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Ben-Gurion University Sponsoring ‘Breaking the Silence’ Event (Updated)

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Note to the reader: The following story was sent to us today by our friends at Im Tirtzu. Later in the day we received an irate email from Ehud Zion-Waldoks who does Media Relations for BGU. To stay fair to everyone, we posted his email at the end of the story.

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) will sponsor a conference titled, “Breaking the Silence through the Ages and Now…” in late May. Publicized as an official event of BGU, the event is in clear violation of the Council for Higher Education of Israel’s decision to prohibit any attempt to politicize academia, says the Im Tirtzu rightwing organization, noting that the vast majority of the conference participants are political activists affiliated with the radical, anti-Zionist Left.

Meirav, a student in BGU’s Department of Politics and Government, noted that one of the professors in her department had sent an invitation to the students to attend the conference. “It saddens me to see how time after time the University can sink to a point where it voices explicit support for a radical organization that acts against IDF soldiers,” Meirav said.

Amichai, an archeology student at BGU was also furious after hearing about the event: “It pains and deeply troubles me that BGU, specifically the Department of Jewish History, chose to organize an event in ‘honor’ of ‘Breaking the Silence,’ an organization that supports and fuels the boycotts against the State of Israel and IDF soldiers. Just last year the University’s president, Rivka Carmi, said that she wants to fight against the boycott movement and feels sorry for the University’s professors who have suffered from it. But now she is giving a platform to a radical organization. We are not ready to have this event and will fight it. It is a disgrace that our university is providing them with a platform to spread their lies about Israel.”

In a letter sent by Im Tirtzu CEO, Matan Peleg, to the University’s administration, he demanded that the event be cancelled. “Ben-Gurion University’s sponsorship of this event constitutes as the support of a publicly funded institution for an anti-Zionist political organization that deals with defaming the State of Israel and IDF soldiers in Israel and in the world, backed by foreign government funding.”

In the letter, which he also sent to the Education Minister and to the Chairman of the Knesset Education Committee, Peleg stated that “by standing together with the foreign agent organization ‘Breaking the Silence,’ the University forms a common front with those who bolster the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, thus legitimizing the industry of lies against Israel.”

Peleg emphasized that “the list of participants in the conference speaks for itself – two leading members of ‘Breaking the Silence’ (Yuli Novak and Nadav Weiman) will be speaking alongside various radical Left lecturers and activists who have signed petitions supporting those refusing to serve in the IDF and petitions calling for international pressure to be exerted on Israel. On top of this, the University’s rector will be providing the opening address.

“David Ben-Gurion is turning over in his grave. The University that was named after him has transformed into a blatant supporter of ‘Breaking the Silence,’ and in turn strengthens not only the phenomenon of internal delegitimization backed by foreign funding, but also the worldwide boycott movement against Israel.”

 


 

The conference is an academic one organized by the Department of Jewish History entitled “Whistleblowing Through the Ages and Today”. The full program can be found here: http://in.bgu.ac.il/Pages/events/Breaking-Silence.aspx

The conference will address historical and current aspects of whistle blowing. Several of the leading researchers in Israel will take part in the conference which will discuss various aspects of the phenomenon: literature, history, philosophy, and art.

The conference will be comprised of three sessions: “Ancient Times and the Middle Ages (Socrates and Galileo)

In Modern Times in France (Zola and Sartre), Germany (Thomas Mann), the United States (the Jewish minority and McCarthyism), and Israel (Natan Alterman and Yishayahu Leibowitz).

An additional lecture will be devoted to Eugène Ionesco’s play Rhinoceros.

All of the academics who will be speaking are leading researchers and the topic of the conference is central to their research.

An additional session on the topic of the current Israeli discourse will feature representatives of various viewpoints alongside academics, among these representatives will be Yair Sheleg and Dror Eydar.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a pluralistic academic institution, which promotes and enables an open and diverse dialogue and does not seek to espouse a particular political viewpoint.

David Israel

The Silence Will Not Be Broken

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

You have to give the Lefties credit. They know how to work. And they know how to raise money to disseminate all of their poisonous falsehoods. I’d like to make movies to counter their monopoly on “Jewish” culture, but I can’t raise a dime. The Lefties control the film funds in Israel, the big publishing houses, and it’s the same way in America too – all of the popular Jewish novelists, playwrights, and directors are flaming liberals, along with the Jewish producers in Hollywood and the Jewish editors-in-chief of New York’s big publishing firms, as well as Jewish literary agents. Lefties all of them. The world sees and reads about their view of the world – not mine.

Now they’ve found a new star writer to crawl out from the closet of Jewish self-hatred. Michael Chabon. To tell the truth, I never heard of him until the Israel-hating Breaking Silence organization brought him to Hevron with a group of other writers, and the newspaper Haaretz did a story about his reaction of horror to the “occupation.” He is apparently a popular American (Jewish) novelist and worked as a co-screenwriter on Batman 2. Of course this gives him the credentials to be an expert on Israeli-Arab affairs, along with the very objective explanations he heard on his visit to Hevron from the Breaking Silence tour guide.

When the contingent of writers arrived back at the Arab-run, East Jerusalem hotel where they were staying, a reporter from the Forward interviewed Chabon. When asked about his reaction to the “occupation,” he stated: “It is the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life.”

The most grievous injustice that he has ever seen in his life?

Wow! It is simple amazing how low a Jew can get! True, King David called himself a worm and not a man. But he, in his great humility, was referring to how lowly he felt compared to the greatness of HaKodesh Baruch Hu. The phenomena of Jewish writers condemning their Jewishness, or vilifying the State of Israel, is a very different kind of worminess. Perhaps Mr. Chabon should visit Syria where Arabs have slaughtered a half million fellow Arabs the past five years, and where millions are homeless. One could give many other examples of injustices around the globe which make the “Israeli occupation” the size of a tiny ant hill. But no, the oppression of the Palestinians is, for Mr. Chabon, the most intolerable injustice in the world.

What makes Jews like Michael Chabon so anti-Israel? I believe it’s the mad craving to be loved by the gentile. To make it big in the gentile world. To be accepted by the goy. These are the kind of Jews who perished in the five days of darkness in Egypt because they wanted to remain Egyptian and not be a part of G-d’s plan for His People, which meant living by the Torah and conquering the Promised Land. These kind of Jews don’t want G-d or His Torah to be a part of their lives. But, precisely because they are Jews, G-d and His Torah are always in their souls. In order to drown out the ever-present “still small voice” of G-d and the call of Torah, they cry out their nonsense, their blasphemy, and their hatred of Israel – but the eternal winds from Sinai, the “still small voice” roaring in their souls will not be silenced. THIS SILENCE WILL NOT BE BROKEN. No matter how much they try to break the silence, these writers who profess to know “what’s best for Israel” shall perish. The silence will not be broken.

Tzvi Fishman

A Soldier’s Mother: The Silence

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

I write in anger… Not a good thing to do at all.

I write in astonishment, in pain.

Yesterday a bomb went off… No, that’s wrong. It didn’t go off. That is a ridiculous, passive way to describe a completely avoidable event.

Yesterday, a Palestinian terrorist set off a bomb. I don’t know all the details; I know the result. Twenty-one people (or perhaps it is 20 people and a terrorist…at this moment, as I think of the suffering, I find it hard to credit the terrorist as having enough humanity to be human), were injured – two critically. One is likely the bomber…the second…the second breaks my heart and calls forth my anger. In so many ways, this could be me.

A mother and daughter – her’s 15/mine 16 – got on a bus. The daughter went to the back of the bus to get two seats; the mother went through the line to pay for her and her daughter. The bus exploded. The terrorist was in the back of the bus. The daughter, Eden Dadon, had already made her way there. Her mother, Racheli was in the front of the bus when it exploded and flames tore through the bus.

The sound of the explosion is deafening…so too is the silence. It is the sound I hear this morning as I sit in Israel, afraid to check the news. And so, in anger, I write. Not to everyone but to those who have family living in Israel, to those who claim to love this land. To those who should know the price of silence, if they no nothing else of our history, our people. I tell you with all honesty, if you didn’t take two minutes of your precious time to condemn the latest terror attack…you are part of the problem.

If you take the time to come on Facebook and post the latest picture of your children, what movie you just saw, your latest vacation pictures…swimming, skiing…whatever, but didn’t take two f******g minutes to tell others that they blew up a bus in Jerusalem, injuring 21 people, including several children…shame on you.

I have no words to describe our justifiable anger at your silence.

And I will leave you with one last thought – silence is as great a crime as the terror itself. One ignites the bomb…the other enables its power and success.

Paula Stern

Does Anyone Give a Damn About Syria?

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

It’s hard to believe that every day the news reports have Syrians dying like flies and noone seems to give much of a damn. The report yesterday that 80 students were blown to smithereens was particularly galling. They were studying at their University in Aleppo when, apparently, death rained down from the sky, either through a missile or a bomb. One image had a female hand with a pen still in it, dismembered from the rest of her body. She apparently died while doing school work.

I was a Rabbi at a University. If 80 students had died in a military attack it would have shaken the foundations of the academic world. Professors everywhere would have condemned this violation of the sacred halls of academia. But in Syria it’s just another day of indiscriminate slaughter.

The United States is the world’s strongest nation with the loudest voice. Can’t President Obama speak out? I know we’re not ready to invade Syria or impose a no-fly zone. Americans don’t have the stomach for another war, or an invasion. But does that absolve us from simply condemning the slaughter in the strongest possible terms? What would it cost, in blood and treasure, for President Obama to fly up to New York and address the United Nations with a simple declaration: “President Assad, I’m here today to tell you that the long arm of international justice will catch up with you. Today you’re a brutal dictator killing men, women, and children in order to stay in power. But one day, in the not too distant future, we will catch up with you. You will be arrested for crimes against humanity and tried for your butchery and mass murder. It may not happen today or tomorrow. But I assure that you one day, in the not too distance future, in the dead of night when you least expect it, it will happen. Soldiers of civilized nations will apprehend you and take you to the International Court of Justice at The Hague where you will stand trial before the world for your cruelty. And you will be held accountable for your appalling crimes.”

Isn’t that what the UN is for? It’s bad enough that China, and especially Russia, are protecting Assad and refusing to allow international action against him. But the American president is the very symbol of democratic freedoms and human rights to the entire world. He dare not remain silent.

Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg recently reported that President Obama said that Israelis don’t know what’s good for them. Bibi wants to build in Jerusalem but doesn’t realize that he is isolating Israel further in the international community.

I appreciate the President’s concerns. No doubt Israelis are especially grateful for the American President’s ability to divine Israel’s security needs even better than their chosen leaders. But perhaps our President should focus less on construction of apartments and homes and do something instead about the bombs and rockets that are killings tens of thousands of innocent Arabs. Syria is arguably the greatest humanitarian crisis that President Obama has had on his watch and he is, respectfully, failing miserably in doing anything about it.

The Arab leaders have proven even less reliable. While President Morsi of Egypt decries Jews as descendants of apes and pigs, he seems fairly oblivious to the indiscriminate slaughter of his Arab brothers in Syria. But it’s become fairly obvious that it’s not the Jews who are the enemy but brutal Arab dictators who will kill as many Arabs as is necessary to stay in office.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, seems much more interested in forking over to Al Gore half a billion dollars to buy Current TV for Al Jazeera than taking out full page ads in the worlds’ leading publications alerting them to the Arab children who are dying in Damascus.

In the book of Genesis God asks Cain where his brother Abel is. Cain has just killed him and in effort to protect himself famously asks, “Am I brother’s keeper?” God’s response is ferocious. “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”

We who witnessed the repeated genocides of the twentieth century –from Armenia and the Holocaust to Cambodia and Rwanda – will one day be called to account for our silence in the face of dead students and children.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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