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Wednesday, November 17 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education Fails Intifada 101

AcademiaJust finished reading Amy Kaplan's take on the state of Palestinian academia under Israel's thumb. The Israeli security restrictions she describes in the Chronicle of Higher Education are indeed unpleasant.

But they don't take place in a vacuum.

Here's a quick crib sheet of Intifada 101 stats covering 2001-2007 which Kaplan overlooks. These figures are from 2001-2007.

1,194: People killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism

8,342: Israelis wounded in terror attacks

140: Suicide bombings

I'm also curious about Kaplan's thoughts on Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli academia.

In particular, Roni Yechiah, was killed when a Qassam rocket hit the campus of Sderot's Sapir college. And who can forget the Hebrew University massacre? Nine students were killed and around 100 more were injured when a bomb blew up in a cafeteria.

If there was no terror, there wouldn't be a need for the security fence, checkpoints, and bureaucratic restrictions.

It's all a long time ago in blog years. But for Israelis like me who lived through the years of bus bombings and more, this isn't ancient history either.



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