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Israel Justice Minister Shaked Is ‘Neo-Nazi Scum,’ Says Hebrew University Professor

The very young and pretty Israel Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, and totally brainless, files police complaint against Dr. Ofer Cassif.

The  political science lecturer defends his comments: ‘it’s fair to compare Israel to Germany in the 1930s.’

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has filed a police complaint against Dr. Ofer Cassif, a political science lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who roundly attacked her on his Facebook page on Monday.

Cassif called her “neo-Nazi scum” and said she is an indirect partner to murder and crimes against humanity in Africa. He also wrote that Shaked is responsible for making Israel more fascist.

The professor wrote the comments when he shared a separate post from Prof. Amiram Goldblum, a lecturer at the Hebrew University pharmacy school. Goldblum wrote that Jewish-Belgian diamond dealer “who sold weapons to murderers in Sierra Leone and the Colombian drug cartel” was among the donors to Shaked’s primary campaign in Habayit Hayehudi.

Serge Muller, who contributed to the primary campaign of Shaked’s as well as of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) was arrested in March on an international warrant by Belgian police on suspicion of drug trafficking, selling arms to criminals and money laundering, according to a Channel 2 report in June.

The comments on social media sparked outrage from several government representatives including MK Moti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) who called on the university to distance itself from Cassif and to consider firing him.

In their own response to media inquiries however, the Hebrew University spoke against such actions.

“The University is not responsible for the comments of the lecturers and it is not [the University’s] job to deal with them as long as the academic stage is not being exploited to distribute them,” the Hebrew University said in a statement on Monday. “Anyone who believes this or another statement constitutes incitement or a violation of state laws should turn to law enforcement authorities.”

Shaked responded herself to the Facebook post, calling on the authorities, rather than the university, to handle the matter.

“Today the frail line was crossed between freedom of speech and incitement and the poisoning of the public discourse,” said the justice minister. “I’m sure that law enforcement will deal with this incident in the appropriate manner.”

Cassif, however, was unapologetic. “I don’t see what (to apologize) about,” he told Army Radio in an interview. “Becuase I told the truth? I usually tell the truth.” The professor continued to flirt with controversy when he told Israel Radio in a separate interview, “I think it’s fair to compare Israel to Germany in the 1930s, and not to the years of genocide.”

(A warning that Israel is preparing the ground for another blatant massive genocide on the remaining Palestinians)

“The spotlights,” said Cassif, “need to be aimed at the minister and her government, not at me … we have moved into a completely different phase in the history of this country. We are now the Germany of the 1930s and this is expressed in the completely Nazi video that Im Tirtzu released and also in the nonprofit organization law.

“I’m not afraid of anything,” he continued when the possibility of a police investigation was raised. “If they call me in, I will come respectfully. Maybe I will go with a tag of a (foreign agent) proudly to the police.”

Asked what his students should think about his post, he replied: “my students must understand that freedom of speech, criticism and a strong, non-violent opposition are the building blocks of democracy.”

“This is the worst case of incitement against an acting justice minister since the founding of the state,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who is also the leader of Shaked’s party, Habayit Hayehudi, said.

Bennett added that he has asked Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Ben-Sasson to look into the incident. Bennett said he refuses to label the lecturer as a “leftist,” and said: “We must stop the mutual accusations and work to reduce the level of incitement.”

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also addressed the incident on Twitter, calling Cassif’s comments on social media “pathetic,” and condemning the Facebook post.


A formal apology is very timely: Haaretz on Palestinian diaspora

Road to reconciliation?

The US again vetoed the Independent Palestinian State. The Palestinians responded by applying to various UN international conventions to prosecute the many war crime Israelites.

The US want to boycott the Palestinians in the West Bank by denying them the necessary and promised financial aids for daring to prosecute the war criminals. The Palestinians have to wait 6 months before the UN “studies” the requests to join the international community.

In the meantime, the Israeli war criminals on the lengthy list are avoiding traveling to Europe where arrest mandates are awaiting them.

What is the most useful is for the Palestinians to press on the Divesting and Boycotting Israeli interests and those companies still intent on investing in the West Bank purely Jewish colonies.

 Tonnie Ch posted on FB

Read this from @Gideon Levy on the first day of the year

“….We should apologize for the innumerable dead killed for no reason, for the endless lies and deception. For tyranny in the territories and for apartheid.

For trampling a nation’s dignity, for suffocating its freedom and for separating it and breaking it up into tiny nations. For erasing its heritage and disdaining its culture (…)”.

Here comes the new Israeli, a man’s man; with a tiny skullcap, service in an elite army unit, high-tech, English and a swimming pool, with the coolest and most up-to-date message: “Stop apologizing, we love Israel” (rhymes in Hebrew); the poster is already in evidence on several balconies.

On Monday night, at a meeting convened by Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), the most successful politician in Israel at present explained: “This election is between those who apologize and those who are proud … those who are objective and those who are in favor of the State of Israel.” Drum roll.

Palestinian refugees leaving a village near Haifa, June 1948

Palestinian refugees leaving a village near Haifa, June 1948. Photo by Corbis

Well, [Habayit Hayehudi chairman] Naftali Bennett, I apologize and I love Israel (of course not your Israel and not the present Israel); I’m objective and I’m in favor of (a just) State of Israel; I apologize and I’m proud.

You’re going to stop apologizing? Israel never even started doing so. If only it had apologized a long time ago. If only it would acknowledge its sins, if only it would accept moral responsibility for them.

It’s no shame to apologize – it’s far more embarrassing not to do so. Apologizing is a strength, not a weakness, and on the way to reconciliation (with the Palestinians) we have to stop at the first station – an apology.

It’s true that in the elite unit of Bennett and Yinon Magal they don’t apologize for anything, not even for acts of murder, assassinations and abductions (the murder of Abu Jihad, for example, or the abduction of Sheikh Obeid). In the settlements they don’t apologize for anything either – not for the exploitation, not for the disinheritance and not for the theft.

As a rule, in Israel people don’t apologize for anything, not in the occupation nor on the road.  (They just commit suicide to relieve their heavily burdened conscious)

Here only nerds apologize. Guilt feelings are an embarrassment, and apologizing is for those with no backbone. That’s why Bennett’s election slogan: “Stop Apologizing. Be Proud” will become so catchy and popular: the “apologizers” vs. “the proud,” the “objective ones” vs. “lovers of the country.” I’m proud to belong to the former group.

I would like to apologize, if that would be of any significance, to the entire Palestinian people, throughout the generations.

For 1948, for 1967 and for everything that happened in their wake. An apology for 1948 would not have made the state that was established less just – it would have become more just.

For the mass expulsion and for preventing the return, for the ethnic cleansing in several districts and for several acts of slaughter, which may be part of every war – we can and should apologize.

We can and should apologize for the fact that what happened in 1948 has never ended. That the spirit of 1948 has not passed, and continues to this very day in the State of Israel’s basic attitude toward the Palestinian inhabitants of the land, in its sense of ownership and superiority, in its aggressiveness and violence, in its ultranationalism and racism.

Nor has anything changed in the policy of dispossession: Take what you can – then as now, when the State of Israel is already a regional power. We should apologize for that. We should apologize for the innumerable dead killed for no reason, for the endless lies and deception. For tyranny in the territories and for apartheid.

For trampling a nation’s dignity, for suffocating its freedom and for separating it and breaking it up into tiny nations. For erasing its heritage and disdaining its culture. For short-changing Israeli Arabs and for demonstrations of racism against them. For the “price tag” crimes and the Operation Protective Edge crimes. For all of them we should apologize.

Apologizing would not solve anything or atone for anything, but it could signal a genuine intention to turn a new leaf. Apologizing would broadcast moral strength and self-confidence, which the country so badly lacks, convinced as it is that it can live forever on its sword, even if there is not a single historical precedent for that.

For all these things (and more) Israel will have to apologize some day.

Anyone who believes that even if the reconciliation is delayed, it will eventually come, understands that it must include an apology.

That’s how it was in South Africa and that’s how it will be in Israel, after the days of the Bennetts, if it’s not too late.

(It is never too late, as long as the Palestyinians never desist from demanding their due rights)




December 2022

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