Noam Chomsky's "Disciples" are Just Sick
by Lee KaplanWhen historians look back at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they will no doubt observe the importance that words played for Israel's enemies in the dispute.
Blowing up a bus full of people becomes "legitimate resistance," and a security fence to keep out suicide bombers and terrorists suddenly becomes an "apartheid wall"; "occupation" takes on multiple meanings, does it mean the West Bank and Gaza or all of Israel?
In fact, it means both depending on its usefulness at the time the phrase is spoken by irredentist Arabs. Words such as "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" increasingly refer to a subjugated Palestinian Arab population that in reality seems to only grow exponentially.
To the outside world, a plethora of deceptive words, be they in English or translated to other languages, suggest Israel is persecuting the Arabs who are bent on the Jewish state's annihilation by distorting that Israel, a Jewish haven from European Nazism, has in effect become the nation of the new Nazis and that the Arabs are the new Jews. Such is the power of words used to manipulate ideas and disguise facts in any language.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. But the harm to Israel's image is still there and can be dramatically inflated when Jewish linguists contribute to this misperception for political reasons that are just as damaging as those presented by the Arabs themselves. One cabal of such linguists exists in the Linguistics Department at Tel Aviv University.
In education, the purpose of language is to enlighten rather than obfuscate, but education became a business in the 20th century where careers could be enhanced by political activism within academe. Bookings for lectures, lucrative publishing or just plain job advancement can hinge on one's politics more than ever before.
ONE LINGUIST WHO HAS HAD A PROFOUND EFFECT ON THE
MISUSE OF LANGUAGE to curse Israel and America is the major
radical leftist star in the linguistics field by the name of Noam
Chomsky, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Manfred Gerstenfeld, considered an expert on anti-Semitism and Jewish
culture and the effects of post-Zionism, has observed that Chomsky is
a "paradigm of cultural anti-Semitism."
Despite his damning of America and Israel, one has only to see that those totalitarian governments and leaders that Chomsky embraces are the real practitioners of genocide such as Pol Pot, who Chomsky once praised, or the murderers in Hizballah and Hamas who Chomsky has met and spoken out in support of publicly against Israel in the Media. Chomsky even degenerated into writing the forward to a book denying the Holocaust recently.
Chomsky's influence grew during the Vietnam War when his linguistic theories, now pretty much discredited, ascribed to an idea of combining ideas of revolution with anarchist dogma. There no longer was any right or wrong such as is found in grammar; linguistics had no rules any more but was based on the mind of the speaker.
Meanwhile, the Linguistics department at Tel Aviv U. is like any other academic department at any other university; it's a small pond with some big frogs. And when those frogs follow the same dogma of Chomsky's sense of anarchism, it affects everything else in that department.
However oddly, Chomsky's students among his acolytes accorded to him this same hierarchy and status he eschews as their guru of the use of language as part of the political ideas of the day. Since right or wrong no longer applies, some of the most bizarre ideas emerged from, let us call them the Chomskyites, including blind acceptance of totalitarian murderers from Pol Pot to the Hizballah, even support for anti-Semitism and all manner of accusations against Israel and Jews, even Holocaust denial. Chomsky, given his domination in the field of linguistics during the Vietnam War, developed an international following, that continues today even in the Linguistics department at Tel Aviv University.
BECAUSE CHOMSKY AS A LINGUIST HAS ACOLYTES FROM ISRAEL who studied under him or from his closest followers promulgated his theories to be learned and carried forth, his political campaigns of vilification of the West in support of totalitarian regimes and interests also reached Israeli universities. Of these followers, many have ended up as mini-Chomskys at the University of Tel Aviv where they repeat their mentor's inanities against the right of Israel to exist or defend itself.
Although she is recently deceased, Professor Tanya Reinhart was one of Chomsky's best known disciples, who traveled in anti-Israel circles within Israel itself as a faculty member in Linguistics at Tel Aviv U and as a visiting faculty member abroad where she promoted the goals of Israel's enemies. Chomsky was in charge of Reinhart's PhD thesis and she was also an acolyte of the late Edward Said, the Palestinian demi-god (born in Egypt like Arafat) among anti-Israel pro-PLO activists abroad.
If you ever wanted an example of the use of linguistics to convey an untrue impression of a country like Israel, the quote below is pure Tanya Reinhart:
"My biggest hope and plea is save the Palestinians!...what Israel is doing now exceeds the crimes of the South Africa's white regime. It has started to take the form of systematic ethnic cleansing, which South Africa never attempted. After 35 years of occupation, it is completely clear that the only two choices the Israeli political system has generated for the Palestinians are apartheid or ethnic cleansing (transfer)."
So in the above paragraph we have Israel, the only pluralistic
country in the Middle East, reduced to the level of the truly
apartheid state of South Africa in the 1980's, a common propaganda
tactic of anti-Israel forces in academia and Arab irredentists who
want to appeal to the social conscious of the West through
The good news is Tanya Reinhart no longer teaches at Tel Aviv U since she passed away over a year ago. The bad news is her effect is still felt there, and her legacy lives on particularly among the linguistics faculty who comprise a large number of anti-Israel activists on the Tel Aviv campus. The question remains why she was allowed to be on board and represent the TAU linguistics department and faculty as a world-traveled anti-Semite for so many years.
Professors Mira Ariel and Rachel Giora are two more of such
linguists on the TAU linguistics faculty list, both of whom organized
a conference memorializing Tanya Reinhart with the help of Professor
Yeshayahu Shen, another faculty linguist.
UTTERING CHOMKYISMS CAN KEEP ONE IN FAVOR no doubt in
TAU's linguistics department, yet Chomsky has been guilty of telling
inveterate lies against the West and in particular Israel, most which
center around false accusations of genocide such as Reinhart alluded
to in her statement above.
The fact that the IDF protects the Children of Israel from Arab
terrorists, and in fact also protects the Palestinian Arabs in the
Territories who are subject to harm from terrorist murderers and
thugs, are hardly services that have no place in a democratic society
concerned about human life.
The Linguistics department at Tel Aviv U. is like any other academic department at any other university; it's a small pond with some big frogs. So who are some of these "anti-Israel" or "anti-Zionist" academics in TAU's linguistic department? Here are some of the more active ones and what they've been saying or doing:
As mentioned, Rachel Giora who organized the Reinhart memorial with
colleagues from the Linguisics department was one of those Israeli
academics that Tanya Reinhart encouraged academic institutions abroad
to boycott. Giora's behavior is so bizarre that she initiated
recommending Tali Fahima for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mira Ariel played a part in organizing a petition blaming a denial
of academic freedom at colleges in the Palestinian Authority on Israel
despite the fact that the Palestinian Authority had responsibility for
such things and had already chosen a constitution based on Shariah
Professor Outi Bat-el called upon her students to break Israeli law and refuse to serve in the IDF. She further called for international intervention against Israel for allegedly wanting to destroy the Palestinian state. Perhaps she'd like NATO to do to Israel what was done to Serbia in setting up the new Muslim slave trade state in the region, like Kosovo.
Professor Julia Horvath is presently Chair of the Linguistics
Department at TAU. She uses the same rhetoric as the other linguists
in her department in describing Israel by misusing the word
"apartheid," and advocating for the Arab right of return that
would demographically destroy the Jewish state and set up another Arab
Professor Paul Wexler has called for his students to not serve in the IDF. Nirit Kadmon accuses Israel of being responsible for a denial of academic freedom at Palestinian universities too (After all, isn't everything Israel's fault?).
Others among the leftists in TAU's linguistics department who express a unity against Israel are Galit Adam, Charles Kisseberth, Lior Laks, Fred Landman, Aya Meltzer, Tal Siloni and Lyle Lustigman. Most have only signed onto petitions condemning Israel for practicing self-defense against the Arabs, or for rubberstamping whatever claims the Arabs make against Israel and its existence. All of these academics have either encouraged Israeli youth to not serve in the Army or accused Israel of violating academic freedom in Palestinian universities governed by totalitarian terrorist groups over which Israel has little control.
ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN. MOST OF THE TEAM AT TAU LINGUISTICS, are adherents to at least the anarchist politics of Noam Chomsky, if not his theories on the usage of the spoken word, where anarchy reigns supreme and that translates into a consistent anti-Israel attitude, even if not official one, from that academic department.
That leaves all of us here speechless.
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