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Defying new law, Tel Aviv University to host Nakba event

Tel Aviv University will host a Nakba commemoration event next week that might be seen as a violation of the new Nakba Bill. The new law forbids public events “that mark the birth of Israel as a day of mourning;” its violation could lead to a withdrawal of funds from a state supported institution or organization.

All universities in Israel, including TAU, are supported by the state.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the keynote speaker will be Palestinian MK from Hadash party, Mohammad Barakeh. He will be followed by Emil Habibi’s play “The Opsimist“, performed by Israeli-Palestinian actor Mohammad Bachri.

The Nakba event will take place on May 23. It is organized by Hadash students at TAU.


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    1. yair

      what they want? israel have the right not to fund a day that used aginset here and blame here of making it

      and you write public that might be mistake but not really likely israel law say they wont fund orgnisaiton that fund the “nakbha ” thats all and they sure have the right to do it

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    2. Ben Israel

      TAU-a bunch of filthy hypocrites. They are sitting on the land of the pre-1948 Arab village of Sheikh Munis. They have NEVER offered to give the land back. I hope the gov’t cuts off their funds.

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    3. Dor

      Ah, the old Sheikh Munis non-argument. Actually, the UN included it within the borders of the Jewish state, so its status is quite different than that of Gaza or East Jerusalem.

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    4. I too hope the government cuts off their funds. Why? Because if it doesn’t, it’ll mean one law for Jewish Israelis and another for Arab (sorry, I mean existing non-Jewish) Israelis. And I’m a democrat. And fair is fair. And what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. And so on.

      More seriously, the world (and USA Jews) need to see a vindictive law put into effect AGAINST Israeli Jews. This “only democracy” slogan needs a little dusting off.

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    5. David

      Come on Ben Israel.
      It is a Hadash event not TAU. Let them be.

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    6. RichardNYC

      Mohamad Bachri? Awesome. I bet once the government acts, he’ll make a movie depicting Israeli tanks running over the whole stage company. I guess the left really wants a civil war, since they can’t seem to get enough apologetics for terrorists.

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    7. If the event is an official Israeli academic event, will it be boycotted by Palestinian solidarity?

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    8. Abban Aziz

      the law is the law. cut their funding.

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    9. Leonid Levin

      People remember their catastrophes, whether or not there is a law forbidding it. Jews remember Tisha B’Av. Jews remember the slaughters and expulsions from Spain and Portugal. Jews remember the pogroms in Ukraine. Jews remember the Holocaust. And whatever is decreed by a government of a country with regard to these rememberances, we’ll still remember and mourn those events. And so will the Palestinians mourn their tragedy. Forbidding mourning and commemoration of tragic events is useless and counter-productive. Forbidding others to sympathize with the mourners is to deny people their basic humanity.

      Stay human …

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    10. max

      So often labels are used to hide content and promote hate… @pabelmont, have you bothered to read the law?
      The law doesn’t forbid to discuss the ’48 war from an Arab perspective.
      What the law says is that “any body that is funded by the state, or a public institute that is supported by the state, will be barred from allocating money to activity that involves the negation of the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people; the negation of the state’s democratic character; support for armed struggle, or terror acts by an enemy or a terror organization against the state of Israel; incitement to racism, violence and terror and dishonoring the national flag or the national symbol.”
      So Noam, do you agree to fund activities promoting terrorism? Do you think it’s reasonable to ask a state to fund the calls for its destruction?

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    11. Waleed

      promote terrorism ? or remember the terrorism done by Zionists ? Israel was estalished over continous organized terrorism.

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    12. Abban Aziz

      israel was established by zionists. these “terrorists” fought against the british empire and genocidal arabs.

      they fought tyranny. they were analogues to american patriots.

      naturally, opposing islamic apartheid is written off as terror. of course.

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    13. Abban Aziz

      Palestinian home? What?

      Tel Aviv was created and founded by Zionists.

      Everyone was Palestinian then.

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    14. Freedom of speech means exactly that freedom to speak that which is unpopular anti government. To voice ones mourning for the lost cities and peoples of Palestine does not incite to riot or sabotage but is a recognition of an historical event. The attempt to destroy this memory only reflects the guilt and dictatorial powers of “the only democracy in the middle east” Shame, shame, shame!

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    15. max

      Al, you should read the law. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech

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    16. Andrew Paul Gutierrez

      If Israel is a democracy, then freedom of speech should include all points of view. If Tel Aviv University is a first class university, then there is no better place to raise issues about the historical Nakba and to have a Commemoration to it. But then maybe Israel isn’t a real democracy, and only certain points of view from the perspective of Jewish suffering are allowed.

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    17. abban aziz

      Yes, Israel is a democracy. And the democracy has spoken. Public taxes cannot be used to spread anti-Israel, Arabist propaganda.

      You might not like this, but that is what the voters have chosen. It is not a violation of the first amendment or academic freedom. Any citizen can say what they want about Israel.

      But Israel’s university should stop being so political and start being more professional. The last thing Israel needs is to turn into another Europe where academics takes a backseat in favor of Orientalist nonsense that treats Muslims like infants and holds Jews to an absurd ungodly moral standard.

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