While operation Pillar of Defense against Gaza terrorism was on, in November, 2012, Jewish and Arab students honored by standing at attention in memory of the Hamas chief of staff, the murderer Ahmad Jaabri. A few days later, Camal Hatib, a senior member of the anti-Israeli Islamic Movement Northern Branch, who once called Jews “fleas,” was invited to hand out awards to excelling students.
But the worst damage, by far, to Israel is being caused by Haifa University’s legal clinics, which serve almost exclusively jailed Palestinian terrorists.
It’s all done under an academic cover, with open collaboration with extremist radical organizations, many of which are funded by the New Israel Fund and foreign governments.
And Jewish students are recruited to work for free in support of the Palestinian enemy, prisoners of an academic system that they must obey or risk not graduating.
According to a study of hundreds of appeals and court decisions conducted by Dr. Shahar Golan and published by Im Tirtzu (Politics in Haifa University Law Clinics), “The legal clinics are trying to camouflage and conceal their controversial agenda in order to to avoid a critical and incisive discussion of their activities. At the same time, participating students have been victimized by having to be accosted with chauvinistic anti-Israel propaganda. Needless to say, such anti-Israeli propaganda only wears away at the fabric of Israeli society.”
The study has revealed that out of 20 cases pursued by Haifa University law clinics, 18 dealt with security prisoners and assaults on the Jewish identity of the State of Israel.
According to Dr. Golan, “The clinics and the students that participate in them are being exploited to represent, among others, terrorists and murderers,” and they “have chosen to devote their efforts to legal cases that are part and parcel of the Arab national struggle against Zionism: disparaging Israel’s national anthem, placing special emphasis on assistance to Arab-Israeli terrorists (‘political prisoners’) and undermining Jewish communities in Acre and Meron.”
“Ultimately, the Clinics represent an academia that is devoid of discussion, pluralism and ideological alternatives,” Golan accuses, citing an initiative to establish “a clinic that would defend Israel’s legal rights vis-à-vis litigation that accuses Israelis of having perpetrated ‘war crimes.'” It “was blocked because the initiative was alleged to be ‘political and controversial.’ But of course, defending murderers and terrorists is not.”
The truth is that by rejecting Nobel laureate Prof. Aumann, the leaders of Haifa University have made an error, bringing to the fore evidence of a shocking reality they would prefer to keep hidden. Having received the highest honor in his field, Aumann can live without an awards from Haifa U. But how will Haifa U. fare if pro-Zionist American and European Jews used every opportunity, when meeting with Israeli officials, to inquire about the lavish state funding given this hotbed of anti-Israel warfare?
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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