but the resistance helps him to get Bush and Blair on board and to get credit for a plan which is against every tenet of international law.
In the sickening climate of fear that has now engulfed the US and the rest of the West, the damage that such moves will inflict on the rule of international law is not even being considered. Neither are comments by Arab or Palestinian voices. Both failures are signs of the political disease that took hold in the West, infecting its societies. The reign of terror and unreason hailed by Bin Laden has only been accepted and enhanced by Bush and Blair, not to mention Sharon.
The Bush move is likely to embolden Sharon further into ever-increasing attacks on Palestinian life, gradually but surely leading towards the goal to which he dedicated his life. The next stage for Sharon is the physical removal of most, if not all, Palestinians from their homeland. Currently, the unlawful military control of the territories occupied in 1967, made Kosher by Rabbi Bush, gives Israel over 90 per cent of Palestine. In that area lives just over five million Israeli Jews while four million Palestinians are consigned to a ghetto encompassing less than 10 per cent of their own country. But that achievement is not enough for Sharon. The next stage is "transfer" -- the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
Bush and Blair`s support for this man of blood brings such a moment closer. While Sharon is a master in breaking international law, he would have never got away with it without the backing and support of the most powerful nation on earth, with the UK holding its train slavishly. The responsibility for the blood, misery and global mayhem that Sharon is yet to cause will be shared by those who have enabled his criminal actions, and by those who stood by and let it happen.
Haim Gordon, BGU "The story of Gordons reign of terror in the classroom hit the press when Gordons students made tapes of some of his more outrageous lectures. Gordon had given a television interview in which he said he would go out and celebrate if Ariel Sharon had a heart attack and that he considered Benjamin Netanyahu scum. He refers to settlers as children of whores." http://www.meforum.org/article/87
University of Haifa "He goes well beyond the usual academic anti-Zionism and argues that Israels original sin lies in its trying to teach its children that the Holocaust somehow implies that Israel has the right to exist. He believes that the Holocaust was no greater a horror than that perpetrated by Zionists against the Palestinians."
"Gur-Zeev says Israel was out of line when it objected to Jrg Haiders inclusion in the Austrian government: "After all," he has been quoted as saying, "Haider is no more extreme than the Likud. Haiders program is far better than that endorsed by many of those politicians on the Israeli Right."
"Gur-Zeev is at his most erudite and scholarly when he writes in the Marxist Israeli journal Theory and Criticism that his own universitys 30-storey tower a top a hill is the phallus that expresses the oppression of Arabs." http://www.meforum.org/article/87
Stanford's Islamist Threat By Alyssa A. Lappen FrontPageMagazine.com | December 21, 2004
He denounces American “imperialism” on Al-Jazeera Television. A former Zionist, he refers to jihadist suicide bombers as “martyrs.” He praised Mideast scholars for ignoring the issue of terrorism, and he regularly repeats the most twisted and paranoid claims of Islamist regimes as though they were historical fact. He is Stanford Middle East history professor Joel Beinin, and his influence extends far beyond his classroom.
If one individual can showcase all the flaws of Middle East Studies in academia, Joel Beinin is that man.A former president of the Middle East Studies Association, Beinin teaches Middle East history at Stanford University.This professor’s politics color his work; the result is mediocre scholarship, baseless conspiracy theories, and partisan classroom instruction.
Beinin’s biography reads like a parody of an American radical.Born in 1948 to Labor Zionist parents,he experienced an ideological transformation at age 22 while living on Kibbutz Lahav.Beinin joined the “New Left” at Hebrew University, then migrated to Trotskyite anti-Zionism and finally to Maoism. A Marxist ever since, he received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Michigan respectively. He has received Ford Foundation funds, and has taught in France, Britain, Israel and Egypt.
Beinin and his wife Miriam support the Jewish Voice for Peace, a Bay area group and reported Palestinian front.The professor appears regularly on radical Radio Pacifica, although he refuses many local invitations to legitimate debate.Beinin blames the United States for major problems facing the Middle East, and he attributes U.S. actions to aggression and ill will.Just a few examples of his most outrageous actions include:
Before the 2003 Iraq war, Beinin appeared on Al-Jazeera to condemn U.S. “imperial” policy in the Arab world.President Bush, he informed his Middle Eastern audience, planned to establish “a puppet regime” in Baghdad to benefit U.S. oil interests and force what he called “Israeli dictates” on the Palestinians.
After the war began, Beinin accused Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and other U.S. policymakers of collusion with “Israel’s Likud Party” and asserted that the U.S. and Israel had collaborated with Arab regimes to block “democracy and economic development in the Arab world.”Beinin insisted that the U.S. was bent on showing “the overwhelming military power of the US…to make and unmake regimes and guarantee access to oil.”American conservatives, in his opinion, wanted to ensure that “Islamist forces would forsake legal political action and engage in armed struggle.”
Beinin rejects critical thought regarding terror, and with it any opportunity to sensibly evaluate the current U.S. war. He mocks this effort as “terrorology.”A year after 9/11, he actually congratulated fellow MESA academics for their “great wisdom” in refusing to examine terrorism, much less address what nearly all agree is the gravest national security threat to the United States.
Beinin’s antagonism toward Israel pervades his commentary concerning the Jewish state.He maintains that exodus of Jews from Arab lands after 1948 resulted not from their forced expulsion by Arab governments but from “provocative actions by Israeli agents.” Despite the fact that Israel offered Jews a haven from mass murder in Europe, and atrocities and mass expulsion from Muslim lands, Beinin holds that “Modern Zionism is a revolution against traditional Judaism, not its fulfillment.” (He shares this view, ironically, with a tiny minority of anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews.)
The violence of the first intifada (1988-92) was, in Beinin’s view, actually a “strike for peace.”With Hamas-like rhetoric, he has praised “the first martyr of the uprising,” and excused the “small number of violent incidents” against Israelis (overlooking that they led to 160 murders).
After September 11, 2001, Beinin ignored Osama bin Laden’s explicit calls for jihad; instead, he pointed to “Israel’s disproportionate use of force” against Palestinians.This ignores the obvious fact that Al-Qaeda opposes Israel’s very existence, rendering irrelevant the level of force it deploys.
In spite of overwhelming evidence, Beinin refuses to acknowledge the threat that Islamic terrorism poses to civilians.In March 2002, a Hamas terrorist entered a hotel in Netanya, Israel, and killed 30 civilians, including children, as they celebrated the Passover holiday. The following day, Beinin addressed an anti-Israel demonstration and did not even mention this atrocity.Instead, he insouciantly denied that Palestinian terrorism “posed an existential threat to Israel.”
As for American involvement in the Arab-Israeli conflict, despite staggering diplomatic efforts and vast sums of money given to the Palestinian Authority, Beinin can see only a “consistent [U.S.] denial of independence and self-determination” for the Palestinians.
Whitewashing Egyptian Anti-Semitism
Beinin’s specializes in Egyptian history.Here, too, his work bears an anti-Zionist tone and frequent contradicts the facts of history. In opposition to “the Zionist project,” he instead favors “Levantinism,” an Israel-replacement ideology that calls for revitalizing the “fruitful compromise” of cultures he believes existed in the past.Scholars and Jewish refugees from Muslim lands both maintain that such idyllic harmony never existed, but Beinin romanticizes and politicizes their history.He also dismisses bona fide work on Arab and Muslim attitudes toward Jews by such writers as Yehoshafat Harkabi and Bat Ye’or, calling this perspective a “neo-lachrymose interpretation” that inexcusably has “distracted attention from Palestinian claims.”
It appears that Beinin delves into history only to support his own preconceived theories.He ignores facts that contradict his ideas, sweeping certain events aside as if they never occurred.In his 1998 book on the fate of the Egyptian Jewish community, The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry, Beinin ignores the 1730s riots that destroyed Cairo’s Jewish quarter, killing 5,000 to 10,000, at least half its population. He makes no mention of the 1901 blood libel leveled at a Cairo Jewish woman. He condescendingly informs a former Jewish resident that the harat al-yahud was “not a ghetto,” when in fact it was. He minimizes Egypt’s 1929 Nationality Law, which blocked citizenship for Jews and many Christians, making some 40,000 Jews apatrides—stateless. He downplays the 1947 Company Law that made it nearly impossible for minorities to work in Egypt.He insultingly twists Egypt’s Jews into “Arabized” nationalists who would have been happier without Israel’s existence.
Beinin even neglects Egypt’s state-sponsored publication of hateful tracts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zionan edition of which was issued by Gamal Abdel Nasser’s brother Shawki.He denies the inherently anti-Semitic nature of arrests of Egyptian Jews during the 1940s and 1950s on trumped-up charges.He asserts that Nazi officials in Egypt’s government cannot be traced – and anyway, that they had no political influence – ignoring a well-documented record of Nazis having moved to Nasser’s Egypt and their significant impact there.
In 1956 and during 1967-70, Jewish males over 19 were imprisoned in the Abu Za’bal and Tura camps.They were tortured, forced to walk barefoot on broken glass and recite “I am a coward Jew. I am a Jewish donkey.”Beinin makes no mention of these camps.
In Egypt, leaders of Jewish communities were forced to publicly denounce Zionism.Incredibly, Beinin takes these denunciations at face value.In fact, these Jews were Zionists; Cairo’s Jews fasted for Israel’s safety in 1967 and then massively resettled there.
 Beinin, Joel, The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora, (1998), pp. 25, 27; Wall, Alexandra J., “Outspoken Stanford prof supports 2-state-solution,” Jewish Bulletin of Northern Caifornia, Mar. 15, 2002.
 Beinin, Joel, Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry, pp. 25-28; Wall, Alexandra J., “Outspoken Stanford prof supports 2-state-solution,” Jewish Bulletin of Northern Caifornia, Mar. 15, 2002; interviews with former Beinin students and associates.
 Beinin, Joel, “Origins of the Gulf War,” University of Wisconsin, Nov. 30, 1990, reproduced in Open Pamphlet Series, Feb. 19, 1991.
 Beinin, Joel, The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora, (1998), pp. 25-28, 140-51, 263-4; Wall, Alexandra J., “Outspoken Stanford prof supports 2-state-solution,” Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, Mar. 15, 2002.
 Beinin, Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry, pp. 54-59, 207-248; Alcalay, Ammiel, After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (1992).
 Beinin, Joel, Dispersion, pp. 14-19; expression first used in Cohen, Mark, Under Crescent and Cross (19).
 Beinin, Joel, Dispersion, pp. 14-19.
 Landau, Jacob M., “The Decline of the Jewish Community in Eighteenth-Century Cairo: A New Interpretation in the Light of Two Iberian Chronicles,” in Shamir, Shimon, ed., The Jews of Egypt: A Mediterranean Society in Modern Times (1987), pp. 15-27.
 Beinin, Joel, letter to Murad al-Qudsi, June 11, 1997, Just for the Record (2002), pp. 212.
Beinin, Dispersion of EgyptianJewry, pp. 18, 37-38.
 Beinin, ; Shamir,
Beinin, Joel, Dispersion, pp. 2-4, 20-24, 38-44, 72-76, 179-203.
[Ye’or, Juifes ibid; Harkabi, Y, Arab Attitudes to Israel (1972), pp.229-237.
 Beinin, ibid, pp. 103-5
 Bat Ye’or, k;separately she cites Yad Vashem;  Harkabi,
 Beinin, ibid.; Al-Qudsi, Murad, Al-Qudsi letter to Beinin, April 1997; Ovaida, David, President, Karaite Jews of America, pp. 215-219; interviews with Karaite community, Blumenzweig, Jacques, interview June 21, 1999, http://www.hsje.org/NASSER'S%20JEWS%201_2.htm
 Al-Qudsi, Interviews with Karaite community.
 Al-Qudsi, ibid; Ovaida, ibid; interviews with Karaite community.
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Notable Individuals Index
The Notable Individuals Index is a collection of websites dedicated to the work of specific Jewish people that have been particularly outspoken in their advocacy of Palestinian rights and/or in opposition to the continued Occupation. The emphasis is on journalists, writers, academics, and activist leaders although others may be included as well. The Index is alphabetical, last name first and in the English language. Please feel free to Submit the sites of others that should be included here but are not.
It should be noted that we are limiting this index to people living at the time of being included. While there have undoubtedly been many excellent Jewish voices speaking in defense of Palestine in the past, "Jewish Friends of Palestine" intends to emphasize people capable of speaking today.
Notable Individual Index
Adler, Rutie (Prof.) Lecturer and Coordinator of the Hebrew Program at UC Berkeley, Dialogue group participant, peace supporter and divestment supporter.
Aharoni, Ada (Prof.) Israeli professor, researcher, writer and poet, Founder and Editor of Horizon Pave Peace e-magazine, and active participant of The International Peace Research Association (IPRC) and The International Forum for the Culture of Peace (IFLAC) (see organization indices)
Algazi, Gadi (Prof.) Historian at Tel Aviv University, co-founder and activist of Ta'ayush. he has been repeatedly arrested for efforts with Ta'ayush to support the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. See also his: Letter on Behalf of Issa Souf
Avnery, Uri Personal site of Uri Avnery, Israeli peace activist and founder of Gush Shalom. The site includes an article archive.
Bar-Joseph, Uri (Prof.) Senior lecturer on international relations at Haifa University, author, and historian. Frequently cited as a "revisionist" historian because of his "The Best of Enemies: Israel and Transjordan in the War of 1948 (London: Frank Cass, 1987)
Written by Rachel Neuwirth Friday, January 07, 2005
John Landau, contributed research and reporting to this article.
Noam Chomsky, long-time Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an idol of leftist academics and journalists everywhere, has created hundreds of anti-Israel books, articles, recorded interviews and lectures—all his own. Chomsky repeats every distortion and libel directed against the Jewish state that has appeared in Arab, Western, and “pro-peace” Israeli publications, to which he adds some conspiracy theories of his own devising. Chomsky portrays Israel as a racist state that has driven the Palestinian Arabs from their homes, seized their land, reduced them to slavery, tortured and murdered them and discriminated against them in every imaginable way. In his vision, Israel is an agent of American imperialism, doing the U.S.’s dirty work for it in the Middle East and around the world.
Chomsky’s books on the Arab-Israeli conflict are filled with footnote references and quotations from documentary sources, thereby creating an impression of accuracy and expertise. But as Werner Cohn points out in his trenchant study Partners in Hate: Noam Chomsky and the Holocaust Deniers, most of the sources cited by Chomsky are very biased against Israel and Zionism. But even when he cites more even-handed sources, he does so very selectively. When Chomsky’s documentary sources contain versions or interpretations of events that reflect unfavorably on Israel, they are incorporated into Chomsky’s own narrative; but whenever they present the actions of Zionists or Israelis in a more favorable light, their accounts are omitted and ignored. Chomsky even distorts and alters his biased “original” sources in order to construct a narrative even more damaging to Israel than what they contain. Such behavior on the part of a scholar is difficult to explain except as an expression of an obsessive hatred.
Chomsky, who is the son of a Hebrew teacher, vehemently denies being an anti-Semite. He accuses Israel and its supporters in the U.S. (the Anti-Defamation League is a particular object of Chomsky’s bile), of accusing anyone who criticizes Israel in any way of being an anti-Semite. Worse, he argues, Israel and its supporters constantly exploit the Holocaust as a means of creating sympathy for Israel and its aggressive, imperialist actions. Chomsky represents himself as the victim of false charges of anti-Semitism by these Zionist propagandists intent on discrediting him.
In line with his denial of anti-Jewish intentions, Chomsky is usually careful to avoid overt attacks on the Jewish people collectively, or Judaism per se, in the material that he publishes under his own name, although he never has anything good to say about them, either. He has devised ways, however, of assisting more overt anti-Semites to get their message across to a wider public, without ever quite saying in so many words that he agrees with their anti-Jewish rantings. The most effective of these tools has been the bestowal of his “heksher,” (a kosher seal of approval) on such overtly anti-Semitic writers, which confers on them a degree of legitimacy with the left-leaning, “progressive” intellectual public that idolizes Chomsky.
For example, Chomsky is author of the preface to a book by the notorious French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson, one of several in which Faurisson claims that Jewish organizations fabricated the Holocaust in order to extort war reparations from Germany and to build international sympathy for the creation of a Jewish state:
“The alleged gassing and the alleged genocide of Jews are part of the same historical lie which has been the basis of a huge political and financial swindle of which the principle beneficiaries are the State of Israel and principal victims the German people, not its leaders, and the Palestinian people,” as Faurisson puts it .
While Chomsky’s preface does not specifically endorse Faurisson’s thesis, neither does it criticize or repudiate it. In addition, Chomsky denies that Faurisson is an anti-Semite, and instead characterizes him as “a relatively apolitical liberal of some type.” Shortly thereafter Chomsky goes so far as to claim, in private correspondence with the Australian journalist William Rubenstein, that he saw nothing anti-Semitic about Holocaust denial:
“I see no anti-Semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers, or even denial of the holocaust. Nor would there be anti-Semitic implications, per se, in the claim that the holocaust (whether one believes it took place or not) is being exploited, viciously so, by apologists for Israeli repression and violence. I see no hint of anti-Semitic implications in Faurisson’s work...” 
Chomsky, then, sees nothing wrong with denying that the worst crime in human history ever occurred. What strikes him as “vicious” is that this horrendous atrocity should be used to generate sympathy for Israel.
Even before he authored the Faurisson preface in 1980, Chomsky signed a petition on Faurisson’s behalf, proudly putting his name first above several hundred other names:
“Dr. Robert Faurisson has served as a respected professor of twentieth-century French literature and document criticism for over four years at the University of Lyon-2 in France. Since 1974 he has been conducting extensive historical research into the ‘Holocaust’ question. Since he began making his findings public, Professor Faurisson has been subject to a vicious campaign of harassment, intimidation, slander and physical violence in a crude attempt to silence him. Fearful officials have even tried to stop him from further research by denying him access to public libraries and archives. We strongly protest these efforts to deprive Professor Faurisson of his freedom of speech and expression, and we condemn the shameful campaign to silence him”
Chomsky later claimed that this petition was “quite neutral” about the accuracy of Faurisson’s “findings.” But the tone of it at least implies that Faurisson has discovered some great truth, through an honest and professional inquiry, which powerful people are attempting to suppress. In the course of the controversy over his support for Faurisson, Chomsky also conferred his “heksher” on Faurisson’s publishers, Serge Thion and Pierre Guillaume, who are both prolific holocaust-deniers in their own right. According to Chomsky, Thion is “a libertarian socialist scholar with a record of opposition to all forms of totalitarianism,” while he describes Guillaume as “libertarian and antifascist on principle.” 
Chomsky also wrote what Werner Cohn describes as “an enthusiastic endorsement, right on its cover, of a book by the late HebrewUniversity professor Israel Shahak (yet another Jewish anti-Semite) which attacks the Jewish religion as such as inherently racist.  Shahak is especially harsh in his attacks on the Talmud – for centuries, a traditional target of anti-Semites. The publisher of the book, Noontide Press, a neo-Nazi outfit, summarizes Shahak's magnum opus this way in its catalog advertisement:
This stunning, powerful work, with a foreword by Gore Vidal, is essential reading for anyone interested in the eternally vexing “Jewish question.” Drawing on a masterly study of the Jewish Talmud and rabbinical laws, Shahak brilliantly traces the long Jewish record of vicious hostility toward non-Jews, and particularly against Christianity. He reveals the destructive role Jews have played throughout history on behalf of tyrannical rulers. Written by a Polish-born Jew and “Holocaust survivor” who spent his childhood in the wartime Warsaw ghetto and the Belsen concentration camp [sic]. After moving to Palestine in 1945, he worked for years as a Professor of Organic Chemistry. MIT professor Noam Chomsky calls Shahak “an outstanding scholar, with remarkable insight and depth of knowledge,” and praises his work as “informed and penetrating, a contribution of great value.” Deeply probing the roots of Jewish chauvinism and arrogant hostility toward non-Jews, Shahak shows how Jews are encouraged to regard non-Jews as spiritually and morally unclean subhumans. As a result, warns Shahak, “Israel as a Jewish state constitutes a danger not only to itself and its inhabitants, but all Jews, and to all other peoples and states in the Middle East and beyond.”
Shahak even justifies the notorious Chmeilnitsky pogroms in the 17th century Ukraine, which may have killed up to 100,000 Jews, on the grounds that the Jews had exploited the Ukrainian peasantry and deserved what they got. Amongst so many accusations against the Jews and Judaism, one, perhaps, especially stands out: Shahak’s claim that the Jews worship Satan. This is the author whom Chomsky, on the cover this learned tome, praises as “an outstanding scholar, with remarkable insight and depth of knowledge. His work is informed and penetrating, a contribution of great value.”
Chomsky also gave a joint lecture appearance with Shahak at M.I.T. on November 3, 1994, around the same time that Jewish History was going to press. The announced theme of the lecture was “Jewish Fundamentalism.” An outfit called Radio Free Maine distributes an audio-video recording of this performance. I don’t have a complete transcript of what the speakers said on this occasion, but RFM does have a free summary on its website that is very revealing:
Both Chomsky and Shahak spoke at length about the appalling crimes supposedly committed by Israel against the innocent Palestinians, as they both had been doing for over 25 years. During the question period, however, Shahak moved on to his broader attack on Judaism and “Jewish tradition.” In the question period, Professor Shahak makes a telling comment on Fiddler on the Roof, the musical based on the book by the Jewish writer Shalom Aleichem. Professor Shahak sees Jewish tradition as standing in contradiction to democratic society, as indeed did the author Aleichem in his incessant ridicule of Jewish tradition in many of his writings. In Hollywood style, of course, the musical has turned the issue on its head and the playwrights would have us, the audience, revel in Jewish tradition. Aside from the entertaining music of this hit, the writer of this review has long viewed it as a clever bit of propaganda for the Jewish nationalist cause which has been so costly in human lives. Jewish people can and do joke about the duplicity of Jewish fundamentalism and this deception that beguiles the Gentile world. To illustrate, Professor Shahak retells the well-known Jewish joke: ‘Some Jews don’t believe God exists, but they do believe that God gave them the land.’
As far as I know, Chomsky did not himself talk in this vein. But he did stand silently next to his lecture partner, apparently without protest, while Shahak mouthed this anti-Semitic garbage. There is an old legal maxim, “silence gives consent.”
When a major public figure in the Muslim world, Prime Minister Matathir of Malaysia, made widely publicized remarks at an international Islamic conference that no one could deny were anti-Jewish, Chomsky took at slightly different tack. Instead of denying outright the offensiveness of Mahathir’s remarks, he made excuses for the Malaysian Prime Minister and sought to minimize his responsibility for them. When asked by an e-mail correspondent, “Noam, what is your analysis of the recent comments by the ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Matathir Mohamed on world Jewry?” Chomsky gave a characteristically evasive response:
Depends on what level of response you have in mind. If you are asking whether I agree with the content of the few remarks of his that were reported widely and enthusiastically (e.g., Jews rule the world, etc.), then the answer we already both know: obviously not, and the comments are outrageous. But what has been featured in the media is only a fraction of the story, as has been discussed by more honest commentators in the mainstream, Paul Krugman particularly, sometimes others. Mahathir’s comments were marginal to a bitter attack on Islamists who have blocked intellectual, moral, uneconomic progress. That was the main thrust of his comments, as often before, and whatever one thinks of him (a complex matter), he should be applauded for that. The Islamic world badly needs that kind of criticism. And as others have correctly pointed out, Mahathir lacks credibility within these circles (which are very powerful within Malaysia) because of his own tenuous relations with Islam. So it may well be . . . comments on world Jewry on which Western ideologists fixated with great joy (ignoring the context) were basically “throwing red meat” to the constituency, as when people in public life in the US (since Carter) pretend to be devout Christians or ostentatiously shoot pheasants (greatly impressing the press), whatever they may think in private. The “great joy” has to do with the enormous effort, which goes back over 30 years, to seek somewhere signs of anti-Semitism. There is quite an industry devoted to that task among intellectuals, something I wrote about almost 35 years ago (some of it recently reprinted), and flourishing today. That’s one of the techniques that was devised to undermine activist elements of the left, and the more vulgar and grotesque practitioners of the art (like Irving Howe) are greatly honored for these performances . . . That’s a very useful picture for ideological fanatics in the US, and it is interesting that this intriguing conception is featured in the more liberal of the foreign policy journals, and probably believed by many of the readers, for whom it is a very welcome message, as similar fabrications have been since the 60s. In the case of Mahathir, it wasn’t fabricated, though it is very likely that the standard image was seriously distorted. 
In other words, it is of no importance that the Prime Minister of a major Muslim country is an open and avowed anti-Semite, and that his anti-Semitic remarks were applauded by high-ranking politicians and officials from throughout the Islamic world. For Chomsky, all that matters is that calling attention to anti-Semitism “undermine[s] activist elements of the left.” Consequently, anyone who calls attention to anti-Semitism is a right-wing conspirator. By implication, all good “progressives” should ignore or deny anti-Semitism - which is exactly what Chomsky does. Note also Chomsky’s assumption that anti-Semitism is “red meat” that Islamic leaders throw to their eagerly devouring public—a state of affairs that Chomsky does not criticize in any way, but rather takes for granted as the norm in that part of the world.
Our leftist guru has also assisted anti-Semitic organizations, some of them on the extreme right end of the spectrum, in another, even quieter way, by allowing them to publish or disseminate his books, articles and recordings. Noontide Press, the book-publishing arm of the Holocaust-denying and overtly anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi organization the Institute of Historical Review, has brought out an addition of Chomsky’s bookThe Fateful Triangle, one of his more extended attacks on Israel and Zionism. Noontide advertises on its current online catalog two audio lecture presentations by Chomsky, “The Middle East Crisis and the Threat of Nuclear War: Parts 1 & 2,” that are sustained verbal assaults on Israel. The Journal of Historical Review, a “scholarly” periodical organ of the IHR that specializes in Holocaust-denial, published an article by Chomsky entitled “ All Denials of Free Speech Undercut a Democratic Society” in its Spring 1986 issue; it is still available online at the Institute for Historical Review website.
Even more bizarre is the Chomskian presence on the website which commemorates the British Union of Fascists, Britain’s pre-World War II fascist organization, and its founder, Oswald Mosley. Among the free books for downloading advertised on this site, along with the collected works and autobiography of Oswald Mosley, is an article by Noam Chomsky, entitled “What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream?" The site also uses a quotation from Chomsky as the masthead for a reprint of a 1947 article about “Atrocities” by Mosley himself, which protests the unfairness of the Nuremberg trials. The quotation from Chairman Noam reads,
“If the Nuremberg laws were applied today, then every Post-War American president would have to be hanged.”
At one time, this avowedly fascist site also contained an admiring article about Chomsky, entitled “Noam Chomsky’s Search For The Truth.” It commends Chomsky for his role as a “patron” of the Holocaust-denial (“revisionist”) movement, and his endorsement of Israel Shahak’s tirades against Judaism. According to Chomsky’s unnamed cheerleader,
“Chomsky’s opposition to organized Jewry, particularly the Zionist variety is on a more erudite level. He can balance Left and Right and appeal to both in his condemnation of both Israel and America and his belief that the Jewish religion is anti-social. His is a rejection of dogma and a moral courage that secures he is taken seriously by everyone”
Radio Islam, perhaps the most virulent of thousands of anti-Semitic web sites on the world-wide web, publishes at least ten articles or chapters from books by Chomsky for free on-site, in addition to direct links to several Chomsky publications at other sites, including an entire book, Necessary Illusions. Chomsky’s writing shares pride of place in Radio Islam’s voluminous online library with such anti-Semitic “classics” as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, Hitler’s Mein Kampf, Henry Ford’s The International Jews, and the works of Chomsky’s protégés Robert Faurisson, Serge Thion and Israel Shahak. And this does not even include the numerous lengthy quotations from Chomsky’s writings, highlighted within borders.
Most troubling, perhaps, of Chomsky’s involvements with anti-Semitic publishers is his long-time involvement with the Holocaust-deniers Pierre Guillaume and Serge Thion, whom we have already mentioned. At the same time that Chomsky began making public statements on behalf of Robert Faurisson, he assigned publication rights for the French edition his book The Political Economy of Human Rights to Guillaume and Thion. This saved them from bankruptcy and gave them the money to publish their Holocaust-denying pal Faurisson’s scholarly masterpieces. In addition, according to a memoir written by Guillaume about his friendship with Chomsky, the fact that the Guillaume-Thion duo was the publisher and editor, respectively, of Chomsky’s book helped to rehabilitate their reputations, which had been damaged by their Holocaust-denial activities. 
Saving the business of these Holocaust-denying publishers, and enabling them to bring out Holocaust-denying “scholarship,” must surely have helped in a very tangible way to re-legitimate anti-Semitism in France. We are seeing the results of this legitimization in the growing violence against French Jews today.
It is true that Chomsky cannot prevent people from quoting from his works. He cannot even prevent them from publishing sycophantic praise of him. But American law and the laws of most democratic countries make it illegal to publish or distribute entire articles, recordings, chapters of books, etc. without the consent of the author. As a result, it is hard to see how so many anti-Semitic and extreme-right-wing organizations (I have identified only a few of them here) could be disseminating Chomsky’s writings and speeches without his consent. And why would he give his consent to anti-Semites’ exploiting his reputation and respectability in liberal and academic circles to legitimate themselves by association?
Then there is the question of money. While some anti-Semitic organizations give away Chomsky’s writings for free, at least two, the Noontide Press and the Guillaume-Thion partnership (which operates through a number of publishers’ imprints), have marketed Chomsky publications, thereby helping to raise the money needed to publish more overtly anti-Jewish materials. Why does Chomsky help to finance these enterprises through his publishing-rights patronage?
While Chomsky usually avoids invoking overtly anti-Jewish stereotypes in his own writings, preferring to legitimate others who do so, sometimes he lets down his guard. In a column in the leftist media criticism magazine The Lies of Our Times, published on January 1, 1990, Chomsky wrote
“the Jews do not merit a ‘second homeland’ because they already have New York, with a huge Jewish population, Jewish-run media, a Jewish mayor, and domination of cultural and economic life.”
And in a more recently published interview entitled “Anti-Semitism, Zionism and the Palestinians,” Chomsky says
“By now Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population . . . Anti-Semitism is no longer a problem, fortunately. It’s raised, but it’s raised because privileged people want to make sure they have total control, not just 98% control. That’s why anti-Semitism is becoming an issue. Not because of the threat of anti-Semitism; they want to make sure there’s no critical look at the policies the US (and they themselves) support in the Middle East . . . We should bear it in mind when there’s talk in the US about anti-Semitism.”
Claims that Jews are“the most privileged and influential part of the population” and that they seek “total control,” are of course at the center of most anti-Semitic discourse over the past one hundred and fifty years. They are the central ideas of the notorious anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. A little later in the same interview, a propos of nothing in particular, Chomsky remarks,
“the Hebrew press is much more open than the English language press, and there’s a very obvious reason: Hebrew is a secret language, you only read it if you’re inside the tribe. Like most cultures it’s a tribal culture. I don’t want to exaggerate, but the English translations on the Internet are very revealing and very interesting.”
The idea that Jews conspire in secret is of course also central to anti-Semitic mythology. It is the exact reverse of the truth: Israel is the most open society in the world. There is no alleged wrongdoing by the Israeli government that Israelis fail to report themselves, both in their own press and to the foreign media.
However vehemently Chomsky denies his anti-Semitism, whatever pains he takes to conceal it behind the veil of anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism, we have to look the facts in the face. He constantly denounces a Jewish institution that represents millions of Jews, on which the lives of millions of Jews, perhaps all Jews, are dependent, as evil and vicious. He has had many opportunities to denounce anti-Semitism and anti-Semites, but has consistently failed to do so. And he has given assistance and comfort to anti-Semites, both covertly and overtly. Chomsky’s numerous admirers may regard him as a courageous voice for justice, progress, morality, and truth. But surely anti-Semitism, when called by any other name, smells just as foul.
 Chomsky’s article “His Right to Say It,” and http://www.anti-rev.org/textes/VidalNaquet92b/, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, “On Faurisson and Chomsky” in Assassins of Memory [NY: Columbia University Press 1992], quoting Chomsky’s letter in the Village Voice of March 18,1986, p. 7).
 Jewish History, Jewish Religion. The Weight of Three Thousand Years. by Israel Shahak. Foreword by Gore Vidal. Pluto Press, London and Boulder, Colorado. 1994. See review by Werner Cohn, http://www.wernercohn.com/Shahak.html.
Quote from this article: "Another incident, very important in the Guillaume essay, has to do with Chomsky's insistence that Guillaume and his Holocaust-denying organization "La Vieille Taupe" publish the French version of Chomsky's book "Political Economyh of Human Rights" (written with E. Herman). Here Chomsky plays dumb. He insists that it was a mainline French publisher, Hallier-Albin, not La Vieille Taupe, that was to publish the book. But Guillaume explains in detail (p. 154, Document A) that he, Guillaume, was the director of the collection in H-T that published the book, and that Chomsky insisted on giving this plumb to him out of a sense of solidarity with Guillaume's politics, that is to say with La Vieille Taupe."
http://www.wernercohn.com/Shahak.html The Jews are Bad !by Werner Cohn A review of Jewish History, Jewish Religion. The Weight of Three Thousand Years. by Israel Shahak, Foreword by Gore Vidal. Pluto Press, London and Boulder, Colorado. 1994. Israel Horizons, vol. 42, no. 3 of 4 (sic), Autumn 1994, pp. 28-9. copyright 1994 by Werner Cohn.
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v07/v07p123_HNAC.html The Journal of Historical Review, a "scholarly" periodical organ of the IHR that specializes in Holocaust-denial, published an article by Chomsky entitled " All Denials of Free Speech Undercut a Democratic Society"in its Spring 1986 issue; it is still available online at the Institute for Historical Review website(http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v07/v07p123_HNAC.html), and can also be ordered in hard copy through Noontide Press's online catalog (J071 JHR, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1986) Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1986).
J071 JHR, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1986) Ivor Benson's The Siege of South Africa; Robert Faurisson's Response to a Paper Historian; Friedrich P. Berg's The German Delousing Chambers; Georg Franz-Willing's The Origins of the Second World War; Robert Hall's review of Mattogno's Il Rapporto Gerstein; Arthur Ward's review of Beesley's Room 40; Ted O'Keefe's review of Abram's Special Treatment; Noam Chomsky's All Denials of Free Speech Undercut a Democratic Society. Pb; 128 pp; $7.50. Noam Chomsky's article in the Journal of Historical Review, from Noontide Press catalog.
http://www.oswaldmosley.com/downloads/free_ebooks.htm "What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream?" Short article by left-wing U.S. intellectual Professor Noam Chomsky on the way vested political and economic interests maintain political consent through the media etc. We may not fully agree with Noam Chomsky, but he does make some valid points about the media and how mainstream political opinion is manufactured and maintained. FREE Download - "What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream ? (121Kb)"
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On Tuesday, Sep. 28, Israel's high court will hear Tali Fahima's appeal against her administrative (read: without a trial) detention. She is now held in solitary confinement, with no access to books, newspapers, cigarettes, and basic amenities. The 28 years old independent solidarity activist from Kiryat-Gat has committed the worst crime an Israeli can, she crossed the barriers to work with Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp, and befriended a militant. Scroll down to read and sign the petition to Free Tali Fahima, and to catch up on the previous update
the petition team
24 Sep. 2004
The Israeli high court will hear Tali Fahima's appeal against her administrative detention on Tuesday, Sep. 28, at 6 pm. Supporters are encouraged to attend the court session.
Tali Fahima is held in solitary confinement, in no easy conditions. Because of her struggle with the prison management over her rights, she was put through a disciplinary process. The punishments laid on her include: solitary confinement, no access to books, newspapers, visits, cigarettes, and the prison canteen (the only way to acquire such basics as tooth paste, or shampoo). The cell she is held in is small, without any separation between the sleeping area and the toilet -- the toilet is a hole in the floor, from which sewage sometimes flows up.
The right to receive letters has not been taken from her. Write to Tali Fahima, and the letters will reach her.
Neve Tirza Prison
PO Box 297
666 people have already signed the petition, which was published in Haaretz on Sep. 13 (90 inches = 24 x 38 centimeters). Placing the ad cost 12,000 Shekels, and only 5,000 Shekels have so far been collected from 50 endorsers (20 to 200 Shekels a person). We would like to place another ad before the high court session, for which we need donations and additional signatures (about 100 signatures have reached us after the ad was published.
Donations of 100 Shekels (or as you are able to donate) should be sent to PO Box 1335, Kfar Saba, Zip code 44113, or by transferring money to Account #119442, Bank Hapoalim, Branch #679. Write the check to the Coalition HQ, and mark it for the Talli Fahima petition.
NB! The holidays, and the strike may have delayed the checks you have sent. Please email to let us know if you have sent a check in the mail, or transferred money, and what sum was.
A better year to all of us,
The petition team.
Free Tali Fahima - petition
We call for Tali Fahima's release from administrative detention imposed on her by the Minister of Security, after a month long arrest by the police, all based on false accusations by the Shabak (General Secret Service). We object to Tali Fahima's detention, any kind of detention, because we are convinced the government has no grounds to charge her. Tali Fahima is not a spy, nor is she an activist against the security of Israel, as claimed by the government. She is an agent of peace and solidarity on behalf of the disillusioned and sane voices in this hell created by the Israeli policy of occupation.
Tali Fahima is an individual without an organization or a movement. In her personal, innocent way, she works to bring Palestinians and Israelis closer, and in the hardest, apparently impossible places. The government of Israel, through the Shabak, persecutes Tali Fahima without any real charges, and we regret to see the court serve as a rubber stamp for these acts of persecution, the way it does in many other cases.
Has the Israeli government no business left except to persecute a young caring woman whose sole crime is trying to meet, and to understand the situation of Palestinians, and to try on her own to help Palestinian children -- whose life under the cruel occupation are not worth living, pushing them in one way only? We believe the Israeli government is afraid of the crack that Tali Fahima has made in the walls of apartheid and occupation; on her own, and with great courage. The Israeli government continues to operate as a police state, thinking that forcefully silencing Tali Fahima would deter and prevent other women and men from following her groundbreaking path.
We do not believe the claims of the Shabak, which blind the court and distract it from seeing the truth, because we believe Tali Fahima's own truth. Only after the Shabak gave up on recruiting her as an agent, did it decide to arrest her and bring her to trial on groundless charges, in order to silence her clear brave voice. But we can still hear her loud and clear, and we call everyone to join this appeal, demanding that Tali Fahima be released immediately, and drop all the Israeli government's false allegations against her.
734 Endorsers (Oct. 4, 2004):
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7 Sep. 2004
Tel-Aviv - The president of the District Court, Judge Uri Goren, refused yesterday to cancel the administrative detention of independent solidarity activist Tali Fahima and set another court session for next Tuesday, when the Shabak (General Secret Service) officer in charge of Fahima's case will be cross-examined by defense attorney Smadar Ben-Natan. Security Minister Shaul Mofaz issued the administrative detention order against Fahima after a month of so-called interrogation failed to produce any evidence against her.
According to Ben-Natan, Fahima's daily interrogation consisted of extended questioning about her political positions, during which she had to listen, her feet in shackles and her hands cuffed, to lengthy talks about history and politics by her secret service "interrogators." However, Fahima remains resolute in her aspiration to carry on solidarity work with children in Jenin refugee camp, and to create bridges between the increasingly segregated Palestinians and Israelis.State lawyers have claimed that Fahima was involved in the planning of a terrorist attack inside Israel, but claimed that the evidence is so secret it cannot be presented in court.
Dozens of supporters protested outside the court house and called for Fahima's immediate release. The following appeal has already been endorsed by hundreds of supporters. To sign this appeal, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uri Ram, BGU "Uri Ram, a New Historian in the sociology department at Ben Gurion University, is perhaps best known for his assertion that the Jews have no more right to live in Palestine than do the British in India." http://www.meforum.org/article/87
Yoav Ben-Dov TAU "Yoav Ben-Dov teaches the philosophy of science at the Tel Aviv University and is the Israeli Timothy Leary, combining leftist politics with urging people to find contentment through ingesting illegal drugs. He is the head of a movement in Israel demanding legalization of drugs, currently calling itself Free Israel. He has organized on-campus "trance" parties and frequently lectures students on the benefits of using illegal drugs." http://www.meforum.org/article/87
Yoav Peled, TAU "Peled pronounced this view to the world in an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times where he argued that Netanyahu was the cause of Palestinian terrorism." http://www.meforum.org/article/87
a lineup of “experts” dominated by harsh critics of Israel
September 30, 2002
by Alex Safian
NPR's Special Bias
National Public Radio, the taxpayer funded radio network known for its flagrant pro- Palestinian bias, will begin airing on Monday morning, September 30, a special seven part series on the history and origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, featuring a lineup of “experts” dominated by harsh critics of Israel. These include Edward Said, Rashid Khalidi, Avi Shlaim, Phillip Mattar, Yezid Sayigh, Tom Segev, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, and Benny Morris. And the host and researcher for the series, NPR diplomatic correspondent Mike Shuster, also has a history of false and inflammatory reporting on Israel.
According to a NPR press release announcing the series, those interviewed will include:
• Avi Shlaim, Oxford University. Shlaim is one of the so-called “new historians,” whose stock in trade is blaming Israel for all the ills of the Middle East, and specifically for the alleged mass expulsion of Palestinians during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948-49. Shlaim’s particular hobby horse is that Jordan and Israel colluded to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. The tendency of Shlaim and other “new historians” to fabricate and distort in the service of their political agenda was most fully exposed in Professor Efraim Karsh’s Fabricating Israeli History: The New Historians (Frank Cass & Co, Ltd. London, 2000).
Besides tendentious “history,” Shlaim also serves up tendentious op-eds, most recently focused on harsh criticism of Israeli leader Ariel Sharon:
In addition, Shlaim’s crystal ball is at best cloudy, as witnessed by his article in 1999 proclaiming that Ehud Barak’s election would bring peace with the Syrians and the Palestinians closer. This same article also includes the false claims that UN Resolution 194 “upheld the right of the 700,000 [Palestinian] refugees to choose between a return to their original homes and compensation,” and, most incredibly, that Yasir Arafat has “kept his side of the Oslo deal, and continues to co-operate closely with Israeli security services and the CIA in the fight against Islamic extremists ...” (London Review of Books, September 16, 1999).
Ben Gurion University. Morris coined the term “new historian,” and has been one of its leading practitioners. He is most well known for his book The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem. As such he was the leading fabricator exposed in Karsh’s Fabricating Israeli History. However, he has recently begun to blame the Palestinians for the failure of the peace process (Guardian, February 21, 2002).
Beit-Hallahmi is an authority on cults and new religious movements, but is most well known to the general public for his books The Israel Connection: Who Israel Arms and Why and Original Sins: Reflections on History of Zionism and Israel, in which he makes clear his extreme anti-Zionism.
The flavor of Original Sins is immediately evident in Beit-Hallahmi’s acknowledgments, which include thanks to a virtual who’s who of anti-Israel propagandists, including Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Nubar Hovsepian, Edna Hunt, Rashid Khalidi, John Mahoney, Norton Mezvinsky, and Israel Shahak.
After such thanks it is little surprise that in the body of the book Beit-Hallahmi includes such falsehoods as the claim that Israeli Arabs “are excluded from over 90 percent of the land,” and that when Israeli-Arabs “build their own homes in Israel the constructions are considered illegal – and they are.” Both these claims are nonsense, and it is astounding to hear them from an Israeli who can easily witness legal, large-scale Arab building merely by taking a 10 minute drive in his car. Beit-Hallahmi also falsely claims that “the rights to free speech, freedom of association and freedom of religion do not exist in Israel.”
Finally, establishing himself as the perfect NPR guest, Beit-Hallahmi labels Israel a “herrenvolk democracy.” Herrenvolk is German for “master race.”
Despite his academic appointment at a leading US university, Khalidi is regarded by senior PLO officials as a reliable propagandist who “wouldn’t harm the cause”:
Khalidi enjoys the confidence of the PLO and has access to its leaders that stems from the ties he forged while teaching in Beirut from 1974 to 1985, when the PLO maintained its headquarters there.
“He became close to the leadership and gained their confidence,” said Suhail Miari, executive director of the United Holy Land Fund.
For Khalidi’s book, Under Siege: PLO Decisionmaking During the 1982 War, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat made the organizations archives available to him, for the first time.
“He was given access because he’s a serious scholar and a Palestinian who wouldn’t harm the cause,” said Hassan Abdul Rahman, director of the Palestine Affairs Center in Washington ... (Chicago Tribune, October 31, 1991; emphasis added)
... non-Jews are barred by law from purchasing or leasing most properties (Jewish National Fund property, “state land,” and land under control of the Custodian of “Absentee” Property – ie., stolen Arab land) and are barred from renting in segregated Jewish-only neighborhoods. Where is the racism in this picture? (Washington Post, October 1, 1997)
Khalidi also heads the so-called American Committee on Jerusalem , a Washington-based non-profit that regularly engages in crude anti-Israel propaganda. Khalidi, for example, more than once has signed fund raising letters for the ACJ claiming that Israel engages in “ethnic cleansing” in Jerusalem:
... forcing out its Muslim and Christian Arab population, and making Jerusalem an exclusively Israeli city. Israel is attempting to reach its stated goal of a 70% Jewish majority in all of Jerusalem by the year 2020. (ACJ fund raising letter, dated December 1998 and signed by Dr. Rashid Khalidi)
Khalidi’s claim is arrant nonsense. The fact is that Jerusalem’s population in 1967, after reunification, was 74.2% Jewish and 25.8% Arab, and since then the Jewish proportion has declined and the Arab proportion grown, so that today Jerusalem’s population is 31% Arab. That is, the city has become less Jewish and more Arab! Some ethnic cleansing.
Perhaps Khalidi’s most shocking propaganda, however, was his “Remembrance” for the PLO terrorist mastermind known as Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf). Khalaf was notorious for his plots to assassinate King Hussein, and for his leadership of the so-called “Black September” organization, the PLO group that slaughtered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and in 1973 murdered US diplomats in Khartoum. The assassination of the US Ambassador to Lebanon in 1976 was also carried out under Khalaf’s orders. (For details on Khalaf see entry in An Historical Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Greenwood Press.)
Incredibly, Khalidi remembers not one word about any of these bloody terrorist attacks in his “Remembrance.” Instead he credits Khalaf with pioneering the PLO’s “diplomatic strategy” in 1988, with his “eloquent speeches and his back room political skills.”
According to Khalidi, “Abu Iyad will be sorely missed by the Palestinian people to whom he devoted his life.” (Middle East Report, March-April 1991) If this is the sort of history Khalidi writes, no wonder the PLO places so much trust in him.
Like Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Rashid Khalidi is the perfect NPR guest.
neglecting to mention that he is also Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Institute for Palestine Studies, a quasi “academic” organization which was founded in Beirut and has long had close, if unacknowledged, ties to the PLO. Indeed, one State Department official described the IPS as “the unofficial academic wing of the PLO.” (New Republic, May 19, 1982)
Not surprisingly, in a National Geographic article entitled “Who are the Palestinians?” (July 1992), Mattar claimed that the Palestinians are descended from the Canaanites, a pre-Israelite people who had long disappeared from history, thus attempting to trump Israeli claims to the ancient land of the Hebrews.
Mattar is also the author of The Mufti of Jerusalem: Al-Hajj Amin Al-Hussaini, Founder of the Palestinian National Movement. The Mufti was the leader of the Palestinians in the 1930's through the 1950's, and was notorious for his close alliance with the Nazis in World War Two, including his formation of a special Muslim Waffen SS Division in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Known as the Handschar Division, it committed brutal war crimes against Serb Christians, leading the postwar Yugoslavian government to indict the Mufti as a war criminal. Mattar, evidently a member in good standing of the Rashid Khalidi school of history, manages to mention none of these facts.
Israeli author and journalist. Segev is yet another Israeli revisionist, of the same school as Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim. According to Yehoshua Porath, a leading Israeli historian, Segev has:
an eagerness to unearth the darkest truths about Israel's past. He is convinced that past chroniclers of Zionist history did everything in their power - including lying - to whitewash the most sordid deeds committed by the Zionist leadership .. (Azure, Spring 2000)
In rewriting the history of Israel’s absorption of hundreds of thousands of immigrants just after 1948, Segev portrayed Israel’s “leaders not as the heroic, moral ideologues of the classic narrative, but as cynical, conniving, racist and at times even vicious men, who openly conducted policies that discriminated against immigrants from Islamic lands.”
And Segev’s The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, “depicts the leaders of the yishuv, beginning with David Ben-Gurion, paying lip service to the rescue of Europe's Jews during the Second World War while exploiting the catastrophe for their own state-building schemes.”
According to Porath, Segev seems to know:
even before he approached the material, just what conclusions best suited his iconoclastic proclivities, and that his research was no more than a search for confirmation of these conclusions. In part, this effect is created by his slipshod research methods, which at times border on wanton dereliction of his duties as a historian.
Of course, this sounds suspiciously like NPR’s own methods, perhaps explaining Segev’s part in the present project.
• William Quandt, author of Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Quandt is Professor of Political Science at University of Virginia, and a former staffer at the National Security Council under Zbigniew Brzezinski. Quandt has also been a persistent critic of Israel. Speaking on NPR’s All Things Considered, for example, Quandt repeated the land canard mentioned earlier, charging that:
Israel was established as a state for Jews. It has of course an Arab minority who have citizenship rights, but the specific way in which land is owned in Israel is predominantly that the Jewish Agency purchases land on behalf of the Jewish people and then leases it out to its Jewish citizens.
Arabs cannot have access to that land that's owned by the Jewish Agency. They can keep land they have privately owned before the State of Israel was created. There's a small amount of private property that can be traded and Arabs can buy that as well as Jews, but most land is held in trust for the Jewish people, so yes there is a legal basis for what we would flat out call discriminatory practices. (March 8, 1997).
After an extended correspondence with the present author, Professor Quandt admitted his error and notified NPR. The network, however, did not respond to inquiries concerning the matter, nor did it ever air a correction.
• Yezid Sayegh.NPR’s press release identifies Sayegh only as the “author of a monumental study on the Palestinian national movement.” Professor Yezid Sayegh is Assistant Director of the Centre for International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has worked closely with the PLO, first as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation in the early 1990's, and then as a negotiator of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement in 1993-94. He co- authored a book with the previously mentioned Avi Shlaim (The Middle East and the Cold War, 1997).
Like his collaborator Shlaim, Sayegh seems to hold Israeli leader Ariel Sharon in very low regard:
He’s a butcher going all the way back to Qibya ... He’s one person I'd never shake hands with. (Washington Post, October 2, 2000)
• Edward Said. While NPR’s press release identifies Said as a Palestinian-American writer of Peace and its Discontents, he is actually a professor of comparative literature at Columbia University. Said is also a former member of the Palestine National Council, the Palestinian “Parliament in Exile” and the highest policy-making body in the PLO.
Said is a prolific writer of op-eds and broadsides, and he is probably the most well-known Palestinian activist in the world. No matter what the anti-Israel canard, whether it is that Arabs have no access to most land in Israel, or that pre-state Israel colluded in the Nazi holocaust, it is likely that Said has vouched for its accuracy.
Jewish Religion, Jewish History is a mendacious rehash of anti-Semitic themes going back to medieval times, including gems like the claim that Jewish children are taught, “whenever passing near a cemetery, to utter a blessing if the cemetery is Jewish, but to curse the mothers of the dead if it is non-Jewish,” (p. 25 of the English edition).
Or that when, before and after meals, Orthodox Jews engage in the ritual washing of their hands accompanied by special blessings, “on one of these two occasions he is worshiping God ... but on the other he is worshiping Satan ...” (p. 34)
Shahak also repeats the land canard, claiming that “92 percent of Israel’s land is the property of the state and is administered by the Israel Land Authority according to regulations issued by the Jewish National Fund ... [which] denies the right to reside ... to anyone who is not Jewish.” (p. 5)
Finally, it should be noted that the French edition of Shahak’s book is published by La Vielle Taupe, described by Cohn as a “neo-Nazi sect in Paris that publishes books denying the holocaust.”
Despite all this, Said praises Shahak’s scholarship highly, and avers that the booklet, a collection of anti-Semitic lies, is “nothing less that a concise history of classic and modern Judaism insofar as these are relevant to the understanding of modern Israel.”
With regard to his own history, Mr. Said has recently been revealed to be a prevaricator as well. He had long claimed that he grew up in Jerusalem, describing an idyllic childhood in his “beautiful old house,” only to be driven out with his family by the Israelis, thus making him a refugee and the very personification of the oppressed and displaced Palestinian. In fact, Said grew up in a wealthy section of Cairo, attending the posh Gezira Preparatory School. (Commentary, September 1999)
Again, the perfect guest for NPR.
• The other guests slated to appear in the series include Howard Sachar, Anita Shapira and Michael Oren. Sachar is an American historian who is clearly sympathetic towards Israel, Shapira is an Israeli historian who has in recent years criticized the Israeli revisionist historians, and Oren is an Israeli historian best known for his recent New York Times bestseller Six Days of War, on the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
So NPR’s balanced panel of experts includes at least four quite extreme Israeli critics of Israel, at least four extreme Palestinian critics of Israel, one American critic of Israel, and three experts who could be characterized as supportive of Israel – amounting to nine critics of Israel and just three supporters. This exactly mirrors the bias found in NPR’s Middle East coverage generally.
support for those of our students and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories.
We, faculty members from a number of Israeli universities, wish to express our appreciation and support for those of our students and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories. Such service too often involves carrying out orders that have no place in a democratic society founded on the sanctity of human life.
For thirty five years an entire people, some three and a half million in number, have been held without basic human rights. The occupation and oppression of another people have brought the State of Israel to where it is today.
Without an Israeli declaration of an end to the occupation, accompanied by appropriate action--unilateral, if necessary--the present war is not being fought for our home but for the settlements beyond the green line and for the continued oppression of another people.
We hereby express our readiness to do our best to help students who encounter academic, administrative or economic difficulties as a result of their refusal to serve in the territories. We call on the University community at large to support them.
Faculty members who wish to join are welcome to contact Anat Biletzki.
This letter is being updated. So far, 352 faculty members have signed.