Sunday, April 29, 2012
the Illegal Occupation!!
We, Israeli professors for justice and peace, do hereby appeal to
researchers, academics, scholars and teachers, in Israel and
throughout the world, to take a firm and clear stand against the
continuing occupation and denial of rights.
We are, of course, referring to the continuing British occupation of
territories in which Britain clearly has no right to be. We demand
that all British universities, and all academics at those
universities, be boycotted until these same institutions and
individuals come out clearly and openly in favor of immediate
unconditional removal of all British occupation from these
territories. We demand a moratorium on all funding of academic
research in Britain and divestment from Britain in all its forms.
Unlike Israel's "occupation" of the West Bank and Gaza Strip (the
latter of which is not occupied any longer in any way), which has
lasted a mere 45 years, Britain's occupations of territories has
Take, for example, the clearly illegal British occupation of
Gibraltar. There, Britain maintains an illegal settlement in open
defiance of all internationally accepted standards of legitimacy and
concepts of national rights. Moreover, Britain has placed there an
illegal security fence that prevents non-British nationals from
entering Gibraltar. This "apartheid fence" is a human rights atrocity
and must be torn down at once. And until it is, the entire world
should divest from Britain and boycott British universities.
Then there are those clearly illegal British settlements constructed
on occupied Argentinian territory in the Falkland Islands. What
clearer example is there of the continuing colonial aggression of
white European imperialism against the Third World?
But Britain's illegal settlements have also been constructed
elsewhere. Britain continues to maintain settlements on the Channel
Islands that obviously belong to France. While it is true that Britain
earlier ended its occupations of Hong Kong and India, that is no
excuse for its settlements elsewhere. After all, Israel ended its
occupation of Sinai, but that has not stopped the British University
and College Union, representing more than 120,000 college-level
educators, from voting on May 30 to pass a resolution calling for a
boycott of Israeli academics and universities, as well as a moratorium
on European Union funding of Israeli research.
And what about Britain's occupation forces in Afghanistan and Iraq?
True, Afghanistan and Iraq were terrorist enclaves, but since when
does that serve to legitimize the dispatch of occupation forces?
British professors clearly do not think that Israel has any right to
use force against terrorists attacking its population, so why should
British forces do so?
Of course, the very worst cases of illegal English occupation are in
Wales, Scotland and Ireland. These are occupations imposed upon those
oppressed populations by force of arms. And in Ireland, the occupation
produced genocidal levels of mortality. These occupations have lasted
The moral indifference by British academics to these continued
barbarous occupations and to the denial of self-determination for
Scots, Welsh and the Northern Irish is clearly as unforgivable as the
failure of some academics in apartheid South Africa to speak out
against abuses there.
Moreover, England itself is a racist apartheid society. Not only the
Welsh, but Muslims, Blacks, and Asians suffer from discrimination and
disadvantage inside Britain, as do people with normal senses of humor
or human tastes in food. The wages of these minorities are lower than
those of white Englishmen and they face discrimination in housing.
British universities have failed to redress these inequalities.
If divestment from South Africa was justified, it is all the more so
in this case. In fact, 27 British professors have endorsed our calls
for imposing an international boycott of their own universities. These
courageous, heroic souls must be supported.
We have sat in silence for much too long. The time has come. Please
join us in calling for an open-ended boycott of British academics and
universities until all these cases of occupation are ended.
Israeli Professors for Justice and Peace Steven Plaut, Chairperson
For more information, go to Pacbi.com
Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz denounces BGU's Neve Gordon (Dept of
Political Science) as a Fifth-Rate Pseudo-Academic and Traitor,
Compares him with Holocaust Denier
Special Isracampus Report
On April 27, 2012 the Right-leaning daily Makor Rishon ran an
extensive in-depth interview with the legendary professor of law Alan
Dershowitz. The interview covers two full newspaper pages in the "law
supplement" of the weekend edition of the paper. In the interview,
Dershowitz is asked about and speaks freely about a wide number of
subjects, from Israel's own Supreme Court, to the Obama Presidency, to
the Goldstone Commission, to the so-called "BDS or
Boycott-Divest–Sanctions movement, which he considers to be
anti-Semitic. He denounces J Street as an anti-Israel propaganda
But Dershowitz fires his most devastating ammunition in the interview
against three anti-Semitic Israelis. They are Neve Gordon from Ben
Gurion "University," Ilan Pappe, once at the University of Haifa but
today a full-time Israel Basher in Britain at the University of
Exeter, and the demented Holocaust Denier, ex-Israeli sax player Gilad
In the interview, Dershowitz is asked about a comment of his cited
last year in Globes in which he said that some of the worst enemies of
Israel are themselves Israelis. Dershowitz responds by saying that not
only are these anti-Israel Israelis among Israel's worst enemies, but
also they are among Israel's most dangerous enemies. He then says that
he has in mind (in this order) Neve Gordon, Ilan Pappe and Gilad
Atzmon. In spite of the fact that the last two have emigrated from
Israel, Dershowitz says that these three and people like them are
"People who wrap themselves in the Israeli flag only for the purpose
of burning it. The only time these people claim to be Israelis at all
is when they wish to wave this as a certificate to legitimize their
own malicious and unreasonable attacks against Israel." While
insisting that criticism in and of itself is something positive,
Dershowitz says that these people are not "critics" but rather are
seeking the demonization and delegitimization of all of Israel in the
most hypocritical manner.
Dershowitz is then asked about the ulterior motive of these people. He
replies: "Most anti-Israel Israelis are fifth rate academics incapable
of finding themselves professionally or academically in Israel. Hence
they try to find themselves positions in Europe, even though they
generally are also too inferior to get work there. But they believe if
they market themselves as anti-Israel Israelis, the novelty will boost
their standing and they just might find jobs. I realize this may sound
like I have a personal grudge against them, but in fact this is the
It is notable that Dershowitz lumps Neve Gordon (and Pappe) together
with Gilad Azmon, an open Holocaust Denier as well as someone who has
called for burning down synagogues (see
Neve Gordon of course cannot play the saxophone.
To complain, contact:
Ben Gurion University:
Rivka Carmi, President
P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva, 84105, Israel,
Zvi HaCohen, Rector
P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva, 84105, Israel
Other officers listed here: http://cmsprod.bgu.ac.il/Eng/Units/management/
University "Friends of" Offices outside Israel are listed here:
Friday, April 27, 2012
part of its forces in Okinawa, sending about 7000 troops elsewhere.
That is correct and not a misprint. 67 years after liberating Okinawa
during World War II, it is still "occupied" by the heroic American
Of course, the American people was not first born and developed in
Okinawa, and the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were
not handed down to the American people from a mountain on that island.
But the same Bash-Israel lobby and the Boycott-Divest Hitlerjugend
have never had much to say about occupation of Okinawa, which has
lasted far, far longer than Israel's occupation of its own Judean and
Speaking of which, you can see me occupying the Judean heartland in
the "occupied" West Bank in the accompanying photo.
2. You can always count on Haaretz to try to turn Israeli
Independence Day into Nakba Day and Let's all Escalate the Treason
First, Haaretz ran a special long anti-Israel diatribe by its most
openly treasonous columnist, Gideon Levy, smack on the front page in a
special color overleaf.
Then as its main feature article it ran a longwinded diatribe by
Avraham Burg, the far-leftist anti-Israel ex-politician who has been
calling for Israel's elimination for several years.
Shortly before Independence Day Haaretz ran a long piece by Akiva
Eldar openly endorsing Palestinian violence and terror against Jews.
It was so openly pro-violence that Maariv editor devoted much of his
own column today bashing Eldar and Haaretz for running it. Akiva
Eldar is one of the worst haters of Israel at Haaretz and is so
anti-Semitic that lately he has taken to publishing some of his
screeds in the Neo-Stalinist Magazine for Holocaust Deniers and
jihadists, Counterpunch, run by the Cockburn Stalinists, people I
prefer to call the Burncocks..
You can see the English version of Eldar's screed here:
3. Two Lone Still Voices of Sanity:
4. Peter Beinert's anti-Israel screed has attracted a lot of
attention in recent weeks (see
and http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-crisis-of-peter-beinart/ )
Well, now the full time professional liberal Paul Krugman has
joined in and tossed his very small weight behind Beinert.
Just who is Krugman? Paul Krugman and I have something in
common. He and I are both economists (with Princeton connections) who
are completely undeserving of getting a Nobel Prize. Yet Krugman got
one, thanks to his many years of service to the Left wing of the
Democrat Party in trashing Bush and the Republicans and helping get
Obama elected. The Nobel committee picked him out and decided to
reward his political loyalty to the Cause. Kind of like Shimon Peres
and Yassir Arafat getting theirs. I have never met an economist who
thinks Krugman did anything academic deserving of a Nobel Prize and
most cannot even point to anything particularly original in Krugman's
academic work. Krugman was badly tarnished for his involvement in the
Enron scandal. ("Enron Follies", Rich Karlgaard, Forbes magazine,
In fact, Krugman long ago gave up pretenses of being an academic
and is simply a full time point-man and Basher of anything non-liberal
for the NYTimes and the rest of the NFM (NFM stands for the Non-Fox
media). Krugman's knowledge of Israel is that he has spent a few days
here a number of times years ago (and in fact I met with him during
several of these). His wife was badly hurt in a car crash in Israel
during one of these, perhaps explaining his animus. He is a
completely assimilated Jewish liberuh who knows little about Israel
and even less about Judaism. You can see his screed against Zionism
in the NY Times here:
Even Tikkun is willing to overlook Krugman's otherwise devotion to
liberal capitalism in order to salute his bashing Israel:
Here are some other commentators on the Krugman shande:
5. Remember when J Street used to be pro-Israel? Well see this:
J Street: In Event of War We Won't Necessarily Support Israel
J Street said that in the event that war broke out involving Israel,
it would not necessarily support the Jewish state.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Shorter articles about Two-Gun can be read Here:
Two-Gun Cohen; Chinese
Spy Master and a second Moishe!
B J K
Morris "Two-Gun" Cohen was the one and only Jewish Chinese General and,
for a time, was head of the Chinese Secret Service! One of his colleagues was
Dr. Moses Schwarzberg, a Russian Jew who helped save China, for a time,
from the Communists.
The official languages (in order of importance) in the Chinese Secret Service,
during the time of the Two Moishes, were Chinese, Yiddish and English.
Born in Poland to a large (eight children) observant Jewish family, Abraham
Morris Cohen was a handful almost from the time he could walk. His father beat
him when he was three years old for wandering away from his East London home.
A sturdy lad, he responded to Christian boys' bantering by – at age eight –
knocking out a 12-year-old. A boxing promoter signed him to fight
He called himself "Fat Moisha" or "Cockney Cohen," but would never enter the
ring on a Friday – the Jewish Sabbath. He feared his father's wrath.
1890's London with widespread poverty
at a time when Jack the Ripper spread terror.
He was often hungry; his family was poor – so he earned pocket change by picking
pockets. Ultimately, he was recruited by a man known as "Harry the Gonof"
(the Yiddish word for "thief" – a Fagen-like creature right out of a
novel. ) Arrested, he was sent, at age 12, to a variety of reform
schools. His angry
parents borrowed the money and sent him, aged 16, to a friend farming
then in the Assiniboia territory – later part of Saskatchewan.
Cohen's life changed drastically one evening in Saskatoon. He delighted, on
Sunday evenings, to dig into a large Chinese dinner and then gamble in the back
of the café. But, when he turned up one night at one of his favorite haunts, he
found the aged Chinese restaurant owner, Mah Sam, being held up by a hoodlum.
Cohen wasn't going to have his plans for the evening interrupted – so
he sidled up
to the thug, whacked him in the head – disarmed him – and then threw him bodily
out of the restaurant.
To the Chinese, he became a hero at a time when anti-Asiatic feeling in Canada
was even greater than its anti-Semitism. Cohen became the only white man
admitted to the ranks of the secret Chinese Tong.
Ultimately, Morris Cohen journeyed to China – now being led into modernity by
Dr. Sun Yat Sen, and he became commander of the President's 250-man bodyguard.
Morris Cohen in a Canadian regiment during World War One
Several attempts were made to assassinate the President. On one occasion, Cohen
fought off three assailants attacking Sun on a train. He was nicked in
his left hand.
The wound made him think. "Supposing it had been my right arm. As soon as we
got back to Canton, I got me a second gun, another Smith and Wesson revolver."
Journalists dubbed him "Two-Gun" Cohen.
Two-Gun was of great service to the Chinese. A veteran of World War I, he taught
his new friends boxing and the use of weapons. He became a military adviser, and
an arms dealer. In 1922, he was named Director of the Chinese secret service.
Morris Cohen had a very limited knowledge of Chinese, but in his new post, he
was able to use Yiddish quite a bit. One of his confreres was interpreter Moishe
Schwarzberg, and the two would chat in Yiddish!
The Schwarzberg story is stunning in itself.
Morris Cohen, at the right in the white suit, with Chinese President Sun Yat-Sen
and future President Chiang Kai-Shek.
At the beginning of the 1920s, Moses Schwartzberg was fleeing the newly-born
Soviet Union. He had been a member of a revolutionary group at the University
of Moscow, whose members, were marked for death after they tried to kill Soviet
Union founder Lenin in 1918 (a plot devised by yet another Jew, Shlomo ben
Hirsch Rozenblum – known to the British Secret Service as Sidney Reilly –
and whose career was fictionalized as James Bond. But that's another story.)
Schwartzberg's flight took him to Siberia, then a lawless region. As he crossed
over the border into China, then locked into a Civil War between a democratic
party headed by Sun Yat-Sen and a swath of powerful war lords, he stumbled
across the near-frozen body of an elderly Chinese man. The man still had a faint
pulse, and Schwartzberg dragged him to a nearby Russian Cossack village, and
brought him back to consciousness. To the Jewish doctor's surprise, the Chinese
man spoke Russian and after a time, feeling that he was dying, he turned over
to Schwartzberg a message from the Soviet Union's leaders to Dr. Sun (plus
gold coins to bribe his way).
The people of the border area between Siberia and China
The doctor made his way to Shanghai but found his way to the President barred by
a highly-protective bodyguard. Schwartzberg gathered that the "huge man with a
shaved head and two pistols in his belt" was in charge but when he
his case, in Chinese and Russian, the chief bodyguard responded, in English,
"Who the hell are you and what the hell do you want?"
When he learned who he was, Cohen switched to Yiddish. A collaboration of the
two Moishes was born. When Schartzberg made his presentation to Doctor Sun,
it became apparent that the Chinese President couldn't read Russian. The
multilingual Jewish doctor was immediately offered a job as an interpreter.
Two-Gun put it this way: "Listen, kid, how would you like to stay on
as Dr. Sun's
confidential secretary. He likes you." And so Chinese spies worked in Chinese,
Yiddish and English!
(Dr. Schwartzberg completed his medical degree in Berlin, practiced medicine in
Hong Kong and Peking, but fled with his wife and daughter to Chungking when
the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in 1941. After the war, he organized the
Shanghai Regiment with 1,200 Jewish volunteers to fight for newborn Israel.)
This picture of the "upper echelon" showing Two-Gun Cohen, in the white suit,
seated with President Chiang Kai-Shek on his right, verifies his importance
in Chinese leadership.
Two-Gun becomes a General
Two-Gun was named to command the Chinese 19th field army. Time Magazine,
in 1931, reported that Cohen "was gazetted by the Canton government a
Brigadier General." He led Nationalist troops in fighting against both the
Japanese and communist Chinese.
When the Japanese entered World War II, in 1941, Cohen was captured in
Hong Kong. The Japanese now had a great enemy – but they didn't know it.
By identifying himself as a Canadian businessman, he fooled the Japanese.
Ultimately, Morris Cohen was among a small number of prisoners released in
exchange for important Japanese officials held in the US. He returned to Canada.
"When we pulled into Montreal," he said. " I picked up my parcels and stepped
down on the platform – a free man."
On Friday, Dec. 3rd, 1943, the Montreal Gazette reported "A few dozen men and
women met early yesterday at Bonaventure station for the sole purpose of meeting
the fairytale Chinese general, a Jew by birth a Canadian Citizen, Gen. Morrice
Cohen a former aide-de-camp to the famous rebuilder of China, Dr. Sun Yat sen."
Hong Kong – seized by the Japanese in December, 1941.
Cohen married a Montreal woman but the affair didn't last. He planned to return
to England – but he had one great service to offer to the Jewish people.
In 1945, the United Nations was being formed in San Francisco. And a resolution
proposing the partitioning of Palestine into two states – one Jewish
and the other
Arabic – was to be submitted to the new organization. The international Jewish
community was on hand to do what it could to see that the Resolution was passed.
Two-Gun flew to San Francisco and convinced the head of the Chinese delegation
to abstain from voting when he learned they planned to oppose partition. That
abstention ultimately helped ensure passage of the measure
partitioning Palestine –
and allowing the creation of Israel.
Two Gun's gravestone in Manchester.
He died in Manchester and was buried there with a trilingual headstone – in
English, traditional Hebrew and in Chinese (a tribute from the people he served
so well.) The tribute identified him as "Mah Sam" – as close as the
get to Morris Cohen. It means "clenched fist."
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Chassidic stories about turkeys, I guess the most famous being the one
by Rabbi Nachman of Uman (and before that Bratslov) about the prince
who thinks he is a hindik (turkey). It can be read here:
. But I prefer the story of the Jewish merchant who takes his
turkey to the market town to sell and there he sees someone selling
rare tropical parakeets for 500 rubles each. "I tell you what," says
the Jewish merchant, "I will sell you my turkey for 5000 rubles."
"Are you nuts," responds the parakeet seller, "Turkeys go in the
market for two and a half rubles each." "Yes, but mine weighs at
least 50 times more than the parakeets you are selling for 500
rubles." "True," responds the parakeet seller, "But my birds know how
to sing such sweet songs." "So what," says the Jewish merchant, "My
turkey thinks such wonderful thoughts." It is a story I tell to any
student who complains to me that he really knew the correct answers
but just did not express them properly in the exam.
[What did the wise man do?] He also stripped naked and sat under the
The king's son asked him: Who are you and what are you doing here?
He replied: And what are you doing here?
He (the king's son) said : I am a Hindik.
He (the wise man) said: I am also a Hindik.
So they both sat together like that for some time, until they got
Then the wise man motioned and they threw them shirts, and the wise
And a little while later (the wise man) motioned and they threw them
Afterwords (the wise man) motioned and they threw them regular food
Afterwords he (the wise man) said to him (the king's son): You think
And so (the wise man) dealt with him (the king's son) until he healed
The lies of Oren Yiftachel are true because liar Neve Gordon agrees
It seems that the defense ministers acted according to a premeditated
Monday, April 23, 2012
By Steven Plaut
It was a few days before Passover when I first heard the horrific
cackling. What the hell is that, I ask the family members, it sounds
just like Shulamit Aloni! But it wasn't.
Soon thereafter, my wife comes running into the house. "There is a
peacock downstairs in the yard," she proclaims. Hmmm, just in time
for Passover, thinketh I?
Down I go to investigate. And there standing in our yard is a
giant turkey, like something out of a Thanksgiving poster in a Walmart
store. We live not far from the Haifa zoo, and various critters,
especially those in possession of wings, tend to escape the place and
go seeking friendlier quieter surroundings. The zoo, you see, is
rather noisy. Late at night throughout our neighborhood one can hear
the elephants in the zoo making loud noises. And, how shall I put
this delicately, the noises they are making are NOT from their mouths,
and resemble the noises I myself make when I eat too much chulent or
read Tikkun magazine.
Zoology is not my wife's strong point, so you will have to forgive
her classification error in ornithology. Her Passover peacock was in
fact a turkey. She had some good reasons though for the confusion.
Years back we actually had a male peacock refugee from the same zoo
take refuge in our yard, long peacock feathers with the bluish "eye"
looking decorations and all. The kids were young back then and
nicknamed the peacock "Notsi" from the Hebrew word for feather, Notz.
The yard guest then lost a feather, which we saved, and use to this
day in the late night search for any crumbs of leavened bread the
night before the Passover seder. The kids discovered that peacocks
really like "Bamba," a peanut-butter tasting Israeli puffy snack.
Bamba by the way is kosher for Sephardim during Passover, containing
kitniyot, and it seems that peacocks are Sephardic because they love
gobbling up Bamba even during Passover. We know, we fed it.
The newest "Notsi" was however an obnoxious aggressive male
turkey. The various cats on the street found themselves intimidated
and chased down the block by the monster whenever they came too close
to investigate. No one quite knew what to do with the turkey. Being
the only American around, I of course proposed fattening it up and
trying to keep it around until the last week of November, when all
Americans know just what the proper use for such yard guests should
be. The neighbors however cringed at the thought of the noisy
gobbling lasting that long.
Meanwhile, the children all along the street were carrying out to
the garbage containers plastic bags full of chametz, leavened
products. I invited them over to feed our Passover turkey the scraps,
instead of dumping or burning them. I am sure it was the highlight of
Passover for many of them, and for years they will remember feeding
the beast far better than they recall reading about Pharaoh in the
Haggada. I am not sure of Levy's rye bread still exists, but I bet it
could use the turkey from our yard in its famous ads about how you do
not have to be Jewish to love Levy's rye bread.
The Passover turkey did have some problems during Passover itself
though. It was not crazy about matzot, not even egg matza or
Anyhow, the parking near the zoo was horrendous during Passover,
with some cars parking as far away as the spaces in front of our
building just to get to the zoo. But the lazier families stopped the
climb up the hill when they got to our yard and let the kids chase and
photograph the Passover turkey.
Alas, the turkey did not last very far into the counting of the
Omer. One morning it was just gone, and I suspect one of the other
critters that lives in the Haifa wadis or gorges came out one night
and had its own snack. There are wild boars down there and huge
porcupines. There went my plans for Thanksgiving!
But all is not lost. I went for a climb up the Carmel today to
get some serious coffee, and a few buildings up the hill from my own I
hear a new, but different, cackle. This time it was not Shulamit
Aloni either. (She has never quite recovered, by the way, from Hansel
and Gretel escaping!)
This time it really was a peacock, the newest refugee from the
zoo, although a female this time, meaning she did not have any of
those glorious blue feathers. If she hangs around until Shavuos, I
will let you know if she eats cheesecake.
Oren Yiftachel: Legacy of Fraud, Incompetence, and Struggle against
the Existence of Israel
So How Exactly do you say "Pseudo-Academic Fraud" in Bedouin?
Special Isracampus Report
Oren Yiftachel is one of the worst anti-Israel "academic" extremists
in Israel. After being turned down for an academic position in urban
planning at the Technion due to his poor academic credentials, he was
made a professor of geography at Ben Gurion University, a university
where academic credentials are not always a necessary nor a sufficient
condition for a person to serve on its faculty.
There Yiftachel has built an entire career upon churning out
Bash-Israel propaganda. He specializes in trying to paint Israel as a
racist apartheid entity, or – to use his own favorite nonsense word –
an intolerant "ethnocracy." He justified the firing of Hamas rockets
into Israel, even when some landed near his own campus, on grounds
that Israel had "jailed" the entire Palestinian population of Gaza.
This "jailing" consisted of refusing to allow the Gazan terrorists to
import advanced weapons systems. (See this anti-Semitic smear by him,
still carried on the BGU official web site:
and see also http://www.martinsherman.net/557/comprehending-the-incomprehensible-%E2%80%93-part-i/)
Yiftachel churns out anti-Israel hate propaganda for some of the most
anti-Semitic groups and magazines on the planet. Along with BGU's Neve
Gordon and Lev Grinberg, he is part of the core BGU group of tenured
extremists who make no secret of their endorsement of Arab mass murder
Yiftachel is also basically the Ilan Pappe of the Negev, meaning
someone who never hesitates to lie and defraud when it comes to the
holy task of annihilating Israel. And he was recently nailed for this
by an Israeli judge.
For the past few years, Yiftachel has spent much of his time
attempting to demonize Israel for supposedly mistreating its Bedouin
citizens. This "mistreatment" consists of Israel's refusal to accept
at face value the fictional and imaginary "legal" claims of the Negev
Bedouins to huge portions of the entire Negev. The Bedouins and their
lobby have simply fabricated "claims" for this extremely expensive and
valuable land in land-poor Israel. Yiftachel, who has no training in
law or history or economics, has served as their lobbyist in demanding
that these fictional claims be accepted by the state, in essence
transferring much of the Negev to Bedouins having no legal claim to
the land there whatsoever.
Yiftachel also has a long track record of denouncing Israel for
allowing Jews to move to the Negev and the Galilee, or what he calls
"Judaizing" these territories. The term "judaization" has been used by
anti-Semites as a nonsense term to denounce Jews since the Middle
In recent weeks, Yiftachel testified in a Beer Sheba Court about those
Bedouin claims in a suit against the state of Israel brought by the
Bedouin lobby. Yiftachel's fraudulent testimony has now become the
matter of public record and of a growing number of media reports.
Yiftachel gave false testimony to the court. A second geography
professor from Jerusalem, Prof. Ruth Kark, gave non-fictional and
factually correct testimony on behalf of the state, challenging the
fraudulent claims of Yiftachel and the Bedouin lobby. Kark has
published a serious academic book about the Negev Bedouins, along with
her PhD student, Seth Frantzman, currently an editor at the Jerusalem
Post and someone who often writes for Isracampus.
The court ruled against Yiftachel and his lobby. The judge in
question, Sarah Dovrat, went out of her way to denounce Yiftachel for
fabrication and fraudulent misrepresentation of the contents of a
number of historic documents during his testimony, denouncing him
explicitly for testifying about the contents of documents he had never
even bothered to read!
The denunciation of Yiftachel and his fraud has now appeared in
several news venues. Citations from the judge's verdict in which
Yiftachel was denounced were posted on an Israeli chat list by the
distinguished Israeli professor of Geography from Tel Aviv University,
On April 20, 2012, a particularly good expose of Yiftachel's fraud was
carried in Hebrew by the Makor Rishon daily newspaper. It filled a
full newspaper page and is too long to be translated in full here. But
we will paraphrase in English the more important segments of the
It cites Judge Dovrat in describing Oren's testimony before her court
as a disgrace and embarrassment. It describes the court case in
question as one concerning an illegal encampment of Bedouins on Negev
land they do not own, where the illegal buildings (really shanties)
erected there have been repeatedly demolished by the government of
Israel. The lands on which these were erected are state-owned public
lands. The judge is cited as saying, "I felt terribly ill at easy in
listening to Yiftachel's testimony when it became apparent that he was
citing sources he had never even bothered to read."
Yiftachel was called to testify by the Far-Leftist lawyer representing
the Bedouins, Michael Sfard, in order to grant academic credibility to
their false claims. The judge adds in her verdict: "Yiftachel twisted
and squirmed on the witness stand in a manner that caused me to feel
completely uneasy, in fact completely embarrassed." She adds that
Yiftachel clearly never bothered to read the documents he was
attempting to cite into evidence. Yiftachel was not the only fraud
brought by Sfard and his clients to the court. A surveyor who was
asked to testify about the lands in question had never surveyed them,
merely looking them up on an internet web site. The judge tossed out
the entire suit by Sfard and his Bedouin would-be land thieves.
A particularly acrimonious letter was then published by the University
of Haifa's geography professor Arnon Soffer, blasting Yiftachel. In
that letter, Soffer writes that he has followed Yiftachel's "work" for
years and has always found it to be shallow political propaganda and
not academic scholarship. He expresses satisfaction that Judge Dovrat
essentially confirms officially everything he already knew about
Yiftachel. When interviewed for the Makor Rishon piece, Prof. Soffer
adds that Yiftachel is basically a traitor to the state of Israel,
someone attempting to turn the Negev over to Bedouin squatters. Anyone
proposing such an idea, says Soffer, is a rotten villain as well as a
Soffer is also quoted there as calling Yiftachel a serial liar. For
example, Yiftachel likes to pretend that he "ONLY" endorses Bedouin
claims to a "mere" 5% of the Negev. It is 5% if one counts all the
Arava wastelands going all the way down to Eilat as included in the
Negev. But in the fertile Negev land north of Beer Sheba, Yiftachel
and his clients are demanding 100% of those lands for the Bedouins,
says Soffer. He also accuses Yiftachel of intentionally lying about
the number of "unrecognized" – meaning illegal – Bedouin squatter
villages in the Negev. Soffer claims that in reality 10% of the land
in Israel is being illegally held by the two and a half percent of the
population who are Negev Bedouins. Soffer's characterization of
Yiftachel was also backed by Prof. Gideon Biger from the geography
department at Tel Aviv University, also interviewed for the piece in
Makor Rishon. Biger says that Yiftachel's political agenda and biases
govern everything he does and writes, and Biger accuses him of
producing pseudo-scientific pseudo-research.
The newspaper editorializes that the entire court case in which
Yiftachel testified was in fact not at all about legal rights to land
but rather about the legitimacy of Israel as a state and its right to
enforce its own laws. Things Yiftachel opposes.
The Israeli anti-Zionist Left has been denouncing the judge in shrill
tones for her decision. The judge has been defended, however, by many
of Israel's serious legal academics, including the left-leaning
eminent Prof. Ruth Gavison. She insists that if dubious Bedouin claims
from the 1920s are to be taken at face value by the courts, then so
must all Jewish claims to lands across the Green Line in the
"Palestinian" territories. Yiftachel and his buddies of course
consider such statements to be fascist racism. The case is expected to
be appealed to the Supreme Court.
A second somewhat similar article appears this week on the internet at
http://2nd-ops.com/adiby/?p=5658 (in Hebrew). It accuses Yiftachel of
forgery and perjury, when he submitted to the court a corrected later
affidavit carrying the false date of an earlier affidavit he had
It should be noted that Yiftachel is not the only anti-Israel
"geographer" on the faculty of BGU. Geographer David Newman, currently
the Dean of Social Sciences and the Humanities at BGU, shares most of
Yiftachel's political biases and passions for anti-Israel
propagandizing. Dean Newman can be counted upon to stand by his man
and prevent any sanctions against Yiftachel for his misbehavior! BGU
president Rivka Carmi can also be counted upon to forget all about
Yiftachel whenever she insist there is only one single anti-Israel
lunatic in the entire faculty of BGU.
Neve Gordon and Lev Grinberg are probably better known as the global
symbols of the absence of serious academic standards at Ben Gurion
University. They are notorious realizations of the long track record
of BGU in hiring faculty with near empty "academic" records, promoting
them and granting them tenure. There are dozens of others at BGU!
But the lesser known Yiftachel is just as much of a full-time
pro-terror anti-Israel hate propagandist, hired and promoted in spite
of his absence of serious academic credentials - all thanks entirely
to his hatred of Israel. Hating Israel is a far weightier factor in
getting hired and promoted at Ben Gurion University than is scholarly
2. From Munich unto Munich: The Anti-Israel "Boycott, Divest,
Sanctions" Hitlerjugend, also known as the BDS-holes, are taking their
campaign for economic aggression against Israel to Munich, where it
was born, and where they will be holding their own little Beer Hall
Putsch: Munich Conference, The International Movement for One
Democratic State in Israel/Palestine June 30- July 1, 2012
By "one democratic state" they mean a Hamastan erected on the ashes of
the extermination of Israel and its Jews. Among the speakers at this
new Munich who will be calling for annihilation of Israel are two
Israeli "academics": the Arab Dr. Ghada Karmi and Dr. Oren Ben-Dor,
both living in the UK. The latter, Ben Dor, is a Jewish anti-Semite
who writes for the Neo-Nazi "Counterpunch" rag and who has been
warring against the Jews for many years:
3. Neo-Nazism comes to Florida university:
and to Temple University, my alma mater:
4. Two really delightful web sites: Pacbi.com , on the BDS-holes,
and www.kapodickie.blogspot.com on one of them in particular.
5. Latest cause of the Israeli Left:
6. The Danish Hitler youth who assaulted the Israeli colonel:
The colonel has now been suspended from duties by Israel's
Meanwhile, it turns out the ISM terrorists who attacked him were
carrying knives. The terrorist struck in the face by the colonel's
rifle who said he needed two stitches was filmed the day after the
attack. No stitches and no bruises, except to his pride. I think we
need an official commission of investigation into why not.
7. Am I the only one around he thinks that the French are such
disgusting people that they would DESERVE an era of serious socialism,
with all the poverty and corruption and retardation it would produce?
And the rapid Islamofization of the country? (I secretly cheered
when half of Germany was subjected to communist rule! Because the
Germans deserved it.)
Friday, April 20, 2012
If you were going to point to smut, forget it, because Haaretz is
Two days ago Haaretz devoted almost its entire front page to a
As you can see, "gang rape" features in the story and the headline.
Meanwhile, the story became the talk of the town, and dozens of
A facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/events/210161882420135/
Until the truth came out.
The next day stories in Israel Hayom, Maariv, and other newspapers
First of all, the "gang rape" was not a rape at all and did not
Second, when the lass in question was interviewed by the press, after
The other great irony is that Israel's leftists and feminists have
Now I cannot testify in the first person as to the nature of this
Some of you older geezers may recall the Tom Lehrer song from the 60s
I do not know about you, but these days I think it is far more
Thursday, April 19, 2012
oppressed minority group. It began as an innocent demand for
self-determination. All Hitler wanted was to achieve
self-determination for the Sudeten Germans, to free them from the
oppression and mistreatment at the hands of democratic Czechoslovakia.
Never mind that the ethnic Germans living under Czechoslovak rule
were being treated infinitely better than were Germans living under
German rule. In fact, the Sudetens were arguably th ebest treated
minority in all of Europe. Never mind that Germans already had
achieved self-determination in the form of nation states – Germany and
Austria, to which Sudeten Germans could freely move. Never mind that
the ONLY reason Germany was demanding self-determination and
independence for the Sudetens was as a ploy to destroy all of
Czechoslovakia and then to carry out genocide.
The world wants us to learn the lessons from World War II? The
Every single act of aggression in the past 100 years was carried out
Here is the REAL parallel, the REAL lesson:
In August 1998, according to press reports, official Israeli analysts
BACKGROUND TO THE SUDETEN CRISIS
Modern Czech nationalism emerged in the second half of the nineteenth
Czechoslovakia contained a diverse and heterogeneous population, like
The new Czechoslovakia thus included a large element with questionable
Accordingly, Czechoslovakia quickly developed in the 1920s into a
A pattern of decentralization evolved, where the German minority was
Still, Sudeten Germans did have some legitimate complaints. They were
THIRD REICH AGGRESSION
As international tensions grew, Berlin complained more and more about
The SdP used violence to suppress other competing nationalist parties
After coming to power, but especially beginning in 1937, Hitler turned
By mid-1937, Hitler simultaneously pressured Prague to make
THE WESTERN RESPONSE
Following the Austrian Anschluss (annexation) in March 1938, Sudeten
Prague from the beginning argued that the issue of Sudeten
During the negotiations over the mounting crisis, Prague had to accede
As tensions mounted along the borders in the summer of 1938,
MUNICH AND AFTER
The Germans immediately instituted their program of Gleichschaltung,
In 1938, in the midst of negotiations over the settlement of the
The Czech historian Luza observes that "The Sudeten German problem was
We know that the ultimate goal of Sudeten "self-determination" was not
"Palestinian self-determination" serves as the banner for Arab
And the future? If the Oslo process results in Palestinian statehood,
The world chose to ignore the evidence that demands for Sudeten
Western powers have chosen to blind themselves to the misuse of the
Looking to the future, will Great Britain (with its Ulster, Scotch,
But what moral basis is there for such self-determination?
But this outlook ignores the fact that for a century nearly every form
For decades, Palestinian self-determination has being utilized to
Westerners seem unable to imagine that any form of self-determination
The West must recognize that any form of Palestinian self-governance
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
ISM activists pose with AK47s in Jericho alongside Al Aksa Martyrs
At their orientation sessions in the US and UK in which I posed as an
In a recorded interview at the Ohio State national conference, Adam
The ISM uses a motto coined by the late Malcolm X – "By any means
And so, it is in this context that for two hours leading up to the two
11 seconds into the video Colonel Eisner can be seen ordering the
The film is then manipulated by editing. The ISMer with the baseball
At 13 seconds, the film has been edited to show Ayas defiantly facing
As mentioned, ISM activists like Ayas are told during training not to
This elaborate tutelage has essentially turned interference with the
These ISM activists from the US and Europe do more than just abuse
ISM activists posing with AK47s in Jericho alongside Al Aksa Martyrs
A Rogue's Gallery
Here are a few more ISM activists I succeeded in getting deported from Israel.
Joseph Carr a.k.a Joseph Smith
Deppen Webber disguised as a settler wearing a kippah
Jeff Pickert a.k.a. Max Suchan
Jonas Moffat a.k.a. Joe Skillet
ISM activities are not just limited to harassment of Israel's security
Colonel Eisner, a hero of the 2006 war with Hebozllah in Lebanon, was
Colonel Eisner says he overreacted? The real overreaction was by the
The opinions and facts in this article are presented solely by the
About the Author: Lee Kaplan is an investigative journalist who has
Don't dismiss Eisner
3. We demand One, Two, Three, MANY Colonel Eisners! Dismiss Ehud
5. Just in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day: Tel Aviv
Hebrew University - Israel Project web site claims Amiram Goldblum