For an Israeli University to refuse an honorary degree to a Nobel Prize Laureate (one of the real prizes, not that Poxy peace thing), his politics must be really beyond the pale.
Neo-Nazi? White Supremacist? Radical Islamist?
The Executive Committee of the University of Haifa has refused to award an honorary doctorate to Professor Israel (Robert) Aumann due to his pro-Israel politics, Ha’aretz reported Sunday.
Professor Aumann won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2005 for his work on conflict and cooperation through game theory analysis. However, despite his intellectual prowess – he is a noted professor from the Center of Rationality at Israel’s top-level Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University, and is one of the founders of the Center for Game Theory and Economics there – the University has decided to reject the Professor for political reasons.
At a hearing to discuss the candidacy last week, the director, Ami Ayalon, agreed with other board members not to award the title, citing concerns that “the Professor’s politics are not in line with the University’s values.”
Zionism is generally defined as: “the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.”
It’s practically a war crime!
Among the board’s concerns were remarks by Aumann in 2010 stating that “the most sensible solution” to the Israeli-Arab conflict is “a Jewish state and an Arab state, where the Jewish state is settled by Jews and the Arab state is settled by Arabs.”
Aumann also insisted on other religious-Zionist principles, including that “Jerusalem needs to remain Jewish” and citing the importance of religiosity in maintaining a Jewish state. Aumann has reiterated these principles several times before, stressing the importance of maintaining Israel’s Jewish heritage.
If you find it odd that an Israeli University would discriminate on the basis of pro-Israel views, you don’t know Haifa:
The University has been the site of anti-Israel activity before. In 2012, during Operation Pillar of Defense, Arab students demonstrated in mourning not of IDF soldiers, but for downed terrorist Ahmed Jabari. The university later made a public statement against the incident and banned further student demonstrations.
Earlier this year, terror victims’ advocacy organization Almagor publicly spoke out against the university for providing legal aid to convicted terrorists and murderers.
Another example how politics trumps other forms of identity. Religion, national unity, all of them. Leftists are leftists, regardless of other ties.