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    • JJ Gross
    • 18.08.10 | 06:33 (IDT)

    That a fundraiser whose livelihood is dependent on smooth-talking dollars out of moguls pockets would offer a self-serving denunciation of Im Tirzu's efforts is understandable. But the very idea of using 'freedom of opinion' as a rationale for thwarting Im Tirzu is ludicrous. The issue here is that that there is BO freedom of thought at BGU as the political science department, among others, has been systematically hijacked by Israel-haters imported from abroad. A Zionist POV is simply not allowed in their classes, and students are either terrorized into silence or brainwashed into submission to hideous views of these professors. At BGU no lecturer has a chance in hell of gaining a teaching post or surviving the tenure process if his/her views are anything less than extreme left wing and anti-Israel. Hence, if there is MCarthyism it is on the part of the professors and by extension the university. Students paying good money for an education indeed deserve to be exposed to different opinions, yes, but not to a single opinion that espouses their demise as people and their university's isolation by international boycott as advocated by these mendacious faculty members. Hopefiully Im Tiurzu;s efforts will not fall on deaf ears among US donors and the result will indeed be a university with diverse opinions, and not an intellectually Stalinist gulag in which Big Brother's opinion is the only one that is heard or allowed.

    from the article: Educators denounce Im Tirtzu's demand that Ben-Gurion University halt 'anti-Zionist bias'
    First published 01:57 18.08.10 | Last updated 01:57 18.08.10
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