Trashing Israel With a Grin

Lev Grinberg is an Argentina-born senior lecturer in behavioral science at BGU, who was rescued from Argentinean violence and economic crises when granted citizenship in a welcoming Israel.(3) Do not bother writing his department chair about him though, because the latter is almost as extremist as Grinberg.

Prof. Steven Plaut,

Lev Grinberg is one of the many Far-Leftist anti-Israel extremists that fill Ben-Gurion University. There are so many such extremists there that I have already heard more than one person refer to Ben-Gurion University as the "University of Treason". BGU is filled with faculty who endorse and promote treason in the form of mutiny and insubordination by Israeli soldiers. These faculty members urge the soldiers on to refuse to obey the law or to serve in the army, at least until Israel adopts the national suicide policies advocated by the leftist, most extremist 2% of the electorate.

In fairness, there are also some serious scholars and non-wacko people there, while at the same time the other Israeli universities have their fair shares of such extremists as well.

BGU is the home of Benny Morris, godfather of the "New History" (meaning pseudo-history) of Israel's academic "Post-Zionists", although recently Morris has been a radical anti-Zionist only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Shabbas, while a pro-transfer quasi-Kahanist on the other days of the week, evidently part of his campaign to anger both the Left and the Right at the same time, or at least to occupy the center of attention in the media.(1)

Then there is Neve Gordon, the lecturer in political science who praises Holocaust Denier Norman Finkelstein and compares him morally to the Prophets of the Bible; who entered Ramallah illegally (after having been arrested for similar activities earlier) as part of the "Solidarity with Terrorists" delegations that tried to protect Yasser Arafat and his people from the Israeli army during Operation Defensive Wall; and who subsequently filed a harassment SLAPP suit against me because I dared to criticize his political opinions and political activities.(2)

Lev Grinberg is an Argentina-born senior lecturer in behavioral science at BGU, who was rescued from Argentinean violence and economic crises when granted citizenship in a welcoming Israel.(3) Do not bother writing his department chair about him though, because the latter is almost as extremist as Grinberg.

Recently, Grinberg apparently decided there is not enough Israel-bashing and anti-Semitism in Europe, so he wrote an article for a Belgian newspaper denouncing Israel as perpetrating "symbolic genocide" when it whacked the Nazi Sheikh Yassin.(4)

Now let us make sure you are following this. When Sheikh Yassin orders the murders of hundreds of Israeli civilians, many of them children, that is not any atrocity according to Grinberg. Nor is it genocide, symbolic or otherwise, when the same sheikh issues blood-curdling demands for genocide of Jews and insists all Jews anywhere should be murdered. But when Israel dispatches the sheikh to his virgins, that constitutes genocide according to Dr. Grinberg.(5)

Grinberg's article and responses to it were reported in the Maariv newspaper of April 1, 2004. The Israeli Foreign Ministry was not amused by Grinberg's Belgian waffle and issued a denunciation (also in Maariv on April 1, 2004) in which a spokesman for the Ministry openly labels Grinberg a "traitor" (his word), entirely uncharacteristic language for such diplomats. Limor Livnat, the Minister of Education, was already investigating Grinberg for his abusing his position in his classroom to impose his extremist anti-Israel opinions on his students, even before the current Belgian Israel-as-Genocidal-State scandal.

The Ben-Gurion University spokesman issued yet another of his wonderful "We believe in free speech and pluralism" platitudes, just like those he regularly issues regarding Neve Gordon's promotion of Norman Finkelstein and serving as human shield for Arafat.(6)

The only itsy-bitsy problem is that Ben Gurion University is noted for having large academic departments in which there is no pluralism whatsoever and no room for anyone who is not ferociously anti-Israel or Far Left. Besides Grinberg's own "Behavioral Science" department (a mix of psychologists and sociologists; Grinberg himself claims to be a "political sociologist", whatever that is), the political science department at BGU is notorious and renowned for having not a single non-leftist among its faculty members. Some pluralism! BGU is said by some to go out of its way to stock its faculty slots with leftist extremists, often even when this involves lowering academic standards for hiring and promotion.

1) Lev Grinberg was one of those people who denounced Benny Morris for breaking ranks with the Hate-Israel Left when Morris justified some of Israel's policies and denounced the PLO, at least on certain days of the week. Grinberg was outraged that Morris is not anti-Israel enough any more.

2) Fellow columnist Judy Lash Balint is also being hit with a frivolous SLAPP suit by a leftist trying to silence her. Here is her latest article for Frontpage Magazine.

3) Grinberg maintains a personal web site at; and his resume is located here (note how he lists himself as a Beilin advisor).

4) Grinberg's article can be read here in English [note who is distributing it] or in French. Here are his other pieces distributed by the same crowd that is distributing his latest article from Belgium.

5) Here is a typical Grinberg screed. Grinberg is one of the most extreme promoters of treason and mutiny by Israeli soldiers refusing to serve. Here is Grinberg bashing Israel in the Egyptian Holocaust-denying daily Al-Ahram. Here is Grinberg again denouncing Israeli "state terrorism". He makes it clear he thinks Israeli state terrorism is far worse than anything mere Palestinians or Al-Qaeda folks perpetrate. (Note: BGU's Neve Gordon has also built his career on making similar charges about Israeli "state terrorism", in one case in a "research paper" financed by the same Kroc Institute recently found to be financing a French anti-Semite with ties to Al-Qaeda).

Grinberg is one of the PLO's favorite Jews. The PLO's official web pages run his material.

Mikey Lerner and the Tikkun Cult love him.

6) Should you wish to write to the officials at BGU about any of this, you can write to:

Professor Avishay Braverman
President, Ben-Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beersheva 84105, Israel
Fax: 972-8-647-2937

Professor Jimmy Weinblatt
Rector, Ben-Gurion University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beersheva 84105, Israel
Tel. 972-7-6461105
Fax: 972-7-6472945

Professor Avishai Henik
Dean of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
P.O.B. 653
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beersheva 84105, Israel

and also

American Associates of Ben Gurion University
1430 Broadway
8th Floor
New York, NY 10018
phone 212-687-7721
fax 212-302-6443
Lis Gaines President
Vivien K. Marion
Executive Vice President

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