A Harvard Alumni Tour – the tour guide is bashful about his affiliations

Yisrael Medad, who writes an informative blog from Israel, has provided an expose of the likely influences of a planned tour for later in the year.  Prof. Emerit. Mendelsohn, the tour leader, claims to prospective participants that “he is committed to using his personal contacts to ensure we receive a balanced perspective on the history and current state of Israeli-Palestinian relations.”

But, as Medad reveals,  one affiliation that Prof. Emerit. Mendelsohn forgets to mention is that he just happens to be on the FFIPP-USA Advisory Board.  According to Medad, FFIPP states that it is: 

“an international network of academics and students that support a complete end to the illegal Israeli occupation of lands seized in the 1967 war and removal of all the settlements and the separation wall built on occupied land…It also very much an activist group.

Among its goals is to support the call to sanction faculty and institutions, which clearly support the occupation… FFIPPI expresses its strong support for and encouragement of individuals in the Israeli and Palestinian academy whose actions against the occupation and in support of peace and justice have resulted in personal hardship. Notable cases include Israelis refusing IDF military service in the occupied territories… FFIPPI views the College of Judea and Samaria in the West Bank as a part of the machinery of Israeli occupation and calls upon academics worldwide to refuse to collaborate with it in any way.”


Now that certainly sounds like the Emeritus Professor has a barrow to push!  Isn’t life so simple for Mendelsohn and other members of the advisory board that  their glib expression “ending the occupation” can be rolled out, and that sanctions are fine for faculty and institutions that in their noble vision are on “occupied land”.  And the “separation wall” of course has to be dismantled, irrespective of whether it has saved Israeli lives.

Sounds like these august individuals have found the truth!  But maybe others should remember the Andre Gide quotation we mentioned in an earlier blog item. “Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.”

And again, isn’t it interesting that the Emeritus Professor failed to mention this affiliation.

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2 thoughts on “A Harvard Alumni Tour – the tour guide is bashful about his affiliations

  1. theozizion June 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm - Author

    thanks, Yisrael,
    Keep up the great work. Do people like Mendelsohn have no shame!
    Ozi Zion