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    • ERSB
    • 17.08.10 | 16:38 (IDT)

    Im Tirtzu's idiotic, academic freedom needs be maintained - this is clearly a mix of right wing meglomania with the opportunism of wannabe politicians. There is, however, a bigger issue here, the academic system creates a closed tenure track system where a young academic has no chance of working his way up the latter (acceptance to PhD program, post-doc, faculty position, tenure) if he doesn't buy into the zeitgeist of the senior professors, department heads, etc... The system worked so long as there was diversity of thought or at least respect for divergent opinions. It however creates a self perpetuating rule of ideological clones once it becomes dominated by extremists who are convinced that only they know the "TRUTH". I'm more and more concerned that this is what's happening in Israel's social sciences departments. I wonder whether some of Israel's top academics (now at the end of their carreers or retired) like Shlomo Avineri, Shlomo Aronson or Yehoshefat Harkabi, all brilliant and Zionist (albeit moderate leftists - Im Tirzu woul've hated them too) would have any chance of rising through the ranks of Israeli universities if they were young academics today. In all likelihood theyd've been labelled Zionist reactionaries by Ilan Pepe and his comrades, their careers would've been cut short and we'd never have heard of them.

    from the article: Im Tirtzu threatens boycott of Israeli university over 'anti-Zionist' bias
    First published 02:15 17.08.10 | Last updated 02:15 17.08.10
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