Idag brings us a fascinating story on The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and their unique offer to bring international Law expert and top Harvard Law School lecturer Alan Dershowitz to give free lectures, breakfast conferences to Norwegian leading politicians and elite institutions.
The generous offer was directed to our Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, as well as the Universities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.
To their great dismay (and let me just add that to my great dismay too) the offer was turned down.
According to Dag Øyvind Juliussen at the ICEJ, this is astonishing and can only be logically explained with an anti-Israel policy.
He also says:
We are saddened that our top politicians who have engaged so strongly with the ME conflict have turned down this offer. We think that they would have benefitted from a meeting with Prof. Dershowitz.
We thought that a professor from Harvard Law School would be of interest for the universities in Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen and offered them a lecture with Dershowitz on Israel and International Law. None of them wanted the guest lecture by Alan Dershowitz. The Dean of the University of Bergen did welcome Dershowitz on condition that he did not talk about the ME conflict.
So, we have NTNU turning down a lecture by one the worlds greatest Law specialist on the heels of their infamous and intellectually insulting ME lectures series which consisted mainly of academic insignificants, while the University of Oslo cannot defend the basic human rights of a Jewish student but still wants to portray itself as an institution with the highest aspirations in the area of international Law (apparently the academic aspirations stop at Masters level..), whereas Bergen only welcomes him if he stays off the specific topic offered: Israel and International Law. But apparently they are happy to be lauded by the Boycott Israel movement who has thanked the institution for its willingness to discuss an academic boycott.
Or maybe the university is simply intimidated – I am tempted to add even embarrassed, but realistically, we are talking about Norwegian Elite, who per definition do not understand the meaning of embarrassment – by the prospect of receiving an international heavy weight who with one letter drew the furious response from more than 11000 Nobel laureates, professors, top rank academics and lecturers who rejected on principle the notion of an academic boycott of Israel.
Oh, how low have the mighty fallen. But on consideration, Harvard university tops the international ranking, Bergen enters on a low 137, and Oslo and Trondheim did not even make it to the list. Which is of course very alarming since another survey showed that Norway is lagging behind in its capability of converting resource into opportunity.
Which of course prompts us to reflect on the recipe for success for students at top ranked universities: A grades are only awarded to students who challenge the teacher, shows independent reasoning and offers independent yet scientifically backed suggestions for problem solving. Group think is not rewarded.
So, rephrasing myself, the mighty have not fallen, but the mediocre have become slaves to their own fantasies of grandeur.
Luckily, the students own organizations have eagerly and gratefully received this world class free lecture, and have scheduled these lectures on their own initiative. Kudos!
Prof. M. McGonagall