U. of Haifa stops Nakba commemoration, as prof writes hate post calling for ‘Many Nakbas’

Ha’aretz (Hebrew only) and Ynet (English, short) reported that school officials prohibited a Nakba commemoration on campus at the University of Haifa on Wednesday. The school cancelled the event just three hours prior to the time it was scheduled to begin. This was after the students had obtained all the necessary permissions.

(Note the similar uproar at Tel Aviv University, where a commemoration went off but with massive protest.)

In place of the planned event, students and faculty demonstrated outside the university to protest what they said was suppression of free speech.  The number of participants at the demonstration was not reported. Two protesters, a Palestinian student and a Jewish professor, pointed to the hypocrisy of school officials who continually praise the University for being a multicultural institution but actually suppress the rights of minority students.

The school says that it stopped the commemoration because the flyers that were distributed by the students describe an event that was different than the event they had permitted.  The student organizers deny this.

A similar last-minute cancellation occurred in December when students attempted to stage a protest on the third anniversary of the Israeli invasion of Gaza.  School authorities also cited discrepancies between the proposed plans and the publicity for that last-minute cancellation.

Saar Szekely, the TV reality star from the Israeli “Big Brother” who became an overnight sensation because of his criticism of the occupation, was scheduled to participate.  His appearance was cancelled.

Professor Steven Plaut teaches economics at the University of Haifa.  He is an American-born Israeli who received his doctorate at Princeton. He posted an anti-Palestinian, Nakba-denying screed at the settler web site, Arutz Sheva.  The piece is titled “Happy Nakba Day!”

The following are some of the Professor’s startlingly racist recommendations for Nabka greeting cards:

-One, two, three, MANY Nabkbas!
-A little Nakba never hurt anyone!
-Remove the illegal Palestinian settlements sitting on Jewish land!
-Two-state solution:  One for the Jews and One for the Kurds, but none for the Arabs who live down the Lane
-Bulldoze an anarcho-fascist today!
-Help the Palestinian prisoners maintain their hunger strike!
-Don’t wall them out ­ Fence them In!
-When this drone is a rockin’, we’ll come a-knockin’!!
-We switched your 72 virgins with a 72 year -old virgin!

If the University of Haifa wants to discourage speech which is deleterious to the general welfare of the institution, it obviously would be better off reprimanding Dr. Plaut, than obstructing the students and faculty who organized the Nakba event.

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Ira Glunts is a retired college librarian who lives in Madison, NY.
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  1. Woody Tanaka says:

    One wonders what this piece of filth, Plaut, would say if some neo-Nazi were to make similar comments regarding the Holocaust. It is an absolute shame that these people are justifying Hitler. Not Hitler’s opinions, of course, but his existence. We can now point to Plaut and say that Hilter was not an abberation, or a monster, or even special. He was just able to obtain power. His type of thinking and hate exists everywhere, even in someone like Plaut who is a generation or two from the Holocaust.

    • Talkback says:

      It’s guys with Plaut’s sociopathic attitude that made Auschwitz possible.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        That is exactly right. And that’s why I laugh when I read braindead morons (like the intellectual midget and would-be shake-down artist Daniel Goldhagen) or those who try to claim something peculiar in Germans or Europeans in general to explain something that exists in every human population.

        • Talkback says:

          And guys like Daniel Goldhagen have the same sociopathic attitude like antisemites who want to convince us that there something peculiar in Jews in general.

          That is what actually amazes me: Jews who act and talk like an anti gentile aquivalent of an antisemite. Double standards or lack of self awareness?

    • Saleema says:

      He would say it was anti-Semitic and he would get Dershowitz to campaign until the person would be fired.

  2. Shmuel says:

    But they have a tower and an IBM facility: link to mondoweiss.net

    • Citizen says:

      Thanks, Shmuel. It’s annoying to say the least to keep covering the same intellectual or merely common sensical territory (once you know facts), so here, as you said:
      “What brutality? We’re on the Nasdaq! Critical of the “separation fence”? Wait until you see our patents! Your impressions of Israel are all hearsay until you’ve seen the Intel plant in Kiryat Gat for yourself! The chips, the semiconductors, O rapture! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

      Nazi Germany did all this branding to a tee, the type of branding Israel does now–maybe it’s time for Israel to go erect a monument to Goebbels, respecting the creator base of Hasbara, first time around–Israel could even give a kudo to Bernays, the father of corporate PR, whom Goebbels studied. The Germans were so good at technical innovation both the US and USSR grabbed their scientists, without which both would have lagged in air power, rockets, jets, nukes, for one pedestrian example: Both the F-86 Sabre Jet and its opponent, the MIG 15, were derived products of German genius. The list goes on. Did all of that make Nazi Germany a place to admire? Israel is now engaged in the same crapola. In Nazi Germany, foreigners were paraded before special camps made to look like ultra-normalcy; in Israel today foreigners (like the stupid fuck evangelical who has his own show & once had POTUS as goal) are paraded to selected spots, and kept form the reality of the WB & Gaza.

      • Citizen says:

        I couldn’t think of his name: Mike Huckabee. He’s been to Israel dozens of times yet has not yet ventured into Gaza or the West Bank even once. He reminds me of Jim Nabors and the characters he played on TV; he just can’t sing. Shazaaam! Sarge.

  3. Blake says:

    A professor? Even their intellectuals are madman.

    • Fredblogs says:

      Nice and racist there, especially considering that another professor was on the side of the protesters.

      • Mooser says:

        So Fred, Jews are a “race”? Please, tell us about it.

        Gosh, is there anything more fungible than Judaism to a Zionist. They think of Judaism as their own personal slave. And after all, they did save Judaism and the Jews from complete extinction, so we have to do what they say.

        BTW Fredblogs, when you making Aliyah? I ask this inter-alia of course.

        • Mooser says:

          And I forgot to ask you Fredblogs, why are you hanging out at a “racist” website. Since you obviously have not the slightest idea how the internet works, there is no such thing as a “negative hit”. You are just another “hit” driving Mondo’s stats up, and I’m sure the site owners are grateful for it, as they are for almost every “hit”

          So, thanks for the help, Fredblogs. you are doing your part. And you can drop the phony accent, everybody knows you are an American with language disabilities. It’s an insult to the Israeli educational system to try and pass yourself off as something else.

        • Fredblogs says:

          @Mooser
          The website, unlike some commentors (Woody “Israelis are demons from Hell” Tanaka for one) isn’t that racist. Mostly I hang out because I like to hear from both sides. As for “hits”. So what? This site doesn’t have advertising, it makes its money from donations. Though I suppose I indirectly drive up donations here.

        • Fredblogs says:

          @Mooser
          What accent? I’ve been very clear any time one of you guys mistook me for a Settler or what-have-you that I’m an American. I’m pretty sure typed words don’t let accents through. Unless someone spelled “flavor” as “flavour”, then you might think they were Canadian or English.

          As for aliyah, that falls into the category of personal questions. I don’t answer those.

        • Fredblogs says:

          @Mooser
          We are a people. There are cultural and religious aspects to Judaism that transcend race. However, there are enough aspects of a race for people to be racist against. Nazis killed anyone they could find with a Jewish grandparent, regardless of their own religion. That’s pretty racist.

        • talknic says:

          Fredblogs May 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm //“Israelis are demons from Hell” Tanaka for one) isn’t that racist. //

          Israelis aren’t a race, it’s a nationality.

      • Blake says:

        Fred would love to know how you could possibly defend this madman. His racism and that of your pariah’s actions’ speak louder than my supposed racist words.

        • Fredblogs says:

          Not interested in defending him. Just in pointing out that it is racist of you to ascribe the characteristics of one person to an entire nation. If you had said “even some of their intellectuals are madmen” that wouldn’t have been racist.

        • Mooser says:

          “If you had said “even some of their intellectuals are madmen” that wouldn’t have been racist.”

          Gee, I wonder how Phil gets along without you on the moderator team.
          But thank you for giving us the permitted locution in this case. I still don’t know which “race” this “racism” is supposed to slander. Maybe you could tell us?

        • Blake says:

          Fredbonkers: Personally I wouldn’t even call it a “nation” and probably would not get printed if I did say what I thought of it, but you have to be mad to follow the Zionist ideology and believe everything they tell you. You Fred are unable to think for yourself. That makes you part of the madness that is being a zionist.

      • American professors who speak up for human rights in Israel get smeared and their tenure threatened by bigots like Dersh. Yet out and out fascist professors who use hate speech in Israel, dragging their institution’s reputation into the gutter, are indulged and never challenged. Spot the hypocritical difference.

        • American says:

          Plaut was sued for libel by Neve Gordon, a faculty member at Ben-Gurion, for calling Gordon a Judenrat…Gordon won the lawsuit and Plaut was fined $50,000.

      • lyn117 says:

        @fredblogs, you’re the one assuming Blake is referring to some race when he says “Even their intellectuals are madman.” I don’t know how you know who he’s referring to, it may very well be zionists. I find your assumption presumptive, and probably racist.

        • Fredblogs says:

          @lyn117
          Since for Blake the premise that “all Zionists are madmen” goes without saying, he is clearly referring either to Israelis or to Jews.

        • clearly..not. fred, do you ever wonder why some of your comments do not make it thru? why are you putting quotemarks around something no one said? you do not ask for clarification, you accuse. why don’t you just ask blake who he meant by ‘their’? maybe it was rightwinger nutjob setter supporters.

          furthermore, i assume you know there are more christian zionists on the planet than jewish ones. anyway..nice of you to change the subject rather than condemn the real racist here…the one in the article.

        • Blake says:

          Zionists are not Jews (simply hijacked Judaism but have no mandate to speak for all Jews) and yes to be indoctrinated into the insane zionist ideology you can hardly be described as sane.

          Avigail Abarbanel, an ex-Israeli psychiatrist in Australia, views Zionism as a mental illness that can be treated. Zionism is just a symptom of a deeper problem, the delusional belief that you have “rights” which do not exist. The inner conflict that arises from these “situational ethics” certainly does create a clinically diagnosable mental inability to process certain types of information that trigger the neurotic or sometimes even psychotic defensive reaction.”

    • lysias says:

      Does a professor of economics count as an intellectual?

  4. RE: “The following are some of the Professor’s [Steven Plaut's] startlingly racist recommendations for Nabka greeting cards: -One, two, three, MANY Nabkbas! -A little Nakba never hurt anyone! ” ~ Ira Glunts

    MY COMMENT: This is an excellent example of how über-nationalism can make even an economics professor with a doctorate from Princeton act like a juvenile delinquent.

    FROM GEORGE ORWELL, “Notes on Nationalism” (1945):

    [EXCERPTS] . . . By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled ‘good’ or ‘bad’.[1] But secondly—and this is much more important—I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognising no other duty than that of advancing its interests. . .
    . . . Nationalism, in the extended sense in which I am using the word, includes such movements and tendencies as Communism, political Catholicism, Zionism, Antisemitism, Trotskyism and Pacifism. It does not necessarily mean loyalty to a government or a country, still less to one’s own country, and it is not even strictly necessary that the units in which it deals should actually exist. To name a few obvious examples, Jewry, Islam, Christendom, the Proletariat and the White Race are all of them objects of passionate nationalistic feeling: but their existence can be seriously questioned, and there is no definition of any one of them that would be universally accepted. . .
    . . .it is important not to confuse nationalism with mere worship of success. The nationalist does not go on the principle of simply ganging up with the strongest side. On the contrary, having picked his side, he persuades himself that it is the strongest, and is able to stick to his belief even when the facts are overwhelmingly against him. Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception. Every nationalist is capable of the most flagrant dishonesty, but he is also—since he is conscious of serving something bigger than himself—unshakeably certain of being in the right. . .
    . . .All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. . . 
    . . . The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. . .

    • SOURCE: “Notes on Nationalism”, by George Orwell – link to literaturecollection.com

    • Mooser says:

      “MY COMMENT: This is an excellent example of how über-nationalism can make even an economics professor with a doctorate from Princeton act like a juvenile delinquent.”

      As opposed to acting like a high-class confidence trickster or embezzler, or just a pompous know-it-all?

  5. David Samel says:

    Plaut has been writing such filfth for years. Not only is he morally repulsive, he is a compulsive liar. He repeatedly called for using live ammunition to slaughter the weekly protesters at Bil’in.

  6. Mooser says:

    It’s not like Witty (in his glorious reign here) or many of his elk (can’t stand ‘em, you know, bunch of wanna-be’s) haven’t been warning us about this. If all you-all guys who are trying to show the Israelis as a bunch of bastards (we might as well be frank about what this “deligitimasation” is all about) make them too bad, the Israelis will expel or kill all the Palestinians and it’ll be your fault, you deligitimasiserers, you!
    Do you want to live with that on your conscience? Than back off, anti-Semites!

    • Citizen says:

      Mooser, what I’d like to know is how a significant number of Jews born and bred in the USA, especially in places like Brooklyn, can be conditioned to imbibe the highest American values, e.g., under 1st Amendment, the rest of the Bill of Rights, etc., and then rush to reject them all and move to Israel to be the type of person, or group they would hate, and fight against in the USA? How do they distinguish between Aryan white separatist organizations and the state they moved to? They just can’t see the same principles working like Orwell would? Do they really think that, e.g., Rachel Corrie is a modern day Horst Wessel icon?

      • chuckcarlos says:

        how or why?

        That’s easy…They’re a bunch of LOSERS…

        same as the Nazis…they can’t stand up for the obvious…can’t imagine being left out of the “group”…

        imbide people with some absolutely ridiculous notion that they’re the chosen ones and entitled to something grandiose…as in this case DESTINY…Nazis, SS, Israeli Jews…whatever…and they just go nuts…

        Should be a requirement that all NYC Jews should be forced to live for 5 years in Nogales or Las Cruces (forget Jerusalem in Palestine)…and attend UTEP…knock some sense into them about getting along in the big world…and introduce them to the next ruling class of this Continent…

      • American says:

        Citizen says:
        May 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm
        Mooser, what I’d like to know is how a significant number of Jews born and bred in the USA, especially in places like Brooklyn, can be conditioned to imbibe the highest American values, e.g., under 1st Amendment, the rest of the Bill of Rights, etc., and then rush to reject them all”

        Because they never imbibed the democratic values to begin with.

  7. Mooser says:

    “Professor Steven Plaut teaches economics at the University of Haifa. He is an American-born Israeli who received his doctorate at Princeton.”

    Reporter: ‘Well, Professor Plaut, looks like all your incitment backfired, and now Israel is a complete wreck, and one the way to massive collapse.’
    Prof. Plaut: ‘Can’t interview now, got a plane to catch. Home of the free and the brave, here I come. Maybe I can help America do something about the reconquista threat. By the way, you wanna buy a really nice Tel-Aviv condo, and a place in the settlements? I’ll sell it to you wholesale!’

  8. HarryLaw says:

    Anyone who has had the misfortune to read some of the comments from the Jerusalem Post on a daily basis, would find these repulsive comments by the learned Professor mild by comparison. Some truly disturbed people in Israel.

    • seafoid says:

      and quite a few in the US too who don’t have the balls to move to Israel. or are not prepared to put their economic future on the line.

  9. Nabka greeting cards
    ——————————–
    That reminds me of a poll in the US in which one item was the question:
    “What is the Holocaust?” – Among the possible answers was “A Jewish holiday”.
    I can’t remember the percentage of respondents who checked that answer.

  10. lysias says:

    Look at the sort of stuff Plaut has been doing:

    Plaut is critical of left wing figures such as Michael Lerner and Norman Finkelstein whom he describes as self-hating Jews and apologists for terrorism who are promoting the destruction of Israel.[3] Plaut is opposed to what he sees as left-wing extremism in Israeli universities, and is actively involved in Isracampus,[1] a website monitoring such activity.[4] In the Canadian Jewish Tribune, he denounced Anarchists Against the Wall, a group protesting the Israeli West Bank barrier which he says is composed of “violent hooligans and anarcho-fascist thugs.”[5]

    Plaut was sued for libel by Neve Gordon, a faculty member at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Department of Politics and Government, claiming that Plaut slandered him in certain articles and alleged e-mails. In May 2006, the Israeli magistrate’s court in Nazareth ruled in favour of Gordon, and ordered Plaut to pay Gordon 80,000 shekels in compensation plus 15,000 shekels in legal fees.[6] Both sides appealed to the District Court in Nazareth and in February 2008, the court upheld a libel judgment relating to a publication in which Plaut called Gordon a “Judenrat Wannabe” but reduced the damages to 10,000 shekels (about $2,700) on the basis that, in the court’s view, Plaut was entitled to criticize Gordon.[7][8]

    • I’ve been keeping my eye on Plaut now for over eight years. He organized a rather chilling email attack on me and other Alaska artists in early April 2004, in response to my plans to produce The Skies Are Weeping, about Rachel Corrie, at UAA in Anchorage. He may have been the person to have come up with the meme “The Other Rachels,” as it first showed up in April 2004, and he was claiming credit for the idea by 2005, when posters of “the other Rachels” started appearing at events honoring Corrie, and at demonstrations outside the play My Name is Rachel Corrie.

      A large cache of his articles from the pre-Neve Gordon Plaut writing rampage can be gleaned here:

      link to think-israel.org

      Here’s what he had to say about me in 2005, a year into our, uh, relationship:

      Sycophantic ravings about Corrie are increasingly passing for “art and culture” among the fundamentalist Left. A while back a moonbat at the University of Alaska in Anchorage (UAA), one Philip Munger, wrote a “cantata” about Corrie. Some UAA friends of ours from the frozen politically-incorrect underground there tell us that this “cantata” works better than prunes in curing constipation. Munger used two “poems” written as “memorials” to Corrie but not to any of the victims of the terrorists the ISM promotes, one by San Francisco “poet” Phil Goldvarg and another by Sri Lanka “poet” Thushara Wijeratna. We are not sure but we think that one of those may also have composed the famous work of poetry, “Here I sit broken-hearted, paid my dime…”

      The initial performance of the “cantata” was cancelled by UAA due to the outcry from the Alaskan Jewish community, also sometimes known as the Frozen Chosen.

      Then a little while back, a “play” was produced, “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” at London’s prestigious Royal Court Theatre. Directed by Alan Rickman, it misrepresents Corrie’s life and “mission”, including Corrie’s foolish attempt to challenge an Israeli bulldozer to a game of chicken as part of her efforts to prevent Israel from destroying terrorist tunnels used to smuggle explosives, weapons and missiles to terrorists. Corrie died as a human shield for a tunnel used by mass murderers.

      The Guardian reports why Rickman decided to produce this “play”:

      ‘The material revealed a woman who was both ordinary and extraordinary: writing poems about her cat, her friends, her grand mother, the wind; but also, from a strikingly young age, engaging passionately with the world, trying to find her place in it. The earliest material we have is political; aged 10, Rachel wrote a poem about how “children everywhere are suffering” and how she wished to “stop hunger by the year 2000″.’

      Our guess is that Rickman also finds those declarations about seeking world peace by beauty pageant contestants to be truly moving and really inspirational.

      Here is how a real professor of composition viewed the above-mentioned “cantata”:

      From: “Jeff Pezzati” Date: April 6, 2004
      Subject: for Philip Munger

      Hello Philip,

      My name is Jeff Pezzati, I am a professor of composition at the University of Southern California. My pieces have won ASCAP, BMI prizes and the Prix di Rome. I have been informed of your anti-Semitic cantata that is to be performed. This will not be tolerated by the American composer community. The suicide victim “Rachel Corrie,” whom you are apparently trying to honor in this piece, killed herself for the cause of promoting Arab terrorism and murder against Jews. I have discussed this with such colleagues as John Corigliano, John Harbison, John Adams, etc. We have all agreed that your music is to be banned from performance in the continental United States. Consider yourself blacklisted. -Dr. Pezzati

      I have a hunch Plaut created the fictional character “Dr. Pezzati, as some of the word clusters in the rants I received from the fictional music professor in the first week of April 2004 closely match word clusters or strings in some of Plaut’s writing from the same time period.

      IMHO Plaut is one serious head case.

  11. piotr says:

    Israei economists could pay attention to other news:

    Israel News

    Economy

    Ynetnews

    Israeli exports to EU down 16%

    Israel Export Institute notes discontenting trend in Q1-2012; adds overall global exports down 5%

    Tal Litman, Calcalist
    Published: 05.16.12, 15:15 / Israel Business

    Israel’s exports are experiencing a downturn, the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEI) said Tuesday.

    A new IEI report said that Israel’s exports came to $10.9 billion in the first quarter of 2012 – a 6.5% drop from Q4-2011 and a 5% tumble compared to last year’s first quarter.

    One disconcerting trend noted by the IEI was a 16% drop in Israel’s exports to the European Union, which came to $3.6 billion. EU exports make up 33% of Israel’s overall global exports.

    Exports to Asia, which made up 20% of Israel’s exports in Q1-2012, came to $2.2 billion, a 6% decrease from Q4-2011, but a 7% rise from Q1-2011.

    Exports to the US, which made up 21% of Israel’s exports in the first quarter, added 3% and amounted to $2.4 billion. Still, US exported dropped 23% compared to Q1-2011.

    IEI Chairman Ramzi Gabay said that should the situation continue, “Exporters may be forced to close down production lines, or opt for overseas outsourcing.

    “I urge the government to offer exporters the necessary assistance so they can resume growth.”

  12. Peter in SF says:

    Fredblogs writes:

    Not interested in defending him. Just in pointing out that it is racist of you to ascribe the characteristics of one person to an entire nation.

    It says a lot about Steven Plaut’s adopted nation that these writings do not jeopardize his job as a professor at a state-supported university.

    At Berkeley, the main argument given by the Israeli consul and Stand With Us against divestment from Caterpillar was that it would make Jewish students feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. Well, what would they say about how Prof. Plaut might make Palestinian students at U. Haifa feel?

    James Watson was compelled to resign as the head of Cold Spring Harbor Lab because of his comments specifically about black employees not being as intelligent as non-blacks. If I had an opportunity to ask Prof. Plaut one question, I’d ask him what he thinks of the Palestinian students who have been in his classes. I can’t see how he can win:
    – He might say he’s never had any Palestinian students. But why’s that? Do they avoid his classes, or does he never let them in?
    – He might say that the Palestinian students he’s had have been exceptions. In that case, why is he making these sweeping generalizations about Palestinians?
    – He might say that the Palestinian students he’s had really are horrible people. But this is the kind of statement that would get any university professor in trouble with his administration.

    • Blake says:

      The self chosen rosen Zionistas are the only ones allowed an opinion and the only opinions that count in their delusional heads – no matter how twisted or disturbed those opinions are.

    • Any creditable organisation would sack an employee with such racist views. The pressure on them would be intense. That would be the case in America and Europe. But in Israel it is just another unremarkable piece of hate speech, a discourse that is so routine it hardly raises an eyebrow.

      • seafoid says:

        In other OECD countries racists who believe in the superiority of their own ethnicity are confined to negligible percentages of the population but in Israel they come to perhaps one in 2. The whole Israeli education system is about beating racial superiority into young Jews. In Hebrew.

    • seafoid says:

      Courses this year
      Spring

      The return of Moshiach
      Why Judaism is most favored by G-d
      Human rights in Erez Israel – why they don’t work