Legal Support for Terrorism at the University of Haifa

haifa universityIn recent days the University of Haifa in northern Israel, where I am also employed,  has come under intensive criticism because the “legal clinics” operated by its School of Law here are assigning law students the task of counseling and defending convicted Arab terrorists and mass murderers of Jews.   The President of the University recently issued a statement defending the activities of these “clinics.”  The Dean of the Law School together with the head of the “clinics” went on the attack and denounced those who criticize the practice of the “clinics” to counsel and defend the terrorists.

The Dean, Prof. Gad Barzilai, is a radical active in leftist “human rights” groups and involved in academic politicization in Israel (Barzilai was a defender of the Department of Politics at Ben Gurion University – the worst anti-Israel agitprop center in the country – when an international panel of experts called for shutting it down).  He claims that all criticism of the law school for its involvement with terrorists is politically motivated.  In particular he denounced the Zionist student movement “Im Tirtzu” for criticizing the law school.  Several faculty members at the University called for filing SLAPP suits against the students to silence them, and one anti-Israel faculty extremist complained that the clinics were not defending the terrorists enough.

Im Tirtzu claims that 80% of the cases taken on by the University of Haifa legal clinic for “prisoner rights” involved Arab terrorists and spies.  One involved a terrorist and convicted rapist seeking a furlough.  Dean Barzilai insists that the law school is simply devoted to “repairing society” and defending the “weakened populations” of Israel.  In the past, the law school prohibited the singing of Hatikva, the Israeli national anthem, at its graduation ceremonies, claiming it would offend the sensitivities of Arab students.

On a discussion list for faculty members in the University of Haifa, I posted the following statement on November 13, 2013 as a response to the statement from the Dean of Law:

To:  The Segel-Plus Discussion List
From:  Prof. Steven Plaut
Re:  Some more Ideas for the Law Clinics to Achieve Social Justice and Help the Weak
Date:  November 13, 2013

I am sure we are all grateful for the amazing statement distributed by the Dean of Law and the head of the “law clinics” in the school of law.  It is chock full of impressive claims and arguments.  There we learn how the law school is dedicated to achieving reforms of and repairs of society without any need for students (or faculty?) to study social science.  We learn how the law school is dedicated to rehabilitation of prisoners without the need to take any courses or training in social work. We learn there is such a discipline taught at the law school entitled “feminist law,” as well as dedication to supporting “Palestinian Israelis,” whatever that is, and not only via prohibition of the singing of Hatikva, the national anthem.  How fortunate that, unlike the Im Tirtzu student group, the law school is not politicized!  And most importantly, we learn that the law school is dedicated to recruiting students to counsel and serve imprisoned terrorists and mass murderers because of the school’s concern for “weakened populations,” but clearly not counseling and serving the families of the victims of these terrorists.

Numerous questions arise from reading the distinguished statement by the Dean of Law and the head of the “clinics.”  First of all, we would all like to know whether the University’s law clinics will be defending the gentleman who stabbed the soldier Eden Atias in the neck this morning in Afula, after which he bled to death.  It goes without saying that the law school will not be sending any students to help the family of Atias defend itself or litigate.  After all, they live in Upper Nazareth and so are not part of any “weakened population.”  After that, can we expect the law clinics to be sending out students to counsel and defend the convicted murderers of the child Dani Katz, who was kidnapped and murdered by Arab terrorists just a few steps from the campus? Surely they are as deserving of such counseling as the other terrorist clients of the law school clinics.  And since the family of Dani Katz lives in Denya (a luxurious upscale neighborhood), they clearly are not part of any “weakened population” in need of any special attention from the clinics.

But why stop here?  What about the terrorists who participated in the massacre of children in Maalot in 1974?  I do not know if any of the perps are now in prison or will ever be, but – if they are – surely they are deserving of a special clinic in which students are sent out to promote social justice by defending them.  As for the victims of the massacre and their families, these are no doubt well entrenched in the middle class these days and so there is no need for them to be treated as clients of the clinics.  And why not get ahead of current events?  Why should not the law school clinics offer their services to the leaders of Iran, so that, if Iran ever uses nuclear weapons against Israel, those Iranian leaders will know they can expect to get qualified legal counseling and representation from the clinics?

Among the folks who clearly can never be part of the “weakened population” are settlers, Ultra-Orthodox Chareidim, Russian immigrants, soldiers, and members of SHAS (religious party of Oriental Jews). More generally, would it not be simpler just to announce openly that the test for being part of a weakened population is participation in anti-Israel activities, while the test for being in a non-weakened population is to be the victim of any of the former? And since all anti-Israel political groups in the universe these days define themselves as “human rights defenders,” while never of course defending the Jewish victims of Arab terrorism because clearly those folks are entitled to no human rights, the law school can form alliances with such anti-Israel groups in the name of human rights.  Just as long as it never forms any alliances with any non-leftist or pro-Israel NGOs.

Finally, it is always refreshing when people openly promote the idea that the purpose of a university is to indoctrinate students in far-Leftist ideology and to engage in political advocacy.  It helps prevent confusion of purpose. It helps to convey the single correct point of view.  After all, alliance, collaboration, and semi-merger with far-Leftist anti-Israel activist groups is not political at all for a university department.  Only the Im Tirtzu student group is political.

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  • Arnon

    Barzilai is an extremist who has a track record of demanding that Israel be forced to end its control of the Golan Heights, which he wants returned to the genocidal dictator of Damascus. So his merging his law school with the anti-Israel Arab group ‘Adalah is not a big surprise. What would be a big surprise, since it has not ever happened, would be if he defended the freedom of speech for non-leftists.

    • Drakken

      Hmm don’t you think that it is time to deal with this traitor once and for all, and send a message to the rest of those kapos?

  • Bamaguje

    The suicidal disposition of the Israeli left is breathtaking.
    By recruiting law students to their unpatriotic suicidal enterprise, they are breeding a generation of traitorous kapo Jews who will be willing tools in the destruction of the Jewish nation.
    Do these nitwit collaborationists think they’ll be spared in the unlikely event Arabs get their way and destroy Israel?

  • emptorpreempted

    “He claims that all criticism of the law school for its involvement with terrorists is politically motivated.”

    What does that even mean? It’s nothing more than a magical incantation, permitting the committed ideologue to shut his ears against unpleasant people and arguments.

    The Jewish Israelis who attack their own country and justify their enemies are traitors, pure and simple. The liberal ideal of progress by free discussion and self-criticism doesn’t apply to wartime propaganda, as any remotely educated person would know.

  • Ken Kelso

    These Haifa U Kapos would have defended Eichmann if they were around in 1960.

  • doubleblack

    He must be held accountable, have a trial and then be sent to live with
    his friends in Gaza. He is a devil in human form.

    • Drakken

      Never let your enemy live to fight another day, get a rope and end this traitorous activity.

  • Jakareh

    Universities should be closed. There, I said it!

    I don’t mean permanently, and actually I’d make an exception for technically oriented departments—medicine, engineering, computer science, and the like—but for a couple of years, or even a few years, while sane faculty is put in place. Drastic though this would be, it would ultimately do far less damage to society than having universities that are incubators of leftist lunacy.

  • antioli

    They have a death wish.

  • Arf

    How sad that the nation created to protect the Jewish people will be the nation that allows and encourages their destruction. Hitler didn’t have to do a thing.

  • v

    What I don’t get is, why those self-destructing idiots are living in a country they hate? Are they representing all the Christians in Egypt who are being persecuted and massacred ? Are they representing the children and families of Israelis who are victims of criminal and terrorist attacks ? Or are they just living in a country which is providing them the luxury of the freedom they enjoy ? Why are they not living in Gaza or Iran or Syria or Saudi Arabia or Yemen or Somalia and so on and on and on……………………….What a bunch of imbeciles. They will eventually pay a price for their idiotic behavior and beliefs, and then to whom will they look for justice?

  • glennd1

    I finally get it. FrontPage is simply a “Habara” tool for Zionists. Most American’s don’t know it, but Hasbara is an official Israeli govt propaganda campaign that attempts to counter any anti-Zionist sentiment or activity via propaganda and spin.

    Question: Where does FrontPage get its funding? How much Zionist money is being poured into this cesspool of nonsense?

    • glennd1

      I am a pathetic little weenie who hates all dem Joos because I have such a tiny pecker.

      • glennd1

        Wow, so someone has either hacked my account or admins at FrontPage are abusing me here. I guess this is what happens when you get close to the truth here. FrontPage=Hasbara front – any self-respecting American or Republican should run from this agit prop operation, not walk. Bye, bye lowlifes and dingbats and thugs, enjoy talking into an echo chamber and fluffing each other up into a rage so you can justify the unjustifiable.

        • defcon 4

          It’s bye-bye…until you come back w/your next sock puppet lying Hajji.

        • Hass

          “someone has either hacked my account or admins at FrontPage are abusing me here”

          Don’t flatter yourself there mate. Back up what you’re saying or STFU.

    • Drakken

      Well come on there Glen, put your money where your jihadist loving mouth is, and go join those abused arabs, I am sure Rachel (st pancake) Corrie needs the company, and it gives you the unique opportunity to show them mean Israelis a lesson or two and that you mean business, I am sure you would show your bravery and compassion by being a human shield for those jihadist waging a little jihad against those mean Israeli’s by standing next to the rocket launching sites or next to a snipers position in a school holding a big huge sign showing your love and compassion for such a persecuted arab muslim population. Come on Glen, I know you can do it.

  • Gee

    This is how the extreme left controls the education and judicial system. The leftists already control the law schools and our future judges will be products of these brain washing academies

    • Drakken

      Well, do what needs to be done and end this insanity.

  • Hass

    Balanced views with education is a thing of the past.

  • Sunray

    Simple, charge them with treason and put them before “appropriately” non – judicial activist judges, if there are any. Sadly, in Australia judges of the non-judicial activist kind are hard to find.