Recommendation: Shut down ‘leftist’ department

November 24, 2011

(Docs Talk) Council for Higher Education committee says Ben Gurion University’s Politics Department politically biased.

Professor: Some committee members extreme rightists

Tamar Trabelsi-Hadad
In an unprecedented move, an international committee appointed by the Council for Higher Education has recommended that the Politics and Government Department at Ben Gurion University be shut down unless it addresses some of the problems pointed out by the committee.

According to the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, several of the department’s researchers are considered to be radical leftists. Some of them have even called for an economic, political and cultural boycott on Israel due to its “apartheid regime.”

The committee, which is headed by Professor Thomas Risse from the Free University in Berlin, expressed its concern that the department’s political inclinations may be resulting in what it referred to as an imbalance between the opinions of the faculty members and the curriculum.

“The political science professors must note that the opinions they are expressing are personal…so that the students will be exposed to alternative viewpoints,” the reported stated.

The committee said it was also concerned that the “strong emphasis on political activism may undermine the research of politics as a scientific field.” The report noted that there is a consensus among the students that the courses offered to them are politically biased.

It should be noted that Committee member Galia Golan, a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, said the demand for a more “balanced” study program is in direct contrast with the principle of academic freedom, which she called a pillar of higher education.

The committee mentioned additional administrative problems within the department, and recommended that Ben Gurion University consider shutting it down unless necessary changes are implemented.

Professor Dani Filc, who heads the department, said “most of the report’s claims are based on empirical mistakes,” adding that the report was part of a “campaign aimed at hurting the most popular department in Israel.”
Filc said the department would accept the committee’s recommendation to hire more faculty members.
Another senior professor at the department attacked the report, saying “the committee is external, and some of its members have extreme right-wing political opinions. It published a false report which is part of a campaign launched by extremist entities to hurt the department.”
In response to the report, Ben Gurion University President Rivka Carmi said the department is “well-known throughout the world and claimed it had been “put under a magnifying glass.” She called the report “much ado about nothing.”
Addressing the report’s claims, Carmi said some students believe the department is politically biased, while others say it taught them to think for themselves.


New Obama Policy: Israeli Nuclear Workers Denied US Entry – Atlas Shrugs

April 8, 2010

Obama's Freeze by you.NRG/Maariv reports today that workers at the Dimona reactor who submitted VISA requests to visit the United States for ongoing University education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering — have all been rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor.

This is a new policy decision of the Obama administration, since there never used to be an issue with the reactor’s workers from study in the USA, and till recently, they received VISAs and studied in the USA.

Israeli Defense Officials have stated that these reactor researches have no criminal background in Israel or in the USA, and yet they are being singled out purely because of their place of employment at the reactor.

Professor Zeev Alfasi, the head of Nuclear Engineering at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev stated that “the United States doesn’t sell anything nuclear-related to the Dimona reactor, and that means absolutely nothing. Radiation detectors, for example have to be purchased now in France because the USA refuses to sell these to Israel.”

via atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com

this is getting out of hand.

Israeli security officials have confirmed that these technicians are being denied visas solely because of their employment at the Dimona reactor.

Not only are employees at Dimonas taboo, but reportedly the US has an unofficial embargo on selling anything to be used at the site.

Professor Zeev Alfasi, the head of Nuclear Engineering at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev stated that “the United States doesn’t sell anything nuclear-related to the Dimona reactor, and that means absolutely nothing. Radiation detectors, for example have to be purchased now in France because the USA refuses to sell these to Israel.”

Here’s the odd bit. Obama and his minions might believe that these sneaky, underhanded Jews are all spies, but in real life, nuclear espionage here in America has only occurred from China or from Obama’s friends in the Muslim world…especially Iran and Pakistan.