Leftist Indoctrination at the University of Haifa

The course outline is crawling with postmodernist Newspeak and gibberish, about conflicting "narratives" in the Middle East and about "colonialism". The course outline by Yonay makes little attempt to hide the fact that Zionism will be represented in the course as a form of colonialism and imperialism.

Prof. Steven Plaut,

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A few months back, I published a short news item concerning an anti-Israel propaganda course at Tel Aviv University, taught by an anti-Zionist leftist extremist named Uri Hadar, in the psychology department. The course was entitled "The Psychology of the Occupation". It was a "course" of naked indoctrination into "anti-occupation" and anti-Zionist political ideology, all in the guise of a serious course in psychology.

At the time, instead of canceling what was obviously a biased and indoctrinating course, the president of Tel Aviv University, Itamar Rabinovich, wrote to the heads of the University of Haifa and demanded that they take action against me for the crime of revealing the existence of this propaganda course at Tel Aviv University in the media. Rabinovich clearly is opposed to free speech and democracy, and favors leftist on-campus indoctrination. The chiefs of Haifa University laughed him off. Rabinovich's letter was then published by a foul-mouthed far-leftist spokesman at Tel Aviv University named Danny Shapiro.

At that time, several people contacted me and asked me directly if I would have exposed and condemned a similar course at the University of Haifa, my own home campus. After all, it was one thing to bash someone else's campus, but would I have the gumption to suggest that my own campus heads be contacted and lobbied, under similar circumstances?

Well, the answer is yes - and here is the proof. I would like to invite you all to take a moment to tell the heads of the University of Haifa what you think of the following scandal.

The University of Haifa currently offers a propaganda indoctrination course similar to that offered in the psychology department at Tel Aviv University. It is in the Department of Sociology and is entitled "The Sociology of the Occupation". It is taught by an anti-Zionist lecturer who is probably the Hamas' second-favorite lecturer at the University of Haifa. Dr. Yuval Yonay is a close collaborator with Ilan Pappe, including in promoting boycotts of Israel and "divestment". He helped to organize a series of "Nakba Days" at the University of Haifa with Pappe, in which Israelis were called upon to mourn the creation and very existence of their own country as a "catastrophe" (nakba, in Arabic).

Yonay is a cheerleader for convicted nuclear traitor Mordecai Vanunu, promotes the Palestinian "right of return," which means their "right" to destroy Israel, and has been active in the groups in Israel that organize mutiny among soldiers and refusal to serve. He has petitioned to prevent army officers in Israel from speaking with high school students, and is active in both the anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Gush Shalom organization and the Israeli communist party.

Yonay is a sociologist with a special interest in what he calls "Queer Studies". Yonay's academic work includes such groundbreaking articles as: "A Queer Look at the Arab-Jewish Conflict" in Theoria Uvikoret 19: 265-75 (Hebrew), which is a hardcore Marxist magazine; "Between Silence and Damnation: The Construction of Gay Identity in the Israeli Legal Discourse, 1948-1988" in Israeli Sociology 1(2): 257-93 (Hebrew); and "The Law on Homosexual Orientation in Israel: Between History and Sociology" in Mishpat u Mimshal 5(1): 531-86 (Hebrew). Yonay likes to think of himself as a serious critic of economic theories, although I have never met an economist who thinks Yonay understands the first thing about economics. I happen to have a PhD in economics from Princeton myself and I consider Yonay an economic illiterate.

The "Sociology of Occupation" course in question taught by Yonay has a course outline or syllabus that can be viewed by Hebrew readers here. For others, let me summarize what it says.

The course outline is crawling with postmodernist Newspeak and gibberish, about conflicting "narratives" in the Middle East and about "colonialism". The course outline by Yonay makes little attempt to hide the fact that Zionism will be represented in the course as a form of colonialism and imperialism.

The course description contains the following caveat: "The course is built on the presumption that a complete separation between science (sic) and ideology is not possible, because ideological perceptions affect the way in which facts are understood and gain relevance." Well, let us put aside the question of whether sociology is even science. This course also promises large doses of "New History", meaning historic revisionism, meaning pseudo-history. New Historians generally think that facts never matter, especially when they stand in the way of destroying Israel.

Required course texts in Yonay's re-education camp include material by Edward Said and assorted Marxists and anti-Zionists, as well as non-academic leftist propaganda diatribes. Yonay, by the way, is very active in various homosexual militant groups. He teaches a pro-homosexuality course in "queer theory" (his term), whose syllabus - I am told by some students - is so explicit that I could not post it here without fear of jeopardizing my "PG" rating.

So, after all that, if you would like to tell the chiefs of the University of Haifa what you think of Yonay's course on "Sociology of the Occupation", please contact:

President of the University of Haifa
Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze?ev
Fax: 972-4-8240281
E-mail: abenzeev@univ.haifa.ac.il

and

Rector of the University of Haifa
Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi
Fax: 972-4-8342101
Email: yossib@univ.haifa.ac.il

and

Chairman of the Board of Govemors
Prof. Manfred Lahnstein
Fax: 972-4-8342104



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