Censoring Israel’s professors – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com

Censoring Israel’s professors – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com – Bennett is belittling the intelligence of the students. He is acting as if they need protection from “political preachers,” disguised as lecturers in a given field, lest they be brainwashed and switch from being loyal to the entire Land of Israel to becoming defeatist leftists. (A move in the opposite direction wouldn’t bother him.) He’s convinced that the code he seeks won’t violate freedom of speech, academic freedom or the Basic Law on the Freedom of Occupation. Perhaps he has forgotten the extent to which professors were involved in political activity both before and after the state’s establishment: from Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist leader who became Israel’s first president, through the professors who signed a petition in favor of keeping the entire Land of Israel, to Benzion Netanyahu, father of the current prime minister. Beneath his knitted skullcap and cloak of high-tech entrepreneurship, Bennett is a Bolshevik. He is not content with military censorship and the censorship of films and plays. Now he wants to establish a code of silence – a new system of political commissars whose goal will be to censor universities and colleges. Comrade Naftali will have the floor, but only he.


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