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Latest News from Israel's Academic Fifth Column

Just in July and August this year, I found the following five quotes made by Israeli men arguing that the Arab-Israeli conflict is resolvable, or thinking that if we have a one–State solution, Jews and Arabs will live in harmony. If worse comes to worse, they think, under Muslim rule once Israel lost the battle, they will be happily spared, while spreading such words they get loads of support from bashing-Israel organizations. Here they are:

Ilan Pappe, University of Haifa - "...To sum up, Hizbollah’s achievement may indicate that the days of the US empire in the Middle East are numbered and nearly over. However in history “nearly” can take years..." http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=9495
Pappe's twisted history can be found at
http://www.bintjbeil.com/articles/en/021020_pappe.html

Gadi Elgazi, Tel Aviv University: "this war is being carried out on the poorest peoples' backs, both in Israel and Lebanon. Those who cannot escape pay the dearest price of this war."

Dov Khenin, (Tel Aviv University) MK, praised those who participated in the demonstration and said that "a demonstration attended by thousands expresses the expansion of the anti-war
front"…http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3286718,00.html (in Hebrew)

Daniel Bartal, Tel Aviv University –
"I belong to those who consider Israel's reaction with massive bombing, the widespread extent of the violence, the widespread damage to the civilian population, the unwillingness to negotiate, and the unwillingness to accept a ceasefire as symptoms of Israel's forceful way, as an
expression of the culture of conflict that has become rooted in Israeli society, as an expression of the blind rallying of its members, of the ethnocentric, simplistic and one-sided perception of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the military's decisive influence on our lives and ways here [in this country]"
http://www.livecity.co.il/site/detail/detail/detailDetail.asp?detail_id=239509&depart_id=23941 (in Hebrew)

Ze'ev Sternhell, Hebrew University, in Haaretz: "Let's declare victory and start talking":
"And a word about the price of American support. Sometimes it seems as if U.S. President George W. Bush wants Israel both to destroy Lebanon and to sustain painful losses. That way, Israel provides him with an excellent alibi for the war in Iraq:
The fight against terror is global, the blood price is the same, the methods of operation and the means are identical, and the time needed for victory is long. The Israeli vassal is serving its master no less than the master is providing for its needs."

Ze'ev Maoz, Tel Aviv University –
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/742257.html
"There's practically a holy consensus right now that the war in the North is a just war and that morality is on our side. The bitter truth must be said: this holy consensus is based on short-range selective memory, an introverted worldview, and double standards.
This war is not a just war. Israel is using excessive force without distinguishing between civilian population and enemy, whose sole purpose is extortion. That is not to say that morality and justice are on
Hezbollah's side. Most certainly not. But the fact that Hezbollah "started it" when it kidnapped soldiers from across an international border does not even begin to tilt the scales of justice toward our side."

Some more pearls from the mouth of Ze'ev Maoz: In October, 1996 he said: "chance of army coup now possible." And in August 1996: "If the political deadlock continues for a long time, and Syria reaches the conclusion that there is no solution in the political option, it may reconsider the military option as a viable one," he [Ze'ev Maoz] wrote.
In March 2002 he was interviewed saying: "Any initiative that comes from the Arab world makes me considerably more optimistic," says Ze'ev Maoz, an Israeli political scientist, "because it has the potential ... to lower the psychological barriers that many Israelis have in terms of making concessions for peace." At the same article it said: "Tel Aviv University professor Maoz says Israeli supporters of a negotiated solution are "regrouping because they are starting to realize that a policy of applying force just for the sake of applying force, without any sort of political vision, doesn't lead anywhere."
Further reading on Ze'ev Maoz:
http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/4768/edition_id/87/format/html/displaystory.html http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/4316/edition_id/78/format/html/displaystory.html http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0308/p06s01-wome.html
http://www.freeman.org/m_online/sep96/basch.htm (half way down the page) Those are not just Israeli men, they are Israeli academics. Why should we have to listen to their nonsense? Even though we all support freedom of speech, why should the Israeli public accept academics who are calling for its destruction?
Dr. Haim Bresheeth is an ex-Israeli who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He wrote an article to Al-Ahram recently which says: "…I have no doubt that many of those who justify and argue away Israeli barbarities as "strategic moves" are quietly ashamed of themselves, but hold the party line as is expected of them. In so doing, they betray Jewish tradition and values, Jewish liberalism, and a long history of suffering from racism and anti-Semitism. They also make such terrifying historical echoes more likely to return in the future, when they are part of removing the limits and boundaries, of justifying the unjustifiable. Justice, we learnt from Hillel the Elder, is not divisible -- either we all have it, or none shall have it. They, and the rest of us, may rue the day they were too
frightened to remember their own history, and act to keep the boundaries intact between humanity and barbarism."
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/807/op113.htm
After reading all this it is hard to resist the conclusion that some of the above mentioned "academics" were hired to teach in their universities and promoted not for their research merits but their political extremism.

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