It is yet another example of left-wing liberalism reigning supreme in Israeli higher education.
In the latest embarrassment, Dr. Carola Gilfrich of Hebrew University’s Humanities Faculty on Tuesday berated a student who arrived in IDF uniform because another student, an Arab, told Dr. Gilfrich she was offended by the uniform. Rather than put the Arab student in her place, the good Dr. Gilfrich felt it more appropriate to come down on the soldier/student. There could be no denials for the incident was caught on video by a student using a smartphone.
Dr. Gilfrich shouted at the soldier, explaining she cannot possible expect that others treat her like a civilian when she arrives in uniform, and then, she must expect to be treated “accordingly”. The student, to her credit, explained in response that she was not getting into the politics, and her service in the IDF is simply party of her effort to protect Israel. She asked Dr. Gilfrich if she was bothered, explaining that she too must exhibit tolerance of the uniform as this is what is done in a civil society.
The student who was bothered continued to interrupt the class, and she was not lambasted for her interruptions, but the lecturer preferred to come down on the soldier.
The university of course issued the benign sanitizing statement of how it respects everyone and condemned disrespectful behavior by one and all, adding the lecturer apologized too. However, nothing will happen to Dr. Gilfrich it appears, and she will live to shout at another soldier another day.
The National Student Union issued a statement, questioning how a student can be shamed because of a uniform, questioning the unacceptable behavior of the lecturer.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)