|[Hebrew U] David Shulman on Sheikh Jarrah 65th demo: “Light” Fascism...Anti-democratic laws of the Knesset...racist and fanatically nationalist character put into effect|
David Shulman's Hebrew University webpage http://religions.huji.ac.il/faculty/shulman.html
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Prof' David Shulman teaches the course http://amirim.mscc.huji.ac.il/eng_courses.htm
08212 History: Fact or Fiction? Professors David Shulman and Dror Wahrman
This course will address the different registers in which we can understand historical thought and practice. What are history's claims to "truth" and what is their basis? What is the difference between history and a novel or an epic? What are the possible methodological lessons to draw from these questions? The course, taught by a Europeanist and a South-Asianist, will consider these questions in a broad comparative perspective over time and space.
Shulman has been a long time supporter of the convicted criminal Ezra Nawi, who also helps Palestinians, Nawi was convicted in 1992 for committing a sodomy act in a youth and for drug abuse. But when asked, Shulman said he knew of Nawi's criminal past, "this is an old thing which happened long time ago therefore irrelevant, people change in life, including Nawi", he said. A google search for Ezra Nawi and David Shulman together shows about 1,560 results.
Shulman has been a long time activist against Israeli police. Below is a report from 2009 taken from the blog Tikkun Olam about clashes in Bat Ayin between the Israeli police and pro-Palestinian/Palestinian activists, this is one month after a terrorist carrying axe attacked two and killed 16-year-old youth in the settlement of Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion. Shulman, insensitive to settlers, is one of the participants:
Ta’ayush leaders, David Shulman (also a Hebrew University professor ) and Joseph Dana, report that peace activists who attempted to accompany the West Bank villagers of al-Safa yesterday to harvest their fields were met with brutal force by the Israeli Border Police. One Palestinian suffered a broken leg. An Israeli teenager suffered a severely sprained arm that they thought was broken.
David’s report came via eyewitness Amiel Vardi, whose daughter’s arm was nearly broken:
Amiel says that not only were the 30 activists arrested as soon as they arrived at as-Safa to accompany the farmers to their fields, but they were also savagely beaten at the time of the arrests and then beaten again, severely, with clubs, while being transported to the police station. We are talking about people who had their heads rammed against the sides of the army jeeps, and severe beatings with clubs in full view of the senior commanders who were present there– two Mahatim, that is, brigade commanders. No policemen were involved– these were Border Police (two units), and the sense is that they had explicit orders to do this. Sahar, Amiel’s daughter, had her arm badly twisted but fortunately not broken. One of the Palestinians had his leg broken.
All of us have been arrested before, most of us many times, but we’ve never seen this– although we know it’s common practice used against Palestinian arrestees. It was a very frightening experience, not much different in kind from what the Iranian regime has been doing to protesters in the streets of Iran (in case anyone thinks Israel is more enlightened than Iran).
…We need to get this information out into the international media as soon as possible.
The Hebrew press also reported on this event.
Shulman is not alone, he can always count on his old friends and colleagues from the Hebrew University, Amiel Vardi [Classics] and Bernard Avishai [Business].