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Tel Aviv University
[TAU & BGU] Efraim Davidi, the radical political activist sponsored by the Israeli tax payer
 TAU Efraim Davidi and BGU
davidief@netvision.net.il


23.10.14
Editorial Note



Dr. Efraim Davidi, senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University's Latin American History and Culture and Ben Gurion University's both Social Work and Politics and Government Departments, is a Marxist, a member of the HADASH party.  Like other politically active faculty, Davidi has conveniently merged his political agenda with his academic position.

 

His scholarly output is a case in point.  Written from a Marxist perspective, the material consists of a devastating critique of capitalism in general and Israeli capitalism in particular.  A syllabus of a course he taught last year “An Introduction to the European Welfare State in the 20th Century” is even more telling.  There is no pretense of offering the students a balanced perspectives.  Virtually all the assigned reading represent a Marxist perspective or a Marxist critique. Indeed, the materials could have been featured in a class at Moscow University in the 1960. 

 

During the latest Gaza Operation, Davidi told a leading Argentine paper (below) how dangerous it is to be an Israeli peace activist.  Of course, Davidi did not mention his plush academic job that enabled him to become a peace activist in the first place.  


As a self proclaimed expert on Middle East Davidi recently lectured in Buenos Aires (below) about the Palestinian Israeli conflict.

 

Davidi, like every citizen of Israel has the right to oppose Israeli policies or to become a member of a political party.

 

The real question is why Tel Aviv University or Ben Gurion University should be using taxpayers money to have someone like Davidi teach students courses that belong to the Agit-Prop tradition of Soviet scholarship circa the 1960s.






04 OCT 2014
A must talk about the Middle East  
talk-about-middle-east 

Who remembers the occupation? 
Two people two states, is it possible? 
Is the Israeli population increasingly becoming right wing? 
What's behind the conflict? 

GUEST SPEAKER: 

DR. EFRAIM DAVIDI 

of Sec. policy of the Communist Party of Israel and Hadash Front leader.

Idisher Cultur Farband
Federación de Entidades Culturales Judías de la Argentina
Domicilio: Lavalleja 182 – CABA
Mail: info@icuf.org.ar / icuf@icuf.org.ar
Tel: 54-11 4856-9898


Se viene una charla imperdible sobre Medio Oriente
charla-sobre-medio-oriente

¿Quién se acuerda de la ocupación? 
Dos pueblos dos estados, ¿es posible? 
¿La población israelí está cada vez más derechizada? 
¿Qué hay por detrás del conflicto?

ORADOR INVITADO:

DR. EFRAIM DAVIDI

del Sec. Política del Partido Comunista de Israel y dirigente del Frente Hadash.


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BGU Efraim Davidi: "In Israel, peace groups and opponents of the conflict are afraid"


Clarín is the largest newspaper in Argentina, founded in 1945 and is based in Buenos Aires.

22/07/14 

"In Israel, peace groups and opponents of the conflict are afraid" says Efraim Davidi, a scholar from Argentina interviewed by a journalist of local newspaper Clarin


By Ana Garralda 


"Today Israeli pacifists and leftists are afraid " , Efraim Davidi told Clarin from his home in Tel Aviv, referring to groups that oppose the current military offensive. This Professor of Economics and History at the City University, member of the leadership of the Israeli Communist Party, is one of the harshest critics of the society he  lives in  for more than 40 years. "If you go out there and protest, there will be 800 fascists who want to kill you, so you decide to stay at home," says the Argentine-born Israeli who has organized some of the latest protests that have taken place  in the country against the offensive in the Gaza Strip. "In one of the last we almost did not live to tell. We had 30 wounded", he said. 


Since the death last June of the 3 Israeli teenagers, Naftali Fraenkel, Yifrah Eyal and Gilad Saar which triggered a new crisis between Israelis and Palestinians, dozens of right-wing groups in Israel have gathered in different parts of the country shouting "Death to Arabs", igniting the minds of passersby who often watched either perplexed or indifferent, these racist remarks. "Historically,  attacks here usually occur from the right onto the left," said Davidi. "There are several precedents, but the most famous is the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. It was not the action  of an Arab but of a a radical Jew" he says. 


For the historian this new escalation of violence will not be the last nor is it at the root of the Gaza fighting. "The basic problem is the occupation of Palestinian territories and while that does not end, the violence will continue," he explains. Davidi uses his college major to explain his reasoning and, according to him, one must go back to  November 29th.,1947 when the partition of the British Mandate of Palestine happened . It must only be remembered  that they (the Palestinians) never came to have their State. That's in the background of everything, "he adds. 


However, the opinion of Efraim Davidi is an exception in a larger set of voices calling for the reoccupation of the Gaza strip and so to end  the incessant rocket fire from the coastal enclave that occurred in recent years. 


"This is no way to go on living ," says Judith Levy, a resident of Jerusalem, the city that rarely suffers from projectiles arriving from  Gaza (except for the last 2 weeks). "This is never going to end, or at least not until  Gaza is occupied again, as it was until 2005," says Judith to Clarin  . 


A significant percentage of the Israeli population  thinks like her:  among them, many Argentine Jews who made â€‹â€‹"aliyah" (immigration) to Israel a few years ago and now have dual nationality- a phenomenon that can  be equalized to the number of ministers that the more radical wing of the political spectrum have in the coalition government. 


"According to the  increase in the number of deaths and the lengthening of  the conflict continues we will see how Israelis take to the streets," said Davidi. "Yes, however, there are marches against Israel's military offensive in Gaza and what happens there, but it is not reported  in the local media, it is not interesting," he concludes.


22/07/14

“En Israel, los grupos de pacifistas y los opositores al conflicto tienen miedo”
Lo dijo a Clarín Efraín Davidi, un académico de origen argentino.
Ana Garralda
“Hoy en Israel los pacifistas y la gente de izquierdas tiene miedo”, explica a Clarín Efraín Davidi desde su casa en Tel Aviv, aludiendo a los grupos que se oponen a la actual ofensiva militar. Este profesor de Economía e Historia en la Universidad de la ciudad, miembro de la dirección del Partido Comunista Israelí, es una de las voces más críticas de la sociedad donde vive desde hace más de 40 años. “Si sales a manifestarte y hay 800 fascistas que quieren matarte, igual decides quedarte en casa”, asegura este israelí de origen argentino que ha organizado alguna de las últimas protestas desarrolladas en el país en contra de la ofensiva en la Franja de Gaza. ¨En una de las últimas casi no la contamos. Tuvimos 30 heridos¨, asegura.

Desde la muerte el pasado mes de junio de los 3 adolescentes israelíes, Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah y Gilad Saar –que supuso el detonante de la nueva crisis entre israelíes y palestinos– decenas de grupos de ultraderecha en Israel se han congregado en distintos puntos del país al grito de “Muerte a los árabes”, encendiendo los ánimos de los viandantes que a menudo observaban, bien perplejos o indiferentes, estas manifestaciones racistas. “Históricamente aquí los ataques suelen producirse desde la derecha a la izquierda”, comenta Davidi. “Hay varios precedentes, pero el más famoso es el asesinato de Isaac Rabin. No fue el atentado de un árabe sino de un judío radical”, puntualiza.

Para este historiador esta nueva escalada de la violencia no va a ser la última ni tampoco está en Gaza la raíz de los enfrentamientos. “El problema de base es la ocupación de los territorios palestinos y mientras eso no acabe la violencia continuará”, explica. Davidi recurre a su especialización universitaria para explicar su razonamiento y, según él, hay que retroceder al 29 de noviembre de 1947. ¨Entonces se acordó la partición del Mandato británico de Palestina, solo que ellos (los palestinos) nunca llegaron a tener su Estado. Eso está en el trasfondo de todo”, añade.

Sin embargo, la opinión de Efraim Davidi es una excepción en un conjunto mayor de voces que piden la reocupación de la Franja de Gaza y que se termine con el incesante lanzamiento de cohetes desde el enclave costero ocurrido en los últimos años.

“No hay forma de seguir viviendo así”, afirma a Clarín Judith Levy, residente en Jerusalén, ciudad hasta la que rara vez llegan los proyectiles desde la Franja (a excepción de las últimas 2 semanas). “Esto no se va a acabar nunca, o al menos hasta que ocupen de nuevo Gaza, como estuvo hasta 2005”, asevera Judith.

Como ella piensa un porcentaje nada desdeñable de la población israelí, –entre ellos, muchos de los judíos argentinos que hicieron “aliyah” (inmigración) a Israel hace unos años y que hoy cuentan con la doble nacionalidad–, fenómeno extrapolable al número de ministros que el ala más radical del espectro político mantiene en la coalición de gobierno.

“Según aumente el número de muertos y se prolongue el conflicto veremos cómo los israelíes se echan a la calle”, afirma Davidi. “Sí, en cambio, hay en Israel marchas contra la ofensiva militar en Gaza y de lo que sucede allí, pero no salen en los medios locales, no interesa”, concluye.

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