It is hard to understand how academics who are, in principle, supposed to deal in facts seem to be able to make sweeping statements that cannot be backed up with facts. In two cases in which I have been involved in “debates” with anti Israel members of the public in the UK, the discussions on water rights and human rights came to an end when, after 3 or 4 rounds of e-mails, I was accused of “not being prepared to debate the issues, I insist on quoting facts”!!!
Israel Academia Monitor, which through its website: www.israel-academia-monitor.com reports on libelous articles, lectures and statements by a large number of Israel’s senior university lecturers and professors. For a full article see http://truthandsurvival.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/israel-academia-monitor/ . Much of what is propagated by these supposed “experts”, is based on half-truths and apparent antipathy for their homeland. Some even have questionable affiliations with other elements hostile to the State of Israel.
Goebbels in World War II is often quoted as saying the “a lie continually repeated becomes the truth” It’s amazing that academics even exist, and more amazing that they are allowed to use their prestigious positions to hawk their nefarious wares. After all, Israel is the ongoing victim of the Big Big Lie, as no other nation has been. And few people in Israel or abroad should be able to recognize the lie as well as these academics. The Lie, promoted through countless media sources and the various United Nations agencies, is that Israel wantonly and forcibly usurped the lands of the hapless Arabs of Palestine, and compounds the felony by subjecting them to humiliating roadblocks, erects huge walls surrounding their towns and villages, imposes curfews, preventing them from receiving hospital treatment, and generally bombs them to smithereens every now and then. (What many people choose to ignore is that the roadblocks, security walls and curfews are what stopped the daily terror attacks against Israel between the years 2000 to 2004.)
Anyone who really knows what’s going on in the Middle East, understands that the grim impression that much of the world has of Israel is a based on half-truth, shrewd selective omission and outright lie. The reality is that tiny Israel, which has always had a Jewish presence, has needed from the outset, to contend with an ongoing Arab quest to plunder this land from the Jews, while staving off genocide. A generation ago, the Arabs weren’t bashful to spell out their intentions. This reality has been craftily been turned on its head by Israel’s many enemies, and most of the world has accepted the Big Lie.
Statements from one academic tells the world that Israel is an apartheid state (clearly he knows nothing about Apartheit) but the world laps it up. Another academic goes one better with: “Israel is a terrorist state worse than the Hamas” whilst one with masochistic disloyalty, called for a worldwide boycott of Israeli universities!
It’s hardly surprising, therefore, when a Hebrew University graduate student submitted a thesis in which she comments that the absence rape of Arab women by Israeli soldiers indicates that Jews are racists and oppressors, who do not even regard Arab women as sexually desirable. Even creditable norms, when evinced by Israel, is seen as bad in the eyes of these woefully misguided so-called intellectuals.
The whole subject of academic disloyalty against one’s own country is multifaceted. Most of these people were once very loyal citizens of Israel. Many were idealists, spending years setting up agricultural settlements on Israel’s borders or serving in elite combat units, often in command positions. This in itself presents a unique study in Israel’s history. But one day, their perfidy will be recorded in the history books for all time.