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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Israel's Ben Gurion University bans the Israeli flag

Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel has banned the display of the Israeli flag in its dormitories. Maybe they should display the flag at the top of this post instead?
Several students at Ben Gurion University were shocked on Thursday morning when school officials told them to remove the flags they had hung on their dormitory windows in honor of Independence Day. The students informed the Im Tirzu (“If You Will It”) Zionist student group, which promised to fight the school’s policy.

Members of Im Tirzu reported that they were collecting student complaints and had contacted school officials to discuss the matter. In the meantime, they called on the public to pressure the university management by signing a petition calling on the school to allow students to fly the Israeli flag “and to stop their anti-Zionist policy.”
Israelis are very into flying the flag (although not as much now as they were 15-20 years ago). "Im Tirtzu" is half of a famous saying by Theodore Herzl, who said "Im tirtzu ain zu agada" (If you will it, it is not a fable). There's a petition (in Hebrew) against the university's action here.


At 11:43 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ben Gurion University is a post - no anti-Zionist stronghold which has prominent Jewish anti-Semites amongst its tenured faculty. So it doesn't come as a surprise the university's management banned flying the Israeli Flag on Yom Ha'azmaaut. Israel needs to purge its educational system of the enemy of the Jewish people if the country is to have a future. There shouldn't a place in Israeli taxpayer-subsidized universities like Ben Gurion for people who identify with Israel's enemies and openly advocate the extinction of the Jewish State.

At 1:07 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


You have just described every university in Israel with the possible exception of Bar Ilan.

At 3:51 AM, Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

The article is not available except apparently to subscibers. Demands a password the minute you tryto go to the link.

What possible reason can they give for this ban?


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