In reading this post, please recall all the hot air huffed and puffed by academic hasbarists like Carey Nelson who decry academic boycotts as violations of cherished democratic values like free speech and academic freedom.
They neglect the vast infrastructure of Occupation which pervades every aspect of Israeli life, including the universities. What can be more illustrative of this than a university feeding its students into the maw of the secret police, providing future torturers and agents who will poison the well for peace between these two peoples for generations to come?
So much for all the academic programs promoting peace and reconciliation among peoples which the apologist are so quick to tout. They never seem to address developments like this which would blemish the humanist pretensions of the University-Occupation complex (to adapt Pres. Eisenhower’s phrase).
Why shouldn’t Israeli universities be subject to BDS when they participate willingly and officially in such activities?
The heading of this ad reads:
Shabak seeks people who seek meaning.
“Meaning.” What an interesting word to use to recruit people to do the nation’s dirty work, including torturing security prisoner to obtain false confessions. I suppose what’s unspoken is the “meaning” they’re seeking is to serve the nation, protecting and defending it from its enemies. Not “meaning” in the philosophical sense. Of course, if you’re seeking the meaning of life or ethical values, Shabak shouldn’t be where you’re looking.
Ofer Neiman’s translation of the rest of the ad copy:
The Jerusalem Municipality’s Employment Center for University Graduates and Students and the Hebrew University present a first of its kind event – “Spotlight Day – Open Positions in the Shabak” – Sunday, January 22nd, 17:00
The event will be held under special security arrangements. Early registration is mandatory.
Mt Scopus Campus, Senate Hall.
This goes hand in hand with the post I published last week, which featured a Mossad ad seeking female recruits to serve as honeypots to catch unsuspecting enemies of the Israeli state like whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu. It should also be noted that Mossad honeypot schemes are reminiscent of the FSB blackmail plots which we’re reading about in the compromat compiled against Donald Trump. Secret police birds of a feather…
Related to this story, last year I published an even more shocking post noting that all of Israel’s universities “gave” (i.e. were directed to give) the personal contact information of every alumnus (name, address, phone, and national ID number) to Shabak. The information was to be used for recruitment purposes. Given the opaque nature of the security agency, no one bothered to tell the alumni why they were receiving recruitment notices from Shabak. A number of the recipients were social activists who wondered whether the Shin Bet now considered social justice activism an offense against the state; and that it was recruiting them to inform on their colleagues. Though this wasn’t the case, it didn’t lessen the invasion of the privacy of those alumni who were recruited who didn’t wish to be.
In Israel, all government institutions must provide information on demand to the security agencies. So the schools had no choice but to comply. They may also have been directed not to inform alumni that this information was given to Shabak. Such arbitrary and peremptory procedures are accepted common practice in the Israeli national security state.
H/t to Ofer Neiman.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.