Friday, June 17, 2011

British Director Diss-honored with Israeli Film School Scholarship




Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh, who so pusillanimously reneged on his agreement to teach at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem last year, has been named in a gottcha-scholarship by Dan Gordon, a Hollywood screenwriter. It is ironically named the 'Mike Leigh Scholarship for Political and Moral Courage' an indication of what Gordon thinks of artists who bow down to pressure from Israel boycott activists.

You can read all about it here, here and here. What I really want to do is propose another set of academic honors in honor of Gordon's brilliant idea of shaming anti-Zionist Jews who sustain their street cred by being first in line to vilify Israel while congratulating themselves for their bravery and moral character. So here are a few suggestions for those who would probably cringe at having their names associated with Israeli universities. May they be shamed.
  • Judith Butler Chair in Anti-Zionist Rhetoric and Discourse, Tel Aviv University
  • Noam Chomsky Scholarship for Excellence in Linguistic Analysis, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • Eric Hobsbaum Chair in Post-Communist Marxist Studies, Hebrew University
  • Jacqueline Rose Scholarship for The Psychoanalysis of Holocaust Survivors, Hebrew University
I know this is silly but, when you think about it, these aren't altogether impossible honors given the open nature of the intellectual discourse and academic freedom that exists in Israel's universities despite the kvetching of the likes of Ilan Pappe and Neve Gordon, or for that matter, PACBI's head honcho, Omar Baghouti, who is studying for his master's at Tel Aviv University.

H/T: Jewish Ideas Daily

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