28 thoughts on “Hebrew University’s “Monstrous Carbuncle” on Jerusalem Skyline to Showcase Einstein Legacy – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Amazing. From the moment I started reading the article I assumed you’d once again prove your ignorance, and you didn’t disappoint. Mount Scopus is an exclave under internationally recognized Israeli sovereignty.

    1. @Ami: Gee, you must’ve missed this written clear as day in the Haaretz article:

      The plan is likely to elicit international objections as the structure is located, at least in part, outside the area of the Mount Scopus enclave – that is, beyond the Green Line, Israel’s pre-1967 border.

    2. @ AMi ” Mount Scopus is an exclave under internationally recognized Israeli sovereignty.”

      On which date was it legally annexed to Israel, by agreement with who and by which countries is it internationally recognized Israeli sovereignty? Name one.

  2. Einstein stood in the best tradition of Jewish humanism; we are all his family members.
    The Palestinians should claim him for one of those welcome to their homeland, and use this attempted misuse to demand an inclusive democratic state without reservations, in both senses of that apartheid linked word.
    Jews of good will should be the ones to lead this endeavour, in order to rightly honour not just a great thinker, but a great human soul.
    And Jewish scientists should be the first ones recruited, in the name of scientific rigor for truth seeking over mythmaking.
    Turn it back on the fascists. Explain how Einstein would have explained that this distortion is a product of Netanyahu&Co’s standing on the narrowest of exclusivist beams of Judaic sectarianism blocking their pre-human vision.
    Give Einstein a memorial worthy of his humane magnanimity.

    1. Well there are many kind of helmets. This in the picture seems to be a Spartan helmet. From the “proud” Israeli history there are obviously not many golden helmets to be used as the basis for architectonic plans. So the shape must be based on a modern helmet or be loaned from the neighbors history.

      Israeli Jews have lost completely their mind if they do not understand that the world will see this “project” only as an unnecessary ans serious insult towards Muslims and their shrine, not as an tribute to Albert Einstein and “humanism”. Really a tasteless plan, but what else can we expect from people like that. A helmet to “describe” a humanist’s life work and paint it with the color of gold (they obviously can not afford it to be plaited with real gold like in some religious places the domes and towers are). These same “great minds” created the low sofa treatment for Turks and now this plan. This is Guinness world records level in idiotic PR seeking plans. Interesting to see what comes next.

      Why not paint with gold the domes of Dimona and begin to call Negev Nuclear Research Center Albert Einstein Center. After all Albert Einstein was a modern physicist, not a soldier from ancient Jerusalem. This would be much cheaper. If a helmet is OK for a humanist’s memory then a nuclear bomb factory must also be.

      1. The “helmet” image was created by Amir Schiby, a montage artist at my request. There’s a picture of the design accompanying the Haaretz article which is pretty much unintelligible as to what it is. It looks like a version of a Smart car.

  3. With all due respect to the Einstein family, it was Albert Einstein himself who left his archives and the rights to the use of his figure (and probably other rights which I don’t remember) in his legacy.

    Whatever he thought on certain issues and figures of Zionism, it was his intention to benefit the university, which means at least a partial support for the Zionist project.

    Having said that, it seems the plans for the new building are in line with the tradition of isolationist and colonialist architectural choices of the Mt. Scopus campus in general. It’s just sad.

      1. I think at least in part he means that the Mt. Scopus campus is completely divorced from the Palestinian villages surrounding it both geographically, politically & socially. It doesn’t integrate with its surroundings. It stands apart from them just as Israel does in the context of the Middle East region.

  4. Though I haven’t read it, the relatively recent book “Einstein on Israel and Zionism: His Provocative Ideas About the Middle East” may be a relevant source:
    Apparently, Einstein was cremated and his ashes scattered in an unknown location, b/c he didn’t want a pilgrimage site erected in his name, so this gaudy structure may defeat his purpose. Rather, he lent his name to a place that provided a functional service to society, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY.

  5. I agree 100% that they should build a golden DUNCE CAP on top of the highest mountain in all the land.

    On the heels of a dangerous war declared on Syria, Israel knows perfectly well how to double down on angering the world community.

    “Business as usual” — the sociopathy of Israeli leadership is so common that bloggers like Richard have taken their eye off what will be Israel’s first, real existential conflict (just ignited by Netanyahu), and feel they have room to write on other issues, as if a war with Syria is something Israel will survive. Today, and for the first time, Israel really SHOULD have a siege mentality. Their leaders have just betrayed them.

    Who has an invitation to the super bunker several *classified* stories in the ground and developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers? I’m sure they just build those for fun 🙂

      1. Yes Lechi was not better than these days Palestinian organizations.
        Luckily it was a small organization with very little public support.

  6. Cynic, I was thinking more of a Crusader helmet… kind of symbolizes an invasion of the Holy Land.

    1. Ha! Yes… or maybe ear plugs and a blindfold to symbolize the utter stupidity in thinking that people will come to Israel for a ridiculous looking monument while ignoring Israel’s blatant inhumanity towards millions of Palestinians and their disregard for making inroads towards peace.

  7. OT: Richard, are you going to write anything about Rabbi Brant Rosen’s talk in Seattle last night? I believe I saw you there.

    1. Yes, I was there. If there was something special there you thought was worth reporting here, let me know. While I admire Brant as a rabbi for what he’s doing. I didn’t get any revelations last night. Perhaps I’m too jaded.

  8. Its interesting that the English version of the article says 25 stories high whereas the Hebrew version mentions 25 meters.

  9. What if Albert Einstein could read what the Hasbara are currently putting out about Stephen Hawking?

  10. There is already a -Stein who “memorialized” zionism — Gertrude Stein wrote:

    The Reverie of the Zionist -Gertrude Stein, 1920

    I know all about the war I have been in France ever since the peace. Remember what was said yesterday.
    We can think and we know that we love our country so.
    Can we believe that all Jews are these.
    Let us remember that the little bird of all is not the one that has the singing dell. It sings and it sings and a great many people say it is not pleasant. Is it likely that there is real grief. Anywhere there are beards and everywhere there are girls and all about there is a wealth of imagery.
    I saw all this to prove that Judaism should be a question of religion.
    Don’t talk about race. Race is disgusting if you don’t love your country.
    I don’t want to go to Zion.
    This is an expression of Shem.

  11. I say let them build it as is and where they want to build it.

    It signifies Einsteins ideas:
    – A single state as it is to built over the green line and therefore that border is irrelevant
    – A bi-national state for Jews and Arabs

    Then both Jews and Arabs can celebrate a brilliant mind that could have been part of a combined and democratic Israel.

    It is far more supporting of the Palestinians than bibi. It is just that he doesn’t know it.

    He is a fool.

  12. Better this sort of thing be built in Israel instead of in non-Israeli territory. Already Herzl is buried outside of Israel. Creating more illegal facts on the ground isn’t a good idea

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