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Israeli scholar refuses to shut up despite university punishment for saying settlers exhibit ‘psychosis’

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Here is more evidence of the limits on free speech inside Israel and of what renegade leaders have described as “fascistic” trends in that society.

Last week, in the wake of the murder of a settler girl by a Palestinian, Uri Weiss, a business instructor at an Israeli university, faulted settlers for risking their children’s lives in a “collective psychosis.” Students sought his termination by the university, which ultimately punished him by exempting students from his examination.

The brave scholar has continued to post messages critical of the occupation and rightwing leaders on his Facebook page!

Here is Weiss’s original statement on Facebook, as reported by I24:

“When parents, driven by ideological fanaticism, choose to reside in areas where their children are in mortal danger, we’re witnessing a case of collective psychosis,” Uri Weiss wrote to the consternation of many of his students, who are now petitioning to sack him.

This led to Weiss’s disciplining by Bar-Ilan University, as reported by Walla! News:

Students taking Dr. Uri Weiss’ course at Bar Ilan University will be able to receive a ‘passing’ grade, rather than take the course exam. Reason: Furore over his statements against Israeli settlers who put their children in harm’s way.

Bar-Ilan is said to be associated with more rightwing students. Walla egged those students on (as translated by an automated service): A graduate student, Eitan Meir, was quoted as saying that there had to be “practical consequences” for such statements. The university had to “create clear deterrence against all those who seek to harm Israeli citizens.”

The decision was also praised as a “a small victory” by Matan Peleg, the head of the rightwing group Im Tirzu. “We’ve seen that an intractable Israeli lecturer can hurt an entire university.”

Note that the intractable and courageous Uri Weiss continues to criticize the settlements and intolerance in Israel on his Facebook page. With this post on religious support for the occupation. Here he praises the Jewish heretic Baruch Spinoza.

The Times of Israel reports that Weiss had also praised Palestinian Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi and said that the Israeli killings aboard the Turkish aid ship the Mavi Marmara in 2010 were a “war crime.”

It must be observed that the Democratic Party under Hillary Clinton is giving Uri Weiss no support at all, at a time when he needs it, by denying the existence of an occupation.

Thanks to Ofer Neiman. 

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  1. Marnie
    Marnie
    July 11, 2016, 1:02 pm

    “A graduate student, Eitan Meir, was quoted as saying that there had to be “practical consequences” for such statements. The university had to “create clear deterrence against all those who seek to harm Israeli citizens.”

    Holy Shite! Judging from the responses from ‘students’, it isn’t just the settlers suffering from collective psychosis. How is this behavior different from the nazis again, I forget?

  2. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    July 11, 2016, 1:13 pm

    When parents, driven by ideological fanaticism, choose to reside in areas where their children are in mortal danger, we’re witnessing a case of collective psychosis,” Uri Weiss wrote to the consternation of many of his students, who are now petitioning to sack him.

    The collective psychosis we witness in those many students now petitioning to sack him, because he speaks the truth.
    The collective psychosis of the whole poisonous Zionist project in Palestine, “driven by ideological fanaticism, (choosing) to reside in areas where their children are in mortal danger.”

    Why do Zionists hate their own children?

    • klm90046
      klm90046
      July 12, 2016, 1:48 am

      To paraphrase Golda Meir: This problem will be solved when Zionists learn to love their children more than they hate Arabs.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 12, 2016, 12:01 pm

        “To paraphrase”

        And very aptly, too. It’s about time that paraphrase got some play.

  3. Mooser
    Mooser
    July 11, 2016, 1:16 pm

    ” When parents, driven by ideological fanaticism, choose to reside in areas where their children are in mortal danger, we’re witnessing a case of collective psychosis,” Uri Weiss wrote”

    What with all the “Jewish self-hatred” and “internalized anti-semitism” going around these days, that kind of acting-out was bound to happen. I feel bad for the kids.

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      July 12, 2016, 5:16 pm

      Mooser: Yes! Arabs (it is often said by Zionists; I disagree) submit their children to danger in furtherance of an ideology (your choice: anti-Zionism, antisemitism). And here we see that settlers submit their own children to danger in furtherance of another ideology (your choice: Zionism; settlerism; greater Israel-ism, etc.).

      And the fanaticism multiplies because they want to shut-down all mention of the child-threatening ideology (or behavior) and/or its characterization as “psychosis”. They don’t want their noses rubbed in their own dangerous fanaticism.

      Terrible thing to sacrifice your life, your religion (if you have one), your (other) ideals, etc., to 0service of a human-rights-destroying ideology.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 13, 2016, 12:33 am

        “Terrible thing to sacrifice your life, your religion (if you have one), your (other) ideals, etc., to 0service of a human-rights-destroying ideology.”

        The struggle to regain a homeland for 200 million Jews will determine the human rights, the morality, and religion of the group. Such are the exigencies of the great historical migrations and returns.

  4. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    July 11, 2016, 1:22 pm

    “When parents, driven by ideological fanaticism, choose to reside in areas where their children are in mortal danger, we’re witnessing a case of collective psychosis,” If only they loved their kids more than Zionism.

    This is the same beef I had with that American student who got shot at a settlement recently. What responsibility did he bear planting his tuckus down at an “outpost” situated on someone else’s land? He was not some innocent tourist cut down on a street corner he was actively participating in the usurpation of Palestinian land. It really shows the level of racist entitlement these settler types feel: not only do they demand they be allowed to take from the natives but they also except these same natives to protect them while they’re doing it! Unreal.

  5. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    July 11, 2016, 1:35 pm

    It must be observed that a gratuitous mention of the democratic platform and Hillary clinton reveals a monomaniacal tendency to harp on something that is totally irrelevant to the issue at hand.

    • annie
      annie
      July 11, 2016, 3:14 pm

      how is “denying the existence of an occupation” totally irrelevant to the issue at hand?

      speaking of pathological obsessions, why are you here?

    • John O
      John O
      July 11, 2016, 4:33 pm

      My immediate reaction to this article – my interpretation of the “issue at hand”, if you like – was: what a great university! If you don’t agree with what your tutor says, kick up a fuss and get an automatic pass mark. I wish I’d had that option when I was a student.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 12, 2016, 12:31 am

        “Students sought his termination by the university, which ultimately punished him by exempting students from his examination.”

        Wow! He is denied the pleasure of working past midnight several nights in a row, ploughing through sixty or more exam papers, with their bad spelling, their appalling grammar, and their depressing revelation that at least half of the students have totally misunderstood the main points he was trying to teach.

        That is a cruel and inhumane punishment.

      • Sulphurdunn
        Sulphurdunn
        July 12, 2016, 3:58 pm

        I was thinking the same thing.

      • otc
        otc
        July 12, 2016, 7:14 pm

        “at least half of the students have totally misunderstood the main points”

        You know the old saying.

        Those who can, do.
        Those who can’t, teach.
        Those who can’t teach, teach Philosophy.

    • johneill
      johneill
      July 11, 2016, 11:24 pm

      i don’t know about monomania, but it’s definitely irrelevant to the american election cycle. even if hillary knew about him, i doubt she’d care to offer support or condemnation.

  6. Talkback
    Talkback
    July 11, 2016, 5:55 pm

    “When parents, driven by ideological fanaticism, choose to reside in areas where their children are in mortal danger, we’re witnessing a case of collective psychosis,””

    Yep.That’s the case since the establishment of the settler state through war and expulsion.

  7. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer
    July 11, 2016, 6:04 pm

    Psychosis or just batcrap crazy it takes a sick mind to bring/send kids into a conflict zone.

    My sympathies to those Israeli children with unfit parents.

    • inbound39
      inbound39
      July 12, 2016, 6:48 am

      If you look at the Fourth Geneva Convention it states clearly that the only persons legally allowed to remain in Occupied territory are military personnel. Because Israel supports the illegal settlers and them being in Occupied territory the Israeli Government ulteriorly is saying they are Military personnel. This makes them ALL Legitimate targets.

    • bryan
      bryan
      July 12, 2016, 7:08 am

      But oldgeezer, surely this is far more than a local parenting problem – rather it is a psychosis that has overtaken an entire society, and leads many within the hilltop youth to rebel against their staid and unambitious parents by deliberately seeking out the most dangerous possible locations for their “ISIS” style enclaves.

  8. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm
    July 12, 2016, 12:30 am

    “When parents, driven by ideological fanaticism, choose to reside in areas where their children are in mortal danger, we’re witnessing a case of collective psychosis” ~ Uri Weiss

    There’s a more apt expression which would be more familiar to Israelis and their apologists — human shields.

    Israel is the only country in the world that still uses civilian colonists (aka Jewish settlers) as human shields by deliberately placing them in subsidised settlements on stolen land deep inside occupied enemy territories (territories with which it is still technically at war).

    Here’s Ed Koch justifying the use of Jewish settlers as a “defense bulwark” against “the Islamist armies”…

    “You ask Israel to cease building settlements on the West Bank, which are intended not only to house Israelis, but to provide a defense bulwark when the Islamist armies of the surrounding states, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria – Assad or his opponents – and Iraq, again try militarily to crush Israel” ~ Ed Koch, 2013
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/163827

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 12, 2016, 11:51 am

      “Israel is the only country in the world that still uses civilian colonists (aka Jewish settlers) as human shields”

      To gain land for 200 million Jews, some risks must be taken.

      • amigo
        amigo
        July 12, 2016, 12:24 pm

        “To gain land for 200 million Jews, some risks must be taken. ” Mooser.

        There is a back up plan if all else fails !!.

        Israel is to offer to convert all Goyim who are willing.Those who refuse will be “neutralised.

        This plan will end in the creation of the one and only “Jewish Planet ” in the universe.The downside is there will be no one to recognise it .

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 12, 2016, 12:41 pm

        “Israel is to offer to convert all…This plan will end with…”

        That might be a practical plan if the upper-end estimates of 2 billion Jews are accurate, but I very much doubt they are. I suspect there’s quite a bit of population puffery in that one. I would ignore it.
        No,the 200 million figure is much more accurate, and plans should be based on that number. Certainly that’s enough for one country.

  9. klm90046
    klm90046
    July 12, 2016, 1:53 am

    I weep for the children on both sides, but all Israeli adults know that their settlement, aka Israel, is built on land forcibly taken from Palestinians.

  10. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    July 12, 2016, 11:07 am

    All I can do is shake my head in disbelief.

    Israel is messed up beyond words and it is only going to get worse, much worse. No wonder Jewish immigration is plummeting and emigration is soaring.

  11. Boo
    Boo
    July 12, 2016, 11:50 am

    “Students sought his termination by the university, which ultimately punished him by exempting students from his examination.”

    The university and its students are punishing themselves by closing their minds to an issue crucial to the survival of Israel and by claiming free credit for work they haven’t done.

    This action will harm the credibility of Bar-Ilan’s diplomas, putting them into the same class as those conferred by Trump U. The traits they are fostering are not ones which will serve their students well in adult life.

  12. Waterbuoy
    Waterbuoy
    July 13, 2016, 9:59 pm

    Agree with Boo.
    Any ‘pass’ received by exemption from evaluation will be suspect.
    Exempting a student from taking a business exam due to the politics of the course instructor (even if I didn’t agree with said politics) is beyond stupid.

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