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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More of that sweet smell of Israeli democracy

A few extracts from this report:

The education minister has outraged the 540 professors who signed the petition by his open backing of a nationalist youth movement, Im Tirtzu, which demands that teachers be required to prove their commitment to right-wing Zionism.

Mr Saar’s campaign to “re-Zionise” the education system, including introducing a new right-wing Jewish studies syllabus and bringing soldiers into classrooms, has heightened concerns that he is stoking an atmosphere increasingly hostile to left-wing academics and human-rights activists.

Neve Gordon, a politics professor at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva who called for an academic boycott of Israel last year, has reported receiving death threats, as has a school teacher who refused to participate in Mr Saar’s flagship programme to encourage high-school recruitment to the Israeli military.

(Im Tirtzu's) biggest success to date has been a campaign last year against Israeli human rights groups that assisted a United Nations inquiry led by Judge Richard Goldstone in investigating war crimes committed during Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2008. The human rights organisations are now facing possible government legislation to restrict their activities.

Yes, that all sounds like a healthy democracy.


At 13 July, 2010 15:42, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Didn't Hitler do something similar in Germany in the '30s? (not Zionist of course)

At 16 July, 2010 01:07, Blogger Rob said...

You realise that making that comparison is offically anti-semitic according to the EU? But yes, of course he did.


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