Guest Post from Renowned Protector of Feedom: Lee Kaplan
Dr. Dalit Baum and the Academic Lesbians for Jihad
By Lee Kaplan www.isracampus.org.il
If you were to seek an example of an Israeli “academic” serving as a full-time instrument of campus anti-Israel indoctrination, you would be hard pressed to find a better one than Mathematics Professor turned Women’s Studies “scholar,” Dalit Baum.
She keeps getting herself hired as a professor in the field of Women’s Studies or “Peace Studies” (she once taught Women’s Studies at the University of Haifa). Baum is actually nothing more than an itinerant pseudo-scholar in anti-Israel incitement. In certain circles she is renowned for her anarchist anti-Israel pontifications, which have made her a guest lecturer against Israel on the university circuit, especially on the American Left Coast. She has been invited to teach and lecture at University of California – San Diego, California State University at Monterey Bay, twice at University of California – Santa Cruz, even at the prestigious University of California- Berkeley.
Baum has a PhD degree in math, earned from Hebrew University in 1995. But no one invites her to lecture about that. Her campus hosts want her because of her malicious Jew-hating political opinions and also thanks to her opinions about female homosexuality. She proclaims that Israel is the root of all evil in the world. She is an active member in the pro-terror anti-Semitic International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Baum herself invented the anarchist group “Black (or sometimes Dirty) Laundry,” which calls for Israeli “apartheid,” I guess meaning existence, to be destroyed. Its slogan is “Transgendered, Not (population) Transfer!” Interestingly, even CLAF, a Lesbian Feminist organization in Israel, refuses to have anything to do with Black Laundry. Its web site solicits contributions to be sent to it via the Communist Party front group “Coalition of Women for a Just Peace.” She has preferred to demonstrate in Israel against allowing freedom of speech to those with whom she disagrees.
Back in Israel these days, Baum is teaching (if that is the right word) at the “Community School for Women,” a lesbian feminist “school” she helped found. Baum, a loudly self-proclaimed lesbian, has managed to connect her anti-Israel animus to support for the greatest homophobes and persecutors of homosexuals in the world, the Arab Islamofascists and the Muslim states. There homosexuality is often a capital offense. She is a leading member of a group calling itself “QUIT,” which stands for “Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism,” a homosexual anti-Israel anarchist/Marxist group set up to demonize Jews and Israelis while excusing Arab homophobia and persecution of homosexuals. Dalit Baum embraces and supports the very same people who would kill her for being gay!! Perhaps that explains why she has never ventured into any Muslim country to preach her ideas.
Dalit Baum scored a major personal victory in the American university system in 2003 when she managed to get appointed as a “Woman of Peace” lecturer for 8 weeks at the University of California – San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. It should be noted that programs in “peace studies” in the American university system (sometimes copied in Israel) are really just fronts for Marxist indoctrination programs against capitalism, against Western and Israeli self-defense against terrorism, and in favor of terrorist groups. The Kroc for whom the Kroc Institute is named is a pro-jihad Marxist “philanthropist,” best known for her attempts to recruit an Islamist with close ties to al-Qaeda and Hamas to come to the United States as a “visiting scholar,” an idea blocked by the American government. Kroc is the widow of McDonald’s hamburger franchise king Ray Kroc. She was the driving force behind that plan to import Tariq Ramadan, a scion of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna.
Baum’s bio on the UC San Diego program’s website reads: “Dalit Baum is a young Israeli peace activist and teacher who has worked for eight years to expose injustice and promote equality in communities long caught in deadly and devastating conflict. The grassroots organizer and lesbian feminist has led, inspired, or confronted those who could not or would not see the connection between denial of human rights and the on-going and escalating violence of the Palestinian-Israeli confrontations. She renewed an older program when she started a new Women in Black vigil in Tel Aviv; she expanded existing peace efforts by working from its inception with The Coalition of Women for a Just Peace, which brought many peace efforts together for concerted action; and, she created Black Laundry, a community of lesbians, gay men and transgenders (sic) against the occupation (sic) and for social justice. Additionally, she worked as a teacher and group facilitator at the Community School for Women , a school (sic) she helped found in 1999, whose mission calls on it (sic) to look at issues of poverty, marginalized ethnicity and national oppression at the same time.”
The bio then goes on to celebrate the fact that she has participated in three demonstrations per week in Israel against the Israeli government and in favor of the demands of the Palestinians. As for her academic achievements, Baum has not produced a single book or article in an academic math journal. Her actual career is as a “peace activist” and rabble rouser accusing Israel of violating “peace” through its actions of self-defense.
When she is not leading “Dyke Marches (evidently her term),” Dalit Baum is a pseudo-scholar who has been able to open doors internationally to lecture to college students against the state of Israel and its right to defend itself thanks to her lesbianism and associations with some radical feminists. She obsessively denounces Israeli self-defense as contrary to “peace,” lacing her proclamations about herself being a victim of societal oppression against homosexuals and women.
An example of her “scholarly work” can be seen in the course syllabus for a summer session course she taught at University of California – Santa Cruz, where she was dignified with the title of Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies. The course was entitled “Violence and Non-violence in Social Change.” Holding a Math PhD is the only qualification needed to be called a professor at that state-funded institution, where many a department head is more interested in political indoctrination than education.
The use of the term “non-violence” by Baum is the standard doubletalk among the “anarchist” crowd; when “direct action activists” like Baum and her friends serve as human shields for terrorists, violently assault IDF soldiers, and vandalize Israel’s security fence, they claim they are using nonviolent tactics. But when Israel builds a Security Fence to keep out suicide bombers and other Arab serial killers, then the Jewish state is engaging in violence and state terror. The reading material in Baum’s course syllabus contains only articles published by activists in the ISM and others who are virulently opposed to Israel’s existence. There is nothing there for students to learn about terrorist attacks that maim and kill Israelis. Israel in the Baum course is nothing more than an abuser of human rights, guilty of oppression.
Interestingly, a newspaper reporter who attended one of Baum’s lectures on that campus reported about how Baum deliberately distorted information or used contortions repeatedly in her presentation to give false impressions against and demonize the Jewish state, all the while passing such a presentation off as scholarship. Nevertheless she was invited back a second time to “teach” at UC Santa Cruz in a discipline unrelated to her PhD, this time as a Lecturer.
At another University of California web site, Baum’s area of expertise was titled “Queering the Peace Movement in Israel/Palestine.” Apparently she is very popular with women in the annihilate-the-Jews protest movement.
Baum “reinvents” her academic background when she stages demonstrations against the Israeli government in support of Israel’s enemies. While she taught math at UCSD back in 1996, ever since she has been teaching jihad. The “Women in Black” chapter Baum takes credit for resurrecting in Tel Aviv routinely insists they are for a “two-state solution;” but then insist the Arabs have an unconditional “Right of Return” to areas inside pre-1967 Israel so that they can dismantle the Jewish state. Although “Women in Black” claim to be for “peace,” their own statements, actions, and associations tell another story. They call areas even within the “Green Line” (the 1949 armistice line with Jordan) “Zionist occupied territory.” Speakers at their events routinely endorse violence. The “Women in Black” have led public screaming sessions of “Palestine Will Be Free/From The River to the Sea.” Their literature always presents Israel as an unprovoked aggressor, and never even mentions (let alone condemns) the 60 years of terrorism and aggression against the Jewish State. Their members routinely demonstrate together with the most venomous anti-Semites on the planet.
On the website of the Coalition of Women for Peace is a rant by Baum entitled, “Who Profits? ” in which she implies that because corporations build Jewish homes in the West Bank and Gaza, and because Palestinians are employed there, therefore the “occupation” is just a moneymaking scheme. She calls for “direct action” (terrorism and sabotage) against such corporations. What wonderful scholarly reasoning. The real moneymaker is Dalit Baum milking campus anti-Semitism to get paid a buck and promote her agenda.
Baum created an organization of anti-Semitic Lesbians calling itself Black Laundry (it includes some gay Arabs), who meet in gay bars in Israel. Baum accuses the Jewish state of oppressing homosexuals, even while the Hamas murders and kneecaps them. Black Laundry members of course never convene in the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority to protest “oppression” of homosexuals. We wonder why.
Dalit Baum is in the business of “making anarchy.” She has come out in support of Hamas. She has consistently signed petitions endorsing a boycott of Israel and Israeli goods. She openly supports Palestinian “resistance,” and we all know what that word means when people like Baum use it. That educational institutions in America and Israel allow people like her access to students is abominable