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A Quantum of Racism

Kadaitcha | October 3rd, 2012

Two young Palestinian Israelis who came second in an international Physics Competition in Warsaw are omitted conspicuously in a racist report on the winners in Israel Hayom.

*Even when you excel and you are an Arab, you remain invisible.

* Israel came first in an international physics competition, and it is trying to reach the same benchmark in racism.

First published: 1/10/2012 11:30:27am

On 20 September 2012 Israel Hayom published an article under the headline Quantum of success. It highlighted the success of the Israeli delegation from Ilan Ramon Centre at Ben-Gurion University in a competition held at the Institute of Physics in Warsaw.

The article contained the names of the winners, but not all of them…

It mentioned the first prize winner (Yuval Katznelson) and one of third prize winners (May Alon). The article quotes Professor Victor Malamud, head of the Ilan Ramon Centre at BGU, which coordinates efforts for the competition as saying that “We succeeded in showing the world the potential of the Jewish mind.”

On the surface, a cause for Jewish pride, indeed..

But what about the second place getter in the competition? The two second place winners, Magd Alfrawona and Alfarook Abu Alhassan were not mentioned at all. Probably because they don’t have a Jewish mind, or because they are Arabs …

What is the message that such articles give to the general public? What is the message that head of the program is providing to the students?

The conclusion is inescapable, instead of being proud of all those who represented the country and impel them further forward, there is a very clear delineation between the Arab and Jewish participants. This is not all that far from our reality which is full of physical and virtual fences marking the separation between the two peoples.

This statement is racist for several reasons: it ignores some of the delegation’s winners, solely because cultural/social/national differences. This statement tries to establish the superiority of some participants over others on the sole basis of their national affiliation. In addition to all this, the article tries to obliterate the Arab presence in the delegation, and their success. This is despite the writers being aware of a different picture being presented on the university’s English-language website (there the two Arab winners are mentioned, and they also appear in the team photo published in the newspaper).

It is a pity that a lecturer in such a distinguished university professor chose to speak in such a racist fashion as he did. […]

This article proves once again that academia is not free of racism …

Names of participants Winners:

Israel Hayom article:



Translated by Sol Salbe of the Middle East News Service Melbourne, Australia

Hebrew original:

October 3, 2012 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , ,


  1. Knowledge flees from the unjust. Racism is a manifestation of a person or group’s inferiority perception of self.


    Comment by Ribeekah | October 3, 2012

  2. The most renowned Jewish thinkers (Einstein, Freud, Fromm, etc.) would have had total contempt for such attempts to make scientific achievements an excuse for racism.

    Einstein once said something to the effect that, if his theories were proven correct, “Germany will say that I am a German, and France will say that I am a citizen of the world. If they are proven false, then France will say that I am a German, and Germany will say that I am a Jew.”

    Carl Rosenberg
    Vancouver, BC


    Comment by Carl Rosenberg | October 5, 2012

  3. The article mentions 2 people out of 12 prize winners.
    Ten people were not mentioned.

    Your conclusion is disgusting.


    Comment by Michelle | October 6, 2012

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