Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Monday, 15 April 2013

"Empty Symbolism & Immature Spite": Sydney Student Lynch Mob Votes To Boycott Technion

Now in its 101st year, the Haifa Technion is at the cutting edge of scientific, technical, and medical research.  Its work in such areas has achieved notable breakthroughs, the impact of which is felt around the world.

Its achievements over the past decade alone have been impressive, as its website indicates:
 In 2004 the Nobel committee awarded two Technion professors the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation.
 In 2007 Prof. Abraham Lempel, a Technion computer science professor, received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal "For pioneering work in data compression, especially the Lempel-Ziv algorithm."
Dr. Shulamit Levenberg of the Technion’s Biomedical Engineering Faculty, was chosen by the prestigious journal Scientific American as one of the 50 leading scientists of 2006 as a result of her development of a system for creating tissue that the body does not reject.
Technion researchers succeeded in creating in the laboratory new organic semiconductors based on a peptide structure (artificial proteins).
Technion students designed, built and launched one of the smallest satellites in the world. The satellite is built in the shape of a cube, with 45 cm-long arms. It weighs only 48 kg and has an extremely low electric consumption. It carries an ozone detector, a miniature computer and a navigation and control system.
 Rasagiline, effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, was developed by a Technion professor.
 A professor fromthe Materials Engineering Faculty became the first to discover “quasicrystals,” which are structural forms that display a five-fold symmetry. Five-fold symmetry was considered impossible in crystals up to this point.
Seven Technion scientists were among the 300 most promising scientists of the European Union for 2008. Each received a research grant of 1 million Euros. This is the largest number of researchers from a single Israeli academic institute that has made this prestigious list.
Technion researchers found genetic proof that all Jews belonging to the Jewish priestly caste known as Kohanim are descended from the same father, apparently the Biblical priest, Aaron.
 Scientists in the Technion’s Nano-technology Research Center developed the nano-Bible, printed on an area the size of a pinhead.
Last Wednesday evening, in a debate which reportedly turned vitriolic at times, the Student Representative Council at the University of Sydney passed resolutions passed a motion demanding that all cooperation on the part of the university with the Technion be severed.

This latest abominable descent into the mire of anti-Israel activity on campus has delighted the likes of pro-BDS campaigner Professor Jake Lynch, director of the university's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, his admirers, and the fanatical anti-Israel Green Left, which reports:
'.... NSW Labor MP Lynda Voltz said it is appropriate for the SRC, given its strong tradition of supporting oppressed people and justice, to support academic staff in calling for an end to ties with Technion.
“Israel continues to ignore the United Nations. It builds illegal settlements on the land of the Palestinian people, destroys their houses, builds a wall around their homes and blockades the port of Gaza to punish the 1.6 million men, women and children who live there,” she said.
“Israel does not listen to words or motions and continues to abuse human rights and to act in violation of international laws. As in South Africa, it is only through the peaceful actions of campaigns such as the BDS that any change will happen.”
The statement has been endorsed by [former SBS newsreader]Mary Kostakidis, the convener of the Sydney Peace Prize jury and co-winner of the University of Sydney Alumni Award for Community Achievement, and Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees who is the chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation.
Australian Students for Justice in Palestine executive Jennine Abdul Khalik said she commended the SRC for choosing to stand on the right side of history.
“Australian universities, including the University of Sydney, need to condemn Israeli apartheid and follow the example of academic institutions and student unions throughout North America, Europe, and South Africa that have endorsed BDS and boycotted and divested from Israel.”'
 But as University Senate fellow and SRC member Patrick Massarani, who opposed the motion, told The Australian newspaper:
"... it was our duty to cherish academic freedom"

And as Vic Aldahoff of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies told the paper, the move is
"an exercise in empty symbolism and immature spite. It will do nothing to advance Palestinian statehood. Trying to shut down collaborative research between universities in the areas of science and medicine is immoral. It can only exacerbate the conflict."
 Read more here and here 
Update: there's a petition here


  1. Boring hypocrites as usual. Let them give up everything they have with any connection to Israel and then talk the talk. They don't. It only shows you how shallow they truly are and their hatred is based again on ignorance.

    I understand that Israel has just developed some cancer detection and care technologies. These idiots better hope they don't ever get sick.

    1. That's when their hypocrisy will kick in!

  2. "We used to have fire, but the inventor was a Jew"

    - the useful idiots

  3. Will Technion even notice?
    Israel Institute of Technology was today ranked 6th in the world by a survey conducted by MIT. The study evaluated entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education institutions worldwide.

    There were 3 Ozzies on the panel of experts, none from Sydney Uni, no Australian University was ranked.

    Can Gillard get all the "efficiency dividend" by closing U of Sydney Arts dept? It's a win win solution!

  4. From J-Wire:
    AUJS National Political Affairs Director Dean Sherr questioned the motives of BDS campaigners: “Collaborative research between Australian and Israeli universities in the fields of science and medicine is of benefit to both countries and to the global community. This call for a boycott is immoral. The anti-Israel boycott campaign has rightly been ridiculed and rejected by mainstream Australians. Targeting chocolate shops, cancer researchers and pro-peace, pro-dialogue Israeli academics is as absurd as it is offensive to those genuinely affected by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

    Sherr dismissed as “irresponsible nonsense” claims by the SRC that Technion academics are “implicated in war crimes,” saying, “Given that the combined research done by the Technion with the University of Sydney is not for military purposes, a boycott policy would be irresponsible. We would question the motivation behind it.”

    According to Goldberg; “For decades Israel has been compelled by its hostile neighbours to fight for its very existence. No country faced with malevolent forces determined to wipe out its people would fail to use all of its capacities to defend itself. There is much scientific and technical research that can be used for military purposes, but if you are going to boycott universities who do such research, you would have to boycott most of the leading universities in the world, including Australia.”

    “The SRC has let down the students it should be representing by indulging in empty posturing on foreign policy issues which they do not understand and have grossly oversimplified and by neglecting bread and butter issues that affect the day to day lives of students.”