From January 2007 Letters to the Editor
The Jewish Voice and Opinion, Englewood, NJ
As a recent immigrant to Israel from Northern NJ, I just finished
reading with uncontrollable disgust and revulsion your December feature on the
disgraceful and treasonous behavior of Neve Gordon ["Accusations of
Slander, Plagiarism, and Holocaust Revisionism, Beyond Chutzpah: A Tale
of Steve, Neve, Alan, and Norman," Dec 2006]. But my outrage was less
directed at him than at the University that endorses and defends his
antisemitic and anti-democratic behavior.
The fact of the matter is Ben Gurion University (BGU) is increasingly
earning its nickname as the "Israeli University of Treason" and the "Bir
Zeit of the Negev." While all Israeli universities have some
anti-Israel and antisemitic lunatics on their faculties, all the other schools
openly repudiate theirs!
The heads of the University of Haifa have long been quite candid about
the disgust they feel towards Ilan Pappe and have repeatedly repudiated him.
They have even attempted to get him dismissed (alas, unsuccessfully).
The other Israeli universities have also distanced themselves from their
treasonous extremists and have publicly repudiated them. BGU is the only
Israeli school that has consistently backed and endorsed the rabid
anti-Israel extremism of its seditious faculty members, first and
foremost Neve Gordon himself (whose "academic career" consists of little beyond
turning out anti-Israel hate propaganda and running his classroom as an
anti-Zionist indoctrination camp). The school is also home to Lev
Grinberg, Oren Yiftachel, and dozens of others.
That such people are employed at a university named after the great
David Ben Gurion is disgraceful enough, but it also dramatically illustrates
the fact that in most of the social sciences and humanities departments at
BGU, academic standards have simply been trashed and people are being
hired and promoted entirely on the basis of their fashionable
anti-Israel politics and ability to turn out anti-Israel hate propaganda.
In other words, BGU today is less interested in being a serious research
institution than it is in being at the forefront of the movement to see
Those of us who care about Israel must draw the logical conclusion. We
want our donations to Israel to be used to build up the Jewish state,
not tear it down. And that is why not a single dime should be contributed to
BGU as long as Neve Gordon and his seditious cronies are employed there.
Parents of college-age students should be urged to send their children
elsewhere to study. Representatives of BGU coming to our communities
should be treated as persona non grata.