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Friday, February 08, 2008

Israel prize to professor who favors civil war and terror attacks against revenants

Every year on Independence Day, the State gives out the Israel Prize in a state ceremony that is telecast live during prime time.
The prize is awarded in the following four areas, with the precise subfields changing from year to year in a cycle of 4 to 7 years, except for the last area, which is awarded annually:

* the humanities, social sciences, and Jewish studies
* the natural and exact sciences
* culture, arts, communication and sports
* lifetime achievement and exceptional contribution to the nation (since 1972)

The recipients of the prize are Israeli citizens or organizations who have displayed excellence in their field(s), or have contributed strongly to Israeli culture. The winners are selected by committees of judges, who pass on their recommendations to the Education Minister.

Prize winners are elected by ad-hoc committees, appointed by the minister of education for each category each year. Decisions of the committee must be unanimous.


The prize money was 50,000 NIS as of 2006.
As some of you may recall, our education minister is the moonbat Comrade Yuli Tamir (pictured, top left), who wants to teach 'Israeli-Arab' children that the establishment of the State of Israel was a naqba (catastrophe), teach Jewish children that the country's borders ought to be the 'green line,' and who regards Jewish children hiking in the Golan Heights as a 'political provocation' to Syria. So I guess the fact that she has chosen to award the Israel Prize for Political Science to Zeev Sternhell of Hebrew University, who advocates using IDF tanks against, and calls for 'Palestinian' terror attacks on, revenants, should not be all that surprising. But it's still disgusting.
Sternhell wrote in the Davar newspaper in 1988: "In the end we will have to use force against the settlers in Ofra or Elon Moreh. Only he who is willing to storm Ofra with tanks will be able to block the fascist danger threatening to drown Israeli democracy."

In the Haaretz newspaper, in 2001, Sternhell said: "There is no doubt about the legitimacy of [Palestinian] armed resistance in the territories themselves. If the Palestinians had a little sense, they would concentrate their struggle against the settlements… and refrain from planting bombs west of the Green Line."

The judges described Sternhell as "one of the leading scholars in the field of political thought in Israel and the world."
Maybe they ought to think about giving the prize to Sheikh Raed Sallah next.

Simply disgusting.

P.S. Just to show you that it's almost never hopeless: one of Sternhell's children is Orthodox.


At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3:59 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

This is probably the swan song of Israel's post-Zionist generation. Israel has beautiful and intelligent people. The country is just cursed with bad leaders estranged from their Jewish roots. Its all going to eventually change for the better.


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