Thursday, January 3, 2019

Unfortunately, no surprise. Another hard-left turn for Hebrew University - by Eytan Meir

The university’s unwillingness to curb anti-Zionist activity within its grounds creates an atmosphere in which students regularly disregard the instructions of security personnel with impunity.

Eytan Meir..
02 January '19..

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is yet again embroiled in controversy.

Israel’s Public Broadcasting Corporation released recordings on Jan 1 of a senior professor in the university’s Faculty of Humanities berating and humiliating a student for attending class in an Israel Defense Forces’ uniform.

In response to the incident, the university issued a statement “apologiz[ing] to the student who felt hurt,” but did not express any intention to discipline the professor.

While the university’s tepid response might be puzzling to some, it should come as no surprise given its allowance and encouragement of anti-Israel activity to fester on its campus.

This was glaringly evident this past October, when the university joined the judicial battle against the government’s decision to bar BDS and Students for Justice in Palestine activist Lara Alqasem from entering the country.

In the same month, the university’s law faculty held a highly politicized conference titled “Life Under Occupation,” which showcased the university’s diversity by featuring a long lineup of far-left speakers.

The speakers included three writers for Haaretz, two New Israel Fund public council members, a staff member of the terrorist-defending NGO Adalah, the CEO of the far-left NGO Ir Amim, a founding member of B’Tselem and several left-wing professors.

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