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May 23, 2016 9:57 am

British Feminist Historian Spurns Israeli Cash Prize on ‘Political’ Grounds

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British feminist historian Catherine Hall, pictured, declined an Israeli award she was set to receive. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

British feminist historian Catherine Hall, pictured, declined an Israeli award she was set to receive. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

JNS.org – British feminist historian Catherine Hall of University College London declined an Israeli award she was set to receive, the lucrative Dan David Prize, for what she called “political” reasons. Hall did not attend the award ceremony at Tel Aviv University (TAU) on Sunday.

TAU administers annual $1 million prizes, named after late philanthropist Dan David, for researchers in three different fields. Hall was among the three researchers set to split the $1 million prize in social history. Ariel David, Dan David’s son, said the $300,000 intended for Hall will instead go toward funding scholarships for TAU students.

The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, an organization of British academics who call for boycotting Israel, quoted Hall as saying that she made “an independent political choice, undertaken after many discussions with those who are deeply involved with the politics of Israel-Palestine, but with differing views as to how best to act.”

Hall was due to receive the prize for her research’s “impact on social history, as a pioneer in gender history, race, and slavery.”

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  • Yaakov

    It seems to me that Israel is a bit overly eager to win favor with the Europeans, and this kind of thing is the result. If they won’t let you into their country club, start your own, one open to everyone, as Jews have always done. To continually beg for admittance is a sign of low self-esteem, and, if you don’t respect yourself, don’t expect anyone else to respect you, either.

  • rbockman

    better outcome for TAU students

  • Rita Crespi

    To hell with her.m. She’s a known anti-Semite. There are many students with a thirst for knowledge Nd a good education who can’t afford one. This money will go a long way in helping a worthy human being attain their goal.

  • Does this lady have a hijab on her head?

    Does this lady have a hijab on her head?

  • Jay Lavine

    This whole preoccupation with awards and honors is a bit unseemly. In Judaism, we have the saying from Pirkei Avot, mitzvah goreret mitzvah – one mitzvah leads to another, or, figuratively, a mitzvah provides its own reward. Likewise, excelling at what one does and contributing to society in that way is its own reward. How many awards did Moshe Rabbeinu or Moshe ben Maimon receive? They didn’t need any: their greatness was self-evident.

  • Hamanslayer

    Ms. Hall comes from the ranks of (in)famous historians like Arnold Toynbee, whose antisemitism (and historian false expertise and inaccuracy) were publicly exposed in the now famous debate he lost to Israel Ambassador to Canada Ya’acov Herzog at McGill University in 1961. People of that ilk, who achieve a high status in the world of Academia, contribute significantly to the leftward sway of so many prominent Jewish academics who obviously prefer Marx and Engels over Hillel and Maimonides.

  • A Zionist

    It is unfortunate that it seems that professors who engage in feminist history or theory have aligned themselves with “intersectionality” and anti-Israel haters. Professor Phyllis Chesler can speak far better than I on this matter and has been singled out for hatred because she is a Zionism.

    There is a problem in academia. There is a problem with academics and their inability to be independent. The BDS movement engages in intimidation, hostility, propaganda and antisemitism.

    It seems to me that by trying to give awards, it gives the BDS movement an opportunity to defame, de-legitimise and treat Israel differently. We should not be encouraging this hostility. Gender studies is not the be-all-and-end-all of academic study.

  • ken

    For a so called “feminist” to spurn a prize from a country that is leader in women’s liberation and the second country on earth to have a woman leader simply showcases the blatant judgmental hate that drives antisemites dressed in liberal vestments. What a hypocrite!

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