|[U of Haifa, Psychology] Micah Leshem's anti-Semitic Cartoon - Round Two|
Here are just a few notes. First, Leshem wrote to thank us for giving publicity to his "important" commentary on the Israeli government politics.
After receiving reactions from our readers, however, he changed his mind. He now accuses IAM for publicizing his picture and place of employment to encourage harassment by what he described as "your pitiful followers." Though his English is not very clear, he seems to also accuse IAM of "edifying Academic thinking of your hordes. [sic]"
He then states that our main goal of notifying donors did not succeed, because no donors contacted him. We would like to let Professor Leshem know that he is wrong about that. We know of at least one person that wrote to him who is a donor to Israeli universities.
More broadly, as Academic Freedom in Israel in Comparative Perspective indicates, the University of Haifa has never recovered its donor base after the Ilan Pappe/Teddy Katz incident involving fabricated evidence of an alleged massacre in Tantura. Donors at Ben Gurion University reacted in a similar way to provocative statements made by Professor Neve Gordon - putting on hold the much needed expansion and modernization of the library there.
Academic freedom is a sacred principle but it has its limits: it should be counterbalanced by a sense of responsibility to the institution and, in the case of public universities, to the taxpayers and their elected representatives.
There are numerous ways in which faculty can criticize the government. But an anti-Semitic cartoon that bears an uncanny resemblance to the pages of Der Stuermer - published by the notorious Nazi Julius Streicher - is not one of them.
One of the respondents speculated, tongue in cheek, on Professor Leshem's state of mind.
As a rule, IAM does not deal with the psychological motives of radical faculty, but just in case the respondent's critic is right, the academy is not a place for working out private emotions such as hatred and rage.
Translated by Google
It seems that the Professor of Psychology needs a psychologist for himself
In any case one should not be a great psychologist to see how much hatred ... what a mess ... and how visible is the distress seen in your work of art.
Today, the rarest commodity is attention .. Children upload photos to Facebook and become addicted to "Likes" and how much noise they make ... how much attention they receive.
It turns out that this disease did not skip adults - those people that their motivation for harvesting achievements is their paranoia, their low self-esteem ...Sometimes it just does not help .. And the deprivation does not heal .. And something with a stronger effect is needed ... Something that will create a big "show" ... More spotlights ...
And those people are like you Mr. Professor ... Search for any possible way to provoke ... To sow hatred ... And to challenge ...
Mr. Professor of an Israeli university that claims to be a psychologist, here is a tip: Get a psychology treatment and denounce that deprivation, for the sake of humanity ... And especially for yourself.
Wishing you a complete medical recovery