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Prof. Steven Plaut

More Free Speech for Leftists Only

The administration at the Weizmann Institute is threatening to fire poor Igor. His grievous sin? He expressed his political opinions quietly by wearing a small pin on his lapel., 4/8/2005, 1:19 AM

Academic Witch-Hunt at Depaul University

The immediate target of Depaul's campaign against political incorrectness was Thomas Klocek, a part-time adjunct professor at DePaul University's so-called "School for New Learning". Klocek's crime? He was guilty of expressing support for Israel. , 3/22/2005, 11:50 PM

The Left's Jihad Against Sharansky

Natan Sharansky has become the victim of KGB terror that the Left most loves to hate. His sin? He is thought to have influenced President Bush and helped persuade him that the time has come to push democracy as a solution for the problems of terrorism and tyranny. He also, of course, is guilty of thinking that Jews have the right to shoot back., 3/14/2005, 10:48 PM

Chomsky the Ba'athist

Interestingly, not <I>every</I> person in the democratic West is overjoyed at seeing Syrian fascism at last challenged. Noam Chomksy, the MIT inventor of now-discredited theories of linguistics, is determined to defend and perpetuate Syrian colonization of Lebanon, no matter how many Lebanese lives it costs., 3/7/2005, 8:18 PM

Sharon's Unilateral Ceasefire

Middle East ceasefires are always unilateral ceasefires, whereby the Jews stop shooting back., 2/27/2005, 6:34 PM

Down Goes Another SLAPP Suit

Zimmerman was suing the paper because the paper had the nerve to report truthfully Zimmerman's comments about settlers and soldiers being "Nazis"., 2/16/2005, 7:59 PM

A Real Campaign Against Incitement

Euro-twits decided to pony up some cash to be used for purposes of implementing the Oslo clauses requiring a suppression of incitement. And now, the money has actually produced a campaign to suppress incitement... by Jews, against the PLO., 2/4/2005, 10:26 AM

Comic News From the Knesset

There is no better treatment for the doldrums than uncontrollable laughter. Just when things are looking totally bleak in Israel, God decides to cheer us all up by giving us the most comic incident of the year, possibly of the century. It is the defeat of Amram Mitzna by Raleb Majadele., 1/28/2005, 1:20 AM

Liberals Quoting Scripture

Like the missionaries of my youth, [Jewish Politically-Correct Bible Thumpers] learn a dozen or so select Biblical phrases, taken out of context, and argue that the Bible and traditional Judaism unambiguously require that one accept and support a left-wing political agenda. I assume that most readers are familiar with these folks., 1/18/2005, 9:29 PM

Academic Witch-Hunt or Digital Defense?

A new specter is haunting the far-left fever swamps that fester in certain corners of Israeli universities. <a target=_blank href=http://www.israel-academia-monitor.com/>Israel Academia Monitor</a> has begun recording the more outrageous words of academic extremists. , 1/6/2005, 5:55 PM

Help Peace Now Members Volunteer

To fight Arab Nazis and fascists and terrorists is an unthinkable crime in the "minds" of Peace Now extremists, something all moral people must refuse to join, but to serve in the military for the purposes of fighting Jews and expelling Jews from their homes is the height of moral sublimity and humaneness. Not to mention patriotism., 12/30/2004, 3:07 PM

Israel's Single-Issue Party

Some are dumbfounded that Ariel Sharon and the Likud have just brought the Labor party into the government to form a national unity coalition. Some cannot believe their eyes and ears and noses., 12/22/2004, 11:33 PM

"Usurpers"

So, let us see if we have this straight. The anti-Zionists claim that the Jews have no right to the land of Israel because before Israel was re-created in 1948, it had been almost 1,900 years since the last time the Jews exercised sovereignty over the Land of Israel. , 12/13/2004, 10:50 PM

Israel's Adgravophilia - Part II

The Likud of Ariel Sharon refuses to be left behind in the race to make things worse. The latest manifestation of the Likud's adgravophilia is the Sharon plan for unilateral "disengagement" in the Gaza Strip. , 12/5/2004, 4:35 PM

Israel's Adgravophilia - Part I

Adgravophilia comes from the Latin root <I>adgravo</I>, which means making things worse. The whole word means the love of making things deteriorate and worsen. For fourteen years, Israeli government policy has been dominated by a passionate desire to make things worse. , 12/2/2004, 11:10 PM

The Defamation of General Kochavi

General Aviv Kochavi has been the victim of malicious harassment by Neve Gordon, the anti-Semitic lecturer in political science at Ben-Gurion University, best known for his pronouncements that Israel is a fascist, apartheid, terrorist state., 11/25/2004, 11:39 PM

A Maudlin Mania

The simple fact of the matter is that there is no such thing on the planet as sympathy for and identification with Palestinians. There is no such thing as pro-Palestinianism. Period. When Palestinians, or when Arabs in general, are mistreated, repressed and tormented by any Arab regime, no one cares. , 11/19/2004, 12:17 AM

The Threat of Violence From the Far-Left

Well, missing in all the posturing and self-righteous McCarthyism of Israel's leftist establishment is any mention at all of Tali Fahima, the Jewish leftist terrorist who assisted her Jenin Palestinian "lover" plan anti-Jewish atrocities., 11/7/2004, 6:53 PM

It is Time to Split the Likud

As these internal party divisions have grown in their ferocity in recent weeks, the press and others have been asking in ever louder voices whether the crisis in the Likud may end up splitting the entire party itself down the middle, leading to the emergence of a separate Likud-Left and Likud-Right., 10/26/2004, 11:05 PM

The Oslo Cult

How do we know that "Oslo" is a religious cult and not a political school of ideology? , 10/18/2004, 9:24 PM

Foreign Workers are the Wrong Target

In recent years, Israel's political establishment has declared a war without compromise or moderation against an enemy. The only problem is that the war they have launched is not against a real enemy at all, but against important and valuable friends of Israel. The imaginary enemy that has aroused the spleen of the politicos and the chattering classes is the guest worker., 10/12/2004, 9:48 PM

How to Defend S'derot

The Guernica bombardment of S'derot is the logical and inevitable result of the Oslo mega-stupidity of turning Gaza over to the terrorists. The Kassams are manufactured inside the Gaza Strip, using the tons of explosives smuggled into Gaza via the Egyptian smuggling tunnels, those same tunnels the Israeli government preferred for a decade to pretend were not there, the same tunnels the ISM's Rache, 10/1/2004, 1:41 PM

Israel's Histadrut Terrorism

Some of you may recall the bankruptcy of New York City back in the 1970s and that famous headline in the <I>New York Daily News</I>, "President Ford Tells New York City - 'DROP DEAD!'" What Israel needs is a whole series of similar headlines directed at the mayors and city councils who intentionally run up huge deficits. , 9/21/2004, 11:57 PM

Rosh Hashanah Thoughts, 5765 - Part III

The most fundamental question for this new post-Oslo era requiring clear answers is how Israel could have allowed itself to pursue the Oslo peace process in the first place. The answers are very likely to point to the central role of Jewish anti-Semitism and self-hatred., 9/14/2004, 11:27 PM

Rosh Hashanah Thoughts, 5765 - Part II

It is an open secret that on campus, leftist extremists with laughable and ludicrous publication records get hired, tenured and promoted, as acts of solidarity by other leftist faculty already inside the system. Israeli university governance is notoriously corrupt and politicized. Some of these tenured leftists then tour the world urging anti-Semites to boycott all of Israel, including the very sa, 9/13/2004, 11:37 PM

Rosh Hashanah Thoughts, 5765 - Part I

Who... could have dreamed that the fulfillment and realization of Zionism would be accompanied by the emergence of the most malignant manifestations of Israeli self-hatred and Jewish anti-Semitism, in the state of Israel and the land of Zion?, 9/12/2004, 11:58 PM

The North Ossetia Peace Process

As all the horrific details come out about the Islamofascist massacre of children in Beslan, Russia, a number of thoughts come to mind., 9/6/2004, 1:44 AM

Stop Interference and Coercion by the Rabbis!

The political interference by the rabbis is getting more and more unbearable. The attempt to impose their opinions and lifestyles, regardless of the preferences of the majority of their fellow citizens, is outrageous. They are arrogant and anti-democratic and coercive. I am, of course, referring to the Reform rabbis in the United States., 8/30/2004, 10:35 PM

Why Sharon's "Wall" Won't Work

There is one major issue related to the "Security Wall" that is being totally ignored by the media and by Israelis., 8/23/2004, 6:00 PM

The Poster Girl of the Israeli Left

Israelis this week are expressing shock and astonishment over the arrest of a 29-year-old Jewish leftist woman from Tel Aviv on charges of collaboration with one of the worst Palestinian terrorists and murderers still above ground. , 8/11/2004, 11:31 PM

The Newest Jihad Against the Security Wall

The anti-Semites and Israel-bashers have been livid with anger over Israel's building of a security wall to keep the Palestinian terrorists from murdering any more Israeli civilians. Gated neighborhoods should be only for liberal West Coast yuppies, they apparently believe, and not for Jews., 7/6/2004, 7:42 PM

They Already Got Their "Right of Return"

Well, hold on to your <I>shtreimel</I>, because I have a whopper of a revelation to make to you. Israel <I>did</I> grant the "Palestinian refugees" the right to return to Israel!, 6/23/2004, 10:32 PM

The Barking of the Intelligence Lapdogs

"Israeli intelligence" has long been an oxymoron, and the Oslo Disaster has been, more than anything else, a total failure of Israel's intelligence services. Israeli intelligence services have been the very last to understand what Yasser Arafat was up to when he started the "Oslo peace process.", 6/16/2004, 10:07 PM

Call to Arms: Indoctrination by Leftist Extremists

There is nothing wrong with professors having political opinions, and - this will come as a grand surprise to some of you - I actually have a firm opinion or two of my own on matters of the day. But I have always maintained a solid separation barrier between my political opinions, which I feel free to express in the media and internet, and my classroom., 6/14/2004, 9:27 PM

The <I>Song of Peace</i> Redux

"Don't call it 'transfer' or expulsion, your spin doctor will find a new name for it. And the Court will declare that human rights and civil rights just have no bearing on this...", 6/8/2004, 11:30 PM

The Associates of <I>Herr</I> Zundel

There is one other interesting fact you should know about the Zundelsite. It carries at least two articles published by Neve Gordon, the leftist extremist lecturer in political science at Ben Gurion University, best known for his pronouncements that Israel is a fascist, terrorist, apartheid state. , 6/1/2004, 10:53 PM

Gaza Not Jewish? Speak for Yourselves!

Well, let's put aside for the moment all those stories about Jews spending time in Gaza in the Bible, from King David to Samson. Let's talk about historically unassailable evidence of Gaza being actual, documented Jewish land, long before the Gush Katif settlements were set up. , 5/19/2004, 9:55 PM

Academic Pluralism and Free Speech

<I>L'Affaire Grinberg</I> continues to make waves and arouse fury in Israel. , 5/10/2004, 5:53 PM

Sharon Threatens a Victory

The question is no longer whether or not Ariel Sharon's "Disengagement Plan" will pass the referendum on it to be held today, but rather by which gap the "plan" will be shot down by the Likud voters., 5/2/2004, 7:26 PM

What Is So Great About Israel?

Israeli Independence Day is just behind us. We spend so much time on the mindless, self-destructive, insane side of Israel that we may tend to forget the positive aspects of life in Israel. And there are ever so many of those., 4/29/2004, 11:28 PM

Israel at 56

This week is Memorial Day in Israel and right after it is Independence Day. I have believed for years that the best way to commemorate these days is by turning them into a battle against the loss of perspective., 4/25/2004, 6:26 PM

The Holocaust is Unique

Tomorrow is <I>Yom Hashoah</I>, Holocaust Commemoration Day. As usual, the Jewish Left will strive to commemorate the Holocaust by trying to promote a second one...., 4/18/2004, 5:06 PM

A Passover Story

One day the two were looking for someone from whom they could <I>schnorr</I> some food when they came upon a Jewish village, a <I>shtetl</I>, whose residents were all buzzing about, hurrying, scouring pots and pans, cleaning their homes and cooking. The Jewish beggar suddenly realized that it was but a few hours before Passover was to begin. , 4/11/2004, 4:15 PM

The PC Makeover of Passover

In recent years, Passover has undergone a make-over in the American Jewish non-Orthodox community. This make-over has converted it largely into a holiday devoted to celebrating human rights, protesting a long list of human rights abuses and promoting fashionable causes. The remake seems designed to make Passover a cosmopolitan holiday, one with a universal message in which all can join; in essence, 4/7/2004, 3:21 PM

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. , 4/2/2004, 12:29 PM

It Does Not Matter

<I>"The nations have heard of it and are enraged; panic and shuddering have seized the denizens of Philistine Gaza. The leaders of Edom are frightened, while the champions of Moab tremble. And the courage of the pagan Canaanites melts away. Fear and panic have fallen upon them; for Your mighty arm crushes them like a stone, while Your people proceed ahead."</I> , 3/25/2004, 9:12 PM

Association for Civil Rights in Israel - Isn't

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is an anti-democratic extremist group that does <I>not</I> endorse free speech. , 3/21/2004, 9:21 PM

Parallel Universe

It was like a parallel universe, not the one we are familiar with. The "activists" and "militants" were suddenly referred to as "terrorists". Even CNN and the BBC discovered the "T" word., 3/14/2004, 3:01 PM

The Real Choice: Fight or Be Destroyed

It has been repeated so endlessly and so mindlessly that Palestinian terror is a supposed consequence of Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank and Gaza that the most glaring and obvious fact of all is being ignored by the entire world. Palestinian terrorism these past eleven years was not caused by Israeli occupation, but by its <I>removal</I>. , 3/9/2004, 2:38 PM

[Repost] The Un-Greening of <i>Tu B'Shvat</I>

Almost everything that most people "know" about <i>Tu B'Shvat</i> is totally wrong and completely false. <i>Tu B'Shvat</i>, the 15th day of the month of Shvat in the Jewish calendar, has been deconstructed in recent years and converted into a holiday of ecology and environmentalist political agitprop. , 2/5/2004, 6:35 PM

An Open Letter to a Neturei Karta Leader

Among those I received were a series of email letters from someone associated with the wacko Neturei Karta movement, and - if I am not mistaken - he is actually the guy who runs their anti-Israel websites. He and I have carried on a correspondence of sorts all week. Below I have collected the essence of the notes I sent him and compiled them into this "Open Letter"., 2/3/2004, 5:48 PM

I Am Ashamed to Be an Israeli

I have spent most of the past 12 years being ashamed to be an Israeli. Israeli governments made me ashamed, and they did so by abasing, disgracing and humiliating me as a Jew and as an Israeli., 1/29/2004, 11:20 PM

A Concise Explanation of the Arab-Israeli War

Myth #10: The key to peace is granting Palestinians hope. Truth #10: The key to peace is taking away Palestinian hope (of destroying Israel)., 1/27/2004, 6:24 PM

The Israeli Left Defends Art

Ah, the Israeli Left! Every day brings us new wonders from it, new manifestations of anti-Semitism and treason., 1/20/2004, 6:21 PM

An Israeli Molotov-Ribbentrop Turnabout

The Israeli Left today takes its cues from the PLO the same way that the Communists in the late 1930s and 1940s took their cues from the Comintern. No sooner had Sharon and the Likud begun construction of the security wall than the Israeli Left and its amen choruses from around the world started a coordinated totalitarian campaign <i>against</I> it!, 1/15/2004, 7:09 PM

Us Beautiful People Opposed to Occupation

Who us? <i>Us?</i> But we are the beautiful people. We love peace. We pet cats. We sing Joan Baez songs. We believe in the brotherhood of peoples. So how dare you fire bullets at us?, 12/31/2003, 1:13 AM

Financial Aggression Against Israel

In the current world jihad against Israeli existence, it is usually presumed that the worst manifestation is anti-Jewish terrorism and military aggression by the Arab Islamofascists. But in the long run, it may turn out that an even more destructive form of aggression against Israel and the Jews is the financial aggression of those seeking Israel's destruction. This takes the form of pumping megab, 12/26/2003, 10:39 AM