Israeli Universities and Colleges
Disclaimer: I have always stated that I do not include links to racist
material on my web pages. This one is an exception. Here I have linked
to some racist material, in order to expose it for what it is. I absolutely
do not endorse any of the vile pronouncements of the likes of David Bukay.
On the Israeli Embassy website, there is a link to a page called
"Colleges in Israel". However,
some of these are not in "Green Line" Israel but in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
I have put these in a separate section - click here to jump to it.
Israel Academia Monitor Wow. Spend any length of time on this site and you'll
be convinced that Israeli academia is a hotbed of leftwing activism and want to stop
boycotting it. I wish.
The Tale of the Stupid and the Evil
On the Jewschool site, 17th Jan 2008. A damning account of the state of Israeli
Tel Aviv medicine faculty ups minimum age to 20
Ha'aretz, 15th March 2007.
This age discrimination is in fact a not-so subtle form of race discrimination,
against Arab students. And it's not only Tel Aviv that's doing it.
Palestinian students continue to face exclusionGuardian, 11th Oct 2007.
"The Israeli army is continuing to bar Palestinian students from Israeli universities,
in spite of an order from the Israeli high court that it relax its restrictions." ...
- The Council for Higher Education in
Israel - English pages. Contains a list of all academic institutions
of HE in the country - including the College of Judea and Samaria (see below).
One Hand Clapping: Applauding Tolerance and Pluralism in Israeli Academia
Sharif Hamadeh of Adalah, in The Electronic Intifada, 31st May 2005
Israeli transcripts may soon be recognized at European schools
Ha'aretz, 20th December 2006.
Israel To Allow Palestinian Student To Enter To Study
Dow Jones Newswires, 18th October 2006.
Ministers demand entry into Israel for Palestinian students
(Ha'aretz, 19th October 2006)
Israel Bars New Palestinian Students From Its Universities, Citing
Concern Over SecurityNew York Times, 11th October 2006.
Shin Bet and the Israeli Academy: Partners in Human Rights Abuses?
Jonathan Cook in Counterpunch, 30th May 2006.
- Israel Academic-Monitor
Read how the other side thinks! This is the Israeli equivalent of
"campus watch", with a list of "Israeli academics who are working to
destroy Israel". Wow, I never realised there were so many. I'd like
to meet them all. However, in that case why have only 358 academics so far
signed the "Courage to Refuse" letter below??
Academic Support Petition - on the Courage to Refuse site.
Please note that this petition, while pledging support to "students
and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories",
does not explicitly say that the signatories themselves refuse to serve.
(Many of the signatories are women and therefore presumably not liable to
be called up as reservists anyway). But it's a start.
Feminist and Academic Apartheid in Israelby Smadar Lavie, 22nd April 2006.
The Secret of Authority
Yitzhak Laor, in Counterpunch, 13th June 2006.
"A huge farce is being staged in the Israeli High Court of Justice. Every
university in the country has joined an appeal of a ruling by the National
Labor Court (which ordered Bar-Ilan University in April 2005 to reveal its
procedure for appointing professors), and in the name of academic freedom,
they are asking the court to uphold the secrecy of their minutes..."
Bar Ilan is founded specifically as a religious institution.
Read its Mission Statement
It has links with the College Of Judea and Samaria - see below.
Recently, Bar Ilan fired senior lecturer Ariela Azulai, allegedly for her leftist
political activity. Meanwhile Menachim Klein, another well-known left-wing
academic, has been refused promotion.
Examples of enlightened opinions from Bar-Ilan Professors:
- Dr. Mordechai Kedar
is a Research Associate at Bar Ilan's Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies.
According to the BESA website, he served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence,
"specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the
Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on
Let's read Dr. Kedar's words of wisdom on the current situation in Gaza then:
"It is time to set new rules of the game in Gaza. We tell the Hamas that they have 14 days to hand over our
kidnapped soldier, Gilad Shalit, or we gradually cut off supply of electricity and water to Gaza. If the
Kassam missile fire continues, we cut off food supplies too."
(In "What to do about the Palestinians?", BESA bulletin no. 22,
- Prof. Efraim Inbar
is the Director of the Bar Ilan Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies. It's hard to
imagine a British university hosting articles of this kind on its website:
Crack down on Gaza now by Efraim Inbar, Jerusalem Post, 29th Aug 2007.
Includes suggestions like "Israel should not hesitate to create a refugee wave by warning
about impending fire on residential areas."
withdrawal? Do it right by Efraim Inbar, Jerusalem Post, 24 April 2004
British Professors Approve Israel BoycottOn the Forward site, 1st June 2007.
" Yigal Arens, a University of Southern California computer science professor
who is an outspoken critic of Israel, said this week that his invitation to an
upcoming conference at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was rescinded as a result
of what he described as his anti-Zionist views. The NATO-sponsored conference, set
to take place June 4-5, is being billed as an apolitical event that will explore
the role of the Internet in combating terrorism."
- Livnat livid
Ben-Gurion Univ. won't fire outspoken professor (Ha'aretz Friday, April 23,
Galilee College home page
Often mentioned in the same breath as the College of Judea and Samaria (q.v.),
it's part of the Israeli government's agenda to "Judaise" the Galilee.
Zokhrot ("We Remember") demonstration on 21st May 2005 in Tel-Aviv.
Palestinian villages destroyed in the Nakba of 1948 are marked on a map of Israel.
Here, Teddy Katz lays the sign of Tantura, together with a young woman whose
family had fled from the massacre which Katz describes in his thesis. (Photo: Gush Shalom)
Intelligence Corps Wisely Chooses the University
"The University of Haifa won a nationwide tender to educate elite members
of the Israel Defense Force’s Intelligence Corps", boasts the University
in its English-language "Focus" newsletter of Autumn 2005.
Adalah's legal case against Haifa University
Adalah, the legal centre for Arab minority rights in Israel, is
"Seeking Cancellation of Haifa University's Discriminatory Policy of
Including Military Service as a Main Criterion in Allocating Student Housing".
University of Haifa Newsletter no 1 Feb 2006
"He had been invited by the National Security Studies Center and the
Chaikin Chair in Geostrategy in mid-January to deliver an address on
Israel's security situation to a packed Hecht Auditorium. First,
though, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz wanted his
first visit to the University to start with greeting the soldier-students
participating in the special degree programs that the University offers in
cooperation with the defense establishment. These are the Havatzlot project for
select members of the Intelligent Corps, the Naval program, and the Tactical
Command College for officers. The object of these different programs is not
just or only to supply factual knowledge. As Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor, Head of
the University's NSSC, put it: "The benefit [of these programs] is the method,
and I am happy that the army has understood this." He was referring to the
attempt to develop analytical thinking among these particular students.
University Rector Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi told Halutz, who is the first
air force pilot to become IDF chief of staff, that these prestigious
programs, in addition to the academic side of the National Security College for
higher level officers, were part of the University's social responsibility
commitment. "The training of an Israeli leadership in various areas - local
authorities, education, and the army - is part of this," he said. "On our campus,
the officers also meet a student body that is a reflection of the real
diversity of Israeli society."
"Israel's military elite are University of Haifa graduates"
... in the University newsletter, March 2007. The University boasts
of tailoring its academic courses to the needs of the security
services: "These 4 examples clearly demonstrate the University's role in
enabling Israel's security services to acquire academic tools and its
commitment to contribute to the community and Israel's security." Say no more.
Adalah to the Supreme Court: Haifa University is Indifferent to Discrimination against Arab Students in the Allocation of Dorms
Adalah Newsletter, Volume 36, May 2007
Supreme Court Halts Implementation of District Court Obliging Haifa University to Cancel Use
of Military Service Criterion in Allocation of Student Dorms Adalah Press Release, 30th April 2007
Haifa salutes its soldiers
"The University of Haifa salutes and embraces its students who were mobilized
into the military Reserves and blesses them upon their return in peace to studies." etc. etc.
Haifa District Court Issues Precedent-Setting Judgment
that Considering Military Service Criterion in Allocation
of Housing at Haifa University Discriminates Against Arab Students
Adalah Press Release, 22nd August 2006.
Haifa's National Security Studies Center hosted a seminar on 17th January
2006 by Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz Chief of the General Staff of the IDF.
Watch the video here - if you can understand Hebrew of course.
Warning: don't travel to Arab villages! (Ahiya Raved in YnetNews
22nd Sept 2005, reproduced on the Kibush site).
Although five years have passed since the October 2000 riots, Haifa
University is still warning its foreign students not to travel to "Arab
population centers in Israeli territory."
Sociology professor becomes first Arab dean of Israeli university
(Ha'aretz, 10th Oct 2005)
Haifa U obviously think this is something to boast about but hasn't
it taken them rather a long time??
The University's fig leaf
Here is Ala Hlehel's analysis of the appointment in Ha'aretz, 24th
Persecution of Ilan Pappe:
The Official Website of Ilan Pappe
Controversial historian to quit Israel for UK
Jerusalem Post, 1st April 2007
Jewish students attacked by Israeli academic: Israeli academic lashes out at
'Jewish student lobby,' students reject allegations
Y-Net News, 4th May 2007.
Ilan Pappe to quit Israel for UK Jerusalem Post, Tuesday, April 03, 2007
A Shared History, a Different Conclusion
Washington Post, 11th March 2007.
"The Katz Directory", on the website of Prof. Dan Censor at Ben Gurion University
but mainly relating to Haifa. There are some pages here relating to the AUT boycott.
Chapter 4: the Katz affair
Chapter 5: More on the Katz Affair: La Libre Parole, The Plot, the Trial and the Acquittal.
Two extracts from Ilan Pappe's Book "The Demons of the Nakbah"
published by La Fabrique, Paris 2003 (translated from French).
The Dean, the President and the Historiography of 1948 Palestine
Email Circular by Ilan Pappe, 23 May 2003.
- Education minister slams
Haifa historian for supporting academic boycottHa'aretz, 13th May 2005
- The Collapse of Academic
Freedom in Israel: Tantura, Teddy Katz and Haifa UniversityBy Zalman Amit in
Counterpunch, 11th May
- The Tantura
Case in Israel: The Katz Research and TrialIlan Pappe, on the AAARGH site,
apparently dated 2002.
Alone on the barricades by Meron Rapoport, Ha'aretz, May 6, 2005
article, reproduced on the Academics for Justice site.
- The University of Haifa Response to
the AUT Decision
- Haifa University president
calls on dissident academic to resign(Ha'aretz, April 26)
Here's another link
to the same report
- Defend Prof Ilan Pappe
- More on
- "Israeli Jewish
myths and the prospect of American war" Interview with Pappe, on the
Labournet site, 13th September 2002
Racist pronouncements by David Bukay:
More nice chaps at Haifa
- Prof. Arnon Sofer is the Haifa University demographer-geographer who first
proposed a "separation wall". Here is a piece by him about Israel's "demographic threat":
"Realignment or extinction" in Y-Net News, 15th September 2006.
However, he seems to feel he has been misunderstood:
'I didn't suggest we kill Palestinians' Jerusalem Post, 10th Oct 2007.
Actually I think he says quite enough to condemn himself in his own words. Judge
- Dan Schueftan is deputy director of the National Security Studies
Center at the University of Haifa, as well as a senior fellow at the Shalem
Center in Jerusalem.
The Washington Post of 27th Jan 2006 quotes his highly sophisticated analysis
of the Palestinian elections the previous day:
"The choices were between terrorists, impotents and hooligans ...
From an Israeli point of view, will this make things worse? No. Will this make
things better? No. Would a different result have made a difference? No."
- Steven Plaut (BA from Temple University, MA from Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Ph.D. from Princeton University) is an associate professor teaching Business
Administration in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Haifa.
A fellow Israeli academic has described him as ""an extreme right-wing
polemicist from Haifa University". Surely not? He is is associated with the
Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress which sounds like a nice liberal
about him on the Cork PSC website
Herzl Institute and conference on "demography"
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Silencing and Violence Against Students Protesting at an International Political Conference
- at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Tuesday, December 18. Posted on Joan Nestle's
blog on 20th Dec 2007.
Jerusalem Reflection: Fear mongering at Hebrew University
Christian Peacemaker Teams, 21st July 2007.
Jerusalem Reflection: Rights and responsibilities - conversations with my fellow
students at Hebrew University
Christian Peacemaker Teams, 21st July 2007.
Former Shin Bet chief appointed VP of External Relations
Hebrew University Demands Police Character Reference from Visitors Who
are Palestinian Citizens of Israel as Condition for Entrance to its Campuses
on the Alternative Information Center site, 19th October 2006.
Open Letter from Palestinian academics to international participants
in the conference on "International Humanitarian law and International
Human Rights Law: Exploring Parallel Application".
You couldn't make it up! The conference was held on 21-22nd May 2006.
"Arabs out!" (Y-net News, 6th July 2006)
Describes campaigns against people selling properties in West Jerusalem
to Arabs - including the Hebrew University ....
Shin Bet staffers won't receive special B.A. from Hebrew University
In Ha'aretz, 1st June 2006.
Evidence that boycotts bring results!
This is explicitly confirmed in the Hebrew version of the story.
Israeli group calls for boycott over Hebrew U. Shin Bet degree program
Ha'aretz, 28th May 2006.
Prof. Moshe Zimmerman gets a mention here - see below.
Academic Boycott: Shin Bet training program highlights academic
complicity with occupation
Jonathan Cook in The Electronic Intifada, 31st May 2006.
University takes action against discrimination
(but only in an attempt to avoid an academic boycott from the UK!).
In Y-Net News, 16th May 2006.
Shin Bet recruits to enter fast-track B.A. program
Ha'aretz, 21st April 2006
"Young people who join the Shin Bet secret service and specialize in
Arabic and Middle East studies will be able to receive a bachelor's
degree in a year and four months" - from HUJI ....
Students protest what they say is sports center's racist policy
(Ha'aretz, 4th Nov 2005)
"Dozens of students demonstrated at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on
Thursday to protest the Lerner Sports Center's refusal to allow non-student
Arabs to obtain memberships ..."
When the anti-Israel sentiment comes from withinHa'aretz, 10th March 2005.
An interesting and detailed article about rows between the ADL and the
administration of HUJI about rather laudable sentiments expressed by
Prof. Moshe Zimmerman.
Here's a whole collection on "The Zimmerman Affair" by Israel Shahak.
- Well, look who won the Nobel Prize for Economics: Prof. Robert
Aumann, described here by Ha'aretz as a "veteran member of Professors for a
Strong Israel", based at the Center for the Study of Rationality at the
Hebrew University. Nice to know that the failures of past peace processes
can all be explained rationally by Game Theory:
Aumann: Game Theory
proves failure of Oslo
Businessweek questions the wisdom of awarding the prize to two exponents
of Game Theory.
Hebrew University expansionist
plans(On the POICA site, 7th December 2004
How the Hebrew Uni evicted Arab families from their land.
Hebrew University to displace Palestinian families
(Electronic Intifada, 22 November 2004)
Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya
Uzi Arad, a former director of Mossad, is the current head of
the Institute for Policy and Strategy, which organises the annual
Read more about him here
Trading Land for Peace by Uzi Arad.
This article makes favourable reference to the ideas of Sofer and
Biger (q.v.) and contains the immortal line, "Of course, for Israelis,
an important gauge of a land swap's utility is its demographic impact."
Sapir College, Sderot
Tel Aviv University
Tanya Reinhart: Obituaries
Tel Aviv University research lab in the occupied Golan?
According to the piece above, published in the Hebrew edition of Haaretz about
heavy particles and black holes, it appears that Tel-Aviv University has a lab on the
Hermon mountain, which is part of the occupied Golan. More information welcome ...
Gideon Biger's page at TAU
Gideon Biger is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Tel Aviv
University and Chairperson of the Israeli Military History Association. He
is an active associate of Avigdor Lieberman, Deputy Prime Minister since
October 2006. Biger was a founding member of Lieberman's political party,
Yisrael Beytenu, which supports ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian citizens
"In another development it was revealed in the Israeli media that the
chairman of the boundary commission was a leading member of a far-right
party, Yisrael Beiteinu, which advocates transferring Arab citizens out
of the state. Gideon Biger, a geography professor at Tel Aviv University,
is standing as one of the party's main candidates for the Knesset in the
general election in March." - Electronic Intifada, December 2005.
Letter of protest over academic honors to Mr. Mofaz, previous Israeli
Minister of Defence
Letter sent by Faculty For Israeli-Palestinian Peace to the President,
Rector and Dean of Humanities at Tel Aviv on 23rd April 2006. (The file is
in PDF format - scroll down to page 5).
Widespread illegal experiment conducted at Meir Hospital
(Ha'aretz 5th July 2006)
The hospital concerned is affiliated to Tel Aviv University's medical
- The origins of TAU
"Tel Aviv University was partially built on the lands of the Palestinian village
of Sheikh Muwanis. Whilst it is known that some of the village's lands were sold
in 1924, others were not ..."
Israeli Universities and Colleges in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel
Also known as the Ariel University Center of Samaria.
This is located in a settlement called Ariel. The following website tells
you what life is like for the Palestinian residents of the neighbouring
Truth will Prevail
Education Council: We won't recognize degrees awarded by college in West Bank settlement
Ha'aretz, 11th June 2008.
Israeli College in West Bank, Stripped of University Status, Cries Foul
Chronicle of Higher Education, 27th March 2008
Oppose the New 'Settler University'Bill Templer in MRzine, 11th August 2007.
Tamir: Ariel college 'university center' declaration is misleading
Ha'aretz, 1st August 2007
Tamir: Ariel College probably won't gain university status
Ha'aretz, 21st May 2006.
Professors - Ariel University - Illegal Outpost
(Ynet News, 6th Feb 2006)
- A Study in Irony
Shira Philosof in Ha'aretz, 23rd June 2005.
- What can Israeli Arabs
learn at Ariel? Gideon Levy in Ha'aretz, 8th May 2005.
Boycott Ariel Collegeby Shlomo Sand in
Ha'aretz, 4th May 2005.
Stuck in the ThroatHa'aretz Editorial, 4th
- Cabinet votes 13-7 to
declare West Bank college a University (Ha'aretz, 2nd May 2005)
"It appears that the initiative is coming from the Minister for Education,
Limor Livnat. Ms. Livnat, it transpires, has granted her acquiescence to
Sharon's Gaza Disengagement Plan conditionally. The condition - you guessed
it - is to intensify settlement in the West Bank." - Reuven Kaminer.
- According to the Gush Shalom newsletter of 14th April 2004, US Space agency
NASA "is already on the way to granting both recognition and financial
sustenance to the settlement-city of Ariel, which constitutes a major
focus of Sharon's land-grabbing and and annexation program."
"NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), at Pasadena, California has
expressed its interest in a new robotics program developed by researchers
at the "College of Judea and Samaria" in the Ariel settlement, for
incorporation into the planned 2009 robotic mission to Mars. In addition
to space exploration, these new robotic techniques are expected to have
terrestrial applications such as "Autonomous mobile robots performing
security and defence tasks, patrolling roads and hostile areas" (sic!).
As a matter of fact, in the settlers' own boastful press release on the
Ariel/NASA deal there is mention also of an unspecified role for two
other respectable institutions: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and the Tohoku University of Japan."
See: "The Mars Road
Test": Press Release of the College of Judea and Samaria, 16 May 2004
This claims that "No formal arrangement exists with NASA regarding the
project". But it's clear that one of NASA's senior robotics scientists is now
employed by the college, and continues to do research for NASA.
- "On the
map, thanks to the road" (Ha'aretz, apparently 23rd May 2003)
A detailed account of the College and its students and staff.
- Studied Co-existence
A glowing report about Arab and Jewish students studying together at CJS.
On the CJS website, of course. Mentions links with Bar-Ilan.
Tzomet Institute for Technology and Halakha, Alon Shvut
Alon Shvut is an illegal settlement in the West Bank. The Institute is headed by
Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, who by all accounts is a most charming man. See the following:
No information yet on the following, except that they appear to be based in the OPT:
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