Israel Academia Monitor
Lately, increasing attention has been focused on the activities of tenured extremists at universities in Israel. Israeli university campuses may be more politicized and contain larger numbers of extremists than universities in other democratic countries, people working to support the enemies of their own country during a time of war. Israeli universities are increasingly serving as bases for open seditious activism by a large number of faculty members, who serve as fig leaves for those attacking Israel and opposing it very existence, serving as the "Israelis critical of their own country" who supposedly clear the enemies of Israel of any suspicion that they operate out of ulterior motives. These Israeli academics justify anti-Israel terrorism, denounce Zionism as a form of racism, and denounce Israel as a supposed fascist country (see examples below.)
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To expose these extremists, Israel Academia Monitor monitors abuses of academic freedom and politicalization of Israeli campuses by radicals who collaborate with anti-Semites and bashers of Israel from around the world. The purpose of Israel Academia Monitor is to bring to light abuses of academic freedom in Israelincluding on-campus indoctrination in political extremism. It is modeled in part on the highly successful "Campus Watch" in the United States. ,
IAM asks donors to Israeli universities to earmark one penny for every dollar that they contribute to those universities for IAM. This can be thought to be a sort of "insurance" to help "keep the Israeli campuses honest", and as a way to keep donors and others informed about what is being done with such contributions, documenting what sorts of campus activities are ultimately being (mis-) financed with these generous donations.
Israeli academic institutions have been misused in recent years as platforms for radical anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic propagandizing often by tenured radicals with embarrassing academic records and dubious research credentials. These include Israeli faculty denouncing their own country in the foreign press as "genocidal" and supposedly perpetrating nazi-like war crimes, professors who publish articles proclaiming Israel a fascist apartheid state engaged in "state terrorism," lecturers who endorse Arab terrorism against Jews, applaud the Hizbollah, and call for Israel to be dismantled entirely
Moreover the Israeli campus has become politicized, with faculty hiring and promotion decisions subordinated to political bias. The Israeli extremist academics recruited through this politicized process have misused their podiums to spread anti-Israel libel and venom, while aiding and abetting haters of Israeland of Jews from around the world, including those seeking to boycott and demonize Israel. At the same time, the radicals are working to constrict the academic freedom of non-leftists on campus, such as a Russian-born computer programmer threatened recently with firing from the Weizmann Institute for wearing a lapel pin,or a political science lecturer at Ben fired for failing to pass a political litmus test of anti-Israel radicalism.GurionUniversity
The activities of faculty campus extremists and anti-Israel radicals is financed through the state subsidies and budget allocations to the universities of Israeli taxpayers and the financial gifts to the universities from donors and contributors. The activities being financed include political indoctrination of students inside the classroom, and organizing students for purposes of lawbreaking and refusal to serve their country in the military.
Israel Academia Monitor (IAM) was founded and is operated by a group of concerned academics, students, researchers, journalists, alumni, and others. Its goal is to bring to light statements and articles written by and about the Israeli academic extremists and university anti-Zionists.
The IAM web site is now filled with citations of anti-Israel extremism, endorsements of Israel's destruction, rationalizations of anti-Israel terrorism, defamation of Israel and of Jews, all these the doings of extremist faculty members at Israeli universities. The citations are arranged by university and by faculty member name, and the web site is designed to serve as a reference tool and user-friendly resource for the media and others.
Among the many academics featured on the Israel Academia Monitor web site are Oren Yiftachel from Ben-Gurion University, denouncing Israel repeatedly as an apartheid state, Neve Gordon, also from BGU, declaring that Israel is becoming fascist and is a terrorist state worse than the Hamas, Moshe Zimmerman from the Hebrew University comparing the Torah to Mein Kampf, Tanya Reinhart and Paul Wexler from Tel Aviv University calling for a worldwide boycott of Israeli universities, Ran HaCohen from Tel Aviv University endorsing Hizbullah attacks on Israel, and many, many more. IAM documents the Israeli university faculty members who promote mutiny and insurrection by soldiers, who collaborate with anti-Semites and enemies of IsraelIsrael and Jews, and who support lawlessness and terror., who sign petitions defaming
Israeli universities are recipients of a great deal of generosity from Jews in North America and elsewhere. The lion's shares of the "development budgets" of the universities (which includes construction of new buildings) come from overseas donations. Less than 20% of these costs are covered by Israeli governmental allotments. In addition, as of the 2002-3 fiscal year, approximately 400 million shekels out of the "ordinary" or operating budgets of the universities were covered by such contributions.
The generous people making these contributions are entitled to know what is really happening on Israeli campuses. These donors are in a position to utilize IAM's information banks to help make a difference.
Since coming on line a few months ago, IAM has already made a major impact upon political discourse in Israel. Articles describing the operations of IAM and debating its role have appeared in a large number of newspapers and web sites, including the Times Higher Education Supplement (UK), the NY Jewish Press, the Jerusalem Post, Frontpage Magazine, History News Network, Outpost, the National Catholic Reporter, London Jewish News, Jewish Voice and Opinion, and quite a few others. The materials documented and archived on the web site of IAM have been tapped and used for journalistic reports and exposes in several Israeli and non-Israeli newspapers, including in a number of columns that appeared in Maariv, Israel's second largest daily.
Since IAM began its operations, there are growing signs that the anti-Israel extremists on Israeli campuses are becoming wary and cautious about what they say and write, realizing that their anti-Israel activities are being monitored and will be exposed. As indicators of the impact, there are a number of far-leftist anti-Israel newspapers and web sites that operate in Israel, which, until a few months ago were dominated by Israeli academic extremists, but have now emptied out of such people.
IAM participants are now appealing for financial support to those who believe in its mission and think that its activities need to continue and expand. It should be emphasized that IAM is non-partisan and has no political nor other institutional ties. Its sole purpose is to monitor and expose academic extremism on Israeli campuses. It believes in freedom of speech and academic freedom, and thinks these are ultimately best protected by exposing extremism to the light of day.
-- Dana Barnett, Director.