Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What the Left says about the Left.

This past January 8th, Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Law held a conference entitled "Security prisoners or political prisoners? For those of you who may be unaware, TAU is a bastion of the Israeli Left. They could have just as well renamed their conference, "Mislabeled and Misunderstood Terrorists are just Fun-loving Political Prisoners." They were proud to count among their attendees the recently released from prison, Tali Fahima, famous (and charged, convicted and imprisoned) for aiding and abetting the enemy (during wartime).

Maariv commenter Ben-Dror Yemini compared the conference to the Holocaust-denial conference recently held in Teheran: (The following is all quoted here in the JPost)
"Hosting those that deny the Zionist enterprise's right to exist in Tel Aviv University is not very different from hosting Holocaust deniers in Teheran University. The pretext of 'academic freedom of speech' is starting to sound increasingly hackneyed and hollow. Not only in Teheran... in Tel Aviv too."
But the even more condescending was Prof. Amnon Rubenstein, one of the founders of the political Leftist Party, Meretz: (assorted quotes follow)
The novelty at the Tel Aviv University conference was its purpose: to present Palestinian terrorists as political prisoners. In order to do so a terrorist who had been sentenced to 27 years in prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a bus was invited and given a seat on the podium in the law faculty's Hall of Justice auditorium.

That is new. It goes without saying that it didn't occur to the faculty leaders to invite on the podium, in addition to the terrorist, a victim of the terror that targets Jews because they are Jews; because as we all know, Jews are not entitled to human rights. (Jameel: correction, Settlers, Religious, and Rightwing Jews are not entitled to human rights)
Would the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty be willing to hold a conference spotlighting the violation of Israelis' human rights by Palestinian war criminals? Don't make me laugh.
He asks:
Would it be acceptable for such an Israeli Arab college to hold a conference of Holocaust deniers, or one on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion? Or to invite someone who preaches Nazism, simply because it was a conference organized by an academic institution and held inside it? Based on the precedent set by the Law Faculty of Tel Aviv University, the answer would have to be yes.
Of course, the leftist bloggers were scathing in their condemnation of Neturei Karta for attending the Iranian Conference -- and of course, they look to PA President Abbas as a partner, despite also being an avid Holocaust Denier.

He ends with:
I write these words in anger mixed with pain. I was among the founders of Tel Aviv University's Law Faculty, and its first dean. Among the other founders were the late professors Ze'ev Zeltner and Gualtiero Procaccia, and professors Yoram Dinstein, Daniel Friedman and Uriel Reichman. I am convinced that not one of them could have imagined that the institute they established would sink so low as to invite a terrorist - even one that had served out his term - to speak on the podium in the Hall of Justice. It is a shame and an outrage.
So how do I look at Prof. Rubenstein? Truth be told, he was the most right wing of Meretz...yet he didn't say much about the Human Rights violations against the Jews of Gush Katif and Northern Shomron who still have no housing solutions and the majority lack employment.

The plain fact is, since the Left does not decry the abhorrent situation that they wrought upon the Jews of Gush Katif, and do nothing on any level to help them, proves beyond a doubt that their agenda is not a Jewish one.

Or even one of a human and civil rights.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael


tafka PP said...

Fahima, not Fatima.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Tafka: Correct; thanks (fixing it now). But that's all you could comment? Nothing else? Do you concur? Disagree?

YMedad said...

I feel so sorry for Amnon. After writing a book (see below) that was semi-anti, he now finds himself sharing a protective bomb cellar with us revenants.

The Zionist Dream Revisited: From Herzl to Gush Emunim and Back. Amnon Rubinstein. New York: Schocken, 1984, 204 pp. $14.95

Reviewed by John C. Campbell, Foreign Affairs, Summer 1984

Ever since the war of 1967, and especially since that of 1982, the old questions of the meaning of Zionism and Jewish destiny have become the subject of increasing concern and debate in Israel. Rubinstein, a member of the Knesset from a small party, shows how the concept of a model, secular nation-state, formerly generally accepted, has been undermined and challenged by new developments. The revival of religious fundamentalism and the rise of Likud especially have contributed to this and have brought the country to the satus of international pariah, to match that of Jewish communities in the old diaspora, and sparked the revival of anti-Semitism in the world. He acknowledges disappointment and failure but retains the belief that Zionism came to Palestine to build a home, not a temple, and must seek to make Israel "a good neighbor, not a recluse destined and willing to reside alone."

JoeSettler said...

Tali Fahita.

If you're gonna get it wrong, get it wrong right.

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