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The art of using invented headlines as “proof”: Israel Academia Monitor exposed

Ofer Neiman is a co-editor of Occupation Magazine. He is a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, teaches computer science and also works as a translator.

Sloppy McCarthyism is still McCarthyism: From the lectern of the Israel Academia Monitor

On the art of using invented headlines as “proof”

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Recent years have seen the flourishing of various right-wing “monitoring groups”, claiming to act in the name of truth and justice, in order to expose those evil ones among us “scheming against Israel” (a euphemism for taking action against apartheid, racism and war crimes committed in our name). In the past few weeks, we have also witnessed one-sided attempts to block funds going to Israeli peace and human rights NGOs or smear and even muzzle Israeli peace and human rights activists.

Coteret has covered the honorable Prof. Gerald Steinberg and his NGO Monitor‘s attempts at silencing our criticism of Israeli policies. However, the jewels in the crown of a vast McCarthyite US-Israeli network may be those academic monitoring groups which keep a watchful eye on lecturers and students who have the nerve to criticize American or Israeli human rights violations. Most US-based readers are probably familiar with fifth columnist hunter Daniel Pipes and his

Pipes

Campus Watch. Another monitoring group is Haifa University Dr. Steven Plaut‘s IsraCampus. Plaut is a rather vociferous fellow. A few years ago he smeared dedicated Israeli peace activist Dr. Neve Gordon as a ”Judenrat Wannabe”, which resulted in the filing of a successful libel suit by Neve. Plaut seems to be consistent in his reluctance to mince words.

It turns out that IsraCampus has a little sister, called the Israel Academia Monitor (IAM). According to various publications, IAM is run by one Dana Barnett, whose righteous views are presented here (Hebrew), in an interview with Israeli Channel One TV’s Keren Neubach. Note that around minute 03:00 Barnett vehemently denies allegations that her NGO is all about silencing dissenting

Plaut

voices. She speaks in the name of “academic excellence”, and argues that IAM merely monitors all forms of political activity by lecturers (carried out at the expense of academic duties.) Well, not exactly…

This writer has been communicating with the IAM for some time now (let it be known, for the sake of full disclosure, that his support of terrorism had been exposed by an IAM headline). The following excerpts from various exchanges should speak for themselves. The often frustrating exchanges beg a sigh of frustration along the lines of O sancta simplicitas! One should bear in mind that a great deal of harm has been done throughout history by righteous useful idiots.

If it is of any comfort, please note that our eloquent opponents are not always united, and that trouble may erupt in the McCarthyite paradise too.

Now, without any further delay, let us delve into the wonderful world of IAM polemics (with pearls of spelling and grammar left untouched).

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Sample exchange I: Regarding the quite famous case of the clip showing the shooting of a blindfolded handcuffed man by the Israeli army in the village of Ni’lin: It turns out the IAM has psychic powers, and can tell when evidence is fabricated, even if the Israeli army and the Israeli prosecution do not claim that the footage is a fake! Here is the headline of an IAM piece regarding Orna Ben Naftali who had the nerve to call the Ni’lin shooting “criminal”: Orna Ben Naftali’s “Whose Conduct Unbecoming” full paper, based on cooked video provided by B’Tselem

From: Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:23 PM
Subject: Re: Orna Ben Naftali’s “Whose Conduct Unbecoming” full paper, based on cooked video provided by B’Tzelem
To: e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com

Are we talking to a wall?
Again, both the Maga”d [regiment commander] and the soldier admit that the incident described took place.
The army has stated officially that the officer’s conduct was illegal.
So, what’s anti-Israeli about Orna’s claim that this is a crime?

From: <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: Orna Ben Naftali’s “Whose Conduct Unbecoming” full paper, based on cooked video provided by B’Tzelem
To: ofe…@gmail.com

Our concern is regarding the use of fake video clip and the unharmed Palestinian.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: Orna Ben Naftali’s “Whose Conduct Unbecoming” full paper, based on cooked video provided by B’Tzelem
To: e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com

Where in your message do you provide an argument to prove it is fake?  Please refer me.

On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 2:37 PM, <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com> wrote:

Here:

Orna Ben Naftali’s “Whose Conduct Unbecoming” full paper, based on cooked video provided by B’Tselem

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 2:44 PM
To: e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com

and you call this [the IAM’s own headline] “proof”?

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Sample exchange II: The case of Dr. Asad Ghanem of Haifa University, who dared to criticize the government of Israel for treating its Arab citizens like an enemy (a perfectly legitimate claim, and probably very true as well, when one listens to the current Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman, or recalls the famous “cancer in the nation’s body” statement by an Israeli official after the 1st Land Day events).

From: Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: [University of Haifa, Political Science] Video of Asad Ghanem’s lecture: We are treated as the enemies of Israel
To: e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com

So, let me understand, when a professor from the Professor Circle [a right wing group] says “Israel is treating me like an enemy” (i.e. the exact words of Dr. Ghanem), you also have a problem with that?

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM, <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com> wrote:

If a professor from the “Professors for a Strong Israel” asks for something, he is not anti-Israel read again “Professors for a Strong Israel” “Professors for a Strong Israel” “Professors for a Strong Israel” “Professors for a Strong Israel” “Professors for a Strong Israel” “Professors for a Strong Israel” “Professors for a Strong Israel” How many times do  need to type untill you get it?

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Sample exchange III: Consider the case of Dr. Ahmad Sa’adi, of Ben-Gurion University, who has complained about racist treatment on 3 January 2010 when he arrived at the university train station.  The IAM truth-machine has revealed that his testimony was mendacious.

On Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:37:50 +0200, Ofer N Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com> wrote:

How do you know that he fabricated?
I guess, just because he’s Arab…

On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM, <e-m…@israel-academia-monitor.com> wrote:

No, just because he is anti-Israel. Evrything you do from A to Z is one large fabrication of the truth.

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Sample exchange IV: Some friendly piece of enlightenment about Saudi-Arabia sent to the writer by the IAM (assuming Israeli leftists must be great pals with the Saudi regime):

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com>

read this:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/01/saudi_arabia_spoilt_child_of_t.html

January 05, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Spoilt Child of the Middle East

On Fri, 8 Jan 2010 20:12:45 +0200, Ofer N wrote:

Spoilt children walk hand in hand:

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/01/03/israel-lobby-supports-somali-war-crimes-suspect-for-fear-of-israeli-war-crimes-culpability/


On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 9:52 AM, <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com> wrote:

Speaking of the Saudis, your blind support indicates your are being paid by them.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 2:27 PM
Subject: Re: fyi
To: e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com

can’t you read? The article [you sent] criticizes the Saudis too

On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM, <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com> wrote:

Why do you help Palestinians to murder Jews?

On Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:21:56 +0200, Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com> wrote:

We were discussing a specific reading comprehension issue

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com>
Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: fyi
To: ofe…@gmail.com

No stupid, this is what we discuss.

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Sample exchange V: Regarding the issue of transparency in the financial support of NGOs

On Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:42:48 +0200, Ofer N <ofe…@gmail.com> wrote:

So I understand that donors to Elad [settler NGO colonizing east-Jerusalem] and Ateret Kohanim [settler Yeshiva in east-Jerusalem] do not have to be transparent.

thanks

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <e-mail@israel-academia-monitor.com>
Date: Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 7:45 PM

I would assume only if there is a reason to think they break the law.

  1. George
    November 10, 2010 at 19:18 | #1

    I guess you do not know that the court case in which your buddy Neve Gordon one a libel judgement from a radical sympathetic pro-jihad Arab woman judge was long ago overturned!

    • November 11, 2010 at 10:37 | #2

      Flagging this comment as suspect until link provided.

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