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Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv University - A Double Agent
06.06.13
Editorial Note: 

 
On April 2013 the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University issued its annual report on the state of anti-Semitism around the world, "Antisemitic manifestations worldwide 2012".  The lengthy document listed a large number of anti-Semitic incidents, but what attracted our attention was a short segment devoted to the growing phenomenon of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.  As IAM frequently points out, the European Union Monitoring Center's "Working Definition of anti-Semitism" considers certain anti-Zionist critique to be a new form of anti-Semitism; invidious comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany were termed "nazifcation of Israel."
 
It was gratifying to see that they  mentioned - apparently for the first time - "nazification of Israel.' Sadly, the authors focused their attention on cases of "nazification" abroad.

While some Israeli academics such as Moshe Zimmermann (HUJ) use terms like Judeo-Nazis, pioneered by Yeshayahu Leibowitz and Israel Shahak (HUJ), others resort to sophisticated linguistic manipulations designed to create a link between the two situations.  As the article from 2002 "Don't Fence Me In" by Neve Gordon (BGU) illustrates, Gordon seeks to create such an equivalency in a review of a book about barbed wires.  He speaks about the "architectural similarity" between the "camps Israel created to hold the Palestinian and the concentration camps Jews were held during the Holocaust. He writes:

“Explicating and trying to understand the continued widespread use of barbed wire could have added an additional dimension to this fascinating book. For example, examining the architectural similarity and differences between the camps Israel has constructed to hold Palestinians and the concentration camps Jews were held in during the Holocaust, urges one to ponder how it is that the reappearance of barbed wire in the Israeli landscape does not engender an outcry among survivors.” 

Neve Gordon knows very well that there are no concentration camps for the Palestinians, but he uses this linguistic ploy to add to the "nazification of Israel' theme.  

It is not clear why the Kantor Center decided to omit Israeli faculty who have engaged in prodigious efforts to "nazify Israel."

Indeed, they did not have to look too far, as TAU Professors Moshe Zuckermann (Cohn Institute) , Adi Ophir and Ariella Azoulay (Minerva Humanities) have carried the "nazification" campaign for years.

Tel Aviv University plays a double agent, on the one hand it provides information on anti-Semitism but on the other, some of its scholars engage in what the EU considers anti-Semitism.


Bil’in, July 12, 2012
In this act, too, Palestinians are the ones who will be arrested. This time, however, they force the Israeli soldiers to chase them as if they were chasing (Jewish) prisoners under the Nazi regime. The soldiers can insist that these are only Palestinians, but the photographic act preserves the meaning with which Palestinians wanted to imbue the situation.
© Photograph Haitham Khatib / Haitham Khatib Photography 
 
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Iranian media: TAU Moshe Zuckermann in Germany: Israel is like the German Nazi regime in 1933, an apartheid


Date2011/01/10     source: irna

Jewish Sociologist Says Israel Uses Iran for 'Diversion Policy'

Israel has been instrumentalizing the issue of Iran threat ideologically to divert attention from its growing problems, said renowned Israeli historian and sociologist Moshe Zuckermann


Jewish Sociologist Says Israel Uses Iran for (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Israel has been instrumentalizing the issue of Iran threat ideologically to divert attention from its growing problems, said renowned Israeli historian and sociologist Moshe Zuckermann.

Addressing an international conference of radical leftist parties in Berlin, Zuckermann said that the Zionist regime has been using the alleged Iranian 'threat' as a 'diversion policy' to cover up its own racist policies and its failure to seal a peace agreement with the Palestinian side.

The Jewish dissident warned that the Zionist regime was facing 'the abyss' over 
its mounting racist and fascist policies.

He likened the current state of affairs in Israel with the rise of the German Nazi regime in 1933, saying the Zionist regime has become an 'apartheid regime.'

Zuckermann had in the past lambasted the Zionist regime for instrumentalizing anti-Semitism and the Holocaust to muzzle any criticism of Tel Aviv regime.

He had accused Israeli leaders of misusing anti-Semitism as a 'political weapon' to pursue an even 'more repressive policy' internally.

The scholar who has written a book on Israel's instrumentalizing of anti-Semitism, said there had been thousands of examples' of such a misuse.

Zuckermann had also accused the influential German Central Council of Jews of misusing anti-Semitism and the Holocaust to silence critics of the Zionist regime.

His remarks come in the wake of statements by the Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews Stephan Kramer who openly admitted Israel was using the Holocaust issue for its own political agenda.

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