The battle for Israel's soul - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Sylvie
    • 23.08.10 | 15:43 (IDT)

    This issue is huge since it touches upon the very essence of the State of Israel. None of those folk attacking the so-called 'extreme leftist professors' on the grounds of indoctrination have the slightest worry about the indoctrination taking place in our schools (and being promoted ever further but Education Minister Sa'ar). For them, it cannot be called indoctrination when the aim is to promote unthinking tribal loyalty and the willingness to sacrifice oneself for the sake of maintaining the occupation. Yet, G-D forbid, a few university professors should offer young people in their twenties a different perspective. So, what is it to be? Witch-hunts of all who offer in public an alternative view to the dominant tribal narrative (and we are not, ultimately, talking about university professors alone since the Im Tirtzu crowd and other hyper-nationalists will not stop there). Or are we intent on being a genuinely democratic society in which debate and criticism are embraced? We are headed ever quicker towards a narrow, intolerant, fascistic state in which the values of militarism and tribalism are glorified above all. If, indeed, we are not there already.

    from the article: Shut down the universities
    First published 01:58 23.08.10 | Last updated 01:58 23.08.10
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