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TA University Conference: No Entry for Settler Reporters

A reporter for Israel’s newest radio station, Galei Yisrael, was not permitted to enter a TAU conference on the War of Independence.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/30/2010, 5:26 PM / Last Update: 5/30/2010, 6:44 PM

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A reporter for Israel’s newest radio station, Givat Ze’ev-based Galei Yisrael (Israel Airwaves), was not permitted to enter a Tel Aviv University conference on the "Nakba" – as nationalist Arabs and anti-Israel elements refer to the Arab armies' crushing defeat in Israel's War of Independence.

The event was held last week in TAU, featuring events connected with the Nakba – (Catastrophe, in Arabic). The conference also dealt with the “need” to allow hundreds of thousands of Arabs, or more, to flood Israel under the “right of return.”

Galei Yisrael reporter Kobi Tzucker showed up to cover the event, but things did not turn out exactly as he thought. Tzucker said that one of the organizers, History Prof. Gadi Algazi, “saw me enter with a recording device and asked me which media outlet I’m from. I told him Galei Yisrael, and he said, ‘the radio from Givat Ze’ev?’”

“I told him that yes, it’s in Givat Ze’ev, and then a few students gathered around me, and he said quite insultingly, ‘I will not have anyone from the settlements coming here to cover this event.'”

Givat Ze’ev is the fifth-largest Jewish town in Judea and Samaria, with some 11,200 people, located just north of Jerusalem. Only Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit, Maaleh Adumim (each with between 35,000 and 45,000 people), and Ariel (16,700), are larger.

For its part, Tel Aviv University is located in northern Tel Aviv, on lands occupied until 1948 by an Arab village named Sheikh Munis.

Tzucker didn’t give up, however, and managed to sneak in from another entrance. He was able to hear Muhammed Bakri, referred to in the conference as a “Palestinian producer,” discuss how the Nakba continues on in Israel. Bakri is an Israeli-Arab actor and filmmaker, whose most notorious accomplishment is the anti-Israel film “Jenin, Jenin.”

Prof. Algazi sat in prison for a number of months 30 years ago for refusing to serve as an IDF soldier in Judea and Samaria.