Haaretz brings the sad news of the death of long-time Israeli peace activist, Tanya Reinhart (note Haaretz misspells her last name below). She was a linguist and student of Noam Chomsky and shared his view of the Israeli-Arab conflict:
Reinhardt, one of the most outspoken representatives of the radical Israeli left…was a proponent of an academic boycott of Israeli universities to protest the occupation.
After receiving a master’s degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Reinhardt wrote her doctoral thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under renowned linguist Noam Chomsky.
Her contributions to linguistic theory dealt with the connection between meaning and context, and the interface between syntax and systems of sound.
From 1977, Reinhardt taught courses in linguistics and literature at Tel Aviv University, including classes in critical reading of media and the analysis of discourse based on Chomsky’s methods.
For the last 15 years she also taught at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
In December 2006, Reinhardt left Israel and settled in New York to teach at New York University.
Reinhardt and those close to her said the change in the university’s relationship to her was made in response to her statements calling for an academic boycott of Israel.
Reinhardt espoused the principle of non-violent resistance, and was among the leaders of the left-wing activists who called for boycotts of the 1996 and 2001 elections.
She was active in recent years in Israeli-Palestinian efforts against the West Bank separation fence and the seizure of land from Palestinians for its construction.
Reinhart was an anti-Zionist and I’m fairly certain we wouldn’t have seen eye to eye on the conflict. But I salute her for her brave devotion to peace and ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Almost as much as her death itself. I am saddened that a group of despicable individuals who I’m sad to say share a religion with me wrote this about Reinhart’s death:
…We are certain you will all want to have just as much fun laughing about the wonderful demise of the Queen of Treason, Tanya Reinhardt. Could anything be funnier? Let’s all suggest ideas of what can now be done with her corpse and publish it as a knock off of those 101 things to do with a dead cat books. How about using her head to scare away crows?
We figure that hundreds of thousands of people will want to attend the first annual set of festivities celebrating the end of Reinhardt’s career of imbecility. We understand the scalpers are already charging 200 euro per ticket, even though people have to bring their own beer. So get with the spirit guys.
We plan to award the collected writings of David Irving…to whoever comes up with the best corpse disposal suggestion.
These moronic harassing e mails are periodically sent by either Rachel Neuwirth or those associated with her. This one was sent by someone calling themselves Treason Ferret at firstname.lastname@example.org (no doubt a fake address) from IP 126.96.36.199. How can someone call themselves Jewish and have such odious and hateful ideas about another Jew? If anyone has any technical expertise and thinks they might be able to help trace these messages to their origin I would appreciate contacting me. Sunlight is the best antidote to such ooze. I reserve the worst Jewish curse for whoever wrote this: may his or her memory be erased (y’mach shmo v’zichrono).